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by Andrew Sacher

Julien Baker

Twenty-year-old Memphis singer/songwriter Julien Baker fronts the band Forrister (fka The Star Killers), and as of last week she's got a solo record out in the world called Sprained Ankle. It's on 6131 Records, which is mostly known for releasing punk music (like Touche Amore and Joyce Manor's first albums), but punk this is not. Most of the record has Julien's voice and clean electric guitar in the forefront, only backed here and there by some sparse drumming or keyboard textures (and one song, "Everybody Does," is acoustic). And if "singer/songwriter from Memphis" makes you think you're getting something indebted to country or early rock n' roll, it's not that either. It's also nothing like the '70s soft-rock of Matthew E. White, whose Spacebomb Studio is the place Julien recorded Sprained Ankle. It's the kind of sad, emotive, singer-with-a-guitar music that you can imagine fans of Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst latching onto. You can stream the whole album and watch the video for the title track below.

Julien has a few shows coming up, including two in NYC. One is opening for The National/Menomena side project EL VY and Wye Oak at Bowery Ballroom on November 13. That show is long sold out, but if you have tickets this is a great reason to get there early. The next night, she opens for Canadian alt-country trio Elliott Brood at Mercury Lounge (11/14). Tickets for that one are on sale now. All of Julien's dates are listed below.

That Bowery show is one of two EL VY / Wye Oak shows in NYC. The other is at MHOW the next night with French art pop artist Mina Tindle opening (also sold out). Her newest album Parades came out last year and you can stream that and watch a video from it below too.

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

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

Full round 3 list below...

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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

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Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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Cars floating in underground garage on Stone St. (via @wingedfeetxc)

Almost every NYC area show on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday was cancelled, and tonight (10/31) (aka Halloween) is looking a little better but still a large percentage of the shows are cancelled.

Tonight's Big Freedia show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on but opener Vockah Redu dropped off. Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 9 PM. Admission is free before 7 PM and after that it's $15-$20. UPDATE: Hess is More and Oh Land added to this show.

As mentioned, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and honoring tickets for Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg, with plans to reschedule the original Bowery Ballroom date for some time next week.

Music Hall of Williamsburg was only available for Aimee and Ted's show tonight because the Jackie Greene show is cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

The Halloween shows in Williamsburg, including Glasslands' covers show, Death by Audio's covers show, and Cameo's free, weekly Big Terrific comedy (early) and The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and friends playing MIchael Jackson's Thriller (late), are still on. All door proceeds for tonight's Glasslands show are going to the Red Cross. Ted Leo tweeted he was gonna try and stop by Glasslands after Aimee Mann.

The Misfits annual Halloween show at Highline Ballroom is still on. No it's not. Update:: "The Misfits will go on, but not tonight. Due to weather complications, it is rescheduled for Dec 16th."

Murphy's Law at Trash Bar appears to be happening.

Saint Vitus is open and hosting a Van Halen / David Lee Roth cover band.

Acheron is open too with Author and Punisher.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society annual Halloween show at Warsaw is still on.

285 Kent, however, cancelled their Halloween show tonight. Organizer Todd P says, "We had to cancel Halloween, but it was not 285 Kent's decision; the organizers and bands involved [cancelled]. We would 100% do it and are pretty determined to book something else."

The Meter Men and other shows at BB King's appear to be happening.

Bad news from Dita Von Teese "Regrettably, all NYC StripStripHooray shows are cancelled. Tix will be refunded by LiveNation, & we will be back in early 2013. Thank you all for the support, we were so excited about these sold out shows! Stay safe, NYC! X." StripStripHooray was to have happened this week at Gramercy Theatre.

Wintersleep and Elliot Brood were supposed to play Knitting Factory last night, but are instead playing tonight.

Pete's Candy Store is open.

The Pit is open.

Open mic comedy at The Creek, followed by comedy by MURDERFIST, Joe Machi, Jesse Joyce, and The Cowmen, followed by more open mic comedy is all happening.

The Halloween show at Union Hall with Dionne Werewolf and Hall-oween and Oates is still on.

Halloween at The Film Society at Lincoln Center is open.

The Halloween show at Goodbye Blue Monday with Snake Monsters, Scorpion Child, and The Biomechanic is still on.

Littlefield is hosting a Halloween comedy show.

The Everymen, Runny, and Zac Clark & the Griswolds play Grand Victory tonight.

As mentioned, Andrew WK's Autumn Bowl show is cancelled.

As mentioned, Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center is cancelled.

As mentioned, the Park Slope Halloween parade and the Village Halloween Parade are both cancelled. But the VIllage Halloween Parade may still happen on a later date.

As mentioned, the Halloween show at the Bowery Electric is cancelled tonight.

The Hess Is More Halloween concert at Mercury Lounge is cancelled. UPDATE: Hess is More and Oh Land are now playing with Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl.

The Halloween show at WEIRD with Bellicose Minds and others is cancelled.

The Halloween show at SOB's is cancelled.

The party at House of Vans is cancelled. They write, "Hallo-Wolfbat is cancelled. The house of vans got two feet of water inside. We are planning to reschedule for a later date. It could be up to a month. All the electrical, sound, and lighting was damaged. Please spread the word. I'll let everyone know the outcome. Looks like it may be a end of the world party in December. I'm sorry"

The Reckless Kelly show at Bowery Ballroom has been postponed.

The Halloween party at The DL with Designer Drugs has been postponed.

Le Poisson Rouge still lists shows for tonight as of this post, but has no power, so cancellations are likely. And actually, "We are sorry to report that Mondo Indie Dance Party Presents MONDOWEEN! is canceled tonight due to power outages from Hurricane Sandy. We wish you all a safe Halloween and a speedy recovery from the storm." UPDATE: LPR confirms they are totally closed.

The Bell House is closed.
Canal Room is closed.
Pianos is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Rockwood Music Hall is closed.
Fontana's is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.

A whole bunch of Thursday show are cancelled too.

What else?


Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, today revealed the Short List of 10 Canadian albums eligible for the fourth annual $20,000 award.
The 10 nominees are, in alphabetical order:

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photos by Rae Holtsabum

Sled Island

Sled Island

I scurried over to the sold-out The Grand Theatre to catch most of RZA's set. The Wu-Tang Clan producer/MC performed as his Bobby Digital alter-ego and controlled the crowd with "Long Time Coming" and "Booby Trap" from the just-released Digi Snacks LP. The set was dominated by material from that album, and RZA turned the gig into a kick-ass block party.

Near the end, he broke out older classics "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit," "Reunited" and "Shame On A Nigga" near the end. They all made the crowd of mostly college kids go absolutely ape-shit, and it was a perfect way to close out my coverage of the fest. [Chart Attack]

RZA's tour as Bobby Digital is almost over. He hits Webster Hall in NYC this Saturday July 5th. Tickets are still on sale.

Other artists Rae caught on day three (June 27, 2008) of the Sled Island Festival in Calgary included Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara, and Yo La Tengo. The rest of the pics from that day below....

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photos by Rae Holtsabum

DOWNLOAD: Elliott Brood - Second Son (MP3)

Sled Island

Unlike Wednesday night's Grizzly Bear show, very few people left their seats during the changeover. Okkervil River took the stage to deafening applause and immediately played "The President's Dead" and "A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene," a pair of rockers that got the crowd going.

Decked out in a black and white suit and glasses, singer/guitarist Will Sheff paused briefly after the third tune to address the audience.

"I didn't know we were playing in a church and I thought this might go against my Catholic upbringing," he joked. "But then I saw the flat screen TV and thought this might turn out alright." [Chart Attack]

Okkervil River are touring in the fall. Tickets are already on sale for a NYC show at Webster Hall.

Some of the other artists that played Sled Island on Thursday night (June 26, 2008) were Jonathan Richman, Extra Golden, Blitzen Trapper (again), Crookers, Chad VanGaalen, Langhorne Slim and Elliott Brood. Rae caught the last two downstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion #1 after the Okkervil show.

Langhorne Slim has a concert streaming at NPR. Elliott Brood is the name of a three piece band from Toronto. The rest of the pictures are below....

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