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Miike Snow

Swedish pop act Miike Snow kick off their upcoming North American tour with a record release show for their new album iii on 3/3 at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. That show has sold out and they have added another NYC date, this one the next day (3/4) at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Tickets for the Warsaw show go on sale Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Both of these shows are presented by Governors Ball who will have Miike Snow playing the fest in June. Updated dates are listed below.

In other news, Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt, in collaboration with German artist Sarah Ortmeyer, will be part of an event called "Valium Valentine" which happens at MoMA PS1 on February 14. Here's what it's all about:

Throughout the six-hour musical performance Mr. Wyatt is joined by male guest musicians for an improvised durational piece. Creating an emotional peak at the top of every passing hour, female singers each perform a song that Mr. Wyatt has composed especially for the occasion. In her artistic practice Sarah Ortmeyer often explores moments of ritualized happiness. For VALIUM VALENTINE she transforms the VW Dome into a planetarium of egg-shaped stars within a set that is as romantic as it is sad.
This six-hour event is from noon - 6 PM and guests include Hisham Bharoocha, Heather Goldin of Beau, Damon McMahon (aka Amen Dunes), Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Empress Of, Zanna Van Vorstenbosch, Charli XCX and Nick Zinner. Tickets are on sale.

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photo: Empress Of @ Baby's All Right, October 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Empress Of

Empress Of continues to tour in support of her terrific debut album, Me. Shows include a performance at Festival Nrmal in Mexico City, this year's Moogfest, Primavera Sound, and a just-added show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on March 25. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.

She'll be in Australia this month, and then a short UK tour happens in February. There are new dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco, too. All dates are listed below.

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Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

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Festival Nrmal

The 2016 Festival Nrmal takes place March 12 & 13 at Deportivo Lomas Altas in Mexico City. (That's right before SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Slowdive, Deerhunter, Battles, Health, Empress Of, Low, Acid Mothers Temple and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup is listed below...

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Spotify in residenceSpotify in residence

The second episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection, and if you missed it, part one is over HERE.

Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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Moogfest 2016
Moogfest 2016

The 2016 edition of Moogfest will happen May 19 - 22 in Durham, North Carolina. This year's lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Daniel Lanois, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Empress Of, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, Tim Hecker, YACHT and more. Festival passes are on sale now.

Numan will be performing his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three nights at three different venues. Laurie Anderson will also perform her show "The Language of the Future" that weaves stories and songs, and will also appear at a Moogfest "in conversation" event. Reggie Watts (who is also appearing) announces the lineup in a video with one of his improvised loop pedal performances, which you can watch below. Or you can just check out a list of all announced performers below too.

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Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Cindy Lee

Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.

The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Empress Of / Moses Sumney / Kirin J Callinan
Empress Of
Moses Sumney
Kirin J. Callinan

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (where BrooklynVegan just hosted three CMJ shows) is now in its second year and it celebrated its terrible twos with a party of Terrible Records artists last night (10/20). Okay Kaya opened, but I didn't get there until a few songs into Moses Sumney's set. It was definitely a party crowd, but Moses' quiet songs still went over really well and the place was roaring and cheering after every song. Moses' guitar songs are nice, but his biggest appeal is the parts where he loops himself beatboxing and then layers his vocoder/auto-tune vocals over it in sort of a James Blake way. It was cool stuff.

Then it was Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez with a two-piece backing band) whose debut album Me is one of my favorites of this year and who was the main draw for me on the show. They played most of the new album (and an old one that Lorely said they never used to play live) and they really sounded great. The beats were heavier/dancier live, and i think just about everyone was into that. Most people around where I was standing were dancing for every song, and a good amount of people were singing along too. Just about every song was met by really appreciative shouts from the crowd. People really love her.

Most people had filtered out (or at least gone to the front room) by the time special guest Kirin J Callinan went on, but he wasn't exactly playing a set so much as being a party DJ and his usual quirky/hilarious self. He had the remaining crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to Baby's over a dance beat, and then celebrated the venue's hometown with a dance remix of Sinatra's "New York, New York." (And later "Mambo #5" and a house version of the Game of Thrones theme.) Kirin himself went into the crowd a few times to dance with people and kept saying, "I don't know why you're all looking at me, it's a birthday party!"

Baby's continues to celebrate its second birthday with another party on Saturday (10/24) with Neon Indian, Porches and a special guest. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Tuesday night below...

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photo: Empress Of at Terrible Records CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Empress Of

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right is about to turn two -- you may remember their first show was the 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ party -- and in what's becoming a tradition, they'll throw themselves a birthday party. It's just after CMJ, October 20, with Empress Of, Moses Sumney, and a special guest. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/9) at noon. Flyer below.

That's just one of three NYC dates on Empress Of's current tour. She opens the sold-out Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 and also plays the stacked Cymbal X Terrible Records X Cameo CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Cameo on October 16 with Le1f, Porches, Kirin J Callinan, Deradoorian and more. It's FREE with RSVP or a CMJ badge. Flyer below. Empress Of's very good debut album is out now on XL/Terrible. Video for "Standard" off that album and her list of dates, below.

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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.

She-Devils
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...

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Doomstarks

Ghostface Killah and DOOM have released a new DOOMSTARKS song, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. You can stream or download it below. The song will also be released as a 7" single via DOOM's Gasdrawls and Metalface/Nature Sounds.

Ghostface and DOOM claim they will released the much-delayed/anticipated DOOMSTARKS album this year. They will perform together at the III Points Festival in Miami (October 9-11) though it will be Ghostface in person while DOOM is coming from "the other side of time" and will be "transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage." What exactly that means, we shall see.

The III Points Festival also features performances by Nicolas Jaar, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, The Field, King Krule, Warpaint, Toro Y Moi, AlunaGeorge, Empress Of and lots more. Full lineup is listed below.

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still from Empress Of's "Standard" video
Empress Of Standard

Empress Of's very good debut album, Me, is out today (9/11) and if you haven't checked it out yet, it's streamable below. She's also just released an arty new video for single "Standard" which was directed by Zaiba Jabbar and Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez and also features pro bodybuilder Rob Reinaldo. It puts a new perspective on the song, perhaps literally. Watch below.

Lorely has a couple Empress Of events today to celebrate the release of Me. There's a listening party at Other Music tonight at 6:30 PM where they'll "serve up pizza and drinks and play the album in full." Also the first 20 people who buy the record get a free ticket to her show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (9/13). You can also still buy tickets for that show.

Then tonight, Empress Of will host a NY Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse with her DJing along with Dev Hynes, Imogene, Molly Hawkins and "more friends." It starts at 10 PM and there's an open bar from 10-11 PM. It's free. (Micachu, who plays Alphaville tonight and LPR Saturday, played a Fashion Week thing at Elvis last night.)

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by Bill Pearis

Empress Of

Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez, releases her debut album next week via XL/Terrible. She produced the album herself -- the album's titled Me -- and it's an impressive collection of modern, danceable pop. You can stream the whole thing, via Hype Machine, below.

Lorely will play a record release / tour kickoff show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 13 with Abra opening. Tickets are still available.

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Arcade Fire The Reflektor Tapes

The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:

The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.
That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.

The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.

There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),

Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.

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Empress Of Me album

Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez, will release her self-produced debut album, Me, on September 11 via XL/Terrible Records. The first single from the record is "Kitty Kat" and you can stream that below.

Right around her album's release she'll be heading out on tour, including a big one in her hometown of Brooklyn on September 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/22) at noon. All dates are listed below...

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photo: Archers of Loaf at 4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Archers of Loaf

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

Archers of Loaf, Monsoon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hailing from the same North Carolina scene as Superchunk and Polvo, Archers of Loaf were probably the most "rock" of the bunch, with an arsenal of '90s college radio fist-pumpers like "Web in Front," "Wrong," and "Plumb."

Rainer Maria @ Saint Vitus
Rainer Maria put out a number of great emo/indie rock albums on Polyvinyl back in the late '90s and early '00s, but then broke up in 2006. Earlier this year they reunited at Bowery Ballroom, and this week they play two more hometown shows. Tonight at Vitus (which is sold out), and tomorrow at Shea.

World Party @ City Winery
Karl Wallinger's psychedelic pop band World Party continues their four-night, full-band run at City Winery.

Fred Falke, Cut Snake, Eagles & Butterflies @ Output
French house producer Fred Falke has long been a go-to man for stylish remixes. He's a killer DJ, too, and will tastefully displaying his turntable élan tonight.

Gin Blossoms, Iron Chic, Timeshares @ The Paramount
Gin Blossoms haven't had their main songwriter in decades (he committed suicide in 1993), but their earlier material has proven influential on certain modern punk and indie bands. Two of the better ones happen to be the Long Island-based Iron Chic and Timeshares, who open for them tonight.

Empress Of, Buscabulla, Los Walters, Triangulo de Amor Bizarro @ Baby's All Right
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will soon have her debut album released via XL, so expect some new songs from her tonight. The night starts with a set from Spain's Triangulo de Amor Bizarro who owe much of their sound to Creation Records-era shoegaze.

Total Slacker, California X, Hound, Melt @ Baby's All Right
This bill pairs together two bands who aren't afraid to show off their '90s rock influences, Total Slacker and California X, with the None More Black/Ted Leo + the Pharmacists-related stoner/garage band Hound and Melt (which includes Cassie Ramone on bass).

Mates of State, Good Graeff, Hey Marseilles @ Bowery Ballroom
If you're not going to that Rainer Maria show, but you want to see a different veteran Polyvinyl (and now Barsuk) band, Mates of State at Bowery Ballroom sounds like a good place to end up.

I.O.D., Show Me The Body, Salomon Faye, OSHUN @ Palisades
There are a few good artists on this bill, but one of particular note is hip hop/neo-soul duo OSHUN, whose new ASASE YAA mixtape has a strong political message, cultural pride, and great songs.

Ajax, Fatigue, Semper Eadem, Vanity, No Parole @ Acheron
Acheron hosts a good punk show tonight, featuring (among other things) the very catchy Oi!-inspired NYC band Vanity.

members of Dismemberment Plan, The Hold Steady & more covering albums @ Knitting Factory
This show features a bunch of musicians covering other musicians, including The Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison covering Morphine's "Cure For Pain," The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt covering Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea" and more.

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
Bridget Everett continues to perform her acclaimed show at Joe's Pub. Shy folks might want to either a) not sit too close to the stage or b) not go at all. Everyone else: Bridget's a riot.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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photo: Viet Cong @ London Field Day Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Viet Cong at Field Day 2015

Pop Montreal has just announced its second round of artists added to the festival's 2015 lineup. That includes Viet Cong, The Orb, Micachu & the Shapes, The Besnard Lakes, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lee Ranaldo, Albert Hammond Jr, Empress Of and more. They join such previously announced artists as Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, and Will Butler. All new additions to Pop Montreal's lineup are listed below.

The 2015 Pop Montreal Festival happens September 16-20 at venues all over the Quebec city. Discounted festival passes and day passes are currently available.

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photos: Florence & the Machine @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Florence

Just a friendly reminder that tickets to Florence + the Machine and Empress Of's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight go on sale at 10 AM. Good luck.

photos: Florence & the Machine @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Florence

Florence + the Machine's new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, is out in about a month and you can check out the videos for singles "What Kind of Man" and "Ship To Wreck" from it below. She'll be in NYC around the same time, playing the 2015 Governors Ball, but you can see her before that in a much smaller setting. Specifically she's playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (May 5) with Empress Of which is presented by Governors Ball. (MHOW is full of surprises lately.) Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday morning at 10 AM but if you pre-order her album you can get presale tickets now.

Empress Of just wrapped up her five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Anybody check one of those out? All tour dates are listed, along with those music videos and a recently-released video of her full Coachella Weekend 1 performance, below...

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photo: Empress Of at Pitchfork Festival last year (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Empress Of

Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, has released a new single in anticipation of her upcoming debut album, which will be out later this year via Terrible/XL Records. "Water Water" features Lorely balancing airy vocals over a pulsating electronic instrumental. Stream the new track in full below.

Empress Of just played a DJ set at the BV-presented Porches show earlier this month, and has a run of live sets lined up. Lorely plays a show at Joshua Tree in California with Jamie xx and Jon Hopkins tomorrow night (4/16) and then comes to NYC for a five-night stand residency at Elvis Guesthouse from April 28 to May 2 with each night supported by to-be-announced special guests. Tickets for all five nights are on sale now. Empress Of will also support Florence & The Machine for a pair of non-NYC dates in June (hopefully Florence's broken foot will have recovered).

All dates are listed, along with a stream "Water Water," below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Porches @ Baby's All Right 4/2/2015
Porches

Last night Porches played a free Brooklynvegan-presented show at Baby's All Right. It was a packed house and the band played a lot of new material which further shifts the band into dancier directions. It's not synthpop, though. Porches make danceable, shimmery pop with rock instruments (keyboards too), in an '80s-sorta way. (Very similar to what Canadian bands TOPS and Seoul are doing.) This was my first time seeing them and they have a dedicated following (there were a number of sing-a-longs). It will be interesting to hear how these songs turn out on record. Pictures from their set are in this post.

Empress Of DJ'd and kept the crowd in the performance room entertained, while myself and fellow BV editor Andrew Sacher DJ'd in the front room, a carryover from a Happy Hour BrooklynVegan also presented with complimentary Pacifico beer and $1 tacos. It was a good time if I do say so.

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photo: Porches @ Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porches

Brooklyn band Porches will be going on tour, starting with a free, BrooklynVegan-presented show at Baby's All Right on April 2 and the night will include a DJ set by Empress Of, as well as DJ sets by BV staffers (and maybe another band TBA).You do need to claim tickets to attend.

Much of the tour is with Frankie Cosmos (aka the band of Greta Simone Kline who also plays in Porches) who just confirmed her signing to Bayonet, the label run by Beach Fossils' Dustin Payseur and his wife Katie.

All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Porches' Ronald Paris EP and their 2013 full-length, below...

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