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Kimbra at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kimbra

Kimbra quickly escalated from only being known (in the US) as the other singer on that Gotye song to someone who could headline some pretty large rooms. She's now set to release her first album since that newfound success, The Golden Echo, on August 19 via Warner Brothers. The album was produced by Rich Costey (The Shins, TV on the Radio) and features contributions from The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth and others. It's already spawned four diverse singles, which you can listen to below.

Kimbra will support the new record on a tour with NYC art pop singer Empress Of that hits Empress Of's hometown on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom, a smaller place than Kimbra's last headlining show here. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.

All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Kimbra releasing a new LP, touring w/ Empress Of (dates and streams)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Zach Pollack and Milos Markicevic

Neutral Milk Hotel / St. Vincent / Danny Brown @ P4K Fest 7/19/2014
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival featured a headlining set by Neutral Milk Hotel, plus sets from St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs, tUnE-yArDs and more. Pictures and field report from Saturday's goings-on are in this post. Here we go...

Day 2 began with an early afternoon set from locals Twin Peaks. Although guitarist/main vocalist Cadien Lake James was confined to a wheelchair due to a recent leg injury, the band still managed to put on the kind of appropriately rowdy performance that they've become known for. James and co. got things started with the Sunken standout "Stand in the Sand," and they also played their great, newish single "Flavor" off of their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. James traded lead vocals with fellow guitarist Clay Frankel and bassist Jack Dolan throughout the set. Before playing their final tune, James seemed to be feeling reflective -- he offered, "This is definitely our high point so far in our... whatever the fuck this is." -ZP

After Twin Peaks, I moved over to the nearby red stage to catch the Chicago debut of Brooklyn-based rapper Ka. Ka was able to hold a sizable crowd with his down-tempo beats and methodical delivery. His slow-moving tunes contain rich lyrical content and are undeniably impactful. Before playing the somber cut "Summer," he spoke about how the season in his Brownsville neighborhood isn't full of bikinis and BBQs, but rather an increased level of violence -- he also acknowledged that we've got a very similar summer landscape here in Chicago. Memorable numbers from his performance include "Our Father" and "Jungle." -ZP

Saturday's P4K-goers were treated not to one, but two Elephant Six Collective bands, both of whom have been touring together. Circulatory System was the first of the two, (the other being the day's headliner Neutral Milk Hotel) playing a solid set of '60s-influenced indie rock under the cool shade of the Blue Stage. Each of the band's members played multiple instruments, casually adding everything from a clarinet to a xylophone, with frontman Will Cullen Hart even contributing some additional drumming. One highlight was an excellent instrumental interlude, a duet between the band's violinist and cellist. The band played some new songs off their most recent release, Mosaics within Mosaics, which was released earlier last month. Fans of Yo La Tengo had a lot to enjoy here. - MM

tUnE-yArDs
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Back over at the Red Stage, Merrill Garbus and the rest of tUnE-yArDs were a few songs into their set and playing "Hey Life" off of their 2014 LP Nikki Nack. In addition to bassist Nate Brenner, two backup vocalists and a percussionist rounded out the band. This allowed for expanded versions of Whokill favorites "Gangsta" and "Bizness." The additional members took a breather during "Powa," providing the room for Garbus and Brenner to experiment a bit. Though the project is now more pop-forward, tUnE-yArDs' funky and jammy backbone was still able to peek through. -ZP

Danny Brown intended to throw a party during his Pitchfork Fest set. The Detroit rapper sprinted back and forth across the stage while performing fan favorites like "Break It (Go)," "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "I Will," "Bruiser Brigade," and "Kush Coma." It was without a doubt the funnest set of the day, and Brown appeared to be having just as much fun as the massive crowd watching him perform. -ZP

Swedish techno minimalist The Field played a largely ambient set to a crowd that was eager to get out of the sun and recharge before the day's headliners played. The set started slow but progressively built up to include a live drummer. Generously borrowing stylistic cues from early Warp Record signees like Aphex Twin, The Field kept things simple and steady, opting for a more IDM approach. The set might have been better suited for a venue with less light, but listeners, myself included, were entranced throughout. - MM

St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brought her now-choreographed performance to Pitchfork Festival for an evening set on the red stage. The choreography only enhances and doesn't hinder her guitar heroics and pitch perfect vocals. Clark and her band began their set by playing "Rattlesnake" into "Digital Witness" into "Cruel." For "Cheerleader," she mounted her podium-like setup and the song was played slower than usual, reminding me of "We Are The Champions." During "Birth in Reverse" the band left room for a freak-out section, and Clark ended up kneeling on the stage to headbutt her drummer's bass drum. Clark has consistently reinvented what St. Vincent is from album to album, and has now honed the live chops to be able to play to whichever attribute she'd like. -ZP

Headliners for the night were storied indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel whose two '90s album have become massively influential since main man Jeff Mangum dropped out the music world shortly after making 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That has turned the band into a huge draw for their current reunion tour and his songs still hold power. The fests big projection TV screens were turned off for the performance that showcased favorites from the band's two albums. (Setlist is below.) NYC can expect the same when Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Tuesday (7/22) and Wednesday (7/23). Tickets are still available for Tuesday's show.

Pictures from Day 1 of Pitchfork Fest are HERE and HERE and a second set from Day 2 (including FKA Twigs) are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of Day 2, including sets from Pusha T, Empress Of, and Wild Beasts, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival 2014 day 2 pics (Neutral Milk Hotel, Danny Brown, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Wild Beasts & more)"

Jungle at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jungle

The semi-mysterious London funk band Jungle have been steadily growing their buzz folowing the release of 2013's The Heat EP, will release their self-titled debut full length on July 15 via XL. They recently performed its single "Busy Earnin'" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. You can watch a video of that below.

The band played their first-ever US dates in March which included NYC, LA and SXSW and they were just back in the area on a tour earlier this month when they played a Bowery Ballroom show (6/18). They'll return to North America for an even longer tour later this year which includes two of their biggest NYC shows yet: Warsaw on October 1 and Irving Plaza on October 2 with Beaty Heart. Tickets for the Irving show go on sale today (6/25) at noon, and there's a few special offers including the possibility to get two tickets for the price of one. Warsaw tickets will be on sale at noon too.

All dates are listed (some with Beaty Heart and some with Empress Of), with that video, below...

Continue reading "Jungle touring North America, played 'Kimmel' (dates, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Goldlink

Virginia rapper GoldLink (not to be confused with metal band Gridlink) released his free debut mixtape, The God Complex, earlier this year. It's fast-paced sing-songy rap that fans of Chance the Rapper should dig, and the production is mostly forward-thinking Warm Up/BEMF-style electronic music, with one song ("Divine") even diving into Disclosure-style house (not unlike Chance the Rapper's pal Vic Mensa). You can download the whole thing here and stream it below.

GoldLink is in fact playing MoMA PS1's Warm Up this year, on July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, UNiiQU3 (who also opens for Evian Christ tonight) and Suicideyear. That's a great bill, and tickets are still available.

Not long before that, he'll play another NYC show at Webster Hall on July 11 for the venue's Girls & Boys party. The DJs for the night are Purity Ring's Corin Roddick (who's also on the new Ab-Soul album) and Empress Of, plus G&B regulars Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Empress Of also plays Pitchfork Festival and opens for Jungle on select dates in October including Chicago.

Meanwhile the other half of Purity Ring, Megan James, also has a DJ date coming up, at Imagine Festival in Atlanta.

All GoldLink and Empress Of dates are listed, with his album stream, below...

Continue reading "GoldLink released a free LP, playing Webster Hall w/ half of Purity Ring & Empress Of before Warm Up (dates, stream)"

Pitchfork

The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.

They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival lineup expanded (St Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare, Cloud Nothings, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

Back during CMJ, Pity Sex played our BV party. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another batch of their set in this post.

Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.

LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.

As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.

Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.

More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex dates w/ Self Defense Family (& more BV-CMJ pics) ++ upcoming LVL UP, Porches, Diarrhea Planet, Crying shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Celestial Shore

You may be familiar with Shaking Through, the online music series produced by Weathervane Music, through its installments with Hop Along, The So So Glos, Sharon Van Etten, and others. The series gives the artists two days to record a brand new song, after which the song is released along with a short documentary video on the process.

The newest installment comes from Brooklyn's Celestial Shore, and features singer Sam Owens duetting with Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez). It's tamer than the band's usual mathy stuff (save for the minor freakout at the end), instead opting for airy, lazy-Sunday psychedelia. You can check out the song and the video below, and download the track for free at Shaking Through.

As usual, Celestial Shore have local shows coming up, including one on November 22 at Shea Stadium with Zula, and Sam Owens plays a solo show on December 10 at Union Pool as part of Luke Temple's residency at the venue.

Meanwhile, Empress Of is opening both NYC shows on SOHN's tour.

Shaking Through recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to keep it going for a fifth year in 2014, and there's some pretty cool rewards. For pledging $10 you get "The Complete Shaking Through Recordings 2009-2013," featuring all 44 songs they've done so far. For $30, you can see Hop Along's Frances Quinlan at a private studio concert. And there's a reverse auction for "The Signed Patti Smith Collection," which features signed copies of her book Just Kids, her lyric book, her double-CD with My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields, and two of her recent albums, Trampin' (2004) and Banga (2012). The "reverse auction" is currently at $2,500 and it drops $50 a day until someone purchases it. More details on that here, and more reward options here.

Patti Smith, who recently eulogized Lou Reed, has three year-end shows coming up.

My Bloody Valentine's tour hits NYC for its first of two shows tonight (11/11) (tix).

Song stream and video below...

Continue reading "Celestial Shore & Empress Of released a new song for Shaking Through (which launched a PledgeMusic campaign)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Glasser / Kelela
CMJ
CMJ

The True Panther/Terrible Records CMJ showcase went down this past Tuesday (10/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, headlined by Glasser, who's doing a few CMJ shows as part of her tour in support of her new Interiors album. The rest of the showcase included Lil Jabba, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of (who played a lot of new stuff), and forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela, who's been a pretty hot name at CMJ following the release of her CUT 4 ME mixtape. Pictures of that showcase are in this post.

Kirin J Callinan plays our FREE BrooklynVegan day party at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) today. The show goes from noon to 6 and he's on at 12:45 PM.

Kelela plays Pitchfork's electronic show at 285 Kent on Saturday (10/19).

And Empress Of has a ton of upcoming shows in NYC (CMJ and post-CMJ).

More pictures from MHOW below...

Continue reading "Glasser, Kelela, Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan & Lil Jabba played the Terrible/True Panther showcase @ MHOW (pics)"

Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Purity Ring

We're very excited about the opening of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, near Peter Luger), partially because it's the location of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties, the first of which begins TODAY (10/18) at NOON (hope to see you there!).

Today's BV party ends at 6 PM and our next one starts Saturday at noon, but in between those two shows, Baby's All Right is hosting the VFW Group-presented This Is How We Do It showcase tonight. Music starts at 8 PM, kicking off with electro-classical Brooklynite Lydia Ainsworth, then Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, R&B-leaning trio Wet, psych band Spires, a DJ set (and exclusive CMJ appearance) from Purity Ring (which will feature special guest appearances), Oslo dance producer Cashmere Cat, and Montreal future bass producer Jacques Greene. John McSwain was also supposed to DJ, but doors are closing at 2am, so he sadly got bumped.

Baby's will also be open Saturday day AND Saturday night.

Flyers below.

Continue reading "Purity Ring (DJ set feat. special guests), Cashmere Cat, Jacques Greene & more playing Baby's All Right night show tonight"

Caveman at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Caveman

As you probably know by now, CMJ starts today, and local indie pop band Caveman are doing a number of shows for it this year, and all of them (at least what's currently announced) are free.

The band will start their CMJ run today (10/15) at Rockwood Music Hall for a Communion-presented show with U.S. Royalty, Tor Miller, and Duologue. The show's totally free. Set times below.

They play another Communion show on Friday (10/18) at Henry, A Liquor Bar (356 W 58 St). This one's an all-acoustic show, and features stripped down sets from Caveman, along with Bad Suns and James Bay. Also free, and RSVP is open now. Caveman's on at 8:30 PM, and the full schedule is below.

Then, they'll play a free Bowery Presents showcase that next day (10/19) at Pianos with Drowners, Clear Plastic Masks, Landshapes, Eagulls, Bear Mountain, Spires, Most Thieves, Kodaline, Jacco Gardner, and Kan Wakan.

And then finally they'll play a Wild Honey Pie showcase at Cameo on Saturday (10/19) with Empress Of, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave, Hockey, Little Daylight, TV Girl, Belle Mare, Highs, Wilsen, How Sad, and Deidre & The Dark. Free tickets are available.

All dates are listed, along with show flyers, schedules, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Caveman -- 2013 CMJ shows & other dates"

Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Potty Mouth

As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.

Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...

Continue reading "FADER Fort lineup & schedule announced (Potty Mouth, Bear Mountain, Vince Staples, SZA, The Internet & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Range

We recently discussed some of the hip hop at CMJ, and now here's a breakdown of some of the electronic music.

On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.

Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.

Also on Friday at Glasslands, Disclosure's pal Tourist makes his US debut. Since we last spoke, Figgy and Real Magic were added to the bill, and tickets are still available.

Real Magic, who we profiled when he played CMJ 2011, finally released his debut LP this year, and also plays other CMJ shows.

As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.

Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.

And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.

On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.

Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.

Kelela

Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).

All mentioned streams and few others below...

Continue reading "electronic music at CMJ: The Range, Ejecta, Lee Bannon, Just Blaze, Kelela, Com Truise, Blue Sky Black Death & more"

by Bill Pearis

TV Girl

LA snarky samplers TV Girl released their most recent EP, Lonely Women, over the summer, five bitter pills with sugar coating for easy pop consumption. They just made a video for lead track "She Smokes in Bed" which stars an anthropomorphic, aerobicizing cigarette. We've got the premiere of that which can be viewed below.

TV Girl are making their first-ever trip to NYC next week for CMJ and with five shows on their docket currently:

10/16 - New York, NY @ Tammany Hall (1:00 AM)
10/17 - New York, NY @ Pianos (5:00 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/18 - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge (8:45 PM)
10/19 - New York, NY @ Rockwood (1:50 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo (5:20 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
Those shows, with full band line-ups (where available) are listed, along with the video premiere, another video and EP stream, below...

Continue reading "TV Girl made a new video, playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

DIANA at POP Montreal 2013
Pop Montreal Day 1

POP Montreal is currently underway with many artists playing across multiple Montreal venues. The festival kicked off on Wednesday (9/25) and it continues through this Sunday (9/29). On the first day of the fest, we caught a headlining show by DIANA (who just toured opening for Austra) with Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of and Mori at Sala Rossa. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Still to come at POP Montreal are shows from Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Local Natives, The-Dream, Born Gold, Majical Cloudz, Whitehorse, Dent May, Shuggie Otis, Brendan Canning, Cakes Da Killa, Killer Mike, and more. Browse the full schedule at their website. Stay tuned for more POP Montreal coverage.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "POP Montreal underway (pics from the DIANA, Empress Of and Mori show)"

by Bill Pearis

Celestial Shore
photo by Josh Goleman

Brooklyn's Celestial Shore released their new album, 10x, last week via Hometapes. "Beachy" is a term that's thrown around a lot with them, and you can hear traces of Brian Wilson in their harmonies, but "Little Deuce Coup" this ain't. The group bring an intricate mathy-ness to the music, with frequent time/tempo changes making the album right at, er, home on Hometapes (All Tiny Creatures, Slaraffenland). You can stream two tracks from the album below and the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.

Celestial Shore play a record release party tonight (9/13) at Silent Barn. Openers are Empress Of and TEEN (both who could probably headline Silent Barn on their own), plus Bueno. The band have a bunch of upcoming NYC shows, actually. They'll support Darwin Deez and Caged Animals at Knitting Factory on September 29 (tickets); play Grand Victory on October 4 with Feuding Fathers; open for Arto Lindsay as part of the CBGB Fest at Bowery Electric on October 12 (tickets); and play with Luke Temple at Le Poisson Rouge on October 14 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Empress Of also recently announced shows with the 4AD-signed SOHN.

All Celestial Shore dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "Celestial Shore released '10x' on Hometapes, playing NYC release show tonight w/ TEEN and Empress Of ++ other dates"

Chelsea Wolfe in Chicago in January (more by Zach Pollack)
Chelsea Wolfe

Pig Destroyer @ GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
Pig Destroyer

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Pig Destroyer, Pharmakon, Evian Christ, Richard Hell (reading), Peter Sotos, Julianna Barwick @ Basilica Hudson
The two-day Basilica Sound Scape begins today in Hudson, NY. Today's got a diverse lineup that includes music from ambient art pop artist Julianna Barwick, murky hip hop producer (and Kanye West collaborator) Evian Christ, industrial-noise artist Pharmakon, and grindcore shredders Pig Destroyer. Plus, punk legend Richard Hell will be reading from his work, and more. More details here.

Chelsea Wolfe, True Widow @ Bowery Ballroom
Chelsea Wolfe's now 4-for-4 on the album-to-year ratio. Her newest, Pain Is Beauty, is her boldest and most cleanly produced work yet, but it doesn't lose the intensity of her earlier, rawer work. Tonight she brings her tour with Relapse-signed slowcore trio True Widow. Get ready to be entranced.

Deer Tick (performing "In Utero"), T. Hardy Morris @ Brooklyn Bowl
You may know that every now and then, Deer Tick does this thing where they drink a ton of beer (well they probably do that at every show), call themselves "Deervana," and play an entire set of Nirvana songs. They did it at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011, and they'll do it at that venue again tonight, but this time playing 1993's In Utero in full, in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary.

Pinback, Deathfix @ Irving Plaza
Makers of intricately layered, expertly played indie rock, Pinback returned last year with Information Retrieved, their first new album in half a decade. This will be the band's third time through NYC in the last year. Tickets are still available.

Grant Hart, Slonk Donkerson, Franny & Zooey @ Cake Shop
Earlier this year, onetime Husker Du singer/drummer Grant Hart released The Argument, a concept album based on Milton's Paradise Lost which has earned him his highest accolades of his post-Du career.

Blowoff (Ft. the DJ sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel) @ Gramercy Theatre
Meanwhile, Hart's former bandmate, Bob Mould, performs tonight as one half of Blowoff, his electronic-leaning pop rock project.

Maria Minerva (DJ Set), Alice Cohen, Sateen @ Body Actualized Center
Art pop songwriter Alice Cohen has been making music for decades, and her current project as a solo artist is a regular on the NYC DIY scene. Tonight she plays Body Actualized Center, along with Sateen, and Maria Minerva DJs.

Jana Hunter, Horse Lords, The Dreebs, 75 Dollar Bill @ Death By Audio
Jana Hunter's Lower Dens project and fellow Baltimoreans Horse Lords are featured on opposite sides of the new 7" in Famous Class' LAMC series. You can stream it below. Tonight's the record release party.

Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Glasslands
Montreal's Majical Cloudz make soulful, minimal music that can be a captivating live experience, due mainly to Devon Welsh intense stage presence. This is the first of two NYC shows this weekend, both of which are with Toronto's Moon King who are definitely worth getting there early for.

Chrome Canyon, Cale Parks (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
If you like early-'80s neo-futuristic synth music and enjoy theremins, Chrome Canyon's otherworldly stage show could be the trip you're looking for.

Houses, Jamaican Queens, Modern Merchant @ Mercury Lounge
Two laptop-leaning indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their second of two NYC shows together at Mercury Lounge.

Scout Niblett, Dope Body @ Saint Vitus
Scout Niblett has been doing the grungy singer/songwriter thing (not unlike early PJ Harvey) for a while now, and her newest album is a very good addition to her already solid discography. Tonight she brings her tour with noise rockers Dope Body to Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus.

Youth Code, Night Sins @ Saint Vitus
After the Scout Niblett show, Saint Vitus hosts a late show with a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.

Celestial Shore, Empress Of, TEEN, Bueno @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn's beachy Celestial Shore are celebrating the release of their new album, 10x, tonight with some pretty good party guests: TEEN and Empress Of are both bands who could probably headline a place like Silent Barn on their own.

Glass Candy, Chromatics @ Terminal 5
Terminal 5 can turn off their air conditioning tonight, as these two Portland practioners of icy Italo-disco (which share member Johnny Jewel) should chill things out nicely.

Cuntz, Degreaser, Yo! Bum Rush The Show @ The Flat
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. This is their second of two shows.

Peter Hook & The Light (Movement & Power, Corruption & Lies), Slaves of Venus @ Webster Hall
Peter Hook's striking low-slung presence -- and signature style -- was missing from New Order's show here earlier this summer, but now he's here with his band The Light performing New Order's first two albums in full.

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), Wolfram, Justin Miller @ The Panther Room
Holy Ghost!, who have a new album out this week, revel in vintage sounds. How long into their set before they drop some early-'80s Arthur Baker?

Xeno & Oaklander, Bootbacks, Tempers, DJ Mar Bar @ Union Pool
Speaking of vintage sounds, Xeno & Oaklander, who perform their minimal synth like it was still 1981 -- what's a laptop? -- will do so tonight as part of night of similarly moody danse.

Pictureplane, James Ferraro, Gatekeeper (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Another of the many recent chances to catch NYC party-starter Pictureplane, and this one's with experimentalist James Ferraro.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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SOHN (photo by Matthias Rhomberg)
SOHN

Vienna-via-London producer/vocalist SOHN already has two EPs under his belt -- 2012's The Wheel and this year's Bloodflows -- and he's now set to release his debut full length on 4AD (Grimes, Deerhunter, The National) in early 2014. SOHN is also known for his remixes, including one of Rhye, whose sound isn't too far removed from his own. He's just released a new single, "Lessons," which may or may not appear on that full length length, and that can be streamed below.

SOHN is also set to tour North America this year, and he'll be stopping in NYC on November 24 at Mercury Lounge and November 25 at Glasslands, both of which are being opened by Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon.

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

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CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

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John Grant at LPR in April (more by PSquared Photography)
John Grant

Folk-turned-synth-pop musician John Grant recently kicked off his North American tour, which is set to come to NYC soon for a show on July 1. That show was initially set to happen at Mercury Lounge but has been moved to the larger Bowery Ballroom. NYC art pop singer Empress Of has been added as an opener to the show too. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are available, and all tickets purchased for Mercury Lounge will be honored.

Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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Warm Up 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
Warm Up

The annual Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this year every Saturday from June 29 through September 7. As usual, they've booked an excellent lineup of forward-thinking electronic music, hip hop, and other related genres.

Artists playing this year include Majical Cloudz (who just played NYC and will play Northside), XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars (live), Kode9, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Caribou (DJ), Empress Of, J. Cole, World's Fair, IO Echo (live), Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO, Gobby, Kelela, Juan Atkins, A Guy Called Gerald, Pional, Kim Ann Foxman, Jon Hopkins, King Britt and tons of other names.

Advance tickets for each day will go on sale Wednesday, June 5 at noon via MoMAPS1.org. Full 2013 schedule below...

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El Guincho / Empress Of
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Empress Of released a pair of hot remixes today by the likes of El Guincho (who has been quiet the last couple years) and Pional. Both are pretty chilled out, especially El Guincho's which sounds like walking through a big house that has a radio in every room, each one playing something different. Listen to both below.

Empress Of also has a pair of shows coming up including the previously mentioned gig with Twin Sister at Silent Barn on Saturday (5/11) and one with Doldrums at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (5/8). Tickets for the Merc show are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with those remixes, below.

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Dubno

IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

4 months....that's how long we've spent stone cold sober watching bands at the new Silent Barn. This Friday we're compensating for all that in one night.

[Friday, 3/29] is the first night that Silent Barn can legally sell beer + wine and drink all over our amazing, huge, multi-use utopia with all our friends.

Sick DJs!!!!!

DJ Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, WNYU)
DJ Deep Cuts (WFMU's Marty McSorely, DBA's Brandon Perry, Silent Barn's barber)
DJ Ad Hoc (Ric Leichtung, also of 285 Kent/Market Hotel)
DJ ESP TV (Scott Kiernan + Victoria Keddie)

Entry is free to the entire space all night. Check out our studios! We'll fuckin cut your hair! We got a contraption that sometimes sorts and sometimes explodes fruit! We got a photo show of Discord Era DC political hxc!

Our doors open at 8:30. Our doors close...we'll figure that one out later. We're at 603 Bushwick Ave, off the Myrtle-Broadway JM or walkable from the Morgan L.

718-497-7148 is the number for Bushwick Car Service...that's all I'm gonna say.

It's like when Moses found Israel and then they had to wait outside for 40 years. And then drank a shitton of milk and honey on Friday night.

Other upcoming events at Silent Barn include The Beets & Sea Lions on April 9th, and as mentioned, Twin Sister & Empress Of on May 11th.

Empress Of, who played one of our BrooklynVegan day shows in Austin, last played NYC at Pianos

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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Empress of / Brazos @ Pianos, 3/5/2013
Empress Of
Brazos

Why don't we have more early shows in NYC? It's fun to see a couple bands and still have your night ahead of you. That was our thought process with the Empress Of / Brazos show that BrooklynVegan presented last night (3/5) with fellow music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear at Ludlow St. standby Pianos. We got a sneak peak -- in live form -- at Empress Of's forthcoming Systems EP, which will be out via Terrible next month. We also got an early listen to songs from Brazos' upcoming Dead Oceans debut, Saltwater, with their opening set. (The two bands share a member, too.) Both Empress of and Brazos will be in Austin next for SXSW, and the former will grace our Saturday (3/16) day party at the old Emo's space.

More pics from last night's Pianos show are below.

Continue reading "Empress Of and Brazos played Pianos (pics)"

Empress Of

As mentioned, Brooklyn's Empress Of are going on a tour this year which includes SXSW and many dates supporting Jamie Lidell. Since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded and now includes another NYC show, which BrooklynVegan and Gorilla vs. Bear are proudly presenting. That show happens on March 5 at Pianos with Brazos, who share a member with Empress Of's live band. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Gorilla vs. Bear also just premiered a new track from Empress Of's upcoming Systems EP, which is due out this April via Terrible Records in the US and Double Denim internationally. The new track is called "Hat Trick" and you can stream it below. That's the cover art above.

Empress Of's upcoming shows also include a BrooklynVegan day party and a Gorilla vs. Bear party at SXSW. After the Jamie Lidell tour, Empress Of plays another NYC show on May 11 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister. All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the Pianos show, below...

Continue reading "Empress Of signed to Terrible Records, releases song, expands tour, playing Pianos on Tuesday (BV & GvsB presents!)"

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