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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.

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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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)

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 + 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

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)

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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by Andrew Sacher

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

Over the summer, Kimbra announced a tour with Empress Of which hits NYC on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom. That show unsurprisingly sold out almost immediately, and the pair have now added a second NYC date happening a few days earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 3. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Kimbra will also be in NYC before that tour kicks off for a "special collaboration set" with local jazz band Kneebody at Le Poisson Rouge on September 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

Opening the LPR show is NYC's Tiny Hazard. They're planning to release their debut album next year, but ahead of that they have a one-off single, "Silhouette," which premieres in this post. It's a kind of eccentric art pop that fans of St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond or early Regina Spektor may dig. You can hear it for yourself below.

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

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...

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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

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...

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Jungle at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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...

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by Andrew Sacher


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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Glasser / Kelela

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...

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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.

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