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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Day for Night Festival

Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.

Read our top 50 below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums of 2015"

Caveman / Juan Maclean / the stage (via @daniellesteger / @robnyc75 / @boy_version)
Cameo Gallery
Cameo Gallery
Cameo Gallery

Williamsburg said goodbye to another long-running music venue over the weekend, with N. 6th St. club Cameo Gallery closing its doors for good at some point late Saturday night / Sunday morning. They packed in a lot of music over the last two days with early rock shows and late night dance parties on both Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21). Friday had Eternal Summers and more for the early show and Juan Maclean live for the late show. For their last night, Caveman headlined the early show, and they closed down the place with Plastic Plates and DJs St. Lucia. To underline things a little, this came, basically, one year (minus a day) to Death by Audio's farewell. Did you stop by this weekend to say goodbye to Cameo?

Other shows from the final week, included Chairlift who played twice -- first as the secret guests at Wednesday's Mr. Twin Sister show (11/18) and then their own show at Cameo on Thursday (11/19) with Wet.

Williamsburg is less fun without you here, Cameo. You will be missed. More Instagrams below...

Continue reading "Cameo Gallery, RIP"

photo: Caveman @ Cameo, 2013 (more by Jessica Amaya)

It's the last week for long-running Williamsburg club Cameo Gallery with the final night being Saturday (11/21). There were a few unannounced nights when we last posted but now all has been (mostly) revealed and tickets are still available to all of them. Tonight (11/17) Communion and Wild Honey Pie are presenting the intensely chipper Diet Cig, plus LAUV, Such Hounds, Tropic of Pisces. On Wednesday (11/18) it's Mr. Twin Sister, their good friends Ava Luna, and what they're saying is a "Very Special Guest."

Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21) both have early and late shows. On Friday, the early show (7 PM) is Eternal Summers, SoftSpot, Little Racer, and Monograms; then the late show (midnight) is The Juan Maclean live, plus Evan Michael, and another "Special Guest."

On Saturday, the early show (8 PM) is Caveman, the Dave Harrington Group, WALTZ, and HEART ACHE. Then at midnight, it's the last hurrah danceparty with a DJ set from St. Lucia (DJ set), plus Plastic Plates.

Again, tickets are still available for all of Cameo's remaining shows.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Eternal Summers / Hockey Dad / Beverly / Yung / Diet Cig / Wildhoney
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

If you have the advantage of being free in the afternoons during CMJ week, day parties offer an easy way to catch many of the most talked about bands at the fest, usually for free with maybe some free drinks/food too. Such was the case on Wednesday (10/13) when Pianos (Kanine/Dr. Martens party) and Cake Shop (Breakthru Radio party) -- both on the same block of Ludlow St. -- offered up Car Seat Headrest, Mothers, Shopping, Windhoney, Yung (all of whom are playing free BV CMJ parties this weekend), as well as UK bands Pinact and Oscar,, Aussie duo Hockey Dad, Baltimore indiepop act Expert Alterations, as well as Eternal Summers, Beverly, Diet Cig, Palehound and more. (Front bar DJs include Kip from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin of Mercury Girls, and yours truly). If you weren't able to make it out, chances are most of these bands playing again. It's CMJ.

Lots more pics from Wednesday day parties at Pianos and Cake Shop, below...

Continue reading "CMJ Wednesday day party pics: Eternal Summers, Wildhoney, Hockey Dad, Beverly, Palehound, Gramma's Boyfriend & more"

by Tatiana Tenreyro

Nicole Yun
Nicole Yun photo by Thomas James Keywood

Eternal Summers released their fifth album, Gold & Stone, via Kanine Records, fittingly, this past summer. This is their first self-produced album and one of their best. Gold & Stone is a vibrant, dreamlike record, yet it doesn't shy away from also combining punk elements that the band has previously used in other albums. Eternal Summers also experienced another first by going on their first-ever Europe/UK tour. Despite being back home for only a week, they're going to CMJ, where they will play five shows.

I spoke with frontwoman Nicole Yun about their last LP, their European and UK tour, their stunning music videos, and CMJ.


BV: You recently came back from touring Europe and the UK, your first ever European tour. How does touring in Europe/UK differ from the US?

Nicole of Eternal Summers: Yeah, it's really interesting, going over there. I think the main thing that we noticed is that every country had a different vibe. People are really serious about concerts over there. Watching shows, I barely saw anyone with phones out ever, not even to text or take photos. People were there just to really pay attention to the music. Sometimes that was hard for us, depending on where we were. In England, we had to get used to the fact that people paid so much attention that they don't move, they just watch, but then afterwards people would be like, 'Hey. I really enjoyed that'. We noticed after three shows in England, that people are just not going to move as much, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's not a good show.

But then, we noticed in Paris and Germany, people did move around a lot, but they were just so there for the show and not distracted at all. It was just really interesting because in the US, I love that generally people know how to move their neck or head, like bob around a little bit. And they can be really small, but you can tell "Okay, they're having fun." But I think, just that respect level of "I'm not even going to bring my phone out at all" is just not an American thing. I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing, but it's just one of those first things that was really super obvious to us.

It sounds like a good thing.

I think it was, and I really feel like over there, they don't really take it for granted when people come from overseas to play shows. I think people are like "I'm here for a concert and these people came from overseas to play, it gets my undivided attention." I thought it was really, really cool.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Eternal Summers (on playing CMJ, touring Europe, their new album, videos, songwriting & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Lyla Foy in Paris (photo by Robert Gil)
Lyla Foy

London's Lyla Foy (fka WALL) released her debut album Mirrors the Sky last year on Sub Pop, and last week she followed it with the UMi EP. She was backed by Oli Deakin (keyboards, bass, guitar), Andy Goodall (drums, percussion) and Hazel Tratt (additional vocals) for the recording, and it's gentle, delicate stuff somewhere between folk and dream pop. We've got the premiere of the video for "River." You can check that out, and stream the whole EP, below.

Lyla is also touring the US, including a stop in NYC for CMJ. She plays the Flower Booking showcase on October 17 at Knitting Factory with The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Eternal Summers, Stealing Sheep and S. Tickets are still available, and badges will be accepted.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Lyla Foy streaming 'UMi' EP, made a video, playing CMJ"

by Andrew Sacher


Former Cloud Nothings guitarist Joe Boyer's band Chomp released a 7" this past spring, and this week they'll release a new tape called Bruise Control on Mirror Universe (pre-order). They don't quite have the pop smarts of Cloud Nothings, but if you dig that band's noise punk tendencies you might find something to like here too. The full stream of the tape premieres below.

The band is also playing CMJ. Here's what their schedule is looking like:

10/14 @ The Rock Shop w/ Eternal Summers, Savak, Bird Courage, Pinact
10/16 @ The Grand Victory w/The Membranes, Cinema Cinema, Les Bicyclettes Blanches
10/17 @ Cake Shop (Official Cake Shop CMJ show) w/Gemma, Expert Alterations, Eternal Summers, Solids, Garden of Elks
10/17 @ Aviv (Exploding in Sound/Ipsum CMJ show) w/ Cold Sweats, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Playboy Manbaby, Dirty Dishes, Nonsense, Magnet School, Solids, Crosss, Needs
Their only other show is a hometown gig in Cleveland before they head to CMJ. Full tour schedule and the tape stream below...

Continue reading "Chomp (ex-Cloud Nothings) streaming new tape, playing CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers have made a video for "The Roses," one of the prettiest songs on this year's Gold & Stone which I think is their best album yet. Using cloth swatches, animators Japhy Riddle, May Oskan, and Brendan Bellomo tell a charming tale of two lonely archers who meet in a fabric forrest. Eternal Summers consistently have superior music videos and this is no different. As for the song itself, singer/guitarist Nicole Yun tells us about "The Roses" perhaps surprising influences:

This was definitely the guilty pleasure song for us for quite a while, as we had to get comfortable with the fact that it was just so poppy! The working title was called "Jammy 3", the 3 being a reference to the fact that there was a very mild Third Eye Blind 90's radio tone to it that we all secretly enjoyed, and yet felt guilty about. As we worked it out, and especially as we arranged it in the studio, early Pablo Honey Radiohead influences (which I hoped would come through) were truly made a reality! It's definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album!
"The Roses" video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch below.

Like a lot of bands, Eternal Summers will be in NYC this month for CMJ and they've got five shows on their schedule currently:

WED Oct 14 @ Pianos (5:15 PM): Kanine Day party w/ Yung, Car Seat Headrest, Pinact, Oscar, Expert Alterations, Weaves, Beverly, Mercury Girls (Philly), Cheatahs, Wildhoney, Hin Du, Hockey Dad (FREE)
WED Oct 14 @ The Rock Shop (11 PM): International Rescue showcase w/ Chomp, SAVAK, Pinact, Bird Courage (tickets)
FRI Oct 16 - NY, NY @ Pianos (11 PM): The Deli showcase w/ Ohnomoon, Mild High Club, Weaves, Beverly, Diet Cig, Stolen Jars, Controller, The Fluids, Vundabar (tickets)
SAT Oct 17 - NY @ Cake Shop (day): Cake Shop day party w/ Solids, Gemma, Chomp, Expert Alterations, Garden of Elks (FREE)
SAT Oct 17 @ Knitting Factory (12 AM): Flower Booking showcase w/ The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Stealing Sheep, S, Lyla Foy (tickets)
The band are currently on tour in the UK with Surfer Blood. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers made an animated video for "The Roses," will be here for CMJ (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Hockey Dad

Hailing from Wollongong, Australia, duo Hockey Dad released their debut EP last year, five songs overdriven earworm pop. Just barely out of high school, they toured with fellow Aussies DZ Deathrays and have an infectious new single "Can't Have Them" out now, and will release their debut LP in 2016. You can watch the video for "Can't Have Them" and check out the EP, below.

Hockey Dad will be making their first trip to the States to play CMJ next month. Shows announced so far include a free Kanine/Dr. Martens day party at Pianos on Wednesday, October 14 with Yung, Car Seat Headrest, Pinact, Oscar, Expert Alterations, Weaves, Beverly, Mercury Girls (Philly), Cheatahs, Wildhoney, Hin Du, Eternal Summers and Shopping, plus Kip from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin from Literature/Mercury Girls, Paulie (Newtown Radio), and the person writing this post as DJs in the front room. Flyer is below.

Then Hockey Dad play later Wednesday night at Cake Shop for the SEASAC showcase with Hooton Tennis Club, Expert Alterations, Kim Logan, These Reigning Days, and Slum Sociable. More shows for Hockey Dad may be announced as we get closer to CMJ.

Continue reading "Australian duo Hockey Dad released EP & new single (listen), playing CMJ including shows w/ Cheatahs, Beverly & more"

by Bill Pearis

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep's sophomore album, Not Real, remains at the top (or near) my loose 2015 Favorite Albums list, a hard-to-categorize record that incorporates synthpop, faerie folk, prog and other genres into a genuinely fresh sound. They're not like anyone else, though as I've said before, the closest comparison you could make is probably Metronomy. If you haven't checked it out, you can stream it and check out videos for "Deadlock" and "Not Real" below. There are also a couple non-LP tracks that came with the Rough Trade edition of the album to listen to below as well.

The band will be making their NYC live debut at this year's CMJ Festival. The only announced show so far is the Flower Booking showcase which happens at Knitting Factory on October 17 with The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Eternal Summers, S, and Lyla Foy also playing. That's a pretty good show. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Stealing Sheep released 'Not Real' (stream it), playing CMJ including show w/ Eternal Summers, Album Leaf & more"


The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 13-17, and today the initial list of artists was revealed. A bunch of these are NYC shows we've posted about (browse our "CMJ" tag), but highlights include Car Seat Headrest, Cheatahs, Destruction Unit, Dent May, Dilly Dally, Doomsquad, Drinks, Eternal Summers, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Expert Alterations, Ezra Furman, Frankie Cosmos, Hooton Tennis Club, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, Mercury Rev, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, S, Shannon and the Clams, Slim Twig, Stealing Sheep, The Album Leaf, The Dirty Nil, The Men, The Wonder Years, Titus Andronicus and Wildhoney. Check out the full list below.

Badges are on sale.

Continue reading "CMJ 2015 initial artist lineup"

by Bill Pearis


Eternal Summers will release their new album, Gold & Stone, next week via Kanine. As I wrote previously, I think this rivals's 2012's Correct Behavior for the best thing they've done yet, taking a more shimmery tack that really works great with some of the band's best songs. There's also a gem from drummer Daniel Cundiff, titled "Ebb Tide," that reminds me a lot of Know By Heart-era American Analog Set. You can stream the whole thing right now over at The NY Times.

The band's tour winds around to the Northeast again this weekend, including a stop at NYC Popfest as part of the all-day Sunday (5/31) show at Littlefield with Club 8,  Lunchbox, Seabirds, Cold Beat, The Holiday Crowd, Starry Eyed Cadet, and Sapphire Mansions. Tickets are still available.

At the tail-end of their tour, Eternal Summers will be back to play Brooklyn Bowl on June 30, with Widowspeak and Small Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers streaming new LP, playing Brooklyn Bowl w/ Widowspeak & Small Black after NYC Popfest (updated dates)"


LES venue, coffee shop, record store and general music-loving good vibes spot Cake Shop is 10 years old this month and will be celebrating with 10 "house shows" every Friday and Saturday in May, promising "extra-special power-packed" lineups. The fun starts tonight (5/1) with live band emo/pop-punk karaoke. Saturday's show (CS10 #2) features Frankie Cosmos, No One and the Somebodies, Outside World, Marigolds and Memorial Gore. Next Friday (5/8) features Eternal Summers, Telepathic (Rob and Sarah from Bleeding Rainbow's new band), Darlings, Plains and one more TBA.

That's all that's been announced so far, but Cake Shop's May calendar also features Swedish band Les Big Byrd on 5/12, and their annual NYC Popfest show, happening 5/28 with Beverly, UK band Young Romance, Baltimore's Wildhoney, Roman a Clef and Souvenir Stand (tickets). As for what else is in store, Cake Shop says:

In addition to all the great music we'll be hosting, we are planning loads of surprises: one night, we may have a keg in the back, or a reading of biographies in the daytime. Another night, we might sell half-pint bottles of Jim Beam, or serve pancakes during a Sunday matinee. Perhaps we will have a mustachioed guy in a vest serving the freshest, most well-balanced cocktail you've ever had. Maybe that singer with the bangs you saw in Oakland last winter will be guest bartending, or the guitarist who just played at Music Hall of Williamsburg an hour before will be DJing upstairs. At times we will serve shots in plastic cups for $3, or have a food truck take over the cafe operation for the day. You'll just have to watch for our announcements and find out!
Check Cake Shop's calendar or twitter for updates...and happy birthday Cake Shop! We're glad you're still here.

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers have made a video for their single "Together or Alone" which is from their fourth album, Gold and Stone, which is out June 2 via Kanine. Japhy Riddle directed the stop-motion animated clip about a lonely honey badger who looks to the stars every night. It's lovely short and you can watch it below. That song is one of the adrenalized songs on Gold and Stone, but more indicative of the dreamier direction Eternal Summers have taken this time is its shimmering title track which recalls bands like The Sundays or even "Linger"-era Cranberries. It's a natural fit for the band and when the "oooooh" chorus hits the song really lifts off. The whole album is full of songs like that and is up there with Correct Behavior as the best thing they've done yet. Listen to "Gold and Stone" below.

The band are currently on tour with Turbo Fruits and shortly after those dates will be in Brooklyn at Littlefield on May 31, which is the 2015 NYC Popfest finale with Club 8, #Poundsign#, Lunchbox, Seabirds, Palms on Fire, Starry Eyed Cadet, and Sapphire Mansions. Tickets are still available. Eternal Summers will be in the city before that, playing Cake Shop on May 8 which is part of the venue's 10th anniversary month. Full lineup (and details on what else Cake Shop has in store) are still TBA. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers share "Together or Alone" video + 'Gold and Stone' title track, playing Cake Shop before Popfest (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

The Loft

NYC Popfest has just announced the lineup for its 2015 edition which happens May 28 - 311 in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Shows will happen at Cake Shop, Knitting Factory, Cameo, The Bell House, Littlefield and Baby's All Right. Schedule is still TBA but four-day festival passes are on sale now.

Like always it's a mix of bands from around the world, both new and veteran acts. Some of this year's highlights include: The Loft, fronted by Pete Astor and one of the first bands signed to Creation Records; Sweden's Club 8, one of the many bands featuring Labrador Records owner Johan Angergård; C-86 era band The Darling Buds who scored a few college radio hits in the late '80s and early '90s (and who many couldn't tell apart from The Primitives); shortlived Ann Arbor, MI band Veronica Lake who put out records on Spin Art, Simple Machines and Bus Stop and haven't played a show since 1994; The Catenary Wires, the duo featuring Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly and The Tender Trap; and Germany's Brideshead who have been making music since the '90s.

More on the international front: The Spook School, who charmed last year's Popfest crowd, and other UK acts like Young Romance, and The Just Joans; Papa Topo and Jessica & The Fletchers from Spain; plus Wallflower from Japan, and Popfest's first band from Russia, Palms On Fire.

From North America, there's Eternal Summers (who have a new album out around the time of Popfest), terrific shoegazers Wildhoney and their fellow Baltimoreans Expert Alterations, three bands from California (Lunchbox, #poundsign# and Starry Eyed Cadet), and Rhode Island's Working. And NYC is well-represented with Beverly, Roman a Clef, The Chandler Estate, Pale Lights, and Souvenir Stand.

The Popfest folks have put together a Spotify playlist featuring most all the band's playing this year and you can stream that, and check out a few related videos and streams, below. More bands may be added, but check out the 2015 NYC Popfest lineup as it stands now, below.

Continue reading "NYC Popfest announces 2015 line-up (The Loft, Darling Buds, Club 8, Veronica Lake, Eternal Summers, Wildhoney & more)"

by Bill Pearis


Virginia trio Eternal Summers will be back with a new album, titled Gold And Stone, on June 2 via Kanine. Like last year's The Drop Beneath, the band made the album at Austin's Resonate Studio but this time produced it themselves with help from engineer/mixer Louie Lino. Says singer Nicole Yun, "We wanted to target more lush and radiant textures, some classic rock riffs, some jazzier elements and some full-on punk snarl." Some of that punk snarl is on display in the chorus of first single "Together Or Alone" which you can stream, and watch an album trailer, below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers announce new album, share first single"

intro by Andrew Sacher


There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

Continue reading "Tiny Engines co-founders Will & Chuck, Cayetana, Frontier(s) and Runaway Brother list their favorite LPs of 2014"

by Bill Pearis

Literature @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Philadelphia's Literature just released the video for "New Jacket" which is off this year's Chorus, their first album for Slumberland. The hazy visuals, a mix of flowers and live footage fit the breathless rush of the song pretty well and you can watch that below. Last in NYC for CMJ, Literature have no shows on the horizon but they're about to go back into the studio for their next album.

Being the indiepop aficionado that he is, we asked Literature guitarist Kevin Attics to give us a list of his favorite songs from the last year which he did and also turned into a mix for us. Kevin says:

2014 is saying it's goodbyes at the party before it walks assuredly out the door. What did we just experience? The culmination of passion projects labored over for years (A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Gold-Bears), nascent talents throwing out the script (Girlpool, Dripping Wet, Spook School), future legends gathering steam (Flowers, Eternal Summers), and a flourishing musical community that is so tightly bound and dynamic (everyone on this mix). Also, Hurry put out a record I guess.
You can stream Kevin from Literature's "Essential Songs from 2014" mix below...

Continue reading "Literature release new video, made a mixtape of their "Essential Songs from 2014""

by Bill Pearis

PINS n' Brogues

Manchester, UK band PINS, when not making their own rabble-rousing music, run their own label, Haus of PINS, and have a few releases lined up. One of those is by fellow Manc band Brown Brogues who bang out spirited garagey rock n' roll. Brown Brogues have a split EP with Eternal Summers (who were just in NYC) via the label soon, and have just made a video for their song "Don't Dance With My Girlfriend" which features the girls in PINS and makes its premiere in this post. Says director Sarah Jenny Johnson:

It was filmed in just a few hours in a gallery space in the northern quarter using a Canon 60D and 50mm lens. We decided we wanted to the video to be in black & white, simple and sassy yet dead funny. Everyone showed of their dance moves very well. Especially Ben. Obviously" Sarah Jenny Johnson, director.
As to the song itself, Brown Brogues drummer Ben Mather chimes in:
The song Don't Dance with my Girlfriend is a school boy romance song, its a way of showing love without looking soft or actually saying the words -- passive-aggressive love, if you will. It was written in the lead up to Mark's wedding so maybe the first dance was weighing on his mind.
Check out the video, plus a couple Brown Brogues streams, below.

Meanwhile, PINS will be in North America next month for a tour that includes stops in NYC during CMJ. So far only one show is on their schedule: Cameo on October 21 which is Oh My Rockness' showcase with September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, and Amanda X also on the bill. That's a good lineup and tickets are on sale.

All PINS dates are listed, along with the Brown Brogues video/streams, below...

Continue reading "Brown Brogues ready split w/ Eternal Summers, made a video w/ PINS who are touring & playing CMJ (dates, streams) "

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers

Virginia's Eternal Summers are no strangers to NYC, playing here fairly often. They'll be in town again on July 21 at Baby's All Right for what appears to be a one off -- no other dates are currently on their schedule. Tickets are on sale now

That show is with Montreal's Seoul who were pretty good when they played NYC back in March. No other dates for them either. For the unfamiliar, Seoul make breathy pop, with roots in '80s bands like The Dream Academy and Prefab Sprout. Not a lot online to check out but they did just release a new single, "White Mountain, which you can stream, along with one other song, below.

Continue reading "Montreal band Seoul have a new single (stream it), playing NYC in July with Eternal Summers"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers / Beverly @ Cake Shop, 4/21/2014
Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers were in town over the weekend to play Saturday's Kanine-curated Brooklyn Night Bazaar show (4/19) and stuck around to play Cake Shop on Monday (4/21). The band are sounding strong these days, thanks in part to a great new album, The Drop Beneath. Next month, Eternal Summers will be on tour with UK group Maximo Park for a few West Coast dates, and those are listed below.

Joining them at the Cake Shop show were their Kanine labelmates Beverly, who had made their full band live debut on Friday (4/18) at BKNB. Originally a duo with Frankie Rose, Drew Citron (who's in the current lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) now leads the Rose-less four-piece live version of Beverly. I caught the Night Bazaar show and they seemed to have it pretty down right out of the gate. It helps in no small part that Beverly's songs are ridiculously catchy, crunchy and not too sweet -- part Breeders (think "Divine Hammer"), part early Weezer. Their album, Careers, is out July 1. No other live dates at the moment -- TPOBPAH are about to head out on tour -- but stay tuned.

Both Eternal Summers and Beverly were on the Kanine RSD14 compilation Non Violent Femmes. Did anyone pick that up over the weekend?

Sapphire Mansions
Sapphire Mansions

Sandwiched in between were Brooklyn's Sapphire Mansions whose crystalline sound recalls a variety of '80s UK influences. Their debut EP is really good and while they don't have another show lined up at the moment, they play around frequently so be on the lookout for their next show.

In related Kanine news, also playing over the weekend were UK band Fear of Men whose debut album is out today. As mentioned, they're sticking around to play a free release party at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (4/23). It's an early show (doors are at 7:30 PM), Las Rosas play first and the whole thing is over by 10 PM. They're worth catching.

More pics from Cake Shop below...

Continue reading "Eternal Summers and Beverly played Cake Shop w/ Sapphire Mansions after separate BK Bazaar shows (pics)"

Eternal Summers (photo from their Facebook)

As mentioned, this weekend's live entertainment at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is curated by Kanine Records, with Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day and Alvvays on Friday (4/18), and then No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, and Little Big League on Saturday (4/19). Those shows are free. A few of those bands -- FoM, Beverly, Beach Day and Eternal Summers --- feature on the Non Violent Femmes compilation that Kanine's putting out on Record Store Day (4/19).

After this weekend, some of the bands playing have other NYC shows lined up. Eternal Summers and Beverly will play Cake Shop on Monday, April 21 with Sapphire Mansions on the bill as well. Beverly, which has been up to this point just Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, will make their debut as a full band (which we hear may not include Frankie). Beverly's debut album, Careers, is out July 1 via Kanine. Watch a trailer for it below.

Fear of Men, meanwhile, will play a free show at Baby's All Right on April 23. It's an early show, doors at 7:30 and it'll be over by 10 PM. Openers TBA. Between this, BKNB and their Rough Trade #RSD14 appearance, that's three free chances to see them in NYC in the next week. Fear of Men's new album, Loom, is out April 22 via Kanine, and they'll soon be on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Flyer for the Kanine BK Night Bazaar nights and the Beverly album teaser below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo by Abigail Smithson
Little Racer

Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. The band have put out a couple EPs so far and will release a third, Modern Accent, on April 3 via Paper Cup (Bluffing, The Teen Age). "Vanessa" owes more than a little to The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" and we've got the premiere of its video in this post. Stream it and a few other EP tracks below.

You can catch Little Racer live in NYC on Tuesday (3/4) at Baby's All Right where they open for Cheatahs and Eternal Summers. That's a good show and tickets are still available.

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by Bill Pearis


Baltimore's Wildhoney are unabashedly flying the early '90s shoegaze flag, recalling not only the obvious UK influences, but also their American compatriots like Lilys and Black Tambourine. Not only do they have a great sense of dynamics -- knowing when to unstomp those pedals -- but they're good songwriters too. Last year's debut 7" is all hits (three of 'em), and they'll release their second 7" in April. You can stream one cut from the new one and the entirety of their first, below.

Wildhoney have been playing a lot for the last year -- they've toured with Priests -- and will be touring in the spring, including an NYC stop at Silent Barn on 3/21 with Death Ray Architect.

The band will also play the Baltimore Popfest, a one-night extravaganza on March 7 at Ottobar. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who'll have a new LP this year) headline, and the line-up also features Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

All Wildhoney tour dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

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