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Ex Cops are back with their second album, Daggers, which is out October 28 via their new label home, Downtown. (Their debut was on Other Music.) The shift in labels also marks a shift in sound: Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding worked with producer Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue) on the album which was also "executive produced" by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. Gone is the understated vibe of their debut. Says Harding, "We are not afraid of our favorite music anymore. It's pop." Stream the very poppy, very big-sounding "Black Soap" from the album, and check out the LP tracklist, below....

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Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. They return to the venue for three sold-out nights, this being the second.

Songs from Montague Terrace: A Tribute to Scott Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
In conjunction with a forthcoming tribute album, Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Bright Light Bright Light, Nicole Atkins, Ex Cops, and more will be performing Scott Walker classics with a live string section.

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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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Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT, 11/21/2013
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Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins has some stuff going on in the NYC-area (as usual) before the year ends, including the 30th annual tree-lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 29, which Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love sang at in past years. (You may remember that unfortunately it couldn't happen last year.) Joining Nicole will be '60s pop singer Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"), comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. 6 PM start and totally free. That's the flyer above.

Nicole, who just played MOSCOT's store on the Lower East Side last week (that's a picture from it above), has a few other upcoming events, including a Last Waltz tribute at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday (11/27) with Nels Cline, Cass McCombs and more (tickets) and a Scott Walker tribute at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (12/1) with Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Ex Cops, and more (tickets). She also plays her own show in NJ in December (tix).

Nicole also plays Rhett Miller's Holiday Extraganza: An Evening of Comedy and Music at City Winery (12/16) with Jim Turner (tix).

Flyer for the Seaport show and a stream of Nicole Atkins singing "Blue Christmas," below...

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Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall, 11/11/2013 (moire by Adele Laconte)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Rough Trade NYC Grand Opening w/ Charles Bradley, Sky Ferriera
The successful London mini-chain finally opens their first NYC store complete with a 250 capacity venue, a cafe run by Five Leaves, a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community (no really), and over 20,000 records/CDs (and none of them used). Opening day performances include Sky Ferreira (free entry w/ CD purchase, line opens at 8 AM fyi) at 6:30 PM; and Charles Bradley (free, 9 PM).

David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' @ Terminal 5
While looking for a new home for Here Lies Love, David Byrne has gathered the cast of his and Fatboy Slim's successful Public Theatre musical for this performance to benefit the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders and tickets are still available.

Temples, Ex Cops, Dead Heart Bloom @ Bowery Ballroom
While their debut album won't be out until early 2014, UK psych pop band Temples come armed with a string of catchy singles, jangly 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan haircuts. Their first of two NYC shows, this one's matched with locals Ex Cops and tickets are still available. You can also catch Temples tomorrow at the much smaller Union Pool.

S O H N, Empress Of, Daniel James @ Glasslands
SOHN recently signed to 4AD and makes the kind of indie/R&B that's been in style lately, and Empress Of isn't on 4AD, but her brand of art pop is not too far removed from another artist currently on that label, St. Vincent. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Honey Wild, Hippy, The Sanctuaries, Always @ Mercury Lounge
Like a twangier Vampire Weekend, quartet Honey Wild headline this all-Brooklyn show that also features likeably scruffy indie rock combo Hippy.

Thundercat, Mike Slott @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bass master  and Frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat returned earlier this year with his new album, Apocalypse, and well as a tribute to the late Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Van Morrison @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
Jazz-pop/folk rock legend released his well-received new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, earlier this year, garnering favorable comparisons to his 1970 classic Moondance. His tour brings him into NYC for two shows, this being the first.

Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi @ Le Poisson Rouge
Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm released his new album, Spaces, a collection of minimalist piano pieces, lush synthesizer workouts and other sonically adventurous stuff that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds. Opening are Dawn of Midi who meld the synthesized and organic.

TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is Night 4.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac celebrates the one-year anniversary of his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests David Cross, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, Andy Wood, and...free pie! Sold out.

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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Sleigh Bells @ T5, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Andrew WK w/ Marky Ramone's Blitzkreig @ Santos (more by Dan Bracaglia)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts continues. Tonight's options includes Kim Gordon's talk with author Alex Halberstadt (and a performance by Body/Head), and "An Evening with Funny or Die." While most events are sold out, a few tickets are always available before the show. Get there early and try your luck.

The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
Attention vinyl-lovers: get up close and personal with most of NYC's indie labels and record stores and this always-fun biannual event. There's exclusives, cool merch (DFA espresso cups?), and Minimal Wave cupcakes.

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Andrew W.K. (special vocal guest), FIGO @ Irving Plaza
Well it's not the Ramones (or even the Romones), but the band's longtime drummer Marky is playing their classic tunes with party aficionado Andrew WK on vocals, so it's gonna be a fun time nonetheless.

Sleigh Bells @ Le Poisson Rouge
It's a record release show for Sleigh Bells' third album, which is out on Tuesday. No suprise this relatively tiny show is sold out but you can still get tickets to see them at Terminal 5 in November.

Potty Mouth, Perfect Pussy, LORDO, Tweens @ 285 Kent Avenue
All four bands on this bill are pretty great. Potty Mouth make punk-inspired indie rock and tonight's the album release party for their debut LP, Hell Bent. Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy will probably make for the most intense set of the night, while the bluesy LODRO and garagey Tweens will keep things on a more (but not too) lighthearted side.

Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, Henry Krinkle, DKDS @ 88 Palace
Vancouver-via-Switzerland's Cyril Hahn is signed to PMR (Disclosure, Jessie Ware) and like many of his labelmates, his music skirts the line between addictive pop and inventive house. Opening is cloud rap-turning-pop producer Ryan Hemsworth.

The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, Habibi, White Fang, Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars featuring a whole bunch of bands on the cassette-loving Fullerton label. The show starts early with Colleen Green & White Fang on at 7:30 PM. If you're going -- the show's sold out -- you should get there early for them. We're also looking forward to seeing Gap Dream whose new album, Shine Your Light, is quite good.

Versus, Slothrust @ Knitting Factory
Versus were originally to have played this show tonight but are no longer on the bill -- The Skins now headline.

Forest Fire, Shilpa Ray, Backwords @ Glasslands
Synthy-acoustic locals Forest Fire celebrate the release of their new Fatcat album, Screens (stream it at Spotify), tonight.

Lapalux, Natasha Kmeto, Alex Burkat @ Glasslands
Brainfeeder-signed producer UK Lapalux makes some pretty fine future garage, and finally got his debut LP out this year after a series of great EPs.

Teenanger @ NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
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Cy Barkley (& the way Outsiders), Teenanger, Pampers @ Death By Audio
Toronto's Teenanger make nitro-fueled punk that falls somewhere between The Ramones and The Buzzcocks. You can stream their new album, Singles Don't $ell, below. Tonight's DBA show is opened by awesome locals Pampers who you should definitely check out too, not to mention Nashville garage punks Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders.

Bill Orcutt, Jon Mueller @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with a solo acoustic set from blues guitarist Bill Orcutt and avant percussionist Jon Mueller.

Ex Cops, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat @ Mercury Lounge
Three good local bands and it's a free show. You need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app to do so.

Surfer Blood, Andy Boay, Team Spirit @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and are here playing MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow.

Boris, Mike Servito, Wrecked @ Output
In case you were wondering, this is not the Japanese band Boris, but the Berlin-based DJ of the same name.

Local H, Monkey Paw @ Santos Party House
Back in action after singer Scott Lucas nearly losing his vocal chords in an attack,  underrated alt-rock survivors Local H are back to tear it up.

Lake, Pianos Movers, Chris Norda @ Shea Stadium
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.

Title TK, Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy, Hot Sugar @ Silent Barn
It's a record release party for Title TK, and things should get bumpin' when electronic musicians Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy and Hot Sugar take over.

Daughter, Bear's Den @ Terminal 5
Having come off a tour with The National, ethereal, folky UK band Daughter are here playing their biggest NYC show yet.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ Webster Hall
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon and tonight's show is "Audience Request Night." Here's your chance to yell "Freebird."

Rufus, Sly Stone @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's a rare chance to catch funk/soul legend Sly Stone tonight when he opens for the also-renowned funk group Rufus.

Matana Roberts @ Jazz Gallery
Jazz saxist Matana Roberts defies the boundaries of her genre, bringing in elements of blues, spoken word, and more. Tonight she and her band play the Jazz Gallery.

The Smithereens @ Hackensack Street Fair
NJ college rock survivors play a free show today at 4 PM. "Blood and Roses" still sounds pretty good nearly 30 years later.

The Sun Ra Arkestra @ The Allen Room
Sun Ra may have passed on to a different plane, but his spirit lives on in the current edition of the Ra Arkestra, led by original member and saxophonist Marshall Allen. Added bonus: The Allen Room is easily one of the most spectacular rooms in NYC.

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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Ex Cops, Heliotropes, and Heavenly Beat are playing a free show at Mercury Lounge on October 5. The only way to get in is by RSVPing with the Thrillcall app.

Tickets for the Jon Hopkins, Clark, and Nathan Fake show at Verboten go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Amon Amarth, Enslaved, and Skeletonwitch at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jessie Ware shows at Warsaw and Irving Plaza are on sale now. Since we last spoke, it's been confirmed that Mikky Ekko is opening.

Tickets to the Disclosure shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Patti Smith New Year's shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Punch Brothers New Year's Eve shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Clutch, Into Another, and Lionize on New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Red Fang, Cancer Bats, Indian Handcrafts and The Shrine at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Crystal Stilts Halloween show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Yuck, Willis Earl Beal, Eagulls, and Absolutely Free CMJ show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Phosphorescent at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Cass McCombs at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Ocean Blue at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Midlake at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Sundowner (the acoustic punk project of Chris McCaughn of The Lawrence Arms) is playing Knitting Factory on November 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Matisyahu 'Festival of Light' show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Figgs at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Power 105.1's Powerhouse at Barclays Center with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill and more go on sale Saturday (9/21) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Bill Pearis

Ex-Cult / Ex Cops (photos by Devan Council / Amanda Hatfield)
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As mentioned, Ex-Cult are in town with OBN IIIs, playing Death by Audio tonight. They've been through town a few times in the last year, and if you haven't checked them out yet, tonight would be a good time to do so. The band make a menacing brand of punk that's rooted in the early '80s LA scene, with a little post-punk angularity too. This is even more evident live than on their 2012 self-titled album which is nonetheless pretty good. Stream it on Spotify. OBN IIIs are amazing too, and this highly-recommended show also has Pampers and Shocked Minds on the bill.

Also playing tonight, but at Brooklyn Bowl are Ex Cops who share a kinda similar name but almost nothing else. Started as a duo of Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun, Ex Cops make tightly crafted guitar pop, as heard on this year's True Hallucinations. You can also stream this on at Spotify. They also appeared on the third instalment of our BV Sessions video series, which you can watch below.

Tonight's show, supporting Matt Pond (Laura Stevenson is also on the bill), is just a short acoustic set from Brian and Amalie and tickets are still available. But if you want the full band experience, they play a lot, though their only other upcoming show at the moment is North Carolina's Hopscotch Music Festival in September.

Head below, for Ex Cops' BV Sessions video, Ex-Cult tour dates and a flyer for both of tonight's shows are below.

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video by Jessica Amaya and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn and sound by Albert Amaya

Ex Cops

Ex Cops are taking it easy this summer after a winter and spring filled with touring. The band played July 4 at MoMA (did you go to that?) and Brian and Amalie from the band will be doing a short acoustic set opening for Matt Pond at Brooklyn Bowl on July 25. Laura Stevenson is playing that show too and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Ex Cops are also the third band to appear in our BV Studio Sessions series recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. The band plays "The Millionaire" and "James," both of which are on their debut album, True Hallucinations, which came out earlier this year on Other Music Recording Co. Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn for the great video.

If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio Session and Field Mouse was our second. There are many more to come. Watch the Ex Cops BV Studio Session below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Polyphonic Spree

As you may know, Bonnaroo is happening this weekend in Manchester, TN, kicking off today (6/13) and going through Sunday (6/16) across a dozen or so stages and tents. Everybody knows about the big names -- that include Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and many more (stream it live) -- but there are some  cool things going on away from the main stages, too

The Polyphonic Spree (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) play the Cinema Tent tonight (6/13) at 11 PM, performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in its entirety (!). Then the band are doing a second secret Bonnaroo set at 2 AM by the Fountain.

There's actually a lot of cool stuff going on in the Cinema Tent. Matt & Kim will host a panel discussion called "How to Make a Fun Music Video" where they'll also perform live (Thursday, 4:30 PM); Mike Birbiglia (who performs in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre) will present his terrific film Sleepwalk with Me (Friday, 5:45 PM); Reno 911/The State folks Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will show their new comedy, Hell Baby (Friday, 11:55 PM); Police Academy human sound effects machine Michael Winslow will perform on Friday (9:10 PM); and The National's Matt Berninger will present the new documentary, Mistaken For Strangers (6/16, noon).

Chris Gethard, who famously walked to Bonnaroo from L.A. last year, will be doing a bunch of things there this year:

Last year I did The Chris Gethard Show which is an experimental, crazy thing, but this time it's just stand-up. I have a pretty in-depth exploration of my Bonnaroo experience last year that I may tell on stage and see how the crowd likes it. I would call my act stand-up but I'm less of a joke writer and more on the confessional, philosophizing or whatever end. They're true stories. I'm playing Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I'm hosting a look at public access TV with clips from my show and other public access shows that inspired mine. Things like Uncle Floyd--which I grew up with in New Jersey--and Chic-a-Go-Go from Chicago. Also, clips from my favorite prank call footage on various public access shows. And a lot of it will be clips from The Chris Gethard Show that I'm really proud of. But overall I just want to have fun and meet a lot more people. - [Fuse]
Other comedy things -- besides what BV's Klaus Kinski already wrote about -- include The Improvised Shakespeare Company, who combine improv comedy with Elizabethan theatre, will be performing with Bob Saget for two performances on Sunday. Should be interesting.

There's good music away from the three main stages too: Deer Tick cohort Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) will be tonight (New Music On Tap Lounge, 10 PM) and Friday (Sonic Stage, 12:45 PM); Ex Cops play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Friday at 8 PM; Canada's awesome White Lung play the Cafe Where? stage on Sunday at 7:45 PM; and Georgia rockers Royal Thunder play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Sunday at 8 PM. And look out for Mac DeMarco all over the place.

And last but not least, John Oates is the butt of a lot of good-natured ribbing, but you'll get to hear his side of the story when he performs and participates in a Q&A on the Solar Stage on Friday at 5 PM. Here's you chance to learn the real story behind "Maneater" without constant interjections by Daryl Hall.

Check out the full Bonnaroo Schedule (scroll down, down down for smaller stages) for more.

Mikal Cronin in Chicago in February (more by Kristie Shanley)
Mikal Cronin

This summer, MoMA will be hosting the return of their MoMA Nights series every Thursday in July and August. In July we get the indie rock stuff (curated by MoMA's PopRally), with shows from Ex Cops on 7/4, TEEN on 7/11, Mikal Cronin on 7/18, and Ducktails on 7/25. Then in August, it's the contemporary composer/modern art type performances from Pauline Oliveros, Tristan Perich and more. Each MoMA Night runs from 5:30 to 8 PM with the music beginning at 6:30. Regular museum admission applies.

Mikal Cronin also has an upcoming sold out Bowery Ballroom show, Ducktails has an upcoming free show with Titus Andronicus, and TEEN have an upcoming show with Eleanor Friedberger.

More info on MoMA Nights at MoMA's site. Full schedule below...

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Hopscotch

One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Hopscotch announces 2013 lineup (Big Boi, Sleep, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile, Wolf Eyes, John Cale, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Bleached / Hunters / Ex Cops @ Bowery Ballroom, 4/23/2013
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Ex-Cops

Bleached have played NYC a bunch in their short career, but last night (4/23) was their first here with a full album under their collective belt. That would be the very catchy Ride Your Heart, which came out via Dead Oceans earlier this month. The Clavin sisters hit most of that platter during their economical Bowery set. They are also brave/confident, allowing scene-stealers Hunters along for the ride. Ex Cops, who've been with Bleached for much of their North American trek, opened the night.

More pictures from last night's Bowery show are below...

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Bleached on the Gorburger Show
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Gorburger @ a BrooklynVegan SXSW party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gorburger

We were excited to recently meet alien talk show host Gorburger in the flesh (if that's what you call it), when he and the rest of the cast of The Gorburger Show stopped by our BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013 Wednesday day party to pose with and eat a few fans dipped in vegan queso. We're also happy and honored to be debuting the latest episode of the Gorburger show featuring BV-SXSW-2012 vets Bleached who stopped by the Japanese news network that Gorburger invaded for an interview with the host and a performance of their song, "Next Stop," from their recently released album, Ride Your Heart. Watch below!

It's the 16th episode of Gorburger's The Warner Sound YouTube show, which previously featured artists like Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, and Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne. Wayne's episode can also be watched below.

Bleached are on tour with Hunters and then Ex Cops, and that tour brings them to NYC for a show on April 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates along with the Gorburger video, below...

Continue reading "Bleached on tour, hung out with Gorburger (video & dates)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Hospitality / Ex Cops @ Kidrockers, 2/10/2013
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Ex-Cops

Braving the slush, families headed to Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (2/10) for Kidrockers featuring Hospitality and Ex Cops. As you can see, fans rushed the stage during Hospilaty's set, which is okay as it was encouraged. Hosts Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo kept the kids entertained between sets.

Hospitality don't have any other upcoming dates, but Ex Cops are playing an early show on Friday (2/15) at Mercury Lounge with Ski Lodge (tickets) and, after SXSW, will head out on tour with Bleached, including an NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on April 23. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Sunday's Kidrockers show are below.

Continue reading "Hospitality & Ex Cops played Kidrockers @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

still from Ex Cops' "Separator" video
Calvin Love

Brooklyn's Ex Cops just released a new video for "Separator" which can be found on the band's debut album, True Hallucinations, out now via Other Music Recording Company. Locals may notice that a portion of the video was shot at Williamsburg bar Tender Trap (where that dancer is a weekend fixture). You can check it out below.

The band, who play Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl this Sunday (2/10) with Hospitality, are set to head out on a short headlining tour that kicks off in NYC with an early show at Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets are still available. Ex Cops have also been picked as openers on Bleached's upcoming tour, including the April 23 stop in Manhattan at Bowery Ballroom that also has Hunters on the bill. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ex Cops made a new video, playing shows and opening for Bleached tour (dates)"

photos by Maryanne Ventrice

Caveman / Har Mar Superstar @ Kidrockers, 1/27/2013
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Harmar Superstar

As mentioned, Caveman have a new album on the way via Fat Possum on April 2. What better audience to test out some new tracks than a bunch of half-pints? That's just what they did when Caveman played Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl on January 27, an afternoon show that also included a set from Har Mar Superstar along with hosts Craig Baldo and Jordan Carlos. Pictures are in this post.

Adults can next catch Caveman in NYC at Webster Hall, and at other places around the country.

Kidrockers', whose show before this was with DIIV and Widowspeak, next event is this Sunday (2/10) at Brooklyn Bowl with Hospitality and Ex Cops. Tickets are on sale now.

More pictures of Caveman and Har Mar Superstar are below.

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Dirty Projectors in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Morrissey @ T5, 10/13/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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Parquet Courts @ DBA, August 2012
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today in NYC
* Winter Jazz Fest
* Namgar @ Barbes
* Cake @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sooyun Kim @ The Stone
* Hot Sardines @ Joe's Pub
* Slick Rick @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sinkane (DJ Set) @ Ace Hotel
* Bettye LaVette @ City Winery
* Found Footage Festival @ Maxwell's
* Cherry Poppin' Daddies @ Joe's Pub
* Songs for Unusual Creatures @ Barbes
* Purity Ring, Young Magic @ Webster Hall
* Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra @ Joe's Pub
* Bezoar, Flown, Eidetic Seeing @ Union Pool
* Bloc Party, IO Echo @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Miniboone, Pretty & Nice, BOYTOY @ Mercury Lounge
* Emil & Friends, Neighbors, Silent Rider @ Glasslands
* L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Girl Unit, Kingdom @ Steel Drums
* Morrissey, Kristeen Young @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Matt Poon and Friends from Tactus and MSM @ The Stone
* Ski Lodge, Island Twins, SW/MM/NG, Spires @ Shea Stadium
* Reigning Sound, The Swingin' Neckbreakers @ The Bell House
* Mike Simonetti, Alex of Lemonade, Carter, 12 x 12 @ Glasslands
* Dirty Projectors, yMusic @ Carnegie Hall -- Isaac Stern Auditorium
* Braille, Archie Pelago, Contakt, Nooka Jones, ENOE @ Cameo Gallery
* Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Diego Garcia @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Wishes & Thieves, These Animals, The Ugly Club, Mitten @ Cameo Gallery
* Sparxx, Mind Dynamics, Spirit Guide, Pvre Matrix, Gla22 @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Parquet Courts, PC Worship, Household, Gal Pals, Priests @ Death By Audio
* Porches, Laser Background, pow wow!, Ball of Flame Shoots Fire @ Cake Shop
* Cool Serbia, The Vandelles, Secret Band, Grand Resort @ 247 N. 10th
* Absent Warrior, Ashcan Orchestra, Flagboy, Hunter Ouch My Ankle @ Ran Tea House
* No Sir I Won't, California X, Nuclear Spring, Ylajali @ Acheron
* Padna, Melissa F. Clarke, Nickolas Mohanna, Millions, Philip Stearns @ Silent Barn
* Alberich, Ames Sanglantes, Natural Assembly, Endless Humiliaton, Cremation Lily @ Saint Vitus
* The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Self Defense Family, Adventures, Prawn @ Suburbia
* Punk Island benefit w/ The Frightnrs, Joey Steel And The Attitude Adjusters, Skarroneros, Consumata Sonidera, The Facts @ Don Pedro

Tonight's the re-release party for Parquet Courts' fantastic Light Up Gold which is coming out via What's Your Rupture next week. Household, Priests and PC Worship are also on the bill. $7 at the door.

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Ex Cops, whose debut album is out in a couple weeks, just released a video for their track "Ken." It's a none-too-subtle tribute to The Replacements' "Bastards of Young" video and you can watch it below.

What else?

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photos by Luis Ruiz

Paul Banks at Webster Hall - 12/14/12
Paul Banks

Interpol frontman Paul Banks played a hometown show at Webster Hall on Friday (12/14), after rescheduling the date, which would have been part of his now-concluded North American tour. Ex Cops were the support for the evening. Paul split the set pretty well between material off of his new album, Banks, and material from back when he was still calling himself Julian Plenti.

Both Paul and Ex Cops gave us lists of their favorite things of 2012, and Ex Cops also turned in a nice cover of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time." More pics and the setlist from the show are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)

photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Ex Cops

Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.

Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.

Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Oberhofer - Landline (live @ Snacky Tunes) (MP3)

Ex Cops @ South Street Seaport, 7/13/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ex Cops

We mentioned before that there was a Sandy relief benefit happening at Cameo on Tuesday (11/13) being presented by Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes folks (Greg and Darin Bresnitz). The benefit also doubles as the release party for Snacky Tunes Vol. 3, the the latest free, downloadable collection of live performances from their internet radio show of the same name that broadcasts on the Heritage Radio network (whose booth is in Roberta's back yard). The new volume includes songs from Wallpaper, Zambri, Spinto Band, Sinkane and Brad Oberhofer who performs a solo acoustic version of "Landline" which you can download at the top of this post.

The line-up for the Cameo release party/benefit has changed since we originally posted about it. Emil & Friends have dropped off the bill, replaced by Ex-Cops. Moon Hooch and Erika Spring with both be performing as well, as mentioned previously, and Computer Magic will be on DJ duty throughout the night. A $5 donation at the door gets you in (feel free to donate more) and all proceeds (as well as 10% of the bar, so drink up) go to the Red Hook Initiative. Updated flyer is below.

Meanwhile, Ex Cops have announced details of their debut album, True Hallucinations, which comes out January 22 via Other Music Recording Co. Produced by John Siket (Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead), the record shows off Brian Harding's strong songwriting chops (and the lovely vocals of Amalie Bruun) over the course of 11 jangly, just-hazy-enough songs that all get straight to the hooks. You can stream "James" from the album below and check out True Hallucination's cover art and tracklist.

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photos and video by Jessica Amaya

Foxygen / Field Mouse / Ex Cops @ Pianos, 10/19/2012
Foxygen
Field Mouse
Ex Cops

During CMJ if you find yourself on the Lower East Side with no specific plans, it's usually a safe bet that Pianos will have something interesting. For instance, BV photographer/videographer Jessica Amaya found herself at Pianos on Friday night (10/19) for The Deli's two-floor showcase and caught Foxygen and Murals downstairs (both of whom played our day party early that same day at Public Assembly, and then Field Mouse and Ex Cops upstairs.

Speaking of, Ex Cops play Glasslands tonight (10/23) with Historics and Young Boys ($10 at the door). More pics from Pianos on Friday night (plus video of Murals and Field Mouse) are below.

Continue reading "Murals, Foxygen, Ex Cops and Field Mouse played Pianos (CMJ pics/video) +++ Ex Cops play Glasslands tonight"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; video by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis

Eleanor Friedberger

One night before the 4Knots Music Festival too over the space, fire included, it was the last Seaport Music Festival show of the year on Friday (7/13), a nice, if low-key affair (part of the River to River Festival) with Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger. With no new album to plug, Friedberger seemed pretty relaxed and jovial, playing mostly songs off last year's great Last Summer with added pizaz from sax player Robbie Lee.

The undercard slot went to Ex Cops who were just teriffic, I thought, with a sound that's some where between New Zealand 1985 and London/Manchester 1992, and great songs like their Other Music debut single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" and a few that I hadn't heard before. The band can really play too. Looking forward to their first album, which is due out this fall.

I didn't catch that much of Zambri's opening set, but am a fan of all things slinky, tribal and gothy and have enjoyed their shows in the past.

In addition to more pictures of all three bands below, you can also check out video performances from Friday night's show.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri played South Street Seaport (pics, video)"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door.  Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.

Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).

I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.

Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.

There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.

I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.

Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.

Continue reading "The 2012 Northside Festival has begun: Eternal Summers, Nude Beach, Royal Headache, Widowspeak & more Thursday picks"

Eleanor Friedberger at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger and Ex Cops will play a free show Pier 17 at the Seaport on July 13, the night before the 4Knots Festival. That brings the total up to four for Friday shows at the Seaport, the others being The Miracles Club on June 22; Veronica Falls with The People's Temple on June 29; and Patrick Watson with Loney Dear on July 6.

It looks like that's Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment. Ex Cops, however, will play this week at the Northside Fest as part of Other Music Recording Co.'s showcase at Union Pool on Thursday, June 14 with Nude Beach, The Everymen and a mystery headliner. No advance tickets for that one.

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We Are Scientists at SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
We Are Scientists

As mentioned, Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series kicks off this weekend (5/26). Since we last spoke, the lineups and schedules for most of the series has been announced. This is what it's looking like so far:

BAM! SUMMER THUNDER BANDS ANNOUNCED! CHECK IT!
•MAY 26TH - ROCKSTEADY YETI DAYTIME BLOWOUT
•JUNE 9TH - RAIN MACHINE/ERIC COPELAND/SAWYER-YEH-WOOLLEY TRIO
•JUNE 23RD - TURING MACHINE/MIDNIGHT MAGIC/VIOLENT BULLSHIT
•JULY 14TH - SIGHTINGS/SMOOTA/LONEWOLF + BEN VIDA
•JULY 21ST - BUBBLES/TEEN/TEST HOUSE
•AUGUST 4TH - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!
•AUGUST 18 - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!

ALL START AT 3PM•ALL FREE•BUNCHES OF FREE BOOZE
SEE YOU ALL SOON!

This weekend's kickoff event is with dub/reggae/dancehall DJ crew Rocksteady Yeti and you can check out the flyer for the show below. Turing Machine and Violent Bullshit, who play 6/23 with Midnight Magic, just shared a bill at the venue last week (5/18). That sweaty sold out show was a record release show for Turing Machine's What Is The Meaning Of What LP, which is out now via Temporary Residence.

In addition to Summer Thunder, Union Pool continues to host other shows and tonight (5/25) they've got We Are Scientists, KUROMA, and Beach Arabs. The rather small show is their only US date before they head to the UK for a tour in July. Advance tickets are no longer on sale, but "tickets may still be available at the door." All WAS dates are listed below.

Other interesting shows on Union Pool's calendar include the previously discussed Leda (formerly Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band) show (6/1) and the Other Music Northside showcase on 6/14 with Nude Beach, Ex Cops, and The Everymen.

All We Are Scientists dates listed below...

Continue reading "Union Pool's Summer Thunder series lineup revealed, kicks off this weekend; We Are Scientists play the venue tonight"

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