Entries tagged with: FIDLAR
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
FIDLAR @ Glasslands in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Batten down the hatches, two of the country's more rambunctious young bands -- FIDLAR and The Orwells -- will be on tour together this fall. Their trek includes a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on October 24. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (5/15) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (5/17) at noon.
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wavves/FIDLAR/surfer @ Glasslands, 4/11/2013
This was one of the wildest, crowd-surfingest, beer-flinging shows I've been to in a long time, with a crowd clearly already in weekend party mode and two acts -- Wavves and FIDLAR -- right there with them. Both bands share a similar sound, and probably recreational activities. It was a very fun night.
Wavves, who are on the heels of a very catchy new album, headlined and have come a long way since the first time I saw them at SXSW 2009, the band being as tight as they need be with the punky pop material. The crowd sang along loudly while hurling themselves into each other to most of the songs, which cherry-picked from Wavves' output to date. Most of them, at least. One guy spent the whole show by the stage, Sharpie in hand, trying to get bassist (and former Reatard) Stephen Pope to sign his CD. (Dude, just wait till after show!) Nathan Williams seemed a little subdued for most of the set but lept onto crowd during the last song, surfing over to Glasslands' balcony where he pulled himself up onto it before diving back down into it.
FIDLAR's Zac Carper, meanwhile, matched the crowd the crowd leap for leap during their raucous set. Before the end of the first song he was rolling on the stage floor, a position he'd be in more than once before their set finished. Carper also let us know what FIDLAR stands for about six times ("Fuck it Dog Life's A Risk" if you're wondering) and what drug each song was about (meth, LSD, pot, cocaine, cheap beer, some were not about drugs). These guys are playing standard fare skatepunk that doesn't do a lot for me on record, but there is no denying the genuine energy they bring live. Gleeful mayhem.
Openers Cheatahs were the band I was most looking forward to. A little more on the early '90s shoegaze tip, the London-based band were tight and sounded great -- somewhere between Swervedriver and Smeared-era Sloan (their singer is actually from Canada, wonder if he's a fan) -- but they seemed to eschew most of their hookiest songs in favor of newer, more ambitious material. But maybe that's what you do when you've got the 8:45 slot, test out new stuff. Still, when they launched into their soaring track "The Swan" (from the terrific, just-released U.S. introduction, Extended Plays), Cheatahs shined.
All three bands, who've been touring together for about a month, play Brooklyn again tonight (4/12) at Shea Stadium which, as you might expect from such a small venue, is sold out. More pics from Glasslands -- including a couple of, yes, the venue's new bathrooms -- are below.
Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.
by Andrew Sacher
Wavves at McCarren Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As mentioned, Wavves are finally getting around to releasing the followup to 2010's KIng of the Beach this year. The record is called Afraid of Heights and will be out on March 26 via Mom + Pop. It features guest vocals from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and guest drumming from The Bronx's Jorma Vik. The band just revealed the album tracklist and cover art, which you can check out below.
Late last year, Wavves made a video for the album's opening track, "Sail to the Sun," and they've just revealed another album cut, "Demon to Lean On." The songwriting and cleaner production (the record was done with pop producer John Hill) has the band sounding more pop punk than ever. Frontman Nathan Williams will tell you he was listening to Weezer's Blue Album everyday while making the record, but you'll hear the snotty anthems of blink-182 in there too. Check out both tracks below.
Wavves will be supporting the record this spring, which kicks off after SXSW, with support from LA brats FIDLAR and UK pop shoegazers Cheatahs. That tour hits NYC for two very intimate shows (for Wavves' standards): April 11 at Glasslands and April 12 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Shea Stadium show go on sale Friday (2/1) at 9 AM.
A list of all dates, stream, video, album art, and tracklist below...
Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:
12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EPDoors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Delta Spirit @ Irving Plaza - 11/27/12
Delta Spirit wrapped up their tour with JEFF the Brotherhood and FIDLAR this past Wednesday (11/28) in Boston, after hitting NYC for a show at Irving Plaza a day earlier (11/27). Delta Spirit were touring behind their new self titled album, from which they played a bunch, but kept the setlist well split between that and their other albums. During their setlist, Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez dedicated "Ransom Man" to musicians who lost equipment during Hurricane Sandy.
More pictures from the Irving Plaza show (including one of the setlist), below.
JEFF the Brotherhood at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Adela Loconte)
JEFF the Brotherhood are on tour now with Delta Spirit and FIDLAR and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (11/27) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter the contest are below.
JEFF spoke to us about their favorite music of the year and gave us a list of their top ten albums. Some of the bands on the list (like Diarrhea Planet and Heavy Cream and Skimask and Cy Barkley) are on their Infinity Cat label, but that doesn't mean we don't believe them. Check out the full list below...
FIDLAR in LA in October (more by Wei Shi)
Slacker punks FIDLAR are on tour now with Delta Spirit and JEFF the Brotherhood and that tour will hit NYC on Tuesday (11/27) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available, but if you'd like to catch FIDLAR in a more intimate (read: sweaty) location, you're in luck because they've added a last minute NYC show happening TONIGHT (11/26) at Shea Stadium with Big Ups and Big Tits. Admission is $6 at the door.
FIDLAR also recently made a video for "Cheap Beer," the opening track on their self titled debut LP, which is due out on January 22 via Mom & Pop. You can check out that video and a list of all dates below.
photos by Wei Shi
Fans make their way back from the FIDLAR merch table @ The Echo, 1026/2012
California garage punks FIDLAR played The Echo in Los Angeles on 10/26, joined by The Shrine and Pangea. The band is currently touring their way eastward with Delta Spirit, and will hit Fun Fun Fun Fest before scooting on over to Irving Plaza on 11/27 as part of a round of dates also with Jeff the Brotherhood. Tickets are still available.
FIDLAR's much-anticipated debut album will be out in January on Mom & Pop Records. You can stream "White on White" from it below.
More pictures from The Echo, and all tour dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: FIDLAR - Cheap Beer (MP3)
Delta Spirit at Central Park Summerstage last week (more by Tracy Allison)
Delta Spirit, who was just in NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage with Dr. Dog and Kishi Bashi on Thursday (9/20), are taking a short break, but then they'll head back out on a headlining tour this fall. Previously, that tour didn't include any NYC shows, but now that the Summerstage show has passed, they've added a date happening at Irving Plaza on November 27. Support for that show and many other dates on the tour comes from two pretty great garage rock bands, FIDLAR and JEFF The Brotherhood. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (9/28) at 10 AM with Citi Cardmember, Live Nation, Live National Mobile App, and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (9/27) at 10 AM. All dates on the tour are listed below.
Earlier this month, FIDLAR released a revamped version of their song, "Cheap Beer," which you can download above (via P4K). As soon as I heard the MP3, I was instantly transported back to walking into the back room at Public Assembly for the 2011 BrooklynVegan CMJ party that FIDLAR played, where I was greeted by a packed crowd and four rowdy punks on stage screaming, "I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU!" The song will be on their debut LP, due out in early 2013 via Mom & Pop. They're a ton of fun, as are BV faves JEFF the Brotherhood, so if you're heading to that Delta Spirit show, getting there early to catch the openers is highly recommended.
A list of all dates and a recent HearYa Live Session of Delta Spirit performing "California" are below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.
We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
photos by James Richards IV
Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.
Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...
Not too much has changed on the CBGB Festival schedule since we last spoke, but we found out and have confirmed that the multi-day (July 5-8), multi-venue, multi-genre NYC festival will host a free, multi-stage event in Times Square on Saturday, July 7th. The outdoor Times Square show, in addition to live music, will also have food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activations for people of all ages. We can't say WHO is playing in Times Square, but we do know that unlike Fidlar, Redd Kross and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the following CBGB Festival bands are still venueless: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, and Superchunk. Stay tuned for more info.
That said, it's pretty impressive that they pulled this off and it's definitely a rarity to be able to host a big, outdoor event, let alone a rock show like this in Times Square. It has also proved me wrong, at least to the person I was talking to at NXNE in Toronto when I said, "they would never do anything like this in NYC".
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
tonight in NYC
* Robbie Fulks @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Jesse Harris @ The Stone
* John Roderick @ The Rock Shop
* Grouplove, Reptar @ Webster Hall
* Dave Matthews Band @ Jones Beach
* Janka Nabay, Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Jonathan Richman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lakecia Benjamin @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Black Box Revelation @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Reckless Sons, Romans @ Mercury Lounge
* Ed Sheeran @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra @ Joe's Pub
* Zulu Winter, Dinowalrus @ Mercury Lounge
* T Bird and the Breaks, the Ghost Wolves @ The Studio
* The Jay Vons, The Live Ones @ Union Pool
* Matthew Sweet, Elizabeth Cook @ City Winery
* Kenny Wollesen's Search & Enjoy @ The Stone
* Glen Hasnard @ Housing Works Used Book Cafe
* Spaceghostpurrp, Vinnie Chase, Despot @ SOB's
* The New York Pops, Ozomatli @ Central Park Summerstage
* Michael Mizrahi, Nadia Sirota @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bushman, NiyoRah, DJ Soul Selector @ Herbert Von King Park, Summerstage
* Bass Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays, Shark? @ Glasslands
* Juiceboxxx, Dark Sister, Extreme Animals @ Cake Shop
* Water Knot, The New Facility, Automotive High School @ Cameo
* The Walking Tree, Gabriel The Marine, NGHBRS, Happy Body Slow Brain, Abel @ Knitting Factory
* Drake, J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Pussy Riot benefit w/ Ad-Rock (DJ set), Heliotropes, Tin Vulva, Shady Hawkins @ Death By Audio
Today is the anniversary of Sailor Jerry's death, and so they're giving free anchor tattoos at Three Kings Tattoo tonight. Free drinks are being served at Matchless.
John Hodgman will be appearing with John Roderick tonight at the Rock Shop.
Glenn Hansard, who plays Housing Works tonight and who has an upcoming show at Beacon Theater, played songs from his new solo album on Fallon last night. Watch what he performed on air, and a web exclusive video, below.
Garage rockers Fidlar, who open for The Hives next week at Terminal 5, have a new video for their single "No Waves" and you can watch it below.
Montreal trio Parlovr, who were in town recently, made a video for their single "Holding Onto Something," which you can also watch below.
The Hives at the Studio at Webster Hall - 4/26/12
As mentioned, The Hives are set to kick off a North American tour next month which comes to NYC for the previously discussed show at Terminal 5 on June 22. Since we last spoke, it was announced that the Swedish band will be joined on the tour by two younger bands following in their footsteps of raunchy garage rock; LA's FIDLAR and Austin's Flesh Lights. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
The Hives' new album, Lex Hives, comes out next week (6/5) but you can hear it ahead of its release in full at the bottom of this post. It's the band's first release since 2007's The Black and White Album and if you're wondering if they used that 5-year break to expand their sound... well they haven't at all. But that doesn't mean Lex Hives isn't fun as hell. "Come On!," which opens the album and most of their recent shows, jump-starts the band into the frenzy they've become known for with mile-a-minute instant sing-alongs.
Previously released singles like "Go Right Ahead" and "Wait A MInute" with their three-word choruses hold up great against some of the album's deeper cuts like "Patrolling Days," "Take Back the Toys," and "My Time is Coming," which are arguably better than the lead tracks. After a few listens you'll forget that you haven't known these songs since The Hives' early days.
Last month, when The Hives were in North America for Coachella, they stopped by NYC for a tiny sweaty show at The Studio before heading back overseas. A belated set of pics from that show, along with the Lex Hives album stream and a list of updated dates are below.
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
photos by Chris La Putt
FIDLAR @ Public Assembly (BV-CMJ 2011)
Though FIDLAR played 8 shows at SXSW this year (9 if you count the Vice one that got shut down before their set), a BrooklynVegan party wasn't one of them. They did however play one of the BrooklynVegan CMJ day parties at Public Assembly in 2011. Here are some belated pictures from their NYC set. More below.
The melodic garage punk band don't have any more east coast dates to report at the moment, but they are releasing a brand new EP digitally this week via Mom + Pop (which makes them label-mates with Neon Indian, Sleigh Bells and Andrew Bird). It's called Don't Try. Listen to one of its four songs, "Black Out Stout", making its studio-version debut in this post, with more EP info, the CMJ pics, and a list of three dates they have scheduled with OFF! in California, below...
A$AP Rocky @ Irving Plaza in February (more by Ryan Muir)
A$AP Mob ended their set at the annual Vice Kills Texas party late Saturday night by coming off the stage to confront a crowd-member who'd been throwing PBR tall boys at the group. Earlier in the show, with BV's Andrew Frisicano in attendance, they called out the audience for tossing objectsat them, at one point spitting on the crowd in the direction of the suspected thrower.
At times, A$AP Rocky seemed to be trying to diffuse the situation...until the group rushed off the stage to end the show (when they did, Rocky was in the midst of saying, "if one more person..."). Most of the crowd scattered away from the fray. The cops cleared the venue after that and at least one audience member left with a bag of ice on his head and blood all over his face and t-shirt.
Trash Talk played the show earlier in the night. Fidlar never got to play their 3am set.
The group has something of a history of ending shows with violence. They did something similar at last year's CMJ.
UPDATE: Video below...
STAGE 1 (front room)Finally! Here is the lineup to our 100% free not-CMJ day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/22), one day after our free Friday day party in the same place!
12:00 Street Chant
01:45 Purity Ring
04:00 Vockah Redu (New Oreleans bounce)
05:00 Idle Warship
This Saturday show is going to be non-stop action starting right at noon with New Zealand's Street Chant on the main stage (and We Barbarians in the other room). I'm excited for everyone, but the over the top antics of both Peelander-Z (after the dance pop party that is Brooklyn's Friends) and bounce artist Vockah Redu (who will warm up the crowd for Idle Warship) should make for a very memorable afternoon in more ways than one.
In addition to free music, here are some more reasons to stop by Saturday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.
See you Saturday!
by Bill Pearis
Anybody see anything good last night? I couldn't make it out, myself, but am planning on making up for it tonight. Lot's of great options, go see some music. Again, this is not some comprehensive guide, just my picks.
Of any city in America, I really feel like I don't have much of a grasp on what's going on in Los Angeles, musically. San Francisco, sure. Seatlle, of course. Portland, uh huh. Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Austin... I think I get the gist. But not L.A. so much, which is why I'm very curious about the indigenous/Spaceland showcase at Cake Shop tonight.
Amongst the angels playing tonight: Tropical Popsicle make hazy, tripped-out indiepop that might take you as high as the 13 Floor if your elevator goes that way. Trop Pop have toured with Pains of Being Pure at Heart and, while the sound ain't exactly new, the songs are pretty catchy. You can download a track off their latest EP at the top of this post. Please, however, don't go to this show yelling for them to play "Everybody Dry Fuck on the Dance Floor" -- that's a different Tropical Popsicle.
You've probably heard of Bleached (ex-Mika Miko) by this point if you've read any CMJ coverage this year. Again, familiar territory here but I like what I've heard. Bleached a playing a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Friday (10/21). All CMJ dates below
The rest of the bill: Fidlar is garage pop not unlike Ty Segall whose is out on influential label White Iris (check out an MP3 above). They sing about getting high almost as much as Bethany Cosentino and this is one of three shows they're playing tonight (also 7:30 at Santos, Midnight at Shea Stadium).
Yes, I'm still writing about the Cake Shop show...The Audacity (great name, seriously!) are from Fullerton and have toured with TY on the West Coast and are not to be confused with this cool dude; Races are signed to FrenchKiss and are kind of the odd band out on this bill, musically, as they're big, emotive anthemic rock (they also play the BV show Friday); Guards is ex Willowz, and then there's also Weekend who are from San Francisco but the coast is correct and who play the BV Official CMJ showcase Friday night (10/21) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Okay, moving away from Cake Shop (and L.A.), there's the True Panther showcase tonight at Glasslands which is notable for many reasons but probably mostly as the U.S. debut of King Krule, aka South London teenager Archy Marshall who used to record under the moniker Zoo Kid. Marshall looks like he stepped out of 1956 but his sound is definitely now. Check out a stream from King Krule's forthcoming EP at the bottom of this post. KK will also play Gorilla Vs. Bear/YoursTruly's unofficial party at Shea Stadium tomorrow.
Also playing are Australia's Little Red who are probably the most straightforward band the label's ever signed. This is the sort of big heartland pop that was unavoidable in the '80s (Springsteen, Waterboys, The Call). This kind of stuff (which Canada's Arkells do as well) is totally out of fashion over here -- though not in Australia -- but the hooks are undeniable. Their album, Midnight Remember, is out next week.
Davila 666 (more by Chris La Putt)
If you like the kind of bands that normally play DIY venues but enjoy a smoke-free envoirnment and good sound, and don't mind paying more for beer to get those things, Knitting Factory's got a great night of garage, punk and garage punk, headlined by the truly aweome Davila 666. They are a party no matter where they play.
Also on the bill are Lawrence, KS's Mouthbreathers whose new 7" is out on In the Red Records and is streamable below. The band features members of Rooftop Vigilantes and Blood on the Wall and make the kind of sneering, melodic punk that is loud, fast and -- in the case of their live shows -- out of control. I dig. Also playing the Knit show are the Barreracudas, HiFi Fantom, and Audacity. This will be a gauranteed fun show.
Arlene's Grocery seems to be the Canadian musical embassy for CMJ. M for Montreal's big showcase happens there on Friday (10/21) and tonight is the Canadian Blast with five bands from Up There you might not be familiar with. NYC tends to get the artier Canadian bands, from Montreal and Vancouver usually, but tonight showcases the more commercial side of indie, be it rock (Papermaps, The Reason) dance (Bikini, Data Romance) or in-between (Dinosaur Bones).
I'm a big fan of enigmatic Minneapolis duo BNLX who are at the Rock Shop tonight (8PM) with Kaiser Cartel, Pretty Good Dance Moves and more. Actually, BNLX are now a trio, having just added a drummer to aid in their sonic assault. If you like Honey's Dead era JAMC but wished that Morrissey occasionally sung with them and covered Ice Cube, you are going to love them. Wear earplugs. Check out a couple tracks above and if you can't make it tonight BNLX play again tomorrow (10/20) at Rebel at 11PM.
And over at Webster Hall tonight are The Wombats, the 10th most popular show of CMJ week, at least by those who logged into CMJ's Sched site. I'll admit to liking early singles like "Moving to New York" but that they are filling Webster Hall now seems a bit inexplicable to me. They do know how to write a catchy chorus though.
Tonight's the Domino Records/Stereogum/Todd P party at 285 Kent with Twin Sister, John Maus, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Deradoorian... $10 though a CMJ badge will get you in for half that. Advanced tickets are now available at the venue for this show today.
At 13 Thames, you can catch Spanish Prisoners, Sun Glitters, Chrome Sparks, fthrsn and Bushwiccan. Spanish Prisoners brand new album, Gold Fools, is a free download on their Bandcamp this week only. It's definitely worth checking out.
At Death by Audio it's Talk Normal, Grass Widow, The Golden Awesome, Coasting and Brute Heart.
And DIY venue MHoW has The Arctic Monkeys.
Ok that's my picks for tonight. What am I missing? What are YOU going to see? Videos, flyers, streams, etc are below.
Twin Shadow at Webster Hall (more by Vincent Cornelli)
We spoke too soon regarding where Twin Shadow would be next. Now that they've played Webster Hall, it was announced that they'll be around NYC for CMJ too, for at least one show, possibly two or more.
Twin Shadow will headline a Noisey CMJ showcase on 10/19 at Santos Party House, alongside appearances from hip hop group Main Attrakionz (who also play the same venue with Youth of Today), Bleached, Caveman, Inc, Pujol, and Fidlar. The show is FREE with RSVP. More details on the show in the flyer below.
Stay tuned for more CMJ & Twin Shadow annoumcements.