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TR/ST @ Irving Plaza in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As mentioned, Glasslands is planning some cool shows for their final month. Among them is Toronto's Trust, who are now offically spelling their name TR/ST, on December 29. That show is with Klaus, SoftSpot, and a DJ set by Big Al. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 1 PM. TR/ST's last NYC visit was at Irving Plaza in September.

In addition to this and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart show on 11/24, some of the other just-announced Glasslands shows that all go on sale at 1 PM today include:

Waxahatchee, who play Asbury Lanes tonight, will play "in-the-round" Glasslands on December 10 with Steve Gunn, and the Goodbye Party (tickets).

Ducktails play Glasslands on December 26 with friends Julian Lynch and Family Portrait (tickets).

Ex Cops, whose very poppy new album Daggers in out now, play Glasslands on November 25 (tickets).

Nils Frahm, who is playing St. Paul & St. Andrew Church on November 21, will play a "special set" at Glasslands on November 20 (tickets).

Com Truise, who just headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg, will play Glasslands on December 20 with Figgy and Nitemoves (tickets).

The Blow, who just finished up a residency at Union Pool, will play Glasslands on December 5 with Zambri (when was the last time they played?) and Cookies (tickets).

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dent May - Best Friend (MP3)

Dent May
Dent May

Dent May's new album, Do Things, is out June 12 via Paw Tracks, and those expecting more of his magnificent ukulele may be in for a surprise. Having traded his signature instrument for synthesizers, drum machines and electric guitar, Do Things sounds like May has spent the time between albums listening to that Orange Juice box set and his baritone croon works well with his new, funkier sound. You can download the very OJ-ish single "Best Friend" at the top of this post and watch the video for it below.

Dent plays 285 Kent tonight (5/18), the last date of a short East Coast tour, and shares the bill with Family Portrait, The Babies, William Tyler and Ducktails on DJ duties. He then takes a month off before launching an extensive North American tour with Quintron and Miss Pussycat that will not hit the East Coast unfortunately. All Dent May tour dates are listed below.

While we're on Kent Ave, right next door at Glasslands tonight (5/18) is Big Troubles who have taken most of 2012 off. They play with The Hairs and Punks on Mars. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Punks on Mars are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles. They just released their new 7" EP, Hey Tiffany, and it's got a compressed early-'80s new wave feel to it. Fans of Cleaner from Venus, Chris Stamey-era dB's or even Ariel Pink might want to take a listen -- you can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post.

That stream, along with the Dent May video, and a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Dent May releasing new LP (MP3) playing 285 Kent tonight; Punks on Mars have a new EP, playing Glasslands tonight"

by Bill Pearis

Spectrals at SXSW (more)

Scotland's Spectrals -- aka 21-year old Louis Jones -- just wrapped up a tour with Cults and are in town for two shows this week: Friday (5/4) at Glasslands with Twerps and Saturday's (5/5) sold-out show at Mercury Lounge with Slumberland labelmates Frankie Rose and the newly-respelled DIIV.

Spectrals' debut album, Bad Penny, came out earlier this year and got a 7.5 from Pitchfork:

Indie rock readings of Phil Spector pop are almost passé at this point, but Jones makes it work due in no small part to his English wit, articulation, and gray mood. "Get a Grip" opens with a small, fun riff, prefacing a crooned rhyme: "I need to get a grip, I always seem to let my smile slip." His delivery is slow and monotone, as he stretches each fifth syllable or so, but it's a toe-tapper, underpinned by cool bits of bongo and guitar. The bongo drum returns later on "You Don't Have to Tell Me", and whether or not the 50s jazz-club feel comes with a wink, its faux-sophistication still comes over as charming. "Luck Is There to Be Pushed" has a similar effect, but this time with the runs of jazz piano that fleck its dramatically soft guitar strums and subtle, gliding synths.
In addition to streaming the album, you can watch the video for Spectrals single "Get a Grip" at the bottom of this post.

Friday's show at Glasslands is with Australia's Twerps, who have been visiting America since SXSW and have added this one last show. If you haven't heard their 2011 self-titled album (one of my favorites of last year) you can stream a few tracks at the bottom of this post. They're good live too. Also also playing are Family Portrait. This is an early show as Glasslands hosts Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (sold out) later Friday night.

Continue reading "Spectrals are here from Scotland, playing NYC this weekend with Twerps, Frankie Rose and DIIV"

by Bill Pearis

Widowspeak at BV-SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)

Dirty Beaches and Widowspeak have added another show to their already busy schedules. Both bands will play Shea Stadium this Saturday (4/21), co-headlining a party for the newly-relaunched NewtownRadio.com. Also playing are Black Marble and Family Portrait. Advance tickets ($12) are being sold for this one. Also there's open bar by Brooklyn Brewery (8PM - 9:30PM) & Sailor Jerry (11PM - 2AM) .

Dirty Beaches will begin their tour with Xiu Xiu in a couple weeks which hits Bowery Ballroom on May 5. (All Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches dates are below.) The two will also share a Record Store Day 7", with Xiu Xiu covering Erasure's "Always" on one side and Dirty Beaches taking on Francois Hardy's "Tu Ne Dis Rien" on the flip. You can stream both sides of that RSD release at the bottom of this post.

Widowspeak, meanwhile, will play also play the WBAR-B-Que at Barnard College on April 28 with Bush Tetras, Dam Funk and more. After that the band plays Knitting Factory on June 9, the start of their tour with 2:54 that also hits Mercury Lounge. Widowspeak also did a recent Newtown Radio Session, performing "Half Awake" that you can watch below.

These live sessions are a big part of the relaunched Newtown Radio site and you can watch performances from Light Asylum, DIVE, Chelsea Wolfe, The Immaculates and more.

Click through for tour dates, streams and videos...

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DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - "Pigs" (MP3)

Black Dice at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Black Dice

Brooklyn experimentalists Black Dice will release their new album, Mr. Impossible on April 10 via the Domino-related Ribbon Music. It's the followup to Repo which was released almost exactly three years prior via Paw Tracks. Grab the single, "Pigs," above and watch the video for it below. The album artwork and tracklist is also below.

Black Dice were added to the Real Estate show at K&K Super Buffet on January 28 in Queens, which is part of Real Estate's tour with The Babies. Dogleather is also on the bill and Oneohtrix Point Never and Ducktails will DJ. $5.00 tickets are on sale NOW.

In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker and the Freaks have two NYC shows coming up. They play Mercury Lounge on February 4 with La Big Vic and Family Portrait. Tickets are on sale now. They also play Glasslands on March 5 with Young Prisms, Boy Friend, and Tanks Amigo. Tickets for that show are on sale now too. The Glasslands show is part of a tour that Young Prisms will be heading out on. All dates for that tour are listed below.

All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Black Dice releasing 'Mr. Impossible', playing w/ Real Estate ($5 tix on sale now) ----- MP3 & Young Prisms dates too"

by Anderew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Feelies - Should Be Gone (MP3)

Real Estate @ Hudson River Rocks in 2010 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Real EstatE

As we've mentioned, R. Stevie Moore is hosting and performing at this year's Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase. The full lineup for the festival has been announced and is being headlined on Friday (4/15) by Cam'ron and on Saturday (4/16) by The Feelies. Other performers include A Place To Bury Strangers, Twin Sister, Beach Fossils, Screaming Females, Real Estate, Woods, Talk Normal, O'Death, Bomb the Music Industry! (performing Weezer's Blue Album), and others. The event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.

Culture Shock is one of the few shows The Feelies are playing in support of their new album Here Before which drops April 12 via Bar/None. They also play The Bell House on May 13. Tickets are still on sale. Download the track "Should Be Gone" off the new album above.

Real Estate also has four other shows in the area coming up including April 23 at Colgate University, May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait, May 21 at Maxwell's with Big Troubles, and they will appear at B.O.M.B. Fest at Western Connecticut State University on May 28.

Full CS lineup and a video below...

Continue reading "the Culture Shock 2011 lineup & other Real Estate dates too"

by Bill Pearis


One of the international indie rock acts that did make it to SXSW this year was Melbourne, Australia's Twerps who are now on a U.S. tour that brings them to NYC this week. They play Glasslands tonight (3.23) with Family Portrait, La Big Vic and Family Trees, then Cake Shop tomorrow (3/24) with Big Troubles, Guy Blackman and The Hairs. All tour dates are at the bottom of the post.

It might not be a surprise, given who they're playing with here, that Twerps have a record out on Underwater Peoples, a just-released three-song 7" which you can stream below. Like a lot of bands on UP, you can hear the classic Flying Nun garage pop influence in their sound. (There's some Go-Betweens in there too.) There's another 7" coming out on Olde English Spelling Bee later this year. Good stuff. They live halfway round the world, do go see them if you get the chance.

Song streams and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Twerps are here, played SXSW -- 2011 dates & song streams"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Melted Toys - Come On (MP3)

Melted Toys

Psych and San Francisco have gone hand in hand since the '60s and, in addition to all the groovy garage the city has beeng putting out, there's a nice crop of neo-shoegazers happening over there. Unlike Weekend and Young Prisms who come at you with gale force, trio Melted Toys are more Sunday morning type music. Gently strummed guitars, watery bass and echo-y vocals drift across cheap Casio beats. They've got an EP coming out on Underwater Peoples on February 22 and you can check out "Come On" above, which would segue nicely into the Radio Dept. (or early Primal Scream) song of your choice.

Melted Toys just wrapped up a tour with the aformentioned Young Prisms, and pull into town for a few shows this week in the greater NYC area. They play tonight (Feb. 2) at Maxwell's and tomorrow (Feb. 3) at Glasslands, and both shows are with tourmates LA duo Speculator, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and Wet Dream (members of Family Portrait).  Melted Toys also play Friday (Feb. 4) at Silent Barn, again with Speculator but also Eola and Punks on Mars. And if you're up Rochester way, see them at The Bug Jar on Saturday (Feb. 5) with Wet Dream.

Young Prisms also arrive in town tonight (Feb. 2) as part of their tour with the Radio Dept. Tickets for the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are still on sale. Young Prisms return to the same Brooklyn venue in April for a show with Crocodiles and The Fresh & Onlys as part of a tour at that time. Tickets for the April show go on AmEx presale today at noon.

All Melted Toys tour dates, plus a live video, are after the jump.

Continue reading "Melted Toys are here for 3 shows (2 w/ Alex Bleeker), Young Prisms & the Radio Dept tonight too"

photos by Jessica Amaya


"If I didn't know any better, I'd say that Captured Tracks was releasing some lost tapes by a band called Minks from 1985 or so. By The Hedge sounds alternately dated and fresh at the same time. The singles released last year as a tease are included here as the New Order-ness is in full effect "Funeral Song," and "Ophelia,". While those tracks were impressive and really whet my appetite for the album, the greatest triumphs are new to By The Hedge" [The Big Takeover]
As This week In Indie pointed out, MINKS' debut album, By the Hedge, just came out" on Captured Tracks and the band celebrated on Friday, 1/21, at Glasslands with Big Troubles, Family Portrait and Widowspeak. Pictures and videos from that show are in this post. MINKS' next show is with Abe Vigoda and Wild Nothing at Bowery Ballroom in February.

And to quote Bill again, "if you haven't heard Big Troubles' debut, which came out early this year on Olde English Spelling Bee, I recommend you remedy that, especially if you have a fondness for early-'90s shoegaze. Big Troubles know their stuff, have digested it all and come up with their own appealing version." Big Troubles' next currently-advertised show is at Shea Stadium w/ Andrew Cedermark, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and White Laces on March 5th.

Jessica Amaya stopped by the show, mostly to check out new Captured Tracks signees Widowspeak, and she mentioned they "were pretty damn good". Her pictures and videos from the whole show, continue below...

Continue reading "MINKS, Family Portrait, Big Troubles & Widowspeak played Glasslands (pics & video)"

Julian Lynch at Glasslands (more by Erez Avissar)
Julian Lynch

Julian Lynch has announced a new Brooklyn show happening in a short two-and-a-half weeks from now, and just a week after he and fellow Underwater Person Andrew Cedermark open for Titus Andronicus and Real Estate on New Years Eve. Julian will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on January 7th with Big Troubles and fellow Underwater Peoples Family Portrait. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon. More dates for all bands are listed below.

In addition to a DC date with Julian, Big Troubles will also play January 3 at Monster Island Basement with The Babies (aka the Vivian Girls/Woods side project) and January 21st at Glasslands with MINKS (tickets). All Big Troubles dates are listed below.

The MINKS show is the band's album release party for By the Hedge which is due via Captured Tracks on Jan 11th. The band is also on board for a tour with Dum Dum Girls which will include Bowery Ballroom on March 4th with Frankie Rose & The Outs. Tickets are still available.

Album streams of Lynch's recent Mare and Big Troubles' recent Worry, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Julian Lynch headlining MHOW, Big Troubles playing shows, MINKS touring w/ Dum Dum Girls (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal


Camaraderie and friendship hung thickly in the air at last night's show at the Mercury Lounge. I missed La Big Vic, but I arrived in time to witness the "orchestral space pop" (their words) of Miracles of Modern Science. The (now) Brooklyn band formed when its five members were undergrads at Princeton. On the surface, their pedigree and jargon-riddled song titles may appear to alienate them from a wider fan base, but their performance was stripped of any signs of petty elitism.

"This song is not very good, but we're playing it anyway," one member joked, mid set. The band's sense of ease on stage is perhaps surpassed only by that of their jocularly ravenous fans. Many people in the audience seemed to know the band, or at the very least - drummer Tyler Pines. ("Show me your tits, Tyler" and "I'm horny for Tyler" were a couple of their choice lines.)

Though they've been playing together since 2005, they are just embarking on releasing their debut album... that is if they can afford it. They've already recorded it. Now it's just a matter of raising the funds to mix it, package it, and promote it.

Like MoMs, Family Portrait is also a made up of old friends. Its members have been buddies since high school (or college) and also maintain a closely curated record label together (Underwater Peoples).

For last night's show, they played a fair amount of new material, which more prominently features elements of electro-pop. They kicked off their show with just snyths, a keyboard, some prefab beats, and a bass. Guitars didn't come into play until later.

Though it was fun to see the band experimenting and branching out, I thought the electronic additions (intergalactic voice distortion, included) were a bit distracting at times. Of course, many of their songs are brand new, so it may just only be a matter of time before their fixation on their new toys wears off a bit and they learn to better integrate the new sound with the old.

The family affair continued with Tennis (who are also on Underwater Peoples). Thanks in part to their charming, publicity-friendly story, this husband/wife duo received a fair amount of hype early on, but they don't seem to be letting it get to their heads. Though their sound is more polished now (thanks in part to their new drummer - James Barone), they still put on a modest show.

Vocalist/keyboardist Alaina Moore was positively charming. Even her jab at one audience member was delivered sweetly. (After someone claimed to be from Coconut Grove of the song "Marathon," Moore demurely replied, "You can't live there. It's covered by the tide probably once a day. You'd drown. I called your bluff!")

Though she is undoubtedly soft-spoken by nature, Moore's vocals are surprisingly rich, which seems only appropriate for both her labor of love with beau Patrick Riley and for the Brenda Lee cover ("Is It True") that she chose late in the set.

My only big complaint was the brevity of Tennis' performance, which Moore herself referenced near the end of their blinkingly fast 11-song set. "We keep writing more songs, but they're all three minutes. So we keep adding and our set keeps getting just as short." They concluded their 35-minute set with a new tune, a love song entitled "Waterbirds." Though not as peppy as many of their more popular songs, "Water Birds" pleasantly drifts along at its own relaxed pace - kind of like the band itself.

Catch Tennis again when they open for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 tonight (12/2). More pictures of all four bands from Mercury Lounge with Tennis's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Tennis played Mercury Lounge w/ Family Portrait, Miracles of Modern Science & La Big Vic (pics)"

Floyd Bennett Field

"The new location is a pristine secluded beach area called Raptor Point, at the North end of the main (decommissioned) runway of the abandoned airport, right on Jamaica Bay. Gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay, Mill Basin, and of the distant Manhattan skyline; and a pretty phenomenal sunset spot." - Todd P

Details below...

Continue reading "Todd P's Unamplified Acoustic BBQ is Sunday (new location) "

photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Rachel Kowal

Tennis @ Glasslands

Wednesday night's Underwater Peoples bill at the Cake Shop provided a welcome ray of sunshine to contrast the rainy, overcast days that characterized the first half of the week. The three artists of the evening kept their sets short and their sound swaggeringly upbeat. Though it seemed a bit odd choice to have Tennis play first, it was a nice change to see the room packed for the first band.

Tennis is primarily the musical project of married couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, but they were joined by a drummer. Unlike some husband/wife musicians (Handsome Furs, ahem), Riley and Moore don't look like they're about to start groping each other on stage. They exchanged just smiles and a chaste kiss on the cheek before the show. Alaina Moore has a surprisingly strong voice with the slightest hint of Southern twang to it though she and Riley currently reside in Colorado. The crowd at most shows builds with each additional act, but for Wednesday night, the trajectory for the evening was a bit unique. The room seemed to be the most crowded for Tennis - not a bad feat for a band making its very first appearance in the city.

Next up was Family Portrait. The crowd thinned noticeably as soon as Tennis had finished playing, but a number of people filtered back in after taking a brief respite from the sweltering basement room. Family Portrait played a brief set of dreamy, woozy, beach music that easily transitioned into the music of its musical cousin Ducktails, which also features a member of the Jersey-based lo-fi band Real Estate.

Ducktails is primarily the solo project of Matt Mondanile, but three other musicians joined him to help create a fuller sound. Before they began to play, Matt leaned into the microphone to address the sound guy. As he spoke, it quickly became apparent that there was enough reverb in his voice to render it almost indecipherable, but the effect nicely complimented the music's hazy, swirling melodies. Given the blissful undertones of the music and the name of the project, it was hard not to feel a wave of nostalgia (even though the TV show is technically spelled differently).

In keeping with the flow of the evening, Ducktails played a short set - just eight songs in all and no encore, but spirits were high and at least a few people in the modestly sized crowd heeded Mondanile's prompt to "shake around and dance a little bit."


Tennis played their 2nd NYC show the next night, Thursday, at Glasslands. Family Portrait was again on the bill, as was Magic Bullets and COOLRUNNINGS. At least two people I talked to went for Tennis and walked away a fan of Magic Bullets (who one more NYC show on Saturday). More pictures from the Glasslands show and some videos, below...

Continue reading "Tennis played Cake Shop w/ Family Portrait & Ducktails, Glasslands w/ Magic Bullets (pics & videos) "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Tennis - Baltimore (MP3)


Concept albums are nothing new, but the story behind the latest seven-inch from the band Tennis feels pretty fresh. The summery, lo-fuzz songs on the "Marathon" EP, which was released this week on Underwater Peoples, are based on the sailing trip taken by the husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore in 2009 -- an eight-month journey along the East Coast that took them from "Bimini Bay" in the Bahamas through "Marathon" Florida, "South Carolina" and up to "Baltimore" on their 30-foot "Cape Dory." Not bad for two kids from Denver who'd never sailed before.

With $1,600 and a knowledge of the seas that came entirely from "The Annapolis Book of Seamanship" and DVDs, the couple set off for a year of adventure (sharks, reefs, storms, navigating by hand-bearing compass) that would fulfill Riley's childhood dream. What they couldn't predict was that being cut off from the United States music scene -- limited power on the boat meant that they could only listen to a handful of songs every day -- meant they'd come to discover their own sound. [NY Times]

Much talked about Denver, CO duo Tennis are playing two shows in NYC this week: Cake Shop on Wednesday (8/25) with fellow Underwater Peoples bands Ducktails and Family Portrait, and Glasslands on Thursday (8/26) with Magic Bullets, Family Portrait, COOLRUNNINGS. That 7" EP is now sold out but you can still get it digitally from all the usual places. And if you want to learn more about Patrick and Alaina's adventures on the sea, you can read through the blog they kept during it.

All 2010 Tennis tour dates, plus a couple music videos are below.

Continue reading "Tennis play NYC this week & other dates, MP3, videos "

Real Estate

Real Estate have a full schedule of shows coming up in multiple countries throughout April and May. Three of those shows are in NYC in the nest 10 days. Tonight (4/16) they headline Monster Island. On Saturday, April 24th they play a MoMA PopRally event. On Sunday, April 25th they do a Kidrockers "Earthrockers" show with Apollo Sunshine at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale (make sure you have a kid to take with you). More details on all of those shows and all dates below...

Continue reading "Real Estate playing Monster Island, Earthrockers, a MoMA PopRally event & other shows (2010 tour dates) "

Mountain Man

The first-ever Mountain Man Fest (not affiliated with the band Mountain Man) is tentatively set for July 24th in Saratoga Springs, NY. I say tentative because for the fest to happen it first has to be funded in full through a Kickstarter page with the goal of $65,000. What all that money is being used for isn't 100% clear, but the fest has until May 12th to make that goal. For a ticket, you need to "donate" at least $35. As of this writing it looks like they've sold 12 with "1488 of 1500 remaining".

Though that's a daunting goal (1,500 regularly priced tickets plus other donations), the "confirmed" lineup so far isn't that bad if you consider how much it would cost you to see each band separately (or as the fest puts it, "You (yes you!) get to see 12 hrs+ of amazing bands"): Islands (their only show currently), HEALTH (who are coming to NYC in June), Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Summer Camp, Memoryhouse, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait, Cults, Eternal Summers and Yip Yip ("You'll also be blessed with the sweet satisfaction of knowing that YOU helped make possible this history making musical event"). Underwater Peoples Records are involved in sponsoring the fest (four bands from the label are playing the show).

Another version of the cool poster art (which you can buy as part of giving them money) and the lineup again are below...

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Thanks @realyrealestate, family portrait, alex bleeker + freaks & ALL who came to MICRO-PIXEL-RITES party! Even the cops showed up! -georgiakral

photos by Rhiannon Marino, second set by Erez Avissar

Real Estate
Real Estate

Real Estate were the not-so-secret guest at the Alex Bleeker & The Freaks/Family Portrait apartment show in Bushwick on Saturday, March 6th. Alex Bleeker is also a member of Real Estate.

All three of those bands will be at SXSW. Alex Bleeker & Family Portaits' Austin shows include the Micro-Pixel-Rites Showcase at 1204 Salina Street on Thursday, March 18th. A flyer and video-trailer for that are below.

According to the schedule below, Real Estate will be cramming ten sets into their four-day Austin trip (none of which are even one of our seven parties unfortunately). But before that, they're playing this Friday, March 12th at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Woods (who they're touring with), Happy Birthday and Wild Nothing. That show is sold-out, and sadly no longer includes the Bitters - you'll have to catch Bitters down South or with Best Coast in NYC on April 6th and 7th.

All tour dates and two full set of pictures are below...

Continue reading "Real Estate played a 'secret' apt show w/ Family Portrait, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, playing more shows (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Betty Wang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acrylics - Molly's Vertigo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Portrait - Mega Secrets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Bad Day (MP3)

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat GuitarS

It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.

Effi Briest
Effie Briest

Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).


This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.

Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.

Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.

Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.

You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.

Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Holiday Shores

More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.

And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.

Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...

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