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Ava Luna at BV Holiday Party last month/year (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ava Luna

Wintersleep are going on a short North American tour this month which ends in 2 NYC dates happening on January 24 at Mercury Lounge with Pretty & Nice and January 25 at Glasslands with ARMS and Writer. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are on sale now. All Wintersleep dates are listed below.

Speaking of ARMS, their frontman, Todd Goldstein, is opening for John Roderick (of the Long Winters) at his Mercury Lounge show (1/28), which is three days after ARMS play Glasslands and one day after John Roderick opens for Aimee Mann at her sold out MHOW show. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available.

In other Glasslands/Mercury Lounge news, Har Mar Superstar has a few shows announced including Glasslands on March 7 with Rewards. Tickets are on sale now.

Rewards were also just announced as the opener for the second School of Seven Bells show at Mercury Lounge (3/1). Their record release show (happening at the same venue on 2/28) sold out and Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.

Both Rewards and School of Seven Bells also DJ in Brooklyn next Friday (1/13) at Cameo Gallery with CREEP, who is also DJing. Doors are at midnight for this late show, which takes place after Radical Dads play the same venue a few hours earlier. Radical Dads recently played a great set at our Brooklyn Bazaar Holiday Party.

The day before that Cameo Gallery show, NewVillager and Avan Lava play Mercury Lounge (1/12). Tickets are available.

Avan Lava is not to be confused with Ava Luna, who just played a BV Holiday Party with Widowspeak and Twin Sister, the latter of which they're heading out on tour with later this month. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but Ava Luna just announced their own NYC show happening shortly after the tour ends at Mercury Lounge on February 24 with Celestial Shore, Darlings, and Cindy Lou Gooden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/11) at noon.

You can catch Darlings in NYC even sooner when they headline Glasslands on Thursday (1/12) with The Suzan, Fabric, and DAYTONA (mems. of Harlem and Wild Yaks). Tickets for that show are available.

Friends play Cameo on January 24th.

Faris (of the Horrors) and Honor (of Cerebral Ballzy) both DJ cameo this Friday night (tomorrow, 1/6).

More Wintersleep & Har Mar dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cats Eyes

Cat's Eyes were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom tonight -- their first-ever U.S. show -- but ended up canceling their first U.S. shows due to "unforeseen circumstances." Hopefully those dates will be rescheduled soon. Their album, however, is out today digitally (CD/LP lovers must wait two weeks) and well worth picking up. With '60s pop as a starting point, Faris Badwan (of The Horrors, who have a new album out this summer) and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira have crafted their own melancholic, lush and rather lovely take on '60s pop. You can download "Not a Friend" from their website and there are a couple videos below. Faris and Zeffira were over last month to discuss their roundabout recording process, obscure girl groups, and making their live debut at The Vatican.

We talked about how they met, recording the new album, Chris Cunningham, the Vatican, Joe Meek, Henry Mancini, the band name & more. Read our chat below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cats Eyes

While we wait for the Horrors to follow-up 2009's excellent Primary Colours, front man Faris Badwan has started another band (he's adamant it's not a "side project"), Cat's Eyes, a duo with Rachel Zewffira, a Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist.  Musically, Cat's Eyes promises to be, in the words of the press release, "a romantic pop masterpiece fit to dine at the same table as mid-'60s productions by Phil Spector, Joe Meek or Shadow Morton, but with a fiercely modern, experimental premise, which constantly leaves you wondering just what you're listening to, and how on earth it was created."

That certainly sounds interesting. You can download "Not A Friend" over at RCRD LBL. I didn't wonder what I was listening to, or how on earth it was created, but it's a nice little understated song that's quite pretty. Cat's Eyes debut is due out May 3 (via on Cooperative Music USA / Downtown Records). That same week, Cat's Eyes will perform at Bowery Ballroom (May 5) and tickets are on sale now.

Cat's Eyes first live performance was at The Vatican. Yes, that Vatican. Badwan told NME: "We were actually in the Basilica, with all the cardinals in the middle of a Mass. We didn't even tell them  we werer going to do it. We just booked under the name of a local choir, sang along with them and then started playing our song "I Knew it Was Over" at the end. The cardinals were totally into it."

There's footage of that covert performance below. Cat's Eyes proper debut gig is March 14 in Manchester. All 2011 non-Vatican tour dates (California included) are below...

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