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Beach Slang / Tim Kasher / Field Mouse @ Knitting Factory - 12/17/15
Beach Slang
Tim Kasher
Field Mouse

"Hey we're Beach Slang and we're here to punch you right in the heart, man," said James Alex before launching into the first song of their sold-out BV-presented Knitting Factory Brooklyn show last night (12/17). They've seemingly been on tour all year, but last night was their first NYC show since the release of their debut album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (on Polyvinyl), and the first time they headlined a sold-out show here too. And punch us right in the heart they did.

Beach Slang were never not a tight live band, but they seemed especially on last night. They were loud, it felt like JP was pounding the drums harder than ever, and the whole band was just on. The new songs haven't even been out for two months, but they already feel like Beach Slang classics. The crowd was screaming and fist-raising to all of them as much as they were to "Filthy Luck" and "Kids," songs they've played in NYC at least eight or nine times since forming last year. We got most of the songs they've written, and they threw in quite the handful of covers this time too. They played Senseless Things' "Too Much Kissing," which they recorded for their mixtape/covers EP, and did Jawbreaker's "Boxcar" and The Replacements' "Bastards of Young" and "Can't Hardly Wait" (two bands United Nations/Noisey's Jonah Bayer mentioned in his roast of Beach Slang that introduced their set). They also joked around between songs, half-covering bits of George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone," The Doors' "The End," Danzig's "Mother" and a handful of Misfits songs. It was a super fun show.

Co-headlining was Cursive / The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher, who played solo with just an electric guitar (but was joined by Ed and JP from Beach Slang for his last song). He played deep cuts from both of his bands, solo material, and debuted some new stuff too. He told the crowd that he spent the last year making a movie and plans to release it in late 2016. He scored the movie and did the soundtrack himself, and plans to support it by performing the songs live alongside a screening. He gave us a taste of two of those tracks last night. It sounds like cool stuff.

Field Mouse opened and they were good as always, maybe even a little better than the last time I saw them. Their sets are always more rocking than their albums would lead you to believe, and last night's definitely was, ending with a shoegazy wall of sound.

More pictures of all three bands below...

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dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

What else?

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photo: EZTV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by PSquared)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Goodspeed You! Black Emperor, Samara Lubelski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Post rock greats Godspeed You! Black Emperor returned in 2012 after a 10-year absence from releasing albums, and this year they dropped another one. The new stuff is no less colossal-sounding than their classic material, making this band as exciting as ever. Tonight they continue 3-night run in NYC, and this one's with the smallest of the three shows, with experimental musician Samara Lubelski opening.

Reigning Sound, Mr. Airplane Man, EZTV @ The Bell House
Led by Memphis garage rock luminary Greg Cartwright, Reigning Sound mix stomping rock n' roll with heavy soul. If you're heading to the bell house tonight, don't miss openers EZTV who recall the early '80s powerpop of Tommy Keene and Matthew Sweet.

LA Priest, Mansionair, and Rozes @ Baby's All right
Some of you may remember mid-'00s UK band Late of the Pier who were lumped in with the "nu-rave" genre that included Klaxons and New Young Pony Club. The band broke up in 2010 but singer Sam Dust now makes music under the name LA Priest. His debut, Inji, was just released earlier this year via Domino and while Dust is still an odd bird, LA Priest is more focused, sonically, sticking mainly with melted funk slow jams. Tonight's his NYC debut.

Bob Moses, Desert Sound Colony @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian duo Bob Moses recently put out their debut album on Domino, which sees them making moody electronic pop. Tonight's show is sold out.

Alessia Cara, Austin Millz, Passion Pit (DJ set) @ FADER + vitaminwater
FADER + vitaminwater's week-long series of free-with-RSVP shows continues tonight with one of R&B's freshest new faces, Def Jam signee Alessia Cara, headlining.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Skinny Lister, Beans on Toas @ Irving Plaza
British folk punk Frank Turner wraps up his 3-night stand at Irving Plaza tonight in support of his new album Positive Songs For Negative People, with likeminded openers. These are small shows for Frank, and all are sold out.

Edley O'Dowd (DJ Set), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (DJ Set) @ Passenger Bar
Psychic TV's Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Edley O'Dowd will be spinning "deep psychedelic madness" with equally trippy projections from Spencer Brewly (who has worked with Super Furry Animals and more).

Joey Cape, Jo Bergeron, Laura Mardon, Walt Hamburger @ The Bowery Electric 
Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape recently released his newest solo album, Stitch Puppy. It's a good folk/acoustic rock album that even non-fans of his main band (or punk at all) might dig.

Kadavar,The Well @ Saint Vitus Bar
If you like your heavy rock the way they made it in the proto-metal era, both Kadavar and The Well are hopelessly devoted to those sounds.

Rudimental @ Warsaw
Rudimental came out of the house-pop trend Disclosure helped mainstreamize, and these guys are even more maximalist. They just released their second album, We the Generation.

Computer Magic (DJ set), Francis Garcia (DJ set), Field Mouse @ Sixty LES
Field Mouse are playing this rooftop party at the Lower East Side hotel Sixty celebrating the second issue of FLOOD magazine.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of cabaret.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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photo: Beach Slang at Gigawatts Fest in August (more by Carly Hoskins)
Beach Slang

Beach Slang are touring like crazy this year and next, and they've just added even more dates. They're doing a short co-headlining run with Tim Kasher, frontman of their past tourmates Cursive, and Field Mouse. It hits Long Island, Brooklyn and Philly.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present the Brooklyn show, which happens December 17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on BV presale now, the password is BVSLANG. General on-sale starts Monday (9/28) at noon.

The next day, Beach Slang open Taking Back Sunday's annual holiday show in NJ. Updated dates are listed below.

Their anticipated debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, comes out October 30 via Polyvinyl. Listen to two songs from that below.

Continue reading "Beach Slang, Tim Kasher & Field Mouse announce dates -- BV presents Knitting Factory show (presale password here)"

photos by Carly Hoskins

Braid / Cheap Girls / Chumped @ Gigawatts 2015
Gigawatts Festival
Gigawatts Festival
Gigawatts Festival

Emo vets Braid are still reunited and on tour now, having recently played a couple festivals: Brooklyn's Gigawatts Fest in July and Atlanta's inaugural Wrecking Ball this past weekend. Wrecking Ball had quite the first year, with an impressive lineup that included highly influential punk bands Descendents and Judge among several other greats from the '90s through now. Check out videos of those two, below.

We didn't get pictures of Wrecking Ball, but we did get pics of Braid at Gigawatts, plus other bands from the day they played, including Beach Slang (pictures here), Swearin', Cheap Girls, Chumped, Laura Stevenson, Field Mouse and more. Those pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Braid played Wrecking Ball (w/ Descendents, Judge, etc) and Gigawatts (w/ Cheap Girls, Chumped, etc) -- pics, videos"

by Andrew Sacher


Philly's Lithuania is another band of Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, but they're nothing like that band. Eric collaborated with Dominic Angelella (also of DRGN KING) to make the kind of crunchy, fuzzy rock that's closer to Weezer or indie rock's recent flirtations with pop punk and emo. The album was produced by Hop Along's Joe Reinhart and Thin Lips' Kyle Pulley, and Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan makes an appearance on the album's title track, "Hardcore Friends," along with Field Mouse singer Rachel Browne. The album comes out August 14 via Lame-O Records (pre-order physical or digital), and a full stream premieres below.

Continue reading "Lithuania streaming debut LP, feat. members of Hop Along"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/17/15

mewithoutYou wrapped up their tour with Foxing and Field Mouse over the weekend, hitting NYC at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/17). mewithoutYou haven't ever stopped making good records or putting on good live shows, but this year's Pale Horses does still feel like a "we're back!" moment for them, and the Bowery show did too. Not counting last year's Catch For Us The Foxes 10th anniversary tour, this was the biggest and most energized crowd I've seen for them in NYC in a while. If it wasn't sold out, it was definitely close, and people were singing and clapping along all night.

The band sounded very consistent too. When they first came out with the whimsical indie folk of a song like this, it was a little jarring coming from a band who once made heavy post-hardcore like this. (They're good at both sounds though.) Pale Horses ties their many styles together without ever leaning too far in a particular direction, which helped their live set do the same. They included all three "spider" songs from Brother, Sister, but instead of having them lead into songs from that album, each led into a different Pale Horses song seamlessly. They opened their encore with the opening song of Catch For Us The Foxes ("Torches Together"), and then brought out their old pal Kevin Devine to wrap up with two very different album closers. First they did the campfire folk of "Allah, Allah, Allah" and then shifted to the intricately-layered art rock of "In A Sweater Poorly Knit." Hearing those three in a row showed in one batch of songs how diverse mewithoutYou can get. And hearing this year's "Red Cow" right into 2006's "Nice & Blue, Pt. 2" earlier in the night showed just how well the new material works with their more classic songs.


Kevin Devine wasn't the only guest during their set. They also brought out Conor Murphy, frontman of opening band Foxing, to play trumpet on "Cattail Down." He got massive cheers when he came out, which is pretty amazing considering he's of the opening, much-younger band. But it makes sense -- the two bands are a great fit. Like mewithoutYou, Foxing bring their vocals to a scream just enough times that they'll probably get called "post-hardcore," but they're more interested in making ambitious, genre-defying rock music than sticking to the typical characteristics of any one genre. Conor's voice is a beautiful falsetto as often as it's a rough yell, and instrumentally the band nears Caspian or This Will Destroy You-style post-rock. I've seen them a few times before, but Friday's set had to be the best. They were aided by a violinist/keyboardist for the whole set, a sax player for one song and a clarinet player for another, which had them sounding even more epic than usual. (I don't like to throw that word around, but this set really was epic.) And while Foxing probably won over a few mewithoutYou fans on this tour, I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite happened as well. They're a talented young band, and rising quickly. Maybe some of their fans who missed the boat on mewithoutYou discovered that band through this tour too.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, and mewithoutYou's setlist, below...

Continue reading "mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, Foxing & Field Mouse played Bowery Ballroom (pics, review, setlist)"

photo: Foxing at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in January (more by Mimi Hong)

Foxing are currently on the road with mewithoutYou and they ran into horrible luck last night. They write:

Our hearts are truly broken.
Last night while we sleeping our trailer stolen. Literally all of our gear, a lot of Lithuania's gear, most of our clothes, personal items, and all of our merchandise was taken from us. We've contacted the police and filed a report; but as most bands who have been in our position can attest to, chances of recovery are low. We've known so many bands who have gone through this ordeal; at this point in history it truly feels like it's not a matter of if but rather when. Still, there is a difference between witnessing it and living it, and we are definitely 'living it' right now. I gotta tell you, it's just as soul crushing as one might imagine. There are a myriad of emotions running through our collective right now; just writing this is a bit overwhelming. I am grateful this isn't a message in regards to a car accident or a personal injury, we are all together and trying to remain positive, but like I said at the beginning: this is truly heart breaking.
This may be self-aggrandizing but I look at musicians, and artists a whole, as social servants. It is function and duty of the artist to bring something to other's lives; in a very small way offer ourselves and our work to the world and hopefully bring people together. Perhaps this is trite, but simply put, the arts saved my life. I know I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that our lives have been forever changed by witnessing and playing music in a live setting. Further more, from meeting and talking to strangers around the country, I believe that we are not alone. Our joy comes from playing our songs for friends and strangers alike, and in so, our instruments were an extension of ourselves; whoever took our things last night took our ability to perform; they took away a part of all of us. We are devastated.

-We are putting all of our shirt designs up on our store; if you've ever felt like you want a Foxing shirt, snagging one now would directly help us stay above water: http://foxing.merchnow.com/

-Also, this is really hard for me to write because we've always prided ourselves on our self-sufficiency, but we are hurting right now--if you feel like making a donation, you can send something via PayPal: FoxingTheBand@gmail.com

If you've read this far down: thank you for your time. We will update you as soon as we can.
Today is a sad day; let's hold onto to love

Sad to hear. As the above message says, if you'd like to help them out, you can pick up some merch or donate via PayPal (FoxingTheBand@gmail.com).

The tour with mewithoutYou hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that are still available.

All remaining dates are listed, with music from both bands, below...

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photos by Carly Hoskins

Lucius @ MHOW 4/27/2015

Brooklyn's Lucius brought their colorful co-fronted pop to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday for a free show with alt-pop outift Field Mouse. Pictures and live video from the show are in this post. The night served as a kickoff for Lucius' tour dates this summer, which include stints with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Luciusl next play NYC  on June 13 in Prospect Park with Luke Temple, which is a free show part of Celebrate Brooklyn's just-announced 2015 season.

Field Mouse are also heading out on tour this summer on supporting runs with Hop Along and mewithoutYou, the latter of which hits Bowery Ballroom on July 17 and tickets are still available.

Check out more pictures from Monday's show, a video of Lucius playing "How Loud Your Heart Gets" on Monday and a tour video from Field Mouse's recent run with Kevin Devine and Dads below...

Continue reading "Lucius played MHOW w/ Field Mouse (pics, video), playing free Celebrate Brooklyn! show w/ Luke Temple in June (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou (photo by Amie Santavicca)

Philly shapeshifters mewithoutYou will follow Ten Stories with their sixth album this year, and to release it they signed with fast-rising label Run for Cover who have been killing it lately with Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Tigers Jaw, Cloakroom and so much more. Here's what the label said about the signing:

We could not be more excited to announce Run For Cover has signed the legendary mewithoutYou. We will be releasing the bands 6th LP (produced by Will Yip) this summer, which is the incredible follow up to 2013's Ten Stories. The band's forthcoming LP is a carefully focused and personal album that spans the band's impressive career. From the frightened intensity of Catch Us For the Foxes and [A -> B] Life to the subdued and urgent Ten Stories, the band has truly created an album that complements and expands on their incredible 15 year existence.
The new album's called Pale Horses and it will be out on June 16. As mentioned in the quote above, it was prodcuced by Will Yip, who's recently worked on great albums by Braid, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and many more. Check out the album trailer below.

mewithoutYou are playing NJ's Skate & Surf festival in May, and after that they'll go on a tour with Foxing, another band with punk rock roots and art rock tendencies. The first leg also has Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) opening, and the second leg has alt-popsters Field Mouse. (Both Field Mouse and Lithuania also open select dates of the Hop Along tour, and Hop Along not long ago opened for mewithoutYou.)

The run with Field Mouse hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, album trailer, and some videos from the bands on the tour, below...

Continue reading "mewithoutYou announce new album 'Pale Horses' on Run for Cover, tour with Foxing & Field Mouse (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along already released "Waitress" and "Powerful Man" from their upcoming album Painted Shut (due 5/5 via Saddle Creek), and today they offered up a third track, "Texas Funeral." Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most distinct voices in current indie rock, thanks in no small part to the way she goes from softer singing to a raspy yell without any warning or interest in holding anything back. When she brings that yell in on "Texas Funeral"'s chorus of "NONE of this is gonna happen to me!" it's the same type of cathartic release you get from "Stranger in India, I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard!" or "Meteor, meteor, make me young!" or any of the other lines you can't go to a Hop Along show without hearing the crowd shout. And like the last single, this one's got another ripping solo from Joe Reinhart, whose guitar playing is as important an element of the new record as Frances' voice. Listen below, via Stereogum.

Hop Along's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). As mentioned, Thin Lips are opening both of those shows, and since we last spoke, Crying were added to the Rough Trade show. Hop Along also recently added Field Mouse and Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) to several other dates on the tour.

Thin Lips also have a new release coming on May 5, Divorce Year, on Seagreen Records. Its new single "Nothing Weird" came out recently via Stereogum, and you can also hear that below, along with the new Hop Along song and updated list of tour dates.

Continue reading "Hop Along share new song "Texas Funeral"; Thin Lips, Field Mouse, Crying & others opening on their tour"

by Andrew Sacher


The Smiths' groundbreaking self-titled debut album turned 30 last week (2/20), and in honor of that Reimagine Music will be releasing a tribute album called Tease Torment Tantalize: A 30th Anniversary Tribute To The Smiths' Debut on March 24 (pre-order). The album features covers by Male Bonding, Kevin Devine, Soft Metals, Field Mouse, Seapony, Jaymay, Blackbird Blackbird, Mother Falcon, Young Statues, Heidemann and more. Full tracklist (including three bonus tracks) below.

We've got the premiere of British punks Male Bonding's take on "Still Ill" Vocally, Male Bonding do their best Morrissey for this and keep some of Johnny Marr's guitar lines, but they otherwise turn it into a driving lo-fi jam not unlike the stuff on their own albums. Listen below.

Male Bonding have also presumably/hopefully been teasing album #3 by dropping a couple recent singles to their Soundcloud. You can stream those below as well.

Continue reading "Male Bonding cover "Still Ill" on upcoming Smiths tribute LP with Kevin Devine, Soft Metals, Field Mouse & more (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Quarterbacks (photo by Dave Grimaldi)

New Paltz trio Quarterbacks are releasing their self-titled followup to 2014's Quarterboy on February 10 via Team Love/Double Double Whammy. Two songs are out so far, including "Center" (one of The FADER's favorite songs of 2014), and both are punk-ish twee pop similar to Radiator Hospital, who will join them in Philly this weekend with Girlpool.

That Philly show is part of a short Northeast tour that includes the previously discussed Kingston, NY show with Joyce Manor and Laura Stevenson, as well as a NYC show on Tuesday (1/13) at Silent Barn with Long Beard, a solo set from Jake of Sitcom, and a solo set from Isabel of The Realbads. Doors are at 8 PM and $7 gets you in. All Quarterbacks dates are listed below.

If you're going to that Silent Barn show, it's worth showing up early to catch Isabel's set. The Realbads released their debut album, Here Come The Realbads, this past fall and it's the kind of DIY indie rock that fans of any other bands mentioned in this post should dig. You can stream that below.

In semi-related news, Quarterbacks' New Paltz neighbors Diet Cig (who share producer Christopher Daly with Quarterbacks) will release their debut EP, Over Easy, on February 24 via Father/Daughter Records. They also have some shows coming up this month, including a free one in NYC tonight (1/9) at Legion with Earl Boykins, Thick and PWR BTTM. All of their dates are listed, with a stream of "Scene Sick" from their EP, below.

Speaking of Father/Daughter Records, they're also releasing the new EP from Anomie, the solo project of Rachel Browne who you may know better as the singer of Field Mouse. It's a solo project, but it's not stripped down acoustic songs or anything. The first single, "So Long," is driving indie rock that's actually more rocking than most of the newest Field Mouse album. It's good stuff, as you can hear for yourself below. Michael Eisenstein of Letters to Cleo mixed the EP, and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin' (who mixed the Field Mouse album) mastered it.

Anomie doesn't have any dates at the moment, but you can catch Field Mouse on tour, including twice in NYC. First they play the 1/17 date of Dr. Dog's 8-night run, which begins tonight (most but not all nights are sold out), and then they play 3/28 at Le Poisson Rouge with Kevin Devine and Dads (tickets).

All mentioned song streams and lists of dates below...

Continue reading "Quarterbacks touring, playing NYC w/ The Realbads; Diet Cig touring; Field Mouse singer releasing solo EP (dates, stream)"

Field Mouse at CMJ 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Field Mouse

Kevin Devine already announced a solo tour with Into It. Over It. (solo) and Laura Stevenson for February, and now he's added a full-band tour with Dads and Field Mouse to go down right after. The solo tour doesn't hit NYC, but the full-band dates will bring Kevin and co. here on March 28 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Wednesday (12/10).

You also have two other chances to catch Field Mouse in NYC before that. Their tour with The Jazz June hits Saint Vitus on 12/27 (tickets), and they open the 1/17 date of Dr. Dog's 8-night run. That night's sold out, but tickets for other nights of the run (with mewithoutYou, Elvis Perkins and more) are still available.

Dads are also going on a headlining tour right before the Kevin Devine tour with excellent support from Somos and Roger Harvey. That tour doesn't hit NYC but there's a Long Island date on 2/7 at Amityville Music Hall (tickets) and a NJ date on 2/10 at Asbury Lanes (tickets). All dates are listed below.

That's the second Asbury Lanes show Roger Harvey has coming up after the Bouncing Souls afterparty he plays this month. Somos are on tour now with Modern Baseball, Foxing and others, and that tour is about to land in NYC: 12/12 at Gramercy and 12/15 at MHOW (tickets).

Lists of dates and some videos/song streams below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine touring w/ Field Mouse & Dads, who are touring with Somos & Roger Harvey (dates)"

Elvis Perkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Elvis Perkins

As discussed, Dr. Dog are releasing a live album and going on a tour which includes an eight-night run in NYC. Since we last spoke, openers for those shows were announced. Their schedule now looks like this:

01-09 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ Twain
01-10 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ The Districts
01-11 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ Elvis Perkins
01-12 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-14 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir
01-15 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-16 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Yellerkin
01-17 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Field Mouse
Tickets for all shows except 1/10 and 1/17 are still available.

Elvis Perkins is set to release a new album, I Aubade, on February 24 via his own MIR Records. He recently put out the album's first single, "Hogus Pogus," which falls on his softer folky side. You can stream that, with the album tracklist and artwork, below. The show with Dr. Dog is his only announced date at the moment but he plans to tour again in the spring.

mewithoutYou are also planning a new album for 2015. Most details on that are still TBA, but they recently put out a trailer for it called "Thy foes profanely rage" (album title?) which has a short clip of music and ends with "LP6 / MMXV." Stay tuned for more on that. After their two NYC shows with Dr. Dog, they open for them on several of their spring dates as well. All of those dates are listed below.

Though the show with Field Mouse is sold out, you can catch them in NYC when their tour with The Jazz June hits Saint Vitus on 12/27 (tickets).

The show with The Districts is sold out too, but there's two more chances to catch them in NYC as well. They play the 12/29 show during Deer Tick's Brooklyn Bowl residency (tickets), and they've got a headlining tour kicking off at Bowery Ballroom on February 10 with Pine Barons (tickets). All of their dates are listed below too. They've also got a new album, A Flourish and a Spoil, due out February 10 via Fat Possum. You can stream a track from that below as well.

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You Blew It!

Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.

You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).

The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.

In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.

Browse the Topshelf lists below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Derrick from TWIABP and his lighter / Empire! Empire!
Empire Empire I Was A Lonely Estate

After our Friday day party during CMJ, I headed down the block to Cameo for the Topshelf Records showcase with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Field Mouse, Wildhoney and Sorority Noise.

I got there while Field Mouse was on, unfortunately missing Connecticut's scrappy Sorority Noise and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Field Mouse's new album is a little shinier than their older material, but they still left room in the set for the harder-edged shoegazey stuff. They sounded good. You can catch them again on tour with The Jazz June this winter.

Empire! Empire!, who are a husband and wife duo on record, had a full band for this show and they sounded great too. Their sound pretty much comes straight from '90s emo, but they do it well. I didn't stay for TWIABP since I had seen them a few hours earlier at our day party, but from what I heard from people who were (and what the setlist says), Derrick was thrown out of the venue for holding up a lighter during one of Empire! Empire!'s songs. He did end up getting back in for TWIABP's set, but after opening with "Picture of a Tree That Doesn't Look Okay," he talked shit about the venue from the stage, then the band made harsh noise for 20 minutes, played "Getting Sodas," and walked off. As you can see above, he then also held his lighter up from the stage and tried to get the crowd to follow suit.

Our photographer caught the whole show, and more pictures of all five bands are below...

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The Jazz June at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Jazz June

The Jazz June just headlined our CMJ showcase over the weekend, and they've now announced a short tour happening around the holidays with their Topshelf labelmates Field Mouse (who also played CMJ). That tour kicks off in NYC on December 27 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now. All dates, including a Philly show with Field Mouse's recent tourmates Prawn in place of Field Mouse, are listed below.

The Jazz June's first album in 14 years, After the Earthquake (produced by Evan Weiss), comes out on November 11 via Topshelf. Today (10/28), Topshelf and Evan's label Storm Chaser reissued TJJ's classic 2000 album, The Medicine.

Field Mouse's newest, Hold Still Life, came out earlier this year. Stream that, with a full stream of The Medicine, three tracks from After the Earthquake and the list of tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Somos at The Studio at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)

Somos and Sorority Noise both put out their debut albums this year, Temple of Plenty and Forgettable, respectively, and now they've teamed up for a split EP that's due out next week (11/4) via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). While Somos' debut was mostly punky indie rock, they've slowed down for their two contributions here, giving themselves space to experiment with new layers and more complexity. And while much of Sorority Noise's album was crunchy pop rock, the last three tracks had them moving in a more somber direction as well, which is what they continue here. A stream of the full EP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

Both bands have interesting futures ahead of them too. Somos recently announced that they left Tiny Engines for their new label home of No Sleep and are planning to put out a new album for the label in 2015. Meanwhile, Sorority Noise recently mentioned that two of their members left the band but they'll be moving forward.

Both bands have shows coming too. Sorority Noise are playing The Fest but first will play the Topshelf CMJ showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) happening Friday (10/24) at Cameo with The World Is A Beautiful Place, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse and Wildhoney. That show is free with RSVP (no badges required). You can also catch TWIABP at the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All RIght, and Tom from Washed Up Emo DJs our official BV showcase.

Somos have a ton of dates, including the previously announced run with Modern Baseball, Foxing and Crying that hits NYC on December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at MHOW. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

All Somos dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rozwell Kid
Rozwell Kid

Rozwell Kid are about to kick off a tour supporting The World Is A Beautiful Place, and on November 18 they'll release their new album, Too Shabby, via Broken World Media, Derrick from The World Is' label. You can pre-order it now, and it will out digitally on Thursday (10/9) but first get a taste by listening to the full LP stream which premieres in this post. The album takes scrappy, catchy '90s-style indie rock, and injects it with Thin Lizzy-style guitar heroics. Take a listen for yourself, below.

Their tour with TWIABP (which also includes The Hotelier and Broken World labelmates Posture & the Grizzly) doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby on October 25 at The Space in Hamden, CT (tickets). All dates are listed below.

TWIABP said when the tour was first announced that they would be playing NYC though, and they've since been announced for CMJ. They'll play the FREE Topshelf/Washed Up Emo showcase happening October 24 at Cameo with Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse, Wildhoney and Sorority Noise. Stay tuned for more CMJ announcements from TWIABP.

Rozwell Kid LP stream and list of dates below...

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by Andrew Sacher

AGBPOL at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Topshelf Records has put out a handful of excellent releases over the past few years, and this year four of its bands will head out on Topshelf's first-ever label tour. The tour showcases how diverse the label is at the moment, with A Great Big Pile of Leaves who make chilled-out mathy indie pop not unlike Minus the Bear, Diamond Youth who have kind of a QOTSA-meets-Weezer thing going on, Prawn who do justice to Kinsella-style emo, and Field Mouse who mix shoegaze and '90s-style alt-pop. The tour was announced earlier this month, but more dates have since been added including a NYC show happening October 2 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

AGBPOL just played NYC when their tour with Braid hit MHOW (7/26) over the weekend. Prawn play here this weekend when their tour with Foxing and The Hotelier hits The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/2) (tickets).

All dates are listed, with streams of all four bands, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Field Mouse

Field Mouse recently announced that they signed to Topshelf for their new album, Hold Still Life, and have now revealed more details, including a stream of the song "Two Ships." Unlike their 2013 single, "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" (which does appear on the album), Field Mouse have left all traces of shoegaze behind for this new one. It's a polished pop song that sounds more like The Cardigans than My Bloody Valentine, with some of the rhythms of '80s pop and the arpeggiated guitars of Joshua Tree-era U2. You can check it out (via Noisey) below. Album artwork and tracklist below as well.

Field Mouse have also announced a record release show to happen on July 23 at Rough Trade NYC with Frances Cone, Weed Hounds and Lithuania. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon. Exactly a month before that, they open for The Colourist at Bowery Ballroom (6/23) (tickets), and they also play Gigawatts Fest in July.

New song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...

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Fiasco at (the old) Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)

Free bi-monthly DIY music, art and fashion mag 1.21 Gigawatts will once again put on their Gigawatts Festival this summer in Bushwick. Last year's was two days, but this year's will be four days (July 17-20) and will feature over 50 bands across three venues (Radio Bushwick, Hot 97.4 and a Secret House Show). The initial lineup features a reunion set from the defunct Fiasco, Frankie Cosmos, Infinity Shred, Tonstartssbandht, Chumped, Team Spirit, CHAPPO, Ski Lodge, Slothrust, Field Mouse, Celestial Shore, Vensaire, Heliotropes, Dead Stars and Shark?. More bands TBA and tickets will go on sale soon. Initial flyer below.

Meanwhile, Shark? also open the free BV-presented Orwells show at Shea Stadium tonight (6/9).

As usual, Frankie Cosmos has plenty of dates. As do Dead Stars (including 4Knots), Tonstartssbandht, and Chumped (including Riot Fest and The Fest).

Field Mouse, who recently released an album trailer for their new LP on Topshelf (watch below), open for The Colourist on June 23 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

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Tickets for the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on artist presale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their Prospect Park show are still available.

The Kooks are playing Terminal 5 on July 29. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (5/9) at noon.

Tickets for the The Horrors shows at Stage 48 and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Milosh show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cherry Glazerr show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Baby's show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Herzog shows at Glasslands and Bowery Electric are on sale now.

Tickets for the Hundred Waters show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Adult Dude were added to the Field Mouse show at Cameo. Tickets for that show are still available.

The Donkeys are playing Knitting Factory on July 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Fucked Up show at Irving Plaza goes on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. Password HERE.

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.

Potty Mouth at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Potty Mouth

Northampton indie rockers Potty Mouth have multiple tour dates coming up this spring, including legs with Waxahatchee, Swearin', Perfect Pussy, and their Mass. neighbors Fleabite. The latter will join them at their NYC show which happens at Silent Barn on June 14. All dates are listed below.

Fleabite will be supporting their new EP, Over It, which came out this week (4/15) digitally and on cassette via Puzzle Pieces Records. Their catchy noise pop should be a good fit with Potty Mouth, and you can check it out for yourself by streaming the new EP below.

Meanwhile, Potty Mouth are one of nine bands, including Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Bent Shapes, Levek, Radiator Hospital, Field Mouse and more, contributing movie/TV show fictional band covers to Father/Daughter Records' new Record Store Day compilation, Faux Real. You can stream Potty Mouth's cover of "Take Me Away" from Freaky Friday, Sadie's cover of "Pretend to Be Nice" from Josie and the Pussycats, plus the Bent Shapes and Levek covers, below. Full tracklist below too.

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