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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Silent Killer, Blood of Heroes, SHVLFCE, Invertia, Katmai at Saint Vitus
This showcase presented by OHM Resistance will feature continuous music from the second doors open until the show ends, and will feature the first-ever live performance from The Blood of Heroes with features Bill Laswell and Dr. Isreal. There's also industrial black metal group Inverta, drum-n-bass noise from SHVLFCE, and lots more.
Bushwick Open Studios
This weekend is the annual Bushwick Open Studios, which is a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way.
The Zebras, Don't Cry Shopgirl, Gingerlys, The Arctic Flow @ Spike Hill (NYC Popfest)
Part of NYC Popfest, this day show features Australian band The Zebras, Swedish twee combo Dont' Cry Shopgirl, plus Americans the Arctic Flow and Gingerlys. FREE.
Rocketship, Spearmint, The Garlands, Stars In Coma, The Band A Part @ Cameo Gallery (NYC Popfest)
The evening Popfest show should be a good one, with legendary California indiepop band Rocketship, and the first NYC show for UK band Spearmint. Plus two more Swedish bands (Garlands, Stars in Coma) and Spanish duo Band A Part.
A Place to Bury Strangers, The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Heaven, Bloody Knives, The Teen Age, Lost Children, Autodrone, Gunfight @ Silent Barn
Part of Bushwick Open Studios weekend, this is a tribute to Dead Leaf Echo/Vandelles guitarist Christo Buffam who died earlier this year. The show is technically free but donations are highly encouraged with proceeds going to Buffam's family and to the touring musicians playing this show.
WFMU Record Fair @ 69th Regiment Armory
The annual vinylpalooza also features live broadcasts from WFMU shows, with live performances today from Dan Melchior and The Flatmates. Get in cheap with out coupon!
Dan Melchior, Liquor Store, Highlife, Pigeons @ Secret Project Robot
Melchior is a prolific dude, having released found-sound-collage LP, Slow Down Tiger, back in April and put out about five records in 2013 alone. If you dig the scuzzy side of things, Melchior's extensive back catalog is well worth digging through. Castle Face is releasing a new compilation of his work in June.
Red Bull Music Academy Closing Night @ Abrons Art Center
RBMA 2014 comes to a close with three stages and 15 artists including Elektro Guzzi (Austria), Lucrecia Dalt (Spain), Yosi Horikawa (Japan), Mike Slott (New York), Robot Koch (Germany), Nightwave (UK), Anenon (Los Angeles), Nire (New York), Nguzunguzu (Los Angeles), Nick Hook (New York), Studio Barnhus (Sweden), Octo Octa (New York), Pursuit Grooves (New York), Sis (New York) featuring Eliza Coolidge of Knox.
Alex Winston, Neighbors, LOLO @ LPR
Alex Winston's debut album, King Con, was just the right mix of accessible pop and indie-minded quirk. She's been working on new stuff lately, and maybe we'll get to hear some of that tonight.
Spoonboy, Emilyn Brodsky, Color Me Wednesday, The Goodbye Party, Bellows @ Death by Audio
Spoonboy makes a mix of power pop, alt-folk and punk which is highly addictive. His tourmates Colour Me Wednesday (from the UK) are more on the indie rock side of things, and also worth catching.
Failure @ Stone Pony
'90s spacey alt rockers Failure are back this year after breaking up in 1997 with new music and a tour. The single we recently heard, "Come Crashing" has the band in pretty fine form, so hopefully these shows will be the same. This is their second NYC-area date of the tour, and they'll be back in NYC proper on Tuesday at MHOW.
A-Trak, Cam'ron, Salva @ Terminal 5
From the two songs we've heard from A-Trak and Cam'ron's upcoming EP, it's seeming like it's gonna be filled with bangers, and some of the most exciting stuff we've heard from either of them in a while. Tonight's a good chance to hear them (and other stuff) live. LA producer Salva opens and is not to be missed.
The Strokes, Cerebral Ballzy @ Capitol Theatre
The Strokes may not be the band they used to be, but at this point their first two records are classics of the early 2000s NYC scene and especially at an intimate (for them) location like this, it should still be a treat to hear that stuff live. Not to mention, this is their first chance to catch them in the NYC-area since 2011.
Death in June @ The Bell House
Uber-influential and controversial neofolk band, fronted by Douglas P, return to NYC.
Phil Lesh @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
We're sure The Grateful Dead are still loathed by many indie rockers out there, but not all. If you're at all interested, Phil & Friends put on great shows and the setlists are loaded with fan favorites.
What Moon Things, The Gradients, Wet Petals, Living Room, Big Neck Police @ Suburbia
What Moon Things offer a good take on gloomy post-punk with big, emotive vocals. They're from New Paltz and have tons of NY-area shows coming up (mostly in college towns), but tonight's the only one in NYC.
Yellow Ostrich, Fort Lean, Cruiser, Sun Club @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is a lineup is headlined by ambitious Brooklynites Yellow Ostrich whose new album is out now on Barsuk.
Yann Tiersen @ Highline Ballroom
Best known for his score to Amelie, French musician/composer Yann Tiersen will just released his new album, ∞ (Infinity), via Mute, which falls somewhere between modern composer and outright pop.
The Agents, DMZL @ Trans-Pecos
Part of Bushwick Open Studios, this show features a performance by The Agents who have been playing together since the late '70s early '80s and feature downtown art scene regular Howie Seligman.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Despite the snow dumped on us last night, there haven't been too many weather-related cancellations, show-wise tonight (2/13). Perhaps bands and venues thought if third graders have to go to school we can play a show. Still, there are a few and here are what cancellations and postponements we're found:
Unrelated to the snow, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust dropped off tonight's Union Pool show, but Steve Gunn, Garrett Devoe and Mike Wexler are still playing.
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black's Valentine's Day Spectacular has been "postponed to March 2. All tickets for the original date will be honored.."
However, the Valentine's Day Eve Ladies Of Soul Tribute with XAVIER and Friends at Joe's Pub is still on. One of those friends is Magnetic Fields maestro Stephin Merritt.
Fort Lean are no longer playing Baby's All Right tonight, but the early and late shows have been combined into "one blizzard of good times" with Sacco, Tropic of Pisces, Genghis Hans, and American Royalty. Doors are at 9:30 PM.
Tonight's AWKWAFINA show at Pianos has been moved to Wednesday February 26 due to "5 foot deep slush puddles on every corner."
UK act Deaf Havana's early show at Mercury Lounge with Born Cages has been canceled, but the late show with Timbre Timbre is still on.
UK band Peggy Sue would like you to know that despite there being "literally more snow than we've ever seen in our lives but our show at @glasslands is ON. I repeat OUR SHOW TONIGHT IS ON."
††† (Crosses) is still on at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Unrelated to the snow -- unless he's better meteorologist than Sam Champion and knows something we don't -- but we' thought we'd mention it anyway: Mos Def has cancelled his 2/27 Highline show (which was already a makeup date).
Anything we missed? Stay warm and dry.
White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Hudson Mohawke (right) w/ TNGHT in August (more by Robert Altman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Hubble, John Mannion, Diaphragm, Migrations in Rust, Yellow Tears @ 285 Kent Avenue
When Ben Greenberg isn't playing with The Men (or any of the other bands he is/was in), he makes experimental music on his own as Hubble which is very worth checking out as well.
Fort Lean, Dave Monks (of Tokyo Police Club), Roommates @ Baby's All Right
NYC trio Fort Lean are finishing up their new album, so here's a chance to check out some new songs. It's also a chance to see TPC frontman David Monks in solo mode.
Caveman, Vacationer, See Through @ Bowery Ballroom
Ever-popular NYC indie band Caveman are throwing their first-ever "Cavemas Celebration" tonight. What exactly that entails...you'll have to go to find out.
Turquoise Jeep @ Brooklyn Bowl
Lemme smang it girl. Smash it and bang it.
Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Hip hop elder statesman Biz Markie released his first album 25 years ago. He's still got what you need, and he'll be spinnin' it tonight.
Gems, FEMME, My Body @ Glasslands
Washington DC's ethereal dancepop duo GEMS headline tonight but, if you're going, also check out Femme which is the solo project from Ultraista singer Laura Bettinson.
Matthew E. White, Dosh, Howard Ivans @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having made one of 2013 more acclaimed records -- Big Inner -- Matthew E White headlines tonight. Get there early for Rosebuds frontman Howard Ivans who, in solo mode, makes soulful R&B.
Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Sleepies @ NYU's E&L Auditorium
Before NYU students take their finals and go home for winter break, they're getting a late-semester punk show that absolutely rips and is also open to the public (for a mere $5 at the door). All four of these bands are great, with powerviolence band-turned-garage punks Ceremony, the shredding, intense White Lung, the rackety Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn's punk 'n' rollers Sleepies.
Mori, These Wild Plans, Graveyard Lovers, Sham-Poo, Hibou, Travis Alexander @ Pianos
New Montreal band Mori make slinky, alluring dancepop. Check out their debut EP below and their midnight performance tonight is free.
Hudson Mohawke, Kwes, Trippy Turtle, Jim-E Stack, Heathered Pearls @ Output
Hudson Mohawke is one half of TNGHT, and also worked on the recent Kanye West and Drake albums, so you know he knows his way around a studio. He also knows how to get a crowd going, and this should be a pretty fun show. Good openers too.
Tourist, Jim-E Stack, AIMES @ Rough Trade
Tourist got a boost in his career from his association with Disclosure, and considering just about everything they touch turns to gold, it might not be long before this guy is in way larger venues. So catch him at the relatively small Rough Trade NYC while you still can.
Porches, Krill, Baked, LVL UP, Lost Boy?, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Tonight at Shea Stadium is the second night of the farewell party for Brooklyn venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, which closed over the summer. Good lineup too, including "bummer pop" band Porches, eccentric indie rockers Krill, crunchy Built to Spill-style indie rockers LVL UP, and others.
Mystical Weapons (Greg Saunier & Sean Lennon) @ Union Pool
Sean Lennon is a whirlwind of activity these days. He just played last night at Union Pool with his orch-pop band GOASTT, and he's back at the venue tonight with this improvisational project with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.
Brian Chase & Andrea Parkins, Forever House @ Silent Barn
Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase is performing tonight with accordionist (!) Andrea Parkins, which should be interesting.
The Cult @ The Wellmont Theatre
Goths turned arena-sized riff rockers, The Cult are currently on the road playing their AC/DCish 1987 album, Electric, in full.
NRBQ @ Iridium
Terry Adams is the only remaining original member, but the "world's greatest bar band" still have a great catalog of underappreciated pop gems to choose from.
Com Truise, AEON RINGS, Kodacrome @ Paper Box
Com Truise recently announced a 2014 tour which includes a headlining NYC gig at Bowery Ballroom, but head to Paper Box tonight to catch him in a more intimate environment before then.
Gnaw, Notekillers, Psalm Zero @ Trans Pecos
The first ever show at Trans Pecos, the new venue operating in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), is a Northern Spy-presented night of noise-influenced metal and vice versa with Gnaw (ex-Khanate), Psalm Zero (mems of Castevet and Extra Life), and The Notekillers.
Potty Mouth @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Potty Mouth split the line between indie rock and punk, and they do it well. This is a free FADER-presented show but RSVP is closed.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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(photo via @raddreams)
Bear Hands and Fort Lean are playing Mercury Lounge on September 24. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/02) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Tickets to see Paul Weller at Apollo Theatre, Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.
As mentioned, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks will also play a Record Store Day in-store at In Living Stereo, and they're also playing their own show on May 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
As mentioned, Fake Problems are going on a tour with The Menzingers that hits NYC on Saint Vitus on June 11. That show has since sold out, but you can catch Fake Problems a couple days later at Mercury Lounge on June 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Big Black Delta, who are playing Glasslands in June, have added another NYC show happening a few days earlier at Mercury Lounge on June 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available too.
UK synthpop artist Frankmusik are playing Maxwell's on June 6, Pianos on June 8 and Union Hall on June 12. Tickets to Pianos and Union Hall are on sale now. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale today at noon.
Kuroma, Fort Lean and IDEATH (DJ set) are playing Glasslands on May 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Twin Sister at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
There have been countless Hurricane Sandy relief benefits in NYC in the over-a-month since the storm hit and, fortunately as they're needed, there's no sign that they'll be stopping any time soon. There's one going down at Glasslands on December 17 with Chairlift, Twin Sister, Empress Of, Slowdance, Jason McMahon, and a DJ set from Ice Choir (aka Kurt Feldman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only announced date for Chairlift at the moment, and also the only one for Twin Sister except for a Philly show with Ava Luna in January.
You can also catch a member of Chairlift at Glasslands tonight (12/6). Patrick Wimberly will be DJing at Fort Lean's release party for their Change Your Name EP with Ludwig Persik and Cruiser. Tickets for that show are available.
A couple videos are below.
Tickets for the Band of Horses shows at Hammerstein and Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.
Simone Felice is playing Mercury Lounge on December 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
TV Baby and Fort Lean are playing Mercury Lounge on November 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher
Caveman / Frankie Rose
The official BrooklynVegan Northside showcase went down at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15) with sets from Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume. Pictures from the showcase are in this post.
Baltimore's Hume kicked things off around 9 PM, sounding much bigger live than they do recorded. From the sounds of the ambient-leaning "Phasing", I was expecting a more subdued set, but instead the band -- with two hard hitting drummers in tow -- were loud and in your face. On top of the double drum attack, they came bearing swirling noise guitars and reverby-yet-clear vocals which helped keep a foot on earth while the rest of the band were floating in space.
Up next were Fort Lean, who contrasted Hume's psychedelic ramblings by keeping things on the relatively more straightforward side of indie pop. They delivered an enjoyable batch of songs led by their singer's strong vocals and flailing bleached hair, and mostly-danceable beats. You can catch Fort Lean again next month on their
tour with Bear Hands.
The mood at MHOW drastically shifted as Frankie Rose took the stage, joined by a 5-piece band, dreamy visuals, and a packed-in crowd. Frankie's set failed to hit a low point as she piled on all of the strongest cuts on Interstellar and included Frankie Rose and the Outs favorite, "Candy," early on as well. She opened the show with Interstellar's opening title track, and though her record is a bit on the small side, when the "oh oh oh"s came in and the drums picked up, Frankie and her band proved that they can turn those songs into pretty anthemic numbers in a live setting. Upbeat singles like "Know Me" and "Night Swim" were obvious standouts (she also covered The Cure's "A Forrest"), but the highlight of the night had to have come with the slow-burning "Pair of Wings," which saw Frankie's voice joined by little more than atmospheric keyboards and sparse drumming.
Caveman closed out the night with a set consisting of material off 2011's Coco Beware and some new ones as well. The band's polyrhythmic pop and reverb-soaked four-part vocal harmonies ended the evening on a high note. The singer rotates between playing guitar and pounding on a floor tom along with the band's drummer, giving the band a solid mix of Grizzly Bear-esque atmosphere and worldbeat indie pop.
More pics from the MHOW show are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Baltimore psych poppers Hume have a few dates scheduled this week, including a NXNE show tonight (6/13). We/re thrilled to announce that one of those shows is now also the Official BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15), which Hume, along with Fort Lean, have just been added to, joining a lineup with Frankie Rose and Caveman. Tickets for that show are still available or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. We're also giving away another pair of tickets in this post. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Hume were supposed to play Death by Audio on Friday (6/15) with Darlings, but that show is no longer happening and the BV Northside show is now Hume's only currently scheduled Brooklyn date. All of their dates are listed below.
The band are reportedly preparing to release a 12" for their super-reverby single, "Phasing," this year. It's set to include remixes from Doldrums, Dustin Wong, and Aaron Leitko (of Protect-U). You can stream that track below. Also below is a video of an older single titled "Inverse Fireworks," which was shot at Market Hotel in NYC.
Speaking of experimental Baltimore bands, just a reminder that Roomrunner, who Hume have shared bills with in the past, have upcoming dates including their addition as opener to Dan Deacon's free show at Pier 84 on July 12 with John Maus.
Continuing to speak of experimental Baltimore bands, we recently mentioned that Future Islands are about to head on a tour which includes a Brooklyn show at Death by Audio on July 11 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Darlings. William from Future Islands' other band Believers and Gerrit from Future Islands' other band Moss of Aura will also share a bill at the Brooklyn venue on June 23.
A list of all Hume dates, stream, video, and contest details below...
Brooklyn indie pop outfit Fort Lean are heading out on a tour with Bear Hands next month. But before they do that, we're happy to announce that Fort Lean, along with Hume have been added to the BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15) as part of a lineup which already includes Caveman and Frankie Rose. Tickets for that show are still available or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. We're also giving away a pair of tickets in this post. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Fort Lean's tour with Bear Hands kicks off in Brooklyn on July 20 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are available. It also includes a Hamden, CT show at July 22 at The Space with Surfer Blood, the day before Surfer Blood plays Maxwell's (7/23). Tickets for the Hamden show are on sale.
Fort Lean put out a single this past February for the track "Sunsick" b/w "The Precinct." You can stream those two tracks below or purchase a download of them at bandcamp. Those song streams, along with a list of all dates and contest details are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
If you're going to GoogaMooga on Sunday, you might want to eat and drink before you get there. More pictures from Saturday below...
"The Festival will feature two stages of music per day, both located in the Nethermead Meadow. More artists to be announced. Performances start at noon and end at 8:30 pm on Saturday. Performances start at noon and end at 7:30 pm on Sunday." Announced music lineup for the two day Prospect Park food and music festival, below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
We Were Promised Jetpacks, who were last in NYC to headline Webster Hall (and perform for our Green Room Sessions) (which was not long after they were here for CMJ), are currently on a European tour that goes through February. They'll follow that with a North American tour, which hasn't been announced in full yet but so far includes the sold out Coachellas and a few others including NYC shows happening on May 3 at Bowery Ballroom and and May 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (1/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting (1/25) at noon.
All currently known dates and our 'Green Room Sessions' videos in case you missed them below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
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UMO @ Glasslands
Unknown Mortal Orchestra headlined Glasslands on 6/4. Headless Horseman, Balkans, and Fort Lean rounded out the rest of the bill. Despite some gear issues, UMO played an hour long set that concluded with "How Can U Luv Me" to a relatively full crowd. UMO is currrently prepping to release their self-titled debut on Fat Possum on 6/21. Stream three songs at the label site and download one above along with a remix the band did for Little Dragon.
The Glasslands show was one of two NYC dates for UMO, who played Webster Hall with their tour-mates Portugal The Man the night before. They'll return both venues in September while on tour with Toro Y Moi who headlines Webster Hall on 9/14. Ava Luna is also on the bill and tickets are still available. One day later, 9/15, UMO return to Glasslands for another headlining show. Tickets are on sale for that too.
UMO also has a bunch of dates scheduled with Yuck.. All dates and more pictures from Glasslands below...