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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn trio Dances released their debut album, Keep Talking, last week via Black Bell/Gigawatts Records. These guys skirt the line between high-energy garage rock and late-'70s power pop, which means it's hooky, riffy and -- something we really don't get enough of these days -- fun. You can stream the whole album below.

Dances play a record release party on September 25 at Baby's All Right with Friend Roulette, Zula, and Haybaby. Tickets are on sale, and there's a $10 option that also gets you into Slonk Donkerson's LP release party at Baby's the next night (9/26) with The Gradients, Simon Doom and Bueno. You can stream a track from Slonk Donkerson's new album (due out 9/25 on Black Bell / Giggawatts), below...

Continue reading "stream Dances' debut album, see the release show at Baby's All Right w/ Friend Roulette, Haybaby & Zula"

by Andrew Sacher


Back in February, we mentioned that Brooklyn regulars Haybaby signed to Tiny Engines for their debut album, and now that album is announced. It's a nine-song LP called Sleepy Kids, and TE is releasing it this fall (pre-order). The first single is "Her," a nice dose of loud-quiet-loud Breeders-y indie rock. Check it out (via Stereogum) below.

Like we said, they play their hometown a lot. Their next show is September 11 at Shea Stadium, which is the first date of Slingshot Dakota's tour. Also on that bill is likeminded indie rockers Bethlehem Steel and Jessica Warren.

After that, they play September 25 at Baby's All Right, which is the release party for Dances' debut album, Keep Talking. It's an all-local bill, with Friend Roulette and Zula rounding things out. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Haybaby detail 'Sleepy Kids,' share "Her," playing shows with Slingshot Dakota, Dances & more"

photo: Braid at MHOW in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

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

Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick, The Well & Our Wicked Lady
It's the third and final day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival, and it's wrapping up with a band. Between the stages at The Wick & The Well, there will be sets from emo veterans Braid, indie pop/punks Swearin' and Chumped, jangly alt-rockers Cheap Girls, anthemic rippers Beach Slang, and more. A third stage at nearby venue Our Wicked Lady hosts more experimental music, like Guerilla Toss and Guardian Alien.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 3 of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.

The English Beat @ City Winery
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange Kids, Feed Her To the Sharks, Kissing Candice @ Jones Beach
It's the second of two NYC-area stops of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, which makes a step up from last year's co-headliners (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold) by bringing in two legends: thrash pioneers Slayer and the theatrical King Diamond. It's worth catching the younger hardcore-leaning Code Orange too.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2 are now halfway through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Longtime Williamsburg residents They Might Be Giants will play their second album, Lincoln, in full tonight, so those of you who have been pining for deep cuts like "Snowball in Hell" and "Piece of Dirt," you'll get your wish tonight.

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf @ Barclays Center
If the idea of a big mainstream rap/R&B show in a huge venue turns you off, that's understandable but this bill is actually pretty great all around. Nicki's touring in support of her best album yet, and Meek just dropped a new quality LP of his own last month. Rae Sremmurd have two of the most unstoppable rap hits in recent memory, and the same can be said for Tinashe for R&B. Dej Loaf is showing a lot of promise too.

Dej Loaf @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall (late)
To see Dej Loaf in a much smaller environment than Barclays Center after that show, head to the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. This kicks off at 11 PM, and two DJs open the night.

Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Mr. Walt, Evil Dee, The Mood Doctors, Easy Money, Queen Herawin (w/Juggaknots), DJ JS-1, Your Old Droog, PumpkinHead Tribute, DJ Scratch, eMC, Rock Steady Crew @ Central Park SummerStage
The Rock Steady Crew celebrates its 38th anniversary with this free daytime show (2-7 PM) that has very long-running Brooklyn hip hop group Whodini (since the early '80s), the only slightly-less long-running rapper Big Daddy Kane (since the late '80s), rising Nas soundalike Your Old Droog, Masta Ace's group eMC, and more.

Sylvan Esso @ The Surf Lodge
Last night, electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso played to a massive crowd in Prospect Park. Tonight, they'll be play Surf Lodge which holds about one tenth of that. So if you're out in Montauk, this seems like a fun option.

Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, Birdcloud, Apache, and Alana Amram & the Rough Jems, DJ Cole Alexander @ Black Bear Bar
Sailor Jerry is presenting this show featuring Montreal's bluesy Bloodshot Bill and Black Lips' frontman Cole Alexander on DJ duty.

Tall Juan, Friend Roulette, Slingshot, Borts Minorts, The Regrets @ Nola Darling
This is a diverse bill with garagey singer Tall Juan, indie pop act Friend Roulette and the totally weird Borts Minorts, and more.

Blues Control, New Humans, Das Audit, Pill, Sergej Jensen / Magnus Schaefer @ Houdini Kitchen Laboratory
There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon at this free show happening in the garden of this Ridgewood pizzeria.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Norman Westberg (Swans), o13 @ Bowery Electric
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he's still making cool new music. Tonight's show also features Norman Westberg of Swans.

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Tredici Bacci @ Trans-Pecos in May (photo by @trans.pecos)
Tredici Bacci  at Trans Pecos

Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos, now fully legit, has been open for a year and half offering up "connoisseur level new and outsider music from all walks of musical and social life." In addition to founders Todd P and Sam Hillmer, the venue relies on a revolving bunch of currators to help book shows, and Trans-Pecos has just announced its new crop for Summer 2015. They include no wave legend James Chance, Sick Feeling/Collapsing Scenery's Don Devore, Hiro Kone, Black Dice / Pixeltan's Hisham Bharoocha, noise composer Bob Bellerue, Lichens main man Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Sex Magazine and more. Full rundown of Trans-Pecos' new curators is below.

James Chance will play Trans-Pecos on Friday (6/26) with Will Epsein, Parlor Walls, and Eve Essex. The show is presented by outgoing curator, Northern Spy, so it's a bit of a changing of the guard. Tickets are on sale now. On Saturday (6/27) Trans-Pecos has an all-day show they're calling the Stoned Soul Picnic with Friend Roulette, Artanker Convoy, Sly Moth, Los Rockwells, Paycheck and "special guests." Check out Trans-Pecos' upcoming schedule here.

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photo: Twin Peaks at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Twin Peaks

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

Sufjan Stevens, Moses Sumney @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his last of three NYC shows on his current tour.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Boyfrndz, Your Favorite Enemies @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post-hardcore vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars, The Skints @ Brooklyn Bowl
Still with core members Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher and Walter Kibby, LA's groundbreaking ska/punk/funk/soul explosion Fishbone released the Intrinsically Intertwined EP this year, their first new material in three years. Of course, live is the optimal Fishbone experience. Today they play an afternoon and a night show.

Spandau Ballet @ Beacon Theatre
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc "Soul Boys of the Western World" which is currently showing at IFC Center.

Twin Peaks, White Reaper, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks tend to whip crowds into a frenzy and tonight will likely be no exception. This is the second night at MHOW in a row for Honduras who last night opened for Blur.

Life of Agony, Heavygrinder @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their second show at The Wick this week.

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.

Turn To Crime, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Union Pool
Turn to Crime, the current band of Derek Stanton (formerly of Awesome Color), make music that ranges from antsy post-punk to somnambulistic torch songs to something you might call pop. But it all exists in Stanton's particular overcast universe, with his soulful, world-weary vocals pulling you from one song to the next.

Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Show Me The Body @ Palisades
It's a very cool multi-genre bill at Palisades with rapper Cities Aviv, hardcore band Sick Feeling, and eccentric rock band Show Me The Body.

Frankie Cosmos, No One & The Somebodies, Outside World, Memorial Gore, Marigolds @ Cake Shop
This is part of Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration that's happening all month, featuring twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos, Chicago transplants Outside World and more. The venue is promising all sorts of surprises, so be prepared.

Empress Of, A/JUS/TED (DJ Set), Special Guests (DJ Sets) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's the last night and who knows who the special guest DJs are. Seriously, any guesses?

GHE20G0TH1K w/ Sissy Nobby, Venus X, Ma Nguzu, Mike Q, Divoli S'Vere, Total Freedom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, there's a big GHE20G0TH1K party tonight with the first-ever NYC performance from New Orleans Bounce artist SIssy Nobby, a handful of regulars, special guests, and more.

A Tribe Called Red (7:30pm), Tracie Morris (with Mr. Jerome Harris and Jemman), Camp & Street (4pm), LE1F (4pm), DonChristian (4pm), Rahel (4pm), Junglepussy (4pm) @ Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art is throwing a block party welcoming "visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events." It's a cool, hip hop-oriented bill.

The Baseball Project, The Gay Blades @ Rough Trade
Spring means baseball and that means The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and half of REM) are playing shows. Even if you only have a passing interest in America's Pastime, they're still a lot of fun. But being a baseball fanatic helps.

Bambi Kino @ Union Hall
Very Special Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino focus on the early years of the Fab Four when they lived in Berlin. The band features Doug Gillard and Nada Surf's Ira Elliot

Kids in the Hall @ Capitol Theatre
Thirty-two Helens agree: this reunion shows for much-loved Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Edan & Paten Locke, 79.5 @ Baby's All Right
Psychedelic rapper Edan teams with past collaborator Paten Locke for this late-night Chances with Wolves party at Baby's All Right.

The Yin Yangs, Friend Roulette, Bootblacks, Slonk Donkerson, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, Jangula, Piers, Haybaby, Wade and Sons, Abhay Singh & Friends, The Semaphore, Semaphore, William Irish @ Silent Barn
This all-day party is called Sam Fest (named after the guy who booked the show) and features a whole bunch of great local bands, including Heaven's Gate, Bambara, Haybaby and lots more. It's only $5 and schedule is here.

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Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)

Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:

TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).

The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).

Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).

Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).

Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).

There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.

Dave Harrington holiday party info below...

Continue reading "Peter Silberman, Widowspeak, BDOD, Beach Fossils, Suckers, DOM, Beverly, TEEN, more playing final Glasslands shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress, whose lineup includes Erin Elders of Maps & Atlases and Bobby Burg of Joan of Arc, are a week away from releasing their debut album, Desperate Glow (due 11/18 via Lovitt Records), and they've now got a non-album track premiering in this post which is a cover of Wild Beasts' single "Devil's Crayon" from their 2008 album, Limbo, Panto. They do the song well and they definitely put their own spin on it. Check it out below.

The band is also currently on tour and will hit NYC TONIGHT (11/13) at Shea Stadium for a show that's headlined by local chamber pop group Friend Roulette and also includes Del Vinicci and Bears. $8 at the door gets you in.

All dates are listed, with a stream of the new Wild Beasts cover and a stream of the newest single from Desperate Glow, below...

Continue reading "Wedding Dress covered Wild Beasts' "Devil's Crayon" (listen), on tour, playing NYC tonight w/ Friend Roulette (dates)"

UPDATE: NYC officials confirm that The Gutter was the Williamsburg bowling alley the ebola-infected doctor went to last night.

The Gutter

Goodnight Records just sent out the message that "Unfortunately our CMJ show is canceled tonight as The Gutter can't open because of "Unforseen circumstances."" The Gutter is a bowling alley in Williamsburg that is not Brooklyn Bowl, and which matches the description related ot the ebola scare happening in NYC right now, and which has since been 100% confirmed as the bowling alley that Craig Spencer went to. It was not Brooklyn Bowl, which is another bowling alley in the same neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bowl earlier confirmed that no authorities had been in contact with them, and they are open.

Heaven, Big Sleep, Friend Roulette, Heliotropes and Sun Club were the bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight.

Update: The man's name is Craig Spencer and he has tested positive for ebola.

UPDATE: The Gutter issues a statement.

Against Me! in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)

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

Against Me!, Tony Molina, Big Eyes @ Webster Hall
Against Me! are back this year with a new album, a new lineup, and a reinvigorated sound that's only better live than it is on the solid Transgender Dysphoria Blues. They played MHOW earlier this year and tonight they return to NYC for a show at the larger Webster Hall. Support is great too, coming from the indie pop punks Big Eyes and Weezer/Teenage Fanclub/Thin Lizzy worshipper Tony Molina.

Pictureplane, LODRO, Ought, Truthers, Bodyparts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
rooklyn 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. This is a super-solid bill, with the big curiosity draw being Ought, who just got "Best New Music" in Pitchfork.

Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor @ BAM
David Byrne, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Dev of Blood Orange, Money Mark, Sinkane, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and more pay tribute to Nigerian synth-funk great William Onyeabor over two nights, this being the second. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, this has potential to be very, very cool.

MONDO! @ Cameo Gallery
New York City's longest-running indie pop party, MONDO turns 10 years old tonight. It remains your best place to dance to twee, '80s classics, Northern Soul, post-punk, cardigan pop, etc. Things are likely to be especially festive tonight. Fun starts at midnight.

Herzog, Shale Satan @ Cobra Club
Cleveland indie rockers Herzog are back with a genuinely terrific new album, Boys, that recalls the heyday of '90s college radio. This is good stuff.

Greg Proops @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of the comedian's Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World podcast. Expect arched eyebrows and much laughter.

The Juan Maclean (DJ), Nancy Whang @ Brooklyn Bowl
Juan and frequent collaborator Nancy Whang will spin house, disco and whatever else suits there fancy. They've got pretty good taste.

Sonic Avenues, Steve Adamyk Band, Something Fierce, Legendary Wings @ Cake Shop
Indie label Dirtnap Records is a general trademark of quality when it comes to things garage/punk/powerpop and tonight they're showcasing a bunch of their bands, including Canadians Sonic Avenues, and the Steve Adamyk Band.

LiveFastDie, Pampers, Foster Care, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
New Hampshire's LiveFastDie are named after a GG Allin tattoo and play a similar style of punk -- albeit tighter and with less feces. They headline what is a great night, with excellent locals Foster Care and Pampers on the bill as well.

Deerhoof, Tomaga, Awkwafina @ Le Poisson Rouge
Deerhoof's experimental noise pop always makes for a good show, and tonight they'll grace us with another one at Le Poisson Rouge.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Zach Heckendorf @ Beacon Theatre
Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have a new album, 9 Dead Alive, and are currently on tour in support of it. Tonight's the last of three nights at Beacon Theatre.

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Empires, Kate Myers @ Bowery Ballroom
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's are back with a new album, Sling Shot to Heaven, this year which has their folky indie pop intact as ever.

CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's their second of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

Mighty Mouse, Lane 8, Alex English DJ set @ Slake
London's Mighty Mouse recently made his debut as 1/2 of Du Tonc with Van She's Matt Van Schie, but he's also a solo artist and plays on his own in NYC tonight.

Luke Temple, She Keeps Bees, Friend Roulette, Stranger Cat, DM Stith, Teletextile, Edan @ Baby's All Right
It's a very varied and interesting bill at Baby's tonight with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple, some Sharon Van Etten pals like She Keeps Bees and Cat Martino's electronic-tinged Stranger Cat project, DM Stith who (like Cat Martino) has played in Sufjan's band, Friend Roulette who have probably listened to a lot of Sufjan Stevens, psychedelic rapper Edan, and the avant-pop of Teletextile.

Jean Grae, JD Samson, Magnetic North & Taiyo Na @ Brooklyn Museum
It's another installment of Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays which provide "engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs every month, from 5 to 11 p.m." Today's includes Le Tigre/MEN member JD Samson at 7 PM and Talib Kweli collaborator Jean Grae at 8:45.

Hysterics, Ajax, God Mode, Pagan Piss, Sorrows @ Death by Audio
Olympia punks Hysterics are in town for their second of two NYC shows this weekend at DbA tonight. Their sound recalls classic hardcore (think early Black Flag) but sounds totally in the now.

Skull Defekts, PC Worship, Ornament, Zomes (DJs) @ Trans-Pecos
Though Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts often count Lungish's Dnaiel Higgs as a member, they had been touring without him this time. However, for their NYC shows today and tomorrow, Daniel will be on board, making these extra special. Today's show is outside of Trans Pecos and is also a BBQ.

Giraffage, Branchez, Tanner Caldwell @ Tribeca Grand Studios
Come dance to the R&B-indebted electronic sounds of Giraffage at Tribeca Grand Studios tonight.

The Communion, Lament, Starkweather, Pyrrhon @ The Grand Victory
Get your fix of local-ish metal from Long Island's The Communion, Philly metalcore troupe Starweather, and Brooklyn tech-death weirdos Pyrrhon.

Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger @ Rough Trade NYC
Sean Lennon has made experimental, forward-thinking music in his career, but with GOASTT, he fully indulges in the family business of pop that is, for lack of a better word, Beatlesque. This show is free with purchase of their new album.

Berlin, The Cringe @ The Cutting Room
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup. Opening are The Cringe, aka "that band Rachel Ray's husband is in."

The Jesse Boykins III show at Irving Plaza tonight has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

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

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The Knife / These New Puritans

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

Craig Leon, Acme, Bil Kouligas @ Le Poisson Rouge
Best known as a producer (have worked with The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Blondie among others), Craig Leon is also an composer in his own right. Tonight, backed by the Wordless Orchestra, he'll be performing his 1981 album Nommos.

Saint Rich, Stargazy, Sun Club @ Baby's All Right
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.

These New Puritans @ Bowery Ballroom
Last year's acclaimed Field of Reeds found These New Puritans abandoning their aggressive side, taking them entirely into ambient directions. Tonight's one of just a few North American shows for the UK band. Could prove interesting.

Darkstar, Patten, Visuals @ Glasslands
Darkstar transitioned from a Hyperdub-signed post-dubstep trio on their debut LP North to a Warp-signed ambient pop trio on its followup, 2013's News From Nowhere. They're working on their third album now, and while we don't know what it sounds like yet, maybe we'll get a taste at Glasslands tonight. Their labelmate Patten is not to be missed either.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Stone Pony
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's lived up very well. They're currently on their first North American tour since last reuniting in 2007, and tonight they're in NJ ahead of 3 NYC shows.

The Knife @ Terminal 5
Sweden's enigmatic duo The Knife haven't played NYC since 2006. Their new album is a little more "difficult" than Silent Shout so who knows what to expect -- beyond a high-concept, highly theatrical stage show. It wont likely be boring. Both T5 shows -- this being the first -- are sold out.

Kristeen Young @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT!!!" in your ear. It's the final of her April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

Berlin, TV Tramps @ The Wonder Bar
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup.

Future Islands @ Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Chiffon @ Webster Hall
Future Islands have been making their arty indie pop for a few years now, but for the first time they're actually kind of famous, thanks in part to singer's Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on Letterman (and the meme that inspired) and a new album on 4AD with the songs to back it up. Tonight's show at Webster Hall (larger than the Bowery Ballroom stop earlier this tour) is sold out.

Laurie Anderson @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is part of the Met's new series of talks called "SPARK" that "explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections." Tonight conversation is between musician Laurie Anderson, author Rebecca Stead, art historian SeungJung Kim and the Met's Melanie Holcomb.

The Standells @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Standells are one of the '60s better garage rock bands, and though they may be best known for their hit "Dirty Water," they've got tons of other rewarding material too. The veteran band are touring behind their first new material in over 40 years and hitting NYC for two shows (7:3 PM & 10 PM) at BB King's tonight.

Chalk and Numbers, Dear Georgiana @ Knitting Factory
Where a lot of bands who pull from similar indiepop influences go for reverby grit, Chalk & Numbers are as shiny as the future seemed in 1962, perfect for your next cocktail party.

2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Sean Paul @ Best Buy Theater
It's DJ Prostyle's birthday party at Best Buy Theater tonight, and the person we're probably most excited about is R&B crooner Miguel, not that there isn't plenty of fun to be had during 2 Chainz's set too.

Creepoid, Shawn David, McMillen, Tom Cater, Pat Murano @ Cake Shop
Creepoid are one of a few modern bands reviving '90s slowcore and they do it justice. There's a bit of shoegaze in there too, and overall it's just a pretty great mix.

Kosmodemonic, Syphillitic Lust, Insect Ark @ The Grand Victory
It's a night of the heavy and the weird at Grand Victory tonight with the sludgy Kosmodemonic, the dirty Syphillitic Lust, and Insect Ark, the project of former Angels of Light member Dana Schechter.

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Rough Trade NYC (6:30 pm in-store)
Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to play 3 nights at Beacon Theater but first they'll do this in-store and signing at Rough Trade tonight which is free with a purchase of their album from Rough Trade.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Galley
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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

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Loop / FKA twigs

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

Loop, Purling Hiss, Donovan Blanc @ Le Poisson Rouge
Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. Loop are back in action and are stopping in NYC tonight on their way to Austin Psych Fest.

I Break Horses, River Consoles @ Mercury Lounge
The last time I Break Horses played Mercury Lounge main horsebreaker Maria Lindén was just about too sick to play. Let's hope for better health this time through NYC, as her second album of noisy/beautriful synthgaze is alluring.

Cloud Cult @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Minnesota's orch-pop ensemble offer up "An evening with Cloud Cult," with two sets: one acoustic and one electric. There may be some visual arts being made during the show as well.

The Black Lips, Natural Child @ Webster Hall
Get greasy with two of garage rock's wilder acts: Atlanta's debaucherous Black Lips and Nashville's southern-fried Natural Child. Tickets are still available.

The Coathangers, Audacity, Ex-Humans, Weed @ Baby's All Right
There will be a lot of loud, scrappy guitars on this bill with garage punk from The Coathangers and Audacity, plus Vancouver's sludgy Weed.

Eaters, Yvette, Dan Friel, Future Punx DJ set @ Glasslands
If you dig synthy, soundtracky music (John Carpenter, Goblin) or darkwave, Brooklyn duo Eaters may be for you. Tonight's the record release party for their debut album, and it's a pretty killer bill all-around, with ferocious Yvette and quirky new wavers Future Punx.

Dan Croll, Panama Wedding @ Bowery Ballroom
UK singer-songwriter Dan Croll released his debut album, Sweet Dissaray, back in March which is full of smart, catchy pop. Tonight's sold out but he'll be back in NYC for Northside Festival.

FKA twigs @ Westway
London's trip-hop-inspired FKA twigs began picking up buzz last year for her EPs that were co-produced by UNO producer and Yeezus collaborator Arca. She made her NYC debut at Glasslands last night, and tonight's her second-ever NYC show. Sold out.

Crying, Donovan Wolfington, Dowsing, Quarterbacks @ Death by Audio
Donovan Wolfington make a solid blend of punk and indie rock that's catchy, raw, and should go over well in a small, all ages venue like Death by Audio. The rest of the bill is pretty good too, including chiptune band Crying, power pop/emo band Dowsing, and lo-fi bedroom band Quarterbacks.

Jacques Greene, Samo Sound Boy, Total Fitness @ Output
Montreal producer Jacques Greene may not be from the UK but he has an excellent take on the garage beats that tend to come from there. Catch him in NYC at Output tonight.

Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile, Goosebumps @ The Wick (NY's Alright)
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright kicks off tonight at new-ish Brooklyn venue The Wick. If you're into the kind of crazy shows that end up looking like this, this bill is pretty stacked.

The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Citizen, Real Friends, Modern Baseball @ Best Buy Theatre
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Philly's Modern Baseball, whose mix of indie rock, lyrical pop punk, and sad folk will make former emo kids feel pretty nostalgic, but it's got the appeal to reach beyond that scene too.

Friend Roulette, Son Step, Conveyor, Small Wonder @ Knitting Factory
A nice line-up of Brooklyn pop acts, including Small Wonder whose understated style is in line with Mutual Benefit or Kings of Convenience.

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Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Experimental noise popsters Deerhoof have announced that they'll be heading back on the road for an international tour this year, which includes support from NYC rapper Awkwafina (who played Tinderbox 2013 with Deerhoof) and NYC's Celestial Shore on most dates. Celestial Shore aren't on the NYC date which happens on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge, but Awkwafina is, in addition to London's Tomaga. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Though you can't see Celestial Shore at that show, they've got a bunch of other hometown dates coming up, including 2/6 at Baby's All Right with Friend Roulette and Zula; two with Cloud Becomes Your Hand including 2/8 at Silent Barn with Aye Aye Rabbit (mems. Deerhoof) and Little King, and 2/14 at The Ho_se with Ava Luna and Killer Bob; the Palehound show at Pianos (2/27) which now also includes Grass Is Green, Bluffing and Howler; and Baby's on 3/3 with Oberhofer and Big Ups. All of their dates are listed below.

Deerhoof also just made a video for "Flower" off their 2012 LP, Breakup Song, and you can watch that, along with their list of tour dates, below...

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Mutilation Rites @ Saint Vitus in November (more by Caroline Harrison)
Mutilation Rites

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Mutilation Rites, Subjugation, Sacrificial Massacre @ Acheron
Brooklyn black metal favs Mutilation Rites may be getting well-deserved attention these days -- they'll be playing Maryland Deathfest this year -- but they still put in time as regulars on the NYC circuit. They'll be joined by primitive and brutal Milwuakeeans Sacrificial Massacre and Subjugation and NYC's Syphilitic Lust for a filthy 2014 black metal kickoff.

Thurston Moore, Daniel Carter, Samara Lubelski, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer @ The Stone
Sonic Youth/Chelsea Light Moving guitar destroyer Thurston Moore continues his residency at The Stone tonight. The 8 PM show is with Samara Lubelski and Nate Wooley, and then the 10 PM show adds Daniel Carter and Ryan Sawyer the mix.

Living Colour @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC rock vets of 30 years, Living Colour broke down racial barriers with their late-'80s/early-'90s albums Vivid and Time's Up. Having spent most of 2013 touring their 1988 debut, expect a well-honed show -- and hits like "Cult of Personality" and "Funny Vibe."

Friend Roulette, Life Size Maps, Slavve, Iyez @ Glasslands
Perhaps NYC's only pop band to feature a full-time clarinet player, Friend Roulette will release their new EP, Grow Younger, in February. You can stream a track from that below.

Turnip King, Drag Ur World, Bluffing, Kissing is a Crime @ Silent Barn
A solid bill of DIY-centric guitar pop, headlined by Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnup King -- powerpop duo Bluffing and Kissing Is A Crime are worth checking out too.

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Friend Roulette

NYC art pop collective Friend Roulette are planning to record the followup to this year's I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP this week at Silent Barn's studio with Julian and Carlos from Ava Luna, but ahead of that release they'll be putting out a new 4-song EP, Grow Younger, on February 6 via Goodnight Records. That EP will feature the new single, "I Guess," which makes its premiere in this post. "I Guess" is the kind of rhythmic art pop that Sufjan did on Age of Adz and St. Vincent did on Strange Mercy, and if you liked those albums, you might find something to dig here too. You can stream it, along with another, comparatively calmer EP track, "Rocket Dog," below.

Before Friend Roulette begin recording at Silent Barn's studio, they'll also play a show at the venue tonight (12/9) with Tiny Hazard, Comadrome + Ratfoot + Ginny Benson, Textiles, and Passage (DJ). Admission is $7 at the door. More info at the Facebook event. Other upcoming dates include a show New Year's Day (1/1) at Pianos with Glockabelle and Star Rover and one on February 5 6 at Baby's All Right with Zula and Celestial Shore.

Song streams below...

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Stranger Cat at Glasslands earlier this month (more by Ryan Muir)
Stranger Cat

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest @ Madison Square Garden
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. This show, the last on his NYC run, is doubly special because it's the second of A Tribe Called Quest's two "final" shows.

Caspian, 65daysofstatic, The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die @ Bowery Ballroom
This epically atmospheric tour descends upon NYC tonight with Caspian's powerful post rock, 65daysofstatic who put a synth-rock spin on the genre, and TWIABP who make multi-layered emo.

Lou Reed Tribute w/ Arto Lindsay, Ivan Julian, Lenny Kaye, mems of TVTOR & more @ Bowery Electric
This huge Lou Reed tribute in a tiny room features many many musicians, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and even more.

Weezer, Elliot & the Ghost @ The Paramount
It may have been quite a while since Weezer released a good album, but they still have fun live shows and it's always a treat when you get to hear those old favorites. They're only doing a few dates this month, and this Long Island show is the closest they'll get to NYC.

Overkill, Kreator @ Stage 48
German thrash legends Kreator and NY thrash legends Overkill play two NYC shows at Stage 48 together this weekend, this being the second. Read our recent interview with Overkill.

Magmana, Glass Ghost, Stranger Cat @ Glasslands
Sharon Van Etten/Sufjan Stevens collaborator Cat Martino recently began working as Stranger Cat, a more electronic-tinged project than her other work, but still one with her knack for art pop dynamics and great songwriting.

S O H N, Empress Of, Daniel James @ Mercury Lounge
SOHN recently signed to 4AD and makes the kind of indie/R&B that's been in style lately, and Empress Of isn't on 4AD, but her brand of art pop is not too far removed from another artist currently on that label, St. Vincent. This is their first of 2 NYC shows this week.

TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is night 3.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

Some other good local shows tonight:
* Bueno, Killer Bob, Bodyparts, Friend Roulette @ Muchmore's
* Zebu, Guerilla Toss, Blanche Blanche, Fat Creeps @ Death By Audio
* The Beets, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Judy Blooms @ Shea Stadium

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James Blake at MHOW in 2012 (more by PSquared)
James Blake

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Dot Wiggin Band, Jad Fair & Gilles Rieder Blanche Blanche Blanche, Beef @ 285 Kent Avenue
As one-third of The Shaggs, Dot Wiggin helped create what is perhaps the most famous outsider art album of all time (The Shaggs' The History of the World). She just released her first-ever solo album, Ready! Get! Go!, via Alternative Tentacles. Tonight's show is with another famous outsider, Jad Fair of Half Japanese.

Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd @ Barclays Center
JT made a major comeback this year with The 20/20 Experience, an excellent addition to the recent wealth of forward-thinking R&B and an unlikely record from one of pop music's biggest stars. Tonight he continues his extensive international tour at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with a newer, comparatively smaller R&B forward-thinker opening, The Weeknd.

DJ Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman), Matthew Hawtin @ Guggenheim Museum
Richie Hawtin is a regular on the electronic-festival scene, and tonight he goes where some his contemporaries have gone before, to a museum. It's the pre-party to the Guggenheim International Gala.

Young Galaxy, Mister Lies, Brothertiger @ Knitting Factory
Montreal's Young Galaxy make sophisticated dancepop with an anthemic bent -- they swing for the bleachers but don't think they're the center of the universe. It does, however, make for a good live show.

Midlake @ Mercury Lounge
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. Minus Smith, Midlake have eschewed much of their mossy folk in favor of proggy rhythms and engaging arrangements. Not a bad thing at all. This show is sold out.

Rudimental, Redlight @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK dance four-piece Rudimental are bringing their pop-house party to NYC for two sold-out nights this week. Tonight is the first.

Rudimental, Redlight (DJ Sets) @ Baby's All Right
If you didn't get tickets for MHOW, both Rudimental and Redlight will be doing DJ sets earlier in the night at Williamsburg's Baby's All Right. There's complimentary drinks and it's free...but you do need to RSVP.

Rob Delaney (book launch) @ Powerhouse Arena (FREE)
The comic's first book -- Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. -- was released this week and he'll be reading from it tonight at this DUMBO bookstore/art space. 7 PM.

Purling Hiss, Household, Lazy @ Shea Stadium
Having just wrapped up a tour with The Men, low-fi psych band Purling Hiss headline this show tonight. Their new album, Paisely Montage, came out last week and you can stream a track below.

Jason Lescalleet, Circuit Des Yeux, PC Worship, Driphouse @ Silent Barn
Silent Barn's got an all-around great bill for experimental music tonight. It's the NYC stop on noisemaker Jason Lescalleet and genre-bender Circuit Des Yeux's tour, and the show is being opened by two quality locals. Check out a new Jason Lescalleet video below.

James Blake, Nosaj Thing @ Terminal 5
Mercury Prize winner James Blake returns to NYC for his second two-night run at Terminal 5 of 2013 tonight. If you haven't seen him yet, don't let his downtempo sounds fool you into thinking it'll be a boring show; even in a live setting James has been anything but. Nosaj Thing opens and is worth catching too.

Tim Kasher, Laura Stevenson, The New Trust (members of Velvet Teen) @ The Bell House
This is a very good triple bill of artists that split the line between emo/punk and indie rock, headlined by Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, who's out supporting his new album, Adult Film, which Laura Stevenson appears on.

ARMS, Friend Roulette, Abandoned Warehouse @ Union Pool
After taking time off for life stuff, ARMS are back with an appealing new EP and tonight play with the underrated Friend Roulette.

The Head and the Heart, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Quiet Life @ Webster Hall
Sub Pop-signed folk collective The Head & the Heart have two big sold-out NYC shows this week, and tonight's at Terminal 5 is the biggest. Make sure you're there in time for Thao & the Get Down Stay Down too.

Melvin Van Peebles @ The Cutting Room
Author, filmmaker, musician, father of Mario and generally well-known hep cat Melvin Van Peebles plays with his band "Wid Laxative" (because they "get shit movin') tonight.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart @ The Theater at MSG
The annual Stand Up for Heroes returns for his seventh year with some pretty big names and at a bigger venue than the past (last year's was at Beacon Theatre). The event benefits injured service members, veterans, and their families, and is part of the 2013 New York Comedy Festival.

Perseus, Jonas Rathsman, Moon Boots, Issac Tichaueur @ Output
The French Express label is behind some of the better "house revival" stuff going on right now, and tonight the label's tour with four of its artists hits NYC. If you're into dance music, this whole bill pretty much rules, and you shouldn't miss it.

Cherie Currie, Miss Guy, Kore Rozzik @ Gramercy Theatre
Former lead singer of The Runaways, Cherie Currie hasn't been the most active musician of her fellow ex-bandmates, but from the sound of her new single, she's still got it, and tonight's show will hopefully be a welcome return to NYC.

Jetzt Collective, Nana Grizol, No Magic @ Death By Audio
Athens, GA's Nana Grizol make wide-eyed folk pop and do so with a cast of musicians that is often in the double digits.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Jim Tews, Naomi Ekperigin, and Wyatt Cenac.

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
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One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!

Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:



Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.

Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.

Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.

Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.

Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.

Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.

Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.

Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late '60s and early-mid '70s, with hints of Pink Floyd's proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote "Mr. Busdriver." Tales of Transit City isn't only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they're fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.

Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they've heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).

Friend Roulette have some CMJ shows scheduled too, including one at Paper Box (10/15) with Beliefs and Heliotropes (tix). All dates for both bands are listed, along with the videos/streams, below...

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Har Mar Superstar @ Barclays Center
Yeah Yeah Yeahs continue to progress, now with four pretty different-sounding albums under their belts. Lately, they've been sticking to smaller NYC venues, but tonight they make the jump to their hometown's newest arena, Barclays Center. Opening the show is entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar.

Scud Mountain Boys, Sean Rowe @ Mercury Lounge
Joe Pernice resurrected his alt-country band Scud Mountain Boys to make their first LP since Clinton was President. And they play their first NYC show in nearly as long tonight.

Terry Malts, Kissing Is A Crime, LVL UP @ Glasslands
For pop punk with a more indiepop slant, San Francisco's Terry Malts are in town, having just released their swell sophomore album, Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere which is out on Slumberland.

Deerhunter, Crystal Stilts, Blues Control @ Webster Hall
The ever-evolving Deerhunter have toyed with noise rock, shoegaze, dream pop and most other indie rock subgenres, but on their newest LP, Monomania, they dial the time machine back even further for analog-recorded glammy garage rock. They wrap up their NYC run with a sold-out show at Webster Hall tonight, and opening are Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts.

Official Deerhunter Afterparty w/ Bradford Cox (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
To keep the party going after Deerhunter's third and final night in NYC, head to Glasslands with Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, who will be DJing.

Pixies, Meg Myers @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they're at Music Hall of Williamsburg for their third of four NYC shows this week.

Youth Lagoon, Pure X, Tezeo @ Le Poisson Rouge
On this year's Wondrous Bughouse, Youth Lagoon went from dream pop introvert to psychedelic pop explorer, and he's been touring with his new sound (and new clothes) all year. Tonight he and Pure X hit NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge.

Skimask, New England Patriots, Big Ups, Alien Triology @ Death By Audio
This bill includes one of the better upcoming Brooklyn punk bands, Big Ups, who sound as '90s as they look, and come armed with a ferocious live show.

FLAG, TSOL, Cerebral Ballzy @ Irving Plaza
There's two bands currently touring as reunited versions of Black Flag. This is the one fronted by Keith Morris (who sang on the band's 1978 debut EP, Nervous Breakdown), and also includes Black Flag members Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, plus Bill's Descendents bandmate Stephen Egerton.

Laura Veirs, Karl Blau @ Mercury Lounge
The talented (and underrated) Portland singer released her new album, Warp and Weft, last month and tonight makes her way to Mercury Lounge. Her Pacific Northwest neighbor (and also underrated) Karl Blau opens.

The Crookes, Los Encantados, Young Rising Sons @ Union Hall
This Sheffield UK band specialize in wordy, jangly guitar pop and are playing their first U.S. shows this week in NYC. They are not the next coming of Pulp or anything, but will do in a Britpop pinch.

She Keeps Bees, Reggie Watts, Mind Warrior Matthew Johnson Ph.D from Johns Hopkins, Kaoru Watanabe, Aerial East @ The Bell House
Greg Barris hosts this semi-regular "The Heart of Darkness" variety show that mixes music, comedy and talks with smart people. In the case of Reggie Watts, all three at once. Tickets are still available.

Willie Nelson @ The Capitol Theatre
It's always a treat when country music legend/activist Willie Nelson comes to town, and this week he's in the NYC-area for two shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre.

Blitz The Ambassador, Old Money, Boima, Caktuz @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Brooklyn rapper Blitz the Ambassador brings his afro-beat inspired sound to The Studio at Webster Hall tonight.

Fred Frith @ Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great is performing his 1980 album Gravity at Roulette with a large group of musicians. If you can't make it tonight, he does it again tomorrow too.

Hippy, Friend Roulette, Lux Perpetua, Spirit Plate @ Shea Stadium
Hippy make very solid indie guitar pop and have the good taste to cover Wire's "Mannequin" on their free-download album Almost Live. This is a pretty good bill of locals, all around, too.

Drake pop-up shop at ALIFE
Drake's new album Nothing Was The Same comes out next week (9/24) and his tour with Miguel and Future hits NYC in October, but before all of that, he'll be launching three pop-up shops today only in Toronto, NYC and LA. NYC's is at ALIFE (158 Rivington St) and they'll have free Nothing Was The Same gear available. The shop opens at 1 PM. More info here.

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

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Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.

In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.

Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...

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by Bill Pearis


Los Angeles garage psych band The Shine Brothers features Nate and Colin Ryan who were in Black Angels and Woven Bones, respectively. The band just released Hello Griefbirds! via the very busy Burger Records this week, and you can stream "Climg the Ladder" from it below.

The Shine Brothers have just started a U.S. tour that will find them in NYC for two shows next month: Pianos on August 1 with My Great Ghost, Bird Call, Vows, Friend Roulette and Ponyhof; and Williamsburg's Passenger Bar on August 3. Tickets for the Passenger bar show are on sale. (I didn't know they did shows there.) All tour dates are listed below.

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Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)

As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

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photos by Dylan Johnson

Peelander-Z at Brain Cave Festival - 4/11/13

Brooklyn's Brain Cave Festival went down this past Thursday (4/11) through Sunday (4/14) mostly at Europa (it also included a free day show on Saturday at the Greenpointers.com Market). The first night had a good dose of rock from Peelander-Z, The Suzan, and Eula, plus a horn-filled set from Zongo Junction and Supremes tribute band Guyanna Ross and the Supremes. Pictures of those bands are this post. It also featured Gunfight! and Hoya, who unfortunately we missed.

You can catch Eula again at Mercury Lounge on May 23 with Friend Roulette and Matty Fasano. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/19) at noon.

More pictures, plus video of Guyanna Ross and the Supremes, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Les Yeux: French for "Blurry Brad Oberhofer"?
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Tonight (4/9) at Pianos is the start of a four-week residency from some band called "Les Yeux." We've never heard of them, the quotes around their name are curious and, oh, word on the street is it's actually Oberhofer, whose new EP, Notalgia, is out April 23. (That's what Mickey the shoeshine guy tells us, at least.) Tickets for all four Tuesday-in-April shows are on sale now.

The openers at the four residency dates are as such: tonight (4/9) the show is with Dinowalrus and Redfoot; April 16 is with Friend Roulette and EL Topo; April 23 is with Carmen Villain and "special guests"; and April 30 is with LODRO and Cowboy Indian Bear.

Whether or not "Les Yeux" turns out to be Oberhofer, you can catch them for sure at Glasslands on May 2 with Celestial Shore and Life Size Maps (tickets), the start of a short tour. Meanwhile, the band have released a second track from Notalgia, the very catchy "You + Me (Still Together In The Future)" and you can stream it below.

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Computer Magic @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/8/12 (more by Erik Erikson)
Computer Magic

The Aputumpu Festival is a musical showcase featuring more than two dozen rising Brooklyn-based bands comprising the backbone of the burgeoning Brooklyn music scene.

For New York City, Aputumpu is a celebration of the best new talent in the city, an amalgam of creative and artistic forces which seem to be as much a part of the air as the weather. In a city overflowing with musical talent, these bands rise above with distinctive sounds and unforgettable performances.

The Brooklyn music-centric Aputumpu Festival (started by the video blog of the same name) is back and the three-day fest happens at five venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan, beginning tonight (3/28) at Cameo for a night of indie electronics, featuring live sets from Dickpic, Psychic Twin, Vensaire, Silent Drape Runners, Stranger Cat, St Lenox and Brother Tiger, with a DJ set by Chrome Canyon.

Friday (3/29) is the big night for Aputumpu with a folk/world show at Joe's Pub with Azania, Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege and more; Computer Magic, Friend Roulette and more at Studio at Webster Hall; and both stages at Public Assembly, with EDM in the front (Rubber Ross, iBeat, more), and punk in the back room (KNTRLR, Religious Girls, Cinema Cinema, more).

The festival closes out on Saturday (3/30) at Ran Tea House, with Eula, Speedy Ortiz, Bambara and more.

Aputumpu Festival passes are $30 and tickets to individual shows are $10. Passes and tickest to Cameo, Public Assembly and Ran Tea House can be purchased here, Joe's Pub tickets are here and Studio @ Webster Hall here.

Festival flyer and full line-ups for all Aputumpu shows below...

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