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by Doug Moore

Future of the Left at Knitting Factory, Nov 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Future of the Left

Future of the Left have been working hard lately. The Welsh four-piece recently ran a successful PledgeMusic campaign to fund their new album, allowing them to circumvent all of the typical trials and tribulations associated with outside label involvement. (The campaign is over, but it's absolutely worth reading the post for frontman Andy Falkous's characteristically scabrous and footnote-riddled pitch.) The band instead operate their own label, Prescriptions Music. Prescriptions served as a launching platform for the bonus 7" the band distributed to their PledgeMusic backers, and it'll also handle their upcoming fourth LP, How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident, which drops on October 21.

FOTL debuted the first single from the album today, and it fucking rages. Their previous album, The Plot Against Common Sense, was relatively controlled by their standards, but there is no such restraint here. "Bread, Cheese, Bow and Arrow" is a brutal start-stop stomp that recalls "adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood" or "You Need Satan More Than He Needs You" from their first two LPs. Falkous is in rare, venomous form here, spewing bitter sarcasm and sneaking in some of the harmonized pop hooks he's shown a growing interest in over FOTL's past few releases. But the thing you'll remember best from this tune is the gigantic rhythm-section beatdown that the rest of the band delivers.

Listen to "Bread, Cheese, Bow and Arrow" and ask yourself whether you really miss McLusky that much.

Stream it below.

Continue reading "Future of the Left ready 'How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident' (stream a track)"

photos by Caroline Harrison

The Psychic Paramount at Cameo, 7/8/2012

Photographer Caroline Harrison has weighed in on her favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following chronological list. Harrison joins BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all dropped off their favorite shots of 2012. Check out her list below.

Continue reading "Caroline Harrison's favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 ------------ (that she took)"

by Bill Pearis

Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Frank Ocean

One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.

It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.

Continue reading "Frank Ocean tops the AV Club's Top 25 LPs of 2012 list"

by Eddie Argos

Art Brut @ MHOW, June 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Art Brut

Anyone who has listened to Art Brut knows that frontman Eddie Argos isn't just a musician, he's also a fan. A fan of comics, movies, television, milkshakes...and music. Eddie and the rest of the band laid low for most of 2012, after a busy 2011 with their most recent album, 'Brilliant! Tragic!' and subsequent touring. But we wanted to know what Eddie was listening to and his list is definitely NOT full of the usual suspects. Says Eddie:

I've been trying to think if I liked 10 albums this year. I think I did. Which is rare for me. However I can't be bothered to fact check and I have a shocking memory so some of my choices may be from the end of last year. So in no paticular order and written in real time with no forethought here is my hopefully top ten albums of the year...

Continue reading "Art Brut's Eddie Argos tells us about his Top 10 LPs of 2012"

pictures by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore

Future of the Left @ Knitting Factory, 11/27/2012
Future of The Left

Future of the Left wrapped up their US tour with a triumphant BK set at the Knitting Factory on Tuesday (11/27). Baltimore's Roomrunner, NY's own Chron Turbine, and bicoastal act The Simpsons provided support.

The Simpsons features Bomb the Music Industry! main man Jeff Rosenstock (and an utterly un-Google-able band name). The band has evidently existed for a year, but this show marked their first live appearance. Like most debuts, The Simpsons' set had its share of hiccups -- clumsy songs, off-key vocals, and awkward between-song pauses. Still, a small collection of BTMI! fans responded to The Simpsons with visible enthusiasm.

Chron Turbine's set was considerably tighter and more rehearsed. Their staccato clatter is visibly primitive: their drummer led with his left on a right-handed kit, and guitarist Chris Turco seemed to have only a passing familiarity with the notion of upstrokes. Despite some technical difficulties, Chron Turbine retained a sense of levity. "Hear that?" asked Turco over his amp's drone. "We're a buzz band."

Roomrunner's tagline is "death to false grunge." They're not exaggerating. The band has more similarities to Nirvana than they do differences - -battered Fender Jaguars, quiet/LOUD songs, two and three-chord riffs, horizontal stripes, button-up sweaters, homemade band shirts, and oodles of feedback. (They deviate with their four-person lineup and their fondness for funky time signatures.) The style has aged well, and Roomrunner has the charisma to carry off the pastiche.

Future of the Left has played six shows in the New York area since June of this year. Their set has changed little over this period, aside from the slamming new tune "Future Child Embarrassment Matrix." Still, they remain endlessly entertaining. Frontman Andy Falkous is preternaturally witty between songs, and the performances themselves more than do the records justice. Here's hoping that they play six more NYC gigs next year.

More pictures from FoTL at Knitting Factory are below.

Continue reading "Future of the Left played Knitting Factory with Roomrunner, Chron Turbine & The Simpsons (pics)"

Future of the Left at Maxwell's - 11/26/12 (via @smashleyzombie)
Future of the Left

Future of the Left have been on a North American tour which hit Hoboken's Maxwell's last night (11/26) and wraps up TONIGHT (11/27) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Roomrunner, Chron Turbine, and The Simpsons. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a couple pairs. Details on how to enter to win tix to tonight's show are below.

Before coming to the NYC area, the band played Buffalo, NY on Sunday (11/25) and you can check out a video of them playing "Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood" from that show and the setlist from their recent Dallas show (11/21), below.

Continue reading "Future of the Left played Maxwell's, playing Knitting Factory w/ Roomrunner tonight (win tix!)"

Future of the Left at HotelVegan in March (more by Tim Griffin)
Future of the Left
MS MR at BV-CMJ in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Though things are certainly getting a little better, much of NYC is still devastated by Hurricane Sandy (like Staten Island and Coney Island). Lots of people still don't have power and transportation is limited. Here's the list of shows that are and aren't happening in town tonight (11/2/2012).

The Grouplove show at Terminal 5, which MS MR opens is still on for tonight, but due to complications caused by Hurricane Sandy, the show will no longer be livestreamed on the Bowery Presents YouTube page.

The Hospitality and TEEN show at Bowery Ballroom tonight has been postponed due to lack of power. A new date TBA.

Crooked Fingers and John Vanderslice at The Bell House is happening.

Grass Widow, Royal Baths & Habibi at 285 Kent is happening.

For those with bored kids (as in real kids, not, like "the kids") in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl is having a Family Day as we speak, with free brownies for bowlers.

At 6 PM, Brooklyn Bowl goes back to being 21+ with Particle playing at 8 PM and a late night dance-a-thon featuring The Fort Knox Five and the Funk Hunters starting at 11:30 PM.

Over at Cameo you can see strong>Apollo Heights, Backwords, and Fan-Tan. $10, more info here.

Tonight's Chris Isaak show at Beacon Theater has been postponed to November 11. All tickets will be honored.

The Sonar Fest Tour with Die Antwoord, Azari and III, and others was scheduled to hit Roseland Ballroom tonight, but that show has been cancelled.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Future of the Left, and Jeff Rosenstock (of Bomb the Music Industry) were supposed to play Le Poisson Rouge tonight, but that show has been moved to Europa. Tickets are available.

LPR, still without power, also cancelled tonight's Draleta Music presents: "Picking Up the Pieces" show.

Tragedy (the tribute band) at Merury Lounge has been rescheduled for 1/5. Hollis Brown at Mercury Lounge will have a "new date soon."

Lincoln Center says "Friday's White Light Festival performance of The Spirit of the Body is postponed. New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Theater, Chamber Music Society, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Film Society, and Metropolitan Opera performances will go on as scheduled. For further information, please contact the presenting organization. The David Rubenstein Atrium and New York Public Library are open."

The Adam Green and Binki Shapiro show at Maxwell's has been cancelled due to no electricity at the venue. Adam and Binki are still supposed to play Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (11/5).

Highline Ballroom had to cancel both of their shows tonight. The early show, David Choi and Clara C has been postponed to Sunday (11/4), and the late show, Maya Jane Coles, has been relocated to SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Ave).

Our Miami Connection screenings are postponed.

The Bloody Beetroots show at Webster Hall has been cancelled.

The STS9 shows at Best Buy Theater for tonight and tomorrow both appear to still be on.

The Pearl Jam/Joseph Arthur side project RNDM show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is still on for tonight. David Garza opens all dates on the tour.

Union Hall is open for Hoots & Hellmouth.

Cultfever, Blonds, and Kenji Urada play Glasslands tonight before Bear In Heaven and Small Black DJ a Hurricane Sandy benefit at the venue.

Your 33 Black Angels and The Archive play Zebulon.

The Smashing Pumpkins show at Susquehanna Bank Center would have happened tonight, but that show was one of the shows the band was forced to postpone.

UCB Chelsea is open but UCB East is still closed.

Fontana's opened with a generator last night (just as a bar, no show) and probably will do the same tonight.

Rockwood Music Hall is closed, and says "All tickets for tonight's Jaymay show will be honored at one of her upcoming two shows (11/9 or 11/16). Alternatively refunds are available by contacting MusicToday customer service at tix@musictoday.com or 1-800-594-TIXX (8499)."

Pianos is still closed, so no Luke Rathborne, Mon Khemer, Little Rader or Chris Bathgate, but Pianos promises they will open as soon as power goes on.

Cake Shop is still closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Joe's Pub is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.

more updates to this post coming...

If you're at home., watch the telethon with Bruce Springsteen and many others.

Aerosmith still played the 'Today Show' this morning and Steven Tyler dropped the F-bomb. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What is & isn't going on Friday? (Andrew Jackson Jihad/Future of the Left moved, Die Antwoord cancelled, Hospitality & Chris Isaak postponed & more)"

Roomrunner at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Tracy Allison)

Baltimore noise punks Roomrunner, who were just in NYC for a few CMJ shows, including one with their sonic brethren METZ, will kick off a tour in NYC at Death by Audio tonight (11/11) with Sleepies and Eula (both of who teamed up as the Pixies for the Halloween covers show at DBA last night), and Big Ups. Roomrunner will return to NYC to open for Future of the Left when their tour hits Knitting Factory on November 27.

A list of all Roomrunner dates, a video of them at Paper Box during CMJ, and a stream of their Super Vague EP, which came out this past May, are below.

Continue reading "Roomrunner kicking off tour in NYC tonight, opening for Future of the Left at Knitting Factory (dates, stream, video)"

Future of the Left at HotelVegan 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Future of The Left

Is there such thing as too much Future of the Left? In addition to their shows with Andrew Jackson Jihad and their headlining show at Knitting Factory, the Welsh foursome will also make an appearance at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on November 26 for yet another headlining show. Tickets are on sale.

The Knit and Maxwell's shows are two of a handful of newly added headline dates for the ex-McClusky noise-rock favorites. All other dates, as well as video, are below.

Continue reading "Future of the Left expand tour, add Maxwell's show (updated dates)"

Future of The Left at Saint Vitus, June 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Future of The Left

In addition to those dates with Andrew Jackson Jihad that will crash-land at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/2 (tickets), Future of The Left will also play a headlining show of their own in NYC. Look for the Welsh boys/lady to take to the stages of Knitting Factory on November 27. Tickets go on sale (24 at 10AM.

FOTL welcomed their latest LP, The Plot Against Common Sense, earlier this year. The Knit show makes it four NYC appearances for the UK band since the release of the LP; the band played Europa followed by a surprise show at Saint Vitus happened in middle June (pictures of both). An updated list of tour dates and video are below.

Continue reading "Future of The Left adds Knitting Factory headline show"

Future of The Left at Saint Vitus, June 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Future of The Left

Folk punk duo Andrew Jackson Jihad have tapped Welsh greats Future of The Left to join them on a three-week jaunt across the US. Kicking off outside of Baltimore and terminating on the West Coast, look for AJJFOTL to swing through NYC for a date with Le Poisson Rouge on November 2. Ticket info is forthcoming.

Before AJJ hits the road for those FOTL shows, look for the band to play a string of dates with Against Me! and Joyce Manor (who recently played House of Vans and Acheron) on the West Coast. The days leading up to the FOTL tour will be spent at The Fest in Gainesville.

Speaking of The Fest, the massive Gainesville outing recently added another batch of bands, including Sainthood Reps, Fake Problems, Dwarves, Brian McGee, Hull, Paul Baribeau, Riverboat Gamblers, Let Me Run, Rivernecks, Tubers, The Criminals, Worlds Scariest Police Chases, Kepi Ghoulie and The Treats. Full lineup is below.

All tour dates are listed below, along with The Fest full lineup and a couple videos.

Continue reading "Future of the Left touring w/ Andrew Jackson Jihad (dates); updated lineup for The Fest "

photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore

Future of the Left at Europa 6/17/2012
Future of The Left

The identity of the "super-secret headliners" at last night's Saint Vitus (6/18) show was spoiled the preceding day at Europa -- by a member of the headliners themselves.

"We'll be playing tomorrow night at Saint Vitus!" thundered Andy "Falco" Falkous of the ex-Mclusky quirk-punks Future of the Left during their Sunday night gig at Europa. Wales's FOTL, who recently released their third full-length The Plot Against Common Sense (stream it), drew on a trio of local powers for support: Freshkills, With Knives, and I Hate Our Freedom.

When Brooklyn's excellent Freshkills opened the show at 9pm, it looked as though the "secret" gig might remain that way. They delivered their warbling post-punk to an appreciative but sparse audience.

With Knives features Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy and The Damned Things on guitar and vocals. The band serves mostly as a showcase for Trohman's surprisingly extensive chops. His soloing carried their set, despite his noticeable frustration with his gear.

By the time I Hate Our Freedom took the stage, Vitus had filled to near capacity. Their post-hardcore (the black bangs kind, not the buzz cut kind) affectations seemed slightly errant at Vitus, but their delivery befitted their professional pedigree--IHOF features members of Thursday and Texas Is the Reason, among others.

When I think of Future of the Left, one word comes to mind: efficient. The four-piece have mastered musical economy: the songs are short, the guitars are cropped (Falkous often plays a four-stringed SG), and the members are happy to switch instruments when necessary. But FOTL are master showmen, too. Falkous laid about with his acid tongue throughout the evening -- belittling the audience for their lack of athleticism, demanding "more exact heckling," and accusing his own keyboard of racism. Their set, which included three Mclusky tunes ("To Hell With Good Intentions," "Without MSG I Am Nothing," and "Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues"), ended with a fan-friendly deconstruction of the band's gear and drum kit.

Future of the Left will play a free gig with Freskhkills tonight (6/19) at Generation Records. Pictures from Saint Vitus last night and Europa from the night prior (with Me You Us Them and Bomb The Music Industry) are below.

Continue reading "Future of The Left played Europa and a "surprise" show at Saint Vitus (pics); play Generation tonight"

Future of The Left's gear lands at Saint Vitus (via Squish 108)

BV-SXSW alums Future of The Left played Europa last night(6/17), burning through material from their current LP The Plot Against Common Sense as well as McClusky favorites like "Lightning Cocksucker Blues". If you missed out then you can catch the Welsh band at one of TWO surprise shows! The first goes down TONIGHT (6/18) at Saint Vitus. The band will be joined by I Hate our Freedom, With Knives and Freshkills. Tickets for that tonight's show are on sale.

The second FOTL show will take place at Generation Records on Tuesday (6/19), will also feature Freshkills, and is free/open to the public.

Last week, FOTL premiered a new video for "I Am the Least of Your Problems" on Rolling Stone. Check it out, along with a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Future of the Left sticking around NYC for 2 more shows"

Grass Widow at NXNE at the Garrisonin Toronto 6/4/12 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE Day 1

today in NYC
* Clive Chin @ 17 Frost
* Benyoro @ Joe's Pub
* Smokey Hormel @ Barbes
* Msafire Zawose @ Barbes
* Dub Is A Weapon @ Zebulon
* fun., Now, Now @ Terminal 5
* Aziz Ansari @ Beacon Theatre
* Ava Mendoza Trio @ The Stone
* Tristan Perich @ Issue Project Room
* Kid Sister, Will Sheridan @ Sugarland
* Dastardly, Sleep City @ Mercury Lounge
* Blu Jemz, lloydski, SterryO @ Trophy Bar
* Marissa Nadler, Faces On Film @ Joe's Pub
* The Du Yun Quartet with Qian Yi @ The Stone
* Dawes, Kurt Vile @ Central Park Summerstage
* Joanna Erdos & the Midnight Show @ Joe's Pub
* Clarence Penn, Antonio Sanchez @ 92YTribeca
* The Duke Spirit, Hacienda @ Highline Ballroom
* The Knocks, Oliver, Ghost Beach @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Scott H. Biram, Lydia Loveless @ Mercury Lounge
* Something In Spanish, Midnight Magic @ Trophy Bar
* Mainland, Coastgaard, South of France @ Matchless
* Wise Blood, Big Baby Gandhi, Evi Antonio @ Glasslands
* Tim Barry, Josh Small, Julie Karr @ Santos Party House
* Red Baraat, Dean & Britta, Mas Ysa, Hume @ McCarren Park
* Shlohmo, Kingdom, Hot Sugar, Archie Pelago @ 285 Kent Ave
* Cool Angels, Milk Dick, Nude Sunrise, White Fang @ Big Snow
* Wise Blood, Big Baby Ghandi, Evi Antonio @ Glasslands Gallery
* Black Dice, Run DMT, SSPS, Mandelbrot & Skyy @ Public Assembly
* Asobi Seksu, Exitmusic, Ape School, Field Mouse @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Foster Care, Call of the Wild, Pampers, White Pages @ Union Pool
* Heaven's Gate, Nymph, Nude Beach, Golden Clouds @ Public Assembly
* Natural Child, Tough Shits, Liquor Store, The Foxx @ Death By Audio
* Freshkills, Bootblacks, Starlight Girls, Wojcik, Clouder @ The Gutter
* Mouth of the Architect, XOZO, Sleep Maps, Ashes Forever @ Saint Vitus
* Body Language (DJ set), Team Spirit, Cale Parks (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Ski Lodge, Ravens & Chimes, Field Mouse, Starlight Girls @ Spike Hill
* Balkan Beat Box, Chico Trujillo, Nation Beat @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Hamilton Morris @ The Bell House
* Physical Therapy, Twin Sister, Guards, Caged Animals, Blonds, Phonetag @ Cameo Gallery
* Yellow Dogs, The Fatty Acids, Radical Dads, Backwords, Acrylics, Natureboy @ Shea Stadium
* Quiet Loudly, Dinosaur Feathers, MiniBoone, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, Pow Wow! @ Spike Hill
* Gold Streets, Happy People, Magnetic Island, That Fleeting World, Passenger Peru @ Matchless
* New Madrid, The Gypsy West, A Million Years, The End Men, W.A.L.N.U.T.S., Clouder @ Trash Bar
* Grass Widow, Turbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, Snack Machine @ Knitting Factory
* The Olivia Tremor Control, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Dinosaur Feathers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sunset Hearts, Flying Pace, Brenda, Weird Children, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Troubled Sleep @ The Grand Victory
* Christopher Paul Stelling, Howth, Chantilly, Carl Banks, Craig Judelman, Baby Gramps, Al Duvall @ Pete's Candy Store
* I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues, Cellular Chaos, Dominique Leone, Harpoon Forever, Sediment Club, Bob Crusoe @ Cake Shop
* Lily & The Parlour Tricks, SonnyBoy, Daniela Cotton, The Sons of Brooklyn, Them Damn Ninjas @ The Paper Box
* The Pietasters, American Speedway, The Skels, Electric Frankenstein, The Tombstone Brawlers, The Scrapers, Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One @ Maxwell's

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At Nitehawk Cinema there's a midnight screening of classic giallo flick The Black Belly of the Tarantula with live score provided by Tunde Adebimpe, Grey Gersten, and Ryan Sawyer. Tickets are still available. Trailer for the event is below.

The Northside Festival continues today in Brooklyn. See anything good last night? Dean & Britta play a free show in McCarren Park this afternoon.

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Future of the Left on Sunday (6/17) at Europa. Visit our Facebook page for details.

What else?

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Future of The Left at #HotelVegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Future of The Left

The previously discussed Future of The Left date as part of Northside Festival is now officially announced for June 17th at Europa (support TBA). The show is their only US date scheduled thus far. Tickets are on sale or get in with your Northside badge.

Future of the Left at Hotel Vegan party, Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Future of the Left

Future of The Left's noisy punk rock is back on The Plot Against Common Sense, the band's new LP due on Xtra Mile Recordings on June 12. The band recently released a new track from the LP for streaming, check out "I Am The Least of Your Problems", which premiered at Pitchfork, below

FOTL is confirmed to play Northside Festival this year on June 17th at an undisclosed venue, and we can further confirm that the band's appearance is their only US date scheduled thus far. Their known tour schedule, the new song, cover art, and a video for the new song "Sheena is a T-shirt Salesman", below.

Continue reading "Future of The Left welcoming 'The Plot Against Common Sense', playing Northside (dates & new song stream)"

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin; additional pictures by Nate "Igor" Smith

Frankie Rose & band @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, began at noon back on Wednesday, 3/14/2012, on three stages. As "bob dylan wrote propaganda songs" points out:

"...it offered the perfect setting for seeing multiple bands within an intimate setting in a short amount of time. Sure it was a long walk down Sixth Street to get there, and it may not have been the most well kempt venue (I'll be honest, it was a shit-hole), but the three stage set-up provided for prime SXSW day party viewing. I had the pleasure of seeing Chelsea Wolfe, Japandroids, Frankie Rose, Deaf Heaven, and Japandroids all within the span of a couple hours. All of these bands were on my list of bands I wanted to see, and thanks to this venue, I was able to cross more bands off my list than past years"
One of the stages on Wednesday was dedicated to Chicago bands courtesy of BV Chicago, and one was put together by BBG. It was on the latter that we hosted an afternoon set by Deafheaven who created NY Mag's Nitsuh Abebe's favorite moment of SXSW 2012.

Deafheaven @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

Like on Friday and all four days, we served complimentary HobNob Wines all day. On Wednesday we also proudly passed out Brooklyn Brewery beer and Sailor Jerry drinks.

Special thanks to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.

More pictures from the entire SXSW Wednesday at Hotel Vegan, below....

Continue reading "#HotelVegan Day 1 pics (Future of the Left, Japandroids, Bear in Heaven, Frankie Rose, Maps & Atlases, Deafheaven, more) "

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As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).

We announced Thursday, Friday, and Saturday too. Here is Wednesday: Wednesday at Hotel Vegan (March 14, 2012)

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 PM - Devin
12:45 PM - Big Deal
1:30 PM - Pujol
2:15 PM - We are Augustines
2:50 PM - Sun Araw Band (live) + Matthewdavid (DJ Set)
3:45 PM - Frankie Rose
4:30 PM - Japandroids
5:15 PM - Bear in Heaven

Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (BBG Stage)
12:10 PM - Freshkills
12:50 PM - White Ring
1:35 PM - The Coathangers
2:20 PM - Razika
3:05 PM - Chelsea Wolfe
3:50 PM - Deafheaven
4:35 PM - Bleached
5:20 PM - Future Of The Left

Stage 3 (Volstead) (BV Chicago stage)
12:00 PM - Minor Characters
12:35 PM - Gypsyblood
01:15 PM - FIELDED
02:00 PM - White Mystery
02:45 PM - Maps & Atlases
03:30 PM - The-Drum
04:15 PM - Flosstradamus
05:00 PM - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

This is a rare opportunity to see Frankie Rose perform songs from her great new album at SXSW. She made a very last minute decision to come to Austin. Everyone on the third stage is from Chicago! (including The-Drum who is not to be confused with the Drums who we have Thursday.) Come early. Stay all day.

And in addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery (while supplies laset) and HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry

We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners. And special thanks to Tim Griffin for making our Hotel Vegan flyer.


This just one of four full days at Hotel Vegan. Thursday lineup HERE. Saturday lineup HERE. Friday lineup HERE.

We also have THREE official showcases (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys, AND a just-announced bridge show.

Tegan & Sara @ Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Pissed Jeans

tonight in NYC
* Tegan & Sara @ Town Hall
* Misfits @ Starland Ballroom
* Cypress Hill @ Nokia Theatre
* Pinback, Obits @ Irving Plaza
* Living Colour @ Highline Ballroom
* Tiny Tim Tribute show @ Joe's Pub
* Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert @ MSG
* Yeasayer, Tanlines @ Guggenheim Museum
* The Long Count @ BAM Gilman Opera House
* The Toasters @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* DJ Green Lantern, NinjaSonik @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gary Lucas's Gods and Monsters @ The Living Room
* King Khan & BBQ Show, Dum Dum Girls @ Bowery Ballroom
* Archipelago w/ Roomful of Teeth, Due East @ Galapagos
* Future Of The Left, Freshkills @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Uninhabitable Mansions, Bob Parins, Revival Times @ Union Pool
* Darlings, Shark?, I'm Turning Into, The Sundelles @ Market Hotel
* Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, High on Fire @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Get Up Kids, Kevin Devine, The Life and Times @ Gramercy Theatre
* Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Mick Barr, & TV Ghost @ Above the Auto Parts Store
* Simian Mobile Disco, Phenomenal Handclap Band, JDH & Dave P @ Webster Hall
* 'Night of The Wickerman' w/ Wooden Shjips, Effi Briest, Silver Summit @ 92YTribeca
* Pissed Jeans, Awesome Color, Drunkdriver, My Mind, Sleepies, Ex-Wife @ (Le) Poisson Rouge

The Get Up Kids are on a huge tour - they play three NYC shows with Kevin Devine and The Life and Times, starting tonight at Gramercy Theatre.

Pissed Jeans, Awesome Color, Drunkdriver, My Mind, Sleepies and Ex-Wife do NYU Halloween Horror Fest at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Yeasayer and Tanlines play 'It Came From Brooklyn' at Guggenheim Museum. Mr Max Silvestri will be telling jokes.

King Khan & BBQ Show and Dum Dum Girls play Bowery Ballroom before moving on to a show at the Bell House on Halloween.

Webster Hall hosts Simian Mobile Disco, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Fixed's JDH & Dave P.

Uninhabitable Mansions (mem. of Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah)
play Union Pool with Bob Parins and Revival Times.

The Long Count - featuring Bryce and Aaron Dessner from the National, Kim and Kelley Deal and more - is at BAM Gilman Opera House.

Speaking of twins, Tegan & Sara are playing two nights at Town Hall.

Pinback are in the midst of touring - Obits open three dates including tonight at Irving Plaza.

The monthly Archipelago series happens at Galapagos vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and flute-and-percussion duo Due East.

A new Future of the Left (at Music Hall of Williamsburg) video for "Arming Eritrea" below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - Arming Eritrea (MP3)

Future of the Left in Halloween costumes

Freshkills and Dinowalrus open for Future of the Left at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/30). Tickets are still available to the show, and I have one pair to giveaway. Details on how to win them with all FotL tour dates, and a video they recorded for Fuel, below...

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Future of the Left @ Siren Fest (more by Chris La Putt)
Future of the Left

"The only bad part about the [Future of the Left] set [in San Francisco] was how quickly it was over; each opening act played for roughly 40 minutes and it seemed like that FOTL played for maybe five or ten more. There was easily enough time for another song or two (I would have liked to hear "The Lord Hates a Coward" or "I Am Civil Service"), but the last song ended in the bassist jumping off the stage, giving his bass to someone in the crowd, and doing push-ups while feedback kept coming through the guitar amp, the drum set was taken apart on stage while still being played and the whole thing was a myriad of confusion and awesomeness." [PunkNews]
Get ready for more push-ups and feedback when Future Of The Left return to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, October 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28th at noon.

The band's last NYC show was at Siren Fest on July 18th, where they shared a bill with Japandroids. Japandroids are coming back soon too - they play September 24th at the Mercury Lounge with Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band. Tickets are still available.

And for CMJ, which is quickly coming up, Japandroids will play an October 22nd Death+Taxes Party at Glasslands, and a Polyvinyl Records CMJ show on October 23rd at the Bell House (and more dates TBA). Joining them at the latter will be Headlights, the currently-on-tour Cale Parks and James Husband. Tickets are on sale now.

FotL will be touring the US and Canada this October with Trail of Dead (who didn't get to play their Pool Party show due to lightning, but did get to play a set at All Points Wet). Trail of Dead's next NYC shows are September 18th and 19th at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg with Secret Machines.

All tour dates below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Thee Oh Sees
Thee Oh Sees
Siren Festival 2009

"Largely unfamiliar with the bands on the roster, my husband and I went to Coney Island on Saturday to see Built to Spill headlining on the main stage of the annual Siren Music Festival. Normally, I love free shows. I like the freedom to walk away from a disappointing or uninteresting performance-as we did from Monotonix-without feeling guilty. And ticketless shows tend to draw all types, which appeals to the voyeur in me. Neither of us had been to Coney Island before, so it was mildly amusing to see the confluence of century old kitsch and aggressive marketing tactics by softdrink companies. (We tried a sample of something called Vio, "the world's first vibrancy drink," and it tasted vaguely like flourescent lighting and perfume.)

Anticipating the rush toward the stage as Built to Spill began, we found a decent spot where we'd be able to hear the band, if not see their faces. It was as close as we could get without my cheeks grazing across sweaty pectorals while trying to squeeze through. This is the point at any show when the fan in me starts to grin and breathe faster, to feel like I'd rather be right here than anywhere else in the world. To our horror, not only were the people around us talking so loud that we could barely hear the music, they weren't even facing the stage. The crowd was mingling as though at a singles mixer, drink in hand, shouting over the din, completely oblivious to the band on stage.

Now, while I've been known to complain about NYC hipsters at opportune times (like when I'm on the downtown L train), I generally think people are too hard on them. They're pretty benign as far as contrived fashion/music subcultures go. But when they prevent me from hearing and seeing a live performance by one of my favorite bands, simply because they can't stop yakking and flirting for a single minute, I feel, well, displeased.

Next show is hopefully Trail of Dead at All Points East. I'm bringing pepper-spray and my slapping hand." [Home on the Fringe]

I think she means All Points West, which is actually just one of four shows that Trail of Dead has coming up in NYC.

Chris's Built to Spill pics are HERE, Raveonettes pics HERE, and the rest below...

Continue reading "the 2009 Siren Music Festival in Coney Island - pics (part 1) "

"Future of the Left, though I've seen them 1,000 times, were a REVELATION tonight, and a finer bunch of gents to hang out with? Hard 2 find." - Ted Leo

Future of the Left @ Spike Hill - twitpic by Ted Leo
Future of the Left

The above review and picture are by Ted Leo who was at his former tour-mates' secret show Sunday night at Spike Hill in Brooklyn. The show they played together at Webster Hall was FOTL's first NYC show. The show at Spike Hill was their first in Brooklyn, and an unofficial afterparty for the Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tonight (7/13) you can catch FOTL in Jersey (Maxwell's), and then there's Siren and other places... Videos below...

Continue reading "(Ted Leo saw) Future of the Left @ Spike Hill --- NJ tonight"

DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - The Hope That House Built (MP3)

Future of the Left @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Future of the Left

Welsh trio Future of the Left (ex-mclusky) are coming to North America for a July tour in support of their latest record, Travels With Myself And Another, which is out now on 4AD. The first single from that is above.

That tour starts with a secret show (shhh) at Brooklyn's Spike Hill on Sunday, July 12th. The 8pm gig will act as an unofficial after-party to the Mission of Burma/Fucked Up/Ponytail show at Williamsburg Waterfront earlier in the day. I think the Spike Hill show will also be FOTL's first first headlining NYC show, and their first-ever Brooklyn show.

Their tour also makes NYC-area stops at Maxwell's on Monday, July 13th (with Me You Us Them) and Siren Fest on July 18th. Tickets to Maxwell's are still on sale.

Future of the Left's Andrew Falkous recently had a nice, long rant about why people should leave him alone about working with producer Steve Albini, who recorded a bunch of Falkous' Mclusky records. Faklous said...

..."I'm usually polite about it for the most part but it is very difficult to summon up the effort to answer the question for the seventh time in a day. You end up saying 'I just told that guy over there, see the guy in the orange, fucking ask him what it's like to work with Steve Albini, because I've already used up all the variant ways I can think of of expressing it."...
Albini's band Shellac was just added to the 2009 ATP NY festival. Andrew's answer, in full, and all tour dates, below....

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