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Tickets to see The Underachievers at Santos Party House go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Barclays Center go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Passion Pit shows at Pier 26 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Chelsea Wolfe with True Widow at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Surfer Blood are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 5 and Bowery Ballroom on October 6. Tickets to those shows go on sale today at noon. Gauntlet Hair are the openers for most of that tour, but aren't announced for the NYC shows (at least not at the moment). They play their own NYC shows sooner though (one with Jackson Scott).

Tickets for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra show at MHOW with Jackson Scott go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Khan & the Shrines show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cocorosie show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon

Tickets for the Toro y Moi show at Terminal 5 with The Sea & Cake go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bat for Lashes show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Modern English show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Simple Minds show at Count Basie Theatre in NJ go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Roseland Ballroom show don't go on sale until July 26, but are still on fan presale (password: "newgolddream").

Tickets for the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Johnny Marr show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone and Miracles of Modern Science show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sparks show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Man Man shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Menomena and The Helio Sequence's co-headlining show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, and Spires show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for Pure Bathing Culture's show at Glasslands with Leapling are still available.

Tickets for the Steve Earle show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see King Krule at Bowery Ballrom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Menzingers at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Body/Head at Union Pool go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Spits at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show are not on sale yet.

Tickets for the Savoir Adore show at MHOW with The Suzan go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kate Boy show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for her Glasslands show are on sale now.

The Eagles already announced two Madison Square Garden shows, and now they've added a third date happening on on November 11. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password: "EAGLES"), with a general on-sale starting Saturday (7/20) at 10 AM.

Free Tickets to the Lemonade show at Mercury Lounge go on RSVP via Thrillcall mobile app today at noon.

UMO at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Psych revivalists Unknown Mortal Orchestra are non-stop touring this year, and after recently playing a free NYC show at the South Street Seaport, they've added another NYC show to their recently-expanded tour. The newly-added date happens on October 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and support comes from the Atlas Sound-like Jackson Scott, whose debut LP, Melbourne, comes out on Fat Possum next week (7/23). Tickets for the MHOW show go on AmEx presale today (7/17) at noon, with a general on-sale beginning Friday (7/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Jackson Scott will be in NYC sooner than that to open the previously discussed Gauntlet Hair show at Glasslands on August 2, one of Gauntlet Hair's two NYC shows that week. It will be Jackson's first NYC show ever, and Brooklyn noise rockers EULA are on the bill too. Tickets for that show are still available. Jackson Scott's debut album can currently be streamed at Pitchfork and one of its tracks, "Together Forever," can be streamed below.

Meanwhile, UMO's track "So Good At Being In Trouble" from this year's II was just revamped by Black Noi$e with a remix that features Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire. Stream that remix, along with all lists of tour dates, below...

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Tickets to see Washed Out at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Daughter show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Spiritualized show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Flume show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Rock the Bells is returning to the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack and on June 24 at Highline Ballroom, there will be a launch party featuring "select Rock the Bells 2013 artists." Who do you think will be there? Kendrick Lamar? Earl Sweatshirt? Wu-Tang? The Ol Dirty Bastard hologram?

Tickets to see Joan of Arc and Co La at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No advance tickets for the Shea Stadium show at the moment.

Tickets to see Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Okkervil River at Terminal 5 with Black Joe Lewis and Pickwick go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see John Prine at Beacon Theatre are on presale now.

Tickets to see Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Mood Rings at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon,

Gauntlet Hair are playing Mercury Lounge on August 1 and Glasslands on August 2. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (6/7) at noon, and tickets to their Glasslands show are on sale now.

Tickets to all Warm Up at MoMA PS1 shows go on sale today at noon too.

by Bill Pearis

Allo Darlin'
Allo Darlin

Hope you all survived Record Store Day. I didn't find most of what I was looking for (most of which was UK only) but I did get that great Lee Hazlewood comp on Light in the Attic. Hope you found what you wanted the most. Lots of good stuff this week, so let's get into it.

The most TWII show of the week happens tonight (4/24) at Mercury Lounge: Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures. It's the start of the two bands' tour together that will wrap up on Sunday, May 20 for the last day of the NYC Popfest which is happening at Littlefield (w/ Ladybug Transistor, White Town and about six more that day). All Allo Darlin'/Wave Pictures tour dates at the bottom of this post.

Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, came out last week to pretty much across-the-board acclaim. It's a little more melancholy than the band's debut, with a lot less ukulele this time out. Maybe that seems like a good thing, but I must say I miss the exuberance of Allo Darlin's debut. The more subdued nature of the songs and production make it sound like a Camera Obscura album much of the time, a comparison I would've never made before. But Elizabeth Morris' songwriting and voice are still in fine form, it's all just a little more "mature."

You can stream Allo Darlin's Europe at the bottom of this post. I'm sure one thing that hasn't changed is Allo Darlin's ability to charm in the live setting.

The Wave Pictures
Wave Pictures

The same goes for The Wave Pictures who I will always go see live even if I'm not so crazy about the album they're touring to support. Not that they change so much from record to record. Their new album, Long Black Cars, is pretty good (listen at Spotify) I think but much like the rest: Dave Tattersall spins fascinating, funny stories with a singsong delivery. Most of their albums sound like they were recorded live, but it always comes off a million times more compelling when you actually see them play. Tattersall is also one of the funniest between-song banterers of our age. Also funny: the Darren Hayman-directed video for their song "Spaghetti" which you can watch below.

Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic

Here We Go Magic will release their third album, A Different Ship, in a couple weeks (May 8 specifically) and soon head out on a short UK tour before covering most of North America with Hospitality. (All dates are below.) Before that, HWGM play this Friday (4/26) at Knitting Factory with Glass Ghost.

The new album has an interesting birth. Stuck playing a pre-noon set at Glastonbury 2010, the groggy band were playing to a groggy crowd, none of whom seemed to be having any fun. Except for two guys dancing right up front, who turned out to be Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. The band met Yorke and Godrich after their set and Godrich turned up at more European shows... and ended up producing Different Ships. This is the bands first album that didn't start with Luke Temple doing demos on his own, and with the band incorporated from the beginning (and working in Godrich's studio). While still boyant and dreamy, Different Ships feels a little bigger, a little more fully formed than the previous two. You can stream "Make Up Your Mind" at the bottom of this post as well stream new single "How Do I Know?" at Secretly Canadian's SoundCloud page.

The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
The Feelies

And finally, while Feelies shows have become less rare since the band actually made a new album, but any chance to see one of the most influential NYC-area bands of the last 30 years is one you shouldn't pass up. And you have that chance on Friday (4/27) at the Bell House. While bands from Luna (who had the Feelies' Stanley Demeski on drums at the beginnning) to The Strokes have taken from them, there's no substitute for that Bill Million/Glen Mercer guitar interplay that still sounds like magic.

You can listen to the Feelies' terrific album from last year, Here Before, as well as some of their classic ones, at Spotify. The Feelies also play Saturday (4/28) at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY if you're up that way and a few more scheduled dates throughout the summer which are further down this post.

That's the big stuff this week. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above, are below.



Diehard are at Union Hall tonight with Everest, Benjamin Cartel (of Kaiser Cartel) and Resistor. Diehard just released a video for their theme songwhich you can watch below. It's from last year's The Times We Didn't Have Fun which you can download for free from Bandcamp. Diehard also play Saturday (4/28) at the Rock Bar in the west, West Village.

Colorado's Gauntlet Hair are in town at GLasslands tonight with dream poppers Field Mouse and Baby Alpaca.

Catch new Captured Tracks artist Mac Demarco tonight at Bowery Ballroom opening for Nite Jewel.

Nick Lowe
Nick Lowe


One of the coolest cats around, Nick Lowe is at at Town Hall with nearly 40 years worth of amazing songs in his arsenal. Last year's The Old Magic was another winner from the Basher and you can stream it at Spotify and watch the comedy star-studded video for "Sensitive Man" below.

Sacramento's astral trio Sister Crayon wrap up their Pianos residency tonight with support from Megafortress, New Moods and Tygerstrype. Stay late for a free show from Japanese rockers ZZZ's.

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Gauntlet Hair at BV CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Gauntlet Hair

If you were in Austin for SXSW last week, you've probably had tons of chances to catch Gauntlet Hair, but if you stayed in NYC, you can catch them on tour this April when they play Santos Party House on April 22 and Glasslands on April 24 with Cemeteries. Tickets for the Santos show and the Glasslands show are on sale now. I wonder if they'll add anything on April 23.

All known dates (more TBA?) and a video below...

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"The Snow Ball Music Festival [in 2011] was chill, in more ways than one. Besides the expected below freezing temperatures Avon gets in early March, the atmosphere of the festival and attitude of the attendees were very relaxed. The tents were set up on snow instead of concrete, and so dancing the first night was no small fete as everyone was slipping on the ice. By the end of the weekend, any movement at all was unpleasant as people were standing in puddles of water, beer, and probably some bodily fluids or stuck to the ground in thick mud. The crowd left their clubbing attire at home and sported their neon ski coats instead as they drifted through the clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke. Despite the cold weather and the impossible dance floor, most importantly, the music was good." [cause=time]
The SnowBall Music Festival, for people not afraid to watch bands playing outside in freezing temperatures ("We recommend that you come prepared for snow and winter conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40° range during the day and in the teens at night. Please dress accordingly."), is returning to Vail Valley in Avon, CO from March 2 - 4, 2012. This year's lineup includes Big Boi, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (who just announced a Bowery Ballroom show), Deer Tick, Gauntlet Hair, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Thundercat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others (listed below)

Early bird and holiday special passes are sold out but regular passes and tickets for the festival are on sale now. Don't forget your "Warm Jackets, hats, gloves, and snow boots."

Current lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Parenthetical Girls at Cake Shop in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls released the fourth installment of their 5-part Privilege EP series, Privilege, pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics on November 1. Like the other EPs in the series, Zac Pennington's shaky literate voice soars over left-field pop arrangements. The whole record is a great listen, and all comes together on the title track which concludes the EP. The song's arrangements are the simplest of the four tracks, leaving plenty of room for the lyrics, which, in turn, are the most grabbing. You can stream the whole EP on myspace and download it on iTunes. Album artwork and tracklist are below, along with the video for the EP's lead track, "The Privilege."

Parenthetical Girls have a few shows in early December, including three in the NYC-area. They open for Gauntlet Hair at Glasslands (12/1) before kicking off a short tour with YACHT, which includes an afternoon show at Purchase College and a night show at Santos Party House on December 3. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Santos show are still available.

The Glasslands show with Gauntlet Hair is part of Gauntlet Hair's tour which also hits Mercury Lounge the next night (12/1) with the Big Sleep and Dive. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates, video artwork and tracklist below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Keep Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Top Hair (MP3)

Gauntlet Hair @ BV-CMJ in NYC
Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair, who are just finishing up a tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was one of a few bands to bless our BV day party at Public Assembly on 10/21 (along with names like J.Mascis, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place To Bury Strangers). They played as a 3-piece that day due to one of their members having to get back home before CMJ ended. Some pictures from their set are in this post.

The band will return to NYC for two shows as part of a developing winter tour. Those dates are12/1 at Glasslands with Parenthetical Girls, and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday, 12/2 with the Big Sleep and Dive. Tickets for Glasslands and for Mercury are on sale.

Gauntlet Hair recently posted a new video for "Keep Time" (which you can also download as an MP3 above). Check that out, with more pics and all dates, below...

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photos by Diana Wong

Weekend @ Stratosphere Sound

Like last year, a bunch of bands were invited to Stratosphere Sound studios during CMJ to record a couple of songs with recording engineer Geoff Sanoff. The songs are going to be released via Insound for free soon (look out for one to premiere on BV as well). Bands included Caveman (who played like 10 CMJ shows and the BV Hold Steady show a month before CMJ), WATERS, Weekend (who played the BV official showcase and in a Puma store), Gauntlet Hair (who played a BV day party too), Widowspeak (ditto), 1,2,3 (that's the name of a band), and Tall Ships. Here are some pictures from the day (Friday, 10/21). They continue below...

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words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Amanda Hatfield

Casiokids @ Public Assembly

Well, another CMJ week has come and gone. How did you fare?

Though Northside summoned a number of my favorite artists to town, the CMJ line-up was rather thin by comparison, so I made it my goal to catch as many new acts as possible this year. With help from BV's tightly scheduled day parties, I managed to squeeze in 46 bands. While it's all still fresh in my mind (ie, before I spend the next week hibernating), here's a recap of my week, complete with my favorite finds...

I kicked things off with trance-inducing, one-man knob twittler Sun Glitters. Figuring out how to bring life to headphone-friendly, sample-heavy music in a live audience setting can be a challenge, but the few I saw this week (Million Young, Chad Valley and Luxembourg's Sun Glitters included) were decent.

If last year was the age of the one-man laptop act, 2011 was rife with lo-fi, synth/guitar-heavy (mostly) male groups cloaked in reverb. Each band had its strengths: Sunglasses (great energy on stage), Gauntlet Hair, Guards (perfectly summed up the sound of the moment), 1,2,3, Balkans (nice balance of in-your-face guitars and sunnily-swaggering vox), Tiny Victories. But after a while, I confess they all started to blend together--especially since a good chunk of these bands came early in the week for me.

What did stand out for me in this category was San Diego's garage-psych outfit Tropical Popsicle. Instead of falling flat, the deadpan vocal delivery of Tim Hines pulled me in and kept my attention, making me forget about my plans to leave midset. Another pleasant surprise for me was Dive, the side project of Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith.

But after a rather slow start to the week when schedule issues and cancellations made me abandon my original plans, things definitely picked up midweek. I spent Wednesday evening shuffling around in the rain to some seven venues. From the synth-driven pop music of Norway's Casiokids (whom I managed to sneak in on my lunch hour) to the decent public radio-friendly folk-pop of The Lighthouse and The Whaler and Lissy Trullie's alluringly husky vocals, the day was full of pleasant surprises--not the least of which was John Maus, easily one of the highlights of my week.

As I walked through the door at 285 Kent, I immediately felt as if I had gone back in time. Thick music pumped from the DIY graffiti-covered space, through clouds of cigarette smoke. On stage, Maus shook with intensity as he addressed the mass of dancing, sweaty revelers. Beneath the shambling chaos of the quick synth riffs and simple drum lines is an unhinged but triumphant quality that is intoxicating. I had heard whispered stories of Maus shows before, but I never really understood the fervor until I saw it for myself.

Thursday was also packed with a number of good finds. I somehow found myself in the 7th floor of a swanky hotel for an "acoustic" (as in not electric; not unplugged) Dum Dum Girls set (though only 2/4 band members were present). Other highlights included the seriously talented and take-your-breath-away-beautiful dreamy folk-pop of Gem Club (who just released their debut album on Hardly Art), and Brooklyn's own, Headless Horseman who make fun, glitchy, hook-laden music with inventive beats (Their song "Wavlngth" was seriously one of my favorites all week.)

Friday, my band-count escalated rapidly, thanks to the BV day showcase at Public Assembly, which essentially had two bands playing each hour. I knocked out a few of the hyped bands in this fashion, including Chelsea Wolfe and Gauntlet Hair. (I also stepped over to Cameo briefly to catch a few adrenaline-packed songs from the Brooklyn duo Hunters.) With her beautifully haunting (but not annoying operatic) vocals Chelsea Wolfe was certainly one of the more memorable acts of the week. Would she be getting as much buzz if she didn't dress like "a medival [sic] reinactment [sic] person from Medival [sic] Times" (to quote an anonymous BV commenter)? Hard to say, but I have to give the woman credit--I couldn't take my eyes off her, and she was one of the few artists I caught twice. But my surprise favorite of the day show was Young Magic. Hip-hop and dark electro-pop may be unlikely bedfellows, but they sure make for quite an interesting pair. These guys are a force.

Other highlights of the day included the eye-catching electro-pop duo Purity Ring (love the name) and one of my favorite SXSW finds from earlier this year, Sea of Bees. At Webster Hall, Purity Ring's bass was so powerful at times that I almost forgot to breathe. Though the band relies on a lot of samples to craft their sound, they are far more interesting to watch due to their onstage chemistry and mysterious gold-piped instrument. Though nothing alike, my other favorite artist of the evening was Sea of Bees. Singer/songwriter Julie Baeziger's genuinely sweet demeanor and earnest acoustic performance are always a pleasant change of pace from the more aloof, laptop-driven artists that seem to sprout with the speed and frequency of mushrooms.

The week concluded not with a bang (I was turned away at the door of Brooklyn Bowl for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whom I had hoped to end on), but with more of a slow fade-out. Forced to change my schedule at the last minute, I caught a few acts nearby, including Delicate Steve (how those five people were working from the same set list was a mystery at times given the haphazard nature of their sound, but it was fun to watch them put it all together), Races (pleasant and charming), Bleached, and about four minutes of the Kopecky Family Band (fun!) before hopping on the L and calling it a week.

So how does this year's CMJ stack up? Most people I spoke with seemed unimpressed. No doubt, the growth of SXSW--especially over the past few years--seems to have sucked some of the life out of CMJ. (It's hard to compete with free tacos, 76-degree days, and the compact nature of downtown Austin.) But like a hipster chick desperately scouring the racks at Beacon's Closet, I like the challenge of the frenzied search. There's good stuff in there hiding among the dross. You just have to look a bit harder.


Pictures in this post are from day parties at Pianos (We Listen for You) and Public Assembly (Under the Radar) on Wednesday. More of them below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Gauntlet Hair @ Pianos
Gauntlet Hair

After some car trouble that caused them to almost miss their CMJ show at Pianos last night (10/18), Gauntlet Hair made it to the LES venue in time to play a later-than-scheduled set at 12:30am 1:30am (after Cuckoo Chaos and Tiny Victories). Here are some pictures and a video.

They've since been added to the free BrooklynVegan day party happening at Public Assembly on Friday which is in addition to their previously announced CMJ schedule that includes the Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian showcase at Union Pool tonight.

Pics and video from Pianos below....

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STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
01:30 Widowspeak
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
04:15 Hospitality
05:15 Gauntlet Hair

Stay tuned for the missing set times and full lineup, but you can see most of the bands on the flyer above! Also stay tuned for the linuep of our Saturday party happening in the same venue at the same times.

In addition to free music, here are some more reason to stop by Friday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.

We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).

As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.

Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.

See you Friday! And meanwhile to see A Place to Bury Strangers at Union Pool tonight, and see you Thursday afternoon at Knitting Factory too.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Top Bunk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cuckoo Chaos - Just Ride It (MP3)

Gauntlet Hair
Gauntlet Hair

After a quiet day, there's no shortage of excellent evening shows for this first night of CMJ 2011. There are just my suggestions -- check CMJ's much-improved (though still not quite helpful enough) schedule for a full rundown of official showcases.

After studying the schedule, my pick for single showcase of the night is the Lefse Records/Banter/Waaga showcase at Pianos which has more than a couple bands of interest on the bill. Among them: Denver duo Gauntlet Hair whose album is out today on Dead Oceans, featuring some densely-layerd ANCO-inspired pop. (Check out an MP3 at the top of this post.) Also playing: San Diego's Cuckoo Chaos whose song "Just Ride It" has stayed in rotation on my stereo for a while now. (You can d/l that above too.) There's also laptop Canadian Teen Daze (who maybe you caught at the Creators Project), Chicago's A Lull, Atlanta's terrific Balkans, and the blissed-out Sun Glitters. It may not have the biggest names on the bill of any show tonight, but who knows where many of them will be in six months? $10 without a CMJ badge.

Cuckoo Chaos
Cuckoo Chaos

Dent May
Dent May

Coming a close second...Public Assembly, a club no one ever seems to go to for shows in non-festival times, has one of the most solid weeks of any venue in the city. (I'm not just saying that because BV has day shows there Friday and Saturday, either.) Tonight the front room is the Car Park/Paw Tracks showcase with icy synth queen Class Actress, Southern charmer Dent May, Cleveland power-poppers Cloud Nothings, plus Young Magic, Adventure and Light Asylum side project Jimmy Whispers. In the back room, it's the Mexican Summer showcase with the goth-electro of Light Asylum, West Coast droners Date Palms, Boston indie folk act Quilt, plus Radio People, Home Blitz and Xander Duell.

Wild Flag

Meanwhile, Merge Records is at Bowery Ballroom for what will be one of the more difficult shows for badgeholders to get into, as supergroup Wild Flag are headliners. It's sold out but they're letting in "limited badges" so if you have one, go early to A) make sure you get in, and B) to see the wonderful Hospitality whose teriffic debut album comes out on Merge in January. In between, Eleanor Friedberger, making for a fine evening of female-fronted music.

At Glasslands, our pals at Stereogum and Popgun are throwing a party with a slew of cool band they've already told you you need to see. Such bands as anthemic Jersey dudes Titus Andronicus, the instrumental magic of Delicate Steve, the nu goth sounds of Chelsea Wolfe, '90s indie rock lovers Mr. Dream, crazy catchy Canadians Holerado, and Cuckoo Chaos.   $15 with RSVP. and if you have a CMJ badge you get a discount of some sort (wither badgeholders' privilege).

At Cameo, the very helpful show listing site Oh My Rockness is having their showcase which also doubles as a 7th Birthday party for the site. (Remember when you had to rely on Village Voice ads to find out when shows were happening?) It's a good line-up, too with eager beavers Dive, slinky tribal sounds of Zambri, nouveau synth poppers Adventure, Chad Valley, Even Voytas, Headless Horseman and Wise Blood. $8 if you don't have a badge.

You've got a couple opportunities to see underrated UK act The Duke Spirit tonight, both of which are free whether you have a badge or not.

Foreign Resort
Foreign Resort

If you're into gloomy postpunk a la The Chameleons or early Bunnymen, you might want to head to Lit Lounge to catch The Foreign Resort (8PM) who do that sound pretty well. You can check out a stream at the bottom of this post.

Dovecote Records is having a CMJ Kickoff party at Club Norwood tonight, with the very hotly-tipped Araabmusik, plus Supreme Cuts. 9PM. RSVP by emailing RSVP@DOVECOTERECORDS.COM but there's no gauranteed entry. Go early. Flyer below.

In the world of unofficial shows, at 285 Kent we've got San Francisco's awesome Grass Widow, plus NYC/Memphis duo Coasting, Air Waves and Baybee Teeth.

What are YOU going to see tonight? Flyers, streams and set times are after the jump.

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I'll just quote this little blurb the label sent me:

New York noise czars A Place to Bury Strangers are making moves. Never ones to stand still for very long (literally and figuratively), the band is announcing a new label and new music. Dead Oceans is proud to welcome APTBS to their roster. Label co-founder Phil Waldorf says, "I've been enamored with A Place to Bury Strangers since I first heard their debut album. Their live shows have rattled me time and time again. It is not often you get to work with a band that you've been closely following for years, and we are honored to be a part of their new chapter. Wait until you hear what comes next." The band will join artists such as Akron/Family, Gauntlet Hair, Phosphorescent, the Tallest Man on Earth and more.

Having put on numerous wild shows across the US and Europe -- their recent Rockoff Cruise included band members tossing plugged in amps overboard -- APTBS' ferocious live performances have won over a wide range of audiences. Their solid wall of sound is built meticulously, brick by brick, to form a cohesive all-encompassing experience: physical, intellectual, emotional. In the last year the band has grown to include bass player Dion Lunadon from The D4. Dion has joined Oliver Ackerman (guitar/vocals) and Jay Space (drums) in shaping the direction for APTBS, co-writing songs and sharing backup vocal duties. Of their Dead Oceans signing Ackerman says, "We are very excited to be signing with [the label]. I have been a fan of their taste in music since the label started and it's going to be cool to be a part of what they have built independently over the years."

The trio has been hard at work on a new set of 5 songs, which will be released on Dead Oceans as an EP in early 2012. More details on the new EP and tour dates will follow soon.

Congrats to APTBS on their new home.

Dead Oceans and its sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar are holding a CMJ showcase at Union Pool in Brooklyn on 10/19. It was previously announced with a secret headliner who can now be revealed. Guess who that is? Full lineup/flyer for the show, along with a full set of Gauntlet Hair tour dates (they're playing a lot during CMJ), below...

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DOWNLOAD: Purity Ring - "Belispeak" (MP3)


As mentioned, Purity Ring are heading out on tour with Neon Indian in September and October, culminating in a CMJ show at Webster Hall on October 21. Tickets are still available for what is now Neon Indian's next NY show now that the Quiksilver thing is cancelled (well, unless you count DJing).

Purity Ring will also play a Windish Agency CMJ Showcase that same night (10/21) at Mercury Lounge with Drop the Lime, Small Black, We Barbarians, High Highs, Gauntlet Hair, Electric Guest, and Cuckoo Chaos. Tickets for the showcase go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon (you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge). All tour dates are listed below.

Purity Ring are set to release a split 7" with fellow Canadians Braids on October 11 via Fat Possum. Grab Purity Ring's contribution, "Belispeak," above and check out the artwork, which is above too.

Speaking of Braids and We Barbarians, Braids are going on tour with Pepper Rabbit, but before they do Pepper Rabbit will play their own show with We Barbarians and ANR at Mercury Lounge on August 31. Tickets are still available. Braids play Mercury Lounge a week later. Tickets are still on sale.

Updated Purity Ring tour dates below...

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photos by Amanda M. Hatfield

The Dodos @ Bowery Ballroom
The Dodos

The Dodos played Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (6/9) as part of their ongoing tour with Gauntlet Hair. They played almost all of the recently released No Color and a few songs Visiter. The 12 song set only included one track off 2009's Time To Die ("Longform") though. Both bands also played Music Hall of Williamsburg a day later.

Earlier this month it was announced that Gauntlet Hair have signed ot Dead Oceans which makes them labelmates with John Vanderslice, The Donkeys, Phosphorescent, The Tallest Man on Earth, Akron/Family, The Luyas and many others.

The Dodos are currently finishing up their tour which culminates in an appearance at NXNE with Gauntlet Hair and Deerhoof. After taking some time off the band will go back on the road in late August for a month-long tour with with Dead Oceans band The Luyas. That includes the Dodos' appearance at Hopscotch Festival and a NYC show on September 13 at Webster Hall . Tickets go on sale Friday (6/17) at noon.

The Dodos and The Luyas (who also play NXNE and other non-Dodos dates soon) recently performed the Luyas song "Tiny Head" together in Amsterdam. Check this out, along with more pictures and the setlist from the Bowery show, and all tour dates below...

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Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

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Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Dodos - "Don't Stop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - "I Was Thinking..." (MP3)


After multiple appearances at SXSW 2011, including a headlining slot on one of the three stages at Barbarella/Swan Dive as part of the BrooklynVegan/Knitting Factory/Partisan day party, The Dodos went out on the road where they'll be through April 9th. Later that month the band will hop the Pacific to play a string of European dates before heading back for US dates in early June with Colorado's Gauntlet Hair who released a 7" on Forest Family and who are now signed to Dead Oceans. The NYC shows on that leg are June 9th at Bowery Ballroom and June 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale at noon today (3/30) with regular sale hitting on Friday.

The Dodos have a new, Neko Case guested LP, No Colour, out now via Frenchkiss Records. Stream the entire LP at NPR, and check out some recent live audio via Minnesota Public Radio. All tour dates and their new video for "Black Night" is below.

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