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Ex-Breathers
Ex-Breathers

Florida hardcore band Ex-Breathers put out their new EP Exbx today (10/7) via Texas Is Funny, and to coincide with the release date they've got a video for its track "Auto-Correct" (by Barrett White and David J. Dodd) which premieres in this post. Check it out below.

Ex-Breathers also have a tour coming up which hits NYC for CMJ, including three announced shows so far. They play the Texas Is Funny showcase on October 21 at Shea Stadium with Glish, Vetter Kids and The Hawks of Holy Rosary; then the Brixton Agency showcase on October 22 at Grand Victory with Creepoid, Young Statues, The Beverleys, Teen Death and more; and also the Exploding In Sound showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Krill, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Geronimo! and more. All of their dates are listed below.

Speaking of Two Inch Astronaut, they recently announced that the followup to 2013's Bad Brother is called Foulbrood and the mathy title track is out now. Stream that below. Two Inch also play the unofficial EIS show at Silent Barn on October 25 with Krill, Grass Is Green, Ovlov (acoustic), Pile (acoustic), Ronald Paris of Porches and many more.

Two Inch stream, with the Ex-Breathers video and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Ex-Breathers made a new video, touring, playing CMJ shows; Two Inch Astronaut releasing a new LP"

Ex Hex / Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ex Hex
Speedy

Two great current indie rock bands, Speedy Ortiz (who owe a lot to the '90s) and Ex Hex (whose members were in some classic '90s bands), have shared bills before (like the BV SXSW day party this year and the Pitchfork Fest aftershow they play this month), and they'll do so again in the fall. We're not sure if it's a full tour or not, but about a month after both bands play Pygmalion Festival, they'll team up for a NYC show on November 2 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon.

UPDATE: They also play another NYC show together on November 1 at Glasslands with Aye Nako. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM. More dates TBA?

Meanwhile, you can catch both bands for free in NYC this month. Speedy play 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco and more; and Ex Hex play MoMA Nights on July 17 (free with museum admission). All currently known dates for both bands are listed, with streams, below.

You can also catch Aye Nako in NYC Wednesday (7/9) at Silent Barn with Pony Bones (the current band of guitarist Matt Robidoux who is currently on hiatus from Speedy Ortiz with Grass Is Green's Devin McKnight taking his place) as well as Ovlov, Black Norse and Francis.

Continue reading "Speedy Ortix & Ex Hex touring, playing NYC together in Nov, both playing free NYC shows this month (dates)"

Iceage at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Iceage

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

Iceage, Anasazi @ Home Sweet Home
It's the second of two Iceage shows and tonight's is the more intimate one. NYC goth punks Anasazi open and if you like Iceage there's no reason you should miss this band.

Grand Resort, Gold Lake, Lazyeyes, Andrew Keoghan @ Baby's All Right
Synth-heavy indiepop band Grand Resort wear their jangly influences on their sleeves (C-86 / Sarah Records) but win out with enthusiasm and an ear for infectious melody. They headline this line of similarly tuneful locals.

Nap, Borts Minorts @ Cake Shop
Borts Minorts' shows involve unitards, a stringed instrument made out of a ski, effected vocals, choreography, and general weirdness. The Residents as aerobics instructors? Maybe.

Honduras, Elliot and The Ghost, The Montauk Project, Glass Curtains @ Mercury Lounge
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.

Ava Luna, Space Beach, Pile, Grass Is Green, Washer @ Shea Stadium
NYC funk-punks Ava Luna team up with two quality post-hardcore-leaning Massachusetts bands, Pile and Grass Is Green, and more tonight for what should be a pretty fun show.

Endless Boogie, Watery Love, Mordecai @ Union Pool
Endless Boogie are one of the more perfectly named bands in Brooklyn. When they find a groove they go long. Perhaps just as interesting on this bill are Philly band Watery Love who do the scuzz-punk thing very well.

Comedy Night with Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
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. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

Electric Daisy Carnival @ MetLife Stadium
EDC may not be our favorite NYC-area music festival but there's some stuff worth catching today like Rudimental (live), AraabMuzik, Skream, MK and more.

Tale of Us, Chymera @ Output
And like the rest of the weekend, there's an EDC afterparty at Output. Tonight's brings together Berlin duo Tale of Us with Ireland's Chymera.

We hope you're enjoying Memorial Day Weekend. We made a guide of some of the extended holiday goings-on.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Tycho in Chicago in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Tycho

Fear of Men at the Seaport in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fear of Men

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

Tycho, Gardens and Villa @ Webster Hall
Tycho's downbeat electronica is performed as a three-piece band live, giving it a vibe of post-rock you can sway to. Tonight's show is sold out.

Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day, Alvvays @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's BKNB entertainment is brought to you by Kanine Records and is a great bill of indiepop, including UK band Fear of Men, Beverly (Drew Citron who's also currently in TPOBPAH), Canada's lovely Alvvays and Floriday trio Beach Day.

Celestial Shore, Krill, Netherfriends, Zula, Native America @ Silent Barn
There's a lot of good music on this bill, including mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, psychdelic pop band Zula, eccentric indie rockers Krill and more.

The Coathangers, Audacity @ Mercury Lounge
This is the second NYC show of The Coathangers' tour with Audacity which has been bringing great double doses of garage punk all around North America.

Household, Good Throb, Priests, Arm Candy @ Death by Audio
This is the second DbA show for DC post-punks Priests and UK punks Good Throb, who played the same venue earlier this month. THe rest of the bill is good too, with strong local bands Household and Arm Candy.

We Are Scientists, PAWS @ Bowery Ballroom
The buzz around We Are Scientists may have ended years ago, but we're definitely currently excited about Scottish trio PAWS, whose punky pop isn't too far removed from Japandroids.

Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, PROXY!, Warthog, Mercenary @ LPR (NY's Alright)
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright kicks off tonight at LPR early and...

Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects Of War, Life Chain @ Acheron (NY's Alright)
...ends with a late show at Acheron. If you're into intense, very rowdy punk shows, these are for you.

Puce Mary, Venerence, Ligature, Saran Man @ Baby's All Right
Baby's also hosts a NY's Alright afterparty, but less on the punk side. Headliner Puce Mary is Denmark drone/industrial artist Frederikke Hoffmeier, who records for the Posh Isolation label (previously home to Iceage).

Prince Rama, Weaves, WIN WIN @ Baby's All Right
It's a evening of tribal mysticism shot through an '80s filter, with the ladies of Prince Rama. Also on the bill: Toronto multihyphenate pop group Weaves.

I Break Horses, Rival Consoles @ Rough Trade
Sweden's Maria Linden makes dancey shoegaze (or is it the other way around) as I Break Horses. This is the band's second NYC show.

Horse Feathers, Laura and Greg @ Glasslands
Justin Ringle's indie folk collective Horse Feathers are celebrating a decade together as a band this year. This is their first of two NYC shows.

Foster Care, New Coke, Sandratz @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn bruisers Foster Care this night of fuzzy punk-n-pop that also features Florida's snazzy New Coke.

Liam Finn, Weyes Blood, Evil J, Saint Cecilia @ Union Pool
If the prospect of Liam playing his new album The Nihilist in full tonight isn't enough, look out for special guest appearances from soon-to-be-tourmates Connan Mockasin and Kirkin J. Callinan. Guaranteed hijinx!

Laurent Garnier, MKL @ Output
French techno/house producer Laurent Garnier has been at it for over two decades, having recently put out releases on Ed Banger (Justice, Mr. Oizo, etc). Catch the veteran producer moving dancefloors like the '90s at Output tonight.

Grass Is Green, The Gradients, Heeney, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Somewhere @ Emet
Grass Is Green's fidgety post-hardcore pulls most from the '90s Dischord style of the genre, and they do it well. Good bill overall too.

Chuck Ragan, The White Buffalo, Johnny Two Bags @ Irving Plaza
Though Hot Water Music is fully back in action, singer Chuck Ragan still has his solo project to folk on too, where he ditches HWM's punk for rootsy folk. Tonight he and his band The Camaraderie (featuring members of Lucero and Social Distortion) will bring their rollicking folk to Irving Plaza.

Ikebe Shakedown, High and Mighty Brass Band! @ Mercury Lounge
Shake it to Brooklyn afro-funk collective Ikebe Shakedown, who celebrate their new album Stone by Stone at tonight's record release show.

Brooklyn Folk Festival @ The Bell House
The three-day celebration of all things acoustic, rustic and down-to-earth kicks off tonight.

'Trophy Tape' screening @ Anthology Film Archives
Experimental musician Jason Lescalleet is screening his new Trophy Tape project which collects films by Aaron Dilloway, Ellen Frances, Annie Feldmeier Adams, Justin Meyers, Antony Milton, C. Spencer Yeh, Olivia Block, Adel Souto, Neil Young Cloaca, Todd Deal, Jubal Brown, Heidi Alasuvanto, and Robert Beatty interpreting music from his 2012 album, Songs About Nothing. Trailer below.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Friday? (Tycho, Fear of Men, Audacity, Paws, Priests, NY's Alright, I Break Horses, Liam Finn & more)"

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

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...

Continue reading "Deerhoof made a video, touring w/ Awkwafina & Celestial Shore (who have many other dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Palehound's new full band lineup (photo by Manny Harpin)
Palehound

Ellen Kempner's indie rock project Palehound released her impressive Bent Nail EP back in October via Exploding In Sound, and now she's set to release a new 7" for the label, Kitchen, on February 25, her first recorded with the four-piece band she plays live with. One of the things we mentioned when we first wrote about Palehound was their Speedy Ortiz connections (the singers of both bands are friends, Speedy used to be on EIS) and on "Holiest," the first single from Kitchen, the comparisons of the two bands are even more noticeable. With a very adept band behind her, Ellen can work in those mathy subtleties that Speedy mastered so well, and there's a few moments where her voice is a dead ringer for Sadie Dupuis'. Ultimately though, both are just terrific songwriters and if you like one you're bound to like the other. Check out the new song below.

As usual, Palehound has a number of local shows coming up, including one this Sunday (1/26) at Shea Stadium with Dead Wives (ft. Mike of Speedy Ortiz), Flagland and Advaeta. After that, they'll play Pianos on February 20 and 27 and then make their way south hitting other cities on their way to and from SXSW.

UPDATE: The full lineups for the Pianos shows also include Infinity Girl and What Moon Things on 2/20; and Grass Is Green, Celestial Shore, Bluffing and Howler on 2/27.

All dates are listed, along with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Palehound releasing a new 7", touring (dates & song stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Bleeding Rainbow

Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow are set to release their new album, Interrupt, on February 25 via Kanine. On it the band pretty much dispose of the shoegazier aspects of their sound, leaving lean, mean melodic rock with a definite punk bent. They haven't shared any of the new album with the internet yet, but hopefully soon.

You may have heard some of the new album live -- the band played a few shows in NYC at the end of 2013 and have more planned soon. Their next show here will be at Death by Audio on January 17 with more bands TBA. (Did you know BR painted the "Yeah Right" [also the name of their last album] mural in DbA's main room?) Bleeding Rainbow will play their hometown on Saturday (1/4) at Golden Tea House as part of super solid bill that includes Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green and Hermit Thrushes. Then on February 8 they'll play Philly's First Unitarian Church opening for Mission of Burma (tickets). They'll also be playing the Savannah Stopover before SXSW.

Flyer for this weekend's Philly show is below...

Continue reading "Bleeding Rainbow get ready to 'Interupt,' playing shows (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grass Is Green
Grass Is Green

Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.

Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.

Porches have other upcoming dates too.

And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.

All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Grass Is Green releasing a new LP, touring, playing year-end NYC show w/ Porches, Krill, Roomrunner, Big Ups & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Speedy Ortiz @ BV-CMJ party at Baby's All Right - 10/18/13
Baby's All Right CMJ BV

Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz already announced they're opening US dates for Los Campesinos!, they've now announced they'll sooner tour in support of another band, indie rock greats The Breeders, who Speedy likely owe some influence to. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall, and Speedy Ortiz will be opening both of those dates. Tickets for both shows are still available. Updated Speedy Ortiz dates, including a European tour with Joanna Gruesome, are listed below.

As mentioned, the Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz tour hits NYC on January 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

And though Speedy Ortiz aren't opening this one, if you're in Austin, catch The Breeders on New Year's Eve which is the last of their 'Last Splash' shows.

Back during CMJ, Speedy Ortiz played our Friday (10/18) party at Baby's All Right. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and another set of Speedy are in this post. They continue below, along with a video of them playing "Ka Prow!" at that show (via Bleary Eyed Brooklyn), and their list of tour dates...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz opening for The Breeders on tour (updated dates +++ belated pics & video from BV CMJ party)"

Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Speedy Ortiz

Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.

The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.

After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz on tour, playing Pitchfork CMJ (lineup) and other CMJ shows (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Speedy Ortiz - "No Below" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Speedy Ortiz - "Tiger Tank" (MP3)

Speedy Ortiz at Big Snow - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Speedy Ortiz

After catching Chance the Rapper at Europa on Saturday (6/15), I finished my day 3 of Northside Festival at Big Snow for the Exploding In Sound showcase. The place had already hit capacity by around 9 PM (not an everyday feat for Big Snow), and every band I saw was pretty great. The similarly styled stop-start post-hardcore of Grass Is Green and Two Inch Astronaut (who were playing much of the material from their new album, Bad Brother, out this week) was totally on point. Not only do both bands have the chops for their sometimes-technical sounds, but they've got a ton of power on stage too.

One of the main attractions of the night was Speedy Ortiz, whose debut album, Major Arcana comes out on July 9 via their new label home, Carpark Records. Speedy's a great band recorded, but they bring even more rage live. Singer Sadie Dupuis screams more, their guitars ring with layers of distortion, and guitarist Matt Robidoux ended up crowd surfing at least once. They have a great time on stage too. Performance stuff aside, one of the most memorable moments of the show was the drummer singing "Started From the Bottom" and then dedicating their next song to Yeezus.

And though Speedy was the fastest-rising band on that bill, there was tons of love for headliners Pile. The whole crowd became a push pit, with crowdsurfers knocking into Big Snow's light fixture, and anyone looking to "watch" the band standing on top of whatever amp or couch they could find lining the venue. The band sounded great too, straddling the line between indie rock melodies and punk intensity. Their 2012 album, Dripping is a good (and underrated) one, and a recommended listen if you haven't checked it out.

Unfortunately, I missed the earlier bands at Big Snow on Saturday. If you were there, how were they? You can catch Speedy Ortiz in NYC again when they play their record release show at Death by Audio on July 5 with a great bill of Roomrunner and California X. Updated Speedy dates are listed, along with streams of their recent singles, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green & more played the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow"

by Andrew Sacher

Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Psychic Blood

As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.

EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.

More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...

Continue reading "EISGTNSIDE13 starts today (Psychic Blood, Sleepies, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Butter The Children - "Lupus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ovlov - "Blue Baby" (MP3)

Butter The Children
Butter The Children

NYC pop shoegazers Butter The Children (members of Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, and Le Rug) play local shows a lot and it's recently been announced that they've signed to Downtown Records. Last year they self released their impressive self-titled EP, and Downtown will presumably put out its followup at some point this year. You can download the EP for free at bandcamp and stream in full below. One track, "Lupus," can be downloaded above as well. The EP is a quick blast of punchy pop rock with MBV-inspired guitar wails, and if you've yet to see them at one of their many shows, they bring that same kind of power to the stage too.

As usual, they have upcoming local dates, including one this Friday (5/24) at Big Snow with Big Muff, Roses, (ex-Deer Tick), and Ceramics. They also have a show scheduled at Death by Audio on June 27 with Ovlov, Suns, and Flagland. Both shows are all ages and admission for both shows is $7 at the door. They're also playing Day 1 of Hillstock, which takes place across various Brooklyn venues from June 21-23.

Ovlov
Ovlov

Newtown, CT's Ovlov, who also play that DBA show, are set to release their debut album, Am, on July 2 via Exploding in Sound, who are becoming pretty consistent in supplying good '90s-inspired indie rock (like Speedy Ortiz, who since signed to Carpark). And like most of that label's roster, Ovlov do the sound well. The album's single, "Blue Baby," has buildups that are straight out of the Sonic Youth songbook, and the singer likely learned a thing or two from J Mascis. Check the song out below or download it for free above.

Ovlov is on a tour now with labelmates Grass is Green which includes other NYC shows happening on June 1 at Big Snow with Appomattox and Miniboone, and the previously discussed Exploding In Sound showcase on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, and more.

All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "Butter The Children signed to Downtown, playing shows; Ovlov on tour, releasing debut LP (dates & MP3s)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Two Inch Astronaut - "Blood From A Loyal Hound" (MP3)

Two Inch Astronaut live in 2011 (photo by Ann Amrine)
Two Inch Astronaut

Maryland rockers Two Inch Astronaut are set to release their debut full length, Bad Brother, on June 18 via Exploding In Sound Records, the label that gave us Speedy Ortiz (before they signed to Carpark), Pile, and more. And if you liked those bands, Two Inch Astronaut will be right up your alley as well. On the album's two singles, "Swol" and "Blood From a Loyal Hound," Two Inch Astronaut embrace similar stop-start dynamics to '90s post-hardcore wizards Shudder to Think, but they also have a knack for bashing out crunchy power pop melodies. "Blood From a Loyal Hound" is downloadable above, "Swol" is downloadable at bandcamp, and both tracks can be streamed below, along with the album art and tracklist.

Two Inch Astronaut are playing some shows this month and next ahead of the album's release date, including the previously announced Exploding In Sound showcase in Brooklyn during Northside (it's an unofficial show though) on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Grass Is Green, Fat History Month, and just about the rest of the Exploding In Sound roster.

Speedy Ortiz play a bunch of other shows too.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Two Inch Astronaut releasing LP, playing shows (dates/MP3s)"

by Andrew Sacher

Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

As mentioned, Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz have signed to Carpark Records and will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on June 9 via their new label. The album perfects the formula Speedy Ortiz had on the Sports EP and "Ka-Prow!" 7" and tops both of those releases. That's immediately evident from the album's first single, "Tiger Tank," which starts out like the Speedy Ortiz we're familiar with, but by the chorus is bringing in melodic left-turns and powerful crashes that show how big of a force this band can really be. Listen to the song over at NPR.

As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming shows, including a few previously discussed NYC shows on May 17 at Silent Barn with Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, and Lunchbox; Cake Shop on May 31 with two great Brooklyn bands Sleepies and Bennio Qwerty; and an unofficial Northside show on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.

The rest of the lineup for that Big Snow show has been announced and it includes Pile and Fat History Month (who just played NYC together), in addition to Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches., and Hive Bent. The show is being presented by Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus.

Speedy were also since announced for a NYC Popfest show happening on June 1 at Public Assembly with Ringo Deathstarr, Sua, and Advaeta. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. Popfest was supposed to be on both stages at Public Assembly, but with renovations all the other bands originally booked except Ringo Deathstarr were moved to The Bell House (more on that in a Popfest-specific post coming soon). Festival passes are still accepted.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz release a song from new LP, playing w/ Ringo Deathstarr, Northside Fest w/ Pile & more (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grass Is Green
Grass Is Green

Boston's Grass Is Green hearken back to a time when the lines between post-hardcore and indie rock weren't so clearly defined. Listening to their 2012 album, Ronson, and split 7" with Two Inch Astronaut, both out on Exploding In Sound Records (Pile, Speedy Ortiz), you'll quickly make out traces of the stop-start post-hardcore of bands like Shudder to Think and June of 44. The guitars ring with that kind of off-kilter technicality and the vocalists shout with an emotionally charged cry. You can take a listen to the two aforementioned releases below.

Grass Is Green has two NYC area shows happening this weekend. First they'll play New Brunswick, NJ on Friday (2/1) at Court Tavern with Neur and For Sleeping or Jumping; and then Brooklyn on Saturday (2/2) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) with NYC shoegazers Butter the Children (mems. Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, Le Rug) and Brooklyn indie rockers Bennio Qwerty.

A list of all dates and streams below...

Continue reading "Grass Is Green playing shows (stream some tracks)"

Northside

Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.

The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:

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