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by Bill Pearis

annie hart

Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone has been quietly releasing music on her own via her SoundCloud page over the last year or so. While not terribly different than the synthpop that ARS make and still with a strong ear for melody, her solo songs have their own idiosyncrasies and her latest, "Hard to Be Still," is probably the closest she's ever come to "rock." Check out three songs below.

You can catch Annie Hart and her solo band live in NYC a couple times over the next month or so. She plays Mercury Lounge on Friday (1/8) with Air Waves, Grooms and Drawing Boards, the latter being the new band from Annie's husband (and onetime Dirty On Purpose member) Doug Marvin and Sisters guitarist Aaron Pfannebecker (tickets). Annie is also playing Alphaville on February 5 with Beverly (who'll have a new LP soon), Wall, and MPHO (tickets).

Continue reading "Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone releasing solo songs (listen), playing shows w/ Beverly, Air Waves, Grooms & more"

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Day for Night Festival

Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.

Read our top 50 below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums of 2015"

Six Million Dollar Man Christmas

Tickets for Ween's three reunion shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's "The River" tour shows at Madison Square Garden and NJ's Prudential Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

If you missed out on the presales, you can get tickets for the two BV-presented Animal Collective and Ratking shows at Irving Plaza today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the intimate Laura Jane Grace show at Connecticut's The Space go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Lianne La Havas, who recently played Terminal 5, plays a much smaller show at Rough Trade Rough Trade on February 5. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mac DeMarco show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Future and Ty Dolla $ign show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Rihanna and Travi$ Scott show at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Superhuman Happiness, Beastronaut, and Mandalia show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ben Folds & yMusic show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the A$AP Ferg, G-Eazy, Marc E. Bassy and Nef The Pharaoh show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy & Abysmal Dawn show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Ra Ra Riot show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Martin Courtney show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Best Coast, Wavves and Cherry Glazerr show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Mount Moriah show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Duran Duran show at Barclays Center go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts on Saturday at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Baths show at Baby's All Right go on sale today 10 AM.

Tickets for the Emmy the Great show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom, & Havok shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Mountain Goats shows at City Winery are on sale now.

Air Waves, Grooms, Drawing Boards (featuring members of Dirty on Purpose & Sisters), and Annie Hart (of Au Revoir Simone) are playing Mercury Lounge on January 8. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Restorations were added to the Frank Turner show happening at NJ's Starland Ballroom on Monday (12/14). Tickets are still available.

Tickets for the Carly Rae Jepsen show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (more by PSquared)
Dinosaur Jr

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

Dinosaur Jr. @ Bowery Ballroom
One of the quintessential American indie rock bands, Dinosaur Jr. celebrate their 30th anniversary with seven shows at Bowery Ballroom. Each night they'll play their debut album in full and special guests are promised. Last night had Frank Black, Lee Ranaldo and Fred Armisen. Who will be tonight?

Jesse Ruins, Soren Roi, CVN @ Cake Shop
Japanese electronic artist Jesse Ruins, who has had records out on Captured Tracks and Lefse, last year released Heartless. The LP commented on our increasingly online world as much though his glitchy, paranoid sonic soundscapes as titles like "Scar Caused by Your Phone," "404nf" and "URL Sinking." This is their U.S. live debut.

Imagine: John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert feat. Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Spoon, Willie Nelson, The Roots & more @ The Theatre at MSG
Celebrating the music of the late John Lennon, this all-star tribute is being taped for AMC TV (broadcast on December 19).

Car Seat Headrest, Ne-Hi, Moniker @ Baby's All Right
After releasing a billion songs on bandcamp, Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador and re-recorded some of the highlights for Teens of Style, a very catchy record that would've fit right in between Weezer and Nirvana on '90s rock radio. It's worth catching his Chicago-based tourmates Ne-Hi tonight too.

Cyndi Lauper w/ Boy George, Kurt Vile & many more @ Beacon Theater
It's Cyndi Lauper's annual holiday show, and she's put together quite the eclectic list of guests. They range from fellow '80s pop star Boy George to indie folk rocker Kurt Vile to Natasha Bedingfield to Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora to Keb Mo to the singer of New Found Glory. Needless to say, there won't be any other show quite like this one tonight.

Grooms, Solvey, Drawing Boards @ Palisades
Grooms just got back from a long European tour with A Place to Bury Strangers so they should be well-practiced for this headline show. Solvey is the solo project of Jessica Zambri (of Zambri), and this is the first-ever show for Drawing Boards (Doug Marvin from Dirty on Purpose and Aaron Pfannebecker of Sisters).

Rocket From The Tombs, EZTV @ WFMU Monty Hall
Rocket From The Tombs were making ripping, eccentric proto-punk in the mid-'70s before the members formed Dead Boys and Pere Ubu. Their album never got an actual release until the 2000s, and now they've put out two more including this year's Black Record. The new stuff is good, too. They play Jersey tonight and Brooklyn tomorrow.

Jeremih @ S.O.B.'s
Back before "alt-R&B" actually became as popular as the poppier stuff, Jeremih had one of the genre's best releases with his 2012 Late Nights mixtape. Yesterday, he finally put out its long-awaited followup/sequel, Late Nights The Album, and it totally delivers. This show is free, but you had to get a ticket (which are now gone) and it's first come first served once you show up.

Psychemagik, Mike Simonetti @ Highline Ballroom
Psychemagik got their start doing remixes, but they more recently started writing their own psychedelic electronic pop songs, which are just as great. Tonight they team up with Mike Simonetti of Italians Do It Better.

Sepalcure, Avalon Emerson, Darren Keen @ Palisades
Electronic duo Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Braille) have a new full length in the works, but first they dropped a two-song EP about a month ago. They'll keep the dancefloors moving at this very late show (starts at midnight).

Mikey Erg, Anika Pyle, Lauren Denitzio @ Suburbia
Three staples in the local punk scene come together for a night of solo sets. There's Mikey Erg of seven thousand bands, Anika Pyle of Chumped and Katie Ellen, and Lauren Denitzio of Worriers (one of those seven thousand that Mikey is in).

Weston, Digger, The Fiendz, Mikey Erg @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The Suburbia show is actually one of two shows for Mikey Erg tonight. He also opens the co-reunion tour of '90s-era Pennsylvania punk bands Weston (whose James Alex Snyder now fronts Beach Slang) and Digger.

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Warsaw
Makers of soaring, sad, Scottish indie rock, We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC tonight for a show at Warsaw. They last released Unraveling in 2014.

Gigg On, Girl Festival feat. OSHUN, Diet Cig, Sharkmuffin, Mal Devisa, HD (DJ Set), Bearcat (DJ Set) @ Barnard College
Gigg On, Girl is a festival that "highlights rising female musicians in an industry that often overlooks their presence and diminishes their voices." Headlining this one is soul/R&B/rap duo OSHUN, who are definitely worth seeing.

Crocodiles, Scully, Cabana Kids @ Grand Victory
Crocodiles released Boys earlier this year, an album which found them staying the course with their post-VU fuzzpop which, if not groundbreaking, always sounds right and is a lot fun live.

Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Alphaville
This danceparty, dubbed "Sweating to the Oldies (For Public Health)" is a benefit for Planned Parenthood.

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

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Tickets for the Jeff Lynne's ELO show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Anthrax with Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the St. Germain show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jose Gonzalez + yMusic show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Ty Segall's new band The Muggers' two shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yo La Tengo show at Loew's Jersey Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Ratatat show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Lush show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sunflower Bean show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets see A$AP Ferg open for G-Eazy at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Justice's New Year's Eve DJ Set at a TBA Brooklyn warehouse go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day in Glasgow show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Phil Cook show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Single-day tickets for the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ go on sale at noon.

Brooklyn duo Beacon are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom on February 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Local rockers Nude Beach play Union Pool this Saturday (11/14) with Savoy Motel, Fur Helmet and Eyes of Love. Tickets are available.

Swans guitarist Norman Westberg already has a release show for his new solo album happening Sunday (11/15) at Union Pool, and he since added another happening Saturday (11/14) at Bar Matchless with Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Western Estates and Faith NY. Tickets at door.

The day after Des Ark open for Hop Along and Radiator Hospital at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), they play their own show at Union Pool (12/13). Tickets are on sale.

Indie pop bands Expert Alterations, EZTV, and Mercury Girls play Cake Shop on December 19 with DJ Drew Citron (of Beverly). Tickets are on sale.

Emo bands Free Throw, Young and Heartless and Daisyhead play Cake Shop on January 10. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn rap staple Jean Grae has a talk show at Union Hall, with editions happening November 24, December 12 and Dec 22 with different guests (like Wyatt Cenac and John Hodgman) each night. More info and tickets here.

Comedian Chris Gethard does his 'Career Suicide' shows again on November 18 and December 21 at Union Pool. The 11/18 show is with Joe Rumrill and the guest for 12/21 is still TBA. Tickets are on sale.

Local experimental band Zs, whose new album Xe came out earlier this year on Northern Spy, play Palisades on November 20 with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Wume and Sunwatchers. Tickets are available.

Zs member Sam Hillmer also plays as Diamond Terrifier, and has free shows every Monday of November at Trans-Pecos. The first was earlier this week. More info on each one here.

Portland, OR folk singer Johanna Warren, Maryland post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman (frontman of the now-defunct Krill) and Thelma play a Sunday matinee at Palisades on November 22. Tickets are available.

Skronky local punks Pill play Palisades (11/22) that night with Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes and Plaque. Tickets are available.

Local DIY-pop artists Adult Mom, Fern Mayo, Vagabon and Long Neck (aka Lily of Jawbreaker Reunion) play Palisades on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

There's a Nothing Changes party happening December 7 at Saint Vitus with Consumer Electronics, Yellow Tears, Alberich and Copley Medal. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn's krauty indie rockers Grooms are playing Palisades on December 5 with Solvey (aka Jessica Zambri of Zambri) and Drawing Boards. Tickets are on sale.

Pile frontman Rick and his Exploding In Sound labelmate Bad History Month play Palisades on December 18 with Soft Fangs and Cave Cricket. Tickets are on sale.

There's a big ska show with The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails and Sammy Kay and the Fast Four happening December 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.

Slackers keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero also has five solo shows at Grand Victory in December: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Different openers each night. More info and tickets here.

Escort, the 15-piece disco orchestra, play Brooklyn Bowl on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Amy Helm, the daughter of The Band's Levon Helm and who has played with Roger Waters, plays Brooklyn Bowl on January 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are playing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl on February 25 - 27. Tickets are on sale. Special guests TBD and they've been exciting before.

Soulful singer Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who sings on the new Drake album, plays Baby's All Right on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Comedians Starlee Kine, Jon Ronson, Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, Maeve Higgins and more will perform at a benefit for UNICEF's Syrian children relief which happens at The Bell House on December 20. Tickets are on sale.

More benefits: Ted Alexandro, The Lucas Brothers, Hasan Minhaj, Sasheer Zamata, Seaton Smith, Michelle Wolf, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Kenny DeForest, Clark Jones are all performing at The Bell House on November 18 with proceeds going to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Tickets are available.

The "Landlady Holiday Spectacular" happens at The Bell House on December 6 with Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim, Erica Eso, Big Thief, The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble, Gemma, Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin, Angelica Bess, Sarah Pedinotti and more. Tickets are on sale.

Electronic dance artist Tiga performs at Output on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

Nineties dance music vet John Digweed plays Output on December 29. Tickets are on sale.

DJs/producers/remixers the Martinez Brothers spin at Verboten on November 25 with wAFF and Filsonik B2B Jesse Calosso. Tickets are on sale.

Multitalented R&B artist Meshell Ndegeocello plays Le Poisson Rouge on February 20. Tickets are on sale now.

Saratoga Springs' finest band, The Figgs, play their annual NYC holiday show at Bowery Electric on December 11 with Doug Gillard on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

House music DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Todd Terry spins at Bowery Electric December 23. Tickets are on sale.

English folk rock vets The Strawbs play BB King Blues Club on May 10. Tickets are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos: Grooms @ last-ever DbA show (more by PSquared)

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

Grooms, Parlor Walls, Faten Kanaan @ Shea Stadium
They'll soon be on a multi-continent tour with former Death by Audio roommates A Place to Bury Strangers, but Brooklyn's underrated guitar twisters Grooms will be limbering up their road muscles tonight.

Cult of Luna, Kylesa, InAeona @ Gramercy Theatre
It's an excellent double bill of boundary-pushing heavy music with Swedish post-metal band Cult of Luna, and the more psychedelic Kylesa who have a new album on the way.

Ricky Eat Acid, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Field Trip, Crazy and The Brains @ The Studio at Webster Hall
This bill brings all kinds of genres together, including ambient electronic from Ricky Eat Acid, rowdy post-punk from Ed Schrader's Music beat, and punk with a xylophone player (it works!) from Crazy & the Brains.

The Vaccines @ Rough Trade (two shows)
UK guitar poppers The Vaccines, who just released new album English Graffiti a few months ago, usually play places much, much bigger than Rough Trade. Needless to say, both of tonight's shows are sold out.

The Cannanes, Pale Lights, The Hairs @ Alphaville
Australian DIY pop royalty, The Cannanes have been making charmingly shambolic music since the '80s. This is the final show of their U.S. tour, they don't play this side of the world very often, so don't miss this chance to see them.

Jen Kirkman, Allison Castillo @ Bowery Ballroom
If you've watched Kirkman's popular Netflix special I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), over and over, fret not. On this tour she promises "mostly new material with only maybe 25% from my Netflix special"

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. (Aziz Ansari  and Louis CK have both stopped by in recent weeks.) 8 PM.

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

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by Bill Pearis

Broken Water

Olympia, WA's Broken Water seem caught between two worlds, though both could've existed in 1993. They have a fuzzy, pop side, as well as an aggressive, grungy punk side. They seem to like the dichotomy, and both sides can be heard on their new album, Wrought, which is out now via Night-People Records. You can stream a few songs from it (and the whole thing via Rdio) below.

The band will be heading to the East Coast for a few shows, including two in NYC: June 27 at Union Pool with Grooms and Rips (tickets), and June 28 at Elvis Guesthouse with Katrina Stoneheart, and Mami (tickets).

All dates, plus song streams and flyers for both NYC shows, below...

Continue reading "Broken Water released 'Wrought' (listen), touring, playing 2 NYC dates (1 w/ Grooms)"

photo: A Place to Bury Strangers @ Levitation Austin 2015 (via Facebook)

A Place to Bury Strangers are slaves to the road this year, having toured for most of 2015 so far and will continue to do so. They've just announced a fall tour with their old Death By Audio roommates Grooms which concludes here in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM.

You can also catch them in NYC before that, as they play the first night of the Gigawatts Festival at The Wick on July 24 with Black Lips, Liturgy and lots more. Tickets for Gigawatts are still available, and we're also giving away a pair of festival passes. All APTBS dates are listed below.

In other news, the band have given their song "Fill the Void" (from this year's Transfixiation) to Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington to remix, who strips it down, morphing it into a sinister beast. You can stream that below.

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers get remixed by Dave Harrington, expand tour, playing Gigawatts fest & dates w/ Grooms"

photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2015 lineup; Atlas Sound, Foxes In Fiction and more playing BrooklynVegan showcase"

by Andrew Sacher

Beauty Pill

Beauty Pill was formed back in the early 2000s by Chad Clark, who formerly fronted the great DC/Dischord eccentrics Smart Went Crazy. Beauty Pill released two EPs, followed by their 2004 debut album, The Unsustainable Lifestyle (all on Dischord), but then never got around to following that up and had to take several years off after Chad was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy. Fortunately, Chad made it through two surgeries, is well enough to make music again, and returned last week with the long-awaited followup to their debut. The new album's called Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are and it came out on their new label home of Butterscotch Records (order yours).

The new album has Chad and co. in great form, some of it picking right up where they left off and other parts covering new ground. You can stream the whole album below, and also watch the video for the track "Dog With Rabbit in Mouth Unharmed" (premiering in this post), which is sung entirely by Chad's bandmate Jean Cook.

Beauty Pill will also begin a tour this week, which includes a three-night run in Virginia and then comes to NYC on May 8 at The Bell House with Grooms (who also have a new album out this year) and The Flag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the album stream and new video, below...

Continue reading "Beauty Pill released their first album in 11 years, made a video, touring, playing NYC w/ Grooms (dates, LP stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr / The Gotobeds / Grooms @ The Wick 4/15/2015
The Gotobeds

Protomartyr and The Gotobeds' tour hit NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Wick. Protomartyr's set was about half new material, including new single "Blues Festival" which sounded great live. The band laid down tracks for their third album which will hopefully be out later this year. They were really, really loud and between that and The Wick's boomy acoustics, some of Protomartyr's dynamics got lost in the din, but still a really good set.

The Gotobeds, who played The Wick back in November opening for Sleaford Mods, put on the most fun set of the night, and frontman Eli Kasan cracked cynical jokes in between songs. "We've got the German edition of our album over there. There's a different track from the US edition and only 300 were made, so be sure to pick one up for your good friend Discogs or Ebay." It was a longer set than we got back in November, with a bunch of favorites from Poor People Are Revolting (was happy they played the very Fall-esque "Fucking Machine") and a few new ones too that may show up on their first album for Sub Pop.

The Wick's echo-iness definitely hurt openers Grooms, who were great at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in February. The artiest and most effects-driven band on the bill, they sounded blurry, and Steve Levine's drumming all but gone in the mix, unfortunately. Hopefully they won't have the same problems at The Bell House on May 8 when they play with Beauty Pill and The Flag (tickets).

In other news, The Wick is looking more like a proper venue now, with an elevated mixing board and cool-looking hanging light installation in the main performance space. I am told that The Wick's bathrooms will be finished soon, so you'll only have to travel over to The Well for a larger beer selection.

The Protobeds tour hits DC tonight at U Street Music Hall with Priests opening. That's a great lineup, so if you're in our nation's capital, go see that show. More pics from The Wick below....

Continue reading "Protomartyr, The Gotobeds & Grooms played The Wick (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

the deal is done...

Pittsburgh's The Gotobeds have inked with Sub Pop who say "keep your ears open for new music in the near future." That's them signing their life away, above. If you haven't checked out 2014's Poor People Are Revolting, which came out on Gerard Cosloy's 12XU label, here's what I wrote about my #5 LP of last year:

From the title down, Poor People are Revolting is attitude-heavy, snarling, railing-against-everything punk-informed indie rock. The Gotobeds (featured a couple members of Kim Phuc) play like Protomartyr's smartass younger cousins, armed with punny titles, big hooks, shouty choruses and a love of The Fall. If you dig Protomartyr and Parquet Courts, this is essential listening.
You can stream The Gotobeds album, and check out their new video for "Affection" and their full performance at The Wick (opening for Sleaford Mods) back in November, below.

Next week is the start of The Gotobeds' tour with Protomartyr (who made my #1 album of 2014), which hits NYC for the BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Wick on April 15 with Grooms on the bill as well. That's a great show! Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a couple pairs away. Details below.

Protomartyr, meanwhile, will head to Toronto after the Protobeds tour to open for METZ at their two hometown release shows celebrating their new LP (part of Candian Music Week 2015). All dates for Gotobeds and Protomartyr, plus streams and videos and the flyer for The Wick show, below...

Continue reading "The Gotobeds sign to Sub Pop; tour w/ Protomartyr starts soon (updated dates ++ win tix to BV-presented show at The Wick)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Grooms @ DBA's final show (more by PSquared)

Grooms have made a video for "Doctor M," one of the standout cuts on their new album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair. Directed by the band, it manages a genuinely spooky vibe via slow-mo night scenes featuring two billowy spectres (played by sometimes Grooms bassist Emily Ambruso and onetime Sisters singer Aaron Pfannebecker). It matches well with the song's dark, motorik vibe and you can watch it below.

I'm also happy to announce that Groom have been added to the BrooklynVegan-presented Protomartyr show at The Wick on April 15 with The Gotobeds also on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. Grooms were great at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this week and we hope to see you all at The Wick.

Before that, Grooms will play a couple New England shows with No Joy. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Grooms share "Doctor M" video, added to BV-presents Protomartyr show at The Wick, playing dates with No Joy"

by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ MHOW, 2/17/2014

A Place to Bury Strangers' new album Transfixiation is out this week and they've just released a video for "We've Come So Far." The video was filmed live at Death by Audio on November 22, which was both the last night of the DIY venue and APTBS' frontman (and DBA co-owner) Oliver Ackermann's birthday. The video was directed by his DbA co-owner Matt Conboy. Says Ollie:

The fact that we were losing our home [Death By Audio], that it was the last show and APTBS were playing seemed like too good of an opportunity to turn down. We filmed their set and I felt like we were able to capture the spirit of that moment: this weird, dark form of celebration and catharsis. By the end of the night I think everybody felt like they really got something out of their system.
You can watch the video below.

Last night A Place to Bury Strangers celebrated Transfixiation's release, a few blocks from DbA's address, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was their typically awesome sensory overload of strobes, smoke machines, projections and white noise. For their encore, they played a down-and-dirty set on the floor by the sound booth. Cool show. It was the kickoff to their tour and all dates are listed below.

Also celebrating a new album was Grooms, who also played DbA's final night and whose great new album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair (the last album recorded at Death by By Audio) is also out this week. Playing as a three-piece, the new songs sounded great: Steve Levine is a hell of a drummer (in addition to being a funny guy) and Jay Heiselmann used a variety of effects to make his guitar sound like keyboards (the new album takes Grooms into new territory), leaving most of the more normal guitar parts to frontman Travis Johnson.

Opening the night was Baltimore's fun Ed Schrader's Music Beat, who are on the first leg of APTBS' tour. If you follow Ed on Instagram, you know he has an obsession with Frasier, and the band's new tour t-shirts mimic the sitcom's logo, but with Baltimore's skyline in place of Seattle's. You can buy them online too.

All APTBS tour dates are listed, along with the "We've Come So Far" video, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers & Grooms celebrated new LPs at MHOW ++ watch new APTBS video filmed at DbA's last show"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn's Grooms release their new album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, next week via Western Vinyl but you can listen right now -- we're premiering a stream of the whole thing in this post. As mentioned, this is different territory for the band, taking things into spacier, kraut-ier territory -- while still making room for their distinctive, dissonant guitars. The album is also probably the catchiest batch of songs Grooms have ever delivered. Have a listen below.

Grooms will celebrate the album on Tuesday, February 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a joint record-release show with headliners A Place to Bury Strangers whose new LP is also out next week. Ed Schrader's Music Beat play as well and tickets are still available.

Did you catch Grooms drummer Steve Levine (and his twin brother) in the first two episodes of Better Call Saul?

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Grooms' drummer Steve Levine (left) on 'Better Call Saul' series premiere
Better Call Saul

While some folks were watching The Grammys, others tuned into AMC for the series premiere of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. Set in the '00s before Saul became Saul or met Walter White, the show (well, first episode at least) is a little lighter in tone than Breaking Bad but to call it a comedy would be incorrect. I thought it was great. Many of the laughs in the first episode come from twin skateboarding scam artists, Lars and Cal, who Saul enlists for help. Lars is played by Steve Levine who also spends time as drummer for Brooklyn indie rock outfit Grooms. His twin brother Daniel plays Cal. AMC is re-airing the Better Call Saul premiere tonight (2/9) at 9 PM, immediately followed by the second episde at 10 PM.

With Season 1 in the can (and the fate of Lars and Cal unknown at this point), Steve Levine's immediate future will be spent with Grooms, whose terrific new album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair is out next week (2/17). Stream the title track below. They'll play a joint NYC record release show with A Place to Bury Strangers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and tickets are still available.

A Place to Bury Strangers' new album, Transfixiation, is out next week as well. Weirder, tighter and more varied than anything they've done to date, while still sounding like APTBS, I think it's also the band's best yet. You can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR.

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photo:::APTBS @ DBA's final show (more by PSquared)

As mentioned, A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms are having a dual record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17, which is also the actual date both albums are out. Ed Schrader's Music Beat is also on the bill and tickets are still available. APTBS have released a second track off Transfixiation, the sprawling "We've Come So Far," and you can stream that below.

Grooms, meanwhile, have shared the title track from their forthcoming album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, which is one of the catchiest songs on a very good record. You can stream that below as well.

The MHOW show is Grooms' only announced show, but is the start of APTBS' upcoming tour. Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be joining them for other dates on the tour too, as will Creepoid. All tour dates are listed below.

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Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)

Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.

Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.

Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...

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Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)

Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)

Death by Audio closed last weekend after seven years in existence. We said our goodbyes already, but we thought we'd offer up a roundup of our coverage and other tributes to the space.

Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.

This Sunday's New York Times offers a photo feature from DbA's final night.

Writer Noah Kardos-Fein who plays in Yvette and was at most of DbA's final shows (Yvette played one too), wrote a very nice piece for WNYC:

Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.
You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.

Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)

Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:

The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.
Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.

Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up

And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:

Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr,  Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon,  Les Savy FavTy Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twiceFuture Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen MenScreaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like). 

For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.

We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Lightning Bolt / APTBS / JEFF @ DbA's final night
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
JEFF the Broherhood

JEFF the Broherhood

When Lightning Bolt's set ended at around 2 AM Saturday night (11/22), the floor of Death by Audio was littered with beer cans and ripped-up issues of Vice magazine. Their set, which was the last to ever be played at DbA, was one of the wildest I've ever seen at the now-closed DIY showspace. It was a turbulent sea with constant crowdsurfers. I saw many smiling sweaty people afterwards with blood all over their tshirts. (There was also a kid on top the crowd eating a burrito which was amazing.) Among those on top the crowd: DbA co-founder Edan Wilber who was wearing a homemade shirt that read "START YOUR OWN FUCKING SHOWSPACE." The crowd would not let him down, and much like Ty Segall a week before, he had a massive grin plastered to his face. It was a perfect way (and the perfect band) for DbA to go out.

Admittedly, the final night didn't start off quite as perfectly. The line for the final show started forming around 3 PM and by 5 PM was at Kent -- which was usually the cutoff point for who got in on the previous nights -- and it eventually went past Glasslands. (They did give away free hot chocolate for folks in line.) The paid list for friends and family (which, I won't deny, included the guy writing this) was big, and there was also the problem of rampant space-holding by folks in line.


The main space was full of folks that looked like DbA regulars to me by the time openers Grooms took the stage, and what weird vibes there were lifted when they started to play. (Grooms have basically practiced at DbA since they began as Muggabears and have played there many many times over the last seven years.) Singer Travis Johnson was definitely holding back tears at first and gave a nice tribute to the space and Edan: "If more people cared as much about music and as little about actually making money as Edan, the world would be a better place." Guitarist Jay Heiselmann, meanwhile, may hold the record for most shows at DbA's final stand, having also played with Roya, The Immaculates, French Miami, and Fuckton. The night also marked the return of original member Emily Ambruso who is apparently back in the band these days.

Next up were Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood who played in their original Jake-and-Jamin two-piece configuration as a throwback to their first-ever NYC show... which was at DbA. (A lot of bands' first shows were at DbA.) They are basically DbA family and it would've been more of a surprise if they didn't play. Not that I dislike the expanded lineup, but Jake and Jamin are such a killer locked groove, they don't need others so much. They were great on Saturday and the pit rivaled Lightning Bolt's with people banging into each other in the crowd and on top. When their set ended and the crowd screamed for more, Jake reminded folks "opening bands don't do encores!"

Oliver Ackermann and his birthday pie

Irony of ironies, Saturday was also the birthday of Death by Audio owner / pedalmaker / bartender Oliver Ackermann who also fronts noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. He was presented with candle-covered pies right before APTBS' set and the whole place sang "Happy Birthday." It was a nice moment. He blew out the candles and the band started the set which was white noise sensory deprivation with smoke machines, strobes, and lasers on full blast. The only time I saw a member of the band during their set was when bassist Dion Lunadon leapt onto the crowd still playing his bass.

There was a dance party in "The Ranch" in the back and people just hung out and talked till basically the sun came up. (I left about 5 AM.) Thanks again to Edan, Matt and Oliver and everyone else who worked there and made it special.

Matt Conboy and Edan Wilber post-show
Lightning Bolt

More pics from Death by Audio's final show, plus video of all four bands' sets (via unARTigNYC), below...

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DbA's Edan Wilber crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP

Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.

Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...

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by Bill Pearis

(photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Brooklyn's Grooms underwent a radical lineup change last year with singer/guitarist Travis Johnson remaining as the only original member. With new bassist Jay Heiselmann (who mixed most of their other records) and drummer Steve Levine, the new lineup of Grooms shifted directions, experimenting with synthesizers and krauty grooves. The dissonant guitars are still there, but the new rhythm section seems to have put a fire under them, creatively. The result is a radically different record, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, which will be out via Western Vinyl on February 17. A good first taste of the album, "Doctor M," makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

Grooms don't have any live dates announced at the time, but they've practiced at Death by Audio since the days when they were known as Muggabears. Travis played a few Muggabears songs solo the night that Dirty on Purpose reunited, but it would seem strange for Grooms proper not to play DbA before it closes forever in three days.

Album art, tracklist and song stream below...

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Back when Death by Audio was known as the Sugar Factory, they used to have shows in the loft space adjacent to what's now the main show space. They call that space The Ranch and it looks like they're having shows again there, starting with a marathon drone event called Holly Jolloween which starts Saturday (10/25) at 7 PM and goes till 7 PM Sunday (10/26):

To kick off the final month of madness at Death By Audio, we're hosting a 24-hour wall of sound in the loft space behind the venue. Every performance will overlap with the set before and after, so that there will not be a second of silence for the duration of the day.
Musicians involved in the droning include Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), Travis Johnson (Grooms), and lots more. The event is free and entrance to The Ranch is the door just to the right of DbA's on S. 2nd St.

List of participating Holly Jolloween drone performers below...

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Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals are releasing their first new album in 15 years next week (8/26) via Polyvinyl, and are now streaming it in full on Pitchfork. They also recently announced a short tour, for which openers have since been revealed. The East Coast run will get their Polyvinyl labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on all three dates, with Polyvinyl alumni Mates of State joining in NYC and Philly, and Hooray For Earth in Asbury Park. Tickets for NYC, NJ and Philly are on sale now. The West Coast gets We Are Scientists (whose Keith Murray will be in The Rentals for this tour) and The Rentals' old pals/tourmates/collaborators Ozma (who put out a new LP this year which is streaming below). All dates are listed below.

Hooray For Earth have other shows much sooner than that, including a NYC show this Saturday (8/23) at Bowery Ballroom with Porches and Grooms. Tickets for that show are available and we're also giving away a pair, along with a copy of their new LP, Racy. Details below. Also below is their new video for "Say Enough" from Racy and a stream of an experimental guitar track they recorded with Grooms.

SSLYBY also recently mentioned that they're working on a new album at Seattle studio Hall of Justice, where Nirvana recorded Bleach and which former Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla now owns. Beau Sorenson, who co-produced 2010's Let It Sway with Walla, is producing.

And last but not least, you can catch Mates of State in NYC much sooner at their previously discussed free show this Friday (8/22) at Pine Box Rock Shop.

Lists of Rentals and Hooray For Earth dates, plus streams, below...

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New York indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars will put out their third album, LOSE, next week (8/26) via Barsuk and it's currently available to stream on NPR. It's an excellent album, and singer Joseph D'Agostino has spoken in interviews saying most of it is about the death of a high school friend (who passed away in 2007), but also about loss in general. "I wanna wake up wanting to listening to records, but those old feelings elude me," he sings on "XR," recalling how important a great record can be to you in your youth. It echoes similar sentiments made two years ago in a Pitchfork interview by Titus Andronicus singer Patrick Stickles, whose album The Monitor D'Agostino calls the best album of the last five years. If you're looking for the kind of big, cathartic rock of The Monitor, you'll find it on a few tracks here ("Warning," "XR"), as well as a diverse palette of other sounds, like the 8-minute psychedelic pop opus, "Laramie."

As discussed, Cymbals Eat Guitars play a Brooklyn show at Baby's All Right (8/26) on album release day (tickets), and they've since added two more NYC shows happening surrounding that. First, they play an in-store Tuesday (8/19) at Apple Store SoHo which is free with RSVP, and then on August 27 they play a $5 show in their hometown of Staten Island at 5050 Skatepark with Bueno, Grooms and Aches.

After that, they go on a previously discussed tour supporting Bob Mould, which includes his NYC shows happening September 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/13 at MHOW (tickets). So that's six total chances to see Cymbals Eat Guitars in NYC over the course of the next month.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Warning," below...

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