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Shonen Knife @ The Wick 9/12/2014
Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife

Japanese cult band Shonen Knife -- rocking from Osaka since 1981 -- are currently in the US supporting their new album, Overdrive, that finds them putting a bit of '70s glam sparkling on their signature punky pop. Their tour hit NYC over the weekend with a show at The Wick on Friday (9/12) that was well matched with Habibi and fellow Japanese band (living in NYC), The Suzan. Pictures from the night as well as video of Shonen Knife performing Economic Crisis" and "Antonio Baka Guy" are in this post.

From here, Shonen Knife's tour heads west, before returning to NYC for CMJ next month. Stay tuned for more details about CMJ shows. More pics, plus video from their show at The Wick, below...

Continue reading "Shonen Knife played The Wick with Habibi & The Suzan (pics, video), will be back for CMJ"

by Bill Pearis


Roya is a brand new Brooklyn trio with a pretty strong pedigree: singer Rahil Jamilifard fronts Habibi, drummer Hamish Kilgour is a member of legendary band The Clean (as well as NYC's Mad Scene), and Jay Heiselmann is in Grooms (and formerly French Miami). Their sound isn't too far from what Rahil does in Habibi, and you can stream a song below.

The band just played their first show last week at Cake Shop and Roya will be playing this week at the Northside Festival, Friday (6/13) at Knitting Factory. That show is the previously mentioned Palladia & VH1 House show that Perfect Pussy are headlining, and Shilpa Ray is on the bill too. Tickets are still available, or you can try and get in with your Northside Badge (based on capacity).

The Clean will be here in August. Roya song stream below...

Continue reading "Roya (mems Habibi & The Clean) released first song (stream), playing Northside with Perfect Pussy and Shilpa Ray"

Shonen Knife at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Shonen Knife

Japanese cult punk trio Shonen Knife put out a new album, Overdrive, this year, and they've since announced that they'll return to North America to support it on a tour here. That tour hits NYC at new-ish Brooklyn venue The Wick on September 12. Opening the show are Habibi and The Suzan, making for an all around strong bill. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Bad Luck Song" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Shonen Knife released a new album, touring, playing NYC with Habibi and The Suzan (dates & video)"

by Bill Pearis

The Memories

A trio of lo-fi, cassette-loving acts -- Portland, OR's The Memories, Chicago's The Lemons and Lexington, KY's Street Gnar -- are currently on tour together. All three acts have a similar sound (catchy bubblegum melodies, minimal accompaniment, and even less production value), and affiliations with Burger Records. You can stream releases from all three acts below.

That tour hits NYC on Wednesday (5/28) at Death by Audio. $8 at the door. The Memories have more dates -- some with just The Lemons, some with Tomorrows Tulips -- and all are listed below.

Tomorrows Tulips

Speaking of, Tomorrows Tulips will be in NYC next week for a few shows as part of their current tour: The Studio at Webster Hall on June 2 with Beechwood; Glasslands on June 3 with Gym Shorts and Habibi; and Cake Shop on June 4 with Roya and Las Rosas. Tomorrows Tulips' most recent album is last year's quite good Experimental Jelly (on Burger) which if you haven't heard, you can stream a track below.

All Memories and Tomorrows Tulips dates are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "The Memories touring w/ The Lemons & Street Gnar; Tomorrows Tulips touring too (dates & streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Cretin Stompers

It took a while but Cretin Stompers -- featuring members of Wavves/Reatards, Barbaras and Big Muff Radio -- are finally set to release their debut album, Looking Forward To Being Attacked, next week (5/13) via HoZac. Under the haze of lo-fi production lie a bunch of very catchy tunes, some on the punky side, some on the glammy powerpop side. You can stream five songs from the album below.

The band will celebrate its release this Friday (5/9) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The show, curated by the folks at 1.21 Gigawatts, also features Habibi, Heaven's Gate and Dances. The band will have the album at the merch table for early purchase. Like all BKNB shows, this is free. Flyer below.

On Saturday night (5/10) at The Flat, there is a show with Lodro, Honduras, Baby Acid and a "Secret Headliner" that's billed as "mems of Jay Reatard/Wavves." We don't know for sure who that is but...draw your own conclusions. The night also features DJ sets from Tamaryn and Cassie Ramone. More info here.

Flyers for both shows, plus Cretin Stompers song streams, below...

Continue reading "Cretin Stompers releasing debut LP (streams), playing NYC this weekend w/ Habibi, Heaven's Gate & more"

king gizzard

One of the most pricey RSD14 eBay turnarounds was a 12" by Australian psych band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. A copy of their trippy picture-disc "Head On/Pill" single, of which only 300 were made, went for nearly $400. (The band weren't happy about it.) There are copies going for less currently, however. You can stream it for free below.

The 16-minute song comes from Float Along - Fill Your Lungs, one of two records King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released in 2013. The other was Eyes Like The Sky, a narrated concept album set during the American Civil War. If you like Brian Jonestown Massacre / Black Angels style garage-pysch, this seven-strong band do it well. Check out some songs and videos below.

The band are coming over to North American for Austin Psych Fest and will be touring afterwards, finishing up here in NYC with shows at Baby's All Right on May 16 & 17. The 5/16 show is with Mystery Lights, and Froth; and the 5/17 show is with Habibi, Fletcher C. Johnson, and Juniper Rising. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "Aussie band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard touring after Austin Psych Fest, including 2 NYC shows (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis


You may remember San Francisco band The Splinters from a few years back, who toured with JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream. Splinters splintered, and Caroline from the band ended up sticking around NYC, playing in Habibi and The Numerators. Now three-fourths of The Splinters (Caroline, plus Courtney, and Lauren) are back together (with Kyle from BRONKO on drums) as Scully, who formed at the start of this year and now have a couple of shows under their belt. Their sound is not too far from The Splinters -- garagey, punky pop -- and, also like that band, they've got good songs as the backbone. You can stream a demo of "Deny" below.

Folks in NYC can catch Scully live tonight (4/3) at Death by Audio where they'll open for Tweens and Shellshag. Bennio Qwerty are also on the bill and it's $10 at the door. Flyer for the show is below...

Continue reading "Scully (mems Splinters / Habibi) opening for Tweens and Shellshag at DbA tonight (stream a track)"

by Bill Pearis


Fullerton, CA's Cosmonauts made it through SXSW and last weekend's Burgerama fest insanity in the OC, and are not about to rest. The band are already on a massive tour that will take them through North America and then onto Europe over the next few months. That tour includes an East Coast run with fellow Californians Black Sea. NYC gets two stops: April 2 at Death By Audio with their Burger labelmates Habibi, and LODRO; and then April 3 at Mercury Lounge with BOYTOY. No advances tickets for DbA but Mercury Lounge is on sale.

If you haven't checked them out, Cosmonauts make jangly psych that, when I saw them at SXSW, seemed to be pulling a bit from late-'80s/early-'90s Madchester scene too. You can stream last year's Persona Non Grata below.

As for Black Sea, they make a gloomier brand of psych, maybe a bit more like the Brian Jonestown Massacre or Crystal Stilts. You can stream their 2012 album, Keep Smiling, below too.

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

Continue reading "Cosmonauts touring with Black Sea, playing two NYC shows (dates, streams)"


After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).

UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.

Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.

Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...

Continue reading "Burger Revolution 2014 happening this weekend with shows around the world (2 in NYC) ++ Burger @ SXSW "

by Bill Pearis

Habibi @ Bowery Ballroom in November (more by Dylan Johnson)

Habibi's self-titled debut album is due out January 28 via Burger Records. (Fans of limited edition colored vinyl, it's up for pre-order.) You can stream "Let Me In" from it below and is a good example of their appealing, post-punky take on girl group sounds.

The band will be playing a record release show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on January 29 with Hector's Pets, Mystery Lights and Jonathan Toubin on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale. Flyer for the show is below.

No other tour dates right now, but Habibi will be at SXSW in March so expect a tour around that. Stay tuned. Song stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Habibi ready debut LP for Burger (stream a track), playing Brooklyn record release party and SXSW"


The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces third round of showcasing artists"

Yellow Dogs

In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.

Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...

Continue reading "Yellow Dogs memorial/benefit happening at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday w/ Nada Surf, Luke Temple, James Chance & more"

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Bree Roberts

Black Lips
Black Lips

Black Lips, and their documentary, are on tour, and the band played a show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Monday November 4th with Subsonics and Weird Womb, before hitting up Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday 5th November with Tweens and Habibi. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post, but I was at the one in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn punks Weird Womb opened the show. They amused the crowd with their self-deprecating humor and between song quips, "Lets do Four Loko and Five Hour Energy drinks- it's a Four By Five!", but singer Dakota seemed mostly keen to just get off stage. This made more sense later, as I learned the guitarist had no voice and should have been at home drinking lemon tea.

Described as "the best band in Atlanta" by the Black Lips-and chosen for this show and others on the tour by the band specifically for that reason- Subsonics, who remind me a little of the always awesome 'The Gories', came out like a surf punk garage noir dream, and rocked it out for their whole set. My personal favorite band for the night, Subsonics killed it with songs from their new release 'In The Black Spot' (Slovenly Recordings)- 'Too Damaged' rocked, as did the older hit "Frankenstein". Singer Clay Reed was definitely channeling the late Lou Reed a little tonight with his vocals and stance, and the crowd was more than receptive. Subsonics have been around since the early 90s and hopefully with more exposure will gain the recognition they so clearly deserve.

The venue packed to capacity as the Black Lips came on stage. The last time I saw them was Halloween 2011 at Webster Hall with Puerto Rican rockers Davila 666- who are no longer active. I don't remember much of that shit show, because I was wasted like most of everyone else I know that was in attendance (including the bands) - but from what I recall- they played technically better tonight. 'Dirty Hands' was a bright light sing along for the entire room, and 'Bad Kids' will always be a crowd surfing highlight. Even the fluffy haired, leopard print fur coated Bebe Buell copycat groupies that were endlessly pushing in front of me knew the lyrics to that one. The only criticism with Black Lips is that they keep getting better, smoother, more shiny- less Black Lips! The stage antics they built their reputation on are over. Black Lips are all grown up now, ironically on Vice Records, and in case you didn't notice- Vice is all grown up now too. The old school antics are gone. They're Beastie Boys gone from talking about your Right To Party to talking about Buddhism. I'm not hating, everyone needs to pay their bills. As a reviewer though; it does make for a less interesting show. Nobody got their dick out, nobody pee-ed, it was post-garage punk by numbers; delightfully inoffensive rocknroll. Very "nice"- your mom would have loved it. I quite liked it too.

More pictures from the Bowery show, wild crowd included, below...

Continue reading "Black Lips played Manhattan with Tweens & Habibi (pics), Brooklyn with Subsonics & Weird Womb (review)"

by Bill Pearis

Black Lips

The Black Lips are about to start their East Coast tour which includes two NYC stops: Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 4 with Subsonics and Weird Womb, and Bowery Ballroom on November 5 with Tweens and Habibi. They're also playing NJ's Asbury Lanes on November 3 with Subsonics. Tickets those shows are still available. All upcoming dates are listed below.

In addition to their live shows, Black Lips will also be presenting the film Kids Like You & Me, which documents their 2012 tour of the Middle East a trek that took two years of planning and incurred no shortage of figurative and literal roadblocks. You can watch the trailer below. In NYC the film screens on November 4 at Nitehawk Cinemas at 7:30 PM (tickets) and on November 5 it screens at the Village East at 7 PM (tickets). All screening dates are in a flyer below.

Meanwhile, Black Lips good pals King Khan and the Shrines play a big gig tonight (10/30) at Webster Hall. These guys always put on a wild show and add in that it's Devil's Night and who knows what mischief they'll get into. HELL SHOVEL open the show, with DJ sets from Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are still available. If you haven't heard KK&tS' new album, it's terrific and can be streamed in full over at Merge's site.

And related, ATL garage rockers Carnivores (also pals of the Black Lips) are playing a NYC Halloween show at Shea Stadium where, in addition to their own stuff, they'll do a set as The B-52s. Other "costume" sets include Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground, which they announced well before Lou Reed's passing) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). $8 at the door ($10 without a costume).

Black Lips tour dates are listed, along with the film trailer and screening dates flyer, below...

Continue reading "Black Lips touring, screening Middle East tour doc (dates, trailer); King Khan & Carnivores playing NYC shows this week"

photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis

The Growlers / Gap Dream / Together Pangea @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013

The Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars rolled through NYC last weekend, stopping at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5) for a sold out show. While The Growlers were the official headliners, Burger Records itself seemed to be the star of the show and seem to be a lifestyle choice as much as a label or record store, promoting good time OC party vibes throughout the night. Apart from the headliners, most bands' sets were short and the sceney crowd seemed to be there for everybody.

The highlight of the evening for me was Gap Dream, aka Ohioan Gabe Fulvimar who moved to Burger HQ in Fullerton, CA to make his new album, Shine Your Light. (Like, literally. He moved into a storage room in Burger's warehouse.) The new album (which is great) is synth-and-drum-machine heavy and the live band, just guitar-bass-keys, reflected this. Normally no live drummer is an immediate strike against the band in my book, but Gabe's onstage charisma won me over almost immediately. Looking like he stepped straight out of WKRP in Cincinatti, Gabe is a confident charmer and the word "superstar" definitely popped into my head watching him work the crowd.

The rest of the show was a little more trad garage styles, ranging from party punk (White Fang and Together Pangea whose wild set security was maybe not expecting), '60s Phil Spector pop (Habibi, whose line-up has changed significantly since I last saw them), psych-pop (Cosmonauts), and Colleen Green's winning solo set that came early in the night. The Growlers' crunchy party rock finished off the night. My only real disappointments of the night were that A) Gap Dream didn't play just a little longer and B) they sold out of Burger Records t-shirts early in the night.

More pics from Burgerama at Bowery (minus openers Habibi, who our photographer missed) below...

Continue reading "Burgerama @ Bowery Ballroom pics: The Growlers, Gap Dream, Together Pangea & more"

DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Dum Dum Girls

It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.

Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.

Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).

Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls working on third album, playing NYC and LA in January; SISU will be here for CMJ (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Colleen Green

As mentioned, The Growlers are headlining the "Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars Tour"  which hits NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Together Pangea. The line-up has expanded since our first posting, and now also includes Brooklyn's Habibi, Portland scuzz-pop inhalers White Fang and LA's charming bedroom pop songwriter, Colleen Green. Tickets are still available.

Before that show, some of those bands -- Colleen Green and White Fang -- will play Death By Audio on October 2 with The Memories (who also play select Burgerama dates) and Hector's Pets also on the bill.

Speaking of the label and the venue, Burger is presenting a show at Death by Audio on October 18 with Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop and Dirty Fences. That's during CMJ but it's not an official show. It is, however, FREE.

All Burgerama and Colleen Green dates are listed, along with a Colleen Green video and White Fang stream, below.

Continue reading "Colleen Green & White Fang added to Burgerama tour, also playing DbA (where there's a free Burger CMJ show)"

Anthrax at Wellmont Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

today in NYC
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* Jamie Saft @ The Stone
* Furthur @ Capitol Theatre
* Kingston Yard @ The Stone
* Junior Brown, Sturgill Simpson @ City Winery
* Dead Milkmen, The Brooklyn What @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gracie & Rachel, Money and King, Luray @ Cameo Gallery
* Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail @ Irving Plaza
* Brother Reverend, Reputante, Divining, No Kill @ Glasslands
* Raven, A Sound of Thunder, Holy Grail, Brohammer @ Saint Vitus
* Big Neck Police, Bluffing, The Gradients, Large Lady @ Silent Barn
* Colleen Green, Habibi, Pop Zeus, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* The Nowadays, Tommy Kodak & The Loaders, Viking @ Cake Shop
* Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, Todd Barry, Calez @ Knitting Factory
* Dusty Brown, Life In A Blender, Sarah Donner @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Sadat X, Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian), ArtiFacts, DITC Crew @ S.O.B.'s
* Aspects of War, Bad Noids, Violent Reaction, Slugz, Anasazi @ Saint Vitus
* Vulture Shit, Clean Girls, Old Monk, Low Fat Getting High @ Bowery Electric
* Drowners, Summer People, The Can't Tells, Rewards @ Brooklyn Bowl (DJ)
* O'Death, Big Wilson River, Nude Dudes, Thomas Wesley Stern @ Mexicali Live
* The BlkHands, Skyzoo, Skyway, Ragnarok, Doc Casion @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Crazy Spirit, Green Beret, Hound of Hate, Extoplasm, Altered Boys, Nomad @ 285 Kent
* After The Burials, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, City in The Sea @ Santos Party House
* En Nihil, The [law-rah] Collective, Iron Forest, A Murder of Angels, Kama Rupa, Lussuria, Jane Vixen (DJ), Theologian Prime (DJ) @ Public Assembly

There's some pretty great local support at tonight's Colleen Green show at Death by Audio coming from Habibi, Pop Zeus, and Juniper Rising. Admission is $7 at the door.

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Hope everyone had a great Record Store Day yesterday. As always, many of the previously unreleased tracks that came out yesterday have wound up on the internet. Check out streams of MGMT's new single, "Alien Days," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away b-side, "Animal X," Chelsea Wolfe's "Fight Like Gods" from her split with King Dude, Nicolas Jaar's remix of Grizzly Bear's "Sleeping Ute," and the video for Garbage and Screaming Females' Patti Smith cover below.

As mentioned, Pharrell was promising something "extra special" for his House of Vans show on Friday (4/19), and though Daft Punk didn't show up, he did play his new collaborative single with the duo, "Get Lucky." Three times. Check out a video of that below (via CoS).

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"

Photos by Greg Cristman

Redd Kross @ Santos 4/6/2013

"It felt a little bit like, who knows if anybody is going to care about a new Redd Kross record. We had no idea," says Steve McDonald. "We were just doing it because we thought it was great and we had to get it out of our systems."

They needn't have worried. The album is indeed great. Direct and timeless, with a healthy dose of Beatlesque harmonies, it's everything Redd Kross does best.

And now the band is about to embark on its first full tour in 15 years. They're back in the van and back in the clubs. On Sunday, they come to Kung Fu Necktie, which should be a great place to witness Redd Kross' jangly, punchy rock-and-roll.

"We kind of have no idea how it's going to go," Steve McDonald says. "We're going to take a swan dive into it. It really is back to the station wagon for us, which was how we first came to Philadelphia in 1985." - [Philly.com]

Veteran LA powerpop band Redd Kross stopped in NYC this past weekend on their current North American tour, playing Santos on Saturday (4/6) with Habibi. More pictures from Santos, plus video of Redd Kross performing their classic "Peach Kelli Pop," below...

Continue reading "Redd Kross played Santos with Habibi (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Thermals at 285 Kent - 3/7/13
The Thermals
The Thermals

While it was some kind of wintry mix outside, things got pretty hot and sweaty in the packed 285 Kent last night (3/7), where The Thermals were playing a BrooklynVegan-presented show with Hilly Eye and Habibi. And if you don't believe me, just ask Hutch from The Thermals, who stripped down to his underwear to deal with the heat. The band also remained in great spirits after breaking a kick drum one song into the set, rocked the whole time, and high-fived the moshing crowd at the end of their set. It was all pretty inspiring to see in a DIY club from a band ten years into their career.

Because of the ten year anniversary of their first album, More Parts Per Million, they played almost the entirety of the album, ripping through its many highlights like "It's Trivia," "Back to Gray," "A Passing Feeling," "Brace and Break," and of course, "No Culture Icons." And on top of that, they also took the time to preview almost the entirety of their upcoming album, Desperate Ground, which will be out on April 16 via their new home, Saddle Creek. The band have already revealed the album's single, "Born to Kill," (which they played last night), and if you liked that song (or any other Thermals song for that matter), you'll like this new stuff too. It's the classic Thermals formula and just as urgent as the rest of their catalog. They also worked in a few cuts off The Body, The Blood, The Machine, which had the crowd going pretty wild, especially during "Returning To The Fold" and "Here's Your Future."

The Thermals continue on tour, hitting the NYC area again on Saturday (3/9) at Maxwell's with TEEN and Monday (3/11) at Ace Hotel for their '5 at 5' series (bands play 5 songs at 5 PM, and it's free). They'll also be in Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party with The Polyphonic Spree, Akron/Family, Diamond Rings, KEN Mode, Pallbearer and more.

More pictures, the setlist, and videos (via (((unartig)))) from 285 Kent below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played really old and really new songs at 285 Kent with Hilly Eye and Habibi (pics, videos, setlist)"

The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Thermals

As mentioned, scrappy pop punks The Thermals will release their sixth album, and first for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, on April 16. The band just revealed their first taste of the new album with "Born to Kill," a quick, unrelenting ripper that benefits from John Agnello's thick, raw-but-clear production. You can watch a lyric video for the track and download it exchange for your email address below (via SPIN).

As mentioned, The Thermals will be touring this year and hitting the NYC area for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi and Hilly Eye (tickets) and March 9 at Maxwell's with TEEN (tickets).

Song stream below...

Continue reading "The Thermals reveal new song, "Born to Kill" (download)"

by Bill Pearis

Bleeding Rainbow at Fred Perry Artist Lounge, CMJ 2012 (more by Diana Wong)

Bleeding Rainbow's new album, Yeah Right, is out next week. If you liked their single "Wasting Time" you'll probably really dig the new album which is full of hooky, noise-and-harmony filled guitar pop. Pitchfork is streaming the album in full despite giving the album a middling review. (The band and P4k writer Steve Hyden got in a bit of a Twitter spat over it.) Personally, I like it a lot.

The band are going on a short run of dates next month in support of the new album, including two shows in NYC: February 11 at Cake Shop (openers TBA) and February 12 at Glasslands with Habibi, Census and Spires. No advance tickets for Cake Shop but Glasslands tickets are on sale now.

All Bleeding Rainbow tour dates below...

Continue reading "Bleeding Rainbow streaming new LP, playing shows (dates)"

The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Thermals

It's been ten years since The Thermals released their great, scrappy debut, More Parts Per Million, and as mentioned, their sixth album will come out at some point this year. No release date or title has been announced for that yet, but the band did reveal that they'll reissue their first three albums (aka the three albums that came out on Sub Pop) on March 5 on vinyl. Those albums, in addition to More Parts Per Million, include Fuckin' A and The Body, The Blood, The Machine, plus the rare "No Culture Icons" 7".

The Thermals will also be touring this way to SXSW this March, and on the way they'll play two NYC areas. We at BrooklynVegan are proudly presenting the Brooklyn show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi, and tickets for that show are on sale now. The band will also play a Hoboken show at Maxwell's on March 9 and tickets for that one go on sale today (1/24) at noon.

A list of all dates and the classic video for "No Culture Icons" below...

Continue reading "The Thermals reissuing their Sub Pop albums, playing shows, including 285 Kent in Brooklyn (BV Presents!) -- 2013 dates"

by Bill Pearis

Chickfactor #17 with Grass Widow on the cover
Grass Widown Chickfactor

Despite Hurricane Sandy playing havoc with area airports, San Francisco trio Grass Widow are here and kick off an Easterly North American tour tonight (11/2) in NYC at 285 Kent with Royal Baths and Habibi also on the bill. $10 gets you in at the door. The band were last here for the Northside fest back in June. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Grass Widow are the cover stars for all-lower-case "legendary indie nerd bible" chickfactor's first new issue in over ten years. The issue will also features interviews with Sharon Van Etten, Black Tamborine, Frankie Rose, and many more. You can pre-order the issue via Kickstarter now and get cool extras if you care to pledge extra, or just pick it up at Other Music or other locations when it comes out later this year.

Grass Widow also recently recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here and their new album, Internal Logic, is highly recommended too. You can watch the video for the album's "Goldilocks Zone" below.

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Naomi Punk
Naomi Punk

Olympia, WA trio Naomi Punk, who recently signed to Captured Tracks and rereleased their debut, The Feeling, on the label in October digitally and on CD (it's out 11/20 on vinyl), will be playing some shows in November leading up to the vinyl release of their album. Two of those shows happen in NYC on November 16 at 285 Kent with G Green, Parquet Courts, and Psychic Blood; and November 17 at Cake Shop with Habibi, The Mallard, and Noons. All Naomi Punk dates are listed below.

For Brooklyn's Habibi and San Francisco's The Mallard, the Cake Shop show is part of a November tour they'll be on together which also hits Death by Audio on November 18. All dates on this tour are listed below.

As for Parquet Courts, they just wrapped up a bunch of NYC shows in October, and this 285 Kent show appears to be their only upcoming scheduled date at the moment. If you're headed to that show, it's worth getting there early to catch their set.

Lists of all dates, some song streams and videos are below.

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