Entries tagged with: Heavenly Beat
by Bill Pearis
Heavenly Beat, aka onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Peña, will release his fourth album, titled Designer, later this year and has just shared it's first single, "Intent." Where the first three HB albums (including 2013's great Prominence) all hewed to the same basic formula -- nylon-string acoustic, steel drums, crisp drum machine sounds, hushed vocals -- he's switching things up this time. It's still near Ibiza, but it's a new set of instruments. It's a promising first taste and you can listen below.
by Bill Pearis
British Columbia's Teen Daze has come along way since the chillwave days of so long ago (2010). His new album, Morning World (his first in three years), was made with producer John Vanderslice in less than two weeks with nary a synthesizer in earshot. Still blissful, but definitely a different approach. You can stream a couple songs, and the whole album via Rdio, below.
Teen Daze will be on tour this fall with Heavenly Beat, including a stop at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on October 9 with Mister Lies on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
After two albums on Captured Tracks, John Peña self-released Euchraist, his third album as Heavenly Beat, late last year. The record, which he calls the final segment of his "Prelude To Greatness" trilogy, doesn't stray from the Heavenly Beat formula: nylon-string and slide guitar, steel drums, pizzicato strings, hushed vocals and simple, funky beats. (Kings of Convenience covering New Order's Technique? It's kinda like that.) Eucharist is maybe a little too much like Prominence (one of my favorites of 2013), but it's still a breezy, enjoyable listen and you can stream the whole thing below.
Heavenly Beat is in Columbus, OH tonight, the kickoff show for a February tour that takes them to the West Coast and back. There are no NYC dates for this tour (dates below), but Heavenly Beat will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 14, opening for Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers. Foxes in Fiction also play and, like most BKNB shows, it's free but you can RSVP to skip the line.
That show is the day after Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' show at Mercury Lounge (3/13) with Ski Lodge (tickets). Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' tour has added other dates too, and all are listed below.
Now in its fifth year, the Savannah Stopover has established itself as a smaller, genteel alternative to SXSW, happening March 5 - 7 in Savannah, GA right before Austin's megafest, featuring bands on their way there. This year's full lineup was just announced and includes Generationals, San Fermin, Matthew E White, Diarrhea Planet, Southern Culture On The Skids, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Gap Dream and 100+ more. Shows happen at various venues in Savannah's Downtown Historic District, and festival passes are $65.
Full 2015 Savannah Stopover line-up is listed below...
Like in past years, Georgia's Savannah Stopover will go down shortly before SXSW, and will likely have a good amount of overlap. The 2015 edition is their 5th anniversary and happens March 5-7. The initial lineup was announced today and includes Generationals, Diarrhea Planet, Matthew E. White, San Fermin, Heavenly Beat, All Them Witches, Fat Tony, Gap Dream, Beach Day, Axxa/Abraxas, What Moon Things, Ryley Walker and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full phase one lineup and a playlist with those artists below...
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
Three bands from Captured Tracks' roster -- Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas -- will be hitting the road together this fall. The tour kicks off with two nights at NYC's Baby's All Right on September 26 & 27. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Axxa/Abraxas (aka Atlanta musician Ben Asbury) released his debut this year, and both Beach Fossils and Heavenly Beat (which is former BF bassist John Peña) are working on new records currently.
Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur's other band Laced (which also includes Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau) play Baby's on Wednesday (7/16) with Warehouse and Bueno. Tickets for that show are still available.
All tour dates are listed below...
Infest in Miami in 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Infest, Magrudergrind, Hounds Of Hate, Chain Rank @ The Acheron
Powerviolence pioneers Infest recently reformed after a 22-year hiatus, and now they're playing their first-ever NYC shows this week. Tonight's the first and features a killer bill all around. If you're even thinking about hitting one of these, do it. They'll be nuts.
Crystal Stilts, Christines, Honey @ Baby's All Right
Crystal Stilts' new single "Delirium Tremendous" is the best thing they've done in ages, adding a little flower-power to their usually overcast psych. Christines should appeal to shoegaze fans, sounding a little like Swervedriver.
The Stationary Set, Slonk Donkerson, Pampers, Swamp Boots @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's a mixed bag of local acts featuring the catchy alt-rock of Slonk Donkerson and the "thug pop" of Pampers. Free.
Obnox, Liquor Store, Hubble, Cyanide Tooth @ Death by Audio
Obnox is one of the many projects of Cleveland punk musician Lamont Thomas, but while he usually drums, for this one he takes the lead and brings elements of soul, R&B, hip hop and more into it too. Solid locals on the bill tonight as well.
Jello Biafra and The Guantanomo School of Medicine, Negative Approach, All Torn Up @ Highline Ballroom
Jello Biafra may not be with the Dead Kennedys anymore, but he's still making smart/smartass political punk with his current band The Guantanamo School of Medicine. Tonight they're joined by another group of '80s-era punks, Negative Approach.
A$AP Ferg, Flatbush Zombies, Bodega Bamz, Po Johnson, DJ Zeke Thomas @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's an excellent lineup of local rap at MHOW tonight with the darkest A$AP Mob member, A$AP Ferg, the druggy Flatbush Zombies, and the hard-edged Bodega Bamz.
Shovels and Rope, Valerie June, Shakey Graves @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Celebrate Brooklyn! gets folky tonight with this free show headlined by South Carolina duo Shovels & Rope. Openers Valerie June and Shakey Graves are notable in their own right, making this a lovely Friday option under the stars.
Dave Chappelle @ Radio City Music Hall
Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in a big way, doing a whopping nine 10 nights at Radio City Music Hall. He's had musical guests the last few nights but tonight he's listed solo. Kanye did turn up unannounced last week, so you never know...
White Hinterland, Heavenly Beat, The Henry Millers @ Rough Trade
White Hinterland, aka Casey Dienel, makes pop with dash of R&B as can be heard on her new album, Baby. Opening are Heavenly Beat whose most recent album, Provenance, was a breezy treat (though they've never been able to quite translate it to a live show, not yet at least).
Mournful Congregation, Imprecation, Bergime Exemlous, Holocaustum, Geryon @ Saint Vitus
Martyrdoom III, the third annual five-day metal festival at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, begins today with Australian funeral doom masters Mournful Congregation headlining.
Frankie Cosmos, Painted Zeros, Bethlehem Steel, T-Rextasy @ Shea Stadium
NYC singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos makes a solid mix of Beat Happening-style twee and Moldy Peaches-style anti-folk on this year's Zentropy.
Tonstartssbandht, Blues Control, PC Worship @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn-via-Florida-by-way-of-Montreal duo Tonstartssbandht just released their new double album, Overseas, via Arbutus (aka Grimes' label) and tonight's the record release show.
Drive-By Truckers, The Hold Steady @ Stone Pony
The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers both recently released new albums, and both will be on their own tours this summer. Their paths intersect for two co-headlining NY-area shows, this being the first.
Endless Boogie, The Young, VBA @ Union Pool
Most notably this is the pre-release show for The Young's new long player, Chrome Cactus, which is a punked up psychedelic ripper that drops this August. They'll be joined by the groovy Endless Boogie and hard rocking psych trio VBA.
Del Close Marathon
It's Upright Citizens Brigade's annual three-day fest with over 420 comedy performances. A $30 wristband gets you into as many as you can muster.
Latyrx (Lateef + Lyrics Born), Fort Knox Five @ Brooklyn Bowl
Veteran alt-rap duo Latyrx released their long-awaited followup to their 1997 debut last year and now they're playing shows in support of it.
Pinata Protest, Kuenta i Tambu, Helado Negro, SLV @ South Street Seaport
The free River to River festival continues today with a Latin American/Caribbean showcase.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Good news / bad news, Mary Onettes fans. First, the good. The Swedish band's new mini-LP, Portico, is out next week (3/4) and is a lovely piece of ethereal (but not chillwave) dreampop. You can stream it right now (via V Magazine) in this post.
Here's the bad: The Mary Onettes' North American tour was to have started this weekend but will not make their the Alston, MA (3/5 at Great Scott) and Brooklyn (3/7 at Glasslands) dates. No word on the other dates of the short tour as of yet. In both those cases, tourmates Heavenly Beat are still playing and the Glasslands show is now being headlined by Tei Shi (who originally was going to play the venue on 3/2). Atlanter is also on the Glasslands bill and tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: Due to visa issues, the tour is canceled. However, they are still able to play their offical SXSW showcases and will do so. Mini-LP stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Having released Hit the Waves less than a year ago, Jönköping, Sweden's The Mary Onettes return with a new mini-album, titled Portico, which will be out later this year on their longtime home of Labrador Records. You can check out the synth-drenched, typically catchy "Silence is a Gun" which makes its premiere in this post.
The Mary Onettes will be over for SXSW and will tour around their appearance there, including the Savannah Stopover and a visit to NYC: March 7 at Glasslands with openers Heavenly Beat. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Speaking of, Heavenly Beat (who are from Brooklyn but sound Swedish and made one of my favorite albums of 2013) play tonight (1/24) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with French Horn Rebellion, Rush Midnight, and Pizza Underground. That show is free.
Mary Onettes tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
If you were wondering, The Pizza Underground's 15 minutes are not up yet. The novelty tribute act -- which counts MaCaulay Culkin as a member -- who played a free show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right back in December, have a couple more NYC shows coming up. On January 23 they'll perform at the MOSCOT store on the Lower East Side and while RSVP's are full for that event, you can still see them the next day (1/24) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an otherwise dancey lineup of French Horn Rebellion, Rush Midnight, Heavenly Beat and Seasick Mama. That show is free.
After that the Pizza Underground are playing a few other East Coast dates in January, and then are actually going on tour in March surrounding a visit to SXSW. They'll finish that trek back here in Brooklyn for a show at Baby's All Right on March 22 with Total Slacker and Toby Goodshank. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Pizza Underground dates are listed, along with their demo medley, below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.
Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).
Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.
Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.
And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.
Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...
APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.
Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).
That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been seven long years since Brooklyn/Detroit/Chicago dreampop band, Mahogany released their terrific Connectivity, one of the '00s more underrated albums. Mind you, it took them six years to make that one, so maybe they're just on a normal schedule. The band (currently Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm) came out of cryo-sleep this year with a new single, "Phase Break," another perfect block in Mahogany's pristine wall of sound. You can stream it below. The track is from the band's new album which will be released "as soon as we can."
In the meantime, Mahogany have been playing shows again. Did anyone catch them at CMJ? They've got two NYC shows lined up next month. They'll play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on November 2, on a bill with Frankie Rose, Monogold and Heavenly Beat. Then they'll headline Glasslands on November 11 with The Bright Silence, Metalleg, and Men and Whales. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the "Phase Break" stream and the video for their 2006 single "Supervitesse," below...
by Andrew Sacher
On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.
Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.
As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.
Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.
And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.
On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.
Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.
Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).
All mentioned streams and few others below...
by Bill Pearis
Onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Pena will release Prominence, his second album as Heavenly Beat, next week (10/15) via Captured Tracks. Much like his first record, with lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats and whispered vocals, Prominence could pass for genuine turn-of-the-millenium Scandinavian indiepop (think Kings of Convenience or The Embassy). The production and arrangements are better this time, however, and make for an enjoyably featherlight listen. I like it a lot. You can stream the LP's single, "Complete," below and listen to the whole album over at EW.
Being based here in Brooklyn, it should come as no surprise that Heavenly Beat (which is a full band, live) will be playing some shows at CMJ. He'll play the Cascine showcase on Thursday (10/17) at Cameo (9:40 PM) which also features Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Rush Midnight and North Americans (tickets). They'll also play Friday (10/18) at Fontanas as part of a bill that includes Ice Choir, Cities Aviv, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Calvin Love, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort and Bright Future. Those are both pretty well-curated line-ups, and chances are if you like Heavenly Beat you'll have interest in a number of the other bands.
Heavenly Beat will also play a free day show at Spike Hill on October 19 with Dead Leaf Echo, Heliotropes, United Ghosts, and Black Books. And if you want to see them outside of CMJ, HB play Glasslands on October 24 with Color Film and Crush Distance (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with a couple Prominence track streams, below...
Sleigh Bells @ T5, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Andrew WK w/ Marky Ramone's Blitzkreig @ Santos (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts continues. Tonight's options includes Kim Gordon's talk with author Alex Halberstadt (and a performance by Body/Head), and "An Evening with Funny or Die." While most events are sold out, a few tickets are always available before the show. Get there early and try your luck.
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
Attention vinyl-lovers: get up close and personal with most of NYC's indie labels and record stores and this always-fun biannual event. There's exclusives, cool merch (DFA espresso cups?), and Minimal Wave cupcakes.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Andrew W.K. (special vocal guest), FIGO @ Irving Plaza
Well it's not the Ramones (or even the Romones), but the band's longtime drummer Marky is playing their classic tunes with party aficionado Andrew WK on vocals, so it's gonna be a fun time nonetheless.
Sleigh Bells @ Le Poisson Rouge
It's a record release show for Sleigh Bells' third album, which is out on Tuesday. No suprise this relatively tiny show is sold out but you can still get tickets to see them at Terminal 5 in November.
Potty Mouth, Perfect Pussy, LORDO, Tweens @ 285 Kent Avenue
All four bands on this bill are pretty great. Potty Mouth make punk-inspired indie rock and tonight's the album release party for their debut LP, Hell Bent. Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy will probably make for the most intense set of the night, while the bluesy LODRO and garagey Tweens will keep things on a more (but not too) lighthearted side.
Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, Henry Krinkle, DKDS @ 88 Palace
Vancouver-via-Switzerland's Cyril Hahn is signed to PMR (Disclosure, Jessie Ware) and like many of his labelmates, his music skirts the line between addictive pop and inventive house. Opening is cloud rap-turning-pop producer Ryan Hemsworth.
The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, Habibi, White Fang, Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars featuring a whole bunch of bands on the cassette-loving Fullerton label. The show starts early with Colleen Green & White Fang on at 7:30 PM. If you're going -- the show's sold out -- you should get there early for them. We're also looking forward to seeing Gap Dream whose new album, Shine Your Light, is quite good.
Versus, Slothrust @ Knitting Factory
Versus were originally to have played this show tonight but are no longer on the bill -- The Skins now headline.
Lapalux, Natasha Kmeto, Alex Burkat @ Glasslands
Brainfeeder-signed producer UK Lapalux makes some pretty fine future garage, and finally got his debut LP out this year after a series of great EPs.
Teenanger @ NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Cy Barkley (& the way Outsiders), Teenanger, Pampers @ Death By Audio
Toronto's Teenanger make nitro-fueled punk that falls somewhere between The Ramones and The Buzzcocks. You can stream their new album, Singles Don't $ell, below. Tonight's DBA show is opened by awesome locals Pampers who you should definitely check out too, not to mention Nashville garage punks Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders.
Bill Orcutt, Jon Mueller @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with a solo acoustic set from blues guitarist Bill Orcutt and avant percussionist Jon Mueller.
Ex Cops, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat @ Mercury Lounge
Three good local bands and it's a free show. You need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app to do so.
Surfer Blood, Andy Boay, Team Spirit @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and are here playing MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow.
Lake, Pianos Movers, Chris Norda @ Shea Stadium
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.
Title TK, Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy, Hot Sugar @ Silent Barn
It's a record release party for Title TK, and things should get bumpin' when electronic musicians Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy and Hot Sugar take over.
Daughter, Bear's Den @ Terminal 5
Having come off a tour with The National, ethereal, folky UK band Daughter are here playing their biggest NYC show yet.
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ Webster Hall
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon and tonight's show is "Audience Request Night." Here's your chance to yell "Freebird."
Rufus, Sly Stone @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's a rare chance to catch funk/soul legend Sly Stone tonight when he opens for the also-renowned funk group Rufus.
Matana Roberts @ Jazz Gallery
Jazz saxist Matana Roberts defies the boundaries of her genre, bringing in elements of blues, spoken word, and more. Tonight she and her band play the Jazz Gallery.
The Smithereens @ Hackensack Street Fair
NJ college rock survivors play a free show today at 4 PM. "Blood and Roses" still sounds pretty good nearly 30 years later.
The Sun Ra Arkestra @ The Allen Room
Sun Ra may have passed on to a different plane, but his spirit lives on in the current edition of the Ra Arkestra, led by original member and saxophonist Marshall Allen. Added bonus: The Allen Room is easily one of the most spectacular rooms in NYC.
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Ex Cops, Heliotropes, and Heavenly Beat are playing a free show at Mercury Lounge on October 5. The only way to get in is by RSVPing with the Thrillcall app.
Sundowner (the acoustic punk project of Chris McCaughn of The Lawrence Arms) is playing Knitting Factory on November 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.
In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...
Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.
Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.
What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?
I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]
In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.
Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.
Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.
Small Black and Heavenly Beat are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. You can stream Small Black's new song, "No Stranger," from their upcoming album, Limits of Desire (due out 5/14 via Jagjaguwar) below.
Old Crow Medicine Show are playing The Capitol Theatre on June 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wheatus are playing Gramercy Theatre on August 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
And lastly, the newest ticket info on those Bob Dylan shows: Tickets for Jones Beach with Wilco and Beck, Pier A Park with Wilco and My Morning Jacket, and The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with Wilco and My Morning Jacket go on sale to the general public Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM. A bobdylan.com presale (password: "TENACIOUS") is still running for all three shows, and a Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale starts today at 10 AM for the Jones Beach show. Tickets for the Susquehanna Bank Center show with Wilco and My Morning Jacket are already on sale.
Small Black song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Imperial Topaz at The Stone - 2/3/13 (photo by Jen MacDonald)
Brooklyn ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz made their live debut in NYC at The Stone over the weekend (2/3). If you went, how was that? If you missed it, or want to see them again, you can catch them in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on March 8 with Small Black, ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat, and Beach Fossils DJs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Imperial Topaz has had a steady release of singles and an EP, and since we last spoke, they dropped another track, "Nightface," another shimmering art pop cut that works just well as their previous ones. You can stream that song below or download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
Song stream below...
Small Black at Brooklyn Museum in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Today we've posted year-end lists by Andy from Cake Shop, Mark Eitzel, and James from Veronica Falls. Now we've got one from Josh Kolenik of Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black giving us a rundown of 12 singles he loved in 2012.
Based on Small Black's own sound, it's got an unsurprising amount of indie pop, R&B, electronics, and Young Chop-produced hip hop. But he also sneaks in the inclusion of some vintage-sounding psych folk courtesy of Jessica Pratt. Check out his full list of songs, along with streams and/or videos for each track, below...