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Pharoah Sanders / Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

H2O, The Wilding Incident, UnWed @ Saint Vitus
NYHC/pop punk vets H2O are celebrating their 20th anniversary with four hometown shows at Saint Vitus this week, which will have them playing two albums in full at each show (though they aren't announcing which albums are which nights). This is the first.

Tigers Jaw, Lemuria, Somos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tigers Jaw returned last year with the Smiths-via-Brand New indie rocker Charmer, and they're currently on the road once again in support of it. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows with two other indie/punk bands, Lemuria and Somos.

Pharaoh Sanders @ Baby's All Right (two shows)
Saxophonist and jazz legend Pharoah Sanders is playing two very different shows tonight. The early show (7 PM) he'll be playing with the Pharoah Sanders Quartet, and then there's a 9 PM show with Endless Boogie, a reunited Jailbait and a DJ set from Graham Massey of 808 State.

Acid Mothers Temple, ST 37, Worthless @ Knitting Factory
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., the improvisational space rock variant of the Japanese psych-rock collective, recently reissued their 2006 album, Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?, on vinyl and are over touring in support.

Ministry, The Sixxis @ Irving Plaza
Ministry released From Beer to Eternity but didn't tour -- longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia died from an onstage heart attack which was not long after frontman Al Jourgensen had collapsed onstage in Paris. Al and Ministry are ready to get back out there with their signature metal/industrial cocktail.

Big Eyes, Pale Angels, Young Ladies, Such Hounds @ The Shop
This is a pretty great punk bill with hard-hitting power trio Big Eyes, Replacements/Gun Club-indebted Pale Angels, and Latterman/Discount-related Young Ladies.

Pokey LaFarge, Caroline Rose @ Bowery Ballroom
While plenty of folk bands dress like color TV hasn't been invented yet, Pokey LaFarge is intent on sounding like it. His new album, Something in the Water, came out last month on Rounder Records, and tonight's his first NYC show since its release.

Beneath Oblivion, Sea of Bones, Fin'amor @ The Acheron
Acheron hosts a night of doom tonight with Cincinnnati's Beneath Oblivion and local support from Sea of Bones and Fin'amor.

A Conversation with La Monte Young @ Red Bull Studios (RBMA)
La Monte Young, who's often credited as the first minimal composer and has been praised by Brian Eno, will give a talk today as part of the ongoing Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. According to the event description, "he'll chart a course through his career and present audio acoustical demonstrations of various phenomena including but not limited to the presentation of intervals, harmonics and ragas."

NRBQ, Live Ones @ Brooklyn Bowl
Terry Adams is the only remaining original member, but the "world's greatest bar band" still have a great catalog of under-appreciated pop gems to choose from.

Helado Negro @ The Kitchen
Part of The Kitchen's "Synth Nights" series, Helado Negro will premiere Private Energy a collection of new songs for computer, voice and other instruments.

Todd Rundgren @ Highline Ballroom
Hello, it's Todd: pop chameleon, record producer and general eccentric Rundgren plays his second night at Highline this week, with minimal accompaniment from Dâm-Funk and two backup singers. Will you see the light?

Terry Gross & Marc Maron @ BAM
BAM's weeklong RadioLoveFest is back, celebrating the art of audio broadcasting. Tonight is a conversation between comedian Marc Maron and NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross.

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

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SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.

Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn's Jerry Paper (aka Lucas Nathan) could almost have come straight of the Tim & Eric screen: defiantly weird, part hotel lounge act/Harry Nilsson/Brian Wilson with a little laptop R&B, and yet oddly appealing. (So Ariel Pink-ish? Kinda but not really.) His new album, Carousel, just came out today (3/31) via Bayonet and you can check out the strange album trailer and an Rdio stream of the whole album, below.

Jerry will be celebrating Carousel's released on Wednesday (4/1) at Silent Barn with Helado Negro, Trabajo, and Macula Dog. If you've never seen Jerry live, well, like his records, it's a little different. Tickets are on sale.

Jerry will also play the Bayonet Records Northside showcase at Rough Trade on June 12 with Frankie Cosmos, Warehouse and headliners Beach Fossils. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.

Video and streams below...

Continue reading "Jerry Paper celebrating new LP 'Carousel' at Silent Barn, playing Northside w/ Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos & more"

photos by David Andrako

Helado Negro @ thingNY @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/18/2015
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It was a whimsical, theatrical night at the Ecstatic Music Festival on Wednesday (2/18) when Helado Negro (aka Roberto Carlos Lange) teamed with collective thingNY at Merkin Concert Hall. For his piece, "Brain Finger Composition," Lange conducted / controlled musicians via tethered yarn. Meanwhile, thingNY gave a preview of their upcoming opera "This takes place close by." Pictures from the night are in this post and you can listen to the concert over at WNYC.

You can also check out pics of EMF's 2/12 show with John Zorn and Taleo Ensemble. Next up at Ecstatic Music Festival: Julia Holter, Alex Temple & Spektral Quartet on Wednesday (2/25). Tickets are still available.

Helado Negro will hit the road later this year as an opener on Sufjan Stevens' tour, but he's not announced for Sufjan's NYC dates (no one else is either). More pics from his show with thingNY, below...

Continue reading "Helado Negro & thingNY played the Ecstatic Music Festival (pics & stream)"

photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

NYC's annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns to the Merkin Concert Hall this year with various shows happening from February through April, following the two free concerts at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in January. As always, it includes collaborations between indie and classical artists, and this year's lineup features Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Helado Negro, Emily Wells, Bang on a Can All-Stars (premiering works by Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton and Ben Frost), and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup and schedule below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2015 schedule (Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Bang On A Can All-Stars & more)"

Trans-Pecos' El Camino Cafe (via @Ridgefood)
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Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave) has some updates for the fall, including that they've finally got their liquor license approved, the cafe is open, and the backyard is complete. Here's the details:

GOOD NEWS! Trans-Pecos' full liquor license is in process to be issued by the New York State Liquor Authority, and was recently approved by Queens Community Board 5. In the service of garnering our license, the venue must "go dry" for a period in September, beginning 9/13. During this time Trans-Pecos will refrain from selling alcohol, and cannot allow "BYOB" of any kind of alcoholic beverages. We thank our patrons in advance for cooperating with us in this regard during a handful of 'dry' shows. We will be selling non-alcoholic beverages during this time, including soda, water, and Club Mate, and we will be allowing our patrons to bring in outside non-alcoholic beverages, so long as they are not in alcoholic beverage containers. We our full liquor license to be issued in a matter of weeks, and we will be sending out an update as soon as celebrations are in order - THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

In the mean season, the EL CAMINO cafe is open! Currently the cafe is in "soft opening" status, open most days from noon until 8PM. The cafe will be expanding hours in the near future to include morning commute as well as during nightime events. Ridgewood-ites will be especially excited to gain a high quality, low-key coffee spot serving quality espresso drinks and light cafe fare - with ample seating indoors and out - plus high speed wifi - in the hood! The cafe is operated by Bradford Sill and Colin Crockett of Ft Greene's Red Lantern bike shop & cafe. Come on down.

Finally, the expansive Trans-Pecos back yard, which we have lovingly dubbed 'the urban blight beer garden' is finally complete! Replete with goergeous custom wood tables and stools, patio tiki lighting, and plant life, the Trans-Pecos back yard brings a legit low key spot to enjoy inexpensive libations in East Bushwick/Ridgewood while also taking in the finest off the radar musical offerings to be had in NYC. Get it.

They've also announced their roster of guest curators for the fall which includes Excepter, Matana Roberts, Wet Ink Musics, PC Worship, Ratking + Letter Racer, Terrible Records + Sick Feeling's Don Devore, In Context Music and a new film series curated by Jim McHugh (NYMPH) and Joe Denardo (Growing). These are in addition to their ongoing curators Todd P, The Bunker, Northern Spy and more (full list below).

Upcoming shows at the venue include tonight's (9/3) Aa, Zula, Baked and Bueno show, the Kevin Drumm / Jason Lescalleet collaborative show, the noise show with Bastard Noise and more, the Kayo Dot show, the Sacred Bones CMJ show and more.

A recent addition to the schedule is Mount Eerie on September 23, the day before he plays Le Poisson Rouge. Those shows are part of a tour where he'll be debuting material off his new album, Sauna, which is due out in 2015. Mecca Normal open both NYC shows.

All Mount Eerie dates are listed, with the full Trans Pecos schedule and more, below...

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Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
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From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:

Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.

The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.

This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.

24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!

As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.

Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.

The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.

Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.

The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.

Continue reading "Swans/Michael Gira curating 3-day program in Netherlands; Savages & Bo Ningen collaborating +++ 24 NON-STOP HOURS OF DRONE"

Sinkane at William Onyeabor tribute (more by Chris La Putt)
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It's finally summer which means there's no lack of free outdoor live music in NYC, and here's yet another option. The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series running from August 2 - September 20 at 43-15 Crescent Street with music every Saturday from 3-9 PM and film every Thursday from 6-10 PM. The music lineup includes shows from Sinkane, Small Black, Kevin Morby, Hollis Brown, Jonny Fritz (formerly Jonny Corndawg), Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and more. Full schedule below.

Sinkane, who's due for a new album, also has a fall tour with Helado Negro coming up that includes a NYC show happening October 5 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After the tour, he plays another NYC show on November 2 at SOB's. No other artists billed for that show yet. Tickets are on sale. All of his dates are listed below.

Sinkane's Long Island City show is with Blue Note-signed jazz musician Takuya Kuroda, who among other things has collaborated with Jose James. Takuya also plays a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on July 26 with Gabriel Garzón Montano. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Watch a video of him below.

Speaking of all-day Saturday music series in Long Island City, Warm Up at MoMA PS1 kicked off this past weekend (6/28) and continues this coming weekend (7/5) through September 6. As we mentioned, to get to LIC from July 25 through September, you can't use the G (which will be stopping at Nassau), but there will be a bus shuttle service between Nassau and Court Sq, and you can still take the 7 or E.

The Lot in Long Island City schedule, with the list of Sinkane dates and Takuya Kuroda video, below...

Continue reading "The Lot in Long Island City hosting free music this summer; Sinkane playing w/ Takuya Kuroda, touring w/ Helado Negro"

River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
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The free River to River Festival returns in 2014 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 19-29 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences." Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon happening June 22 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden (more info), and...

On June 24 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, world-renowned string quartet ETHEL is joined by guest guitarist Kaki King to present a special performance of ...And Other Stories. The collaboration is anchored by a re-imagining of Bach's masterful Brandenburg Concerto #6 and includes works from ETHEL's repertoire by Phil Kline and John Zorn, plus original compositions by Kaki King and the world premiere of a work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov composed especially for ETHEL and Kaki King.

Last year's successful partnership with Original Music Workshop, a new music venue set to open in Brooklyn in 2015, continues with three more "Ex-Situ" concerts of contemporary music in site-specific locations. Curated by composer Paola Prestini, this year's series is dedicated to the music and influences of master minimalist composer Terry Riley. It begins on June 20 with "Terry Riley and Friends," a concert featuring works by the composer performed by musicians including his son Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People's Chorus.

Other notable shows include People Get Ready at North End Way on June 19; Piñata Protest, Kuenta I Tambu (KiT), Helado Negro and SLV at The Uplands, South Street Seaport on June 27; composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra (who just teamed up with Mirah for Ecstatic Music Festival) & Roberto Rodriguez on June 21 at India House (1pm), Peter Minuet Plaza (3pm), and Tear Drop Park (5pm); Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka, Calexico) with La Orkestra and Rey Vellenato Beto Jamiaca on June 29 at The Uplands, South Street Seaport; and more.

Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2014 line-up is listed, with details, below...

Continue reading "2014 River to River Festival lineup (Kaki King, Terry Riley, KiT, People Get Ready, Sergio Mendoza, Susie Ibarra & more)"

TV Ghost @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)

TV Ghost morphed from discordant post-punk noise to something much more textured on their new album Disconnect (stream it via Spotify). Their live show remains pretty intense, though, and the band have made their way through NYC a couple times this year already, and will do so again this month as part of their tour with Sweden's Holograms. That's a good double-bill and it hits Brooklyn on December 6 at 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.

The band have given us their Top 10 LPs of 2013. In democratic fashion, each of the five members picked two records. Check out their list below...

Continue reading "TV Ghost list their Top 10 LPs of 2013; tour with Holograms starts this week"

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"

by Bill Pearis

Astro

South American band Astro ofter get called "Chilean MGMT" not just for their very catchy, psychedelic electro-rock, but also the bronze age fashion they sport in press shots and videos. The band's self-titled debut album came out last year and despite them singing in their native tongue, the hooks can be appreciated by anyone. You can stream the whole album via Spotify and check out videos for singles "Ciervos" and "Colombo" below.

Astro will be heading to North America next month, starting with two shows in NYC: Cameo on July 13 with openers Grand Resort and La MiniTK de Miedo (tickets); and then July 14 at SOB's with American Royalty and Helado Negro (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

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UK resident James Mathé will soon be pulling double duty, both as a touring member of Jose Gonzalez's band Junip (who are starting a North American trek next week) and as an opener too, with his own project, Barbarossa. Having just signed to Memphis Industries, Mathé will release his second album as Barbarossa, Bloodlines, on August 5.

Where his first album, Chemical Campfires, was lovely acoustic folk, Mathé has reinvented Barbarossa for the new album which is much more electronic. "I loved the acoustic scene, but knew it was not all I was about, so I dug out all my old casiotone keyboards, drum machines and analogue synths and just started writing." If you like the more soulful, reflective side of Hot Chip, you should definitely check him out. You can watch the video for the album's first single, "The Load," below.

In celebration of the Junip tour -- which hits NYC on June 13 for a sold-out show at Highline Ballroom with Quadron -- Barbarossa has covered Junip's "Line of Fire" which definitely takes the song in a more low-key direction, but no less lovely. We've got the premiere of that and you can stream it below.

If you didn't get tickets to the Highline show but are still interested in catching Barbarossa, he'll return to NYC for shows at Mercury Lounge on June 20 with Pacific Air and Littlefield on June 21 with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and Helado Negro. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge and Littlefield shows are on sale now.

All Barbarossa dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Barbarossa touring with, without & in Junip (who he covered)"

photos by Sachyn Mital

Matthew E White @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/13/2013
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Last night at the Bowery Ballroom, he was given a lot more space, but he brought a much smaller band along for the ride. Opening with the soft, aching "Will You Love Me," it was quickly apparent that this wasn't going to be a night of horn-and-string-filled chamber pop. Instead, White and his band ripped into the louder sections of the song with a gnarled guitar part and a country-tinged swagger. The group has been touring this material for a while now and like any adventurous, talented group of musicians, it's obvious they take a certain amount of glee in finding new wrinkles in them, stretching solos out into new shapes and trying out new arrangements just for the hell of it. That playful tendency grew even more apparent as the group jumped into "Steady Pace," a brisk whirling dervish of a track from the record. At one point White and bassist Cameron Ralston even did some coordinated dance moves, shuffling back in forth with shit-eating grins on their faces. - [CMJ]
Matthew E. White's tour rolled into NYC on Monday (5/13) for his biggest show here yet, playing Bowery Ballroom. The Virginia Beach native was supported by Helado Negro. Did you catch his show? Photos from Bowery, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

Matthew's North American tour is over now and he'll head to Barcelona next weekend for Primavera Sound. He's got a few other festivals (like Bonnaroo) on the summer docket, plus an upcoming European tour. All dates are listed, along with more Bowery pics, below.

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Hopscotch

One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Hopscotch announces 2013 lineup (Big Boi, Sleep, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile, Wolf Eyes, John Cale, more)"

Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
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SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

by Andrew Sacher

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What do you when you're the drummer of Real Estate but you leave the band just before they start getting way bigger? Form a disco band! At least that's what Etienne Pierre Duguay, who sat behind the band's kit until 2011 when he was replaced by Jackson Pollis, did. He's now in the Brooklyn band Splash who surfaced earlier this year and just wrapped up a tour with fellow Brooklyn backwards pop thinkers Friends. Their single, "Ever Before," which you can stream below, is filled with '80s pop radio cliches, but if you wait over two decades and make it lo-fi, even the cheesiest stuff becomes indie accepted, right?

If you missed the Splash/Friends tour, the two bands will team up again for a NYC show on August 3 at 285 Kent with Janka Nabay, Helado Negro, and Uumans. Maybe Friends will go topless again? Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Splash have other upcoming NYC shows too, including Summerscreen at McCarren Park on August 15 with Ducktails and The Babies, and Glasslands on August 24 with Puro Instinct, Outer Limitz, and a Dev Hynes DJ set. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available.

A list of all dates and song stream below...

Continue reading "Friends & Janka Nabay playing 285 Kent w/ Splash (who have other upcoming shows too)"

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Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. is taking part in Bulletin Boards, a group show curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns Gallery), at Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor) tonight (7/19). Here's what the label has to say about the show:

For this group show, each artist is granted a 3' x 4' bulletin board space. RVNG invited a select group of musicians from different points on the avant spectrum to contribute an object to be used as a percussion arranged and affixed to the bulletin board and "played" by [David] Van Tieghem.

This performance will be multi-tracked in high definition before the opening. We will offer the recorded performance back to the contributing musicians to "re-animate" into original piece / recordings. These recordings will be culled and assembled by Van Tieghem and RVNG / The Sound of White Columns into a limited edition album for the FRKWYS.

Van Teighem will be performing at the opening tonight (7/19) and there wil be DJ sets by Matt from RVNG, Matthew HIggs, and Nick Relph. Participating artists in the show include Blanche Blanche Blanche, DIamond Terrifier, Future Shuttle (in conjunction with Anna Gonick), Hiro Kone, Robert Lange (Helado Negro), Megafortress, and more. Tonight's show starts at 6 PM. More details, the flier, and the full list of participating artists is below.

Speaking of Blanche Blanche Blanche, their new album, Wink With Both Eyes, came out earlier this year. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the album in full below.

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Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Bear in Heaven will play their first NYC show in over a year at Union Pool in Brooklyn TONIGHT (3/1). It's a secret show. They're listed on the bill as "Adventure Hippies" who play after Helado Negro who play after Test House.

All of their tour dates, and their new video for "Reflection of You", below...

Continue reading "Bear in Heaven released a new video, playing UNION POOL TONIGHT & CT Saturday (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Bonobo
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Bonobo (aka Simon Green) released Black Sands Remixed, a remix album of his 2010 LP, yesterday (2/13) in Europe via Ninja Tune, and will release it next Tuesday (2/21) in North America. The album features remixes by Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Mike Slott, Mark Pritchard, and others. Check out the video for Machinedrum's remix of "Eyesdown" below, along with the album art and tracklist.

Bonobo is about to kick off a run of DJ dates in the US (none in NYC), followed by live dates in Australia this March, before returning to the US at the end of that month to present "A Night of Black: 'Black Sands Remixed' Album Launch" at Le Poisson Rouge on March 29, where Bonobo will DJ along with appearances by album remixers Machinedrum, FaltyDL, and Mike Slott. Tickets are on sale now.

You can catch Mike Slott at LPR even sooner when he opens Four Tet's sold out LPR show on 3/10.

You can also catch FaltyDL, who has a DC show coming up with Four Tet, in NYC TONIGHT (2/15) at Cameo when he DJs along with Loefah, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Dave Q, and J-Kush. The flier for this show is below.

FaltyDl's soundcloud page also lists that he opens for Matthew Dear at Bowery Ballroom (3/2) with Blondes (live) and Helado Negro, but that is NOT TRUE. Regardless, tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of that Matthew Dear show though, there will be an official after party taking place at Glasslands (3/2) with Dabrye and Jonwayne. Tickets for that afterparty are on sale now.

All dates, video, and flier below...

Continue reading "Bonobo got remixed, touring (dates), playing LPR w/ Mike Slott, Machinedrum & Falty DL (who also plays tonight)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Matthew Dear - "Headcage" (MP3)

Matthew Dear at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear is releasing the followup to 2010's Black City LP with the Headcage EP on January 17 via Ghostly. The EP's second track, "In The Middle (I Met You There)" features a collaboration with The Drums' frontman Jonathan Pierce, and the EP's title track, which you can download above and stream below, was produced with Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, who have also worked with Blonde Redhead, Glasser, and Fever Ray. There's also an audio/visual project which uses part of that track directed by Morgan Beringer, who has worked with Matthew in the past, which you can watch below. The brightly colored synths and morphing visuals of the video drift away from the bleakness of Black City, but Matthew's vocals come in lower than ever. He recently spoke to FACT about that:

In retrospect, I don't think it was intentional. Sometimes you just feel a bit lower than normal, and that day in the studio must have reflected that. The lyrics are quite dreamscape, and I think I had Lennon's 'Come Together' floating around in my head. You know, "feet, down below his knees" kind of a feel. Lyrically, I wanted to just rattle off a bunch of one-liners like that, that would make sense only as a group. Also, I love the intimacy of J.J. Cale's vocal delivery and was aiming for something similar. I must have been very close to the microphone for this one.
The track, "Headcage," will also appear on Matthew's next full length, Beams, which is set to be released in 2012. The artwork and tracklist for the EP is below.

Matthew has a few dates coming up in support of the EP, including Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and a live show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on March 2 with Blondes (who also have an album coming out) and Helado Negro. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.

All dates, stream, video, and album info below...

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DOWNLOAD: Barn Owl - "Turiya" (MP3)

Barn Owl

San Francisco psych-drone duo Barn Owl are set to release their new album Lost in the Glare on September 13 via Thrill Jockey. You can grab the album track "Turiya" above and check out the artwork and tracklist below. The album is available now for pre-order at the Thrill Jockey webstore.

Barn Owl go on a short North American tour in support of the album this September which kicks off at Glasslands on September 11 and also hits Shea Stadium on September 17. The Glasslands show also includes Thin Hymns, Helado Negro and Jonti. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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"EMA torching "Butterfly Knife" at Mercury Lounge a moment ago.
#YearsBestRecords" - Will Hermes

"Next level EMA fans will one day request bootlegs/transcriptions of her intersong monologues. Tonight's topics: Tool, Cancers at Glasslands" - Amrit

EMA @ Mercury Lounge
EMA

The set hit on every song from EMA's debut Past Life Martyred Saints (except for "Coda," which she replaced with another, equally beautiful a cappella), and it hit hard. The brutal "Marked," which she prefaced by begging the audience to "not take... the wrong way," showcased Anderson's ability to be both menacing and pleading; set ender and crowd favorite "California" also shone, with the audience knowing every word and Anderson running around the stage, thrusting herself into the mic stand. [VIllage Voice]
EMA's debut album only came out about two months ago, and her sold out Mercury Lounge and Glasslands shows on Wednesday (7/20) were her first two in NYC since, and came not long after her appearance at Pitchfork which came right after a club show at the Empty Bottle.

Helado Negro opened the Mercury show and Talk Normal and Ablehearts opened the Glasslands show. Pictures and setlist from the Mercury show, where her a capella number later in the set was a major highlight, and a video from Glasslands below...

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DOWNLOAD: Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place (MP3)

JB

"The Magic Place was a tree on our farm," says Louisiana-raised Brooklynite Julianna Barwick. "It was in the back pasture. It was one tree that grew up, down and around. You had to crawl in and once you were inside, it was like there were different rooms, and you could actually lay in the branches. We named it 'The Magic Place' because it really was magical, especially for a kid, and that's how I feel about my life right now--without trying to sound too hippy dippy or cosmic, this year has definitely been a magical one."
Julianna Barwick's new LP The Magic Place is out now (it's been out for a while actually) via Asthmatic Kitty and she'll be celebrating that fact at her official record release show at Glasslands in Brooklyn tonight (May 10) with Helado Negro (who are also celebrating a new Asthmatic Kitty record) and Alias Pail. Tickets are still available (at the door too).

Download the title track above. Check out its video and many more Julianna tour dates, below...

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O'Death at Bell House (more by Jason House)
O'Death

O'Death's vague attempt at tour dates have gotten a little bit clearer. As previously mentioned, "4/15 in Brooklyn" show will take place at Knitting Factory (tickets), and it is with Philly's Grandchildren who also play a bunch of other shows on the tour, and who you can catch even sooner with Delicate Steve, Dustin Wong, and Strange Shapes at Public Assembly on 2/5.

O'Death's tour kicks off in March right before SXSW where they'll play a Panache showcase at Red 7 on 3/17 with Thee Oh Sees, Janka Nabay, Pterodactyl, Tôg (Norway), Surf City, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Grass Widow, Bare Wires, and Heavy Cream. Updated tour dates and some videos below...

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