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Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse playing Williamsburg Waterfront, the Pitchfork Festival (updated full lineup) & other tour dates"

photos by Tim Griffin

Serena Maneesh
Serena Maneesh

"Not sure about the recorded stuff, but, live, Here We Go Magic's sound made for an enjoyable listen. It was rocky, bouncy, and sometimes outright dancey--but with enough complex time changes thrown in to keep listeners off-guard and from getting too comfortable in one place...

...The Middle East very much lived up to the hype it had earned at last weekend's NX35 conferette in Denton, where it went from a relative unknown to a much-buzzed-about-Denton act. This Austin crowd seemed relatively unfamiliar with the act as well--but also was eventually won over. Gorgeous stuff, indeed, if a little too mellow and unvaried." [Dallas Observer]

Dawes kicked off the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club Deville on the first night of SXSW 2010. They were followed by HWGM & The Middle East who played before a delayed (technical issues) Bowerbirds who managed to get a set in before Califone took the stage almost an hour after their posted set time. Of course that meant the night's closer Serena Maneesh also went on an hour late - 2am to be exact, and then were cut a bit short by the venue who wanted to go home. It was a long day that started at noon down the street at Emo's (on two stages). More pictures, reviews, and videos from the night below...

Continue reading "Serena Maneesh, Califone, Bowerbirds, Middle East, Dawes & Here We Go Magic @ Club DeVile (official BV showcase) - pics"

Pitchfork Fest

The Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this year at Union Park in Chicago. It runs from Friday July 16th - Sunday July 18th. Three-day passes are now sold out, but you can still get single-day passes on Ticketweb.

The Updated Lineup is below:

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival updates lineup (Broken Social Scene, Jon Spencer, Panda Bear, Girls, El-P & more) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Glass Ghost - The Same (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Glass Ghost - Like a Diamond (MP3)

Here We Go Magic @ South Street Seaport - Summer 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Here We Go Magic

Here We Go Magic, a band who have already headlined the 600+ capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg, are playing a show at the much tinier Zebulon this Friday, March 5th. The gig is free (they usually pass the hat for the bands) and also on the bill are Caveman and Glass Ghost. Brooklyn's Glass Ghost are a keys and drums duo whose play synth-based, rhythmic pop that doesn't fall into standard electro cliches (in particular see "The Same," above). Their debut, Idol Omen, came out on Western Vinyl last September. Their video for "Like a Diamond" is posted below.

Here We Go Magic's upcoming North American tour includes SXSW, where one their shows in the official Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Club DeVille on March 17th with Califone, Dawes, Bowerbirds, The Middle East and Serena-Maneesh. They also play Pitchork's official showcase three nights later. They'll be back in the NYC area for an April 30th show at Maxwell's. Tickets are on sale.

They're also touring North America with White Rabbits and Europe with The New Pornographers. All dates are below...

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Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic

As SXSW approaches we'll be making more and more announcements related to the Austin festival that runs in total from March 12-21, but more importantly March 17-21 for 'SXSW Music'. As announced earlier today on the brand new @bvSXSW Twitter, Fucked Up are playing the free BV day party at Emo's on Wednesday, March 17th in addition to the previously-announced Torche.

Like @BVticketsOnSale, @bvSXSW is a specialized Twitter account, but for all things SXSW. Multiple BVers will contribute, especially from the ground during the festival. Follow it for more complete Austin coverage than you'll find on @brooklynVegan - before, during and after SXSW.

Fucked Up were also just revealed on the lineup of ATP NY 2010, Todd P's Mexico Festival, AND they will be a band with their own official SXSW showcase this year.

The BV Emo's day show is one of many official and unofficial SXSW events happening in Austin that week. Another is the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase going down at Club DeVille that same night, Wednesday, March 17th. Bands announced for that show so far include Califone, Serena Maneesh, and... Here We Go Magic. Three more artists TBA shortly (Updated: The Middle East is one of those three).

The Emo's show is one of a handful of announced dates in Here We Go Magic's future. You'll also find them at Primavera Sound in Barcelona in May, at Bonnaroo in June, and playing the Pitchfork Festival in July. All dates below...

Continue reading "Fucked Up playing BV day party, Here We Go Magic playing BV official (and other dates), a new Twitter & more "

Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

Continue reading "the complete 2010 Bonnaroo lineup (Stevie Wonder, The Melvins, Kings of Leon, Isis, Local Natives & many more) "

Pitchfork Fest

the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held at Chicago's Union Park on July 16 - 18. We are pleased to announce the first batch of bands slated to perform, as well as proclaim that tickets are on sale today at 12 PM CST! This year's festival welcomes the highly anticipated return of legendary band Pavement as they make one of their first appearances since reuniting! Pavement will perform on Sunday night. Friday features indie-rock, chart-topping mainstays Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday sees performances by LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells. Stay tuned, as more bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Sleigh Bells will be keeping busy by touring with both Yeasayer and Major Lazer. Pavement's first North American reunion date so far is Coachella. The list of confirmed Pitchfork bands, by date, is below...

Continue reading "2010 Pitchfork Music Fest - dates, tickets, initial lineup "

photos by Jonny Leather

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Pat Kiernan
Bell House Haiti Benefit

Jimmy Fallon
Bell House Haiti Benefit

"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]
The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.

All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.

More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...

Continue reading "Jimmy Fallon, Pat Kiernan, Ted Leo, Walkmen, the Wrens & others played a Haiti benefit @ the Bell House - pics & video "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hooray for Earth - Surrounded by Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Field Music - Measure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - Vampires with Dreaming Kids EP (Zip)

Oh No Ono
Oh No

Denmark's Oh No Ono are in town this week for their first-ever NYC shows, the first of which was an in-store at Sound Fix last night. Anybody go? I'm seeing them tonight at Mercury Lounge, where they'll be playing with Bear in Heaven, ArpLine and Jaguar Club. Tomorrow they're at Union Hall with Depreciation Guild and Hooray for Earth. Oh No Ono's new album, Eggs, is impressively bonkers and almost impossible to describe succinctly. It's psychedelic, baroque, glammy, 70's AM, with some synth pop and the occasional church choir thrown in. And very catchy stuff too. Maybe they're the Sid and Marty Kroft version of Mew? Hear it for yourself -- there's two tracks at the top of this post. I can't wait to see how they pull all this off live.

Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is sold out, no surprise given they're playing with Bear in Heaven. Tomorrow's Union Hall show is just as solid though, with eight bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild who will soon head off with Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Kurt Feldman's in both bands) for a tour of Japan. Also playing are Hooray for Earth, who neatly straddle the line between electronic pop and electrified rock. The sound is familiar and inviting yet I don't seem to be able to come up with any obvious comparisons to another band, which is a good thing. They've got a new EP, Momo, that is currently only available through Emusic (the latest in the Emusic Selects series) but I wouldn't be surprised if they were selling it at their merch table. It's definitely worth picking up. You can download the lead track, "Surrounded by Friends," at the top of this post.

Field Music
Field Music

After cancelling their performance last-minute at Skippy's birthday party back in December, Field Music are back for their make-up date this Saturday (1/30) at the Bell House. If you bought tickets before, they're still valid. And if you haven't got tickets, they're still on sale. The Brewis brothers' new album, Field Music (Measure), is out February 16 and here's what I wrote last time:

...it's another knockout from the Brewis brothers, 20 tracks that further refine their distinctive mix of nervy new wave, prog, krautrock, tea party pop and whatever else they're into at the time. It's a Field Music album, no doubt about it, but it's less buttoned up, more rhythm heavy ("Let's Write a Book" shows that one of them's been listening to Can) and willing to give anything a try. If you've never seen Field Music live before, you should definitely come out, the Brewises are shit-hot musicians as well (David is an especially impressive drummer). There used to be a lot of switching instruments when they were a trio, but now as a four-piece I wonder if that'll still happen.
It really is a great album, probably the best thing the Brewis have done together or apart. You can download "Measure" at the top of this post which is reminiscent of Peter Brewis' The Week That Was project from 2008. Additionally, Field Music have announced dates for a spring North American tour opening for The Clientele that includes a March 23 stop at Bowery Ballroom. All Field Music/Clientele tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Twin Sister
Twin Sister

Friday (1/29) at Bruar Falls is a band a lot of people seem to be talking about right now: Twin Sister. To me, there's a little '80s delay-pedal shimmery-ness to them (Cocteau Twins, Disintigration-era Cure), nods to '70s muted-fretboard soft rock soul, as well as a pastoral folk thing going on. Basically, dreamy and beautiful stuff. They also remind me a bit of Montreal's Luyas who, if they ever make it down this way, Twin Sister would make a perfect double bill. Thier EP from last year, Vampires with Dreaming Kids, is a free download from their website, which we link to at the top of this post. A new EP titled Color Your Life is due in March on Infinite Best Recordings. There's a video trailer for the EP at the bottom of this post.

Twin Sister have a bunch of shows coming up. In addition to Friday's Bruar Falls -- which is free, btw-- they're also playing Saturday (1/30) at the loft above Richie's Gym which is out by the Myrtle JMZ stop. Both those shows are being presented by busy blog Chocolate Bobka and also feature Austin's languid, reverby Pure Ecstasy. The Bruar show also has Family Portrait and Baltimore's Run DMT. Twin Sister have a bunch more shows lined up in February, including 2/25 at Cameo with Toro Y Moi. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

A few other weekend picks, videos and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Oh No Ono, Hooray For Earth, Field Music, Twin Sister, Javelin, Diehard & more in This Week in Indie"

The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Blow

As the Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th approaches, the show's lineup keeps getting more and more interesting. Since the initial announcement a few changes have been made (The Walkmen replacing Cold War Kids for one) and more acts have been announced. The schedule below reflects the expected set times, with the disclaimers that "performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets" and "line up subject to change."

AC Newman (who's putting out a new New Pornographers record), Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins are playing as a Seekers cover band (a supergroup similar to what St. Vincent & Bon Iver did at MHOW on Saturday). Zach Galifianakis was also at the BV Haiti event,

UPDATE: Despite a press release that went out, The Bell House says that Paul Rudd & Zach Galifianakis are not on this benefit (they never said they were, but the press release did). Also the venue says that the set times that were posted (including here last night) are wrong.

Freelance Whales (who have quite a few shows, NYC and otherwise, coming up) are playing, as is Ted Leo (who himself has longer shows planned).

One notable addition is The Blow, aka Kaela Maricich, who played Art Basel in Miami this December, but hasn't played NYC in quite a while (possibly since CMJ 2007).

Tickets for the benefit show are still on sale.

The Blow's last album was 2006's Paper Television, when Jona Bechtolt from YACHT was still in the group. For YACHT's upcoming tour, Bechtolt and member Claire Evans will bolster their live show (previously them and a laptop) by a band consisting of Rob Kieswetter of Bobby Birdman (who is also opening), Jeff Brodsky of Jeffrey Jerusalem, and D. Reuben Snyder of Rob Walmart. The backing band's name is 'The Straight Gaze'. A tour preview clip is posted below.

More Bell House info with full lineup & poster below...

Continue reading "Bell House Haiti benefit expands (to include The Blow & more) - WEDNESDAY NIGHT"

Here We Go Magic

In this late submission to our End of 2009 Interview series with NYC bands, Here We Go Magic band members Michael Bloch and Jennifer Turner answer some questions about their year. Catch them live at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29th (with Glass Ghost & Midnight Masses). Check out their interview below...

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Here We Go Magic @ South Street Seaport in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Here We Go Magic

Two local NYC bands have scheduled headlining 2010 shows that are going on sale soon. Here We Go Magic, the project of Luke Temple that had its self-titled debut come out in early 2009, play Friday, January 29th at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Midnight Masses and Glass Ghost. Tickets go sale Wednesday, November 25th at noon. The band's busy 2009 included a pair of high-profile opening gigs for Department of Eagles and Grizzly Bear.

Glass Ghost opened for Dirty Projectors at one of their four NYC shows.

White Rabbits are another NYC band with a 2010 date coming up. They play Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, January 24th (no openers announced yet). Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 27th at noon. The band played the venue in May with Cymbals Eay Guitars and The Antlers - bands that have gotten considerably bigger since.

The Antlers headline their own show at Bowery on December 15th.

Vidoes and tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Here We Go Magic & White Rabbits announce shows (dates)"

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Titus Andronicus @ Knitting Factory
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos closed out their six-week North American tour (it kicked off at Monster Island Basement on September 2nd) with a show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Thursday, October 15th. Grooms opened...

"In a room packed with family and friends, So So Glos absolutely killed it. I love this band. Every time they get up on stage they put their all into what they are doing, and they clearly love rock and roll. You know someone really loves what they're doing when, after six weeks of the same thing every night, the guys in this band are still moshing and mouthing all the words to Titus after their own set. What a genuine bunch of dudes. When they take the stage, they make it seem like the guitars are their weapons, and they're using rock and roll to energetically fight for everything good in the world. I did once see them almost start a fight at Death By Audio, but tonight was just good vibes all around, with an energetic under-aged crowd moshing along up front and us older folk enjoying ourselves, merely absorbing the So So Glos from the back.

Titus Andronicus was about the same as well. Patrick Stickles is an amazing front man. He's totally bizarre, with an enormous black beard and eccentric stage banter. You can tell he's obviously the force behind both the literary and smart punk songs the band churns out. I'd seen Titus in the past with a bigger lineup and more instruments, including a keyboard. This time around they were just guitar, guitar, bass and drums. While I do think that they lost some of their grandeur with the departure of the keyboards, Titus didn't just power through their angst-ridden teenage tunes. Stickles mastered his guitar feedback to dramatic effect, with exciting builds and pauses. When this band releases their next album in 2010 (around March, Stickles promised), their career will certainly be unstoppable." [Breakthru Radio]

Titus Andronicus's next NYC show is a MyOpenBar/Going.com/Spinner show at Webster Hall on October 20th with Beach Fossils Here We Go Magic, and Woods (flyer below). The band is also scheduled to appear as a guest alongside Vivian Girls, Andrew W.K. and Katie Stelmanis at Fucked Up's Chemistry of Common Life show on November 5th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

The So So Glos are currently touring Europe with The Virgins. Dates are below.

Brooklyn's Grooms (who used to be called Muggabears) have a slew of CMJ appearances coming up. They play a non-CMJ show on Tuesday (10/20) at Death by Audio, a Force Field CMJ show at Pianos on Oct. 21, the In Tandem Magazine CMJ show at Littlefield on on Oct. 23, and an After the Jump day show on Oct 24 at Brooklyn Bowl. Rejoicer, Grooms' debut, came out October 20th on the Death By Audio label.

The rest of the Knitting Factory pictures, some fliers and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus & Grooms played w/ The So So Glos @ Knitting Factory (pics), playing CMJ shows (dates) "

No Age @ ATP NY in September (more by Ryan Muir)
No Age

tonight in NYC
* Lenny Kravitz @ Irving Plaza
* Uninhabitable Mansions @ Cake Shop
* Nick Lowe, Bill Kirchen @ City Winery
* Erin McKeown, Jill Souble @ Union Hall
* Boy Crisis, Das Racist, Paenus @ Pianos
* The Dodos, The Ruby Suns @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Raveonettes, The Black Angels @ Webster Hall
* No Age, Woods, Silk Flowers @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos, Eula @ Maxwell's
* So Percussion: Imaginary City @ BAM Harvey Theater
* Regina Spektor, Jupiter One @ Radio City Music Hall
* Trampled By Turtles, Jennifer O'Connor @ 92YTribeca
* A Rose Parade, I.U.D., Here We Go Magic @ Union Pool
* Georgiana Starlington, Boysen Girls, more @ Don Pedro
* Daniel Johnston, The Capitol Years, Hymns @ Highline Ballroom
* Sea Wolf, Port O'Brien, Sara Lov, Sarah Jaffe @ Mercury Lounge
* Built to Spill, Disco Doom, Violent Soho @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tayisha Busay, DJ Melissa from Telepathe, Bad Brilliance @ Glasslands
* Real Estate, Big Troubles, Honeydos, Oneohtrix Point Never @ Monster Island Basement

Here We Go Magic got kind of big in the last year, so that's kind of cool that they're playing a low key show at Union Pool tonight with A Rose Parade. A Rose Parade is a collaboration between Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio and Shannon Funchess of Chk Chk Chk.

Daniel Johnston tours behind his new record with a show tonight at Highline Ballroom. The Capitol Years and Hymns open.

Uninhabitable Mansions, which has members of Au Revoir Simone, CYHSY!, and ex-Dirty on Purpose, play Cake Shop tonight (and a CMJ show next week).

Real Estate, full-length on the way, kick off their tour at Monster Island Basement with Big Troubles, Honeydos and Oneohtrix Point Never.

Sea Wolf (aka L.A.'s Alex Brown Church) plays Mercury Lounge tonight and Union Hall Friday, both with Sara Lov and Port O'Brien.

Port O'Brien is playing a free in-store at Sound Fix tomorrow (10/15) at Sound Fix Records.

Built to Spill, Disco Doom and Violent Soho are at Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show tonight and one more tomorrow. Pictures from last night are HERE.

It's been an amazing week for Regina Spektor. First SNL, and snow tonight she plays Radio City Music Hall with Jupiter One.

Speaking of SNL, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers were scheduled to play a show at Wellmont Theatre but they canceled.

Nick Lowe and Bill Kirchen play City Winery.

The Dodos and The Ruby Suns play Bowery Ballroom. Pictures from last night's Music Hall show with the same lineup, HERE.

Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos are on tour - the first show of that was at Monster Island in early September. Tonight they play Maxwell's tomorrow and tomorrow the tour wraps at the new Knitting Factory. Titus will then join Fucked Up and guests at that band's Nov. 5th event.

No Age have four NYC shows lined up for this week - tonight's is with Woods and Silk Flowers at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan. Details on the rest HERE.

Peasant and others are playing a "Jingle Punks" party tonight. Flyer below..

So Percussion's BAM Next Wave show Imaginary City begins tonight, and play through Saturday, at BAM's Harvey Theater.

The BrooklynVegan CMJ show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is less than a week away.

Then three night after the Music Hall show is the BBG/Relapse official.

Japandroids, who have a long list of CMJ and non-CMJ shows coming up, played "Heart Sweats" and "The Boys Are Leaving Town" on Pitchfork's A>D>D, posted below.

A video of Micachu & The Shapes from their October 2nd show at Littlefield is posted below.

What else?

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Cale Parks performing at the Diesel Store - 7/22 (Christopher Holloran)
Cale Parks

The Diesel store on the corner of 5th Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan is hosting live (and DJed) music all this week.

Today (Thursday):
3pm Phenomenal Hand Clap Band

12pm Black Gold
2pm Elevator Fight
4pm Here We Go Magic
7-9pm Suckers

Diesel's bigger Diesel U show at Webster Hall is on July 30th. That show will feature the Roots, Passion Pit and others (tickets start to become available on July 25th).

The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band played another show at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, and coming up, they will be at LPR on August 12th with Friendly Fires and at the BKLYN Yard on August 15th before a West Coast trip at the end of August.

Suckers continue their Pianos residency tonight (July 23rd) and July 30th. Tonight they'll be joined by Bear In Heaven, Intermissions and Hexa. Next week support comes from Sean Bones (who played Glasslands last night), Acrylics and Class Actress.

If you don't frequently find yourself on 54th & 5th, you can see what it looks like at the Diesel Store, in the video (which includes an appearance by Sean Bones) below...

Continue reading "Diesel Store schedule (w/ Phenomenal Handclap Band today, Here We Go Magic & Suckers tomorrow) & more"

photos by Chris La Putt

Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic

Bachelorette and Here We Go Magic kicked off the 2009 Seaport Music Series in Lower Manhattan on Friday night (7/3).

Amazingly there was no rain and New Zealand's Bachelorette, after an earlier DJ set by Mike Wolf, started right at 7pm. Unlike at Cake Shop earlier this month, Annabel Alpers (the main force behind the band) played completely solo. I wasn't looking too closely at what she was using on stage, but at a minimum it was a keyboard, a laptop, a guitar and her voice.

"Her debut for Drag City, and second proper album, has been described by a couple of writers as a sort of quirky "bedroom pop." I wholeheartedly disagree. My Electric Family is expansive, radical, and ionospheric. Packed with reverb, sweeping moods, and surrealistic lyrical motifs, Bachelorette is way too large for any bedroom." [The Decibel Tolls]
Luckily the volume was loud enough - Bachelorette had no problem filling the large, outdoor space that is South Street Seaport.

Many were sitting, waiting in the wings, and still just showing up as the opener played. It didn't seem like it would be the most-packed concert the space has seen, which made sense since it was a holiday weekend, but by the time Here We Go Magic took the stage around 8:00, the crowd actually filled in nicely. Seaport Music producer Stephen Dima mentioned the same as he introduced the band. And this time it was a full band, and they sounded great...

"...they opened up with new songs that are not on their album, we asked Luke [Temple] what his plans are for the future of Here We Go Magic and he is excited and about to begin his European tour and he is currently working on the new album. He was really nice, he also has a nice butt." [My Heart's Beat]
Everyone seemed to agree (about the band sounding great). They were cheered to return for a short encore. Everything was over by 9:00.

Bachelorette was also scheduled to play a Rooftop Films show on Friday, July 4th. More pictures from the Seaport below...

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Here We Go Magic @ MHOW in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Here we Go Magic

We are free shows in New York City, down on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport.

No reservations or tickets of any kind are necessary.

All our shows start at 6pm with guest DJ's or sometimes early band sets if there's more than 2 bands on the bill - more value for you the free concert goer!

There are several parking lots within 1-2 block distance from the pier but we encourage you to take public transportation - it costs less and is better for the environment! [Seaport Music Festival]

Here We Go Magic and Bachelorette kick off the free NYC concert series tonight (7/3). Full, updated summer schedule, below...

Continue reading "2009 Seaport Music Series kicks off w/ Here We Go Magic"

photos by Tim Griffin

Grizzly Bear

iTunes' top 10 selling albums of the week ending June 1, 2009:

1. "Relapse," Eminem
2. "21st Century Breakdown," Green Day
3. "A_CROSS // The_EARTH: Tear Down the Walls," Hillsong United
4. "Season 8 Favorite Performances," Adam Lambert
5. "The Fame," Lady GaGa
6. "ISolated INcident," Dane Cook
7. "Defying Gravity," Keith Urban
8. "Veckatimest," Grizzly Bear
9. "Only By the Night," Kings of Leon
10. "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," Dave Matthews Band (via)

And now we continue with our documentation of Grizzly Bear's each and every move. Here is the set of pictures from Sunday night's Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg - opener Here We Go Magic included (5/31). This orchestra-less, choir-less, quartet-less show came one night after GB played their two shows at Town Hall, which came after they played Sasquatch. Their next NYC show will be a free Pool Party. Their next show will be tonight (6/2) at the Trocadero in Philly. More pictures and the setlist from Sunday below...

Continue reading "Here We Go Magic & Grizzly Bear @ MHOW - pics & setlist "

photos by Fresh Bread

Grizzly Bear

"The band has two songwriting powers, Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, who both sing. Grizzly Bear prefers full-band songwriting credits, so it's not clear who's responsible for what.

But when Mr. Droste sings lead, the harmonies seem to come from the natural properties of the voice; when Mr. Rossen sings lead, the songs get browner, based in the harmony of his unusual guitar tunings." [NY Times]

Grizzly Bear played their second of two shows at NYC's Town Hall last night (5/29). They play one more NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (5/31) before leaving on tour with Here We Go Magic. Setlist and more on the first night at Town Hall, HERE. More pictures from that same night - Brooklyn Youth Choir and fancy light show included, below....

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear & Brooklyn Youth Choir @ Town Hall, NYC - pics "

DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear on AOL's the Interface (MP3)

Grizzly Bear

When they weren't busy talking to the NY Times, Fader, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, or one of the many other publications who wrote about them this month, Grizzly Bear stopped by the AOL studios for a session with the Interface. MP3 and picture from that above.

The band also visited WNYC the other day. The results of that session can be streamed at WNYC's site (or downloaded here).

Their new album Veckatimest was released Tuesday, and last night (5/28) was the first of two shows for the band at Town Hall in NYC. Tonight (5/29) is the second. Here We Go Magic is the opener on the whole tour. Pictures are coming, but in the meantime, last night's setlist is below...

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DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Fangela (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Fangela (live on Laundromatinee) (MP3)

Here We Go Magic

Here We Go Magic are about to depart on their tour with Grizzly Bear that kicks off after they play three local shows (Town Hall, Town Hall, MHOW), but first, you can catch Luke Temple and band tonight (5/26, 10pm) at a secretish show at Union Pool in Brooklyn with Midnight Masses. FREE SHOW.

For more HWGM, check out their new Daytrotter Session, as well as the one they recorded for Laundromatinee. All dates below...

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South Street Seaport

"It's simple really: Summer. Friday night. New York City. The first port in the new world hosting some of the best new music, as well as those established and influential artists you already know and love. All of this amidst the city's most inspiring views of tall buildings, historic ships and nighttime sky. All for FREE.

Get ready, cause summer is coming and with it another great line up on Pier 17 at the Seaport. Hard to believe we're entering our eighth season of summer shows but 2009 promises to be amongst our best.

Highlights this year include Superchunk, Polvo, Obits, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and well, pretty much every night is a highlight to us.

Our FREE, outdoor series runs every Friday night from July 3 to August 14. The music starts at 6pm with a Guest DJ and bands go on around 7pm. Join us downtown to take in the stunning backdrop and enjoy New York's best open air venue.

Seaport Music is presented by the River to River Festival."

Updated free NYC show lineup below...

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!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
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"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.

With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.

In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
The entire 2009 lineup is below...

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South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport - initial 2009 show schedule
June 13 (noon) - Children's Day
June 27 (7:00) - New York City Opera
July 03 (6:00) - Here We Go Magic & Bachelorette
July 10 (6:00) - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & TBA
July 17 (6:00) - TBA
July 20-30 --- Sitelines (see below)
July 24 (6:00) - Black Moth Super Rainbow & TBA
July 31 (6:00) - TBA
Aug 07 (6:00) - Moshi Moshi day w/ Casiokids, The Wave Pictures & Slow Club
Aug 14 (6:00) - TBA

NYC's summer-long Seaport Music Series, part of the River to River Festival is back with more free, outdoor concerts in 2009. The initial portion of the always-indie-heavy lineup is here - both above, and in more detail, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Cave Singers - Seeds of Night (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Antlers - Bear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - Two (MP3)

The Cave Singers
The Cave Singers

Friends; we have finished our new record and it is currently kiting toward the pressing mill. We hope you are well, and finding life filled with a bit of love.

Album should be coming out on August 18th, yeah, I know, BBQ Time! Let's light it up and cut it up and steal our own cars of the future. Love is love.

Keep on keeping on. Cave Bros.
[Cave Singers' Myspace, March 25, 2009]

The Cave Singers (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves) have a month-long April tour planned. That includes 2 NYC shows this week. On Wednesday, April 1st (TONIGHT), the band plays Union Hall in Brooklyn with Pepi Ginsberg (Tickets). Then, Thursday, April 2nd the Cave Singers play Mercury Lounge with Pepi Ginsberg (again), Phantogram, and Brooklyn's The Antlers (Tickets).

The AntlersThe Antlers are also playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 7th with Here We Go Magic and Hymns (Tickets)

The Antlers' great new album called Hospice (pictured) is out now. Grab two tracks from that album for free at the top of this post.

Nearly all other dates on The Cave Singers' upcoming US tour are with Golden Boots and Dr. Dog (who'll be at the Clearwater Festival in June).

The Cave Singers' last record was its debut Invitation Songs, which came out on Matador in 2007. A video and all tour dates below...

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