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intro by Bill Pearis

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

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

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

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

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by Bill Pearis

Courtship Ritual

Monica Salazar and Jared Olmsted are both from California but they met and formed Courtship Ritual here in Brooklyn. They describe themselves thusly:

Courtship Ritual are not a chillwave group, they are not a witch house group, they don't play EDM music and they don't play dubstep. Courtship Ritual are an original Post-Pop group of 2014, and their ditties are short, succinct and every one a potential swan song.
What do they sound like then? The most prominent components to these ears are Salazar's voice and Olmstead's liquid bass, giving Courtship Ritual a dark, mossy vibe. There's a little David J in there, maybe some early Eno or Japan, and they would make good openers for someone like Dum Dum Girls. The band's debut album, Pith, is out this week (7/22) on GODMODE (Shamir, Yvette). You can stream the whole album below.

Courtship Ritual have a couple NYC shows coming up. They play Palisades on July 31 with EULA, Pile, and Big Ups, and then they'll be back at Palisades on August 13 with Fasano, The Flag and Imperial Topaz.

Album stream and show flyers below...

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TPOBPAH at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Mac DeMarco at M for Montreal 2013 (more by Ellie Pritts)

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

Motion Studies, Fasano, Imperial Topaz, Puppy Cops @ Baby's All Right
It's a diverse night of local music at Baby's tonight with the funky GODMODE-signed Motion Studies, piano singer/songrwriter Fasano, ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz, and Puppy Cops.

James Vincent McMorrow, Aidan Knight @ Bowery Ballroom
James Vincent McMorrow isn't the most original songwriter (Bon Iver and James Blake seem like obvious influences), but he can write some pretty gorgeous music. Tonight's his first of three NYC shows this week, all of which are sold out.

Gurus, Future of What, Icewater, Snowday @ Death By Audio
A less noisy night than DbA usually hosts, the rhythm-heavy Gurus (members of Rahim and Your Nature) headline. Icewater, who are also Eleanor Friedberger's backing band, make lovely guitar-and-synth pop on their own.

London Grammar, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Haerts @ Irving Plaza
London Grammar's career got a boost when they contributed to the Disclosure LP, but they're flying pretty high off their solo material as well. We at BV are happy to present tonight's sold-out NYC show on their current tour.

Laura Mvula, PHOX @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
British singer Laura Mvula makes excellent boundary-pushing pop that's comparable to Jesse Ware or Janelle Monae. Tonight she plays NYC ahead of her Coachella appearance, and this show is sold out.

Langhorne Slim & The Law, The Felice Brothers, The Districts @ Rough Trade
It's a triple dose of folk/blues/roots rock at Rough Trade tonight from Langhorne Slim & The Law, The Felice Brothers, and The Districts.

Kristeen Young, Tansu, Baby Teardrops @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "HOW SOON IS NOW!!!" in your ear. It's her first of four April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Parquet Courts @ The Greene Space
This is the first night of the two-night Gigstock, which mixes"showcase-length sets with conversation." It's a good double bill tonight too and both groups are sure to be playing new material from their forthcoming albums. Sold out, but you can stream it online.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra @ Union Pool
You may know that Thee Silver Mt. Zion share members with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but post-rock is only a minor element here, not to say it isn't still epic, gripping music. Tonight's their last of three NYC shows total this week, and totally sold out.

Mac DeMarco, Amen Dunes, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Tonstartssbandht @ Webster Hall
With his third album, Salad Days, out now, Mac plays his second sold-out NYC show this week.

Immortal Technique, Brother Ali @ Highline Ballroom
Fellow "conscious" rappers Immortal Technique and Brother Ali bring the tour they're on together to Highline Ballroom for their first of two NYC shows this week.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's talent includes Mike Cannon, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Neal Stastny.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Andrew Sacher

'Full of Grace' artwork
Imperial Topaz

We profiled Brooklyn ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz back in 2013, just ahead of their live debut at The Stone. At the time, they only had an EP and a few singles, but the band finally released their first full length album, Full of Grace, this past February via Tranquility Tapes. Like their earlier material, comparisons to Julia Holter are warranted, and fans of Julia's stuff should check this out. You can stream the record in full below.

Imperial Topaz will celebrate with a record release show TONIGHT (Wednesday, 3/12) at Death by Audio with Hex Breaker Quartet, Jerry Paper and Seth Graham. Admission is $7 at the door.

Head below for the LP stream and a show flyer...

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Mark McGuire

Ambient guitarist Mark McGuire, formerly of the now-defunct trio Emeralds, is set to release his new solo album (and first for Dead Oceans), Along The Way, on February 4, but it's streaming ahead of its release via The FADER. Listen to it in full below.

Mark also has a few upcoming dates this year, including Big Ears Festival, Mission Creek Festival, SXSW, and two appearances in NYC. First is a live headlining gig at Baby's All Right on Friday (1/31) with solid local support from Imperial Topaz and Forma. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show starts at 9 PM and Mark is on at 11.

Then on Sunday (2/2), Mark DJs the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Brooklyn. All of his dates are listed below.

Mark's Baby's show is actually one of THREE shows happening at the Brooklyn venue that night. At 6 PM it's a sold-out Broken Bells show ahead of their much larger (but also sold out) Webster Hall show. Broken Bells are streaming their new album, After The Disco, on iTunes.

And lastly, as discussed, the Rough Trade stop on Eagulls' tour was moved to Baby's All Right and happens that same night, with doors at midnight. Eagulls' tour also hits Mercury Lounge tonight (1/29) with Yvette. Tickets for both of their NYC shows are still available.

All Mark McGuire dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Mark McGuire (ex-Emeralds) streaming new album, touring, playing Baby's after Broken Bells, before Eagulls (dates)"

Cassette Fair

As mentioned, this Saturday (9/7) is Cassette Store Day, a celebration of the first portable, recordable format. There are a number of exclusive releases for CSD, including cassette editions of The Flaming Lips' The Terror, Deerhunter's Monomania, Volcano Choir's Repave, a reissue of Fucked Up's Hidden World, plus other cassette-only items. A full list of official CSD2013 releases is in this post.

For those excited by all this, the NYC Cassette Fair is probably the place to be in the Five Boroughs, which happens at Silent Barn on Saturday from 5 PM to midnight. In addition to the wares for sale, there will also be performances from Sleepies, Lame Drivers, Imperial Topaz, Trabajo, Nonhorse, Raindeer, and NAFTA. It's $5 to get in.

CSD release list is below...

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by Bill Pearis


Still Corners released their second album, Strange Pleasures, last month via Sub Pop and if you haven't heard it yet, it's a terrific record. I was a big fan of their debut but I think Strange Pleasures is better, adding synthpop elements to their icy, ethereal sound. You can stream the whole record via Rdio or Spotify.

The band are currently on a tour with CHVRCHES which includes two sold-out NYC shows. That tour derailed Still Corners previously-announced headlining shows, with their Glasslands date getting canceled and the Mercury Lounge show moving from June 11 to June 19. Opening at Mercury is previously-profiled Imperial Topaz, making for a strong double-bill. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge are still available.

Updated dates are listed, along with the video for Still Corners's single "Berlin Lovers," below.

Continue reading "Still Corners on tour w/ CHVRCHES; Mercury Lounge show rescheduled"

by Andrew Sacher

Imperial Topaz at The Stone - 2/3/13 (photo by Jen MacDonald)
Imperial Topaz

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.

Speaking of Beach Fossils, as mentioned, they play their record release show for Clash the Truth in NYC on February 23 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

Song stream below...

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Motion Sickness of Time Travel
Motion Sickness of Time Travel

The always-prolific Motion Sickness of Time Travel (aka Rachel Evans) had a few releases last year, and she's already got one out in 2013, The Perennials EP, which dropped on New Year's Day. You can purchase the vinyl from Boomkat and stream two of its tracks, "The Renard and the Vixen" and "The Chord and the Centre," below, where you'll also find the cover art and tracklist. They also have an upcoming split with Imperial Topaz.

As mentioned a while ago, MSOTT will be making her NYC debut at The Stone on February 1 with her husband Grant Evans. When we first posted about that show, Rachel and Grant's collaborative project, Quiet Evenings, were set to play the same venue a day later, but that show has since been cancelled.

The Stone show is part of a two-week long series which is being curated by Franklin Teagle, head of Brooklyn label Tranquility Tapes. The series also includes the NYC debuts from Imperial Topaz, Emuul, Thoughts on Air, Glass House, Sound Out Light, Wether, Event Cloak, Christopher Merritt, and Bedroom. More information at The Stone's website.

The flyer for the series (which includes the full lineup) and those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Tranquility Tapes curating two weeks at The Stone in February, Motion Sickness of Time Travel released a new EP (streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Periphery" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Moonlit Mind" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Evil Genius" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Waterbed" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Luxury Liner" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "In The Waves" (MP3)

Imperial Topaz

Brooklyn ambient art pop duo Imperial Topaz (aka Caroline Teagle and Zachary Zierden) surfaced at the beginning of 2012 with the "Angel of the Overpass" single and followed that with the Imperial EP and the "Moonlit Mind" single, both of which you can download for free at the top of this post, or stream below. They record for Tranquility Tapes, and like their labelmates, they've got a great knack for droning ambience, but Imperial Topaz also work in elements of dream pop and otherworldly psychedelia, creating an addictive sound that should appeal to fans of Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, or Keep Shelly in Athens.

In addition to their 2012 recordings, the duo just dropped a new song, "Periphery," this week which will appear on an upcoming split with Motion Sickness of Time Travel (who named their Imperial EP one of her favorite releases of 2012). The track continues right where they left off and also shows signs of a bright future. You can download that one above or stream it below too.

Imperial Topaz will make their live NYC debut at The Stone on February 3, as part of the Tranquility Tapes-curated series. They go on at 8 PM, followed by Hex Breaker Quartet at 10.

Streams below...

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