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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Jacco / Meatbodies / Dinner @ Baby's All Right 7/12/2015
Jacco Gardner

Dutch retro psych-pop wunderkind Jacco Gardner wrapped up his current North American tour in NYC on Sunday night (7/12) at Baby's All Right. While his second album, Hypnophobia, perhaps hews a little too closely to the sound/structure of his debut, Gardner really is great live with a seriously tight band who ably recreate the late-'60s baroque sounds of his albums. His band on this tour included his old Trouble in Mind labelmate (and fellow paisley popper) Matson.

This was an all-around fun, if all-over-the-place, bill with LA garage rockers Meatbodies, who played 4 Knots the day before, as special guests. The night started with Dinner, the Danish synthpop singer whose live shows veer more towards interactive performance art. He's fun. Pictures from the whole show continue below...

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photo: Jacco Gardner in Chicago (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jacco Gardner

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

Jacco Gardner, Meatbodies, Dinner @ Baby's All Right
While his new album Hypnophobia was a little too similar to his debut (mushroom tea pysch, lots of harpsichords and mellotrons), he's really something else live, with a seriously good live band (that currently includes kindred spirit Matson on keyboards). This is a fun bill all-around, with LA band Meatbodies (in town for yesterday's 4 Knots) and art weirdo Dinner.

Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, The Black Clouds @ The Bell House
Having just returned from a European tour, grunge punk icons Mudhoney are in town for their second of two NYC shows, tonight with fellow mess-makers Pissed Jeans, as well as The Black Clouds.

'Sound & Chaos: The Story of BC Studio', White Hills, Martin Bisi, Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth), Algis Kizys (ex-Swans), Members of EULA and Insect Ark, Jonathan Kane (ex-Swans), Dan Kaufman (Barbez) @ Littlefield
Tonight, Littlefield is screening the Sound and Chaos documentary which focuses on Brooklyn's BC Studio, where Martin Bisi has recorded music for over 30 years. He's worked with Sonic Youth, Swans, and many more, and former members of both of those bands join him for live performances tonight.

Caveman, Surf Rock is Dead, Braeves @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
There are way worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than at Riis Park Beach Bazaar which offers food, craft beer/wine, shopping, games...all within a stone's throw of the surf. Also: free live music, today featuring NYC guitar pop outfit, Caveman.

George FitzGerald, Arthur @ Zeitgeist at Sea cruise
UK producer George Fitzgerald expanded his earlier deep house and garage style to include a more songwriter-y feel with live vocals on this year's Fading Love (released on Domino imprint Double Six). Tonight he celebrates on a boat that leaves from Pier 83 and W 42nd St.

Johnny Thunders' Birthday Bash w/ Walter Lure & more @ Bowery Electric
Punk legend Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls and his own band The Heartbreakers would be turning 63 this week, had he not sadly passed away in 1991. In honor of that, his Heartbreakers bandmate Walter Lure and a supporting cast are putting on this show.

Kehlani, Pell @ Highline Ballroom
The "alt-R&B" bubble still hasn't burst, as Kehlani helps prove on her solid debut album, You Should Be Here, which came out earlier this year. Chance the Rapper, BJ the Chicago Kid and others make appearances on it. Opener Pell is worth catching too.

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

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photo: Jacco Gardner @ Seaport Music Festival 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jacco Gardner at Seaport Music Festival

Jacco Gardner, who just released his second album, was one of a few bands featured on a limited edition Trouble in Mind 12" they released just for the Eindhoven Psych Lab festival that happened in the Netherlands last weekend. The comp also featured exclusive tracks from The Liminanas, Klaus Johann Grobe, Ultimate Painting, Morgan Delt, Soft Walls and Doug Tuttle, all of whom played the fest. The comp was hard to come by (the label is promising it may be available on their site again soon) but for now you can stream Jacco's contribution, the instrumental "You Have The Key (That Opens The Door)" below.

Gardner is in NYC as we speak for Northside, playing Rough Trade tonight (6/12) with Nap Eyes, and Heaven's Gate. Tickets are still available and you can use your Northside badge to get in (subject to capacity). He then opens the Heems / Very Best show on Friday (6/12) at Green Label Live in McCarren Park (where Luna play tonight). That show is also with St. Grandson, Sevdaliza, Oy and Irie Mafia. It's free but you do need to RSVP.

Those Northside shows are the kickoff to Gardner's North American tour. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jacco Gardner shares unreleased track, here for Northside: Rough Trade tonight, free McCarren show on Friday (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn trio EZTV have shared another new song, "Trampoline," from their debut album which will be out July 10 via Captured Tracks. (Pre-orders are available.) Like much of the album, "Trampoline" is very very catchy powerpop that packs a lot of hooks into its three-and-a-half-minute running time. If you like the dB's, Let's Active or other bands who count Big Star as an influence, this is probably up your alley. Stream "Trampoline" and a couple other songs off the album, below.

EZTV are a last-minute add to tonight's 2015 NYC Popfest kickoff show which is at Cake Shop (5/28). They replace UK band Young Romance who couldn't make it. Tonight's lineup includes Souvenir Stand, Wildhoney, Roman a Clef, and headliners Beverly. This writer will be DJing in-between sets and tickets are available. They'll also be opening for Christopher Owens at Mercury Lounge on June 21 (tickets) and then playing with No Joy at Baby's All Right on June 23 (tickets).

You can also catch EZTV at NXNE and they'll be on part of Jacco Gardner's upcoming tour. All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner's new album, Hypnophobia, is out May 5. Like his debut album, he recrates the mushroom tea psychedelia of 1967, almost as if he's got a time machine or has extracted genes from amber. Melotrons, harpsichords, strings and earth tones abound, and he's a talented songwriter in addition to getting the sonics right. He's discovered some new sounds, too, this time. (The krauty title track is especially good.) The whole record is streaming ahead of its release and you can listen (via The Line of Best Fit) below. You can preorder the album, with its gorgeous Julian House-designed artwork and bonus "Find Yourself" 7", now.

You can catch Jacco on tour this summer, and many of the North American dates are with Calvin Love. He plays NYC during Northside Festival on June 11 at Rough Trade. Still no openers listed for that show, but tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jacco Gardner streaming 'Hypnophobia' LP ++ updated dates"

by Bill Pearis


Dutch psych pop wiz Jacco Gardner has just released a video for single "Find Yourself" from his forthcoming Hypnophobia. Directed by Bear Damen in a '70s paranoid thriller style, it stars Mickey Cohen as a man who may literally be experiencing the song's title. With lots of old-school oil projection effects (and shot on film) it's a cool trip and you can watch it below.

Jacco is gearing up for a busy SXSW and dates on the West Coast. He'll will be through NYC for the Northside Festival, playing June 11 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

There's a second Northside date listed for June 12, details TBA, so stay tuned. All dates are listed below...

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(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels

As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.

Built to Spill have a new album and many other dates on the way too.

Best Coast also have a new album.

Both Vince Staples and Alvvays will be in NYC even sooner.

The wild Oi! punks The Business' Northside show was announced for June 11 at Saint Vitus with more TBA (tickets).

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The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...

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by Bill Pearis


Jacco Gardner has signed with Polyvinyl who will release his new album, Hypnophobia, on May 5. That's the cover art above which was designed by Julian House, best known for his work with Stereolab and Broadcast. As for the album's title, Jacco explains:

I came up with the title "Hypnophobia" while falling asleep and part of my brain just didn't turn off. I often have trouble letting go of reality, even though I prefer the world in my dreams... Hypnophobia comes from a place where fears, darkness and creativity collide, like a slightly scary lucid dream. Fearing a loss of control definitely plays a big part of it.
You can check out Hypnophobia's first single, "Find Yourself," which is another of his catchy baroque-psych concoctions. Stream it below.

Over in March for SXSW and Burgerama, Jacco will also be playing a few West Coast dates with his former Trouble in Mind labelmates Ultimate Painting. No East Coast dates announced yet (he played NYC last summer). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jacco Gardner signs with Polyvinyl, releasing 'Hypnophobia' (stream a track), playing SXSW, Burgerama & other dates"

intro by Bill Pearis

Lars Finberg w/ The Intelligence

It's been almost three years since The Intelligence's last album, Everybody's Got it Easy But Me. What has Lars Finberg been up to in the interim? This year saw the reissue of The Intelligence's first album, Boredom & Terror, on double vinyl (the original CD's bonus disc is now the second platter), which is well worth picking up. You can stream it via Spotify below. As for what else, there's lots going on, including a new album, and we'll let Lars fill you in on all that:

We are fresh home from our "Is it possible to tour Europe on the 'deluxe' reissue of our first LP "Boredom and Terror"? (the answer is a resounding 'somewhat") and Petey Dammit from Thee Oh Sees joined us as a guitarist/stylist.  Our new LP Vintage Future is recorded (by Chris Woodhouse and featuring friends from the The Shins/Thee Oh Sees/Sic Alps/Wounded Lion/The Mallard/Mayyors) and currently being mastered for an April release on In the Red Records, preceded by a 12" single/EP called "Cleaning Lady." Then the bench will be warm enough for us to start touring/hawking t-shirts in the spring.
Keep your eyes peeled for more details on Vintage Future and The Intelligence's tour plans (they were last in NYC during CMJ 2012).

While Lars was filling us in on the new album, he also gave us his Top 10 of 2014. It's a mix of albums, movies, books and shows, and not all of it was actually released this year, but he makes a good case for all of it with commentary below.

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The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

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photos by PSquared

Foxygen @ MHOW 10/8/2014

of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, The Dodos, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, and Jacco Gardner are a few of the artists who'll be contributing to Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2. For it they mailed an artist an old Tascam 4-track recorder to record two songs to tape. When they finished, the mailed the machine to the next artist, and so on and so on. Subscribers to the series will receive a limited edition, two-song 7" each month in 2015, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Subscriptions are available now and the full roster of 2015 participating artists is below.

Speaking of Foxygen, they were in NYC not too long ago for two shows promoting their new album, ...And Star Power. We posted pictures from Webster Hall already, but now we've got a belated set from Music Hall of Williamsbug, including openers Jungle Green. More pictures below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Boogarins / Jacco Gardner @ South Street Seaport - 8/15/14
Jacco Gardner

It was two sides of a psychedelic coin on Friday (8/15) as the Seaport Music Festival brought in two young bands from around the world for one of the best nights there this summer. Looking a bit like Beck in a courderoy jacket and leather hat, Netherlands singer Jacco Gardner and a new version of his band gave us their baroque paisley pop, including a few songs from his upcoming second album. His band is tight and they pull off the harmonies effortlessly. (That said, they were even better at Baby's All Right on Saturday.) Brazil's Boogarins, meanwhile, are more on the guitar-heavy groovy tip, with a little Os Mutantes tropicalia in there for good measure. They clearly enjoying playing, and singer Fernando Almeida had a joyous smile on his face too. They also played some new material from their second album which is already in the can. Unlike last week when most folks stayed seated on the astroturf, people were on their feet for both bands. A really fun night.

This Friday's Seaport Music Fest features Oxford, Mississippi's Dead Gaze, Mystery Lights and one more TBA. More pics from Boogarins and Jacco Gardner below...

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Jacco Gardner plays his second NYC show this weekend tonight (8/16) at Baby's All Right (tickets). His take on baroque psych-pop is joined by an actual '60s baroque singer-songwriter, Nick Garrie. His sole album from that era, The Nightmare of J B Stanislas, is a lost gem that even some crate-digging MOJO subscribers haven't heard of. From the label:

The story begins with a young Garrie who in 1969 is called by the French label DiscAZ (also home to artists such as Brigitte Bardot and Michael Polnareff), to record a debut album, after they heard some demo tracks that impressed them tremendously. Eddie Vartan (Sylvie Vartan's brother, and an important representative of the French rock scene) is put in charge of production, for which he seeks the help of a 56-musician orchestra to fill the album with arrangements and melodic lines - and album that its composer had brought acoustic and bare. The result is the "The Nightmare of J B Stanislas" in which the seriousness of Garrie's melodies, his abstract stories flooded with a Saint Tropez breeze, create a strange chemical reaction with Vartan's orchestrations, and give way to this incredibly addictive work, an authentic canon of beauty, of imagination, of extravagant arrangements full of fantasy. The end of this exciting dream comes when, few short days after the disc goes on sale, the head of DiscAZ, Lucien Morisse, commits suicide, leaving the album orphaned, with no promotion or plan, which resulted in very few copies every getting sold.
The Nightmare of J B Stanislas was reissued by Spanish label Elefant in 2009 as well as a new album, 49 Arlington Gardens, made with help from a cadre of Scottish musicians including members of Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, Trashcan Sinatras and The Delgados. You can stream both albums below.

Nick also plays Joe's Pub on Sunday (8/17) opening for Edward Rogers.

Immediately after the Jacco Gardner show at Baby's is the BV-presented Delorean show and tickets are still available for that too.

Album streams below.

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Boogarins @ Festival Bananada 2014

Brazilian band Boogarins are headed up to North America for their a summer tour, including a NYC stop next weekend at the free Seaport Music Festival on August 15 with Jacco Gardner as well as a couple shows opening for Guided by Voices. Since we last posted, Boogarins have added dates, including a number of shows opening for The Clean.

To get a taste of what the band are like live, we've got the premiere of a live video of Boogarins performing "Doce" (from their terrific debut, As Plantas Que Curam) at Brazil's Festival Bananada back in May. The nine-minute clip shows the young band in all their psyched-out glory and you can watch it below.

All Boogarins dates are listed, along with the live video, below...

Continue reading "Boogarins made a live video (watch); North American tour includes dates w/ The Clean & Guided by Voices"

Jacco Gardner @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As mentioned, Dutch psych pop wunderkind Jacco Gardner will be in NYC next month for the Seaport Music Festival, playing August 15 with Boogarins. He's since announced a full North American tour that includes another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on August 16. Openers are still TBA but tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with a song stream, below...

Continue reading "Jacco Gardner touring this summer, adds Baby's All Right show after Seaport Music Festival (dates)"

FYF Fest

The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.

Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 lineup announced (Strokes, Blood Brothers, Phoenix, Slint, Slowdive, Death Grips, Grimes & many more!)"


The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.

Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2014 lineup announced (Replacements, Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang, Afghan Whigs, Danny Brown & more)"

Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joanna Gruesome

The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.

More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:

Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, Alvvays
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
As always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.

Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.

They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.

The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.

Updated lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest expands lineup (Panda Bear, War On Drugs, BJM, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, more)"

Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.

Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.

Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Primal Scream, Loop, The Zombies, Black Angels, Black Lips, Destruction Unit & more)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Au Revoir Simone / Jacco Gardner @ Mission Sound 10/17/2013

On October 17, 2013, Insound and Just Managing hosted their annual CMJ Recording Lounge at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Eight bands were recorded in eight hours in whirlwind sessions helmed by Grammy winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords) and Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork). It that short span of time, they got two tracks recorded each from Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, John Murry, Dream Shake and Ski Lodge. You can check out Au Revoir Simone's "Just Like a Tree" and Jacco Gardner's "Chameleon" and photos from those sessions in this post, and you can download all 16 songs for free over at Insound.

In addition to their upcoming Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 17 (tickets), Au Revoir Simone are also playing a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 with Spires, Grooms and UK band Splashh who will be performing as a duo for this show. Splashh also play the Bazaar the night before (12/6) with TEEN, Forest Fire and Valleys. They're flying over just for these shows which are being presented by Kanine Records. All BK Night Bazaar shows are free.

Check out Jacco Gardner and Au Revoir Simone streams, and more pics from their sessions, below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner & more recorded sessions for free comp (pics, stream & download); ARS add Brooklyn show"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome

After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.

Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.


Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.

After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.

Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.

Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.

We already posted some videos from the show, and pictures of Nothing, as well as Ex Hex and Mac. Pictures and recap from the first half of this show are HERE. The rest is below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 2) -- Joanna Gruesome, Pallbearer, Hop Along, Torres, Jacco Gardner, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck

Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.

We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.

Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.

After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.

Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).

More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 1) -- Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, King Dude, Spires & more"


All free:

SATURDAY (10/19/2013)
12:00 Spires
12:45 Pity Sex
1:30 Courtney Barnett
2:15 Yuck
3:00 King Dude
4:00 Nothing
5:00 Pallbearer
6:00 Torres
7:00 Hop Along
8:00 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
9:00 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band's NYC debut)
10:00 Jacco Gardner
11:00 Drowners
12:00 Joanna Gruesome
01:00 Public Service Broadcasting