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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADStandard Fare - Dancing (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Inocultist - Prophecy for the Summer (MP3)

Standard Fare
Standard FAre

Last night was kind of a blowout night for NYC concert-going. So many great shows, big and small, I hope you all went to something and didn't stay home watching Top Chef or something. (I missed it all, I had to work.) The weekend doesn't look quite as action-packed but there's no hurting for great music options.

My top pick for the weekend would be Standard Fare who are over from England and are playing two NYC shows: tonight (8/5) at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (8/6) for the Mondo! party at the about-to-be-renovated Don Hill's. I've written about Standard Fare more than once, so I'm just going to quote myself here:

Standard Fare's The Noyelle Beat (out now in America on Bar/None) is one of the best indiepop records of the year (along with Allo Darlin's debut). Cute, romantic, but with some muscle in there too. You can download a couple of tracks from it above. You should also watch the new video for their great single "Philadelphia" at the bottom of this post.
Tonight's Bruar Falls show would be worth going to even if Standard Fare weren't playing. Also on this all-over-the-place bill are low-fi legend R. Stevie Moore (who recently played with Ariel Pink), all-girl trio Brian, and Japanese cosplay singer, Reni. Video of the latter is at the bottom of this post.

Inoculist
Inoculist

If you're not at Bruar Falls, you might consider its sister venue, Cake Shop, tonight (8/5) to catch Lower Dens, Air Waves and Inoculist. Lower Dens and Inoculist played together last night at Glasslands and by all reports (the ones I heard anyway) it was a great show. You can watch video from last night's show shot by Bleary-eyed Brooklyn at the bottom of this post. I saw Lower Dens during the Northside Fest and thought they were terrific and have been singing the praises of their debut album, Twin Hand Movement, all summer. The record sounds better now as our shadows get longer and the nights cool off. This is a August/September kind of album.

Inoculist (which I keep mispelling "inocultist) is fronted by Jana's brother John, and the two siblings definitely pull from the same record collection. Inoculist's debut, Spells, is a laid back affair, and comparisons to Low's first few albums are not unwarranted. Hunter and keyboardist Ashlyn Davis' voices are well matched for the band's mellow vibe. Really nice. The Hunters will be touring together for a couple weeks, but will split off mid-month and Inoculist will then head out with Little Gold for a week of shows while Lower Dens go it alone down the West Coast and the South.

Rounding out the Cake Shop bill is Air Waves whose debut album is due out on Underwater Peoples sometime in the near future. See them while you can -- Nicole is moving to Austin at the end of the month. Air Waves still have a few NYC shows left till then, though, including next Saturday's (8/14) Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase -- a blowout at Shea Stadium featuring Julian Lynch, Big Troubles, Fluffy Lumbers, Ducktails and more. Advance tickets are available at the UP website. See the flyer at the bottom of this post for the full line-up, and all remaining Air Waves NYC shows are down there too.

And a few more recommended weekend shows that I didn't cover above:

THURSDAY, AUG 5

Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians? I guess I should be more specific. Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians that is outdoors and free? Metric play Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park with Joan as Policewoman and Holly Miranda.

SHARK? are busy working on their Kickstarter-funded album but are taking a break to road test some songs at The Rock Shop. (Download previous SHARK? releases here.) where they'll play with The Great Unwashed (the ones from Staten Island, not New Zealand), Conversion Party, and The Rabbits.

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The xx @ Webster Hall on March 31st (more by Bao Nguyen)
The xx

The xx couldn't stay away too long. Their last NYC show was April 22nd at Terminal 5 with Hot Chip. Their next NYC show will be a free one at Central Park Summerstage on Sunday, August 8th with Jack Penate and Chairlift. St. Vincent, Tune-Yards & Basia Bulat play the same venue one week earlier. Gil Scott-Heron, who a member of the xx is busy remixing, plays Summerstage this summer too.

The xx's only other announced dates at the moment are the tour they're doing from Sasquatch to Bonnaroo. All dates below...

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QQ

The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Jack Penate, Jack Penate
Jack Penate

Two Mercury Lounge shows down, with one at Maxwell's to go, Jack Penate and Miike Snow, continue their tour of the United States tonight (9/18) in Washington DC. The Hoboken show is on Saturday. More pictures and both setlists from the Tuesday show at Mercury Lounge, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Jack Penate - Tonight's Today (MP3)

Jack Penate @ Pianos on June 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
Jack Penate

In early June, UK singer Jack Penate flew all the way to the U.S. for a pair of NYC dates at Bruar Falls and Pianos. Then, in mid-June, Swedish trio Miike Snow made a similar, albeit more extended trip , playing a pair of NYC shows with the Maccabees and Hatcham Social...

"...[Miike Snow] was definitely not my thing, but they were good and what they did, and in general people [at the Music Hall of Williamsburg show] seemed to be pretty excited about them. There definitely seemed to be a buzz going on about them, but I'm not so sure I get it. However, they seemed like perfectly nice dudes and I was happy to see them get a positive response.

The Maccabees played next. I had never listened to them either, but people were really fired up for them, especially the British chick next to us who rolled solo to the show because she loves the band so much. She guaranteed my friend and I that we wouldn't be disappointed by them live. I was skeptical, but she turned out to be right. They were really loud, energetic, and fun to watch. The tunes were catchy and the performance was tight. I don't know that I am going to run out and buy the album, but it was a great show to go to for free." [Before They Make Me Run]

Miike and Jack will return to tour the country together this September and October. Dates include a pair of shows at the Mercury Lounge on September 15th and 16th, and a show at NJ venue Maxwell's on September 19th. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge shows go on AmEx presale today (Wednesday, June 24th) at noon. General sale starts Friday, June 26th at noon, which is the same time tickets for the Maxwell's show go up.

Miike Snow's self-titled debut is out now on Downtown Records. The new disc by Jack Penate, Everything Is New, will be out August 18th on XL Recordings. The first single from that, "Tonight's Today," is available above. A pair of Penate videos, including one for "Tonight's," are below, with all tour dates...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Jack Penate

"I'm not really sure how to describe what kind of music these Brits make. It's sort of like...rock disco. Frontman, Jack Penate, shakes and rattles around with confidence that I think only a UK pop performer can pull off. His British cockiness reminds me ever-so-slightly of The Libertines, but the music is so much harder to position. What is it exactly? It seems like he could almost be the male Lily Allen, writing what everyone knows are actually pretty decent songs, but are just too enjoyable to be actually, truly good. In the end, whatever it is exactly that he does, he does it very well, but I don't think I like it." [NY Rockmarket]
Jack Penate concluded his most recent NYC visit with a show at Pianos on Thursday (6/4). Opening the show was Florida's Holiday Shores. More pictures below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Viva Voce - Octavio (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Holiday Shores - Phones Don't Feud (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jack Penate - Tonight's Today (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dark Meat - Freedom Ritual (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Young Republic - The Alchemist (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Young Republic - The Wolf (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Princeton - The Waves (MP3)

Art Brut @ Mercury Lounge (more by Tim Griffin)
Art Brut

Tonight (6/4) is seriously overloaded with show choices. If you have tickets to Art Brut (who were great on Monday and I heard Wednesday night's show was the best yet) and are looking to do something beforehand, you might consider checking out Jack Peñate at Pianos. He was pretty good at Bruar Falls last night, playing a set entirely made up of songs from his new, world-influenced, Everything is New, which I like way more than his debut. A bit of a nutty dancer, but his enthusiasm (and talent) is there. There's video from the show at the bottom of this post.

Holiday Shores
Holiday Shores

And going on before Mr. Peñate are Florida's Holiday Shores, who have been getting a bunch of coverage all of a sudden. Their set tonight is an early one because from Pianos they're rushing up to the SPIN Magazine offices to play a private party there. Their debut LP, Columbus'd The Whim, is out this summer on twosyllable Records. The songs on their MySpace page, all reverb and fuzz and bouncy melodies, sound interesting enough to merit checking them out. (And there's an MP3 at the top of this post that might help make up your mind.) If you miss them tonight, they're also at new Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium on Friday (6/5).

You could potentially have a very busy night ahead of you on the L.E.S.

Other Thursday options: Doves are playing Terminal 5, a venue I still haven't been to. Their new album doesn't really grab me the way their previous records did, but they are a dynamic live band whose widescreen sound goes well with bigger venues like T5.

There's also Spanish Prisoners, Sisters and Knight School at Public Assembly; and The Postelles, pow wow! and Real Estate at Santos. Both good choices.

Viva Voce
Viva Voice

But if I could go to any show tonight (which I can't, unfortunately) I think I'd probably see Portland's Viva Voce at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The until-now husband and wife duo, who made a lot shoegazy pop on their own, recently ballooned to a four-piece for their fifth album, Rose City, which is almost as good as 2006's stellar Get Yr Blood Sucked Out. On record this expanded Viva Voce don't sound that different, but it will be interesting to see how it affects their live show, which was already pretty awesome. Check out the MP3 for current single "Octavio" at the top of the post. The whole bill tonight at MHoW is worthwhile, with Australia's Cut Off Your Hands (Frenchkiss) and James Yuill, who is more entertaining live than you think he's going to be when he walks out on stage.

Dark Meat
Dark Meat

A couple other bands of note are in town this weekend. Athens, Georgia's glitter and confetti-loving collective Dark Meat are playing Cake Shop on Friday (6/5) and Bruar Falls on Saturday (6/6). You may have been on a boat with them and Vivian Girls last fall. If you've never attended a Dark Meat show before, it's a bit like walking into a hippie version of Mardi Gras where Frank Zappa is the Grand Marshall. With so many band members, so much going on, so much shiny detritus in the air, it can either be intoxicating or asphyxiating. But it's never boring. Like all hallucinogenics, if you go into Dark Meat with the right mind, you'll have a good time. Both Cake Shop and Bruar Falls will be 1/3 full just from the band alone so expect hi-jinks and wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.

The Young Republic
Young republic

And speaking of large masses from the south, also in town this weekend are Nashville's The Young Republic, who are not to be confused with Awesome New Republic, The Most Serene Republic, Savage Republic, Republica, or actual Young Republicans. The six-piece have country, blues and celtic elements into their anthemic sound, which also delves into Tom Waits cabaret territory at times. Unsigned in America, The Young Republic are much popular in the UK where they're on End of the Road Records who also have The Low Anthem and Port O'Brien on their roster. The Young Republic, whose new album Balletesque is due out later this year, play Spike Hill on Friday (6/5) and Pianos on Saturday. Check out two MP3s at the top of this post.

Princeton
Princeton

Also on that Pianos bill are L.A. trio Princeton who I caught last year at Cake Shop (during CMJ I think) and who make quite charming baroque pop. The band are actually in town to perform on Friday at Lincoln Center's Pope Auditorium. Why? This press release can explain better than I could:

Princeton, the Los Angeles-based trio, join forces with San Francisco's Stephen Pelton Dance Theater in it was this: it was this: an evening of songs and dances inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.

Princeton will perform all of the songs from their recent EP Bloomsbury, each lyrically focused upon a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Portraits of Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes are each presented in a different musical framework with lush orchestral arrangements. The band is comprised of twin brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel and Ben Usen. The band will be joined by 8 additional musicians in recreating their frolicsome, exuberant take on the cast of Bloomsbury characters.

Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, known for known its intimate theatricality and emotional intensity, may be familiar to audiences from previous Woolf conferences. This year the company will perform several new works including the premiere of it was this: it was this: a choreographic study of Woolf's punctuation. Using a single paragraph from To the Lighthouse, the company dances their way from the first word to the last, pausing briefly for every comma, parentheses and semicolon in-between. The company also performs a revised version of The Death of the Moth, first seen at the Plymouth State Conference in 1997.

If that sounds a little high falutin', don't be afraid of the Woolf references, Princeton's pop is pretty easy to swallow, though an appreciation of The Left Banke and Village Green-era Kinks is probably advised. There's an MP3 at the top of this post. And there will be no dancers on stage at the Pianos gig, as far as I know.

That's it for this week. Videos and tour tour dates after the jump....

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Jack Penate - Tonight's Today (MP3)

Jack Penate

Singer Jack Peñate hits New York in about a week, playing Bruar Falls on June 3 and (according to Jack's MySpace) Pianos on June 4. You may remember Jack from a couple years ago when he arrived on a wave of hype from London. Despite a couple UK hits, Peñate's 2007 debut, Matinee, got trounced in the press, charged with featherweight lyrics and a tendency to sound like an overly Wham! on Redbull. Well, Jack's back with his follow-up, Everything is New, due out June 22 that sounds like he's been to Brazil (and Ibiza) or at least has been given the Luaka Bop catalog. Which is not a bad thing. He's calmed down (a bit), sauced things up and the album's first single, "Tonight's Today," is pretty damn catchy. MP3 above. And the video, directed by Alma Har'el, is kind of hot (and slightly NSFW). You can watch it, and all tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Seattle (w/ Emmy the Great) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Toe Jam (w/ David Byrne) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - He's Frank (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Should I Stay or Should I Blow (MP3)

Brighton Port Authority

The Brighton Port Authority (Fatboy Slim)'s album "I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" won't be released until February, except on Amazon.com where you can get it now. Guest contributors to the album include Iggy Pop, Jack Penate, Dizzee Rascal, Emmy the Great, Jamie T, Martha Wainwright, and David Byrne. David's song (the one with the racy video) is "Toe Jam". That's also the song they're giving away the parts for if you want to make your own remix (though the contest part of it is over).

Tickets for David Byrne's 2nd NYC show at Radio City Music Hall go on regular-sale today/Monday at 10AM. The few-day-old presale is now over. All of David's tour dates are listed HERE.

Emmy the Great recently visited America for NYC's CMJ Music Marathon. "America" is the topic in The BPA's 2nd single "Seattle" that she sings on. Grab the MP3 above. Watch the video for that, and the one David & Dizzee sing in, below...

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Adele & XL labelmates
Adele

Adele is playing Webster Hall on September 3rd. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. Adele is on this year's Mercury Prize shortlist. Not many tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Adele - Last Night (Strokes) (Live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Adele - Hometown Glory (Live) (MP3)

AdeleAdele

From the point of view of what new artists are "hot" in the UK right now (or something like that), Adele ("the next Amy Winehouse"...) definitely seems more interesting than the jing jong band, and Joe's Pub is just the place for a show by someone like her. She is signed to XL Recordings, like Radiohead, and Vampire Weekend, and (and according to Wikipedia) her best friend. Her debut album "19" is out now. All tour dates, and a video, below..

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pictures by Bao Nguyen

Jack Penate

I'm not a firm believer in UK dude Jack Penate yet, but Oh My Rockness are huge fans of the XL-signed artist, and Bao said it was a great show. I haven't seen him live yet either. More Mercury Lounge photos below.....

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Jack Penate @ Fontana's, NYC, CMJ 2007 (Leia Jospe)
JAck Penate @ Fontanas

Jack Penate is in town to play Mercury Lounge tonight (Jan 21) (sold out), and Union Pool tomorrow (first come, first served). The British singer-songwriter is signed to XL Recordings which makes him the labelmate of Radiohead and Vampire Weekend. Last time he was here was for CMJ.

Remember those DUMBO Session videos St. Vincent recorded? Well, Jack did some too, and you can watch the first one, below...

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left to right: Wayne Arnold, Jack Penate
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free shows, NYC, CMJ, 2007
Tue Oct 16 (8pm) - St Vincent @ Other Music
Tue Oct 16 (4pm) - Jack Penate & Voxtrot @ Fontana's
Wed Oct 17 (2pm) - Jack Penate & Vampire Weekend @ Cake Shop
Wed Oct 17 (6pm) - No Age @ Other Music
Thu Oct 18 (11am) - Vampire Weekend @ Other Music