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Nick Cave at Prospect Park in July (more by PSquared)
Nick Cave

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

Nick Cave @ Town Hall
Nick Cave returns to NYC yet again, for another screening of his semi-documentary 20,000 Days on Earth and a solo live performance. Sold out.

King Crimson @ Best Buy Theater
Robert Fripp's legendary prog band King Crimson are back and for this tour Fripp will be joined by Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), and Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals). Crimson's got tons of different styles throughout their long career that dates back to the late '60s, so tonight should be anything but predictable. Third of four shows.

Wu Tang Clan, The Diplomats, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Curren$y, Lil Kim, Dom Kennedy @ Barclays Center
It's a stacked bill at Brooklyn's Barclays Center tonight of legendary hip hop from Wu-Tang, Dipset, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Lil Kim, plus a couple of the better newer-comers, Curren$y and Dom Kennedy.

The Drums, Beverly, Literature @ Bowery Ballroom
The Drums new album, Encyclopedia, adds some welcome dissonance to their usual helium-fueled surf pop. Tonight's sold out show features two superior indie pop bands: Beverly and Philly's Literature. There's a Sunday matinee show at Rough Trade too.

Backwords, Wild Yaks, Dead Stars, Radical Dads @ Baby's All Right
Backwords have come a long way from their folky beginnings and the band's new album, Nest, is fairly ambitious. They celebrate its release tonight with a very solid lineup of fellow Brooklynites, including classic-style indie rockers, Radical Dads.

Windhand, All Them Witches, Ilsa, Elder @ Saint Vitus
Windhand's doom metal (like most doom metal) is indebted to other bands, especially Electric Wizard, but they've got a sense of melody that makes them genuinely catchy. Their psych-rockin' tourmates All Them Witches are worth catching as well.

Kayo Dot, Islaja, Ill Convoy @ Trans-Pecos
Art metallers Kayo Dot have an insane palette of sounds on their upcoming album, Coffins on Io (obviously), and tonight they'll bring that wacky mix of styles to life at Trans-Pecos.

Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney @ BAM
The "Nonesuch Records at BAM" celebration continues today with an impressive lineup leaning towards the folk side of the spectrum.

Rhett Miller @ City Winery
While his band The Old 97's just released their new album, Most Messed Up, frontman Rhett Miller is in town tonight for this solo show.

Stiff Little Fingers, The So So Glos @ Irving Plaza
Jake Burns has kept the SLF flame alive through myriad lineup changes, though original bassist Ali McMordie is now part of the lineup again. Expect burners like "Suspect Device," "Alternative Ulster" and other favorites.

Yacht, White Fang @ Mercury Lounge
Having just singed to Downtown records, Portland dance duo Yacht will be trying out new material on this tour, plus old favorites too. This is their first of three NYC shows with White Fang. Tonight is sold out.

Those Darlins, Landlady, Heat,The Dirty Nil @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's another night of free music and not-free food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight's a good lineup featuring Montreal's HEAT, Brooklyn's Landlady and Nashville's Those Darlins.

Palomar, The Oranges Band, So Cow, Overlord @ Cake Shop
Palomar have been around since the late '90s and have outlasted all sorts of other more hyped Brooklyn bands and scenes, putting out quality indie rock LP after quality indie rock LP. Tonight they play with another longrunning indie band, The Oranges Band, and Ireland's So Cow. That's a good show!

The Gooch Palms, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, New England Patriots, Mr. Transylvania @ Death By Audio
Seemingly every garagey/psych Australian band are on tour in the US right now, and tonight NYC gets Newcastle duo The Gooch Palms, their second of two shows here. DbA mainstays Ed Schrader's Music Beat are also a welcome addition to this lineup.

The Hacker, UNTOLD, Helix, Hank Jackson, Octo Octa @ 88 Palace
UK electronic musician Untold has put out tons of impressive material over the past few years, and had a hand in starting the post-dubstep movement, including an early association with James Blake. Tonight he's in NYC.

Javelin, Ejecta, The Great Void @ Glasslands
Avant-pop band Javelin team up with the Neon Indian-related and nudity-lovin' Ejecta tonight for this show at Glasslands.

The Dandy Warhols, Bonfire Beach @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year, snarky psych-pop band The Dandy Warhols play their second of two MHOW shows tonight.

The Cave Singers, Ghost Pal @ Rough Trade
Folk rockers The Cave Singers return to NYC for two shows this weekend, this being the second.

Avi Buffalo @ Rough Trade (2 PM, free)
After taking time off for life stuff, Avi Buffalo is back with his second album, At Best Cuckold, which is another charming, cleverly arranged dose of acoustic-y indiepop. This is a free afternoon show (2 PM) and all ages.

United Waters, Samara Lubelski @ Silent Barn
NY's United Waters (the project of ex-Mouthus member Brian Sullivan) put out their album Sunburner earlier this year on Bathetic (the label Angel Olsen used to be on), and it's 8 tracks of good pop songwriting covered by a hazy coat of lo-fi. Samara Lubelski, who played in Chelsea Light Moving with Thurston Moore and several other projects, is on the bill too.

Doom, Hard Skin, EEL, Crimson Scarlett, Kicker, Nomad @ The Wick
Brooklyn's Burning continues today with UK crust vets Doom headlining, along with Oi!-sters Hard Skin, PE-infused punks EEL, dark punks Crimson Scarlett, the Neurosis/Filth/Dystopia-related Kicker, and Brooklyn noisecore rippers Nomad.

Steely Dan @ Capitol Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After" tour to The Capitol Theatre . Wear your bad sneakers if you like, but we have a feeling they don't serve pina coladas there.

The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens, Daptone Records (DJ set) @ The Lot In Long Island City
The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series and today's afternoon entertainment features classic R&B/soul.

Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead performing the score to "There Will Be Blood") @ United Palace Theatre
Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood makes its "live" premiere tonight and the event includes Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood performing his score along with help from the 50-piece Wordless Music Orchestra. This is night 2.

Bill Frisell @ Lincoln Center
Guitarist extraordinaire Bill Frisell, who'll soon be out playing shows with Sam Amidon, is with the Big Sur Quintet tonight, working work entirely from Woodie Gurtherie's catalog.

Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese hits NYC for five nights as part of her "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" production. This is the final night.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Bell House
The EMCF has two shows at The Bell House tonight: the always popular Pretty Good Friends, and then later one called "You Never Know Who Might Drop By." Both are sold out.

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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Courtney Barnett at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Courtney
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Nothing

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

The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing today with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cheap Girls, Dogbreth @ LPR
Andrew Jackson Jihad make a quality mix of folk punk and anti-folk, while Cheap Girls are more akin to '90s alternative bands like the Smoking Popes or a punkier Gin Blossoms. Indie punks Dogbreth are worth showing up early for too.

Beirut, RatKing, Malang Jobarteh @ 50 Kent
It's been a few years since Beirut put out a new album, but a live show from the balkan-inspired indie band is always welcome, new music or not. Opening the show is local rap group Ratking and kora player Malang Jobarteh.

Cody ChesnuTT @ Apollo Theater
A charmer and more than a little eccentric R&B/soul singer plays one of NYC's most famous venues tonight. Hopefully we'll get some new songs -- it's been two years since Landing On A Hundred.

Lust For Youth, Pharmakon, Container, Croation Amor, Uniform @ Baby's All Right (Northside Festival)
Good late night (10 PM) bill with moody Copenhagen synth popsters Lust For Youth, NYC noise artist Pharmakon, electronic noisemaker Container, Loke Rahbek of LfY's ambient project Croatian Amor, and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform.

Sharon Van Etten, Jana Hunter @ Bowery Ballroom
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her last of three sold-out NYC shows this week.

Baths, American Royalty, Beacon @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Northside Festival)
Baths took an unexpected turn towards emotional songwriting on last year's Obsidian LP and this year's Ocean Death EP, while still keeping his electronic pop style intact.

Chumped, Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Adult Dude @ Cake Shop
Chumped and Adult Dude bring quality local punk to Cake Shop tonight to accompany LA's likeminded Benny The Jet Rodriguez who play their second NYC show of the weekend tonight.

CFCF, Aquarian, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo, Feral, Ian Isiah @ Cameo Gallery (Northside)
NYC's label UNO is known for great, forward thinking electronic music. Tonight they celebrate their UNOversary yet again with a great lineup all around, headlined by Montreal's CFCF.

Incan Abraham, Little Sur, Crush Distance @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Fans of "whoa-oh-oh" filled, anthemic indie rock should probably head here tonight for LA's Incan Abraham who's catchy songs are filled with those high-drama moments.

Mas Ysa, Torn Hawk, MTT @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa teams up with buzzy nostalgic producer Torn Hawk at Knitting Factory tonight.

Clouder, Miniboone, Old Monk, Haybaby, The Meaning of Life, The Planes,traumahelikopter, The Party Faithful, Loose Buttons, Two Seconds to Midnight @ Matchless
There are bands all day at Greenpoint's Matchless. The day portion is free; the not-free (unless you have a badge) evening portion is a little meatier with sets from mathy, Pavement-y band Old Munt, and quality locals Haybaby and Miniboone.

Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ McCarren Park (Northside Festival)
Though it's a completely different line-up than we've seen before, John Dwyer doesn't half-ass things and we'll take any chance to see Thee Oh Sees we can. Plus it's free, really hard to complain about that. Also! The opening bands are really good too: Australia's King Gizzard, and Minneapolis animal-beat punks The Blind Shake. This will be fun.

Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Booker @ MHOW
Australia's Courtney Barnett is a real charmer, spinning between-song stories as well as her clever, seemingly stream-of-concious lyrical style. She's no slouch on guitar either... and getting more popular by the second. Sold out, but some Northside badges will be taken (no wristbands though).

Ozomatli (Ozokidz) @ Prospect Park Bandshell & Rough Trade
Los Angeles latin/rock/hip-hop fusion ensemble Ozmatli play a family-friendly Ozokids show as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! in the afternoon before their Rough Trade show with Raya Brass Band at Rough Trade tonight.

Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
The Queen of Soul returns to Radio City for what will surely be another excellent hits-filled show. Her first of two nights this week.

Marissa Nadler, Pharmakon, Youth Code, Pyrrhon, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus (Northside Festival)
Great and very diverse bill all around with the haunting dream folk of Marissa Nadler, the noise of Pharmakon, the EBM/industrial of Youth Code, the freakish tech-death metal of Pyrrhon, and sludgy local band Couch Slut.

AKUA, Starchild, Lydia Ainsworth, Solar Year @ Shea Stadium (Northside Festival)
MTL duo Solar Year offer an ethereal brand of electronic music is icy, with vocals that work like an instrument more than something where lyrics are important. With eerie projections, they're more interesting live than your average laptop act.

Grrrl Fest w/ Potty Mouth, Shellshag, Palehound, Fleabite & more @ Silent Barn
Grrrl Fest is a "benefit celebrating young women in the arts" with crafts, music, dancing, book sale, art sale, zine sale, t-shirt making, African beading, button making, zine workshop, glitter tattoos, hair braiding, tarot card reading, spoken word and much more. Some great bands lined up for this too including punky indie rockers Potty Mouth, local DIY regulars Shellshag, local newcomers Palehound, and a lot more.

Boytoy, Little Racer, The Teen Age, Bluffing, Weekender @ Grand Victory (Northside Festival)
Some really good Brooklyn pop on this Northside bill: Boytoy make spunky '90s-style poppy indie rock, as do Little Racer and The Teen Age too.

Nothing, Superheaven, UnWed @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Nothing are the shoegaze band you can mosh to, and for good reason -- their shows are high energy and unpredictable.

Summer Thunder w/ Joe Bataan, 178 Improvisation Product @ Union Pool
NYC latin soul legend Joe Bataan recorded one of the first rap records to chart ("Rap-O, Clap-O," watch the video below), had disco hits as well and has dabbled in just about every genre imaginable. Today he headlines this afternoon's free Summer Thunder show at Union Pool.

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, Piers @ Space Ninety 8 Stage
Missed Eagulls when they opened for Titus the other night? Catch them for free as part of this outdoor stage lineup on Bedford Ave. this afternoon. Eagulls are on at 3:30 PM.

Ski Lodge, Literature, Lushes, My Teenage Stride, Chalk and Numbers @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
For a jangly Saturday NOrthside option, Union Pool is hosting a solid lineup of indie pop, headlined by Ski Lodge who are currently working on their second album. Also on the bill are Philadelphia's Literature, whose excited brand of jangle has them bouncing off the walls, plus NYC indiepop vest My Teenage Stride, the vintage '60s pop sounds of Chalk & Numbers, and more.

Dead Milkmen, Rasputina @ Warsaw
Philadelphia wiseass legends The Dead Milkmen are still a lot of fun 30 years into their career. Just try not singing along to "Punk Rock Girl."

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

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Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto

The free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties on Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 continued last night (5/15) with NYC vets Cibo Matto, Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Cibo Matto, who are back with a new album and very active again, were joined by guitar great Nels Cline (who is married to Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto). Pictures of the slightly soggy, kinda foggy evening are in this post.

The Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties wrap up next Thursday (5/22) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and others. Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park kicks off on June 4 with Janelle Monae and continues with many free (and a few not-free) shows through August.

Cibo Matto also play another free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 with Bonobo.

More pictures from last night below...

Continue reading "Cibo Matto played a Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Party with Nels Cline, Javelin, and JD Samson (pics)"

David not worrying about his phone @ BAM (more by Chris La Putt)
David Byrne

David Byrne thinks Google is evil. He expresses this opinion, after having problems with one of his Android devices, in a post -- he's too even-keeled to write anything you'd call a rant -- on his website titled "Google is Evil":

Poking around, it seems that the latest version of Android (KitKat) disables certain kinds of uses on these storage cards that I had purchased; Google (who helped develop the Android operating system, and later bought it) seems to have intentionally crippled my devices. It cost me money for those cards, but more importantly, I use them as a creative tool. Phones especially get filled up with apps and other stuff, but if I can store my pictures, music and voice memos on an SD card, I can worry less about memory issues...

...Other forums suggest Google is "forcing" us to store stuff in the Cloud, presumably where they can get at all our data and then market it to advertisers.

It's a weird feeling to have an invisible corporate hand reach into your gizmo, without asking really, and cripple it.

Wish I could do the same--reach in there and cripple their search algorithm--because, maybe on a whim, I determined I wanted it to work differently.

Read the whole thing over at David Byrne's place.

Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Adela Loconte)
Cibo Matto

Celebrate Brooklyn, the people behind the ongoing BRIC House shows and the upcoming Prospect Park shows, will be throwing more shows in between, the Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. There's three shows, all FREE, happening for three consecutive Thursdays in May. Each show features "a varied lineup of bands paired with DJs, on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, food trucks" (many with specials based on the show's music genre) and more, and runs from 7 to 10 PM. Entry to the pier is at Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront or from the new Squibb Park Bridge.

The first show will be headlined by the Gogol Bordello-related Balkan Beat Box on May 8, and also features DJ Joro Boro. On May 15, it's veteran NYC band Cibo Matto who are fully back in action with Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Then, finally on May 22 it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (who played The Apollo earlier this month) with Okayafrica's Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog.

Meanwhile, BRIC is throwing a 'dance party' this Saturday (4/12) at the BRIC House with AndrewAndrew and a DJ set from Neon Indian, whose collaborator Leanne Macomber has a new NSFW video for her Ejecta project. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Full upcoming BRIC House schedule here.

fantasticman

One of last year's coolest reissues was Who Is William Onyeabor? which collected many of the cult Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer William Onyeabor's best tracks. For more on who he is, this past week a new Onyeabor documentary, titled Fantastic Man, premiered online, featuring interviews with Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith of Caribou, the Human League's, Martyn Ware (The Human League), Femi Kuti and many more. It's well worth watching and you can do so in this post.

There is also a remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist.

And last but not least there will be a series of tribute concerts happening in cities around the world this spring, including two in NYC on May 2 & 3. Details have not been announced yet, so stay tuned.

You can listen to Who is William Onyeabor? via Rdio, and watch the Fantastic Man documentary below...

Continue reading "William Onyeabor documentary streaming online, remix LP out on RSD, tribute concerts planned"

by Johnny Zachman

Hunters & Mac DeMarco @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Hunters
Hunters

One of the funniest things about seeing a show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is that most of the attendees have absolutely no idea what time anything is happening. We hit the entrance about 8:15 and fell into line behind one group who was convinced Hunters started at 10 (they started at 8:45) and another who was sure they had already missed Mac DeMarco's set (he went on at 11:45). To be fair, the Night Bazaar's website doesn't provide a whole ton of information about set times, but checking Twitter can be quite revelatory.

Hunters kicked off the night, sounding as tight as ever. They raced through a no-nonsense onslaught of punk-tempo songs with very few pauses in between. I was listening to their full-length after the show and was surprised by how much faster all the songs were performed live. Vocalists Isabel Almeida and Derek Watson bring a ton of energy to the stage, and impressively maintained their sound as they danced in circles, slid down speakers, and egged on the rather impressively-sized mosh pit that formed in front of the stage.

There was a noticeably long break before Delicate Steve, and as the band began, the show area started to get uncomfortably crowded, with a good portion of the attentive audience pushed back into the picnic tables and vendors. Both Mac and Steve had to ask the entire crowd to move back at various points, as the first few rows of fans were crammed somewhat dangerously against the stage barrier.

Steve's set was still very enjoyable, and his unique brand of slide-guitar anthems kept the energy high and offered a refreshing contrast to the moodier textures of Hunters. If Hunters' set was about shaking off the week, Steve's was about starting the weekend, and there was plenty of dancing and crowd surfing to salute the music's celebratory vibe.

Delicate Steve play NYC again on April 2 at Le Poisson Rouge with Javelin (tickets).

Mac took the stage shortly after Steve, armed with an electric guitar and a can of Coors. I had no musical expectations for the set, imagining a Mac DeMarco solo set to be more about Mac as person than Mac as musician. This is the man, after all, who released this single only one day prior. However, the show turned out to be quite musically fulfilling. Mac's voice sounded excellent, and the songs sounded unexpectedly rich in the solo setting. Mac treated the audience to debut solo performances of "Ode To Viceroy" and "My Kind Of Woman" by request, and he also showed off quite a bit of new material, teasing Captured Tracks owner Mike Sniper about not being able to tell the audience when the new record is being released.

Of course, his personality was also on full display. The man was as charming as ever, laughing to himself in the middle of songs, singing his own guitar solos, inviting all of Delicate Steve to help him cover Jonathan Richman's "I'm Just Beginning To Live," and ending the show by crowd-surfing his way off stage. As is to be expected from any solo show by a typically full-band-bearing artist, not everyone in the audience was equally engaged, and around 30% of the crowd left by the fourth song (which actually freed up some much needed room on the floor).

Mac eventually ditched the guitar and began performing karaoke style, which provided the audience a much more informed understanding of how the new record will actually sound. For starters, one of the songs is really synthy: "Steely Dan," "Washed Out," "chillwave," and "was that serious?" were tossed around immediately after it was performed. On the whole, however, the record's basic songwriting style stays very much the same as 2, featuring Mac's laid-back delivery and plenty of grower hooks that are likely to only get better with time. Oh, and every song is still about cigarettes or his girlfriend. Not that we mind.

You can watch videos of Mac playing three of those new songs at the Night Bazaar show, and listen to him perform some others on a CKUA radio show (during which he confirmed the new album's title, Salad Days) below as well. Also below is the "album teaser" which may be a less helpful hint of what the album will sound like than these other videos...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco played songs from his upcoming 'Salad Days' LP at Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Hunters (videos/review)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Skyballer (MP3)

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Brooklyn's electronic duo Lemonade released Diver last year and while there's no word of a follow-up just yet, the band did release a new single this week. "Skyballer" was co-produced by L-Vis 1990 is more focused (and catchy) than anything heard from the band to date. You can download it above or stream it below.

Lemonade are playing a free show with Javelin at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (8/28) with DJ sets from Tanlines too. The event is part of Levis' "Commuter Bike Shop" tour. You do need to RSVP to attend.

The night after that (8/29) Lemonade will also DJ the free Captured Tracks kickoff party at South Street Seaport's Topsider bar.

Lemonade single stream below...

Continue reading "Lemonade released a new, free-download single (stream it), playing free NYC show with Javelin "

Os Mutantes soundchecking at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Os Mutantes

Brazilian psychedelic pop legends Os Mutantes are still at it (they played Le Poisson Rouge in December and were just at Austin Psych Fest, but were interrupted by rain), and are one of the bands announced for the Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 season at Prospect Park. Their show happens on June 29 with Brooklyn indie pop band Javelin and Sierra Leonean Bubu King Janka Nabay, and that one's totally free.

The show is one of a few Northeast US dates the Brazilian band will be playing this June, including another in the NYC area happening on June 28 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a video of the band at Le Poisson Rouge, below...

Continue reading "Os Mutantes touring, playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park w/ Javelin & Janka Nabay (dates)"

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2013 line-up (Big Boi, Calexico, Dan Deacon, Waterboys, Mavis Staples, TMBG + more)"

Javelin

Javelin will be back with their second album, Hi Beams, on March 5 via Luaka Bop. Unlike their first album which the band made themselves on the cheap with a computer, Hi Beams was recorded at Machine With Magnets studio in Pawtucket, RI using vintage equipment, real microphones and the like. Was it worth it? Check out "Nnormal" from it below.

You can hear some other new songs, probably, when the band starts playing shows again next month. A proper tour starts around the album's release date, but there's a few East Coast shows before that, including one at Shea Stadium on February 1 with Guardian Alien and Life Size Maps. Advance tickets for that show are available.

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

Continue reading "Javelin releasing 'Hi Beams' and 2013 tour (dates, stream)"

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
Jeff Goldbloom
Fish

The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.

Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.

Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!

Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.

Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.

The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.

ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.

Continue reading "members of My Morning Jacket, Yuck, Hospitality & more joined forces for Rock Lottery 3 (pics, streams)"

Rock Lottery

Please welcome the third annual Rock Lottery to Knitting Factory on December 1st:

The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This year's event will be MC'd by Corn Mo (MC TBA) and performers (so far) include current/former members of My Morning Jacket, Against Me!, Blonde Redhead (who are playing Irving Plaza on NYE), Javelin, VHS or Beta, YUCK, and Hospitality (who have a Bowery show coming up). Lineup is below and tickets are on sale now.

2012 lineup for Rock Lottery and video from previous events are below.

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Sandro Perri
Sandro Perri

Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.

Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - "So Destroyed" (MP3)

Prince Rama at Basilica Festival - 8/11/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Prince Rama

Brooklyn experimentalists Prince Rama played the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson, NY over the weekend (pictured above). Their set was on Saturday (8/11) along with sets by Gang Gang Dance, The Psychic Paramount, Hiro Kone, and others.

As mentioned, Prince Rama and Gang Gang Dance will again share a bill on September 23 at 285 Kent, which is one of three NYC shows for GGD, who also play Public Assembly on September 21 with Sun Araw and Cameo on September 22 with New Moods. Tickets for Cameo and 285 Kent and tickets for Public Assembly are still available.

You can also catch Prince Rama in NYC even sooner than that when they play DUMBO Summer Friday (presented by Northside, the DUMBO Improvement District, and The O Music Awards Unboxed) on Friday, August 17 with Javelin, Zambri, and Bosco Delrey. It's a day show (start time: 2 PM) and happens at the DUMBO Archway (corner of Anchorage Place and Water St in Brooklyn). There will also be DJs, sound installations by Laura Vitale and food from The Brooklyn Flea.

Prince Rama will release their new album, Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World, on November 6 via Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label (they're also set to support AnCo on their European tour). They recently revealed the first taste of that album with the track "So Destroyed," which you can download above (via Stereogum) or stream below.

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

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MNDR at Internet Week 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
MNDR

So the free MNDR / Javelin / Delicate Steve show that was supposed to happen yesterday on the U.S.S. Intrepid but got postponed due to thunderstorms is now happening TONIGHT (7/20). (Red Baraat are no longer playing.) Doors are at 7:30PM, show starts at 8:30PM. If you RSVP'd for yesterday, you're still on the list and if you didn't, you can RSVP here.

The U.S.S. Intrepid is at 46th St at 12th Ave.

UPDATE: This show is postponed due to rain.

Delicate Steve at 4Knots Fest, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Delicate Steve

MNDR, Javelin, Delicate Steve and Red Baraat are playing a free show tonight (7/18) on the U.S.S. Intrepid, the aircraft-carrier-turned-museum parked at 46th St at 12th Ave. The show kicks off "Samsung Spacesfest," a weekend-long welcoming of Space Shuttle Enterprise to the museum, with 40 interactive displays, activities and exhibitions from tonight through Sunday, July 22. A full list of the weekend's events is here.

Doors for tonight's event are at 6PM with the concert beginning at 7PM. While the show is free you do need to RSVP to attend. Let's hope Delicate Steve's set is less eventful than his one at 4Knots Fest on Saturday.

Meanwhile, MNDR's new album, Feed Me Diamonds, touches down on August 14 but she just released a new single from the album, "Faster Horses," which you can stream below where you can also check out a flyer for tonight's show.

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DOWNLOAD: Javelin - "Soda Popinski" (MP3)

Javelin at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Javelin

Brooklyn's Javelin are heading out on tour this spring supporting Sleigh Bells. Electronic duo Elite Gymnastics are also on the tour, and as Pitchfork points out, it will be the first time Elite Gymnastics head out on a full tour.

Unfortunately that tour will not hit NYC, but Javelin will play a hometown show during the tour at Brooklyn Bowl on April 11. The show is free with RSVP and $5 tickets are available.

In support of the tour, Luaka Bop will release two of Javelin's 12"s ('Javelin' and 'Javelin 2') digitally on April 17. They had previously only been available on limited edition vinyl. You can download "Soda Popinski" off the Javelin 12" above.

Sleigh Bells will play the NYC area when they open for Red Hot Chili Peppers at Prudential Center in NJ this May.

All Javelin dates below...

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Anand Wilder with Yeasayer at Jones Beach in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Anand Wilder

The record label David Byrne started in 1988, Luaka Bop, has been curating the club John Zorn started, The Stone, since December 15. If you've been paying close attention to What's Going On posts, you may have noticed more familiar names on the lineups lately (like Lucky Dragons and Kelly Pratt who have both played so far).

The curation continues through the end of the month. Tonight (12/20), Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is playing with Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Austin Fisher of Suckers, performing songs they've written specifically for tonight's performance. Steve leads his own group at the venue on 12/27 with members of Banned Books. Also tonight, George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin and friends are playing. Those friends include Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer, Powpow of Man Man, and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato. According to George, it's going to be an "electronic drum circle rave cave."

On Thursday (12/22), Sleepy Doug Shaw/Highlife is playing. On Friday (12/23), The Present, lead by Rusty Samtos Rusty is playing the venue. Rusty is a singer/songwriter and has produced Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Born Ruffians, Owen Pallet, and others. On 12/28, Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of Pygmy Shrews and Zs), and on 12/29 it will be Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo.

The Stone will also host their annual end of the year improv party on December 30 and 31 with tons of musicians and special guests including Thurston Moore, John Zorn, Jeremiah Cymerman, Sam Kulik, Ned Rothenburg, Eyal Maoz, David Fulmer, and others. Starting at 11 PM on 12/31, Spiritual Unity (which features Marc Ribot) will perform a ritual/jam that leads through a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler's "Bells."

Check out the full December schedule and more details on these shows at The Stone's website.

Javelin also have a show coming up on 2/24 at Glasslands with Pat Jordache.

photos by David Andrako

Little Dragon

Hot, packed and dancing on Friday, New York's Terminal 5 was a scene rarely seen, in which nearly everyone in attendance was engaged and enthusiastic, their pretensions left at the curb. With Fredrik Källgren Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand making melodies on either side of the stage and Erik Bodin hemmed in behind the raised drum kit, the job of crowd engagement rested squarely with Yukimi Nagano, and she carried its weight effortlessly. Barefoot and at ease onstage, flitting between impassioned and lackadaisical, Nagano is less charismatic than instructional, a how-to on letting go, or just never needing to, like a Sesame Street moral come to life. Her face has a sleepy, calming contour that's easily stared-at, and her dancing is carefree and natural, punctuated by timed punches to an immaculately choreographed and deceptively gigantic light show. Nagano's voice has a full, wavy heft that's remarkable to witness, strained at times and mathematically precise when required.- [Rolling Stone]
Little Dragon headlined Terminal 5 on Friday (10/14), joined by Javelin, Donn T and a DJ set by Brooklyn Bowl regular Questlove (he plays this Thursday!). Pictures from the big show are in this post.

Little Dragon's appearance was part of a larger stretch of US dates that extends until the end of October, and included a DJ set the following night (10/15) at Yotel with Free Magic and Faso. Many of Lil Dragon's upcoming dates are with Tycho who played his own NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend.

All dates, more pictures from Terminal 5 and the setlist, below....

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DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (MP3)

Tycho

San Francisco IDM artist Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) will release his new album, Dive, on November 15 via Ghostly. Check out the album's atmospheric single, "Hours," which you can download above. The album is available for preorder on iTunes now. The artwork and tracklist is below.

Tycho was supposed to be here for CMJ, but cancelled his CMJ plans because he's been added as an opener to Little Dragon's tour. He is not playing their show on October 14 at Terminal 5 though (tickets). Questlove (DJ), Javelin, and Donn T are. He will however play his own NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tycho will also perform at Decibel Festival in Seattle, WA today (9/30).

All dates, artwork and tracklist below...

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DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - "Rest In Peace" (MP3)

Prince Rama at MHOW in August (more by Erez Avissar)
Prince Rama

Prince Rama are set to release their upcoming LP Trust Now on October 4 via Paw Tracks. You can grab the album track "Rest In Peace" above. Prince Rama are also putting out karaoke videos leading up to the album's release with other artists singing tracks off the new album. You can check out videos of G Lucas Crane of Woods singing "Incarnation" and Janka Nabay singing "Summer of Love" below.

They'll tour in support of the album opening for the equally otherworldly Gang Gang Dance on their GGD's previously announced tour. It hasn't been revealed if Prince Rama open GGD's October 22 Bowery Ballroom show during CMJ (which tickets are still on sale for), but Prince Rama's dates do list a CMJ show that day.

As mentioned, Prince Rama also have a residency at Issue Project Room scheduled. That residency includes a show on Thursday (9/8) at the Brooklyn venue. Admission is free and RSVP is open. According to Issue Project Room's site:

2011 Artist-in-Residence Prince Rama will transform ISSUE Project Room into a point of origins. They will construct a "sacred space" using gathered matter from off-site urban wilds of Brooklyn. Audience members will be invited to build their own instruments and utilize them in an extended jam session open to anyone who wishes to attend (regardless of musical skill). This aims to investigate the utopian symbology of "the jam session" as a poetic reenactment and microcosmic creation of an ideal democratic society. Cut off from the rest of the world, yet wholly imbedded within it, this ritual space becomes a NO PLACE.
Prince Rama have also been added to the Javelin show at 285 Kent, which is happening on September 17. The Amil Byleckie Band are also on the bill. More details on this show are below.

All dates and videos below...

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"felt like i was gonna die from both heat stroke and excitement many times during @pictureplane at 285 kent last night" - Emmi Lichtenberg

"pictureplane 285 kent the hottest show of my 40 years earthly existence..
the good hot" - Steven Read

"Best out to Todd P, 285 Kent, Teengirl Fantasy & Pictureplane for helping me sweat out all those toxins, I had a good time" - Brandon Ynocencio

Pictureplane at 285 Kent (via Steven Read)
Pictureplane

Pictureplane played 285 Kent on Saturday (7/23) as part of his tour with Teengirl Fantasy. The show was the album release party for Thee Physical, which was available as a cassette. Despite Todd P's valiant efforts to provide A/C at 285 Kent, they weren't able to cool down the extremely hot venue. Todd P retweeted Mookie Singerman of Lovepump Records (home of Pictureplane) who said, "AC IS ON AT 285 KENT!!! WATERSHED MOMENT IN DIY TODD P HISTORY." with the added, "Somebody spoke too soon!" And they did. Pictureplane said the show "was a high point in my 'career' as a performer. I didn't know my body could sweat like that." Those in attendance (tweets above) suffered the heat too, but feedback was still positive as ever.

I wonder what the A/C situation will be at 285 Kent tonight (7/26) for the Silent Barn Benefit. with Bomb the Music Industry and secret guests.

There are a few more dates on the Pictureplane/Teengirl Fantasy tour which culminates at the end of the month in Buffalo, NY. Each artist will also play their own Warm Up show at PS1 in August. Pictureplane's is on August 20, after he finishes a tour with Javelin. The PS1 bill also includes Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, and Ford & Lopatin (DJ). After that, Pictureplane will play two more NYC shows. The first is on September 1 at Cameo Gallery. Lineup and ticket info coming soon. He'll then play a Jelly RockBeach show on September 3 with Wise Blood and others.

Pictureplane's tour with Javelin doesn't hit the east coast at all, but Javelin play their own NYC show at 285 Kent on September 17.

Updated dates below...

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Javelin at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Javelin

We recently mentioned that Mount Eerie will play September 26 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). He's since announced a Brooklyn show happening a few days earlier on September 21 at 285 Kent Ave. Still no full tour announcement.

Javelin will also play 285 Kent, but on September 17, after finishing up a short West Coast tour in August with Hollagramz and Pictureplane, whose Brooklyn show with Teengirl Fantasy and Gatekeeper was just moved to 285 Kent.

The Javelin/Pictureplane/Hollagramz West Coast tour intersects with the previously announced Tri Angle tour on August 16 at Echoplex in LA. That tour was scheduled to have Holy Other, oOoOO and Tri Angle DJs, though due to health issues Holy Other has had to cancel his US shows, Mercury Lounge and PS1 included. A message on Tri Angle's site reads:

"We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but regretfully it's our job to announce that Holy Other has had to cancel all of his upcoming US dates due to ill health. Holy Other is still planning on playing shows in the US in the foreseeable future, but circumstance has unfortunately made it impossible for Holy Other to fulfill the shows he had scheduled for July / August. Consequently Tri Angle DJs have also had to pull out from the forthcoming shows. oOoOO will still be playing, and a suitable replacement support act is currently being figured out. We hope you understand. Thanks."
oOoOO plays NYC (without Holy Other) on August 11 at Mercury Lounge and August 13 at PS1 with Tri Angle labelmates Clams Casino, Ayshay, and Water Borders. Tickets for the Mercury show are still on sale and advanced tickets for the PS1 show are available at locations listed below.

All dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Archers of Loaf - What Did You Expect? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Art Brut - "Lost Weekend" (MP3)

Archers of Loaf @ Sasquach 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
ARchers of Loaf

This weekend marks the return of '90s indie legends Archers of Loaf who play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/25, sold out) and Webster Hall on Sunday (6.26, you can still get tickets). Opening both shows are Mr. Dream which is as perfect an opener as you could imagine.

I didn't care for their later records (or Eric Bachman's Crooked Fingers) but Archers of Loaf's 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, is an indie rock classic that stands tall alongside No Pocky for Kitty, Slanted & Enchanted, There's Nothing Wrong with Love and Sebadoh III. 1995's Vee Vee is pretty awesome too, and both records are getting the expanded reissue treatment from Merge Records in August. You can download "What Did You Expect?" (a 1994 7"-only release) at the top of this post.

Speaking of Mr. Dream, despite the Voice saying that the lineup was final, they added Mr. Dream today to the upcoming 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport, and DJs and an indoor lounge too...

The Village Voice is excited to announce the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2PM till Midnight with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more.

The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival with also include live music on South Street Seaport Pier 17 from 1-8pm. The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davila 666, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger and Mr. Dream and are all scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
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Mazes

While we're in the '90s milleiu, Mazes are here opening for White Denim on Saturday night (6/25) at Bowery Ballroom. I'll just quote myself here:

When you think Manchester, England you may think Stone Roses and The Smiths, but in the case of Mazes, it's more Sebadoh and Soul Asylum. Not unlike Yuck, this trio owe lots to '90s indie rock as can be heard on their debut album A Thousand Heys which came out in April.

A Thousand Heys is full of catchy singalongs -- like their current single "Summer Hits" -- and well worth checking out. (Samples from the album are streaming at their label's website.) You can download a previously unreleased track, "Brunswick Stack," at the bottom of this post via a Soundcloud widget.

And if you can't make it this weekend, Mazes return for a headlining show at Glasslands on Tuesday, July 5 where they'll play with Beige, Country Mice, and The Hairs.

Art Brut
Art Brut

What else? Art Brut are on tour and played Maxwell's last night and will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (6/23). The band's new album, Brilliant! Tragic!, finds Eddie Argos taking it down a notch and almost singing. Almost. It's really more of a whispery type thing -- not unlike Jarvis Cocker -- and for the most part I think it works pretty well. I especially like the single, "Lost Weekend," which you can download at the top of this post. More than anything, I think the music is the best Art Brut have come up with since their debut. And the band remain a lot of fun to see live. Argos is the real deal.

Sic Alps
Sic Alps

Sic Alps roll through town on Friday, playing Death By Audio with Spectre Folk and Weekends. As previously reported, founding member Matt Hartman -- who was half the band originally -- has left the group which is kind of weird Mike Donovan is carrying on with the name with Eric Baur and some kid named Ty Segall (who had briefly joined the band a couple years ago). Shouldn't they be called Sic Andes or something now?

Granted, Mike Donovan did most of the singing (and maybe wrote most of the songs) and I'm gonna bet this new version of the band is pretty awesome. Sic Alps most recent album, Napa Asylum, is another smoldering, thick stew of swamp garage. A lot of bands use the low-fi thing as a crutch, but Sic Alps have always used sludge like it's a member of the band. A new 7", perhaps the first fruits of this new line-up, is out in August.

Fulton Stall Market in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Fulton Stall Market

And finally, a little shameless plugging. Sunday afternoon, June 26th, is the first of my four Sound Bites Series shows which take place at the Fullton Stall Market down at South Street Seaport. You can get your vegetables and jingle jangle indiepop all in one place. This Sunday the latter is provided by scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride. The fun (which includes me DJing before the band) starts at 2PM, and it's all free. Do come down and say hi.

This is the full Sunday show lineup:

JUNE 26: MY TEENAGE STRIDE
JULY 3: THE HAIRS
JULY 10: pow wow!
JULY 17: HOSPITALITY
July 10th is also the first of six free shows at Beekman Beer Garden which is at South Street Seaport too. The free Friday Seaport shows begin this Friday, but more about that below.

Some additional daily picks follow:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

Iceage play a free show at Other Music today.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

Black Dice's Eric Copeland, McDonalds and Regal Degal play Secret Project Robot. It's a record release party for both Copeland and McDonalds, so do check out the merch table. The Copeland record, Waco Taco Combo, is only a 500 copy pressing.

Dinosaur Jr. are at Terminal 5 performing their classic 1988 album Bug (that's the one with "Freak Scene") in its entirety. And probably some other songs as well. Many people will be going just to see Fucked Up, not to mention Off!.

Beach Fossils and Javelin play Santos Party House. It's a free show if you RSVP.

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