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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
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End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015

The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.

Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."

More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...

Continue reading "End of the Road fest in pics: War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Torres, Sleaford Mods, Saint Etienne & more"

by Bill Pearis

Slim Twig Fadeout Killer

Slim Twig has released a video for "Fadeout Killer" from his new album, Thank You for Sticking wtih Twig. Like the song, there's a dreamlike quality to the video, directed by David Rendall, that has Twig running a race of one. There's also a woman in a house answering a phone. They are connected. What does it mean? That is a question probably for a therapist, but you can watch it below.

Since we last posted, Slim Twig has added a few tour dates. We knew he was going to be here for CMJ and one of those shows has been announced: Knitting Factory on October 14. That's a Panache showcase that's also with Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Drinks (aka Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley of White Fence), Montreal's Sheer Agony, The Babe Rainbow, Gramma's Boyfriend (featuring Haley Bonar). That is a pretty good lineup and tickets to that go on sale today at 10 AM. Poster for that show is below

Updated Slim Twin tour dates are listed, along with the "Fadeout Killer" video, below...

Continue reading "Slim Twig shares "Fadeout Killer" video, expands tour, playing CMJ show w/ Ezra Furman, Drinks, Juan Wauters & more"

Kevin Morby in London, June 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Kevin Morby

We're in the last month of this year's free Saturday Summer Thunder shows at Union Pool and they've just announced a few more August names, and they're all pretty good. (In fact all of August is pretty good.) This Saturday (8/8) it's the very talented Kevin Morby and Porches (who play Baby's later this month). Then on August 15 it's two Juans for the price of one (Juan Wauters and Tall Juan) as well as weirdo noisemakers Ice Balloons.

The final two Summer Thunders are Texas cult band Complete on August 22 with Octagrape and Honey Radar; and then Steve Gunn plays this season's finale on August 29 with Spacin'.

All Summer Thunder shows start at 2 PM, are free and 21+.

Cake SHop
Cake SHop
Cake SHop

More of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary "super shows" have been announced. Next Friday (5/22) it'll be Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band mode), plus a couple more veteran NY-area indie rock acts, Antietam and Speed the Plough (which counts Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski as a member). Tickets are on sale now. (Will advance tickets for Cake Shop be a regular thing? They did finally redo their website.)

Then on Saturday, May 22 it's a bunch of Cake Shop faves: Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, and Paper Fleet. That show is $10 at the door. Flyers below.

As mentioned, this Friday (May 15) is Obnox and the bill now also includes PC Worship, Rips and Endless Boogie. No advance tickets for that one. On Saturday night (5/16) it's Nude Beach, OCDPP (aka OJ from Xray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Weird Womb, Cold Waste and Young Ruins. Both of those shows are $10 at the door.

The final weekend of super shows (May 29 & 30) will be announced on Friday, but the last night of the month (Sunday, May 31) is a staff party that's open to everyone.

Not a "super show" but interesting: Mary Epworth, sister of Paul Epworth (producer of Adele, Bloc Party & more) plays Cake Shop on May 24 with Dominique Leone, Thomas Dimuzio, and Nick Didkovsky. You can check out the video for Mary Epworth's "Long Gone" below. And don't forget that Cake Shop will also host NYC Popfest on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romace, Wildhoney Roman a Clef, and Souvinir Stand (tickets).

Flyers and videos below...

Continue reading "Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) playing Cake Shop anniversary show; Nude Beach, Juan Wauters & more are too"

by Bill Pearis


Originally from Buenos Aries, Argentina, Tall Juan has been making music in NYC for a couple years now, and you may have seen him playing with another Juan (Wauters) at shows recently (and as part of The Beets). Like Wauters, he makes ramshackle, garagey folk-pop. He's got a new 7" coming out in July via BUFU and we've got the premiere of the video for one of its songs, a one-minute blazer cover of R. Stevie Moore's "I Like to Stay Home." It was directed by Matthew Volz (who does all The Beets/Juan Wauters artwork) and you can watch it below. Also keep an eye out for Tall Juan's debut album which he's recording right now with Wauters on drums.

If you're in NYC and would like to see Tall Juan live, well you're in luck as he's got a LOT of shows coming up, including tonight (5/14) at Union Pool with The Unders, Flower Girl, and The Rizzos. (He replaces Amber Arcades, who just dropped off the show.) He'll also play 603 Upstairs on May 19 that also features solo sets from Radiator Hospital's Sam Cook-Parrot and Frontier Ruckus' Matthew Milia. More info on that show is here.

Tall Juan is also in the midst of a residency at Brooklyn's The Good Room which began last night (5/13) and continues for the next three Wednesdays (5/20, 5/27, 6/3). He's got even more shows, including a Northside Fest showcase, and all are listed, along with the video, below...

Continue reading "Tall Juan covers R. Stevie Moore on new 7" (watch the video), playing lots of shows including 1 w/ Sam of Radiator Hospital"

Blur @ Berlin Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

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

Blur, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Blur are full of surprises this year -- a terrific new album, The Magic Whip, and now this, their first NYC show with Graham Coxon in 15 years. They're playing the new LP in full (and hopefully a few oldies). Doors are at 5 PM with Honduras playing at 5:45 PM, so arrive early (if you managed to get tickets, they don't guarantee entry, it's still based on capacity). And let's hope they announce a proper tour soon. For those who do make it in, this should be a woohoo time.

Sufjan Stevens, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his second of three NYC shows on his current tour. The Daptone-signed Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens open.

Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather Low @ Madison Square Garden
Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend, with influential material recorded with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and in his lengthy solo career. Tonight's the first of two MSG shows this weekend, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Your Favorite Enemies, Boyfrndz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After that Blur show, MHOW hosts a late show from post-hardcore vets ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead who are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Bush Tetras (35th Anniversary Show), Karyn Kuhl Band, Hugo Burnham (of Gang of Four), Don Fleming @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC post-punk band Bush Tetras celebrate their 35th anniversary tonight with some cool special guests including BALL's Don Flemming and Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham.

HEEMS, Michael Christmas, zZz, Pill, IYEZ @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Former Das Racist member Heems headlines this show, and there's a multi-genre undercard with more hip hop from Michael Christmas, and post-punk from the other three bands.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Sugarhill Disco
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up once again to DJ together in NYC tonight. Like last night, it starts at 10 PM and they're going all night (no opener).

Toro Y Moi, Vinyl Williams, Sinkane @ Terminal 5
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.

Life of Agony @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their first show at The Wick, and they do it again tomorrow too.

The Kids in the Hall @ Town Hall
Fourteen Helens agree: These reunion shows (two tonight) for much-loved Canadian comedy trouple The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Empress Of, Dave Harrington (DJ Set), Ezra Koenig (DJ Set), Los Cubanos (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's Night 4 and features guest DJs Dave Harrington (Darkside) and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend).

Action Bronson, DJ Alchemist, Meyhem Lauren @ Starland Ballroom
Action Bronson returned this year with a new album, Mr. Wonderful, which has him in typically solid form. Tonight's a good bill all around.

Juan Wauters, Homeshake @ New York University
The onetime Beets frontman releases his terrific new album, Who Me?, next week. Today he plays a free show with Homeshake that is free and open to the public.

The Muscadettes @ Maxwell's
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein.

Misery Index, Lord Dying, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass @ Saint Vitus
It's a great double bill for metal tonight with Baltimore death metallers Misery Index (who last released The Killing Gods in 2014 on Season of Mist) and Portland sludgesters Lord Dying (who put out Poisoned Altars on Relapse earlier this year).

J Fernandez, Lazy Queen, Cluster Sun @ Bowery Electric
Chicago songwriter J. Fernandez brings a motorik quality to his music that recalls American Analog Set or Stereolab, but there's a magic hour sunlight vibe to his melodies as well. His new album's out in June.

VEXX, Nancy, Pox @ Silent Barn Mateo's Room
Olympia's Vexx make punk that's indebted to the genre's late '70s/early '80s days, but singer Maryjane Dunphe has a unique pop sensibility that stop them from sounding at all dated. They play NYC again next week with Pissed Jeans. Update: Tonight's show moved to Mateo's Room.

Torrential Downpour, Syphilitic Lust, The Sheltering Sky @ The Acheron
It's a good local bill with NJ's boundary-pushing metal weirdos Torrential Downpour, Brooklyn's raw, dirty Syphilitic Lust, and the Unearthly Trance-related The Sheltering Sky.

Joe Pug, Field Report @ Bowery Ballroom
Maryland singer/songwriter Joe Pug headlines this show, and if you're going it's worth showing up early for Justin Vernon associate Field Report (playing solo) too.

So Percussion, Miya Masaoka, Brothers Balliett @ BRIC House
Now in its 14th year, the annual Look & Listen Festival showcases the best of contemporary classical music in a visual art setting. The night's headlined by the So Percussion ensemble. This should be pretty cool.

Photay, Ricky Eat Acid, Maxo, Doss, Eaves @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a good electronic bill tonight, including the prolific Sam Ray's project Ricky Eat Acid (he's also of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown).

Guerilla Toss, Horse Lords, Big Neck Police, Booker Stardrum, Weston Minnisali @ Shea Stadium
It's a night of avant, angsty, percussion-fueled fun with Boston's Guerilla Toss and Baltimore's Horse Lords.

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

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by Bill Pearis


Juan Wauters has a new video for, "Asi No Mas," from his forthcoming album, Who Me?. The video was shot by Matthew Volz who has done design/artwork for almost all of Juan's records, and was shot in Mexico City. In it, Juan tries to teach a local mariachi band the song, while Volz captures the vibrant streetlife surrounding them. Watch it below.

Juan just wrapped a tour, but has another NYC show on the horizon: Shea Stadium on May 9 with Nude Beach, Tall Juan and Vox Disco. Tickets are on sale. He's got a couple festival appearances lined up for later this year -- all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Juan Wauters shares "Asi No Mas" video, playing Shea Stadium with Nude Beach & more"

by Bill Pearis


Juan Wauters will release his second solo album, Who Me?, on May 5 via Captured Tracks. That's the cover art above, as you may have guessed. Venturing out of Queens, he made the record at Future Apple Tree in Rock Island, Illinois and first single "She Might Get Shot" sounds a little less ramshackle that Juan's previous recordings. It's a nice song and you can listen to both English and Spanish versions of the song, as well as check out the feline-centric album trailer, below.

Currently in Asheville, NC on his tour, Juan doesn't have any NYC shows at the moment but there's bound to be a NYC release show. Stay tuned. Tour dates are listed, along with song streams and video, below...

Continue reading "Juan Wauters releasing new solo album, 'Who Me?' (song stream and album trailer)"

by Bill Pearis

Juan Wauters

Jaun Wauters will release a new EP with longtime collaborator Carmelle Safdie, titled Wearing Leather, Wearing Fur, which is out January 20 on Captured Tracks. The one-sided 12" features one 13-minute track that mixes song, poetry and instrumental passages. If you've seen him live over the last two years or so, this has been a staple of his shows and you can stream it in full at Captured Tracks' Soundcloud page.

Juan will be on a solo tour next month, and while there's no NYC proper show, the tour starts with a show at Westchester's Sarah Lawrence College on February 13. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Juan Wauters releasing new EP (listen), touring in February"

Festival Nrmal

Festival Nrmal is returning to Mexico from February 28 to March 1 in 2015, and the lineup features Swans, Phantogram, Future Islands, Black Angels, Machinedrum, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, TOPS, Twin Peaks, Peaking Lights, Kirin J Callinan, METZ, Boogarins, DJ Dodger Stadium, HTRK and more. Tickets are on sale.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Festival Nrmal 2015 lineup & tix (Swans, Future Islands, Black Angels, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, METZ & more)"

Budos Band
photo: Budos Band at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014 (more by PSquared)

Jonathan Toubin knows his way around a party which is to say he's an in-demand dude during this festive time of year. He's got his fingers all of the following events...

On Wednesday (12/17) at Baby's All Right he'll be DJing the Peace & Love Holiday Ball which features live sets from The Budos Band, The Citizens Band and "surprise guests." The Citizens Band and the Budos Band ( who just played the Daptone Super Soul Revue) usually play bigger places than Baby's so here's a good chance to catch them somewhere more intimate. Tickets are on sale and benefit The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.

Then on Saturday (12/20) at Brooklyn Bowl, it's the holiday edition of Soul Clap and Dance Off with special guest selector Charles Bradley. It doubles as a release party for Norton Records' Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vols 1 & 2. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

On New Year's Eve at Home Sweet Home, Nothing Changes is presenting the "New York Night Train Annual New Year's Ball" featuring live performances from Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Andy Animal's All Male Revue, and the debut of PMS and the Moodswings (featuring members of Habibi). Toubin and Josh Styles will be DJing and tickets will be available at the door. More info here.

Then on January 3 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar it's a "Captured Tracks/New York Night Train HAPPENING!" featuring live sets from Juan Wauters and EZTV, plus Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, DJ sets from Toubin and C/T head Mike Sniper. That show is free but you can RSVP to skip the line.

Jonathan Toubin will also be DJing the Glasslands Holiday Party on Sunday (12/21), the Detroit Cobras show at Baby's All Right on 1/2 (which is Detroit Cobras' second of two NYC shows that week, following Bowery Electric on 12/30) and some other gigs as well. All Jonathan Toubin dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin DJ gigs: Soul Clap w/ Charles Bradley, a benefit w/ Citizens Band & Budos Band, NYE w/ Kid Congo, more"

Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon.  All dates are listed below.

Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting give us their Top 10s of 2014, touring with Twerps around SXSW (dates)"

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...

Continue reading "SXSW 2015 2nd round of artists announced"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Young men other than the band are ripping their shirts off at Webster Hall for @foxygentheband" - @aplombtomato

Foxygen @ Webster Hall 10/9/2014

Foxygen celebrated the impending release of their new double album, ...And Star Power, with two NYC shows this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/8) and Thursday (10/9) at Webster Hall. Despite problems with overdoing it while touring the last album, Sam France and Jonathan Rado have not toned down this time out: Sam was striking poses, leaping in the air and falling all over the place the whole, and the crowds ate it up. Also adding to fun was a trio of backup singers/dancers. Though the new album clocks in at 24 tracks in 80 minutes, sets have not been quite as epic, usually around a dozen songs or so. Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post, and we'll have MHOW pics soon as well. Meanwhile, Foxygen's tour rolls on, hitting Philadelphia tonight (10/10).

Before Foxygen at the Webster show was Juan Waters who brought out Mac DeMarco on drums (and Tall Juan on guitar). The Lemon Twigs opened the night. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Foxygen played two NYC shows -- pics from Webster Hall with Juan Wauters (Mac DeMarco on drums) & The Lemon Twigs"

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Tickets to see Weezer play their new album in full at the intimate Bowery Ballroom go on artist presale today at 1 PM (anyone know the password?).

Tickets for the Ariel Pink show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 9 AM.

If you missed out during the BrooklynVegan presale, tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' at Webster Hall with The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Big Ups, Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn a MAGICIAN and still many more go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Dream Police show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their CMJ show with Moon Duo, Amen Dunes and Marissa Nadler are still available.

Caveman and Icewater are playing Baby's All Right on October 15 with special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Yung Lean & Sad Boys are playing Webster Hall on December 1 with Gravity Boys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Freddie Gibbs is playing Rough Trade on November 3, it's part of a tour he has coming up but most venues are still TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Flying Lotus and Thundercat show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for the Terminal 5 show are still available and we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one as well.

Tickets for the B-52's shows at Space at Westbury and Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Versus, Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Rogers Sisters and Cynthia Nelson show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets to see Antietam open for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall are still available.

Tickets for the Gesaffelstein show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Centro-Matic farewell shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lavender Country show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the RVIVR shows at Shea Stadium with Pretty Pretty and Even Hand and Saint Vitus with Aye Nako, Shellshag and Slingshot Dakota are on sale now.

R. Stevie Moore is playing Glasslands on November 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Juan Wauters (of The Beets) and Honey were added to the Nude Beach record release show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available. Nude Beach are also playing Union Pool on October 3 before the record's out with Juniper Rising (for whom this show is a record release), Organs and Roya. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be at CMJ.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Bill Pearis


Australian psych-os King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard will release thier new album, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, on November 11 via John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. Why yes, that is the cover art above. This one seems especially in tune with the label, as its 10 tracks pound out some seriously crazed motorik freakout garage. You can get fuzzy right now via "Cellophane" which is streamable below.

As mentioned, King Gizzard (who have spent more time in North America this year than at home) will soon be on the road with White Fence, a tour which kicks off October 13 at Baby's All Right (tickets) and hits the area again during CMJ, playing the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on October 22 with Reigning Sound and more (tickets) ...and probably as many other CMJ show as they can squeeze in without dying.

If you're not dead by the end of CMJ (BV staff might be), both White Fence and King Gizzard will play the afternoon Panache CMJ Hangover Brunch at Baby's All Right on Sunday, October 26. (Panache has done these hangover shows at SXSW for years.) The show also includes Juan Wauters, Tiny Ruins, Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band), and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich & Delicate Steve). The fun starts at 11 AM and is free and all ages. For those old enough to drink: this should go well with Baby's build-your-own-bloody-mary bar. King Gizzard also open, along with Connan Mockasin, for Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5.

White Fence, meanwhile, released their Ty Segall produced For the Recently Found Innocent and will soon have out a new single as part of Famous Class' LAMC series. It's a split with Jack Name and you can stream the White Fence side below.

Updated KG dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "King Gizzard ready LP, share song, add "CMJ Hangover" brunch to tour w/ White Fence, who also have a new song"


The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

Continue reading "CMJ initial 2014 line-up released"

(via @izzypop67)

Gerard Way is playing Irving Plaza on October 20, Starland Ballroom on October 22, and Webster Hall on October 23. Tickets for all three shows go on sale today at noon. Head here for Irving and Starland, and here for Webster.

The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in Brooklyn happens on September 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Motion City Soundtrack and Ma Jolie. Like all Converse Rubber Tracks shows, it's FREE, but you do need tickets, which go "on sale" today at noon.

Flint, MI punk band The Swellers are calling it quits this year, and they've announced that their last NYC show will happen at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (8/29) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Antemasque (At the Drive-In, Mars Volta) shows at Brooklyn Bowl and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jessie Ware show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Dream Syndicate show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Steve Gunn is playing a record release show at Rough Trade on October 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

The first round of CMJ 2014 artists will be revealed at an announcement party in downtown Manhattan tonight (8/27) at a location TBA with music from Porches and Juan Wauters. You can enter this contest for a chance to attend. 6 PM start.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Calvin Love / Las Rosas @ Seaport Music Fest 7/18/2014
Calvin Love
Las Rosas

With spiky hair and a black jacket with flower-accented lapels, Calvin Love looks like a character out of Less Than Zero. His music fits that too, dusty desert rock, heavy on the ethereal synths. Which made for pretty good setting sun music at the Seaport Music Fest this past Friday (7/18). He played a few new songs, hopefully he'll announce a new record soon.

Opening the night was local band Las Rosas who I had somehow managed to never see before Friday, despite playing all the time. Glad to have finally caught them: as far as '60s-style groovy surf/psych, Las Rosas do it very well, and look the part too. They're maybe NYC's version of the Allah-Las. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Like we said, Las Rosas play a lot and there are a few chances to catch them in NYC: July 31 at Glasslands with Juan Wauters and Cassie Ramone (tickets); then August 19 at Union Pool with Spider Bags (tickets). They also play two NYC shows with Shannon & the Clams: September 9 at Union Pool and September 12 at Palisades (tickets).

All Las Rosas dates are listed, plus more pics of their and Calvin Love's Seaport Music Fest show, below...

Continue reading "Calvin Love played Seaport Music Fest w/ Las Rosas who have shows w/ Spider Bags and Shannon & the Clams (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
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4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest

NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.

Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).

The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....

Continue reading "4Knots Festival in pics (Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Those Darlins, more)"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.

Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.

You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.

Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:

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by Bill Pearis

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ Baby's All Right 5/16/2014 (via @brooklynvegan)

Australia's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard were in NYC over the weekend for back-to-back shows at Baby's All Right on Friday (5/16) and Saturday (5/17) that wrapped up their post-Psych Fest tour. I trudged out through the rain on Friday and enjoyed their set. Armed with two drummers and three singers, King Gizzard mostly kept things moving/interesting, with their brand of psych that falls somewhere between Thee Oh Sees and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They did definitely test my tolerance for jamming when, 30-minutes in, they announced they only had one more song. What they didn't mention was, that last song was about 20 minutes long. Despite the torrential downpours that night, there was a decent crowd there too, most of whom seemed pretty into it.

If you missed them last weekend, King Gizzard are sticking around NYC and have a couple more shows on the horizon. They play Saturday (5/24) at Rockaway Beach Surf Club with Mystery Lights and DJ Jonathan Toubin. That's a day show and is free. They'll also be playing the Panache Booking Northside Festival showcase at Baby's All Right on June 12 with Hunters, Juan Wauters, Mac DeMarco's other band, Walter TV, as well as Homeshake, Big Ups, and DJ Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are on sale now or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those (note badge entrance based on capacity).

Flyers for both upcoming NYC shows and a few King Gizzard steams, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cherry Glazerr

LA trio Cherry Glazerr may still be in high school but they're already making a name for themselves, having released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records earlier this year. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face. You can stream the whole thing below.

The band will be making their first trip to NYC this summer, with two shows on the docket: July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 2 at Baby's All Right. with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets to Merc go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.

Speaking of Burger Records, the label's annual Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park on July 5 & 6 and features Thee Oh Sees, Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, OFF!, Reigning Sound, a reunited Milk n' Cookies, The Muffs, La Sera and more. Tickets are on sale and full two-day lineup below.

Cherry Glazerr have a couple other shows scheduled -- including one in Chicago after the NYC show -- and all dates are listed, along with the album stream and Burger Boogaloo lineup, below...

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LODRO @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn
In the US for the William Onyeabor tributes, the Hot Chip singer will be previewing his new album at this free matinee show. Special guests are being promised.

Bladerunner Trio (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayerdrummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, you can catch them tonight.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Bowery Ballroom
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's held up very well.

Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest @ City Winery
A singer-songwriter for over 30 years (best known for "Tom's Diner" and "Luka"), Vega just released her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles where she samples 50 Cent on one track, believe it or not.

Weekend, Cities Aviv, Grey Zine @ Glasslands
Weekend moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, dialed back the reverb and upped the melody/danceabilty in the music, the result of which was last year's terrific Jinx. Volume level remained constant: deafening.

Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie band Matt Pond PA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Emblems, for this current tour which makes two stops in NYC, this being the first.

Jessy Lanza, Ricky Eat Acid @ Santos Party House
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub.

The So So Glos, Juan Wauters, Flagland, Krill, Patrick Stickles (DJ set), Baked (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos are no strangers to Shea Stadium (some of them live there) and are ofter at their raucous best at their home. This stacked lineup is being billed as a "Tooth Fairy" benefit, with all proceeds going into the mouth of a friend.

CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

Skull Defekts, Sannhet, Surviva @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Much like they did in 2011 for Peer Amid, Daniel Higgs and Swedish experimental rockers Skull Defekts have joined forces for new album  Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown which juxtaposes Higgs' beautiful, fractured poetry spewed over a tense arrangement. Higgs will be with the band tonight.

Tonstartsbandht, LODRO, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans-Pecos
This is a pretty killer bill, with Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartsbandht, the dark-n-stormy LODRO, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, former Vivian Girl guitarist Cassie Ramone and more

Majical Cloudz, Spencer Madsen (reading), Kool A.D. (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading) @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Brooklyn poet Spencer Madsen releases his new book, You Can Make Anything Sad, this week (4/29) and he'll be celebrating it with a release show featuring readings and a live performance from Majical Cloudz.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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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The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin

As mentioned, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport. They just released the initial round of acts playing: The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong (ex-Women), Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. With two stages, lots more artists will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Like always, The 4Knots Festival is free and all-ages.

The official afterparty will be at Webster Hall. Lineup and tickets TBA.