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Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015

Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.

As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Empress Of / Moses Sumney / Kirin J Callinan
Empress Of
Moses Sumney
Kirin J. Callinan

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (where BrooklynVegan just hosted three CMJ shows) is now in its second year and it celebrated its terrible twos with a party of Terrible Records artists last night (10/20). Okay Kaya opened, but I didn't get there until a few songs into Moses Sumney's set. It was definitely a party crowd, but Moses' quiet songs still went over really well and the place was roaring and cheering after every song. Moses' guitar songs are nice, but his biggest appeal is the parts where he loops himself beatboxing and then layers his vocoder/auto-tune vocals over it in sort of a James Blake way. It was cool stuff.

Then it was Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez with a two-piece backing band) whose debut album Me is one of my favorites of this year and who was the main draw for me on the show. They played most of the new album (and an old one that Lorely said they never used to play live) and they really sounded great. The beats were heavier/dancier live, and i think just about everyone was into that. Most people around where I was standing were dancing for every song, and a good amount of people were singing along too. Just about every song was met by really appreciative shouts from the crowd. People really love her.

Most people had filtered out (or at least gone to the front room) by the time special guest Kirin J Callinan went on, but he wasn't exactly playing a set so much as being a party DJ and his usual quirky/hilarious self. He had the remaining crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to Baby's over a dance beat, and then celebrated the venue's hometown with a dance remix of Sinatra's "New York, New York." (And later "Mambo #5" and a house version of the Game of Thrones theme.) Kirin himself went into the crowd a few times to dance with people and kept saying, "I don't know why you're all looking at me, it's a birthday party!"

Baby's continues to celebrate its second birthday with another party on Saturday (10/24) with Neon Indian, Porches and a special guest. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Tuesday night below...

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by Bill Pearis

Kirin J Callinan

Aussie wildcard Kirin J Callinan will release his second album sometime in 2016 via Terrible. The first single is "The Teacher" and features frequent cohort Connan Mockasin. Where his debut, Embracism, was all guttural growls and distorted electronics, this songs is an '80s-style torch song with slippery, fretless bass that has more in common with Kirin's work in Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders. You can stream it below.

Kirin spends a fair ammount of time in NYC and is here this week playing a few shows, including two today (10/16):

Friday 10/16 (4 PM) @ Elvis Guesthouse: Graceland Party w/ Whitney, Mild High Club, Jimmy Whispers, Sean Nicholas Savage, Joy Again, Murals (FREE)

Friday 10/16 @ Cameo Gallery (midnight): Terrible Records CMJ Party w/ LE1F, Empress Of, Porches, Deradoorian, Okay Kaya, Jimmy Whispers, Kaya, Stolen Jars (more info)

Saturday 10/17 @ The Delancey (2 PM): Aussie BBQ w/ Methyl Ethel, Surf Rock is Dead, Lord Fascinator, The Harpoons and 33 (!) more (FREE)

Speaking of the Dreamlanders, they'll be playing more North American shows in December.

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan shares new single "The Teacher" featuring Connan Mockasin, playing CMJ shows"

photo: Empress Of at Terrible Records CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Empress Of

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right is about to turn two -- you may remember their first show was the 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ party -- and in what's becoming a tradition, they'll throw themselves a birthday party. It's just after CMJ, October 20, with Empress Of, Moses Sumney, and a special guest. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/9) at noon. Flyer below.

That's just one of three NYC dates on Empress Of's current tour. She opens the sold-out Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 and also plays the stacked Cymbal X Terrible Records X Cameo CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Cameo on October 16 with Le1f, Porches, Kirin J Callinan, Deradoorian and more. It's FREE with RSVP or a CMJ badge. Flyer below. Empress Of's very good debut album is out now on XL/Terrible. Video for "Standard" off that album and her list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Empress Of touring, playing Baby's 2nd birthday party with Moses Sumney, Terrible Records CMJ, and more (dates)"

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders

The smooth sounds of Australian band Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J. Callinan on guitar) will be hitting the the U.S. for a second time this year, visiting in December and going coast-to-coast. The tour starts with two dates in NYC: Baby's All Right on December 1 and Mercury Lounge on December 2. Tickets for Baby's and Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (10/2) at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show starting Wednesday (9/30) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Come on Back This Way" (featuring Sharon Van Etten), below...

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photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis

Kirin / Sean / Dev / Weyes Blood @ Elvis Guesthouse 4/17/2015
Kirin J. Callinan Karaoke
Kirin J. Callinan Karaoke

Kirin J Callinan invited pals Sean Nicholas Savage and Dev Hynes to test out new material at Elvis Guesthouse on Friday night (4/17). It was done mostly karaoke style, with each of them performing to backing tracks off their ipods, iphones and laptops. (Kirin and Dev both played a little guitar, too.) Dev's set was the longest, featuring maybe five new songs, most of which sounded fairly fully formed. The night ended with a group sing-a-long of "New York, New York."

The night, which was a free party also had a guest appearance by Doldrums' Airick Woodhead who sang a new song that his band would also do later that night at nearby Mercury Lounge. Weyes Blood, onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown, and PC Music's QT were also hanging out, and Spank Rock and Fascinator were the evening's DJs. For happening at such a tiny spot, Elvis Guesthouse never got too packed and was a fun, very informal night. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Tonight (4/20), Elvis Guesthouse's sister venue Baby's All Right hosts a show with Dev Hynes collaborator Heems. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Elvis Guesthouse below...

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Kirin & Sean

Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:



On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.

Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan, Sean Nicholas Savage (& Dev Hynes?) are karaoke-ing their own songs at Elvis Guesthouse tonight (free)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday @ Red 7 in pics -- Mew, Pop Group, Frank Turner, Iceage, Lees of Memory, Screaming Females & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Australian group Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders just played a bunch of shows at SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/21). Seeing them live, Jack's bravado-filled voice fits his very tall frame well, and the band rose to the challenge of the noon opening slot well. Pictures from their performance at our show are in this post. If you haven't checked out Jack's album, Playmates, it's the kind of neon-reflected-on-rainy-streets synthnoir that might've fit in on Miami Vice or Less Than Zero. You can stream it below.

The band, which includes talented eccentric Kirin J Callinan, are in NYC now and will play Rough Trade on Thursday (3/26) with former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.

Kirin & Donny in "The Edge" video
Donny & Kirin

Meanwhile, Kirin is playing a free show tonight (3/25) at Baby's All Right. He'll be doing two sets: one solo, and one as a duo with Dreamlanders bassist and solo artist in his own right, Donny Benet and "there may even be a surprise performance from another associated act." Again, it's free and anything with Kirin J Callinan is pretty much guaranteed not to be boring. Is Connan Mockasin in town?

You can watch a video of Kirin and Donny performing "The Edge" (which is something to behold) below. That is from Donny's album, Weekend at Donny's which is more synthy '80s style eclecticism. In addition to Kirin, features guest lead vocals from Jack Ladder, The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, and other offbeat Australian indie luminaries. You can stream that below too.

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan & Donny Benet playing free show tonight before Jack Ladder's NYC show (SXSW pics & tix giveaway)"

photo: Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Action Bronson

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

Bjork @ City Center
Bjork's in the midst of a sold-out seven-show run in NYC supporting her powerful new album, Vulnicura. She'll be performing with her Vulnicura collaborator Arca, plus percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

Ms. Lauryn Hill @ City Winery
Tonight, neo-soul great Lauryn Hill concludes her run of nine intimate acoustic shows in NYC. Sold out.

Action Bronson @ Terminal 5
'90s-loving rapper Action Bronson put out his major label debut, Mr. Wonderful, this week, and tonight's his second of two huge release shows for it.

Villagers, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool
Villagers is a few weeks away from releasing his new home-recorded album, which from the singles is sounding like his barest material yet. Hopefully we'll hear some more of that tonight.

Grooms, Sleepies, Bambara, The Flag @ Alphaville
Grooms' new album goes in different territory for the band, taking things into spacier, kraut-ier territory -- while still making room for their distinctive, dissonant guitars. The album is also probably the catchiest batch of songs Grooms have ever delivered.

Kirin J Callinan, Donny Benet @ Baby's All Right
While on tour with Jack Ladder, KJC will be performing a solo set, as well as songs with Donny Benet (who also plays in Jack's band), and more "special guests." Is Conan Mockasin in town? This is a free show.

Kate Tempest, Lightning Bug, Tkay Maidza @ Rough Trade
She's an award-winning poet and just-published novelist, but Kate Tempest is at her most immediate as a rapper, as heard on last year's very good, gritty Everybody Down. This is her second of two sold-out NYC shows this week.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ WFMU Monty Hall
In the midst of their "Five Borough Freedom Tour," the JSBX cross the Hudson to play WFMU's fairly new Monty Hall venue in the ground floor of their HQ.

Kid Creole & The Coconuts @ BB King Blues Club
Kid Creole (aka August Darnell) has leading the Coconuts in one form or another since 1980, mixing musical styles (big band, disco, new wave, you name it) into one big cocktail served in a...oh, you know what we're going. Kid's a true original.

Max Richter, American Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Le Poisson Rouge
Grammy-nominated contemporary composer Max Richter is in NYC revisiting some of his older albums/pieces this week. Tonight he performs The Leftovers and The Blue Notebooks, and tomorrow he returns to LPR for two different ones.

Melt, Secret Crush, Pill, Gingerlys @ Palisades
Falling somewhere between indiepop and shoegaze are Brooklyn's Gingerlys, whose debut EP is brimming with charming pop hooks; Pill, meanwhile, make shouty post-punk that's filthy with saxxy skronk.

High Waisted, Jangula, Ski Lodge, Swimsuit Issue, Indigo Wild @ Pianos
Ski Lodge, who got a little more synthy on their new single, are doing a joint residency with fellow Brooklyn band Jangula every Wednesday in March.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Tonight, the Blondie singer begins a residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle that runs through April 4.

L-Vis 1990 "and friends" @ Elvis Guesthouse
Electronic producer and Night Slugs co-head L-Vis 1990 takes over the similarly-named bar Elvis Guesthouse for a free late show with unannounced guests.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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flyer temp

We already announced Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and finally, here's Saturday (day 3):


12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
03:15 Ex-Cult
04:00 The Pop Group
05:15 Iceage

12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
04:15 Ceremony
05:00 Mew

RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.

Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).

Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.

Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.

photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Pop Group
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)


As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups and more info too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Saturday Day Party lineup (Mew, Frank Turner, The Pop Group, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Iceage, Alex G & many more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jack Ladder

Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.

The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Jack Ladder released an album ft. Sharon Van Etten on two songs, touring, playing NYC & LA after SXSW (dates, stream)"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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Connan atop the 3-story shirtless man tower @ MHOW 5/2/2014 (via @tessanne)
Connan & Mac (via @shutterhoundphotography)

Friday night, the two rolled over to Music Hall of Williamsburg to keep the party going. The place was even more packed than Bowery Ballroom. This time, Mockasin began the performance playing his guitar while crowd surfing towards the stage. Once there, the band osmosisly soaked up Mockasin's vibe and started going koo-koo too, ditching various shirts and pants, with many in the crowd soon following suit. And mind you, this was already in the first 15 minutes of the show! Mac DeMarco got up and joined Liam Finn on bongos, Kirin J Callinan and his brother Tex got up there again, Jorge Elbrecht (from of Violens/Lansing-Dreiden), plus more ladies pulled up from the crowd. And it went like that for awhile longer, and seemingly into the backstage area, and no doubt into the great beyond that Connan Mockasin's mind dances around in. - [CMJ]
After playing Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, Connan Mockasin and Kirin J Callinan took their party/tour across the East River to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (5/4). No Dev Hynes that night (he was singing at the William Onyeabor tribute) but Mac DeMarco showed up. The result: most of the band taking most of their clothes off and, at one point, building a teetering shirtless man tower as seen in the instagram above. Liam Finn and his brother Elroy were there again, and Violens frontman Jorge Elbrecht joined too, and it was another evening of kind-spirited debauchery. Did you go to MHOW or Bowery? Both?

Kirin & Connan play Toronto tonight (5/5). Remaining tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco got shirtless w/ Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan, Liam Finn and more at MHOW on Friday"

by Bill Pearis

Connan & Dev under the covers / Connan, Liam et al

By the end of Connan Mockasin's set at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/1), during an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love," there were maybe upwards of 20 people on stage, including fellow kiwi Liam Finn on bongos, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes on guitar, Kirin J Callinan and his band, plus about seven girls pulled from the audience. At one point Kirin tossed Liam his guitar with which he played a solo and then tossed it back down to Kirin. It was a crazy love-in of a night that threatened to derail at any second but never quite did.

Connan, in a flowered silk suit that looked like it was bought from someone's aunt, started his set in the middle crowd, on the floor. After a mid-show intermission, he appeared from under a sheet with Dev to do Caramel slow jam "I Wanna Roll With You." Finn, who had Connan play a few of his Brooklyn "murmuration" shows, came out a few times throughout the show with some of his band. Like his music, it was loose and wobbly, but Connan's band (who were also dressed mostly like someone's aunt) is lithe and adept and can really make this stuff work. Plus, Connan's a kooky charmer which is what you need to pull off these sort of shenanigans. It wasn't all nuttiness. Connan played pretty much everything you'd want to hear, leaning a little more heavy on 2010's Please Turn Me Into The Snat than the new more R&B-flavored Caramel, though songs from the latter definitely come alive more than on the too-slick studio recordings. A very fun show.

Kirin J Callinan @ Bowery

This was the first time I'd seen Kirin J Callinan with a full band, including two drummers. The Australian artist's electro-goth material is a little more distinctive to these ears than his guitar-driven songs, but like Connan (though in a completely different way), Kirin's a genuine weirdo who couldn't be normal if he tried. And, thankfully, he's not trying.

Connan and Kirin do it again tonight (5/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the third night of their North American tour. Liam Finn will be joining Connan again tonight, though probably not Dev as he's part of the Atomic Bomb! A Tribute to William Onyeabor at BAM. But you never know what might happen. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.

Continue reading "Liam Finn and Dev Hynes showed up for Connan & Kirin's show at Bowery Ballroom; win tix to MHOW tonight"

Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Viet Cong

The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2014 lineup again (Future Islands, Xiu Xiu, AraabMUZIK, Kirin J Callinan, Autre Ne Veut & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Connan & Kirin are ready. Is America?

Connan Mockasin and Kirin J Callinan's upcoming North American tour starts this week, with two NYC shows: Thursday (May 1) at Bowery Ballroom, and Friday (May 2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. They're both on the eccentric end of the spectrum and this tour should be interesting and entertaining. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away to each show. Details below.

In celebration of the trek, Kirin J Callinan has released a cover of k.d. lang's 1992 single "Constant Craving." It's a duet with Sofia Brous and as you can imagine, Callinan puts his unique spin on the song. Stream it below. He's also currently engaged in a little crowdfunding so he can "tour internationally, make engaging & entertaining new videos, write & record a new album and put on the best dog gamn show you've ever seen, live, in a city near you!" Learn more via Kirin's very entertaining Pozible video below.

Meanwhile, Connan (who's been hanging out in Brooklyn since SXSW) recently shared a Yours Truly video session and you can watch that, with the list of dates, all videos and streams, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Connan Mockasin @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
Connan Mockasin

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin was just here last month but will be heading back to North America next month for SXSW, where his shows there will include the free BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7 on Saturday, March 15. Set times and the rest of that line-up will be announced soon. He'll also play the official Mexican Summer SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 14 with No Joy, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt and more. Flyer for that is below.

After SXSW, Connan will tour with Australian Kirin J Callinan for what could be the most eccentric North American tour of the spring. That will hit NYC for two shows: Bowery Ballroom on May 1 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 2. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/26) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with a Valentine's Day interview and an "It's Choade My Dear" video, below...

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Kirin J. Callinan @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kirin J Callinan

There's an interesting, last-minute addition to Baby's All Right's schedule tonight (12/11). There's an early show featuring a collaborative performance from Kirin J. Callinan (who wrapped up dates with Cut Copy last month), Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase and Splashh singer Sasha Carlson. The night also features DJ sets from Cara Stricker, Petra Collins and Sandy Kim. No advance tickets, 8:30 PM door. This is all before the late show (11 PM doors) with Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck.

Speaking of Splashh, the UK band (not to be confused with Brooklyn's Splash [one "h"]) were just here for stripped-down shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, as part of Kanine Records' curated weekend (12/6 & 12/7). UK band Splashh released their debut album, Comfort, this year which mixed strong hooks with blown-out production and nasally attitude. If you missed it, you can stream it via Rdio.

Carlson is sticking around NYC for a few more solo shows. He plays Pianos on Friday (12/13) with Bleeding Rainbow, Salt Cathedral, Truest, and Brendan Rivera. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flyer for it is below. He also plays the Kanine Records holiday party at Glasslands on December 22 with Eternal Summers and Little Big League. Tickets for that show are still available.

Flyer below...

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Austin's Feathers have had a busy year. They released their debut album, If All Here Now, have toured the country (they played NYC in May) and opened for Depeche Mode during SXSW. 2014 looks to be exciting for them as well, with a new EP, Only One, and a trip across the Atlantic next month where they'll be opening up for Depeche Mode again, this time on a few European dates. On their way there, they'll stop in NYC for a warm-up show, playing Mercury Lounge on January 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

This tour will mark a new line-up for the band, with Christine Aprile (ex-Sleep Over, Silent Diane), Su Swann (Hussle Club), Jon Minor and Destiny Montague (Midnight Masses, Carl Sagan). All tour dates are listed below.

Feathers frontperson Anastasia Dimou was nice enough to give us her Top 10 Records of 2013, including commentary on some of them. Her list doesn't stray to far from the style of music she makes, which means if you like Feathers, you may want to check some of these out. Read her list below....

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Lou Reed

The Lou Reed tributes keep coming. Two of them just happened, including the one at Rodeo Bar on Wednesday (11/20) and the one with Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes, and others at the Jalopy Theatre last night (11/21). Now there will be another one at Bowery Electric this Sunday (11/24).

The show features a pretty big lineup, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and more, plus Hollis Brown performing VU's Loaded in its entirety.

Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization "that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city." There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.

Full lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cut Copy
cut copy

Cut Copy's new album, Free Your Mind, will be out November 5 and the band have just released a third track in advance of its release. "We Are Explorers" is a typically bouncy dance track from these Australians and you can stream it below.

Meanwhle, the band's fall North American tour starts with this weekend's Mountain Oasis festival in Asheville, NC. Still no NYC date, though there's room on their tour schedule. Fellow Australian Kirin J. Callinan (who just played 10 CMJ shows, including our Friday day party) will be opening for a few dates on the tour. It will be interesting to see how Cut Copy fans will react to Kirin.

Before those shows with Cut Copy, Kirin will be doing some dates on his own, including NYC at 285 Kent on November 4 with Jenny Hval. Tickets to that show are on sale now. That's just after Jenny plays Basilica on Halloween with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who also just played a ton of CMJ shows).

All Cut Copy and Kirin J Callinan dates are listed, along with the new CC stream, below.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Yamantaka Sonic Titan / Omar Souleyman / Speedy Ortiz
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Omar Souleyman
Speedy Ortiz

New Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, after canceling CMJ shows scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (they found them other venues), had its opening day Friday (10/18) with our free BrooklynVegan day party, the first of two parties we threw at that venue for CMJ.

The day began pretty big with an acoustic set by Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head & the Heart who just released a new album called Lets Be Still. The first-ever performance at the new venue Friday at noon was a stripped down performance ahead of their much bigger sold out shows at Terminal 5 and Webster Hall. They also played a sold out CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before.

Then things took a turn for the weirder when the eccentric Kirin J Callinan (now backed by a band, unlike last year) came on. He was followed by the sneering UK post-punks Eagulls. Their pals/fellow Leeds band Hookworms came next, upping the psych/noise quota for the day.

Due to a last-minute scheduling change, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman came on next, characteristically not doing much on stage but still taking control of the room with an unforgettable set, and he was followed by the captivating, face-painted genre-defiers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Finally to wrap things, indie rockers Speedy Ortiz came on and showed off some new songs (like they've been doing at other CMJ shows too). Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Complimentary drinks were provided to those in attendance by Sailor Jerry who also brought in the Three Kings Tattoo artists who were giving out free tattoos for six hours straight in the venue's side bar. Plus, if you were hungry, free Raw Revolution organic live food bars were scattered around the venue for your taking. Thanks also to Vinny's Music for supplying the gear.

Saturday we were at the same venue with the NYC debut of Ex Hex (new band fronted by Mary Timony of Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), a solo set from Mac McCaughn of Superchunk, Pallbearer, Joanna Gruesome, Hop Along, Nothing, Public Service Broadcasting, Torres, King Dude, Pity Sex, Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Drowners, Spires and more. Pictures from that day coming soon.

Pictures from our Friday party are in this post. More below...

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