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Polaris @ Knitting Factory -- 11/21/2014
Polaris
Polaris

Polaris helped 'Pete and Pete' fans get nostalgic while helping Knitting Factory Brooklyn celebrate five years of existence in Williamsburg last week (11/21). The sold out show was also part of a larger tour for the Nickelodeon show band who by mid May will have played NYC three times in less than a year after spending more than ten years not existing at all. Baeble has a review:

Frontman Mark Mulcahy traipsed around the stage like an overgrown Puck gone strange with age, his lips turned up devilishly at the corners, his footwork spry despite the weight and years. His reedy voice sounded no less pained than it did all those years ago when he first sang "Hey, Sandy" and defined the Saturday morning of a generation or mooned through the drunken stumble of "She is Staggering" and gave a group of children their first look at the best and the worst of the intoxications of infatuation.
The setlist, which you can look at below, was long and everyone knew all the words. Mark, whose stage banter was funny and great, also played some Miracle Legion songs Pictures from Knitting Factory are in this post.

The NYC show before this one happened at the Bell House instead of Hammerstein Ballroom, and the next one is at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

Ski Lodge, who since also played a show at the closing-Glasslands, opened the BrooklynVegan-presented night. Check out more pictures from the Williamsburg show, including the headliner's merch and setlist, below...

Continue reading "Polaris brought 'Pete & Pete' music to Knitting Factory with Ski Lodge (pics, setlist)"

Phosphorescent at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Phos

As discussed, Mobb Deep are playing Knitting Factory on 11/19 to help celebrate the venue's fifth anniversary in its current Brooklyn location. That show is one of many great shows scheduled for the week-long 'Knit Ball: Celebrating 5 Years in Brooklyn.' A few other highlights include Phosphorescent (solo) and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo) teaming up on November 20 (tickets); a solo set from Andrew WK with Xenia Rubinos and The Skins on November 22 (tickets); and a not-free set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who often plays free Sunday shows in the front bar) on Sunday, November 23 (tickets).

The BrooklynVegan-presented Polaris show on 11/21 which Ski Lodge (which is sold out) is part of the week-long celebration too.

Other shows include Moon Hooch and Elephant Wrecking Ball on 11/18 (tickets); ASTR, Ghost Beach and Body Language (DJ) on 11/21 (tickets); MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose on 11/22 (tickets); and "very special guests" are promised for November 17.

Andrew WK has other dates including his January show with Marky Ramone at Gramercy Theatre. All of his dates are listed, with the Knit Ball flyer, below...

Continue reading "Knitting Factory celebrating five years in Brooklyn w/ Andrew WK, Phosphorescent, Lady Lamb, Hannibal Buress & more"

photos by Joe McCabe

July Talk
July Talk

Toronto pop-punk band Pup and Montreal singer Alejandra Ribera are among the nominees for the English-language SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

Ribera is up for "I Want" while Pup is in the running for "Reservoir."

Vancouver singer/songwriter Louise Burns for "Emeralds Shatter," Toronto indie-rockers July Talk's "Having You Around" and Vancouver indie-pop outfit Wake Owl for "Gold" round out the nominees.
[Montreal Gazeette]

The SOCAN-nominated Toronto indie pop band July Talk have been playing a whole bunch of dates and have a lot more coming up, and this past Tuesday (6/24) they squeezed in a release show for their Guns & Ammunition EP in NYC at Knitting Factory. If you were there, what did you think? Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "July Talk played an EP release show @ Knitting Factory (pics)"

Posehn posing with a Ghost and Scott Ian
Brian Posehn

Heavy metal loving comedian Deadpool comic book writer Brian Posehn, who last year toured with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, has a new batch of headlining shows scheduled including some on the east coat. Tickets for both Rhode Island (9/12 @ Fete) and Brooklyn (9/13 @ Knitting Factory) go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10am. A full tour hasn't been announced yet, but all the North American dates we know about are listed, along with Posehn's video for his Relapse-released "Metal By Numbers", below..

Continue reading "Brian Posehn announcing shows, playing Knitting Factory"

Adam Fischer

Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.

UPDATES:
* read a tribute to Adam by Mishka Shubaly
* Yeasayer tweeted, "RIP Adam Fisher Yeasayer Tour Manager 2010. So many crazy memories. "
* Memorial being planned at the Well

Photos by Greg Cristman

Coliseum

The Pere Ubu and Eddie Money-covering Coliseum toured throuch NYC this week and played a show at Kniting Factory in Brooklyn with Red Hare (mems. Swiz, Bluetip, Garden Variety) and Pampers on Tuesday night (5/21). Here are some pictures. They continue below...

Continue reading "Coliseum @ Knitting Factory with Red Hare & Pampers (pics)"

photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis

Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
Foxygen
Lodro

"I ate a CD once," admitted Foxygen frontman Sam France Monday night onstage to a full room at Knitting Factory. It was one of many probable falsehoods he told the crowd, but sometimes it's funny cause it's untrue. This was the first of three Foxygen shows in NYC this week and a Red Bull Sound Select show that BrooklynVegan curated (that's us). It was also the cheapest at only $3.00 and with four bands, a DJ and a comedian host on the bill.

France is a very charismatic frontman (my friend remarked "he's got a Jarvis Cocker thing going on") and even if you aren't totally in love with their album, with its many nods to late '60s rock, it's hard to deny Foxygen put on a very entertaining show, messing with the Red Bull sign included.

We chose the other three bands on the bill to be in tune with the pysch side of Foxygen's music. Openers Prince Rupert's Drops are in the mushroom tea variety, with harmoniously baroque pop stirred with extended jams. Amen Dunes, who played third, is more spacey, working on pure vibes at times. Songs too, but definitely Damon McMahon's music is more about floating with than active participation.

In between was LODRO and it was my first time seeing them despite their reputation for endless local gigging (like DIIV who they opened for two days earlier). They were definitely my personal favorite of the three, and the trio -- who pronounce their name "low-dro" -- make a strong impression. While best know for her stint in party rockers Friends, Lesley Hann is a commanding presence here, and maybe just a little intimidating. It could just be their intense brand of creepout blues (think Nick Cave, The Cramps' version of "Fever") is dead serious and pretty badass, aided in no small part by drummer Jigmae Baer and guitarist/singer Jeremy Cox. All three are also in Royal Baths though LODRO seems to be the focus now. Deservingly.

Chris Gethard, who days earlier was letting Zach Galifianakis give haircuts to strangers on his show, made for a very funny host, and I had fun DJing in-between sets.

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows (not to be confused with Red Bull Music Academy shows) -- always only $3 -- happen each month this year and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (for instance Fake Shore Drive just announced their next one in Chicago and Bun B recently headlined one in Austin)

More photos from our show at Knitting Factory are below.

Continue reading "Foxygen, Amen Dunes, LODRO & Prince Rupert's Drops played first BV-curated RBSS show at the Knit (pics)"

The Comedy

On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.
As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.

Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.

The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.

You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).

You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)

The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.

Continue reading "The Comedy is coming to theaters, but first a free BV screening; Soundtrack being released too"

volunteer

As we saw yesterday, the power is back to most of Manhattan and many more shows are starting to happen. Subways are continuing to get better too. Yesterday we mentioned that the 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains were back up, and now the J and F train are back too. Current subway outage map is here.

If you're looking for ways you can help out with hurricane relief, head to http://www.nycservice.org/.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Sunday (11/4).

As mentioned on Saturday, Peter Wolf's shows are cancelled, but City Winery is opening tonight for a NYC stand-up comedy benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Bell House had been open for a few days, but they just tweeted, "Blown transformer, fire under the street, no power on our block." They're moving the "Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance" show to November 23 and are currently looking for a new location to do tonight's hurricane relief open mic.

Maxwell's, which is undamaged, finally got their power back, but unfortunately, "it came too late to enable [them] to host the Crooked Fingers/John Vanderslice show tonight," so that show has been cancelled. John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers did play a pre-transformer explosion show at The Bell House on Friday (11/2), and as hinted, John did in fact wear his Tigger costume.

Tonight's Marea show at SOB's is cancelled.

Tonight's Little Feat and Leon Russell show at Capitol Theatre has been postponed. New date TBA.

The previously discussed Samiam show is still on, and set to take off tonight at Saint Vitus (11/4) with guests Liquor Store and I'm With Cupid. Tickets are still available.

Mercury Lounge is open again and tonight's Fenster show with Howth, Norwegian Arms, and Steel Phantoms is still on. Tickets for that show are still available. Fenster were also supposed to play Shea Stadium and Muchmore's last week too but Sandy cancelled those.

As mentioned, the Molly Nilsson and Cat Martino show which was supposed to happen at Glasslands last Sunday (10/28) is instead happening at Public Assembly tonight with Amalie Bruun. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Bowery Ballroom is back up and Gary Clark Jr. plays his first of three shows there tonight.

Mossenek (featuring Mick Barr and Chuck Bettis), Yoshiko Ohara (of Bloody Panda), and Entartete play Death by Audio tonight. It's the first show ever for Entartete, the new project of Speck Brown (ex-Orphan) who formed the band after the tragic passing of Brendan Majewski. Flyer for the show is below.

Le Poisson Rouge finally reopened last night and are open tonight too. Tonight they have a contemporary classical performance by pianist Jenny Q Chai at 6:30 PM, Dan Neustadt (of The Hold Steady, Northern Bells) playing Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation at 9 PM, and the rescheduled from Tuesday Kitsune Club Night with The Twelves, Yusek, and JDH & Dave P.

Hannibal Buress, who couldn't make it to his weekly Sunday comedy show at Knitting Factory last week due to the hurricane, is back in action tonight.

Knitting Factory is also hosting Band Slam the Vote tonight, rescheduled from Thursday (11/1), with Lonesome Empire, The Nepotist, Laura Faye, Ionie, Dream Logic, Sophia Urista, and Joy and The Hansons. The show now also doubles as a hurricane benefit concert, and "all proceeds from ticket sales will go to support non-profit Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts."

UCB Theatre and UCB East are both open and UCB Theatre hosts their weekly ASSSSCAT 3000 shows while UCB East has a stand-up open mic at 5:30 PM, Indie Cage Match at 7:30 PM, Improv Nerds at 9 PM, and The Improv Nerds Jam at 10 PM.

Power is back on at The Stone in the East Village tonight (11/4) so look for a pair of shows including an early 8PM show with Victor Poison-Tete (of rat at rat r) and a 10PM show with Tamio Shiraishi and Cammisa Buerhaus.

Barbes opens this afternoon with the first of four events at the venue tonight. Two showings of SeƱor Calavera's JUST IN CASE, "an interactive image and music driven dramatization of the book Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, go down at 2:30pm and 4PM today, followed by a performance of The Four Bags at 8PM, Amour Obscur at 9PM and la Sabrosa Sabrosura at 10PM.

Trash Bar is hosting a Hurricane Relief Concert & Jam.

Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, and Highway Gimps play Big Snow tonight.

The Reckless Collected, The Dharma Body, Model Stranger, and Shayna Sands play Cameo Gallery tonight.

Street Smells, Easy Lover, Eastern Hollows, and No Kill play Glasslands tonight.

The Living Room is open and are hosting The Lombardi Case 1975 at 2 PM, Afro-Jersey at 7 PM, and Daniel Wayne at 9:30 PM.

The Studio at Webster Hall is hosting Get Out the Vote with Patrick Toussaint, Mad Moiselle, Siya, Shamar Forte, and Wes Cyphers.

The Schtick or Treat Halloween comedy show, was postponed from last Monday (10/29) to tonight at Littlefield. Littlefield also hosts an early show, Yellow Sneaker Sock Hop: Puppet Show and Album Launch.

Union Pool is open and holding a hurricane benefit drive. They write, "We are holding a drive for our fellow New Yorkers in Staten Island Sunday November 4th from 1-6pm. This will be the first of many drives we hold for the communities affected by the devastation that is Hurricane Sandy." Head to Union Pool's site to see the list of items they'll be accepting.

Union Hall is open and hosting Rolie Polie Guacamole with special guest Lou Gallo at 3 PM, and Eugene Mirman's Pretty Good FRiends show at 7:30 PM with host Caroline Creaghead and guests Myq Kaplan, Kendra Cunningham, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Max SIlvestri.

Justin Walter and Ryan Ferriera will perform at Zebulon, which is open for business in Williamsburg tonight.

After returning to some sense of normalcy yesterday, Joe's Pub will host Public Forum Duet: Anna Deavere Smith and David Simon early and John Kelly later at the venue.

Bad Side, Holidays, The Guts and Pity Party are ready to take on The Acheron tonight.

Brooklyn Bowl is open.

Uriah Heep plays BB King's tonight.

Santos Party House was closed last night and don't have anything listed for tonight either, but Monday's (11/5) MNDR, Colourmusic, Shiny Toy Guns, and Static Summer show is still a go. Deidre & the Dark (Deidre of Savoir Adore) (who just played NYC) also plays Santos on Monday with Gin Wigmore. However, the Etienne De Crecy show is cancelled.

Cake Shop got their power back and hosted The Luyas and Peace last night, but they have nothing scheduled for tonight.

The Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke Band play The Blue Note tonight. A portion of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross.

Tonight's Leslie West show at Iridium Jazz Club tonight has been postponed to a TBA date in January.

Arlenes's Grocery is back open and tonight they've got Lhabya, The Juvenals, ElixirOnMute, and Bear Language.

As mentioned yesterday, Rockwood Music Hall is back open.

Friday's David Choi and Clara C show at Highline Ballroom has been rescheduled for tonight. However, the Acoustic Africa Tour show has been cancelled. Refunds for that one are available at the point of purchase.

Monday's Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy show at Best Buy Theater has been rescheduled for tonight. All tickets will be honored.

Translator Audio and the associated South Sound studios/practice spaces, which were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, have set up a donation area. Donate if you can.

Terrence Hannum of Locrian has a new zine available for order now. The zine, which is based on art inspired by the pentagram, comes with a cassette that is to be listened to while viewing the zine. Check out a video preview of the zine below. Locrian has a new split with Horseback out now via Relapse Records.

Joey Bada$$ was joined by The Roots for his late night TV debut on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Check out a video of him performing "Waves" below.

Continue reading "What is & isn't going on Sunday? (John Vanderslice/Crooked Fingers cancelled; Samiam, Fenster, Molly Nilsson, Gary Clark Jr, Entartete (ex-Orphan) & more are on)"

by Bill Pearis

Savoir Adore

As mentioned previously, Savoir Adore's new album, Our Nature, is out next week and the band have just released a new single from the record. "Empire of Light" is one of the more contemplative, ethereal tracks on the album which in general is a bit more groove-oriented than their first. We've got the premiere of the track's video that has the band piled in a Sprinter van driving around sun-dappled upstate New York. You can check it out below.

Savoir Adore play a record release party for Our Nature in NYC tonight (10/9) at Knitting Factory with tourmates Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets are still available but if you're like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Contest details and the video for "Empire of Light" are below.

Continue reading "Savoir Adore made a new video; their record release show is tonight in Brooklyn (win tix!)"

Peelander-Z at Googa Mooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Peelander-Z

As mentioned Peelander-Red is unfortunately leaving Peelander-Z, but is going on one final tour as a member of the band with Electric Eel Shock. That tour is already scheduled to hit NYC on October 12 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Math the Band (tickets), and now BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we'll be presenting another NYC show for the band, happening on November 23 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn, which will be Red's final show with Peelander-Z. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but we'll let you know when they are.

In related news, Peelander-Z's "sister band" Peewonder-Z play a NYC show at The Paper Box TONIGHT (10/4) with Hard Nips, Gelatine w/ Otonana Trio, and Dirty Babylon Breaker. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

We're also premiering Peelander-Z's new music video for "Get Glasses," which was recorded live at Red 7 in Austin. That video, the tour flier, and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "Peelander-Z have a new video, add Knitting Factory show to tour (BV Presents)"

Freelance Whales at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Freelance Whales

As we've mentioned before, Freelance Whales new album, Diluvia, is out next week (10/9) on Frenchkiss and Mom+Pop. You can stream the album right now over at NPR. Speaking of streaming things, the band are playing an invite-only show tonight (10/1) at Knitting Factory where they'll play the album in full, but lest you feel left out, the performance will be streamed live at 7:30 PM here.

Additionally, if you'd like to actually go to this show in person, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are below. After tonight's show at the Knit, Freelance Whales will hit the road for a tour that will wind its way around America before heading back to the East Coast, including a hometown NYC show at Webster Hall on November 1. Tickets are still available for that show and all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Freelance Whales streaming album & private record release show at Knitting Factory tonight (win tickets)"

Ash

Veteran Irish trio Ash are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and are playing two NYC gigs as part of their year-long celebration: November 16 at Knitting Factory and November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/5) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (9/7) at noon; Knit tickets go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.

While it's about two years since Tim Wheeler (who's only 35) and the band released original material, the band recently put out an EP of covers titled Little Infinity that finds them tackling songs by Abba, The Beatles, David Bowie and others. You can stream it at Spotify.

Before the NYC dates, Ash will be out for a few shows with Weezer. All tour dates are listed below, along with a few Ash videos.

Continue reading "Ash celebrating 20th anniversary, released covers EP, touring (dates)"

Tamaryn at Emo's in Austin, April 2011 (More by Tim Griffin)
Tamaryn

San Francisco ethereal vibestress Tamaryn is set to release her new album, Tender New Signs, on October 16 via Mexican Summer. You can stream the first single from the album, "I'm Gone," at the bottom of this post. (It's available now on 7" as well.) She'll also be touring this fall with two NYC dates: November 9 at Mercury Lounge and November 10 at Knitting Factory. No ticket info yet for either of those shows but you can keep checking Ticketmaster for Mercury Lounge and Ticketfly for Knitting Factory.

UPDATE: Young Prisms open the Mercury Lounge show and play Glasslands two days earlier (9/7) (tickets) and Starred and Cool Angels open the Knitting Factory show. Merc tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon and Knit tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at 10 AM.

Tamaryn song stream and tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tamaryn releasing new LP, touring this fall w/ 2 NYC shows (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Bitch Magnet - Mesentry (MP3)

Bitch Magnet in the day
Bitch Magnet

Post-hardcore crew Bitch Magnet still have a few tickets left for their show with Moss Icon at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/25, but it can't be too many. In addition to a small sprinkling of shows across the country, the reunited trio have expanded their tour to include another date at Knitting Factory on October 26. Tickets are on sale.

The shows are in celebration of the band's reissued catalog, out now via Temporary Residence Limited. Download "Mesentry" from their anthology above and get your copy via TRL.

All Bitch Magnet dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Bitch Magnet expand tour, add NYC show at Knitting Factory after LPR (updated dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)

Night Beats at MHOW, April 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Night Beats

Seattle's garagey Night Beats are currently on tour with Black Angels, which rolls into Chicago tonight (8/3) at Double Door which is one of the many official Lollapalooza afterparties. While this fuzzed-out double feature doesn't hit NYC, Night Beats will be here on Monday, August 6, headlining Knitting Factory. The show is with K-Holes and Mmoss. Tickets are still available. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to this show and details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

The tour with Black Angels wraps up Aug 11 in Little Rock, AR but Night Beats will continue on through the South West, including a free Psych Fest/Sailor Jerry show in Austin at Red 7 on August 15 with co-headliners The UFO Club (aka Christian Bland from Black Angels and Lee Blackwell from Night Beats), Fungi Girls, Cheap Curls and Holy Wave. Austin folk can RSVP for that here.

UFO Club are releasing their self titled debut LP on August 13 (preorder), the followup to last year's split with Night Beats. You can check out cover art, tracklist, a stream of album track "July," and a live video of album track "John the Cat" in this post.

UFO Club album info, a list of all Night Beats tour dates and contest details below..

Continue reading "new UFO Club, updated Night Beats tour dates, and a chance to win tix to Knitting Factory"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sic Alps - Glyphs (MP3)

Sic Alps

Sic Alps' fourth album is a bit of a change for these sludge-loving San Franciscans. The first thing you hear isn't a squall of feedback but...strings. You can hear it for yourself, "Glyphs" is downloadable above. The self titled album, out September 11 on Drag City, finds the band dipping a toe into the world of mid-fi recording and I think the band cleans up real good. They're still living in the swamp, but they've got plumbing now and it's definitely Sic Alps poppiest (in a '67 Kinks/Stones kind of way) long-player to date.

Sic Alps will take the show on the road beginning in September and will make their way to NYC on October 28 for a show at Knitting Factory. No ticket info available (or openers listed) yet. All Sic Alps tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sic Alps releasing new album, touring (dates & MP3)"

photos by Keith Marlowe

Mean Jeans @ Cake Shop - 6/20/2012
Mean Jeans

The recently released The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore compilation release will be celebrated tonight (6/25) and tomorrow (6/26) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The comp, out via Adeline Records (aka Billie Joe of Green Day's label), features sixteen bands in total. Larry Livermore, who co-founded Lookout! Records, compiled the album. Larry says:

When Billie Joe asked me to put together this compilation, my First reaction was to say, 'Absolutely not.' I was too busy with other projects, and besides, I'd been saying for years that I was done with the music business, that people should take me out and shoot me if I ever showed any sign of wanting to get back into it," said Livermore. "But then I realized that this was an opportunity to do for a whole new crop of bands what we'd been able to accomplish at Lookout back in the 80s and 90s, which was to bring exciting and passionate music to the attention of a public that might otherwise never get to hear it. Once I thought about it in that light, it was impossible to say no...

...I chose the bands using the same standards I used when I was at Lookout: I looked for those bands with a certain heart and soul that sets them apart from the literally thousands of run of the mill bands out there, the heart and soul that makes them capable of giving voice not just to their own ideals and visions, but to those of a generation.

Check out The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore cover art and tracklist at the bottom of this post. Ten of the bands on the comp will make an appearance at the Knit shows. The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, Night Birds, Dopamines, and Mean Jeans play tonight/Monday (tickets). Emily's Army, House Boat, Mixtapes, Lipstick Homicide, and City Mouse play tomorrow (tickets).

Mean Jeans is currently on tour supporting their recent Mean Jeans on Mars LP. The band swung through Cake Shop on June 20 alongside Hollywood, Liquor Store and Foster Care. Pictures of three of the four (we missed Hollywood) from that Manhattan show are below.

Continue reading "Mean Jeans played Cake Shop (pics), playing 1st night of 'Larry Livermore' release party (at the Knit tonight)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Mean Jeans - Anybody Out There?(MP3)

Mean Jeans

One of the most spirited crowds I experienced at this year's SXSW was during Mean Jeans' set at the Dirtnap Records showcase. The room was packed, the pit went half the way back and everyone in it seemed to know the words to every song. It was a super fun show.

The Portland party punks are currently on tour which slams into NYC tonight (6/20) at Cake Shop where they'll play with Liquor Store and Foster Care. If you can't make it tonight they also play June 25 at Knitting Factory with The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, The Nightbirds and Dopamines (tickets). The band are out supporting their new album, Mean Jeans on Mars, which rips through 13 snearing, uber-catchy punk anthems in about half an hour. You can download "Anybody Out There?" at the top of this post and watch the video below, along with a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Mean Jeans released 'On Mars,' touring, playing 2 NYC shows"

Kitty Pryde @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY (tiny_owl)
Kitty Pryde

"...Pryde bounced through new cuts like "Orion's Belt" (though featured guest rapper Riff Raff was unfortunately not in attendance) and "smiledog.jpg," as well as older tracks like "Thanks Kathryn Obvious," which caused quite the reaction with its "I can go a lot harder than Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada" Kreayshawn reference. Though the crowd first took it as a diss, Pryde became slightly embarrassed, pausing to laugh and make clear that the lyric was not a dig before professing her love for Kreayshawn, New York Times journalist Jon Caramanica and hip-hop writer Andrew Noz in individual shoutouts.

The Daytona Beach native closed her set with "Okay Cupid" and "Give Me Scabies," the latter of which samples Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable smash "Call Me Maybe." As the crowd sang along, people seemed pleased, excited, and energized by Pryde's endearing confidence and charisma. "This is my first show where I didn't know anyone, so if I did bad, I'm sorry," she confessed as she left the stage..." [Rolling Stone]

That Rolling Stone review comes from the much hyped Kitty Pryde show that took place at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn as part of the Northside Fest on Friday night. Billboard, Village Voice, NY Mag, and Pitchfork were there too. Vice just premiered her new video, which unlike the live show, does have Riff Raff, who just signed to Mad Decent, in it. Watch that and a live video from the NYC show, below...

Continue reading "Kitty Pryde played Knitting Factory, made a new video (with Riff Raff who just signed to Mad Decent)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers have a come a long way in the last two years. Now a three-piece, the band combine a tense energy, musicianship, and increasingly-skillfull pop smarts into an effortless package. It's new wave in the best sense and you could almost imagine them in between Athletico Spizz 80 and The Go-Gos in Urgh! a Music War. The band's new album, Correct Behavior, is packed with potential singles and we got most of them -- "Millions," "Wonder," and "You Kill" -- last night at Knitting Factory as part of the Kanine Records/Terrorbird showcase at the Northside Festival. Maybe it's because I had been listening to the new album a lot and knew almost every song they played, but Eternal Summers were the best I've seen them...yet.

Eternal Summers will be back in NYC on July 26 for a show at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still available) and will be back again August 12 to play the free afternoon Sound Bites Series (which I curate) at Fulton Stall Market down by South Street Seaport. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.

Before them on the Knit bill were their old freinds Bleeding Rainbow (the two bands shared an early split 7"). In turing from a duo to a four-piece, have become a pretty powerful force themselves, though the harmonies have a little ways to go in matching the instrumantal skills and songwriting which are already there. The vocals got better as the set went on, though, and when Rob and Sarah nailed them, they recalled X by way of early-'90s Sonic Youth.

The rest of the evening was good too: percussive-heavy Zambri slinky and danceable (more than a little Siouxsie in their music); Hollywood, FL's Beach Day make appealing bubblegum garage despite wishing they'd thought harder about coming up with a band name; and Air Waves' aimiable jangle.

Headliner Class Actress packed the room, but I chose sleep. More photos from the night are below.

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The Fixx back in the day
The Fixx

With all the bands aping the '80s synth sound, here's a little bit of the real thing. Moody new wavers The Fixx will release their tenth studio album, Beautiful Friction, on July 17. It was made with the line-up that gave us hits "Red Skies," "One Thing Leads to Another," and "Saved by Zero."

The band are playing a few shows this summer, including Sunday, June 10 at Knitting Factory and tickets for that show are available. All listed tour dates are below, plus a few classic Fixx videos.

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by Bill Pearis

Beat Connection

Seattle's Beat Connection are back with a new album, The Palace Garden, which will be out June 19 on Moshi Moshi/That Tender Age. Still dancing in the balaeric realm, the new album is a little less hazy than it's predecessor -- you can stream two tracks below as well as check out the LP's cover art and full track list.

The group, who have expanded from a duo to a four-piece, are going on tour to support the new album, stopping in NYC on July 5 at Knitting Factory with White Arrows, Teen Daze and Rioux. Tickets for that show are on sale. All upcoming dates are listed below.

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The Do at Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield
The Do

French/Finnish band The Do will be coming to North America for some shows this summer. A full tour hasn't been announced but some dates have arisen, including two in NYC: July 31 at Knitting Factory and August 1 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Knit show go on sale Friday (6/8) at 10 AM and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.

The Do recently filmed a live in-studio session at Studio Pigalle in Paris. Check out videos from that session along with a list of all currently known dates below.

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photos by Chris La Putt with a video by Jessica Amaya

Heliotropes at Knitting Factory 5/23
Heliotropes

Three alleged members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, charged with "hooliganism", have been remanded in jail, facing up to 7 years criminal punishment for allegedly participating in the punk-prayer Virgin Mary, Send Putin Away that publicly demonstrated for human rights and against the current oppressive regime under Putin. The case illustrates the gross level of violations against human rights in Russia and requires immediate attention. The detained activists now need the support of the world's community.
Local psych-rockers Heliotropes, plus Tinvulva and Shady Hawkins will play a Benefit for Pussy Riot on June 12 at Death By Audio, that notably also features a DJ set from The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock. $7 gets you in the door. There's a flyer for the show at the bottom of this post.

Heliotropes new single "Moonlight" came out last week on vinyl but you can download it for free via their Bandcamp, which we have streaming below. You can also watch a video of them playing that song from their recent Knitting Factory show (5/23) and check out more pictures from the show below.

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