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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Millions (MP3)

Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012 (more)
Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012

Roanoke Virginia's Eternal Summers will release their second full-length LP, Correct Behavior, on July 24 via Kanine Records. The band have just released "Millions" from the album which, deservedly, got Best New Track on Pitchfork. With barely a hint of reverb, "Millions" is the shiniest, poppiest thing we've heard yet from the band, a major step forward for them.

Eternal Summers, who recently reissued previous EPs and 7"s on one record, are also lining up summer dates, which include visits to Toronto's NXNE Festival (June 13) and Northside Festival (June 14 at Knitting Factory). Click through for all tour dates, plus Correct Behavior artwork and tracklisting.

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Lotus Plaza at Austin Psych Fest last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Lotus Plaza

Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt's project Lotus Plaza just wrapped up a tour with Disappears in support of his great new album, Spooky Action at a Distance, which included a Brooklyn show at Glasslands (4/19) and Austin Psych Fest (click the link for more pics). Unlike most of Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox's shows as Atlas Sound, Lockett has been playing with a full band on his Lotus Plaza tour.

The band is continuing to tour during the first half of this month and after a short break, will hit the road again in July surrounding Pitchfork Festival which brings them to NYC on July 18 at Mercury Lounge and July 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/4) at noon. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

All dates and a video of Lotus Plaza at Glasslands from a Pitchfork "+1" episode below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Alex Winston @ Knitting Factory - 4/23/2012
Alex Winston

After an opening set by Diedre & the Dark, the Frenchkiss-signed 1,2,3 played, and then came a headlining set by Alex Winston at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/23). The Brooklyn show was in support of "King Con", Alex's album that is out now via V2/Cooperative Music. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. More of them below...

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photos and video by Jessica Amaya

Laura Stevenson & the Cans @ Knitting Factory
Laura Stevenson and the Cans

Laura Stevenson & the Cans, who along with Bomb The Music Industry will play the annual NYU Strawberry Fest on 5/4, played a show at Knitting Factory two Fridays ago with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Dangerous Ponies. Here are some pics & two videos from the Brooklyn show. Continued below...

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Marley

""There is probably no musical artist who has as wide an audience internationally as Bob does," Macdonald says. "You can find people in any country in the world, whether the Arab world or Africa or Asia, who are into Bob. There is this huge built-in audience for people who want to know more about this man whose music speaks to them. And it's a really interesting life story. He lived a rich and eventful life, he died tragically young, and it's a great narrative. The amazing thing about Marley is that he's utterly unique. There is no other superstar in the world of music who came from the Third World -- he's the only one who speaks to the developing world. He's not just a popular musician, he's a philosopher. He's a prophet for them. He's somebody who gives advice and succor in times of need. There's nobody else who's like that. That's why I wanted to make a movie about him, to understand what he was saying and why he was saying it and why it is that the music has this ongoing resonance."" [Hollywood Reporter]
MARLEY, made with the full support of the Marley family, "is the definitive life story of Bob Marley: musician, father, believer, husband, revolutionary, legend: from his early days through his rise to international superstardom." Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), the documentary, which screened at SXSW this year, is being released on demand and in theaters, including the Sunshine in NYC, on 4/20 (naturally).

You don't need to wait that long to see it though because BrooklynVegan is proud to present a FREE advanced screening of the film at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Thursday, 4/12, at 7pm (first come, first served). Like our recent screenings of The Island President, Boy, Senna, and Exit Through the Gift Shop, seats are put out in the main/back room of the club where a screen comes down over the stage, and the sound booms out of their concert-ready system. See you there.

Check out the trailer and video interview with Kevin Macdonald, Ziggy Marley and his wife Karen, below...

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BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of award-winning film "The Island President." What is "The Island President" about? Ask Radiohead's Thom Yorke!...

Says Thom Yorke: "'The Island President' is a film about the Maldives, and the struggle of President Nasheed to get the voice of a small nation heard in the climate change debate. Unless something is done to stop rising sea levels they will lose everything. The country will be under water. Some of our music was used to help tell the story."
Radiohead contributed 14 songs to the film, about which you could also say:
"The Island President" is the story of the Maldives' bad-ass president, Mohamed Nasheed, and his fight against global warming. His tiny island nation is on the brink of demise -- rising sea levels will certainly swallow up the entire country, and along with it, every last person and vestige of their civilization -- in the foreseeable future. (Keep in mind Manhattan is also a low-lying area surrounded by water. This issue is not exclusive to the Maldives; they are only the first casualty.)
Unfortunately, last month, on February 7, Mohamed Nasheed, the democratically-elected president of the Maldives, was forced to resign in a coup d'etat orchestrated by the military and forces loyal to the former dictator. He continues to fight the good fight for the democracy and survival of his people though. Learn more by watching the film.

The movie opens in theaters on Wednesday, March 28, but you're invited to a special BrooklynVegan advance screening at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, March 25th. Like our previous free screenings of "Boy", "Senna" and "Exit Through the Gift Shop", this one is first come, first served, and seated.

Unlike at our previous screenings, at this one we're giving away two pair of Radiohead tickets! Details on how to win, and the movie trailer, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Charli XCX @ Knitting Factory
Charli XCX

Pre-SXSW festivities are underway in NYC and three of the buzziest bands here from Europe shared a bill at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Saturday night (3/10). Those three bands were the Sub Pop-signed Niki & the Dove (from Stockholm), London's Charli XCX (who plays again at Santos Monday night and at the
Pitchfork showcase at SXSW
), and England's Clock Opera (who also plays again at Santos Monday night). NYC's Ghost Beach opened the show, and like the rest, are headed to Texas this week. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. More below...

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photos by Keith Marlowe & Harriet Roberts

The Spits @ Knitting Factory
TV Ghost

Photographers Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe spent their weekend with The Spits/TV Ghost, taking in not only the Cake Shop show on 3/1 (which we previously posted other pictures from) but also Knitting Factory (on 3/2) AND Sonar in Baltimore on 3/3 (with Livids and Murder). Pictures from all three shows, along with video from Knit courtesy of UN:ART:IG, below....

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Frankie Rose @ Knitting Factory
Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose definitely prescribes to the "leave them wanting more" philosophy. When she blurted out "okay that was the last one, thanks" after seven songs, the entire Knitting Factory crowd did a "what that's it?" double take.

In fairness, she'd just blasted through most of her new, Best New Music'd album Interstellar (which clocks in at 32 minutes), skipping only the three ethereal slow jams that would be tough to replicate live. Especially at a first show playing all-new material with an all new band. A new album that is much more complex (and studio-centric) than anything she's done before. I think because we didn't get a "this will be our last song" warning, we weren't ready for it to be over.

First show jitters considered, it was a pretty good set. Frankie's definitely upping her game, with appropriately interstellar projections lighting the way, and a much stronger band than she's ever played with. (I'm not sure who most of them are but Alexander Iezzi, formerly of Dream Diary, was on drums.) It took about three songs to get the mix right, but by the time she got to the spooky, Twilighty "Moon in My Mind" they achieved liftoff.

We did get a one song encore, "Candy," the only older song of the night and the most confident of the set (No surprise, really). I hope, as the she tours with this new line-up, they try Interstellar's more delicate numbers like "Pair of Wings" and "The Fall" which are two of the album's best moments. And will lengthen that setlist.

Frankie's soon-to-be tourmates DIVE get better every time I see them. Which is fairly often. Jokes are made about how often they play, but damn if that constant gigging hasn't paid off: DIVE are crazy tight and exciting. And that's more than you can say about 90% of bands. While they suffer a bit from samey material (which bares more than a little resemblance to Cole Smith's other band, Beach Fossils), they make up for it with boundless energy.

I've seen openers Night Manager a few times now and I'm still not sure what to make of them. It's almost like two styles force-fused together. While the band plays complex, riff-heavy music that recalls early '90s shoegaze and the DC scene (there's more than a little Shudder to Think in their sound), Caitlin Seager is more in the Bethany Cosentino pure/clear vocal style. (Which kind of makes them a little like Britpop band Echobelly, weirdly.) I'm not sure those two disparate elements work together all the time, but Night Manager are fun to watch, especially guitarist David Anthony Tassy who really gets into it.

DIVE and Night Manager play again tonight (2/24) at Cheap Storage. Night Manager also play next Wednesday (2/28) at Death by Audio.

As mentioned before Frankie Rose and DIVE head out on tour together in April. That tour now includes a May 5th Mercury Lounge show which goes on sale at noon today. All tour dates and more pictures of all three bands frokm the Brooklyn show, below...

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BOY

The Year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic, and Michael Jackson. BOY is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother ROCKY, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, ALAMEIN, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.
BOY was written and directed by Oscar nominee Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark) who also stars in the film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It since has done really well in New Zealand, where it was released to much acclaim. It will get an American release on March 2, but you'll be able to see it a bit sooner than that.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of BOY at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Tuesday, February 28. The movie starts at 8 PM and will be followed by a Michael Jackson dance party in the front bar at 10 PM.

Like our 2010 screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop and our 2011 screening of Senna, Knitting Factory will be filled with chairs and the screening is first come, first served.

Taika Waititi is also funding the American release of the film on Kickstarter. As of this post, there's 8 days to go and the $90,000 is just under halfway met.

Watch the film trailer below...

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by Bill Pearis

Frankie Rose

Interstellar is a big, second-album leap of faith into deeper waters, a sparkling synth-pop record that wants very badly to mean something to dreamy, hyper-emotional twentysomethings. For her model, she's taken the impression of some of the dreamiest, most hyper-emotional records of her youth. The production on Interstellar is gorgeous, and clearly modeled on the Cure's big, panoramic pop records, like Disintegration: booming-canyon drums, acres of spannable horizon. The drum beat that opens up "Know Me" is virtually identical to that of "Close to Me", and the silvery guitar leads on "Gospel/Grace" are pretty much mimeographed from "Plainsong". But although Rose indulges pretty heavily in the Cure's primary colors, she paints something distinctly her own with them. The world of Interstellar is a vision of paradise as lifted from the front of a Trapper Keeper: air-brushed, pastel-hued, and gloriously vivid. [Pitchfork]
Frankie Rose's second album, Interstellar, is out today and just got a well-deserved Best New Music tag from Pitchfork. You can stream it via Spotify or the SPIN link we posted last week. You can pick it up at tonights record release show at Knitting Factory to which there are still tickets available. (Though maybe not for long.) Tonight is the debut of Frankie's new band and it will be interesting to hear how they translate Interstellar's widescreen pop to the live stage. Openers are DIVE and Night Manager.

Frankie's sitting out SXSW this year but will bring DIVE along for an April tour of the US, and all dates, (Chicago & Austin included) are below, along with the video for "Gospel/Grace" (directed by Grass Widow's Hannah Lew)...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bleached @ Knitting Factory
Bleached

We missed the first opener Habibi, but Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow), Jack White's friends The Black Belles, and their tour-mates Bleached (ex Mika Miko) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Saturday night (2/11). Here are some pictures.

Now in Chicago, The Black Belles will peform at an Anti-Valentine's event before their show with Bleached at Empty Bottle. The two bands then part ways and Bleached hits the road with Veronica Falls who also played NYC over the weekend.

More pictures from Knitting Factory below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Just back from seeing Mark Eitzel at The Knitting Factory.
Intimate. Intense. Inspiring. - The Rockdoves

Mark Eitzel / Kathryn Calder
Mark Eitzel
Kathryn Calder

Mark Eitzel played between tour-mates Kathryn Calder and Himalayan Bear at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (12/6). Here are some pictures. They continue below...

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videos by SWATEAM91

Moldy Peaches reunion @ Knitting Factory (photo by austinmccutchen)
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Kimya Dawson just visited the NYC-area to play shows at Maxwell's (Saturday after the Sonics) and Knitting Factory (Sunday) AND to play a surprise reunion show with the Moldy Peaches! As the audience that included Regina Spektor, at least one member of the Strokes and Macaulay Culkin watched, Adam Green and the rest of the gang joined Kimya on stage after her set Sunday for at least the eight songs which you can watch below...

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photos by Bryan Bruchman

Yellow Ostrich @ Knitting Factory
Yellow Ostrich

As far as BrooklynVegan shows were concerned, we started out this year's CMJ in a lowkey manner with a free Thursday day show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. We Were Promised Jetpacks, announced that same day, headlined the show that began with a set by Yellow Ostrich at 12:30pm.

Though they didn't play acoustic like they did the night before at the FatCat CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge, WWPJ mixed it up by performing as a three-piece since one of their members wasn't in town yet. Expect a four-piece at Webster Hall and other dates of their tour. Austin's Hundred Visions played their 2pm set despite their 15 passenger van being stolen from its parking spot in Williamsburg the night before. Luckily most of their gear was not in it at the time.

The whole day looked like this:

12:30 Yellow Ostrich (Barsuk)
1:15 Still Corners (Sub Pop)
2:00 Hundred Visions (unsigned)
2:45 Forest Fire (FatCat)
3:15 BOBBY (Partisan)
4:00 Main Attrakionz (Mishka)
5:00 We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat)
Those in attendance also enjoyed free beverages courtesy of HobNob Wine and PBR, and free snacks courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution.

Thanks everyone who stopped by. Here are some pictures. More below...

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by Bill Pearis

Lotion

The fifth annual Royal Flush Festival happens at Knitting Factory Brooklyn from October 13 - 17. Hosted by arts/comics/music mag Royal Flush, details are still a little sketchy on the fest's website, but bands include Art Vs Science, Kid Savant and Glitter Freeze. (Not sure about films this year.) Most excitingly, for this writer at least, is that the Royal Flush folks have coerced '90s-era indie rockers Lotion out of retirement for their first show in 12 years on Monday, October 17.

New York City in the 1990s was not the hotbed of local music it is today and apart from Soul Coughing and D Generation and Luna there wasn't a whole lot going on here. What there was of a scene, it mostly happened at Luna Lounge which served as a music industry hangout and place to catch local bands for free. Among them, Lotion were tipped Most Likely to Succeed. They were one of the first "Cute Band Alerts" in Sassy, their debut Full Isaac was named Album of the Year by the Village Voice (though not in the Pazz & Jop poll), appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, perhaps most famously, got reclusive author Thomas Pynchon to write the liner notes for their 1996 album Nobody's Cool.

Lotion toured with Pavement, Mercury Rev and others and got compared to R.E.M. a lot, which I never quite understood, but they did make some amazingly crafty, complex pop over the course of three albums, all of which are worth seeking out. (They're all out of print but used copies are affordably-priced.) Their live shows were legendary, especially at Luna Lounge which could be loose and boozy and filled with covers. After 1998's The Telephone Album (their best if you ask me), interest fizzled and the band ceased operations a year later.

Singer Tony Zajkowski and drummer Rob Youngberg formed Honeycomb in the early '00s. Honeycomb were equally pop-friendly but added a multimedia element to their shows that made them unique. Honeycomb won some big Best Unsigned band contest around that time, and snuck out an album in 2008 but the project ended shortly after. Zajkowski and Youngberg have formed a new band, Spellbender, that are still gearing up for their live debut.

I don't think Lotion's last show back in '99 was intended that way, so here's your chance to see them. A few choice Lotion cuts (via YouTube) are below.

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photos by Devan Council

Hunx strikes a pose
Hunx and His Punx

Hunx brought his Punx back to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Saturday night (9/17). Natural Child were one of the openers and that's where our pictures begin (we missed Hunx's new labelmates The Beets). You can see the rest below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Vivian Girls / Widowspeak @ Knitting Factory
Vivian Girls
Widowspeak

"Here's a shocker: Widowspeak live sound pretty much exactly like their record. Meaning: awesome. And if you didn't already know they'd covered Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" as a B-side, their dropping of that track in mid-set was a deal-sealer. [The Phoenix]
Ladies represented hard on Tuedsay night at Knitting Factory where Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) and the Blue Star Band opened for tourmates Widowspeak and Vivian Girls. Amanda also said Widowspeak were a major highlight of the Brooklyn show. Here are some pictures. They continue below...

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photos by BBG, Cough photos by Samantha Marble

Cough
Cough

Slow Southern Steel blew into town on a typhoon-like Saturday night (8/13), bringing with it late night performances from Cough (with special guest/film director CT on vocals!), Apostle of Solitude, and Earthling. Though an unfortunate accident prevented the Jaegermeister from appearing as advertised, the show was an excellent night that both celebrated southern music and celebrated WITH it.

The main attraction was Slow Southern Steel, the oft-delayed documentary on the southern-fried metal phenomenon that has given birth to bands like Eyehategod, Buzzov*en, Rwake, Dark Castle, Kylesa, Zoroaster and more. Ninety minutes in length, the NYC showing was the first time that the film had been screened outside of director CT's (of Rwake) native Little Rock, Arkansas. While SSS does feature all of the usual suspects and pieces on the influence of bands like Eyehategod, the film focuses more on the people, culture, and the human side of southern rock. The influence of church, growing up with livestock, Katrina, and the hotly debated rebel flag were given as much attention as Buzzov*en. As a result, Slow Southern Steel is a broad but intriguing look into that music scene. With deliberate-pacing and an excellent sense of humor, this is a film for music fans of any genre or anyone interested in understanding the different cultures that exist within our own borders. Here's to hoping this documentary receives a proper release sometime soon.

Following the film, we were blessed by performances by Earthling (a Richmond thrash-meets-black metal crew), Apostle of Solitude (Indianapolis doom) and headliner Cough, who hadn't played NYC since The Charleston late last year. Earthling was a pleasantly-solid band and considering that they only have a demo to their name, they'll move quickly. Apostle of Solitude features Bob Fouts (ex-The Gates of Slumber) on low-end, and the band's traditional doom jams were much-better represented live than on their recent release. See them live if you can. Cough, as usual, delivered a killer performance of slow-crawling doom destruction and closed their set with a cover of "Tired of Being Alive" by Danzig with CT on vocals. It was an excellent end to an equally excellent night.

More pictures from Knitting Factory on Saturday night are below.

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photos by Harriet Roberts

The Dwarves
Dwarves

The Dwarves played the misanthropic and high-octane punk shows in NYC onver the weekend, part of a larger 25th anniversary tour for the miscreants. The first was on Friday (7/15) at Knitting Factory with The Stalkers and Lugosi. Dwarves then packed up their snotty attitudes and fun riffs to play The Studio at Webster Hall the next night (7/16) with The Stalkers, The Threads, and Cvlt War. Pictures from Knitting Factory are in this post.

The Dwarves kick off a round of dates with Nashville Pussy in early August that will hit the Southwest before heading to California and the remainder of the West Coast. Dates and more pictures from Knitting Factory (sorry, none of Lugosi) are below...

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Senna

Talk to any Formula One fan and they will be unequivocal in their admiration of Ayrton Senna.

And this stunning documentary goes a long way to explaining just why that is.

Compiled from hours of archive racing footage and interviews and the Senna family's home videos, this is a comprehensive look at the Brazilian's F1 career and it's not just for fans of motor racing. [TheVoid]

The Asif Kapadia-directed documentary Senna made its North American premiere at Sundance where it won the World Cinema Audience Award. It since won Audience Award for Best International Feature at the LA Film Festival, and screened at BAM here in Brooklyn as part of BAMCinemaFest on June 19 (tickets were $13). PDA releases the movie to theaters on August 12, but you don't have to wait that long to see it next...

BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of Senna at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, July 17 (doors at 4pm, movie at 5pm). That's the flyer above.

If you came to our screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, another movie released by PDA, you know the deal. The venue gets filled with chairs and a screen comes down on the stage. The projector is in the back of the room and the sound system is great.

The screening is first come, first served, and to encourage you to come early, the first 50 people on line will get a free poster (not to mention a better seat). The bar will be serving drinks, and in keeping with the Brazilian theme, we'll also be giving out free Vita Coco. Free movie, free coconut water. You can't go wrong.

Check out the movie trailer and poster below...

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photos by Sarah Coulter

Nobunny @ Kniting Factory
Nobunny

"NOBUNNY IS MY NEW FAVORITE BAND. HOLY SHIT.

If there were ever a band to embody a musical representation of my soul, it would probably be Nobunny. ...Their show at the Knitting Factory last night ...was hands down the best show I have been to all summer, if not since SXSW (perhaps even before). Nobunny himself had a stellar presence and looked absolutely regal in his leather bolero jacket and black skivvies." -[Midwestern Miscreant]

Respect to Nobunny, if for no other reason than being described as "regal" in "black skivvies". Regardless of any official monarchical status though, Nobunny was definitely the king of Knitting Factory on Friday night (7/1). The garage rock band fronted by a crazy bunny headlined the Brooklyn venue with Shellshag as part of a pair of NYC dates with TV Ghost (a late show at Mercury Lounge played out on the following day). Pictures from KF are in this post.

Nobunny is still on the road, playing Baltimore at Golden West tonight (7/5) and eventually hopping his/their way back to California by the end of the month. TV Ghost, who also played Philly with Nobunny, is finished touring for now. Shellshag play Cinders Art Gallery on July 8th. All Nobunny dates and more pictures below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

Sloan

"I'm going off-list!" declared guitarist Patrick Pentland a few songs into Sloan's set at Knitting Factory last Thursday (June 30) which was also the last night of their tour. It would not be the only time the Canadian band would deviate from their printed setlist that evening which was one of the more fun Sloan shows I've seen in a while.

Apart from songs from their great new album The Double Cross, the impromtu nature of the show knocked out almost everything from the band's 2001-on catalog save Jay Ferguson's "Who Taught You to Live Like That" from 2006's Never Hear the End of It. Which was probably all right with a lot of fans. (I can't think of the last time NYC got "Anyone Who's Anyone" from Once Chord to Another.) The band was in great spirits as was the crowd who kept the constant "Sloa-oan! Sloa-oan!" chants going in between songs.

Highlights for me were the new album's stomping "Beverly Terrace" and "Unkind," oldies "Coax Me" (another off-list number), "C'mon C'mon," a quite spirited "Underwelmed" and Andrew Scott's "On the Horizon" which gave bassist Chris Murphy a chance to go apeshit (Keith Moon-style) on the drums. Sloan's other drummer is better than most band's main drummer. The talent in this band is kind of insane.

I missed openers and fellow Canadians Hot Kit but we have pictures from their set. After the show, Jay Ferguson (who I interviewed last week) told me Sloan will be back this fall for three shows (one being Maxwell's they hope) if all works out. UPDATE: It all worked out (all three shows announced).

More pictures, a couple of videos & their setlist (written and actual) below....

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood

Though we didn't get there in time to get pictures, Bill said Eternal Summers were a highlight of the Kanine Records Northside Festival showcase at Knitting Factory Friday night. The bill also included a rockin set by Grooms, Pepper Rabbit (who Bill liked despite thinking he wouldn't), X-Ray Eyeballs (who also played the secret show at Death By Audio with Thee Oh Sees later in the night), and headliner Surfer Blood who played a few new songs during their late set to a packed house. If you were there, how long did you wait to get in? Surfer Blood also opened for Guided By Voices on Saturday.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show, and a video of Surfer Blood playing "Twin Peaks" at the show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo

Peter preparing backstage (photo by Dominick)
The Antlers

the new guy on stage (photo by Amanda)
The Antlers

The Antlers are one of the many artists now over in Brighton to play a showcase at the Great Escape. It's like SXSW, but smaller, but in England by the sea. The Antlers play their showcase on Saturday, which means if you're there you can see that without having to miss the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal showcase happening tonight (5/13) (well, happening like now). The UK festival kicked off yesterday (5/12), and we have Tim Griffin over there covering. His pictures of PS I Love You, Warpaint, Twin Shadow, DJ Shadow, The Joy Formidable, Emika and more, are currently posted over at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.

Exactly one week ago today, or technically one week ago tomorrow, The Antlers played a FREE, BrooklynVegan-presented show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn at 1am. Somehow it worked out perfect - I think exactly the right amount of people showed up. I don't think anyone got turned away, and we were at capacity. And the show was extra special because the Antlers played their entire new, Best New Music-winning (take that Tyler!) record Burst Apart from start to finish (like they did at SXSW/on NPR), in addition to an epic two-song encore. Their sound is also fuller than ever due to the addition of a fourth member, which, like the show in general, was a great thing. Listen to the whole show courtesy of NYC Taper who taped it and posted the MP3s (and FLAC).

If you miss them, don't worry. The Antlers will return to the states soon to kick off their tour with Little Scream in DC on May 17th. Though if you waited to get tickets to either of the two NYC shows, you are now out of luck.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show (two sets of them) and all dates, below...

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