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J Mascis at a BV Day Party during SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
J Mascis

"Midway through J Mascis' set, the seasoned headliner invited Kurt Vile, opener and contributor to the former's most recent acoustic album, Several Shades of Why, to accompany on the song "Make it Right." As they shared the stage, a sense of mutual respect pervaded the room...

...From a seated position, [Mascis] occasionally glanced at a music stand holding a lyric book, but, most often, known guitar riffs took precedence over words. The live performance combined elements of Dinosaur Jr.'s sound, grungy distortion and piercing solos, parsed out of Several Shades of Why. But, with Vile's help, Mascis colored the solo work, exploring the depths of each other's songwriting and talent." [Playtonic Dialogues]

J Mascis played a solo show at Mercury Lounge last night (3/24) and does it again tonight/Friday at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg again with Kurt Vile. Earlier today J dropped a new video for "Not Enough", off his Sub Pop solo album, and you can watch that below.

As previously mentioned. Kurt Vile will also be back in NYC on June 11th to take on Bowery Ballroom. Ends up that Pissed Jeans is also playing that show. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wed 3/30 and regular sale on Friday. Like J, Kurt Vile released a new LP this month.

Check out J's video for "Not Enough", along with a SXSW interview with Ted Leo (sweet Om shirt J!) and all tour dates below.

Continue reading "J Mascis made a video, talked to Ted Leo, played Mercury Lounge w/ Kurt Vile (whose Bowery show is w/ Pissed Jeans)"

Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Guided by Voices

"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.

And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest expands lineup (Guided by Voices & more)"

Kurt Vile @ SXSW (by Daniel Joseph Byrd)
Kurt Vile

Tickets are back on sale for tonight's J Mascis/Kurt Vile show at Mercury Lounge, though as of this post tickets are still sold out for the same lineup at MHOW Friday. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 4/1, at noon for a new June 11th Kurt Vile & the Violators show at Bowery Ballroom. Unlike the two this week, Kurt is the headliner of that one.

Kurt, who had his stuff stolen in Austin, played one of his SXSW shows for NPR which means you can listen to it now.

More tour dates below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile Mercury Lounge tix back on sale, new Bowery Ballroom show announced (and other dates) "

photos by Chris Gersbeck

J Mascis @ BV/Partisan/KF Day party @ Swan Dive Friday
J Mascis

"As you might have heard by now, Kurt Vile had a backpack full of guitar pedals, miscellaneous gear, and personal items stolen at SXSW on Friday night. According to various online reports--including Matador Records' Twitter--the stolen equipment includes an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, an Electro-Harmonix Graphic Fuzz, and a Roland 404 digital sampler. (So, if you're still in Austin and some sketchy dude tries to sell you one of these things--or you see one in a pawn shop in the area--let someone in Kurt's camp know ASAP.)

After Vile's show the following afternoon, WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay--who, along with Assistant General Manager For Programming Bruce Warren, was at the festival--interviewed Vile about the loss of his equipment." [The Key]

The video of Kurt discussing his stolen gear (which totally sucks) is below.

Friday was also the day J Mascis played a headlining set at the BrooklynVegan Day party at Swan Dive in Austin - just J in a chair and his guitar and a mic (unfortunately hard to see for those standing in the back, but it sounded great). Pictures from that set are in this post.

J and Kurt are on tour now, and that tour hits Mercury Lounge tonight (3/24) and Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday (3/25). Both shows are now sold out. All dates, and more of those pictures and that video, below...

Continue reading "J Mascis played a BV day party (pics), Kurt Vile had his stuff stolen, both are on tour (and in NYC now) "

by Bill Pearis

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DOWNLOAD: Tahiti 80 - Keys to the City (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Small Sins - Pot Calls Kettle Black (MP3)

Ty Segall in San Fran in January (more by kolored)
Ty Segall

...and this is the week that SXSW comes to New York. Dear lord, there's a whole lot going on, so This Week in Indie is coming to you in two installments. This one runs, basically, though Thursday, March 10. Do take advantage of this embarrassment of indie rock riches.

We're got some quality San Francisco garage rock in town courtesy of Ty Segall, fresh off the Bruise Cruise and whose most recent album, Melted, still gets a lot of play in these parts. (Download two tracks from it at the top of this post.) Few are doing this kind of music with more melody, attitude and enthusiasm as Ty, which really comes across in the live show. He plays Mercury Lounge tonight (3/8, sold out!) and Death by Audio on Thursday (3/10).

The Mercury Lounge show is with Brooklynites Devin Therriault and The Sundelles. At Death by Audio, Ty is joined by Nashville's Heavy Cream (yes it's true, they have a new drummer), Liquor Store and Home Blitz. Ty then heads to Austin for SXSW. Look for Ty's new album, Goodbye Bread, out this summer on Drag City.

Sic Alps

While many acts under the garage umbrella -- Ty Segall, The Intelligence, The Fresh & Onlys -- have begun to embrace mid-fi recording, Sic Alps remain happily in the sludge. Their new album, Napa Asylum, is 22 tracks -- short songs but thick as molasses. Something about this band raises the temperature, probably because it sounds like it was recorded in a moldy basement in a swamp in July. Some bands use lo-fi as camouflage. For Sic Alps it's all about atmosphere.

Live shows can be just as sweaty, even when it's freezing outside, and the less traditional the venue, the better they tend to sound. Which bodes well for these shows. Sic Alps play the Old Firehouse (aka DCTV HQ, 87 Lafayette in Manhattan) on Wednesday (3/9) and 285 Kent (next door to Glasslands) on Thursday (3/10). Both shows are with touring mates Magic Markers. The Old Firehouse show also has Gary War and Total Slacker; the 285 Kent show is with PC Worship and Hubble.

OMD
OMD

Tonight (3/8) also marks the first show first-generation synthpop group OMD have played in New York in 25 years. The show is at Terminal 5 and tickets are still available. As reported before, this is the inarguable classic line-up of the band, the one that created their first six albums. And while there is a new album they're touring for, the shows have been packed with hits. According to Unrest/TeenBeat honcho Mark Robinson's twitter feed, last night's show in Boston included "Messages," "Tesla Girls," "Electricity," "Forever Live and Die," "If You Leave" and pretty much everything else you'd want to hear.

If you're going tonight and still care about music that was made more recently than 20 years ago, do get there early for opener Oh Land who, like OMD, will be at SXSW next week. She plays the BV/M for Montreal day party in Austin on March 19 at Barbarella/Swan Dive.

Tahiti 80
Tahiti

What else? Parisians Tahiti 80 never got as popular as their contemporaries Phoenix but the band have made consistently engaging, danceable pop over the last 15 years, including  what's found on the band's fifth album, the just-released The Past, The Present, & the Possible. The band play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (3/10).

I don't think I've seen Xavier Boyer and the rest of the band play since catching them at Brownies on the Wallpaper for the Soul tour, but have caught a number of their shows and Tahiti 80 are a solid live group. And the new album is good, dividing time between '60s influenced pop and more dancefloor-friendly material, both of which they do well. You can check "Keys to the City" at the top of this post.

Small Sins
Small Sins

Some of you may remember Toronto band Small Sins, who made a small splash back in the mid-'00s, putting out two albums of electronic-inflected indie pop on Astralwerks. They used to play NYC quite often back then. After 2007's Mood Swings the band kind of fell off the map, and I'd assumed singer-songwriter Thomas D'Arby had moved onto something else. Small Sins were basically a solo project for him after the dissolution of his old band Carnations anyway.

But turns out D'Arby was just in hibernation. Working with Tortise's John McEntire, D'Arby and the rest of Small Sins made Pot Calls Kettle Black, which came out last summer in Canada. A little bigger, a little more serious-sounding than the two other albums, Smalls Sins retain that mix of electronics, atmospherics and solid pop songwriting. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post.

I think the last time I saw them live is when they opened for Sloan at Southpaw back in 2007, though maybe I'm misremembering. Anyway, Small Sins are back in town this week, playing Santos Party House on Thursday (3/10) and The Rock Shop on Friday (3/11). The Santos Show is with '90s-rockin' Mr. Dream (who were good at Glasslands last week) and Quitzow; the Rock Shop also has True Womanhood and Suddenland.

Ok, that's the big stuff for mid-week. Stay tuned for Part 2 of TWII where we'll talk Still Corners, Edwyn Collins, Withered Hand, Megaphonic Thrift and more. Some more day-by-day picks are listed here:

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

Kurt Vile, whose new album Smoke Ring for My Halo is out today and garnered a well-deserved Best New Music in Pitchfork. He's doing three in-stores today: Academy in Williamsburg 5PM, then into the City for a stop at Generation (7PM) and Other Music (9PM). Soon to be on tour with J Mascis.

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Continue reading "Ty Segall, Sic Alps, OMD, Tahiti 80, Small Sins, Kurt Vile & more in This Week in Indie (part 1)"

DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - "Jesus Fever" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - "In My Time" (MP3)

Kurt Vile

In addition to the previously discussed dates with J Mascis which include Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/25 (tickets) and the sold-out Mercury Lounge on 3/24, Kurt Vile has added a round of even-sooner free acoustic in-store appearances to help promote his new LP Smoke Ring For My Halo which come out on 3/8 via Matador (pictured above). Download both "Jesus Fever" and "In My Time" from that LP above. Full tracklist below.

After four other east coast dates Kurt Vile will play three in-stores in NYC on March 8th. At 5pm you can catch him at Academy in Brooklyn (96 N.6th) with Northampton Wools (Bill Nace + Thurston Moore). That's followed by a 7pm show at Generation Records and finally a 9pm show at Other Music.

All dates, the flyer for the acoustic tour, and the new album tracklisting, are below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile releasing new LP, playing in-stores (MP3s & dates)"

DOWNLOAD: J. Mascis - "Not Enough" (MP3)

Sebadoh at Pitchfork 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Sebadoh

Dinosaur Jr haven't called it quits (again), but their members are fully engaged in their own separate projects in the coming months.

Lou Barlow's Sebadoh will hit the road in early February for a set of West Coast dates with Quasi followed by a set of East Coast dates in early April that aren't fully announced yet. Those dates include a pair in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. Tickets for both shows (9th here, 10th here) are currently (as of noon) on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale at noon on 1/21.

Meanwhile, J Mascis is prepping his solo effort Several Shades of Why for release on Sub Pop. The LP, available for preorder now, which is "nearly all acoustic" is his first official solo effort and features ten tracks including "Not Enough" available for download above. J Mascis has a few dates of his own in the coming months too, and like the album they will be acoustic. First he's playing with Kurt Vile and then with The Black Heart Procession. Those include NYC shows with Kurt Vile on March 24th at Mercury Lounge and March 25th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for Mercury are currently on AMEX presale (as of noon) and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (1/21). Tickets for Music Hall if Williamsburg also go on sale Friday.

All currently known tour dates and an excellent/in-depth interview with J Mascis is below...

Continue reading "J Mascis touring w/ Kurt Vile, Sebadoh playing gigs too (dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile -Invisibility: Nonexistant (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Gagdad (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Purling Hiss - Don't Even Try It (MP3)

Kurt Vile @ Terminal 5 in July (more by Matt Eisman)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile/Times New Viking/The Clean: That three-band bill looks so good, I'd probably have trouble sleeping the night before such a show came through Vegas. At Matador at 21, it was but the tiniest sliver of a giant, weekend-long musical pie. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the festival's lone matinee event drew a solid crowd to the Palms Ballroom for its first two acts, then packed the place wall to wall for the third.

Kurt Vile, a rising singer/songwriter/guitarist from Philadelphia who's released three albums in two years, kicked off the day's music with his three-piece band, the Violators. The foursome delivered a satisfyingly dense curtain of psychedelically-hued classic-y rock. Really good tunes that sound even better live. If your tastes run toward Springsteen and Neil Young, track down a copy of 2009 Matador disc Childish Prodigy. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Philadelphia band Kurt Vile and the Violators (who recently played Matador 21 in Vegas) are heading out on a co-headlining tour on October 21st with The Soft Pack (who recently played two nights at Bowery Ballroom).

Both bands meanwhile have some dates of their own, and Kurt has some shows scheduled after then too. That includes a December 3rd show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with Philadelphia;s Purling Hiss (the side project of Birds of Maya's Mike Polizze) who will also be opening the Soft Pack/Kurt dates. Tickets for the Soft Pack-less NYC show are on sale.

The above downloadable Kurt track comes from Kurt's recent Square Shells EP. The Soft Pack one is a song from a limited edition, tour-only 7", titled Gagdad, that you can pick up on their tour with Kurt. The Purling Hiss track is off a new full length called Public Service Announcement being released by Woodsist on October 26th. Full tracklist, the newest Soft Pack video and all dates below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile touring w/ the Soft Pack & Purling Hiss (who has a new Woodsist album) -- dates, MP3s & stuff"

words and photos by BBG, more photos by Samantha Marble

Thurston & Jim @ ATP NY (photo by Abbey Braden for ATP)
Jarmusch

My 11 Most Notable Moments at ATP NY 2010 by Adrienne Day

(11) Book club with Samantha Hunt and Luc Sante. Apparently Nikola Tesla thought he was married to a pigeon. #ThingsIlearnedatATP

(10) Jim Jarmusch and Thurston Moore's silly but entertaining exchange about "weird New York"

(9) @janelerner's Mary-Poppins-like bag with its bottomless supply of comforts from home

(8) Sleep's defibrillating two-hour-plus set

(7) Blagdon Lake at dusk: http://twitpic.com/2m59gh

(6) Beak> opening with the terrific "Blagdon Lake" and keeping it surprisingly cohesive / groove-able for the whole set

(5) Injuries sustained while losing at air hockey: a heavily bruised knee and what feels like a torn rotator cuff

(4) Years of incontinence producing an unmistakably ripe aroma in Kutsher's front elevator

(3) Stooges scholarship ("Williamson should go back to designing computer chips"; "Iggy's slowed down a bit but still, holy shit")

(2) This little pumin has apparently already been featured on Brooklyn Vegan: http://twitpic.com/2m59bb

(1) no wifi as its own time warp, leading to in-depth convos and contemplative gazing on the lake

Our own ATP NY review now concludes with a recap of Sunday. If you're just joining us, start with Friday and then read Saturday, before continuing...

Ron Jeremy & new friend @ ATP NY Sunday night
Altar

How do you get out of a conversation with Ron Jeremy? It's 1:30 AM on Monday (Sunday night), my friends are talking to the porn legend, and all I can think about is rest. It's been a brutal weekend of fantastic performances, great conversation, contact highs, 30 packs of beer, fantastic people, not to mention great music. But by the end of Sunday (the final day of ATP NY 2010), I just needed some Zs.

After a day-opening set of psychedelia from White Hills on stage two (which I enjoyed though it didn't manage to give me the kick in the ass I needed), The Greenhornes held down my interest for what I caught of their set. The Detroit Cincinnati band's garage pop played to one of the biggest early day crowds that I had seen on all three days. Kurt Vile's garagey punk followed on the second stage, sounding much heavier live than I had anticipated.

Fucked Up was next on the main stage, so I made sure to secure a primo slot for the mayhem. Madman Pink Eyes, who sang 2/3 of the show from the crowd, did all of the following during his set in the Stardust Room: crushed a coke can like Stone Cold Steve Austin, sprinkled Cocoa Puffs on the crowd, smeared himself with Oreos, performed all of "Crusades" with a plastic bag on his head, laid down in the center of the crowd, instigated a group hug of 20-30 people, and took audience members on piggy back rides. After two days of festival madness, it was definitely the shot in the arm I needed. Vivian Girls, who followed them on the second stage, was a bit of a comedown, but then again who wouldn't be?

GZA's set was moved to later that night on stage two (which I would end up missing due to Altar), so his stage one slot was filled by comedian Hannibal Burress who had also performed Friday night. I missed his set and ended up catching Wooden Shjips' powerful psychedelic set on the second stage. There were many retro-leaning bands playing over the course of the weekend. My favorite sets in that category came from Dungen and The Black Angels. Powerful, trippy and fantastic.

With the lights down low, Hope Sandoval played xylophone and crooned with her enchanting voice to the Stardust Stage crowd. On any other occasion, I might have found the set mesmerizing, but at that moment another pick me up was needed and I surprisingly found that in Girls's sunny Elvis Costello brand of pop directly afterward. With all of the recent brutality (Fucked Up, Wooden Shjips, and in a much different way, um, Vivian Girls) it was a fun change to see the band run through tracks like "Laura" from their recent LP. Great set from this Cali crew.

T Model Ford
T Model Ford

Of all the artists walking around Kutshers during ATP weekend, the two that seemingly had the most fans/people clamoring to meet them were Sunday's curator Jim Jarmusch, and T-Model Ford. It didn't hurt that T-Model was apt to take his guitar out and play anywhere with a little battery-powered amp. The bluesman finally got his time under the lights of the second stage on Sunday night though, and the adoration continued, with people cheering while he tuned (multiple times).

Raekwon took the stage a touch late with an introduction from Ron Jeremy, running through the classic Wu material: "Protect Ya Neck", "C.R.E.A.M.", "Ice Cream", set opener "Motherless Child", "House of Flying Daggers" and many more. Though I nerd out to the tracks and even ODB classic-that-felt-like-set-filler-in-a-Raekwon-show "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" on the Stardust Room system, the set felt phoned in. Not to sound insensitive, but is a few-minute shout out to your grandfather who is buried in Monticello really necessary? GZA, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore watched the set from the sides of the stage.

I missed GZA's rescheduled set completely on the second stage (because of Altar), but he reportedly delivered a freestyle-heavy set. The Wu-tang rep later showed up at The Deep End Bar to greet the legendary Kool Herc who was DJing late-night...

GZA & Kool Herc ATP (Kory Grow)
GZA

Partway into [Kool Herc's] set, in walked Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, who had played a sort-of aggressive set at the same time as Altar (I went back and forth between the two.) ...in the presence of Herc, he was nothing but reverent. He nonchalantly stepped behind the turntables and said hello. ...It was one of those rare moments where you felt like you were seeing something rare and historic. GZA grabbed the mic and talked about what a legend Kool Herc was and thanked him before leaving.-
[Sadness Is Delicious]
After leaving Altar, I spent a good portion on my way out saying goodbyes to the many new friends I had made at ATP. The festival is more than a string of shows, a worn-down hotel, and a few too many beers; it's a community of like-minded and friendly people that I have not experienced anywhere else. ATP New York was tons of fun, and I spent a good portion of Sunday lamenting that my experience was almost over and I'd have to wait another year. But I'll definitely be there.

Pictures from Friday HERE and Saturday HERE, and the rest of Sunday, below...

Continue reading "ATP NY 2010 - Day 3 pics (Jim Jarmusch, Thurston Moore, Ron Jeremy, Fucked Up, Girls, T Model Ford, Raekwon & more) "

by BBG

Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
Kurt Vile

It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:

Continue reading "ATP NY announces (almost) complete lineup (GZA, Kurt Vile..)"

photos by Matthew Eisman

Terminal 5

"They opened with a strong, stirring rendition of "Start A War" (Featuring the immortal lyrics: "You were always weird but I never had to hold you by the edges like I do now. Walk away now. And you're gonna start a war.") and they never looked back. Highlights included stellar performances of "Bloodbuzz, Ohio," "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "Fake Empire" and "Mr. November" some charming, semi spastic arm waving gestures by the tall skinny lead singer with the wonderfully soulful baritone voice and a delicious veggie dog from the roof deck. They closed the show with "Terrible Love"--the opening song from their newest album. The only disappointment for me was they they did not perform "Racing Like a Pro" or the magnificent "Gospel." But it was a really great night. And a great live musical christening of my second half century." [Teddy Vegas]
Two days after their Prospect Park show, The National headlined the fourth SPIN/ZYNC party at Terminal 5 (The National's 2nd ZYNC gig this year). Openers at the Thursday night show were Kurt Vile and Suckers. NYC Taper taped the show and you can download it at his site. More pictures and the National's setlist, below...

Continue reading "The National, Suckers & Kurt Vile @ Terminal 5 (SPIN 25) - pics, setlist, live audio "

SPIN

It's a busy week for big NYC shows. The Flaming Lips are here for two performances, starting with the gig tonight/Monday at Central Park SummerStage. Oneida opens. The Flaming Lips show Tuesday night at Terminal 5 is part of the Spin25 series of gigs running each day this week.

Spin25, sponsored by American Express's new ZYNC card (as you can see in the picture above), kicks off with Smashing Pumpkins tonight at Terminal 5, and continues with Flaming Lips on July 27th, the Black Keys on July 28th, the National on July 29th (all at Terminal 5), and Spiritualized on July 30th at Radio City. Show openers are listed below (Spiritualized, which has no opener, is the only one with tickets available currently).

THIS WEEK AT TERMINAL 5
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (w/ Kill Hannah & The Jim Jones Revue)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (w/ Fang Island)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions & The Whigs)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (w/ Suckers & Kurt Vile)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
If you don't have tickets, we're offering one more chance for you to see the shows. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to each of the last four (that's all minus Smashing Pumpkins). Details on that are below...

You can also watch the shows online: SPIN & ZYNC are streaming them.

Several of the above bands have more shows this week too. The Black Keys play two SummerStage shows with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th (the second being the an early show on same night they play T5). Those two shows are also a tour kick-off for the two bands. All dates below.

The National also play Celebrate Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 27th with Beach House opening. They'll be back in September for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Owen Pallett who opens both Arcade Fire shows at MSG next week.

Contest details and dates below...

Continue reading "SPIN 25 this week (win tix, stream the shows) ++ it's a busy week w/ more Black Keys, Flaming Lips & National shows too "

Alien Lanes

Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.

In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.

A flyer is below...

Continue reading "Matador Fest lineup announced - Guided by Voices reunion! + Guitar Wolf, Belle & Sebastian, Pavement & many more"

photos by Rachel Carr

Kurt Vile @ the Henry Miller Library
Woodsist at Big Sur

"We hot footed it down to the Henry Miller Library for the Woodsist festival. It was hidden among the trees like a secret garden and as we laid on our rugs drinking strong vodka cranberry, the place seemed to glow. We watched the bands, perused the library, went exploring and hung out at the merch table and before long the sunlight faded and the fairy lights came out. Oh and then we saw Kirsten Dunst, just hanging out in the bookstore and Joe let his cool mask slip and got all star-struck and gaspy. The day was magical but tinged with melancholy. I couldn't shake this feeling and this feeling was the end." [In Another World]
The described and pictured Big Sur Woodsist Festival happened on Saturday, June 12th at the Henry Miller Library. It was one of two west coast Woodsist events. The second was last night, June 15th, at Echoplex. NYC gets its own on June 25th at Music Hall of Williamsbug as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are still on sale. More pictures from the Big Sur fest, below...

Continue reading "Woodsist had two fests in California (pics from Big Sur)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Invisibility: Nonexistent (MP3)

Kurt Vile

For the next 24 hours Matador Records will let you download Kurt Vile's new Square Shells EP for the price of your email address. You can also get a taste of it -- the seven-minute folky transcendental jam "Invisibility: Nonexistent" -- at the top of this post. The EP is out this week and is also available on vinyl. Sorry CD fans, no love for you on this.

Kurt is currently out on tour with The Sadies but will play a record release party for Square Shells at Union Pool on June 18 (tickets on sale now), before heading out on tour with Real Estate. All tour dates are below....

Continue reading "Kurt Vile EP free for 24 hours, touring soon (updated dates) "

by Bill Pearis

Real Estate @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Real Estate

Real Estate's new EP, Reality, on Mexican Summer is sold out (including a repressed Record Store Day edition that came with a cassette) in physical form but you can get it digitally from the usual sources. This past Sunday the NJ band played a Kidrockers show at Bowery Ballroom. How was that? What did your kids think?

And there is much more touring in Real Estate's future. In May they head to Europe followed by a brief trip to the west coast. Then not long after the Woodsist Northside show at MHOW on June 25th, the band will go out on a North American tour with Kurt Vile. That trip includes NYC-area shows at Le Poisson Rouge on July 9th (tickets) and Maxwell's on July 10th (tickets).

All dates mentioned so far are before Real Estate plays a free summer show with Deerhunter in August. All dates below...

Continue reading "Real Estate & Kurt Vile - 2010 tour dates"

The Sadies...
Truck America

Truck America is a 3day festival (april 30-may 2) held up in the catskill mountains @ the full moon resort in big indian, ny. the truck family has been putting on festivals and gatherings in the UK for the past 13 years and have just made the jump to the american market. mercury rev (with a full orchestra), white rabbits, here we go magic, ida, the joy formidable and neil halstead are just a few of the confirmed live performances. in addition to lots of live music, they're also going to have handfuls of workshops, kids activities and late night campfire singalongs. weekend pass is only $120 and includes 3 nights of campsite access and parking (day tickets also available). if camping isn't your thing, accommodations are also available at the resort as well as meal packages.
The full lineup is below and tickets are on sale.

Before then there are a pair of "warm up shows" happening in NYC. The first is tonight (4/21) at The Bell House and features all bands also playing the festival: Atlantic/Pacific (ex-Texas is the Reason), Dusty & The Dreaming Spires (Robin & Joe from Goldrush/Truck), Oxygen Ponies and Cat Martino. The second happens April 26th at Matchless, with The Caulfield Sisters and the Truck Family All Stars (members of Common Prayer, Dusty & The Dreaming Spires & Hopewell).

Sixties-style rockers The Sadies will be one of the bands at Truck America. They also have a new album, Darker Circles, out May 18th at Yep Roc. Their tour dates take them across Canada and down the West Coast, where they play a few shows with Kurt Vile. Back east, Vile plays a release show for his new 12" EP Square Shells, which comes out at the end of May on Matador, at Union Pool on June 18th. Joining him will be Meg Baird and Mad Scene.

The full lineup for Truck America and other tour dates are below...

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Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

UPDATE:
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

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photos by Brian Reilly, words by Andrew Frisicano

Fucked Up

Apologies to the DJ who went on after Fucked Up last Friday (2/15) at Europa. The balloons he or she carefully inflated, stuffed into bags, taped to the ceiling and rigged up with string to the DJ booth didn't make it through the set. "Last time I was here the bouncer beat me up," said one hopeful crowd member. Nothing like that happened - though there was some pushing and shoving, some ill advised but inevitable backflips off the stage, and the reasonably levelheaded bouncer in front, not beating anyone up.

Fucked Up treated the crowd to its standard repertoire of songs new and old (a partial setlist is below). Surprises included some songs off their just released Couple Tracks compilation and a devout cover of Sex Pistols' "Bodies."

The show was one of two NYC-area dates on their tour with fellow Matador artist Kurt Vile (Frankie & The Outs also opened at Europa). The other was the night before at Maxwell's. Vile opened both with airy, gutted versions of his full-band songs using only an acoustic guitar and some light effects. He opens for Panda Bear in Europe this March.

Fucked Up will be down at SXSW in March. One stop will be the BrooklynVegan Day Show on 3/17 at Emo's, where they'll play alongside Torche, Javelina, Salome, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. They'll also be at their own showcase, and MtyMx the following Sunday.

They recently announced a limited-run Record Store Day 7-inch (April 17th this year), with custom covers for each of 10 stores (including NYC's Generation Records) and one generic cover. Check out the artwork at their site. More pictures from Europa are below...

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Canadian punks Fucked Up play Maxwell's tonight (2/18) and Europa in Brooklyn on Friday (2/19) with Kurt Vile and Frankie & The Outs. Tickets are still available or, if you're feeling lucky, We have four pairs of tickets for giveaway! Details on how to win them below...

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DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Neat Parts (MP3)

Fucked Up

We are coming back Austin, and we welcome all challengers; your Pheonix's, your xx's and jj's, bring us all the TuNeYaRdS and Passion Pits you have, we are ready. We are coming back for TWO (announceable) special shows, and maybe one 3rd Mexican el concierto especial, and without further adieu, here is some of the info:
Fucked Up will not only be playing SXSW this year, they'll be hosting a showcase of their own. The "Fucked Up saves music" lineup is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th at Red 7 Patio (which, the band writes, will be hosting the Woodsist Records showcase indoors at the same time). If there was doubt after their guest-filled Xmas charity single that Fucked Up could pull together some serious talent, their SXSW bill puts that to rest. Besides their own set, the show will include music from J Mascis, Rival Schools, Titus Andronicus, Katie Stelmanis, and one more artist TBA. Cold Cave were originally listed on the bill, but are not anymore. Titus and Katie both also opened for Fucked Up at their last Brooklyn show. The band's other "announceable" SXSW show is a TBA Shirts For a Cure benefit on Friday (3/19).

Fucked Up's current tour dates include a February run with Kurt Vile (which visits the NYC-area on Feb 18th and 19th) and a gig with Leatherface (who are coming to NYC separately) in Toronto. Updated tour dates are below.

Since their Xmas charity single in December, the band has continued in the same philanthropic vein - they recently auctioned off test pressings of their forthcoming collection Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009, due January 26th on Matador Records, for Haiti disaster relief. The Ebay bidding closed as $177.50.

The band also offered some thoughtful words about Jay Reatard's recent passing. That tribute is below...

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photos by Vincent Cornelli

Dinosaur Jr.

Toronto Star: Nobody really thought this reunion would happen, but here we are nearly five years later and the Dino reunion is still a going concern. Did you think it was going to last this long or did you think you were signing up for one tour and that would be it?

Lou Barlow: I just really didn't know. I guess I'd sort of assumed we'd do a lot of reunion shows and play old songs and that we wouldn't necessarily do new records. It's just been moving along the whole time. There's just been a real momentum to it, and I haven't spent a whole lot of time questioning it.

Kurt Vile & the Violators were the perfect opener for the full-on guitar assault that was Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (1/16). The two bands went on to shred at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, and then Dinosaur Jr. (this time with Jeffrey Lewis opening) hit Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/18) for their third NYC show in three days. More pictures and the setlist from Bowery, below...

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The Primitives
The Primitives

The '80s-era indie power-pop band The Primitives have reformed and will be playing The Bell House on May 8. Tickets are on sale now. The band, fronted by platinum blonde Tracy Tracy, was best known for their hit "Crash" which was inescapable on modern rock radio in 1988 and has since been covered by nearly every pop punk band in existence. They went on to make three albums, and called it quits shortly after 1991's Galore. The Primitives reformed late last year, playing their first reunion show in their hometown of Coventry on October 2. The Bell House show will be the first American show since their split.

Opening the show are Frankie & the Outs who are currently recording their debut album for Slumberland, and also just posted a bunch of new dates, including February 13 with So Cow at Market Hotel, and February 19 with Kurt Vile and Fucked up at Europa.

Frankie herself (who we recently interviewed) will pull double duty on February 21 as the Outs open for Dum Dum Girls (Frankie's the drummer) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Frankie (and the Outs) pulled double duty on New Years Eve as well. They played both Cameo (a beach party w/ Surfer Blood and others) and Cake Shop (with Screaming Females, etc) that night.

Frankie & The Outs @ Cameo on New Years Eve (Abby Braden/PunkPhoto)
Frankie and the Outs

Dum Dum Girls' debut LP, I Will Be, comes out via Sub Pop on March 30. Both of Frankie's bands will be hit SXSW in Austin this year too.

Video from the NYE show at Cameo, a couple Primitives videos, all Frankie & the Outs tour dates, plus video of Dum Dum Girls playing Boston back in October, below...

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photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile & The Violators opened for The Black Keys on New Years Eve at The Riviera in Chicago, part of a multiple night run for the headliners. Graeme (our photographer) was in the windy city with plans to catch Black Keys AND Girl Talk. He succesfully made it to Girl Talk, but the timing didn't work out right for the Black Keys. He did get pictures during Kurt's opening set though. Those, along with video of the Black Keys New Years countdown, are continued below...

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