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Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
Deafheaven

As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closed for good. As the venue was hosting its final shows, Pitchfork filmed a documentary about the venue called "RIP 285 Kent." The description reads:

The film features interviews with the personalities that pushed 285 forward, including founder Todd P., booker/manager Ric Leichtung, and managers Kaitlin Browne and Siobhan McDonald, among others. It also includes discussion with local bookers Edan Wilbur, John Jacobson, John Barclay, and Pitchfork photographer Erez Avissar, plus interview and performance footage from Deafheaven, Fucked Up, DIIV, Dan Deacon, Pictureplane, Lodro, Wolf Eyes, DUST, and more.
Check it out below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cosmonauts

Fullerton, CA's Cosmonauts made it through SXSW and last weekend's Burgerama fest insanity in the OC, and are not about to rest. The band are already on a massive tour that will take them through North America and then onto Europe over the next few months. That tour includes an East Coast run with fellow Californians Black Sea. NYC gets two stops: April 2 at Death By Audio with their Burger labelmates Habibi, and LODRO; and then April 3 at Mercury Lounge with BOYTOY. No advances tickets for DbA but Mercury Lounge is on sale.

If you haven't checked them out, Cosmonauts make jangly psych that, when I saw them at SXSW, seemed to be pulling a bit from late-'80s/early-'90s Madchester scene too. You can stream last year's Persona Non Grata below.

As for Black Sea, they make a gloomier brand of psych, maybe a bit more like the Brian Jonestown Massacre or Crystal Stilts. You can stream their 2012 album, Keep Smiling, below too.

All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up via Andrew Van Beek / White Lung via BrooklynVegan Instagram
Fucked Up
White Lung

Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent officially closed its doors for good after last night's show (1/19), the last of four epic final shows that the venue hosted. First was last weekend's Laurel Halo / Autre Ne Veut / etc show, and this past weekend were the final three: Dan Deacon/etc on Friday, Deafheaven/etc on Saturday, and last night's with Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien and LODRO.

The show was a great way for the venue to go out -- celebratory, but also representing what the venue was always about, and why it will be so sorely missed. Three local bands who have called the venue home multiple times in its three-year existence (with the bands they were in last night as well as other various projects), returned to bid it farewell -- DIIV, Guardian Alien, and LODRO. But in addition to being a vital part of Brooklyn's local scene, 285 has also been a spot for bigger out of town bands to get crazier, sweatier, and more intimate with their fans while they were in town for other shows. Fucked Up did just that in 2011 when they played 285 after opening for Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5, so they were warmly welcomed back, and their Canada neighbors White Lung (who could probably headline the venue at this point) fit the spirit of the bill perfectly too.

crowd at 285 Kent last night (via Kari)
285 Kent

Anyone who's seen Fucked Up knows Damien Abraham likes to talk on stage, and last night he dedicated much of that to commemorating 285 Kent. "Of all the amazing venues we've played, this is by far the fucking coolest," he said at one point. He also encouraged the crowd saying you could do any of this, start a venue, form a band, book shows, do it yourself. Maybe in 2014 the possibilities of DIY seem more obvious than the days of Black Flag or something, but it's still inspiring to hear a band you look up to break down the fan/band/industry barriers and preach that to their fans. Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band. 285 Kent's shows are all ages shows.

DIIV (via @chchchavez)
DIIV

Most of my good memories about 285 Kent involve the fact that you felt like you could have fun there, not just be part of a group of people standing around. I still scratch my head a bit at how mosh pits ever break out to DIIV at any show, but at 285 they always seem to, and it actually does feel right. Especially last night, when they were sandwiched between the ferocious punk of White Lung and Fucked Up.

White Lung's sets rarely cross the 20-minute mark, but last night's felt especially short (possibly shortened by their broken kick pedal) yet just as wild as usual. Their newer songs sound great, and when they played material off of Sorry, the crowd truly lost it. Fucked Up's set raged as always too. And though you can usually see through it when a band pretends they're doing an unplanned encore, it seemed legitimately spontaneous when Fucked Up discussed things on stage for a bit and then got the crowd rowdier than they'd been all night for the last-ever song played at 285 Kent, a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop." Internet hate for all the 285 Kent commemoration often drops the line, "It's not CBGB," but hey, at least we went out with a Ramones song.

A couple more pics below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Wyatt Marshall

Dev Hynes / DIIV / Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right 12/31/2013
Dev Hynes
DIIV
Potty Mouth

Attending a show might not be the worst way to spend New Year's Eve in NYC, but there's no escaping wasted revelers. The New Years Eve DIIV, Nothing, Ratking, Potty Mouth and LODRO show at Baby's All Right was packed to the brim with party people by the time DIIV took the stage to countdown to midnight (with bubbly), and subsequently delivered an hour-long set which was peppered with new material as well as a cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

I didn't catch LORDO's set that kicked off the night, but Potty Mouth sounded good with their indie/punk jams and, as usual, Nothing was loud as hell. (Perfect Pussy were also originally supposed to play but ended up playing at Acheron instead.) It's a shame most people dipped out before Manhattan rap trio Ratking took the stage at 1AM, because those three teenagers packed a serious punch with their angry, energetic performance. The place filled back up at 2AM, though, for a surprise performance from Blood Orange's Dev Hynes who played a set  exclusively made up of songs left over from his Cupid Deluxe sessions. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

How did you spend your New Year's Eve? More pics from Baby's All Right below...

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Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Sebadoh

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Sebadoh, Octa#grape @ Bowery Ballroom
Lou Barlow is in two veteran indie rock bands, and the one he co-fronts, Sebadoh, just released Defend Yourself, their first album in 13 years. Expect a fair ammount of '90s faves as well as new ones tonight.

M.I.A. @ Terminal 5
M.I.A.'s multi-genre music knows no boundaries, so there's no telling what her new album, Matangi, will be. It comes out on November 5, but right before then she'll do two nights at Terminal 5. This is the first.

Big Freedia @ Brooklyn Bowl
Bounce queen Big Freedia, who you may know as the world record holder for most people twerking simultaneously, the star of her new FUSE reality series, or the person behind some of the most fun live shows around, comes to NYC for a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl this week. She's promising special guests too. This is night 1.

Deerhoof, Elizabeth & the Catapult, AWKWAFINA, Dynasty Electric, Butter The Children, Alyson Greenfield, Haif Waif, KASHKA, Angela, Sheik, Aye Nako @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Tinderbox Music Festival, "an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music," returns today. Especially notable artists on the bill include the pop-punky Aye Nako, the shoegazey Butter the Children, and of course Deerhoof.

Melt-Banana, Brain Tentacles, Vaz @ Saint Vitus Bar
As Doug Moore put it, "You should really, really go see this band. I'm normally a stereotypically jaded stand-in-the-back-with-crossed-arms NYC audience member, but even for me, it's basically impossible not to get down hard when these guys play."

Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), Eleanor Friedberger @ Town Hall
Normally Colin Meloy is singing for The Decemberists, but he's doing the solo thing for this tour, which happens around the same time as his new Kinks covers EP. Opening is another solo artist, Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces).

The Misfits, The Attack @ Starland Ballroom
Like we said when they played NYC on Wednesday, it's not Halloween without a Misfits show. They did their actual Halloween show in Boston last night, and tonight they do Day of the Dead in NJ.

David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, The Calder Quartet @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
For this show, David Longstreth (the brains behind Dirty Projectors) will be premiering new work in addition to new arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs with the Calder Quartet.

Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Abiotic, Rivers of Nihil @ Gramercy Theatre
Dying Fetus and Exhumed aren't the most inventive death metal bands, but they're among the best live acts in the business. Worth it to watch John Gallagher and Matt Harvey (respectively) shred through their ridiculous rhythm guitar parts while breaking off guttural vox alone.

Leverage Models, Spirit Animal @ Mercury Lounge
If you like your pop music best in the widescreen format, with loads of ambition and maybe some sax and syn-drums for good measure, so do Leverage Models.

Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three, Ivan Julian & The Head @ The Bowery Electric
The onetime Dream Syndicate frontman shares a night with former Voidoid member Ivan Julian. While this show was announced ages ago, this seems prime to become a Lou Reed tribute.

Nas @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
It's a bit out of NYC, but a good opportunity to see Nas on a Friday night, and a good excuse to head to the casino (or vice versa).

Spank Rock, Dope Body @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Tonight's the first night of the new Brooklyn Night Bazar's permanent Greenpoint location where they're be bringing hand-made things to buy, local food and cool music every Friday and Saturday all year round. Spank Rock will break the stage in.

Grooms, Far-Out Fangtooth, LODRO, Mone @ Death By Audio
Quality local noisemakers Grooms and LODRO team up with Philly's Far-out Fangtooth for a night of guitars.

Aziz Ansari @ Kaufmann Concert Hall
This is not stand-up but a "conversation with" the comedian and Parks & Recreation star, though we're sure it will be funny too. Sold out.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Nothing @ BV Party at Baby's All Right - 10/19/13
Nothing

Philly's Nothing just wrapped up a few shows with Weekend and Disappears, including one at NYC's Glasslands last week (10/22). Before that they played their only CMJ show at our BrooklynVegan party at Baby's All Right on 10/19, which went from noon til just after 2 AM and had tons of complimentary Sailor Jerry in addition to the hours of music. Nothing are a band that get tagged as shoegaze and are signed to a metal label, but in a live setting they just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre. Their show seriously rips too. It was one of my favorite sets of CMJ. A set of pictures from their appearance at our CMJ party is in this post. We already posted a video from their set, but you can refresh your memory by watching that again below.

If you missed Nothing's two recent NYC shows, or just need to see them again, you're in luck because they've just added a last-minute show happening on Tuesday (10/29) at 285 Kent with Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO (for whom the show is a release party for their "If Life Was Like A Movie" b/w "Snake Song" 7"), in addition to Shadow Walker, Sunflower Bean (mems. Turnip King), and a DJ set from Oberhofer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and a stream of the a-side of the new LODRO 7" below.

In related news, members of Nothing and another metal-friendly shoegaze band that Nothing has toured with, Whirr (ex-Deafheaven), have a side project called Death of Lovers, who have signed to Deathwish (also home to Deafheaven). They'll release an EP, Buried Under a World of Roses, on that label at some point in the near future. Check out the video for the title track, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and more Nothing pics from CMJ, below.

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Kylesa at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Kylesa
The Julie Ruin at Union Pool in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin
Kurt Vile in Austin in August (more by Glen Brown)
KV

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Julie Ruin, Priests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin simply cannot be slowed down. They're already played quite a few NYC shows this year, and they keep selling them out (like tonight's). Opening the show is a killer DC band who probably owe a thing or two to Kathleen Hanna, and who just made quite the impression at their sole CMJ show, Priests.

Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra @ Saint Vitus
Two bands that are tied to the metal scene, but really aren't that metal, Kylesa and Pinkish Black, are currently on the road together for this BV/IO-presented tour which also includes Kylesa's pals Sierra. Kylesa, who do have heavier roots, have been experimenting with psychedelia, shoegazey atmospheres, and alternative rock anthems lately, whereas Pinkish Black leans towards darkwave.

Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Beach Fossils @ Terminal 5
It's hard to believe that it was only four years ago that Kurt Vile and Beach Fossils both played the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, and now they're teaming up again for KV to headline what is by far his largest NYC show yet at Terminal 5. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (which has more Sonic Youth members than any other post-SY band at the moment) is on the bill too, and of course not to miss.

Serpentine Path, Castevet, Vorde, Oneirogen @ Union Pool
Brooklyn's reclusive metal alchemists Castevet -- featuring seriously shredding guitarist Andrew Hock -- play their record release show which is co-sponsored by our heavy sister site, Invisible Oranges.

Ashrae Fax, Historics, Donovan Blanc, DJ Frankie Teardrop @ Glasslands
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.

Electronium: The Future Was Then @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."

Minus The Bear, INVSN, Slow Bird @ Best Buy Theater
Technical-guitar emo is pretty in right now, and though their most classic records might be behind them, Minus the Bear are one of the bands who were a crucial part in developing that style.

The Waterboys, Freddie Stevenson @ Bowery Ballroom
Celt pop vets The Waterboys are official supporting their 10th LP, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats but expect no shortage of hits from This is the Sea and Fisherman's Blues.

Mike Donovan, LODRO, Pigeons @ Death By Audio
With the Sic Alps moniker retired, Mike Donovan is now playing under his own name, but expect the same swampy folk. LODRO's bluesy noir is a good fit as opener.

Marina Rosenfeld, David Grubbs, Susan Howe @ Issue Project Room
IPR's "Ten Years on the Infinite Plain" anniversary celebration continues tonight with composer/turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and the East Coast premiere of "WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER," the new collaboration between poet Susan Howe and musician/composer David Grubbs.

The Beets, Chastity Belt, Pony Time, The Beer Shits, Haybaby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn mutant folkies The Beets headline this show but do check out Seattle's Chastity Belt whose new album, No Regrets, is streamable below. Also on the bill are Seattle's punky Pony Time and you can stream their album, Go Find Your Own, below as well.

Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.

The Combat Zone, Missionary, Lude Boys, Longings, Failed States @ Fitness
It's a night of Boston (and Western Mass) and NYC hardcore/punk with The Combat Zone and Lude Boys coming from Boston, NYC's Missionary and Failed States (mems. of Nuclear Spring), plus Amherst's Longings, who are more mid-tempo punk/post-punk and have a killer demo out.

The English Beat @ Paramount
While singer Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band these days, there's no denying his many pop hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it For Later" and even General Public's "Tenderness."

Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
JTE is a good excuse to check out this new Long Island venue (run by Bowery Presents) in a historic, '20s-era space.

The Swellers, Candy Hearts @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Two pop punk bands team up for this show at The Studio at Webster Hall.

Radiolab Live w/ On Fillmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ Beacon Theatre
Once again, WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, this time with an event they're calling "Apocalyptical." In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, they've brought along musicians Noveller and On Filmore, plus comedian Ophira Eisenberg for their patented blend of science, music and humor.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss, Low Fat Getting High, Robot Death Kites, Sneaks @ Silent Barn
There's a good show at Silent Barn tonight with post-punk from Ed Schrader's Music Beat, punk from Low Fat Getting High, and more.

Nina Kraviz, Stacey Pullen, Jenifa Mayanja, Alex From Tokyo, Mike Khoury @ Output
The always-great Russian deep house producer/art pop singer Nina Kraviz plays this Halloween party at Output tonight.

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

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Savages at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Savages

Au Revoir Simone @ Warsaw, 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
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We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.

Savages, Duke Garwood @ Terminal 5
CMJ is not a contest but Savages "won" CMJ last year. Now with an album out, they're back to rub other bands noses in it at Terminal 5. Not really, they're nice people, and their trad postpunk should sound good in the cavernous venue.

Au Revoir Simone, Lou Doillon, Selebrities, Thomas Azier @ Highline Ballroom
Attention Francophiles, here's your CMJ show with real foreigners Lou Doillon and Thomas Azier, plus French sympathizers with synthesizers, Au Revoir Simone and Selebrities.

Talib Kweli, Black Moon, Phony PPL, Smif-n-Wessun, The Underachievers, Res, Cory Mo, Meka @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
In general, this is pretty much the biggest night for rap at CMJ this year. Tonight's also the Duck Down showcase co-headlined by Talib Kweli and veteran crew Black Moon who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their '93 debut, Enta Da Stage, backed by Phony PPL.

Vic Mensa, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, World's Fair, Deniro Farrar, Key!, Bryant Dope, Kid Daytona, Eddie B, Illclinton @ Santos Party House
Plus, Noisey does their rap party tonight with party rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, cloud rap standout Deniro Farrar, and more.

Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz @ Littlefield
There's also this show with Three Six Mafia member Gangsta Boo, Oxymorrons, and Turquoise Jeep's pal Kosha Dillz.

Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, A$AP Mob, The Bots, Bishop Nehru, Isaiah Rashad @ Webster Hall
And last but certainly not least, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, who's been delaying his much-anticipated new album, headlines this show at Webster Hall. The lineup also features former Odd Future cohort Casey Veggies, three A$AP Mob members, young local rapper Bishop Nehru (who's been cutting his teeth opening for quite a few Black Hippy members in NYC), new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad and more.

Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, Mood Rings, Happy Jawbone @ Cameo Gallery
There is not a single bad band on this bill, from frequent tourmates Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow, to dream pop sound of TEEN and Mood Rings, to the psychedelic sounds of Quilt and Happy Jawbone. This is a solid show.

Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Porcelain Raft, Theo Verney @ Glasslands
Hype-loving UK music weekly NME is presenting this showcase that only doesn't have Palma Violets because they just toured here. Instead you get UK acts Yuck and Egulls, plus Aussie charmer Courtney Barnett and more.

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, US Girls, ARP, Slim Twig @ Knitting Factory
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this showcase, lining up a bunch of quality acts, including kabuki metallers YT//ST, Dutch psych prodigy Jacco Gardner and Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich.

White Denim, Calvin Love, Jonathan Rado, Zig Zags, Cotton Jones, Jacco Gardner, Courtney Barnett @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles music blog visits the other coast and has put together this line-up featuring White Denim and a solo show from Foxygen's Jonathan Rado.

Mean Creek, Shark?, The History of Apple Pie, SW/MM/NG, Joanna Gruesome, Gross Relations @ Pianos
UK indiepop acts Joanna Gruesome and The History of Apple Pie -- not to mention quality locals Shark? and Gross Relations -- highlight this Pianos show.

The Darcys, Zeus, Still Life Still, Gold & Youth, Lowell @ Cake Shop
There's more to Canada than Montreal. Explore some of our Northern neighbors' other musical cities (mainly Toronto) at this showcase. Maybe the Darcys will pull out some ther Steely Dan covers.

Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, Vattnet Viskar @ Europa
Metal Insider's CMJ showcase suffered a serious setback when Blake Judd's legal problems forced Nachtmystium to drop off the bill. However, Byzantine's first East Coast appearance in forever and a solid supporting cast keep this show solid.

Iceage @ Portland's Star Theater in March (more by Autumn Andel)
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Iceage, Survival, Ivy @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron -- not part of CMJ -- will be their last one before the year ends. Even when they play a bigger place like Bowery Ballroom, Iceage act like they're in a tiny punk joint, so they should feel right at home here.

Hunters, Total Slacker, SISU, Perfect Pussy, LODRO, Tweens @ The Flat
Two of our "30 Bands Worth Seeing at CMJ" are on this bill (Tweens and Perfect Pussy), and the rest of the bill is recommended too -- SISU features half of the Dum Dum Girls, LODRO work the smoky noir vibe hard, and Hunters are always a kick live.

Young Braised, Mood Rings, Christines, Calvin Love @ Shea Stadium
Bushwick online station Newtown Radio is presenting this unofficial CMJ party with Canadian rapper Young Braised, indie sensualists Mood Rings, and Christines, the new band from Andy of Woven Bones (they sound nothing like Woven Bones).

Half Moon Run, The Preatures, Mystery Skulls, claire, Austin Brown, Bonzie, Dream Koala (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
This is one of School Night parties and is a pretty good lineup of more commercial indie bands (not that there's anything wrong with that) including Montreal's Half Moon Run and Australia's Preatures. Free with RSVP.

Running in the Fog, Mutual Benefit, Flagland, The Everywheres, Body Parts, Bent Shapes @ Muchmore's
Boston indiepop band Bent Shapes made our list of "30 CMJ Bands" too, they're jangly but not without bite.

Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, White Poppy, Dirty Beaches (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
The last time I saw Porcelain Raft it was just main guy Mauro Remiddi and a drummer, but he performed like it was a much fuller band. At tonight's 285 Kent show he's with Arcade Fire collaborator Sarah Neufeld, two synth artists that we recently highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup, Sapphire Slows, and Tei Shi, and more.

RatKing, Amp Live, Emily Bell, YC The Cynic, Tree, Denitia and Sene, The TonTons, Wavy Spice, Tanya Morgan, Myth Syzer, Pegasus Warning @ Free Candy
There's a lot of good indie rap on this bill, including bratty local trio Ratking, upcomer YC the Cynic, trio-recently-turned-duo Tanya Morgan, and promising Chicago rapper Tree. Plus tons more.

Nothing Changes w/ King Dude @ Home Sweet Home
King Dude makes old-style country ballads in a goth/noir kind of way, and while that could sound kinda novelty, it's actually pretty haunting and really well written stuff. He plays the weekly Nothing Changes party tonight. Late.

Flying Turns, Real Magic, TV Girl, Hockey, FLASH/LIGHTS, Shy Girls, Brothertiger, Landshapes, The Epilogues, Shady Elders, StaG, South of France @ Tammany Hall
This Tammany Hall show has a number of artists working in the electronic/pop world, including Real Magic, who's all contemporary beats and big vocals, TV Girl who combine hip hop and indie pop, plus a lot of samples, and Shy Girls, who at the moment may be best known for working with the PMR-signed Cyril Hahn.

Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ The Wellmont Theatre
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. Not part of CMJ.

Pattern is Movement, Leverage Models, Celestial Shore, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, Paperhaus @ Union Pool
Tonight Union Pool goes for bands who bridge the gap between experimental and pop, including notables like Pattern Is Movement, Leverage Models, and Celestial Shore.

More notable Wednesday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

There is no Big Terrific tonight because of CMJ but for other funny options, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .

 

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"Perfect Pussy show at 285 kent reminding me how much I love guitars" - Skeet Disick

Perfect Pussy / Potty Mouth
Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Lodro, Tweens
Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Lodro, Tweens

"Cause I've heard a million times / What's gonna get your there," [singer Abby Weems] casually vented into the microphone, as the rest of the band backed her vocals with a melodic feel that made the Williamsburg audience powerless to the urge to, if not dance, at least make some movement. Heads banged all around, and some members even did succumb to Potty Mouth's melodies. A fan around the age of 60 at the front found himself moving his hips to the tunes, which Weems and guitarist Phoebe Harris happily laughed, giving the elderly patron a thumbs-up. [QRO Magazine]
Four killer guitar rock bands took over Brooklyn's 285 Kent this past Saturday (10/5). Noise punk crew Perfect Pussy were in from Syracuse and incited a mosh pit during their 20-minute closing set, Western Mass' Potty Mouth came to town to celebrate the release of their debut album, Hell Bent, the bluesy LODRO was the local representation for the night, and the show was kicked off by Cincinnati's bratty/sloppy/punky Tweens. It was the second NYC show Perfect Pussy and Tweens played together last week. Pictures from what was an all-around great night at 285 Kent are in this post.

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Radical Dads at South Street Seaport in August (more by Jeff Cate)
Rad Dads

As usual, Williamsburg all ages DIY spot 285 Kent has a ton of good shows coming up, including some especially great ones this week that we haven't had a chance to mention yet.

On Wednesday (10/2), the venue hosts a night of catchy guitar rock from some great locals like Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Haybaby, BOYTOY, and Honduras. Tickets are on sale.

Thursday (10/3) there's a double header, with the Dent May/Dead Gaze/Calvin Love show at 8 PM (tickets) and the FIXED 9th anniversary at midnight with a full live band set from The Field (tickets).

Sludge rockers California X come over from Amherst, MA on Friday (10/4) to headline a show that also includes Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King, Body Parts, and Total Slacker DJs. Tickets are on sale.

Finally, as discussed, another group of Massachusetts rockers Potty Mouth celebrate the release of their debut LP, Hell Bent, at the venue on Saturday (10/5) with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy. Since we last spoke, that lineup has been expanded to include Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO and Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens. It's one of two NYC shows that Perfect Pussy and Tweens play together this week. Tickets are still available.

Some streams from those artists below...

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When sludgy NJ/Bushwick shoegazers Sweet Bulbs disintegrated two years ago or so, it spawned both Heaven's Gate and then Butter the Children. Heaven's Gate took some of their old band's dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction. Singer Jess Paps is much more of a belter, not unlike, say, Exene Cervenka. The group began playing to her strengths and Heaven's Gate became more of punky rock band, while still using a lot of effects pedals. The band's debut album, Transmuting, came out this week and is a terrific representation of what Heaven's Gate have become -- confident, hooky, and pretty damn kick-ass. You can stream the whole thing below.

Heaven's Gate celebrate the release of Transmuting tonight (9/27) at Silent Barn with a strong undercard: LODRO, Blanche Blanche Blanche, and Extra Feeler.

Meanwhile, for those that still miss Sweet Bulbs, the band will be doing a one-off reunion during CMJ, happening at Silent Barn on October 18. The line-up's pretty good over all, with Total Slacker, ADVAETA, Honduras, TANK, Slonk Donkerson and Haybaby. It's an unofficial CMJ show (the flyer jokingly says it's two dollars more with a badge) and more info is here.

Heaven's Gate album stream below...

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Atoms for Peace @ Roseland Ballroom, 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Atoms for Peace

Superchunk @ A.V. Fest 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Superchunk

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

"We Have An Anchor" @ BAM
Jem Cohen presents his new work as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, a cinematic tribute to Nova Scotia with live music by a band that reads like an ATP line-up: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and more. Tonight's the second of three performances.

Atoms for Peace @ Barclays Center
Though Thom Yorke might love dancing on stage no matter what band he's in, Atoms for Peace gives him a great excuse to do so. The first album as a full band, this year's AMOK, is possibly Thom's most beat-oriented album yet. Expect to hear much of that, much of Thom's solo record, The Eraser, and some other surprises from throughout his career thrown in as well.

Superchunk, Spider Bags @ Bowery Ballroom
One of America's quintessential indie rock bands remain at the top of their game: the new I Hate Music is packed with hooks and, live, Mac can still land a flying leap off the drum riser. The first of two sold-out out shows at Bowery.

US Girls, Spacin', Onakabazien, DJs Pete Swanson & Slim Twig @ Death By Audio
Toronto experimental pop artist U.S. Girls (aka Meg Remy) is back in Brooklyn tonight to play a release show for her new EP, Free Advice Column. Also on the bill is hip hop producer Onakabazien (who collaborated with her on the new EP) and Philly garage rockers Spacin' (who, like Purling Hiss, have ties to Birds of Maya).

Aeroplane, Light Year, JDH & Dave P @ Highline Ballroom
Better known for his killer remixes -- like the one for Friendly Fires' "Paris" featuring Au Revoir Simone -- then his originals, Aeorplane (aka Belgium's Vito de Luca) is a master DJ who knows how to set a dancefloor soaring. Check out a stream of his "All Night Long" mix below

The Legendary Pink Dots, Orbit Service @ Knitting Factory
Edward Ka-Spel and Phil Knight have been making gothy, baroque psychedelia for over 30 years and remain shockingly prolific: The Gethsemane Option, is their... we actually lost count how many records they've released. Legendary indeed.

Har Mar Superstar, Reputante, Lizzo @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too.  Fellow Minneapolis native Lizzo opens.

The Sadies @ Mercury Lounge
These long-running and underappreciated twangy Canadians just released Internal Sounds, their 16th album in 15 years.

Le1f, Antwon, Lakutis @ Santos Party House
These three genre-defying rappers have been on tour together and tonight they hit Santos Party House.

Heaven's Gate, LODRO, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Extra Feeler @ Silent Barn
Having formed two years ago from the ashes of the short-lived (and missed) Sweet Bulbs, Heaven's Gate took their old band's droning guitar roar into new territory. Their debut, Transmuting, hit this week and is a powerhouse rock record. Tonight's the record release party, with a pretty great set of openers.

Portugal. The Man, Crystal Fighters @ Terminal 5
These proggy alt-rockers returned with a Danger Mouse-produced album earlier this year, and if you can picture what Portugal. The Man and Danger Mouse would sound like together in a studio... well that's kinda what this sounded like. Check out the weirdo-funky sounds at Terminal 5 tonight.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
Night Two of the EMCF features two shows at The Bell House: early its "Startalk: Live" with hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman welcoming a bunch of surely big name surprise guests (sold out); the late show is "Invite Them Up!" with Bobby Tisdale, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, Mehran Khaghani, Michael Ian Black, and Todd Barry. You can still get tickets to that one.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
Meanwhile at Union Hall, the Mirman Fest is happening too, and tonight's show title explains itself: "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in the Next Couple of Years," specifically Mike Lawrence, Adam Newman, Seaton Smith, Jim Tews, Kate Berlant, Ahmed Bharoocha.

Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson @ Town Hall
Folk legend and guitar hero Richard Thompson has been touring pretty much constantly since the release of his new album, Electric, back in February. Tonight he keeps things all in the family - his talented son, Teddy, opens.

Tegan and Sara @ Starland Ballroom
Tegan and Sara have been touring behind their poppy new album Heartthrob this year, and after hitting the NYC-area a few times, tonight they're back for a NJ show at the newly-reopened Starland Ballroom.

The Suburbs, Shake the Baron @ Mercury Lounge
Secret show theorists back off! The Arcade Fire may be in town for SNL, but this is The Suburbs, the cult Minneapolis new wave band who just released the not-bad-at-all Si Sauvage, their first album in 27 years.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, continues his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

John Zorn @ Miller Theatre
Avant-sax great John Zorn continues his Zorn at 60 concerts that have been going on all year.

toe, Birthmark @ Glasslands
Japanese post/math rockers toe have been around for over a decade, and this year they're getting a career-boost in North America, as they're re-releasing some material on Boston label Topshelf Records and touring here. Tonight's show is with Birthmark, the solo project of Nate Kinsella, who also has a long history in '00s math rock. Sold out.

Vulture Shit, Big Ups, I'm Sick, Ellis Dodi @ The Neverlands
Vulture Shit and Big Ups are two of Brooklyn's better young punk bands, and tonight they share a bill at The Neverlands (538 Johnson).

Forest Fire, Zachary Cale, Metal Mountains @ Union Pool
For those into psychedelia and folk, all three artists on this lineup do that sound well, and this one's not to miss.

Sidi Toure @ Highline Ballroom
Legendary Malian blues singer/guitarist has a new album out on Thrill Jockey, and he's currently back in North America for a tour. If you're unfamiliar, you can read more about him here.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Tickets to see Queens of the Stone Age at Barclay's Center go on Citi Cardmember and Queens of the Stone Age presales today at 10 AM (password: "Ocean").

Tickets to see Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck at Wellmont Theatre go on Live Nation/Mobile App presales today at 10 AM.

Deap Vally are playing Mercury Lounge on October 8. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, and Hookers show at Europa are on sale now.

Tickets for the Krill show at 285 Kent, which now also includes Slonk Donkerson, Darlings, White Bike, Eastern Hollows, and LODRO (DJ), are on sale now.

Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea are playing Output on September 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Kastle, Jaw Jam, Druid Cloak, and Lindsay Lowend are playing Output on September 12. Tickets for that show are available here and here.

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

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

Glassjaw at Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Nicky Sneakers)
Glassjaw

LODRO @ Knitting Factory in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LODRO

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

NYPL's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound Record Sale
The New York Public Library need to make some room and is clearing out some 22,000 vinyl duplicates in its collection. With LPs in every genre and era imaginable, most of the records are going for a buck. Here's a line that's probably worth waiting in. Noon - 5:45 PM.

LODRO, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Hippy, The Gradients @ 285 Kent Avenue
Local zine 1.21 Gigawatts is throwing this night of quality locals, headlined by the dark and stormy LODRO. Openers The Gradients make crunchy, '90s-style indie and are worth showing up early for.

Grand Resort, Slonkk Donkerson, Dead Young Friends @ Cake Shop
Grand Resort's new EP came out this week, filled with the kind of glimmering janglepop practiced by sullen '80s youth. It still sounds good.

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Rosin Coven @ Damrosch Bandshell (FREE)
The free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series continues in Damrosch Park today with a show headlined by former Dresden Doll/master crowdsourcer Amanda Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra.

The Cambodian Space Project @ Drom
The second of three shows in NYC, The Cambodian Space Project mix '60s garage psych with Southeast Asian pop. Onetime Dirtbombs bassist Jim Diamond will be playing in the band tonight.

Noun (Marissa Patemoster), Modern Hut, Shellshag, Worriers, Mal Blum @ Death By Audio
Tonight Death by Audio hosts a great, stripped down bill with three Don Giovanni bands -- Noun, the solo project of Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster, Modern Hut, the project of label co-founder Joe Steinhardt, and Shellshag, who will be unplugging and playing acoustic for this one -- along with Worriers (Lauren Measure's current project) and NYC singer/songwriter Mal Blum. $7 at the door gets you in.

MINKS, Spires, Green Eyes @ Glasslands
MINKS released their terrific second album, Tides End, this week and tonight is the official record release show. It's also the live debut of the all-new lineup of the band. MINKS frontman Sonny Kilfoyle's brother opens the night (Green Eyes) and Spires will keep the '80s UK vibe going too.

People Get Ready, Fred Thomas, The Kickstand Band @ Knitting Factory
While PGR have gotten the most attention for the special occasion, high-concept shows (like at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry), they do pretty good as a straight-up rock band too.

Glassjaw, Balance and Composure, World's Fair @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the better 2000s post-hardcore bands to have survived into the new decade, Glassjaw, will headline a free (but "sold" out) Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. The diverse support comes from emo newcomers Balance and Composure and Queens rap crew World's Fair (which actually isn't that weird considering Glassjaw are no strangers to rap).

Floating Points, Falty DL @ Output
Equal parts contemporary house/garage and jazz fusion, Floating Points will be bring his interesting, danceable blend of sounds to Output tonight. Local electronic music FaltyDL opens the night, making for an excellent double bill.

Wolff and Tuba, The Everymen, Overlake, Designing Women, Stephen Chopek, Law of the Sea, Ferns @ Pianos
Underrated NJ rock band The Everymen are putting the spit-n-shine on their new album, but take a break tonight tonight to play some of it live with a few hand-picked freinds.

Shaggy, TK Wonder @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Picture this: we were both buck-naked banging on the bathroom floor! OK, Shaggy isn't exactly chock-full of reggae burners, but it's a free show and if nothing else, could be fun as a social experiment.

Murphy's Law @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Murphy's Law on a boat? Yeah yeah, it's pretty much an annual occurrence at this point that still doesn't make this long-time hardcore band's appearance any less insane, dangerous and/or memorable (and fun).

Ken Mode, Rosetta, Tiger Flowers, East of the Wall @ Saint Vitus Bar
Canadian metallic noisecore trio KEN Mode return, this time roping in support from the great Rosetta at Saint Vitus Bar. Rosetta will be pulling from their massive new LP The Anasaesthete, so make sure you get familiar during the day today. Support is similar great with Tiger Flowers and East of the Wall set to destroy the early hours.

Étienne de Crécy, Girls & Boys, Alex English, rekLES, Beats n' Cubes @ Webster Hall
One of the originators of the '90s "French touch" sound, Étienne de Crécy remains an influential and vital electronic artist.

Nick Lowe, Kim Richey @ YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
Having been performing and writing songs for over 40 years, "The Basher" remains as charming and witty as he was when he wrote "Cruel to be Kind" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass." A class act.

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

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Can't Hardly Wait

The SummerScreen 2013 film lineup was announced back in April, and today the music portion of the summer series was announced. Like every year, each Wednesday a movie is screened in McCarren Park following a performance by a local artist. And the whole thing is totally free.

The SummerScreen people write, "In case of rain, bands will be relocated to a nearby venue (usually 285 Kent Ave) with the same 6pm-sundown set times. We'll announce whether or not shows will be moved by 3pm on rainy days at toddpnyc.com."

This year's series begins on July 10 with a screening of Can't Hardly Wait and a performance by Jeffrey Lewis. Head below to browse the rest of the lineup...

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Eat Skull

Portland, OR's Eat Skull were once known for the sort of blown-out punk some called shitgaze but the band have begun turning the levels down to 9.3 and the band's move from Siltbreeze to Woodsist is telling. Eat Skull III, which came out back in February on Woodsist, is on the jangly side with forays into weird synth postpunk, plus melodies and everything. You can stream vaguely tropical "How Do I Know When To Say Goodnight?" as well as the whole album via Spotify, below.

Eat Skull are currently on a tour that will hit NYC this week for two shows: Wednesday (5/22) at 285 Kent with PC Worship, Vaz, LODRO, and Call of the Wild (who also play with Weed soon); and Thursday (5/23) at The Flat with Modra and The Abandos. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Portland band Eat Skull released new LP on Woodsist, on tour, playing two NYC shows this week (dates, streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Foxygen @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
Foxygen

Foxygen just wrapped up a three-night NYC run, that began with the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13) and a second night there (5/14) and finished last night (5/15) at Mercury Lounge. Anybody hit the second Knit or Mercury Lounge show? Anyone go to all three? We've got a second set of photos from the RBSS show, including ones of openers Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, in this post.

Foxygen will spend their summer on the festival circuit, playing Pitchfork, Woodsist and Solid Sound amongst many others. That also includes another stop in NYC at the free River Rocks show on July 25 with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. All tour dates are listed with more pictures from KF below.

Continue reading "Foxygen played three NYC shows (more pics from our RBSS one with LODRO, Amen Dunes and Prince Rupert's Drops)"

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)"

photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis

DIIV / LODRO @ Mercury Lounge, 5/11/2013
DIIV
Lodro

It was the kind of line-up you might see at Shea Stadium or 285 Kent, but Brooklyn crossed the bridge on Saturday night for the Downtown Music Festival on Saturday night (5/11). Well some of its bands did at least, specifically DIIV, LODRO, Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick -- for a show at Mercury Lounge. Fresh off their tour with How to destroy angels_, DIIV played the small-for-them Houston venue, cranking out their well-honed whirling sound. The band have a few festival dates lined up and those are listed below.

LODRO are are starting to rival DIIV for sheer number of locals shows played in a given week, and its clearly working as their claustrophobic blues has already come into its own a mere four months since the band's first live show. (And as DIIV showed, playing all the time helps.) You can catch them tonight (5/13) at Knitting Factory as part of the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with headliners Foxygen as well as Amen Dunes and Prince Rupert's Drops. That show is only $3 at the door (no advance tickets) and doors are at 7 PM (which is what time I start DJing). I you haven't seen their new video, which we premiered on Friday, you can watch that below.

The night started with sets from Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick. Saturday night's other DTF offerings included Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom and we've got more coverage of the fest's maiden voyage still to come. For now, check out more Mercury Lounge pics below.

Continue reading "DIIV, LODRO, Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

LODRO

Brooklyn bluesy rockers LODRO, who have been hitting the local live circuit like crazy lately, have a few songs out and they've just recorded a new single, "Lazy Bones," which also happens to be the song in their first official video. Like their other tunes, this one comes awash in sludgy blues and psychedelia, and the dimly lit video complements that well. You can watch that video below.

Like we said, LODRO have been playing live a lot, and you've got two chances to see them in NYC over the next four days. Their first show happens on Saturday (5/11) at Mercury Lounge with DIIV, Xray Eyeballs, and DJ Dog Dick as part of Downtown Music Festival (tickets). Then on Monday (5/13) at Knitting Factory), they will play a BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Foxygen, Amen Dunes, and Prince Rupert's Drops. Chris Gethard is hosting and BV's Bill Pearis has just been added as the DJ for the night. Like all shows in the Sound Select series, admission is $3 at the door. All ages, no advance tickets.

LODRO also play another show later this month at Shea Stadium on May 31 with a strong local bill of The Beets, Darlings, and Eula.

Video below...

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The Orwells at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Orwells

As mentioned several times, the Downtown Music Festival, which is hitting multiple cities this year, is coming through NYC tonight (5/10) and Saturday (5/11) for shows across various multiple LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more. Tickets (2-day passes, 1-day passes, and individual show tickets) are still available. In fact, even Trash Talk at Cake Shop still has tickets available, probably because of the $25+fees ticket price.

Since we last spoke, some additions to the lineup have been made. Garage rockers The Orwells (who have other upcoming dates) were added to tonight's Palma Violets and Guards show at Bowery Ballroom, making for an all-around great bill for fans of catchy, upbeat rock. The Orwells just revealed the Dave Sitek-produced track, "Other Voices," off their upcoming EP of the same name (due out 6/25 via East End/Canvasback), which you can stream below.

SZA, who recently put out the trippy S EP, has been added to Sky Ferreira's show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Teengirl Fantasy and Mess Kid, who were already announced for the festival but not that specific show, were also added as openers.

Onetime Twin Shadow bassist Rush Midnight (who has other upcoming shows) was added to tonight's show at Pianos with Royal Teeth and Sparxx.

LODRO (who play a BrooklynVegan-curated show on Monday), Xray Eyeballs, and DJ Dog Dick were added to DIIV"s show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Low Fat Getting High, who have a new EP on the way and other upcoming shows, open for Trash Talk and Cities Aviv at Cake Shop on Saturday.

Other shows tonight include Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) and Fat Tony at Capitale (130 Bowery), Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth, Antwon, and more at Element (225 E Houston), Beach Fossils and Cosmonauts at Cake Shop, and more.

Meanwhile, Ryan Hemsworth made a new mix in anticipation for the festival, which you can stream, along with the tracklist below. And if you were wondering, yes, it does have his remix of the Backstreet Boys' "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely."

A stream of that mix, the Orwells stream, and the updated Downtown Music Fest schedule below...

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Foxygen @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall in March (more by James Richards IV)
Foxygen

As mentioned, Foxygen are currently on a short East Coast tour that ends with two sold-out NYC shows next week: Knitting Factory on May 14 and Mercury Lounge on May 15. If you wanted to go to one of those shows but didn't get tickets, we've got good news. We're happy to announce that Foxygen will headline a BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Monday (5/13) at Knitting Factory. As always, the show is $3 at the door. 7pm doors. 8pm show. All ages, no advance tickets.

LODRO
LODRO

This is the fourth NYC RBSS show -- the previous three were curated by East Village Radio, Afropunk, and Brooklyn Bodega. Like those, in addition to the headliner Monday's show features three local acts.

For our openers, we kept things on the trippy side: Amen Dunes, who open for Boris at LPR tonight (5/7), will play and perhaps give a taste of their forthcoming new album. Also on the bill are LODRO, the Royal Baths side project that has been honing its live show through relentless gigging; and Prince Rupert's Drops whose album Run Slow was one of 2012's overlooked gems. Adding to the fun will be your host, the amazing comedian, storyteller and author Chris Gethard (of the Chris Gethard Show among other things). Hope to see you out on Monday.

UPDATE: our own Bill Pearis will also be DJing starting at 7pm sharp.

If you can't make this show, you can always catch Foxygen in late July at a much bigger venue -- Pier 84 as part of the 7/25 free River Rocks show with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down.

Streams for Foxygen, Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, and more tour dates, are below.

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tweens

Cincinnati trio Tweens make garagey, nasally, punky pop that is equal parts rauccous and infectious. Songs like "Mean" and "Rattle&Rollin'" are both especially catchy and seem prime for a label like Burger that lives for this stuff. You can stream them below along with their "Live at Mohawk" EP that isn't actually live and features a bunch of girl group covers.

Tweens caught they ear of fellow Ohio resident Kim Deal who has tapped Tweens to open for a few Breeders shows, including Monday's sold-out show at Webster Hall (5/6). After that, Tweens will play Shea Stadium on Tuesday (5/7) which is a record release show for Japanther that also features Grand Rapids. Then at Pianos on Wednesday (5/8) with LODRO, Total Slacker and new Frenchkiss signees, Drowners. That show starts early -- LODRO is on at 7 PM -- and is FREE.

Tour dates are listed, with those streams, below.

Continue reading "Cincinnati band Tweens opening for The Breeders and other NYC shows (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Weekend @ BVSXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Weekend

As mentioned, Weekend will release their second album, Jinx, on July 23 via Slumberland. Where their debut album, Sports, wormed its way into your head from sheer force, the new album has a much stronger focus on both melody and dynamics (and just a smidge of melodrama). You can also dance to it, in an '80s goth club kind of way. You can stream "Mirror" (which opens the album) below along with choice cuts from their first album and EP.

Weekend are playing tonight (4/26) at Bushwick spot Shea Stadium, where they promise, "New songs, same volume.' I.e. bring earplugs. The show also has the ever-present LODRO, plus Slander, and Napoleon. Advance tickets are available. On Tuesday (4/30), Weekend will play a show at Stony brook University with SDLK. The show, sponsored by campus radio station WUSB, is happening in a classroom that's been converted into a studio. The show is free and all ages (and will be broadcast live on the station) and more info is here.

The band will also open for Montreal's No Joy at Glasslands on May 16 and tickets are still available for that show. (No openers for No Joy's 5/15 show at Mercury Lounge.)

Continue reading "Weekend add shows, playing Shea Stadium tonight and Stony Brook University next week (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Les Yeux: French for "Blurry Brad Oberhofer"?
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Tonight (4/9) at Pianos is the start of a four-week residency from some band called "Les Yeux." We've never heard of them, the quotes around their name are curious and, oh, word on the street is it's actually Oberhofer, whose new EP, Notalgia, is out April 23. (That's what Mickey the shoeshine guy tells us, at least.) Tickets for all four Tuesday-in-April shows are on sale now.

The openers at the four residency dates are as such: tonight (4/9) the show is with Dinowalrus and Redfoot; April 16 is with Friend Roulette and EL Topo; April 23 is with Carmen Villain and "special guests"; and April 30 is with LODRO and Cowboy Indian Bear.

Whether or not "Les Yeux" turns out to be Oberhofer, you can catch them for sure at Glasslands on May 2 with Celestial Shore and Life Size Maps (tickets), the start of a short tour. Meanwhile, the band have released a second track from Notalgia, the very catchy "You + Me (Still Together In The Future)" and you can stream it below.

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