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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Dilly Dally

Dilly Dally are on tour now supporting their very good debut album Sore (out on Partisan), and they hit NYC for their first of two shows here over the weekend. It was on Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/14), the same place they played an awesome set at BV-CMJ just a few weeks ago. It was sold out and the place was packed, and Dilly Dally once again played a killer set. Probably thanks to the combination of this being a headlining show, the album being out for a bit now, and it being later (as in, the crowd was probably drunker), the place went way crazier for them than at CMJ. There was a mosh pit going for a lot of their set, and it was one of the only times I've seen someone stage dive at Baby's. We got their grunged-up take on Drake's "Know Yourself" again (which is always fun), and basically all the songs you'd want to hear from their album.

Dilly Dally play NYC again tonight (11/16) at Mercury Lounge with Wives. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before Dilly Dally was LVL UP, who opened their set with the heaviest song I've heard from them yet and also took a request during the show, and Turf Durt, who I missed but our photographer didn't. More pictures of all three bands below...

Continue reading "Dilly Dally rocked Baby's w/ LVL UP & Turf Durt (pics)"

Teen Suicide
Teen Suicide

Teen Suicide (the band led by Sam Ray aka Ricky Eat Acid) are reissuing their dc snuff film and waste yrself EPs on December 11 via Run For Cover, and they announced a NYC release show for December 4 at Baby's All RIght. Support comes from local noisemakers Yvette and DIY duo Diet Cig. Tickets are on sale now. You can stream the EPs below.

Sam's fellow Run For Cover-via-Orchid Tapes musician Elvis Depressedly also plays a NYC show in December, on 12/1 at Shea with LVL UP and Yohuna (tickets). They're currently on tour with The Front Bottoms, and just played two BrooklynVegan-presented nights in NYC. If you haven't yet, check out pictures.

In one last bit of Run For Cover news, the label recently signed Montclair indie rockers Pinegrove. RFC recently reissued everything they've released so far (initially on Seagreen Records), which includes the new single "New Friends." You can listen to that below.

Pinegrove also added to some dates on labelmate Spencer Radcliffe's tour, including NYC TONIGHT (10/22) at Palisades (moved from Silent Barn). The bill also features Emily Reo (who just played the BV/Collect CMJ showcase as a member of Orchid Tapes band Foxes In Fiction) and Cuddle Formation. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Teen Suicide, LVL UP, Spencer Radcliffe, and Pinegrove all also played the Run For Cover CMJ showcase last week. Anyone catch that? All lists of tour dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "Teen Suicide schedule EP release show w/ Yvette & Diet Cig; Pinegrove & Spencer Radcliffe on tour; Elvis Depressedly too"

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Tickets to The Cure and The Twilight Sad show at MSG show go on local and Chase presale stoday at 10 AM (password: "DISINTEGRATION").

Tickets for the Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi show at Kings Theatre go on venue presale today at 10 AM (password: "KINGSFAN").

Small Black already announced a show for November 20 at Baby's All Right, and they now added a second night for November 21. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale at 10 AM, and tickets for night 1 are still available.Painted Palms open both shows. Small Black's new album is also now streaming.

Tickets for The Get Up Kids, Into It. Over It. and Rozwell Kid show at The Bell House go on sale at noon. Their Irving and Starland shows are still on sale.

Co La celebrates his new album No No with a release show at Trans-Pecos on October 16 featuring Tallesen, Jeremy Hyman, Motion Graphics, Acemo, and Max D.Tickets are on sale now.

Elvis Depressedly and LVL UP are playing Shea Stadium on December 1. Tickets are on sale now.

Eccentric DC vets Beauty Pill released their first new album in 11 years this year, and they'll return to NYC on Sunday (10/11) at Union Hall with Leapling. Tickets are on sale now.

Joseph Arthur has announced his 6th annual New Year's Day show at City Winery. Tickets are on presale for VinoFile members.

Win a pair of tickets to see Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday night, at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Indian Handcrafts at MHOW in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Indian Handcrafts

Ontario-based stoner rock weirdos Indian Handcrafts are releasing their new album Creeps this week via Sargent House, and it's streaming right now. Creeps is probably the heaviest release yet from these guys and also the most musically varied. They have a sound that's harder to pin down than you might expect, and they dip their toes into all sorts of subgenres over the course of the album, with little stabs of prog, psych, and even some crunchy death metal thrown into the sludgy mix. The whole thing is streaming below, and its definitely worth a listen.

As discussed, Indian Handcrafts are about to embark on a tour with Kylesa and Inter Arma. That tour will hit NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on October 21 (tickets) and then NJ for a show at Monty Hall on October 22 (tickets). After that, Indian Handcrafts just announced that they will hit the road with fellow Canadian rippers Greys. Dates for that tour are below.

Greys just finished touring with the band formerly known as Viet Cong, and as we mentioned they have a new EP called Repulsion on the way and will be playing CMJ in November. Since we last spoke, it was announced that their CMJ is the Exploding in Sound showcase, which goes down in the afternoon on October 16 at Palisades and also includes Palehound, Big Ups, LVL UP and many more (full lineup below). Tickets for that are on sale now.

All tour dates for both Greys and Indian Handcrafts, and streams of Creeps and one of the songs from Repulsion, below...

Continue reading "Indian Handcrafts streaming new album, announce tour with Greys (who are playing Exploding In Sound CMJ)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

Run For Cover Records continues to be a trustworthy indie rock label, and they'll show off their increasingly diverse roster with their free 2015 CMJ showcase on October 17 at Palisades. RSVP is open.

The lineup includes shoegazers Pity Sex, Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, proggy chiptuners Crying and '90s-Merge-y indie rockers LVL UP (who share a member), lo-fi punks Teen Suicide, Tigers Jaw associate Petal, Microphones-y singer/songwriter Spencer Radcliffe, and Pinegrove. Check out the flyer below, and again, you can RSVP.

Makthaverskan and Spencer Radcliffe will visit NYC other times during October too, and Pity Sex also play the Car Wash show that day. Petal (who we suggested you check out) was here earlier this month.

Listen to the bands playing, below...

Continue reading "Run For Cover free 2015 CMJ show (Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Crying, LVL UP, Teen Suicide, Spencer Radcliffe, Petal, more)"

AdHoc Car Wash

AdHoc is throwing a show at an actual car wash, Hand & Detail Car Wash Center (646 Lorimer St), on the Saturday (10/17) of CMJ. The lineup is stacked: Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, LVL UP, Downtown Boys, Pity Sex, Potty Mouth, Protomartyr, Sheer Mag and Whitney. It's not an official CMJ show, and it starts at noon. TIckets are on sale now.

photos by Mimi Hong

Basement / Adventures / LVL UP / Palehound @ Gramercy - 8/17/15

UK rockers Basement recently wrapped up a tour with Adventures, LVL UP and Palehound, which hit NYC on Monday (8/17) at Gramercy Theatre. Like they'd been doing on this tour, they gave us a good mix of both full lengths and a couple off last year's EP too. Pictures of that show are in this post.

It was only their third NYC show ever, as the band didn't make their way over here much at first and they were on a brief hiatus from 2012-2014. They definitely seem to like it over here though -- they already announced a return trip for the fall. It's with their jangle pop Run for Cover labelmates Turnover, and pop punk band The Story So Far is headlining. This one doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom on November 7 and Long Island's Emporium on November 8. Tickets for NJ and LI go on sale today (8/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Turnover have other dates, including NYC this Saturday (8/22) at LPR with TWIABP and Pianos Become the Teeth (tickets) and October 1 at Gramercy Theatre with Lydia (tickets).

In more related news, both Palehound and LVL UP play the Exploding In Sound extended weekend of shows this weekend. LVL UP are on one of the Brooklyn shows: tonight (8/21) at Palisades with Krill, Big Ups, Stove (ex-Ovlov) and Palm (tickets). Palehound play the Boston show the next day.

More pictures from Gramercy and the new Basement dates below...

Continue reading "Basement played Gramercy Theatre with Adventures, LVL UP and Palehound (pics), add tour dates with Turnover"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mitski at Palisades - 7/17/15

Towards the very start of her set, Mitski addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support and encouraging the historically marginalized communities to be proud of their roots and "take up as much space as you can", with a disarming sincerity that's seen far too infrequently.

...With ex-Diarrhea Planet drummer Casey Weissbuch (who's also the mastermind of Infinity Cat's extraordinary cassette series) anchoring the trio, the band dove headfirst into a memorable set that wound up recapturing a lot of the magic of the last Mitski set to get coverage here (no small feat) while supplementing it with new intricacies. Deceptively nuanced and- a recurring theme throughout the night- unerringly heartfelt, it touched on various points throughout the songwriter's discography, while- understandably- leaning heavily on the Bury Me At Makeout Creek material. If Mitski was baring her soul on the Palisades stage, the audience was reciprocating that generosity with extremely vocal support between songs.

At one point, in one of the evening's most genuine and communal moments, Miyawaki ran backstage to collect the bottled water on hand for the artists and passed it out to the audience to help them cope with the uncomfortable humidity that only a small space packed with bodies on a warm day can bring. [Heartbreaking Bravery]

Brooklyn songwriter Mitski wrapped up her tour with two hometown shows over the weekend: Palisades on Friday (7/17) and Shea Stadium on Sunday (7/19). Both sold out very far in advance, which isn't too surprising since Mitski keeps quickly moving up in the world and her tourmates were both worth seeing on their own: the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member/Frankie Cosmos collaborator Eskimeaux. We caught the Palisades show, which also had Normal Person, who share members with LVL UP and Crying. (Elvis Depressedly also had one of the LVL UP guys on drums.) The review quoted above says it perfectly, but the things Mitski did and said between songs made this show as great as the songs themselves.

Pictures from Palisades continue below...

Continue reading "Mitski, Elvis Depressedly & Eskimeaux played 2 NYC shows (pics from Palisades w/ Normal Person)"

photos by Mimi Hong

The Front Bottoms

Fresh off releasing a new single, The Front Bottoms wrapped up their short tour with LVL UP at Baltimore's Metro Gallery on Tuesday (6/9). Pictures are in this post.

The Front Bottoms' upcoming dates include a Brooklyn show on 6/22 at MHOW, which went on sale today and quickly sold out, as well as a Cooperstown show with Brand New on August 15 at Brewery Ommegang (tickets) and an Asbury Park show on September 19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Bleachers, Charli XCX, VIc Mensa, How to Dress Well, Cults and more. That's two days before Bleachers and Charli XCX's Central Park SummerStage show. Tickets for both of those are available.

LVL UP also have a bunch of upcoming tour dates, including a run with Adventures and Palehound, opening for Basement. That tour hits NYC on August 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale. Basement also play NJ with Title Fight two days earlier (tickets), and like The Front Bottoms, have a few dates opening for Brand New (one of which also has Desaparecidos).

All LVL UP, Basement, and Front Bottoms dates are listed, with more pictures from the Baltimore show, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms & LVL UP played Baltimore's Metro Gallery (pics & updated tour dates)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings continued their current tour on Friday (5/8) afternoon at the free annual NYU Strawberry Festival, their second of three NYC-area shows this spring. Like most of their recent shows, they split the set between their last two records with highlights like "Psychic Trauma," "No Future/No Past," "I'm Not Part of Me," "Wasted Days" and more. Also on the bill was local regulars Celestial Shore and LVL UP, and LA/NY's Field Trip. Pictures are in this post.

Cloud Nothings return to the NYC-area this weekend for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival. More pictures from Strawberry Fest, and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings played NYU's Strawberry Festival w/ LVL UP, Celestial Shore & Field Trip (pics, setlist)"

photo: Adventures at Baby's earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

UK rockers Basement announced a US summer tour earlier this month, and today they revealed the openers for the East Coast leg. They'll be joined by their punky Run for Cover labelmates Adventures, and two Exploding In Sound bands, LVL UP and Palehound. Here's what Basement said about the openers:

We are really excited to announce that ADVENTURES, LVL UP and PALEHOUND will be the support bands for the second leg of our USA tour this summer. The bands we get to support us are bands that we have chosen ourselves because we either love them as people, as a band or both. If you haven't heard of one of the bands don't just dismiss them because you haven't heard their music before, go check them out and listen to them. Excited to tour this summer with these awesome bands.
That leg of dates includes the NYC show happening August 17 at Irving Plaza.

UPDATE: The NYC show was moved to Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are still available.

The NJ show, which is co-headlining with Title Fight, doesn't have LVL UP or Palehound but it does have Adventures as well as Alex G (who also plays NYC with Girlpool in July). Tickets for that one are available too. All dates are listed below.

Adventures were in NYC last week, and related band Code Orange returns to open for Poison the Well in May, and they'll be in the area this July on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour with Slayer, King Diamond and more.

LVL UP and Palehound also have a NYC show together this Saturday (4/18) at Silent Barn with Ava Luna (album release show) and Palberta. LVL UP also play NYU Strawberry Festival with Cloud Nothings and more in May, and they'll hit Shea on their tour with Glocca Morra and Greys later that month.

All lists of dates and some videos/song streams below...

Continue reading "Adventures, LVL UP and Palehound opening for Basement"

photos by Samantha Saturday

Coachella 2015 - Day 1

Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]
Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.

Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.

Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings played Coachella (pics, setlist), playing NYU's Strawberry Festival (updated dates, lineup)"

by Andrew Sacher

Glocca Morra
Glocca Morra

Philly emo revivalists Glocca Morra are calling it quits this year, but before they go out they've got two new songs and a farewell tour. Their final 7" is on Ice Age Records and it's more straight punk than some of the more Kinsella-style stuff they became known for. Listen to both tracks below, via AV Club.

The tour happens this May and brings the band to NYC on May 29 at Shea Stadium. All dates are with Canadian punks Greys (who played NYC on Friday), and the Boston, NYC and Philly shows are with Brooklyn's LVL UP. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.

Glocca Morra's Nate Dionne is one of the members in newer band Dogs on Acid, who released their first single last year and have now signed to Jade Tree for their debut LP which is due out this summer. The band also includes former Algernon Cadwallader members Nick Tazza and Joe Reinhardt, the latter of whom is now also in Hop Along. Dogs on Acid have four Philly shows coming up, but nothing in NYC at the moment. While you wait for the new album, revisit last year's single below.

Nate Dionne was also in the band Snowing, whose singer John Galm more recently went solo and put out the depressing 2014 album Sky of No Stars. John's on a solo tour right now, and it hits NYC tonight (3/8) at 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs) with Trace Mountains (another project of LVL UP's Dave Benton) and Bethlehem Steel. All John's dates, and a stream of his recent album, below.

Continue reading "Glocca Morra streaming final 7" & going on farewell tour with Greys & LVL UP; John Galm on tour; Dogs On Acid LP coming"

Teen Suicide

Flippant attitude from their online presence in full force, vocalist/guitarist Sam Ray and guitarist John Toohey were quick to pop out of the high-octane songs right into banter about parents' flights getting sent back because of the snow, the virtues of weed (Sam hollered "Give it up for weed!" intermittently throughout the set) and disparaging remarks to their new boss, Run For Cover head honcho Jeff Cassaza who flew into town for the show.

Teen Suicide had drummer Dexter Loos on loan from Alex G, and were in full-on rockstar mode for their set. Between the constant spins across the stage, monitor mounting and back-to-back shredding it was kind of difficult to remember that their songs are kind of, well, overwhelmingly depressing. The band played songs spanning their discography and also busted out a few new songs including one called "God" and one called "Alex," both of which were a little more mellow than the band's usual fare.

The above quote is from our review on BV Chicago of Teen Suicide when we caught them on their recent tour with Alex G. (The tour hit NYC on 2/5 at Palisades.) The band don't have another tour lined up at the moment, but Sam Ray (aka Ricky Eat Acid) & co. will play a free one-off in NYC on March 27 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That show has a great lineup all around with Amanda X, Flagland, Crying, Washer and LVL UP.

Though it's a one-off for Teen Suicide, for Crying it's the first date of their tour, the rest of which is with recent Double Double Whammy signee, Epoch member, and Frankie Cosmos collaborator Eskimeaux. All dates on that tour are listed below.

Run For Cover (which The FADER just did a great profile on) is releasing a remastered version of Teen Suicide's debut LP and a collection of their EPs later this year. Stream two of the remastered tracks and check out the Brooklyn show flyer below...

Continue reading "Teen Suicide playing free NYC one-off with Crying, who are touring with Eskimeaux after (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Quilt will be coming down from Boston to visit NYC this weekend to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (2/21) with The Mystery Lights, King Cyst, and Monograms on the bill as well. The band, who were last here to play one of the final Glasslands shows, don't have any other dates lined up -- perhaps we'll get some new songs. It's been almost a year since they released Held in Splendor (one of my favorites of 2014). They're terrific live, the rest of the lineup is good, and the show is free, so that's a great option if you're looking for something to do. RSVP to skip the line.

Tonight (2/20) at BKNB it's JD Samson will be performing live tonight as part of a a new group with her MEN bandmate Tami Hart, plus Lorna Dune and Aaron Harris. Other upcoming Night Bazaar shows of note: Word Inferno Friendship Society on March 7; Ex Cops, HEAT and more on March 13; Craft Spells,The Bilinda Butchers, Heavenly Beat and more on March 14; Teen Suicide, Amanda X, Lvl Up, Crying, Flagland and Washer on March 27; and Pity Sex and more TBA on April 17. All upcoming Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are listed below....

Continue reading "Quilt, Ex Cops, World Inferno Friendship Society, Pity Sex & more upcoming Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Long Beard
Long Beard

Tonight, Quarterbacks celebrate their new album in NYC at Aviv (2/20) with fellow DIY bands Crying, LVL UP and Long Beard. Frequent readers of this site are probably familiar with the first three, but if you're going tonight we also recommend showing up early to catch Long Beard, aka Leslie Bear.

Leslie's a bare bones singer/songwriter from New Brunswick, who not long ago put out a split with Fraternal Twin, another regular of the local DIY scene. It's lo-fi to the point where you can hear the hiss behind her voice and guitar, not unlike early Mountain Goats recordings, and like that band there's a folky vibe to this too. But while The Mountain Goats' aesthetic can be heard here, the songwriting is more along the lines of of '90s/early '00s acoustic emo and Garden State-style indie. Listen below.


In sort of related news, a like-minded DIY show goes down tonight at Silent Barn with Epoch associate Florist, Philly twee folk trio Cyberbully Mom Club, indie punks Jawbreaker Reunion, noisemakers Fern Mayo, and the band we're about to highlight: Brooklyn's Vagabon.

They put out a 6-song EP on Miscreant Records last fall, Persian Garden, which reminds me most directly of the great, steadily rising Philly band Hop Along, but it also fits alongside the kind of indie folk you'll find on Jagjaguwar. The real standout is the opening song, "Cold Apartment Floors," has singer Laetitia Tamko going from delicate quiet parts to a huge climax with little more than her guitar and voice. They bring in violin on one song, and lap steep and banjo on another, and in general it feels like they have higher ambitions than the bands on these types of DIY shows tend to. Listen for yourself, below.

Vagabon have two other upcoming local shows: March 6 at Aviv with the great Slingshot Dakota, plus Bethlehem Steel and Lauren Early; and March 28 at Aviv with Idiot Son.

Flyers for both of tonight's shows, and Long Beard and Vagabon streams, below...

Continue reading "listen to Long Beard and Vagabon's EPs, see them at separate NYC shows tonight"

Alex G at Palisades last week (photo by Will Oliver)
Alex G

Indie rocker Alex G recently wrapped up a tour with Teen Suicide that hit NYC last week (2/5) at Palisades and Chicago in January, the latter of which we caught (pictures and review). Now he's scheduled several more tour dates running from later this month through early June. Those dates including a return to NYC on April 15 at Baby's All Right with LVL UP and Brandon Can't Dance. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (2/17) at noon.

After that, the band will open several dates on the Speedy Ortiz tour (but not their NYC show). All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Alex G played Palisades, announces many more tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Empire Records

You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.

There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.


In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:

Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).

On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.

Tickets include:
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...

Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!

Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.

Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.

Revisit some of those moments below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade NYC turning into Empire Records for film's 20th anniversary; real bands covering movie bands for Faux Real II"

by Andrew Sacher

Radiator King
Radiator King

Boston singer/songwriter Adam Silvestri, aka Radiator King (not to be confused with Radiator Hospital), makes the kind of folk with punk grit that Chuck Ragan does in his solo career or The Gaslight Anthem does on their more recent material. He's putting out his second album, Document Untold, on February 24, and we've got the premiere of its new single, "Hardwired." Listen below.

Radiator King will be in NYC tonight (2/5) at Sidewalk Cafe for a full-band show, and later this month he'll join his fellow Bostonians Pile on their tour, which hits NYC on February 25 at Palisades with Canada rock duo Solids and Pile's EIS labelmates Leapling. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

After their run with Radiator King, Pile basically plan to stay on the road for the foreseeable future. We previously mentioned a TBA Brooklyn show for April 28, which we now know happens at Baby's All Right with Yazan, Vulture Shit and Captain Wizard. Tickets for that one are on sale. Pile also play a Fordham show with Elvis Depressedly on Friday (2/6). All of their dates are listed below.

Pile album artwork

Pile's new album, You're Better Than This, comes out March 3 via Exploding In Sound, and so far the band have put out two songs from that. "Mr. Fish" starts off as a slower, more slack indie rocker before turning into something bigger, while "#2 Hit Single" is the Pile you know and love in full-on attack mode. Check out both below.

As for the other two bands on that Pile/Radiator King show at Palisades, Solids (who also play Cake Shop the following night) made a new video for "Off White" and Leapling are streaming their new album, Vacant Page in full (due 2/10 via EIS). Check those out below too.

In other Exploding In Sound news, Krill recently put out the seven-minute clanger "Tiger" off their upcoming album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, due 2/17 via DDW/EIS (listen below). They've also expanded their tour, and now have two upcoming NYC shows. In addition to Friday's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with Porches, Frankie Cosmos and Sheer Mag, Krill play an LP release show on March 14 at Silent Barn with local indie rockers LVL UP and avant-popsters Cloud Becomes Your Hand. All of their dates are listed below.

There's never a lack of local LVL UP shows. You can also catch them February 20 at Aviv with Quarterbacks, Crying and Long Beard; and February 28 at Shea Stadium with Liam Betson, Slight and Doubting Thomas Cruise Control.

Nor is there ever a lack of chances to catch Cloud Becomes Your Hand (maybe you caught them last weekend). To bring things just about full circle, they play Leapling's record release show on February 13 at Shea Stadium with Palm, Cantina and Felicia Douglass. Jerry Paper is DJing.

Lists of dates, videos and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Radiator King shares new song, playing shows w/ Pile, Solids and Leapling, who also have new stuff +++ new Krill too"

photo by Kenneth Bachor

NYC art-folk singer/songwriter Mitski just wrapped up a run with Joyce Manor (we caught JM's NYC show which Mitski wasn't on), and she was since announced as the opener for several dates on the upcoming Hundred Waters tour. That includes the NYC show happening March 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. Right after that tour, she'll play SXSW.

Mitski's currently working on the followup to 2014's Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Watch a video of her playing "Townie" from that album live (backed by half of LVL UP), with her list of tour dates, below...

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photo: The Vaselines at The Bell House in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

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

The Vaselines, Amanda X @ Bell House
Scottish indie rock royalty The Vaselines have now released two albums since returning from a long hiatus, most recently with 2013's V is for Vaselines. They're a lot of fun live, with the banter between Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly providing almost as much entertainment as their songs. On past tours, the band has included members of Belle & Sebastian, but this time folks from Sons & Daughters and 1990s help out. Philadelphia's Amanda X are worth showing up early.

Dr. Dog, Yellerkin @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the second to last night of Dr. Dog's 8-night NYC run, and this one's with NY's Yellerkin.

Stephen Brodsky, King Collider @ Sugarcube
Following a happy hour with comedy, interviews and more at Sugarcube (Fulton & Front Streets), a night of free music takes over headlined by Stephen Brodsky, longtime frontman of metal shapeshifters Cave In, more recently frontman of punk/metal rippers Mutoid Man, and also an excellent solo artist.

Mike Pace and The Child Actors (ex-Oxford Collapse), ARMS, Lame Drivers @ Union Hall
Onetime leader of Oxford Collapse, Mike Pace is still mining similar indie rock territory. Which is just fine with us. Tonight's the record release show for his new album.

Karma To Burn, Sierra, Shitkill @ Saint Vitus
Instrumental stoner rock vets Karma to Burn reunited back in 2009 and stayed active, most recently releasing their Arch Stanton album in 2014. Tonight they make their way to NYC in support of that.

LODRO, Pawns, Bambara, Young Runner @ Palisades
If your taste runs dark, tonight's a good bill of somewhat sinister indie rock, with LODRO's bluesy/sultry swagger, Pawns' melodramatic postpunk, and the sheer force of Bambara.

LVL UP, Two Inch Astronaut, Dumb Talk, Pupppy @ Shea Stadium
This is a good bill of DIY rock, most notably for '90s-style indie rockers LVL UP and Dischord-inspired post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut.

Sam Owens, Video Daughters, Meenk, Laser Background, Mr. Twin Sister (DJ Set) @ Silent Barn
This show is a release party for the new Gravesend Recordings compilation tape and some the acts featured on it are performing. The night's headlined by Celestial Shore's Sam Owens.

Sporting Life (of Ratking), Show Me The Body, Tippwerk, The Taxidermists @ Silent Barn
Ratking gain the descriptor of "alt-rap" partially thanks to Sporting Life's off-kilter production, and he'll be showing that off in solo form tonight. This is the venue's late show.

Dillon Francis, Bro Safari, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
EDM fans may want to know that Dillon Francis begins his 3-night run at Terminal 5 tonight, but even if you're not into EDM, chiptuners Anamanaguchi are worth catching.

Mantra Percussion, Wet Ink, Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective @ Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
It's the kickoff week for the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival that aims to blur the line between rock/pop and modern composers. This event -- featuring Mantra Percussion performing specially commissioned works by Wet Ink with choreography by Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective -- is a free show

Bill Frisell @ Lincoln Center
With help from violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston, and singer/violinist Petra Haden (That Dog), guitarist Bill Frisell is performing interpretations of classics from the big screen like "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Alfie," and "Moon River."

Unlocking The Truth, Cinema Cinema, Netherlands, Wormburner @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Enjoy a night of food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and free rock and roll, headlined by the very young metal trio Unlocking the Truth, at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight.

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

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Photo: Bully @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Nashville rockers Bully got some buzz (including from us) around the time they played CMJ, and that buzz turned into year-end accolades when they made Gorilla vs Bear's favorite songs of 2014 list and Vulture's 10 Female Punk Songs You Need to Hear in 2014 list. They also gave us their list of 2014 favorites, which you can read below. They'll be on tour again this month, including shows opening for Cloud Nothings, Hamilton Leithauser and Strand of Oaks. After those dates, they'll headline their own show in NYC on January 26 at Pianos. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can check that out, along with All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 EP, below...

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As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.

The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.

After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.

All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.

The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their list, with commentary, below.

The new songs and list of tour dates also below...

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by Zack Baker

California X
Photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vadislav Grach)

Amherst, MA's noisy sludge-punks California X will release their sophomore LP, Nights In The Dark, January 13 on Don Giovanni Records. You may have already heard the album's title track, and they've now shared a second song, "Hadley, MA," which you can stream below.

Before the album drops, the band will head out on tour, kicking off in NYC with a release show on January 2 at Shea Stadium with the similarly sludgy Ovlov, stellar post-hardcore shredders Big Ups and the homespun riffs of LVL UP. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

California X closes out their current string of dates with an appearance at night 2 of the Don Giovanni showcases which happens at Knitting Factory on February 7. You can pick up tickets for that show (and all three nights) now. The band also contributed to DG's list of 2014 favorites highlighting LVL UP's album Hoodwink'd as well as the Ovlov / Krill/ LVL UP/ Radiator Hospital split.

All of California X's upcoming dates are listed, along with the"Hadley, MA" stream, below...

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

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