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Summer Camp at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Summer Camp

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

Cloud Nothings, Ryley Walker @ Bowery Ballroom
Following 2012's drastically career changing Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings have returned this year with a new album, Here and Nowhere Else, which like its predecessor pulls from punk, indie, post-hardcore and noise to unique and terrific results. Tonight their run with psych-folk guitarist Ryley Walker hits Bowery Ballroom for their second of two sold-out NYC shows this week.

Eli Whitney and The Sound Machine, Ma Jolie, The Weaks, Laura and Greg @ Cake Shop
Philly bands and Lame-O Records labelmates Ma Jolie and The Weaks bring their tour to Cake Shop tonight. The former's noodly post-hardcore is not far removed from Bear vs Shark (whose song "Ma Jolie" may have inspired their name), and the latter's punky power pop should appeal to early Weezer fans.

Outer Spaces, Air Waves, Christine Hoberg, Laughing Fingers @ Glasslands
Outer Spaces is the solo-project-turned-band of Cara Beth Satalino (ex-Witches), who makes an excellent blend of folk, indie rock, and punk. Her tour hits Glasslands tonight and locals Air Waves who open are worth catching too.

Flume, The Chainsmokers @ Highline Ballroom
This 'MTV Artists to Watch' show includes fast-rising Australian producer Flume. It's sold out, but Flume will be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on his summer tour.

Summer Camp, My Favourite Things @ Mercury Lounge
UK duo (and real-life married couple) Summer Camp are currently on a brief US tour in support of their 2013 self-titled LP which has a little more sparkle than the band's debut. For those who like the synthpop served with a smile.

LVL UP, Downies, Rivergazer, Elim Bolt, Gold Light @ Silent Barn
Local band LVL UP make crunchy indie rock, not dissimilar to '90s-era Built to Spill. They've been playing NYC a lot lately and tonight's another chance to catch them.

Kadavar, Sons of Huns @ Saint Vitus
Germany's Kadavar throw back to the early days of hard rock/metal (think Sabbath, Blue Cheer, etc), and though reviving that stuff is more and more common these days, Kadavar do it well. Tonight's the first of two NYC shows on their current North American tour.

Phil Lesh & Friends @ BAM
There's never a lack of chances to catch former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh (and friends) at NYC-area venue Capitol Theatre (where he has an ongoing residency), but tonight the band will bring their sets of mostly Dead tunes to actual NYC. This is their first of two shows at BAM (they play again tomorrow), and the lineup for these shows is Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's Monday night comedy show 'Night Train' continues tonight at Littlefield with guests Dan St. Germain, Dave Hill, Maeve Higgins, Lance Weiss, Chris Locke, and more.

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

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Protomartyr at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Protomartyr

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

Protomartyr, Spray Paint @ Death by Audio
Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's new album, Under Color of Official Right, is a real ripper that evokes more than cribs from the postpunk era. They were great at our SXSW day party and this is your first of two chances this weekend to see them with Austin's similarly spiky Spray Paint.

The Julie Ruin, Screaming Females, Shellshag @ Asbury Lanes
The Julie Ruin, the current project of riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna, and shredding punk trio Screaming Females make for an excellent double bill. Unfortunately, this tour doesn't hit NYC, but tonight it's nearby in NJ's Asbury Park.

PUP, Hunters, Big Ups @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's a triple bill of loud guitar rock at the Night Bazaar tonight with straight-ahead Toronto punks PUP, Brooklyn's entertaining Hunters, and their post-hardcore BK neighbors Big Ups.

LVL UP, Chumped, Casual, Adult Dude @ Suburbia
It's a good bill at Suburbia tonight with Built to Spill-esque indie rockers LVL UP, poppy punks Chumped, NJ punks Casual, and Dino Jr-y rockers Adult Dude.

Mirah @ Supper Studio
Mirah has a new album coming out, and from the singles she's released, it sounds like more of the great indie rock-leaning singer/songwriter material we've come to expect from her. Tonight's another NYC show before her tour starts, and it's a unique one that includes a 5 course meal. Sold out.

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Andy Statman Trio, Scott Metzger, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam @ The Bell House
Tonight at Thee Bell House, The Deli and Relix are teaming up to present their Psychedelix Americana show which is headlined by The Grateful Dead's old pals New Riders of the Purple Sage, who are still kicking.

AndrewAndrew, Neon Indian (DJ Set) @ BRIC House
The shows at BRIC House continue tonight with a dance party from AndrewAndrew and Neon Indian, who will be DJing for the show.

Little Racer, Honduras, The Teen Age, White Reaper @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. Tonight's a release party for their new EP, Modern Accent. Get there early to catch Louisville garage rockers White Reaper, whose debut EP is coming out on Polyvinyl.

Summer Camp, Clifflight @ Brooklyn Bowl
UK duo (and real-life married couple) Summer Camp got Pulp bassist Steve Mackey to producer their second album, Welcome to Condale, which has a little more sparkle than the band's debut. For those who like the synthpop served with a smile.

Jowe Head, Prince Rupert's Drops, Ne-Hi @ Cake Shop
As a member of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, Jowe Head earned his spot in the post-punk/indie hall of fame. He's got a new album, but he plays tracks from his old bands too. His backing band, Celestial Choir, features Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson and members of Mad Scene and Fly Ashtray.

Dax Riggs, Everest Cale @ Mercury Lounge
Dax Riggs will always be known in some circles for his work in the influential '90s sludge band Acid Bath, but he's gone on to an extremely impressive career since and his otherworldly voice has only improved with age. Solo acoustic shows are arguably the best showcase available for his talents -- he typically plays a mix of originals and transcendent covers of work by canonical singer/songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and John Prine.

Necking, The Hecks, Greg Fox, Beech Creeps @ Secret Project Robot
Necking celebrate the release of a new split 12" with a whole host of other noisy-minded artists, including Chicago's The Hecks and Guardian Alien drummer Greg Fox.

Emmylou Harris @ BAM
Forty years into her career, singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris remains a singular talent with an instantly recognizable voice. Any chance to see her should be taken.

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Inc. at PIanos in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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WBAR Barnard College Radio's Annual FREE WBAR-B-Q happens again this year on April 19 on Barnard's Lehman Lawn from noon to 8 PM. This year's will be headlined by Inc. (the day before their tour hits Knitting Factory), and also features Ka, LVL UP, Darlings, Jerry Paper, DJ Dog Dick, Yellow Eyes, Giant Claw, Amanda X and Arm Candy. It's all ages, totally free, and open to the public. More info at the Facebook event.

Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "WBAR-B-Q 2014 lineup (Inc., Ka, LVL UP, Amanda X & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Geronimo

Geronimo!, a regular in the Chicago indie rock scene, are set to release their new album, Cheap Trick, on May 13 via Exploding In Sound Records (Porches, Krill). They've just unveiled its first single, the shouty, noisy rocker "Mr. President," which you can stream below. That's the album artwork above.

The band will be going on a tour around its release, which brings them to NYC for shows on May 9 at Shea Stadium with Purling Hiss, Lost Boy?, Vulture Shit (who also play NYC tonight [3/21]), and bbigpigg; and May 10 at Death by Audio with Ovlov, Dead Wives and LVL UP. Those are both some pretty solid lineups. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Dead Wives, the project fronted by Speedy Ortiz drummer Mike Falcon, released their new cassette, Buzzy Fuzzy, this week (3/18) via ObscureMe Records. It features covers of Ween's "Don't Sweat It" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," plus six originals that should appeal to fans of Mike's other band. Stream the whole tape below. And if you haven't yet, check out pics of Speedy Ortiz at SXSW.

Continue reading "Geronimo! releasing an LP, touring, playing 2 NYC shows (one with Speedy Ortiz side project Dead Wives) (dates & streams)"

"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil

"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez

"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly

Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
Cali X

New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.

Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]

NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.

California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.

As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.

Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.

Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.

All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni showcases happened w/ Screaming Females, Priests, Vacation & more; Cali X add another NYC show"

by Andrew Sacher

Radiator Hospital at Glasslands earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Radiator Hospital

We just caught Radiator Hospital playing an excellent set in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (1/6), as part of their ongoing tour with Potty Mouth. After the run with Potty Mouth ends, singer Sam Cook-Parrott is going on a solo tour for a couple of weeks, and not long after that he'll return to NYC for a Double Double Whammy label showcase at Shea Stadium on February 12 with Generifus, Frankie Cosmos, Crying and Quarterbacks. It's not clear at the moment if RH will be playing solo or full-band at that show, but stay tuned for more info.

Double Double Whammy will also be releasing Radiator Hospital's Mall of America EP on cassette soon, and Forward Records is putting it out on 10" vinyl. Sam is also promising at least two releases for 2014, so we have that to look forward to too. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, you can stream the Mall of America EP below.

Crying will also play the same venue a few days earlier when they open the previously discussed You Blew It! / Prawn show at Shea on 2/8.

As for Frankie Cosmos, she just played Death by Audio last night (1/7), and ahead of that show we mentioned that she'll be releasing her first full band album, Zentropy, on Double Double Whammy. The album follows multiple solo releases on bandcamp, and its first single is "Owen," which first appeared as a rougher track called "I Love My Brother Owen" on her 2012 album, Thanks For Everything. The new version features harmony vocals with Porches frontman Aaron Maine, who also drums in Frankie's band. You can stream the new track below. Frankie also has another local show happening sooner on February 6 at Silent Barn with Big Ups (who have other dates), Ovlov (ditto) and LVL UP (ditto again).

All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital playing more shows, including one with Frankie Cosmos who's releasing an LP (dates & streams)"

Eternal Summers @ MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Phosphorescent, Heaven's Jail @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Phosphorescent wraps up a great year that's seen a pretty significant increase in critical and fan love for the band with the last show of his four-night, sold-out run at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Gorguts, Origin, Nero Di Marte @ Saint Vitus
Death metal vets Gorguts returned earlier this year with Colored Sands, their first post-reunion album and first in general since 2001, and it's very deservedly ended up on tons of metal AOTY lists. It's been a hell of a year for them, and tonight's your chance to catch them one last time before the year ends. Sold out, but if you didn't already get tickets, there's always next year with Carcass.

Lightspeed Champion @ Cameo
Before he was Blood Orange, Dev Hynes was more of a folk troubadour type as Lightspeed Champion. Tonight he's dusting off that persona for this free, early, solo show at Cameo. 6 PM and you do need to RSVP.

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Porches, Turnip King, Slonk Donkerson, Sunflower Bean @ Trans Pecos
Here is a great night to check out Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (aka the old Silent Barn space), with five melodic local indie rock bands.

Eternal Summers, Pre War @ Cake Shop
We are very excited to hear Eternal Summers' new album, The Drop Beneath, which is out March 4 via Kanine. They'll probably be playing more than a few of those new songs live tonight.

Oliver, Classixx @ Slake
While the West 30s club locale might not be the most ideal, if you have to be in a big club like this, you do have two appealing pop-friendly producers headlining.

Bobby Womack @ City Winery
R&B legend Bobby Womack, who released the terrific The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced in part by Damon Albarn) last year, is back in NYC for a three night stint at City Winery, this being night 2. Tickets are still available.

Tennis System, Slow Warm Death, Nuraxi, Dialogue @ Shea Stadium
If you like Wavves-style sludgy pop, you might want to check out tonight's headliners Tennis System whose new EP, Part Time Punks Sessions, is pretty good low-fi shoegaze. And if you like demonic garage punk, don't miss Slow Warm Death.

The Ocean Blue, Dead Leaf Echo, Dead Heart Bloom
Veteran modern rock band The Ocean Blue made a nice return this year with Ultramarine, their first album in 14 years, which found the band's signature breezy style still sounding good in 2013. They're closing out this year with a headlining Bowery Ballroom show with likeminded openers Dead Leaf Echo and Dead Heart Bloom.

The So So Glos, California X, Palehound, Darlings @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Pretty strong lineup all around with the punky So So Glos, sludgy Amherst rockers California X, singer/songwriter-meets-noise-rocker Palehound, and the indie pop of Darlings. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, the music is free, and there's shopping, food, and more fun too.

LVL UP, Julia Brown, High Pop, Alex G, Pill Friends @ Silent Barn
The Birdtapes label celebrates its 1-year anniversary with this show that has a good lineup of indie rock bands on the label and/or friends of the label.

Martin Rev, Child Abuse, Netherlands, Forma @ Bowery Electric
When he's not making noise with his veteran synthpunk duo Suicide, Martin Rev is a solo artist who has been pretty active again this year. All great (and equally noisy) openers too.

Cro-Mags, Meyhem Lauren, Danny Diablo & The NYHC Allstars, Block McCloud, Wisdom In Chains & more @ Santos
NYC crossover thrash vets Cro-Mags may have had some trouble in recent history, but they're still kicking and will grace their hometown with another show tonight. Their set is part of Diablo Fest which includes a ton of performers like local rapper Meyhem Lauren.

Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Beacon Theatre
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to Beacon Theatre for six holiday shows this weekend. Three of them are tonight, and the remaining two are tomorrow.

Brand New, The Front Bottoms @ Starland Ballroom
Brand New do the second half of their discography tonight (they did the first half in Long Island last night), and if you're one of the lucky ones with those hard-to-get tickets, don't miss showing up for The Front Bottoms.

Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
This should be a pretty fun show all around, with Dillon Francis, whose song "Without You" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was a pretty big hit in the dance world this year, plus fast-rising producer Cashmere Cat, and chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi. It's sold out and the same lineup does it again tomorrow (also sold out).

Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Ja Rule, Redman, Method Man @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
Ton of great names coming together for Hip Hop Reunion II tonight, including golden-era veterans Lil Kim, Mobb Deep, Method Man, Red Man, Warren G, and the slightly less veteran but still fun Fabolous. Also, Ja Rule

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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Saintseneca

As discussed, Saintseneca are heading out on a tour in 2014 that includes SXSW and a stop in NYC on January 18 at Baby's All Right with LVL UP, Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available. Earlier that day, Saintseneca will also do a free in-store at Rough Trade. Doors for that open at 1:30 PM, and the music starts at 2.

The band also recently made a video for "Visions" off their upcoming LP, Dark Arc (due out 4/1 via ANTI-), and you can watch that, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Saintseneca made a video, add Rough Trade in-store to tour"

photos by Chris La Putt

Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

Back during CMJ, Pity Sex played our BV party. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another batch of their set in this post.

Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.

LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.

As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.

Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.

More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex dates w/ Self Defense Family (& more BV-CMJ pics) ++ upcoming LVL UP, Porches, Diarrhea Planet, Crying shows"

Sirs

Upstate, NY punks Sirs released their self titled debut LP last year via Topshelf, which channeled the raw, fidgety post-hardcore of bands like Braid and Bear vs. Shark with the high-speed punk of something more along the lines of The Marked Men. Now they're set to follow that album with a new EP, also called Sirs, on November 19 via Double Double Whammy (the label run by Dave of Spook Houses and Mike of Sirs, who are both also in LVL UP, and who put out the cassette release of the new Porches album). The only physical release for the EP is a cassette release (limited to 100 copies), which you can preorder at the DDW webstore.

For the new EP, the band are leaning more towards the punk side of their sound, and its first single, "Impostor," is a borderline Wavves-style anthem that sounds like it's meant to shouted along to in garages and basements, but catchy enough for bigger rooms. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it, along with the EP artwork, below.

Sirs are planning to celebrate the new EP with some shows around its release, including one in Brooklyn on November 23 at Shea Stadium with a great lineup of Radical Dads, Shark? (whose -- speaking of Wavves -- super-catchy single California Girls you may have heard on the Wavves station of Grand Theft Auto V), and Porches. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, and Shea Stadium, as discussed, there's show at Shea tonight (10/10) with LVL UP, Kal Marks, Palehound, and the Porches-related Frankie Cosmos.

All Sirs dates are listed, along with the song stream and artwork, below...

Continue reading "Sirs releasing a new EP, playing shows, including Shea w/ Radical Dads, Shark? & Porches (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Kal Marks

Boston indie rockers Kal Marks will be releasing their first official full length album, Life Is Murder, next week (9/17) via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf, but they've now made the entire thing available to stream ahead of its release. Like we said, it's a great mix of '90s-style loud rock and weirder, Modest Mouse-y indie, and you can check it out (via Stereogum) below.

Kal Marks also have a ton of tour dates this year, including one in NYC on October 10 at Shea Stadium with a great lineup of LVL UP, Palehound, and Frankie Cosmos. The flyer for that show is below. Kal Marks also have two CMJ shows scheduled, including one at Cameo on 10/17 and the Exploding In Sound showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Bad History Month, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Palehound, Pile, Porches, Speedy Ortiz, and Two Inch Astronaut.

You can also catch Palehound and Frankie Cosmos together even sooner when they play Silent Barn on September 17, making for a great night of anti-folk-inspired indie.

All Kal Marks dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Kal Marks streaming LP, announce tour, playing NYC w/ LVL UP, Palehound & Frankie Cosmos before CMJ (dates)"

Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Diarrhea Planet

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

The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Grand Rapids, LVL UP @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos and Diarrhea Planet just joined forces for a Mercury Lounge show on Friday (8/30), but if you wanna see them at their rowdiest and sweatiest, Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium is no doubt the place to do it. Plus, two fine local bands open the night: Grand Rapids and LVL UP.

The Underachievers, Sangro, Kendra Morris, Leaf, Laya LaRoche, MillyZ @ Paper Box
After playing Made In America this afternoon (which is streaming live) they'll come back home for a late show at Brooklyn's Paper Box. It's their first hometown gig since the release of their new mixtape.

Hippy, Beach Arabs, Highway Gimps, The Indecent @ Silent Barn
Hippy are one of the better local bands currently playing a lot on the DIY scene, and tonight they're at Silent Barn.

Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, Soft Metals, Alex Calder @ The Well (Captured Tracks)
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring most of the bands on their roster. It's the second and final night, and a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.

Laurent Gardnier, Mike Simonetti, A.Arias, Mike Huckaby @ Output
Electric Zoo was cancelled, but the official afterparties are still on. Output is also hosting a day party on the roof at 3 PM to help make up for today's events.

Fred Frith, Annie Lewandowski and Theresa Wong
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith is on the final night of his residency at The Stone. Tonight he'll be performing two shows (8 PM and 10 PM) with Annie Lewandowski on piano and Theresa Wong on cello/vocals.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers wraps up his residency at the Blue Note tonight with two shows, 8 PM and 10:30 PM.

Good comedy options tonight include Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory and Chris Gethard @ The Creek and The Cave.

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.

Plus, check out our top 10 Labor Day weekend picks.

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Spook Houses / Fat History Month split 7" artwork
Spook Houses

Two bands with a knack for mixing Microphones-y folk with loud rock, Ridgewood, NJ's Spook Houses (who share members with LVL UP, and who played Shea Stadium last night (8/18)) and Boston's Fat History Month, are releasing a split 7" next week (8/27) via Double Double Whammy. There's two songs by both bands on the 7", and a stream of the entire thing makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Fat History Month, who also released an album and a split with My Dad this year, have some shows coming up, including one in the Bronx on August 31 at Teh Olive Garden (241st St & Bronx Blvd) with Florida=Death, Old Table, ACLU Benefit, and Eskimeaux; and they'll also be playing an Exploding In Sound CMJ show on October 19 at Silent Barn. All of their dates are listed below.

Spook Houses don't have any upcoming shows at the moment, but related band LVL UP is playing Brooklyn this Friday (8/23) at Union Pool with a great lineup of Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, and Flagland. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Flyer below.

You can also catch Two Inch Astronaut in NYC a day later at Cake Shop (8/24) with Gross Relations, Butter the Children, and Bent Shapes.

All FHM dates are listed, along with the 7" stream and Union Pool flyer, below...

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Ben Nichols of Lucero in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ben Nichols

Alt-country punks Lucero are doing their annual Lucero Family Picnic on August 10 at the Riverfest Ampitheatre in Little Rock, AR this year. At the picnic, they'll be performing their excellent 2002 album, Tennesee, in addition to "set of Lucero classics." The lineup also includes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Little Rock's John Moreland, and Guy Venable (father of Lucero's Brian Venable).

Tickets for Lucero Family Picnic 2013 are on sale now. There's also a VIP option, which includes a tailgate and BBQ with the band before doors open. Flyer for the picnic is below.

Lucero have other dates this year, including some festivals like Gainesville's The Fest, which they were recently added to, along with J. Robbins (of Jawbox), Tim Kasher (of Cursive, and who has a new album on the way), Pile and more.

Updated The Fest lineup and a list of all Lucero tour dates, which include Dallas' Index Festival, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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San Francisco trio Terry Malts' ridiculously catchy debut was one of my favorite albums of last year, a manic rush of buzzsaw guitars and giant hooks that was both kinda pop and kinda punk, but definitely not pop-punk. The band are set to release their sophomore effort, Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere, via Slumberland on September 10. You can stream the first single, "I Was Not There," below.

While a full North American tour hasn't been announced yet, they will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 19. LVL UP (who have many other shows) are also on the bill and tickets are on sale now. Seems likely they'll have another NYC date while here once the full tour in announced. Dates, as they stand, are listed -- along with the song stream, album art and tracklist -- below.

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LVL UP at Big Snow
LVL UP

NY/NJ indie rockers LVL UP are set to go on a tour this summer, which includes a handful of hometown-area shows in Brooklyn. The first of those happens on June 21 at Shea Stadium with Japanther and Weird Womb. And then, they've got two with Julia Brown (who we recently profiled): July 21 at Shea Stadium with Coma Cinema and Alex G, and August 8 at Big Snow (UPDATE: moved to Silent Barn) with Julia Brown, Twin Steps, Four More Years, and Charly Bliss and The Jean Jackets. All dates are listed below.

In advance of the tour, LVL UP filmed live in-studio videos at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge of their tracks "*_*" and "Graveyard." Check out those videos, along with their tour schedule, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

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LVL UP is an indie rock four-piece, who notably shares two members with Spook Houses, and one with Sirs. Their debut full length, Space Brothers, came out in early 2012 via Evil Weevil and they're set to follow that with the Extra Worlds 7", which is due out on April 6 via Double Double Whammy. You can stream the scrappy rocker, "Graveyard," which will appear on that 7", at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, we've also got the premiere of the video for "Nightshade" off of Space Brothers, a slow-burner that sees co-frontman Nick Corbo howling like Jeff Mangum over chords that sound better fit for a Built to Spill record. It's a solid cut and you can watch the video below.

Last Friday (2/8) during the snow storm, I wandered into a Purchase College apartment (which the members attend/attended) to catch LVL UP packing in some kid's living room, with about 90% of the crowd moshing and shouting the words. They'll be taking that raucous live show on the road this month for a few Northeast dates, including one in Brooklyn on February 23 at Shea Stadium with Krill, Porches, Butter the Children, and High Pop. A list of all dates, which includes shows with Waxahatchee, Eternal Summers, Joyce Manor, and others, is below.

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