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Screaming Females in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females

We at BrooklynVegan are excited to announce the opening of a gallery show called '480 Pixels - An Exhibition of BrooklynVegan's Music Photography,' which will feature work by BV photographers. The gallery opens at 92YTribeca on August 16 and runs through September 6, and is free to the public. For many of these photos, the gallery will be the first time that they have been publicly displayed at a size larger than 480 pixels, the standard width for photos on BV.

On the opening day, there will be a free opening reception at 6:30 PM and a BV-presented show on the 92YTribeca mainstage at 8 PM with Screaming Females, Hunters, and Heliotropes. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The list of BV photographers whose work will be on display at the exhibition is below. Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females will also be showing a few pieces of her artwork at the exhibition.

The show is one of many scheduled for Screaming Females, who come to Brooklyn this summer for Riot Fest Brooklyn which goes down at Williamsburg Park on September 8. They also play C.L.I.T. Fest in NJ this weekend. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan photo exhibit at 92Y Tribeca in August; Screaming Females, Hunters & Heliotropes play opening night"

120 db

BrooklynVegan is honored to often showcase work by some seriously talented photographers, and now you can get a detailed look at some of their work in a much bigger format.

120 dB will showcase the concert photography of long time female contributors like Leia Jospe, Amanda Hatfield, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Jessica Amaya, Samantha Marble, Diana Wong, Maryanne Ventrice (who curated the show), Gabi Porter, and more at Fort Useless starting on January 27th (36 Ditmars Street in Brooklyn).

"120dB. The level of sound intensity at every concert. The level of passion and perseverance echoed back by every one of these photographers. The sheer level of artistic energy and audience engagement that resonates loud and clear in their each and every shot."
The opening reception kicks off at 6PM and lasts until 10PM and is FREE/open to the public. Come out and celebrate the work of these talented individuals.

camera phone photos by Leia Jospe

"apparently there was a secret Yeah Yeah Yeahs show tonight in Brooklyn.
If you went, I hate you" - Matty Aye


Yeah Yeah Yeahs played about an hour, starting around 10:40pm, on Wednesday night at Monster Island to the select few who were able to land themselves a ticket. It was hot and sweaty (the fans didn't help) and people were going nuts. As advertised, the band stuck to mostly older and more obscure material (though they did play the-always-crowd-pleasing "Maps") in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a band playing shows in NYC.

Leia Jospe was one of those who got a ticket to the Todd P-presented show. She left her camera at home, but managed to get a few snaps on her phone. Those, along with a shot of the setlist sent in by special agent PP, below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Monster Island (pics & setlist) "

As seen on FADER, BV photographer Leia Jospe will be sharing a pop up store with Christian Joy (designer of Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs costumes), designer Caitlin McMullen and more in Greenpoint at Kill Devil Hill TODAY, Thursday, February 25th. More details below...

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Shoot To Thrill

We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.

The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:

You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop

All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.

The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.

The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.

Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:

Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).

Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.

Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.

A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "announcing the 1st-ever BrooklynVegan photo show ------ part of the Northside Festival - WIN 1 of 3 BADGES"

photos by Leia Jospe


"CD sales are down. Digital hasn't caught up. Record companies are consolidating. New bands are trying to find their own way.

Despite all the challenging news, thousands of industry professionals and eager music fans turned out for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. The festival, tailored to recording industry talent seekers and the talent they seek, officially ended Sunday.

While optimism ran high at the five-day whirlwind of panel discussions, trade shows, live concerts and private parties, much of the conversation throughout the event focused on the sobering reality of the music industry's uncertain future.

"Obviously we're going through a transition. All of the major record labels have gone through some sort of cost-cutting and consolidation over the last few years," said Rand Hoffman, head of business and legal affairs at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

"Right now CD sales are falling more rapidly than digital is going up," he told a group of SXSW festival-goers at a panel discussion on the future of the industry." [CNN]

Leia spent Thursday at the BV day party at Radio Room. On Friday, she ran around to three different Austin venues, seeing favorites like No Age, Titus Andronicus, HEALTH, and The Mae Shi. More of her pictures below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2009 - Day 3 in photos by Leia"

photos by Leia Jospe

Nickel Eye @ MHOW
Nickel Eye

LA's Low vs. Diamond are going on a co-headlining tour with Strokes basssit Nikolai Fraiture's band Nickel Eye, but not before each of them play their own respective NYC shows this week. For Nickel Eye it's an opening slot at the Raveonettes show happening this Friday at Webster Hall (1/16). For Low vs. Diamond it's a headlining show at The Bell House in Brooklyn, tonight, January 15, 2009, with The Subjects.

The Subjects' other upcoming shows include a bunch of opening spots for Tapes n Tapes in February. That includes the dates at both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Wild Light is playing both of those shows too.

Nickel Eye will release their debut album "The Time of the Assassins" on January 27, 2009 via Ryko. Their last NYC shows were during CMJ. They played one at Pianos, and another one with Late of the Pier at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from the latter, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nickel Eye & Low vs Diamond - 2009 Tour Dates, live pics "

photos by Leia Jospe

Clipse's Pusha T & Wale

Wednesday night, in downtown Manhattan, Mark Ronson's Allido Records and Hot 97 hosted a show featuring Colin Munroe, Wale, and Kid CuDi at the Highline Ballroom. Hot 97 on air-personalities Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg took on hosting duties, lightening up the tense air between the sardine can-packed concertgoers....

...GOOD Music's latest signee and Kanye's new wonderboy, Kid Cudi, hit the stage next. Fresh off the plane from Australia, Mr. Solo Dolo definitely had all eyes on him. After killing mixtape bangers like "Down and Out" and "Man on the Moon," CuDi had one more surprise in store for the thirsty fans, as hometown hero Jim Jones joined the emcee for a performance of breakthrough single "Day 'n' Night," whipping the crowd to a fever pitch.

As Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio entered the VIP room, Wale and his UCB band crept onstage. "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E." quickly re-energized the crowd, and Hov seemed thoroughly impressed as his goons deflected the attentions of male groupies. The lovely Chrisette Michele made her cameo as the DC heavy hitter rocked his Roots guest spot on the track "Rising Up". One half of the Clipse, Pusha T, also made an appearance for his verse on "Back in the Go-Go". The hipsters could barely contain themselves. In true Roc-A-Fella form, though, the night ended with Freeway and Young Chris storming the stage and making a convincing case for the dynasty to which they lay claim." [DJ Booth]

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Wale, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Chrisette Michele, Mark Ronson, Jim Jones & others @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - pics"

photos by Leia Jospe

Takka Takka

We've talked about tonight/Friday's show at the Bell House as one of many shows Loney Dear and Melpo Mene are/were playing in NYC, and we've talked about it as a birthday party. This time I'll call it a Takka Takka show (they are headlining), and it's one of two shows they have coming up. The other is January 10th at the BAM Cafe in Fort Greene. More picture from the BrooklynVegan show they played at Knitting Factory in October, and both of those dates again!, below...

Continue reading "Takka Takka - 2 NYC shows, 1 tonight ++ some CMJ pics"

photos by Leia Jospe

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi return to NYC this week to play two shows - one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Details, all dates, and more pics Leia took at the show they played at the BrooklynVegan party at Knitting Factory in October, below...

Continue reading "The Mae Shi - 2008 Tour Dates, 2 NYC shows, more KF pics"

photos by Leia Jospe, words By Black Bubblegum

MC Kool Kyle
MC Kool Kyle

Spank Rock was AWOL (once again), but the originoo headz were still in full force in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wild Style at Danbro Studios Warehouse in Brooklyn back on November 13th. Billed performers who did show up included Busy Bee, Double Trouble, Grandmaster Caz, Grand Wizard Theodore, and The Rub. Unannounced guests included Fantastic Romantic's Master Rob and Kevie Kev, and "starchild" MC Kool Kyle. The entire night was curated by Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn and Sleep When Dead NYC (his son Joe Ahearn).

"It's not just young people here. It's a really great turnout, all over the spectrum, not just one type of person, or race, or age here," [event promoter] Todd P said.

He was right. The audience included hip NYU Freshmen with skinny jeans and ankle boots, a young CUNY professor, a 44-year-old radio station volunteer from Seattle, all sorts of music professionals, video and graffiti artists, nostalgia-stricken fans from the original Bronx scene and everyone in between.

Rapper duo Fenton Arms and Raylight Hope, who call themselves "the future of hip-hop," felt honored to be in the same building with the guys who broke ground 25 years ago.

"It's like you go back in time and actually chill with Malcolm X," said Arms. "Without that movie rap might not have happened the way it happened." [Greenpoint Gazette]

More pictures below, and warning, the following scenes may contain male nippleage...

Continue reading "Wild Style (sans Spank Rock) @ Danbro Studios, NYC - pics"

photos by Leia Jospe


"We're not together anymore. Rock the Bells was our last tour and we won't make any more records. We're still friends, I'm going to be working on Phife's solo album. Everyone's chilling and the tour was great -- Nas, De La Soul, Redman, Ghostface, Raekwon -- it was great to see old friends. You know, to be out there doing our thing." - Q-Tip
Q-Tip and The Cool Kids are on tour. Tuesday night (12/2) that tour hit NYC's Highline Ballroom (instead of Nokia Theatre where they originally played it). More pictures and video from the show below...

Continue reading "Q-Tip & the Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - pics"

photos by Leia Jospe

Chester French

Chester French, The Knux and Charles Hamilton performed at the not extremely well attended Puma event at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (Dec 1, 2008). The Knux play NYC again tonight, Tuesday December 2nd, on the Highline Ballroom bill with Q-Tip and The Cool Kids. More pictures from last night below...

Continue reading "The Knux, Charles Hamilton & Chester French @ MHOW (Puma party), Brooklyn, NY - pics"

photos by Leia Jospe

The Muslims

WE HAVE CHANGED THE NAME OF OUR GROUP TO "THE SOFT PACK". Working on new material and firing on all four cylinders, we feel strongly about this one. It's a new chapter in our lives and hopefully yours. Stay tuned to The Soft Pack page (www.myspace.com/thesoftpack), as we will be posting new videos, music, and junk in the coming weeks. We are pumped. Have a great Thanksgiving and keep it loose. Your buddies, The Soft Pack. [The Muslims]
When they played the BV day party at Pianos on October 23rd, they were still The Muslums, so... Soft Pack tour dates, and more Muslims pics, below...

Continue reading "the Muslims are now the SOFT PACK - CMJ pics, tour dates"

photos by Leia Jospe


Despot is playing host at both of the Amazing Baby shows happening at Mercury Lounge this weekend. The Forms appear on the new Guilt by Association comp. Here's a set of pictures featuring the three bands that opened for Islands at Market Hotel earlier this month...

Continue reading "Despot, The Forms & Midnight Masses @ Market Hotel - pics"

photos by Chris La Putt, Zach Dilgard, Leia Jospe; words by Black Bubblegum

Marnie Stern tappin away (by Chris LaPutt)
Marnie Stern

Need to get away from the family this Thanksgiving? Marnie Stern and her fingertappin' toetappers will massage your ears at TWO NYC dates supporting Gang Gang Dance over the Thanksgiving holday weekend. The first is 11/28 with Zs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg (tickets here). The second is 11/29 at Santos Party House with the reunited 18th Dye (tickets here).

It was also just announced that Marnie will be appearing at the NY Cares benefit taking place at Knitting Factory on December 8th with David Cross, Nick Diamonds and others.

Marnie's latest band of merry comrades includes guitarist Mark Shippy of the recently defunct US Maple and ex-Parts & Labor-er Jim Sykes on the kit. Those two spots were previously held at times by Zach Hill (who recently played NYC) and Robby Moncrieff of The Advantage, as well as a friggin' iPod for a short while (the version of her band that sometimes didn't get the best reviews). The Shippy/Sykes incarnation of the Marnie Stern band will be on hand for the upcoming shows this week, and were there to back Marnie Stern on the main stage of the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Oct 25th at The Knitting Factory. That's where the pictures in this post originate.

Admittedly, I never caught Marnie during her Hill/Moncrieff days, but her performance at the BV Day Party left me thinking that Shippy/Sykes added the necessary (seitan) beefy backbone to complement her uniquely cutesy-virtuosic guitar licks... much like the dichotomy of Satomi and Saunier/Dieterich in Deerhoof. Don't get me wrong though, Marnie doesn't just provide the yin to her back-up band's yang... Girlfriend came to shred, and she definitely took care of bidness. Her new album is out now on Kill Rock Stars. Check out video from the show, as well as all Marnie Stern tour dates below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern - 2008 Tour Dates (Gang Gang Dance, NY Cares), Knitting Factory pics"

photos by Leia Jospe



Yeasayer and Ponytail shared an NYU bill on Saturday night (11/15). Now Yeasayer are on tour, and Ponytail have a show scheduled at the Bell House in Brooklyn for January 23rd. It's all ages and openers are TBA. More pictures from NYU below...

Continue reading "Ponytail - NYU & Yeasayer pics, a 2009 Bell House show"

photos by Leia Jospe

Best Fwends

Best Fwends are currently on tour with Matt & Kim who are going on tour with Cut Copy next year.. Another long lost photo set from CMJ below...

Continue reading "Best Fwends, Fiasco & Yip Yip @ KF, NYC (CMJ) - pics "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Leia Jospe

Crystal Antlers

Despite it being one of a zillion performances they scheduled that week, Crystal Antlers played to a packed room downstairs at Pianos during the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on Oct 23rd. Combining keys, additional percussion, tape echo, and white wayfarers to their tribal post-punk, Crystal Antlers pulled from their critically-acclaimed EP (out now, catch it at their myspace) and added lots of energy and volume. Fun band to watch, and quite the contrast to a-different-kind-but-still-very-fun Pwrfl POWER that was strummin away upstairs. Friendly Fires also played this show (and that's what motivated me to post this now). Check out more pics and tour dates (CA and Europe), below....

Continue reading "Crystal Antlers - 2008/09 Tour Dates, BV party pics "

photos by Leia Jospe

Friendly Fires

Thursday during CMJ (10/23) I headed over to the BrooklynVegan CMJ day party at Pianos to see Friendly Fires for a third time after seeing them at Bowery on Tuesday and popping round the corner to the Annex after Wednesday's show at Mercury. Friendly Fires were consistently awesome each time, but I think they played some different songs at Pianos making that set even more enjoyable. After they finished I hung out for a while and was able to catch Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains, who I thought were very good, despite not being an electronic/dance act. They basically rocked in a very straightforward and loud way (like lots of less than amazing bands do) but Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains were actually talented musicians, so it was good. - Showtrotta
Of all the bands who played the BV party that day, Friendly Fires definitely won "biggest draw". Based on that logic, I'd say they're sure to pack the Annex in NYC (again) on December 9th. Tickets are on sale. They also play Spaceland in LA two days earlier. More pictures from that Pianos show below...

Continue reading "Friendly Fires - Dec shows (NYC/LA) & Pianos pics (BV CMJ) "

Photos by Leia Jospe

No Age

Titus Andronicus

No Age, now on tour, headlined Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Monday night (11/10). Like they did one night earlier at Santos Party House, Titus Andronicus opened, except this time they were joined by special guest and fellow NJ resident Ted Leo for a cover of NJ band Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare". This is the same cover Titus played with NJ's Yo La Tengo during a NJ pride moment at Brooklyn venue McCarren Pool's final free show over the summer.

No Age's set got especially crazy towards the end as people started getting trampled and knocked over as other people were charging towards the stage. Soft Circle and Sisters opened the show.

Titus just announced a tour with Los Campesinos!. More pictures from Market Hotel, including one of No Age's setlist, below...

Continue reading "No Age, Titus Andronicus & TED LEO!? @ Market Hotel - pics"

photos by Leia Jospe


As advertised, Islands played a late show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/8) and another one the very next afternoon at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. More pictures from the NY show below...

Continue reading "Islands @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY - pics"

Photos by Leia Jospe

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller is opening both of the Conor Oberst shows at Terminal 5 in NYC this weekend. Ben's last NYC was Friday October 17th at Bowery Ballroom. A few more pictures from that show and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller - 2 shows this weekend, Bowery Ballroom pics"

words by Showtrotta, live photos by Gabi Porter, portraits by Leia Jospe

Late of the Pier (by Leia Jospe)
Late of the Pier

Soulwax (by Gabi Porter)

Aside from catching a lot of great new acts during this year's CMJ, the highlight for me had to be Insiders at the Fillmore last Friday (10/24).

Insiders was a "micro-festival" put together by Pete Tong and Live Nation whose goal was:

...to highlight and celebrate a cross pollination of genres, all somewhat considered left-of-center but each possessing the potential to gain mass appeal in the mainstream arena - Insiders is destined to provide a jam packed, quality festivalé of fun and music, redefining the future of electronic music
While I'm not sure if attaching a $55 price tag (though I felt it was easily worth that) to an eight act, one evening, bill was the ideal way of gaining "mass appeal in the mainstream arena", Insiders did provide a lot of fun for everyone present that evening, laying the ground work, and highlighting the future of electronic music. In a time when deejay sets are frequently delivered from behind laptops (which can still be art depending on who's doing it), Insiders brought many electro acts who do more than that to the forefront. Yes, the evening did have its share of deejays. Rob Da Bank, Luciano, James Lavalle, and Pete Tong all managed to get the crowd adequately moving during the time allotted, but anyone there will tell you the true excitement and electricity of the evening came when the live bands joined with electronics during the Whip, Late of the Pier, and Soulwax's performances.

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Continue reading "Soulwax, Late of the Pier, The Whip & others @ Irving Plaza (CMJ), NYC - pics "

Photos by Leia Jospe

Titus Andronicus

No Age and Titus Andronicus are playing a free show at Santos Party House in NYC on November 9th. To get in, you need to "buy" tickets HERE at which point "You will receive a confirmation email that your name (plus one) will be on the guest list", and "PLEASE NOTE: Admittance to the show is subject to capacity."

The Santos show is one day before No Age plays Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Titus Andronicus played Market Hotel on Saturday October 18th. That's where the pictures in this post are from. More of them below....

Continue reading "free No Age / Titus Andronicus NYC show, Market Hotel pics"