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photo: Bjork @ Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Bjork @ Carnegie Hall
With her MoMA retrospective opening tomorrow, March is unofficially Bjork month in NYC. This is the first of her sold-out NYC Vulnicura shows, and we're excited to find out what she has in store for us. This one's a noon matinee.

Suicide, The Vacant Lots, Pharmakon @ Webster Hall
Alan Vega and Martin Rev have been making twisted, distorto-synth music since 1975 and their influence cannot be underestimated. They are still going strong and loud as ever.

Gang of Four, Public Access TV @ Irving Plaza
With guitarist Andy Gill being the sole original member remaining, it's more like Gang of One these days. Wild vocalist Jon King is kinda irreplaceable, but credit where credit's due: Gill's taut style is still being aped today all over the world.

Will Butler, TEEN @ Baby's All Right
His brother Win gets most of the spotlight, but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler is a talented singer and songwriter too, as can be heard on his first solo album which is out next week on Merge. Tonight's his second NYC show with TEEN.w. Sold out.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their fourth show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho. Doors at midnight for this one.

Courtship Ritual, The Makeout Club, The Veda Rays, Food Stamps, Dead Sexy Sheila @ Shea Stadium
With Monica Salazar's strong, charismatic vocals and Jerem Olstead's liquid bass and spare backing, duo Courtship Ritual's mossy vibe recalls Eno, Japan and early Love & Rockets but not really sounding like any of them. Their album on GODMODE is well worth checking out.

Mark Sultan (of King Khan and BBQ), Dirty Fences @ Union Pool
King Khan & BBQ Show are set to tour later this month, but you can catch one-man-band Mark Sultan (he's the BBQ) tonight with garage punks Dirty Fences.

Johnny Aries, Crazy and The Brains, Fat Heaven @ Alphaville
One of three Burger Revolution shows happening in NYC tonight, this one The Drums' Johnny Aries, xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains, and Fat Heaven.

Honduras, The Yin Yangs, Secret Crush, granny, Mark Perro and Holly Overton @ Aviv
This is also a Burger Revolution show, headlined by Britrock-inspired Honduras.

Wilful Boys, Yes I'm Leaving, Consolidated Plastics @ Cake Shop
Sydney trio Yes I'm Leaving make tightly coiled, lo-fi punk, with flinty bass and overdriven guitars that occasionally go "shriiinng!" If you dig Big Black, AmRep and Toronto's METZ, you should give these Aussies a go.

Cobalt Cranes, Savants, Spirit Plate, Winstons, Surfbort, Blessed State, High Waisted, Drone Ranger, Worn Leather @ Baby's All Right (Wake & Bake Fest)
It's Baby's First Annual Wake and Bake Festival with a good lineup of local-ish bands. It's also the first NYC show of the day for Northampton's Blessed State.

Blessed State, Worn Leather, Summer Saints, Long Drag @ The Flat
The second NYC show of the day for Blessed State is this one. They make melodic post-hardcore somewhere between Braid and early Husker Du. It's good stuff.

Tournament, Greasy Hearts, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Acheron
Brooklyn punks Tournament have a new LP on the way and the snotty lead single is pretty promising. Catch them tonight with rock and rollers Greasy Hearts and Don Giovanni's Nuclear Santa Claust.

World/Inferno Friendship Society, Runny, Joey Steel and the Attitude Adjusters, Penguin @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's live entertainment is the punk, klezmer, cabaret extravaganza known as World/Inferno Friendship Society.

Ski Lodge, Life Size Maps, Mirror Kisses, Soft Spot, Love Spread @ Nola Darling
Slackgaze is putting on this show that features a slew of Brit-indie leaning bands at the Chelsea spot.

Craig Ferguson @ Town Hall
Now that he's free from hosting a late night talk show, Craig Ferguson has time to get back into standup (well, till he starts filming his new comedy for ABC) and does two shows at Town Hall tonight.

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by Bill Pearis


Radical Dads are back with their third album, Universal Coolers, which will be out February 24 via Old Flame. The trio make no bones about their love of '90s indie rock so it's extremely fitting that the cover art for the new album was done by prolific Greenpoint artist Steve Keene, who did the same for Pavement's Wowee Zowee and Apples in Stereo's Fun Trick Noisemaker and others. You can check out the artwork below. You can also stream two songs from the album, "Don't Go" and "In the Water," below.

The band will play a record release show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on February 27 with Life Size Maps, Dead Stars, Doe, and Left & Right. No other tour dates have been announced.

Continue reading "Radical Dads releasing 'Universal Coolers' in February (listen to two songs), celebrating with Brooklyn show"

Neneh Cherry

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Neneh Cherry, Sinkane, Kaki King @ Highline Ballroom
Nearly 30 years after "Buffalo Stance" (and with a new, Four Tet-produced LP under her belt), Neneh Cherry plays her first-ever NYC show tonight with solid support.

Future Islands, Operators, Wing Dam @ Terminal 5
Perhaps the biggest success story of 2014, Baltimore's Future Islands start their 2015 with their two biggest NYC shows to date. (This is #2.) If you're heading to T5 tonight, don't miss Operators, the new band from Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs).

High on Fire, Windhand, Mountain of Wizard @ Saint Vitus (2 shows)
It's an excellent double bill at these two Vitus shows with sludgy stoners High on Fire and the highly melodic trad-doomers Windhand. Both are sold out.

!!! , Cheap Shots @ Union Pool
Punk-funk stalwarts !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are getting ready to head into the studio to record their new album. To make sure they're well prepared, they'll be playing their new material (and a few old favorites) this week at four consecutive nights at Union Pool. Tonight's the third.

YG, Nipsey Hussle @ Best Buy Theater
YG had a great 2014 with the release of his official debut album, the mostly DJ Mustard-produced My Krazy Life. His tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to happen in the fall but it got rescheduled and finally hits NYC tonight.

Hailu Mergia, Low Mentality, Alsarah and The Nubatones , The Happy Show (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Ethiopian funk musician Hailu Mergia's 1985 album was an overlooked gem, but thanks to its 2013 reissue it's been getting the attention it deserves. Hailu now plays NYC relatively frequently, and tonight's his first of two shows here this weekend.

Rangda, Samara Lubelski/Marcia Bassett duo @ Baby's All Right
Rangda, the trio of Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, Sun City Girls' Richard Bishop, and Bjork/Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore/etc collaborator Chris Corsano, haven't played in a while but tonight they kick off a 2-night run of the Northeast. They say a new album's on the way, so maybe we'll hear new songs tonight. Samara Lubelski, who was in Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving, opens with a duo set with Zaimph's Marcia Bassett.

Tijuana Panthers, The Garden, Surfbort, Dances @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Southern California trio Tijuana Panthers keep things on the party side of the garage with some of it spilling into the beach.

Dr. Dog, Twain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Dr. Dog are putting a live album out next week, and they're also about to kick off a run of eight NYC shows, with different openers. Tonight's the first show, with Twain opening.

Roman a Clef, Wins, Klaus @ Mercury Lounge
Do you wish Prefab Sprout were still a touring entity? Well you might want to check out Roman a Clef, which features members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Ice Choir who seem to be channelling serious Paddy McAloon vibes. Pretty Swoon-worthy stuff, indeed.

Jason Molina tribute @ Troost
Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co) sadly passed away in 2013, and in his honor a tribute album was released this week. Tonight's the release party for that album which includes some of the musicians he played with in Songs: Ohia, Thalia Zedek, a Sparklehorse backing musician and more.

Dead Stars, Life Size Maps, Slonk Donkerson, Adult Dude @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's "Locals Only!" night at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with some of the borough's best indie rock bands on stage at this grownup playground of microbrews, fancy food truck eats, shopping, minigolf, pingpong and other activities. Free entry.

Slick Rick, Amy Lynn & The Gun Show @ Brooklyn Bowl
1988's Best Rapper Alive Slick Rick turns 50 next week and tonight the legendary MC celebrates his birthday at Brooklyn Bowl.

Peanut Butter Wolf, Breakbeat Lou @ Brooklyn Bowl
After Slick Rick, stick around for DJ and Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf brings the late night dance party.

Reggie Watts @ Blue Note
This is Reggie's first solo show since being named bandleader of Stephen Colbert's takeover of CBS' The Late Show. Reggie's blend of improv, comedy, beatboxing and loop-pedal mastery is usually worth catching.

Alex Calder, Laced, Donovan Blanc @ Cameo Gallery
Tonight's the record release party for Alex Calder's debut album, Strange Dreams. He plays with fellow Captured Tracks artist Donovan Blanc, and Laced which is Dustin from Beach Fossils' new band.

Crying, Painted Zeros, Glueboy, The Empty Gestures @ Silent Barn
Crying bring gameboy-fueled chiptune together with sugar-high pop punk, and they've got a not-so-secret weapon as their drummer.

Terror Pigeon, Stranger Cat, Blood Moon @ Silent Barn
After the Crying show, Silent Barn hosts another good lineup, this time from party-bringers Terror Pigeon and Cat Martino's electronic-tinged project, Stranger Cat.

Mother Falcon @ Littlefield
Many membered chamber pop collective Mother Falcon are playing NYC as part of the APAP conference tomorrow, but tonight they squeeze in another show here at Littlefield.

Vasudeva, Pinegrove, The Most, Nine of Swords, Co-Pilots @ Palisades
Some cool bands on this show, including mathy/dancey instrumental rockers Vasudeva, indie rockers Pinegrove, and screamo-y punks Nine of Swords.

Earl Boykins, Thick, Diet Cig, PWR BTTM @ Legion
Diet Cig hail from New Paltz and have an album coming on Father/Daughter produced by Christopher Daly (Porches, Quarterbacks), and if you're into the DIY pop that label is known for, you might dig Diet Cig too.

Nomadic Massive, Nation Beat's Carnival Caravan, Boogat, Aurelio, Rocky Dawuni, Daby Toure, Elizabeth Shepherd, Odessa/Havana @ DROM
There's a lot of artists on this world music APAP showcase at Drom, but one that's especially of note is Honduran musician Aurelio, who put out his well-received third album last year.

Patton Oswalt @ Carnegie Hall
With a new book out about his movie-obsessed years in '90s Los Angeles, Patton's been a busy guy this week in NYC, but this is his big, stand-up-centric centerpiece of his visit.

Winter Jazzfest
The 2015 edition of this yearly festival gets into full swing tonight with concerts at 10 different NYC venues.

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Erasure in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Erasure, All Hail The Silence @ Terminal 5
With a bucketload of synthpop hits, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell hit NYC for two NYC NYE shows, tonight being the first. Expect extra glitz and glamour in the duo's already over-the-top stage show.

Patti Smith @ Webster Hall
Punk legend Patti Smith put out a handful of classics of the late '70s NYC scene, and her live shows and newest music (2012's Banga) are still awesome today. Tonight she continues her tradition of year-end shows in her hometown with her second of two Webster Hall shows.

The Hold Steady, The So So Glos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Like their fellow bar rock pals Deer Tick, The Hold Steady are ringing in the new year with a multi-night run in NYC this year. They bring the party to MHOW tonight for their first of two shows there, both of which are with local punks The So So Glos.

Deer Tick, The Weeks @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick are bringing the rock and the very drunk nights to Brooklyn Bowl for 6 nights in a row this holiday season leading up to New Year's Eve. This is night 5 and it will feature them performing Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True in its entirety, plus a set of originals. Southern rockers The Weeks open.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Keepaway, Mon Khmer, Air Waves @ Glasslands
It's the second to last night you'll ever see a show at Glasslands, and for this one they got local indie rock greats Cymbals Eat Guitars, who took a huge step forward on this year's LOSE (one of our favorite albums of 2014).

Prince Rupert's Drops, Savants, Moonwalks, GODS @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn's Prince Rupert's Drops make the kind of mushroom tea psychedelia that pulls from faery folk, late-'60s garage and early-'70s hippy-isms. The band's new album, Climbing Light, was released last month.

Plow United, Mikey Erg, Chumped, Up For Nothing, Hatrabbits @ The Acheron
Melodic '90s punks Plow United have been back for a few years now, and they'll cap off 2014 with this show that includes fellow vet Mikey Erg (of like, 90 bands), one of NYC's best newcomers for this kind of stuff, Chumped, and more.

Sunflower Bean, Life Size Maps, Bluffing, Haybaby @ Baby's All Right
Baby's All Right put together this lineup of some of their favorite "come-ups" from 2014. This New Year's Eve Eve show is free.

The Detroit Cobras, Dough Rollers, Twin Guns @ The Bowery Electric
The Motor City garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras are on the East Coast for some shows around New Year's, this being the first.

Chromeo (DJ Set), Nick Catchdubs @ Output
Get your pre-NYE party on with Montreal/NYC duo Chromeo and Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs.

Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show 'Sandra Bernhard is #blessed' which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque." Two shows tonight, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

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Real Estate at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Real Estate

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

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their second of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang @ Terminal 5
Metal vets Opeth continued their trek into straight up progressive rock on this year's Pale Communion. Tonight they play the big Terminal 5 with Swedish DMers In Flames and Portland riffers Red Fang.

Walter Martin, Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
Having released holiday single "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)," together Walter Martin (of Walkmen) and Kat Edmonson will now celebrate the season with a festive show.

Real Estate, Shorts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Real Estate cap off a very busy year with this free show presented by Converse Rubber Tracks. All free tickets have been claimed already, natch.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwrigh @ Town Hall
Rufus & Martha Wainwright are celebrating the holiday shows with two shows at Town Hall this week, this being the second. The lineup is loaded with diverse and impressive names including much of the Wainwright family, country singer Emmylou Harris, NYC indie vets Cibo Matto, and the long-active all-around great performer Justin Vivian Bond.

Ice Choir, Maxo, DV-i @ Cameo Gallery
With his current project Ice Choir, Kurt Feldman (TPOBPAH, Depreciation Guild) uncannily recreates '80s new romantic synthpop. Tonight's a release show celebrating their new "Pure Holiday" single.

Maxo, Life Size Maps, Limited, Visuals @ Baby's All Right
Fans of Ice Choir might be a little torn tonight, as Limited (aka Alex Craig of Big Troubles and Ducktails) is working in the same millieu, and tonight's show also features Maxo who is also playing tonight's show at Cameo.

Delicate Steve, Celestial Shore, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Glasslands
Glasslands has less than two weeks left, and tonight you can check out an excellent lineup of indie rock bands that all exude instrumental technique. Go while you can.

The Black Madonna, Jacques Renault @ Glasslands
The string of final Glasslands shows continues late tonight after the Delicate Steve show with Jacques Renault's 'Let's Play House' party, which has called the Williamsburg venue home many times.

Mitski, Bellows, Small Wonder, 100 Watt Horse @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Mitski's latest album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, has made her one of the local Brooklyn scene's more exciting new artists, and it's gotten a bit of year-end acclaim. Tonight she plays with two bands in the talented Epoch collective, Bellows and Small Wonder, as well as 100 Watt Horse.

Nels Cline Ring Nebula Project, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cactus Truck, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Trans-Pecos
Two impressive avant-guitarists, Nels Cline and Ava Mendoza, lead bands for tonight's show. Also on the bill is Cactus Truck (from the Netherlands) and one of NYC's better experimental pop bands, Cloud Becomes Your Hand.

Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Against The Grain @ Gramercy Theatre
Nashville Pussy and Valient Thorr bring a double dose of southern heavy metal and partying to Gramercy Theatre tonight. Beers shall be flung.

Har Mar Superstar, Jim Jones, Michael Cummings (of Skaters) @ Bowery Electric
This is the holiday edition of party 'Sally Can't Dance' featuring a host of cool guest appearances, including Har Mar and Jim Jones, plus DJs Jesse Malin and Alix Brown.

Talibam!, Matt Nelson, Brian Chase, robbie l, Adam Starbucks @ Manhattan Inn
Longrunning Brooklyn duo Talibam! headline this night of experimental/drone/noise that also features Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase. Free, though donations are suggested.

Krill, Palberta, Big Neck Police, Show Me The Body, Big Neck Police @ Shea Stadium
Krill's third album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is coming out on February 17 via Exploding In Sound / Double Double Whammy, and its new single "Torturer" is another good example of their Spencer Krug meets Western Mass-style rock. You can stream it below.

Pilot to Gunner, Bound and Buried, The Judas Knife, Our Skies Are Noise @ The Acheron
Early 2000s-era post-hardcore band Pilot to Gunner were inactive for a while, but lately they've been anything but. Here's another chance to catch them in their hometown.

John Hodgman @ Grand Masonic Lodge
John Hodgman hosts his monthly Secret Society Meeting, this time given a subtitle, "Public Holiday Spectacle." Note though previous Secret Society meetings have been at Union Hall, this is at the Grand Masonic Lodge in the Flatiron District.

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Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (Soulside, Opeth, Walter Martin, Real Estate, Rufus Wainwright, Ice Choir, Krill & more)"

Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)

Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:

TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).

The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).

Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).

Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).

Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).

There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.

Dave Harrington holiday party info below...

Continue reading "Peter Silberman, Widowspeak, BDOD, Beach Fossils, Suckers, DOM, Beverly, TEEN, more playing final Glasslands shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Woozy (photo by Benjamin Garrett Davis)

New Orleans' Woozy are releasing a four-way split with Ex-Breathers, Ovlov and Gnarwhal on November 4 via Community Records (pre-order). Woozy contribute two songs, "The Other Half Lives" and "Magma Stoddard," the latter of which premieres in this post. The track combines the math rock noodling of Minus the Bear or Maps & Atlases with the fuzz pop of early Wavves or PAWS, and it's a good mix. You can check that one out below.

Woozy are kicking off a tour in Tallahassee this Thursday (9/18) and hitting NYC on October 3 at Palisades with The Great Void, Life Size Maps and Bluffing. No advance tickets at the moment, $5 admission. All dates are listed below.

Woozy member John St Cyr's other band Native America also have new music on the way. Their new album, Grown Up Wrong, will be out on November 18 via Inflated Records. Its single "Like A Dream," is a cool take on mid '60s rock, sounding something like if "Rain"-era Beatles covered "Needles and Pins." You can hear that one below too. Native America have a TBA tour, but we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ, so stay tuned for more details on that.

List of Woozy dates and both song streams, below...

Continue reading "Woozy on a split w/ Ex-Breathers, Ovlov, Gnarwhal, touring; Native America releasing an LP, playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

Gorilla Biscuits at Black & Blue Bowl in 2011 (more by Jeff "STRESS" Davis)
Gorilla Biscuits
Gorilla Biscuits

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

Xenia Rubinos, Shilpa Ray, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Northern Arms @ Baby's All Right
While Xenia Rubinos and Shilpa Ray -- both exciting performers -- are reason enough to go to this show, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have been added to the bill as a warm-up for their European tour.

TV Ghost @ Baby's All Right
Stick around after the JSBX/Xenia show for a free midnight performance from Indiana's TV Ghost. They're sorta in the Nick Cave dark postpunk vein.

Tunic, Yonatan Gat, Bueno, Conduct @ Death by Audio
Winnipeg, Manitoba's punky Tunic headline this show that also features onetime Monotonix frontman Yonatan Gat.

Justin Timberlake @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Justin Timberlake may be one of our biggest pop stars, but his last album had more in common with the indie pop/R&B crossover than most of what he's played next to on the radio. Normally JT is playing arenas and stadiums, but tonight he's at the much smaller Hammerstein ballroom.

Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, Turnstile @ House of Vans
It's a killer punk double bill at House of Vans tonight with NYC hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits (whose Walter Schreifels was recently busy with his other veteran band, Quicksand) and NJ melodic punk vets The Bouncing Souls. RSVP is full, and even if you RSVPed entry is first come, first served.

DIIV, LODRO, Regal Degal @ MHOW
DIIV are working out new material on the road, so expect a lot of new material tonight.

Yung Lean @ Palisades
Teenage Swedish rapper Yung Lean is currently in the US. This is his third (and smallest by far) NYC show of the week.

Wild Beasts, Mutual Benefit @ Pier 84, Hudson River Park
The first of three River Rocks shows has sultry UK band Wild Beasts as headliners, with Brooklyn's Mutual benefit as well. If you get there early, you may see BV's Bill Pearis DJing before the bands. Free, doors at 6 PM>

Bambara, Life Size Maps, Baby Acid, Turnip King, Haybaby @ Shea Stadium
A top-to-bottom solid lineup of Brooklyn bands, headlined by the excedingly loud Bambara. Seriously, the whole bill is good.

Hot Chip (DJ Set), KLANGKARUSSELL (DJ Set), Alex English, Headband & Hooligan @ Verboten
Ahead of his solo show at Rough Trade next week, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor will spin tunes tonight.

Aerosmith, Slash @ Jones Beach
If you dream of the good ol' days of hard rock, there may be nowhere better to be than Jones Beach tonight.

Jacuzzi, Nadus, Obey City, Budo Kiba Collective, Subset @ Output
Jacuzzi comes all the way from Honolulu to headline this 5-artist bill for Output's weekly INPUT party tonight.

Computer Magic @ MoMA
MoMA Nights series continues this week with the charming electronic pop of Brooklyn's Computer Magic. Free with museum entry.

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Jock Club, Bookworms, Soren, Encapsulate @ Bossa Nova Civic Club
This free show is part of Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend in NYC. It includes Destruction Unit drummer Andrew Flores' electronic project Jock Club, L.I.E.S. producer Bookworms, Soren of Rosenkopf, and Encapsulate.

Honduras, Life Size Maps, Happy Lives, Chimes, Water @ Palisades
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance. Tonight they headline a solid bill of local bands.

Grateful Dead 'Sunshine Daydream' film screening @ City Winery
Beloved jam pioneers the Grateful Dead have a new documentary, Sunshine Daydream, which was shot at their August 27, 1972 concert at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds in Veneta, Oregon. Head to City Winery tonight for a screening. RSVP here.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

Also check out our guide to Fourth of July Weekend events in NYC.

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Grand Resort @ Sound Bites Series 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Grand Resort

Mentioned briefly before, The Slackgaze zine is throwing a three-day festival in Bushwick this weekend (June 20 - 22) at 94 Evergreen Ave dubbed "Slackfest" with 50 or so bands, mostly local, playing. It kicks off today (6/20) at 3 PM, with such bands as Honduras, Sharkmuffin, Gingerlys, Life Size Maps, ONWE and loads more, and bands playing Saturday (6/21) and Sunday (6/22) include Turnip King, Grand Resort, Hippy, Haybaby, Arm Candy and more. One band you would think that would be playing Slackfest but isn't: Total Slacker.

The fest goes 3 PM - 2 AM daily, and is all ages. Tickets are $10 each day or you can buy a $20 pass that gets you into the whole thing. Full lineup and flyer below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Half Waif - Ceremonial (MP3)

Half Waif

Brooklyn's Half Waif (the project of Nandi Rose Plunkett) has been playing a good deal of local shows lately, and she's now ready to put out her IndieGoGo-funded debut album, KOTEKAN, in July. The record's newest single, "Ceremonial," is the kind of big, arty synth pop that fans of stuff like Austra, Sylvan Esso or Polica should dig into. That track premieres in this post and can be downloaded above or streamed below.

Half Waif has two shows coming up this weekend, including 98A Van Dkye St on Saturday (6/14) in Red Hook and The Deli's Northside show on Sunday (6/15) at Silent Barn with Shark?, Celestial Shore, Life Size Maps, Stragazy, Daytona and more. Full lineup and schedule for that show, below. For this weekend's shows she'll be joined on trumpet by Zubin Hensler who recently performed with Sylvan Esso.

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The Notwist at Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Notwist

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

The Notwist, Jel (from Themselves/13 & God) @ Webster Hall
German band The Notwist released Closer to the Glass, their first album in five years, back in February which found them still melting glitchy electronics and krauty indie rock together with skill.

Turnip King, Kissing Is A Crime, Idiot Son, Bronko Lelich @ Baby's All Right
Baby's All Right hosts free shows on Mondays, and tonight's line-up is solid as an indie rock, with Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnip King headlining. While we're on the subject of Baby's All Right, their delicious/deady Pink Baby frozen cocktails are only a buck during happy hour (5 - 8 PM) every day during June.

Rich Homie Quan, Jon Connor, Ty Dolla $ign, Troy Ave, Lil Bibby, August Alsina, Jarren Benton, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates @ Best Buy Theater
It's the XXL 2014 Freshman Class' NYC showcase tonight with some great upcoming names including Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates and more.

Robot Death Kites, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Hex Net, Adult Dude @ Death by Audio
Masked and screaming, Robot Death Kites are a Yuppie Death Nightmare on their new casette, which you can stream below. Adult Dude make good Dinosaur Jr/Superchunk style rock and are worth catching too.

Peter Murphy, Ringo Deathstarr @ Irving Plaza
Peter Murphy just released his new album, Lion, which was produced by Youth of Killing Joke and, as the title might imply, is a little wilder than we've heard the former Bauhaus singer be in a while. Lion definitely roars. Tonight's show is opened by superior shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr who roar, too.

This Converse Rubber Tracks Live show is free as long as you RSVPed (but entry is still first come, first served) and is headlined by upcoming West Coast rapper IAMSU.

Life Size Maps, The Veda Rays, Council, How Sad, Aly Tadros @ Pianos
This show is part of the New Music Seminar (not that you noticed), featuring a nice array of local talent, including underappreciated synth-rock band Life Size Maps.

The Orwells @ Rough Trade
Chicago's The Orwells just released their second album, Disgraceland, and are celebrating that tonight. To get into the show you need to have bought the album at Rough Trade before the show. There's a TBA afterparty too.

Ed Askew, Abhay Singh @ Manhattan Inn (FREE)
Ed Askew is nothing short of a legend in folk music. His '60s material lives up today and lucky for us he is currently a very active musician. Any chance to see him is one worth taking.

Trickstar, Rivergazer, Benjamin Shepherd, Issac Gillespie & Ian Davis Duo @ Palisades
Rivergazer is the project of Kevin Farrant, who you may know as the guitarist in Porches, though this is a little poppier than that band. Show's at Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn) and admission is $5 at the door. Stream a track below.

John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Erudite author, actor, Daily Show correspondent, comedian and general bon vivant John Hodgman hosts another of his Secret Society shows at Union Hall. Advance tickets are sold out, but there may be a few at the door if you get there early.

The Kondabolu Brothers, Todd Barry, Adam Cayton-Holland, John Early, Allison Leiby, Ramon Rivas II @ Littlefield
The Kondabolu Brothers guest host Night Train tonight (Wyatt Cenac is elsewhere this week), with a strong lineup of funny guests.

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The War On Drugs at Cameo in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
War On Drugs

Mark Mulcahy @ Calvin Theatre, 1/13/2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

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

The War On Drugs, Doug Keith, Sore Eros @ Bowery Ballroom
The War on Drugs sound better than ever on their new album, Lost in the Dream, which takes the sound they honed on 2011's Slave Ambient and expands on it. Tonight they begin their sold-out 3-night run in NYC. Openers include Sharon Van Etten collaborator Doug Keith and Kurt Vile collaborator Sore Eros.

Marissa Nadler, Mt. Royal, Ballet School, Pins, Simon Raymonde DJ set @ Baby's All Right
UK label Bella Union just launched an American arm, and tonight celebrate with a full line-up of their bands, many of whom are over from the UK (and just played SXSW). Label head (and former Cocteau Twins bassist) Simon Raymonde will DJ throughout the night too.

Rey Pila, The Midnight Hollow, Rumors @ Glasslands
Mexico City's Rey Pila are signed to Julian Casablancas'  Cult Records which should give you a hint about the kind of rocky pop they play. Having just played SXSW, the band are spending some time at their label's home, and playing this show tonight while here.

Shark?, Life Size Maps, Mean Creek, Toons, Gross Relations @ Pianos
It's the third night of LIfe Size Maps' Pianos residency, and this one's presented by Old Flame Records whose catchy gargage rock band Shark? headlines the night.

Mark Mulcahy @ Lincoln Center
In 2013, the former Miracle Legion and Polaris singer released his first solo album in eight years and it was very good to have his raggedly emotive vocals warming you like a great be hug again. Tonight's show is part of the American Songbook Series.

Cashmere Cat, Trippy Turtle, Obey City @ MHOW
Dance your ass off to Cashmere cat at this sold out show with Trippy Turtle and Obey City.

Cashmere Cat afterparty w/ Yolo Bear, Obey City @ Baby's All Right
Do it again at 11 PM at Baby's All Right after the MHOW show.

Woman's Hour, Future Of What @ Mercury Lounge
This London four-piece have been together since 2011, and over the course of a handful of singles have carved out an identifiable sound: chilled-out pop, heavy on synths but strictly slow-dance material. Comparisons to The xx are not entirely off-mark, but the quartet aren't quite that minimal. Having just played SXSW, they're in NYC for two shows, this being the first.

The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
Tonight The xx begin their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.

Chlöe Howl @ The Box
British pop singer Chloe Howl had some buzz behind her for last week's appearances at SXSW, and now NYC gets a chance to see her at swanky Manhattan venue The Box.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word yet on tonight's lineup but you can check Max's Twitter.

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

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The Men @ MHOW, Novemeber '13 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Men

Seoul @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

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

The Men, Ukiah Drag @ Bowery Ballroom
The Men's prolific album-a-year schedule and ever-changing sound that has shifted from dark sludge punk to Replacements-y indie rock to Crazy Horse style jams leaves them with a ton of variety to throw into their raucous sets. If you're going, don't miss the western-tinged psych punks The Ukiah Drag, who open.

The Lawrence Arms, The Copyrights, Elway @ Gramercy Theatre
The Lawrence ended an 8-year gap between albums with this year's Metropole, and for a band who's been away from releasing music for so long, it's surprisingly one of their best records.

CTZNSHP, Adult Dude, Longarms @ Spike Hill
Local rockers Adult Dude make a great mix of Dinosaur Jr-style rock and Superchunk-style punk, and are worth showing up to this one for.

Joan As Police Woman @ Union Pool
Joan as Policewoman's new album, The Classic, finds her in classic (and classy) R&B mode with some of her most ebullient songs yet. Tonight's show is sold out but you can catch her at Rough Trade in May too.

Rush Midnight, Seoul, Sea Oleena, Daniel Klag @ Cake Shop
Montreal band Seoul make airy, crystaline pop that's funky and soulful in an '80s kind of way. This is their second of two NYC shows this week with fellow MTL band Sea Oleena.

Limited, Life Size Maps, Limited, Beiju, Lazyeyes, The Silver Palms @ Pianos
Tonight's the first of Life Size Maps' March Residency at Pianos. They've curated a good lineup to kick things off, with Lazyeyes and Limited (Alex from Big Troubles' synthpop solo project).

Eugene Mirman, Sarah Vowell, Ken Burns, Kurt Anderson, John Oliver, Questlove, Fred Armisen, Masha Gessen, Robyn Hitchcock @ Town Hall
New York nonprofit 826NYC is celebrating 10 years of providing students ages 6 - 18 with free literacy and writing programs with this event osted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell which pairs distinguished artists in conversation.

Snow Tha Product, Caskey, Chris Miles @ Santos Party House
Snow Tha Product has some pretty fun jams like "Cookie Cutter Bitches" and we have a pretty good feeling the crowd at Santos is gonna turn up to those jams tonight.

Scott Ian @ BB King's
As guitarist for thrash vets Anthrax, Scott Ian has amassed a lot of stories. Hear some of the more entertaining ones tonight as part of his spoken word tour.

Ghost Beach, Fascinator, Chrome Sparks @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's show is a release party for Ghost Beach's new album, Blonde. It's free with RSVP.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's talent includes Claudia Cogan, Joe Zimmerman, Rob Cantrell, and Sean Donnelly.

'Lost Highway' @ Nitehawk Cinema
David Lynch's classic 1997 film kicks off Nighthawk's series on composer Angelo Badalamenti. The screening will be preceeded by a set from Silent Draper Runners-related band A Place Both Wonderful and Strange.

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Perfect Pussy at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perf Puss

The band with the unprintable name, Perfect Pussy, are a seriously intense live band, and lucky for us, they've expanded their already-extensive tour schedule to include dates through the end of March, including SXSW. They've also been added to the previously announced Total Slacker album release party for Slip Away happening in Brooklyn on February 12 at Rough Trade NYC with Honduras and Life Size Maps. Tickets for that show are still available.

Their debut LP will be released via Captured Tracks sometime this spring, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, stream their 2013 EP along with the updated list of dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Alarms & Controls

Dischord Records "supergroup" Alarms and Controls (featuring members of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus and The Crownhate Ruin, and others) released their debut LP Clovis Points last month, and just came to NYC for their first show here at the BrooklynVegan/Exploding In Sound party at Death by Audio last night (12/12). The band is made up of veteran musicians, and from the way they play, that's instantly clear. They mix fidgety post-punk and dissonant post-hardcore in a masterful way, with tons of complexities that came off as a natural part of the band's sound, rather than a show-offy way to win over fans. Still, Chris Hamley's fretwork was pretty amazing to watch and a highlight of the show.

If you missed Alarms and Controls last night, or just want to see them again, they'll be hanging around for another NYC show at Cake Shop tonight (12/13) with Life Size Maps and Poor Lily. 8 PM doors, $10 admission.

The rest of the BV/EIS party was great too, with Slow Warm Death kicking things off with the heaviest and most intense set of the night, the blues of Slothrust, Toronto's PUP showing that if their new label home of SideOneDummy helps them get on bigger stages they're absolutely ready for it, and poppy Brooklyn punks Chumped ending with the most flat-out fun set of the night.

Chumped also play their last show of 2013 at Lulu's tonight (12/13) with Broadcaster, American Hellfire Club, and Remnants (first show). It's free and there's free pizza with every beer. 8 PM start. Chumped also open for Iron Chic in February.

Stream some Alarms and Controls below...

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Polica @ Radio City Music Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Polica, Marijuana Death Squad @ Webster Hall
Polica's blend of folk-style songwriting with indie pop and R&B aesthetics is as great live as it is on record. They were recently here opening for The xx, but now you can catch them at a headlining show, as they taken on Webster Hall.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight's the first full night of the multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (last night was the pre-show), and though all the shows should be great, our show of choice tonight is the one at Music Hall of Williamsburg which features one half of TNGHT, Lunice, Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, and upcoming rapper Rockie Fresh. Other BEMF shows include Erika, BMG, Souffront, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic @ 285 Kent Avenue, Sliink, Nadus, DJ Reck, Ezrakh, DJ Slow @ Glasslands, Letherette @ Villain and John Digweed, Naveen G, Mario Basanov, Nicholas Matar @ Output.

Mick Turner, Mike Wexler, Matteah Baim @ Union Pool
Dirty Three guitarist (among other things), Mick Turner, is set to release his new solo album, Don't Tell the Driver, on November 19 via Drag City which was recorded over the last four years, is a concept record and being described as a "post rock opera."

Os Mutantes, Capsula @ Le Poisson Rouge
Brazilian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes play tonight with fellow South American band Capsula.

Twin Peaks, Drowners, Gang of Youths @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's glammy garage rockers Twin Peaks played MHOW last night with Born Ruffians and tonight headline here (formerly listed as "Laura Palmers" and "Secret Guest"). This is also another chance to catch prettyboy pop-rock combo Drowners. Late night, Pearl Necklace's Bryce Hackford will DJ.

Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, Spires @ Bowery Ballroom
Widowspeak just released a new EP, The Swamps, last week which offers up more of their spooky, whispery sounds. Tonight's show also features synthy Vetiver side project Pure Bathing Culture and Spires' paisley-colored pop.

The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis, Grandchildren @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is now open with free shows every weekend, and tonight's is from indie folk collective The Low Anthem. Robert Ellis, who's also on the bill, opened for Deer Tick in NYC last night.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
This is the first of three sold-out shows at City Winery for the Irish singer.

The Business, The Welch Boys, 45 Adapters @ Mercury Lounge
UK Oi vets The Business play tonight, which could get wild like it did in 2011.

Sleeping Bag, Shark?, Rozwell Kid, Porches @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill, especially for anthemic Brooklyn garage rockers Shark? and the Exploding In Sound-signed Porches. Porches are about to release a split with LVL UP on 11/26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy, and you can stream both sides of that below.

Tombs @ Saint Vitus in April (more by Caroline Harrison)

Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
This is a great local metal bill, including two big hitters: the atmospheric Tombs and the post-harcore-leaning Primitive Weapons.

Hard Nips, Mean Creek, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Butterscotch Stanley @ Shea Stadium
All-girl Japanese punk band Hard Nips, who are a lot of fun live, headline this overall good line-up of local acts.

Lucero, Titus Andronicus, The Menzingers @ Terminal 5
Fans of punk-tinged heartland rock/folk rock and vice versa shouldn't miss this show, because all three bands expertly deliver that sound.

Sunset Guns, Typefighter, Heeney, Black Mountain Revival @ The Grand Victory
The band we're most looking forward to on this bill is Typefighter, who make very good post-Weezer power pop.

Tiers, Dead Leaf Echo, The Harrow @ Cake Shop
Coldwave duo (and Cult of Youth-related) Tiers have their record release party which also features superior local shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo.

Polar Bear Club, Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Polar Bear Club has taken out some pretty great openers for this tour, including the anthemic emo-punks Citizen, power poppers Diamond Youth, and post-hardcore rippers Sainthood Reps.

GAG, Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, IVY @ Fitness
Olympia's GAG chug away with a heavier, thicker, and darker take on the kind of power chord riffage that's been in punk's repertoire since the earliest days of hardcore, and they've got a seriously maniacal vocalist. See what you're in for via the live video embedded below. This is also the last-ever show for Shoxx (whose drummer Elser Nino is also now in Merchandise), and local punk band Goosebumps are always worth catching too.

NY Comedy Festival
The 10th annual NY Comedy Fest is underway and tonight's shows include Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, and Charlie Murphy.

China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool's China Crisis took the '70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-'80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.

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

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1.21. Gagawatts

One Point Twetnty One Gigawatts is a free, full-color DIY music, art and fashion magazine that comes out bi-monthy and has been around for about a year. You can pick up copies at lots of Brooklyn DIY venues and other places, and if you can't find one near you, there are also PDF and iBooks versions available too.

Issue #6 marks the zine's one-year anniversary issue with Anamanaguchi (who play MHOW tonight) on the cover. To further celebrate, they're throwing a two-day Giggawatts Festival at Silent Barn on Friday and Saturday of Independence Day Weekend (July 5 & 6) with Team Spirit, Total Slacker, Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate, Grand Resort, Dead Stars and more. Tickets to individual days are $12 or you can get a pass for both for $20.

Day-by-day line-up and Gigawatts Fest flyer is below.

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by Bill Pearis

Light Heat

Some of you may remember early '00s Philadelphia band Mazarin that broke up after their 2005 album, We're Already There. Frontman Quentin Stoltzfus has been quiet since but has been continually working on music and debuted his new project, Light Heat, quietly last summer. And with help from Paul Maroon, Matt Barrick, Peter Bauer and Walter Martin of The Walkmen, Stoltzfus recorded Light Heat's debut album, The Mirror, which is out this week on Domino-affiliated label Ribbon Music. Not that dissimilar to what he did in Mazarin, Light Heat make melodic psych pop with liberal doses of harmony and pounding percussion. It's a nice record; you can stream a couple tracks below and listen to the whole thing via Spotify.

Light Heat are playing two NYC shows in celebration of the album's release this week: tonight (6/26) at Glasslands with quality support from Caged Animals and Life Size Maps (tickets); and a late show (doors at 9:30 PM) at Mercury Lounge on Thursday (6/27) with The Dardys (tickets).

Streams below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Psychic Blood

As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.

EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.

More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...

Continue reading "EISGTNSIDE13 starts today (Psychic Blood, Sleepies, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Low Fat Getting High at Cake Shop earlier this month (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Low Fat Getting High

Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High have been playing raucous local shows for some time now, and as mentioned, they're finally laying down that intensity for a new EP, which is called Bad Yoga, and has just been officially announced. The EP will be out on July 18 via Dead Broke/Money Fire Records. It kicks off with three tracks of menacing, breakneck-speed punk, and culminates in a fourth track of Bleach-style noise and sludge. The whole thing is just over ten minutes and it's a real ripper so keep an eye out for it. You can stream the opening track, "Better Better Worse," along with the artwork and tracklist below.

Low Fat Getting High have a ton of upcoming shows as usual, including a previously discussed Gimme Tinnitus-presented show TONIGHT (5/22) at Big Snow with another solid local punk band, Big Ups, CYHSY-related Radical Dads (for whom the show is a record release party), and Miniboone. $7 at the door gets you into tonight's show. Doors are at 8 PM. All ages. Show flyer below.

After that, they've got a bunch of other local dates, including a Converse Rubber Tracks show on June 12; Silent Barn on June 14 with another great local punk band, Sleepies, noise rockers Eula, indie rockers Shark?, sludgy psych rockers Psychic Blood and others; a release party for the new EP on July 18 at Shea Stadium with Big Ups, Vulture Shit, and Flagland (who play with Butter the Children and Ovlov soon); and even more local dates, all of which are listed below.

In related news, as mentioned, Big Ups and Psychic Blood also play a Northside show with Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit.

All LFGH dates are listed, along with the song stream and album info, below...

Continue reading "Low Fat Getting High announce new EP & upcoming shows"

Oberhofer @ The Congress, Chicago 11/10/2012 (more by Chase Turner)

Oberhofer are back with a new EP, Notalgia, which is out April 23 on Glassnote. You can stream the anthemic first single, "Earplugs," below (via Rolling Stone). Shortly after the new EP's release, Oberhofer will be heading out on a short East Coast tour starting in NYC at Glasslands on May 2 with Celestial Shore and Life Size Maps (tickets). All tour dates are listed, plus the Notalgia album art and song stream, below.

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Javelin will be back with their second album, Hi Beams, on March 5 via Luaka Bop. Unlike their first album which the band made themselves on the cheap with a computer, Hi Beams was recorded at Machine With Magnets studio in Pawtucket, RI using vintage equipment, real microphones and the like. Was it worth it? Check out "Nnormal" from it below.

You can hear some other new songs, probably, when the band starts playing shows again next month. A proper tour starts around the album's release date, but there's a few East Coast shows before that, including one at Shea Stadium on February 1 with Guardian Alien and Life Size Maps. Advance tickets for that show are available.

All tour dates are listed below, along with the new song stream.

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The Big Sleep

NYC indie rockers The Big Sleep released their third album, Nature Experiments, earlier this year and have been playing a number of local (and non-local) shows since. You'll have three more chances to catch the band in NYC this weekend and early next week. First, they'll support dredg at their Bowery Ballroom shows tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10). At tonight's show, dredg will be performing El Cielo in full and at Saturday's, they're playing Catch Without Arms. Ben Henderson is also on both dates. Tickets for both shows are still available.

Then after that, The Big Sleep will headline their own show at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (11/12) with The Denzels and Life Size Maps. That show is free before 7 PM and $5 after.

Those dates in list format and a video below.

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Murals at Pianos, July 2012 (more by Eric Townsend)

Louisville's Murals are visiting NYC this week for CMJ and are certainly contenders for the Most Shows award, playing nine times between now and Saturday, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. Full line-up is still forthcoming but Murals play at 1 PM right before Deap Vally. If you haven't heard Murals's On a Passing Cloud LP, you can stream it below. The band were last here over the summer.

The band's run of shows begins tonight (10/15) with a Oh My Rockness Kickoff Party at Pianos, that also features Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps and Noxious Foxes. $8 at the door.

Other shows this week include Aquarium Drunkard's showcase at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (10/16, 8 PM) with Rafiq Bhatia, Tashaki Miyaki and more, and then Pianos upstairs shortly after (9:30 PM, free) that same night that also features Team Spirit, Slam Donahue and more.

On Thursday (10/18), Murals play two shows: Pianos (1:30 PM, free) for the I Guess I'm Floating day party with Chad Valley, Hundred Waters and more, then the Bird Dog/Golden Ratio party (6:45 PM, being relocated from Deliquency, venue TBD, free) with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe and more.

On Friday (10/19) in addition to our day party, they'll play Pianos/The Deli's official CMJ showcase (9:30) with Young Magic, Mac Demarco and more. Then two shows on Saturday (10/20): the Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos (3:30, free) with Savages, the Orwells and more; and finally Cake Shop that night (10 PM) with Francisco the Man, Field Mouse and more.

All Murals CMJ week dates are listed below, along with their album stream and show flyers.

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