Entries tagged with: Life Size Maps
The Men @ MHOW, Novemeber '13 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
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)
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.
by Andrew Sacher
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...
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.
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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.
by Bill Pearis
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).
by Andrew Sacher
Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Low Fat Getting High at Cake Shop earlier this month (more by Chris Gersbeck)
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - You Kill (MP3)
Eternal Summers will be here this weekened playing the curated-by-me Sound Bites Series on Sunday (8/12) afternoon at the Fulton Stall Market. I'll be DJing from 2PM and the band goes on at 3PM sharp. It's free. Were you wondering about their taste in vegetables?
Daniel: Carrots. I like to juice them.Eternal Summers have added a show while they're in NYC, playing 285 Kent on Saturday night (8/11) with Dinowalrus, Life Sized Maps and Grand Resort. If you have yet to listen to the band's great new LP, Correct Behavior, you can grab "You Kill" at the top of this post and stream the entire album via Spotify below.
Jonathan: Carrots too. I like to crunch em.
Nicole: Green Beans because they go with everything!
What's your least favorite and why?
Daniel: I like okra but sometimes okra can be kinda weird. I hope Okra doesn't read this!
Jonathan: Onion. Texture. Taste. Overrides everything. I don't dig.
Nicole: Radishes but they're not bad. Just not a staple.
DIIV at Austin's Red 7 in April (more by Tim Griffin)
DIIV are about to hook up with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Doldrums on their tour which kicks off this week. DIIV won't be at either of UMO's NYC shows (6/7 at Mercury Lounge and 6/8 at Glasslands) but they'll be playing their own NYC show on Friday (6/8) at 285 Kent with Captured Tracks labelmates Mac DeMarco and MINKS, along with Life Size Maps, Crinkles, and Turnip King. Admission is $10 and there will be free pizza. (Nobody yell "food fight!" ok?) The flier for this show is below.
JOHN NORRIS: Guys, this is a band that only a year ago had just barely begun, right? And at the time you just had a handful of songs?DIIV recently revealed a video for the track, "How Long Have You Known?," off that album, which you can watch below.
SMITH: [Our first show was in the] end of July. It's funny, when I was first writing songs for this record, all the song titles would be just like the date, and then a short word describing it. And I could probably look back and see that I recorded some song on the record like today, exactly one year ago. Basically I wrote all the songs, with a few exceptions, in May of last year.
NORRIS: In a very concentrated amount of time?
SMITH: Yeah, yeah, real concentrated. A couple of the songs that don't sound anything like each other, I wrote on the same day, within like 10 minutes of each other.
After the UMO tour, DIIV have a number of other dates scheduled, including a few more in NYC: their record release show in Brooklyn at Glasslands on June 21 with Forma, PC Worship, and VIncent Cacchione (DJ) (tickets), a short run with Best Coast, including the Terminal 5 show (7/17) (tickets), and the free River Rocks show with Grimes and Wild Nothing (8/9).
Meanwhile, Beach Fossils (who also count DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith as a member) have an upcoming NYC show opening for Jens Lekman and of Montreal in McCarren Park on June 15, the same day DIIV plays a NXNE show. Wonder what this means for Beach Fossil's lineup at the McCarren Park show.
A list of all dates and video and show flier below...
Hilly Eye at Acheron earlier this month (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Annual all ages, DIY music festival Hillstock is returning to Brooklyn this year from June 22-24 across four spaces in Clinton Hill. Day 1 (6/22) begins with a kickoff party at Free Candy on 905 Atlantic Ave with Math the Band, Ava Luna, Hop Along, Heaven's Gate, and more. On day 2 (6/23) we'll get the free block party at 106 Emerson Place with Hilly Eye, The Suzan, Life Size Maps, Swear and Shake, surprise guests and more, followed by a $5 afterparty with Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Twitchers, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Sega Genocide. The fest wraps up on 6/24 with a backyard picnic at 402½ Park Avenue headlined by surprise guests and also featuring Archipelago, Emilyn Brodsky, Modern Hut, and more.
The full schedule, flier and a trailer video are below...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
La Sera at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Vivian Girl Kickball Katy Goodman released her second album as La Sera, Sees the Light, earlier this year via Hardly Art. The album continues in the vein of the catchy indie pop of her 2011 self titled debut. You can grab two tracks from the new album, "Please By My Third Eye" and "Break My Heart" above or stream them below.
Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone's band The Babies plays Glasslands on June 6 with Nude Beach.
All La Sera dates and streams below...
The Babies @ Cake Shop - 2/6/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
285 Kent, the most difficult venue to keep track of in terms of who is playing, is hosting a show TONIGHT (Thursday, 2/9):
===| THURSDAY 2/9 @ 285 KENT AVE |====For the Babies, that will be at least their 2nd show this week, as they opened for Widowspeak and the Dum Dum Girls at Cake Shop on Monday. For Babies member Cassie Ramone, it will be at least the 2nd of three shows because Vivian Girls are also playing a free NYC event on Friday. Details below...
:: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
:::: the Babies
:::::::: Life Size Maps --- ep release
:::::::::: Heaven's Gate
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $7-$10 sliding scale donation | all ages
by Bill Pearis
The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.
Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.
The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.
My Best Fiend
A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.
The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.
And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.
You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.
Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!
That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.