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Nude Beach at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Nude Beach

As mentioned, Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have signed to Don Giovanni for their new LP, Bootleg (due out 2/25), and will play a release show for the new album on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Since we last spoke, that lineup got even better because power pop trio Nude Beach (who just played the Don Giovanni showcase) were added. Advance tickets for the show are available. Nude Beach's only other upcoming dates at the moment are some support slots on The Men's tour (none in NYC), all of which are listed below.

In other Don Giovanni news, New Brunswick punks Brick Mower, who also just played the DG showcase, announced that their new album, Teenage Graceland, will be out on the label on March 25. You can stream its first single, "Shitty Parade," below.

All Nude Beach dates are listed, along with the Brick Mower stream and a few more streams from the new Marvin Berry LP, below...

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Delorean at Bowery Ballroom in 2010
Delorean

Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brendan Canning

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

Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ BAM
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC this week and this is the second of five shows here.

Delorean, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spanish synthpop band Delorean may not be as buzzy as they were back in 2010 (which feels like way more than four years ago), but they're still making shiny, catchy tunes and tonight's show is sold out. NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa opens.

Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene), White Hinterland @ Mercury Lounge
While Broken Social Scene is on hiatus, both co-founders are focusing on their solo projects, and tonight Brendan Canning finally makes his way to NYC after having to postpone his last tour. White Hinterland makes solid indie pop and is about to release her first album since 2010, Baby, on April 1 via Dead Oceans. You can listen to its new single, "Ring the Bell," below.

The Detroit Cobras, Nude Beach, The Above @ The Bell House
Detroit Cobras have been doing garage rock covers for about two decades now, and they'll bring the fun back to Brooklyn tonight. If you're going, get there early for Nude Beach, whose punky take on Elvis Costello-style power pop is pretty great.

French Horn Rebellion, Seasick Mama, Heavenly Beat, Pizza Underground @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This week's BKNB line-up is a well-curated bunch of '80s-leaning dance acts from the wispy psuedo-Swedish Heavenly Beat, the Miami Vice-style cod reggae of Rush Midnight, and the big hook party jams of French Horn Rebellion. Sandwiched in there as well are Macaulay Culkin's novelty VU tribute band, The Pizza Underground. Free.

Woodsman, Herbcraft, Fire Talk @ Mercury Lounge
Mixing drony folk, motorik rhythms and the occasional chopped-up beat, Brooklyn's Woodsman are set to release their self-titled third album, on February 5. This is the kickoff to their tour with Herbcraft.

Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Deke Dickerson, The Creepshow, Reformed Whores @ Irving Plaza
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts.

Prurient, Azar Swan, Clay Rendering @ Saint Vitus
Dominick Fernow is a man of many sounds (and projects) in the worlds of noise, power electronics, and industrial, and tonight he brings his Prurient project (just days after releasing a noisy new single) to the black walls of Saint Vitus. Also don't miss the goth pop of Azar Swan and the post-industrialism of Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick's Hospital Productions label).

Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews @ Bowery Ballroom
You can pretty much always depend on Damien Jurado to deliver excellent indie folk songs, and his newest album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (out this week on Secretly Canadian) lives up to that promise.

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Trust, Heathered Pearls (DJ), FJTRSPA (DJ), Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands
Toronto resident Robert Alfons is Trust, for all intents and purposes, who makes sinister minimal synth. With a new album, Joyland, out in March expect lots of new stuff at the late show. Sold out.

DMX, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Black Sheep @ Radio City Music Hall
Tons of old school rap that needs no introduction at tonight's 'Masters of Ceremony' show at Radio City.

Travis Morrison, Jeff Rosenstock, Max Low, Patrick Salt Ryan @ The Grand Victory
The Dismemberment Plan may be active again, but frontman Travis Morrison still makes time for his solo project. And on the other hand, Bomb the Music Industry! may have just ended, but frontman Jeff Rosenstock isn't going anywhere, as he's playing solo tonight too.

R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson @ Issue Project Room
Godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore is guaranteed to put on a quirky show, but for some (especially those who like Ariel Pink), he'll likely be very inspiring too. Meanwhile, fellow cult legend Gary Wilson was making ahead-of-its-time new wave in the '70s and has also made fans of newer musicians like Beck and Questlove.

Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
A former member of Titus Andronicus, Andrew Cedermark makes laid-back rock that fits right in on Underwater Peoples (former home of Real Estate).

North Highlands, Black Girls, Arms, Fasano @ Death By Audio
Superior locals North Highlands and Arms highlight this show which also features Richmond Virginia's Black Girls (stream their album below).

EL-P, The BOTS @ Converse Rubber Tracks
To celebrate the culmination of Converse Rubber Tracks' creative workshops, rapper El-P and rock duo The Bots play this final concert, which is free but you had to enter via Converse for a chance to get in.

JD Samson & MEN, Bright Light Bright Light @ Littlefield
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin is probably the most talked-about post-Le Tigre project at the moment, but if you were into Le Tigre's dancey, passionate jams, JD Samson's band MEN continues to provide those. This show is a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey."

Darlings, The Doozies, Island Twins, Sundelles @ Shea Stadium
Darlings, who make crunchy/catchy indie rock, curated this bill, "handpicked for maximum good times."

Tournament, Liquor Store, Moon Dudes, Giggly Boys @ Legion Bar
There's some solid local punk at Legion tonight with the melodic aggression of Tournament and the garage rock leanings of Liquor Store.

Old Cole Younger, Beach Party, DJ Tennessee Thomas @ Baby's All Right
Cole Alexander of The Black Lips is in NYC tonight with his Old Cole Younger project (ahead of his band's upcoming tour) and LA garage punks Beach Party are on the bill too.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

Marvin Berry

Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have been playing around their local scene for a while now, and they've just signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) who will release their debut full length, Bootleg, on February 25. There's hints of '60s garage rock and '70s power pop on the album's first single, "White Jungle," which you can stream below. That's the artwork above.

Marvin Berry and the New Sound were supposed to open for Swearin' at their Rough Trade show (3/7), but they've since dropped off that show and added a record release show happening on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.

In other Don Giovanni news, they've put a bunch of stuff up for action on eBay including artwork by Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females, Noun), test pressings of DG releases, and more.

Don Giovanni also do their annual Brooklyn showcases on 2/6 at Death by Audio and 2/7-8 at MHOW with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Priests, Tenement, Night Birds, Worriers and more. Tickets for DbA and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.

Song stream below...

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California X at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Cali X

Priests at MHOW in October (more by Wei Shi)
Priests

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

California X, Perfect Pussy, Yvette, Flagland, Blessed State @ Shea Stadium
Every band on this five-band bill is worth seeing, and this much talent in the tiny Shea Stadium is sure to turn into a total mess (in the best way possible). There's Amherst sludge rockers California X, seriously intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, noisy art rockers Yvette, Brooklyn garage punks Yvette, and Northampton mid-'80s style hardcore punks Blessed State.

Priests, Noun (Marissa Paternoster), Heavy Bangs, Arm Candy @ Silent Barn
This show is the live music portion of Fvck the Media's public editorial meeting. Meeting starts at 7 and then by 8 we get Arm Candy, Heavy Bangs (the new band of Cynthia from Radiator Hospital), Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Noun, and passionate DC post-punks Priests.

Holograms, TV Ghost, Heaven's Gate @ 285 Kent
Sweden's Holograms offer up a bleak postpunk landscape on their new album, Forever, which should sound good in the industrial confines of 285 Kent.  TV Ghost's gothy sound -- and locals Heaven's Gate -- make more an all-around noisy/angsty evening.

San Fermin @ Ace Hotel
While they play Music Hall of Williamsburg next week, chamber pop outfit San Fermin play a free show today as part of Ace Hotel's "Five at Five" series.

The Soupcans, BBIGPIGG, Fins, Desert Sharks @ Cake Shop
Toronto's The Soupcans make speedy post-hardcore filled with all the anger, sarcasm, and weirdness you need. They're in NYC for two shows this weekend, both of which should get pretty intense. Connecticut noise rockers Fins are on tonight's bill and they're worth catching too.

Andrew Cedermark, Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Cameo Gallery
Ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark has been on his own for a few years, having last released his Home Life album this year.

Household, Aye Nako, Air Waves, Sapphire Mansions @ Death By Audio
This whole bill is good, though we'd especially recommend catching Aye Nako who do pop punk right, and Household who are celebrating the release of their new Elaine's EP. It's also a release show for Sapphire Mansions' new mini-LP as well, so be sure to visit the merch table.

TEEN, Forest Fire, Splashh, Valleys @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are curated by Kanine Records, who offer up a good bill tonight, with UK band Splashh (in a stripped down line-up), Montreal's ethereal Valleys, and local band TEEN. It's free and you can do some holiday shopping while you're there too.

Negative Approach, The Casualties, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Europa
Tonight Europa's got a double-header of classic punk from Negative Approach and The Casualties, and local openers Nuclear Santa Claust do justice to the sound those (and other) bands helped create.

The Range, Octo Octa, Obey City @ Glasslands
It's a solid night of IDM at Glasslands with upcoming Rhode Island producer The Range and Brooklyn deep house regular Octo Octa.

A$AP Ferg, Joey Fatts & A$hton Matthews, Overdoz, 100s @ Irving Plaza
Rocky wasn't the only A$AP member to put a great record this year. A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord was a solid statement of its own that made Ferg more than just "part of A$AP Rocky's crew" and "Shabba" is up there with the best rap singles of the year.

Mori @ Pop Montreal (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Born Cages, MORI, Double Life @ Glasslands
New Montreal band Mori make slinky, alluring dancepop on their debut EP. We liked them last month at Pop Montreal. Worth a look.

French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Rush Midnight @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
FHR and Savoire Adore are BFFs, collaborate together and are often tourmates, so don't be surprised if you can't tell where one band stops and the next starts tonight. Adding to the dancepop vibes are the Police-ish sounds of Rush Midnight.

Revenge, Abazagorath, Krieg, Woe @ Saint Vitus
Canadian war metal band Revenge descends upon NYC for a two-night stand at Saint Vitus this weekend. Local black metallists Woe kick things off, and they are not to miss.

Flosstradamus, Been Trill, DJ Spinz @ Terminal 5
Flosstradamus have been putting on great dance parties for years, and now they're bigger than ever before, taking on a sold out show at NYC's huge Terminal 5.

Low Fat Getting High, Huntronik, Hundos, Haybaby @ The Grand Victory
Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High make fast 'n' catchy punk songs, and with almost no time between songs, their shows feel even faster. It's a total blur and a great time.

Anna von Hausswolff, Noveller @ Union Hall
Master of the church organ, AvH will bring her cathedral vibes -- and otherworldly voice -- to Union Hall tonight.

Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, Frank Bango @ The Bell House
While both members of The dB's, Stamey and Holsapple tonight are playing their collaborative 1991 album, Mavericks (made while the dB's were broken up), in full.

Darlene Love @ BB King's
The "He's a Rebel" singer and '60s girl group icon delivers the hits tonight

Liquor Store, Hector's Pets, 1-800-Band, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
NJ garage rockers Liquor Store are about to head out on a tour of the US, but before they leave they play this local tour kickoff show tonight.

Math the Band, Stephen Brodsky, Chumped, Kerbivore @ The Gutter
This is a pretty diverse and all-around great happening at The Gutter tonight. Math the Band have played shows with Peelander-Z and Andrew WK which makes a lot of sense because they're also a "party-first-songs-second" kind of band. Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky is playing solo, Brooklyn's lyrical, scrappy pop punks Chumped are always worth catching, and Staten Island indie rockers Kerbivore are pretty solid too.

Painted Zeros, Turnip King, No One and the Somebodies, Hippy, Gingerlys @ Emet
This is a benefit for all-ages concert listings zine Showpaper, featuring a host of quality local bands.

The Saddest Landscape, My FIctions, Trophy Scars, Sleep Bellum Sonno @ Stevens Institute Of Technology
Tonight, Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology gets a killer post-hardcore show in their Jacobus Lounge with likeminded bands The Saddest Landscape and My Fictions who just released a collaborative split which hopefully means some collaborating tonight. Hometown art rockers Trophy Scars are on the bill too.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spider Bags at Hopscotch 2011 (more by Alex Broadwell)
Spider Bags

North Carolina garage rockers Spider Bags are set to head out on a tour supporting fellow NC band Superchunk later this month, which hits NYC on September 27 and 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are sold out, but you'll have another chance to catch Spider Bags in NYC when they headline the smaller Cameo Gallery on September 25. Opening the show is fellow friends of Titus Andronicus Liquor Store. Tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.

Before Spider Bags head out with Superchunk, they'll play hometown festival Hopscotch, which is currently underway. They play a free Churchkey Records day party today (9/6) at Slim's Downtown with another Titus fave The Everymen, Queens rockers The Beets (who have upcoming NYC shows) and more. Full schedule for today's party below.

Speaking of Titus Andronicus, who we just caught in Chicago, frontman Patrick Stickles recently announced that their next album would be a 30+ song rock opera, which is expected to be released in November 2014. The album is currently available for pre-order, but will be refunded "in the event of Titus Andronicus breaking up or something." Check out a video of the band playing one of its songs, "Fatal Flaw," at a recent show, below.

All Spider Bags dates are listed, along with that Titus video and a song stream from Spider Bags' 2012 LP, below...

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LE1F @ the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
LE1F

Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Wolf Eyes

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

Butter The Children, Bent Shapes, Gross Relations, Two Inch Astronaut @ Cake Shop
Tonight is the record release party for Bent Shapes' terrific new album, Feels Weird (which you can stream at P4K or Spotify), but all the bands playing tonight are worth catching: Butter the Children (nu-gaze), Gross Relations (fuzzy, '90ish indie) and Exploding In Sound label's Two Inch Astronaut.

Afro-Punk Festival
Brooklyn's free Afro-Punk Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park today and tomorrow, and today we're getting sets from Saul Williams, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Theophilus London, Jean Grae, and more. Note that tonight's two headlining slots are "???" and "Special Guest." Who will fill those slots?

Wolf Eyes, The Men, PC Worship, TBA @ Pioneer Works
Confrontational Detroit noise crew Wolf Eyes teams with The Men for an interesting pairing at Pioneer works. Though The Men 2013 isn't quite the raging band they were in years past, that doesn't give you an excuse for not wearing earplugs when Wolf Eyes blast you out of the room. Recommended.

Black Kids, Via Audio, French Horn Rebellion (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Victims of overhype success, lets not forget that what got these Floridians into the mess was some really catchy, likable songs. After a few years out from under the microscope, Black Kids are back and we're hoping for the best. Tickets are still available but know this is a LATE show, doors at 11:30 PM and Black Kids going on at 1 AM.

Caribou (DJ set), Museum of Love (DJ set), Stellar Om Source, Pional, Empress Of, Terreke @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues today. As usual, the whole lineup is great, but especially of note is John Talabot's vocalist Pional and Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of. It should be interesting to see what Caribou spins too.

Liquor Store, The Abandos, Hot Guts, Hollow Hills @ Shea Stadium
It's almost like two shows in one at Shea tonight: Go early for the gothier sounds of Hollow Hills and Hot Guts; stay late for the mess punk of The Bandos and Liquor Store.

Autre Ne Veut @ The Surf Lodge
We just caught Autre Ne Veut opening for Twin Shadow in Central Park, and tonight the NYC musician will be a little bit out of the area for a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge. But it's totally free so if you're around those parts, this one's not to miss.

Hunx
Hunx

Hunx & His Punx, Hunters, Las Rosas, 2 Pretty @ Death By Audio
Hunx and Hunters on the same bill? This is bound to get a little nutty tonight.

Traxman, Dance System, Jim-E Stack, J-Cush, Durban @ 285 Kent Avenue
Footwork master Traxman is in town from Chicago and will join this great lineup at 285 Kent for a killer dance party tonight.

Pity Sex, Modern Baseball, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die @ The Wood Shop
Pity Sex have transformed from an emo band to a shoegaze band on their new album, Feast of Love, and while last night they played a Brooklyn show with an indie rock-friendly lineup, tonight they return to their roots for a Long Island show with two emo bands: Modern Baseball and The World Is...

Roger Miret & The Disasters, Stigma, The Scrapers @ Knitting Factory
When he's not playing in Agnostic Front, the NYHC legend takes on street punk in his band The Disasters. Catch those guys with another Agnostic Front-related band, Stigma, at Knitting Factory tonight.

Hellbent Hooker, Hymen Holocaust, Trashawk
Metal for scumbags, and that is a complement. The sleazy Hellbent Hooker headlines a show at Union Pool tonight adding support from the charmingly-named Hymen Holocaust and Trashawk. You'll feel dirty just being in the same room with them, awesomely filthy.

If you're looking for a movie to go see, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost wrap up their "Cornetto" trilogy with The World's End which might be the best of the bunch, owing more than a little to John Carpenter and prime-era Jackie Chan. It's also flat-out hilarious and probably the only major studio film to ever have plot points involving Primal Scream and Sisters of Mercy.

Nore Davis, Josh Gondelman & More @ UCBeast
Brendan Eyre, Julia Johns, Nore Davis (MTV) & Josh Gondelman (Modern Seinfeld) tell longer, hilarious stand up bits in It's a Long Story, hosted by Alison Leiby.

Bonnie McFarlane @ The Creek and The Cave
Stand up comic Bonnie McFarlane (Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman) has been killing it at Long Island City's The Creek and The Cave, and tonight's her last performance. Come out to support McFarlane and watch her disprove the title of her newest film, Women Aren't Funny. As if all of those reasons weren't enough - it's FREE.

Brooklyn Comedy Festival @ The Gutter
There's a lot of good stuff happening at the first ever Brooklyn Comedy Festival tonight, including a writer's panel with Emmy Blotnick (Bestweekever.tv, Nikki & Sara), and stand up from some of New York's strongest comedians - Nick Turner (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Mike Lawrence (Conan), Nimesh Patel (NYC Broken Comedy), Luke Cunningham (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)and more. Eight bucks covers the whole night.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar. And for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's - 7/16/13 (via @suchashorttime)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus played their last three Maxwell's shows ever this week (7/14-16) as part of the final run of shows at their soon to close home state venue. The shows were all pretty special for the band, reaching the three-hour mark and hitting significant amounts of all three full lengths, in addition to non-album tracks, covers, and new songs. Each night also had a different special guest opener. On the first night, it was Liquor Store (who also opened Titus' Local Business release show at Shea Stadium), on the second it was Titus' friends/past tourmates Screaming Females, and finally on the last night it was Heeney, who were joined by Titus drummer Eric Harm for their set. (Heeney also plays Shea on Friday [7/19] with Roomrunner, Greys, and Weird Womb.)

Of the covers that Titus did, one of them, which they did on night 3, was Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (joined by Heeney), which has extra significance because Bruce filmed the video for that at Maxwell's. You can watch a video of Titus covering that song below. Their setlist from night 2 is below too.

Earlier this summer, The Felice Brothers also played a Maxwell's show and had surprise opener Conor Oberst (who recently had Ian Felice open for him) join them for a cover of "Glory Days" too. You can also watch that video below.

This weekend, Maxwell's shows continue with two sold out shows on Sunday (7/21): Screaming Females & Nuclear Santa Claust (early) and Ted Leo & Shellshag (late).

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Belle & Sebastian @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Belle & Sebastian

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

Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Over the last 15 years, Belle & Sebastian have transformed from a shy band to a well-honed group of entertainers (with a catalog of great songs) who really know how to work a large outtoor crowd like the one they'll be in front of tonight. With Yo La Tengo on the bill too, it's a killer night under the stars. Sold out.

Sly & Robbie @ Metrotech Commons & Irving Plaza
Arguably the most famous rhythm section in all of reggae, Sly & Robbie have provided backbone for Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh, and Serge Gainsbourg, to name just a few. They've played on more than 200,000 (!) songs since the '70s. They play a free show at noon as part of BAM's R&B Festival at MetroTech, and then headline Irving Plaza tonight (tickets).

Toro y Moi, Shlohmo, Jonwayne @ House of Vans
After punk-heavy kickoff event, House of Vans goes for the groove tonight with Toro y Moi, Shlohmo and Jonwayne. This free show is RSVP'd out. If you got an RSVP, get there early. And be prepared to sweat.

Generationals, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Waxahatchee @ Pier 84 (FREE)
The kickoff to this year's River Rocks series at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, headlined by New Orleans popsmiths Generationals. Get there early for Waxahatchee, though, too. 7 PM, free.

Mood Rings, Travis Bretzer @ Mercury Lounge
At their best (like single "The Line"), Atlanta's Mood Rings evoke the ethereal, sultry wonderland of late-'80s

Heathered Pearls, Prism House & more @ Ace Hotel
Heathered Pearls, who recently collaborated live with Dirty Beaches, headlines an all-DJ bill at Ace Hotel tonight.

Camp Bisco: Day 1 @ Indian Lookout Country Club
The jam/electronic festival has been expanding into other genres, and it's got a pretty awesome, diverse lineup this year. It kicks off today with sets from Squarepusher, Com Truise, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, and more.

Slingshot Dakota, Pet Symmetry, Timeshares, Turnip King @ Big Snow
Bethlehem, PA emo band Slingshot Dakota headlines a bill at Brooklyn DIY spot Big Snow tonight, and if you're going to that, Long Island indie rockers Turnip King are worth catching too.

Shugo Tokumaru, Mirah, OneOne (mem. of Deerhoof) @ Bowery Ballroom
Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight, and there's also some pretty great support coming from Mirah and OneOne (aka Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats).

Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival @ Brookfield Place Plaza (FREE)
Though best known for their cover of "La Bamba," Los Lobos' have been making gritty latin-inflected rock for nearly 40 years. (1984's How Will the Wolf Survive? is a genuine classic.) They play tonight as part of the free, outdoor Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival which also includes Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo. 6 PM.

Reggie Watts, Shining Mirrors @ Mercury Lounge
You never really know what comedian/musician Reggie Watts has in store, so tonight's sold-out show at Mercury Lounge is sure to be an interesting one.

UCBComedy Spotify Session: Adam Newman @ UCB East
UCBComedy is now on Spotify with standup from awesome comedians. The sets are recorded at UCBeast every month and released exclusively to Spotify. This month's comedian is Adam Newman (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show). And it's FREE.

The Armando Diaz Experience at The Magnet Theater
Straight out of Chicago, the Armando Diaz Experience features experienced improvisers creating scenes based on a monologist's stories. The featured monologist this week is comedian, writer, and actress Ophira Eisenberg (host of NPR's "Ask Me Another). Tickets are no longer available online, but stand-by is definitely a safe bet to get into this show.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Savages @ MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Savages
Savages, Johnny Hostile @ Webster Hall
While they aren't the kind of band likely to ever pen a summer hit, London's Savages make a perfect soundtrack to a sweltering night in the city. Sold out, but you can still get tickets to their T5 show in September.

TEEN @ MoMa
MoMa's summer early evening series continues tonight with Brooklyn's TEEN. The show happens in the Sculpture Garden, but if it's raining the music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Doors at 5:30 PM and TEEN are on at 6:30 PM. Free with museum admission.

Jonas Rathsman, Perseus @ Output
The weekly INPUT parties at Output continue tonight with sets from Swedish deep house producer Jonas Rathsman and like-minded US producer Perseus.

Andrew Cedermark, Liquor Store, Little Big League @ Shea Stadium
Once a Titus Andronicus member, but at this point probably more memorable for his own material, Andrew Cedermark is back with a new album, Home Life (stream it on NPR), and tonight he'll play a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium with solid support coming from Liquor Store and Little Big League.

Jucifer, Vaporizer, Rozamov @ The Acheron
The towering wall of white cabinets will again appear at Acheron tonight, when the mighty Jucifer lays waste to the crowds with doom riff after vibrating doom riff. It's gonna hurt, but in the best way.

The Shrine, Dirty Fences, Hessian, Toaster @ The Grand Victory
SST style punk, thrash, riff-y stoner licks. What's not to like from The Shrine? And in Grand Victory... seems like a double win.

Get Involved, The Scandals, Descender & more @ Saint Vitus
Get Involved, the new post-hardcore supergroup with members of Thursday, Glassjaw, Judge, and more, play a Brooklyn show tonight at Saint Vitus. And if you're going, definitely catch worthy newcomers The Scandals, who sound a bit like a heavier Gaslight Anthem (who they play with soon).

Monkey: Journey to the West @ David H. Koch Theater
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales features acrobats, martial arts, and an array of contortionists. It made its NYC over the weekend and continues tonight.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band continue their week-long run at McKittrick Hotel tonight.

Fuel, Hoobastank, LIT, Alien Ant Farm @ The Paramount
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For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Good time Nashville rockers Natural Child will spend their Memorial Day weekend playing a few shows, starting tonight (5/23) at Brooklyn Bowl with Liquor Store and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets ($5) available at the door and the show starts at 8 PM sharp.

If you haven't heard Natural Child's 2012 album, Hard in Heaven, you can stream it via Rdio or Spotify. All dates are listed, along with a flyer for tonight's Brooklyn Bowl show, below.

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Titus Andronicus at House of Vans in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus are gearing up to release their great new record, Local Business, next week (10/23) via XL. You've probably already downloaded one of the leaks of the album or streamed it on NPR by now so we know you'll be rushing to your local record store to pick up a copy the day it drops and their tour simultaneously starts. But one day before that, Titus will play an extremely intimate record release show in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium (10/22) with Dan Friel and Liquor Store. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/16) at noon via Brown Paper Tickets. The show is sure to sell out so act quick.

Their tour with Ceremony brings the band back to the NY/NJ area for shows at Maxwell's (12/1) (sold out) and the much larger Webster Hall (12/2) (tickets).

An updated list of dates and some song streams from the new album are below.

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photos by Nate "Igor" Smith, words by Bill Pearis

A skimasked Nobunny at Otto's Shrunken Head, 9/20/2012
Nobunny

Last night at East Village tiki bar Otto's Shunken Head, Sailor Jerry presented a night of garage bubblegum insanity with Nobunny, The Tough Shits and Bad Sports. Nobunny apparently misplaced his disturbing rabbit mask and performed with a skimask instead. Needless to say, the rum-fueled show was wild and sweaty. We've got a few pictures from his set in this post.

UPDATE: The Tough Shits didn't play, word is they couldn't get off work. It's tough being a band, these days.

Hopefully Nobunny has found his mask since, as he and Bad Sports play NYC again tonight (9/21) at Living Bread Deli (2 Knickerbocker) with Xray Eyeballs and Liquor Store. Nobunny and Bad Sports continue their tour Philly tomorrow (9/22) and cross the finish line at next weekend's Gonerfest.

If you haven't checked out Bad Sports, who are Nobunny's backing band on this tour, their 2011 Kings of the Weekend album is sneery, shoutalong punk a la the Ramones or early Damned and can be streamed below via Spotify. All remaining Nobunny/Bad Sports dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Nobunny played Otto's Shrunken Head with Bad Sports (pics); playing tonight at Living Bread Deli"

DOWNLOAD: The Hood Internet - "Grown Up Has No Trigger" (MP3)

The Hood Internet

As mentioned, The Hood Internet are releasing their new album, FEAT, on October 2 and playing shows in support of it including a NYC date on August 11 at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is no longer happening, and Brooklyn Bowl calendar now lists an early show that day (8/11) with Natural Child, The Peoples Temple, and Liquor Store, and a late show with St. Lucia, Big Black Delta, and Capital CIties.

Instead, The Hood Internet will make their way to NYC for a show on September 14 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg with Body Language, My Gold Mask, and Oscillator Bug. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon. All Hood Internet dates are listed below.

The Hood Internet recently made a very topical mashup of Danny Brown's "Grown Up" and Dirty Projectors' "Gun Has No Trigger" called "Grown Up Has No Trigger." You can download that above or stream it below, along with a list of all dates...

Continue reading "Hood Internet replace BBowl show with MHOW (updated dates); mashed up Danny Brown & Dirty Projectors (MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

Neon Windbreaker at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Neon Windbreaker

Toronto punks Neon Windbreaker will be in NYC this week for two shows: Thursday (7/26) at the Swat Bar in Chinatown (59 Canal) with Skaters and Liquor Store, and then on Saturday (7/28) at Death By Audio with Doomsday Student and Tinsel Teeth. They're also looking to play a show on Friday (7/27)...any takers?

Neon Windbreaker used to be a revolving door line-up of members, that included folks from DD/MM/YYYY, The Meligrove Band and Greys. With their debut out this fall on We Are Busy Bodies (Metz, Julie Dorion), the line-up has solidified with members of Modern Superstitions and Beliefs now in the mix. You can stream two shouty, hyper, and catchy tracks from their forthcoming album below.

Continue reading "Toronto's Neon Windbreaker playing NYC this week"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Mean Jeans - Anybody Out There?(MP3)

Mean Jeans

One of the most spirited crowds I experienced at this year's SXSW was during Mean Jeans' set at the Dirtnap Records showcase. The room was packed, the pit went half the way back and everyone in it seemed to know the words to every song. It was a super fun show.

The Portland party punks are currently on tour which slams into NYC tonight (6/20) at Cake Shop where they'll play with Liquor Store and Foster Care. If you can't make it tonight they also play June 25 at Knitting Factory with The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, The Nightbirds and Dopamines (tickets). The band are out supporting their new album, Mean Jeans on Mars, which rips through 13 snearing, uber-catchy punk anthems in about half an hour. You can download "Anybody Out There?" at the top of this post and watch the video below, along with a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Mean Jeans released 'On Mars,' touring, playing 2 NYC shows"

photos by Devan Council

Natural Child at Death by Audio - 6/16/12
Natural Child

Nashville rockers Natural Child were just in the NYC area to open for King Tuff at Maxwell's last Thursday (6/14), and while they were here, they stuck around for a Brooklyn show at Death by Audio on Saturday (6/16) with The Foxx, Liquor Store, and Philly's The Tough Shits. More pictures from that show are below.

Continue reading "Natural Child, The Foxx, Liquor Store & The Tough Shits played Death by Audio (pics)"

Electric Eel Shock at 502 in San Antonio, TX
Electric Eel Shock

After a show at Death By Audio earlier this month, Japan's Electric Eel Shock are returning from a trek down to SXSW with Peelander-Z. Their first trek in the US in six years is almost complete, but they have a few shows left on their itinerary with Hot Cha Cha that include a final show at Cake Shop on March 25th with The Vandelles, Hard Nips and DJ Eric Davidson (Livids, New Bomb Turks). $8 gets you in.

Hard Nips are also on board for the four-day Aputumpu Music Festival that will take place across four venues in NYC over the next four days. The party kicks off TONIGHT (3/22) with a show at Shea Stadium featuring The Suzan, Radical Dads, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Habibi, and The Toothaches and continues with shows at Public Assembly, Cameo, and a headlining appearance from Japanther at LPR. Tickets are on sale for the entire weekend.

The full festival lineup with all EES tour dates and some video of EES's metal-punk party vibes, below...

Continue reading "Aputumpu Fest begins today; Electric Eel Shock on tour"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Roomrunner - "Disintegrate" (MP3)

Roomrunner
Roomrunner

Does Denny Bowen think he's Dave Grohl? The former Double Dagger (RIP) drummer is back with a new project called Roomrunner and much like Grohl on that first Foo Fighters LP, Bowen handles all of the instrumentation. Roomrunner is a bit removed from Foo Fighters musically, but does touch on melodic-punk anchored by noisy XL-riffs much like Nirvana or Melvins. Check out "Disintegrate" from the self-titled cassette above (stream all of it below) and stream "Super Vague" from the EP of the same name (due on 5/12) below. Both releases come courtesy of Fan Death.

Roomrunner is also hitting the road for a string of East Coast dates that will include Saturday at Shea Stadium (3/3) with Lanterns, Liquor Store, PC Worship, and Sleepies. All tour dates and streams below....

Continue reading "Roomrunner (ex-Double Dagger) prepares new EP, touring, playing Shea Stadium Saturday (dates & MP3)"

Uncle Bad Touch

It's here! Uncle Bad Touch. The self-titled debut. We love this album! And to celebrate, we've got a great line-up for the album release show at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on 11/29. Also on the show: Liquor Store, Missing Monuments, and Bosco Delrey.
Congrats to Uncle Bad Touch (mem Priestess) whose album is currently available via Infinity Cat OR, as Bill previously mentioned, at Death By Audio tonight (11/29). $7 gets you in. The show will be headlined by King Louie's Missing Monuments, their second of two NYC shows. Last night's date was at Cake Shop with Night Birds, Ex-Humans and Pretty Quick.

Liquor Store recently played support on two notable shows - with Fucked Up and Titus Andronicus at Warsaw and with Real Estate and Big Troubles at Bowery.

All Missing Monuments dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Uncle Bad Touch celebrates new LP tonight w/ Missing Monuments (whose tour dates we now know in full)"

photos by Devan Council

Natural Child @ Union Pool
Natural Child

...The show was awesome, Liquor Store, yea buddied all kinds of punk... and Natural Child are so damn fun live with that classic rock stoner massive groove sound, they're just fun to watch. Having the best time, fucking around with the lyrics, changing them to Monster Mash, and just the sweet southern harmony from this sludge blues. I don't care who's done it before them, no one has ever taken it as not seriously as these three. Don't miss them, they will win you over by being simultaneously nice and out of their minds in the best way.

...Liquor Store and Natural Child ...take primal, hilarious points of view, in Liquor Store's case, it's with more of a hardcore punk sound about being an American man or eating a trash sandwich, while Natural Child sings a lot about weed and getting 'strange'... but they don't ever sound like they're selling it. On paper they're both impossible. -[7 Inches]

Natural Child headlined Union Pool on 10/30 with Liquor Store, Ex Humans, and Dry Feet. Belated pictures from the show are in this post, along with the remainder of Natural Child's dates from their current trek (Liquor Store's only upcoming show is at Bowery Ballroom with Real Estate and Big Troubles), below...

Continue reading "Natural Child, Liquor Store, Ex Humans & Dry Feet @ Union Pool (pics & more dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOADSonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOADCraft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOADCraft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)

Ferrus B

Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.

Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.

It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.

Metronomy
Metronomy

The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:

The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads  ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."
It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).

Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).

If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.

Sonny
Sonny

What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:

Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."

At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.

Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."

Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.

The Night Beats
Night Beats

Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.

The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:

I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.
Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30)  -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.

The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!

Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.

The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Psychic Paramount

Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Psychic Paramount

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.

There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.

Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.

Metronomy aren't the only Mercury Prize nominees in town this week. Anna Calvi plays tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.

Out at Bushwick's Brooklyn Fireproof, you can see The Gytters (who I wrote about last week) and Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man... along with Nighty Night and Beat People.

The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.

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Continue reading "Metronomy, American Royalty, Twin Sister, Sonny & the Sunsets, Night Beats, Craft Spells, Avi Buffalo & more in This Week in Indie"

DOWNLOAD: Natural Child - Hard Workin' Man (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Natural Child - Yer Birthday (MP3)

Natural Child
Natural Child

As Bill pointed out, Natural Child will be in Brooklyn for two shows at Death By Audio (Sunday and Monday), BUT FIRST Natural Child are finishing up some dates with Those Darlins and that includes the Saturday night show at Maxwell's (tickets still on sale).

Those Darlins also play the Big Apple BBQ with Black Joe Lewis on Sunday.

Each of Natural Child's Death By Audio shows, dubbed collectively as "1971 Fest" (named after their new album that was released on 4/20) (yes, 4/20), has a different lineup (as you can see below). Those Darlins are not playing either night, though I'm having some trouble figuring out who Sunday night band "Knockin Boots" is. The link on DbA's site doesn't go anywhere.

Liquor Store, who will hit the road with Natural Child in August, are on the Monday night show. Full lineups and all dates below...

Continue reading "Natural Child playing 2 nights @ DbA, now on tour w/ Those Darlins, touring later w/ Liquor Store (dates)"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Andrew St. Clair

Ty Segall @ Death by Audio
Ty Segall

Ty Segall and band stopped by on their current SXSW-inclusive tour for a pair of NYC gigs on Tuesday and Thursday. The first of those happened at a crammed Mercury Lounge, where the band played a 45-minute set that mixed Melted gems with new tunes. Last time I saw Ty, his voice was shredded from a day of grueling CMJ performances, and the set ended with a guitar-smashing outburst. Here, coming off a (hopefully relaxing) cruise, there were no such issues; Ty hit all the falsetto cues and edged down to a whisper for the quieter moments. Those lulls always have a way of roaring back, which is part of what makes Ty Segall such a compelling live act: the briefly empty spaces that explode into hair-flailing shred-work. The other part is the melodies, which are catchy and incredibly memorable, even if you can't tell what he's saying, or even what the songs are about ("Finger" something....??).

Ty's Thursday NYC show was at Death by Audio with Heavy Cream, Liquor Store, and Home Blitz. Hopefully Ty and the band will be back in New York soon (or at least by the release of his new disc, Goodbye Bread, on June 21). Heavy Cream (who have a new drummer) return to Death By Audio on April 2nd.

All tour dates, and more pictures and videos from the DBA show, below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall played Mercury Lounge & Death By Audio w/ Heavy Cream, Liquor Store & Home Blitz (pics & video)"

photos by Leia Jospe

JEFF the Brotherhood show

"Memphis' JEFF The Brotherhood closed the night by splitting it wide open. This duo incorporates channel splitters (to fill out the entire tonal spectrum, and to avoid paying a bass player) through a Jucifer-inspired pile of amps, speakers, and doodads. It was big, bad, and beautiful, and with just two players on stage handling guitar and drums, it was dynamic, fantastic, and raw." [a review from Rochester]
As you know, JEFF the Brotherhood headlined a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (10/28). Support came from Ninjasonik, Liquor Store and ELKS.

JEFF, who have a new album on the way, were then supposed to open for The Zeroes at Maxwell's last night, but they got stuck in traffic and never made it to the show. They hopefully won't have similar problems before their next show which is at Union Pool tonight (10/30). More pictures from Music Hall, below...

Continue reading "JEFF the Brotherhood played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Ninjasonik, Liquor Store & ELKS (pics), didn't play Maxwell's"

most photos by Jason House, some photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG

OFF! at Fader Fort (by Jason House)
Off!

OFF! completed their NYC invasion with a three-day stint of reportedly raucous shows at a packed out Europa on 10/21, Generation Records on 10/22, and at Fader Fort on 10/23. I attended Europa and caught the tail end of Cerebral Ballzy and the entire 20+ minute OFF! set which was, exactly how I like my hardcore: brutal, unrelenting, lightning fast, and intensely fun. Fans of Circle Jerks, Black Flag, and early 80s hardcore take note, these guys rule.

OFF! currently has two dates on their calendar though none on the east coast. November 7th will see the band play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (tickets) while two+ weeks later the band will appear at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles for an in-store.

OFF! performed their entire first EP (of four) on Carson Daly on 10/15 (before CMJ). Dig on video of that, some video from Europa courtesy of ((unartig))), and lots of pictures from Europa, Fader Fort, and Generation Records, setlists included, below.

Continue reading "OFF! played Europa, Generation Records, the Fader Fort... and Carson Daly (pics, video & setlists) "

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