Entries tagged with: Liquor Store
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Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
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.
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...
Spider Bags at Hopscotch 2011 (more by Alex Broadwell)
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...
LE1F @ the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus in June (more by Greg Cristman)
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.
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 & 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.
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Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's - 7/16/13 (via @suchashorttime)
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.
Belle & Sebastian @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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
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, 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.
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
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.
Titus Andronicus at House of Vans in August (more by Ryan Muir)
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.
An updated list of dates and some song streams from the new album are below.
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith, words by Bill Pearis
A skimasked Nobunny at Otto's Shrunken Head, 9/20/2012
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.
DOWNLOAD: The Hood Internet - "Grown Up Has No Trigger" (MP3)
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...
by Bill Pearis
Neon Windbreaker at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
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.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mean Jeans - Anybody Out There?(MP3)
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.
photos by Devan Council
Natural Child at Death by Audio - 6/16/12
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.
Electric Eel Shock at 502 in San Antonio, TX
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...
DOWNLOAD: Roomrunner - "Disintegrate" (MP3)
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....
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.
photos by Devan Council
Natural Child @ Union Pool
...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.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...
...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]
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)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny 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)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
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.
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.
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."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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
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.
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.
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...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Andrew St. Clair
Ty Segall @ Death by Audio
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...
photos by Leia Jospe
"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...
most photos by Jason House, some photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG
OFF! at Fader Fort (by Jason House)
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.
by Bill Pearis
It's the weekend before CMJ which is usually pretty quiet, but...not this year. Me, I'm probably staying in. But you might want to check out:
Montreal's cute synthpop band Silly Kissers are visiting, playing three shows this weekend: tonight (10/14) at Cake Shop, then Friday (10/15) at Silent Barn and Sunday at Glasslands. The band were here for CMJ last year, playing the M for Montreal night at Arlene's Grocery where they wore mime makeup which was probably a mistake. They were better when I saw them in their hometown last November:
"Silly Kissers didn't wear mime makeup this time (like they did at CMJ) which is a definite plus, but I really don't think they are "export ready." Which is not a dis. Their low fi, cutesy (sometimes charming) version of '80s synthpop would be more at home at a house party rather than with the fancy lights at club Juste Pour Rire."Which makes all three places Silly Kissers are playing pretty ideal settings for them. They are fun, and the songs -- sugary, '80s-inspired indie-dancepop -- are undeniably catchy. Check out "Treat Me Like You Do" at the top of this post.
All three shows are with fellow MTL-er Claire Boucher who performs under the name Grimes. Her new record, Halafaxa, is a "pay what you want" download from their label's website. Ethereal, occasionally dub-infected and danceable, Halafaxa should appeal to fans of Delorean and Sally Shapiro (or even old 4AD bands like Colourbox or Dif Juz). Definitely worth a click. You can download "Weregild" from it at the top of the this post to give you a taste. Like a lot of music like this, making it interesting to watch in a live setting is the big hurdle. Can she do it? Go see them live.
By the way, I'll talk more about this later, but as we just pointed out, M For Montreal's 2010 CMJ showcase will again be at Arlene's Grocery, but this time with Random Recipe, The Luyas, Uncle Bad Touch, PS I Love You, Radio Radio, and Red Mass.
London's Wolf Gang play the second of their NYC shows tonight (10/14). I have a soft spot for this sort of melodramatic anthemicism, especially when you add a dancey element to it. Did anyone go see them last night at Santos? You can check out two tracks at the top of this post: "Lions in Cages" which is pretty typical of what Wolf Gang do, and "Pieces of You" which sounds a little more like Grizzly Bear or something.
The show also has Acrylics on the bill who I like a lot but have been pretty quiet for the last six months so I'm anxious to see what they've been up to. Like maybe they've been making their debut album? Let's hope. Also playing are Safe and Painted Faces who I know bubkis about.
Toys & Tiny Instruments
And finally I'd like to highlight a pretty cool show at Bruar Falls on Friday (10/15). Headlining are Toys & Tiny Instruments who don't need a lot of explanation. You see their name, and you know what they do. But they're much better than you might expect. They played Bruar Falls back in the Spring and while the night started with some eye-rolling -- oh boy what is this novelty thing about to happen? -- everyone there ended up kinda being wowed. They may buy their gear at Toys R' Us but that doesn't mean they don't write awesome songs, and that they can't play their instruments well. I liked them so much I had them play my lunchtime series at the Seaport over the summer and they were great there too. Friday is the first show they've played since then and it's a release party for their debut EP.
The rest of the bill is pretty notable and eclectic: Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen (he sang lead on "Punk Rock Girl"); home recording legend R. Stevie Moore; and Beth Sorrentino who some of you may remember from '90s indie pop band Suddenly, Tammy! whose song "Lamp" still makes it onto mixes around my house.
And a few more DAILY PICKS NOT COVERED ABOVE
THURSDAY, OCT 14
Fans of Los Campesinos!, who play Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday and Saturday night, might be interested to know that Rob Taylor also performs solo under the name Sparky Deathcap and will be doing so tonight at the Rock Shop. It's a free show starts at 8pm sharp.
The Delancey may feel a bit like Silent Barn tonight what with a lineup that includes My Teenage Stride, Lame Drivers, Suprisers and Easter Vomit. You can download five new MTS songs, all of which are good, over at Free Music Archive.
And if you'd like to laugh, Coco 66 tonight hosts Supershow!, a free comedy variety show, that tonight hasThu Tran of IFC's Food Party, the Found Footage Festival guys, Gabe Delahaye of Videogum, and more.
DOWNLOAD: Elks - "Destined For The Sun" (MP3)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Heavy Suzan Cream
Liquor Store will team up with Heavy Cream, Grooms, and Hunters for a show at Death By Audio TONIGHT (9/7). It's one of a few shows that Heavy Cream have/had scheduled in the NYC area. They played Union Pool and Cake Shop last week and Rock Shop last night. Pics from the Cake Shop show, which featured a headlining set from Unnatural Helpers (who played a bunch of shows in town too) and support from The Suzan (ditto), are in this post.
Heavy Cream are on the road surpporing their new LP Danny which was just released on Infinity Cat Recordings. Dig on what's left of their tour sked below.
Meanwhile, the headliners at Death by Audio tonight, Liquor Store, will also play Music Hall of Wiliiamsburg on 10/28, alongside Elks, Ninjasonik, and "hosts" Jeff The Brotherhood (who are very good friends of Heavy Cream). Tickets are still on sale.
Elks also played Rock Shop last night with Heavy Cream, and are prepping to release their new six-song EP Elks In Space produced by Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies. No word on when/who will release the effort, but until then, download one of the tracks above.
More pictures from the Cake Shop show (which doubled as Heavy Cream guitarist Mimi's 23rd birthday party), and UH's setlist, and tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Girls with English Accents (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Harder Than It's Ever Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - Girlfriend (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - Caesar (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Baths - Nikki Don't (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Pogo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rayon Beach - The Memory Teeth (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dog Day - Synastry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dog Day - Wait it Out (Mp3)
DOWNLOAD: Deerhunter - Revival (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Versus - Invincible Hero (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: How to Dress Well - Ecstasy with Jojo (MP3)
Wild Beasts @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Just like the August bounty of tomatoes, corn and zucchini that can be currently found at your local farmer's market, we looking at five extremely fertile days of live music, much of it free. Take advantage now -- this crop is extremely perishable.
Wild Beasts are stopping in NYC tonight on their way back from Lollapalooza, playing Highline Ballroom. Their second album, Two Dancers, was my favorite album of 2009 and a year later I'm still listening to it. It's up for this year's Mercury Music Prize and if anybody is going to beat The xx it'll be Two Dancers. If you missed their shows last September, or their appearances here in February , don't miss them this time. Tickets are still available. The fluid interplay between the band is something to behold -- a real case of four people working as one mesmerizing whole. And those who still haven't gotten used to their vocal style, I say go see them live and everything makes more sense.
Domino Records is offering a free downloadable four-song EP featuring "We've Still Got the Taste Dancing on Our Tongues" in original and remixed form, a track previously only available as a Japanese b-side and an acoustic version of "The Devil's Crayon." The download widget is at the bottom of this post and expires August 14 so get on that. And do go see them live tonight if you can. Denmark's The Kissaway Trail and UK artist Lone Wolf are also on the bill.
Fergus and Geronimo
It's been a year since Denton, TX's Fergus & Geronimo were last in town, and while they haven't released anything new since last summer's initial flurry of singles, that should change soon. The band have signed with Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art who will hopefully be putting out a record sooner than later. In the meantime, UK label Transparent (who put out "Tell it in My Ear" last year) have offered up a new F&G track "Girls with English Accents" that you can download at the top of this post. Maybe a little more dreamy/folky and less soul-tinged than their previous output, it's still another winner from this excellent four-piece.
I saw them at 92-Y Tribeca last summer and thought they were terrific. Fergus & Geronimo play Cake-Shop tonight (8/11) with Radical Dads and Little Gold. They then play Saturday (8/14) at Don Pedro's with Liquor Store, Home Blitz, Moonmen on the Moon, Man, and Nashville's Pujol. That sounds like a party.
Also here from Texas this weekend are Austin's Rayon Beach who play Bruar Falls on Saturday (8/14) and Death by Audio on Sunday (8/15). Like a lot of the bands on Hozac Records (or bands from Austin for that matter), this trio fit under the psych/garage umbrella but there's a decided Brit bent to their music. Baroque garage, is that a thing? Think Syd-era Pink Floyd or The Pretty Things more than Woven Bones. Make no mistake -- Rayon Beach can and do get plenty loud. It's just sometimes with pinkies extended. Check out Memory Teeth's title track at the top of this post.
We're just getting started. Ty Segall and The Royal Baths are here from San Francisco, playing Cake Shop on Thursday (8/12) and Death by Audio on Friday (8/13). For my money, it doesn't get much better in the new garage scene than this guy, who has been cranking out records over the last two years. Amazingly, they're pretty much all good, and each record goes somewhere new. The latest, Melted, just out on Goner Records, adds some nice '60s paisley pop touches. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And he's great live.
The Royal Baths, meanwhile, are sort of the flip side to Ty's sunshine pop. I wrote before that they're "kind of bad trip acid rock, dark and seedy but not atonal. But it's definitely down the rabbit hole. In a good way." Royal Baths debut LP is due out on Woodsist in September and you can check out album track "Nikki Don't" at the top of this post.
Still more. Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers are back -- they were last here for the Northside Festival -- for two shows: Thursday (8/12) at new Williamsburg venue The Pyramids and then Friday night (8/13) at Cake Shop. The band have signed with Kanine records who will put out their first full-length, Silver, in September. You can check out the album's first single, "Pogo," in the popular MP3 format at the top of this post. If you dig C-86 inspired pop like Brilliant Colors or Liechtenstein, you should definitely seek this duo out. Absolutely worth seeing live and nice folks too.
Both shows Eternal Summers are playing have pretty stacked bills. The Pyramids gig is with Philly's Reading Rainbow, all-girl quartet Rescue Bird, the shambly goodness that is German Measles and the wistful surf of Family Trees; Friday's Cake Shop show also has new-ish Brooklyn duo Yvette, the tinny, witty pop of Knight School and Halifax, NS band Dog Day.
Dog Day are actually here playing two shows. They play Thursday (8/12) at Bruar Falls in addition to the Cake Shop show on Friday. It's been a while since Halifax's mid-90s indie explosion that gave us Sloan and Thrush Hermit, but Dog Day are helping put the coastal city back on the map. Led by husband-and-wife team of Seth Smith and Nancy Ulrich, the quartet make moody, melodic indie rock that is not too dissimilar from The Figurines or The Comas. Last year's Concentration was one of 2009's lost gems. There's two songs to download at the top of this post and I highly suggest you do. You might find yourself saying "why haven't I heard these guys before?" Normally a quartet, for these NYC shows Dog Day will just be a duo of Smith/Ulrich and they'll be testing out new songs for their upcoming album.
Savoir Adore @ Coco66 for Northside (more by Don Gochenour)
And last but not least, Friday is the last Seaport Music Festival show of the season but they are really going out with a bang with The Wedding Present and Savoir Adore. I'm told we're getting a full 90-minute set from the Weddoes pretty close to what they played at Bowery Ballroom back in April: a career-spanning "hits" set and then they'll play 1989's Bizarro in full.
I saw the Bowery Bizzaro show and it was fantastic, especially the stuff from Side Two of the LP, the long, jangle-on-speed workouts of "Bewitched" and "Take Me!" David Gedge may be 50 but he can still tear into his guitar like Thatcher was still in office. There's video of "Take Me" from Bowery at the bottom of this post. The hits set was peppered with a few new songs too, which I thought were pretty good.
Savoir Adore, one of my favorite new NYC bands of the last few years, are always good live. If you have yet to check out their self-titled debut from last year, you definitely should.
As if this wasn't enough, here are a few more picks by day that weren't already covered above:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11
Two of the best new bands of the last year -- Twin Sister and Oberhofer -- play Mercury Lounge with Ontario's MemoryHouse. Twin Sister and Memory House also play together on Thursday (8/12) at Monster Island Basement, the start of a two-week tour together. All dates at the bottom of this post.
At Coco 66 it's another installment of Show Off Your Sugar which pairs one band and one author to benefit 826NYC, a non-profit writing center for New York City students. Rock critic Chuck Klosterman reads and Here We Go Magic will rock.
by Bill Pearis
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.
Miracles of Modern Science
If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.
Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva), The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.
Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg -- for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.
At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.
The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.
While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.
Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.
The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.
They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.
A few more shows, night by night:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.