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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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Thee Oh Sees @ The Well, 2012 (more by Gabi Porter)
Oh Sees

OBN IIIs @ DbA in July (more by Fred Pessaro)
OBN IIIs

The Blind Shake @ SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Frankie Linder)
Blind Shake

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

Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, OBN Ills @ 285 Kent Avenue
If you have any interest whatsoever in things "garage" and "punk" then this triple bill is pretty much unmissable. With the scifi protopunk of The Blind Shake and the in-your-face rock fury that is OBN-IIIs, the crowd will be ready for mayhem by the time Thee Oh Sees hit the stage. This tour also hits Irving Plaza on Tuesday, but you really wanna see these bands somewhere down and dirty if it's an option. And it is!

of Montreal, Surface to Air Missive @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the first.

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Prudential Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. The tour hits NYC's Barclays Center tomorrow, and tonight it's at NJ's Prudential Center. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

The 5.6.7.8's, The A-Bones, Guitar Lightnin' Lee and His Thunder Band @ The Bell House
It's a night of garage rock at The Bell House with Japanese trio The 5.6.7.8's (who may be best known in America for their appearance in Kill Bill) and The A-Bones, who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, William Tyler @ Union Pool
Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio is in the midst of his October residency with his newish side project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. This is the last show of their October residency.

ARP, William Tyler, Jeff Tuohy @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
This is the annual "Taste of the Seaport" where you can sample fare from downtown restaurants, check out some music (including William Tyler, who's played in Lambchop and Silver Jews), all in support of Spruce Street School/PS 397.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ B.B. King Blues Club
Veteran hip hop duo Bone Thugs N Harmony are still kicking, and thanks to collaborations with guys like A$AP Ferg, probably still making younger fans.

Heartsounds, Cleave, The Stereo State, The Reveling @ Acheron
The melodic hardcore/punk of Heartsounds has gained them comparisons to bands like Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream, and if you dig that kinda thing, you might wanna check them out at Acheron tonight.

Child Abuse, Staer, Cellular Chaos, Nebadon @ Death By Audio
Say goodbye to your eardrums as this is a tinnitus-inducing bill of noisepunk, featuring local greats Child Abuse and Norway's chaotic Staer (stream a song below).

Lovers, Air Waves, Ian Mellencamp, Tami Hart @ Glasslands
Portland trio Lovers just released their new album A Friend in the World which features more bubbling synths, acoustic guitars and big choruses. Playing tonight with the strummy Air Waves and onetime Making Friendz leader Tami Hart.

The Black Crowes, Dr. John @ Terminal 5
New Orleans legend Dr. John has no lack of classic material to gain him the "legend" title, and he's no nostalgia act either. 2012's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down was a very worthy late-career album. Tonight he's the opener at the third of four Black Crowes Terminal 5 shows.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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 Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Love Inks - Blackeye (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lovers - Figure 8 (MP3)

Love Inks @ SXSW (more)
Love Inks

Can you feel the love tonight? I can though mainly because we've got two bands with that in their name playing tonight. Though not in the same place. First is Austin's Love Inks who, as previously mentioned, are playing NYC for the first time. Tonight (6.2) they're at Glasslands with Rewards, Slowdance, and Celestial Shore. They'll also play Tuesday (6/7) at Pianos with Elastic Summer, Monokino and more.

Love Inks' debut, E.S.P., came out last month on City Slang and, as I wrote previously, it's a pretty little understated thing. Minimalist instrumentation -- guitar, bass, drum machine -- that doesn't get in the way of the band's main asset: singer Sherry LeBlanc's honeyed vocals. (In the same timbre as Beth Cosatino.) E.S.P. is what I like to call Sunday Morning music (Galaxie 500, Belle & Sebastian), and a fine example at that. You can check out "Blackeye" at the top of this post.

Tonight's Glasslands show is pretty solid all around. I've been wanting to check out Slowdance for some time. You can download two tracks from their website and both are pretty good: atmospheric rock that is, and yes, danceable. (Though maybe not slowdanceable.) Rewards, as you may remember, is Aaron Pfanning who was in Chairlift; and Celestial Shore are channeling some serious Brian Wilson vibes in a slightly mathy kind of way.

Lovers
Lovers

The other "love" band tonight is Portland trio Lovers (not to be confused with Lovvers), who are at Cake Shop with Household and Skeleton Head (They played last night at Union Hall...anybody go?). Lovers' most recent album, Dark Light, came out last fall on Badman Recordings and you can download "Figure 8" from it at the top of this post. It's a pretty good representation of the rest of the records: throbbing synths and big choruses. The BPMs are a little to slow to call it dance music, but it's definitely got a groove. Mood music you can move to.

You should get there early for local trio Household who I caught at Bruar Falls a couple weeks ago and really liked. They're in the Lilliput/Raincoats school of minimalist postpunk (or more recently Brilliant Colors or Yellowfever). No releases yet, but Household have a handful of streamable songs on their website which were produced by Andrew Raposo (who plays bass in various DFA-related bands). Definitely worth a listen.

Hospitality @ Pianos in Feb (more)
Hospitality

What else? After what seems like an awfully long time (two years plus), Hospitality are finally getting around to putting out an album. I think it's pretty much done, so hopefully we'll see that sooner than later. In the meantime, the trio are playing a whole bunch in June, starting Friday night (6/3) at Cake Shop where they'll share the bill with country folk act Numbers and Letters, and Edelweiss who kind of sound like first-album Foals and are not to be confused with the shortlived early '90s novelty act of the same name. The show is FREE.

Hospitality also play the final date of my Sound Bites series at the Fulton Stall Market on July 17. All upcoming shows are at the bottom of this post. More Fulton Stall Market (Seaport) shows are listed HERE.

TSOOL @ SXSW (more)
TSOOL

And last but certainly not least, the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives arrive from Sweden this weekend, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (6/5) and The Bell House on Monday (6.6). If you enjoy '60s/'70s style rock, there are few bands that do it as well as TSOOL, and certainly not many who put on a better live show. I wrote of their 2009 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg:

A nearly two-hour show of guitar windmills, endless stick twirls, karate kicks, ponderous, psychedelic lyrics and massive riffs. You could watch The Soundtrack of Our Lives and spend the whole time picking apart the references: The Who, Stones, Pink Floyd, Love, Spirit, Faces, Beatles, etc. But to do so is to miss the point of TSOOL, who distill everything that is great about rock's classic late '60s / early '70s era into one incredible band. And an even better live show. Seriously, these guys knock it out of the park every time.
The band have just released a best-of compilation, Golden Greats, which is a fine introduction to the band's catalogue to date (five albums, all doubles) and really showcases what this band does so well. But live is where they make you a believer. TSOOL are promising wildly different setlists for the two shows, and superfans can buy a discounted $35 ticket that gets you into both. These guys love to play, and usually do two-hour sets so... be prepared.

Opening the Le Poisson Rouge show are The Mommyheads ('90s era indie rockers who pop up now and again), and at The Bell House is Montreal's sitar-fueled Elephant Stone (an especially inspired pairing). TSOOL are also on Last Call With Carson Daly tonight (6/2).

That's the main stuff this week. A few more recommended shows, day-by-day, are below

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

Some of you may remember The Barracudas who led the UK surf-rock/garage revival in the early '80s. (If not, there's a video below.) Singer Jeremy Gluck has formed a new line-up of the group and they're playing Union Hall tonight. Don't be confused with Georgia's  Barreracudas on the bill as well. We can only hope they'll hll play together as The Barrarerrarerracudadas.

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