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Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Yeasayer

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Yeasayer played Summerstage last night (9/12). We missed them but caught them in Austin where Dead Can Dance also recently played. How was the NY show?

As BV Chicago pointed out, Smashing Pumpkins frontman BIlly Corgan opened a tea shop outside of Chicago, and he played acoustic sets there today to celebrate.

Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.

The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.

The Walkmen, whose tour brings them to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on October 18 with Dum Dum Girls (tickets) will play Conan tonight.

more below...

Continue reading "Also: The Walkmen, Pig Destroyer, Yeasayer, Bat For Lashes, Lower Dens, Billie Joe Armstrong, Billy Corgan & more"

Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

Continue reading "Craft Spells playing NYC before Midpoint Music Festival (2012 line-up)"

Ryan Jarman of The Cribs (more by David Andrako) / Amadou & Mariam
Ryan Jarman
Amadou & Mariam

today in NYC
* Coldplay @ IZOD Center
* Love Taps @ Joe's Pub
* Sidi Toure @ Joe's Pub
* Reptar @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Kenny Brawner @ Joe's Pub
* Maxwell @ Prudential Center
* Yemen Blues @ City Winery
* Judah Friedlander @ Carolines
* Jackson Browne @ Beacon Theatre
* Xombie, Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
* Millie Jackson @ BB King Blues Club
* Michael Attias & Friends @ Barbes
* Mondo! indiepop dance party @ Cameo
* Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos @ Barbes
* Strung Out, Handguns @ Highline Ballroom
* Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea @ Stone Pony
* Sound Of Urchin @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* DMC U.S. Finals DJ Battle @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Chain and the Gang, Blues Control @ Maxwell's
* Turner Cody, Chris Tucci DJ set @ The Ace Hotel
* Amadou & Mariam, Theophilus London @ Summerstage
* Sebastien Drums, Chad Stark @ Santos Party House
* Superhuman Happiness, Beyondo @ Arlene's Grocery
* System of a Down, Deftones @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* KNTRLR, First Nature, Los Encantados @ Glasslands
* Dope Body, Call Of The Wild, Gentleman @ Union Pool
* Egyptrixx, Sinjin Hawke, Gobby, N0ms @ 285 Kent Ave
* Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Punch, Living Eyes, Born Wrong, Off Camber @ ABC No Rio
* The Gypsy West, The Walnuts, Infantree @ Bowery Electric
* Justin Jones, Queen Orlenes, Yoni Gordon @ The Rock Shop
* Will Stratton, Ice Water, Benjamin Seretan @ 92Y Tribeca
* Electric Umbilical Cord, Weeknight, Mos Fet @ Union Pool
* Guardian Alien, Rhyton, Queening, Ryo Inoue @ Shea Stadium
* Shake The Baron, Stone Cold Fox, The Yes Way @ Mercury Lounge
* Walls, Kim Phuc, Joint Damage, Death Evocation, Shoxx @ Acheron
* Mortem, Crucifier, Imprecation, Polterchrist @ Saint Vitus
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Erik Deutsch Trio @ Brooklyn Bowl
* I Am Lightyear, New Animal, New Myths, Old Abram Brown @ Pianos
* Flea Market, The Eeries, Organs, Eurotics, Nervous Ticks @ XPO 929
* Lemonade (DJ Set), Blondes (DJ set), Rewards (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Pillars and Tongues, Olivia Salvadori, Hiro Kone (DJ set) @ Zebulon
* Frustrations, Bambara, Life Size Maps, Hamburguesa @ Death By Audio
* Les Racquet, The Black Cadillacs, The Floorwalkers @ Knitting Factory
* John Talabot DJ set, Jamie XX DJ set, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jamie XX, Pearson Sound, Lemonade, Sinjin Hawke, Zora Jones @ Warm Up P.S.1
* Tyvek, Wet Hair, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Volunteers Park @ Living Bread
* Miniature Tigers, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dino's Boys, Games, The Babyshakes, Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders @ Cake Shop
* Ryan Jarman (The Cribs), Jeffrey Lewis, Devin, Jen Turner (of Here We Go Magic), Penn Badgley @ Cameo
* Law & Order, Slothrust, The Toothaches, The Graveyard Kids @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Two Cow Garage, Uncle Leon & The Alibis, Ram's Head Lady Slipper, Sad and French @ Union Hall
* Nymph, Noveller, Black Crown Ceremony, GSOL, Dome Theater, Cool Places Soundsystem DJ set @ Secret Project Robot
* Pass Kontrol, Not Blood Paint, Backwords, Bad Credit No Credit, Katie Mullins, Gunfight, Springs, Uzuhi, Activists/Dictators, The Winter Ring @ The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
* Ancient Filth, All Torn Up, Barbarian, Tribal Force @ Acheron

While Lollapalooza and Osheaga have sucked away a good portion of name bands for the weekend, there are still plenty of fun music things to do. This afternoon Amadou & Mariam and Theopolis London play a free show at Central Park Summerstage; Union Pool's afternoon Summer Thunder series continues with Baltimore noisemakers Dope Body, plus Call of the Wild and Gentlemen; and Rippers out in Rockaway Beach is throwing a boardwalk party with Clouder, Dead Stars, Friend Roulette, Huntronik, Eastern Hollows and Blackout. All of these shows are FREE.

You could also head to Cameo tonight to see Ryan Jarman of The Cribs (whoa-oh!) play his first-ever NYC solo show with Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic, Jeffrey Lewis (!), Devin (!!), and Penn Badgley (?!? the Gossip Girl dude?). Tickets are still available. Then stick around Cameo for Mondo! which is the city's premier indiepop dance party.

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Lower Dens have released a new video for "Candy" from their recent NooTropics. Check that out below.

Full of Hell have unleashed a new song from an upcoming split with Calm the Fire due on Holy Roar Records this September. Check out "Return to the Mines" featuring Mike Riley (ex-Pulling Teeth) below.

Check out the new song "The Eliminator" from Maserati's Maserati VII due via TRL on 10/2. While you're down there, don't miss "Dream Odyssey" by Mono also due from TRL on 9/4.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Beach House, Central Park Summerstage 7/23/2012
Beach House

If there's any band to see while a storm begins to brew overhead, it may just be Beach House. Some of those lightning flashes last night at their Summerstage performance in Central Park seemed almost synchronized to what they were playing. While a noticeable stream of people left as the weather worsened midway through the show, the band played on and their set didn't seem to be cut short by the rain. (Setlist is at the bottom of this post.) And while some Summerstage shows can be on the quiet side, Beach House were thunderous.

Fellow Baltimorians Lower Dens, a late-announced addition (after their Bowery performance), opened the show. More pictures from last night's show are below and if you haven't been keeping up, we've also posted pics of both bands from Pitchfork Fest.

Continue reading "Beach House & Lower Dens played Central Park (pics, setlist)"

Lower Dens @ Glasslands in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Lower Dens

today in NYC
* Val-Inc @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* David Dondero @ Joe's Pub
* Spryo Gyra @ Blue Note
* Langhorne Slim @ The Bell House
* Holy Ghost! DJ set @ Marquee NYC
* The Japonize Elephants @ Barbes
* Mike Lee & New Tricks @ The Stone
* WAR @ Queensbridge Park
* Heliotropes, The Loom @ Union Pool
* Lower Dens, No Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
* Los Amigos Invisibles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* MNDR, Javelin, Delicate Steve @ the Intrepid
* Elzhi, Sene, 41 Strings, Joe Cool @ SOB's
* Outside, Artifact, Doggiesatnight @ Zebulon
* Slavic Soul Party @ Jewish Museum
* Deleted Scenes, The Spinto Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Death Cab For Cutie, Surfer Blood @ Wellmont Theater
* Way Yes, Strange Shapes, Rimar, Railbird @ Pianos
* Shady Hawkins, TinVulva, Mannequin Pussy @ 285 Kent
* "secret headliner," Grand Rapids, Shark? @ Cake Shop
* Trabajo, 100 milkteeth, Y/Y, Body Building @ La Sala
* DJ Rockin Rob, DJ Biz Markie, DJ Cash Money @ Crotona Park
* Here We Go Magic, SINKANE @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kayo Dot, Triple Cobra, The Big Con @ Bowery Electric
* Lotus Plaza, Hollow Stars, Warm Ghost @ Knitting Factory
* Lorelei, The New Lines, Mansions and Junipers @ Glasslands
* Electric Six @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Harbor Lights
* Dolores Boys, Insect Ark, Hot Tub Panorama, Ice Balloons @ XPO 929
* Soft Black, Island Twins, Weird Rivers, Makeup Monsters @ Shea Stadium
* Eric Andre, Mike Dobbins, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire @ Santos Party House
* Grasshopper, Alan Watts, Warcries, Kel Valhaal, Future Shuttle @ Big Snow
* Angel Haze, Carrie Wilds, King Leo, Venus X, Covert Kids @ Santos Party House
* The Parlor Mob, Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys, Carleigh Jade @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sarah Barthel of Phantogram (DJ), Punches (DJ), Sean Glass (DJ) @ Hudson Terrace
* Kids & Explosions, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Wolf In a Spacesuit @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more @ Williamsburg Park @ 9pm
* Thank You Good Night free comedy w/ Erin Lennox, Nate Fernald, Joel Walkowski, Adam Sokol, Mike Lawrence @ Cake Shop

Lower Dens headline a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and were officially added as the opener for Beach House at Summerstage on Monday.

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Some movie called The Dark Knight Rises makes it debut in theaters tonight at midnight.

"Summer of Sam" screens in Tompkins Square Park.

"Slumdog Millionaire" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Passion Pit made a video for "I'll Be Alright" from their new album Gossamer which you can watch below.

Antibalas, who play a free show with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Williamsburg Park next month, have made their first ever video for new song "Dirty Money." You can watch that below.

Meanwhile there's a free show in Williamsburg Park tonight with Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more.

The Vaccines have a video for their new single "Teenage Icon" which you can watch below as well.

Death Cab For Cutie and Surfer Blood play Wellmont Theater in NJ tonight.

There's a secret show at Cake Shop.

You can also check out a new Freelance Whales track below too.

What else?

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photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.

More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 pics (part 1) -- Feist, Purity Ring, Olivia Tremor Control, A$AP Rocky, Willis Earl Beal & much more"

shittychandelier with a pitchfork
Pitchfork

If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival 2012 livestream webcast schedule"

by Bill Pearis

No Joy

Hazy Montreal rockers No Joy are hitting the road and crushing eardrum, joining Lower Dens on their upcoming summer tour that hits NYC on July 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available and all Lower Dens/No Joy tour dates are listed below.

Right before that tour begins (June 19 to be specific), No Joy will release Negaverse, a new five-song EP on Mexican Summer which refines the band's swirling maelstrom of big guitars and ethereal vocals. Alan McGee would've signed them to Creation in a heartbeat in 1990. Sounds good today too -- you can stream the EP's lead track, "Junior," alongside the record's cover art and tracklist below.

Continue reading "No Joy ready new EP (stream a track), touring w/ Lower Dens "

photos by Joe McCabe

Lower Dens

Before coming out for an almost-unheard-of-at-Glasslands three-song encore, frontwoman Jana Hunter of Lower Dens stepped out from behind the keys and mic stand to stand in front of the monitors, among the crowd, and close the main set with the Houston musician Arthur Bates' "Hours". And why the hell not? Though known for being a bit reserved onstage, Hunter has watched her Baltimore-based band be anointed an "It" band in the city that decides such things. She certainly has nothing to be self-conscious about, if she ever did.

Not that this extremely sold-out show, or the spate of overwhelmingly positive recent reviews, are the first time anyone noticed the band. Their first record, Twin-Hand Movement, had a lot to recommend it, and critics agreed. But Nootropics, which dropped this week, is the kind of record that takes the band's sound and appeal to the proverbial "next level". Rather than an excellent followup to a good start, Nootropics accomplishes the feat that bedevils many second records - evolving the band's sound and broadening its sonic palette while retaining the core of what drew notice in the first place.[NYC Taper]

Not counting the Insound thing, Lower Dens played two record release shows last week to celebrate their new album, Nootropics. We've got pictures from the May 2 Glaslands show, and NYCTaper was there and you can download Lower Dens' whole set over his way. They also played Mercury Lounge.

Lower Dens play New York again on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom as part of a recently announced tour. Tickets are still on sale. Lower Dens' Glasslands setlist and pictures, openers Air Waves included, and all tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Lower Dens played Glasslands (pics, setlist, live recording)"

Beach House

Just a reminder that, after a quickly-sold-out AmEx presale yesterday, tickets go on sale at noon today (5/4) to see Beach House at Bowery Ballroom on May 15. It's the same day as the Baltimore duo's fourth album, Bloom, is released via Sub Pop. Their East Coast tour begins tonight in Charlottesville, VA.

Speaking of Charm City, Lower Dens play Bowery Ballroom on July 19 and those tickets also go on sale at noon. Lower Dens, play tonight in Washington, DC, released their second album, Nootropics, this week.

All tour dates for Beach House and Lower Dens are below.

Continue reading "Beach House and Lower Dens tickets going on sale"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains"

Lower Dens

Lower Dens' terrific second album, Nootropics, is out today on Domino subsidiary Ribbon Music, and they just announced a tour with No Joy that wraps up at Bowery Ballroom on July 19. Tickets go on sale for the Bowery show on Friday (May 4) at Noon and the Amex pre-sale starts tomorrow (May 2) at noon. Meanwhile, Lower Dens played the Insound offices last night for people who pre-bought Nootropics and play sold out shows tonight (5/1) at Mercury Lounge and Wednesday (5/2) at Glasslands.

Nootropics is new musical territory for Jana Hunter and crew, with a much spacier sound than their debut, Twin Hand Movment, and is a little closer in sound to their Baltimore neighbors Beach House. (I might argue that Nootropics out-Beach Houses the new Beach House album, Bloom, but that's just me.) Pitchfork gave it a 8.2 today, but not Best New Music. You can download the motorik-driven first single "Brains" at the top of this post and stream the album on Spotify. They also just released a video for new single "Propogation" full of spooky, glowing beekeepers. Spooky beekeeper music actually isn't a bad description of Nootropics, either.

Click through for the "Propogation" video and all Lower Dens tour dates...

Continue reading "Lower Dens release Nootropics, announce more dates & video"

Lower Dens

As previously mentioned, Lower Dens will be going on a tour in support of a new record later this month. That tour includes two NYC shows which are now SOLD OUT. However, there now a third way to catch them in NYC, one day before the other two shows. Insound says:

Be one of the first 50 pre-orders and receive one ticket to an intimate live performance by Lower Dens on April 30, 2012!

* Once your order is placed, within 48 hours, you will be emailed to confirm your attendance and then notified of the time/location of the show, along with your ticket
* Each pre-order will grant you one ticket to the performance
* You will be able to pick up your pre-order at the performance, along with an exclusive signed poster (shipping charges will be removed from your order)
* Transportation NOT included (you must be in the NYC area)

As of this post, there is still room, so order away!

Lower Dens at South Street Seaport in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Lower Dens

As mentioned, Lower Dens will release their second album, Nootropics, on April 30 via Ribbon Music. Listen to the single, "Brains," HERE. Watch its new video below.

They've got some upcoming shows, many of which are at colleges like Vassar College on 2/29, and also Chicago show in March and SXSW. The band just announced a tour which includes NYC shows happening at Mercury Lounge on May 1 and Glasslands on May 2. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/22) at noon. Glasslands tickets TBA. All tour dates are listed with their new video below...

Continue reading "Lower Dens have a new video & shows scheduled (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)

ATP UK

The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.

Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.

ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.

Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

Continue reading "The National curating an ATP; Lower Dens announce new LP"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cass McCombs @ MHOW
Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs and Lower Dens brought their tour to Maxwell's on Wednesday (7/20) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (7/21). Cass played a very even mix of material off his last four albums and some new unreleased ones too as you can hear in NYC Taper's recording of the NJ show. Our pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show, continue below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs played Maxwell's & MHOW w/ Lower Dens (pics, setlists & a live recording)"

photos and video by Jessica Amaya

Lower Dens @ South Street Seaport
Lower Dens

After losing Will, Jana Hunter put together a new Lower Dens which made its debut in Toronto during NXNE. That new band made its NYC debut at South Street Seaport Friday night, and will hit NYC again as part of its tour with Cass McCombs. Dirty Beaches, who also played NXNE, also played South Street Seaport Friday night. Pictures from that free NYC show are in this post. More of them, with videos and tour dates too, below...

Continue reading "Lower Dens (with mostly new band) played South Street Seaport w/ Dirty Beaches (pics, video & more dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADSloan - Follow the Leader (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Wait In The Dark" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Today Is Our Life" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Maus - "Quantum Leap" (MP3)

Sloan
Sloan

Holiday weekends generally mean less bands of note playing in NYC which seems to be the case this year for the Fourth of July, but there is some great stuff happening nonetheless. First and formost for me are Canadian rock icons Sloan, who play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/29) and Knitting Factory tomorrow (6/30). If you missed it, I interviewed guitarist Jay Ferguson earlier this week which was a lot of fun. Here's him talking about playing Sloan's new fantastic album, The Double Cross, live:

It's fun, especially the first three songs on the record which are kind of a little mini suite that flow into each other. We play those right at the beginning, flowing together so it's a fun exercise to pull off. It's always fun to play the new songs. Maybe more fun for us than the audience. We've been around for 20 years and hopefully the audience is interested the new material but you hope you're not boring them. When Mick Jagger says, "Here's another new one from Bridges to Babylon," everyone goes to get a drink. Hopefully people will patiently listen until we play one of our huge hits from 1998.
Sloan was one of the first things (second, specifically) I ever wrote about for this site and am pretty much a superfan. I've seen them play countless times and are one of my favorite live bands ever. If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and go to one of these shows, it's pretty much a guaranteed good time. Also, check out Sloan's rockin' version of Gary Numan's classic "Cars" that the band did for AV Club series Undercover. The video is below.

Feelies

It is Independence Day weekend which means The Feelies at Maxwell's. These are now becoming the summertime equivalent of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows and there are three this year:  Friday(7/1)  and Saturday (7/2) which are both sold out and Sunday (7/3) which still has tickets.

In addition to the band's classic catalog -- and host of covers -- The Feelies have a new album this time out as you may know. Here Before is the band's first album in 20 years and finds Glen Mercer, Bill Million and the rest of the band picking up basically where they left off. But really, what else would you expect. It's a lovely album, probably most reminiscent of 1985's  The Good Earth with the prevelance of acoustic guitars. That magic interplay between Mercer and Million is still there. This is an album for early evening Sunday back yard barbeques. And anyone who's seen The Feelies live since they got back together knows they've still got it.

And if you can't make the Maxwell's shows, The Feelies play Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23.

Nobunny

If you want to let it all hang out, maybe go see Nobunny who plays Knitting Factory on Friday (7/1) and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2). He will certainly be hanging out, most of him at least, as it's a rare show where he doesn't strip down to his tightie whities. The sleazoid schtick remains fun because Nobunny's songs are pretty undeniably catchy in a Ramones-y pop-punk meets Happy Days kind of way. As can be heard on last year's First Blood. Live shows remain unhinged. If you're in a Nobunny state of mind, it's a good time.

I do wonder about that mask, though. He does wash it occasionally, right? If you can wash it.

Memory Tapes

And if you're in an electronic pop kind of mood, Memory Tapes play a late show on Friday night (7/1) at Mercury Lounge. Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty teriffic. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And do check out the very cool video for "Yes I Know" at the bottom of this post.

And that's mostly it for this holiday weekend. Happy America! A few more picks -- and shameless plugging -- below.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

John Maus and Puro Instinct are at Mercury Lounge. I caught both last night at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young.

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Continue reading "Sloan, Memory Tapes, John Maus, Feelies, Real Estate, Nobunny, Seaport shows & more in This Week in Indie "

photos by Tim Griffin & BBG, words by BBG

Autopsy
Chaos in Tejas

An uber-late Thursday night with Tragedy and Origin of M ruined me for Friday day shows (and daylight, for that matter), but I was not going to miss one of my favorite two-pieces, Iron Lung at Emo's outdoors on the 2nd day of Chaos in Tejas 2011 (June 3rd). The band was third on the bill that hot and sticky night. They played after Hatred Surge and Cider, and were followed by an amazing lineup of fast/brutal featuring Innumerable Forms, Extortion, Citizens Arrest, and the piece de resistance, a headlining set from none other than Autopsy. The show was a stark contrast to what was happeing on the inside state: Lower Dens, Milk Music, The Young, and Unholy Two. Allo Darlin' were supposed to play too, but they cancelled (their NYC shows seem to still be happenning though).

My "day" started with a mix of witty banter and powerviolence brutality from Iron Lung, the first of what would be several pits of the evening. The duo are bulldozer-strength despite their numbers, and incited stage dives & pits despite the early hour. After a set from the dependably great Innumerable Forms (though we need some new mat'l gentlemen!), which featured Justin of Mind Eraser backed by Mammoth Grinder, Extortion took the stage to play a fastball of a set to a highly responsive (and stagedive-y) crowd. The band's clean tone fast-core was great, and the band delivered a more powerful set than at Maryland Deathfest... possibly due to the lack of barrier?

Citizens Arrest followed Extortion. It was the NYC hardcore greats' last set in the foreseeable future, and the fans at Chaos in Tejas were definitely more receptive than the MDF bunch (also, barrier?). The show resembled the band's showing at Knitting Factory in December with plenty of stage dives, dancing, and general mayhem. Many of the dancing few were from band's themselves, so it was awesome to see members of great bands going apeshit just like the rest of us. Awesome set.

Citizens Arrest
Chaos in Tejas

Autopsy headlined the evening, sitting comfortably in the middle ground between wide-eyed maniac and perfectly executed death metal veterans. The band played material from their latest Macabre Eternal, as well as earlier material during their hour+ set. From the moment that the band's intro music came on, the crowd was pressed up against each other in the front rows, with the audience swaying from side to side and front to back in the humidity. It was hot, but not hot enough for me to take my eyes off of Autopsy. Awesome set.

During Autopsy I poked my head into the Emo's indoor room where a sparsely populated crowd were enjoying Lower Dens (catch them on tour with Cass McCombs). I enjoyed the air-conditioning.

Chaos in Tejas Day One pictures are HERE and HERE. Our first set from Day Two (all from Emo's) continue below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 3)"

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs played Bowery Ballroom earlier this month in support of his new album Wit's End. He finishes up a tour in Europe tonight (6/2), but returns to the road in July. Kicking off July 7th in Arizona, Cass will tour North America for the rest of that month. Most dates are with Lower Dens, including the one they' play at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 21. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Saturday (6/4) at noon.

Lower Dens meanwhile are down in Texas where they'll play Chaos in Tejas this weekend. Their other upcoming dates include a free show at South Street Seaport.

Cass also plays MusicfestNW in September, not long after he gets back from another trip to Europe. All tour dates and the new video for "County Line", below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs announces tour w/ Lower Dens, new video"

Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lower Dens

John Hunter of Lower Dens aka Glory Girls have replaced Lower Dens on tonight's Mercury Lounge show because Lower Dens had to cancel due to losing a member. The band posted this message last week:

"Our guitarist, and sometimes drummer, Will Adams, has decided to leave the band, due to exhaustion. As a result we are very sorry to announce the cancellation of some of our upcoming shows. Will's gonna be sorely missed, and we're not sure yet exactly what that will mean for the future of our band, but there will be one."
Lower Dens vocalist and guitarist Jana Hunter (brother of John) followed that up with:
"To be clear, we're still working things out after Will's departure, but we are BY NO MEANS breaking up, and we still plan on playing all the other shows we have scheduled this summer and beyond, including Marfa, Austin, Houston, NYC, etc. See yall soon. - jh"
One of thsoe upcoming shows they're still playing is at the South Street Seaport this summer. Another is part of Hopscotch, and they'll be at NXNE too. Baltimore City Paper has more info in a new interview with Jana.

Tara Jane O'Neil was also listed on tonight's show, but now the openers are Quilt, Battle Circus and Marlon Rando.

Other Lower Dens dates and a video of Glory Girls playing Glasslands, below...

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Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

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Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

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fireworks @ the Seaport in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Seaport

INITIAL SOUTH STREET SEAPORT CONCERT LINEUP
June 24: The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) + TBA
June 26: My Teenage Stride (Sunday)
July 01: Lower Dens & Dirty Beaches
July 03: The Hairs (Sunday)
July 08: The Wake & Weekend
July 10: Pow Wow! (Sunday)
July 15: The Radio Dept. & Asobi Seksu
July 16: 4Knots Music Festival (Saturday)

All Friday shows start at 7pm. Sunday shows, which are the return of our own Bill Pearis' Sound Bites series (but now on Sundays instead of at lunch), begin at 2pm. Both are part of the annual River To River Festival at The Seaport.

More free Seaport dates, shows and bands TBA, including maybe a Mad Decent Block Party.

Lower Dens at Bruar Falls (more by Jessica Amaya)
Lower Dens

Lower Dens headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/25). How was that show?

Next week Lower Dens will hit the road to get to SXSW followed by a European tour that will last them through mid-April. After a couple of weeks away from the road, they'll play some more shows including one at the more intimate Mercury Lounge on May 1st with Tara Jane O'Neil. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (3/2), and regular sale on Friday.

Mercury Lounge is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Tara Jane O'Neil. She'll also play Death by Audio on April 24th with Broken Water, Grass Widow, and Talk Normal. That is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Grass Widow (who'll also support Hunx & His Punx at Glasslands).

The Tara Jane O'Neil dates precede the release of "Ruh Roh", A collaborative LP with Nikaido Kazumi (5/24 on K Records) an album described as "an experiment in improvisation and collaboration without shared language". Listen to at track at K.

All tour dates, video from Lower Dens' MHOW show and more below...

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Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lower Dens

Lower Dens headline Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/25). Glory Girls and Ducktains both open. I have two pairs of tickets you can win. Details at the end of this post.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Dears show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Cake show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Alexi Murdoch show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

As previously discussed, Harvey Milk are in fact playing three shows at Union Pool and they've added support for each night. Tickets are now on sale and still available for all three: March 13th with Occultation (mem Negative Plane!), March 14th with Villains, and the newly-onsale March 15th with Luke Roberts.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Yeasayer show at Terminal 5 (and for the Philly date at the Troc).

Downtown legend Joey Arias is headlining Town Hall on 4/21. Tickets go on presale at noon.

Tickets went on sale Thursday for a Justin Bond/Doveman show at Bowery Ballroom.

Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on 4/26. Tickets go on sale at noon.

The Airborne Toxic Event are playing Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall in three days. Tickets for all of them go on sale at noon.

Jukebox the Ghost and Wakey Wakey co-headline a show at Bowery Ballroom that same week. Tickets go on sale at noon.

The Boxer Rebellion have shows coming up at Bowery and Music Hall - both on sale.

Jeff Mangum tickets also went on sale at 11am and noon.

Strokes MSG tickets are also on sale.

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