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photo: Mikal Cronin @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Mikal Cronin, William Tyler @ Bowery Ballroom
Mikal Cronin just released his most ambitious album yet, the string-laden MCIII whose second side is a concept suite. At the core, though, is his impressive pop smarts and songwriting. Help him celebrate tonight with his ace band.

Florence and the Machine, Empress Of @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Music Hall of Williamsburg is just full of surprises lately, Blur last week and now Florence + the Machine show (an intimate venue for her) presented by Governors Ball. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM today.

Todd Rundgren @ Highline Ballroom
Pop chameleon and certified eccentric Todd Rundgren plays two shows at Highline this week, with a mininal backing of Dâm-Funk and two backup singers. Will you see the light?

Laura Cantrell @ Union Hall
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites."

Hop Along, Crying, Thin Lips @ Rough Trade
Hop Along have been gradually been gaining a strong following since 2012's great Get Disowned, and the just-released Painted Shut (their first for Saddle Creek) totally lives up to all the hype its earned. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on their tour in support of it. Opening is another hard-hitting Philly indie rock band Thin Lips, and the chiptune/Rush lovers Crying.

Elder, Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude, Clamfight @ Saint Vitus
Traditional-style doomers Elder don't reinvent the wheel on their new album, Lore, but they do it so well that it doesn't matter if a little influence is showing. Tonight they're joined by another group of retro riffers, Kings Destroy, Indiana's Apostle of Solitude (ex-Gates of Slumber), and Philly's sludgy Clamfight.

Oddisee, Wati Heru, Salomon Faye @ Knitting Factory
DC rapper/producer Oddisse has been crazy prolific for years now, and just returned with his new jazz/soul-indebted album, The Good Fight.

Flagland, Washer, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Thelonius Junk @ Shea Stadium
Local band Big Ups make a very convincing blend of Fugazi/Slint-style post-hardcore, and their live show is really where it's at. Tonight's also the release party for the new Flagland/Washer split 7".

Weeknight, Courtship Ritual, Aircrafting @ Union Pool
For those who like it dark and moody, this show is a good bet with the lonely highway synthrock of Weeknight and Courtship Ritual's sultry slink.

Communion Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
Communion Records holds their monthly show at Rockwood tonight, happening across all stages, and featuring sets from former Walkmen member Peter Matthew Bauer, the Canadian heartland rock of Arkells, plus Nick Mulvey, Nothing But Thieves, The Walking Sticks, Ryan Hobler, Lost Lander, Mainland, VHS Collection, Michael Daves, Sarah Jaffe, Lewis Lane, The Bros. Landreth, and Albatross Albatross.

Radiolab Live @ BAM
BAM's weeklong RadioLoveFest is back, celebrating the art of audio broadcasting. Things kick off tonight with a live taping of popular science show Radiolab.

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

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by Andrew Sacher


Torres has been playing new songs live for a while now, and she's finally announced the followup to her excellent 2013 debut LP. It's called Sprinter and will be out on May 5 via her new label home of Partisan Records. PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis produced it and PJ's bassist Ian Oliver backed Torres on the record, as did Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley. Working with PJ Harvey collaborators is a good fit for Torres, who gets a bit of a To Bring You My Love-style howl out on new single "Strange Hellos." Like her recent live shows predicted, the new song dives deeper into the heavier rock vibe that her debut only hinted at. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.

Torres also announced a tour which follows her previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show and SXSW. The BK Bazaar show is this Friday (1/30) and also features Mainland, Heliotropes and Ancient Ocean. Like most BKNB shows, it's free.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and new song, below...

Continue reading "Torres announces new LP (stream a track ++ updated dates)"

Savannah Stopover

Now in its fifth year, the Savannah Stopover has established itself as a smaller, genteel alternative to SXSW, happening March 5 - 7 in Savannah, GA right before Austin's megafest, featuring bands on their way there. This year's full lineup was just announced and includes Generationals, San Fermin, Matthew E White, Diarrhea Planet, Southern Culture On The Skids, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Gap Dream and 100+ more. Shows happen at various venues in Savannah's Downtown Historic District, and festival passes are $65.

Full 2015 Savannah Stopover line-up is listed below...

Continue reading "Savannah Stopover announces full 2015 lineup"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

Continue reading "SXSW announces third round of 2015 showcasing artists"


Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

Continue reading "Torres listed her favorite LPs of 2014, playing a free NYC show"

Savannah Stopover

Like in past years, Georgia's Savannah Stopover will go down shortly before SXSW, and will likely have a good amount of overlap. The 2015 edition is their 5th anniversary and happens March 5-7. The initial lineup was announced today and includes Generationals, Diarrhea Planet, Matthew E. White, San Fermin, Heavenly Beat, All Them Witches, Fat Tony, Gap Dream, Beach Day, Axxa/Abraxas, What Moon Things, Ryley Walker and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.

Full phase one lineup and a playlist with those artists below...

Continue reading "Savannah Stopover 2015 initial lineup revealed & tix on sale"

Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2014 adds a ton of more artists"

The Deli NYC Issue #39 (10th Anniversary)

UPDATE: The McKibbin Loft vacate notices mentioned below have now caused The Deli 10th Anniversary party to move to Brooklyn Fireproof. Details TBA.

The Deli Mag has been chronicling the local scene (in NYC and other cities) and talking recording gear for 10 years, and they're celebrating a decade in print with a few parties. with Higher Animals, EULA, Melody Joy, Deathrow Tull, The Pluto Moons, Paxico Records, Joya Bravo, and Rue Brown, with a special Brooklyn Wildlife set featuring Ohene Cornelius, Johnny Voltik, Tyquan Sounds, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky and more. Also playing, legendary junglist DJ Soul Slinger, plus a BBQ, tattoo artists and more. The party starts at 4 PM and the flyer is below. As mentioned above, this was originally supposed to be at McKibbin Lofts but is now happening at Brooklyn Fireproof. Stay tuned for details.

Then next weekend The Deli will take over Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The Friday, August 1 show is with Drowners, Spires, Mainland, The Can't Tells, and Little Racer. The Saturday, August 2 show is with Diane Birch, Secret Someones, 5J Barrow, The Prettiots and Poor Remy. Those shows, like most at BK Bazaar, are free and open to the public. You can also RSVP to skip the line.

And in related news, Gothamist reports that a few of the tenants living in McKibbin Lofts basement spaces have been ordered to vacate with a notice saying "the Department of Buildings has determined that conditions in this premises are immediately perilous to life." Lit Lounge is due to open its Bushwick location in McKibbin this fall.

Deli party flyer below...

Continue reading "McKibbin Lofts partially vacated, Deli 10th anniversary show w/ DJ Soul Slinger & more moved to Brooklyn Fireproof"

Waxahatchee at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Cities Aviv, Maria Minerva, Sadaf H. Nava @ Baby's All Right
285 Kent is now officially closed, but two of its regulars, rapper Cities Aviv and electronic pop artist Maria Minerva, are teaming up for a show at Baby's tonight which will maybe preserve some of that 285 spirit.

Waxahatchee, All Dogs, Cayetana @ Mercury Lounge
It's an incredible triple bill at Mercury Lounge tonight with Waxahatchee, whose singer-songwriter-ish tunes made up one of our favorite albums of 2013 and likeminded (but a bit punkier) indie rock from All Dogs and Cayetana. They do it again at Glasslands on Thursday, and both shows are sold out.

Pixies, FIDLAR, Asphalt Orchestra @ NJPAC
It's the second NYC-area night of Pixies (with current bassist Paz Lenchatin) this week. Opening is Asphalt Orchestra, who do marching band versions of Pixies songs and skate punk brats FIDLAR.

UPDATE: Pixies is rescheduled for next week.

Pretty & Nice, Poor Demon (Secret Guest), Honey Wild, Yellerkin, The Roads @ Glasslands
Boston's Pretty & Nice make the kind of nervy powerpop you used to get in 1979 when XTC and Joe Jackson bouncing around. Tonight they play as a three-piece. Anybody know who "Poor Demon" are actually?

Prince Rupert's Drops, Hairy Sands, Jonas Reinhardt @ Union Pool
Fans of heavy psych will dig this line-up featuring the paisley sounds of PRD, the weird noise of Hairy Sands and Kranky-signed Jonas Reinhardt.

Johnny Winter, JW Jones @ BB King's
Johnny Winter is in the midst of his winter (get it?) residency at BB King's, and tonight's the second of three shows, the third being on 2/23. Expect over 4 decades of blues rock riffs.

Marc Ribot, Chris Eldridge @ Merkin Concert Hall (NY Guitar Fest)
NY Guitar Fest continues with guitar great Marc Ribot (collaborator of Tom Waits, John Zorn, etc) teaming up with Chris Eldridge (of Punch Brothers) to perform live scores to silent films tonight.

Brooklyn Transcore Punk Island Stage Benefit @ Grand Victory
Tonight Grand Victory hosts a benefit for the Transcore stage of Punk Island (which Aye Nako have played) with Little Waist, Penguin, Dirty Circle, and The Whores.

Marsha Ambrosius, Benja @ SOB's
R&B/soul singer Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of Floetry and a recent collaborator of Robert Glasper and Talib Kweli, is releasing a new solo album, Friends and Lovers, and this week she celebrates with a two-night release party at SOB's, this being night 2.

Mainland, The Teen Age, Cosmonaut, Leopold And His Fiction @ Pianos
Straight-up guitar pop is alive and well and on stage at Pianos tonight. Check out a track from Mainland's upcoming Shiner EP below.

Shark?, Las Rosas, White Gold, Syd Sair @ Shea Stadium
Tonight's show at Shea includes quality local bands Shark? and Las Rosas, plus Atlanta's White Gold.

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

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Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (Waxahatchee, Pixies, Pretty & Nice, Prince Rupert's Drops, Shark?, Marc Ribot & more)"

by Bill Pearis


Mexico City quartet Rey Pila are gearing up to release their new album which was made here in NYC with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yuck). The first single is a catchy dollop of synth rock called "Alexander" and you can stream that -- along with the b-side, a cover of Chris DeBurgh's soft-rock mainstay "Lady in Red" -- below.

The band are getting ready head to Europe for some dates with Albert Hammond Jr. but before they do, they'll be playing two shows here in NYC: Tuesday (11/26) at Baby's All Right with Mainland and Silverbird, and then Bowery Electric on Wednesday (11/27) with Exclamation Pony and Reputante. All upcoming dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Mexico City band Rey Pila released new single, playing two NYC shows this week (dates, streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher

"Saw Torres play their first New York show tonight at Cake Shop. SO good. Do yourself a favor and check out her record. Her voice is KILLER." - Sharon Van Etten


Nashville's Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) came to NYC over the weekend for her first two shows here, having played Cake Shop on Friday (2/22) and The Paper Box on Sunday (2/24). Mackenzie's voice is great live and her band sounded well-practiced and really tight, as they brought a sincere mix of folk, country, grunge and punk to back Mackenzie's personal lyrics. We caught her Paper Box show (and as you can see from the quote above, Sharon Van Etten caught her Cake Shop show), and more pictures from that show, including openers Mainland and Divining Rod, are below.

Continue reading "Torres played Paper Box after NYC debut at Cake Shop (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Torres - "Mother Earth, Father God" (MP3)


Nashville singer/songwriter Torres (real name Mackenzie Scott) hails from a long-running breeding ground of folk and country music, and she takes after her hometown's lineage, but also weaves in grunge and punk inspired grit like EMA or Sharon Van Etten. Her self titled debut album, which Torres self released last week (1/22), arrived fully formed, strikingly self-aware, and subtly diverse.

On a track like "Jealousy And I," Torres recalls the bedroom folk of the early '70s, while "When Winter's Over" is a straight up '90s alt rocker, yet the album never fails to feel concise and cohesive. And when she spills lines like, "Feed me something real while I've got youth left in my veins," you know Torres is an album with purpose. You can stream two album tracks, "Honeys" and "Mother Earth, Father God," below, and download the latter at the top of this post. The album is available on iTunes.

Torres is playing a record release show in her hometown this February, and after that she'll play a few other dates, including her first Brooklyn show on February 24 at The Paper Box with Mainland and special guests TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

UPDATE: She also plays another NYC show on February 22 at Cake Shop.

A list of all dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "check out Torres who released LP, playing shows (dates, MP3)"

Palma Violets at Glasslands, 1/23/2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Palma Violets

Palma Violets have been here from the UK for the past week or so, playing a string of wild, sweaty shows. If you haven't caught them yet, you now have two more chances to see them. In addition to the previously-announced Glasslands show tonight (1/28) with Devin and Mainland (tickets), BrooklynVegan is presenting an early show tonight at Pianos. The band go on at 7 PM and $5 tickets are on sale now. That ticket will also allow you to stay for the late show that features Wolves, Of the Opera, Night Vision and Nylon Riots.

Check out Palma Violets' new video for "Step Up for the Cool Cats" below.

Continue reading "Palma Violets add BV-Presents early show TONIGHT at Pianos before their Glasslands show"

by Bill Pearis

Parlovr at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

Montreal's Parlovr are visiting NYC, playing Glasslands TONIGHT (5/30) with Mainland, We Run, and The Drowners. Tickets are still available. It's a one off show for the band before they head out on a tour of the US and Canada in June.

Parlovr just released their second album, Kook Soul, on Dine Alone records. The album was a long time coming for the band, starting two years ago when the band were on the verge of breaking up, reveals a story in the Montreal Mirror:

...they continued touring in support of an album they were tired of, forced to spend long hours on the road--not an ideal situation for a pair of combustible personalities at drastically different points in their lives. Alex Cooper had pencilled in a wedding date with his longtime squeeze, only to have her end it. Louis Jackson, by his own admission, "was becoming a complete whore." A van ride from Brooklyn to Providence on a blistering July day almost sealed the group's fate.

"Every single word uttered devolved into petty arguing, and we still had six hours to go. [Drummer] Jeremy [MacCuish] was in the back, I don't know how he put up with it," recalls Cooper.

"It was also the hottest day of the year in New York," interjects the stoic MacCuish, with only a faint hint of exasperation. "It was bumper to bumper through Connecticut because everyone was driv­ing to the beach, and the air-conditioning was broken."

The band sorted things out, obviously, and Kook Soul is a big step up from their self-titled debut, influenced heavily by repeated listens to The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin and old '50s records. The songs sound good live too -- I caught Parlovr a couple times during SXSW this year. Check 'em out if you can.

You can stream Kook Soul below, and check out all listed Parlovr tourdates.

Continue reading "Parlovr released 'Kook Soul,' playing Glasslands tonight"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Terry Malts - Nauseous (MP3)

Terry Malts

Terry Malts's debut album, Killing Time, is one of 2012's more enjoyable slabs of wax: 14 tracks of buzzy pop in 33 minutes, loaded with "whoah ohs," party anthems, sing-a-long choruses and feedback. You can download "Nauseous" at the top of this post, watch the video for "I Do" below or stream the entire album at Spotify.

Terry Malts begin a US tour next month that will bring them to New York for a April 21 show at Glasslands with The Suzan and Mainland. Click through for all Terry Malts tour dates.

Continue reading "Terry Malts released 'Killing Time', touring (dates & MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

8 Bands

It's that time of year again, when The L Magazine picks "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now." Like usual, the 2011 list is a mix of bands you may have seen, may have heard of, and more under-the-radar picks. No photoshoot at Bushwick Country Club this year. Here's the list, with the artists' next next NYC area show (where applicable):

Grand Rapids (no upcoming shows)
Devin Therriault (no upcoming shows)
Radical Dads (April 28 [tomorrow], The Delancey)
Mainland (May 25, Brooklyn Bowl)
Luke Rathborne (no upcoming shows)
Slowdance (May 9, Knitting Factory)
Yellow Ostrich (June 3, Mercury Lounge)
Family Trees (no upcoming shows)
This year's Honorable Mentions list includes Gross Relations, The Weed Hounds, The Hairs and more. There's also an entertaining sidebar where The L asks local bands and tastemakers "So, What's Wrong With the Brooklyn Music Scene?"

And if you missed it, The L Mag's Northside Festival just announced a slew of new bands to this year's line-up, including Surfer Blood (opening for GbV), Sharon Van Etten (opening for Beirut), Iceage (U.S. debut), Frankie Rose & the Outs, Teengirl Fantasy, Theophilus London, DOM, Mount Eerie, White Fence, Blondes, Janka Nabay • Holiday Shores, Eternal Summers, Delicate Steve, Gatekeeper and pretty much every band on the "8 Bands" list.