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by Andrew Sacher

Pours

Burlington, VT duo Pours is the new project of Bryan Parmelee and Christopher Shar, the latter of whom was previously a touring member for Man Man and Santigold. For this project, they're making atmospheric indie pop led by Bryan's airy falsetto which mixes electronics and live instrumentation. There's some Antlers and Menomena vibes in there, and other traces of late 2000s indie pop. Their self-titled debut LP comes out this May via Section Sign Records, and you can get a taste of it with the new single, "Carry the Oar," which premieres in this post. You can stream it, along with another LP track, "Unveiled" and the artwork/tracklist, below.

Their only announced date at the moment is an opening slot on the Burlington stop of the Small Black / Snowmine tour, but a full tour for May will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Continue reading "Pours (ex-Man Man/Santigold) releasing debut LP (streams)"

Man Man at Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Man Man

Weirdo art rockers Man Man were last in NYC to open for Gogol Bordello on New Year's Eve, and now they're back on the road. This time they're headlining and the similarly arty Xenia Rubinos is tagging along for support. The tour hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/1), and tickets are still available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Man Man on tour with Xenia Rubinos, playing NYC tonight"

Outside Rough Trade back in November (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rough Trade

After being closed since the second week of operations to fix sound / noise issues, Rough Trade's concert venue looked ready to reopen this week with shows from Sylvan Esso on Thursday (1/30) and Eagulls on Friday (1/31). (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tigre's 1/29 show was cancelled.) Unfortunately it looks like Rough Trade is still not quite ready for prime time.

Friday's Eagulls show has been moved to Baby's All Right. The show is now a late show -- doors at midnight -- and The Teen Age are no longer on the bill, but Slonk Donkerson are still opening. Tickets are still available. UPDATE: It'll just be Eagulls. Mark McGuire of Emeralds plays at 11 PM.

Man Man and Xenia Rubinos on Saturday (2/1) has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are Still available.

UPDATE: The Total Slacker / Perfect Pussy show on February 12 is now going to be at Baby's All Right. Life Sized Maps and Honduras are also on the bill and tickets appear to be sold-out back on sale.

As for the Sylvan Esso show on Thursday, no word yet but if the two shows after are moving...stay tuned.

UPDATE: The Sylvan Esso show was moved to Baby's All Right.

More updates: The Lanterns on the Lake show on 2/7 was also moved to Baby's All Right, the Mutual Benefit show on 2/8 was moved to Knitting Factory, and the together PANGEA show on 2/14 was also moved to Knitting Factory.

Shaky Knees

Governors Ball and Hangout Fest lineups were just announced today (and Firefly yesterday and Coachella not long before that), and now comes the lineup announcement for another big fest, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The fest goes down from May 9-11 at Atlantic Station with The National, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Graveyard, Mutual Benefit and many more. There's also one headliner still TBA. Outkast?

Tickets go on sale Friday (1/17). Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2014 lineup announced (The National, Modest Mouse, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Spoon & more)"

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

Stranger Cat @ Glasslands in Brooklyn -- 11/2
Stranger Cat

Cat Martino, in addition to playing in Sharon Van Etten's band, was a member of Sufjan Stevens' Age of Adz-era touring band and released her own album that same year, which also featured Sufjan (whose Christmas music she has also contributed to). More recently, she's started another project, Stranger Cat, which introduces glitchy electronics to her art pop sound, not unlike the ones heard on Age of Adz. Her first single for the project, "I Promise," also features Sufjan, in addition to Man Man's Chris Powell, and it sounds a bit like another former Sufjan band member, St. Vincent. Check out that song and a preview video for another new song, "Stagger to the Sky", below.

This past weekend, Stranger Cat played a Wild Honey Pie-presented Brooklyn show at Glasslands on Saturday (11/2) with Lapland and Plume Giant. Pictures from Cat's set at that show are in this post.

She's got some more local shows coming up too, including a free one at Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel on November 10 (home of Sleep No More) and another one at Glasslands on November 24 with Magmana and Glass Ghost. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

More pictures from her last Glasslands show, along with the stream and video, below...

Continue reading "Stranger Cat is Cat Martino, made a new song with Sufjan, played Glasslands, playing more shows too (pics & stream)"

Man Man at Williamsburg Park in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Man Man

Weirdo rockers Man Man are returning this year with a new album, On Oni Pond, which is due out on September 10 via Anti-. It was produced by Mike Mogis, who is known for his work with Bright Eyes and also did Man Man's last record, Life Fantastic. They've recently revealed the album's first single, "Head On," which you can watch the video for below.

Man Man will also be supporting the new album on a tour this year, which comes to NYC for shows on October 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 22 at Bowery Ballroom. TIckets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon.

The tour also includes Halloween shows in Philly happening on October 30 and 31 at Union Transfer. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Man Man releasing a new LP, announce tour (dates & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Shins @ Williamsburg Park
Shins and Man Man at Williamsburg Park

After a fairly miserable start to the Memorial Day weekend, the sun finally came out on Sunday (5/26), just in time for the first show of the season at outdoor venue Williamsburg Park featuring The Shins and openers Man Man. Pictures from that show are in this post. Did you go? How was it? The Shins' current tour also took them to Boston Calling over the weekend as well.

As it stands right now, the next scheduled show at Williamsburg Park isn't till July with Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show featuring Odd Future and Meek Mill on 7/20. Tickets for that show are still available.

More Shins/Man Man pictures below...

Continue reading "The Shins and Man Man played Williamsburg Park (pics)"

Man Man at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Man Man

Rock weirdos Man Man and alt-country crooners Murder by Death will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour this winter. A full tour for the two bands hasn't been announced yet, but it seems likely that more dates will be revealed soon. At the moment, we do know that we can expect them to hit NYC on February 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. iIckets for that show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/12) at noon.

UPDATE: Full tour announced. All dates are listed below.

Murder by Death put out their most recent album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, this past September. A stream of that album in its entirety and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "Man Man & Murder by Death touring together (dates, stream)"

Caveman at BV Northside showcase earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Caveman

Brooklyn's Caveman, who played the official BV Northside showcase, will play another hometown show at Brooklyn Bowl on July 28. The show is a free Ralph Lauren presented show as part of the 'Denim & Supply' series which Akron/Family and Stagnant Pools are also playing at the Brooklyn venue on Friday (6/29) and that Man Man played earlier this month. A video from the Man Man show is below. RSVP for the Caveman show is required for free admission.

Perhaps you've noticed that Caveman's song "My Time" is being used in the "I Love You New York" TV commercial or taxi ad. BIllboard wrote a piece on the song being used in the ads in their feature, 'Anatomy of a Synch.' They write:

How Caveman's "My Time" came to grace New York State's new $5 million "I Love New York" TV (and taxi) campaign goes back to the stalking last summer of Caveman's manager Jonathan Pardo in Los Angeles by a very enthusiastic and determined music licensor who usually doesn't A&R bands.

"I totally stalked Jonathan," says Carianne Marshall of Songs Music Publishing who tracked Pardo down at a show by another of his clients. "I'm obsessed with Caveman, I think they're amazing so I tracked him down and talked his ear off until he said he would consider signing with Songs." Which is all the more improbable considering Marshall runs Songs' film and synchonization department and rarely A&Rs bands. But Caveman, as she would tell anyone who would listen, was her favorite band at 2011's SXSW.

You can read more at Billboard and watch the videos of the ads below. Caveman also have a new video for "Old Friend," which you can watch below.

Those videos and a list of all dates are below...

Continue reading "Caveman playing free Brooklyn Bowl show, are featured in an 'I Love NY' TV ad, have a new video for "Old Friend" (watch)"

Man Man at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Man Man

Though we already knew that Man Man was heading to the NYC area for a show at Maxwell's on June 4th (tickets still on sale), the previously announced tour left out one key date which is now announced: June 5th at Brooklyn Bowl with Diamond Doves, a show that is FREE with RSVP or only $5 without.

Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, the club which recently hosted Jonathan Toubin's return party and has an upcoming Levon Helm tribute scheduled, will be paying tribute to MCA this evening with a screening, on all HD screens with full concert sound, of "AWESOME: I F*CKIN' SHOT THAT!". There will also be a special Beastie Boys tribute AV performance by Eclectic Method. It's free, and continues to be free if you stick around to see Questlove DJ ($8 if you show up after 10pm).

Brazilian Girls, whose Tuesday, 6/19 Brooklyn Bowl show is already listed as "limited admissions at door" have added a 2nd date at the club happening one day earlier. Tickets for the 6/18 Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale at noon.

Man Man is currently working on their new record, though no status on the progress thus far. Until then, be on the look out for some new tunes at the dates below.

Continue reading "Man Man & Brazilian Girls add dates at Brooklyn Bowl (where an MCA tribute is happening tonight)"

Man Man @ House of Vans in 2011 (more by BBG)
Man Man

Man Man will hit the road in June. Kicking things off in Lancaster, PA on 6/1, they'll play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on 6/4. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Man Man announce June tour -- 2012 Tour Dates"

by BBG

Glass Candy @ House of Vans
Glass Candy

Man Man brought their own big top into town last night (8/4) at House of Vans, complete with balloons, neon, kazoos, $40 long-underwear, and over the top outfits as part of a one-off with Glass Candy and Crystal Antlers. Man Man's live show, which pretty much hasn't changed for as far back as I can remember, is basically a schtick-y circus on stage. And just like a five-year old coming off a cotton candy sugar-high at the circus, I was bored almost instantaneously. All of the members of Man Man are highly capable musicians (especially drummer Pow Pow), but their vaudevillian polka-funk is hardly enough to stick in the brain longer than the moment you walk out of the venue doors.

Supporting acts fared much better. Glass Candy, despite a live show that consisted of vocalist Ida No doing an impression that I'd equate with Karen O in a Jazzercise class, were definitely more interesting. The sugar-y electro-pop jems were fun and though the House of Vans sound system can be unforgiving, sounded great. First band Crystal Antlers' psych-pop was also rewarding, with the band performing their organ-heavy space-jams to a relatively modest crowd. Glass Candy was my favorite of the three, mostly due to my incoming familiarity with Crystal Antlers.

Catch Crystal Antlers at Glasslands on Saturday night (8/6), with Gary War, Team Robespierre, and Balkans. Tickets are still available. Tickets are also now on sale for the show Crystal Antlers are playing with WU LYF at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

More pictures from House of Vans are below.

Continue reading "Man Man, Glass Candy & Crystal Antlers played House of Vans (pics)"

Aretha

If you don't want to go all the way out to Long Island and spend 200 dollars in the process to see soulful R&B (Jill Scott at Jones Beach), you can get your fix for free right here in NYC. As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday, Chrisette Michele (who Jill Scott has interviewed) plays a free show tonight (7/28) in Springfield Park.

For some more venerable musicians, who may have very well influenced artists like Chrisette and Jill, blues guitarist/singer Taj Majal plays a free show tonight (7/28) at World Financial Center and Motown vets Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Spinners play for free at Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island tonight (7/28).

As mentioned multiple times, including This Week in Indie, Metronomy play Hudson River Rocks tonight (7/28) with Class Actress and American Royalty.

Some pretty major free shows are also happening on Friday (7/29). And I'm not even talking about the free 3 Doors Down show or Journey show. They Might Be Giants are playing a free Williamsburg Waterfront show with Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal. Their show is one of few this summer before they head out on tour in support of their recently released album Join Us. You can also head over to House of Vans for the unreal lineup of Fucked Up, Cro-Mags, Screaming Females, and Pissed Jeans. We're also giving away VIP tickets to the show. Contest details HERE.

If you're trying to see free music on Saturday (7/30), I can't imagine why you would want to be anywhere other than the Mad Decent Block Party at South Street Seaport. The party will be headlined by Gang Gang Dance and also feature Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, and PO PO. If you're into the block party, and specifically Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend's DJ set, you've got time afterwards to head over to Brooklyn Bowl and see a DJ set by another NYC indie band member Albert Hammond Jr. (of The Strokes). Doors are at 11 PM.

On Sunday (7/31), head back to the Seaport for the great lineup of The Raveonettes and Eternal Summers at Beekman Beer Garden .

If you don't make it to that show, you could check out the equally great JEFF the Brotherhood, Kingdom, and Friends free show at Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. RSVP required.

On Monday (8/1) , Surfer Blood play a free late show at Mercury Lounge.

On Tuesday (8/2), you can check out the oldest of old school hip hop at Summerstage with Sugarhill Gang. If you prefer reggae over hip hop, you might be in luck by heading over to City Winery for the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival with CCB Reggae All-Stars.

On Wednesday (8/3), The Budos Band plays a free Summerstage show in Staten Island. You can also catch them tonight (7/28) at a not-free Rocks Off Concert Cruise. A-Trak also DJs on Wednesday (8/3) at the new Fool's Gold Store in Brooklyn. Summerscreen in McCarren Park is screening Clueless, and Zambri is performing.

Things in the free concert world pick up again on Thursday (8/4). It's been revealed that Mystery Night at Seaside Summer Concert Series will be 'The Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin who just played Jones Beach (and who cancelled last time she was scheduled to play Coney Island). As awesome as that show will probably be, if something modern is more your style, House of Vans, who continue to bang out killer lineups, has Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers on the bill for Thursday's (8/4) show.

Also, don't forget that Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn are continuing to present free shows throughout the summer, including many this week.

Man Man at Metro (more by Grant Macallister)
Man Man

As promised the July 29th free House of Vans show will feature sets by Fucked Up & Cro-Mags (who just played Bowery), but that has also expanded to include both Screaming Females and Pissed Jeans. RSVP is open for this mindblowing FREE show. Screaming Females also play a FREE show with Ted Leo this weekend.

The August 4th lineup has also been revealed and it is Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers. RSVP is also open for that free Brooklyn show.

Details on the final two shows at House of Vans, August 18th and 25th, are still forthcoming, but we hear Big Freedia is a strong possibility for one of them. Meanwhile catch Superchunk, Off! and Lemuria there on Thursday, July 14.

The new flyer and more Man Man, Glass Candy & Screaming Females dates below...

Continue reading "House of Vans announces more lineups (Man Man, Screaming Females, Pissed Jeans & Glass Candy included)"

photos by Grant Macallister

Man Man @ Metro, Chicago, IL - 5/24/2011
Man Man

The Man Man / Shilpa Ray tour has been crossing the country thoughout May, and finally reaches Brooklyn for two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg starting tonight (Tuesday, 5/31). Tickets are still available for the Wednesday show.

Man Man hit B.O.M.B. Fest over the weekend and are on the lineup of the Roots Picnic happening this upcoming weekend in Philly. A set of Man Man pictures from the Chicago show last week at Metro continues below...

Continue reading "Man Man & Shilpa Ray tour now in NYC, hit Chicago (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers are now out on tour with Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO. That tour hits Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this evening (4/12), and tickets are actually still on sale. The tour ends at Red 7 in Austin later this month, but that doesn't mean a break for Shilpa who will continue on tour for a week before meeting up with Man Man who she'll then stay on the road with until June 3rd, two Brooklyn shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg included. Tickets for both of those are still on sale too.

Speaking of Austin, that's where Shilpa wowed a packed crowd on Barbarella's inside stage on Friday, March 18th at the free BV/KF/PR day party. An unpublished set of pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with all dates, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Shilpa Ray on tour now w/ Acid Mothers Temple, touring w/ Man Man next (dates), played a BV party @ SXSW (pics)"

Man Man at Terminal 5 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Man Man

Man Man have announced more details about their new LP, Life Fantastic, out May 10 via Anti-. And the previously discussed tour in support of of their first album in 2+ years has expanded as well, with the band adding June 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. As previously discussed, they also play the same venue one day earlier (tickets are still on sale). Tickets for 6/1 go on AmEx presale at noon Wednesday (3/16) and regular sale on Friday.

Meanwhile Mister Heavenly, the band that features the incomparable Honus Honus of Man Man (and notable others) are down at SXSW, and they'll perform at the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on Wednesday (3/16) (noon - 6PM). Full lineup for the show with set times, as well as info on all NINE BrooklynVegan SXSW 2011 events, is HERE.

Man Man also have a SXSW show scheduled. All Man man tour dates and the Life Fantastic LP cover art and tracklist are below.

Continue reading "Man Man announce more LP details, add 2nd Brooklyn show (Mister Heavenly are down at SXSW NOW)"

Man Man at Terminal 5 in January (more by Chris Gersbeck )
Man Man

Man Man have a checklist to share:

Checklist:
1) album recorded - check
2) album mixed - check
3) album mastered - check
4) album sequenced - check
5) rad artwork completed - check
6) vinyl artwork - check
7) artwork/music sent to production - pending
8) your hands and ears - pending

Coming along!!!

While we wait for that album, Man Man will hit the road. Not counting a one-off appearance at SXSW this month, they tour from the end of April through the beginning of June. Kicking off in North Carolina, the band will see California before looping back to the East Coast to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 31. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates and some recent video is below.

Continue reading "Man Man readying new album, touring (2011 dates)"

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Nick Thorburn & Michael Cera @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago
Mister Heavenly
Mister Heavenly

"Mister Heavenly, the newly formed band of Honus Honus, Joe Plummer, Nick Thorburn, and Michael Cera, took part in Tommorow Never Knows at Lincoln Hall [in Chicago on Friday night]... Mister Heavenly played around an hour, digging up songs nobody has ever heard, playing a few covers, including "Bad Man" by the Oblivians. For it being one of their first shows, it was really tight. A lot of these songs are really strong. The sound was great. The energy was there. They had fun, and it showed. A strong set for a young band of seasoned artists, with Michael Cera tipping up on one leg in his red hat. slapping a pick-less bass. They joked about cheese, told a few beginning to stories about snipers, got shit thrown at them." [Gonzo Chicago]
As mentioned, both Mister Heavenly's label (Sub Pop) and the venue they're playing in NYC tonight/Sunday (Bowery Ballroom) told me that Michael Cera would most likely not be there. Now that I know he played with them Friday night at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, I'm having trouble believing he won't be at the NYC show too. And considering Michael's name is not in any of the press materials or in the band's promo pictures, it just seems like some kind of big cover-up to downplay the biggest celebrity in the band which also contains members of Modest Mouse, Man Man and Islands. We'll find out soon enough (update: Bowery has since changed their story).

Tickets are still available for tonight's show. Sun Airway and Little Shalimar open and the show starts around 9pm, so Mister Heavenly will probably go on around 11pm. That gives you enough time to download (or stream) the two songs they're giving away (learn them before the show). Those songs and more pictures from Chicago below...

Continue reading "Mister Heavenly played Chicago (Michael Cera included), giving away 2 songs (MP3s, pics & a NYC show tonight)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin' (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Tragic World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Hot Gaze (MEDIAFIRE LINK - ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - Underwater To (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - 4312 (MP3)

Gruff
Gruff

Welcome to the first This Week in Indie of 2011. We are 12 days into this year and I have yet to see a show. If you add in the time before Christmas...this might be the longest I've gone without seeing live music in a long time. That drought will end for me this week, maybe tonight, but certainly tomorrow (1/13) as Gruff Rhys plays Rockwood Music Hall. I was a little worried this snow was to cancel his flight today, but he is currently on route to NYC as I write this.

Still no word as to who'll be releasing his new solo album, Hotel Shampoo, in the US but it seems likely someone will. Hopefully we'll get to hear a lot it live. As anyone whose seen him before -- either with Super Furry Animals or solo -- know, Gruff is an entertaining guy, who always puts extra effort into his shows. Highly recommended. Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces opens. Show starts early -- 7:30.

I also just watched Separado!, the musical travelogue documentary about Gruff's quest to track down distant relative (and '70s caped troubadour) Rene Griffiths in Patagonia. Like Rhys himself, the film is charming, scruffy, funny and full of good songs. Still not released in America but you can order the UK DVD (if you have a region-free player or watch on a computer) or, if you live in Williamsburg, rent it from Videology.

Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus and Geronimo

Fergus & Geronimo release their debut album, Unlearn, on Hardly Art next week, and are playing three shows this weekend in celebration: Friday (1/14) at Death By Audio (official official release party) with Final Club, Easter Vomit (ex Beets), new Captured Tracks signees Widowspeak, and Philadelphia's premiere surf band Dry Feet; Saturday (1/15) at Columbia University hangout The Ding Dong Lounge with Final Club; and Sunday (1/16) at Mercury Lounge with Tyvek. Xray Eyeballs and The Gaming Commission.

While it suffers from a slight case of identity crisis (droney psych, garagey rave-ups, organ-fueled soul), track-by-track Unlearn is a pretty solid record. Fergus & Geronimo are good at all the styles they dabble in. Check out "Powerful Lovin'" at the top of this post -- that shows off their soulful side. And while I haven't seen them play live in a year and a half, they were good then so I can only imagine they've gotten better.

Final Club
Final Club

If your eyes didn't glaze over at the list of bands two paragraphs up, you may have noticed Final Club are playing with F&G twice this weekend. The two bands were Denton, TX neighbors before Fergus & Geronimo moved to Brooklyn late last summer. Final Club are here just for these shows. They are worth seeing in their own right: sneery, melodic indie rock with a tendency to lean on the tremolo bar which gives them a little Swervedriver vibe. Confident and loud.

You can check out "Tragic World" at the top of this post. And if you like that, you can download their Hot Gaze EP as well. Look out for their excellent debut album, Blank Entertainment, later this year. In addition to the two shows with Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club play a headlining gig at Death By Audio tomorrow night (1/13) with Bogan Dust, Clinical Trials and Laserdisc.

Tyvek @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tyvek

Also as mentioned above, Tyvek are in town this weekend. While many of their peers have moved on to mid-fi production, the Detroit band keep it live and murky on their new album, Nothing Fits. It also sounds as anxious, angry and alive as the rest of their material. In addition to the Mercury Lounge show on Sunday mentioned above, they play Saturday night (1/15) at Glasslands with The Beets, Eternal Summers, and Sweet Bulbs. That is a good show. Do note it starts early, 8PM for real, as the Soul Clap dance party starts at midnight. I'll be there.

The BeetS

I should mention that openers The Beets have a new album Stay Home that's just out on Captured Tracks. After last year's swell, cleanly produced "Locomotion" single, they too (like Tyvek) are back to the same intentionally shitty "production" of their first album. (Maybe slightly less shitty.) Which, again, doesn't hurt them at all. The Beets are good songwriters I think, and especially good lyricists. And maybe if they can ever get a drummer to stick around for more than a month they might go places. Or just stay home. There's also a new Beets single, "Time Brought Age," and both the LP and 7" feature the bands signature comic artwork courtesy Matt Volz.

Mister Heavenly
Mister Heavenly

What else? Oh yeah, Mister Heavenly play Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (1/16) with Sun Airway and Little Shalimar. This extra super group just signed to Sub Pop, and the label would like you to know the band features Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). Of course most of the press so far has been about the group's sometimes bassist who you may know from his non-musical day job. I don't mean the banana stand.

Going to see a band because there's a famous actor in it is usually a dumb reason to go (see Dogstar, 30 Seconds to Mars , 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, etc)... plus Mr. Cera is not an "official" member of the band and he may or may not be playing with them on Sunday (note that both the label and the venue told us they don't think Michael will be there). Luckily the rest of the band is known in their own right, so mabye you should go for that reason. Unfortunately there's no recorded music to hear yet, but their few shows so far have been well-documented on YouTube.

That's the main stuff. Here's a few shows, day-by-day, not covered above.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12

Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona -- one of the BBC's picks for Sound of 2011 -- invade NYC this weekend, starting tonight at Rock Shop. They also play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/13) (with Devin Therriault) and Union Pool on Saturday (1/15).

Given the abbreviation of this column you're reading, I would be remiss not to mention that The Twees play The Studio @ Webster Hall, a record release show for their just-released EP. They actually don't sound twee at all. I would say Strokes-esque pop would get you closer to a description.

Quirky, occasionally proggy, pop band Steel Phantoms at Bruar Falls.

more below...

Continue reading "Mister Heavenly, Gruff Rhys, Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club, Tyvek, The Beets & more in This Week in Indie "

DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Me Me Me (MP3)

Middle Brother

As previously mentioned, Middle Brother is the alt-country supergroup consisting of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit (each the frontman of their respective bands). As also mentioned, that group is releasing a self-titled album on March 1st. And now the first tour dates in support of that album have appeared.

Middle Brother AND Deer Tick AND Dawes (but not Delta Spirit even though Matt will be there as a member of Middle Brother) will each play a set at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 5th, Bowery Ballroom on March 6th, and Theatre of Living Arts in Philly on March 9th. All three shows go on sale Friday at noon (worth noting: Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit have all headlined their own shows at Webster Hall already).

Middle Brother will also play the Ground Control Touring SXSW showcase at Auditorium Shores in Austin on Saturday, March 19th with Bright Eyes, the Felice Brothers and Man Man. Stay tuned for more dates.

MEANWHILE, catch John McCauley on his solo tour with The Shivers that kicks off January 14th in Boston, and catch Middle Brother contributor Jonny Corndawg at one of his upcoming shows too. Some of those Corndawg dates are with Dawes this month. All Dawes dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Middle Brother touring w/ Deer Tick & Dawes (select dates announced - NYC & SXSW included)"

photos by Chris Gersbeck

Gogol Bordello

Eugene Hutz has restless continent syndrome. The Ukrainian Gypsy musician, whose Gogol Bordello played the first of two sold-out nights at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, arrived in New York in the 1990s but just couldn't stay. He now lives in Brazil and is usually on the road with his voraciously eclectic band...

The group opened with one of several internationalist anthems, "Tribal Connection,'' a folkie rabble-rouser with a reggae beat, a hip-hop interlude and Slavic violin and accordion accents. As the 95-minute show continued, stylistic shifts occurred roughly as often as the musicians switched instruments or rushed to another part of the stage... Gogol Bordello's style is descended from the Clash's "Sandinista'' and Franco-Spanish cult band Mano Negra, and shares those predecessors' political outlook. -[The Washington Post]

Gogol Bordello and Man Man played two nights at 9:30 Club in Washington DC, Dec 30th and Dec 31st, before scooting to NYC to team up with Endless Boogie to play the first show of 2011 at Terminal 5. The celebration continued at an afterparty at Studio 21 in Chelsea later Saturday night.

The show was the second of three in a row for Endless Boogie, who spent their New Year's Eve at Lit Lounge, and last night (1/2) at the LES bar Max Fish which is scheduled to close down at the end of January. More pictures from Terminal 5, as well as some video and Gogol's setlist, are below. ..

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Passion Pit @ Wellmont Theater - 12/30/10 (el_jong)
Passion Pit

Man Man have replaced Slick Rick as the Passion Pit opener at Wellmont Theater tonight (New Years Eve). Titus Andronicus opened the show for Passion Pit at the same venue last night, and will headline their own New Years Eve show tonight, but not at Ridgewood Masonic Temple:

====| NEW YEARS EVE @ 285 KENT AVE |====

:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch

| 285 KENT AVE | -------- note: NEW VENUE!
285 Kent Ave @ S 1st St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn L-Bedford, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $15 adv, $16 @ door | no phone

ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW - just a few left!
@ DESERT ISLAND BOOKS
UPDATE: Sold out
540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087 Mon-Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-7pm | $1 service charge

Man Man also open for Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5 on New Years Day. Julian Lynch also headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 7th.

A shaky video from last night's Passion Pit show, below...

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