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photo: Ash @ T5 in June (more by Greg Cristman)

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

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. There's also Minimal Wave cupcakes and a host of DJs -- members of Small Black, Yumi Zouma and Lemonade among them -- and tons and tons of records.

Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran @ Central Park (Global Citizen Fest)
The Global Citizen Festival has a pretty diverse lineup with grunge survivors Pearl Jam, our R&B queen Beyonce, arena rockers Coldplay... and Ed Sheeran.

Built To Spill, Crosss, Clarke and the Himself's @ Brooklyn Bowl
Indie rock guitar heroes Built to Spill continue their NYC show onslaught tonight. Also on the bill: Toronto's doomy Crosss who are worth catching.

Bob Mould, Jason Narducy @ City Winery
On his current "Works in Progress" acoustic tour, Bob will be trying out now material and playing some favorites, too. Narducy, who plays in his electric band, will open the show.

FIDLAR, Dune Rats @ Webster Hall
With loads of songs about partying and a hyperactive garagepunk sound, FIDLAR shows tend to be pretty wild. If you're going, do check out Australia's Dune Rats.

Good Riddance, Off With Their Heads, Iron Chic @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
'90s-era melodic hardcore band Good Riddance returned this year with a new album, and it has them sounding at least as good as ever. With support from two solid newer bands in a similar realm, tonight's show should be fun.

D.O.A., In The Whale, Gotham City Mashers, Sickwalt, DJ Sid Da Kid @ Bowery Electric
Punk/hardcore as we know it wouldn't exist without bands like D.O.A. and their peers, so it's a pretty amazing thing that those guys are still at it. They have a new album too.

Ash, Glint @ Gramercy Theatre
Irish trio Ash started as teens in the '90s and became genuine stars in the UK thanks to a string of punky, pop singles like "Girl From Mars," "Goldfinger" and "Oh Yeah." Nearing their 40s, they just released their first album in eight years, Kablammo!, which is pretty damn good.

The Suffers, Kahli Abdu, VHS, Safari, Lili K @ Rough Trade
Lovers of vintage soul will want to check out Houston's The Suffers, who raise the roof (and the temperature) at their energetic live shows.

Laurel Halo, VIA APP, Malory @ Trans-Pecos
Laurel Halo has a new album on the way, and the two singles we've heard from it are more up her heady electronic alley than the art pop of 2012's underrated Quarantine. Maybe we'll hear more new stuff tonight.

The Arcs, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Edan (DJ set) @ Bowery Ballroom
In addition to fronting the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach now also fronts The Arcs (which also includes Richard Swift) and it looks like they're quickly catching on. They have a big Terminal 5 show in December, but first they play the much smaller Bowery Ballroom tonight. Sold out.

Perfect Pussy, Show Me The Body, Guerrilla Toss, Pawns, Ghost Dads @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
It's the last weekend of free day shows at beach venue Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and they're going out with a bang. Today has confrontational noise punks Perfect Pussy, new DFA signees Guerilla Toss and more.

Darlings, Flower Girl, Lightning Bug, CVS At Night @ Shea Stadium
A bittersweet night, long-running Brooklyn indie rockers are parting ways after tonight's farewell show. We'll miss you, Darlings.

Martial Canterel, Antennes, EVILARTFORM, Collin Crowe @ Black Bear Bar
It's a night of minmal wave electronics and other dark sounds, headlined headlined by the patch-bay wizardry of Martial Canterel (aka Xeno & Oaklander's Sean McBride).

Cheap Trick @ The Capitol Theatre
Glammy powerpop heroes Cheap Trick are keeping the flame alive in Port Chester tonight

Kid Congo, Andy Animal & The Werewolves of Woodstock, The Sleepies @ Littlefield
Littlefield's "Motorcycle Film Festival" wraps up with this sure-to-be-fun closing party featuring Kid Congo Powers who has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -- an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels -- and is still making cool new music.

Lame Drivers, I'm Turning Into, Memorial Gore, B Boys @ Max Cellar
Lame Drivers have been a constant presence on the Brooklyn indie/DIY scene for while, and have released a number of 7"s, tapes and splits in that time, but just now are releasing their debut album, Chosen Era that's nervy, passionate, and full of very catchy songs.

Brooklyn Comes Alive
Brooklyn Comes Alive brings members of (mostly) jam bands -- including Lettuce, Soulive, Trey Anastasio Band, Living Colour, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Lotus, Snarky Puppy, Ween, RAQ, Kung Fu, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soule Monde and more -- together for a full day of collaborations and superjams at various Williamsburg venues (Verboten, MHOW, etc).

Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.

Heatwave, France Joli, Harold Melvin's Blue Nots, Cory Daye, Rose Royce, Musique, Stan Wade's Trammps, The Hues Corporation @ St. George Theatre (Staten Island)
Staten Island venue St. George Theatre hosts a night of disco hit-makers including Rose Royce ("Car Wash"), The Hues Corporation ("Rock the Boat"), and more.

Brian Reagan @ Radio City Music Hall
Veteran standup comedian Brian Regan will crack folks up in one of NYC's toniest rooms. If you can't make it to the show, it's being broadcast live on Comedy Central at 9 PM.

Heaven's Jail, Such Hounds @ Montana's Trail House
Phosphorescent-associated folk rockers Heaven's Jail play this Bushwick show tonight.

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NYC's recurring party of all things dark, weird and dirty, Nothing Changes marches on and as always there are some cool things coming up on the schedule. Martial Canterel, aka one half of Xeno & Oaklander, plays 8/3 at Home Sweet Home. Then it's Flatliner and Xander Barris on 8/12 at HSH, percussive DFA-signed duo Ninos Du Brasil playing Over the Eight on 8/15 after Warm Up, and raw California punks Tozcoz at HSH on 8/19 (they also play Don Pedro on 8/22 with La Misma, Anasazi and Pox). Full upcoming schedule below.

Flatliner, the duo of Jesse Strait and Adam Fangsrud who hail from the same Austin synth scene as S U R V I V E, are releasing their Black Medicine EP on July 28 via Holodeck Records. You can get a taste of that from the darkwave-y "City Lights Receding," which premieres below. Nothing Changes is their only upcoming date at the moment.

Continue reading "Martial Canterel, Ninos Du Brasil, Flatliner, Tozcoz & more playing upcoming Nothing Changes shows"

DFA1979 in LA in August (more by Debi Del Grande)

Wavves @ Glasslands, 2013 (more by PSquared)

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

Death From Above 1979 @ Rough Trade
Ten years since their the debut album, Canadian band DFA1979 finally get around to making its follow-up, Physical World, which sounds like they haven't skipped a beat. Fuzzed-out bass, disco drumming intact. This is a record release show and the smallest place they've played in NYC in a looong time.

Wavves, Habibi, Big Muff Radio @ Baby's All Right
Wavves have officially gone from lo-fi noisemakers to real-deal pop punks, and the new sound suits them well. And seeing these bangers live is where it's at, especially at a small place like Baby's. Expect wildness.

Pontiak, Jaye Jayle, TBA @ Saint Vitus
Get a double dose of psychedelia at Vitus tonight from Thrill Jockey's Pontiak and Jaye Jayle, the solo project of Young Widows' Evan Patterson, who ditches the heavier sounds of his main band for this one.

Die Antwoord, DJ Cindy Kim @ Irving Plaza
Totally in-your-face eccentrics Die Antwoord are a thing of their own, and tonight's your first of two chances to experience it in the flesh in NYC this week. Tomorrow they're at Terminal 5.

Weeknight, Martial Canterel, TBA @ The Acheron
A double-header of gothy synth action, hit the lonesome road with Weeknight, and dance to the neo-luddite world of Martian Canterel (aka Xeno & Oaklander's Sean McBride).

Ask Me Another w/ Gail Simmons @ Bell House
WNYC's "Ask Me Another" is a live radio taping that combines "brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music." Tonight's special guest is Food & Wine editor and Top Chef host Gail Simmons.

Night Train with The Kondabolu Brothers ft. Sean Patton, Mike Drucker, Katina Corrao, Jim Tews, George Gordon, + more @ Littlefield
This week's edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy series is guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers and features appearances a host of funny folk.

Sweet @ The Slipper Room
Seth Herzog's comedy night Sweet is celebrating its 10th anniversary with three guest-filled shows this week, this is the first. Herzog has promised appearances by Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, and Questlove at some point during the week, plus "special guests." Who will show up tonight?

Gary Clark Jr. @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
If you miss the good ol' days of blues rock, Gary Clark Jr's classic riffs and soulful voice may be just what you need.

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by Wyatt Marshall


The Nothing Changes party goes down every Wednesday night around Midnight at Lower East Side club Home Sweet Home. Tonight (3/19) is a selection of noisy punk courtesy of Japan's System Fucker and Boston's Aspects of War. The duo have been on the road together, hitting up a number of East Coast-ish cities, including a stop at the Acheron earlier this month -- did you go? Expect insanity if you do tonight.

As usual, there's a lot to look forward in the coming weeks at Nothing Changes. Next week (3/26), electronics experimentalist Flex 1000 teams up with DJ Dog Dick, and the week after that (4/2), it's Youthquake and more TBA. Then on April 9,  electronica purveyor Ron Morelli (of the label L.I.E.S.) will DJ along with a performance by Uniform which features members of Believer/Law and The Men, and the Nothing Changes show will be the band's debut performance. Further down the line is Nothing Changes' one year anniversary celebration on April 23, featuring coldwave artist Martial Canterel.

Nothing Changes schedule with full lineups are listed, along with flyers below...

Continue reading "Nothing Changes upcoming schedule: System Fucker, DJ Dog Dick, Uniform, Martial Canterel & more"

by Bill Pearis


Automelodi (aka Montreal's Xavier Paradis) is back with his second album, Surlendemains Acides, which comes out digitally on October 8 and on vinyl November 1 via Electric Voice. The new album is a little more synth noir than the (relatively) poppy sounds heard on Automelodi's terrific 2010 debut, but no less adept with hooks. We've got the premiere of "Digresse," from the album, which you can stream below.

Automelodi will be in NYC to play a record release show next Wednesday (10/9) at Home Sweet Home as part of the Nothing Changes party. Dream Affair are also playing and Martial Canterel will DJ. After that he'll head to Europe for a tour. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Automelodi readies LP #2, playing NYC record release show (dates, stream)"

photos by Phil Maler

Crash Course in Science @ LPR, 8/8/2013
Crash Course in Science

Belgians A Split-Second will hit NYC for a rare appearance at Drom on December 7 -- their only North American appearance, and first American show in 25 years(!). Tickets are on sale and Crash Course in Science will support. For the unfamiliar, A Split-Second is considered to be a pivotal band in the industrial-related EBM movement, along with names like Front 242, Die Krupps, Nitzer Ebb and others:

After the Belgian synth pop group Extraballe disbanded, Mark Ickx joined up with Chrismar Chayell to form A Split Second, which debuted in 1986 with the dance single "Flesh." The duo quickly took a detour into more industrial sounds with their next single, "Rigor Mortis"; both those tracks and others were compiled on their eponymous debut American EP, which followed their first Belgian album, 1987's Ballistic Statues, by a year. A Split Second's sound had by now coalesced into a mix of programmed industrial beats, synthesizers, heavily distorted guitars, and alternately melodic and vicious vocals; unsurprisingly, they were signed in America to the Wax Trax! label, which issued From the Inside in 1988. A number of singles and EPs followed on both Wax Trax! and the Belgian Antler-Subway label, some later taken from the 1990 album Kiss of Fury, which found the group switching to Caroline for U.S. distribution. Little new material was heard from A Split Second until 1995, when the duo returned with Vengeance.
You can stream a few A Split-Second tracks below..

Crash Course in Science, meanwhile, recently headlined Le Poisson Rouge with a little help from Xeno & Oaklander, and belated pictures from that performance on August 8 are available below.

And speaking of Xeno & Oaklander, you can check out the pair at Union Pool on September 13 with Bootblacks and Tempers, part of the ongoing RITUALS series. Tickets are on sale. As mentioned, the pair have a new video for an LP out this fall.

Last but not least, catch the-X&O-related-band Martial Canterel at Cameo on August 31, when he headlines the space with Figure Study, Forma and Hot Guts (tickets).

More pics from LPR and a selection of tracks by A Split Second are below...

Continue reading "A Split-Second playing 1st NYC show in 25 Years +++ belated pics from Crash Course in Science @ LPR & more"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Bellicose Minds

Portland's deathrock/gothic post-punk band Bellicose Minds are on their way up to Montreal for the punk festival Varning (more on that in a sec), but will spend their Halloween in NYC. Joining DJs Gabby, Caleb and Pre Op Trans, look for Bellicose Minds to hit Home Sweet Home on 10/31 as part of the weekly WIERD party and their first visit to NYC.

For the unfamiliar, Montreal's Varning Festival (11/1 - 11/3) goes down at Katacombes. Featuring punk rock in many different incarnations, the fest will feature appearances from Zyanose, Belgrado (Spain), Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Spectres, Aspects of War, Zatsuon, Sad Boys and many more, including the final Peligro Social show. Full lineup is below.

Speaking of, as discussed, Japanese noise-punks Zyanose play Acheron on 11/10. Spectres and Crimson Scarlet, who also bless the Varning lineup, both play Acheron on Friday (10/26).

And in related news, NYC's Sad Boys have joined on to a bill with Perdition, Austin's Criaturas, Bortgang, Spine, and La Misma at 177 Stockholm tomorrow (10/25). Should be a fun night of raging punk.

Tonight (10/24), meanwhile, look for WIERD to host the great gothic synth-pop of Martial Canterel.

The Varning lineup, video of Bellicose Minds, Criaturas and Zyanose are below.

Continue reading "Bellicose Minds playing NYC at WIERD before Varning Festival in Montreal"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG


Iceage finished a round of NYC shows with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge last night (7/22), appealing to their more gothic tendencies with appearances from Dirty Beaches, Martial Canterel and Rosenkopf. The previous night (7/21) showcased Iceage's punk roots, featuring a gang of bands all hellbent on 285 Kent's destruction that night: Nomad, Bortgang, Sad Boys and Goosebumps. Pictures from the awesome Le Poisson Rouge show are below.

Iceage is currently tearing through the US and recently made a stop at Mohawk in Austin (pictures) and the Pitchfork Festival (ditto). All remaining dates and pictures from LPR are below.

Continue reading "Iceage played 2 NYC shows, including LPR with Dirty Beaches, Martial Canterel, Rosenkopf (pics)"

Led Er Est (photo by Nikki Sneakers)
Led Er Est

Dark synth pop trio Led Er Est are in the midst of an East coast tour that kicked off at Public Assembly during Norhtside. If you missed them, luckily they are back in the city and will play a two shows over the next two weeks including tonight at Home Sweet Home (6/20, part of the WIERD party) with DJ sets from Miz Margo, Max Labor, & Frankie Teardrop. The band will then play NYC again at XPO 929 on June 30th (tickets) with the great Martial Canterel and you can look for a Shawn O'Sullivan (of Led Er Est) solo set on 6/28 at Loreley. A full listing of tour dates are below.

Led Er Est released their new LP The Diver via Sacred Bones on May 15th. Check out two songs and a video from said release below, alongside a listing of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Led Er Est released 'The Diver,' playing shows (dates) including WEIRD party tonight"

DOWNLOAD: Heavenly Beat - "Messiah" (MP3)

Xeno and Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Xeno and Oaklander

Brooklyn synth goths Xeno and Oaklander have an upcoming local show this week at Public Assembly on Friday (5/11) with Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David JCREEP and Todd Pendu. (There's also an open Asahi beer bar at 9:30.) Tickets are still available.

Next month, the band will head to Austin for Chaos in Tejas, and upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 11 with fellow goths Plastic Flowers and Religious to Damn and fellow electronic artist Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.

In related news, Martial Canterel (aka Sean McBride aka 1/2 of Xeno and Oaklander) is opening for Iceage at LPR on 7/22 with Dirty Beaches and RØSENKØPF. Tickets are still available

RØSENKØPF also plays Glasslands with King Dude soon, in celebration of a new record. That record has a song called "Light The Way" which has a video which you can watch below.

In addition to DJing the Friday Public Assembly show, David J is also DJing tonight (5/10) at Elmurst club Arena Queens. Besides his gigs in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets (and Porno for Pyros and The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy), David J has a long solo career as well, having released his eighth album, Not Long for This World, last year on Starry Records. You can stream some of it here.

In more related news, Plastic Flowers have a NYC show coming up at Glasslands on July 10 with Captured Tracks bands Cosmetics and Beach Fossils side project Heavenly Beat (who has a new song out, download above), and Psychobuildings. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of both Cosmetics and Dirty Beaches, Exclaim points out that Montreal's Grand Trine have broken up and member Shubhayan Roy has joined Dirty Beaches while Tobias Rochman has joined Cosmetics.

All dates, stream, and flier below...

Continue reading "more Xeno & Oaklander dates; Autre Ne Veut; David J the DJ; new Heavenly Beat MP3 & a RØSENKØPF video too"

by BBG

King Dude at Home Sweet Home (more by Phil Maier)
King Dude

After blessing NYC (with a full band) earlier this month, King Dude will return to NYC to play Glasslands on July 5th, with RØSENKØPF, and Italian Horn, and DJ sets by Ryan Dais & Pieter Wierd. Tickets are on sale for what will be a stop before King Dude continues to Europe for a tour.

RØSENKØPF are welcoming their debut LP via WIERD Records on May 15th, and will celebrate the release with a show at Home Sweet Home on May 2nd. The show is one of two shows on the calendar for the gothic post-punk band, who will also play Le Poisson Rouge on 7/22 with Iceage (one of two NYC shows) and Martial Canterel (tickets still on sale).

Iceage, King Dude & RØSENKØPF all share a bill in June at Chaos in Tejas.

Preorder your copy of the self-titled RØSENKØPF LP via the label and stream some material from the record below alongside all tour dates....

Continue reading "King Dude playing Glasslands with RØSENKØPF (who will celebrate their new record at Home Sweet Home)"

Iceage at By:Larm (more by BBG)

Iceage, already on board for Primavera Sound, Pitchfork, and Chaos in Tejas, have announced an additional set of dates surrounding their Pitchfork appearance that will include dates around the East Coast including a pair of NYC shows: 285 Kent on July 21st and Le Poisson Rouge on July 22nd with Rosenkopf & Marital Canterel. Advance tickets for LPR are on sale. Ticketing info and sopport for the 285 Kent show are still forthcoming.

All tour dates and a live video, below...

Continue reading "Iceage add dates around Pitchfork Fest, 2 NYC shows included"

by BBG

Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Saint Vitus

Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).

Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.

In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.

The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2012 expands again; tickets on sale today"

photos by Greg Cristman


Chicago's masters of blackened ambiance, Locrian, headlined a smoke-filled Europa on Sunday (4/17) with Martial Canterel, Blacklist, and Gnaw. The show was a rare East Coast appearance for Locrian, who will swing through Milwaukee on June 11th to play the Utech Records Festival alongside names like Mamiffer, Horseback, Ithi (who play NYC on 5/11), and many others.

Locrian recently released a video for "Elevations & Depths" which is viewable below, along with Locrian's Europa set list and more pictures from the whole show...

Continue reading "Locrian, Martial Canterel, Blacklist & Gnaw played Europa (pics & setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Gross Relations - You Don't Know Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Yang Yang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Terry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ARMS - Floaters (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martial Canterel - You Today (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martial Canterel - Retrospective (Zip)
DOWNLOAD: The Vacant Lots - Confusion (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Don Giovanni Sampler (Zip)

Gross Relations
Gross Relations

In addition to being Black History Month, National Bird Feeding Month and National Sweet Potato Month, February also seems to consistently have a lot of band residencies. You may already be aware of ones by ARMS (who I'll get to shortly) and Yellow Ostrich,  but I'd also like to point out that up-and-coming Brooklyn indie rock band Gross Relations starts a three-week Tuesday residency tonight (2/8) at Bruar Falls.

Gross Relations have been going less than a year, but seem to have a clear idea with what they want to sound like. Like Mr. Dream and Diehard, the band shares a love of '90s indie rock. With the prominent keyboard lead lines (or maybe it's heavily-treated guitar?) on both sides of their "Fuzzy Timelines" 7", it's pretty easy to make comparisons to The Rentals, but the band they really remind me of is Chicago's late, great Number One Cup.

Either way, it's a good thing. Gross Relations write some majorly catchy songs. You can download the b-side to their single at the top of this post. Tonight's residency also features The Toothaches (whose debut album is a free download), Gone Bad, and NT.

ARMS @ Glasslands in December (more by Andrew St. Clair)

I mentioned ARMS briefly above who are on Week Two (2/9) of their February Wednesdays residency at Pianos. Todd Goldstein and the rest of the band are finishing up work on their debut album (Kids Aflame was more of a Todd solo thing) with Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells). So expect a lot of new songs, I'd imagine. Todd says of the record, "It's a vast, hi-fi album. We're doing everything we can to take full advantage of the studio... the songs are very poppy and a little weird, there are lots of beautiful/scary textures, copious-but-thoughtful use of reverb... sequenced into a song-cycle, a sort of sci-fi breakup album." ARMS are hoping to have it out by the summer.

This week's residency is especially strong I think. It includes the lovely Hospitality, who finally seem to be getting down to business, having wrapped up their long-gestating debut album (also with Stoneback) which could be out as early as the spring. Let's hope! Singer Amber Papini promises a couple new songs at the show.

Also playing: Radical Dads, whose new single is a free  for you (with email address) via the increasingly popular Download Widget (found below). And Translations (who share a member with ARMS) open who I am super psyched to finally be seeing live after months of digging their debut 7".

Show's eight bucks, will be a good one.

Martial Canterel
>Martial Canterel

Also Wednesday is the record release party for Martial Canterel's You Today which came out today on Wierd Records. The show is part of Wierd's weekly Wednesday night party at Home Sweet Home. The flyer says performance at midnight, but I've never seen a band go on there before 1AM.

Martial Canterel is the non de synth of Sean McBride who is also one half of Xeno & Oaklander. McBride is kind of a luddite, making his records entirely on vintage equipment that was probably cutting-edge technology in 1980. Obviously it sounds very retro, but McBride's way of doing things also gives it a sound -- and authenticity -- you can't quite replicate on a laptop. Check out the title track at the top of this post. And if you dig that, also up there is a free downloadable Martial Canterel retrospective, including some rare songs.


In town this weekend is Anika whose debut album was a late-breaking entry into my Favorite Albums of 2011. Recorded in 12 days, live with no overdubs, it sounds like the missing link between The Slits and Lilliput. Portishead's Geoff Barrow -- his other band BEAK> is the backing band here -- gets the claustrophobic vibe just right. A lot of people have tried and failed to recreate that Martin Hannett Sound... Barrow nails it. And the material -- a mix of girl group covers and politically-charged originals -- suits Anika's Nico-esque delivery perfectly.

You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. "Yang Yang" is a Yoko Ono cover, and "Terry" was originally recorded by Twinkle, who is probably best-known for having made the original version of "Golden Lights" that was later covered by The Smiths. (Many Smiths fans' least favorite track, but not mine. That would be "Never Had No One Ever.") The album sort of snuck out at the end of 2011, so catch up now. So good.

Don't get too excited though, Anika is just over for some DJ gigs -- I'm hearing we'll get her performing in May (and probably later at ATP) -- but I'd recommend checking one of them out nonetheless. Especially as three of them are free: on Thursday (2/10) she'll be at Gallery Bar with Blu Jemz, then  Saturday (2/12) at Trophy Bar and a Valentine's Day set  (2/14) at The Commodore. The remaining three NY DJ appearances are atMercury Lounge tomorrow night (2/9) spinning between sets at the Cubic Zirconia show (tickets), and Glasslands on Friday (2/11) where she'll spin in between sets by JavelinHigh Life, & Monster Rally (tickets), and finally Santos Pary House on 2/16 as part of the previously discussed Beans show with EdanPaten LockeBluebird (tickets).

That Javelin show on Friday night should be fun, as Anika's tastes will nicely contrast/compliment the sounds of Javelin (always one of the better live bands saddled with the "chillwave" tag), Highlife and Monster Rally.

That's the big stuff this week. Some more picks, day-by-day, are below.


Gang of Four at Webster Hall, though really it's more like Gang of Two as it's just Jon King and Andy Gill from the original line-up these days. Their new album, Content, isn't bad. But most people will go to hear "To Hell With Poverty," "At Home He's  a Tourist," and other classics. And while Hugo and Dave will be missed, Andy Gill is still amazing to watch spit out those riffs, and Jon King remains possessed on stage -- especially when he's beating the shit out of a microwave on "He'd Send in the Army."

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Continue reading "Gross Relations, ARMS, Martial Canterel, Anika, Vacant Lots, Javelin, Abe Vigoda, Don Giovanni, more in This Week in Indie"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Sun Splitter - "Northern Blood Tithe" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Swan King - "Staring Through Skulls" (MP3)

Terrence Hannum's "Hateshrine", and cover art for Sun Splitter II
The Swan King

Land of Decay have dropped the second release from Sun Splitter, a four-track release of killer ambient doom with touches of industrial music. Originally released on CD-R, the cassette features art from Locrian's Terence Hannum (who's art show opens today in Chicago) and is limited to 100 copies, so snag one of these ASAP via the label. Check out two tracks from the release: "Northern Blood Tithe" which is downloadable above and appears for the first time here, and "Earth Burner" which is streamable along with "Northern Blood Tithe" below.

While we're on the subject of Locrian, you can catch the band when they play Europa on April 17th with Martial Canterel, Gnaw, and Blacklist (whose singer Josh Strawn now also spends time in both Vaura and Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for the Stereogum's Haunting the Chapel & Wierd Records dark synth and metal event. Locrian released one of my favorite LPs of last year with The Crystal World.

Meanwhile just across town, another band of Chi-city ruffians are preparing a release of their own. Chicago's The Swan King have signed to Seventh Rule and will release their newest LP Eyes Like Knives on February 22nd. Featuring current and former members of Planes Mistaken for Stars, Asschapel, and Circle of Animals (that also features Bruce Lamont, who is on tour with his Led Zeppelin cover band), the band's newest LP was recorded by Sanford Parker and features the trio fusing riffy and mathy hardcore with High On Fire-style tones. Check out "Staring Through Skulls" available for download above and streaming below, and while you're at it, make sure and get the band's The Good Deeds EP which is currently available for free. It kills.

No more tour dates for either band, but all song streams and more details on The Swan King's Eyes Like Knives are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Automelodi - Buanderie Jazz (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martial Canterel - Windscreen (MP3)


Synthy Montreal Automelodi trio are visiting NYC this week, playing two shows: Wednesday, July 21 at Home Sweet Home, and then Friday, July 23 at Glasslands.

I'm not sure I understand the differences between darkwave, coldwave, minimal wave, minimal synth and what have you, but am a fan of the bands and scene to whom they owe a debt. (Think early Mute Records, OMD, Dalek I Love You, French New Wave, etc) The problem with a some of it for me -- and it's a problem with many sonically-specific genres -- is that aesthetics can come before songcraft.

Not so with Montreal's Automelodi who most definitely are channeling 1981 but have songs as well-crafted as their haircuts. I heard them for the first time last November while attending M for Montreal and have been listening to their self-released EP ever since. A couple of those EP tracks have resurfaced on Automelodi's debut which was released last week on Wierd Records, which is kind of the label for this scene. Main man Xavier Paradis knows his way around a hook, and fleshes the production out just enough to keep things interesting. That most of the songs are in French adds to the sophisticated, enigmatic vibe. It's a solid album start-to-finish. Have a listen to "Buanderie Jazz" at the top of this post and there's a video for "Schéma Corporel" below.

Martial Canterel

The Home Sweet Home show is part of the long-running Wierd night; The Glasslands show is a record release party that also features Martial Canterel (Sean McBride of Xeno and Oaklander) whose new album will be out on Wierd in November. Until then you can check out "Windscreen" which is from Wierd Compilation Volume II: Analogue Electronic Music 2008.

Dates, flyer and a video below...

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