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Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...

The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.

"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]

John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!

Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
Bob Mould and Hedwig

The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.

Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).

Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...

On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.
Tickets and information available HERE.


As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..

You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.


Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).

The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...

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Special Guest

It's always exciting trying to figure out who a 'Special Guest' is playing a show, especially a show at an intimate venue like Mercury Lounge in Manhattan where a 'Special Guest' just so happens to be playing this Sunday night. After a reader tip about this (thanks Joe!), we got our detective gear in motion.

The venue has no picture up (see above), and the band's only link goes to Spotify's Twitter. The opener doesn't even list the show on their pages. Hmmm... It didn't take long to be disappointed though, as we quickly found out that this show is ACTUALLY a band called Special Guest! To quote one friend: "that is the dumbest thing ever, besides naming your band TBA" (not to be confused with VBA who plays Merc on 6/20), though another more positive buddy thinks it's the "best name since Free Beer." What do you think?

The Clydes open this $10 Father's Day show, which despite the "Ticketfly" bio picture, only has tickets at the door, Pillar Point play earlier the same night.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of great shows at Mercury Lounge (now free of sinkholes), like Curtis Harding TONIGHT (6/10), Incan Abraham (6/16), Biblical (6/20), White Lung & Pop 1280 (6/26), Strand of Oaks (6/26), FREEMAN (7/22), The Wytches (7/24), Drenge (7/25), Cherry Glazerr (7/31), Twin Peaks (8/13), The Handsome Family (8/30), Man Or Astro-Man? (9/11), and YACHT (9/20). Check Ticketmaster for tickets and more.

ongoing construction on Houston St's sinkhole (via Bonnie DeWitt)

You may have heard that yesterday (5/22) a water main ruptured and caused a giant sinkhole on Houston St. outside Katz's Deli which flooded their basement (but didn't cause them to close), affected other nearby business, and caused both shows at Mercury Lounge to move to new venues. An updated report from NBC reads:

City officials said five commercial buildings and eight residential buildings were without water for several hours, but the main was repaired and service was restored by about 1 a.m. Thursday. Crews worked overnight to make road repairs, which were expected to be completed sometime Friday.

Basements of several buildings were flooded, including Katz's, owner Jake Dell said. An entire garbage truck's worth of food had to be thrown out.

Mercury Lounge is back open tonight (5/23), including the 6:30 show with Baby Baby, the 7:30 show with American Aquarium and Elijah Ocean, and the 10:30 show with Rebelmatic and Radio Daze.

Initially, tonight's late show at Merc was MO, but she was moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg weeks ago, nothing to do with the sinkhole. The rising MO meanwhile announced a Webster Hall show yesterday and that's on sale now.


UK indie pop duo Summer Camp (aka Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey) welcomed their latest and eponymous effort in September of 2013 via Moshi Moshi. The dance-y LP track "Crazy" was just given a video treatment, in addition to visual accompaniments for "Fresh" and "Two Chords." You can check out all three clips at the bottom of this post. The pair will be embarking on a brief US tour next month, which includes a pair of NYC shows--Brooklyn Bowl on April 12 and Mercury Lounge on April 14. Advance tickets for both shows are on sale now.

All Summer Camp dates, a tour flyer, and those videos lie after the jump...

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photos by Sarah Gainer

The National at Mercury Lounge - 5/21/13
The National
The National

After The National played tiny shows at Sycamore and Public Assembly yesterday (5/21) to celebrate the release of their great new record, Trouble Will Find Me, they headed to Mercury Lounge for a third intimate show of the day. Hitting the stage around 10 PM, the band played almost the entirety of their new record plus a few older cuts too, but a shorter set than their tour kickoff show in Ithaca. Pictures and the setlist from the Mercury Lounge show are in this post.

The National will play NYC again at a show which is going to be much easier to get into when their tour hits Barclays Center on June 5 with Youth Lagoon. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

More pictures and the setlist from Mercury Lounge below...

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The National in Ithaca (more by PSquared Photography)
The National

The National's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, is out today (Pitchfork gave it Best New Music) and the band took a night from their just-started tour to play The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Video of that is below.

The band are still in town and will celebrate the new record tonight (5/21) with a very intimate show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that go on sale at noon. Good luck.

UPDATE: They're playing small NYC clubs all day, apparently, including Public Assembly at 5 PM. To go to that, email troublewillfindmentnl@gmail.com and confirmation emails will be sent by 3 PM. There may be more and you can follow their Twitter to find out.

UPDATE 2: Purchase the record IN STORE at Other Music today before 4pm and you'll be entered to win a pair of tickets (to Mercury Lounge we assume). Winner will be notified between 4 and 5pm.

If you can't get tickets for tonight, there are still tickets available for The National's slightly larger scale show at Barclays Center on June 5.

Letterman video below...

Continue reading "The National played 'Letterman,' playing free show at Public Assembly this afternoon, Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (tickets on sale at noon)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kaki King

Kaki King, who just busked in a Subway station last Saturday (4/20) (did anyone see her?) came to her old stomping grounds of Mercury Lounge last night (4/25) for two shows. The first was a 10th anniversary show for her debut album, Everybody Loves You, which she first celebrated at Mercury Lounge upon its initial CD release. For that set, Kaki King played entirely solo. But for the second set, she brought out a full band to play stuff from the span of entire career. During the set, Kaki talked about how she used to work the showroom bar at Mercury Lounge, and hinted at some upcoming stuff like a rarities album, a tour with a chamber ensemble, and a commission at Carnegie Hall. We'll keep our eyes peeled for details on all that.

More pictures from the late set last night below...

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Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kaki King

As mentioned, Kaki King is about to go on a short tour that brings her to NYC for two shows (early and late) on April 25 at Mercury Lounge. For the early show, she'll be performing solo and playing her 2003 debut, Everybody Loves You, in full, and the late show will be a full band show. Tickets for both shows and full night passes are still available.

But even sooner than that, Kaki will celebrate her roots by busking at the 6th Ave & 14th St Subway station on the downtown F line on 3 PM this Saturday (4/20). If for whatever reason the location changes, she will tweet the new spot.

Kaki also recently posted a letter to her facebook about the upcoming Mercury Lounge shows, which is not only where she's celebrating the 10th anniversary of Everybody Loves You, but also where she did the original CD release party for it back in 2002. Kaki also worked there as a waitress that same year. Read the whole letter, along with the list of remaining tour dates, below...

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Palma Violets at BV SXSW 2013 day party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Palma Violets

Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year with a lineup that includes Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock all playing together), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Palma Violets, Trash Talk, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Inc., Ducktails, Royal Teeth, and Black Dave, plus more TBA.

The first festival takes place in NYC from May 10 to 11 across multiple venues, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Angel Orensanz, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, and Element. The full lineup and schedule for the NYC shows has not been announced yet, but we do know that it includes the previously announced Palma Violets show at Bowery Ballroom (which is now sold out, but tickets are still available for PV's MHOW show a day earlier). We also hear that they're trying to put up an outdoor stage and shut down Ludlow St to car traffic (which Pianos and Cake Shop are both on) for the festival, but no exact word on how that will work out.

2-Day Passes for the NYC festival are on sale now and tickets for individual nights go on sale Friday, April 12 at 11 AM.

After NYC, the festival will also pass through Philly, Toronto, Boston, LA, Denver, and Las Vegas, but the dates for those cities has not been announced yet.

Future of the Left at HotelVegan in March (more by Tim Griffin)
Future of the Left
MS MR at BV-CMJ in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Though things are certainly getting a little better, much of NYC is still devastated by Hurricane Sandy (like Staten Island and Coney Island). Lots of people still don't have power and transportation is limited. Here's the list of shows that are and aren't happening in town tonight (11/2/2012).

The Grouplove show at Terminal 5, which MS MR opens is still on for tonight, but due to complications caused by Hurricane Sandy, the show will no longer be livestreamed on the Bowery Presents YouTube page.

The Hospitality and TEEN show at Bowery Ballroom tonight has been postponed due to lack of power. A new date TBA.

Crooked Fingers and John Vanderslice at The Bell House is happening.

Grass Widow, Royal Baths & Habibi at 285 Kent is happening.

For those with bored kids (as in real kids, not, like "the kids") in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl is having a Family Day as we speak, with free brownies for bowlers.

At 6 PM, Brooklyn Bowl goes back to being 21+ with Particle playing at 8 PM and a late night dance-a-thon featuring The Fort Knox Five and the Funk Hunters starting at 11:30 PM.

Over at Cameo you can see strong>Apollo Heights, Backwords, and Fan-Tan. $10, more info here.

Tonight's Chris Isaak show at Beacon Theater has been postponed to November 11. All tickets will be honored.

The Sonar Fest Tour with Die Antwoord, Azari and III, and others was scheduled to hit Roseland Ballroom tonight, but that show has been cancelled.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Future of the Left, and Jeff Rosenstock (of Bomb the Music Industry) were supposed to play Le Poisson Rouge tonight, but that show has been moved to Europa. Tickets are available.

LPR, still without power, also cancelled tonight's Draleta Music presents: "Picking Up the Pieces" show.

Tragedy (the tribute band) at Merury Lounge has been rescheduled for 1/5. Hollis Brown at Mercury Lounge will have a "new date soon."

Lincoln Center says "Friday's White Light Festival performance of The Spirit of the Body is postponed. New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Theater, Chamber Music Society, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Film Society, and Metropolitan Opera performances will go on as scheduled. For further information, please contact the presenting organization. The David Rubenstein Atrium and New York Public Library are open."

The Adam Green and Binki Shapiro show at Maxwell's has been cancelled due to no electricity at the venue. Adam and Binki are still supposed to play Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (11/5).

Highline Ballroom had to cancel both of their shows tonight. The early show, David Choi and Clara C has been postponed to Sunday (11/4), and the late show, Maya Jane Coles, has been relocated to SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Ave).

Our Miami Connection screenings are postponed.

The Bloody Beetroots show at Webster Hall has been cancelled.

The STS9 shows at Best Buy Theater for tonight and tomorrow both appear to still be on.

The Pearl Jam/Joseph Arthur side project RNDM show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is still on for tonight. David Garza opens all dates on the tour.

Union Hall is open for Hoots & Hellmouth.

Cultfever, Blonds, and Kenji Urada play Glasslands tonight before Bear In Heaven and Small Black DJ a Hurricane Sandy benefit at the venue.

Your 33 Black Angels and The Archive play Zebulon.

The Smashing Pumpkins show at Susquehanna Bank Center would have happened tonight, but that show was one of the shows the band was forced to postpone.

UCB Chelsea is open but UCB East is still closed.

Fontana's opened with a generator last night (just as a bar, no show) and probably will do the same tonight.

Rockwood Music Hall is closed, and says "All tickets for tonight's Jaymay show will be honored at one of her upcoming two shows (11/9 or 11/16). Alternatively refunds are available by contacting MusicToday customer service at tix@musictoday.com or 1-800-594-TIXX (8499)."

Pianos is still closed, so no Luke Rathborne, Mon Khemer, Little Rader or Chris Bathgate, but Pianos promises they will open as soon as power goes on.

Cake Shop is still closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Joe's Pub is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.

more updates to this post coming...

If you're at home., watch the telethon with Bruce Springsteen and many others.

Aerosmith still played the 'Today Show' this morning and Steven Tyler dropped the F-bomb. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What is & isn't going on Friday? (Andrew Jackson Jihad/Future of the Left moved, Die Antwoord cancelled, Hospitality & Chris Isaak postponed & more)"

Front St. on Monday evening (via @iggsactly)

Lower Manhattan got it pretty good by Sandy, South Street Seaport included. The area was under multiple feet of water. The Seaport Music Festival, who put on the free shows down there, still had their stage set up. Some gear was ruined though they luckily had taken down the deck, lights, tent and canopy in preparation for the hurricane. No word on how the Beekman Beer Garden fared, though one Tweeter fears it is "definitely gone". Wine store Pasanella and Son was reportedly "decimated". Sadly, there has also been some looting at the Seaport's shops.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, who recently confirmed at least 18 Sandy related deaths in NYC, announced that like the subways (Buses start returning tonight [10/30]), it may be three or four more days before power is restored to the tons of residents who lost it due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes all of lower Manhattan where, as you know, a whole lot of Manhattan music venues are. Which probably means no shows till the weekend for Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge and others.

Good news, apart from no power, the Ludlow St. area venues all came out ok, with folks at Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery specifically saying there was no water damage. Williamsburg clubs, are getting somewhat back to normal sooner, with shows at Union Pool and Glasslands tonight.

Elsewhere, Park Slope/Gowanus's Bell House reports that they "had some minimal flooding but will be back to business as usual by tomorrow. Working on fundraiser ideas for you now " Bar 4 in Park Slope lost their awning.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Savages absolutely killing it at Mercury Lounge #CMJ2012" - Will Barton

"@Savagesband Ruling Mercury" - Daron Watson

"Being blown away at Mercury Lounge by Savages." - Cheryl Waters


If there's any band who universally lived up to their hype at this year's CMJ, it had to be London's Savages. Everyone at BV loved them, we caught their sets at the Stereogum showcase and at our own day party. We also went over to Mercury Lounge after our Friday party (10/19) to catch them again, where they were headlining a sold out show with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, and Emma Louise (who recently signed to Frenchkiss). J. Thoven was on that bill too but we missed their set. Pictures from the rest are in this post.

Meanwhile, Choir of Young Believers (who were also great at our Saturday day party) and Daughter are on a tour that hits Chicago tonight. Daughter also played the Glassnote CMJ showcase while they were in NYC.

Videos of Savages tearing it up during "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands" at Mercury Lounge, and more pics from the show are below.

Continue reading "Savages played Mercury Lounge w/ Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco & Emma Louise (pics, videos)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge, 9/21/2012
Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon is on tour was in New York for two shows this weekend, following an appearance earlier in the week at Pop Montreal. Friday night (9/21), one night before she hit Union Pool, she played an early show at Mercury Lounge with Boston psych-folk quartet Quilt making for a well-matched double bill.

Those whose only know Le Bon from her mostly gentle debut album and her tour with St. Vincent (where she played alone) does not prepare you for the wonderful, weird Welsh world of seeing her with her ace band who also feature on her fantastic album CYRK (one of 2012's best) from earlier this year. Songs turn on a dime from delicate finger-plucked Wendy and Bonnie faery folk to ragged Neil Young-style ragers, with moments of organ-fueled Krautrock groove as well. Mind you it all makes sense when watching Le Bon's do her magical thing.

I missed Quilt but will hopefully catch them while they're on tour with The Fresh and Onlys which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8. Tickets for that show are still available. Cate Le Bon's North American trek rolls on through the South, playing Raleigh, NC tonight (9/25).

Pictures of Quilt and Cate Le Bon (including the setlist for Cate), along with a list of tour dates for both, below...

Continue reading "Cate Le Bon & Quilt @ Mercury Lounge (pics, setlist, review)"

by Bill Pearis

Frank and Walters

Longrunning Irish indiepop act The Frank and Walters are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their debut album, Trains, Boats and Planes, with a tour where they'll play the album front-to-back. While the record actually didn't get a U.S. release, the band do currently have one North American show on the tour in NYC: Mercury Lounge on December 13. Tickets are on sale Friday, Friday, September 28 at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (9/26) at noon.

UPDATE: Unfortunately the show got cancelled.

Despite releasing records only sporadically, The Frank and Walters have stayed together since forming in Cork back in 1990 -- with their sixth album, Greenwich Mean Time, released back in March. Like the majority of their music, it's wide-eyed, jaunty pop with singer Paul Linehan's distinctive warble (and wry humor) leading the way and is worth a listen. You can stream the album (as well as their debut) below via Spotify.

All Frank and Walters tour dates are below, along with the album streams and a few videos.

Continue reading "The Frank and Walters released new LP and celebrating debut LP's 20th anniversary"

Tamaryn at Emo's in Austin, April 2011 (More by Tim Griffin)

San Francisco ethereal vibestress Tamaryn is set to release her new album, Tender New Signs, on October 16 via Mexican Summer. You can stream the first single from the album, "I'm Gone," at the bottom of this post. (It's available now on 7" as well.) She'll also be touring this fall with two NYC dates: November 9 at Mercury Lounge and November 10 at Knitting Factory. No ticket info yet for either of those shows but you can keep checking Ticketmaster for Mercury Lounge and Ticketfly for Knitting Factory.

UPDATE: Young Prisms open the Mercury Lounge show and play Glasslands two days earlier (9/7) (tickets) and Starred and Cool Angels open the Knitting Factory show. Merc tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon and Knit tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at 10 AM.

Tamaryn song stream and tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tamaryn releasing new LP, touring this fall w/ 2 NYC shows (dates)"

Pujol at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Pujol has exactly ten days before they pack up to play the first leg of a Northeast/Southwest tour that will last into middle October. After the first set of dates come to a close at the end of September, look for the band to head on a campaign towards NYC's  neck of the woods with a stop at Mercury Lounge on October 11. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon today (8/15) and regular sale on Friday.

The dates are in celbration of Pujol's United States of Being, which hit early this summer via Saddle Creek and is streaming now in full at Rolling Stone. Check that out, and dig on all listed tour dates and a live video of Pujol from Bonnaroo 2012 below.

Continue reading "Pujol schedule fall tour, including Mercury Lounge (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Edsel - Buckle (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Edsel - Draw Down the Moon (MP3)

Lotion at Knitting Factory 10/17/2011

You may remember that '90s-era NYC indie rock band Lotion played their first show in 12 years last October as part of the Royal Flush Festival. The band have decided to make the reunion an annual event and this year's Lotion show happens at Mercury Lounge on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/15) at noon.

I went to last year's show which found the band surprisingly together, given that they had two weeks notice of doing it with members far-flung around the U.S. It was a really fun show. There's video of the band doing "Rock Chick" and "Feedback Queen" at the bottom of this post. With two months notice this year, who knows what may happen.

To make this a little more special (and a "holy crap!" show for some), Lotion have coaxed fellow Clinton-era rockers Edsel out of retirement who played their last show on Valentines Day 2000 at Brownies. Influenced heavily by Wire and other UK post punks, Edsel made dream pop with a decidedly DC-indie bent. The band for this show will be longtime members Sohrab Habibion (who is now in Obits), Geoff Sanoff, and Steve Raskin, plus Obits drummer Alexis Fleisig (filling in for Nick Pellicciotto and John Dugan).

Much of Edsel's back catalog has gotten the reissue-remaster treatment via Comedy Minus One. Last year saw The Everlasting Belt Co. and Detroit Folly, and their final and best album, 1995's Techniques of Speed Hypnosis (recorded in England with MBV engineer Anjali Dutt), will be out in time for the Mercury Lounge show. There are a couple Edsel MP3s you can download above and you can stream Detroit Folly via a Spotify app at the bottom of this post.

Video and streams are below.

Continue reading "Lotion playing Mercury Lounge in October, coaxed Edsel out of retirement to open"

by Bill Pearis

Lavender Diamond

It's been so long since we'd heard from Lavender Diamond I'd assumed they'd broken up. The L.A. band made a splash in 2007 with their debut album, Imagine Our Love, and anyone who saw them play live around that time remembers it. At least they remember singer Becky Stark, a classically-trained tenor soprano whose voice is mesmerizing. Her stage demeanor is also, let's say, eccentric. But that voice.

Well it turns out Lavender Diamond are still together and have a new album, Incorruptible Heart, which is out September 25. You can stream two tracks from the album below, one of which ("Oh My Beautiful World") is downloadable at Lavender Diamond's website.

The band will also be hitting the East Coast in September, including an NYC stop at Mercury Lounge on 9/26. Tickets are on sale now. UPDATE: Lavender Diamond are also playing Glasslands on September 29 and those tickets are on sale as well.

All Lavender Diamond tour dates are below, along with the two song streams.

Continue reading "Lavender Diamond are back with a new LP and East Coast tour (dates and streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Variety Lights

Former Mercury Rev frontman David Baker is bringing his musical project Variety Lights on the road for a few dates this month, including two in NYC: August 22 at Mercury Lounge with The Eastern Sea and Your 33 Black Angels (tickets) and August 24 at Public Assembly with Dinowalrus and August Wells.

Variety Lights have a new video for the druggy, dubby, claustrophobic, "Feeling All Alone," which was directed by Flaming Lips cohort Daniel Huffman of New Fumes. As you might imagine, it's pretty trippy. We're premiering the clip below.

Variety Lights debut album, Central Flow, is out now on Fire Records. The video and tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Variety Lights made a video (watch it), playing live (dates)"

Damien Jurado at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado released his solid new album, Maraqopa, earlier this year and has spent much of the time since its release on the road. Damien's currently supporting the album over in Europe with Megafaun, and he'll return to North America next month for Bumbershoot and Hopscotch, after which he'll make his way to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on October 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/10) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/8) at noon.

A month after the Mercury Lounge show, Jurado will hit the road with Sharon Van Etten, though not at her Town Hall show on Nov. 15. (No opener for that yet.) All Damien Jurado dates are listed below, along with a video.

Continue reading "Damien Jurado announces North American fall tour (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Magic Trick - Torture (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Trick - Invisible at Midnight (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wymond Miles - Pale Moon (MP3)

Magic Trick

We mentioned earlier today that The Fresh and Onlys will be in NYC in November, supporting their great new album, Long Slow Dance. But if you would like to hear the warm baritone of Tim Cohen live sooner, his other band, Magic Trick, will be here opening for fellow San Franciscans Sonny & the Sunsets at Maxwell's on August 15 (tickets), Mercury Lounge on August 16 (tickets) and Glasslands on August 18 (tickets).

What began as a solo project for Cohen soon became Tim Cohen's Magic Trick and has now morphed into its own entity. While still featuring Tim's songs and melancholic/psychedelic worldview, Magic Trick are more are more pop-oriented than F&O (think Lee Hazlewood) with keyboards, glockenspiel and the lovely harmonies of Noelle Cahill and Alicia Vanden Heuvel. You can download two tracks from their new album, Ruler of the Night, above or stream the whole thing at Spotify.

Meanwhile, I'd be remiss not to talk about F&O guitarist Wymond Miles' new solo album, Under the Pale Moon, which it out now on Sacred Bones. The man whose post-punk, heavily-effected playing style give Fresh & Onlys such distinctive flair goes for dark romance on his own material, posited somewhere near Bowie's Berlin period or Heaven Up Here-era Bunnymen. (I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's a Crime & the City Solution fan, either.) It's a debonair debut and you can download an MP3 from it above or stream it in full at Spotify.

All Sonny & the Sunsets / Magic Trick dates are listed below, along with a Magic Trick video.

Continue reading "Magic Trick released new LP, opening for Sonny & the Sunsets; Wymond Miles released solo debut (dates, MP3s)"

Call of The Wild
Call of The Wild

Brooklyn's Call of The Wild feature an ex-member of Awesome Color, but this trio is on an entirely different trip. The band plays a style of garage that borders on Metallica-style speed metal on their forthcoming Leave Your Leather On, as exhibited by the first single to appear from the record, "Autobahn" (no, not a Kraftwerk cover). The premiere of that song is below and order your copy via Kemado if you're down (the record drops on 8/21).

Call of The Wild have been pretty active playing NYC shows lately, and will continue  at Union Pool on Saturday (8/4) with a show as part of the ongoing FREE afternoon Summer Thunder series. There the band will be joined by Dope Body and local favorites GENTLEMEN for a 3PM show. Call of The Wild will ALSO join Tyvek/Wet Hair at Mercury Lounge the next night (8/5).

Check out "Autobahn" from Leave Your Leather On below.

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Big Sleep

As previously mentioned, The Big Sleep and KNTRLR have a NYC show taking place at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (6/30). Tickets are still on sale AND we have a pair you can win. Details below.

The show, it also ends up, is a record release party for a 7" split that you'll be able to get at the show FOR FREE if you if bought an advanced ticket (first come, first serve with a limited quantity). That's the record pictured above, and you can listen to it now (all 2 songs), with the contest info below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

The Mynabirds at Mercury Lounge - 6/22/12
The Mynabirds

The Mynabirds released their sophomore LP, Generals, this month on Saddle Creek and have been touring in support of it. That tour brought them to NYC for a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on Friday (6/22) with Sean Bones. The Mynabirds played almost the entire new album, plus a few off their 2010 debut as well. You can check out the video for the album's title track below, along with more pictures from Mercury Lounge and a list of all remaining tour dates.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Holograms - Chasing My Mind (MP3)


Stockholm, Sweden's Holograms will release their self-titled debut via Captured Tracks on July 10. The band will be in North America in late summer, stopping at Mercury Lounge on September 4 before heading to the Hopscotch Music Festival (Sept 6 - 8) in Raleigh, NC. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on-sale Thursday (6/21) at noon.

With bleating synths, jagged guitar lines and the occasional skronky sax, Holograms is angry, attitude-heavy post punk that doesn't skimp on the hooks. (Fans of early Bunnymen and Iceage take note.) You can download "Chasing My Mind" at the top of this post and you can watch a couple videos at the bottom of this post.

While a full tour hasn't been announced, Holograms do have a few other North American dates in September scheduled, all of which are listed below.

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