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photos: Murals @ BVCMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Whitney, the new band from former Smith Westerns members Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, recorded a cover of "Southern Nights" by Allen Toussaint who we very sadly lost a few weeks back. With little more than electric piano backing, it's a lovely version of the song, and a nice little tribute, and you can stream it below.

The band will be in NYC next month for a one-off show at Baby's All Right on December 12. It's a pretty appealing lineup, with Louisville, KY's Murals and Long Island's talented Lemon Twigs. Flyer for the show is below and tickets are on sale now. Whitney say they're announcing more tour dates soon. Stay tuned.

Both Murals and Lemon Twigs have played on the same bill at Baby's before -- both were at BrooklynVegan's Saturday CMJ party. Murals have a new single out and, we hear, an album on the way soon. Lemon Twigs have a new album, produced by Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, out next year.

In related news, the Allen Toussaint show that was to have happened at City Winery on Sunday (11/29) is now a tribute show featuring Jon Batiste and special guests TBA. The show is sold out but you can sign up for the waiting list. Proceeds go to New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, which was founded by Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville in 1985.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, videos by (((unARTig))), words by Pink Baby

Lilys / Dilly Dally / Martin Courtney @ Baby's All Right - 10/17/15
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BV CMJ 2015 Saturday

After the mere seven-hour BrooklynVegan Friday party at Baby's All Right during CMJ, we threw a 12-and-a-half hour party on Saturday (10/17). It kicked off bright and early at 11:30 AM with Murals and continued through midnight when reunited '90s shoegazers Lilys wrapped up their set.

Murals, whose sound these days is sort of pastoral and proggy (not unlike Andora-era Caribou at times) which was a gentle start to a long (fun) day, while we munched on free Thai samosas -- courtesy Baby's new Bangkok-inspired menu -- and sipped complimentary Bell's Brewery Octoberfest. Though that keg went quick, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Lager were also on tap all day, and they gave out pins, sunglasses, bottle openers and other goodies, too.

After Murals it was Petal, whose set we wrote about and posted pictures of HERE (with her new album stream), and then we were treated to an early afternoon set by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney. Martin was supporting and playing songs off his forthcoming solo debut, Many Moons (due 10/30 via Domino), and he was backed by an ace band that included Woods' Jarvis Taveniere (who produced the album) and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band (and several other projects). Martin plays an acoustic guitar the whole time, and they're a little more on the '70s folk/soft rock side than Real Estate's slightly janglier indie pop. Martin also threw in a cover of Pavement's "Major Leagues" which fit in perfectly with his own compositions. They ended the set with Doug Keith's extended guitar solo that Martin's Grateful Dead-obsessed Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker probably would've been proud of.

Then came Australian trio Methyl Ethel, who gave us a set of psychedelic dream pop and had a frontman with quite a bit of urgency to his performance. The Gotobeds then seriously kicked things up a notch with their tough, post-punk inspired indie rock. These guys are just the kind of smartasses you want at something like CMJ, coming on stage saying "Hey, we're Viet Cong! What!?! They're not using it anymore!" and being good enough musicians to make playing sloppy charming. The set featured their 'hit,' "NY's Alright" (which Kasan sang as "Baby's All Right" at least once), as well as songs from their upcoming Sub Pop debut, including one that Protomartyr's Joe Casey will be guesting on. Between that show and their set at Sub Pop's showcase two days earlier (which Protomartyr, who played our Baby's day parties in 2014, also played), they were a definite highlight of CMJ.

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They were followed by UK trio Shopping, one of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ this year (as the beyond packed room illustrated). They wear their minimal, danceable post-punk influences (Delta 5, The Slits) on their sleeve, but they make up for the lack of originality with a super fun live show. They were bouncing around up there the whole time, and if the crowd was more familiar with their songs (or drunker) you could imagine the rest of the room bouncing along with them. Tight musicians too.

The tight musicianship did not die down at all when Dilly Dally followed. They instantly won us over with an early set on our 2014 day party, but this year they returned bigger and better in every way. The sound and light show was perfect for them, which didn't hurt, but the band's grungy force and Katie Monks' throat-shredding voice is what keeps this band exciting every time.

Things got a bit calmer for Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, who are still a new-ish band but already have a fully-formed unique vision. All three members wore matching outfits, and they're all set up in a horizontal line in the front of the stage. They all sing in close harmony, and they make a kind of arty pop that's not exactly in line with any current trend. While trying to remember who you saw at CMJ, you don't forget Stealing Sheep.

The rock returned when local staples The So So Glos followed. They've been doing their thing around NYC for years now, and they really do play like stars. Their poppy punk might have actually made them stars in 1995, but it's nice to get that kind of performance in a smaller venue in the midst of a CMJ party too. Things stayed turned up to 11 when Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney followed. They don't exactly do the whole "punkgaze" thing that's been going on, but they definitely have a hard backbone as far as shoegaze bands go.

It was a full house when Frankie Cosmos kicked off the evening portion of our party with a set of appealing indie pop that is both winsome and spirited. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who played the ATO showcase the day before, then brought things down even softer than Frankie, with a haunting solo set. It would have been nice to see her full band, especially with her heavier new album out, but she's good with just a guitar too. Chicago garage punks Meat Wave followed and wasted no time turning things way back up. They're just a trio but they were one of the loudest and heaviest bands of the day. Almost their whole set was flooded in entirely red lights. It suited them well.

Up next were young locals The Lemon Twigs, who are still in their teens but already have approval from Foxygen whose Jonathan Rado is producing their forthcoming album. Fronted by Micheal and Brian D'Addario (who take turns between guitar/lead vocals and drums), The Lemon Twigs seem to take inspiration from mid-'70s rock: Michael, who wore eyeshadow, a floor-length robe and Aladdin Sane-Orange hair gave us the weirder songs with hints of Syd Barrett, early Bowie and Sparks; while Brian seemed to draw more from classic songwriters like Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach or Todd Rundgren. The whole band are seriously good musicians (and killer at harmonies) and, if these guys keep at it, it seems like they'll be crazy good by their mid-twenties.

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Mothers from Athens, GA then came on for the penultimate set of the day. Kristine Leschper has a great voice that reminded me more than once of Angel Olsen, and the music is a bit like Angel's last album too. It's folky at times, but driving indie rock at others. And the rest of her band were no slouches at all.

Finally Lilys wrapped up the day with what was only their fourth show of 2015... which is probably as many as they have played in the last five years. Kurt Heasley has seen nearly as many members of Lilys as The Fall, and this lineup -- the same as the two shows the weekend before at Baby's -- was put together by former member Don Devore, one of the five guitarists on stage. Sticking to songs from the band's early shoegaze years (like 1994's Eccsame the Photon Band which just got re-pressed on vinyl) with some seriously trippy projections, Lilys melted faces (helped along by Heasley's insistence that the A/C be turned off) with Clinton-era classics like "Ginger." We were very happy to bring this very rare show to fans (which included a lot of folks in other bands) to you for free. What a day!

Then we went to bed.

More pictures and videos from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Lilys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Mothers, Martin Courtney, Frankie Cosmos, Gotobeds & more played BV's Saturday party (pics)"

photo: Lilys at Baby's last week (more by Greg Cristman)

photo: Martin Courtney with Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

You already know the details for the free BV Friday day party at Baby's All Right. There's also an all-day BrooklynVegan Saturday party from 11:00 AM to midnight at Baby's.

Here's the lineup and set times:
SATURDAY, 10/17/2015 @ Baby's All Right

11:00 AM DOORS
11:30 Murals
12:15 Petal
1:00 Martin Courtney of Real Estate
1:45 Methyl Ethel
2:30 The Gotobeds
3:15 Shopping
4:00 Dilly Dally
4:45 Stealing Sheep
5:30 The So So Glos
6:15 Wildhoney
7:00 Frankie Cosmos
7:45 Jessica Lea Mayfield
8:30 Meat Wave
9:15 The Lemon Twigs
10:00 Mothers
10:45 Lilys
The day kicks off bright and early with Louisville's pastoral psych band Murals and free vegetarian southern Thai samosas off the new Baby's menu, a collaboration with Bangkok restaurant Soul Food Mahanakorn. American brunch will also be available for purchase.

Then it's Scranton, PA Tigers Jaw associates Petal. Following that is a 1 PM set from Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who's followed by Australia's Methyl Ethel, Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds, and more post-punk from UK band Shopping.

Things keep going with Toronto's roaring indie rockers Dilly Dally, the harmony-laden Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, local punk staples The So So Glos, and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Then it's the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos, the ever-evolving Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, the young but already very accomplished locals The Lemon Twigs, folky Athens indie rockers Mothers, and finally a very rare reunion set from '90s shoegazers Lilys (only their fourth of 2015) to wrap up the day.

Like on Friday, things kick off with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts. We'll also have three varieties of Bell's on tap all day and night.

photo: Frankie Cosmos at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Cosmos

Again, all 12 hours of this show are totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

The show is one of five BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC this week. In addition to the Friday party, we're also presenting the two non-CMJ Front Bottoms shows at Irving Plaza.

Listen to the artists playing the Saturday party, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday all-day show lineup (Lilys, Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate's Martin Courtney, Dilly Dally, Stealing Sheep, Jessica Lea Mayfield, free Bell's beer & more!)"

by Bill Pearis


It's been a couple years, but Louisville, KY's Murals are back with a new label, Firetalk, and a new single, "Violet City Lantern," which is out next week (10/16). This is a little more lush than we've heard Murals be before, with a pastoral feel not unlike some of Caribou's Andorra. Check it out via the song's video below.

Murals will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing five shows:

10/14 - @ Silent Barn: Wichita X Fire Talk X Silent Barn w/ Cheatahs, Adveata, Oscar, Dreamcrusher (info)
10/15 @ Berlin - Dirges and Daydreams Party w/ Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Cool Ghouls, Worthless, S (RSVP for free entry)
10/16 @ Fulton Stall Market: Seaport Music Fest Showcase w/ Celestial Shore, Michael Rault, Haley Bonar, dirty Ghosts, S, The Teen Age, Arms, EMEFE, Lazyeyes, Spritzer, Tiny Hazard, Mothers, The Album Leaf (FREE)
10/17 @ Silent Barn: - Label Fair Day Party w/ Turn To Crime, Crosss, ADVAETA, BBDDM, Murals, Pinact, Fern Mayo (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade - Levitation Showcase
Silent Barn, which is currently closed following the fire last month, expects to be to be open by CMJ (you might want to check the Facebook event pages before heading out there, though). Flyers for some of those CMJ shows are below.

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Cloud Castle Lake
Cloud Castle Lake

As mentioned, Ringo Deathstarr's CMJ schedule includes a show at Rough Trade on October 17 which turns out to be this year's Levitation Fest showcase. It's a pretty killer bill that also includes Shannon and the Clams, Drinks (aka Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley), Mild High Club, Whitney (ex-Smith Westerns), Cheatahs, Stealing Sheep, Louisville, KY's Murals, Irish trio Cloud Castle Lake, and California band Residuals. It's an early start (5:30 PM doors) and tickets go on sale Wednesday (9/30) at noon.

Cloud Castle Lake released the Dandelion EP in 2014 which drew comparisons to Sigur Ros and Radiohead and you can stream it, and this year's "Glacier" single, below. Their other CMJ shows include The Flat on October 14 (6:45 PM) with Her Royal Harness, Miya Folick and Avec Sands; and then a free show that same day (10/14) at The Delancey which is an all-Irish lineup with Fang Club, Sleep Thieves, Ham Sandwich and Le Galaxie.

Continue reading "Shannon & the Clams, Drinks, Mild High Club, Whitney, Cloud Castle Lake & more playing Levitation CMJ showcase"

Little Dragon at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Little Dragon

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

Graveyard, Bombus @ Webster Hall
Retro rockers Graveyard hearken back to the proto-metal hard rock riffs of the early '70s and they do justice to the era. Catch them melting faces at Webster Hall tonight.

Little Dragon @ Rough Trade
Little Dragon's agreeably chilled out new album, Nabuma Rubberband, is out on Tuesday but here's a chance to A) pick it up early then and B) see them in an intimate setting like this, ahead of their tour of big venues (like upcoming T5 shows in June). Buy the album to get a wristband for the show which starts at 2:30 PM.

of Montreal, Dream Tiger @ Le Poisson Rouge
You never fully know what to expect from pop weirdos of Montreal, other than the fact that it's going to be colorful, quite the spectacle, and quite the party. Tonight's show is sold out.

Beverly, Laila, The Suzan, Doble Pletina, FLOWN @ WITHOUT Fest at Frieze Art Fair
Currated by the fine folks at Tom Tom Magazine , the WITHOUT festival is run in tandem with the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island. Today's the last of four and happens outside the festival gates and is free.

R. Stevie Moore, Donovan Blanc, Murals @ Baby's All Right
Interesting diversity at Baby's tonight with the godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore, jangly NJ duo Donovan Blanc, and Louisville's Shins-y Murals.

Ludwig Persik @ Baby's All Right
After the R. Stevie Moore show, it's a free performance from Ludwig Persik who makes fanciful, laptop pop.

Vulture Fest
New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture is throwing this two-day  festival this weekend featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy. Most of it is happening at Milk Studios in Manhattan.

Heathered Pearls (live), Uumans, Yinka Pascal @ Glasslands
Heathered Pearls is the moniker of Polish ambient musician Jakub Alexander who now lives in Brooklyn.Last year's debut LP, Loyal, released through Ghostly International is lush and transportive, which could make a nice way to ease out of the weekend.

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Chris Cochrane's Collapsible Shoulder @ Rough Trade
Guitar great Marc Ribot has collaborated with everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn, but tonight he takes the lead with his own band, Ceramic Dog.

Shy Girls, Tei Shi @ The Panther Room
Portland's Shy Girls make the kind of indie-R&B that has been very in style since the breakout of artists like How to Dress Well (who he especially sounds like). Last night, he opened for Haim at the large Terminal 5 but tonight you can see him in the much smaller venue, The Panther Room (at Output).

Okkyung Lee, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey // Michelle Boule @ The Stone
It's the final night of NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee's Stone Residency with Craig Taborn & Tyshawn Torey at the 8 PM set and Michelle Boule at the 10 PM set.

Clean Girls, Fins, Exocomets @ Silent Barn
It's a night of noisy rock at Silent Barn, and if you're going to this show one band we recommend catching is Fins, who make messy post-hardcore that they recorded on an EP with Ben from The Men, who know a thing or two about messy post-hardcore.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

HAIM, Tennis @ Terminal 5
A modern blend of Fleetwood Mac and Wilson Phillips, HAIM just keep getting more popular. This is the second of two sold-out shows at T5.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Bill Pearis

Murals @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Louisville, Kentucky's dreamy Murals had a productive 2012, releasing their lovely debut album, A Passing Cloud, and toured constantly, including a slew of CMJ performances (including one of our day parties). The band recently recorded a Daytrotter session which went up today and includes a couple nice new songs. The band also gave us a list of "the 10 best things we encountered in 2012" that is mostly music (and almost none of it released recently) with a movie or two in there as well. Check that out below.

Murals have more shows coming up, including a few dates on the previously announced Widowspeak (who have a new album out this month) tour. Their dates together include the previously discussed NYC show which happens on January 22 at Mercury Lounge with Prince Rupert's Drops and Alex Laliberte of Vensaire. Tickets for that show are still available.

Murals' best-of list and a list of all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Murals touring with Widowspeak, recorded a Daytrotter session, gave us a Best of 2012 list"

photos by Amanda HatfieldDominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Deap Vally @ Public Assembly (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Foxygen @ Public Assemby (by Amanda)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Our Friday not-CMJ day party (10/19) at Public Assembly, our first of two day-long, two-stage shows at the venue over the weekend, had my favorite one-two punch of the entire 2012 CMJ week: Savages followed by METZ both of whose performances we wrote about already (click the links). But I'll add that even though it was a shorter set (that didn't include "Flying to Berlin"_ than when I caught them at Glasslands earlier in the week, Savages were more, relaxed, more electrifying at our show. And METZ bring their insane level of energy (and volume) to every show they do, day or night, and they knocked the crowd for a loop. CMJ in a nutshell right there.

The rest of Friday's line-up was highly diverse: Israeli prog rockers Tiny Fingers; Wisonsin folk duo Blessed Feathers; the retro-fueled shenanigans of the terrific Foxygen; Murals' laid-back dreampop; FIGO and Toys that Kill bringing some punk; Deap Vally bringing riffs and sex appeal; IO Echo's gothy shoegaze pop; MSMR's big pop sounds (a little like an indie Sophie Ellis Bextor?); Doldrums on what was one of their 8000 highly energetic shows that week; Braids' new, electronic direction; and the brainy fake surf of The Intelligence.

Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty. If the PBR and Poggled photographer took your picture, look for it on our Facebook.

We already posted pictures from this party of METZ, Savages, and Sky Ferreira. More from the whole show, below...

Continue reading "BV Friday Day Party pics (Deap Vally, Foxygen, Murals, Toys That Kill, Braids, Io Echo, The Intelligence, Savages, METZ + more)"

photos and video by Jessica Amaya

Foxygen / Field Mouse / Ex Cops @ Pianos, 10/19/2012
Field Mouse
Ex Cops

During CMJ if you find yourself on the Lower East Side with no specific plans, it's usually a safe bet that Pianos will have something interesting. For instance, BV photographer/videographer Jessica Amaya found herself at Pianos on Friday night (10/19) for The Deli's two-floor showcase and caught Foxygen and Murals downstairs (both of whom played our day party early that same day at Public Assembly, and then Field Mouse and Ex Cops upstairs.

Speaking of, Ex Cops play Glasslands tonight (10/23) with Historics and Young Boys ($10 at the door). More pics from Pianos on Friday night (plus video of Murals and Field Mouse) are below.

Continue reading "Murals, Foxygen, Ex Cops and Field Mouse played Pianos (CMJ pics/video) +++ Ex Cops play Glasslands tonight"

We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Friday looks like...


BrooklynVegan FRIDAY DAY PARTY - 10/19/2012

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Tiny Fingers (from Israel)
01:00 Murals
01:45 Deap Vally
02:30 Savages
03:15 METZ
04:00 MS MR
05:00 Braids

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:00 Blessed Feathers
12:40 Foxygen
01:25 FIGO (live)
02:10 IO Echo
03:00 Sky Ferreira
03:40 Doldrums
04:30 Toys That Kill
05:15 The Intelligence

That's 15 bands in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. If you have to work, call in sick!

And show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. You can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars. Get your photo taken in our free photo booth courtesy of PBR and Poggled.

Saturday lineup (same time, same place) coming soon...


Meanwhile you'l also find us, or our BV Austin site to be more specific, repping Texas at Rebel (a free and official CMJ party), and at Saint Vitus on Saturday night.

Murals at Pianos, July 2012 (more by Eric Townsend)

Louisville's Murals are visiting NYC this week for CMJ and are certainly contenders for the Most Shows award, playing nine times between now and Saturday, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. Full line-up is still forthcoming but Murals play at 1 PM right before Deap Vally. If you haven't heard Murals's On a Passing Cloud LP, you can stream it below. The band were last here over the summer.

The band's run of shows begins tonight (10/15) with a Oh My Rockness Kickoff Party at Pianos, that also features Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps and Noxious Foxes. $8 at the door.

Other shows this week include Aquarium Drunkard's showcase at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (10/16, 8 PM) with Rafiq Bhatia, Tashaki Miyaki and more, and then Pianos upstairs shortly after (9:30 PM, free) that same night that also features Team Spirit, Slam Donahue and more.

On Thursday (10/18), Murals play two shows: Pianos (1:30 PM, free) for the I Guess I'm Floating day party with Chad Valley, Hundred Waters and more, then the Bird Dog/Golden Ratio party (6:45 PM, being relocated from Deliquency, venue TBD, free) with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe and more.

On Friday (10/19) in addition to our day party, they'll play Pianos/The Deli's official CMJ showcase (9:30) with Young Magic, Mac Demarco and more. Then two shows on Saturday (10/20): the Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos (3:30, free) with Savages, the Orwells and more; and finally Cake Shop that night (10 PM) with Francisco the Man, Field Mouse and more.

All Murals CMJ week dates are listed below, along with their album stream and show flyers.

Continue reading "Murals are in NYC for CMJ, playing 9 shows including kickoff party at Pianos tonight & BV day party on Friday (dates)"

Action Bronson at MHOW in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Action Bronson
Paul Banks at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Paul Banks

Complex is throwing a big, free, multi-genre, non-CMJ party during CMJ at Brooklyn's House of Vans on October 18. The show's got two stages -- a rap and a rock stage -- with the rap stage being headlined by Action Bronson and the rock stage by Interpol frontman Paul Banks. The rest of the lineup includes The Alchemist, Ratking, Ka, Spaceghostpurrp, Savages, Savoir Adore, and a surprise special guest. RSVP is required for the free show and you must be 21+. The flier is below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Action Bronson in NYC even sooner when he plays a free show at Public Assembly on October 10, and he'll also be back for a show at Highline Ballroom on October 30 with Cypress Hill.

Paul Banks, whose tour brings him to NYC for a headlining show on November 13 at Webster Hall, will also play one of the just mentioned KEXP shows in Union Square during CMJ.

We also just mentioned that Hot Charity signees Ratking have CMJ shows scheduled including free shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge on October 19 and a not-free show at Glasslands on October 20.

Savages have a number of CMJ shows scheduled too. They're playing Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, Emma Louise, and J. Thoven. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but you can still try to get in with your CMJ badge. They also play the Stereogum showcase with Dum Dum Girls, Guards, Port. St Willow, IO ECHO, and Icona Pop (DJ) (tickets), and it was just announced that they'll play the free Bowery Presents day party on October 20 at Pianos with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Opossom, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.

The flier for the Complex show and an updated list of Action Bronson and Paul Banks dates are below.

Continue reading "Action Bronson, Paul Banks, Spaceghostpurrp, Savages, Alchemist & more playing House of Vans party during CMJ"

Loren Connors at Le Poisson Rouge in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Loren Connors

Speaking of Loren Connors, who opens for Jozef Van Wissem tonight, he's releasing a collaborative single with singer Suzanne Langille called I Wish I Didn't Dream on Northern Spy Records. You can order that single and listen to some samples at the Northern Spy website. They'll be celebrating it with a Northern Spy-presented release show in Brooklyn on November 13 at 285 Kent with Text of Light (aka Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Ryan Sawyer and Tom Carter & Pat Murano. No advance tickets for that one at the moment. $10 at the door.

This isn't the first time that Loren Connors associated with a member of Sonic Youth. Over the summer he played a collaborative set with Thurston Moore as part of Spy Music Festival.

Speaking of Sonic Youth members, Steve Shelley isn't in Disappears anymore but he's still in Spectre Folk with Pavement/Sonic Youth bassist Mark Ibold, and Spectre Folk will play a Brooklyn show on Sunday (10/7) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Scott & Charlene's Wedding (who also play the Oh My Rockness CMJ kickoff show at Pianos on 10/15 with Murals), Images, and Gem Trails.

The Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, is out now. You can stream that in its entirety below via a spotify widget.

Continue reading "Loren Connors playing shows (one w/ Lee Ranaldo's Text of Light); Spectre Folk playing w/ Scott & Charlene's Wedding"

photos by Eric Townsend; words by Bill Pearis

Black Light Dinner Party / Murals, Pianos 7/27/2012
Black Light Dinner Party

For those looking to see a bunch of newly-hyped bands from around the country in one place, Friday night (7/27) at Pianos was a good place to be, hosting Brooklyn's Black Light Dinner Party, Chicago's A Lull and Louisville, KY's Murals, and LA's Nightmare Air.

I was there early for Murals, a young six-piece whose ambitions are maybe just slightly out of their grasp at this point. While the core songwriting is folk pop not dissimilar to The Shins or '80s New Zealand, the songs suffered sometimes from overly busy arrangements or sudden stops. That said, when it comes together (and it did more than a few times), Murals are capable of bliss-out moments that are mellow but never dull. They are a new band with lots of potential, they just need time to figure it out.

I left after Murals to go see The Soft Pack at Union Pool, but our photographer stuck around for BV Chicago favorites A Lull, and Black Light Dinner Party who apparently turned Pianos into a full-on dance party and gave away copies of their vinyl EP to the pumped-up crowd. Photos of all three bands are below. He also stopped by The Living Room a few doors up Ludlow to catch Los Angeles' Family of the Year (who were in town after supporting Milo Greene at Mercury Lounge [7/26] a day earlier) and photos from that show are below as well.

Continue reading "Black Light Dinner Party, A Lull, and Murals played Pianos (pics); Family of the Year played The Living Room (pics)"


Louisville's Murals released their debut album, On A Passing Cloud, earlier this month. It's a nice dose of Shins-y folk pop with some lighthearted psychedelia mixed in. You can stream the whole album below. That's the cover art above.

Murals are going on a tour in support of the album which comes to NYC for four shows: July 26 at Cameo with Indian Rebound, Treppenverter and The Split; July 27 at Pianos with A Lull, Black Light Dinner Party, and Nightmare Air (tickets); July 28 at Delinquency BLVD (1031 Grand St.); and July 29 at Mercury Lounge to open the Quilt/Young Magic show with Secret Mountains (tickets).

A list of all dates and the album stream are below.

Continue reading "Murals released 'On A Passing Cloud,' touring, playing 4 NYC shows (dates & album stream)"