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by Jonathan Dick

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler (in 2008) (more by Chris La Putt)
The Hold Steady

Brooklyn's own rock prophets, The Hold Steady, recently played another sold out hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The critically lauded quartet will release their sixth album, Teeth Dreams (Washington Square) on March 25. Two of its songs are already streaming online. It's a new step for the band both from a label perspective (they were previously on Vagrant) and from a creative one as well. The band's last full-length release was 2010's Heaven is Whenever, providing the longest duration between albums since The Hold Steady's inception. BrooklynVegan spoke to guitarist and founding member Tad Kubler about the new record, the pros and cons of playing Brooklyn, and the band's PledgeMusic Campaign.


BV: With Teeth Dreams coming up, this is the longest the Hold Steady has gone between albums. What's the direction like for you guys on the new record?

Tad: I don't think it's radically a different direction. I think with every new record, one of the goals I always have is to try to be more musical. You try to write better songs. And when I say "better," I mean when you're playing music, there's something you stumble across occasionally, and you have some kind of emotional response to it. And when people hear something, they'll respond to it. I guess when I say "writing better songs" it just means being more concise or something like that than having sort of self-indulgent stuff happening. There's some stuff obviously that you do because you enjoy it, it's fun, and you like doing it, and there are other things you do because you have a connection or reaction to it. Anybody that tries to do something creative or tries to grow as an artist - those are the moments you try to look for.

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photos by Ryan Muir

Superchunk / Danny Brown
SPIN party
SPIN party

SPIN put together a pretty killer lineup for their annual 'Year in Music' show this year. Taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 12/10, the bill included rising pop star Charli XCX (whose set included the hit song that not many people realize she wrote for Icona Pop), indie legends Superchunk (who recently made a new video), and one of 2013's greatest and most fun rap stars Danny Brown (who Charli XCX also joined on stage towards the end of the night). It was a well rounded night that delivered from start to finish, even without the complimentary drinks that were flowing in the balcony. Comedian Hannibal Buress hosted the festivities and told the jokes.

The show was free and packed, but also guestlist only. We gave away ten pairs of tix here at BrooklynVegan.

Pictures from the show, which featured two of the artists on SPIN's Favorite Albums of 2013 list, are here and continue below....

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by Andrew Sacher

blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 (via John Packer)

When I was 8 years old I first heard "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 and I still credit that as the moment I realized music was important to me. Before that I had known my parents' classic rock records (many of which I fully appreciated years later) and '90s boy band-era pop, but something about those perfect power chords, speedy tempos, and blunt lyrics was different than all of that other stuff, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It led me to the "punk" section of my local CD store, which in turn began my hunt to eventually discover everything I listen to today (in fact, blink-182's cover of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Freak Scene" is the first time I ever heard that song). Forget nostalgia, this is an important, milestone band. And yet, for one reason or another, I never got the chance to see them. Until last night (9/11). At Music Hall of fucking Williamsburg.

Blink-182 is 100% pop punk, no doubt about that, but like I implied above, their influence extends far beyond that. Shirts I saw people wearing at the show included The Smiths, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and Balance & Composure. Overheard conversations about other recent NYC shows people saw included Passion Pit and Glassjaw. And of all bands, Brooklyn indie darlings DIIV opened the show. Cole told the crowd that blink-182 was the first song he ever learned on guitar, and Mark Hoppus could be spotted watching the band from the balcony. You might remember that he's openly a fan.

And the actual show was honestly great. Of course somewhere inside of me the preteen me was like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I'M SINGING EVERY FUCKING WORD TO 'ALL THE SMALL THINGS' LIKE TWENTY FEET FROM THE GUYS WHO WROTE IT," but it was a good show beyond nostalgic value. Travis was a maniac behind the kit as usual, Mark still runs around stage like he's 23, and Tom doesn't, but he's at least sounding great these days, which wasn't always the case in Blink's post-breakup period. And all the songs were good. Even the Neighborhoods songs were good. If you had walked in that room, knowing nothing of blink-182's fame, polished production, or goofiness, and saw the whole place going nuts with the band ripping through "Josie," you'd swear you just found the greatest new rock band. Until someone told you that song came out over a dozen years before Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids began doing a similar thing.

Proceeds from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases," as will the t-shirt sales of Red Bull Records-signed opener New Beat Fund. Check out pictures of blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre, and if you're in Chicago, catch them at Riot Fest this weekend. The setlist from MHOW below...

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Perez Hilton is bringing his rolodex to Williamsburg for a concert dubbed "One Night in Brooklyn" which happens August 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He hasn't announced who's playing but it's the day before the VMAs which are also in Brooklyn for the first time, so there will be a lot of people in town.

Tickets ($10) go on sale today at 5 PM. The lineup will probably be announced artist by artist over time on his website, like he's done in the past with his SXSW and CMJ parties that have featured artists like Robyn, Lady Gaga, Sharon Jones, Kanye West and more.

Though they seem like unlikely candidates for this show in 2013, Lady Gaga and Kanye West are both confirmed for the VMAs which is happening at the Barclays Center.

Lauryn Hill

We just mentioned that Lauryn Hill was sentenced to jail in NJ for not paying income tax (did you write a letter to the judge on her behalf?), and now comes word that she'll make a bit more income by playing a show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 14 (four days from now!). Tickets, which are $85+fees (or $100 on the day of the show) go on sale Saturday (May 11) at noon. "200 VIP meet & greet tickets" are also available, and Lauryn says the reason for the show is that she "Wanted to play NS live!"

NS stands for Neurotic Society which is the name of her new single on iTunes.

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Phoenix @ MHOW 4/5/2013

Phoenix have the most amazing drummer. His name is Thomas Hedlund, he's not even an official member of the band, but he's toured with them since at least the last album and he's absolutely essential to their being such an electrifying live band. Dude is a monster behind the kit, attacking it with a ferocity you just don't see in pop and his energy is Phoenix's dynamo.

That energy was needed, a bit, yesterday (4/5) for the band's surprise, free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which was being taped by Sirius/XM to air on the satellite radio network next week. (The band are in town for an SNL appearance tonight.) The show started at 6 PM, which is not your normal Friday concert time (though I could certainly get used to having a show be over at 7:30) and folks maybe weren't given enough time to prime. But by the time of mid-set appearance of "Girlfriend," the crowd was ready to dance.

That said, Thomas Mars had no problem working the crowd. Dressed as usual in low-slung jeans and an untucked oxford, his preferred stage position was standing on top of his monitor, a move that never failed to elicit screams. He also jumped into the crowd for a couple songs, spent most of the new album's mostly-instrumental title track (which was smooshed with "Love Like Sunset") laying on the stage resting his head against that monitor, and finished the night atop the soundboard in the back of the room, thanking the crowd.

Current single "Entertainment" opened their MHOW set, which was rather heavy on the new album, still two weeks away from release. Bankrupt! is awash in glistening, '80s style synths and I'm not sure if it has anything as immediately winning as "Lisztomania" or "Consolation Prizes" but a number of songs wedged into my brain last night: "The Real Thing," with its "In the Air Tonight" backbeat; and the ELO-ish disco of "Trying to Be Cool" sound like singles to me. "SOS in Bel Air" is pretty catchy too. We got most of Bankrupt! -- minus record's two closing songs "Borgeois" and "Oblique City." The band seemed to be having fun playing the new material, at least from the side of the stage I was on. Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz was all smiles all night.

There were also established favorites too, banging out "Lasso," "Lisztomania," and "Long Distance Call" early in the set and finishing the night with "Armistice" and "1901" from Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix and then an encore of "Countdown" and "Rome." I woulda liked to have gotten "Consolation Prizes" and "Everything is Everything," but those are quibbles. Really good show... and over before dark.

This was, of course, a very small place for them to play (though they did it last time around too) and their two other upcoming NYC shows are increasingly large: The Apollo on May (sold-out) and then Barclays Center on October 2 (tickets). And you can watch them tonight on SNL. Look out for the drummer.

More pictures, plus the setlist and a couple videos from Music Hall of Williamsburg, are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lord Huron

Lord Huron have taken a serious leap in popularity since the release of their most recent album (a release they celebrated at Mercury Lounge in NYC). They announced some February dates at the beginning of January, and then sold out their 600-capacity Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in four day. Good news for those who missed out on tickets: they've announced another one happening at the same venue one day later. Tickets for the 2/24/2013 show go on sale Friday at noon.

Back in October of 2011 we were happy to host a set by Lord Huron at one of our BV-CMJ day parties at Public Assembly. While writing this post I realized we never posted the pictures afterward, so here they are, over a year late. More of them with updated tour dates, below...

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Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...

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BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is here tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10), and since our last update, the full schedule has been revealed. They're no longer using Villain as one of the venues, but will be using 285 Kent instead.

Tonight's updates include Omar S, Drop the Lime, Nick Catchdubs, Morri$, Deadboy, Jackmaster, and Matt Shadetek playing Public Assembly; and Nadastrom & Sabo, Uproot Andy & Geko, and DJ Blass playing 285 Kent (all ages). Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Gold Panda, Photek, and more at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, MikeQ, and more at Glasslands; and Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid, and more at Cameo.

Saturday's updates include Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva, Lazy Brow, Jubilee, Wildlife!, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Fantasy Thrilla, and a special guest at Public Assembly; and Hussle Club and Body Language at Brooklyn Bowl. Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Nicolas Jaar, Lauren Flax, Nick Hook, and Heathered Pearls at Music Hall of Williamsburg; KI:Theory, FaltyDL, Benji B, and Pearson Sound at Cameo; and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and Shadowbox at Glasslands.

Tickets for the festival are still available, including 2-day passes, 1-day passes for Friday (Saturday is sold out), and a special all ages ticket, which grants you access to tonight's 285 Kent stage (the rest of the venues are 21+).

Flyers with full lineups and set times are below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"I'm about to see @tedleo in his pajamas. #FirstNightOnBus" - Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

After much confusion about the Aimee Mann and Ted Leo shows that were initially supposed to happen at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (10/29) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (10/30), Aimee and Ted ended up playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/31) and honored tickets purchased for either show, and they're working on rescheduling the Bowery Ballroom show for next week. Despite all of that chaos, it was a relief when they decided to play on Wednesday, until they ran into more chaos, totally unrelated to Sandy. Someone pulled the fire alarm at MHOW a little while after doors opened, sending everyone out onto the street. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and the show ended up going on as planned.

The crowd was smaller than it probably would have been without Hurricane Sandy, but hopefully anyone who wasn't able to make it will be able to catch the Bowery show when it's rescheduled. Aimee wrote a song due to the events that took place this week called "Oh Sandy," which she performed at the show, and you can watch a video of that below. Ted also joined Aimee on stage during her set at the show (as pictured above). More pictures from the show and that "Oh Sandy" video are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Grimes.The most amazing show. God I will marry you illegally in a heartbeat." - @HannahKuo

Grimes @ MHOW, 10/25/2012

"I took Dramamine before the show and that's why I'm forgetting the words to my songs!" admitted/joked Grimes' Claire Boucher last night on stage. Lyric recollection or not, Grimes packed Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/25) for the first of four back-to-back, sold-out NYC shows, and fans (many of whom have adopted Claire's style) were there to dance. With a stage adorned with flora and backed by Myths (who did their own support set as well), Grimes kept everyone moving. Mykki Blanco, who fared pretty well at CMJ too, opened the night.

Tonight, Grimes moves to Bowery Ballroom with openers Elite Gymnastics and just-announced Blood Orange. She'll stay at Bowery for Saturday's show (10/27) then it's back to MHOW for her final NYC show on Sunday (10/28). Different openers each night while in NYC. More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg are below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Melvins Lite at MHOW, 10/4/2012
The Melvins

Please note in the case of Melvins, "lite" does not mean "less loud." The trio version of the Washington State sludge pioneers bulldozed their way into Brooklyn last night (10/4) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of their world record attempting blitzkrieg/tour of the US, hitting all 50 states and Washington, DC in 51 days. The band get a little bit of a respite tonight, in that their NJ stop is at Maxwell's (10/5), which is almost like staying in one city for two whole days which must come as a luxury.

More photos from last night's MHOW show (including openers Tweak Bird) are below. The band are over the hump, without about 20 days/states/shows to go. The remainder of their World Record Tour dates are listed below.

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SVIIB @ Maxwell's 9/29/2012 (via @oliverchapoy)

School of Seven Bells just played Maxwell's on Saturday (9/29) with their Ghostly labelmates Beacon, which was part of a short East Coast tour the band were on. Now, SVIIB have a much bigger show in the NYC area lined up, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 28 with Twin Sister. From what we can tell it's a one-off show for both and tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/5) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (10/3) at noon.

School of Seven Bells have a track on a free, downloadable rarities compilation from Ghostly International called Of Art an Artifice. SVIIB's contribution, "When You Sing (Certain Creatures Remix)," and the rest of the comp can be streamed below.

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photos by Tracy Allison

First Aid Kit, Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/30/2012
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit

Swedish sisterly duo First Aid Kit played two shows in NYC over the weekend with Dylan LeBlanc, first at Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/29) and then Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (9/30). Backed by an able band, their angelic, confessional folk held the audience rapt and the harmonies Klara and Johanna Söderberg produce had many swooning. Photos from the MHOW show (including one of the setlist) are in this post.

First Aid Kit released an iTunes Session a couple weeks ago (including a cover of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot"), and a deluxe edition of their most recent album, The Lion's Roar, is out this week with a bonus DVD featuring a tour documentary. The duo also recently made a video for their single, "Wolf," and that can be watched below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Twin Shadow killing it to an absurd extent. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg" Joe Peltier

"Twin Shadow just brought the house down at Music Hall of Williamsburg!" - @marcellobutron

Twin Shadow @ MHOW
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow and Niki and the Dove ended their tour in NYC with two shows last week, including Webster Hall on Thursday (9/27) and then the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (9/28). Both shows were sold out and last night was especially packed with the whole crowd going nuts for Twin Shadow. He split his set pretty evenly between his two full lengths (2010's Forget and this year's Confess) and ended with straightforward but awesomely done cover of Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure." A video of that cover is below. After the show, Twin Shadow headed a few streets over to DJ the afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl.

Twin Shadow main man George Lewis Jr. joined Niki and the Dove on stage during their opening set for a song too. Niki and the Dove will take a short break now that the tour is over, after which they'll head out again supporting Miike Snow. That tour hits the NYC area for shows at United Palace (10/19) and Wellmont Theatre (10/23).

More pictures, video, and the setlist from last night's show are below.

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In addition to their show at Webster Hall (10/27) The Old '97s have added a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24 where they'll also play their 1997 album, Too Far to Care, in full. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Updates tour dates are listed below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Divine Fits at Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/10/2012
Divine Fits

We've known about Divine Fits for a while, songs have been trickling out since early this summer and their terrific album has been out for a couple weeks now. Some of us even saw them in Austin and Chicago. But it took me seeing them live last night (9/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- their NYC debut -- to realize that this is not just some offshoot supergroup timekiller project from guys in Spoon and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs. Divine Fits are the real deal and their show is easily one of my favorites of the year to date.

Divine Fits bring together two like-minded souls (and voices) in Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel who had giant grins on their faces the whole show, feeding off a legitimately pumped crowd. "You're too kind, really," Boeckner sheepishly said at one point, seeming a little astonished at the audience's reaction to "My Love is Real," "Would That Not Be Nice" and "The Salton Sea." Daniel, meanwhile, was clearly having a blast and it was cool to watch him digging the sounds the rest of the band were making. Maybe it's puppy love, but Divine Fits were a marriage made in heaven and this was definitely a honeymoon show.

Speaking of digging the band, the contributions of the other two members of Divine Fits should not be dimissed. New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown is a machine behind the kit, and keyboardist Alex Fischel's dexterous style is integral to the band's sound. The group ripped through the entirety of their album (which includes Rowland S. Howard's "Shivers," the encore last night) plus two covers: a nervy but faithful read of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" and Wipers' "Doom Town" that fit in seamlessly with the band's two sides (dancing and rocking out).

Divine Fits will be back in NYC on their tour with Cold Cave which hits October 21 at Webster Hall and tickets for that show are still available. The setlist and more pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, including opener Sean Bones, are below.

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photos by Rebecca Reed

Quicksand at MHOW 8/25/2012

Quicksand completed their pair of NYC dates with a Saturday night show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/25), joined by Bowery Ballroom opener Italian Horn and special surprise guest Reggie Watts. The show, which sold-out almost instantaneously, reportedly saw the band much more relaxed as they tore through the identical set from the Bowery show (pictures/review) with an addition of the instrumental track "Baphomet" from their classic Slip. Setlist is below.

In a conversation with Walter Schreifels following the Music Hall show, he indicated that Quicksand were open to future dates depending on scheduling. But more importantly, he and the band enjoyed themselves and that the currently scheduled dates are far from the end of the road. Fingers crossed.

Until more dates surface, your last shot to catch Quicksand goes down at FYF in Los Angeles this weekend.

Pictures and video from MHoW are below.

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Mirel Wagner

24-year-old singer Mirel Wagner was born in Ethiopia but spent most of her life in Finland. With only spare guitar and her whispery, expressive voice, her songs are delicate and brittle like beautiful little spiderweb. Her debut album came out on Friendly Fire Recordings back in March. You can stream it below via a Spotify player and check out the video for album-opener, "To the Bone," below.

Mirel will be playing her first North American shows next month, including the Hopscotch Festival and a few dates opening for Deerhoof. She's got two shows in NYC: a solo show, as mentioned, at Joe's Pub on September 16 (tickets) and then at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Deerhoof and Buke and Gass on September 17 (tickets).

Opening for Mirel at Joe's Pub is Natureboy who maybe you caught at her Pianos residency back in June. She'll also be opening for the amazing Cate Le Bon at Union Pool on September 22 and tickets are still available. Natureboy also just recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here.

A list of all tour dates, the video, and album streams below...

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by Bill Pearis

Twice Removed

Over the past 21 years, Chris [Murphy] and I have had a sort-of-unspoken race to see who can amass the most posters, magazines, articles, photos, promotional material, ads, demos, and kitchen sinks related to Sloan. It's still to this day an ongoing chase to fill the vault. Occasionally, we ask ourselves: what on earth do we do (other than bask in the narcissistic glow of it all) with this material we've collected?

Well the time has finally come to put all that diligent preservation to use. For a while now, fans have been inquiring about us reissuing our older LPs on vinyl, most unavailable since the ye olde 1990's. So we thought, instead of just releasing the LPs as they were, and since we have so much extra recorded and visual material for each album, why not do it up in style and try to make expanded deluxe editions of individual LPs. Because 1994's Twice Removed has alternately been called our 'finest' album (hmmm..), our 'underdog' record (perhaps), or the best Canadian LP of all time by certain publications (now there's a healthy debate, Joni!), we thought this LP would be a good place to start. - Sloan's Jay Ferguson

Canadian rock royalty Sloan are releasing a deluxe edition of their 1994 second album, Twice Removed, on September 4 and will be playing the album in full on tour this fall. That tour was expanded and now includes two NYC-area dates: Maxwell's on October 10 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 15, which is about a month after the first leg ends. Tickets to the Maxwell's show go on sale Wednesday (8/15) at noon; and Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday at noon. If this tour isn't hitting where you live, it may be: "We are working on more Twice Removed 2012 dates in the Eastern USA and Canada through October and November, with more to announce soon!" All dates are at the bottom of this post.

As for the deluxe edition of Twice Removed, it's a three-disc vinly box set and will be out September 4 and you can pre-order it now. There's a lot of cool extras and here's Jay Ferguson with the deets:

Included in this deluxe vinyl box set will be Twice Removed on LP, a 'mirror' record made up entirely of demo recordings of the songs from Twice Removed (ready for Andrew's icy acoustic and synth version of "People Of The Sky"?...or Chris singing "Before I Do" with entirely different lyrics? ...don't worry, you'll be able to read along) and a third LP of demo recordings of songs that didn't make the cut (check out "Guidance Counselor".. I'm surprised it never made it to an album eventually...and a radically different "Ill Placed Trust," 12 years before it finally appeared on 2006's Never Hear The End Of It).

As well, there's a 7" vinyl single containing a version of "I Hate My Generation" with Chris handling all the singing (where was I?) and an extended Velvet Underground-style outro. On the flip side, a snapshot-into-the-process alternate demo of "I Can Feel It" with completely different chords.

Also included is a recreation of the letter that inspired lead off track "Penpals". Yet, the piece-de-resistance is the 32 page 12"x 12" booklet with recollections from all 4 of us regarding the era, making and touring the LP, the songs and the aftermath. This booklet provided the perfect canvas for us to show off all those behind-the-scenes photos (thanks Catherine), posters, alternate artwork and ephemera that have been sitting dormant, waiting to see the light of day since 1994. Oh!..as well, 40 random box sets are also going to contain an original Canadian 1994 tour poster that appears in the book, straight from Murphy's archive and into your hands. Golden!

Videos from Twice Removed plus a video about the box set, a recent performance of "Penpals" from a CBC kids show and a Spotify stream of album are below, along with a list of all tour dates.

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Growlers at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
The Growlers

The Growlers, who were here just a couple weeks ago playing Glasslands, are keeping the tour going this fall and will be back in NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 11. Tickets go on salet today (8/10) at noon. All Growlers dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

The Growlers recently went in for an Audiotree session and you can watch their performance of "Uncle Sam's a Dick" on that below.

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Quicksand at Rev 25 (via)

We warned you, and now it's official. Quicksand have added ANOTHER NYC show in addition to the now-sold-out Bowery Ballroom date, this time at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 25 (the day after the Bowery show). Tickets go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. The show is will call only, and no tickets will be offered at the box office.

Quicksand will also play one other show after the NYC dates, at FYF in Los Angeles.

Monster Magnet at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Greg Cristman)
Monster Magnet

Much like they did with Dopes to Infinity earlier this year, Monster Magnet will perform all of ther 1992 LP Spine of God plus "the hits" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 14 and in Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom on December 15. Tickets for MHoW go on AMEX presale on Wednesday (8/8) at noon and regular sale on Friday (8/10), while Starland Ballroom tickets are on sale 8/10 at noon.

Monster Magnet will also be bringing Spine of God to Philadelphia on Dec 16 at The Trocadero.

Stream all of the Spine of God LP below alongside a list of all, mostly-European, tour dates.

Continue reading "Monster Magnet celebrating 20 years of 'Spine of God' with fall tour (dates)"

The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys' new album, Long Slow Dance, is out September 4 and it's their first for Mexican Summer. You can stream the album's first single, "Yes or No," at the bottom of this post.

The band are touring this fall, including an NYC stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8 with Quilt. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 8 at noon. There are a few gaps in the tour dates we have, so we may see another NYC show while they're here. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Fresh & Onlys ready new LP, touring this fall (dates)"

Divine Fits at The Continental Club, Austin 7/31/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Divine Fits

No sooner do we post photos from indie rock supergroup Divine Fits first-ever show -- last night at The Continental Club in Austin -- than the band announce their first NYC show: September 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon.

No word on whether this is part of a full tour or not, but they'll also play Lee's Palace in Toronto on September 5, in addition to the dates we already told you about.