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DOWNLOAD: The Hood Internet - "Grown Up Has No Trigger" (MP3)

The Hood Internet

As mentioned, The Hood Internet are releasing their new album, FEAT, on October 2 and playing shows in support of it including a NYC date on August 11 at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is no longer happening, and Brooklyn Bowl calendar now lists an early show that day (8/11) with Natural Child, The Peoples Temple, and Liquor Store, and a late show with St. Lucia, Big Black Delta, and Capital CIties.

Instead, The Hood Internet will make their way to NYC for a show on September 14 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg with Body Language, My Gold Mask, and Oscillator Bug. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon. All Hood Internet dates are listed below.

The Hood Internet recently made a very topical mashup of Danny Brown's "Grown Up" and Dirty Projectors' "Gun Has No Trigger" called "Grown Up Has No Trigger." You can download that above or stream it below, along with a list of all dates...

Continue reading "Hood Internet replace BBowl show with MHOW (updated dates); mashed up Danny Brown & Dirty Projectors (MP3)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)

The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.

The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.

Matthew E White

All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White releasing LPs, touring together (dates & MP3s)"

As we mentioned previously, Australia's Tame Impala are visiting this side of the globe for a few festival dates, including Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands. While in North America, the band will play a just-added NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 7. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon.

If you haven't checked out Tame Impala's new single, "Elephant," you can stream it below. Their new album, Lonerism, is out October 5.

Also below: a new video from Tame Impala side project Pond.

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DOWNLOAD: Yeasayer - "Henrietta" (MP3)

Yeasayer at Jones Beach 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Yeasayer

Yeasayer's new album, Fragrant World, is in about three weeks (August 21) and, as mentioned before, the band will be playing Central Park Summerstage on September 12 with openers Daughn Gibson Tanlines and Daedelus. Before that, the band will play a Brooklyn show, which they've just added to their summer tour: August 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Daedelus opening. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon.

If you haven't yet, you can download Fragrant World track "Henrietta" above and watch the "official vignette" for "Longevity" below. Updated tour dates are below as well.

Continue reading "Yeasayer add Brooklyn show to summer tour (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Public Image LTD

Public Image LTD have just announced a fall tour, with two stops in NYC: October 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 13 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon. All PiL North American tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

As you may remember, PiL played MHOW and T5 two years ago after the appearance at 2010 Coachella. Since then, that line-up of the band (including '80s-era members Lu Edmunds [who also played in the Damned] and Bruce Smith) went into the studio and made This is PiL, the band's first new album in 20 years which was released in May. With a dub-oriented post-punk sound, the album is pretty good -- certainly better than 1989's 9 or 1992's That What is Not. Lydon sounds as angry and sarcastic as ever and, more importantly, engaged. And this is a crackerjack line-up of the band, giving him a good musical stage for his ranting. You can stream it via Spotify and watch live footage of album standout "Deeper Water" below.

Also below are a three installments of Lydon's "Lollypop Blog" videos.

Continue reading "Public Image LTD released 'This is PiL,' announce North American tour (dates)"

Wye Oak at Prospect Park, 7/10/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Speaking of bands who opened for Dirty Projectors and just added a NYC show, Wye Oak have fit in another Big Apple date into their busy touring schedule, which happens on September 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 27 at noon.

Wye Oak's stint with DP ends mid August, and the MHOW is part of a short East Coast and Midwest tour they've put together. A list of updated dates and a video are below.

Continue reading "Wye Oak expand tour, playing MHOW (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Chromatics @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Chromatics

Chromatics were in town this past weekend, opening for Hot Chip on Friday (7/20) and playing a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (7/22). I caught their T5 set -- my first time seeing the group -- and they were more engaging than I thought they were going to be, with a live drummer keeping things banging. I like their new album just fine but to this point, though, Chromatics don't so much make music to dance to as music to melancholically bob your head to. Kill for Love's "Lady" and the Survivor-esque "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" came closest to getting the crowd moving. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.

In related news, Chromatics' "Lady" was the inspiration for a new videogame that's part of the Pitchfork-comissioned Soundplay series and you can play that here.

Chromatics recently played the Pitchfork Festival too (which we have pictures of). More pictures from the MHOW show, a FIXED production (that was originally supposed to happen at Dekalb Market) where the band shared a bill with DJs JDH, Dave P and Paul Raffaele, below.

Continue reading "Chromatics inspired a videogame, opened for Hot Chip at Terminal 5, headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)"

photos and videos by Jessica Amaya

Dirty Projectors at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 7/9/12
Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors are currently on tour in support of their great new album, Swing Lo Magellan (out today [7/10], stream it), and that tour brought them to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (7/9) for their first of two NYC shows. They played every song on the new album except its closing track, "Irresponsible Tune," in addition to a few off 2009's Bitte Orca and "Beautiful Mother" from their EP with Bjork. Last night's show was intimate show for the band, and needless to say, the show had sold out quickly and the venue was packed to the brim. You can watch the archived video of their set (which streamed live) HERE. Dustin Wong opened the show. Pictures, new band member Olga Bell included, are in this post.

Dirty Projectors play Brooklyn again tonight (7/10), this time at the much larger Prospect Park with Purity Ring and Wye Oak as part of Celebrate Brooklyn. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pics from last night (setlist included) and some videos from the show are below.

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Dustin Wong (pics, video, setlist)"

Bell in front of Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bell

As first revealed right here, Olga Bell is the newest member of Dirty Projectors. She officially revealed it to the world today via Twitter with the above picture taken in front of Music Hall of Williamsburg where the DP show is tonight (7/9). If you won't be there, stream it live below...

UPDATE: If you missed it, the recorded show is now still streaming in full below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors Music Hall of Williamsburg webcast (update: watch the show in full)"

David Byrne, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer @ MHOW - 6/27/12 (via DaynaR)
David Byrne

Amanda Palmer week continues in NYC with a semi-private art opening/show tonight (6/28). Last night was her big, sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which ended in a huge way. David Byrne, who we know has been collaborating with Amanda and friends lately, joined her and her band during the encore to perform Talking Heads song "Burning Down the House." Watch bleow...

Continue reading "David Byrne played 'Burning Down the House' with Amanda Palmer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (video)"

Why?

WHY? are back with a new EP, Sod in the Seed, due on August 14 via Anticon/City Slang. Stream the title track below. Still no word on that new LP which would be their first since 2009's Eskimo Snow, but this should whet our palate for a bit.

Shortly following the release of Sod in The Seed, the crew will hit the road for four weeks of US dates in late August and rope in a variety of Anticon openers like Doseone, Serengeti and DJ Thanksgiving Brown to play support. Look for those four in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/13. Tickets go on sale at noon Thursday (6/28).

Anticon staple Jel will DJ some of those WHY? dates, but Jeffrey Logan has a few balls of his own to juggle in the meantime. Look for Jel on the road supporting Sleigh Bells (like at Converse City Carnage on July 21), as well as dates with DJ Abilities, Class Actress and others as part of a North American trek in the weeks before that WHY? jaunt.

And while we're on the subject of Jel and Anticon, Jel teams with Odd Nosdam to hammer out production on the new Serengeti LP C.A.R.. Due on July 31, check out the tracklisting below and stream "Talk to Me" at Pitchfork.

All listed WHY? and Jel tour dates, tracklist of the WHY? EP and a variety of streams are below.

Continue reading "WHY? releasing new EP, going on tour, including MHOW; Jel touring too (dates) "

photos by Chris La Putt

Bowerbirds

Raleigh, NC's Bowerbirds wrapped up their current tour with Basia Bulat in Brooklyn on Saturday (6/23) at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg with openers Midtown Dickens. As mentioned before, Bowerbirds will spend the rest of the summer on tour in Europe with a quick trip back home in August for some U.S. festivals.

More pictures of Bowerbirds, Basia Bulat and Midtown Dickens' MHOW show are below, along with video of Basia joining Bowerbirds for show-closer "Overcome with Light."

Continue reading "Bowerbirds played MHOW w/ Basia Bulat and Midtown Dickens (pics, video)"

Amanda Palmer in Brooklyn in May (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Amanda Palmer

Comic Book Club Live, a free, live podcast recording event has moved from its previous home of Pianos to fellow LES club Fontana's, and TONIGHT (6/26)'s show features Kurt Braunohler and musical guest Amanda Palmer. Show starts at 7PM.

Last night, Kurt Braunohler did his weekly Hot Tub show at Littlefield with Kristin Schaal that also featured UK comedian Simon Amstell who who plays SWEET tonight (6/26) at Ella Lounge in the East Village. The show, hosted by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Seth Herzog, will also have John F. O'Donnell and Questlove as guests. Show starts at 8:30PM. Simon Amstell's Numb residency begins July 10th.

Friday (6/29) is Kurt Braunohler's live talk show Night of the Living at Littlefield which, as you may remember, has Amanda Palmer as a guest. Tim Heidecker was supposed to be the other guest but he had to drop out so Judah Friedlander will sub in his place. Tickets are still available to this.

It's a busy week for Amanda. Wednesday (6/27) is her sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with her band The Grand Theft Orchestra, and on Thursday she plays the opening of her art show at Momenta Art which is only open to high-level contributors to her Kickstarter campaign. Amanda and her band will be performing a full acoustic set that night, and her bassist Jherek Bischoff will be performing solo as well. Bischoff will open MHOW too, as well as all upcoming tour dates.

Then on Saturday (6/30), Amanda & Her Magical Ukulele will perform an intimate show at the newly-opened top floor of the South Street Seaport Museum. Tickets are $55 and $125 and still on sale, and proceeds benefit the museum. Ticket price includes open Brooklyn Brewery bar.

Anybody going to all five Amanda Palmer events this week?

Grimes

Tickets to Grimes' two NYC shows in October went on sale at noon today and sold out pretty much instantly. If you didn't get tickets, you've still got a chance as Grimes has added two more: October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both MHoW and Bowery shows go on sale tonight (6/15) at 6PM.

Continue reading "Grimes adds two more NYC shows, tickets onsale tonight"

Bear in Heaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bear in Heaven

Tickets for the Grimes shows at Bowery and MHOW are now on AmEx presale. General sale begins Friday at noon. Grimes of course also plays much sooner and for free in NYC too. (side note: Grimes, get a full band!)

Tickets for the Fang Island shows at Bowery and MHOW are now on AmEx presale too.

Tickets for The Rapture shows at MHOW are on AmEx presale too, and they also have a free NYC show coming up (RSVP required).

Speaking of shows at MHOW, some may be interested in knowing that fun. plays a free show at the venue on 6/22.

As mentioned, White Rabbits and We Barbarians play a free show at MHOW as well (6/30).

The Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase goes down at MHOW on 10/19 with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale today. General sale starts Friday (6/15) at noon, and CMJ badges will be admitted. (CMJ already!)

The Official BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase, which now includes Hume and Fort Lean, in addition to Frankie Rose and Caveman, who were announced last month happens at MHOW on Friday (6/15). Tickets for that are still available, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge, or you can try to win a pair.

Death Grips was supposed to play MHOW tonight!

DOWNLOAD: Fang Island - Sisterly (MP3)

Fang Island

Brooklyn combo Fang Island will release their new album, Major, on July 24 via Sargent House. The band are also going on tour, playing the biggest venues of their career yet. The tour kicks off on July 20 at Bowery Ballroom and wraps up on August 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to Bowery and tickets to MHoW go on sale Friday, June 15 at noon, with presales beginning Wednesday (6/13) at noon. All Fang Island tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

You can download "Sisterly" from Major at the top of this post and stream it below along with another of the album's tracks. If you were wondering why they called it Major, the band offer up some answers:

- Major key (the first song is minor though!)
- Valley girl colloquialism
- Because we are on an independent label
- Because the rank under Sargent (House) is major
- It sounds like a constellation
- Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude" was in rotation a lot during the sessions
- The record is packaged to look like stone because it's ROCK. I really wanted people to hold a piece of rock when they picked up the record."
You can check out the cover art to Major, along with a video album teaser, those song streams and tour dates below.

Continue reading "Fang Island releasing 'Major' (MP3), going on tour (dates)"

Metric at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Metric

As mentioned, Metric will release their new album, Synthetica, next week (6/12). They're now streaming the album in full a week ahead of its release and you can check that out below. Metric will also be celebrating the release with three intimate shows including one in NYC on June 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. According to a press release, tickets for the show will not be available to the public but details on how to obtain tickets will be announced later this week on ilovemetric.com. Metric will also make their debut appearance on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 21.

The band's previously discussed full tour in support of the album kicks off in September and comes to NYC for a show at the much larger Radio City Music Hall on September 23. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of updated dates and the Synthetica album stream below...

Continue reading "Metric streaming their new LP; playing intimate release shows"

The Vaccines at Webster Hall in April (more by Joe McCabe)
The Vaccines

The Vaccines are preparing to release their new album, The Vaccines Come Of Age, later this year (Sept. 3 in the UK, US date TBA) and they just revealed the album's first single, "No Hope," on Zane Lowe's BBC1 radio show. You can stream that single below.

The Vaccines will be touring internationally throughout the summer and they've just begun scheduling some North American dates to follow that. A full tour hasn't been announced yet, but we do know that they'll be in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on September 10 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 11. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/30) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed below, along with the "No Hope" stream...

Continue reading "The Vaccines 'Come of Age,' touring this summer (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

"AT THE THAT DOG REUNION SHOW OMG THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!" - @cassieramone

that dog mhow

As mentioned before, it's 90's Week in NYC, with Garbarge and Afghan Whigs making big returns to the stage and the flannel-era hat trick was completed last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with alt-rockers that dog. I was never a giant fan, but I knew more songs that I thought I would, and the band sounded great, nailing those close, three part harmonies -- and Petra Haden's violin is still a force. The crowd was really singing along and that dog. were in great spirits too, especially bassist Rachel Haden and drummer Tony Maxwell who both cracked jokes the whole night. Anna Waronker was her sarcastic self too, though tempered a bit by motherhood, cutely saying hi to her baby in the balcony between songs. An extended, five-song encore brought the set to 22 songs, about an hour and a half. The crowd really didn't want it to end.

Of course, they can go to see that dog play again tonight (5/25) at MHoW -- tickets are still available.

Speaking of cracking jokes, ex-SNL castmember (and ex- Petra Hayden bf) Fred Armisen opened the show with a loose, very funny, music-based set, where he did impressions of Elvis Costello, a man at a doo-wop concert in the '50s, and some audience participation too, some of it unwanted. Kurt Braunohler opens tonight's show.

that dog.'s MHoW setlist is below.

Continue reading "that dog. played Music Hall of Williamsburg (setlist) and will again tonight (tickets still available)"

Caveman at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (more by David Andrako)
Caveman

As mentioned several times, the Northside Festival goes down in Brooklyn from June 14 - 17. We're excited to announce that the Official BrooklynVegan Showcase will take place on June 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman, Frankie Rose, and two more artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/18) at noon or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

Caveman recently returned from a spring tour which culminated in their appearance at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM. They'll play the previously mentioned 'Audiophile' show at Brooklyn Museum TONIGHT (5/17) with NewVIllager.

A list of all Caveman and Frankie Rose dates and some videos below...

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by BBG

Agalloch at Inferno 2012 (more by BBG)
Agalloch

Agalloch will be on the East Coast this month for Maryland Deathfest, and will be back to the East Coast for more shows very soon. The black-metal tinged crew will hit the road for a few confirmed dates that seem to be part of a burgeoning tour, including a date in NYC with Taurus and Musk Ox at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale on Friday (5/18) at noon. All scheduled dates are listed below.

Agalloch recently completed recording their new EP Faustian Echoes with Billy Anderson. The new EP has no release date (or releasee) officially announced, but we'll let you know when that changes. Until then, you can order your copy of The Demonstration Archive 1996-1998 on 3LP boxset to catch up on the older material. Get yours via Eisenwald.

In other news, Aesop Dekker of Agalloch (Worm Ouroboros, ex-Ludicra, etc) will team with Mike Scheidt (YOB), Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune, Amber Asylum), and John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, ex-Ludicra) for a new band recording this fall. Details of this project are currently hazy, but we'll keep you informed. In the meantime, catch Yob on Wednesday at Bell House (5/23) with a solo Mike Scheidt and Cough. Tickets are still available. Yob will also be playing Maryland Deathfest.

Check out a recent live video of Agalloch in action along with a listing of all tour dates below.

Continue reading "Agalloch touring after Maryland Death Fest, playing MHOW (dates) and other related news"

DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "So Close to Paradise 3" (Physical Therapy Remix)
DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "Here In Heaven 4 & 5" (CFCF Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: How to Dress Well - "Here In Heaven 3" (Elite Gymnastics Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "Minneapolis Belongs To You 3" (LOL Boys Remix) (MP3)

Elite Gymnastics
Elite Gymnastics

Brooklyn's Lemonade, whose new album Diver comes out later this month via True Panther, will play a local show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 2 with Teengirl Fantasy and Elite Gymnastics. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (5/16) at noon.

Last month, Lemonade released a 12" for Diver single, "Neptune" featuring remixes from Mike Simonetti, Sinjin Hawke, Pasternak, and Jacques Renault. Grab the original HERE and stream all four remixes below.

The MHOW show will be the first NYC show for Minneapolis K-Pop influenced electronic duo Elite Gymnastics, who just wrapped up a tour with Sleigh Bells and Javelin. They've got a bunch of free releases on their tumblr, including the recently released RUIN 3, which compiles covers and remixes of tracks from the impressive RUIN 1 and 2, which have since been combined for a not-free vinyl release on Acephale. RUIN 3 includes remixes by CFCF, LOL Boys, and Physical Therapy and a cover by How to Dress Well, all of which you can download above or stream below. It also includes remixes by Natalie Bootleg and Anime Skyscraper, the latter of which you can stream below.

Their next release, RUIN 4, is available for pre-order at the Acephale webstore as a bundle with poster, buttons, and t-shirt. The CD includes two previously unreleased tracks from the RUIN sessions, all of RUIN 3, and more TBA.

Speaking of Sleigh Bells, they've announced a set of July tour dates that include Making Time 12th Anniversary HYPER-RAGER in Philly. All dates are listed, along with the above-mentioned streams, below...

Continue reading "Lemonade releasing 'Diver,' playing a show w/ Elite Gymnastics (who are making their NYC debut); Sleigh Bells touring"

that dog

As reported previously, '90s alt-rockers that dog. are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 24, the band's first NYC show in 15 years with Fred Armisen opening. That show sold out and the band added a second MHoW show the next night, Friday, May 25 with comedian openers Kurt Braunohler and Baron Vaughn. Tickets are still available to that one.

If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show of your choice. Details are below.

Oh, and speaking of Kurt Braunohler, he isn't playing the "Tell Your Friends! It's The Spring Fling!" at the Bell House tonight (5/15), but his partner in crime Kristen Schaal is along with host Liam McEneaney and fellow comedians Janeane Garofalo and Christian Finnegan, plus musical guest Hand Job Academy. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "that dog. playing 2 Brooklyn shows (win tix); Kristen Schaal & many more playing the Bell House (tonight)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Bear in Heaven

Sensory Overload. That is how I'd describe Bear in Heaven's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (5/9) night. There were '80s goth band levels of fog machine and a barrage of cool lights to go with it, both of which matched well to the bombastic space jams Bear in Heaven produce. Those big fat synths the band favors sound great really loud, as do drummer Joe Stickney's Miami Vice-style fills. I wish the new album, I Love You It's Cool, had the drums mixed that loud, it's definitely one of the signatures of BiH's live show.

They played Bowery Ballroom the night before, but the Music Hall show was the final night of the five-week tour promoting I Love You It's Cool, and playing before a neighborhood crowd the band were both punchy and pumped, especially singer John Philpot who was dancing even more than he usually does. The Zambri sisters hopped on stage to dance during "Reflection of You" and then sang -- as they often do at hometown shows -- on "Lovesick Teenagers."

Both openers on the bill made good use of the projection screen. Portland's Blouse had washed-out slow-mo imagery that looked like a Cocteau Twins album cover come to life which suited the band's rainy day dance music. Montreal's Doldrums played in front of what seemed to duped-over videocassettes, which is kind of what their music sounds like too, though the band (now a trio) sound more and more like a cohesive unit and less like the weird dabblings of Eric Asher every day.

More pictures from the show, with Bear in Heaven's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Bear in Heaven, Blouse, Doldrums played MHOW (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

WU LYF @ MHOW
Wu Lyf

Manchester's WU LYF stormed Brooklyn for rousing renditions of highlights from their excellent debut Go Tell Fire to the Mountain... While the band was limited to brief material (this is why bands with one album get overplayed and burnt out too fast), they still poured endless energy into each track and believe it or not, the growling vocals from a visceral Ellery Roberts continued beyond the songs and into the chatter setting an even deep tone to the show. "Spitting Blood" and "Concrete Gold" were delivered without a hitch, and a stellar "Heavy Pop" brought the main set to a close before the band returned for a laid back "Brooklyn Girls" and a night ending thunderous execution of "We Bros". -[omg-nyc]
Wu Lyf played one of two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/26, where the UK band was joined by Chicago native Willis Earl Beal. Wu Lyf, who were on their way back from Coachella, completed their US run and are back in the UK . The band haven't announced any new dates yet -- North America, UK, or anywhere else..

As for opener Willis, Amanda Hatfield says:

Willis Earl Beal is incredible - he alternately sat and played a guitar on his lap or sang over tape reels, and even with the sort of silly affectations - one black glove, dark glasses indoors - he blew me away. Dynamic performer + amazing voice. Plus, I'm totally down with anyone who starts a set by reading a line of Bukowski.
Beal is off to Europe this week, but hopefully he'll have some more stateside dates for us soon (not that there's been any lack of them in NYC lately). Pictures of Beal and Wu Lyf at Music Hall, plus Beal's European tour dates, are below.

Continue reading "Wu Lyf & Willis Earl Beal @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)"