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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

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Caveman @ BAM recently (more by David Andrako)


Frankie Rose @ Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Frankie Rose

today in NYC
* Northside Fest
* Amy Poehler @ 92Y
* Q-Tip (DJ) @ Irving Plaza
* EDH, Video Love @ XPO 929
* Diego Garcia @ City Winery
* The Fab Faux @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mogwai, Balam Acab @ Webster Hall
* Keane, Mystery Jets @ Beacon Theatre
* Niki & The Dove @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Kurt Vile & the Violators @ Maxwell's
* Bird Dog, Great Lakes @ Mercury Lounge
* Holy Grail, Deadzone, Divider @ Europa
* The dBs, Lianne Smith @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Felice Brothers, Husky @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Howth @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* Kitty Pryde, Deniro Farrar @ Knitting Factory
* Marissa Nadler, Faces On Film @ Union Hall
* Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry @ Highline Ballroom
* Scala & Kolacny Brothers @ Gramercy Theatre
* Tinariwen, Buke & Gase, Piers Faccini @ Warsaw
* Natur, Occvlta, Syphilitic Lust, Hessian @ Acheron
* Tiny Victories, New Myths, Seasick Mama @ Pianos
* IYEZ, Great War, Geek Skull, The Finks @ The Gutter
* Father Murphy, Many Arms, August Wells @ Secret Project Robot
* mewithoutYou, Buried Beds, Imaginary Cities @ Maxwell's
* Lissy Trullie, The Young Rapscallions, Motive @ Glasslands
* Zambri, The Ice Choir, New Moods, Fast Years @ Spike Hill
* Los Encantados, The Dunnie Bobos, Clouder @ The Charleston
* RoomRunner, Dope Body, Zulus, Guardian Alien, LUSHES @ Cake Shop
* Young Heel, Il Abanico, Psychobuildings, Zula, Suturee @ Trash Bar
* Dope Body, Pictureplane, Dj Dog Dick, Shams, Mykki Blanco, Dysgenix
* BV-BBG Northside show w/ Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, Whores @ Union Pool
* Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals, Beach Fossils @ McCarren Park
* Deafheaven, Indian Jewelry, Vattnet Viskar, Pinkish Black @ Saint Vitus
* These United States, Grand Rapids, Your 33 Black Angels @ Knitting Factory
* Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Ryan Sawyer, Ben Vida @ Issue Project Room
* Pictureplane (DJ), Teengirl Fantasy (DJ), Hooray for Earth (DJ) @ Glasslands
* One Step Beyond w/ RJD2, Cosmo Baker, Import/Export @ American Museum of Natural History
* Spirit Family Reunion, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Broken Wing Routine @ Mercury Lounge
* Black Belly of the Tarantula with Tunde Adebimpe ,Grey Gersten and
Ryan Sawyer @ Nitehawk Cinema

* BV Northside show w/ Caveman, Frankie Rose, Hume, Fort Lean @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Denzels, Backwards, Starlight Girls, Spanish Prisoners, Gunfight! @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Dynasty Electric, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Something in Spanish, Teletextile, Wishes & Thieves @ Matchless
* St. Lucia, French Horn Rebellion, Black Light Dinner Party, Slowdance, Lovelife, Ninifabi, Chrome Canyon (DJ) @ Cameo Gallery
* Geri Allen and Carrie Mae Weems with Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright and Patrice Rushe @ Celebrate Brooklyn
* Kassem Mosse, Led er Est, J D Emmanuel, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Rene Hell, Mike Servito, Jon Schmidt, Raglani, Michael Pollard, Mindscraper, Spinoza, ISO @ Public Assembly

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Tonight is the BrooklynVegan Official Northside Showcase with Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume. Both Caveman and Frankie Rose have been touring their butts off, polishing their live shows to a lovely sheen. And both are coming off great records as well. Opening are Fort Lean and Hume and should be a great evening all around. If you don't have a badge, tickets are still available.

Tonight is also the BBG/BV/Brutal Panda Northside showcase which happens at Union Pool (who only took 30 badges last night, be warned). It's pretty exciting as it features Tacoma's Harkonen who are playing their first NYC show since dissolution in 2005, and who knows when (or if) they'll return back to the East Coast. Also featuring the epic stoner-blues of The Atlas Moth, the Am-Rep-y hardcore of Fight Amp, and the always fun Whores, it'll be a night to remember. Tickets are still available or get in with your Northside badge.

EPMD played Herbert Von King Park last night (6/14). Check out a video from that below.

Mystery Jets, who open for Keane at Beacon Theater tonight, have a new video for "Greatest Hits." Check it out below.

Mono has a teaser video out for their new album. You can watch that below.

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by Bill Pearis

Mystery Jets - Radlands

Mystery Jets will release their fourth album, Radlands, on June 5 via Rough Trade. The band will play a release party for the record at Brooklyn Bowl on June 11 and tickets just went on sale for that. Mystery Jets will then open for ever-popular UK piano balladeers Keane for a string of dates including a June 15 date at Beacon Theatre. All Mystery Jets tour dates are below

This was the band's first album made after losing basist Kai Fish, who put out his first solo album Life in Monchrome last year. You might be able to tell from Radlands cover art, the London band made the album in Texas...Austin specifically. Explains main Jet Blaine Harrison:

We've always wanted to make a record in America and after touring Serotonin the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew. We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there. It was called Radlands (a fusion of the 1970s Terrence Malick film Badlands and Redlands, Keith Richard's Sussex estate), which is also what we named our studio; a big old wooden house on the banks of the Colorado river.

All we brought on the plane were the guitars on our backs, so we ended up borrowing all this amazing valve gear from an old guy called jack who ran a little studio up in the hills-which is why the songs sound the way they do. In the daytime we wrote lyrics on the porch and in the evenings a family of Deer would gather in the back yard to hear us play. Some nights we drove into town to drink and bring people back to play on the songs.

When we arrived home, it was hard to believe any of it even happened. It somehow all felt like a strange dream. But when Dan Carey heard it and invited us down to his studio we listened back to everything and it was all there, it was real. All we were missing were some gospel singers, which he found in the Streatham community ladies choir...

Texas proved to be a big influence on the record, with song titles like " The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar" and "Lost in Austin," the latter of which references the storied Marfa lights. Musically, Mystery Jets do what they do -- anthemic UK-style indie.

For a taste of the new album, the video for "Someone Purer" and a stream of "Sister Everett" are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADMystery Jets - Flash a Hungry Smile (MP3)
DOWNLOADMystery Jets - Dreaming of Another World (MP3)
DOWNLOADDominant Legs - About My Girls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose & the Outs - Candy (MP3)
DOWNLOADRed Mass - Saturn (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tony Castles - Black Girls in Dresses (MP3)

Mystery Jets

Looks like there are still a few tickets to go see Mystery Jets tonight at Mercury Lounge now that the band have sorted out their visa issues after having to cancel last night's show (which I was going to go to). Frank at Chromewaves caught them in Toronto on Monday night:

Over the course of an hour, they split their set evenly between Serotonin and its predecessor, 2008's Twenty-One, and gave the respectably-sized crowd something to get boisterous about - which they did, right through to the soaring encore-closer "Dreaming Of Another World". Any concerns about what would happen to the rest of the tour were set aside in favour of just enjoying the moment.
Looking through Frank's photos of the show, I was happy to see Mystery Jets aren't sporting any fashion disasters (see above) like when they played at Bowery Ballroom last year. That may sound superficial but it is distracting when a band you really like dresses like Blanche from Golden Girls. As I've said before, I was a huge fan of 2008's Twenty One and think their new one, Serotonin, is maybe better even if nothing on it quite reaches the highs of "Young Love" and "Two Doors Down."

If you're going, be sure to get there early for L.A.'s Dominant Legs whose new EP on Lefse records I like a lot. Any band that lists The Style Council as an influence is gonna grab my attention, at least enough to listen to it. They played last night at Mercury Lounge, their first NYC show, and reports on Twitter seemed to be pretty positive.

Frankie & the Outs @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Frankie and the Outs

Mystery Jets' cancellation last night has thrown a wrench into my schedule. I had planned on spending the evening at Glasslands for the Frankie Rose & the Outs' record release party but now I'm gonna hope the show goes late enough that I can do both tonight (9/15). We'll see how this works out. If nothing else I can pick up the record a week early tonight at the merch table. It's a really good album that, if maybe a little economical in the lyrical department, definitely showcases Rose's ease with hooks and harmonies. Check out an MP3 of the single "Candy" above and you can watch the Carrie-inspired video for the song -- which just premiered -- at the bottom.

It should be a fun night all around. Light Asylum, who the Outs shared the bill for their first-ever show last Halloween, headline the party, with opening slots from psych mystics Mirror Mirror and Pigeon who I can't find any info on. (But there are at least three other bands currently called Pigeon so you might want to rethink the name.)  MINKS were originally supposed to play but seem to have fallen off the bill.

Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls

I have to imagine Frankie's pals Dum Dum Girls will be in attendance tonight (you can spot Dee Dee in the "Candy" video near the end) if they can make it in time following the first of their three gigs opening for Vampire Weekend this week at Radio City Music Hall. I would kind of like to see DDGs there, actually, as their echo-y girl group vibe could sound amazing with the venue's acoustics. But I'm not gonna. I might, however, try to catch them on Saturday night (9/18) at Knitting Factory where they'll play with Girls at Dawn and Reading Rainbow. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut has stayed in constant rotation since coming out out in March.

Crystal Stilts

While we're on the subject of bands with whom Frankie Rose used to play drums, Crystal Stilts finally seem to be getting around to making a second record. A new single, "Shake the Shackles," is due out on Slumberland Records on October 21, their first new material in 18 months. The band have struggled a bit post-Frankie, and the last time I saw them play live (Fall 2009 I think) they seemed pretty out of sorts. But both sides of the new single is good -- you can listen to it at the bottom of this post -- and hopefully they've really shaked those shackles and rebounded.

You can find out for yourself when Crystal Stilts play Knitting Factory on Friday (9/17) with drony, motoroik San Franciscans Moon Duo.

Red Mass @ M For Montreal 2009 (more)
Red Mass

What else? Montreal art punks Red Mass will be here this weekend for two shows: Friday at Party Expo and Saturday at Death by Audio. Both shows are with X-ray Eyeballs. Somewhere between the Damned's goth-tinged punk and Nuggets era psych-garage, Red Mass also bring a sense of theatrics to their live performances. Frontman Choyce (late of CCP Gangbangs) has no problem with high concept and brings the Red to the stage -- both times I've seen them, the band dressed entirely in shades of crimson. But the music still does most of the talking. If you like this kind of thing at all, Red Mass are not to be missed.

Red mass are on their first real tour of the States -- well, the East Coast -- and they'll hook up with King Khan & the Shrines along the way. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.


And finally, Superchunk are here this weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (9/18) and MHoW on Sunday (9/19). Both shows are sold out, but you can still see them at Other Music on Sunday afternoon (1PM). I've also had good luck getting tickets at MHoW at the box office day of show, so if you're without a ticket it's worth a try.

Even if you don't get to see them, you've still got their seriously awesome new album, Majesty Shredding. No phoning it in here, this is classic Superchunk. Over at Emusic, Michaelangelo Matos wrote a great review of the record and the opening paragraph really nails it:

Superchunk sound like they've been listening to a lot of Superchunk. Well, of course -- what else would they sound like? But think about that for a second. Most bands slow down as they age because most people slow down as they age: Sonic Youth isn't about to start flirting with hardcore again; the Rolling Stones will never cut another "She Said Yeah." That's nature. But Superchunk 2010 could be easily mistaken for Superchunk 1991 -- the tempo hasn't moved and the scrappiness hasn't budged. And scrappy is what this band does.
Majesty Shredding is loaded with classic Superchunk Moments, from new single "Digging for Something" (you've seen the video by now, right?) to the manic "Crossed Wires" (a 7" from last summer) to my favorite song, the anthemic "Hot Tubes." It's so great to see a band 20 years into its career knock one out of the park.


That's enough for this week. A few more picks for the week, of things I didn't cover above, day by day:


I've been listening a lot to this Translations digital single which you can download for free. Both "sides" are really good, kind of Flying Nun/GbV style indie. Haven't seen them live but they play tonight at The Woods in Williamsburg. It's a free show.

Power pop fans should head straight to the Rock Shop for Tommy Keene, Title Tracks and Valley Lodge.

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Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls, Red Mass, Crystal Stilts, Superchunk, Frankie & the Outs, Radical Dads & more in This Week in Indie"

DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Flash a Hungry Smile (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Dreaming of Another World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - About My Girls (MP3)

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets are reportedly stuck in Canada with visa issues that are going to cause them to miss their headlining slot at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/14). The sort-of-good news is that they still plan on playing their Wednesday show at the same venue and that all Tuesday tickets will be honored at that one. Meanwhile, Dominant Legs have become the headliner tonight and the show is now only $5.00:

NEW SET TIMES FOR 9/14 @ Mercury Lounge
7pm doors
8pm - TBD
9pm - Ravens & Chimes
10pm - Dominant Legs
Tickets are also still on sale for Wednesday which Dominant Legs are also playing.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - About My Girls (MP3)

Dominant Legs

Tickets are still available for this week's two Mystery Jets shows at Mercury Lounge, happening Tuesday (9/14) and Wednesday (9/15). The shows are also notable as the NYC debut of Los Angeles duo Dominant Legs who just dropped their debut EP on Lefse Records.

San Franciscans Ryan Lynch (who also plays guitar in Girls) and Hannah Hunt have crafted an appealing mix of atmosphere and musicianship on the record, with the all-important good songwriting in there too. Check out vaguely funky and definitely catchy "About My Girls" at the top of this post, and you can watch video of an acoustic performance further down. Dominant Legs also made Stereogum's list of the 40 Best New Bands of 2010.

Dominant Legs will also open for Mystery Jets in L.A. on Sept. 17, and if you don't want to cough up the $20 to get into one of the Mercury Lounge shows, the band will be back in NYC during CMJ. All dates below...

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Passion Pit @ the Classic Car Club in Tribeca (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit

tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* J*Davey with Hal Linton @ SOBs
* Papa San @ Soundview Park
* Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot @ The Stone
* Beach Fossils @ Santos Party House
* Alexa Wilding, Callmekat @ Mercury Lounge
* The Prids, Soft Tags, Ceremony @ Death By Audio
* Robert Randolph and The Family Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Haney/Slusher/Derosa Trio, C. Lavender, Kilt @ Zebulon
* Animal Tropical, Afuche, Ice Cream, Hannah Fairchild @ Pianos
* Dinosaur Feathers, Lowry, The Casey Shea Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bizi Gara, Imaginary Friends, Jean-Eric, Wild Yaks @ The Cameo
* Dream Diary, Soft Spot, Nite Flights, Little Racer @ Cake Shop
* Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Elk City @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, Suckers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bear Hands @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* ICE & JACK Quartet: Darmstadt Send-Off Concert @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Blissed Out, The Present Moment, DJ Shawn Noeq, DJ Katie Rose @ Glasslands
* Lawrence Welks, Tooth Ache, Toby Aronson, Jets and Snakes, Sink Tapes @ Silent Barn
* Lapis Lazuli, Dave Sims, Peter Aaron, unFact, Avondale Airforce @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, CyHi Da Prynce, DJ Greg Street, STS of MMJB @ Highline Ballroom
* Definitely Poetry: Daniel Bernard Roumain, Emeline Michel, Erol Josué, Cave Canem @ Central Park SummerStage

The PS1 schedule was announced.

To quote BBG, "unFact is also scheduled to play the Knitting Factory on June 29th alongside two other bands that feature figures from other great bands: Lapis Lazuli (which features Kurt Wolf of Pussy Galore & Boss Hog) will headline the night with an assist from Avondale Airforce (which features Peter Aaron of Chrome Cranks & Stanton Warren)."

Passion Pit headline a ticketed (not free) show at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight. Tokyo Police Club and Suckers open.

The same lineup plays Governors Island Wednesday, but with the addition of We Were Promised Jetpacks who headline their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Passion Pit recently played Summerfest. A backstage interview with members of the band below.

No shows at the Rock Shop tonight, but there will be soon.

It's unclear if there will be any more shows at Berry Park.

Phish covered Neutral Milk Hotel over the weekend.

The Gay Pride Parade happened on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, Sunday Best has a new home.

Mystery Jets, who have two shows coming up at Mercury Lounge, filmed a "Serotonin Session". Video below....

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Flash a Hungry Smile (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Dreaming of Another World (MP3)

Mystery Jets

Eel Pie Island residents Mystery Jets are back with a new label, a new album, and two NYC dates at Mercury Lounge this September. They play Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15. Both shows are on sale now. There's also an L.A. show at the Troubadour on September 17. Look for a proper North American tour later in the fall.

Mystery Jets' third LP, Serotonin, is out July 13 on Rough Trade. While there's nothing quite as perfect as "Young Love" from their 2008 album Twenty One, this is a better, more coherent record overall with no shortage of stick-in-your-head songs. It's a little less '80s crazy (no Whitney Houston sax this time) with guitars playing a stronger role. The album was produced by studio veteran Chris Thomas, whose credits include Roxy Music's Siren, Never Mind the Bullocks, the first two Pretenders LPs, Pulp's This is Hardcore and U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

You can download "Flash a Hungry Smile"  and the album's fizzy first single, "Dreaming of Another World," at the top of this post. Be sure to check out the latter's gorgeously-shot video at the bottom of this post. If the actual song is on the new wave side, the video for "Dreaming of Another World" is decidedly nouvelle vague. Both songs feature nimble-fingered guitarist Will Rees on lead vocals, who is definitely taking more of a prominent role in the band this time. He shares the mike just about equally with Blaine Harrison who tends to sing on the album's more anthemic tracks. Twenty One, one of my favorite albums of 2008, didn't even get released in America. Hopefully they'll get a better push this time out.

All Mystery Jets 2010 tour dates are below with the new album art, plus that video for "Dreaming of Another World" is below, as well as video of a couple Serotonin songs performed live in a "grand house by the River Thames in Hammersmith, London."...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Mystery Jets

"Mystery Jets caused a riot in Mexico when playing their first-ever gigs in the country last week.

The London-based band said they were unaware they had such a devoted fan base in the Latin American country until they arrived there.

"We didn't know what to expect because none of us had ever been there," frontman Blaine Harrison told NME.COM. "But we had a really good turn out for our shows. We also played a live radio station gig in Mexico City that turned into a bit of a riot," he said, explaining that fans who had bought tickets for previous cancelled shows turned en masse up to see them perform.

"People had scanned our photos from the internet and put them on their T-shirts," Harrison said. "They're quite obsessive down there.""

From Mexico the Mystery Jets moved north until they reached NYC where they played Bowery Ballroom last night (2/24). There were no riots, but Kyle said it was fun and that he really liked opening band The Dig. More pictures and the MJ setlist below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Winter Gloves - Let Me Drive (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Woodhands - Dancer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slim Twig - Gate Hearing! (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pow Wow! - My House. Your House. Mine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pow Wow! - 23 19 (MP3)

Mystery Jets
Mystery Jets

While I'm sure there are all sorts of excellent bands playing in NYC this weekend (one of which I'll get to further down), I'm going to skip ahead to two shows that I'd being going to if they weren't both happening the same night, Tuesday February 24...

Priority for me goes to The Mystery Jets who are at Bowery Ballroom. They haven't played here in a while (since September 2007) and you may remember them, if at all, as the overly weird prog rockers whose singer's father was in the band. (That would be singer Blaine Harrison's father, Henry.) Well, Mystery Jets have changed a lot since then. Henry, dropped out of the band and with him went Mystery Jets' prog-rock tendencies. With the help of producers Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) and Erol Alkan (Late of the Pier, The Long Blondes), the band embraced the pop song fully on their second album, Twenty One, which was my #2 album of 2008. It's single, "Young Love," which features Laura Marling (who unlike MJ is playing SXSW this year), topped my Best Songs list. The great video for that song, is at the bottom of this post.

The whole album is full of actual and potential singles, and if it errs on the side of being a little too '80s at times (there's saxophone straight out of a Whitney Houston song on "Two Doors Down," and "MJ" might be a little too similar too "Don't Stand So Close to Me" for some) there is no denying the inventive arrangements and giant, stick-in-your-head hooks that are all over Twenty One. (I wrote a lot more about the album over on my blog last year if you care to read it.) It is a mystery (sorry) to me that it hasn't been released in the U.S., but one can guess that this show (and the one they played in L.A. earlier this week) mean they're trying to rectify this. The band just signed to Rough Trade who are re-releasing Twenty One overseas. Hopefully that will happen here too. Tickets are still available for the NYC show.

Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves

If I wasn't going to see Mystery Jets I would definitely be at Pianos that night for the Paper Bag Records showcase. The Canadian label, home to Tokyo Police Club and The Acorn, are bringing down three of their more recent signings: Winter Gloves, the Josh Reichmann Oracle Band, and Slim Twig. I caught Winter Gloves last November at M for Montreal where they were already local favorites. Not dissimilar from Tokyo Police Club, we're talking keyboard-driven dance rock with a lot of participatory handclapping. "Let Me Drive," which you can download at the top of this post, is pretty typical of their debut album, About a Girl, which came out last year. They're very good live, and I would say it's worth the $8 just for them.

The rest of the lineup has potential, even if I'm not so familiar with the two other bands. Josh Reichmann used to front post-punkers Tangiers, but his new group is more rootsy and soulful, with a lot of saxophone going on. Fans of The Acorn will probably dig. And apparently the group includes a live dancer so that's something you don't see so much these days. Look for the debut, Crazy Power, this spring.

The third artist on the bill, Slim Twig gets compared to everyone from Jon Spencer to Genesis P. Orridge to Scott Walker to Thurston Moore, which is enough to make me want to see him. You can definitely hear those influences in his recordings, which are claustrophobic and paranoid sounding. He's got a full band when he plays live, as well as multimedia elements, so the evening very well could start off with a bang.

pow wowAnd finally, a weekend show for consideration. I don't know a whole lot about Greenpoint-via-Jersey band Pow Wow! besides what Ive gleaned from their MySpace. Basically a duo of brothers Edward and Jeff Nazareno, the two have been writing together for about three years but only began releasing music last year. And most of it is pretty catchy stuff. The band list Burt Bacharach and The Smiths as influences but their songs are in a similar, laid-back vibe to the Little Joy record. There are two songs to check out at the top of this post and if you like those, pretty much everything they've released is available to download for free from their website. Not sure how their lineup is fleshed out live, but Pow Wow! are playing a bunch of NYC-area shows, the first of which is this Saturday (2/21) at The Annex.

Tour dates, flyers, pictures and videos after the jump...

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Apes & Androids are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 30th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Cold War Kids are playing Terminal 5 on April 3rd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

White Rabbits are playing two shows at Mercury Lounge in February. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Mystery Jets are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 24th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both Blitzen Trapper / Plants & Animals shows happening in NYC.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Throwing Muses show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Presets show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for a February 13th Deer Tick show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are also still on sale for the Deer Tick show happening on New Years Eve.

Tickets are on sale for the Meshuggah show at Irving Plaza.

Some Morrissey dates have started going on sale, but not Bowery Ballroom or Webster Hall.

Beirut tickets also went on sale today (@ noon).

Seasons Greetings

Mystery Jets are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 24th. Tickets go on American Express presale at noon.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for both Blitzen Trapper / Plants & Animals shows happening in NYC.

Tickets are on sale for the Tricky show at Irving Plaza.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the Throwing Muses show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale for the M83 show at Irving Plaza.

Tickets are on sale for the David Byrne show at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the Presets show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Noah & The Whale show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale for New Years Eve @ Santos Party House.

Tickets go on American Express pre-sale at noon for a February 13th Deer Tick show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are also still on sale for the Deer Tick show happening on New Years Eve.

Pitchfork's favorite band The Airborne Toxic Event are headlining their own Bowery Ballroom show. Tickets are on sale.

Tonight's Jay Reatard show is free.

Tonight's Gene Ween Band show has been cancelled.

Laura Marling and the Mystery Jets

You might remember Laura Marling from her recent trip through NYC. Listen (and watch) for her in this new Mystery Jets video...

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DOWNLOAD Mystery Jets - Flakes (MP3)

Mystery Jets @ Joes Pub

That good song is now an MP3. yay. Above photo of Mystery Jets @ Joe's Pub, by Leia Jospe.

Gossip - Beth Ditto

Gossip posted another new song to their MySpace ("8th Wonder Version") (kind of boring). Mystery Jets posted a new song too, but in a video (not boring at all)....

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If Mystery Jets are your thing, you'll be happy to know they've rescheduled their cancelled tour dates for this September. Tickets go on sale Friday for a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 22nd, and you can get tickets now for their show at Joe's Pub on September 24th. More dates surely to be announced.


This is now the third post in a row related to VISA issues: Handsome Furs & M.I.A., The Maccabees, and now the Mystery Jets are also cancelling their tour - that includes their Joe's Pub gig, and the June 2nd show at Bowery Ballroom.

The Bowery show will still happen with openers White Rabbit and Vampire Weekend (a stereogum and L Magazine band to watch and hear), but Dansettes and Aeroplane Pageant were also added to the bill, AND the price was slightly reduced. If you already bought a ticket you'll get a drink ticket at the door to make up for the difference. I suppose refunds will also be issued to those wanting to go that route.