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by Bill Pearis

Faux Ferocious

Nashville four-piece Faux Ferocious make nervy, anxious, mutant pop, the kind that sounds like sleep has not been a top priorty and you start to, ever-so-slightly, lose grip on reality. The band have a self-titled tape coming out on September 4 via the second annual Infinity Cat Cassette Series, curated by Casey Weissbuch. You can check out two tracks from it: the hyperactive "Nowhere to Go" and "Who I Became," the latter of which makes its premiere in this post. Listen below.

Faux Ferocious will be on tour in September, including dates with Natural Child and Dirty Fences. Most of that tour is of the West Coast and Southwest, and no NYC date unfortunately. But all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Nashville's Faux Ferocious releasing debut on Infinity Cat (stream two songs)"

by Zack Baker

Nelsonville Music Festival

This year's edition of the Nelsonville Music Festival takes place from May 28-31 in Nelsonville, Ohio. The lineup features The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Built To Spill, The Black Lips, Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, Lucero, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Oblivians, Ryley Walker and many more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with four-day and single-day passes both available. Kids under 12 get in free, and there are activities for children at the fest too.

Folk music has always been a key focus for the festival, but as you can see the lineup is pretty diverse. The fest is tucked away in the woods, which is a pretty great environment for this kind of stuff, and there's usually a chance to see artists play intimate acoustic sets in the No-Fi Cabin too. If you're coming from NYC, it's just about a 9-hour drive, and you can camp there.

Check out the lineup in full along with a video of last year's headliner Dinosaur Jr. playing the festival, below...

Continue reading "Flaming Lips, St Vincent, Built to Spill, Merle Haggard, Lucero and more playing Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival (lineup)"

photo: Natural Child in Chicago, 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Natural Child are going on tour in May with fellow Nashvillians Faux Ferocious. Dates include two nights at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 7 & 8. Tickets for those shows will be on sale Friday (3/6).

Before that spring tour, Natural Child will be in Austin for SXSW. The band were last here for one of Death by Audio's final shows. No word on new music, but all Natural Child dates are listed, along with "Ain't Gonna Stop" video, below...

Continue reading "Natural Child touring, playing SXSW, two shows at Baby's All Right & other dates"


Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Hangout Fest adds Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, Sam Smith, JEFF the Brotherhood, Natural Child & more to lineup"

Oh Sees / Natural Child @ DbA 11/20/14 (via @soundbitenyc / @ashowsomewhere)

John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).

This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).

Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most exciting set but they sounded good. They play with Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, too, along with Kyp Malone's Ice Balloons (he'll be busy tonight as his slightly more known band TV on the Radio play too, at MHOW).

Skimask opened the show with a 5-song set that they played on the floor, so while we didn't see them, we did experience them and their punky noise and funny stage banter made for a good start to the night.

There are only two shows at Death by Audio left both are "Top Secret!" though they'll likely have clues for tonight's show up on their website later today. We've got a good guess as to who one of the openers is.

Video of Thee Oh Sees doing set-opener "The Dream" at DbA last night, plus a few more instagrams, below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees were DbA's secret guests again, plus Natural Child, Jack Name & Skimask (pics, video)"

The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

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FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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Natural Child at Death By Audio in 2012 (more by Devan Council
Natural Child

Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. You can check out the recent video for "Firewater Liquor" below. No strangers to the road (and all good musicians), Natural Child will be heading out on tour this fall, stopping to play Baby's All Right on November 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

In related news:

All Natural Child tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.

Continue reading "Natural Child touring this fall, playing Baby's All Right who are now serving frozen Sacred Snows for $1 (dates)"

together PANGEA @ Burgerama III (more by Debi Del Grande)
Together Pangea

Burger Records, the OC record store/label/lifestyle, is doing their Caravan of All Stars roadshow again this year with a load of bands from their roster taking part at various points on the trek. together PANGEA are on all dates, including the NYC stop which happens at Bowery Ballroom on October 30 with The Coathangers Cherry Glazer, AJ Davila & Terror Amor, Mozes & the Firstborn, and Wax Witches. More acts may be added later and tickets will be available soon via Ticketmaster.

You can catch Cherry Glazerr before that as they play NYC at the end of the month. All dates and lineups of the 2014 Burger Caravan of All Stars Tour are listed below...

Continue reading "Together Pangea going on 2014 Burger Caravan of All Stars tour; NYC date w/ Coathangers, Cherry Glazerr & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Ghetto Ghouls

Austin garage rockers Ghetto Ghouls are releasing their self-titled LP on April 8 via Monofonus Press, and after sharing one of its tracks, "Peepshow," they're back with another, "Living Alone," which makes its premiere in this post. It's a lo-fi, distortion-covered downer punk dirge that has the singer yelling not much more than "I'M LIVINGGG ALONEEE" repeatedly and increasingly less restrained for the song's minute and a half duration. Check it out below.

Like many other Austin bands, Ghetto Ghouls will play a number of hometown shows next week for the insanity that is SXSW, including the Ping Pong day party at Hotel Vegas (3/12) with Natural Child, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences and more; the Monofonus Press day party at Beerland (3/12) with Destruction Unit, Guerilla Toss, Lushes and others; the Thread Pull Records day party at Trailer Space (3/13) with Crooked Bangs, Lie and others; the official Monofonus showcase at The Hideout (3/15) with Protomartyr, Love Inks and more; and the annual Panache Hangover Party on Sunday (3/16) with Tweens, September Girls, The Blind Shake, Calvin Love, A Giant Dog, Yvette and many more.

Their SXSW schedule in list format, and the new song, below...

Continue reading "Ghetto Ghouls releasing an LP, playing SXSW (song stream)"


After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).

UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.

Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.

Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...

Continue reading "Burger Revolution 2014 happening this weekend with shows around the world (2 in NYC) ++ Burger @ SXSW "


The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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Jamie Lidell @ Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Jamie Lidell

Natural Child @ DBA, June 2012 (more by Devan Council)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon, The Stepkids @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
Jamie Lidell is on his second of three NYC-area shows tonight. This is a big free one, and is made even better by the inclusion of pop weirdo/dance party-starter Dan Deacon and soul trio The Stepkids.

Natural Child, The Moon Dudes, Pampers, Flagland @ Shea Stadium
Southern rock is alive, well and probably drinking a tallboy as we speak -- it's Nashville's Natural Child who appear to have stepped right out of 1973. They can play, too. If you're going, don't miss Pampers.

Blue Hawaii, Empress Of, Solar Year, Weeknight @ 285 Kent Avenue
Blue Hawaii's debut album is one of the lovelier electronic records to come out this year, somewhere between Cocteau Twins' otherworldliness and Aphex Twin's more accessible material. Better live than the music might lead you to think too.

Kisses, Strange Talk, Betty Who @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like John Hughes soundtracks, Kisses new LP, Kids in LA, is an extremely hooky distillation of that style of synthpop. Also on the bill are two similarly danceable (if more commerically-minded) Australian groups: Strange Talk and Betty Who. It's a late show (doors 11:30 PM).

Tiger Dare, The Hairs, Graham Peulsky, Rad Dreams, Franny & Zoey @ Cake Shop
We haven't seen Rad Dreams live yet, but their songs on Bandcamp are very catchy, fuzzy/folky indie rock. This bill -- which includes The Hairs -- is recommended for discerning indiepop fans on a budget. Only 75 cents to get in!

Black Taxi, The Band In Heaven @ Cameo Gallery
West Palm Beach's The Band in Heaven once aimed for JAMC-style fuzz, but on their new album they're as shiny and bright as the Florida sun.

Eets Feats, The Numerators, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
Austin's garage punks Eets Feats describe their sounds as "torta vibes" and have song titles like "Beer Vibes," "Crust Factor" and "Burnt Out" so you probably get the idea... but you can also check em' out on Bandcamp.

Gauntlet Hair, Jackson Scott, EULA @ Glasslands
Chicago duo Gauntlet Hair just released their second album, Stills, via Dead Oceans. If nervous, dark (but not really gothy) postpunk is your thing, worth a listen on Spotify. Tonight's show is with new Fat Possum recording artist, Jackson Scott.

Tijuana Panthers, Sundelles, Le Yikes Surf Club @ Knitting Factory
Southern California trio Tijuana Panthers keep things on the party side of the garage with some of it spilling into the beach.

Krill, Summer People, Outta Gas, Bethlehem Steel @ Union Pool
Boston indie rockers Krill, who kind of sound like Spencer Krug fronting Built to Spill, are back in NYC tonight to headline a bill at Brooklyn's Union Pool. If you've yet to hear their new album, Lucky Leaves, it's a pretty solid one, and you can stream it here.

Washed Out "Paracosm" ice cream @ Oddfellows
You can find out what Paracosm sounds like (as in Washed Out's new album) tastes (as in the ice cream flavor) like at this special event at Williamsburg's new, highly creative ice cream shop today. Free samples and the album playing on repeat from 4 - 8 PM.

Funk Jam session by Bernard Purdie & Friends featuring DJ Questlove tribute to James Brown @ SOBs
That listing pretty much speaks for itself on this one. Should be a good time.

Jesse Cooper Levy, Swear and Shake, Butter The Children, Cutters, O' Great North @ The Ho_se
One of the many local shows that catchy indie rockers Butter the Children are playing this summer.

Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Berner @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The most exciting part of this bill is A$AP Rocky, whose new album is one of the better rap albums this year. Though if you're going, definitely don't miss Joey Bada$$ either, he's one of the better upcoming MCs at the moment.

Beth Orton @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
After Newport Folk Fest and two NYC shows, UK singer-songwriter Beth Orton hits NJ tonight.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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The Shins at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Shins

today in NYC
* Oli Soikkelli @ Barbes
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Vensaire, Teletextile @ Ace Hotel
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* The Shins, Man Man @ Williamsburg Park
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Beacon Theater
* Beaty Heart, Deathrow Tull, Roman @ Bowery Electric
* The Gaslight Anthem, The Felice Brothers @ Stone Pony
* The Juan Maclean (DJ), Scratch Massive (DJ) @ Le Bain
* Haycock, Strong & Blacc, Emufucka, Trancemicsoul @ The Well
* Hardwell, Dyro, Audien, Henrix, Alex English @ Governors Island
* The Inns, Hot Twins, Friends & Farmers, Baker Street @ Cake Shop
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Ensemble @ The Stone
* Wei Zhongle, Shenzen, Killer Bob, Ashcan Orchestra @ Death By Audio
* Math the Band, What Cheer Brigade, Cherie Lily, .357 Lover @ Glasslands
* Psychic Teens, Sore Saints, Yr Skull My Closet, Allison Blood @ The Acheron
* Mister Matthews, Work/Death, Pulse Emitter, Zaimph, Nonhorse @ Silent Barn
* Chuck Johnson, Tom Carter, D Charles Speer, Shawn David McMillen @ Mercury Lounge
* Crystal Stilts, The So So Glos, Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, Trabajo @ Knitting Factory
* Blind Boy Paxton, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Sputyen Duyvil @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Oneohtrix Point Never, Evian Christ, Bill Kouligas, Kid Smpl, ANNALOVE (DJ) @ Saint Vitus
* Michael T. & The Vanities, The Ambitious Orchestra, Hypernova, Alison Clancy @ Le Poisson Rouge

Nashville's Natural Child, who played Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday as part of a string of Memorial Day Weekend dates, are back in NYC tonight, playing a free show at Williamsburg faux honky-tonk, Skinny Dennis. They're on at 8 PM.

You would be forgiven if you just stayed in and gorged on the entire new season of Arrested Development, which premiered all at once on Netflix today. Especially as Game of Thrones has the week off.

Also don't forget the L Train is down between 8th Ave and Lorimer all Memorial Day Weekend.

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Good time Nashville rockers Natural Child will spend their Memorial Day weekend playing a few shows, starting tonight (5/23) at Brooklyn Bowl with Liquor Store and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets ($5) available at the door and the show starts at 8 PM sharp.

If you haven't heard Natural Child's 2012 album, Hard in Heaven, you can stream it via Rdio or Spotify. All dates are listed, along with a flyer for tonight's Brooklyn Bowl show, below.

Continue reading "Natural Child touring Memorial Day weekend (NYC tonight)"


Nashville's PUJOL got their start with the Nashville garage scene but this year's United States of Being (the band's first for Saddle Creek) is a crunchy, big-sounding record that, like the new JEFF the Brotherhood, owes more to early-'90s alterna-rock than anything else. You can stream the whole thing below (via Rolling Stone). Maybe you saw them at one of our Hotel Vegan day parties in Austin this year during SXSW? Main man Daniel Pujol was kind enough to send us a list of his favorite LPs of 2012 which includes records from fellow Tennesseans Natural Child, Heavy Cream and Turbo Fruits. Check out his complete list below...

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Negative Approach earlier this month in Chicago (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Neg Approach

Penn Badgley in 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'
Penn Badgley

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Did you know that Penn Badgley (aka Dan on Gossip Girl) is playing Jeff Buckley in upcoming biopic, Greetings from Tim Buckley? He's even been doing some stealth secret shows in NYC. Watch the trailer below.

Randy Newman is dreaming of... a white president.

As mentioned before, The Killers show at The Paramount is being webcast tonight, which will be directed by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He also directed a mini Killers documentary, which you can watch below.

Speaking of The Killers, they just announced a tour with Tegan & Sara that will hit Madison Square Garden.

Speaking of MSG, tourmates Aerosmith and Cheap Trick just announced a show there too. Madonna plays there twice in November which is when Neil Young is there too.

Whose new cover art is better: Neil Young's or Titus Andronicus'?

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has a new video for his single "Your Love" which you can watch below.

You can stream Natural Child's new album, Hard in Heaven, over at Spinner.

Read part 2 of Kelly Pratt's tour diary written on the road with St. Vincent and David Byrne. Part 2.5 also went up today at BV Chicago.

A plethora of heavy music live photographs by Carmelo Espanola also went up today on BV Chicago.

A music monitoring firm has determined that Drake is currently the most pirated musician in the United States. If you live in the UK, it can tell you what artist is the most pirated in your neighborhood.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Penn Badgley IS Jeff Buckley, Drake most pirated in US, Herzog's Killers doc, MSG shows, Promise Ring cover Adele & more..."

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)"

Natural Child

Bushwick slow food pizza haven Roberta's is throwing a block party (entire block of Moore Street between Bogart and White St.) on July 28 featuring the musical talents of Andrew WK (solo), Heems, Natural Child, Wild Yaks, and Naam. The fun starts at noon and goes till midnight. Roberta's, with its giant backyard, has been doing the party thing a lot this summer, be it hot dog eating contests, viking parties and what have you. There's an '80s style commercial for the block party you can watch at the bottom of this post.

Natural Child will play again the next night (7/29) at Union Pool with Birdcloud, Respect and Hector's Pets and advance tickets are on sale now. The Nashville rockers, who released For the Love of the Game back in April, have a second album coming out this year. Look for Hard in Heaven to drop September 11 on the fine Burger label. You can stream the album's first single, "B$G P$MP$N," at the bottom of this post.

The Brooklyn shows are part of a national tour that just got underway and all tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

Continue reading "Natural Child ready new LP (stream a track), touring, playing 2 shows in Bklyn including Roberta's block party w/ Andrew WK"

photos by Devan Council

Natural Child at Death by Audio - 6/16/12
Natural Child

Nashville rockers Natural Child were just in the NYC area to open for King Tuff at Maxwell's last Thursday (6/14), and while they were here, they stuck around for a Brooklyn show at Death by Audio on Saturday (6/16) with The Foxx, Liquor Store, and Philly's The Tough Shits. More pictures from that show are below.

Continue reading "Natural Child, The Foxx, Liquor Store & The Tough Shits played Death by Audio (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Heavy Cream - John Johnny (MP3)

Heavy Cream
Heavy Cream

Nashville's Heavy Cream are opening tonight's Hunx show at Mercury Lounge. The band have gone through a couple line-up changes but have come through the other side with their second album, Super Treatment, which is out May 8 on Infinty Cat. The record was produced by Ty Segall (who is a busy dude these days) who gives it a down-n-dirty vibe, plus some strange and amazing drum sounds. Check out "John Johnny" at the top of this post and we've got the artwork to Super Treatment below.

Natural Child
Natural Child

Heavy Cream's stint with Hunx wraps up tomorrow (4/5) with a show at Vassar, and then fellow Nashvillians Natural Child take over opening duties just in time for Friday's (4/6) show at Glasslands. Natural Child also play tonight (4/4) at Maxwell's with Liquor Store, Black Wine and Ba Babes. Natural Child's new LP, For the Love of the Game, will be out April 20 (yes, it's intentional) on good time rock n' roll label Burger Records. You can stream a track from it at the bottom of this post, get an eyefull of the album's NSFW artwork, and see all upcoming Natural Child tour dates...

Continue reading "Nashville's Heavy Cream & Natural Child opening for Hunx (on different nights), releasing new LPs, touring (dates & MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

Woolen Kits

There are so many good shows happening tomorrow (2/16) this column could be renamed This Thursday in Indie. But I won't because that would be dumb. What about next week? And the week after? Thursday might be totally dead those weeks and then look what I'm stuck with.

But I digress. Basically everything covered below (apart from the daily picks section) is happening tomorrow. Such as Australia's Woollen Kits who are wrapping up a North American tour, pulling into Brooklyn for a show at Death By Audio. Not unlike fellow countrymen The Twerps (who play Mercury Lounge on 3/30), Woollen Kits play the kind of stripped down guitar rock that can be traced back through Flying Nun and K Recs, Jonathan Richman and the Velvet Underground. When guitarist Thomas Hardisty sings baritone, the band veers towards Beat Happening; when drummer Tom Ridgewell takes the mike, Woollen Kits are more Clean-like. The band just released their debut album on R.I.P Society records and it's quite good.

You can stream the single "Out of Whack" at the bottom of this post and watch its video. The DBA show is with Home Blitz, Harpoon Fever and Parquet Courts. The band have a few more shows before heading home to where it's currently warm, and all Woollen Kits dates are at the bottom of this post.

Slow Club
Slow Club

Also on Thursday (2/17)  is the return of Slow Club who play The Bell House. It's their first show in NYC since September when the duo's second album, Paradise, was released. The record expands greatly upon the folk-pop of their debut, Yeah, So, giving them a much bigger sound, perhaps due in part to producer Luke Smith (who was in short-lived but great mid-'00s band Clor). It still sounds like Slow Club, mind you: winsome, charming, joyous. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify if you haven't heard it yet.  The band are even more charming and joyous live.

The undercard for the Bell House show is pretty strong as well: Air Waves, who are back in Brooklyn where they belong after a stint in Austin, and Chalk & Numbers who I don't think have played live since last year's NYC Popfest.

Eleven Pond (in the '80s)
Eleven Pond

If the thought of something winsome, charming and joyous makes you want to puke, you might do better at Glasslands which is hosting the first show in 23 years by Eleven Pond. The Rochester, NY band's sole album, 1986's Bas Relief, is considered a lost classic by darkwave aficionados and was reissued a couple years ago by Dark Entries records. (You can stream it here.) Showing respect to their elders will be two bands from Wierd's roster:  Frank (Just Frank) and Plastic Flowers. Expect Glasslands' smoke machine to be turned to the Peter Murphy setting for this show.


And finally, Palomar, who recently opened for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom, are having the record release party for their new album, Sense & Antisense, at Littlefield Thursday night. These three ladies and one dude have been together for over ten years, outlasting all sorts of other more hyped Brooklyn bands and scenes, putting out quality indie rock LP after quality indie rock LP. Their sticktoitiveness is as strong as their ability to write catchy tunes and harmonize.  Sense & Antisense, the band's fifth, is a keeper.

You can stream the LP on Spotify and purchase it directly from the band, either at their website or at tomorrow's show. Also playing are Jaabs (feat. Roman of the Oranges Band) and Art Con. The Wrens' Charles Bissell is also performing Palomar covers, so I'm told.

OK, that's the main stuff for me this week. There are some good non-Thursday shows this week and my other picks are listed day-by-day below.


It's a night of quality local bands at Pianos, with High Highs, Phonetag, Ski Lodge, and Field Mouse. That's a good show! (and if you miss it, High Highs also play Pianos on 2/29).


Didn't I give you enough Thursday options above?

continued below...

Continue reading "Woollen Kits, Slow Club, Eleven Pond, Palomar, Natural Child & more in This Week in Indie"

Hunx at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Devan Council)

Hunx (aka Seth Bogart) is planning to release his first solo album, Hairdresser Blues, on February 28 via Hardly Art. The instruments were all played by Hunx himself, except the drums which were provided by Daneil Pitout, and was recorded by Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), who also recorded the last Hunx and his Punx album. Check out the video for album track, "Always Forever," along with the album art and tracklist below.

Hunx hasn't announced any solo shows in support of the album but he is taking Hunx & His Punx on a month long tour of the US and Canada which hits NYC on April 4 at Mercury Lounge with Heavy Cream and April 6 at Glasslands with Natural Child and The Foxx. He plays Vassar on April 5. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, 2/10 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

All dates and video below...

Continue reading "Hunx announces new album, video & tour dates"

photos by Devan Council

Natural Child @ Union Pool
Natural Child

...The show was awesome, Liquor Store, yea buddied all kinds of punk... and Natural Child are so damn fun live with that classic rock stoner massive groove sound, they're just fun to watch. Having the best time, fucking around with the lyrics, changing them to Monster Mash, and just the sweet southern harmony from this sludge blues. I don't care who's done it before them, no one has ever taken it as not seriously as these three. Don't miss them, they will win you over by being simultaneously nice and out of their minds in the best way.

...Liquor Store and Natural Child ...take primal, hilarious points of view, in Liquor Store's case, it's with more of a hardcore punk sound about being an American man or eating a trash sandwich, while Natural Child sings a lot about weed and getting 'strange'... but they don't ever sound like they're selling it. On paper they're both impossible. -[7 Inches]

Natural Child headlined Union Pool on 10/30 with Liquor Store, Ex Humans, and Dry Feet. Belated pictures from the show are in this post, along with the remainder of Natural Child's dates from their current trek (Liquor Store's only upcoming show is at Bowery Ballroom with Real Estate and Big Troubles), below...

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photos by Devan Council

Hunx strikes a pose
Hunx and His Punx

Hunx brought his Punx back to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Saturday night (9/17). Natural Child were one of the openers and that's where our pictures begin (we missed Hunx's new labelmates The Beets). You can see the rest below...

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