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Polica at Radio City in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Polica, Lolawolf @ Bowery Ballroom
Polica's mix of R&B, indie pop and a folkier sense of songwriting make for an eclectic mix that's always fun live thanks to Channy's dance moves and the double drummer attack.

Dave Harrington (of Darkside), Valentin Stip (DJ set) @ Baby's All Right
When not playing in Darkside with Nicolas Jaar, Dave Harrington continues to make excellent music on his own. Tonight's his EP release and he'll be joined by a DJ set from Valentin Stip of Nico Jaar's label.

Liquor Store, White Mystery, Dirty Fences, Neighbors @ Cake Shop
It's a punk rock night with Chicago duo White Mystery bringing a dose of color (red) to an otherwise all-NYC bill.

Primitive Hearts, Pookie & The Poodlez, RIPS, Souvenir Stand @ Death by Audio
It's a double-dose of California wimp punk pop, with Oakland's Primitive Hearts and Pookie & the Poodlez. Check out their split 7" below.

Incan Abraham, Cultfever @ Mercury Lounge
LA's Incan Abraham sound like they've absorbed much of the popular indie pop of the last few years with their '80s synths, reverb and breezy rhythms.

Lust For Youth @ Rough Trade (7 PM free in-store)
Copenhagen's Lust For Youth make danceable synth pop with a melodramatic vocalist who has more in common with their post-punk neighbors Lower than other contemporary bands tagged "synth pop."

Haley Bonar, Lapland, Ocean Carolina @ Rough Trade
Bonar is a distinctive singer-songwriter, rarely sticking to singer-songwriter tropes, always opting for inventive instrumentation and arrangements as a showcase for her clear voice and songwriting chops. Her new album, Last War, is well worth checking out.

Ask Me Another w/ Doug Liman @ The Bell House
WNYC's popular puzzles and games show goes live in front of a studio audience tonight. This episode's guest: filmmaker Doug Liman who got his start directing Swingers but now makes big budget blockbusters like the just-released Edge of Tomorrow.

Night Train w/ Chris Gethard, Kate Berlant, Brooks Wheelan, Sheng Wang, AC Newman
It's a particularly good edition of Wyatt Cenac's night train tonight, with Chris Gethard, Kate Berlant, SNL castmember Brooks Wheelan...and New Pornographers' AC Newman. Only $8.

Phantogram, Lip Talk @ Terminal 5
Phantogram went from being ethereal pop to pure pop on their new album, Voices.

DakhaBrakha, Poor Rich Boy @ Brookfield Place (FREE)
Ukraine's DakhaBrakha combine the traditional music of their home country with more Western sounds. They just played Bonnaroo over the weekend and will play this free NYC show before returning home. Pakistan's Poor Rich Boy open.

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Courtney Barnett at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing today with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cheap Girls, Dogbreth @ LPR
Andrew Jackson Jihad make a quality mix of folk punk and anti-folk, while Cheap Girls are more akin to '90s alternative bands like the Smoking Popes or a punkier Gin Blossoms. Indie punks Dogbreth are worth showing up early for too.

Beirut, RatKing, Malang Jobarteh @ 50 Kent
It's been a few years since Beirut put out a new album, but a live show from the balkan-inspired indie band is always welcome, new music or not. Opening the show is local rap group Ratking and kora player Malang Jobarteh.

Cody ChesnuTT @ Apollo Theater
A charmer and more than a little eccentric R&B/soul singer plays one of NYC's most famous venues tonight. Hopefully we'll get some new songs -- it's been two years since Landing On A Hundred.

Lust For Youth, Pharmakon, Container, Croation Amor, Uniform @ Baby's All Right (Northside Festival)
Good late night (10 PM) bill with moody Copenhagen synth popsters Lust For Youth, NYC noise artist Pharmakon, electronic noisemaker Container, Loke Rahbek of LfY's ambient project Croatian Amor, and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform.

Sharon Van Etten, Jana Hunter @ Bowery Ballroom
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her last of three sold-out NYC shows this week.

Baths, American Royalty, Beacon @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Northside Festival)
Baths took an unexpected turn towards emotional songwriting on last year's Obsidian LP and this year's Ocean Death EP, while still keeping his electronic pop style intact.

Chumped, Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Adult Dude @ Cake Shop
Chumped and Adult Dude bring quality local punk to Cake Shop tonight to accompany LA's likeminded Benny The Jet Rodriguez who play their second NYC show of the weekend tonight.

CFCF, Aquarian, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo, Feral, Ian Isiah @ Cameo Gallery (Northside)
NYC's label UNO is known for great, forward thinking electronic music. Tonight they celebrate their UNOversary yet again with a great lineup all around, headlined by Montreal's CFCF.

Incan Abraham, Little Sur, Crush Distance @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Fans of "whoa-oh-oh" filled, anthemic indie rock should probably head here tonight for LA's Incan Abraham who's catchy songs are filled with those high-drama moments.

Mas Ysa, Torn Hawk, MTT @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa teams up with buzzy nostalgic producer Torn Hawk at Knitting Factory tonight.

Clouder, Miniboone, Old Monk, Haybaby, The Meaning of Life, The Planes,traumahelikopter, The Party Faithful, Loose Buttons, Two Seconds to Midnight @ Matchless
There are bands all day at Greenpoint's Matchless. The day portion is free; the not-free (unless you have a badge) evening portion is a little meatier with sets from mathy, Pavement-y band Old Munt, and quality locals Haybaby and Miniboone.

Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ McCarren Park (Northside Festival)
Though it's a completely different line-up than we've seen before, John Dwyer doesn't half-ass things and we'll take any chance to see Thee Oh Sees we can. Plus it's free, really hard to complain about that. Also! The opening bands are really good too: Australia's King Gizzard, and Minneapolis animal-beat punks The Blind Shake. This will be fun.

Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Booker @ MHOW
Australia's Courtney Barnett is a real charmer, spinning between-song stories as well as her clever, seemingly stream-of-concious lyrical style. She's no slouch on guitar either... and getting more popular by the second. Sold out, but some Northside badges will be taken (no wristbands though).

Ozomatli (Ozokidz) @ Prospect Park Bandshell & Rough Trade
Los Angeles latin/rock/hip-hop fusion ensemble Ozmatli play a family-friendly Ozokids show as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! in the afternoon before their Rough Trade show with Raya Brass Band at Rough Trade tonight.

Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
The Queen of Soul returns to Radio City for what will surely be another excellent hits-filled show. Her first of two nights this week.

Marissa Nadler, Pharmakon, Youth Code, Pyrrhon, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus (Northside Festival)
Great and very diverse bill all around with the haunting dream folk of Marissa Nadler, the noise of Pharmakon, the EBM/industrial of Youth Code, the freakish tech-death metal of Pyrrhon, and sludgy local band Couch Slut.

AKUA, Starchild, Lydia Ainsworth, Solar Year @ Shea Stadium (Northside Festival)
MTL duo Solar Year offer an ethereal brand of electronic music is icy, with vocals that work like an instrument more than something where lyrics are important. With eerie projections, they're more interesting live than your average laptop act.

Grrrl Fest w/ Potty Mouth, Shellshag, Palehound, Fleabite & more @ Silent Barn
Grrrl Fest is a "benefit celebrating young women in the arts" with crafts, music, dancing, book sale, art sale, zine sale, t-shirt making, African beading, button making, zine workshop, glitter tattoos, hair braiding, tarot card reading, spoken word and much more. Some great bands lined up for this too including punky indie rockers Potty Mouth, local DIY regulars Shellshag, local newcomers Palehound, and a lot more.

Boytoy, Little Racer, The Teen Age, Bluffing, Weekender @ Grand Victory (Northside Festival)
Some really good Brooklyn pop on this Northside bill: Boytoy make spunky '90s-style poppy indie rock, as do Little Racer and The Teen Age too.

Nothing, Superheaven, UnWed @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Nothing are the shoegaze band you can mosh to, and for good reason -- their shows are high energy and unpredictable.

Summer Thunder w/ Joe Bataan, 178 Improvisation Product @ Union Pool
NYC latin soul legend Joe Bataan recorded one of the first rap records to chart ("Rap-O, Clap-O," watch the video below), had disco hits as well and has dabbled in just about every genre imaginable. Today he headlines this afternoon's free Summer Thunder show at Union Pool.

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, Piers @ Space Ninety 8 Stage
Missed Eagulls when they opened for Titus the other night? Catch them for free as part of this outdoor stage lineup on Bedford Ave. this afternoon. Eagulls are on at 3:30 PM.

Ski Lodge, Literature, Lushes, My Teenage Stride, Chalk and Numbers @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
For a jangly Saturday NOrthside option, Union Pool is hosting a solid lineup of indie pop, headlined by Ski Lodge who are currently working on their second album. Also on the bill are Philadelphia's Literature, whose excited brand of jangle has them bouncing off the walls, plus NYC indiepop vest My Teenage Stride, the vintage '60s pop sounds of Chalk & Numbers, and more.

Dead Milkmen, Rasputina @ Warsaw
Philadelphia wiseass legends The Dead Milkmen are still a lot of fun 30 years into their career. Just try not singing along to "Punk Rock Girl."

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Eagulls at Warsaw last night (more by Mimi Hong)

As part of Northside Festival, there will be a free stage set up on Bedford Ave between N. 5th and N. 6th on Saturday afternoon (6/14). UK band Eagulls, who played last night with Titus Andronicus, are the surprise guests, playing at 3:40 PM and the rest of the lineup is Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers. The music runs from 1 - 6 PM.

Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The fourth Tinderbox Music Festival, "an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music," is returning to NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's being headlined by experimental band Deerhoof, and also features sets by a bunch of local artists, including the shoegazey Butter the Children, the punky Aye Nako, the synth poppy Half Waif, the friends of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dynasty Electric, and more. Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (9/9) at 4 PM. Full lineup and the list of all Deerhoof tour dates are below.

Aye Nako have other shows coming up, including an opening slot on the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop of the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour (tickets) and our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and more TBA (admission is $3 at the door).

Butter the Children also play another local show on October 7 at Cameo with Neighbors, Teen Girl Science Monthly, and Clarence. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full Tinderbox 2013 lineup, the list of Deerhoof dates, and some song streams, below...

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Bat for Lashes at Webster Hall 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Bat for Lashes

Blouse @ 285 Kent (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

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

Bat For Lashes, Barbarian @ Webster Hall
It's pretty exciting that Bat For Lashes is on the road supporting Depeche Mode this year, and while that tour is about to roll through the NYC-area, tonight we get a chance to see her play a longer set at a smaller venue when she headlines Webster Hall.

Blouse, Donovan Blanc, Writer @ Glasslands
This is a kickoff show for Captured Tracks' two-day CT5 fifth anniversary party, with a headline set from Blouse. It also doubles as a record release party for their new album, Imperium.

Ty Segall, David Novick @ Bowery Ballroom
Ty Segall releases a lot of records (like, a lot) but they're all pretty different. Sleeper finds him in acoustic mode and expect the same from tonight's show. Last night at MHoW, he and his band played the new album in full plus assorted "hits" while sitting down...and people still stage dived.

Bambara, Dusted, Rituals, Rarechild @ Cake Shop
In the tradition of bands like The Birthday Party and A Place to Bury Strangers, Brooklyn trio Bambara like it dark and loud. Their new album, Dreamviolence (stream it below), just came out on vinyl this week and tonight is the record release show for it. They've surrounded themselves with some equally noisy company, including Canada's equally awesome Rituals. Meanwhile, Brian of Holy Fuck will also be making not-noise with his softer, indie pop project, Dusted.

Las Rosas, The Numerators, Juniper Rising, Neighbors @ Death By Audio
The Numerators are about to head out on tour and this is the kickoff show on their DbA home turf with support from Harlem offshoot Las Rosas, countryish trio Juniper Rising and Neighbors.

Har Mar Superstar, Rewards, Son of Stan @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too.

The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet @ Mercury lounge
The So So Glos play around NYC a lot, but what's most exciting about this bill is that Nashville garage punks Diarrhea Planet will be in town. They just released their crunchy, melodic new album, I'm Rich Beyond Your WIldest Dreams, which you can stream at SPIN.

YACHT, Ludwig Persik, Ryan Power @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
YACHT are reliably a good time live and they've got the catchy tunes to back their live show. "Psychic City" and "Dystopia" always make for some good sing/dance-alongs. Get there early 'cause the support on tonight's show is good too.

Cosmonaut, Island Twins, Active Bird Community, Toons, The Grape And The Grain @ Pianos
Cosmonaut play catchy post-Strokes guitar pop, and do it well. Their EP from last year is packed with stick-in-your-head songs. Toons make similarly catchy tunes.

Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
While Electric Zoo may be widely known for some cringeworthy electronic music, they've also got enough good stuff to warrant going. Today (day 1 of 3) we get sets from Baauer, Bondax, Four Tet, Cyril Hahn, Joy Orbison, Skream, Scuba and more.

Wrekmeister Harmonies, Survival, Theologian @ Saint Vitus Bar
This is Wrekmeister Harmonies in "big band" mode and 15 strong, featuring members of Indian, Anatomy of Habit, Corrections House, Yakuza and more. Making it an even better night, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's (Liturgy) other band Survival is on the bill too. Sure to be wild, and tickets are still available.

Cajmere @ Cielo (Electric Zoo Afterparty)
Chicago house vet Cajmere has been pretty active this summer, having come to NYC back in June, and he's taking part in this Saturday's Warm Up. But that's not all because tonight he'll be controlling the boards at an Electric Zoo afterparty.

Dixon, Joey Anderson, Francis Harris, Noel Jackson @ Output (Electric Zoo Afterparty)
Speaking of Electric Zoo afterparties, new-ish Williamsburg dance club Output (which has had killer booking all summer) are throwing them each night of the fest too.

The Front Bottoms, Dads, Kevin Barnett @ Stone Pony
NJ's The Front Bottoms are one of the punk/emo bands added to Made In America last minute, but before they head there, they'll squeeze in a show in their home state tonight at the Stone Pony. Their newest album, Talon of the Hawk, is catchy, lyrical, and one of the most fun albums of this summer.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Vibraphone master and funk legend Roy Ayers continues his four-night run with early and late shows. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work).

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

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Moon King - "Only Child" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moon King - "Sleeping In My Car" (MP3)

Moon King

Moon King (the project of Daniel Woodhead, who sometimes plays live with his brother Airick's band Doldrums, and along with Airick and Austra bassist Dorian Wolf was a member of Spiral Beach) released his first EP, Obsession I, this week (8/14) via Mike from Fucked Up's label, One Big Silence. Rather than his brother's experimental work in Doldrums, Daniel and his Moon King partner Maddy Wilde opt for a dream pop sound that recalls the poppier moments of My Bloody Valentine or earlier M83. You can stream the EP in its entirety below and download two of its tracks, "Sleeping In My Car" and "Only Child," above. You can also watch the video for "Only Child" latter below. The EP can be purchased on vinyl or digital via One Big Silence's site.

Moon King will be in NYC for two three shows in September, including Big Snow on September 14, Cameo on September 15 with The Hundred in the Hands, and Pianos on September 18 with Tropic of Pisces and Neighbors. Tickets for the Cameo show and the Pianos show are on sale now. No other US dates to report at the moment, but Moon King will be doing a short Canadian run at the end of August. All dates are listed below.

For The Hundred in the Hands, the Cameo show is one of a few remaining dates for the band who have been touring all summer in support of their new album, Red Night (out now via Warp).

A list of all dates, video and stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Way Yes - "Important" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Way Yes - "Ties" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Way Yes - "Gino" (Larry Gus Remix) (MP3)

Way Yes

Columbus, OH outfit Way Yes released Walkability on Lefse earlier this year. The five-song EP comes with remixes of each song. There's a fair amount of diversity for just five songs, though they wear their influences on their sleeves a bit. "Important," which you can download above, shows the band doing their best Fleet Foxes impression, whereas the title track (video below) pulls almost directly from early '70s Paul Simon. You can also download the polyrhythmic "Ties" and a remix of "Gino" by Larry Gus above.

Way Yes have been playing a few shows here and there this summer, and their next two are in NYC this week: Pianos on Thursday (7/19) with Strange Shapes, Rimar (who is also one of the remixers on the EP), and Railbird (tickets); and Friday (7/20) at Glasslands with Neighbors and Friend Roulette (tickets).

A list of all dates and that video are below.

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photos & video by Jessica Amaya

North Highlands @ Mercury Lounge
North Highlands

North Highlands, ARMS, and Hospitality shared a bill at Mercury Lounge on 7/27. As Bill pointed out, all three of these NYC bands are currently working on new albums. Pictures and video from the show are in this post.

North Highlands has a few more dates this month, including a shows in Riverhead, New Haven, and one in Brooklyn on August 27 at Cameo with Neighbors and Snowmine. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

More pictures and videos from Mercury Lounge, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: WATERS - "For the One" (MP3)


Van Pierszalowski, former lead singer of the recently broken-up Port O'Brien, now records under the moniker WATERS. Rather than the indie folk/pop Port O'Brien had become known for, in WATERS Van opts for a fuzzy '90s-lo-fi approach which can be heard above in the song "For the One." WATERS releases his debut LP Out In The Light on September 20 via TBD Records.

He's currently finishing up a tour in Europe with Wye Oak which he'll follow with three NYC dates. WATERS plays the Flavorpill/IROCKIROLL/The Bell House Northside showcase at Cameo Gallery on June 18 with Sean Bones, Neighbors, Zuzuka Poderosa, Young Adults, and Wojick. They also open for Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) at their sold out Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19. WATERS then plays a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 21 with Exitmusic, Milagres, and Anni Rossi. Tickets are on sale.

The Cameo show is one of many that Sean Bones has happening at Cameo this month. He already played there last Thursday and he also plays there on June 23rd (with afro-funk band/collective Superhuman Happiness) and June 30th with the great New Moods. Full residency show lineups are below. Sean is playing new songs at the shows. Those songs will appear on the new record he's finishing recording with Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend). Sean's last record came out on Frenchkiss.

New Moods have also been added as the opener on the July 1st Memory Tapes show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale.

All tour dates below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair


Braids opened for the Radio Dept. at Knitting Factory last night and will do so again tonight at Bowery Ballroom, but one night earlier they played a show with Arms, Neighbors, and Emil & Friends at the more intimate Mercury Lounge. A set of pictures from that show continues below...

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This year's FADER Fort is located at 38 Delancey Street at Forsyth and runs from 2-9PM on Friday and Saturday (10/22-10/23). Full lineups have yet to be announced, but some of the artists playing there are Jamaica, Zowie, Cloud Nothings, Wild Nothing, and The Knux. You can RSVP (though admission is still based on capacity). "CMJ Music Marathon registrants will receive expedited admission into The FADER Fort. Registrants must also RSVP to this invitation and pick up FADER credentials/wristbands for admission."

Pitchfork's events are at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday-Saturday, and those now also include Surfer Blood (one more on their growing list of CMJ shows) on Thursday.

Our BrooklynVegan events are at MHOW Thursday, and Public Assembly Friday & Saturday (and Union Pool Saturday night).

The Apple store doesn't have much going on. The short list of events happening there, and all Glasser dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADSonny & the Sunsets - Lovin' on an Older Gal (MP3)
DOWNLOADKelley Stoltz - I Don't Get That (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Film School - Heart Full of Pentagons (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Home Video - Smoke (MP3)
DOWNLOADWinter Gloves - Plastic Slides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - "Bombay" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - FM Tan Sexy (MP3)
DOWNLOADCasiokids - Finn Bikkjen! (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Foals - Spanish Sahara (Deadboy Remix) (MP3)


Didn't the weeks leading up to CMJ used to be a little calmer? I feel like we're just going to be pile-driving into that week (Oct 19 -21) with show after worthwhile show. This week / weekend too. Even with Matador 21 and Pop Montreal siphoning lots of big names, this is one of the more more exciting weekends for shows in a long while. For me at least.

Let's start this week with a contest. As previously mentioned, BV/TWII faves Casiokids play Sunday (10/3) night at Glasslands and we've got a pair of tickets to the show plus a copy of the band's CD, Topp stemning på lokal bar, for one lucky person. To enter, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Casiokids" and we'll pick a winner at random. Please note that Glasslands is a 21+ venue.

If you've never seen these Norwegians before, they're a lot of fun and Glasslands should be conducive to their low tech brand of dancepop. Also on the bill: Brahms, Bikini and VonChina. All Casiokids dates below.

Film School
Film School

What else? San Francisco's Film School are in town, playing Glasslands on Thursday (9/30) and Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/1). Both shows are with like-minded New Yorkers The Depreciation Guild with whom they're going on tour. Film School have been doing the dark shoegazy thing since the start of the '00s, back when that sound was fairly unfashionable. But these days the '90s are hot so it's good timing that Film School have released maybe their best album yet, Fission.

I found 2007's Hideout to be murky and meandering, but the band seem really focused this time out. There are still the moody basslines and effects-heavy guitars, but the songs great this time out, and the production feels modern and bright. Some rays of light are peeking through their normally cloudy sound -- hell, their new single is called "Sunny Day." (You can watch the video below.) That song features lead vocals from bassist Lorelei Plotczyk, whose frequent presence behind the mic is one of the reasons Fission works so much better than Hideout. You can download "Heart Full of Pentagons" at the top of this post.

The Glasslands show also has Brooklyn duo Home Video who have been kicking around for half a decade or so and are set to release their second album, The Automatic Process, on November. Download first single "The Smoke" at the top of this post. I don't think I've seen them play live since they opened for Fujiya & Miyagi at Mercury Lounge back in 2006 but I remember thinking they were pretty good. And the new album sounds alright after a couple listens -- synthpop that seems equally inspired by Vince Clark and Thom Yorke.

Kelley Stoltz
Kelley Stoltz

While we're in San Francisco, a reminder that Sonny and the Sunsets and Kelley Stoltz will be here this weekend: Mercury Lounge on Thursday(9/30) and Union Hall on Friday (10/1). Both shows are early ones, especially the Merc show which starts at 7PM. If you like '60s inspired pop at it's finest, do yourself a favor and go see this great double bill.

Stoltz is a charismatic performer, prone to anecdotes, occasional props and obscure impressions. Do pick up is terrific new album, To Dreamers, when it comes out in two weeks. And I'm really looking forward to seeing Sonny and the Sunsets (of which Stoltz is a member) for the first time. Their new album is great. Check out tracks from both of them at the top of this post.

Sub Pop just released a short film on the making of Stoltz new record, To Dreamers, made by the Yours Truly folks, which shows off his literal DIY approach to analog recording. It's funny and charming, just like Stoltz. Watch it further down this very post.

Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves

If you're not going to Pop Montreal this weekend, you can get a taste of Canada here in New York as Born Ruffians and Winter Gloves are here playing the Knitting Factory on Friday (10/1) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/2). Born Ruffians are a fine band but have been covered many times here and have been through town many times before. So I'm gonna focus on their touring mates Winter Gloves. The Montrealers schedule and cancel NYC gigs with frequency so now's your chance to see them.

I caught them at M for Montreal in 2008 and they were one of the highlights of that weekend, kind of a slinkier, funkier Tokyo Police Club. Their new album All Red is a lot of fun and they are definitely worth seeing. (They're quite popular in MTL.) Download "Plastic Slides" from the new album at the top of this post.


The show I'm most excited about this weekend is Foals who play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (10/1) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (10/2). Both shows are sold out unfortunately, but tickets being released day-of-show isn't an uncommon occurrence.

Foals' new album, Total Life Forever, is one of my contenders for Album of the Year which is not something I was really expecting before I heard it. Where their first album, Antidotes, was all mathy angularity, Total Life Forever has...um... soul? There's also a Big '80s Trevor Horn vibe going on -- the drums on single "Miami" seem to be lifted from Yes' 90125 LP. (Or maybe The Power Station.) It's funky and genuinely danceable, with a lot of heart. Foals used to be easy to like hard to love. Not so hard this time out.

Foals have always been good live, full of nervous energy -- they're the only band I've ever seen puke onstage -- and can't wait to see them with such stronger material.  I can't wait for Saturday.

If you're going to the Bowery show on Friday, definitely get there in time to see openers Esben & the Witch who just signed to Matador and are a bit like Zola Jesus but more interesting to watch live. Their guitarist has the most pedals I've ever seen not counting The Edge. They were pretty good at Glasslands last week.

El Guincho
El Guincho

And finally, El Guincho returns to NYC this week for a string of shows that began last night at Mercury Lounge. He plays Santos tonight (9/29), a free show at Zebulon on Thursday (9/30) and a late night show at Cameo on Friday (10/1).  When I saw him play two years ago at Mercury Lounge opening for Cut Copy it was just Pablo Díaz-Reixa and his sampler, but this time El Guincho is a trio which should make things a lot more interesting and fun.

El Guincho's new album, Pop Negro, eschews the dreamlike haze of his debut (which was a real precursor to the chillwave invasion) for more straight up dance pop that is definitely not low-fi. In his own words:

It's a pop album sung in Spanish. Tracks are based on big syncopated beats, loud kick drums, snares and claps on a very wide stereo image full of different synthesizer timbres, subdivided hi-hats, funk bass, line recorded guitars and multi tracked backing vocals. Production is based on hi-fi aesthetics from the golden era of recordings...the main sentiment is a sort of nostalgic love for the music that I heard on FM radio as a kid/teenager, that "promise" that music gives you, not eternal/eternity because pop music is not supposed to be like that, but that thing you feel when you're on a car with your friends or family and you listen to a certain hit and it makes you think you want to be inside of that. I wanted to write something based on that. Not plain hits, but a whole album that makes you feel that thing, arrangements that can take your mind that state if you know what I mean.
You can download two tracks off Pop Negro at the top of this post.

That's gonna do it for this week. A few daily picks not covered above follow:

WEDNESDAY, September 29

Best Coast swing through town again, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (and MHoW tomorrow). Summer may be over, but Bethany's songs of love and weed still sound good.

If you didn't get enough '90s nostalgia last week with Pavement, former indie rock power couple Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando (they did date, right?)perform together as Jullianna & Evan.  Julianna has intimated she might retire from live shows in the near future, this seems like a good way to see her one last time. They play Thursday too. Both shows are sold out, natch.

THURSDAY, September 30

The forecast is calling for "rain from Tropical Rainstorm" which might put a damper on the night's biggest show, Belle & Sebastian, who play the Williamsburg Waterfront with fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub. A light sprinkle would be fine...B&S' music has always been sort of rainy day music anyway. If you ponyed up the dough for a ticket, do get there early for Teenage Fanclub who were phenomenal at Bowery Ballroom last night. Big hooks, bigger harmonies, positive vibes. Video of them playing Jimmy Fallon is at the bottom of this post.

FRIDAY, October 1

Pennsylvania dream pop band SOARS play Glasslands. Haven't seen them live, but if you're a fan of Slowdive or bands that sound kind of like that, you might want to check them out.

SATURDAY, October 2

Union Hall has a totally weird lineup tonight. Headlining is synthpop act Neighbors, with Year of the Tiger (kind of a more tuneful, less abrasive Sleigh Bells). So far so normal. But opening is Sky Ferreira, who has appeared in Uffie videos and is, if her Myspace is any indication, being bred as a Pop Star. Expect lots of old guys in suits at the show, at least till she finishes her set.

OK that's really it for this week. Tour dates, videos and flyers are below...

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8 bands
L Mags bands you should hear

The did it in 2007, and again in 2008, and this year L Magazine is back with their list of "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear" (plus some runner-ups). Check out the 2009 list, and discuss, below...

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