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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The line to get into Stubb's last night (3/15) for NPR's SXSW showcase snaked down all the way to I-35. With a line-up featuring Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, Youth Lagoon and more, it's no surprise. As the sun set, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds took the stage and delivered a powerhouse, career-spanning set. Later, Yeah Yeah Yeahs previewed much of their new album Mosquito for the crowd and Karen O was literally luminescent on stage.

Both Nick Cave and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have upcoming NYC shows, and all of them are sold out. More pics from their respective sets, plus video from Waxahatchee's set, are below.

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by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher

Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.

Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.

Check out our list below...

*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds returned this year with a great new album, Push the Sky Away, and are touring in support of it. Much of that tour is with Sharon Van Etten and it hits NYC on March 28, 29, and 30 at Beacon Theatre (sold out). The tour also goes through Austin for a show with Yeah Yeah Yeahs during SXSW.

Around that time, Nick Cave (update: THE OTHER NICK CAVE) is doing an art installation in NYC at Grand Central Terminal from March 25-31.The description reads:

In a groundbreaking installation and performance piece by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave, thirty colorful "horses" will periodically break into movement. Choreographed uniquely for Grand Central Terminal, this is Cave's first public project in New York City. Co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time.
Head to Hyperallergic for more about this project.

If you haven't seen it, the band's Gaspar Noe-directed video for "We No Who U R" is below...

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds performed their new LP Push The Sky Away in its entirety (plus some classic Cave) last night (2/21) in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre. The entire show was captured on HD video and is available for streaming below for the next 24 hours. DON'T SLEEP PEOPLE!

Setlist and a stream of the show is below. As mentioned, Nick Cave heads this way in March, tagging SXSW and eventually the East Coast.

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Nick Cave

As mentioned, Nick Cave & the Bad Seed's Push the Sky Away will be released Febraury 19. You can stream the whole thing right now, though, and it makes for a particuarly nice soundtrack to a snowy day, which is what NYC is in for if the forecast is right. It probably sounds just as good in other climates, though. Listen over at The Guardian.

Postal Service

We mentioned that Blur and The Stone Roses are reuniting for Coachella 2013, and as usual there some other interesting reunions at the festival too.

Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.

As promised, The Postal Service are in fact confirmed for Coachella. They recently confirmed their 2013 reunion, and are also part of the Primavera Sound lineup.

It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.

One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.

New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.

Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.

Descendents have been back for a little while at this point, but a reunion show from them is always exciting, and this year's Coachella should be no exception.

Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.

Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.

And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.

LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.

Violent Femmes videos below...

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Nick Cave

You've already heard "We No Who U R" off Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new album, Push the Sky Away (due out February 19) and the band have now revealed the lyric video for another new song, "Jubilee Street." You can watch it below.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will be in NYC soon on their upcoming tour with Sharon Van Etten.

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Sharon Van Etten @ Cameo, 12/15/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten

As mentioned a couple times, Sharon Van Etten will be opening for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds on their upcoming North American tour, which includes three nights at Beacon Theatre (March 28 - 30). Tickets to the newly-added third show on March 30 go on sale at noon today.

On a recent visit to Australia, Sharon covered Nick's "People Ain't No Good" (from 1997′s The Boatman's Call) on Triple-J radio and you can watch her performance of that below.

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Tickets to the just-added third Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds show at Beacon Theatre (March 30) with Sharon Van Etten go on pre-sale today at noon. Password for the presale is "CAVE."

In other news, Nick Cave will be interviewed live this morning on BBC 6music's Radcliffe & Maconie show at 10 AM EST (3 PM UK time).

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' brooding intensity is reigned in on the new track "We No Who U R" from the band's forthcoming LP Push The Sky Away. We previously posted the streaming audio, and here is the video directed by the one and only Gaspar Noé (responsible for films like Irreversible and Enter the Void). Pre-order your copy of the LP now via the band or at iTunes and get the track now.

Nick Cave is touring the US in March.

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Tickets for the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Sharon Van Etten shows at Beacon Theatre are on presale (password: "CAVE"). General on-sale starts Thursday (12/6) at 10 AM.

Beach Fossils play a record release show for their new album, Clash the Truth at Bowery Ballroom on February 23. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/7) at noon. (UPDATE: That show has been removed from Bowery Ballroom's website. Stay tuned.)

Tickets are also still available for Beach Fossils' New Year's Eve show with Blonde Redhead.

Tickets for the Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude acoustic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are on sale now.

Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on March 17 with Delhi 2 Dublin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, who did a seven-show run at the Theater at MSG over the weekend, are doing two shows at Wellmont Theatre on February 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Tickets for the Indians show at Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now.

Tickets for the The Amazing show at Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now.

Tickets for the Thao & the Get Down Stay Down show at Bowery Ballroom are on AmEx presale now.

Tickets for the Darwin Deez show at Bowery Ballroom, which Caged Animals are opening, are on AmEx presale now.

Tickets for the Buke and Gase show at Bowery Ballroom are on AmEx presale now.

Tickets for the Takka Takka and Pattern is Movement show at Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now.

Tickets for the Shout Out Louds show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are on AmEx presale now.

The Suzan are playing Glasslands on January 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM, Big Star, etc) is playing Mercury Lounge on February 16. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/7) at noon.

Lushlife is opening for Steven A. Clark at Mercury Lounge on January 10. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/7) at noon.

Push the Sky Away

As mentioned, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will release their new album, Push the Sky Away, on February 19 via Bad Seed Ltd. They just revealed the first single off the album, "We No Who U R," and you can stream it below via Rolling Stone.

The band have announced that they'll support the album with a tour with Sharon Van Etten which hits NYC on March 28 and 29 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for most of the dates go on sale Thursday (12/6) at 10 AM local time but check ticketmaster for exact details on tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows.

A list of all dates and that song stream, below.

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Push the Sky Away

We recently mentioned on BV Chicago (where Nick as an April show scheduled) that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are working on a new album (their first since 2008s Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!) and now the album has officially been announced. Their fifteenth album, Push the Sky Away, will come out February 18 in the UK and the US date is TBA. The album was produced by Nick Launay, who has worked with the band on their last three albums. The tracklist, including lead single, "We No Who U R" (which will be released on December 3), and the album trailer are below. That's the cover art above.

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As you may know, Nick Cave has a few ventures outside of the recording studio and his latest is as screenwriter for Lawless, the follow-up to his brutal western The Proposition (both directed by John Hillcoat):

LAWLESS is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County In The World", the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.
Look for the film, which features a stellar cast of Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises), Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain, opens in the U.S. on Wednesday, August 29. Trailer for the film is below.

In addition, Nick Cave and musical partner in crime Warren Ellis also contributed to the soundtrack, which hits one day earlier (8/28) and is currently up for preorder via iTunes and in physical formats. Stream the new track "Burnin'" below.

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by Bill Pearis

Simon Bonney of Crime & the City Solution in 'Wings of Desire'

Legendary Australian band Crime & the City Solution broke up in 1990 following their fourth album, Paradise Discotheque. While known for their appearance in Wim Wenders' 1987 classic Wings of Desire (video below), the band have been overshadowed by The Birthday Party (many of whom ended up in C&CS), Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Swell Maps, but they're an important part of the '80s dark-tinged post punk scene and have gained a cult following over the last 20 years. Both Coliseum and Young Widow cited them as big influences in interviews with BV.

Members Epic Soundtracks and Rowland S. Howard passed away in 1997 and 2009, respectively, but frontman Simon Bonney (who now lives in Detroit) announced last year that he's forming a new version of the band including violinist Bronwyn Adams and guitarist Alexander Hacke (also of Einstürzende Neubauten) of previous incarnations, plus Jim White of Dirty Three, singer/artist (and Hacke's wife) Danielle de Picciotto, David Eugene Edwards of the 16 Horsepower/Woven Hand, as well as Troy Gregory and Matthew Smith. This new Crime and the City Solution have recorded a new album, American Twilight, which will be out in early 2013 via Mute Records. Audiences will get to hear some of the new record's songs live when Crime & the City Solution go out on tour this fall, including an NYC stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 22. Tickets to the MHOW show go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.

The tour will also feature lighting and projections from de Picciotto as well as songs from throughout Crime & the City Solution's career. If you're unfamiliar with the band, a new compilation titled An Introduction To... Crime & the City Solution / A History Of Crime - Berlin 1987 - 1991 comes out on Mute Records on September 24 and, as the title suggests, covers the later period of the band when they were located in Berlin. You can also get most the band's albums digitally (including via Spotify). 1986' Room Full of Lights and 1990's Paradise Discotheque are particularly good, but I'm also a fan of 1988's Shine. If you're a fan of Nick Cave or the gloomier side of the Bunnymen (or Liars or anything on Sacred Bones) you're missing out if you've never dug into Crime & the City Solution.

A few videos are below along with a list of all Crime & the City Solution tour dates...

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DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "I Let Love In" (Nick Cave Cover) (MP3)

Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Chelsea Wolfe

Stereogum and PopGun are co-presenting a CMJ showcase with Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Mr. Dream, and Hollerado at Glasslands on October 18. Tickets are $15 with RSVP.

PopGun are also co-presenting the True Panther showcase at Glasslands, the Weird Vibes showcase at Cameo on October 20 with Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Headless Horseman, Pat Jordache and others, and the Yours Truly showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Active Child (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Born Gold, The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, Inc., and Ava Luna. PopGun also do their own showcase at Cameo on October 22 with Teen Daze, Art Vs. Science, and others. RSVP is open for all of the showcases.

Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, she's got other CMJ shows scheduled including Europa on October 19, the Life or Death CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on October 20, a Pendu/Impose showcase at 285 Kent on October 22, and more TBA. She also recently recorded a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "I Let Love In." You can download that cover at the top of this post. Chelsea and her band also recently performed for an I-N Session. Check out a video of that performance below. In December, she'll go on a North American tour with The Black Heart Procession, though that tour unfortunately does not include any East Coast dates.

All dates and video below...

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photos by Greg Cristman


Onstage at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Sunday, in a powerfully loose performance, [Nick Cave] sang "Heathen Child," from [Grinderman's] new record, "Grinderman 2" (Anti-). "She don't care about Buddha!" he called out. "She is the Buddha!" And later, in "Evil!": "Who needs the TV? You are my TV!/ Who needs the record player? You are my record player!"

As he sang, he battered his guitar. Mr. Cave doesn't play much guitar; it's plain to see that the instrument is foreign to him. But he plays it in Grinderman, and it sounds like a car being cut in half. -[New York Times]

Nick Cave and the boys in Grinderman headlined a sold out show in NYC on Sunday night, 11/14, bringing their gothy blues to the masses and showcasing their new LP Grinderman 2 out now via ANTI-. Theremin artist Armen-Ra was the opener..

Last night, one night later, Grinderman appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (a show that will have Bruce Springsteen on it tonight). After the taping, Nick Cave was spotted hanging at the Delancey. Not sure if they have a TV he could have watched it on. You can watch the episode in an embedded video below.

Grinderman's US tour continues tonight in Washington DC at the 9:30 Club. More Pictures from Best Buy (formerly Nokia) Theater, videos and the Grinderman setlist, below...

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Grinderman are Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. On September 14th they will release their new studio album Grinderman 2 via Anti-Records and follow with a tour of North America beginning on November 11th.

Together Grinderman have forged a distinctly different way of working, having cast off musical baggage, shrugged off accepted wisdom and tested pre-conceptions about who they are as musicians. The new album was co-produced by Grinderman and Nick Launay (Public Image Ltd, Birthday Party) and mixed by Launay.

Grinderman will kick off their North American tour November 11th in Toronto, Canada. [ANTI]

Grinderman will play Nokia Theatre in NYC on November 14th. Tickets will probably go on sale soon.

Metamorphosis, another Nick Cave and Warren Ellis project, debuts at BAM on November 30th.

All Grinderman dates below...

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Nick Cave w/ the Dirty Three @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)

"You wake up one morning to discover that you've turned into a giant bug. It's the stuff of nightmares, unless you're Kafka's oddly placid Gregor Samsa--more concerned about being late to work than anything else. Iceland's Vesturport Theatre and its fearless director Gísli Örn Gardarsson (who made their US debut with Woyzeck at the 2008 Next Wave Festival) present a topsy-turvy stage adaptation of Metamorphosis, whose protagonist leaps, scrambles, and skitters, telegraphing his mounting despair.

The performance is a tour de force, supported by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' delicately inflected score. The excellent cast, each member embodying the alienation and dysfunction of Kafka's unsparing tale, enhances the precariousness of the predicament as it morphs into outright cruelty. [BAM]

Metamorphosis, adapted by David Farr and Gísli Örn Gardarsson with music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, will make its US debut at BAM's Next Wave Festival, Nov 30--Dec 5 at BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn. The production premiered at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London in 2006.

Ticket subscriptions (a package of tickets to 4 or more shows) are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale August 30th for Friends of BAM and September 7th for everyone else.

After the December 2nd show there will be a post-performance talk with actor/director Gísli Örn Gardarsson and others from the show for ticket holders. Maybe that'll be around the time Nick Cave brings Grinderman back to NYC in support of their upcoming 2nd album.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis released a soundtrack to The Road, via Mute, in January. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds put some reissues in March.

Cave and Ellis previously collaborated with Vesturport Theatre on their adaptation of Woyzeck (which debuted in 2006 and was part of the 2008 Next Wave Festival). Trailers with music excepts from both shows are below...

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Grinderman will release their new studio album Grinderman 2 through Mute on September 13th and via Anti- Records in the U.S. on September 14th. Grinderman 2 was recorded in 2009 at London's RAK, State of The Ark and Assault and Battery studios. Co-produced by Grinderman and Nick Launay, the album was mixed by Launay at London's British Grove in August 2009 and LA's Seedy Underbelly in April 2010. Grinderman's twenty-date European tour will kick off at Nottingham's Rock City on 25th September. UK tickets go on sale from 9.00 AM on Friday 28th May and are available from www.seetickets.com or from the 24-hour booking line (Tel: 0871 2200 260).
All of those dates below...

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Nick Cave

Move over wolves, crystals, girls and bears. Caves are cool now. Following in the footsteps of cave granddaddies Cave-In (who recently reunited to cash in on the cave phenomenon) and Nick Cave, there seems to be a sudden influx of cave bands hitting the scene. Maybe it all really started back in 2007 when Pretty Girls Make Graves broke up and Derek Fudesco formed The Cave Singers (Pretty Girls Make Caves) who were almost immediately signed to Matador which two years later also became the home of Cold Cave. According to Wikipedia, Cold Cave have been a band since 2005, but the dark synthpop group with hardcore roots didn't actually release anything until 2008. Their Matador debut, which really made them a household indie rock name, came in 2009.

Earlier this year, the popular LA all-girl punk band Mika Miko broke up leaving prominent member JennifEr ClAVin without a musical home, but not for long. She quickly joined cave band Cold Cave, thus adding even more credibility to the cave scene. On April 29, 2010 (last night), Cold Cave played a headlining show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. How was it? They reportedly played for 35 minutes and it was their third NYC show in less than a week. The first was at Solar One, a free NYU Earth Day concert with HEALTH. The next was up at Barnard in a gym due to rain that forced it inside.

Continuing along with the partial inspiration or this post: Cave and Caves. This one was especially confusing me lately, in part due to the emails I get on behalf of both bands. I had to take a second and confirm in my mind that these were two different groups.

CAVE (I think it's all capital letters) is a psychedelic Chicago rock band with an impressive resume and a bunch of releases dating back to 2006. You may have caught them on their November tour. If not, don't fear, the band have a loaded show schedule this summer that includes the Pitchfork Festival, the Sled Island Festival in Canada, dates with Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and two NYC shows: August 14th at the Studio at Webster Hall and August 15th at Issue Project Room. A new 12" CAVE EP entitled Pure Moods will be released by Drag City in May (though the download seems to be available now). All tour dates below.

Caves (plural) started in San Francisco, but like the Morning Benders, now live in Brooklyn. Like Cave, they also fall into the psychedelic category. And though they are looking for a drummer, they actually have five local shows coming up including a record release party at Cameo tonight (4/30). Said the Gramophone has an MP3. You can listen to more at their SonicBids page. All dates below.


Also tonight, 4/30, in the NYC-area: Caveman are opening for Here We Go Magic at Maxwell's. The four-part harmonizing Brooklyn band (who has opened for Here We Go Magic before) is the new project from Matty Pickles of The Subjects. Other members are Subjects guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti, Jeff Berrall of Elefant, Stefan Marolachakis from The End of the World, and Sam Hopkin. Maybe you caught Caveman at Cameo (or Caveo as some call it) on April 19th. Shannon did:

"I returned to the mystical back room just in time to hear Caveman self-deprecate and be casual and charming, then nonchalantly break into a pretty tight, polished set that would stop you in your tracks on Bedford Avenue if you heard it coming out of a record shop. I mean, check out the song "Decide," on Caveman's Myspace here. They have such a lovely, echoed lo-fi sound. I believe the band is somewhat newly formed. I gather this from something they mentioned in their stage banter and because I have their set list from that night in my purse, and more than one song began with "New Jam # ...," which I find incredibly endearing."
They are new (their first show ever was at Bowery Ballroom with White Rabbits in January), and I agree on the checking out their MySpace recommendation too. There you will find two beautiful songs (demos). "December 28th" is especially Grizzly Bear/Fleet Foxes-esque. If you miss them tonight, they also have a NYC show scheduled on May 19th (at Sway?).

Finally, last but not least, I'll wrap things up with Cave Bears. They, like Cleveland's Clan of the Cave Bear, have successfully combined both caves and bears, but the mind-expanding experimental, and sometimes silly, Massachusetts band has a sound all their own (at least compared to anyone else in this post). No wonder they recently shared a bill (the same night Cavebear played Cameo) at Death By Audio with guitarist and Thurston Moore collaborator Bill Nace, the Thurston Moore approved Fat Worm Of Error, and Darren Mabee's band We are the Seahorses. Video of their wacky live show with everything else, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Jim Jones Revue...
Jim Jones Revue

Speaking of the BrooklynVegan/AnSO Thursday day party at Austin's Spider House (full schedule here), London's Jim Jones Revue will be taking to one of the stages (right before Cheeseburger). The garage rock powerhouse, whose first record came out in 2008 and who are currently working on a new album with producer Jim Sclavunos from The Bad Seeds/Grinderman, will be making their US debut at the festival.

Since forming The Revue in 2007, Jim Jones - the jet-fuelled ex-Thee Hypnotics vocal powerhouse - has led his band through a hurricane of live shows and the recording of their first, bone-shattering LP. [Their February 4th set at London's Jazz Cafe] was predominantly made up of material from that album: a relentless meld of flame-grilled rock'n'soul and punk-R&B. In fact it's rumoured that the Jazz Café had to hold back on the band's usual volume for fear of broken eardrums and complaints from the entire postcode.

What makes the Jim Jones Revue such an exciting live prospect is their heady mix of quality songs and unpredictability. Their mining of the pre-1960 rock'n'roll sound serves them well. You feel that you've lived with these songs for a long time, yet, in a live setting, their material doesn't feel constrained by category. It just makes you stand up and listen before knocking you off your feet. [Mojo]

On the same stage will be Kid Congo Powers (aka Brian Tristan of The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)...
WOW. The Kid did it again. All the uber cool chops and camped up suss we've come to know and love from this true legend. Yep that's right Legend, an over used word in describing musicians for sure but hell when you've spent your life playing with three of the greatest front men of all time - Lux Interior, Jeffery Pierce and Nick Cave - you must have done something right. No one can tell me its not a justified description for someone who was in not only one LEGENDARY band but three - The Cramps, The Gun Club and Nick Caves Bad Seed's.

These days Kid Congo is hipper than ever with his own band The Pink Monkey Birds, who's charming, sexy mix of 50's Rockabilly, 60's Garage Trash, 70's Vegas Lounge Muzak, 80's Post Punk all put together with an authentic Hispanic twist - serves up some serious cool medicine both on record and live. [Splash One]

The two acts also team up again for an official showcase with The Bellrays and more at Prague later that night. Both have other shows on the docket as well. Videos of both (including Jim Jones at the above-described gig) and their full Austin schedules are below...

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Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ SXSW 2009 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Shilpa Ray

It was approximately a year ago that Shilpa Ray left her band Beat The Devil to focus on her own project with her own band that she calls Shipa Ray and The Happy Hookers. That would make 2009 not only their year, but their first year.

My own excitement for the band came right around January/February when I first heard their 8-song unreleased CD-R. Soon after that they accepted my invitation to play the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, and they've managed to keep busy all year. Shilpa ended up self-releasing their album, and she and her hookers have played numerous shows in NYC - too many to count, but they've included a Woodstock tribute at Castle Clinton, a residency at Pianos, and this year's CitySol festival. And they're ending the year strong. They just opened two NYC gigs for the Fiery Furnaces, are opening for Grant Hart of Husker Du this Saturday at 92YTribeca (12/19), and now have a glowing recommendation from Nick Cave.

Shilpa answered some questions about her year. Read them below...

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