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by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, Brooklyn synthpop act Selebrities have a new album, Lovely Things, out June 25 on the Cascine label. You may have already heard first single "Temporary Touch" and we've got the premiere of a remix of that track by their labelmates Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning). As you might expect from a bassist, Russ replaces the more driving line of the original with a fatter, funkier one, emphasizing groove over atmosphere. You can stream it below.

Both Selebrities and Rush Midnight will play tonight (6/13) at Cameo in NYC as part of the Cascine / Newtown Radio Northside Festival showcase. It's one of the more sonically cohesive nights of the fest, with every band mining some facet of early '80s electropop, including the romo-leaning Ice Choir, and the UK's Chad Valley. Tickets are still available or you can try to get in with your Northside Badge. Flyer for the show is below.

Also playing are Los Angeles duo Kisses, whose new album, Kids in L.A., was apparently based on Bret Easton Ellis' Regan-era classic, Less Than Zero, and is quite good. Carrying on with that vibe -- and pretty much nailing it -- is the video for their song "Huddle" that is only missing an Andrew McCarthy cameo. You can watch it below too.

If you can't make it tonight, Kisses will be back next month at Mercury Lounge. Stream, video and Northside showcase flyer below...

Continue reading "Rush Midnight remixed Selebrities (stream); both play Northside Festival tonight with Kisses (who have a new video)"

Swans at MHOW in February (more by Fred Pessaro)
Swans
Julie Ruin

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

The Northside Festival
If you read BV regularly, you probably know the Northside Festival kicks off today in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.

Swans, Chelsea Wolfe @ Warsaw (Northside)
If you're looking for the darkest, most terrifying thing at this year's Northside Festival, head to Warsaw for the great double billing of Swans (who are apparently working on a new album) and Chelsea Wolfe (who is definitely releasing a new album). And bring earplugs.

Iceage, A Place to Bury Strangers, Lower & more @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Another dark (literally, Iceage usually plays with the lights off) is the Iceage show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Danish punks Lower and Brooklyn shoegazers A Place to Bury Strangers. There's also some pretty solid (and also loud) local support that's been added to open the night, Bennio Qwerty and Bambara.

The Julie Ruin, Body/Head, Majical Cloudz, Foreplay @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
And if you're into all of the above dark, noisy options, Pitchfork's Northside showcase at Saint Vitus provides that as well with Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin and Kim Gordon's noise guitar duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head. That bill also includes upcoming Canadian pop duo Majical Cloudz and Foreplay.

Soko @ McKittrick Hotel
French singer Soko is in NYC to celebrate the US release of her debut album, I Thought I Was An Alien, at two sorta upscale release shows at McKittrick Hotel (6 PM and 8:30).

Cody ChesnuTT @ SOB's
Ahead of Cody ChesnuTT's free show opening for Mavis Staples in Prospect Park tomorrow, he'll play his own, smaller, not-free show at SOB's tonight.

Julian Lynch & The Luyas @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Who would you rather see live, Julian Lynch featuring The Luyas or The Luyas featuring Julian Lynch? Luckily, tonight you won't have to decide, as the two acts will be brining their collaborative tour to 285 Kent as part of Northside Festival. The bill's rounded out by local regulars Twin Sister and Ava Luna.

Ivan & Alyosha @ Europa (Northside)
Ivan & Alyosha were last here for a Santos show in April, and they return tonight for a Europa show with Neulore and Gondola.

Junip, Quadron, Barbarossa @ Highline Ballroom
Swedish hushed folkmaster Jose Gonzalez is back in town with his band Junip and they will be headlining Highline Ballroom tonight. Playing with them will be Quadron, who have Robin Hannibal of Rhye as a member and collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, and Barbarossa, who also plays as a member of Junip.

Bobby Rush @ MetroTech Commons
The free 2013 BAM R&B Festival continues today at noon at MetroTech Commons with a set from soul veteran Bobby Rush.

Bleached @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
The California band were here not that long ago, but the warmer weather seems much more appropriate for their sunny melodies. Support comes from quality locals Butter the Children and Pop Zeus. Tickets are still available.

Chickfactor 21 w/ Dump, Jim Ruiz Set, Lois @ The Bell House
It was a major bummer when Scotland's The Pastels canceled their appearance at this, the third night of indiepop zine Chickfactor's 21's anniversary, but it's still a crazy-good line-up with a rare appearance by Minneapolis' great The Jim Ruiz Set, plus Lois, Dump (James of Yo La Tengo), and newly-added appearances by Richard Davies. and Joe Pernice. Maybe the latter will bring his New Mendicants partner (and Toronto neighbor) Norman Blake with him? Tickets are still available.

Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Mac DeMarco, White Fence, Walter TV @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
We're still waiting for cut-up Mac Demarco to get his own TV show but in the meantime you can enjoy the wacky hi-jinx (and some pretty great songs too) at Brooklyn Bowl with fellow Vancouverites Walter TV and the ultra-prolific White Fence (who play twice tomorrow).

Radiation City, Everest Cale & more @ Paper Box
The second of two NYC dates for Portland's charming Radiation City whose new album, Animals in the Median, takes '60s sunshine pop drops a few Pacific Northwest clouds on it.

Grouplove, Alpine @ Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
We're not so into the headliner, but it might be worth showing up early for the effervescent pop of Australia's Alpine.

Ra Ra Riot, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Stone Pony
If you're not doing the whole Northside thing, and would rather head to Asbury Park, there's a solid bill of poppy indie from Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Stone Pony.

Joseph Arthur, Rene Lopez @ Bowery Ballroom
Now will his van safely back in his possession so he can can fully concentrate on his art, Joseph Arthur has a new album's worth of songs to play this evening.

Chad Valley, Kisses, Ice Choir, Selebrities, Rush Midnight & more @ Cameo Gallery (Northside)
A showcase for (mostly) bands on the Cascine label, few Northside shows have such a cohesive line-up. Do you like '80s sythpop with big melodies, an aloof air, occasionally enveloped in a gauzy haze? You'll like every band on this bill.

There's a bunch of other solid Northside shows too like:

* Yvette, Alan Watts, Courtship Ritual, The Flag, Breeding Program @ Muchmore's
* Hector's Pets, Numerators, The Neighbors, Big Ups, Weird Womb @ Silent Barn
* Conveyor, Arms, The City and Horses, Miniboone, Chris Mills, Trummors @ Spike Hill
Check out our Northside guide for even more.

New Kids On The Block, 98°, Boyz II Men @ Izod Center
Relive your childhood with a trio of boy bands all way past grown up. Can they still hit the high notes? Can you?

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As mentioned, Montreal's Suuns are here this weekend, playing Glasslands on Friday (6/14) as part of the Northside Festival that kicks off today. It's Popgun's official showcase and Amen Dunes and Tempers were recently added to bill. Tickets are still available or you can use your Northside badge to get in (admission based on capacity).

If you can't make it on Friday, the band have announced fall tour dates that include one in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 4. That show (and others on the tour) is with opener Rose Windows, whose debut album comes out this month via Sub Pop. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14). All tour dates are listed below.

If you've never seen Suuns live before, you can check out a full set from their KEXP SXSW 2013 showcase below.

Continue reading "Suuns are here, playing Northside this weekend, announce fall tour with Rose Windows (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Julie Ruin - "Oh Come On" (MP3)

Julie Ruin

As mentioned, in December 2010 Kathleen Hanna debuted her new band, The Julie Ruin (named after Kathleen's 1997 solo album, Julie Ruin) at the Kathleen Hanna tribute that took place at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Then, in December 2012, The Julie Ruin revealed their first song, "Girls Like Us," and now they've finally announced that their debut album will come out this year. The album is called Run Fast and it's due out on September 3 via The Julie Ruin's own TJR Records (distributed by Dischord). In addition to Kathleen, the band's lineup includes her Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman (of the duo Kiki and Herb with Justin Bond), Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landaeu (who teaches at NYC's Girls Rock Camp). The album artwork is below.

"Girls Like Us" will appear on the album, as will the new single, "Oh Come On." "Oh Come On" hearkens more back to Kathleen's Bikini Kill days than her time in the dance-punk group Le Tigre, which is very welcome considering the excitement behind the recent Bikini Kill reissue and just the general obsession with the '90s that's been going on (PS: you can stream most of Bikini Kill's discography at their bandcamp). Kathleen sounds hungry as ever on the track, screaming through a filter of distortion as her bandmates provide not-distorted girl-group-style backing vocals and a killer guitar riff running through the track. Download "Oh Come On" for free above or stream it below.

The Julie Ruin are set to play their second live show ever (following that Knitting Factory show in 2010) at the Pitchfork showcase at this year's Northside Festival which happens at Saint Vitus on Thursday (6/13). They'll join the previously discussed lineup of Majical Cloudz, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), and Foreplay. That show is sold out, but if you get there early, you can still try to get in with your Northside badge. Updated show flyer below.

Continue reading "Kathleen Hanna's The Julie Ruin announce debut LP (stream a track), playing Pitchfork Northside showcase"

by Bill Pearis

White Fence in Berlin last year (photo by Alexandre Kurek via)
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With this weekend's weather forecast looking slightly more hopeful than last's, we should get our first proper Seaport Music Festival show at South Street Seaport's Pier 17 on Friday (6/14). We already knew PAWS were playing but they've just announced that White Fence will be headlining. PAWS are at 7 PM, White Fence play at 8 PM and, like all shows at Pier 17, it's free and open to the public.

As mentioned, White Fence are here for the Northside Festival, playing twice. First, the Panache Showcase on Thursday (6/13) at Brooklyn Bowl with Mac DeMarco and Walter TV. Advance tickets are sold out but there will be limited admission at the door, as well as admitting Northside badges. Then they play a late show Friday at Knitting Factory with Las Rosas and Honey. 11 PM doors for that show and advance tickets are on sale.

White Fence's latest album is Cyclops Reap which is out on Castle Face and can be streamed via Rdio or Spotify. If you've only ever heard White Fence via their (mostly) low-fi recordings, their live show is a different thing altogether. Band guru Tim Presley assembles a usually killer band for much more of a White Fence Rock Experience. Worth catching.

Speaking of free shows at the Seaport, the 4Knots Festival added Hunters to the line-up and a few other new names.

Updated White Fence tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "White Fence playing Seaport on Friday with PAWS ++ two Northside shows and updated dates"

The Walkmen @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Walkmen

The 2013 Northside Festival kicks off on Thursday (6/13) in Williamsburg with the music portion running through Sunday (6/16), and the film festival going from June 17 - 20. Music badges ($80) are still available.

BrooklynVegan has two events at Northside this year: the Invisible Oranges showcase at 285 Kent on Friday (6/14) with Torche, KEN mode, Lo-Pan, and Inter Arma (tickets); and the A Band Called Death free screening at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 (RSVP).

Despite Northside happening at the same time as NXNE in Toronto and Bonnaroo in Tennessee, there are a lot of good shows this week as part of the fest. Thursday (6/13) shows include: Swans and Chelsea Wolfe at Warsaw; Iceage, A Place To Bury Strangers and Lower at 285 Kent; Mac Demarco and more at Brooklyn Bowl; Bleached at Knitting Factory; and Chad Valley, Kisses and more at Cameo.

Friday (6/14) showcases includes Greg Ginn's Black Flag, The Men and more at Warsaw; Kylesa and more at MHOW; Sonny & the Sunsets and more at Knitting Factory; and Suuns and more at Glasslands.

Saturday's showcases (6/15) include: the free show in McCarren Park with The Walkmen and Phosphorescent; Merchandise, Milk Music and more at 285 Kent; The Jazz Butcher and more at Spike Hill; and Chance the Rapper at Europa.

Sunday's showcases (6/16) include the free McCarren Park show with Solange and more; The Soft Moon, Pop. 1280 and more at 285 Kent; and Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit and more at Shea Stadium.

You can peruse Northside's full schedule for more. If you have a badge, just know it doesn't guarantee entry. Get there early for shows you wanna see, especially the hot ones.

A Band Called Death

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
A Band Called Death opens June 28 in limited release around the country, including NYC's Cinema Village (tickets) and then at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and MIST Harlem Cinema starting July 5. Check out the full list of cities and theaters below.

You don't have to wait that long to see it, though. BrooklynVegan is excited to be presenting a screening which will happen at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 at 10 PM, part of the Northside Film Festival. Our screening has limited FREE tickets but do note that a ticket does not guarantee entry. First come, first served, so come early with your ticket to make sure you get in. Limited Northside badges will also be let in. Hope to see you there!

Back in March, A Band Called Death screened at SXSW where the band played two shows, one of which was one of our day parties. As mentioned, Death will play here in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets for that are still available.

A full list of current screening dates and a trailer for the film below...

Continue reading "'A Band Called Death' opening in theaters, but first come to our FREE screening! "

by Andrew Sacher

Kingdom at Bowery Ballroom in December (more by David Andrako)
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As mentioned, Brooklyn producer Kingdom released his his new EP, Vertical XL, last week (5/28) via Fade to Mind. If you're a fan of the darker, subdued side of headphone dance music, it's worth giving this a listen. The opening track, "Bank Head," which features lead vocals from Kelela, can be streamed, along with clips of the other tracks, below.

Kingdom will be supporting the new EP with some dates this year, including a show with Kelela in LA tonight (6/5), and he'll return home for a Brooklyn show on June 15 at Knitting Factory, as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Kelela, who caught our ears last year when she sang on Teengirl Fantasy's album, has been working on her own career as well. She has a mixtape coming out this June via Fade to Mind and has some solo shows coming up this summer. She'll be going on a tour with inc. and Total Freedom which includes the previously discussed NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 14 (tickets).

During that tour, she'll also play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 20 with Hyperdub label head Kode9, Night Slugs co-head L-VIs 1990, Recloose, and Obey City. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now.

All Kingdom and Kelela dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

Continue reading "Kingdom released an EP, playing shows; Kelela touring w/ inc. and playing Warm Up w/ Kode9 (dates & streams)"

The Gories at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Jason House)
The Gories

As mentioned, Mac DeMarco and White Fence will be playing the Panache Northside showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. That show now also includes Walter TV. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

White Fence also play another Northside show the next day at Knitting Factory (tickets). Mac DeMarco has a ton of other upcoming dates too, all of which are listed below.

Brooklyn Bowl is hosting other Northside shows too, including one of Questlove's weekly Bowl Train parties as a late show after the Panache showcase (tickets).

The following night (6/14), the venue will be headlined by Sinkane with Xenia Rubinos playing as well.. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Sinkane has other upcoming dates, including another NYC-area show happening on June 16 at Maxwell's (tickets) which is also with Xenia Rubinos. All dates are listed below.

That same night, Bond Music Group are doing their showcase as a late show (doors: 11:30 PM) with Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic, AVAN LAVA (DJ), and Chateau Marmont. Tickets for that one are on sale.

Then, on the Saturday (6/15) of Northside, New York Night Train are doing their showcase, which includes an early show with The Gories and Daddy Long Legs; and a late show with Jonathan Toubin doing his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party with guest DJ Mick Collins (of the Gories and Dirtbombs). Tickets for the early show and the late show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Finally, on June 16, POP Montreal is doing a show with Born Ruffians, The Spinto Band, and Turf War. Tickets for that show are on sale.

You can also get into any of these shows with your Northside Badge. All Mac DeMarco and Sinkane dates are listed, along with show flyers, below...

Continue reading "Northside shows at Brooklyn Bowl on sale: Mac DeMarco, White Fence, The Gories, Sinkane, Born Ruffians & more"

by Bill Pearis

Caged Animals

As mentioned, Caged Animals will release their still-untitled second album at some point this year via Lucky Number. Still no details on that album, but they have just released the video for their new single "Cindy + Me." Filmed in LA with director Carlos Lopez Estrada, the clip puts singer Vincent Caccione to the test in a lab run by a bunch baboons. Caged Animals indeed. It's funny and more than a little terrifying (to me at least) and you can watch it below.

Caged Animals have a couple local shows coming up: a TBA show at Northside Festival and then June 26 at Glasslands with Light Heat. Tickets to the Glasslands show are on sale now.

Continue reading "Caged Animals made a new video, playing shows"

by Andrew Sacher

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Chance the Rapper

As mentioned, Chance the Rapper, whose solid Acid Rap mixtape is out now and free, will be coming to NYC during the Northside Festival. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that his show will happen on June 15 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. The rest of the lineup is TBA.

As mentioned, you can also see Chance in the NYC-area this July opening for Mac Miller if you're into that sort of thing.

Mac is also featured on "Guild," the new track from another of his tourmates, Earl Sweatshirt, which you can stream below (via Fader). The track is set to appear on Earl's upcoming album, Doris, which still has no release date.

Updated Chance the Rapper dates are listed, along with a stream of his mixtape and the Earl song, below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper Northside show announced (tix on sale); Earl Sweatshirt has a new song (listen)"

Bleached @ Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bleached

As mentioned, Bleached, who were here last month, will be back in NYC as one of the many bands and artists recently added to Northside Festival's 2013 lineup. Their show happens at Knitting Factory on June 13 and while no other bands on the bill have been announced yet, tickets are on sale.

They've got a few other dates lined up for the summmer, mostly on the West Coast, and all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Bleached playing shows this summer (Northside Fest + more)"

photos by Jonathon Bernstein

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Majical Cloudz

Montreal duo Majical Cloudz have been on a tour with Youth Lagoon, which hit the NYC-area twice earlier this month, and this week they took a couple days off from that tour to return to NYC for their own separate events. On Monday (5/20), the guys went to Manhattan record store Other Music for an in-store performance, and that night they met up with their pal Claire Boucher (aka Grimes, who featured Majical Cloudz on her song, "Nightmusic") to hit up a karaoke bar on the LES. While there, Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh sang Limp Bizkit's "Nookie," though Claire was too shy to sing anything. Devon's bandmate (who doesn't sing in Majical Cloudz) Matt Otto did Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which apparently is becoming a thing for indie people these days.

Then, the next night (5/21) Majical Cloudz headed to Brooklyn to play a release party for their new album, Impersonator, which was released via Matador that same day. NYC producer Gobby opened that show with a full-band set, and the advertised "SPECIAL GUEST!" turned out to be none other than Grimes doing a DJ set. Pictures from the Glasslands show are in this post.

As mentioned, Majical Cloudz will be back in NYC yet again for the Northside Festival, where they will play a Pitchfork show at Saint Vitus on June 13 with Kim Gordon's Body/Head duo (who recently played RBMA), Foreplay, and a "Special Guest." Grimes again???? Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

More pictures and some videos from Glasslands below...

Continue reading "Majical Cloudz & Grimes did karaoke and played Glasslands (pics, videos)"

Body/Head at Drone Activity in Progress (more by Fred Pessaro)
Body/Head

Northside Festival expands further this year with a bunch more artists announced today. Those include names like Bleached, Chance the Rapper, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Sannhet, Limp Wrist and many many more. Check out a full list of new Northside Festival additions below.  Passes are still available.

As mentioned, Invisible Oranges will host Torche, KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma at 285 Kent on June 14 (tickets). The show is one of two to feature Inter Arma that weekend, who will also play a FREE Summer Thunder day show at Union Pool on June 15 with the newly added Pyrrhon!

BrooklynVegan is also proud to host a Summer Thunder event of our own with Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Like the IO show, this June 8. performance will be FREE and feature drink specials all day. Destroy.

New Northside artist additions are listed below.

Continue reading "Northside Festival announces more artists, including Bleached, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Chance the Rapper and more"

photos by Bryan Bruchman / BTRtv; words by Bill Pearis

No Joy / Weekend @ Glasslands, 5/17/2013
Weekend
Weekend

No Joy's tour swung through NYC this week, with two shows for the Montreal shoegazers, first at Mercury Lounge (5/15) and then at Glasslands last night (5/17). The band's new album, Wait to Pleasure, is very much a studio creation, with producer Jorge Elbrecht of Violens buffing some of their more jagged edges in favor of more a lush sound that would've been right at home on 4AD Records in 1988. It's a terrific record, but I was happy to see no laptops or headphones at their show last night. While still in possession of honeyed vocals from Jasamine White-Gluz (using a harmonizer to great effect), songs like "Hare Tarot Lies" took on more pummeling form. This was especially true of show-closer "E" (which is opens their album) that is kind of their "You Made Me Realize," disintegrating into pure noise.

For fans of goth-leaning shoegaze, this was a great show as support came from Weekend who moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn last year, and even more recently adding a fourth member, Nick Ray, to the band. With Ray on bass, singer Shaun Durkan now plays second guitar. One might expect that to result in an even greater din, but last night's show was a bit turned-down, volume-wise, for the band. (It was still plenty loud.) Which maybe suited the set, which was made up almost entirely of Weekend's forthcoming album, Jinx, that trades white noise for liquid basslines, dark dance grooves and much hookier songs. The new direction suits them well and if you haven't heard first single "Mirror" you can stream it below.

Weekend's next show will be during the Northside Festival where they'll play Knitting Factory on June 15. Tickets for that show just went on sale today. They've got a few shows in California in July, too, and all dates are listed below.

I missed openers Grand Resort, but they have a few shows coming up including tonight (5/17) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge where they'll play with Minneapolis' great BNLX. Those dates, along with more photos of No Joy and Weekend, are below.

Continue reading "No Joy played Glasslands with Weekend who are playing Northside (pics, dates)"

Roger Miret w/ Agnostic Front at Power of the Riff 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Miret

We were just talking about Brooklyn's The So So Glos, who released their pop punk-y new album, Blowout, performed on Letterman, and are currently on tour with Titus Andronicus. That tour doesn't hit NYC (Titus plays a free NYC show in August though), but we said it probably wouldn't be long before The So So Glos announce their own NYC show. Well, they've just announced one and it happens right after that tour on May 26 at Knitting Factory with Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, and Trabajo. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM.

The So So Glos are also set to play a Northside show in the back room of Public Assembly on June 14 (only the front room will be closed) with Shapes and Le Rug. Tickets for that show are on sale now and Northside badges will also be accepted. Updated dates are listed below.

The Knitting Factory recently announced some other cool punk shows happening there soon too. Oregon Americana punks Larry and His Flask, who we wrote about when they released their Hobo's Lament EP and toured with Frank Turner, are releasing a new full length, By The Lamplight, on June 25 via Cascadian Records in the US and Frank Turner's Xtra Mile Records internationally. They'll support that album with a tour that ends on July 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Their pal Frank Turner meanwhile, will be on his own tour that hits NYC for two sold out MHOW shows in July. He just released a new video from his new album, Tape Deck Heart, which you can watch below.

Back to Knitting Factory shows: Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret will bring his street punk band Roger Miret and the Disasters to Knitting Factory on August 24 with another Agnostic Front-related project, Stigma. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, Avail frontman Tim Barry will hit Knitting Factory on July 20 with Cory Branan and Des Ark. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory include power pop punks Cheap Girls (whose tour includes other NYC-area shows too) on May 17 (tickets) and post-hardcore rippers Coliseum on May 21 with the Dischord-signed Red Hare (mems. Bluetip, Dag Nasty, Swiz, Garden Variety, and more) (tickets).

All So So Glos and Larry and His Flask dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "So So Glos, Roger Miret & the Disasters, Larry & His Flask and more upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory"

by Bill Pearis

JBC

In addition to the four-day extravaganza happening May 30 - June 2, the good folks at NYC Popfest are also putting on a Northside Fest showcase at Spike Hill on June 15. The night is headlined by someone I am personally super-excited about: The Jazz Butcher. Pat Fish has put out records under variations of the name since the mid-'80s, making droll, often heartfelt VU-inspired guitar pop with a rotating cast of friends, including Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J and Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, and many his records came out on legendary UK indie label, Creation.

The bandmate that most JBC fans care about is guitarist Max Eider who really put the Jazz in the Jazz Butcher. Max Will be accompanying Pat for this NYC visit and they'll play as a duo. Pat and Max released a new Jazz Butcher album, The Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, last year and you can stream the whole thing below, along with some classic JBC material. To say that I am a Jazz Butcher superfan is to put it midly. Pretty sure they haven't played NYC since 2000 (anybody at that Mercury Lounge show?) so this exciting news. If you can't make the Northside show, Pat and Max will play Cake Shop on Monday, June 17 as well. Some people (me) will go to both. These are their only North American shows.

Backtracking a bit, the rest of NYC Popfest's Northside lineup is pretty cool too. Texas Bob Juarez and Mike Stone who are both in the current line-up of Television Personalities. Also on the bill, the hyperactive pop of Atlanta, GA's Gold-Bears and their neighbors Small Reactions. That is a good show! Advance tickets are not on sale as of yet. Limited Northside Fest badges will be accepted too.

The Bats
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There is more Popfest news. As mentioned briefly in the Speedy Ortiz post, Popfest's Saturday night (6/1) show was originally supposed to take place across both stage of Public Assembly. As half the venue will be closed for renovations, that show has been mostly moved to The Bell House where New Zealand's great The Bats will headline the evening that also includes sets from UK groups Tigercats, Flowers, The Hobbes Fanclub and The Proctors as well as Sweden's Azure Blue. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ringo Deathstarr, however, will still be playing at Public Assembly that Saturday night for a technically-still-official Popfest show that now also has Speedy Ortiz, Sua, and Advaeta on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now and Popfest passes (also still available) will be accepted.

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And since our last Popfest post, they've added a film screening as well. On Friday, May 31 at Videology in Williamsburg, they'll show K Records documentary The Shield Around the K. The screening's at 5PM and is free and open to the public. Director Heather Rose Dominic will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

And in related news, this seems like a good place to mention that Cherry Red Records is putting out Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980 - 1989 in July. The five-disc box set is a pretty comprehensive look at the scratchy, twee, shambolic, sweater-inclined genre. A few of the tracks are seeing their first official release. It includes tracks from 2013 Popfest bands The Monochrome Set, Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, and The Jazz Butcher. You can check out entire tracklist below.

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Suuns @ Mercury Lounge, 4/15/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
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Montreal's Suuns were here just a couple weeks ago, having played a headlining gig at Mercury lounge as a warm-up to their tour with Besnard Lakes which has since wrapped up as well. The band are in Europe right now and will do a few West Coast shows before a well-deserved break. The band will however, be making a quick trip down to NYC in mid-june to play Glasslands on June 14. That show will be Popgun Booking's official Northside Festival showcase. (Feel free to take the L Train.) The rest of the bill hasn't been anounced yet, but tickets are on sale now.

All Suuns tour dates are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Nu Sensae at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As mentioned, Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who are still touring behind last year's bruising Sundowning, will be coming to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, and one of their shows has just been announced. They'll play an Impose/My Social List party on June 16 at Shea Stadium with a killer lineup of psych punks Destruction Unit, local post-hardcore band Big Ups (who have a ton of other shows) and Western Mass sludge-psych rockers Psychic Blood (who have toured with Nu Sensae before). Tickets for that show go on sale May 16 at noon. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

That show is the second Northside show that Destruction Unit has announced so far. It happens one day after their tour with Merchandise and Milk Music hits 285 Kent (6/15). Tickets for that show are still available. Destruction Unit released their impressive new LP, Void, earlier this year, but as I said when I saw them at SXSW, you really have to see it live.

If you're headed to these shows from outside of Williamsburg/Bushwick, the L Train will be running, despite earlier reports that it would be closed for maintenance during Northside.

All Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit dates are listed, along with videos/song streams from all four bands, below...

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Earlier this morning we posted that the MTA had planned for the L Train to be down during the weekend of The Northside Festival (June 15 - 17) and that a number of politicians -- including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz -- had sent a letter asking them to reconsider. It worked, as the MTA has moved the L Train service outage to the following weekend (June 22 - 24). The L Train will still, however, be down (8th Ave to Lorimer Stop in Williamsburg) on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 27). Shuttle buses across the Williamsburg bridge and augmented M14 bus service will be available.

UPDATE: The L Train WILL run during Northside Fest after all.

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As you may know, the Northside Festival is returning to Brooklyn from June 13 to 20, which is a great thing because it means tons of great bands like Swans, Kylesa, Merchandise, Solange, Phosphorescent, Mac DeMarco, White Fence, and many more will be taking over various Brooklyn venues making for one crazy week. But apparently for this year's Northside Festival, the sweet isn't without the bitter.

We already mentioned that Williamsburg venue Public Assembly will be closed most of this summer, forcing a handful of Northside shows to find new locations. And we've now just learned via Gothamist that the MTA is planning to shut down L Train service the weekend of Northside Festival for maintenance. It will also be closed Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 27).

A number of NYC politicians teamed up to ask the MTA to reschedule the shutdowns. You can read that letter in full below.

UPDATE: The letter was a success. The L Train WILL run during Northside Fest after all.

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by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn quartet Selebrities will release their new album, Lovely Things, on June 25 via the Cascine label. You can stream the crystalline first single, "Temporary Touch," and check out album art and tracklist below.

The band have a couple local shows coming up. They'll play Glasslands on May 23 with oOoOO and Dark Sister (tickets); and then Cameo on June 13 for what is an extremely stacked bill if you like '80s style synthpop. Chad Valley headlines, and the line-up also includes fellow Cascine artists Kisses, Rush Midnight and (non-Cascine band) Ice Choir, plus DJ sets from Airbird and Chocolate Bobka (there's a name we haven't heard in a while). Tickets to that show, a Cascine & Newtown Radio showcase which is part of the 2013 Northside Festival, are on sale now or you can try and get in with your Northside badge if you have one of those.

Speaking of, Rush Midnight (aka onetime Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning) just released a new single, the laid back and sultry "Don't Give Me Your Love," while he finishes up his debut album. You can check out the video for the song and a remix by Lemonade, below. Rush Midnight plays Friday night (5/3) at Mercury Lounge with Candide and Rioux. Tickets to that show are still available.

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And more related news, Kisses (which is Jesse Kivel of Princeton and Zinzi Edmundson) will release their second album, Kids in LA, on May 14 which is also on Cascine. The album was produced by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs, and the two bands certainly share a love of classic pop and vintage synthesizers. This is superior modern synthpop with big hooks and fresh production and you can stream a couple tracks (including terrific single "The Hardest Part") below.

Kisses and Chad Valley tour dates are listed, along with previously mentioned song streams, below.

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Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
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As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

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Braids at CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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We've known for some time now that Montreal's Braids have reduced their lineup from a four-piece to a three-piece and also took their sound in a newer, more electronic direction. That new sound, which we saw in action at SXSW, is finally getting recorded and will surface this fall on a new album via Arbutus, the label that gave us Grimes, Doldrums, and Majical Cloudz. Details on that album are still forthcoming, but before it comes out, we'll get a taste of it from the band's new 12" single, In Kind // Amends, which comes out on June 11 via Arbutus in the US, Full Time Hobby in Europe, and Flemish Eye in Canada. Both of those tracks will appear on the album, and you can stream "Amends" below. The 12" will also include two exclusive tracks that won't be on the album.

Braids also have a few dates coming up, including a slot at the Arbutus Showcase during NXNE and a Brooklyn show right afterwards at Cameo on June 15 as part of the Northside Festival. No advance tickets for the Cameo show at the moment.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Experimental folk artist Julian Lynch released his pretty and strange new album, Lines, digitally last month and it gets its vinyl release via Underwater Peoples next week (4/30). You can stream the whole thing via Spotify and check out the video for "Gloves" below.

Julian is going to be heading out on tour with Montreal's Luyas in June. The two groups will alternate the headlining slot, and it's a collaborative tour: The Luyas will back up Julian, and he'll play with them during their set. If you are familiar with both of their music, you'll know this should be pretty cool. Dates include a stops in NYC on June 9 at Mercury Lounge with SoftSpot and another during the Northside Fest at 285 Kent on June 13, a show that also features Twin Sister, Ava Luna and Lushlife. Tickets to the 285 Kent show are on sale now, and tickets to the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a tour announcement from Jessie from the Luyas, Julian Lynch video and album stream, below...

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