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by Bill Pearis

Syd Arthur

UK combo Syd Arthur's new album, Sound Mirror, is out next week (5/20).  A psychedelic brew of jazzy rhythms, proggy proclivities (their violinist is Kate Bush's nephew), faery folk, and sunshine melodies, it's all very 1972. You can stream it in full right now (via Stereogum), below.

The band's tour with Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger starts next week and will hit NYC on June 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available. After that tour ends, Syd Arthur will swing back through the area for Northside Festival at Knitting Factory on June 12. Tickets for the Knit show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in using your Northside badge.

Updated tour dates for Syd Arthur are listed, along with a stream of the new album, below...

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The 2014 Northside Festival will be here before you know it, with around 400 artists -- including The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut and Thee Oh Sees -- playing the music portion over the course of June 12 - 15. While most of the shows have been up on venue websites for a while, you can now peruse the day-by-day, venue-by-venue, hour-by-hour schedule all in one place. Viewing by venue is probably the easiest way to find stuff, but look at it however you like!

Northside badges ($80) are still on sale but note that entry into shows is based on capacity.

by Wyatt Marshall

Lust For Youth (photo by Rasmus Jensen
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Lately it's been feeling like every new restaurant in NYC is Nordic-inspired (thanks, Noma), and, pretty soon, another Scandinavian invasion this way comes--loads of releases and performances from Danish bands are scheduled for the next two months.

We've mentioned that Posh Isolation's Lust for Youth and Damien Dubrovnik are playing the Posh Isolation fest in LA next weekend (May 16-17), and now both bands have streamed new songs from forthcoming albums. The deluxe version of Lust for Youth's International LP, out on 6/10 via Sacred Bones, is going to be accompanied by an International Remixes EP, featuring remixes of songs off of International by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Silent Servant, Helm, and more. The Silent Servant remix of the title-track--a gorgeous synth number that builds from minimalist beginnings into heady dance bliss--is streaming below, along with another previously released song off of International.

Damien Dubrovnik, meanwhile, sits at the other end of the electronics spectrum, blasting out an intoxicating PE-style performance on "Penis Corset" off of a forthcoming 7", Patterns of Penetration, which is out on 5/26 via ALTER. For those trying to keep it straight, Lust for Youth is primarily the vehicle of Hannes Norrvide, though he later added Malthe Fischer and (live) Loke Rahbek (also of the now-defunct Var) to the lineup, while Damien Dubrovnik is Rahbek's project with fellow Posh Isolation label boss Christian Stadsgaard.

Lust for Youth will be playing a few US dates in between gigs in Europe, including two shows in Brooklyn--the Sacred Bones/AdHoc Northside show on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Container, Pharmakon, Uniform, and Croatian Amor, and a free 7 PM in-store on June 16 at Rough Trade. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, no wristband or RSVP needed for the Rough Trade show. All of their dates are listed below.

A bit about that Baby's lineup: Container delivers some pretty wild techno (and recently released a new album), Pharmakon's noisy reputation proceeds her, and Uniform is a side project of members of Believer/Law and The Men. Croatian Amor is another of Loke Rahbek's projects--to add to the dizzying list--and traffics in something akin to ambient electronics. Listen to streams of all, with lists of tour dates for all, below.

Iceage in Portland, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)

As discussed, Uniform will be opening for Iceage, another member of the Danish invasion, when they play Glasslands on May 24. (To bring things full circle, Iceage's Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt contributed guitars to the LFY track "Epoetin Alfa" below) Tickets for that show are still available. Iceage also play Home Sweet Home with NYC punks Anasazi on May 25 in a special Sunday installation of the weekly Nothing Changes party. And, for good measure, we should mention that Danish punks Lower, who are also playing the Posh Isolation LA fest, bring their tour to Nothing Changes the following Wednesday, May 28 (two days before they play Acheron).

One last related note--as previously mentioned, Pharmakon is also playing Pitchfork's Northside show with Marissa Nadler, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Hey Doug!) and Couch Slut. Tickets are still available.

All Lust for Youth dates are listed, with the many streams, below...

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Craft Spells

Craft Spells will soon be back with their second album Nausea, which is their first new music in two years. While still making moody, atmospheric pop, main man Justin Paul Vallesteros goes for a grander sound this time, with songs layered with strings, wind instruments, mellotron and other keyboards. It's a nice record. Check out the pastoral "Komorebi" and the more typically Craft Spells-ian "Breaking The Angle Against The Tide" below.

Just after the new album's release Craft Spells will play NYC as part of the Captured Tracks Northside Showcase at Warsaw on June 13 with Beach Fossils, Juan Wauters, Axxa/Abraxas and Donovan Blanc. Tickets are still available. That's the start of a short East Coast / Midwest tour for the band. All dates are listed, along with the new songs streams, below...

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Hop Along at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean)
Hop Along

Brooklyn's Northside Festival is happening from June 12-15, and like last year, Pitchfork will put on two showcases, both at Saint Vitus.

The first on June 13 features Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rockers Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and NYC twee singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.

Then on June 14, it's headlined by dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, and otherwise features a heavier lineup -- though Marissa is known for her ties to the metal world -- of noise artist Pharmakon, industrial duo Youth Code, tech-death metallers Pyrrhon and sludgy local band Couch Slut.

Night 1 tickets and night 2 tickets are on sale. Flyers for both, below.

Hop Along also play NYC about a month later on their tour with Owls.

Marissa Nadler also plays a free Summerstage show.

Pyrrhon also open the Castevet show at Saint Vitus.

And there's never a lack of Frankie Cosmos shows in NYC, including Brooklyn Rod & Gun on Friday (5/9), Bowery Ballroom with Woods and Quilt, and Silent Barn with Radiator Hospital.

Flyers and a few videos below...

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BADBADNOTGOOD at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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As mentioned, Jazz hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD will release their new album, III, this week (5/6) via Innovative Leisure. You can now hear the album ahead of its official release by streaming it in full (via Exclaim) below. While you're at it, you can watch Noisey's "Getting Awkward in the Club with BADBADNOTGOOD" video which is pretty self explanatory.

BBNG also have a number of tour dates coming up in Europe, the US and Canada, including PopGun's Northside Festival party in NYC on June 12 at Glasslands with local R&B singer Ian Isiah. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

All dates are listed, with the LP stream and video, below...

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Daniel Rossen in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Daniel Rossen

Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles recently went on his first-ever solo tour which ended in his hometown of NYC last month (4/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He doesn't have another tour planned yet, but he will grace Brooklyn and London with more solo shows soon. He'll play NYC on June 14 at Knitting Factory, which is part of Northside Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

All dates are listed, with a video of Daniel at the Gene Clark tribute, below...

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Tweens at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Poppy Cincinnati punks Tweens have announced that they'll continue to support this year's self-titled debut LP (out now on Frenchkiss) with more tour dates. Those dates include a return to NYC on June 13 at Rough Trade NYC, which is part of the Northside Festival. Opening is Philly post punks Amanda X. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (5/2) at noon, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

All dates are listed, with the new-ish video for "Forever" from their LP, below...

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Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Thee Oh Sees

As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.

Thee Oh Sees' new album, Drop, was released on Record Store Day (4/19) and you can stream it via Rdio. Updated tour dates are listed below...

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Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy really do not stop touring. They brought their ongoing tour to NYC for two shows earlier this month, and they already have plans to return THREE more times in the near future. As mentioned in our NYC Record Store Day Guide, they'll play the big FREE RSD in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (4/19) afternoon with Nothing, Hospitality, Fear of Men, Palehound and more. They're also sticking around Brooklyn that day for a midnight show at Silent Barn with Arm Candy (more info).

As we also mentioned today in our Northside Festival update, Perfect Pussy will return for a TBA Brooklyn show during that festival (6/12-15). Stay tuned for more info on that.

Updated Perfect Pussy dates (including shows with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Potty Mouth) are listed, with a video of them at 285 Kent in 2013, below...

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Williamsburg Park last year (more by Dylan Johnson)
Williamsburg Park

As touched on in the Northside Festival lineup additions we just posted, the annual Northside Festival (June 12-19) will be hosting concerts at what-used-to-be Williamsburg Park at North 12th and Kent in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The name of the venue has changed to 50 Kent which much like 285 Kent is named after its actual address. June 13 and 14 shows with The War on Drugs ($20 adv, $25 day of) and Beirut ($35 adv and day of), which are happening during the actual Northside Festival, will kick off " a summer-long Northside Summer Concert Series at 50 Kent", though no other shows as part of that series have been announced yet.

The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
War on Drugs

As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.

There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.

Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).

There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.

Fuck Buttons

As mentioned, electronic duo Fuck Buttons are playing a NYC show as part of the Northside Festival in June before heading to Toronto for NXNE. The NYC show has now been revealed as happening June 15th at Warsaw in Brooklyn, and along with the Canadian date is part of a summer tour "with full live AV production" that kicks off 6/11 in Chicago.

Tickets for the NYC will probably go on sale soon, or you can get in with your Northside badge.

All dates are listed below...

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AHJ modeling his signature jacket
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Albert Hammond Jr., who released the AHJ EP last year, has announced a few North American tour dates in June with Phoenix, most of which are in Canada. Right after those dates, he'll play Brooklyn's Northside Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 with Drowners (who probably own a couple Strokes records). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon.

Meanwhile, Julian Casablancas just played Coachella (and will do so again this weekend) and will play Governors Ball in June (so do The Strokes). All Albert Hammond Jr. tour dates are listed below.

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Dead Milkmen @ Bowery Ballroom, April 2013 (more by PSquared)
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Philadelphia wiseass legends The Dead Milkmen have a few shows lined up for this year, including a stop at the 2014 Northside Festival. For that they'll play play Warsaw on June 14 with openers still to be determined. Tickets are on sale now.

While the band don't seem to have any new music in the works, they do have an official skateboard. All dates, plus a stream of their classic 1985 debut, Big Lizard in My Backyard, below...

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CHVRCHES at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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Scottish synth pop stars CHVRCHES have an upcoming tour that brings them to NYC for three sold-out Terminal 5 shows in May (5/2 - 5/4), and they've just announced that they'll be back in NYC for the Northside Festival, where they'll headline the FREE McCarren Park show on June 15. That's one of two free shows happening in McCarren park during Northside. Stay tuned for openers for this one, details on the other one, and RSVP info.

Updated CHVRCHES dates are listed below...

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Eagulls @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Eagulls

With their ripper of a debut out now, Eagulls will be spending a lot of time touring this year. The band will fly into Austin next week for SXSW where they'll play upwards of 10 shows, so if you're heading that way too you have a bunch of chances to see them. Then the band will be back in late spring for a proper North American tour which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 13. Near the end of the tour, the band will return to NYC for the Northside Festival, opening for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw on June 12. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the regular on-sale starting Friday (3/7) at noon. Tickets for the Northside show go on sale Thursday (3/6) at noon, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

Eagulls finished their last NYC run with a late-night show at Baby's All Right in January that was pure booze-fueled mayhem (though more on the part of the audience than then band). All of their SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, along with the new video for "Possessed," below...

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Omar Souleyman at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, who recently put out a Four Tet-produced album and whose live shows are always a party, will return to North America this June to play Bonnaroo, NXNE, and Brooklyn's just-announced Northside Festival. His Northside show happens on June 13 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

All Omar Souleyman dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
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The 2014 Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15, and the initial lineup was just announced. It includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, a co-bill with Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, Beach Fossils, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Mas Ysa, Luke Temple, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, Big Ups, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit and more. As usual, there will be two big free shows in McCarren Park on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Lineups for those shows, other specifics on the Northside schedule, and many more artists TBA. Badges are on sale now.

The film portion runs from June 16-19 and more details on that are here.

Full initial music lineup below...

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Courtney Barnett in Chicago in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Courtney Barnett

Australia's wordy psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett just brought her tour to NYC for two sold-out shows, and with plans to return to the Northeast for Toronto's NXNE and Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, she'll squeeze in two more NYC shows this June. Now playing increasingly larger venues, Courtney will hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 (part of the Northside Festival, which Sharon Van Etten is also confirmed for) and Bowery Ballroom on June 17. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with a AmEx presales starting Wednesday (3/5) at noon.

Courtney's 2012 double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, officially gets an American release on April 15 via Mom + Pop. Stream it in full, along with the list of dates, below...

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photos by Lukas Hodge

Merchandise / Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent, 6/15/2013
Merchandise
Destruction Unit

The dream pop band with the punk rook roots, Merchandise, brought their North American tour with Milk Music and Destruction Unit to 285 Kent on a very busy Saturday night (6/15), as part of Northside Festival. The sold-out show was one of two gigs for first band of the night, Destruction Unit, who by all accounts came out looking more like a headliner than a band warming up for the "real attraction." (Destruction Unit played higher on the bill one night later at Shea Stadium) Pictures from 285 Kent are below.

The jaunt included recent stops to Chaos in Tejas and NXNE, and two of the three bands recently released videos during their tour (Merchandise for "Totale Night" and Destruction Unit for "Sonic Pearl").

More pics from Saturday night are below...

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Phosphorescent at McCarren Park - 6/15/13 (via doNYC)
Phosphorescent

Matthew Houck's indie folk collective Phosphorescent have been touring behind their excellent new album Muchacho, and just played a free show in Matthew's current hometown of Brooklyn. The show was the first of two free Northside shows in McCarren Park and also included The Walkmen, Friend Roulette, and Abadabad. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?

Phosphorescent's tour includes another NYC-area date happening at Montauk's Surf Lodge on June 30, as part of that venue's free Summer Concert Series, and now Pitchfork points out that they've just expanded that tour to include many more dates. A couple of the dates are supporting Robert Plant (who used to be in some band called Led Zeppelin), including his previously discussed Celebrate Brooklyn! show on July 27 at Prospect Park. Tickets for that show are still available.

The day after that show (7/28), Phosphorescent also play Camden, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival, which runs that whole weekend (July 26-28) in Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. Other artists playing include Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Dr. John, Lord Huron, and more. Tickets for that festival are available.

Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of Muchacho's standout single, "Song for Zula," below...

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by Andrew Sacher

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Speedy Ortiz at Big Snow - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Speedy Ortiz

After catching Chance the Rapper at Europa on Saturday (6/15), I finished my day 3 of Northside Festival at Big Snow for the Exploding In Sound showcase. The place had already hit capacity by around 9 PM (not an everyday feat for Big Snow), and every band I saw was pretty great. The similarly styled stop-start post-hardcore of Grass Is Green and Two Inch Astronaut (who were playing much of the material from their new album, Bad Brother, out this week) was totally on point. Not only do both bands have the chops for their sometimes-technical sounds, but they've got a ton of power on stage too.

One of the main attractions of the night was Speedy Ortiz, whose debut album, Major Arcana comes out on July 9 via their new label home, Carpark Records. Speedy's a great band recorded, but they bring even more rage live. Singer Sadie Dupuis screams more, their guitars ring with layers of distortion, and guitarist Matt Robidoux ended up crowd surfing at least once. They have a great time on stage too. Performance stuff aside, one of the most memorable moments of the show was the drummer singing "Started From the Bottom" and then dedicating their next song to Yeezus.

And though Speedy was the fastest-rising band on that bill, there was tons of love for headliners Pile. The whole crowd became a push pit, with crowdsurfers knocking into Big Snow's light fixture, and anyone looking to "watch" the band standing on top of whatever amp or couch they could find lining the venue. The band sounded great too, straddling the line between indie rock melodies and punk intensity. Their 2012 album, Dripping is a good (and underrated) one, and a recommended listen if you haven't checked it out.

Unfortunately, I missed the earlier bands at Big Snow on Saturday. If you were there, how were they? You can catch Speedy Ortiz in NYC again when they play their record release show at Death by Audio on July 5 with a great bill of Roomrunner and California X. Updated Speedy dates are listed, along with streams of their recent singles, below...

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photo by Caroline Harrison)

Torche @ 285 Kent, 6/14/2013
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285 Kent has seen it's share of wildness over the years, but Friday night during Northside Festival was a different animal. Floridian bubblegum-sludge favorites Torche headlined the space along with KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma, one of only a handful of metal shows to grace the space (Pitchfork's Show No Mercy was another). More photos and video from the show are up at InvisibleOranges.

The show was one of two Inter Arma shows in Brooklyn, with the band also hitting Union Pool the next day as part of an Invisible Oranges event for Summer Thunder where they were joined by Anicon and Pyrrhon.

by Andrew Sacher

Destruction Unit @ Shea Stadium - 6//16/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Destruction Unit

I wrapped up my weekend/music portion of the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium last night (6/16) for the Impose/My Social List show which featured a killer lineup all around. The show kicked off with a set from Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood. The crowd was still pretty small during their opening set, and they seemed like they'd be a lot more fun to see in a more crowded room, but still powered through a set of sludge, guitar noise, and a nice little Who/Nirvana-style freakout at the end, knocking over their drum kit and mic stands.

They were followed by Brooklyn post-hardcore four piece Big Ups, who really started getting the show going pretty wild. These guys play locally a lot, but I'd somehow never managed to catch them until last night and man did they win me over. They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.

Then came psych punks Destruction Unit, whose tour with Merchandise and Milk Music had hit 285 Kent a night earlier (6/15), to up the volume in the room by about 80%. I first caught the triple-guitar noisemakers on a bridge at SXSW and they were the kind of band that blew you away even if you weren't too familiar with their songs. Last night was no different. Being that they were on a real stage (and not insanely overcrowded with an audience coming from all angles), it started off a bit less manic, but the freakouts soon came. The singer was falling over his stage monitor a few songs in as the other two guitarists were zoned out and wailing away, and the bassist and drummer just kept a tight, menacing groove throughout the entire thing. They really pile on walls of guitars, and they've got a Sonic Youth-y way of all being individually interesting but mainly contributing to the greater good of the whole noise. These guys have a new record, Deep Trip, due out on August 20 via Sacred Bones (following a new single on Suicide Squeeze) and that can't come soon enough.

Finally, the show concluded with a set from Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who may not have had the volume of the band prior, but they were easily the most consistently fast band on the bill. Drummer Daniel Pitout seriously pounds away at that kit as guitarist Brody McKnight and bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic come together to create a blend of melody and noisy dissonance (in a very Sonic Youth way) as Andrea switches between piercing screams and a psychedelic, hushed moan. They came to NYC for the show after playing NXNE in their home country, which you can check out pictures of.

Check out a few more instagrams from the show below...

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