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Twin Sister at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Twin Sister

Twin Sister, who played BV-Northside at MHOW in 2010, and played MHOW during Northside again in 2011, will be playing a Northside show once again this year. This time it's the Stereogum/Cameo showcase at Cameo Gallery on Saturday (6/16) with Guards, Physical Therapy, Caged Animals, Blonds, and Phonetag. Tickets for that show are available and we're giving away a pair. Contest details are below. It's the only announced show for Twin Sister at the moment.

Speaking of Northside shows at Cameo, as mentioned, Daughn Gibson plays his there on Thursday (6/14) and tickets are still available.

A Twin Sister video and contest details below...

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Jens Lekman @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jens

Jens Lekman, whose upcoming Brooklyn show with Of Montreal was moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park, now reports:

"Regarding Northside Festival in NY this Friday - Me and my band had unexplained difficulties with our visas resulting in the band not being able to make it. This is very frustrating to me as I have been rehearsing with the band for weeks and we were going to perform a whole new set. Neverthless, I was able to find a way to make it by myself. So instead I will be doing a solo acoustic set before Of Montreal and YOU will have to be my band. I'll do some classics, you sing along, we'll have a good time. "
$37.58 tickets are still on sale or you can get in with your Northside Badge.

The BrooklynVegan showcase, which will have openers announced shortly, is also that same night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman and Frankie Rose. Tickets are also still on sale (or stop by with your Northside Badge).

Listen to a new Jens song HERE.

These United States

Rootsy Brooklites (and North Carolinians) These United States release their fifth album on June 12 and the self-tiled long player is being streamed the week prior to it's release and you can listen to it below. It features guest appearances from Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, and Phosphorescent.

The band are set to spend the summer on the road promoting the new record including a stop at the Northside Festival, playing the Knitting Factory on Friday, June 15 with Grand Rapids (who play Big Snow tonight) and Your 33 Black Angels. Tickets are still available, or if you have a Northside badge you can use that but entrance is based on capacity.

All These United States tour dates are below, along with the album stream.

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I Know What Love Isn't

As you may have heard, Jens Lekman is playing the Northside Festival next week, a big outdoor show that was recently moved to McCarren Park on June 15 with Of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils. It's his only North American date at this time.

Wouldn't you know it, Jens has a new album coming out, I Know What Love Isn't, his first in five years which will be out September 4 on Secretly Canadian. Here's Jon Coombs' forward to the album that Jens just posted on his website:

Tracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens / you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun." A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.

I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination. In "The World Moves On" he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus "and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully". Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.

Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few sombre colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains - "I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air." A dry country piano makes "Become Someone Else's" lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in "Erica America" soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force.

In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. "I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country. The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories."

And that's what I Know What Love Isn't... is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.

That's the album art above and you can hear the first single, Prefab Sprout-y "Erica America," below along with the album tracklist and a list of all current tour dates.

Continue reading "Jens Lekman releasing new LP in September (stream a track); playing Northside Fest Next week"

by Bill Pearis

Beach Day

While one could argue whether or not we need any more bands names with the word "beach" in them, Hollywood, FL trio Beach Day do avoid reverbed-out production and most of the other sonic signifiers associated with the term these days, in favor of '60s R&B/girl group pop. You can stream a couple songs over at their Bandcamp.

Beach Day will make their NYC debut next week. They'll play during the Northside Festival at the Kanine Records showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 that also features Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, plus guests Class Actress and Air Waves. Tickets are available now, or you can get in with your Northside badge (limited number of badges get in). Beach day also play Pianos the day before (June 13) with Ski Lodge, Cool Serbia and The Hudson Branch, and advance tickets are available now.

The flyer for the Kanine Northside show is below.

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Of Montreal at Webster Hall in March 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Of Montreal

The Jens Lekman/Of Montreal/Thermals/Beach Fossils show on June 15, part of the Northside Festival, has been moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park where the Northside shows were last year. Here's the reason from the Northside folks:

Since we'll be starting SummerScreen in early July, we thought it would be best to keep all our shows in your favorite neighborhood park, so we're coming home to the corner of Berry and N. 12th St, smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg, and a short jaunt from the Bedford L Train.

If you've already bought your ticket, no worries! Just bring it to McCarren Park on the date of the show, and we'll usher you in with open arms.

And if you don't already have tickets, they're still available -- or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those.

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by BBG

Citizens Arrest at Europa in 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Citizens Arrest

Screaming Females dropping off of the previously discussed Warsaw show on June 14th due to Marisa's sickness was a bit of a blow. Thankfully, the guys in Citizens Arrest have swooped in to take their place! Tickets for Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who just played Europa) are on sale or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

The show is one of several US dates scheduled for the great Royal Headache, including another NYC show at Cake Shop on June 13th. So far the band is still waiting on clearances for their visas so they can kick off their tour at Chaos in Tejas this weekend. The tour was originally scheduled to begin on the West Coast last week, but those dates were rescheduled due to visa issues. Check out all updated Royal Headache dates below and fingers crossed for their safe passage to the US!

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by BBG

Ladder Devils

Ladder Devils, which features members of The Minor Times, have teased us with a few tastes of their Am-Rep style post-hardcore, but it wasn't until recently that the band had ventured into the studio to knock out a full exhibition. Enter Nowhere Plans, the band's debut LP for Brutal Panda which is due June 26th and available for preorder now. Limited to 500 pieces of vinyl, the album spans nine tracks, one of which, "Good Enough Methodology," is available for streaming for the first time below.

Ladder Devils are on board to support Harkonen (as part of their East Coast jaunt) at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie with Whores and The Atlas Moth. The day before, look for Harkonen to play the BrooklynVegan/Brutal Panda Northside showcase which is happening June 15 at Union Pool. Tickets to the Brooklyn are still available (or use your Northside badge). Tickets to the Philadelphia show are still available too.

Stream that new Ladder Devils track below, along with some previously-available material.

Continue reading "Ladder Devils releasing 'Nowhere Plans' (stream a song)"

Jack White

Jack White is in town and tonight (5/21) plays the first of two sold-out Roseland shows with openers the Alabama Shakes. He's also among the growing list of artists playing the ACL Festival this year, which happens October 12 - 14 in Austin, TX. The line-up was revealed via lottery-style scratch-off tickets that were placed in locations around Austin over the weekend and today. Other confirmed performers include Black Keys, Andrew Bird and Delta Spirit. UPDATE: The full ACL lineup has been announced.

When not touring and releasing highly-collectible vinyl via his Third Man record label (like new 7" single "Freedom at 21," due out June 11), Jack has kept himself busy trying to get into the Guiness Book of World Records by using the most metaphors during a single concert. An attempt was made Saturday night (5/19) in Gulf Shores, Alabama:

At Jack White's headlining performance in Gulf Shores, Alabama last night, Guinness officials were anxiously awaiting the beginning of Mr. White's concert (the start of which is apparently very difficult to determine stated Guinness Records reps, music being played notwithstanding). They were there so that they could begin the exhausting process of counting each and every metaphor that occurred onstage as Mr. White attempted to break the record of most metaphors in a single concert.

They definitely had a task in front of them as in the first song alone, three officials that were flown in from the Guinness world headquarters in the anteroom of the Salt and Muskrat pub in Tipperary, counted no less than twelve hundred and three metaphors in three minutes.

Some metaphors were lyrical and others came from moments such as lighting changes and even the calm weather itself during the chorus which momentarily had the feel of Grandma's house in winter. By the seventh song alone the hard work led two of the Guinness officials to wander to the catering table, leaving the counting to their partner who, new to the grueling scientific process involved, accidentally counted 312 similes and three mere comparisons.

Metaphors were occurring in the thousands by this point, some coming from the clothing the musicians had on, others from the colors used on one of the microphone cables which were easter candy blue, making the task of counting extremely trivial or at the very least hard work.

Then tragedy struck and the record attempt had to be forfeited by Jack White when during the second half of the set Mr. White trivialized a metaphor by saying it too quickly. It was something about the moon being a faucet of light but was uttered too fast to be counted.

Guinness representatives will return to tomorrow night's show to begin the exhaustive, scientific, and absolutely authoritative and factual process all over again.

Maybe Jack will break the record tonight at Roseland or one of the other dates on this tour, all of which are listed below.

In related news, Third Man recording artists The Black Belles have announced a new round of North American tour dates that include a June 14 stop at Knitting Factory as part of the Panache Booking Northside Festival showcase that also includes Grass WidowTurbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, and Snack MachineTickets for that show are on sale now. All Black Belles tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jack White's in town, playing ACL, making Guiness Book record attempts; Black Belles touring, playing Northside"

Screaming Females at Red 7 earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Screaming Females

It makes us very sad to have to announce that we are canceling all Screaming Females dates from now through June 14. Marissa has mono and the doctor says no shows for a month. Don't worry, we will be back in your hometown before you know it. -[Screaming Females]
That means the rest of their current tour including Chaos in Tejas and Northside Festival. Right now, the cancellations will not affect upcoming appearances as part of C.L.I.T. Fest, Riot Fest, or a few select dates in the EU.

All current Screaming Females dates are listed below. Mono is no fun...get well soon Marissa!

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Art for Shiner's The Egg
Shiner - The Egg

Shiner was a band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998.[1] A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002.
Shiner called it quits with a show in their native Kansas City in January of 2003, with its members taking to projects like Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, The Life & Times, With Knives, and many others.

Close to ten years later, the band is back for a quintet of reunion shows in the US in celebrate of The Egg's reissue, due on August 7th. The dates include stops in Lawrence, Kansas, Chicago, LA and NYC at Irving Plaza on August 11th with Errortype:11. Tickets are on sale.

In related news, Errortype:11 shares members of Primitive Weapons, who will team with Whores, Family, and Tiger Flowers at Saint Vitus on June 13th. Tickets are on sale. As previously mentioned, Whores will also play Union Pool on June 15th with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, and Fight Amp as part of a Brutal Panda/BV-BBG Northside event. Tickets are still available, or get in with your Northside badge.

A listing of all Shiner tour dates and a teaser video for The Egg reissue are below.

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Caveman at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (more by David Andrako)
Caveman

As mentioned several times, the Northside Festival goes down in Brooklyn from June 14 - 17. We're excited to announce that the Official BrooklynVegan Showcase will take place on June 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman, Frankie Rose, and two more artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/18) at noon or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

Caveman recently returned from a spring tour which culminated in their appearance at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM. They'll play the previously mentioned 'Audiophile' show at Brooklyn Museum TONIGHT (5/17) with NewVIllager.

A list of all Caveman and Frankie Rose dates and some videos below...

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Future of The Left at #HotelVegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Future of The Left

The previously discussed Future of The Left date as part of Northside Festival is now officially announced for June 17th at Europa (support TBA). The show is their only US date scheduled thus far. Tickets are on sale or get in with your Northside badge.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Exitmusic @ Le Poisson Rouge
Exitmusic

Secretly Canadian will release Exitmusic's new album Passage on May 22. Listen to the whole thing below.

Exitmusic, who just played Le Poisson Rouge as part of their tour with School of Seven Bells (which also hit Austin), are playing NYC again as part of the Northside Festival at Brooklyn Bowl on June 16 with Exitmusic, Ape School, and Field Mouse (tickets), and then again at Mercury Lounge on June 28 (tickets)

All dates (including NXNE), the album stream, and more pictures from the LPR show, below...

Continue reading "Exitmusic streaming new album, announced more shows, played LPR (pics & dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Wymond Miles - "Pale Moon" (MP3)

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<p>When <a href=we mentioned that Crystal Stilts played 285 Kent with Woods over the weekend, it was their only announced non-festival date. I guess technically that's still true, but not really, because they're now set to play the Sacred Bones party at the Northside Festival on Glasslands on June 17. The lineup also includes Amen Dunes, Iceage side-project War who are now called VÅR, Wymond Miles (of Fresh & Onlys), and Warthog. Tickets are on sale now.

It's probably a good idea that War changed their name, and according to the band, VÅR (which translates to "spring") is not just a change in name, but also a change in direction. They've released their first new video as VÅR (pictured above), for the track, "In Your Arms," which you can watch below. Their debut LP is set to come out next year on Sacred Bones. The Northside party will be the US live debut for VÅR.

Amen Dunes in Chicago in February (more by Grant MacAllister)
Amen Dunes

Speaking of Amen Dunes, he just released the Ethio Covers 7", which consists of three covers of Ethiopian songs. One of those, "Ethio Song," can be streamed below.

For Wymond Miles, the Northside show is part of a June tour he'll be going on, most of which is with labelmates Psychic Ills (who plays Death by Audio on 5/25 with Ex Cops and PC Worship). That tour will be in support of Under the Pale Moon, his debut full length and followup to the Earth Has Doors EP, which came out earlier this year. Under the Pale Moon will be released on June 12 via Sacred Bones. Download the track, "Pale Moon," above or stream it below.

Lastly, Warthog (formerly Chain Wallet) is a new Brooklyn "supergroup" which includes Chris Hansell (who left The Men in 2011 to be replaced by Ben Greenberg aka Hubble) and members of Nomos, Nude Beach, Creem, and Dawn of Humans. They played their first show at 538 Johnson on April 8 with Hoax, Veins, and Raw Nerve. Check out footage of most of that show below.

All dates, videos, and streams below...

Continue reading "War changed name to VÅR, making U.S. debut @ Sacred Bones showcase (w/ Crystal Stilts, Wymond Miles & Amen Dunes)"

DOWNLOAD: Kool Keith - "New York" (Remix) featuring Agallah & Don Bishop (MP3)

Mayor bloomberg need a helicopter to drop bags of hydroxycut over the city of New York for some of these chicks. I see huge stomachs - Kool Keith

just watched porn scene with chick wearing uggz boots - Kool Keith

Next show I should hologram Elvis, James Brown and have Ronald Reagan as my dj - Kool Keith

Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ultramagnetic MCs

Master of the absurd and consequently a favorite on twitter, Kool Keith will one again team with his original crew Ultramagnetic MCs for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th as part of the Northside Festival (who just announced like 100 new bands). Tickets are on AMEX presale now and go on regular sale on Friday, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

The Bronx hip hop legends reunited with Kool Keith last year at BB King's and ATP NJ.

In related news, Kool Keith ALSO has a solo show of his own as part of the Northside Festival. Look for the man of many pseudonyms to bless Brooklyn Bowl on June 14th with Lushlife. Tickets are on sale or use your Northside badge.

Keith is preparing to release his new LP, which according to a press statement may be his last, Love & Danger on June 5th via Junkadelic Music (preorder it). Download the remix for "New York" (the original appears on the LP) featuring appearances from Agallah and Don Bishop above. Check out the video for the original below.

Continue reading "Ultramagnetic MCs and Kool Keith playing Northside Fest (together and separate); new album on the way"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Zambri - ICBYS (Ice Choir Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ice Choir - Teletrips (MP3)

Zambri

Fixtures on the Brooklyn scene for a while now, sisterly duo Zambri released their debut, House of Baasa, about a month ago o Kanine records. Dark and sweaty, it's a bit like a Jungle Themed Siouxsie Sioux with a number of standout tracks -- "Carry," "ICBYS," and "Hundred Hearts" which you can watch the video for below. You can stream the whole album below as well.

Zambri have a few other dates coming up -- including the Kanine Records Northside showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 with Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day and some TBDs -- which are all listed below.

Zambri, with their seriously awesome drummer and complicated microphones, play tonight (5/10) at Public Assembly as part of a pretty good bill. Also playing are Computer Magic (aka Brooklynite Danielle Johnson) who makes appealing retro-y synthpop. Her debut EP, Orion, is out now and you can stream it below.

Openers Test House just released their debut EP, Bitemarks, a couple weeks ago. The duo make glitchy dance music and you can stream the EP below. They have a pedigree too: Peter Schuette used to be in Silk Flowers and Psychobuildings, and James Elliot spent time in Bear in Heaven and School of Seven Bells.

DJing between sets is Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who also fronts '80s romo-loving Ice Choir. Feldman remixed Zambri's "ICBYS" which is downloadable above, and they just dropped the first taste of Ice Choir's debut album, Afar, which is out in July on Underwater Peoples. You can download that above too.

Streams and Zambri tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Zambri released 'House of Baasa,' playing tonight with Computer Magic, Test House & DJ Ice Choir (who have a new MP3) "

DOWNLOAD: Niki & the Dove - The Fox (MP3)

Swedish duo Niki & the Dove will release their debut album, Instinct, on Sub Pop on August 7. That's the airbrush-overload cover art above. (You can get it via iTunes on June 12.) Before that they'll be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival, playing the Popgun party at Glasslands on June 14 with openers Selebrities. A limited number of Northside badges will be admitted, but advance tickets are on sale now.

In September, like The Vaselines, Niki & the Dove will be in for the Bumbershoot Festival (Sub Pop is currating a stage). The Vaselines also have an upcoming NYC show.

Niki & the Dove were last here in March right before SXSW and you can see photos from their Knitting Factory show here. Music videos for "Tomorrow" and "The Fox" are below.

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Little Dragon @ Le Baron (as seen on the BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Little Dragon

Little Dragon, who were just in town to play and record a show at Le Baron (picture above), will headline a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Friday, August 10 (five days after they play Lollapalooza) with Frankie Rose and a DJ set by Voices of Black.

Meanwhile, Frankie Rose, who just played a show at Mercury Lounge with DIIV (who she also played Chicago and Austin with), will co-headline the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more details TBA).

Frankie is also on the lineup of the just-announced, multi-venue Pygmalion Music Festival in the Chicago area (September 27-29, 2012). Also on that lineup are Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr., Cloud Nothings, Tennis, Owen, Willis Earl Beal, and many more.

All Little Dragon dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Little Dragon playing Prospect Park w/ Frankie Rose who's playing a BrooklynVegan Northside show"

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

Jens Lekman

Five shows is now six. Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils performing an all-ages show at the new Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15. It's what surely will be the headlining event at the 2012 Northside Festival. Entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis for Northside badge-holders, though there is no guarantee of admission if badge capacity is filled. If you don't want to take your chances with getting in with a badge, tickets ($33.50) go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon.

It's been five years since Jens Lekman's last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala. When are we getting something new? Jens' latest online missive:

The topic for the month of May is : Coffee

When people ask me about my production rate the last five years I sometimes say "Well you can't pour manure in an espresso machine and expect a cappucino to come out". By which I mean that some things you just go through, you don't write about them or make art out of them.

But then my friend informed me that the worlds finest and most expensive coffee is made out of the shit from a small civet. So that backfired on me.

But I've grinded these beans for you now and I finished the last mixes last night. I just have some mastering to do and some design to finish. Two-three different bands to rehearse with for the tours. Three videos to make. A million interviews to sit through. A few months to let the distributors and labels set up their plans. A summer of being worried about what you're going to think of the album. And then it will be out.

How do you take it? Milk? Sugar?

Jens did release an EP at the end of 2011 though.

The 2012 Northside Festival happens June 14 - 17 at most of the venues in Williamsburg / Greenpoint. Badges are on sale now.

by Bill Pearis

Chairlift play Webster Hall tonight (5/8, tickets still available) and if you're going you would do well to consider getting there early for openers Ice Choir. (Laurel Halo also plays.) It's the newer band from Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who used to front 8-bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild.

The Ice Choir recently announced that their debut album, AFAR, will be released by Underwater Peoples on July 31. The label, mainly known for hazy stoner-friendly guitar rock, seems like an odd match for a band whose main influences seem to be Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout but people can like all sorts of different styles of music, so so can labels. The album was produced by Feldman and mixed by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.

No tracks from AFAR have been released for us to hear yet, but album art is below and you can stream both sides of Ice Choir's debut single which came out last year on Shelf Life records. The band also have a few more shows lined up and those are below as well.

Also below are updated Chairlift tour dates and a capella live version of their song "Have We Met Before?" performed by an all-female choir comprised of local indie scene talent.

Continue reading "Ice Choir opening for Chairlift tonight, releasing 'AFAR' in July"

Olivia Tremor Control at Austin Psych Fest - 4/28/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Olivia Tremor Control

Olivia Tremor Control, who just played Austin Psych Fest, have a few scattered dates scheduled around Europe and the states, including shows at Primavera Sound, Pitchfork, and Elephant Six stronghold of Athens GA. In addition, the band has announced a lone stop in the Northeast (so far), hitting NYC on June 16th at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/11) at noon OR you can try to get in with your Northside Festival badge.

All tour dates and a live video from the Dallas show they played the night before Austin, below....

Continue reading "Olivia Tremor Control add Northside Brooklyn date between Primavera & Pitchfork Fest (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Millions (MP3)

Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012 (more)
Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012

Roanoke Virginia's Eternal Summers will release their second full-length LP, Correct Behavior, on July 24 via Kanine Records. The band have just released "Millions" from the album which, deservedly, got Best New Track on Pitchfork. With barely a hint of reverb, "Millions" is the shiniest, poppiest thing we've heard yet from the band, a major step forward for them.

Eternal Summers, who recently reissued previous EPs and 7"s on one record, are also lining up summer dates, which include visits to Toronto's NXNE Festival (June 13) and Northside Festival (June 14 at Knitting Factory). Click through for all tour dates, plus Correct Behavior artwork and tracklisting.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers releasing 'Correct Behavior' (MP3), playing Northside Festival & other dates"

GZA at MHOW earlier this month (more by Erik Erikson)
GZA

As mentioned, GZA who just played MHOW with Bad Brains, will return to the Brooklyn venue on June 14 to play Liquid Swords in full, backed by Grupo Fantasma. That show sold out but GZA just announced a late show to happen at Music Hall of Williamsburg that same night (6/14). Like the early show, it is part of the Northside Festival and he'll be performing Liquid Swords backed by Grupo Fantasma. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/2) at noon.

Grupo Fantasma will co-headline their own Brooklyn show at the Bell House on 7/13 with Debo Band. Tickets are on sale.

A video from GZA's MHOW show earlier this month and all GF dates below...

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