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by Andrew Sacher

Chance the Rapper @ Europa - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper is about to embark on a major tour supporting Mac Miller, but before that, he stopped in NYC for a headlining gig at Europa on Saturday (6/15) (part of the Northside Festival), his first ever in the city and first of two in under a week. The place was sold out and filled with people who knew every word. They were probably gonna go nuts no matter what Chance did, but he put on a show deserving of all the love. It's pretty clear from his Acid Rap mixtape and interviews that he's a little quirky, and that came off live too. He'd rap with the mic on the stand or do these sort of weirdly robotic dance moves, but he also knew how to go all out party-rap, jumping around on stage and getting the crowd waving their arms and shouting along.

He played mainly stuff off Acid Rap, and more than a few of those tracks are bangers live. Cuts like "Juice," "Smoke Again," and "Favorite Song" really lit the place up and hardly needed Chance on the mic with how loud everyone was singing along. He had a few surprises in there too, like when his DJ randomly dropped "Harlem Shake." It wasn't the longest set, and when it ended, it seemed pretty clear that the crowd was wishing he wouldn't stop.

Chance's next NYC show is at SOB's on Thursday (6/20), which is also sold out, and then his tour with Mac Miller (and The Internet and Vince Staples) brings him back to the NYC-area in July for shows at Hammerstein (7/11) and the Stone Pony Summer Stage (7/14) (tickets). From the looks of his Europa show, it won't be too long before Chance is headlining venues that size himself.

Check out some videos from the Europa show below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kylesa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/14/13

After spending most of my Friday night (6/14) of the Northside Festival at the Invisible Oranges showcase (pictures on the way), I headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was hosting a pretty like-minded bill, to catch headliners Kylesa. Kylesa's current tour is surrounding the recent release of their psychedelic new album, Ultraviolet, but they've actually only been playing a few cuts off of that, instead choosing to split their set pretty evenly between material from their last five albums. The album that got the most representation was 2009's breakout album, Static Tensions, and they dug even further back to tracks like "Where The Horizon Unfolds" and "Bottom Line" too.

With Kylesa's ever-changing sound, their fanbase is becoming pretty split. Those who prefer the older material were probably happy to see how generous Kylesa were with providing it, but everything that characterizes them as a band today was present at the show too. Phillip Cope is now equipped with a more massive electronic rig than usual, allowing him to throw the band's increasingly drone-y atmospheres into their sludgefest, and their light show is more similar to Tame Impala's than it is to most other metal bands. And with Laura Pleasants singing more than ever before on the new album, she fronted the band at the show as much as Phillip did. Needless to tell anyone who's seen them before, but if you haven't, they totally rip on stage. Not a boring moment the entire show.

Check out some videos and the full setlist from the show below...

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

Inter Arma @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Inter Arma

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

The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway 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. Set times for most shows are available on Northside's Sched.org site. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.

The Walkmen, Phosphorescent & More @ McCarren Park (Northside)
Hamilton Leithauser will again bulge his neck veins while screaming for The Walkmen today, bringing his band's dark and jangle pop to McCarrren Park along with Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, Abadabad. If you didn't get free tickets, you can always just hang in the park and listen. Banana Republic outfits are optional.

Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Calexico, who also played NXNE and Bonaroo this week, round out a busy week by headlining Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park tonight. Supporting them will be Peruvian singer-songwriter Susana Baca, Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho and African vocal/percussion group Akoko Nante Ensemble. A very diverse, FREE Celebrate Brooklyn! show with talent from three different continents.

Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Central Park
You can head to Central Park Summerstage during the day for some FREE music from baroque pop legends The Zombies and two more contemporary (but still great) artists Django Django (who just played Bonnaroo) and the Nancy&Lee stylings of Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. UPDATE: Show is now evening, starting at 6 PM. Still free.

Caged Animals, Coastgaard, The Denzels, Juniper Rising @ Dr. Martens Stage (Northside)
You know how The L Magazine does that "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now" issue? Four of those bands are playing an afternoon show on an outdoor stage set up at N3 and Bedford. 2 PM - 6 PM and it's FREE.

Nothing's Too Good for the Common People: A Paul Kelly Retrospective @ Cantor Film Center
Chickfactor 21 comes to a close with this free, all-afternoon screening of filmmaker Paul Kelly's work, including the NYC premieres of Lawrence of Belgravia (about the eccentric Felt/Demin frontman) and Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, plus his collaborations with Saint Etienne, Finnestiere, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This Is Tomorrow, the latter two of which are also making their NYC premeires. FREE and visit Chickfactor for the details and the poster is below.

Merchandise, Milk Music, Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Merchandise's croon-y dream pop headlines a sold-out 285 Kent tonight along with Dino-Jr uber fans Milk Music, but another major attraction to the bill is Southwestern psych-punk favorites Destruction Unit. If you can make it to 285, do NOT miss them.

Black Flag @ Warsaw (Northside)
No matter which side of the fence you are on regarding the Black Flag reunion, one thing is for sure, the band's appearance last night and tonight is nothing short of a major event. Catch them at the Warsaw again tonight with Good For You and Cinema Cinema.

Yellow Ostrich, Braids, Widowspeak @ Cameo (Northside)
This is an all around solid bill, but we're most excited for Braids, who are doing a pretty good job reinventing themselves this year with their new style that we'll hear more of soon on Flourish // Perish, which is being released by Arbutus (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Doldrums). If you're going to that show, be sure to catch their set.

Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile & more @ Big Snow (Northside)
If you're into DIY and '90s-inspired indie rock, the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow is pretty much the place to be tonight. All of the bands are playing are great, but perhaps the most exciting band on the bill is Speedy Oritz, who just released a great single from their much-anticipated debut album, Major Arcana (due out 7/9 via Carpark). This Northside show is technically "unofficial" but your badge will save you two bucks at the door.

Chance the Rapper @ Europa (Northside)
Another hot Northside show this weekend is Chance the Rapper, whose career is seriously elevating due to the success of his Acid Rap mixtape. He plays a sold-out show at Europa tonight, so if you don't have tickets and are using a badge, get there early. He's got another (also sold out) NYC show at SOB's next week.

Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Sannhet & more @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
's tech-y take on Mastodon-ian sludge isn't for everyone, and if it isn't then the post-metal gods in Mouth of the Architect or the post-everything Brooklyn favorites Sannhet just might be. Scale the Summit's instrumentalists are also on board.

Subhumans @ Bowery Ballroom
UK anarchopunk greats Subhumans are back in the US again (yay), and have roped in support from World/Inferno Friendship Society and Blanks 77 for a show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Oof. So many great choices!

Summer Thunder w/ Inter Arma, Anicon, Pyrrhon
Inter Arma
played last night's Invisible Oranges showcase with Torche at 285 Kent, and now the band headlines a FREE show at Union Pool during the day (doors at 2!) with Anicon and Pyrrhon. Drink specials, good riffs and great tacos. Win/win/win. Stick around for....

Limp Wrist @ Union Pool (Northside)
OMG. Limp Wrist is playing. The legendary Queercore punk gods will undoubtedly tear Union Pool apart and I cannot wait. Look for support from Princess Tiny and the Meats and In School. Unmissable.

Weekend, Yvette, Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
Weekend's terrific, gothy new album, Jinx, is still a month away but you can get a taster tonight on this diverse bill that also features brainy Memphis rapper Cities Aviv and noisy Brooklynites Yvette. Tickets are still available for this early show. Weekend recently played two new tracks live on Newtown Radio and you can watch video of that below.

Kingdom, Dan Bodan @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
Stick around the Knit for the late show with Brooklyn producer Kingdom, who just released his new EP in late May. Support will come from Dan Bodan,who played his first live U.S. show back in late May, as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary Party.

Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center with openers Ra Ra Riot.  Tickets are still available.

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
While it was sad that The Pastels had visa issues and couldn't make it to NYC, it has made it possible for somewhat secret openers Yo La Tengo (under their oft-used Condo Fucks pseudonym) to headline Maxwell's at least one last time. There are "special guests" now too. Sold out, of course.

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Maxwell's
We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in New Jersey today for the second time this week. The band opened for Ra Ra Riot at The Stone Pony on Thursday, and after a brief stop in Virginia, they will be headlining Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight. (Late show, after YLT.) No NYC dates announced for the Scottish indie rockers, so this is your best chance to see them in the area.

The Jazz Butcher circa mid-'80s

The Jazz Butcher, Gold Bears & more @ Spike Hill (Northside)
NYC Popfest was only a couple weekends ago, but the organizers are back with their own Northside showcase, and have pulled a coup, getting eccentric cult indie artist The Jazz Butcher for his first NYC show in over 10 years. He's brought crucial sideman Max Eider with him and let's hope he gets to sing some of his songs too. Also playing: Television Personalities' satellite members Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone, plus Georgia bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions. Tickets are still available.

Christopher Owens @ The Slipper Room
The onetime Girls frontman recently released an acoustic version of his solo album, Lysandre, and has been playing similarly unplugged shows, like this -- the first of two nights at this tiny LES club.

Classixx, Fred Falke, Headband & Hooligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
After doing killer remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Ladyhawke, The Gossip and even Madonna, LA production duo Classixx put out their own very enjoyable album this year. It's a DJ set,though maybe Nancy Whang will make a guest appearance to provide vocals on their single "All You're Waiting For." Fred Falke and Headband & Hooligan make this a very danceable night out.

Quilt, Twin Peaks, Outside World, Turnip King, The Teen Age @ Public Assembly
A pretty killer indie rock line-up tonight, featuring two very good Chicago bands (Twin Peaks, Outside World), two good local bands (Turnip King, The Teen Age) and Boston psych folkies Quilt. $10 at the door.

Pharmakon, Lust for Youth & more @ Public Assembly (Northside)
Noise favorite Pharmakon leads an impressive late-night lineup alongside Sweden's Lust for YouthMarshstepperBody Of Light and Foreplay at Public Assembly. Its a great late night alternative of good bands, instead of drinking the night away. You can, of course, do both here.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Lux Perpetua, Weyes Blood, Invisible Hand @ Shea Stadium (Northside)
Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks is back in town today for the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium. The guys recently released their latest album and had their release show at the Knitting Factory at the end of May. La Big Vicwho recently played the New Museum's "Music in the Park" series, will join them on the bill, as well as drone folk group Weyes Blood, who also opened for Bleeker back in February, indie pop Virginians Invisible Hand and Philly group Lux Perpetua.

Midnight Magic, Tippy Toes @ Trophy Bar (Northside)
Featuring a crack band of disco-adept musicians (many of whom have played on DFA Records records), Midnight Magic are a boogie wonderland come to life. Many of their members also play in Tippy Toes, a group that has been known -- on occasion -- to be fronted by Reggie Watts. You can stream Tippy Toes' new EP below. Live music from 7 PM to 10 PM during which it's $10 admission, free for the DJ party afterwards..

Sonny Smith, Little Wings @ Cake Shop
Sonny & the Sunsets played Northside last night and tonight Sonny does a spoken word piece, "Sees All Knows All" at Cake Shop. He's worth seeing in any permutation.

Son Volt, Colonel Ford @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust onSun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Some of Son Volt are also in Colonel Ford who open the show. Tickets are still available.

The Zambonis, The Sports, Stephen Clair @ The Rock Shop
22 years on and off the ice, The Zambonis are still the finest hockey-themed indie rock band in the world. No joke.

Baths @ Webster Hall
On his new album, Obsidian, Baths went from electronic musician to emotionally powerful songwriter, and it should be interesting to see how that goes over live at Webster Hall tonight. Support comes from his tourmates Houses and D33J.

Wires Under Tension @ Open Road Rooftop
Tonight the Rooftop Films Summer Series, which combines film and music, will return to the Lower East Side, as Wires Under Tension perform and "Outlandish animated creatures in outrageous situations" grace the silver screen.

The Gories, Daddy Long Legs, Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train will be hosting two Northside showcases at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. The first features The Gories, who have been remarkably quiet in 2013, and local blues trio Daddy Long Legs. The second is a speical addition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off, which has been on tour around the U.S. since SXSW.

Grupo Fantasma @ The Bell House
Legendary Latin psychedlic funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma will be at the Bell House tonight for what will surely be a trippy, groovy evening.

Here are some more recommended Northside shows:

Veda Rays, Happy Lives, End Men, Life Size Maps, and more! @ Muchmore's (10 bands, all-day)

The Suzan, Friend Roulette, Lost Boy?, Natureboy, Ancient Sky, Gunfight, Double King, Spirit Plate @ Brooklyn Fireproof

I'm Turning Into, Butter The Children, Old Monk, A Bunch of Dead People, Del Guapo @ Coco 66

Matte Black, Dead Stars, Eldest Son, The Meaning of Life, Nature Cruise, Flying Pace (daytime) @ Matchless

American Darlings, Dead Stars @ Legion Bar

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by Fred Pessaro

Inter Arma at IO-SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Inter Arma

Limp Wrist. Torche. Kylesa. Contrast Attitude. Subhumans. Inter Arma. Mouth of the Architect. Does anything else need to be said about this weekend's massive lineup, Northside or otherwise?

We know my feelings on tonight's IO-presented Torche show (in a punk space!) and tomorrow's IO-presented FREE day show at Union Pool with Inter Arma, but tomorrow's Limp Wrist show with associated gay dance party afterword sounds absolutely unmissable, as does Sunday's more-punk-oriented Limp Wrist show at LPR.

For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules.

The Postal Service @ Fox Theater, Pomona, CA 4/15/2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Postal Service

Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)

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

The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway 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.

Postal Service and Mates of State @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center. The first of those is tonight with Mates of State. That one's sold out but tickets to Saturday's show with Ra Ra Riot are still available.

Black Flag, The Men & more @ Warsaw @ Northside
Its the moment that every punk in New York City has waited for, the return of Black Flag. And despite everyone's differing opinion (like Mike Hill of Tombs's), it is still a major event. Also, a little band called The Men open the show. NBD. Black Flag play again on Saturday (6/15) at Warsaw too.

Torche, Ken Mode, Lo-Pan, Inter Arma @ 285 Kent (Northside)
There is no band that can seemlessly blend doom thunder and bubblegum pop in wuite the same way that Floridians Torche can. InvisibleOranges is proud to send Torche back to their punk roots, putting the band in the notoriously DIY space 285 Kent, where they'll team with metallic noisecore greats KEN Mode, blues-y Ohio doom favorites Lo-Pan, and the ever-incendiary Inter Arma. Let's get ignorant.

Kylesa, Blood Ceremony, White Hills, Lazer/Wulf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
We hope you make it to our Invisible Oranges Northside showcase, but if that sort of crossover metal is your thing, you'd probably also like to check out Music Hall of Williamsburg, where Osiris is putting on a Northside show with shapeshifting sludge rockers Kylesa doom traditionlists Blood Ceremony fuzz/psych rockers White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf.

Iceage, Lust for Youth, Puce Mary, Age Coin, Lower @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Surprise! Fresh off of last night's performance at MHoW, Iceage and Lower have been added to Saint Vitus tonight, joining Lust for YouthPuce Mary and Loke Rahbek (of LfY/Var, who played solo at Nothing Changes) for the second of two Pitchfork showcases at the venue.

Son Volt @ Bowery Ballroom (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust on Sun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Tickets are still available, and they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/15) as part of Northside.

Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic,Chateau Marmont @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
It's a fun synth-heavy bill tonight with the over-the-top spacerock of Chrome Canyon, winsome Brooklynite Computer Magic and the entertaining fromage of Parisians Chateau Marmont. Avan Lava will keep the party going between sets as DJs. Late show (doors 11:30 PM) and tickets are available.

The Hairs, Small Reactions, Gold Bears, Literature @ Cake Shop
Well here's a super solid bill featuring two of the more entertaining, energetic bands in indiepop: Georgia's Gold Bears and Philadelphia's Literature. Small Reactions (also from Georgia) and locals The Hairs are fun too.

Suuns, Amen Dunes, Tempers @ Glasslands (Northside)
A sinister night is in store with a bill like this, headlined by Montreal's sinuous Suuns and featuring dirgy Amen Dunes and sultry post-punk duo Tempers. Tickets are still available.

White Fence, PAWS @ Seaport Music Festival
White Fence, Las Rosas, Honey @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside)

White Fence, who played last night at Brooklyn Bowl, play two shows today. First they headline the free Seaport Music Fest with '90s-loving openers PAWS; then they'll play a late-night (doors 11 PM) Northside show at Knitting Factory with La Rosas and Honey (tickets).

Sonny & the Sunsets

Sonny and the Sunsets @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside)
If you were going to White Fence at Knitting Factory you might want to consider just spending the whole evening at the venue as the early show is good too. A vagabond charmer, Sonny Smith writes songs from the heart with just a smidge of self-depricating wit. He's a great storyteller too, one of the best between-song banterers around. Tickets are still available.

Sinkane @ Brooklyn Bowl
Onetime Yeasayer member Ahmed Gallab -- who has been all over New York City in 2013 -- plays tunder his alter-ego Sinkane with an opening set from the talented, eclectic Xenia Rubinoos.

Vulture Shit & more @ Ran Tea House
Brooklyn guitar-less punks Vulture Shit are playing a hometown show tonight at Ran Tea House (269 Kent Ave) with The End Men, Stolen Girls, The Mad Doctors, and 45 Adapters.

Mavis Staples, Cody ChesnuTT @ Prospect Park
The free Celebrate! Brooklyn series at Prospect Park continues tonight with sets from Mavis Staples (who also plays Clearwater tomorrow) and Cody ChesnuTT (who played SOB's last night).

The So So Glos, Shapes and Le Rug @ Public Assembly (Nothside)
Brooklyn natives, The So So Glos, who this year have a had a ton of great exposure with the release of their new LP, including a set set on Letterman, are heading back to their neighborhood to play a solid show with Shapes and amazing indie band, Le Rug (members of Butter The Children). The show is considered apart of a showcase for Brooklyn-based zine, 1.21 Gigawatts, and tickets are still available.

Har Mar Superstar, Supercute! & more @ The Grand Victory (Northside).
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar will likely turn tiny Grand Victory into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Also on the bill: Boxing Lesson, Purple, Spires, Supercute!, and The Young Things. Tickets to that show are still available.

Deer Tick @ The Stone Pony
Country rockers Deer Tick, still fresh off the first-ever Boston Calling festival, are playing The Stone Pony. Tickets to that show are still available.

Ian Isiah, Aquarian, Kuhrye-oo @ 285 Kent Avenue
Ian Isiah is bursting onto NYC's urban/electronic scene with full force. The "Mindfuck" singer already has collabs with artists like Brenmar, Mykki Blanco and Le1f lined up and tonight he will be at 285 Kent for Northside Festival with the mysterious Aquarian and Grimes protege Kuhrye-oo.

Field Mouse, Phone Tag, Tropic of Pisces, Candide, Home Alone @ Muchmore's (Northside)

Here's a solid bill of local bands, headlined by terrific dream pop band Field Mouse. Have you seen their BV Sessions video?

The Beets, pow wow! & more @ Matchless (Northside)
Pow wow!'s self-titled debut came out earlier this year and is one of 2013's more unsung records, loaded with indie pop gems. They play with scrappy protopunks The Beets who don't gig as much as they used to.

Rhys Chatham, Oneida @ Europa
Rhys Chatham is teaming up with his long time collaborators, Brooklyn based Oneida, tonight at Europa. Their last major appearance together in New York was back at 2012's Ecstatic Music Festival, and their collaborations are always intense.

Peanut Butter Wolf, Cale Parks (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
What is a weekend-long music festival without the parties? If you've already been thrown out of both the Jameson and Heineken lounges by 11:30 PM tonight, maybe drink a few cups of coffee and head over to Popgun's Northside Party at Glasslands. The night's entertainment will come from a pair of veteran DJs, Peanut Butter Wolf and Cale Parks (who is [was?] also the singer of Ohio indie rock band Aloha).

White Mandingos @ New Museum
Alternative west coast rapper Murs has teamed up with Darryl Jennifer, bass player of hardcore legends Bad Brains, and Sacha Jenkins, formerly the music editor of VIBE. They call themselves The White Mandingos and they will be fusing their diverse skill sets at the New Museum tonight. This could be a crazy one.

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Torche at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)

Torche are here, bringing their woofer-shaking doom-pop along with metallic noise-killers KEN Mode and stoner-y groove merchants Lo-Pan as part of a string of dates together. Inter Arma opens the show tonight at 285 Kent (6/14, tickets or Northside badge gets you in) and will play a second show tomorrow at Union Pool (6/15) as part of the FREE Summer Thunder series with Anicon and Pyrrhon.

Both shows are brought to you by InvisibleOranges, and you can win one of five pairs of tickets to 285 Kent. Details on how to win and related video are below

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by Fred Pessaro

The Julie Ruin, Body/Head @ Saint Vitus, 6/13/2013
Julie Ruin

Pitchfork's first of two Northside showcases happened last night (6/13) and became perhaps the hottest Northside ticket of the week with the late addition of The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hanna as well as Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox), to the already hefty headliner of Kim Gordon's Body/Head. The Julie Ruin, who've existed since 2010, just announced their debut album and this was only their second show ever. Also on the bill: a crooning set from Majical Cloudz and industrial noise from Foreplay (mem Warthog, ex-The Men). Pictures from the show are in this post.

Pitchfork returns to Saint Vitus tonight (6/14) to host Lust for Youth, Puce Mary and Loke Rahbek (of LfY), alongside last minute additions Iceage and Lower. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Saint Vitus, including The Julie Ruin's setlist, are below

Continue reading "Body/Head, The Julie Ruin, Majical Cloudz and Foreplay played the Pitchfork Northside showcase (pictures)"

by Andrew Sacher

Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Psychic Blood

As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.

EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.

More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...

Continue reading "EISGTNSIDE13 starts today (Psychic Blood, Sleepies, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month & more)"

Iceage at MHOW - 6/13/13 (via @darrenthewalrus)

Danish punk bands Iceage and Lower came to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, during which they played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/13) with local shoegaze mainstays A Place to Bury Strangers and newer (but still noisy) locals Bennio Qwerty and Bambara.

It's since been announced that Iceage and Lower will stick around for the Pitchfork Showcase which happens at Saint Vitus on Friday (6/14). Also on the bill is Loke Rahbek of Iceage side project Var, another Danish musician Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier), Age Coin (members of Lower and Var), and as discussed, Lust for Youth. Tickets for that showcase are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

Show flyer and some song streams below...

Continue reading "Iceage & Lower played MHOW, playing Saint Vitus on Friday"

by Bill Pearis


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...

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

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)

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.

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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...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kingdom at Bowery Ballroom in December (more by David Andrako)

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

cigarettes on cigarettes, my mama think I stank
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)

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


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...

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

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

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...

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