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Atlas Sound in a church
Atlas Sound

Northside Festival got off to a sweaty start yesterday, but luckily, the weather held out. I don't think I'm alone in saying that last night may have been the most stacked. Forget a slow build-up. It was 8:00, and there were already at least three places I really wanted to be, but I decided to go with Atlas Sound. I mean it was at St. Cecilia's, so it got extra points.

"I think this is the first time I've been in a church," one guy said tentatively to his friend before the show started. With its stained glass windows, carefully carved decorations, shiny chandeliers, and beautiful pews, it was a sight to behold.

The setting couldn't have been more fitting for the opening act, Lichens. The set got off to a slow start - seven solid minutes of a monotone buzz, but it soon started to build with every passing minute as Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe added more to the mix, including some otherworldly vocals. The natural reverb of the space further complimented his sound.

After about playing for about thirty minutes straight, he stopped as suddenly as he had begun, and another one-man act, Adam Forkner (aka White Rainbow), took his place behind a folding table and began to fiddle with a series of knobs and pedals. Forkner, too, carefully looped his music together, but for him, the music was more to entertain - not to bring about a religious experience. With the addition of some bass in the mix, it was just enough to get two people near the front to stand up in their pews and start dancing. (I smell a Craigslist missed connection in the making.)

Up next was yet another one-man act, Atlas Sound. In his red button up shirt and high-wasted khaki pants, Bradford Cox was dressed for the occasion. The majority of his set comprised brand new songs (for which he apologized, saying he had forgotten how the other ones go), but he did at least slip in a few older ones, including "Shelia." It's only a matter of time before Cox starts to make up songs on the spot for each show (as he joked he was doing at the Brooklyn show).

Unfortunately, though the atmosphere was ornate, I didn't love the sound quality. (Or maybe I'm just spoiled from hearing him play at the Bell House.) At times, the guitar took on this jarring quality as it pierced through the otherwise dreamy mix, but the crowd didn't seem to mind too much (Andrew liked it). A number of people left their seats in the back and filled in the space in between the pews as the show went on.

After a brief encore, Bradford Cox delivered something of a benediction to the crowd, and turned everyone loose to dash to the next show - for me, it was off to a sticky hot Bruar Falls (as per Bill's recommendation) for a bit of jangly pop, courtesy of Reading Rainbow and Eternal Summers. It was still early after all.

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Woods headlines the show at St. Cecilia's tonight (Friday). Eleanor Friedberger is Saturday (Eleanor moved to Europa). Mount Eerie is Sunday. More pictures from Thursday and a video too, below...

Continue reading "Northside night 1 w/ Atlas Sound, Lichens & White Rainbow (pics & review)"

by Bill Pearis

Iceage
Iceage

Night two of the Northside Festival (6/17). Lots of good options. This is what I recommend.  Whole schedule is here.

Apart from the outdoor Beirut show, I think the only show that is gonna prove to be tough to get into (for badgeholders) is the Sacred Bones/Stereogum showcase tonight at Public Assembly, due mainly to it being the U.S. debut of Denmark quartet Iceage. Their sound is on the punkier side of post-punk, slashy and tense and not without melody. Their live shows, in Denmark at least, are intense. Mind you, this won't be NYC-ers only chance to catch them.

The show is sold out so if you have a Northside badge you probably want to get there early. And of course Iceage are not the only reason to check out this show, and know if you like Iceage most of the bands should probably appeal to your sensibilities as well, even if you're going in blind. The Men were apparently awesome the other night at DBA, slaying down some sludgy Dino Jr style punk; and Cult Of Youth are like the Birthday Party doing sea chantys (kind of?). There's also Purient (Dom of Cold Cave), Pop. 1280 (anthemic indie rock w/ synth), Lost Tribe, Yellow Tears and Anasazi.

Selebrities
Selebrities

If you're over that way and find yourself shut out of Public Assembly, you might want to amble on down to Music Hall of Williamsburg just to check out the scene. I don't know a lot of the bands on the bill but I do like Selebrities who make New Order style pop. Their EP, Ladies Man Effect, is a free download over at their website and is worth doing so. Also playing MHoW are quality yelpy indie rockers Darlings, plus Like Diamonds, Rocky Buisness and Memberz Only.

Grooms
Grooms

Other good options for friday: Kanine Records has, like, most of their bands playing at Knitting Factory tonight, including Surfer Blood who'll also play the outdoor Guided by Voices show tomorrow. Also playing: Grooms, whose new album, Prom, is out next month; Eternal Summers who I think just keep getting better (and are pretty rockin' as a trio now); indiepop combo Dream Diary, Pepper Rabbit (folk pop from L.A.) and the tribal sounds of Zambri.

Or you could go to Glasslands to see Frankie Rose which is likely to be her last show for a while as she's gonna concentrate on making her second album for Slumberland. Her San Francisco pals and labelmates Brilliant Colors are also on the bill, who I like a lot too. There's also Regal Degal whose Speckled Fruit EP is worth seeking out at the merch table, plus Sherlock's Daughter (a band I thought only existed to open for canceled Charlatans shows).

What else? Woods will sound nice at St. Cecilia's Church (after a set by Ed Askew).

I caught Aaron Pfenning's (ex-Chairlift) new group Rewards a couple weeks ago and was impressed, they play Cameo tonight at 9:15.

You could also blow off Northside for what might be cool overload at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Disco for Gavin Russom's Crystal Ark.

And if you need some new tunes, my new Summer Fridays mix is up over at Sound Bites. Flyers below...

Continue reading "Bill's Northside Fest picks (Day 2)"

Alela Diane

Portland folk singer Alela Diane and her band Wild Divine are currently on tour with The Parson Red Heads, which comes to an end in early July. The tour, in support of Alela'a new Rough Trade-released record, hits NYC tonight (6/17) at City Winery and June 18 at Knitting Factory as part of the Northside Festival. Dry The River are also on the Brooklyn bill.

Alela has also been revealed as the opener on the previously announced Fleet Foxes tour this July. Fleet Foxes cannot wait. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates, but tickets are still available for Fleet Foxes' September 24 Williamsburg Waterfront show with The Walkmen.

Alela and Wild Divine played Housing Works Bookstore Cafe back in March. Check out a video from that performance, and more dates (including MusicfestNW) below...

Continue reading "Alela Diane is on a headlining tour, opening for Fleet Foxes later, in NYC now (dates)"

Rain

Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, and Yellow Ostrich play a sold out (except to badges) Northside Festival show in McCarren Park tonight. The Books, Junip, and Doveman play a free show in Prospect Park. Both shows are rain or shine, though lightning could change that. Hopefully it doesn't rain too hard, or at all. 50% is still only 50%!

Best Coast and The Decemberists played Prospect Park in the rain earlier in the week, and that wasn't too bad.

by Andrew Sacher

Atlas Sound at SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Deerhunter

Atlas Sound played St. Cecilia's Church last night (6/16) with support from Lichens and White Rainbow. If half hour drone sets are your thing, you may enjoy catching Lichens again at Zebulon on June 22 with Soft Circle and Urxed. And if you're into similar sounds, but with more hip hop beats, White Rainbow plays again tonight (6/17) at the Impose Magazine & Weird Magic show at 285 Kent Ave. The bill also includes Laurel Halo, La Big Vic, Co La (who aren't playing Death By Audio), and others. There will also be DJ sets by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), DJ Azizaman, and Weird Magic DJs.

Atlas Sound, which was Bradford Cox with mic, guitar and effect pedals, played a great set last night with a ton of new songs (Bradford said he didn't really remember how to play most of his old ones). A full review and pics of this show coming soon.

Tickets go on sale today (6/17) at noon for Deerhunter's August 23 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still available for their August 22 show at the same venue too.

Updated Deerhunter dates below...

Continue reading "Atlas Sound played a church w/ Lichens & White Rainbow (who plays 285 Kent w/ Laurel Halo tonight)"

Thee Oh Sees @ Summerstage in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death By Audio

Death By Audio lists tonight's show like this:

6.17 -$5- (doors are at 10pm for this show)
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Well, we may know at least one band on the bill. Thee Oh Sees play Brooklyn Bowl Saturday (6/18) but list "06-17 shhhhhhh...." on their website (thanks Maxim), so it's either them or there are two secret shows. Who do you think the other bands are?

Adventure, CO LA (Matt Papich of Ecstatic Sunshine), and Weekends were supposed to play Death by Audio Friday night, but that show was cancelled. Weekends will instead open for Dom at Brooklyn Bowl.

To add to the mystery, a "Surprise special guest" is also listed on the Saturday Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show that Yellow Dogs, and Emil and Friends are also playing. Who's playing that one?

All Thee Oh Sees dates below...

Continue reading "secret show @ DbA Friday night? Thee Oh Sees? Secret band Saturday too? "

by BBG

The Men @ DbA
The Men

The Men began part one of their celebration of their new LP Leave Home with a show at Death By Audio last night (6/15) with some help from Olympia, WA's Milk Music, Nude Beach, and Marsh Hens. The show mixed garage rock, 80s/90s punk/indie nostalgia, and hardcore into one neat and crowd-surfable package, with the crowd going apeshit for both Milk Music's Dinosaur-Jr inspired punk and The Men's arty hardcore. I missed Marsh Hens, but Nude Beach preformed some bouncy garage that was fun and danceable.

If you have the chance, don't miss either Milk Music or The Men who BOTH play NYC shows on Friday (6/17). Milk Music is currently on a US tour that recently took them to Chaos in Tejas, and they'll perform again at Bruar Falls with German Measles, Reports, Yvette, and PC Worship. $8 or your Northside Badge gets you in. The Men play Public Assembly Friday with Iceage (who are doing more NYC dates), Prurient, AnasaNude Beachi, Cult of Youth, Lost Tribe, Pop. 1280, Yellow Tears and Wes Eisold of Cold Cave (DJ set). Tickets are sold-out, but you can try your luck with a Northside badge.

More pictures from Death By Audio and the Bruar Falls show flyer below...

Continue reading "The Men played Death By Audio with Milk Music (who play Bruar Falls next) --- pics"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Zaza - Distance Creator (MP3)

Zaza

As I just mentioned, Zaza are playing Coco66 tonight (6/16) as part of the Northside Festival. And after what seemed like an awfully long time, the band has also finally birthed their debut album, Sacred Geometry, which came out last week. (Digital only for now.) It's sleek and slinky, dark and danceable... a great late night summertime album. If I had a car, I bet it would make for great nightdriving music as well. Check out "Distance Creator" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole shebang below.

The band are good live too, with a cool light show that should benefit greatly from Coco66's in-house smoke machines. If you have other plans tonight, Zaza play next at Littlefield on June 24 with Martin Bisi and Quiet Lights.

Continue reading "Zaza released 'Sacred Geometry' --- album stream & dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Seapony - Dreaming (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Seapony - Blue Star (MP3)
DOWNLOADEternal Summers - Prisoner (MP3)
DOWNLOADKindest Lines - Destructive Paths to Live Happily (MP3)

Seapony
Seapony

It's year three of the Northside Festival, which for one weekend a year makes Williamsburg's music scene just a little crazier than it already is. This first night (tonight) is maybe the strongest overall, in that there are a lot of great showcases set up where -- if you don't have a badge -- you can stay put and get a quality night of music. Or if you do have a badge ($70 bucks, a good deal if you plan on going all four nights) -- some tough decisions. These are my personal picks, and not a comprehensive guide. Clearly lots more is going on (and even more shows that aren't part of Northside).

Radical Dads
Radical Dads

NYC Popfest has put together a really good show at Bruar Falls tonight featuring Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow, The Secret History and Seapony. I highly recommend all four bands, but do consider going early (8:30) for Seapony who are here from Seattle and should appeal to those who covet 7"s from Sarah and Creation Records. MP3s from Seapony and Eternal Summers are at the top of this post.

Over at Union Pool,  Tiger Mountain booking (aka Skippy who books the Rock Shop) has a quality line-up of locals for ya. If you're looking for a great way to kick off your night, go here at 7:30 for Hospitality who make winsome but not unmuscular pop. Highly recommended. Later on in the evening is '90s indie rock loving Radical Dads whose great debut, Mega Rama, was released this week. (But not on vinyl...boo!). Pursesnatchers (Doug from Dirty on Purpose's band) finishes the night. Also playing: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Indian Rebound.

Kindest Lines
Kindest Lines

Meanwhile at Public Assembly the good folks of No Fun Productions, The Bunker and Wierd Records, have an evening of minimal synth, coldwave, industial and other dark arts planned. Performers include noise and sound artists Rene Hell and Carlos Giffoni; the ethereal, danceable sounds of Laurel Halo; synthpop traditionalists Xeno & Oaklander who make their music with seriously old-school sequencers and keyboards (patch bays are involved); and New Orleans' Kindest Lineswho make pop music that should appeal to fans of early New Order (and, yes, The Cure).  There's also a host of acclaimed DJs spinning in-between sets.

X-Ray Eyeballs
XRay Eyeballs

Primo Chicago garage label HozAc Records is hosting the debauchery at Shea Stadium tonight, with Xray Eyeballs (who also play the Kanine show Friday at Knitting Factory), the K-Holes, Making Friendz and My Teenage Stride in there as well to pop things up a bit.

Randoms: I also recommend catching Zaza at Coco66 (11:45, dark and sexy) and Mr. Dream at Glasslands (Midnight, '90s indie rawk).

Again, just my picks. Do go see some music tonight!

Continue reading "Bill's Northside Fest picks (Day 1)"

Surfer Blood at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood will play a smaller Northside Festival show before opening for Guided By Voices on June 18 at McCarren Park. The first show is the Kanine Records showcase at Knitting Factory on June 17 with Eternal Summers, Grooms, Pepper Rabbit, Xray Eyeballs, Zambri, Dream Diary, and DJ Andy French. Tickets are on sale for that and still on sale for Guided By Voices too. Both shows can also be accessed with a Nothside badge.

Pepper Rabbit also play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/16) with GIvers (tickets). They're also heading out on a tour with Braids which hits Mercury Lounge on September 6. Tickets go on sale for the Mercury show, which Pepper Rabbit is not listed as playing, on Friday (6/17) at noon.

All Surfer Blood dates below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood playing 2 Northside shows, 1 w/ Pepper Rabbit "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Kindest Lines - Destructive Paths to Live Happily (MP3)

Kindest Lines

One of the bands I'm personally excited to see at the Northside Festival this week is New Orleans trio Kindest Lines who will play the Wierd Records showcase Thursday night (6/16) at Public Assembly with Xeno & Oaklander, Lauren Halo and a whole bunch of DJs. Kindest Lines will also play tonight's edition (6/15) of Weird's weekly party at Home Sweet Home. They have no other dates at the moment,

While Kindest Lines certainly appeal to Wierd's black-clad demographic, I think the band's debut, Covered in Dust, could be the label's breakout hit. There's your requesite minor key synth rock, but Kindest Lines also allow more than a few rays of sunshine inbetween the clouds. They've also studied up on how to meld vintage synths with guitars -- New Order's 1984 classic Low Life is an obvious touchstone here. It's a solid record.

Check out single "Destructive Paths to Live Happily" at the top of the post. The video for it is below.

Continue reading "Kindest Lines are here, released Covered in Dust (MP3, dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: WATERS - "For the One" (MP3)

WATERS

Van Pierszalowski, former lead singer of the recently broken-up Port O'Brien, now records under the moniker WATERS. Rather than the indie folk/pop Port O'Brien had become known for, in WATERS Van opts for a fuzzy '90s-lo-fi approach which can be heard above in the song "For the One." WATERS releases his debut LP Out In The Light on September 20 via TBD Records.

He's currently finishing up a tour in Europe with Wye Oak which he'll follow with three NYC dates. WATERS plays the Flavorpill/IROCKIROLL/The Bell House Northside showcase at Cameo Gallery on June 18 with Sean Bones, Neighbors, Zuzuka Poderosa, Young Adults, and Wojick. They also open for Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) at their sold out Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19. WATERS then plays a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 21 with Exitmusic, Milagres, and Anni Rossi. Tickets are on sale.

The Cameo show is one of many that Sean Bones has happening at Cameo this month. He already played there last Thursday and he also plays there on June 23rd (with afro-funk band/collective Superhuman Happiness) and June 30th with the great New Moods. Full residency show lineups are below. Sean is playing new songs at the shows. Those songs will appear on the new record he's finishing recording with Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend). Sean's last record came out on Frenchkiss.

New Moods have also been added as the opener on the July 1st Memory Tapes show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "WATERS (ex Port O'Brien) releasing debut LP (MP3), playing shows ++++ Sean Bones & New Moods too (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Brilliant Colors - How Much Younger (MP3)

Brilliant Colors

Among the many bands visiting NYC for the Northside Festival are San Francisco trio Brilliant Colors, who play Glasslands on Friday (6/17) with Slumberland labelmate Frankie Rose, as well as Sherlock's Daughter and Regal Degal. They'll also play a non-Northside show earlier that same night at Bushwick spot Cedar Mansion. Apart from a tour kickoff show in Brooklyn last week, the band haven't been on the East Coast since the Woodsist/Captured Tracks festival two summers ago, when I wrote:

As all-girl, C-'86-influenced trios go, San Francisco's Brilliant Colors might just be the best of the bunch, writing songs that rival Vivian Girls' catchiest, and keeping it tight like Sweden's Liechtenstein with more attitude than either. (Check out "I'm Sixteen" for serious snarl.) They might lack a little in stage presence but playing in the heat of the sun can drain even the most charming performers. But these ladies are quality, one of the day's best.
We haven't had a record from Brilliant Colors in almost as long, but their new long-player, Again and Again, comes out on Slumberland on July 19. It's more messy jingle jangle pop that this trio do exceedingly well. Check out the record's "How Much Younger" at the top of this post.

Brilliant Colors play a few East Coast shows before and after Northside, and all dates are below.

Continue reading "Brilliant Colors on tour, releasing an LP (MP3 & dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Iceage - "Broken Bone" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Iceage - "White Rune" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Iceage - "New Brigade" (MP3)

Iceage

Danish post-punkers Iceage are making their US debut at Northside Festival at the Stereogum/Sacred Bones showcase at Public Assembly on June 17 with Prurient, Anasazi, Cult of Youth, Lost Tribe, The Men, Pop. 1280, Yellow Tears and Wes Eisold of Cold Cave (DJ set). Tickets are now sold out, but you can try and get in with a badge.

After Northside, they'll stick around for a tour which continues into August and includes four NYC shows. They play an Other Music in-store on June 22. The show starts at 8 PM and admission is free. They'll also open for JEFF the Brotherhood at the previously announced 285 Kent Ave show on June 25. The headlining "special guest" is still TBA, though both bands play with Fucked Up in Boston a day earlier. Iceage will also play Cake Shop on August 20 and Secret Project Robot on August 21.

Iceage's debut album New Brigade is already out in Europe and will see a US release on June 21 via What's Your Rupture?. Grab the album tracks "Broken Bone," "White Rune," and "New Brigade" above. Check out the "New Brigade" video and the album artwork, tracklist, and all tour dates below.

Continue reading "Iceage announce more shows & LP details (MP3s & dates)"

Northside Fest

After countless Northside Festival announcements, the full schedule has been announced. The festival takes place from June 16-19 spanning many North Brooklyn music venues. Check out the music and arts schedule and the film schedule. The ideas schedule is coming soon.

Northside badges are still on sale and will get you into many events (capacity permitting) including the sold out Beirut/Sharon Van Etten show. Individual tickets are still on sale for a lot of the other stuff though including Guided By Voices show with Wavves, Surfer Blood, and The Babies in McCarren Park on June 18.

If you can't make it out to the GBV show, it will be streaming live on Sirius XMU (home of BrooklynVegan Blog Radio).

Speaking of BrooklynVegan, I'm sorry to report that we will actually not be doing a Northside Festival show this year. We wanted to, and had fun with it in the past (last year I think we did three), but collectively just couldn't get it together this year. Sorry about that. There's always next year!

photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)

Twin Sister @ ACL Live
Twin Sister

Twin Sister have a new album in the works, and like Real Estate's new one, it will be coming out on Domino Records. They'll release their debut full length In Heaven via Domino on September 27. Download the track "Bad Street" above. Stream it and check out the full tracklist, below.

Twin Sister kicked off a tour at ACL Live's Moody Theater in Austin last night (6/8). Pictures from that show, where they opened for Beirut (pictures HERE), are in this post.

Their trek continues in Houston tonight and eventually reaches Music Hall of Williamsburg on 6/18 with Allo Darlin', Ava Luna, and Gabriel and the Hounds. The previously mentioned Brooklyn show is part of the Northside Festival and still on sale for those without badges. Twin Sister played the same venue during the Northside Fest last year.

All Twin Sister tour dates, more pictures from Austin, and the new album stuff, below...

Continue reading "Twin Sister releasing LP on Domino (new MP3), played ACL Live (pics), on tour now (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Beirut @ ACL Live
Beirut

Beirut are releasing their long-awaited third LP The Rip Tide on August 30 on Zach Condon's own Pompeii Records internationally and on Revolver in the US. New tracks "East Harlem" and "Goshen" both also appear on a limited edition single which is out now, and you can listen to both of those songs streaming below.

Beirut's recent live shows have included a sold out show at the Wellmont Theater in NJ, a small, private show in Stratosphere Sound Recording Studio, a small, private show in a Brooklyn loft, and a big show at ACL Live's Moody Theater in Austin last night (6/8) with Twin Sister. Pictures of Beirut from the Texas show are in this post (the Twin Sister pics are HERE).

Beirut's upcoming shows include Bonnaroo this weekend, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and a big Northside Festival show in McCarren Park with Sharon Van Etten which is now SOLD OUT (though they have to let some Northside Badgeholders in).

All tour dates, new song streams, new album tracklist, and more pictures from Austin, below...

Continue reading "Beirut revealed new album details (with 2 streaming songs), played ACL Live (pics), sold out McCarren Park"

photos by Chris La Putt

Javelin @ Mercury Lounge
Javelin

Javelin are finishing up a tour with Big Freedia which just stopped by Mercury Lounge on May 26. We already posted the Freedia pics. Here are the Javelin ones. They continue below.

Since that show Big Freedia played a Saturday night show at Brooklyn Bowl, a 3-song set later that night (at like 2:30am) at Drom, and B.O.M.B. Fest. Freedia and Javelin play together in Montreal tonight (5/31). Javelin play their next NYC show on June 18 at Glasslands with Delicate Steve, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Bright Moments (Kelly Pratt of Beirut and Arcade Fire), and Harry Belafonte Live at Carnegie Hall. The show is presented by label Luaka Bop and is part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are still available. Flyer and more tour dates below.

Javelin is currently in the process of completing a Canyon Candy short film. The film is their companion to the Canyon Candy 10". According to Javelin's Kickstarter campaign:

The lone survivor of a brutal massacre, a young girl is plunged into hallucinatory chase through a day and night in the American Southwest. Directed by Mike Anderson and produced by Oscar Boyson, Canyon Candy is unlike any previous Western. Part poem, part play, a modern silent film wholly created on a soundstage: this is the first western of its kind to be shot in the New York Metropolitan Area since The Great Train Robbery was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey in 1903. Completely handmade, Canyon Candy will employ old studio western methods such as rear-projection, dioramas, and scenic matte painting to create a stunningly unorthodox visual rendering of the American West. Javelin's original score fuses original compositions with dollar-bin mined samples.
Check out a video from the Kickstarter campaign with Javelin, some stills from the film, all dates, more pics from Mercury Lounge, below...

Continue reading "Javelin played Mercury Lounge (pics), playing Luaka Bop's Northside Mega-Thing w/ Delicate Steve & other dates"

Rebecca Gates & the Consortium @ Sasquatch 2011 (nyc77style)
Rebecca Gates

"For those who swooned over the sweet, sideways indie-pop of The Spinanes back in the '90s, the return of singer-guitarist Rebecca Gates can only be a good thing. Since The Spinanes' dissolution in 2000 -- the band was never much more than her and drummer Scott Plouf, who left in 1996 to join Built to Spill -- Gates has played with a variety of supporting players while working on her visual art and keeping a lower public profile. Her latest album is titled The Float." [NPR]
Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes played with her band the Consortium at Sasquatch Festival this weekend. Listen to her performance on NPR.

Rebecca kicks off a four-date solo tour at The Rock Shop on June 14 (she played there with her band in April). Marcellus Hall opens the Brooklyn show. She also opens for Fiery Eleanor Friedberger at Brooklyn's St. Cecilia's RC Church on June 18 as part of the Northside Festival with Ida and Spectre Folk. Tickets are still on sale.

Rebecca Gates and the Consortium will play the recently announced MusicfestNW in Portland, OR in September. According to a press release, "The Consortium may feature any and all of: Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes), Joanna Bolme (The Jicks, Quasi), Rebecca Cole (Wild Flag, The Minders), Nate Query (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jenny Drizos (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), Amy Domingues (Garland of Hours), Dave Depper (Loch Lomond, Blue Giant) or any other musical genius who consents to participating."

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Rebecca Gates (of the Spinanes) and the Consortium played Sasquatch (stream), playing more shows (dates)"

DOM at BV-CMJ 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DOM

The openers have been announced for the free shows happening at Pier 54 this summer. We already mentioned that Austra is opening the tUnE-yArDs show on July 14. It was also revealed that Class Actress open the Metronomy show on July 28, and DOM open the Deer Tick show on August 11.

In related news, DOM announced that the Family of Love EP, their follow up to Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, will be released August 9 via Astralwerks. The EP was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Bjork). "I want to pump out as many records as possible," Dom said, "and actually make a difference in pop music. No matter how a.d.d. it all sounds, the more I write, the more I really wanna do this thing."

DOM also play Brooklyn Bowl on June 17 as part of Northside Festival. Tickets are available. Deer Tick also plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl, but as Deervana (and it is sold out).

All DOM and Deer Tick dates and the EP tracklist below...

Continue reading "DOM releasing new EP, opening for Deer Tick @ Pier 54, also playing Northside Fest (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: ARMS - "Heat and Hot Water" (Passion Pit Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BELL - Dialtone (MP3)

Bowery photos by Amanda Hatfield

Bell - Diamonite

Bell is self-releasing a new LP Diamonite next week (5/31). The album is available for stream and pre-order on her website, including immediate download of two tracks (one of which is free to download above, and streaming below). Bell plays an album release party tonight (5/26) at Knitting Factory with ARMS. Bear in Heaven and Chairlift will be providing DJ sets. Tickets are on sale, AND the show will be streaming online.

Bell also opens the Diamond Rings and Porcelain Raft show at Europe on June 19th (Northside Festival). Tickets are still available. You can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

ARMS @ Bowery Ballroom in February
Arms

ARMS recently tweeted that they were "calling the next album The Denial Variations." It's reportedly due out this spring. While you wait, download the free EP he released last year, and the Passion Pit remix of "Heat and Hot Water" above (if you don't have them already).

Check out some belated photos from ARMS' show at Bowery Ballroom (2/26) with White Rabbits and Caveman below...

Continue reading "ARMS playing tonight w/ BELL (who has a new album), played Bowery Ballroom w/ Caveman & White Rabbits (belated pics)"

The Rapture
Rapture

"Almost 10 years after the release of House Of Jealous Lovers, The Rapture will be coming back home to DFA. Their new album The Grace Of Your Love drops on September 6 in the US, September 5 in Europe. We'll be sure to keep you posted." - DfA Records
In other DFA news, YACHT and Midnight Magic and The Miracles Club will play the DFA Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 19. Tickets are on sale now for the gig that is much smaller than YACHT's last headlining NYC show.

As mentioned, Midnight Magic also open for Cut Copy at Prospect Park on August 11. Tickets are still on sale for that too.

Like the recently-announced Seapony and Thee Oh Sees shows, you can also try and get in to YACHT with a Nothside Festival badge. All of these shows are part of the latest round of Northside Festival lineup additions. The full list of bands is below...

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Thee Oh Sees @ Tip Top in 2010 (more by Rebecca Smeyne)
Thee Oh Sees

"Thee Oh Sees perch comfortably atop a vibrant Bay Area garage-rock scene. It's a spot they've earned for a number of reasons: seniority (the band has been bashing since 2005, and head Oh See John Dwyer fronted primal pounders the Coachwhips before that); an inhuman prolific streak (being an Oh Sees completist is like being a member of a fabulous record-of-the-month club); and the simple fact that the band is one of the best live acts on the West Coast, East Coast or anywhere in between, delivering a blur of hip-shaking, revved-up mayhem every time it's onstage." [Washington Post]
Like Ty Segall, fellow California bruise cruisers Thee Oh Sees, who are appearing at the return of Bruise Cruise in 2012 have added a NYC show to their 2011 summer tour. They play Brooklyn Bowl on June 18 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for the "Tell All Your Friends" showcase are on sale now, or you can try to use a Northside badge to get in.

And speaking of bands playing the Bruise Cruise, don't forget that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have cancelled their current tour (5/28 @ 285 Kent included).

All Thee Oh Sees tour dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Seapony
Seapony

NYC Popfest is now over. It was a fun four days (as said before, Gold-Bears were seriously amazing). Popfest is branching out this year, increasing their presence throughout the year. They'll be at this year's Northside Festival for a June 16 showcase at Bruar Falls with The Secret History, Eternal Summers and Seattle's Seapony. I'm hearing rumors of CMJ and SXSW showcases in the works too.

Seapony will be playing three shows during their NYC visit. In addition to the Northside show, they'll play June 15 at Glasslands (w/ Idiot Glee, Holiday Shores and TEEN) and June 17 at Pianos. Their debut full length "Go With Me" comes out on Hardly Art on 5/31, and has some really lovely songs on it, melodic, jangly pop not unlike the kind Creation Records used to release before they signed Oasis. You can check out two tracks at the top of this post -- "Dreaming" is especially lovely.

Eternal Summers, meanwhile, are currently on tour with The Beets.... which will have them meeting up with Seapony this week at San Francisco Popfest. Check out the title track from Eternal Summers' new EP at the top of this post.

All tour dates for Seapony and Eternal Summers are below.

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photos by Kellyann Petry

Woods @ Culture Shock
Woods

If you aren't making the trek up to B.O.M.B. Fest to see Woods over Memorial Day Weekend, no worries. Woods will be back as part of a month-long North American tour that kicks off in middle July. All dates are listed below.

But first, you can also catch Woods in June in a Brooklyn church as part of the Northside Festival. The previously announced show also now includes Ed Askew and Magik Markers on the bill and is still on sale (flyer below). On August 13th look for the band at Bowery Ballroom with Ducktails (mem Real Estate) and White Fence (their second recent show together). Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale today at noon (5/18), and regular sale on Friday.

Woods are welcoming their new LP Sun and Shade via their own Woodsist imprint on June 14th. Look for it then or preorder it now. Stream new track "Pushing Onlys" below, and 7+minute psychedlic jam "Out of The Eye" at Pitchfork.

Like the Feelies, Woods recently played Culture Shock 2011 at SUNY Purchase. Pictures from that show and all tour dates, below...

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