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Mirah & Thao Nguyen with The Most of All

"Thao Nguyen keeps popping up, and each time she appears with a new handle. You may know her by her full given name, but you've more likely seen her presented as "Thao and the Get Down Stay Down," perhaps simply as the familiar "Thao," and in this most recent incarnation on a partnered tour with pal and fellow established performer Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (better known as just "Mirah"), as "Thao and Mirah with The Most of All"...

...When Thao's not running around the stage or pseudo head-banging, she has an entrancing, distinctive hip sway as she jostles her weight from one toe to the other, bewitchingly marching in place. Mirah sports more of a bobbing movement, and cutely jams along to her own beats. Thao has a really distinctive, almost dissonant sound - her vocals weave away from straightforward melodies, but they draw you in rather than push you away. Mirah's vocals are a little cleaner and her albums a little more produced, but both ladies are fantastic live performers and as a duo toy with fresh ways to revamp each others' existing harmonies." [They Will Rock You]

That review comes from the June 23rd show at the Middle East in Cambridge. One night later Thao and Mirah brought the show to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Thursday night Brooklyn performance was part of the Northside Festival and also had Chica Vas and These United States on the bill. More pictures from that one below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

"Omg twin sister on mhow sound system. Huge. Sounds incredible" - jenn pelly

"Memory Tapes was unexpectedly great last night. - Kyle LaMar

"Memory Tapes have the best visuals at northsidefest so far; they look like something from blipfest" - gimmetinnitus

"memory tapes & DOM were awesome at MHoW!" - ryan brodhead

"DOM were really nice guys, even if they did hotbox our shared green room..." - Zaza

Memory Tapes @ MHOW - June 26, 2010
Memory Tapes

"[Saturday] night was one of the Brooklyn Vegan showcases, featuring Zaza, DOM, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes.

I unfortunately missed the Zaza set, although heard from some folks that they were one of the better sets that night. DOM rocked it, with trippy projections on a big screen behind them (that would also flash "DOM" between songs, lest you forget who you were watching) and trying to rouse a chorus of "USA!" after they finished their song "Living in America." One poor audience member attempted to stage dive at the very end of their set, to be met with nothing but the cold, hard floor of the Music Hall of Williamsburg..." [Free Williamsburg]

Thanks everyone for a great show. Those who missed Zaza's set, or those who want to just relive it, can grab the audio online now at NYC Taper (where they also have the audio of the WAVVES show at Knitting Factory).

Videos from Memory Tapes' & Twin Sister's MHOW sets, and more pictures from the whole night, below...

Continue reading "Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, Dom & Zaza played the BV Northside show @ MHOW - pics, video, live recording"

photos by Marianne Ventrice

DOWNLOAD: Cults - Go Outside (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Walking on Sunshine (MP3) (info)

"Not letting a little rain deter us from the excellent High Places/Fucked Up/Liars show at Barge Park." - jdye

Fucked Up

Cults (who just opened for Goldfrapp), Male Bonding (who are touring with Best Coast in September) and Titus Andronicus played the early show on the "MetroPCS Stage" at Newtown Barge Park as part of the 2nd annual Northside Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon (6/26). High Places, Fucked Up and Liars played the show right afterward at the same venue. More pictures starting with Titus, below...

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Twin Sister @ Mercury Lounge in April (more by Bao Nguyen)
Twin Sister

tonight in NYC
* Zs, David Linton @ Issue Project Room
* Apples in Stereo @ South Street Seaport
* Maxwell, Erykah Badu @ Madison Square Garden
* Anal Cunt, Bastard Noise, Communion @ Cake Shop
* Annie and the Beekeepers, The Woes @ 92YTribeca
* Floor, Unearthly Trance @ Europa (Northside Festival)
* New Bomb Turks, LiveFastDie, Exwhites @ The Bell House
* Blip Blip Bleep, Love & Logic @ Mercury Lounge (Early Show)
* The Fiery Furnaces, John Mulaney @ Mercury Lounge (Late Show)
* Jucifer, The Gloominous Doom @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
* The Golden Filter @ Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)(Northside Festval)
* Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe @ Central Park Summerstage
* Voxtrot, Yellow Fever, Ravens & Chimes, The Black @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Texas Tornados, The Red Clay Ramblers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Posi, Serpenti, LE-LI @ Public Assembly (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* White Hills, Viernes, Sore Eros @ Public Assembly (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Afro-Punk Festival w/ Bad Brains, P.O.S., NinjaSonik, more @ Commodore Barry Park
* Ribbons, Forest Fire, World Atlas @ Bruar Falls (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Liars, Fucked Up, High Places @ Newtown Barge Park (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Linfinity, Paul and the Patients, Bottle Up & Go @ Cameo Gallery (Northside Festival)
* Dream Diary, Shark?, Akudama, Beloved Rogue @ Matchless (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Reading Rainbow, The Beets @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Late Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Titus Andronicus, Male Bonding, Cults @ Newtown Barge Park (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Leonid Fedorov, Vladimir Volkov, John Medeski, Marc Ribot & Ches Smith @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Black Hollies, The Nouvellas, Bad Girlfriend @ Spike Hill (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Bad Brilliance, Tayisha Busay, Chappo, Planet Rump (DJ set) @ House of Yes (Northside Festival)
* Gold Lake, She Keeps Bees, The Shivers, Cat Martino @ Matchless (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* The Pass, Slow Animal, The Zookeepers, Family Trees @ Glasslands (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Max Gabriel, The Hollows, Vandaveer, The Pass, Zapa Venu @ Pete's Candy Store (Northside Festival)
* Parenthetical Girls, Sam Mickens sings the Dead Science, US Royalty @ Coco 66 (Northside Festival)
* Class Actress, Violens, Psychobuildings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside Festival)
* Gordon Voidwell, The Tony Castles, Savoir Adore, Brahms @ Brooklyn Bowl (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Ava Luna, North Highlands, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, Miniboone @ Spike Hill (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Drink Up Buttercup, Oberhofer, Grandchildren, Twin Shadow, Zakee (DJ Set) @ Berry Park (Northside Festival)
* Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM, ZAZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan Northside Festival Showcase)
* Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, Neon Indian, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem @ Milk Studios
* Fluffy Lumbers, Family Portrait, No Demons Here, Dana Jewell, Archers @ Bruar Falls (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Lower Dens, Dark Dark Dark, Matteah Baim, Frankie & The Outs, Total Slacker, Coasting, Union @ Death By Audio (Northside Festival)

BrooklynVegan is putting on three Northside shows tonight (and one tomorrow) - one is at Music Hall of Williamsburg, two are metal shows.

Music for the Afro-Punk Festival kicks off in Fort Greene.

Syria's Omar Souleyman plays his first-ever NYC show tonight with Tinariwen at Central Park (and another tomorrow at Issue).

Check out Bill's 2010 Northside Festival picks for today.

Tonight is Voxtrot's final show EVER. At Bowery Ballroom.

What else?

by Bill Pearis

Zaza @ South Street Seaport in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)

Saturday! Let's just get this out of the way, there are three Brooklyn Vegan shows happening tonight. At Music Hall of Williamsburg there's Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM and Zaza. Tonight will be my first time seeing Memory Tapes whose songs I do enjoy. Looking forward to hearing Twin Sister's sultry, ethereal grooves with MHoW's killer soundsystem. Saw DOM play for the first time Thursday night, they were fun: part '80s nostalgia pop, part old-school surf rock. They scored extra points by covering the Pete & Pete theme, though they got the lyric wrong: it's "dontcha talk back" not "does you're dog bite." It's ok, DOM, everyone thinks it's that.

And please, please, please come early for Zaza who have really been firing on all dark and beautiful cylinders recently. Tickets are still available if you don't have a pass.

There's also two Black Bubblegum BV shows, full to the rim with heavy dynamite. At Europa in Greenpoint there's FLOOR, Unearthly Trance, Javelina and Hot Graves. Then at Union Pool, there's a late show with Gloominous Doom and Jucifer. BBG can tell you more about those.


Saturday is another "just go anywhere and you'll be fine" type day. I feel like I'm just reprinting Northside's schedule here. Anyway...

Some day shows today. The L Magazine will present all of its "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear" over two afternoons at Spike Hill. Today it's Ava Luna, North Highlands (who'll play my This Week In Indie show on Sunday), Ball of Flame Shoot Fire and Miniboone. It's free, no badges necessary, bands start after 2PM.

There's also a day show at Bruar Falls that will give NYC their last chance to see the two bands Jenny Logan is in in one place, before she moves to Portland, OR next month. Ribbons, which she fronts, play at 5PM. You should definitely pick up their new EP, Love is Mysterious, while you're there. Jenny also plays bass in World Atlas who sound more than a little exactly like Belle & Sebastian. Sandwiched in between are Forrest Fire. The $5 cover includes free grub courtesy Bruar's back patio grill.

Today is the first day of the Metro PCS outdoor stage. In the afternoon there's Cults (1:30), Male Bonding (2:30) and current L Magazine (nice print redesign, btw) cover stars Titus Andronicus (3:30); at night, the hard-to-pass-up trio of High Places (6:30), Fucked Up (7:30), and Liars (8:30).

And a whole bunch of awesome night shows.

Lotta good bands at Knitting Factory tonight, one of the newest, nicest places to enjoy a show in the neighborhood. Violens, who are finally, for reals, about to drop their debut album, are on at 9PM. (Check out their new single, "Acid Reign," downloadable at their website.) Slinky synthpop of Class Actress is at 11PM. And late night at Knitting Factory there's Philadelphia's great Reading Rainbow at 12:30 and the Beets are on at 1AM. And in between bands your DJ is Jed of My Teenage Stride whose taste in '60s R&B is enviable. There will be dancing.

Over at Death By Audio, Impose Magazine has a great bunch of bands playing: If nothing else I'm going to try and make it there for Lower Dens (1AM oh boy) whose album Twin Hand Movements (out July 20) has been in constant rotation on my stereo recently. Also playing: Frankie Rose & the Outs (or if you're the Northside poster, The Oats), Coasting, Minneapolis' Dark Dark Dark, Matteah Baim and Total Slacker (whose Impose-released 7" has been slightly delayed, for those counting the days till its release).

Bar Matchless has a fun roster curated by Nora at I Rock I Roll, with personal faves Dream Diary, plus Shark? (who I caught last night at Spike Hill, they were good), Akudama and Beloved Rogue.

Slow Club are the "very special guests" playing Cameo tonight. If you've never seen the cute UK, clear a little time in your schedule to get charmed. They're on at 11PM.

And out at Shea Stadium (the DIY venue, not the stadium...that would be the Way Northside Festival), Chocolate Bobka's got Ducktails with Big Troubles as his backing band, plus a set from Big Troubles (if you love '90s shoegaze, don't miss they're awesome), as well as WOOM and a bunch of other bands I've never heard of but are probably laid back and chill.

Like I said, you aren't hurting for Northside options. There's lots more going on, check out the Northside Saturday schedule for more.

There'll likely not be a Sunday Picks post -- I'm running around like crazy as it is -- but I'll say that if you're not coming to theBV This Week in Indie show at Coco 66, it better be because you're going to see The Wave Pictures at Public Assembly.

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Alex Reside


Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Dom all had the honor of ringing in the second annual Northside Festival at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Thursday night (6/24).

Dom upgraded their band since last I saw them, with psychedelic video projections being mixed live on stage and a new guitarist, though there's still a pre-recorded backing track for some of the songs. One track snuck out of the speakers a song early, giving up a snippet of their ace single "Living in America," which the band jumped on. They stormed through that, then closed with their slightly bent cover of Polaris's "Hey Sandy." Their evolution from smooshed laptop pop to a working live band has pulled some interesting sounds out of the group. New songs (and some of the rearranged old ones) had a Man or Astroman-esque sci-fi surf feel to them, with Dom's trebly, effects-tweaked vocals chiming in.

At Dom's Mercury Lounge show a while back, there were some mildly antagonistic jabs at the crowd. Not so much here though in one inspired moment Dom announced that he would be giving away a copy of their EP, and then sang a full minute or two of a song dangling it in front of the crowd before flinging it over their heads. It was a non-musical diversion sure, but an endearing, slightly goofy touch.

Cloud Nothings surprised me with their smart, briskly-paced pub punk. Not a slow song in their set. The frantic drummer kept them propelled while the rhythm section's other half spurted out consistently witty basslines. Their proficiency wasn't the only selling point though. There were with plenty of hooks and sharply crafted songs plotted through the headnodding speed.

Wavves has always has a sun-baked feel, and new songs like "King of the Beach" embrace that to the max with an even poppier sound. Their drummer talked almost nonstop between songs, with free associating comments that repped Paulie Shore, called out John Norris in the audience (we all see and love you John), and generally made himself sound happy to have an audience. The crowd also had no reservations about taking the spotlight, welcoming themselves to the stage to one-up with dance moved before jumping into the crowd (you can see some of that in action in the video we posted previously from the show). One managed a midsong fist-bump. Nathan also crowd surfed midsolo, and then postencore jumped into drums and drummer. Both lay there a while, maybe hurt, until one fiending shirtless dude crawled up on stage (not for the first time) to dance a bit more and announce that they were in fact alright.

The official opening show's official afterparty didn't fare quite as well, after someone threw a beer bottle off the roof of the venue (Shea Stadium) and through the back window of a police cruiser.

Catch Dom again on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Catch WAVVES this Sunday in Jersey. Get WAVVES' new album digitally on July 1st...

King of The Beach, originally slated for an Aug. 3 release date, will now be available via iTunes exclusively on July 1, all other digital outlets on July 13 and the physical street date (CD / LP) remains Aug. 3.
Listen to a mixtape WAVVES made HERE.. More pictures from Knitting Factory below...

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by BBG

Jucifer at Cake Shop (more by Justina Villanueva)

Northside is here, and that means that we are just days from the Floor/Unearthly Trance/Javelina/Hot Graves destruction party at Europa and the Jucifer / Gloominous Doom wrecking ball at Union Pool. The show is the first of many for the forever-on-the-road Jucifer, who scoots into Canada in early July and hits the west coast by August. Floor's NYC date is one of only TWO Northeast dates for the reunited Florida crew, with Philly getting their taste of that thunder string on June 25th (also with Javelina).

Hot Graves will be in town through Sunday, as the Florida band is scheduled to do a doubleheader with Occultist on June 27th. The party starts at a matinee at The Acheron with the great Batillus and a later show at The Charleston with Concussion. Full dates are below.

If you don't have a Northside badge, or you haven't bought tickets for Floor yet (still available... procrastinators!), don't fret there is still time to purchase both (no advance tickets for Jucifer), OR you can try your luck at winning one of FOUR pairs to Floor or one of FOUR pairs to Jucifer! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post, along Jucifer dates and some video...

Continue reading "metal @ Northside, FLOOR, other Hot Graves & Jucifer dates & a whole bunch of free tickets to win"

DJ RAVVES (pre bust) (sheastadiumbk)

"Last night's afterparty for lo-fi pop punk phenom Wavves was over before it even really started. What was supposed to be an all-night hang-out at a D.I.Y. space in Bushwick marking the first night of this weekend's Northside Festival turned instead into a lot of freaked out standing around when somebody at the party threw a glass beer bottle at a police car, shattering its rear window and attracting a swarm of some 15 police officers to the scene.

With that, the Wavves afterparty at the all-ages warehouse space known as "Shea Stadium" was over, and everyone who had walked over to Bushwick from the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg having watched the scuzzy three-piece perform either bolted, dawdled, or took position inside the venue to wait for the police to finish their work." [Observer]

Another year, another Northside drama at Shea Stadium.

"Saw Diamond Doves last night, Elvis Perkins' band minus him, they were really amazing. The Band to his Dylan. Somebody put out that record." - Carl Newman

Diamond Doves

As Bill reminded us this morning, Sondre Lerche plays Coco66 tonight (6/25). The show is both an 826NYC benefit and a Northside Festival gig. And as Bill wrote, "Sondre usually plays MHoW or Bowery Ballroom these days, so to see him in such a small venue will be a treat." Following that logic, seeing Sondre play Mercury Lounge on July 27th will be a treat. He's opening for his friend JBM who will be celebrating a record release at that show. Tickets are still on sale.

Also playing that Mercury Lounge show, first on that bill of three bands, is Diamond Doves who are "Dearland" when they back Elvis Perkins. Members include Little Wolf, Brigham Brough and Nick Kinsey. Diamond Doves played their first show on April 4th in Providence, RI with Deer Tick and Those Darlins and have since opened for themselves (Elvis Perkins) and Phosphorescent.

In related news, Elvis Perkins & Dearland and AA Bondy (who is touring with JBM later this year) will share a Northside Festival bill this Sunday in Newtown Barge Park.

Tickets go on sale at noon for AA Bondy's upcoming show at Bowery Ballroom.

photos by Jessica Amaya

"I wish more nights would end with Au Revoir Simone
cooing a cover of Summer of 69'" - Wesley Barrow


Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands and CALLmeKat played a Northside Festival show at Warsaw in Brooklyn last night (6/24). More pictures from the gig below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands & CALLmeKat @ Warsaw in Brooklyn (Northside Festival) - pics "

by Bill Pearis

a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...

Northside HQ (freedubya)
Northside Festival

When I was looking at the full Friday Northside Festival schedule, I was a bit overwhelmed by the embarrassment of riches available to indie rock fans tonight. I felt like writing "Basically just go anywhere tonight and you're going to run into a good show." Which is mostly true. If you have a badge, you can flit between venues and make up your own killer bill.

Some of these shows are going to be crowded though. Like I bet Glasslands will be packed out the wazoo for Tame Impala, so if that's one you're interested in you might just want to plant yourself there early (advanced tickets are sold out). Do they have air conditioning at Glasslands yet? It might get so hot in there you'll start seeing things, which would go well with those Aussies' rhythm-heavy psych rock.

You could also go to Death By Audio (which does have A/C, and now two working bathrooms) for a rock-solid bill of guitar-centric bands brought to us by Less Artists More Condos. The lineup includes voluminous duo Sisters and their giant stack of amps; the under-appreciated and poppy Darlings; skilled noise merchants Grooms; and art punks Regal Degal who I definitely think are a "band to watch."

Moon Duo @ the Big Sur Woodsist Fest on June 12 (more by Rachel Carr)
Moon Duo

Moving away from the corner of S. 1st and Kent, the Woodsist Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg is kind of a no-brainer. That said, headliners Woods and Real Estate play all the time here. I say go early for the San Francisco triple threat of Moon Duo, Sic Alps and The Fresh & Onlys, then skip off to something else.

Moon Duo, an offshoot of Wooden Shjips, play two chord (at most) psych-drone not unlike Spacemen 3 or Loop. I saw them the last night of SXSW when I was cold and tired, not the state of mind I'd recommend experiencing them. Not that the cold part will be an issue in this weather. There's not a lot to watch, so maybe locate a seat upstairs and bliss out.

Sic Alps are back to a duo after a short stint with Ty Segall on drums.  They haven't released anything in a year -- a long time for what was a pretty prolific band -- but that shouldn't hamper their live show, usually powered by a Jenga-like monolith stack of amps in the center of the stage. Their sound is thick and sludgy, but carefully prepared. It feels like a bog in July -- in a good way.

And I'm really looking forward to hearing The Fresh & Onlys with MHoW's sound system. While many of their many recordings have been decidedly lo-fi, these guys can really play and I think it's time they shake loose the "garage rock" tag that never really fit them in the first place. This is pop music. They are really a case of the whole adding up to more than their parts -- the whole band is great -- but if you go tonight, be sure to watch lead guitarist Wymond Miles. The guy is a genius and has a rack of pedals that would impress Kevin Shields. The sounds he gets deserve high fidelity. As do their great songs. I'm a huge fan, is it obvious?

Down the street from MHoW, at Cameo Gallery: Kanine Records, Wao Wao Records & Insound are presenting another great lineup under the venue's psychedelic Snuffelupagus. There's a bunch of really good locals (Dream Diary, Grooms, We Are Country Mice) but you might want to swing by to catch Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who really impressed me when I saw them at Glasslands a couple months ago. Also: If you like the Pastels, Field Mice and all things indiepop, Dream Diary are your new favorite band if they haven't attained that already.

Madison of Dream Diary is pulling double duty tonight, as she is half of Coasting who'll play at Matchless as part of a bill curated by Georgia of blog Microphone Memory Emotion. Coasting's debut 7" is worth picking up, and if you're lucky you'll get a copy printed on lavender vinyl. Also playing are Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers and Bermuda Bonnie.

Over at Coco 66, there's a benefit for 826NYC (badges are accepted despite it being a benefit) with Sondre Lerche and Oberhoffer, plus a reading from author Shalom Auslander. Sondre usually plays MHoW or Bowery Ballroom these days, so to see him in such a small venue will be a treat. Anyone who's seen him before knows what a charmer -- and tunesmith -- he is. Plus, there's up-and-comers Oberhoffer who I wouldn't be surprised if they're playing much bigger venues very soon. Also there's an open vodka bar at 8PM.

Meanwhile at Union Pool, there's an early show (doors at 7PM) that features my new favorite band on Captured Tracks, MINKS. They've only got a single out so far, the Cure-esque "Funeral Song," which doesn't really represent what they do live. The six piece performing MINKS do have some Cure/New Order tendencies, but I'd say Felt is probably just as strong an influence, with clean jangly guitars and jazzy arrangements. Both times I've seen them live, my only complaint has been they didn't play long enough. Not sure of set time for MINKS, but there's not a lot else going on then, you can hang in the backyard of Union Pool and get some tacos from the El Diablo truck to recharge for the night ahead.

That seems like plenty for one night. A video from one of Tame Impala's sets at Pianos last night, below...

Continue reading "Bill's 2010 Northside Festival picks (Friday)"

Big Freedia @ Public Assembly - June 24, 2010 (hragv)

More about the shows later, but the Northside Festival kicked off right Thursday night. That's a blurry picture from Big Freedia's late-night performance at Public Assembly, and check out a video Bill shot at the WAVVES show at Knitting Factory below...

Continue reading "WAVVES played Knitting Factory & there was stage diving, Big Fredia played Public Assembly & there was ass shaking"

by Andrew Frisicano

Best Coast & WAVVES @ Wrongbar Saturday night - NXNE 2010
Best Coast

Best Coast played a few shows at NXNE in Toronto last week, including a Saturday night (6/19) set as the 'secret guest' after Les Savy Fav and Surfer Blood. Nathan from WAVVES, romantically linked to Best Coast and also in town for the fest, watched the set from the side of the stage (and is in a bunch of pictures as a result). Members of Surfer Blood stuck around too, though the 2am crowd did thin out after Les Savy Fav (Canadians go to bed early?). Best Coast played a few new songs and with a new (permanent?) drummer.

Best Coast's tour with Male Bonding comes through NYC for September 29th and 30th shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW, respectively. Tickets are now on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale Friday at noon. The new Best Coast album is available for preorder in a bunch of packages (with a t-shirt, tote bag, etc.).

WAVVES plays NYC tonight (6/24) as part of the Northside Festival (with the recently interviewed Dom and Cloud Nothings) at Knitting Factory. The show is sold-out, though a limited-number of Northside badges will be let in. There's also a 'WAVVES afterparty' at Shea Stadium with DJs RAVVES (Pitchfork's Ryan Schrieber) and Patrick Stickles from Titus. If you're more interested in the actual band, WAVVES will play a last minute show at Meat Locker (8 Park Street) in Montclair, NJ on Sunday, June 27th ($10, doors 7pm, openers TBA).

More pictures from NXNE and a WAVVES video are below...

Continue reading "Best Coast played NXNE (pics), WAVVES adds a NJ show "

interview by Billy Jones

DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Green Knight (Creep remix) (MP3) (via)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (MP3)

Memory Tapes

"For a guy who's never been on tour before, Dayve Hawk's Memory Tapes does a much better job than many bands well-versed in live performance. It's probably because his music is just so good he'd have to work hard to make it sound bad, and with the addition of live drumming and guitar, it sounded totally fantastic. It took me a while to warm up to Seek Magic, but live his work is clarified, catchy, and precise, more immediate than on the album. Vocals and instruments rose above sound effects. Indeed, a Memory Tapes record is for spaced-out, sunny afternoons; a Memory Tapes show is a place to let go and dance. We always need more of those. Thanks for giving us another one, Dayve." [Tiny Mix Tapes]
Memory Tapes brings his live show to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. As mentioned more than a few times, the show is the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase which will also feature performances by Twin Sister, Dom and Zaza. Tickets are still on sale or you can try and use your Northside badge to get in.

Billy Jones, who recently talked to Dave Sitek on the phone and Dom via Gchat, caught up with Dayve Hawk via email. Their conversation can be read below....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Memory Tapes (who plays MHOW Saturday) "

DOWNLOAD: The Fiery Furnaces - The End is Near (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Fiery Furnaces - Keep Me In The Dark (Eleanor Version) (MP3)

Fiery Furnaces

Too many shows this weekend and the Fiery Furnaces contribute to the madness with previously mentioned shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Friday) and Mercury Lounge (Saturday), and a gig at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (Thursday, June 24th). Comedian John Mulaney supports on all dates. The Brooklyn show is part of Northside and also includes a set by Woom who are also opening the Beirut shows at MHOW (but not the Beirut show at the Guggenheim).

All three FF gigs still have tickets available and they are listed again below...

Continue reading "the Fiery Furnaces kicking off a 3-night run w/ John Mulaney "

photos by Samantha Marble

Karen Elson @ Studio at Webster Hall
Karen Elson

Karen Elson played Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday, June 20th with Band of Horses and Grizzly Bear. The night before that she headlined a show at Studio at Webster Hall along with Midnight Masses. Samantha Marble was there and wrote: "Looking back on the show I thought that Karen Elson having Midnight Masses open for her was a perfect balance in terms of setting the tone. Midnight Masses posess the kind of power and soul that forces you to see the light. Whereas Karen Elson sings songs gently but powerfully. The mystery in the tone of her voice makes you feel like you are sitting outside during twilight in the country. It's dark but everything is illuminated." Her pictures from that show are in this post.

Karen Elson doesn't have any more shows lined up, but Midnight Masses will be at Union Pool on June 27th with Starring, Wizardry and Skeletonbreath (a Northside show). They'll also be at Mercury Lounge on July 10th with Snowden (tickets) and Cake Shop on July 19th.

The next show at the Williamsburg Waterfront is Silversun Pickups, Against Me! and The Henry Clay People on Friday, June 25th.

Karen Elson's The Ghost Who Walks came out in May on Third Man Records, and a video from her release party set at the label's store/studio in Nashville is posted below (she also played the label's pop-up at SXSW). Conan O'Brien played the same Nashville space on June 10th. A live LP of Conan's performance is available for preorder from the label, and is expected by the end of July.

More pictures from the Studio at Webster Hall show and the above-mentioned video and tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Karen Elson Studio pics & Third Man Records performance video, more Midnight Masses dates & the Conan pre-order"

by Bill Pearis

a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...

The Hundred in the Hands
The Hundred in the Hands

The Northside Festival is back for a second year, and I really do think the roster of bands playing over the next four days is pretty impressive: here's bigger bands, more out of town bands, more bands in general. More than plenty of good -- great even -- options to justify the $50 badge. (Most of us spend $50 in four days here anyway.) The bulk of the venues are within walking distance of each other, so why not make good use of the badge and hop around as much as possible.

For opening night (tonight, Thursday, June 24th), if you had to stay in one place the whole night, it's hard to top the line-up at Knitting Factory with DOM, Cloud Nothings and Wavves. It's sold out for tickets, but you can still get in with your badge as capacity allows. Wavves new album, King of the Beach, is going to surprise people expecting Nathan Williams to do more of the same lo-fi haze -- it's a ridiculously catchy set of tunes that drops the sludge and scuzz of his first two releases. Cleveland's Cloud Nothings are good too, much more rockin' live than their recordings might suggest, with a real basher of a drummer. I've yet to see Dom live, maybe tonight's the night. Dom also plays our showcase at MHOW on Saturday night.

Former Bell House/Union Hall booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden (along with the Gothamist folks) has put together a solid schedule of local talent at Coco66, with '90s-loving Mr. Dream, plus Pacific Theater, The Forms, Caveman, Bird of Youth, Luke Folger.

Elsewhere: The Hundred in the Hands are at Warsaw (10PM), opening for Au Revoir Simone (who have a new remix album coming out). THitH's new EP, This Desert, will appeal to folks who liked the dancier side of '90s shoegaze (Curve specifically comes to mind).

Austin's YellowFever, in town for the Voxtrot farewell shows, play Union Pool at 10:45PM. If you've never seen them, please try and correct that. It's a solid show overall, with Air Waves, Aa, Coasting and PC Worship.

ARMS, which is former Harlem Shakes guitarist Tom Goldstein's new band, >play their harmony-laden atmospheric pop at Bar Matchless at 10:30pm. If you miss them, they're also at Barge Park on Sunday.

And it should be a sloppy drunk night down in The Charleston's basement with My Teenage Stride, I'm Turning Into (2/3's of which are also in MTS, and they curated this show) and German Measles.

The full schedule is at Northside's site. More Northside suggestions as the weekend progresses. Stay tuned.

The Hundred In The Hands's new video for "Tom Tom" below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: North Highlands - Collar Bones (MP3)
DOWNLOADSavoir Adore - three tracks from In the Wooded Forrest (link takes you to download page)
DOWNLOAD: The Luyas - Tiny Head (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gray Goods - Color Divide (MP3)

North Highlands @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
North Highlands

Brooklyn Vegan hasn't met a festival to which we haven't wanted to add one more party. So in addition to the official Brooklyn Vegan show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and two heavy showcases being presented by BV-BBG -- all of which are Saturday night -- there's now a fourth BV-related Northside Festival show, Sunday night (6/27) at Coco 66. This one's being presented by me, as a Brooklyn Vegan's This Week in Indie/Sound Bites and features North Highlands, The Luyas, Savoir Adore and Gray Goods. Tickets are $10 or you can get in with your Northside Festival badge.

If you read/skim TWII on a regular basis you've heard of most of the bands. North Highlands have only been together for about a year but they've really come into their own recently, making gentle, engaging orch-pop that is really rather magical when they play live.  They were just great when they played the Sound Bites Lunchtime Series earlier this month at the Seaport, and I couldn't be happier to have them play this too.

Not that I don't want you to stay at Coco 66 all night, but if you can't make their 11PM set, North Highlands play earlier Sunday night at Cameo; and they also play Saturday afternoon at Spike Hill as part of The L Magazine's "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear Right Now" showcase which is free -- no badge necessary.

This is The Luyas only Northside show, though the band are down from Montreal for three shows, including Rooftop Films tonight (6/24) and tomorrow night (6/25) at 929 Broadway (same building as Party Expo, but 2nd floor) with Adult Themes. I am super-psyched to have them on the bill.

Savoir Adore are one of my favorite local bands of the last two years and their album, In the Wooded Forrest, made my Best of 2010 list. The record just got released in the UK and the band is heading over there in July for their first-ever tour there. They are also a great live band.

Savoir Adore also play the night before (Saturday, 6/26) at Brooklyn Bowl as part of the Cantora Records showcase that also includes BRAHMS, Gordon Voidwell and The Tony Castles.

Gray Goods is the new band from Ryan Brown, formerly of Soft Pack cohorts Browns. (In fact, Gray Goods' drummer is the little brother of Soft Pack guitarist Matt McLoughlin.) You can check out the Feelies-esque "Color Divide" at the top of this post which is from the new Singles EP on 1928 Recordings. Gray Goods will also play later Sunday night at Bruar Falls.

I think that's a damn good show. Come by if you can. Set times are below....

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Northside Festival

The Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday, June 24th. We have more previews coming, but in the meantime here's a quick reminder post. The full music schedule is HERE. Films HERE. Badges and other show tickets HERE.

There are FOUR BrooklynVegan shows this year. There's the regular old BV Saturday night show @ MHOW with Memory Tapes, Dom, Twin Sister and Zaza (check out our the very unpopular interview with Dom that we just posted HERE). Then there's the back to back BBG shows happening the same night at Europa and Union Pool. And last but not least, Bill put together a "Week in Indie" show happening Sunday at Coco66... which we haven't posted about yet. Info on that is coming shortly.

Tonight, Thursday, brings the talented and highly entertaining Big Freedia to Public Assembly. Au Revoir Simone meanwhile are headlining a show at Warsaw. WAVVES (and Dom!) is also tonight. Thao and Mirah are at MHOW.

Beirut are not playing the Northside Festival, but Woom are. More coming soon.

interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: DOM - Living In America (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DOM - Burn Bridges (MP3)


Dom, pictured above playing at a party inside Pitchfork's Brooklyn offices on Tuesday night, are in town to play two Northside Festival shows. The first happens tonight, Thursday, June 24th, at the Knitting Factory. Dom opens for Cloud Nothings and WAVVES. That show is sold out. After that it's Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg aka the BrooklynVegan showcase with Zaza, Twin Sister, and Memory Tapes. That one still has tickets available. Both shows are also accessible with a Northside Festival badge (first come, first served, capacity permitting, etc).

It's been an exciting few months for Dom whose next scheduled NYC show after Northside is the 2010 Siren Festival. Their most recent show before Northside was "Fader Bowl".

Billy Jones (you may have read his recent interview with Dave Sitek) caught up with Dom (the person) via gchat on Wednesday. They talked about Dom (the group), the Pitchfork party, Cults, gingers (they both are), Total Slacker, salvia, Party Expo, merch and more...


Billy: sup man
Dom: nothing much. chillin.

Billy: i am ginger
Dom: sick! u kno we are less than 10 percent population

Billy: have you seen the M.I.A. video?
Dom: yes i have

Billy: how do you feel about mia? i am left handed and ginger. fucked.
Dom: i love mia. yeah i wasnt really moved one way or another by the vid. great concept, butttt, i could have done it better

continued below...

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AA Bondy @ Union Hall in February (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
AA Bondy

" 'How Will You Meet Your End?' by A. A. Bondy - A dark musical tale that seems to reach out from another time, this is a song I can -- and do -- leave on repeat for long stretches. For both "So Cold the River" and "The Cypress House," I turned to this song often because I found its haunting lyrics and melody to be perfect tone-setters." [Michael Koryta]
A.A. Bondy and JBM will be playing shows together around North America starting in August (full list of dates below).

A.A. Bondy then headlines his own show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, October 6th. No opener announced yet. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Much before that, A.A. Bondy has a NYC show scheduled with Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Arms (previously 'special guest') on Sunday, June 26th at Barge Park as part of Northside Festival. Tickets are still on sale for that. (He's also at the Newport Folk Festival this year.)

JBM (stage name of Jesse Marchant) plays a Bondy-less CD release show July 27th at Mercury Lounge (tickets) for his new album, Not Even in July, which comes out the same day on Partisan Records. Clips from that are streaming on the label's site.

A.A. Bondy played Toronto's Great Hall on June 18th as part of NXNE. A video from that set and all JBM/AA Bondy tour dates are below...

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words by Andrew Frisicano

Big Freedia & friends @ Wrongbar in Toronto for NXNE - June 18, 2010
Big Freedia

"So what the hell is Sissy Bounce? Sort of depends who you ask. Katey Red, arguably the creator of the genre, suggests it doesn't even exist and instead insists it's just sissies producing Bounce. Other artists such as Big Freedia fully embrace the term. Take some of the most hypersexual, bump and grind you can imagine, remove everything but the sexed up chorus, speed it up, and then remove the sexual identity of the artist performing it. What, what? That's right. Sissy Bounce artists are purposely androgynous, sometimes referred to as queer, sometimes transgendered, a very direct intent is to fuck with people's heads about sexuality. It's easy to relate, or be offended when you see one sex singing about the other. But with Sissy Bounce you have no idea. This makes the performances just as important as the music itself, which is perhaps why it's stayed locked down for so long." [Sean Bonner]
From the pictures above and below, maybe you can tell that Big Freedia's Friday night set at Toronto's Wrongbar (as part of NXNE) was a crowd pleaser. Big Freedia, DJ Rusty Lazer and a pair of dancers held a master class on ass-shaking dance moves and a good portion of the crowd was happy to oblige, especially for the infectious bounce of songs like "Azz Everywhere" and "Rock Around the Clock." Freedia went from a tender acapella verse about settling down to a song with the hook "I got that gin in my system, somebody's gonna be my victim." The spectacle was one thing, but it was ultimately the songs, rumbling party mantras, that made it a great set.

The next night Big Freedia brought her act to the city's Yonge-Dundas Square (a free, very public stage surrounded by stores and restaurants )- it looks like they played there with considerably more clothes on. Still, Damian Abraham tweeted: "Big Freedia's performance in Dundas Square today made the Stooges show (which was amazing) look like a Peter, Paul and Mary Concert." (btw, our pics from the Stooges show he's referring to are coming soon).

Big Freedia and crew (that includes Freedia's DJ Rusty Lazer) will be back in Brooklyn for a Thursday night set at CrushFest at Public Assembly. The lineup for the June 24th show, which is part of Northside, also includes Yes Giantess, Fang Island, Iran, MillionYoung, Dinosaur Feathers, Anton Glamb, LE1F, Jason Pants & Chaz Requina (Palms Out Sounds), Denny Le Nimh and No Surrender. Tickets are only $5.00 until 3pm today (6/22) - then the price goes back up to $15. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

More pictures from Toronto, a flyer for the Public Assembly show and a video from a Big Freedia show at Glasslands are all below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (Jens Lekman Remix) (MP3)

Au Revoir Simone

Just like nearly every other Brooklyn band, Au Revoir Simone is playing this weekend's Northside Festival. Their show is Thursday (6/24) at Warsaw, where they play with The Hundred in the Hands and CALLmeKAT. The ladies are then heading off on a short summer tour of North America in July. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, on July 6 Au Revoir Simone release Night Light, a compilation of tracks from last year's Still Night, Still Light that have been remixed by the likes of Neon Indian, Aeroplane, Angel Deradoorian, Jens Lekman, Your Twenties, Tanlines and more. You can download the Jens Lekman remix of "Shadows" at the top of this post which is one of the more idiosyncratic on the compilation, turning the 4/4 time song into a string-laden waltz.

Au Revoir Simone tour dates are after the jump...

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by BBG

Javelina (more by Meghan McInnis)

How do you make a big show bigger? We are happy to confirm the additions of Javelina and Hot Graves to the previously announced Floor + Unearthly Trance lineup at Europa on June 26th! Tickets are still available. The EARLY SHOW (begins promptly at 6!) will be Javelina's second Northside appearance, having played the BV-BBG Northside show last year at Europa.

Speaking of Unearthly Trance, Ryan of UT serves as bassist/vocalist for Pollution, who will be at Acheron TONIGHT (6/18) alongside Vancouver's White Lung, the conclusion of an east coast tour for the pair (that kicked off at 538 Johnson on 6/10). White Lung has a west coast leg of a US tour scheduled for early July, which kicks off at Sled Island on July 3rd alongside Fucked Up, Built To Spill, Dinosaur Jr, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Melvins (who play NYC tonight also), and so much more. White Lung are touring off of their freshly minted Atlanta 7", out now via Deranged.

For Pollution, this is currently the only NYC date on their calendar, but the band will also play the incredible Dudefest 2010 in Indianapolis this year alongside Arab On Radar, Trap Them, Voetsek, and many others.

Uneathly Trance is also scheduled to appear on July 30th at the Lee Altomare benefit in Amityville, NY alongside the reunited Deathcycle, as well as Altomare's band The Communion, Sick of Talk, Thought & Memory, and Blood of A Zombie. All proceeds will go towards, St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Research Center. Deathcycle will play NYC the next night (7/31) SANS UT, but with rest of the set of that bill (and another TBA) at 538 Johnson.

Tour dates and some video is below....

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Beirut @ BAM in February 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)

The last time Beirut played in NYC, they did a four-show week, with gigs at Coco 66, MHOW and two at BAM.

Zach Condon and Beirut now have shows in Europe scheduled for August. In advance of those, they'll play a pair of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, July 5th and Tuesday, July 6th. Woom, the ex-Flying pop duo previously featured here, open both dates.

Tickets for Tuesday, the second show, are $25 and go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

Tickets for Monday, the first show, are $9.99 and can only be purchased in advance and in-person from the Bowery box offices at Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg starting Saturday at noon (though Ticketmaster says they go on sale online Saturday at noon... I'm told they actually won't go on sale online.).

Before then, Woom play a pair of Northside Festival shows on June 25th at Bruar Falls (lineup TBA) and June 26th at Shea Stadium with Ducktails, Big Troubles, Arches, Dana Jewell and No Demons Here.

All tour dates are below...

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