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Nude Beach

Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach wrapped up a tour earlier this month that included two hometown shows. The band don't appear to have more touring plans scheduled at the moment, but they still give their local fans a ton of chances to see them, and will do so again when they play Mercury Lounge on September 20. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.

Nude Beach recently released a new 7" via Other Music. Stream both sides of it below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach playing a one-off at Mercury Lounge"

by Andrew Sacher

Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nude Beach

As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.

Not long after that show, Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).

Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Nuclear Spring

Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.

For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.

Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Night Birds

Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.

Continue reading "Nuclear Spring, Red Dons, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust & other upcoming punk shows (dates & streams)"

Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom, March 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Nude Beach

Brooklyn's Nude Beach, who played over the weekend, are readying a new 7" for Other Music -- "What Can Ya Do" b/w "I'm Giving Up" -- out on July 9th. Stream both sides of the release below.

The band will be breaking their own release date, though, as they'll have copies on hand when they head out for a string of dates this week that include a stop in Chicago at Empty Bottle and here in NYC at Knitting Factory on July 5 with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets are still available.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below.

Continue reading "Nude Beach ready new 7" & playing shows (dates & stream)"

King Tuff at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
King Tuff

As mentioned, garage rocker King Tuff is reissuing his long-out-of-print 2008 debut, Was Dead, this year and that reissue just came out this week (5/28). It was awarded a "best new reissue" on Pitchfork. If you haven't heard it, you can stream the album in its entirety below.

King Tuff is playing a previously discussed one-off release show for the reissue in NYC this Sunday (6/2) at Bowery Ballroom. No openers for that show were announced when we first mentioned it, but since then Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach were added. Sunday's show is one of two currently scheduled local shows for Nude Beach before they head out on tour. The other is on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Vacation and others, and when they return home from tour they play Knitting Factory (7/5) with Prince Rupert's Drops (tickets).

The Bowery Ballroom show this Sunday is also with Hector's Pets. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

Updated Nude Beach dates are listed, along with details on that ticket contest, the show flyer, and the King Tuff LP stream, below...

Continue reading "King Tuff's 'Was Dead' reissue out now (stream it); Nude Beach opening his show on Sunday (win tix!)"

by Andrew Sacher

Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
Nude Beach

Brooklyn power pop rockers Nude Beach play a lot of local shows, and that will be no different this summer, for which they've already got two scheduled. First, they'll play an all ages show on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn) with Nervosas, Vacation, and Survival (not the one with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix). Admission for that show is $7 at the door. Then, they'll play a less DIY (but also all ages) venue on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Amongst all these gigs, Nude Beach are releasing a new 7" single on Other Music and you can stream the b-side below.

Cincinnati's Vactation, who open the Fitness show (and are on tour with Nervosas) are set to release their new album, Candy Waves, on June 18 via Don Giovanni (Waxahatchee, Screaming Females). The first single from the album, "Pyro Hippies," is a pop punk basher and it sounds like the kind of thing that's going to get kids on their feet on the band's tour this summer. Maybe you caught them in Brooklyn last year with Swearin' and Tenement?

Stream "Pyro Hippies" and the new Nude Beach track, along with the video for Nude Beach's "Radio" and all lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach ready new 7" & playing shows; one w/ Vacation, who are releasing an LP on Don Giovanni (dates & streams)"

photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis

The Men @ Bowery Ballroom
The Men

Beginning with an extended drone, The Men banged out one note with a noticeable nervous tension. All that revving of engines finally erupted in "Electric" off the band's New Moon which was released this week. The crowd went mental in turn with flying beers and bodies. Followed by burner "Without a Face," The Men kept the energy on high. And then, like on much of the new LP, they morphed into Crazy Horse mode with big, crunchy jams. While jarring, it works better live than on record. "I Saw Her Face" sounds absolutely huge at Bowery and that sense of grandiosity doesn't come across on New Moon. I still prefer the band in Punk mode, but, like Montreal's Besnard Lakes, they understand the power of dynamics and scale. Maybe Jace Lasek should produce their next record?

Last night's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (3/7) was an all-around solid-as-a-rock bill. Openers Parquet Courts had the place packed from the start. "We haven't played a show in Manhattan since getting kicked out of Cake Shop," joked Andrew Savage who, along with the rest of the band, hopped on a plane this morning to Mexico City where they play tonight. (They play Festival Nrml in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday [3/9]). Their set got off to a rough start but soon course-corrected with a succession of their short, sharp cuts off Light Up Gold.

Brooklyn's Nude Beach held the undercard slot and knocked out catchy tune after catchy tune. Not only do they look like they could be from Minneapolis in 1984 (snapshirts, flannel and denim), they sound like it too: anthemic, punky powerpop, all hooks and no B.S. Quality stuff. For those not heading to Austin next week for you-know-what, Nude Beach are playing Union Pool on March 13 with Call of the Wild, Tweens and What Next?

Meanwhile, Parquet Courts next NYC show will be at Bowery again on April 20 this time opening for Iceage and White Lung (tickets). The Men will be back in NYC for The Northside Festival.

More pictures from last night's Bowery show below...

Continue reading "The Men, Nude Beach and Parquet Courts played Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

Nude Beach at 285 Kent, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach

It's been a bit since we last heard from Crystal Stilts. While there's no word of new recordings, the band will be playing their first NYC show in a long while on Friday (2/15) at Lulu's in Greenpoint (Franklin Ave & Greenpoint Ave). The show is with Nude Beach and FREE with the purchase of a drink. And as you may know, all drinks at Lulu's come with a free mini pizza. Score!

Nude Beach's appearance is in addition to their upcoming dates at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with The Men and Parquet Courts (tickets) and Union Pool on March 13 with Call of The Wild, Tweens & What Next? (tickets).

Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach

As usual, Brooklyn heartland rockers Nude Beach have a bunch of local shows coming up. They just played Mercury Lounge earlier this month, and have been added as an opener to The Men's record release show for New Moon, which happens on March 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Fellow Brooklyn upstarts Parquet Courts were also added to that show, and they've got other local shows happening even sooner. Tickets for what will be a great all-around bill are still available.

Nude Beach also play their own show soon after that at Brooklyn venue Union Pool on March 13 with Call of the Wild, Tween, and more TBA. Ticket info for that show is TBA. The band were also scheduled to play with Psychic Ills at Bowery Ballroom in February but they have since dropped off that show.

A list of all Nude Beach dates and streams of two tracks off 2012's great II, below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach playing shows, opening The Men's record release show (Parquet Courts too)"

A marquee during Psychic Ills' recent Chinese tour
Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills had a quite exciting tail end of 2012, spending part of it touring China(!), preparing for an apocalypse that didn't happen and playing New Years Eve at Saint Vitus. Now the Brooklyn band is on a mission, as evidenced by the title of their forthcoming effort One Track Mind, due via Sacred Bones on February 19. The band will celebrate the release on February 7 at Bowery Ballroom alongside Nude Beach and one more band TBA. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/11).

The show is one of a few scheduled for the band, and the lone date on the Northeast thus far. UPDATE: Psychic Ills also play 285 Kent on March 16.

For all other dates and that song stream, head below.

Continue reading "Psychic Ills prep new album, playing NYC release show with Nude Beach (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring

One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.

Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.

Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...

Continue reading "Andy Bodor from Cake Shop's "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" of 2012, plus a year-end mixtape"

Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl, Dec 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)

Lucero's upcoming shows at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets for 12/28 & 12/29, or both) and New Year's Eve gig at Wellmont Theater with The Hold Steady (tickets) will be here before you know it. We cornered pedal steel whiz Todd Beene to ask him about his favorite things form 2012. His top 10 for the year (which includes other stuff besides music, like, um, underwear) is below along with his very entertaining commentary.

Continue reading "Todd Beene of Lucero's Top 10 of '12 (LPs, underwear & more)"


Christopher Hansell of Warthog (ex-The Men) has dropped off his top 10 releases of 2012, as well as other thoughts on the passing year. Check out those below.

Warthog (which also features members of Nude Beach) is scheduled to play Worcester, MA at The Beacon on 12/15 with Who Killed Spikey Jacket, in addition to their previously discussed show with Inmates at Acheron on 1/12.

Hansell is also involved in power electronics crew Foreplay who will play the West Coast later this month with the great Pharmakon and Soren (of Rosenkopf). Dates are below. Soren will also play NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/5 as part of the Dysrhythmia/Wreck & Reference show (tickets).

Speaking of The Men, check them out this Friday at Saint Vitus (12/14), part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit (tickets).

Hansell's 2012 Top 10 list is below, along with video and a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Christopher Hansell's favorite records of 2012; Pharmakon & Soren (Rosenkopf) add West Coast dates"

Nude Beach last night at Ottobar in Baltimore, 11/11/12 (via @arcane93)
Nude Beach

Nude Beach's current trek with Roky Erickson took them to Ottobar in Baltimore last night, just a few days after they blessed both Bell House and Maxwell's (on 11/7 and 11/8 respectively). After they return from their trip with the psych rock legend, look for the Brooklyn band to play a pair of NYC shows including supporting Lucero on 12/28 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets, they also play 12/29) and a headlining date of their own on January 18 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale on Friday (11/16).

All tour dates are listed below, plus live video (including covers of Alex Chilton and Foo Fighters) and a recent Tom Scharpling-directed video are below.

Continue reading "Nude Beach played Bell House and Maxwell's, add Mercury Lounge & Brooklyn Bowl (dates)"

Nude Beach at 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach

Nude Beach are back with a new Tom Scharpling-directed video for "Some Kinda Love," one of the standout tracks from their recent Other Music-reissued II. Clearly shot at Union Pool, the video works as both an introduction to the band and a window into the sidetracked mind of the director. As you'd expect from Scharpling, it's hilarious. Check it out below.

Don't forget, Nude Beach will play the NYC area twice in the coming weeks as part of a string of dates with Roky Erickson. Look for them at The Bell House on 11/7 (tickets) and Maxwell's on 11/8 (tickets).

All tour dates are listed below along with that video.

Continue reading "Nude Beach have a new Tom Scharpling-directed video and are on tour (dates)"


today in NYC
* Fashion's Night Out
* Sherita @ Barbes
* Teitur @ Joe's Pub
* Sarah Alden @ Barbes
* The Postelles @ MoMA
* DANCENOW @ Joe's Pub
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lifted Crew @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Yardbirds @ City Winery
* Left Handed Radio Live! @ UCB East
* Madonna, Avicii @ Yankee Stadium
* Varispeed performs Empty Words @ The Stone
* Fred Falke, Ghost Beach @ Santos Party House
* 'Hi Custodian' screening at @ Sunshine Cinema
* Anna Lunoe, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Matt Embree, Vinnie Caruana @ Mercury Lounge
* NYU "Mystery Concert 2012" @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Breton, The Big Sleep, Ambassadors @ Bowery Ballroom
* Liquor Store, Little Big League, Porches @ Shea Stadium
* Tim Fite, Foxes in Fiction, Molly Nilsson @ Littlefield
* Ecstasy Mule vs. John Cage vs. Ecstasy Mule @ The Stone
* The Fleeting Ends, Your Sister's Canary, We Run @ Cameo
* The Rapture, Midnight Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Denver Hughes, ShadowBox, Color War, Big Fur @ Delinquency
* Ludwig Persik, Eastern Midwestern, Visuals @ Public Assembly
* Rapstar, Alan Watts, The Dreebs, Den Svarata Fanan @ Big Snow
* Air Waves, Future of What, Love of Everything, Earthquake Party! @ Glasslands
* The Peach Kings, Morgan O'Kane, Mia Sparrow, Chris Pureka, Aaron Short @ Union Hall
* Dinowalrus, X-Ray Eyeballs, Life Size Maps, Grand Resort, Psychobuildings @ 285 Kent
* DJ Roofeo (Death Set), Jahan Lennon, WIN WIN, The Tony Castles, Sister Crayon @ Pianos
* I'm Turning Into, Miniboone, Ball of Flame Shoots Fire, The Meaning of Life @ Cake Shop
* Alex Yac, NCM, Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club, Casey Shea, Allison Weiss @ Mercury Lounge

How appropriate! Madonna plays NYC on Fashion's Night Out, which sees multiple performances at venues, stores, and many other spaces across NYC. (And other cities.) While the Material Girl isn't part of the festivities, you can see the likes of Azealia Banks, St. Vincent, Yoko Ono, Chairlift, Icona Pop and dozens more. We have highlighted lists of the free shows HERE and HERE and HERE.

Tonight is the final evening of the three day tribute to composer John Cage at The Stone. Cage would have celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday!

The Rapture continues its three-night residency with guests Midnight Magic at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/6).

Tonight is NYU's annual "Mystery Concert" which happens at Le Poisson Rouge. Previous mystery concerts have turned out to be Animal Collective, Beirut and Big Boi. Any guesses as to who is playing tonight?

Air Waves are taking a break for a while -- perhaps recording a new album? -- and tonight's show at Glasslands will be their last any time soon.

Today is the last day to check out BrooklynVegan photo show '480 Pixels' at 92YTribeca which you can visit while checking out popular live show "Mortified", "a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers."

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Army Navy have a new video, "World's End," which features Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down fame. You can watch it below.

Nude Beach have released a new video for "Radio". Check that out below.

Best Coast performed "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" from the new LP The Only Place last night (9/5) on Conan. Video from that performance is below.

Check out streaming audio of Marissa Nadler covering Fleetwood Mac's "Save me a Place" below.

Flying Lotus's work is featured in the new short film "Until The Quiet Comes" by Kahlil Joseph. Check that out below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday (Fashion's Night Out)?"

Roky Erickson at Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Roky Erickson

Psych legend Roky Erickson and new school Brooklyn punks Nude Beach are heading out on a tour together this fall. That tour hits the NYC area for two shows, the first of which happens on November 7 at The Bell House and then hits Maxwell's the next night (11/8) in Hoboken. Tickets for the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon. The tour also hits the new Bowery Presents venue, The Sinclair, in Boston.

As usual, there are other chances to catch Nude Beach in their hometown. Before the tour with Roky begins, they'll play the previously discussed show at Acheron on October 18 with Toys That Kill and Night Birds.

A list of all dates and a video are below.

Continue reading "Roky Erickson touring w/ Nude Beach (dates)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Toys That Kill at Chaos in Tejas 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Toys That Kill

If Toys That Kill's new LP, Fambly 42, was a piece of candy, it would most definitely be a jawbreaker. Hard as nails yet sugary sweet, the LP is a pure pop-punk confection. Catch the band on the road this fall in celebration of the new LP, NYC gets the look at Acheron on October 18 with a stellar lineup of Nude Beach and Night Birds. The next night at the venue (10/19) is curiously empty, so I would expect another show to pop up in that space...it is CMJ after all.

In related news, Night Birds are celebrating the vinyl release of their compilation LP, Fresh Kills Vol. 1, via Grave Mistake with a show at Acheron on Saturday (8/25). There the surf-y punks will team with Nuclear Santa Claust, Goosebumps, Loose Ends and Mutant Genes for an 18+ show at the venue. Should be a fun one.

Reminder, Nude Beach play Death By Audio next week, their last local show for a bit while they jet to the West Coast. Their album, II, was recently reissued by Other Music's new record label.

Tour dates and streams are below.

Continue reading "Toys That Kill touring this fall, playing Acheron w/ Night Birds and Nude Beach; Night Birds schedule release show"

by Andrew Sacher


2011's breakup of P.S. Eliot has already given us a great debut LP from member Katie Crutchfield under the moniker Waxahatchee, and now her twin sister/ex-P.S. Eliot bandmate Allison Crutchfield has shown us what she's been up to with a self titled LP from her band Swearin'. Bill mentioned that you should check out Swearin' at this year's Popfest, which went down in May, and there's been many chances (some with Waxahatchee) to catch the band since. Your next chance to see Swearin' in their hometown of NYC is TONIGHT (8/16) at Union Pool where they'll be playing with the also-great Nude Beach, for whom the show is a record release show, along with Golden Clouds and Yogurt Brain.

The Swearin' LP blends the sort of pop punk and folk punk that we've come to expect from P.S. Eliot and its related projects, and also fits in well with much of the Don Giovanni roster (for whom Waxahatchee records). Allison's lyrics are confessional and the music is catchy but raw. Think early Thermals or Rainer Maria you'll get the idea. You can stream the first track from the album, "1," at the bottom of this post.

Continue reading "Swearin' released an LP, playing Union Pool w/ Nude Beach"

Yeasayer at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

today in NYC
* Birdy @ Joe's Pub
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Louie Belogenis @ The Stone
* Project Fukushima @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* ATM, Happy New Year @ Manhattan Inn
* Ze Luis, Forro in the Dark @ Nublu
* Bushwalla, Todd Carey @ Joe's Pub
* Deep Time, The Babies @ Union Pool
* Linkin Park, Incubus @ Jones Beach
* DOM, Bum Rap, Kings of Belmont @ Delinquency
* Ches Smith and These Arches @ Barbes
* Self Help, KNTRLR, Wet 10 @ The Delancey
* Shark?, Desert Sharks, Lost Boy? @ Big Snow
* Vassals, Trumpeter Swan, Jane Eyre @ Pianos
* Martha Wainwright, Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
* Yeasayer, Daedelus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* WIERD w/ Arctic Flowers, Murderer @ Home Sweet Home
* Finger on the Pulse BBQ w/ Computer Magic @ Good Co.
* Erika Spring, Tiny Victories, Tezeo @ Mercury Lounge
* Gary War, Ami Dang, FORMA, Lorna Dune @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Harry & the Potters, Potter Puppet Pals @ Knitting Factory
* Michael Graye, Faster Than Light, Natalie York, Jack Byrne @ Cake Shop
* Enfants Terribles: Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock & Joey Baron @ Blue Note
* Fear Factory, Ashes Of Your Enemy, Dispute To Flames, Xero Gravity @ Starland Ballroom
* Little Seizures, Crooked Bangs, Feral Future, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
* Sonny and the Sunsets, MAGIC TRICK, Sam Jayne (of Love As Laughter) @ Maxwell's
* Freshkills, Violent Bullshit, Graffiti Monsters, Chron Turbine @ Public Assembly
* The Dunnie Bobos, I'm Turning Into, Incorporated Village of Ghost, The Due Diligence @ Glasslands

It's been a tough, wet summer for outside shows. Tonight's Summerscreen in McCarren Park (Empire Records) with Ducktails, Splash, and The Babies has been postponed due to the heavy rain, but will now happen August 29. You can still see The Babies, though, tonight when they play with Deep Time at Union Pool.

It's the 5-year anniversary of Finger on the Pulse's summer BBQ series tonight at Good Co. in Williamsburg. Computer Magic is DJing with food from Gwynett St. Rain or Shine. Starts at 7PM.

Tonight's Yeasayer show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out, but will stream live on Bowery Present's YouTube channel.

Grimes, who played River Rocks last week, made her network TV debut on Jimmy Fallon last night. Check out her performance of "Genesis" below.

Grizzly Bear's appearance at StePhest Colbchella (on the Intrepid) aired last night on the Colbert show. Watch "Two Weeks," "Sleeping Ute," "Yet Again," and Colbert's interview with the band from it below.

Nude Beach made a video for their song "Walkin' Down My Street" from their album, II, which came out this week on Other Music's new label. You can watch it below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

Nude Beach at 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach

Nude Beach's album II gets it's Other Music Recording Company re-release this week and with it a couple parties. The band play Other Music tonight (8/13) at 8PM which is FREE but limited capacity, followed by a show at Union Pool on Thursday (8/16) with Swearin', Golden Clouds and Yogurt Brain. If you haven't heard the album -- which came out in limited release earlier this year -- it's recommended for fans of The Replacements, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Big Star and melodic punk with a dash of Americana. Stream it all at Spin.

In true Nude Beach fashion, the band has packed in yet another show, this time scheduled for the end of the summer at Death by Audio on August 29 with Naomi Punk, Sleepies and Shoxx.

Full tour dates are below, along with some Nude Beach II streams. West coasters and homies in the Rocky Mountains, look out for the band this fall... details forthwith. UPDATE, West coast/Midwest dates added.

Continue reading "Nude Beach re-releasing 'II' this week, playing shows (dates)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Milk Music at 285 Kent, 7/23/2012
Milk Music

Milk Music's US tour, which included a stop at Pitchfork this year (pictures), hit 285 Kent last night (7/23), snagging supporting slots from Zulus and Nude Beach. The show, their only NYC date, was the first in a year for the band, who last hit Death by Audio around the corner to support The Men in celebration of their then-new LP Leave Home (pictures).

Milk Music's Dinosaur Jr/Husker Du worship was well-received by the crowd, who bounced along with each song of their 30-plus minute set. Nude Beach had a similar though subdued reaction to their Tom-Petty-meets punk stylings, and Zulus' noise rock with touches of doom mesmerized.

Nude Beach play Grand Victory in Wiliamsburg (previously Bruar Falls) tonight with Serious This Time, Giant Peach and Haircut.

Pictures from 285 Kent are below.

Continue reading "Milk Music played 285 Kent with Nude Beach and Zulus (pics)"

by BBG / Fred Pessaro

The Young / Census at 285 Kent 6/29/2012
The Young

Austin's The Young were in town last week for three NYC shows the last of which was at 285 Kent on Friday (6/29), where they were joined by Census, the punk-Americana of Nude Beach (who also played the night before at Tommy's), and country-inflected rock of Zach Cale & The Rain Band.

Having seen both The Young and Nude Beach before, the band that left the most impression was Census. Though the band features a member of Cults, Census has nothing to do with them sonically. 90s are clearly a hallmark for this NYC band, who lean heavier on shoe-gaze in their Smashing Pumpkins-style power pop. Excellent live show too, and though their output is extremely limited, you can download their EP at Bandcamp now and stream it below.

Perhaps the most important discovery of the evening... 285 Kent now has A/C! Despite the standing temperature/humidity outside, the space was a cool 74 degrees having just installed a major unit the size of a pair of refrigerators in the space. Its an infinite improvement for the space and a beyond pleasant surprise for such a notoriously hot space.

More pictures from Friday's show are below.

Continue reading "The Young, Census, Nude Beach, Zach Cale & The Rain Band played 285 Kent which now has air conditioning! (pics)"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

White Lung at Tommy's Tavern, 6/29/2012
White Lung

Vancouver's White Lung, who were here back in April, passed through NYC again last night for a show at Tommy's Tavern (6/28), snagging support from local power-pop favorites Nude Beach, plus California X, Casanovas in Heat, The Narcs and Utah Jazz. Nude Beach play again tonight, supporting The Young and Census at 285 Kent with Zach Cale & The Rain Band for what will surely be an extremely sweaty show. More pictures from Tommy's Tavern are below.

I've had a few encounters White Lung and Nude Beach recently (great and great), so the big stand out to me was California X. The Massachusetts band worships at the altar of Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du (which I wish more bands did, truthfully), creating some sugar-y pop melodies buried beneath layers and layers of crunch. This is definitely a heavy band live too; one hell of a first showing in NYC. Stream their killer new 7" below.

Continue reading "White Lung played Tommys Tavern w/ Nude Beach, California X and more (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Terrible Feelings - Another Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Terrible Feelings - Intruders (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: White Lung - Glue (MP3)

Terrible Feelings

Just a reminder that Sweden's Terrible Feelings are in town tonight playing Death by Audio with Death First, Plastic Cross and These Days. If you can't make tonight's show, the band will be back on the tail end of their US tour, playing Acheron on June 30. All tour dates are listed below.

Since we last wrote about them, Terrible Feelings released their new album, Shadows. While the songs are hook-laden and very catchy, you can feel the punk DNA in there. The band have made fans of JEFF the Brotherhood and Fucked Up on European tours and I am told they have a killer live show. You can download two tracks off the album and stream the whole record below via a Spotify widget.

Meanwhile, Terrible Feelings' Derranged Records labelmates White Lung are currently wrapping up a short stint out with Ceremony but will be in NYC on June 28 for a show at Tommy's Tavern with Nude Beach, Casanovas in Heat, California X. The Vancouver band make strident pedal-to-the-metal, punk-fueled rock with strong vocals from singer Mish Way. You can stream their album, Sorry, at the bottom of this post. All tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door.  Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.

Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).

I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.

Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.

There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.

I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.

Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.

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