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Arcade Fire

And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)

Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).

Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.

The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.

The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.

"Best Alternative Album" category:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
So they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.

Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.

words & photos by Ben Lozovsky

Oh No Ono

Oh No Ono might have a solution to the fuel crisis. After a manic SXSW run that saw them play six shows in four days, the Danish band continued to churn out gigs, making their last two pit-stops in America before heading back to Europe. The first was Wednesday (3/24) at Mercury Lounge; showing little signs of road wear, the five piece brought back their big hair and bigger musical ambitions to one of the same venues they played in January.

With a seemingly endless supply of renewable energy, Oh No Ono kept their Egg rolling, playing a set packed with numbers from their 2009 album. If there was perhaps any consequence of exhaustion, it could have been Oh No Ono delving into longer stretches of ambient territory as wide rumbling preludes smoothly introduced circuitous numbers like "Swim" and "Eleanor Speaks." It could also be more of an elaboration on the moments of quiet discomfort that pop up throughout their last recorded effort. On Eggs, those spots of downtime and atmosphere hardly prepare you for the largeness of oncoming numbers. Live, Oh No Ono used those build-ups more effectively, adding anticipation and counter balances to their riotous assemblage of electronic fuzz and extraterrestrial power pop.

Oh No Ono's singular variety of space funk surely is not without influences; at times on the album, they channel predecessors ELO, Of Montreal, and Air. But as a red-cheeked bunch of Danish lads only could - by replacing cocaine-induced sunshine (of the former) and sexualized serotonin (of the two latter) with a full on barrage of plutonic happiness.

They still might be drugged or sexed up on the side, but musically Oh No Ono represent a youthful abstention from all those frontiers of full-on adulthood. Sometimes it worked to their disadvantage, when things got off-kilter and out of sync at times Wednesday night.

But for the most part, in concert, they used their unrelenting rambunctiousness to move away from the more borrowed elements of their sound. Even during a jaw-dropping cover of Radiohead's "Weird Fishes (Arpeggi)," which has now been planted firmly in their repertoire, they took momentary ownership of the slinky number with a post-rock meets punk-fireworks interpretation. In drilling the depths of well-known rock iconoclasts, they've found a new source of fossil fuel all their own.

Their show last night was with Little Dragon and VV Brown at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from Mercury Lounge where Cate Le Bon was the opener (and their setlist), below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADThe Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOADRooftop Vigilantes - Seth No Jump (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: You Say Party We Say Die - Laura Palmer's Prom (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Love Is All - Kungen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Come on Daniel (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)

A Sunny Day in Glasgow @ BV/Anso 3/18 day party in Austin (by Tim Griffin)
A Sunny DAy in Glasgow

I'm still somewhat recovering from SXSW, so while I am taking it easy, catching up on my DVR queue, hopefully you're all taking advantage of all the out-of-town bands who're blowing through New York after their visits to Austin -- there's no shortage of them this week.

Firstly, I've got a pair of tickets to give away to see A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Mahogany at the Bell House this Monday (3/29). Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "A Sunny Day in Glasgow" as the subject and we'll pick a winner at random. It's a double dose of neo-shoegaze goodness. ASDIG have been touring constantly since last fall and have a new-ish EP, Nitetime Rainbows, as well as last year's great Ashes Grammar. Mahogany, meanwhile, are finally getting around to following up 2006's masterful Connectivity!, promising a new EP, single and album all this year. Hopefully we'll get a taste of the new songs on Monday. Also on the bill: Brooklyn's Pacific Theater.

Crayon Fields
Crayon Fields

While on the subject of the Bell House, tonight's (3/25) the big Aussie BBQ with 12 bands from Sydney, Melbourne and other cities I can't name off the top of my head: The Crayon Fields, The ChevellesLove of DiagramsPets with PetsPaul DempseySherlock's DaughterChildren CollideOh MercyCity Riots,BeachesBliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom.

The Crayon Fields are also playing Pianos on Friday (3/26). I saw them at Bruar Falls earlier in the week and thought they were fantastic, and can really pull off the lush, late '60s baroque pop sound of their new album, All the Pleasures of the World, in the live setting with an ace cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" thrown in for good measure. Go see them. They're also selling vinyl of the new album for only ten bucks. Video from the Bruar Falls show is at the bottom of this post.

Rooftop Vigilantes
Rooftop Vigilantes

Before I get into more SXSW stragglers, I do need to remind you (and myself) that Lawrence Kansas' awesome Rooftop Vigilantes are in town. They played Shea Stadium last night and are at Cake Shop Friday (3/26) and are playing somewhere in the area on Saturday too, still seemingly TBA.

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rooftop Vigilantes have headed back to Kansas. No NYC shows Friday or Saturday unfortunately.

We'll let you know when that's figured out. Here's what I wrote last month:

These guys are up there with BOAT in in the shambly, anthemic, super-catchy school of indie rock -- and if this sounds a little tighter, more pointed than anything on their debut, there's a reason. The band trekked to Baltimore, MD to record the album with Jawbox/Burning Airlines' J. Robbins behind the boards, which seems like a perfect match with Rooftop Vigilantes' sound which has been described in the past as "a very drunk Fugazi."
To get a better idea of what Rooftop Vigilantes do, check out new track "Seth No Jump" from the J. Robbins sessions above. And they are seriously fun live. The Cake Shop show, brought to you by in-house labels Cape Shok and Daed Pizza, is with Philly's excellent duo Reading Rainbow, Mississippi's Flight and The Ansazis. This is a good show.

You Say Party We Say Die @ SXSW 2010 (More by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Vancouver's You Say Party! We Say Die! are in town for two shows, playing Knitting Factory tomorrow (3/26)  and Pianos on Monday (3/29). Their latest album, XXXX, just came out in the States and is a pretty catchy slab of new wave synth rock, high on melodrama and chunky hooks. Check out "Laura Palmer's Prom" at the top of this post and the video for "There is XXXX (Within My Heart)" further down. I caught them last November at M for Montreal and was pretty impressed. Dominick also just caught them at SXSW.

Love is All
Love is All

Love is All are are back with a swell new album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, that finds the band stretching their creative wings a bit, going out of their manic pop safety zone for their most varied record yet. There's still plenty of the shouty "bah bah bah" choruses you've come to expect. (The albumjust scored an 8.0 on Pitchfork.) Anyone that's seen them know that Love is All are one of the best times you're gonna have at a live show this side of Think About Life. Which you can see for yourself, as Love is All play Maxwell's on Saturday (3/27 with Crystal Stilts and Beachniks) and Knitting Factory on Sunday (3/28 with Beach Fossils and The Beets).

And just wondering, did anyone go see Love is All's saxophonist James Ausfahrt play Bruar Falls last night? Totally forgot it was happening.

The Wave Pictures @ Knitting Factory pre-SXSW (more by Chris La Putt)
The Wave Pictures

Sunday night (3/28) The Wave Pictures are playing Mercury Lounge (tickets). Maybe you saw them last week at our pre-SXSW party at Knitting Factory (or at our Friday day party at Club DeVille)? If so you know how great they are. I wrote of that performance:

Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.
Definitely go see them if you haven't yet, and look out for their double-pack CD of their last two UK albums, which will be their first-ever U.S. release, out April 27. There's video from one of their SXSW shows at the bottom of this post.

Oh No Ono recording a Daytrotter Session (On No Ono)
Oh No Ono

A few more SXSW stragglers of note. Oh No Ono, who played Mercury Lounge last night, open for VV Brown and Little Dragon tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That's a pretty solid bill of foreign buzz bands. Sold out, but if you're going do get their early for Oh No Ono -- you've  never seen anything quite like Oh No Ono. Unless you've seen them before, of course.

New Zealand's Surf City channel the ghosts of Flying Nun past, play Mercury Lounge on Friday (3/26) (and Maxwell's tonight - 3/25). I wasn't exactly blown away by their live show when they played during CMJ, but I really like their records. Maybe they've spent the last six month practicing.

That's it for this week. Videos and tour dates are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)

Oh No Ono

Denmark's Oh No Ono played two nights in NYC earlier this year in January. Of the band's new record, Eggs, Bill previously wrote: "It's psychedelic, baroque, glammy, 70's AM, with some synth pop and the occasional church choir thrown in. And very catchy stuff too." The two tracks above definitely showcase that eclecticism.

Since then I saw them this past Thursday (2/18) at by:Larm in snowy Norway. Three things: they were super tight, they are kind of getting huge over there, and my new name nickname for them is MEWGMT. The show took place at a third floor venue called Samfunnsalen which seemed to double as some type of lodge or government-run room. There were paintings and busts of men who could have been politicians since passed on the walls of the room which included a huge stage and plenty of standing space. Or maybe it was a school. That's what it reminded me of as I went up the three flights of tiled steps which included art sculptures on each floor's landing. Pictures from that show continue below.

The band next comes to the U.S. for SXSW which is followed by another visit to NYC for two more shows. They play Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, March 24th. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be opening for Little Dragon and VV Brown at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Thursday, March 25th. Tickets to that are still on sale.

Live videos from their last NYC stint, more pictures from Norway and all tour dates are below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Oh No Ono @ Mercury Lounge
Oh No Ono

To quote Bill Pearis, "Bear in Heaven were pretty great...insane drummer. Impressed. On No Ono were good. They did a radical cover of Radiohead's 'Weird Fishes' - the singer's vocals will be a dealbreaker for some." His review is from last night's show at Mercury Lounge that ArpLine (formerly The Kiss Off) also played (1/27).

Oh No Ono, in town from Denmark, continue on to Union Hall tonight (1/28) with The Depreciation Guild and Hooray for Earth.

Bear in Heaven were joined on stage by Zambri. More pictures from Mercury Lounge below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hooray for Earth - Surrounded by Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Field Music - Measure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - Vampires with Dreaming Kids EP (Zip)

Oh No Ono
Oh No

Denmark's Oh No Ono are in town this week for their first-ever NYC shows, the first of which was an in-store at Sound Fix last night. Anybody go? I'm seeing them tonight at Mercury Lounge, where they'll be playing with Bear in Heaven, ArpLine and Jaguar Club. Tomorrow they're at Union Hall with Depreciation Guild and Hooray for Earth. Oh No Ono's new album, Eggs, is impressively bonkers and almost impossible to describe succinctly. It's psychedelic, baroque, glammy, 70's AM, with some synth pop and the occasional church choir thrown in. And very catchy stuff too. Maybe they're the Sid and Marty Kroft version of Mew? Hear it for yourself -- there's two tracks at the top of this post. I can't wait to see how they pull all this off live.

Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is sold out, no surprise given they're playing with Bear in Heaven. Tomorrow's Union Hall show is just as solid though, with eight bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild who will soon head off with Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Kurt Feldman's in both bands) for a tour of Japan. Also playing are Hooray for Earth, who neatly straddle the line between electronic pop and electrified rock. The sound is familiar and inviting yet I don't seem to be able to come up with any obvious comparisons to another band, which is a good thing. They've got a new EP, Momo, that is currently only available through Emusic (the latest in the Emusic Selects series) but I wouldn't be surprised if they were selling it at their merch table. It's definitely worth picking up. You can download the lead track, "Surrounded by Friends," at the top of this post.

Field Music
Field Music

After cancelling their performance last-minute at Skippy's birthday party back in December, Field Music are back for their make-up date this Saturday (1/30) at the Bell House. If you bought tickets before, they're still valid. And if you haven't got tickets, they're still on sale. The Brewis brothers' new album, Field Music (Measure), is out February 16 and here's what I wrote last time:

...it's another knockout from the Brewis brothers, 20 tracks that further refine their distinctive mix of nervy new wave, prog, krautrock, tea party pop and whatever else they're into at the time. It's a Field Music album, no doubt about it, but it's less buttoned up, more rhythm heavy ("Let's Write a Book" shows that one of them's been listening to Can) and willing to give anything a try. If you've never seen Field Music live before, you should definitely come out, the Brewises are shit-hot musicians as well (David is an especially impressive drummer). There used to be a lot of switching instruments when they were a trio, but now as a four-piece I wonder if that'll still happen.
It really is a great album, probably the best thing the Brewis have done together or apart. You can download "Measure" at the top of this post which is reminiscent of Peter Brewis' The Week That Was project from 2008. Additionally, Field Music have announced dates for a spring North American tour opening for The Clientele that includes a March 23 stop at Bowery Ballroom. All Field Music/Clientele tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Twin Sister
Twin Sister

Friday (1/29) at Bruar Falls is a band a lot of people seem to be talking about right now: Twin Sister. To me, there's a little '80s delay-pedal shimmery-ness to them (Cocteau Twins, Disintigration-era Cure), nods to '70s muted-fretboard soft rock soul, as well as a pastoral folk thing going on. Basically, dreamy and beautiful stuff. They also remind me a bit of Montreal's Luyas who, if they ever make it down this way, Twin Sister would make a perfect double bill. Thier EP from last year, Vampires with Dreaming Kids, is a free download from their website, which we link to at the top of this post. A new EP titled Color Your Life is due in March on Infinite Best Recordings. There's a video trailer for the EP at the bottom of this post.

Twin Sister have a bunch of shows coming up. In addition to Friday's Bruar Falls -- which is free, btw-- they're also playing Saturday (1/30) at the loft above Richie's Gym which is out by the Myrtle JMZ stop. Both those shows are being presented by busy blog Chocolate Bobka and also feature Austin's languid, reverby Pure Ecstasy. The Bruar show also has Family Portrait and Baltimore's Run DMT. Twin Sister have a bunch more shows lined up in February, including 2/25 at Cameo with Toro Y Moi. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

A few other weekend picks, videos and tour dates below...

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Of Montreal @ Terminal 5 in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Of Montreal

tonight in NYC
* HAIL! @ BB King's
* moe. @ Brooklyn Bowl
* DJ Krush @ Bowery Ballroom
* Oh No Ono @ Sound Fix Records
* .357 Lover @ Knitting Factory
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Darius Jones Quartet @ Roulette
* Daniel Merriweather @ Gramercy Theatre
* Jenny Scheinman & Robbie Fulks @ Barbes
* Pretty & Nice, Drunken Sufis @ The Cameo
* Mirror Mirror, Omega Jarden @ Glasslands
* Beach House, Jana Hunter @ The Bell House
* The London Souls, Turkuaz @ Mercury Lounge
* Ebony Bones, Fire and Reason @ Mercury Lounge
* Of Montreal, James Husband @ Highline Ballroom
* M. Lamar, Justin Bond, Larkin Grimm, Novice Theory @ Galapagos Art Space
* Jump Into The Gospel, Brothers, Hymns, Locksley, Milk and Blood @ Pianos
* James Blackshaw, Max Ochs, Ben Hall, Nick Jonah Davis @ (Le) Poisson Rouge

On No Ono play Sound Fix today before their shows at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday with Bear in Heaven, and Union Hall on Thursday.

Fyfe Dangerfield was supposed to play tonight.

Galapagos Art Space hosts a CD release party for M. Lamar, who The New Yoker dubbed "a performance artist who celebrates and parodies the very idea of the chanteuse: he deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in divalike hauteur." The night also features performances by Justin Bond, Larkin Grimm and Novice Theory.

A selection of recent videos below...

What else?

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by Bill Pearis

Oh No Ono

Denmark's Oh No Ono are set to make their NYC debut early in the new year, playing Mercury Lounge on Jan 27 (with Bear in Heaven) and Union Hall on Jan 28 -- the same week as their second album, Eggs, gets its U.S. release via Friendly Fire Recordings. You'd be forgiven for making Mew comparisons, and not just because they're both Danish. They've both got otherworldly vocals and a sound that leans towards the epic side. But where Mew are fully in the rock world, Oh No Ono are harder to categorize. Eggs is all over the place -- you get honey-glazed pop, angular new wave and, on their current single "Swim," hazy grandiose-ness a la Grizzly Bear. Be sure to check the creepy/funny video for "Swim" too, which is below, along with all dates...

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photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Bear in Heaven - Wholehearted Mess (MP3)

Bear in Heaven

STEREOGUM: I've been to Barcade [where you bartend]. Used to live a block away from it. Good beer selection, but sometimes the guys playing the games can get a bit too aggro. Have you ever had to intervene with a drunken Dig Dug fan and a battered arcade game?

Bear in Heaven member Joe Stickney: Eh, every now and then someone will, in a 12% alcohol-beer fueled rage, start banging on Ms. Pacman or Outrun or something, but there's always a manager on board to take care of that. In general the crowd's pretty passive. I used to manage there for a few months and one of my first nights there someone threw up all over Tetris. I think that might have been some belated Iron Curtain protest though.

Bear in Heaven have three upcoming NYC shows, the first of which is tonight (11/20) at Zebulon in Brooklyn. It's free (or donations). They share a bill with Chicago's Pillars and Tongues. After that, Bear in Heaven don't have anything listed on their schedule actually, but tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a January 27th show at Mercury Lounge with Denmark's OH NO ONO.

They'll also play a short in-store set at Sound Fix Records on December 3rd (8pm, free).

The pictures in this post were taken back in September when Bear in Heaven opened for the Rapture at Matchless. More of those pictures below...

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