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The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

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Guided by Voices at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Protomartyr at Sugarhill Supper Club (more by Joe McCabe)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Guided By Voices, Crystal Stilts @ Irving Plaza
The ever-prolific Guided by Voices will play surely another marathon set tonight, boozy and riff-filled. Don't miss openers Crystal Stilts who are one of Brooklyn's better, if underrated at this point, bands.

Protomartyr, Alvvays @ South Street Seaport
The Seaport Music Fest, back with a robust eight-weeks and now on Fulton Street, kicks off its run tonight with Detroit's post-punky Protomartyr and Canadian indiepop band Alvvays. Bands start at 7 PM, not to be missed!

DIIV, LODRO, Regal Degal @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
DIIV are working out new material on the road, so expect a lot from their forthcoming second albuml tonight. Both LODRO and Regal Degal are worth catching too.

Dub Thompson, Ought, Modern Vices, Semi Femme @ Baby's All Right
This is a pretty stacked bill if you're looking to catch buzzy new bands. LA's Dub Thompson are quirkily funky, Montreal's Ought channel pre-Eno Talking Heads, and Chicago's Modern Vices make Strokesy garage pop. Openers Semi-Femme feature onetime Orca Team main man Leif Anders.

Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Beacon Theater
One of the most distinctive harmony styles in rock music, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash's music has endured for over 40 years. This is the third of three nights at the Beacon.

Juana Molina @ The Greene Space
Juana Molina released her highly-acclaimed Spanish-language folktronica album, Wed 21, last year and continues to support it. This is her first of two NYC shows of the week.

The Mentors, Mutilation Rites, Hexer, Maximum Oversatan, Bomb Scare, Trez Muertoz, Throaat, Goat Felch, Evil Army, Vermefug, Weird and pissed Off, Eat the Turnbuckle, DUTCHGUTS, Slaughter the Prophets, Mad Diesel, Esclavos @ The Paper Box
During The Mentors' initial run from 1977 to 1997 they made all kinds of offensive, heavy music. Though lead singer/drummer El Duce died in 1997, they regrouped without him in 2001 and continue on. Some good support names on that bill too like Mutilation Rites, Throaat and more.

Titus Andronicus, Beach Slang, Slothrust, Lost Boy? @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Titus Andronicus have been previewing a ton of new material at their shows lately, so it'd be pretty hard to getting an early taste of that new stuff for free tonight. Philly's Beach Slang (ex-Weston) are also more than worth showing up for. Their mix of Replacements/Goo Goo Dolls anthems with Jawbreaker gruffness and nostalgia-filled lyrics is a real winner.

Beyonce, Jay-Z @ Metlife Stadium
Beyonce and Jay Z may be at very different places in their careers -- Bey just put out her best album while Jay's best material is likely behind him -- but needless to say they've both got tons of A+ tracks (and many to collaborate on). This show will be quite the spectacle. Night 1 of 2.

Phish @ Randall's Island
Get your drug rugs on and prepare for 3 days of endless jams on Randall's Island.

!!! (chk chk chk), Eaters @ Glasslands
Catch one of the great '00s-era dancepunk bands in a tiny room tonight. Eaters make electronic postpunk too, pretty good.

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Owls, Hop Along, Glocca Morra @ Bowery Ballroom
Though American Football is the Kinsella reunion everyone is buzzing about this year, let's not forget that Owls (aka Cap'n Jazz minus The Promise Ring's Davey von Bohlen) are also back with the long-awaited followup to their excellent 2001 debut, and it's a good one. Good support tonight too, including Philly indie rock favorites Hop Along and Glocca Morra, who likely own a Kinsella record or two.

Prawn, Caravela @ Knitting Factory (free, midnight)
One place you might want to head after the Owls show is Knitting Factory where there will be a free midnight show headlined by Prawn, another band who surely owns a couple Kinsella records.

Shellshag, Friend, Street Eaters, Lilith Velkor @ Death By Audio
Long-running DIY duo Shellshag always put on an eccentric and entertaining show.

Iron Chic, Spraynard, Timehares @ Shea Stadium
Iron Chic make killer punk that draws from bands like Lifetime but also has similarly uplifting anthems to Japandroids. Spraynard recall late '90s/early '00s pop punk and this is their first NYC show since taking a 2-year break.

Corin Roddick (of Purity Ring), Goldlink, Empress Of, Dualist Inquiry @ Webster Hall
It's an eclectic bill with Goldlink who makes sing-songy rap over forward-thinking electronic beats and art pop singer Empress Of. Purity Ring's Corin Roddick is on DJ duties.

Jacques Renault, DJ Justin Miller, Cosmic Kids, Urulu @ Rough Trade
Jacques Renault's Let's Play House party has become a staple in NYC dance parties, and tonight it celebrates its 5th birthday with this show.

Sea Oleena, Julie Byrne, Foxes in Fiction, Small Wonder, Steve Sobs, Poppy Red @ Silent Barn
This bill's got a good diversity of delicate-sounding music, from psychedelic folk singers to bedroom pop loners to knob wizards and still more.

Isaac Tichauer, JDH and Dave P @ Glasslands
A member of the French Express label, Isaac Tichauer gives an excellent chilled-out take on the sort of house music that's making a big comeback right now.

AJ Davila, Los Macuanos, Diana Fuentes, Esteman, The Wookies @ Gramercy Theatre (LAMC)
Part of the Latin American Music Conference, this show is headlined by Davila 66 frontman AJ Davila who is no less wild in solo format.

Libel, New Beard, Old Monk, Sunset Guns @ The Flat
Old Monk just released their second album,  Posing As Love, via Eenie Meenie which takes catchy indie rock and filter it through a decidedly prog/math sensibility.

Dave and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Jonah Tolchin @ The Bell House
Dave and Phil Alvin are/were both members of veteran roots rock band The Blasters whose debut LP came out in 1980, and the pair just put out a new album together on Yep Roc this year. Their labelmate Jonah Tolchin also put one out on that label this year, which features a guest spot from Deer Tick's John McCauley.

Half Waif, Cantina, Natureboy @ Cameo Gallery
Both Half Waif and Natureboy make this a solid bill for local art pop.

Weird Womb, Big Muff Radio, WVFRMS, The Sros @ Cake Shop
Local scuzzpunks Weird Womb headline this bill that also includes the danceable fuzz off Big Muff Radio.

LTJ Bukem, Submorphics @ Brooklyn Bowl
Drum and Bass guru LTJ Bukem -- famous for "Horizons" among other things -- plays a late-night set tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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by Bill Pearis

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New York trio Old Monk are ready to release their sophomore album, Posing As Love, via Eenie Meenie. Like their 2012 debut the band take catchy indie rock and filter it through a decidedly prog/math sensibility. It equates to guitar pop that is capable of odd rhythms and hairpin time changes, without any excess -- not a single song on the album breaks the four-minute mark. The album is out next week (6/10, pre-order yours) but you can listen to the whole thing now -- an advance stream is premiering in this post. The band has also created a lyrics site with little tidbits about the references in the song, pretty cool.

Old Monk will celebrate the Posing as Love's release June 14 at Matchless as part of Northside Festival. Clouder, Miniboone, Haybaby, The Meaning of Life, and The Planes are also on the bill. The band will also play Brooklyn's The Flat on July 11 (other bands TBA), the kickoff to Old Monk's summer tour. All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Goblin

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

Goblin, Secret Chiefs 3 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's a show that almost no one thought they'd ever see on North American shores: Italian prog rockers Goblin, whose soundtrack from Dario Argento's Suspiria is a undisputed classic. Tonight's show sold out but there are still tickets for Webster Hall tomorrow.

The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff concludes tonight. Among the offerings: Paul Simon with Paul Muldoon; and a talk called "Television and Politics" with comedian W. Kamau Bell, Veep and In the Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, The Good Wife's Robert & Michelle King, and Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes with Emily Nussbaum. Tickets to most events are sold out, but there are always a few standbys available before the show.

Old Monk, Lurve, Bad Look, Jerkagram @ Arlene's Grocery
Mathy indie rockers Old Monk headline this Bandshell-presented show. Free.

Surfer Blood, Team Spirit, Andy Boay @ Bowery Ballroom
Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and tonight play their second of two NYC shows.

Tonstartssbandht, Jerry Paper, Florida, Sunflower Bean @ 285 Kent Avenue
Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht) has been on tour with Surfer Blood, having just played NYC at MHOW last night, and will play with them again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Afterwards, Andy teams up with his brother/bandmate Edwin for a full Tonstartssbandht set at 285 Kent.

Vulture Shit, Haunted Horses, Advaeta, Echo Comets @ Cake Shop
Three solid local post-punk/punk bands Vulture Shit, Advaeta, and Echo Comets, join Seattle's Haunted Horses for a show at Cake Shop tonight.

Mannequin Pussy, Lust Cats of the Gutter, Future Punx, Kissing Is A Crime @ Death By Audio
Wild and raucous Mannequin Pussy are celebrating the release of their new EP tonight (which you can stream below). If you're heading that way, don't miss Fergus & Geronimo spinoff Future Punx who channel '80s new wave like Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo and Flock of Seagulls. Don't miss Matt Molnar's (Friends, Soft Black, Pagan Rituals) post-punk project Kissing Is A Crime either.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Demian Richardson, David Moss, Little Shalimar @ Union Pool
This is the first date of HWBMB's (side project of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe) October residency at Union Pool which will happen every Sunday this month.

Bill Callahan, Lonnie Holley @ Webster Hall
Singing/songwriting great Bill Callahan (once known as Smog) keeps churning out great albums, and this year's Dream River is no exception. He's been on tour with outsider artist Lonnie Holley (who recently toured with Deerhunter), and tonigtht the two musicians come to NYC.

Born Gold, Headaches, Michael Parallax & Moonlasso @ The Ho_se
Spastic Canadian dance-pop project Born Gold returns with a new album, I Am an Exit, this week and celebrates with a release show in Brooklyn tonight. Check out the video for the album's single "Hunger" below.

Coltrane House benefit @ En Japanese Brasserie
This benefit brunch, hosted by Carlos Santana and featuring a live performance by Ravi Coltrane Quartet, benefits the restoration of John and Alice Coltrane's house in Dix Hills, LI.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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by Andrew Sacher

Low Fat Getting High at Cake Shop in May (more by Chris Gersbeck)
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Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High recently released their new EP, Bad Yoga, which as I said before, "kicks off with three tracks of menacing, breakneck-speed punk, and culminates in a fourth track of Bleach-style noise and sludge." It's a great release, and you can now stream it in its entirety, below.

As they usually do, LFGH have some upcoming local shows. One of those is TONIGHT (7/26) and FREE at Don Pedro (90 Manhattan Ave) in Brooklyn. That lineup also includes The Amputees, Old Monk, Clean Girls, Bloom, Dead Sexy Sheila, and Designer. Show flyer below.

Then on Monday (7/29), they open for The Can't Tells at The Studio at Webster Hall for a show that also includes Glow God and Body Parts. LFGH are also opening one of The Can't Tells' four Pianos shows that they're doing as part of an August residency at that venue. LFHG are on the final show (8/27), and the other ones happen on 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20 with different openers. Tickets for the Studio show and all four Pianos shows are on sale now.

Stream Low Fat Getting High's Bad Yoga EP, along with a Can't Tells video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Old Monk

Local indie rockers Old Monk are busy finishing the follow-up to 2012's Birds of Belize, a record that should be out in early 2014. Meanwhile, the band have a stopgap single out now on Eenie Meenie, the very catchy "Seymour." We've got the premiere of its video in this post. Using 8-bit graphics it works in references to Pitfall!, plus a slew of classic films (Safety Last, Annie Hall, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly to name three) and was directed/animated by Josh Carrafa who you may know from his Music History Gifs website. You can check it out below.

Old Monk also have a few NYC shows coming up: June 8 at Knitting Factory with The Vansaders, The Marshmallows and The Brooklyn What (tix); then June 18 at Cameo; and June 28 at Ludlow St. club Leftfield. Those dates are listed, along with that video, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Fat Creeps

Boston's Fat Creeps have been playing around their hometown a bunch since forming in 2011, and this month they're set to kick off their first-ever tour, which brings them for a quick four-date trek around the Northeast. That tour culminates in NYC with a show on September 30 at Cake Shop with Old Monk, The Blue Dress, and Other Factors. Admission is $7 at the door. All dates are listed below.

Fat Creeps released their debut EP last month, which you can stream below or purchase for $5 at bandcamp. It opens with "Secrets," a rocker indebted to early riot grrrl and Kim Gordon, but after that the EP continues in a less heavy manner, playing indie rock the way it sounded on college radio stations about two decades ago. It's an enjoyable listen and should appeal to fans of likeminded '90s throwbackers Dum Dum Girls, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and other pieces of the Slumberland roster.

A list of all dates and the EP stream are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Field Mouse
Field Mouse

It's late April, time for The L Magazine's annual "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list. Like always, there's a few you've probably heard, a few you've heard of, and a few who may be new to you entirely. Here's the list, with the artists' next next NYC area show (where applicable)

Field Mouse (May 3 at the Rock Shop)

Ski Lodge (May 24 at The Rock Shop)

Daytona (April 27 at Death by Audio)

Evi (5/3 at Brooklyn Bowl opening for James Chance)

Black Marble (May 3, opening for Light Asylum)

Starlight Girls (May 26 at Cameo Gallery)

Plates of Cake (No upcoming shows)

Ravens & Chimes (June 1 at WNYC Green Space)

If you'd like to hear these 8 bands "right now" there are Bandcamp streams for all of them at the bottom of this post. This year's Honorable Mentions list includes ">The Immaculates, Old Monk, Hunters and Trailblazer.

Also, The L Magazine's Northside Festival (June 14 - 21) announced its initial 2012 line-up last week. In addition to GZA, Ceremony and Neil Hamburger (whose Northside shows we mentioned already), bands confirmed for the music portion of the Fest (June 14 - 17) include Of Montreal, Tinariwen, ?uestlove, Dam-Funk, Kool Keith, Chain & the Gang, Magrudergrind and more. Badges are on-sale now.

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Teenage Cool Kids
Teenage Cool Kids

Denton, TX indie punk outfit Teenage Cool Kids, whose members include Andrew Savage of Fergus & Geronimo, kick off a Northeast tour with their first show in the last year and a half TONIGHT (2/22) at Cake Shop in NYC. The show is part of Old Monk's residency at the venue and Little Gold is also the on the bill. The tour also includes a Brooklyn show happening on Friday (2/24) at Death by Audio with Mannequin Pussy, NT, and Priests.

All dates, tour flier, and a live video of the band from SXSW 2010 below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ed Vallance - Crystaline (MP3)
DOWNLOADOld Monk - Warm Moustache (MP3)

Veronica Falls
Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls are back for what is, by far, their biggest NYC show to date: they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday. The band's debut was my #2 Album of 2011:

"Found Love in a Graveyard" made my Favorite Tracks of 2009 list and have been waiting a full-length ever since. The band does not disappoint. There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs are equals to early singles which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the originals. This is haunted pop, a brisk October breeze that calls for a nice cardigan.
Veronica Falls just released a new track, "My Heart Beats," to coincide with their North American tour and you can stream it at the bottom of this post. The song is sunnier than what they normally do but still fits within their sound. Sounds like a single to me. The band are touring with Slumberland labelmates Brilliant Colors (in from San Francisco) and local noisemakers Grooms are also on the bill.  Tickets are still available. Veronica Falls look timid in their press photos, but they whip up a storm live. Go see 'em.

Bleached at BV CMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bleached

After the MHoW show, Bleached will also be part of the Veronica Falls/Brilliant Colors tour. (Dates at the bottom of this post.) The band are currently on the road with The Black Belles, a tour that rolls into town onSaturday (2/11) at Knitting Factory that also has Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) and Habibi on the bill. I caught Bleached at the BrooklynVegan day party during CMJ last year and thought they were a lot of fun in a Runaways kind of way. Good snarly attitude and big hooks. Maybe you caught them last week opening for Smith Westerns at Webster Hall?

Habibi
Habibi

It's worth showing up early for Habibi, whose debut single (streamable below) is a cool, understated take on '60s girl group sounds. You can stream it below.

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Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon

As excited as I am to see Veronica Falls on Thursday (2/9) , I might be slightly more pumped to catch Cate Le Bon's early set at Mercury Lounge that same night. (She also plays Maxwell's on Friday [2/10] as part of her tour) I've been pretty enamoured with the Welsh singer's new album, Cyrk, that came out a few weeks ago. The spare, detached vibe is a little like the Velvet Underground or Electrelane or Stereolab, but there's a hint of pastoral psychedelia in there too. (Shades of Welsh indie royalty Gorky's Zygotic Mynci). The record is loaded with wonderful little touches that reveal themselves with repeated listens. It's a fantastic album.

You can download single "Puts Me to Work" at the top of this post and stream Cyrk at Spotify. Cate has played New York a few times, usually solo, but for this tour she's got her band with her which should be pretty special. Both shows are with local band Pigeons.

Ed Vallance - 'Volcano'
Ed Vallance

What else is going on? London born, Brooklyn-based singer Ed Vallance released his second album, Volcano, this week and plays a record release show tonight (2/8) at Pianos. The record is dramatic turn from the indie folk of his debut. I bet he still writes his songs on acoustic guitar, but the approach to the arrangements and production are definitely have definitely taken a pop approach this time. While this sort of stuff isn't in vogue so much these days (it's got a distinct early '00s post-Radiohead vibe) it's quite lovely nonetheless. You can download the single "Crystaline" at the top of this post and stream the album at Spotify.

In addition to tonight's show at Pianos, an early show with Pursesnatchersopening, Ed's doing a month-long residency at the Ace Hotel, playing every Sunday in February.

Jeremy Jay
Jeremy Jay

And finally, K Records artist Jeremy Jay is in town this week, playing Glasslands tonight (2/8) and Cake Shop tomorrow (2/9). Jeremy's most recent album is Dream Diary, which came out about a year ago. Like most of his work, it's minimal folk rock with a strong '80s influence. He's an engaging live performer, and tonight's Glasslands show is a stacked bill with Boston psych-folk band Quilt, quality locals Slowdance and Backwords. The Cake Shop show is with Sapphire Mansions and a couple TBDs. (Cake Shop's website isn't especially updated these days.) Jeremy lives in London these days, so go see him while he's here -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

That's the big stuff this week. Some more day by day picks, of things not already covered, are below.

Old Monk
Old Monk

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

The second week of Old Monk's Cake Shop residency is tonight. These guys are good! Tonight's with Haybaby, elctro-rockers Year of the Tiger and Code Name Viper.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Old Monk - Warm Moustache (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Monk - Butter and Toast (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Monk - Sacred Birds (MP3)

Old Monk

Brooklyn trio Old Monk start their month residency at Cake Shop tonight (2/1), playing the first four Wednesdays in February. Tonight's show is with Black Forrest and the Dearloves.

Old Monk just released their debut album, Birds of Belize, on Eenie Meanie Records a couple weeks ago. It's choc-a-bloc with big riffs and sticky choruses, with a little of Pavement's brainy cool, and surprisingly complex structure (there's a whiff of prog) given that most of the songs are well short of the three minute mark. Some serious chops too. There's three tracks from the album available to download at the top of this post. "Warm Moustache" is particularly catchy.

Click through for streamable versions of the MP3s, plus Birds of Belize cover art.

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