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Pity Sex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pity Sex

As previously discussed, UK post-hardcore band Basement ended their hiatus and will be touring North America this year, which includes a NYC show at the Grand Ballroom in Webster Hall on August 19 (moved from the Marlin Room, which had been moved from the Studio). Since we last spoke, two of Basement's Run for Cover labelmates, the shoegazy Pity Sex and the '90s alt-rock-loving Superheaven, have been added to the most of the US dates. Another '90s-loving band, Ovlov (but more Dino Jr/Sonic Youth-style love) also open the NYC show, and a few other Northeast dates. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Also, you won't have to wait that long to see Pity Sex, because as previously mentioned, they're first touring with other RFC labelmates, Tigers Jaw, and hitting NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets).

Superheaven are also touring sooner with Nothing, which hits The Studio at Webster Hall on 6/14 (tickets). When we last spoke, we mentioned that Superheaven is actually Daylight, though at the time we thought it was them being billed under a secret name. Turns out, Daylight have actually officially changed their name to Superheaven. You can read their letter explaining why (legal reasons), with the lists of their dates and Pity Sex's dates, below.

Continue reading "Pity Sex, Superheaven (fka Daylight) & Ovlov added to Basement tour (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Geronimo

Geronimo!, a regular in the Chicago indie rock scene, are set to release their new album, Cheap Trick, on May 13 via Exploding In Sound Records (Porches, Krill). They've just unveiled its first single, the shouty, noisy rocker "Mr. President," which you can stream below. That's the album artwork above.

The band will be going on a tour around its release, which brings them to NYC for shows on May 9 at Shea Stadium with Purling Hiss, Lost Boy?, Vulture Shit (who also play NYC tonight [3/21]), and bbigpigg; and May 10 at Death by Audio with Ovlov, Dead Wives and LVL UP. Those are both some pretty solid lineups. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Dead Wives, the project fronted by Speedy Ortiz drummer Mike Falcon, released their new cassette, Buzzy Fuzzy, this week (3/18) via ObscureMe Records. It features covers of Ween's "Don't Sweat It" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," plus six originals that should appeal to fans of Mike's other band. Stream the whole tape below. And if you haven't yet, check out pics of Speedy Ortiz at SXSW.

Continue reading "Geronimo! releasing an LP, touring, playing 2 NYC shows (one with Speedy Ortiz side project Dead Wives) (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Little Big League
LBL

Seahaven, who are about to wrap up a tour supporting Touche Amore, will go on a headlining tour this spring and they'll be taking out some excellent support, including Pittsburgh punks Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), St. Louis emo/indie pop band Foxing, and Philly's mathy, punky Little Big League. That tour brings all four bands to NYC on May 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Little Big League in NYC at the previously announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on 4/19 with No Joy, Bleeding Rainbow and Beach Day; and at the previously announced Porches show at Shea on Thursday (3/13) with Downies and Steve Hartlett of Ovlov. All of their other dates are listed below too.

Continue reading "Seahaven touring w/ Adventures, Foxing & Little Big League (who have other dates too)"

Cities Aviv at Cake Shop in 2013 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Cities Aviv

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

The Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies, Creepoid, Dreamend @ Shea Stadium
The Casket Girls' lineup features Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow, but the group's fronted by Elsa and Phaedra Greene. Their distorted pop should be familiar to BMSR fans though. Also of note on the bill is Creepoid, who do justice to '90s-style slowcore.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. Sold out.

Pastimer, Ovlov (acoustic), Ben Mackie @ Cameo Gallery
Ovlov bring their Dinosaur Jr-isms to life in NYC venues quite often, but tonight you'll get to see a different side of them as they strip things down for an acoustic show.

MV & EE (2 Sets, FREE) @ Baby's All Right
Experimental duo (and sometimes more than a duo) MV & EE begin their "Aquarian Shade residency" at Baby's All Right tonight. They play 2 sets, both free, and then do it again next Monday too.

Cities Aviv @ Baby's All Right
Alt-rapper Cities Aviv is more than a regular on the NYC live show circuit, but tonight's a bit more special, as it's the release party for his new album, Come to Life.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Tonight Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show will be guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers. Joining them for the show is Sasheer Zamata, Phoebe Robinson, Nimesh Patel, George Gordon, Giulia Rozzi, and Roy Wood Jr.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

Disco Doom at MHOW in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Disco Doom

Switzerland indie rockers Disco Doom have inked a deal with Exploding In Sound Records (Krill, Porches, Pile), who will release their third full length album, Numerals, on February 11. It follows 2010's Trux Reverb, was produced by Jim Roth and features drums by Scott Plouf, both of Built to Spill, who Disco Doom played NYC with in 2009. If you dig the jammy side Built to Spill brings to indie rock, you might dig Numerals too. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork, and listen to two of its tracks, "Rice & Bones" and "Ex Teenager," below.

Disco Doom will be returning to the US this year for SXSW, Treefort Music Fest, and a tour with their labelmates Ovlov. That tour hits NYC for shows on March 31 at Cake Shop with Palehound and Zula, and April 1 at Death by Audio with Bad History Month and Leapling. No advance tickets for those shows at the moment. All dates are listed below.

Palehound also have other local shows, as do Zula. Leapling also open for Mutual Benefit soon.

All Disco Doom dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

Continue reading "Disco Doom streaming new LP, touring w/ Ovlov (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Radiator Hospital at Glasslands earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Radiator Hospital

We just caught Radiator Hospital playing an excellent set in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (1/6), as part of their ongoing tour with Potty Mouth. After the run with Potty Mouth ends, singer Sam Cook-Parrott is going on a solo tour for a couple of weeks, and not long after that he'll return to NYC for a Double Double Whammy label showcase at Shea Stadium on February 12 with Generifus, Frankie Cosmos, Crying and Quarterbacks. It's not clear at the moment if RH will be playing solo or full-band at that show, but stay tuned for more info.

Double Double Whammy will also be releasing Radiator Hospital's Mall of America EP on cassette soon, and Forward Records is putting it out on 10" vinyl. Sam is also promising at least two releases for 2014, so we have that to look forward to too. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, you can stream the Mall of America EP below.

Crying will also play the same venue a few days earlier when they open the previously discussed You Blew It! / Prawn show at Shea on 2/8.

As for Frankie Cosmos, she just played Death by Audio last night (1/7), and ahead of that show we mentioned that she'll be releasing her first full band album, Zentropy, on Double Double Whammy. The album follows multiple solo releases on bandcamp, and its first single is "Owen," which first appeared as a rougher track called "I Love My Brother Owen" on her 2012 album, Thanks For Everything. The new version features harmony vocals with Porches frontman Aaron Maine, who also drums in Frankie's band. You can stream the new track below. Frankie also has another local show happening sooner on February 6 at Silent Barn with Big Ups (who have other dates), Ovlov (ditto) and LVL UP (ditto again).

All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital playing more shows, including one with Frankie Cosmos who's releasing an LP (dates & streams)"

Speedy Ortiz @ Baby's All Right - 12/30/13 (via Jason Burger)
Speedy Ortiz

Exploding In Sound Records celebrated the new year in NYC with a huge show at Baby's All Right on 12/30 that included Big Ups, Porches, Roomrunner, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Krill, Dead Wives, Baked, Bad History Month, Woozy, Gnarwhal, Pile (acoustic), and special guests billed as "Average Cock," who you may have guessed was actually Speedy Ortiz. That's Speedy pictured above, and there's a high quality video of Big Ups from the show below. EIS celebrated NYE proper with a smaller show in Boston.

As discussed, Grass Is Green and Speedy Ortiz are touring together, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Speedy will open for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and since we last spoke, Grass Is Green added a NYC show happening on January 31 at Silent Barn for the 10th annual Berfest with Baked, Radical Dads, Frankie Cosmos and Poverty Hollow. They also posted another track from their upcoming Vacation Vinny LP not along ago, "Sammy So-Sick." You can stream that, along with the updated list of their tour dates, below.

Big Ups also have another show happening on February 1 at Death by Audio with Eula, Kal Marks and Malatese.

UPDATE: Big Ups also play a release party for their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP at Shea Stadium on January 9 with Flagland, Mannequin Pussy and Washer; and the NYC Arts Collective Late Bloomers Kick Off Multi-Media Series at Baby's All Right on January 25 with Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Wavers Quartet and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center.

Porches next play Silent Barn on January 10 with My Dad, Gunk and Flagland.

And the next day at Silent Barn (1/11), the venue hosts the Gravesend Recordings Compilation Vol. 1 release party which features Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers and Hannah Ch'oe, plus "possible special guests."

In more related news, Palehound and Frankie Cosmos team up again for a Brooklyn show at Trash Bar on January 17 with Eskimeaux and Florist.

Lastly, Ovlov's next NYC gig is opening for Self Defense Family and Pity Sex at Santos on 1/19 with Heroes of Modern Earth and Deep Pockets. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play Silent Barn on 2/6.

All lists of dates, along with that Grass Is Green song and Big Ups video, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz, Big Ups & more played Baby's All Right; Grass Is Green, Porches, Krill & others playing more shows"

Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Screaming Females

We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.

As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.

Lists and streams below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list favorite LPs of 2013 (California X, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Worriers & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grass Is Green
Grass Is Green

Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.

Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.

Porches have other upcoming dates too.

And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.

All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Grass Is Green releasing a new LP, touring, playing year-end NYC show w/ Porches, Krill, Roomrunner, Big Ups & more"

photos by Chris La Putt

Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

Back during CMJ, Pity Sex played our BV party. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another batch of their set in this post.

Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.

LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.

As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.

Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.

More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex dates w/ Self Defense Family (& more BV-CMJ pics) ++ upcoming LVL UP, Porches, Diarrhea Planet, Crying shows"

BV EIS

We at BrooklynVegan are proud to announce that we're teaming up with our friends at Exploding In Sound Records to present a punky, all ages holiday show on December 12 at Death by Audio. Opening the night will be Brooklyn's raging garage punks Slow Warm Death (whose singer John Galm used to front Snowing), and they'll be followed by sludgy blues rockers Slothrust. After them is the rippin' Toronto punks PUP, and finally CT's grungy Ovlov. Admission for this show is $8 and doors are at 8 PM. Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Ovlov dropped off. Chumped and Alarms & Controls were added!

PUP's self-titled debut LP came out in Canada earlier this year, and the whole thing can be streamed, along with the rest of their tour dates below.

Ovlov also have other dates coming up, including two in their home state, and you can check those out, along with a stream of their album Am below. Slothrust's Feel Your Pain LP and Slow Warm Death's self-titled LP can be streamed below too.

A couple weeks after this one, BV is doing another punky all ages holiday show with The Front Bottoms at Shea Stadium, which is now sold out.

All lists of dates and streams below...

Continue reading "PUP, Slow Warm Death and Slothrust playing holiday show at Death By Audio (BV/EIS-presents!)"

by Andrew Sacher

Midnight Reruns

Milwaukee rockers Midnight Reruns make power pop with an edge recalling bands like The Replacements, Weezer, Superdrag, and other bands with a knack for crunchy melodicism. Their self-titled debut record is due out in November via Good Land Records (the same label that just put out Anniversary frontman Josh Berwanger's new album), and the video for one if tracks, "King of Pop," makes its premiere in this post. The song's about Paul Collins (The Nerves, The Beat) who also makes a cameo in the video, and depicts the band playing a messy backyard party, which is exactly the environment this song feels like it's made for. Check it out below.

Midnight Reruns have a few dates coming up, including a record release show in their hometown, and they'll be in NYC for CMJ when they play the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory (10/17) with Pity Sex, Kal Marks, Greys, Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, Dads and more. Doors for that show open at 3:30.

All dates are listed, along with the full lineup for that CMJ show and the new video, below...

Continue reading "Midnight Reruns releasing debut LP, playing CMJ & other shows (dates & video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Milkin' It

The 20th anniversary celebrations for Nirvana's In Utero continue this week with, Milkin' It, a tribute album from a number of Toronto bands co-curated by Greys, The Wooden Sky, and the Hand Drawn Dracula label. In addition to Greys and The Wooden Sky, the compilation also features covers from Beliefs, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Hooded Fang, HSY, and more.

For the album, Greys took on In Utero's second track, "Scentless Apprentice," and that cover makes its premiere in this post. The headbanging riffage and dissonant chorus of this one was a great choice for the noise punk quartet who probably owe more than a little of their sound to tracks like this one. They do the song the justice it deserves, and you can listen for yourself, below.

Greys will also be in NYC soon for CMJ (as will a few other bands on the comp). Their currently announced shows include Cameo on 10/15 with Hunters, PUP, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan, and Ovlov; and the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory on 10/17 with Pity Sex, Dads, Ovlov, Kal Marks and more.

All of their dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Greys, Odonis Odonis, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Beliefs, HSY & more on Nirvana 'In Utero' tribute LP (stream a track)"

Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hunters

Brooklyn rockers Hunters are set to release their self titled debut LP via Mom + Pop this week (10/1), and they're currently streaming the album in full (via FADER). Check it out below.

Hunters will celebrate the album with a hometown release show at Death by Audio on October 11 with a few local regulars, Total Slacker, Skimask, and Sleepies. Not long after, they'll also be doing some CMJ shows, including the one on 10/15 at Cameo with PUP, Greys, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan and Ovlov; and the Panache showcase on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake, and Big Ups. Flyer for the latter below.

In November, Hunters will kick off a full tour with Cali garage punks Audacity. That tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show on November 30 at Glasslands, which (like those CMJ shows) also includes an opening set from Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Big Ups' debut LP, Eighteen Hours of Static, comes out January 14, and as usual they have a bunch of local shows coming up, including a lot during CMJ. All of their upcoming dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Audacity is releasing a split 7" with The Coathangers on October 15 via Suicide Squeeze. The Coathangers recently revealed their contribution to the 7", "Adderall," which you can stream below. Their tour with Guitar Wolf hit NYC last night (9/29) at Santos. Anyone catch that show?

All lists of dates, song streams, and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Hunters streaming new LP, touring w/ Audacity (who are releasing a split w/ The Coathangers) -- dates & streams"

PUP
PUP

Toronto punks PUP have some killer tracks out like "Lionheart" and "Reservoir," and they'll finally be getting a debut full length out on October 8 via Royal Mountain Records. They've also got a bunch of (mostly Canadian) shows for the coming months, including a return to NYC (they last played Shea in August) for CMJ. Their full CMJ schedule hasn't been announced yet, but we do know they'll be playing Cameo on October 15 with fellow Toronto punks Greys, '90s-inspired CT indie rockers Ovlov, and Brooklyn's lively Hunters. Stay tuned for info on any more PUP CMJ shows.

Many of PUP's dates in their home country are with fellow Canadian rockers and confetti cannon wielders Hollerado who released their new album, White Paint, back in March. Their video for "So It Goes" is in this post. Though Hollerado, who were last here in January, don't appear to be joining PUP for their Cameo show, Hollerado have their own NYC date happening a few days earlier at Glasslands on October 12 with The Features. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates for both bands are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "PUP & Hollerado touring Canada together, playing NYC separately (dates & videos)"

Spook Houses / Fat History Month split 7" artwork
Spook Houses

Two bands with a knack for mixing Microphones-y folk with loud rock, Ridgewood, NJ's Spook Houses (who share members with LVL UP, and who played Shea Stadium last night (8/18)) and Boston's Fat History Month, are releasing a split 7" next week (8/27) via Double Double Whammy. There's two songs by both bands on the 7", and a stream of the entire thing makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Fat History Month, who also released an album and a split with My Dad this year, have some shows coming up, including one in the Bronx on August 31 at Teh Olive Garden (241st St & Bronx Blvd) with Florida=Death, Old Table, ACLU Benefit, and Eskimeaux; and they'll also be playing an Exploding In Sound CMJ show on October 19 at Silent Barn. All of their dates are listed below.

Spook Houses don't have any upcoming shows at the moment, but related band LVL UP is playing Brooklyn this Friday (8/23) at Union Pool with a great lineup of Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, and Flagland. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Flyer below.

You can also catch Two Inch Astronaut in NYC a day later at Cake Shop (8/24) with Gross Relations, Butter the Children, and Bent Shapes.

All FHM dates are listed, along with the 7" stream and Union Pool flyer, below...

Continue reading "Spook Houses & Fat History Month releasing a split (stream it) +++ upcoming related shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Kal Marks

Boston's Kal Marks (originally the solo project of Carl Shane and now a trio) are set to release their first full length album as this lineup, and first recorded in a real studio, Life Is Murder, on September 17 via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf. They come from a scene of other young raging rock bands (like Pile and Speedy Ortiz), and like those bands, Kal Marks get loud. But they're also part of a long lineage of indie rock bands with weird-voiced singers that spans from bands like Modest Mouse or Wolf Parade to more recent things like Alt-J. Ever wondered what Titus Andronicus might have sounded like if Patrick Stickles was more into Isaac Brock and less into Conor Oberst? Kal Marks could be your answer.

Though we'll have to wait until September for the whole album, the band did just release its title track, which features guest vocals from Jonah Furman, frontman of likeminded band Krill, whose new album, Lucky Leaves, will probably be falling into the hands (or has already) of some of the same people who dig Life Is Murder. Check that song out, along with the album artwork, below.

Kal Marks will be going on a short Northeast tour with Chandeliers in the beginning of August. That tour includes NYC-area dates happening in New Brunswick on August 2 at Cooler Ranch with New Brunswick's Evil Weevil-signed post-punks Ex Wife and Wild Rice, and in Brooklyn on August 4 at Shea Stadium with Ovlov and Mr. Dream. Show flyer for the Shea show below.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Kal Marks releasing an LP, touring in August (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Psychic Blood

As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.

EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.

More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...

Continue reading "EISGTNSIDE13 starts today (Psychic Blood, Sleepies, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Butter The Children - "Lupus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ovlov - "Blue Baby" (MP3)

Butter The Children
Butter The Children

NYC pop shoegazers Butter The Children (members of Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, and Le Rug) play local shows a lot and it's recently been announced that they've signed to Downtown Records. Last year they self released their impressive self-titled EP, and Downtown will presumably put out its followup at some point this year. You can download the EP for free at bandcamp and stream in full below. One track, "Lupus," can be downloaded above as well. The EP is a quick blast of punchy pop rock with MBV-inspired guitar wails, and if you've yet to see them at one of their many shows, they bring that same kind of power to the stage too.

As usual, they have upcoming local dates, including one this Friday (5/24) at Big Snow with Big Muff, Roses, (ex-Deer Tick), and Ceramics. They also have a show scheduled at Death by Audio on June 27 with Ovlov, Suns, and Flagland. Both shows are all ages and admission for both shows is $7 at the door. They're also playing Day 1 of Hillstock, which takes place across various Brooklyn venues from June 21-23.

Ovlov
Ovlov

Newtown, CT's Ovlov, who also play that DBA show, are set to release their debut album, Am, on July 2 via Exploding in Sound, who are becoming pretty consistent in supplying good '90s-inspired indie rock (like Speedy Ortiz, who since signed to Carpark). And like most of that label's roster, Ovlov do the sound well. The album's single, "Blue Baby," has buildups that are straight out of the Sonic Youth songbook, and the singer likely learned a thing or two from J Mascis. Check the song out below or download it for free above.

Ovlov is on a tour now with labelmates Grass is Green which includes other NYC shows happening on June 1 at Big Snow with Appomattox and Miniboone, and the previously discussed Exploding In Sound showcase on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, and more.

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

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by Andrew Sacher

Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

As mentioned, Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz have signed to Carpark Records and will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on June 9 via their new label. The album perfects the formula Speedy Ortiz had on the Sports EP and "Ka-Prow!" 7" and tops both of those releases. That's immediately evident from the album's first single, "Tiger Tank," which starts out like the Speedy Ortiz we're familiar with, but by the chorus is bringing in melodic left-turns and powerful crashes that show how big of a force this band can really be. Listen to the song over at NPR.

As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming shows, including a few previously discussed NYC shows on May 17 at Silent Barn with Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, and Lunchbox; Cake Shop on May 31 with two great Brooklyn bands Sleepies and Bennio Qwerty; and an unofficial Northside show on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.

The rest of the lineup for that Big Snow show has been announced and it includes Pile and Fat History Month (who just played NYC together), in addition to Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches., and Hive Bent. The show is being presented by Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus.

Speedy were also since announced for a NYC Popfest show happening on June 1 at Public Assembly with Ringo Deathstarr, Sua, and Advaeta. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. Popfest was supposed to be on both stages at Public Assembly, but with renovations all the other bands originally booked except Ringo Deathstarr were moved to The Bell House (more on that in a Popfest-specific post coming soon). Festival passes are still accepted.

Updated dates are listed below...

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PAWS

As mentioned, Scottish indie trio PAWS are over for their first American tour on their way down to SXSW. It starts with two shows in NYC: Tuesday (3/5) at Glasslands with Dinowalrus and OVLOV (tickets); and Wednesday (3/6) at Cake Shop with Shark? and EULA. All tour dates are listed below.

To commemorate the trip, the band recorded three new songs for a cassette that will only be available at merch tables on this tour. (They'll also be selling last year's great Cokefloat! LP.) However PAWS were nice enough to give us one copy of the tape to give away and details on how to win it are below. We're also premiering a stream of the entire tour cassette below.

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by Bill Pearis

PAWS

Scottish indie rock trio PAWS have just released a video for "Sore Tummy," which is probably the catchiest song on Cokefloat!, the band's debut album that is brimming with hooks. You can watch it below.

As mentioned, PAWS are coming to America for SXSW and making a tour out of thier visit. In addition to their previously-announced show at Glasslands on March 5 with Ovlov (tickets), the band are also playing Cake Shop on March 6 (additional bands TBA) and Shea Stadium on March 9 with Total Slacker and Slam Donahue. No advance tickets for either of those shows.

A list of all PAWS tour dates, and the "Sore Tummy" video, are below...

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Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Merchandise

You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything EveythingMr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.

One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).

A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.

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