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KD & Matthew Caws / KD & Meredith Graves / Tigers Jaw / Owen
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1

We already posted pictures and a review from the Brooklyn date of Kevin Devine's BV-presented Devinyl Splits, and now we've got pictures of the Philly show -- Saturday (12/12) at The TLA. Pictures of Kevin, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (who all collaborated together) are HERE, and pictures of Tigers Jaw, Owen (aka Mike Kinsella), Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws, and Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves are in this post.

Like in Brooklyn, Joe from Cymbals and KD&GDB backed Meredith on her solo songs, Matthew and Kevin collaborated on each other's songs, and Tigers Jaw and Kevin did too (and covered The Cure). Watch a video of Meredith, Joe and KD in Brooklyn here.

The third and final show happened in Cambridge on Sunday. More pictures from Philly (including one of the setlist) below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine, Meredith Graves, Matthew Caws, Owen and Tigers Jaw @ The TLA in Philly (pics)"

PLUS: Watch Meredith play a new solo song backed by Joe from Cymbals Eat Guitars and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Meredith/Kevin/Joe, Kevin/Matthew, Kevin/Tigers Jaw
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1

Kevin Devine was telling a story on stage at The Bell House last night (12/11) about instantly loving Tigers Jaw's music after Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure showed it to him in a car ride on tour. Talking about them, he said something to the effect of there being good and bad sides to being part of a scene. It was just a quick side note, but it resonated with me throughout the entire night because the show itself broke down barriers of several scenes. It was the first of three BV-presented release shows for Kevin's new Devinyl Splits series, and each artist he worked with was coming from a distinctly different "scene" but the whole show was one cohesive thing. It wasn't like Kevin just having a few bands he likes open for him either. It was set up like a variety show, with Kevin both opening and closing, and bringing a new guest out every few songs (sometimes more than one at a time). It kept the place packed from start to finish.

Along with Kevin and Tigers Jaw, the show had Brooklyn's folky, punky singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson (in solo acoustic folk mode last night), Meredith Graves from the hardcore band Perfect Pussy trying out some shoegazier material, the consistently solid indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, and two veterans with notably different histories. There was Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, who were mainstream for a second in the mid-'90s but then started a fruitful indie career instead. And Mike Kinsella (aka Owen), who probably had way less fans in the mid-'90s but became legendary over time, and never stopped writing great music across several projects.

The first guest was Laura Stevenson, whose whole set was solo and included a cover of Elliott Smith's "Angel in the Snow." Then the next was Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, who sang harmonies with Kevin on his song "For Eugene." After that, her bandmate Ben Walsh came out and the two of them did "Teen Rocket" and "I Saw Water" acoustic. Then Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band joined as their backing band for a cover of The Cure's "In Between Days" and a version of Tigers Jaw's "Cool" where Kevin sang lead on the last verse. (He released a cover of the song last month.) That Cure cover is the song Tigers Jaw contributed to their split with Kevin. His contribution was a cover of "Lovesong," which he played after Ben and Brianna left the stage.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
DeVinyl Split Series 1

After an intermission, Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage on their own for "Aerobed" off their split with Kevin, and two songs off last year's excellent LOSE. Theirs was the most like seeing a regular Cymbals Eat Guitar set (and great as always), even if it was just three songs. It wouldn't be the last time their singer Joe D'Agostino would be on stage, but more on that in a bit.

Another KD set followed, and then Kevin began telling a story of how great Mike Kinsella is and how when they toured together with Andy Hull in 2007, Mike didn't give a shit about a lot of the things musicians in his place normally would. (Unbeknownst to Kevin for the first half of the story, Mike was watching him say all this from backstage.) As anyone who's seen Owen knows, one thing he doesn't give a shit about is messing up his songs every now and then, which he did a few times last night. But it's always charming and never frustrating. Probably because, like last night, his sets are always gorgeous.

Up next was Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves. She was known mostly for short blasts of noise punk before her shoegazy solo song on her split with Kevin. She played that, and a new one that I thought sounded even better. She was belting her voice on that one more than I'd ever heard her do before, and it turns out she's a good singer! For both songs, she was backed by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and Joe from Cymbal Eat Guitars, who created exactly the kind of wall of noise Meredith sounds best with.

Meredith and Joe left and KD&GDB stayed, eventually bringing out Kevin's wife Carey Brandenburg for "Lonesome Town" and then Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws to duet with him on "Brooklyn Boy." Matthew then did Nada Surf's "Blizzard of '77" solo, and then played his cover of Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff" (that he recorded for their split). He told us how he was singing it to himself in the cab on the way to the show, and the driver was apparently moved by the lyrics. He wrapped up with Nada Surf's "Inside of Love" and "See These Bones," with Kevin joining him again.

Then to end the show, just like it started, was another set from Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. They gave us a ton of favorites from throughout Kevin's career over the course of the night -- "Ballgame," "Cotton Crush," "Another Bag of Bones," "Brother's Blood," etc -- and played a good amount off his newest album too. The guests made the night extra special, but it was also clear that it was Kevin's show and Kevin's crowd. Several songs had the crowd singing every single word in unison louder than Kevin even was.

The Devinyl Splits shows continue in Philly tonight (12/12) with Brand New's Jesse Lacey replacing Laura Stevenson, and then Cambridge on Sunday (12/13) with The Front Bottoms' Brian Sella. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Laura Stevenson play Brooklyn together again on Monday (12/14).

A video of Meredith's new song (with KD&GDB and Joe from CEG), some other clips from throughout the night, more pictures and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine collaborated w/ Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Matthew of Nada Surf, Tigers Jaw & more @ The Bell House (pics, videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mike Kinsella w/ American Football in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mike Kinsella

The next installment of Kevin Devine's split singles series comes out December 18 and features Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, Cap'n Jazz, etc). Owen's contribution, "Critical Condition," is out now and it's a fleshed-out full-band song that would've fit nicely on his last album. Check it out below (via Noisey).

Owen will be playing all three of Kevin's BV-presented release shows, which also includes the other split-mates Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Brooklyn (12/11 at The Bell House) also has Laura Stevenson, Philly (12/12 at the TLA) also has Jesse Lacey (Brand New), and Cambridge, MA (12/13 at The Sinclair) also has Brian Sella (The Front Bottoms).

Continue reading "Owen streams new song "Critical Condition" off Kevin Devine split (listen)"

photo: Jesse Lacey w/ Brand New in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

As you may know, Kevin Devine is celebrating his Devinyl Splits series with BrooklynVegan-presented release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge this December. The shows all already included Matthw Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Owen, and we're now excited to announce the final special guest for each city.

At the Brooklyn show (12/11 at The Bell House) they'll be joined by Laura Stevenson, the Philly show (12/12 at the TLA) will have Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, and Cambridge (12/13 at The Sinclair) will have The Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella. Tickets for all three shows are still available (click the venue links). Flyers below.

Laura Stevenson, whose new album Cocksure is out now on Don Giovanni, is on tour now with Matt Pond PA. That tour hits NYC on 11/21 at Webster Hall's Marlin Room.

The Front Bottoms recently played two BV-presented NYC shows at Irving Plaza (pictures) and they've been keeping a video tour diary. We just posted part four.

Brand New continue to drop hints of their long-awaited fifth album which may be their last.

Flyers and some music below...

Continue reading "Brand New's Jesse Lacey, Front Bottoms' Brian Sella, & Laura Stevenson added to Kevin Devine shows"

photo: Yuck @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

CMJ is just barely behind us, and now it's time to start thinking about SXSW who have just announced their first round of showcasing artists. Acts include, Alex G, Crystal Castles, Yuck, Micachu & the Shapes, Barry Adamson, Anamanaguchi, PUP, The Spook School, Wildhoney, Sunflower Bean, Pure Bathing Culture and lots more. The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15 - 20 in Austin, TX. The entire list of Round One artists is below...

Continue reading "SXSW announces first round of 2016 artists"

Kevin Devine

The BrooklynVegan-presented Kevin Devine split 7" release shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) are on sale now. Get yours using the following links:

Brooklyn: 12/11 at The Bell House
Philly: 12/12 at The TLA
Cambridge: 12/13 at The Sinclair
More info on the 7" series here.

Kevin Devine

As you may know, Kevin Devine is doing a split 7" single series this year called Devinyl Splits, which so far has included splits with Tigers Jaw, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. The next two will be with Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, etc) and Cymbals Eat Guitars, and there's one more TBA.

To celebrate the splits, there will be release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge with Kevin and all six of his split-mates, which BrooklynVegan is proudly presenting. The shows happen at The Bell House on December 11 in Brooklyn, The TLA on December 12 in Philly, and The Sinclair on December 13 in Cambridge. Tickets for all three are on artist presale now.

Stay tuned for info on that TBA artist and song streams from the Owen and CEG splits. Meanwhile, you can stream the first three below and pick up vinyl copies via Bad Timing Records.

Kevin Devine, Perfect Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tigers Jaw and Nada Surf also have other NYC shows coming up soon too.

UPDATE: Kevin Devine has also announced a ton of tour dates which are now also listed below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: Kevin Devine, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Tigers Jaw, Meredith Graves & Matthew Caws in BK, Philly & Mass"

by Andrew Sacher


Victor Villarreal of Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls and other bands, will release a new solo album, Sleep Talk, the followup to 2012's Invisible Cinema, next week (2/3) via Joyful Noise (pre-order). Like his last album, it's mostly him and an acoustic guitar or a soft/clean electric guitar, but his dizzying fretwork is still as impressive as his work in the fuller-sounding bands he's in. A full stream of the album premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

His only solo date at the moment is in his hometown of Chicago on March 24 at The Hideout during "The Joan of Arc Gang"'s residency at the venue that also includes sets from Owen (playing Dinosaur Jr), Joan of Arc, Owls and more.

Continue reading "Victor Villarreal releasing a new solo LP (stream it), playing "The Joan of Arc Gang"'s Chicago residency"

by Andrew Sacher

American Football at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
American Football

Fans of '90s emo have had it pretty great this year, with very active reunions from American Football, Mineral, The Jazz June and Braid (other stuff too), and now we've got new updates on all of those bands.

Fortunately, American Football's reunion keeps expanding, and now UK shows have been announced for 2015. Their updated list of dates (including shows with The Dodos and David Bazan) is below. AF singer Mike Kinsella is also releasing a covers album with his solo project Owen on December 2. Since we last spoke, his cover of fellow emo band The Promise Ring's "Forget Me" came out. Stream that below too.

Braid singer Bob Nanna also has a new album coming out in December with his solo project The City on Film (though it's a full band album) called La Vella (due 12/16 via Topshelf). You've already heard one song and now he's put out another, "Remember to Breathe," via USA Today. This one's a thick-toned indie rocker, and another reason it's a very good thing that Bob is making new music in 2014. Check it out below.

While Mineral sadly recently said their reunion tour will end in February, singer Chris Simpson's solo project Zookeeper (who put out a new album this year) was just announced for SXSW 2015. That's less than a month after Mineral's reunion tour ends and in their hometown of Austin.

The Jazz June recently put out a video (dir. Ernie Gilbert & Eric Bader) for the title track off After the Earthquake, their first new album in 12 years which came out earlier this month via Topshelf. Unlike Braid's new album, this doesn't sound like classic Jazz June. It's new ground for them and has the veteran band sounding fresh. Check out that video (via Nylon Guys), plus a stream of the whole new LP, below. Maybe you'll see some of The Jazz June's members at the not-emo Ride reunion next year.

This weekend, the Jonah Matranga (Far, etc) / J. Robbins (Jawbox, etc) tour makes its way to NYC: Sunday (11/23) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that are still available.

Also, did you get your tickets to the Rainer Maria reunion that the been-reunited Moss Icon open? They're still on sale.

Anything else I missed? Oh, and keep your eyes on Jawbreaker watch.

Continue reading "American Football expand reunion tour; City on Film release new song; Zookeeper playing SXSW; Jazz June made a video"

Mike Kinsella w/ American Football at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Mike Kinsella is releasing a new Owen album of covers called Other People's Songs on December 2 via Polyvinyl. He's already released the Smoking Popes cover and the Against Me! cover, and now he's put out his cover of Depeche Mode's "Judas." Like the others, he really makes it sound like an Owen song. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Owen releases Depeche Mode cover from new LP (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Owen @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 10/9/14 (via Chase Igliori)

Mike Kinsella is about to headline three sold-out nights at the main 1,5000-capacity room at Webster Hall fronting his band American Football, but you wouldn't know it from the solo show he played as Owen at the venue's smaller Studio room last night (10/9). Mike's been a member of several beloved bands for the past two decades, at least two of which you could call legendary (AF and Cap'n Jazz), but he couldn't have been more casual last night. "I'm a professional musician," he jokingly reminded the crowd more than once. He messed up a lyric once, stumbled over a guitar part later on ("this one doesn't work on an electric guitar"), but those tiny mistakes were only met by laughter from the loving crowd.

And all the casual joking around aside, when Owen played the favorites -- "In the Morning, Before Work," "The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi," "Windows and Doorways" and plenty more -- he had all the charm those songs have on record, and the whole place was singing and swooning along. There was one serious moment though (and Mike pointed out he rarely says serious things at shows), when before playing "In the Morning, Before Work" he brought up Morrissey's recent cancer treatment, as it's one of multiple Owen songs to point out Mike's love for Morrissey ("I listen to my same old CDs, New Order and Morrissey"). Newer stuff was played too, and besides being a good show all around it was a nice reminder before Mike plays 15-year old songs for huge crowds this weekend that this is a guy who put out a great album as recent as last year.

Last night's show was opened by Bon Iver member S. Carey, who also opens night 1 of American Football tonight (10/10). He's followed by Into It Over it on Saturday (10/11) and Matt Pond on Sunday (10/12).

by Andrew Sacher

American Football's secret Chicago show in August (more by Jeff Ryan)
American Football

As you might have heard, American Football are reunited this year (and they just added four New Year's shows in Chicago), but singer Mike Kinsella is keeping busy in other ways too. On December 2 he'll release an album of covers under his Owen alias via Polyvinyl. Appropriately titled Other People's Songs, the record will feature covers of Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me! and Smoking Popes. The Smoking Popes song he chose, "Under The Blanket," just premiered over at Stereogum and you can take a listen below. He does a great job with it and really makes it sound like an Owen song, which he's proved he's pretty good at on past covers like his version of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale."

In other news, a new article on Buzz Weekly mentions that there may be new American Football material:

"There are no plans to record any new material currently. I wouldn't rule it out, but the logistics of doing it are tough," [guitarist Steve] Holmes said. "That said, I do have a few parts in my back pocket for potential new songs. Mike and I have worked on one of these so far, and we may try to finish it up to include in this run of shows."
The American Football NYC run begins this month with sold-out shows at Webster Hall on 10/10 with S. Carey, 10/11 with Into It Over It, and 10/12 with Matt Pond. Right before that, Owen plays the smaller Studio at Webster Hall on 10/9 with S. Carey (also sold out).

Smoking Popes cover and full Other People's Songs tracklist below...

Continue reading "Owen releasing a covers album, shares Smoking Popes cover; American Football "wouldn't rule out" new material"

Owen in Chicago in 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)

Mike Kinsella is a very busy man. First he'll be behind the kit of the Owls reunion tour with Hop Along and Glocca Morra which hits NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). Then, he'll take the mic for the American Football reunion shows, including the three in NYC at Webster Hall from October 10-12 (all sold out).

Directly before those American Football shows, Mike will play WH's small room, The Studio at Webster Hall on October 9, with his solo project Owen. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/9) at 10 AM. Mike has covered American Football as Owen before, so with the other guys in town hopefully we'll get some surprises.

It's the only upcoming Owen date besides California's Nick Fest which another Mike Kinsella band, Their/They're/There also plays.

Watch a few live Owen videos below...

Continue reading "Owen playing The Studio before American Football's Webster Hall shows"

Evan with Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Evan Weiss

Into It. Over It. is the current project of long-running emo/indie rock musician Evan Weiss (The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc), and he's just announced a two-ish month long US tour to go down in winter 2014. That tour hits NYC on February 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday (11/14) at noon. All dates, including stops in Asbury Park and New Haven, are listed below.

Evan is also currently in Their/They're/There with Mike Kinsella (Owen, Cap'n Jazz, American Football, etc) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships), and as discussed, they'll be on a US tour even sooner, which hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Opening that show and a few others are Birthmark (Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella) and Mansions. Tickets are still available.

T/T/T just released another new song, "Curtain Call," from their upcoming Analog Weekend EP (due out 12/10 via Polyvinyl/Topshelf), which you can stream below.

Into It. Over It.'s new album, Intersections is out now via Triple Crown. You can watch the video for "No Amount of Sound" along with a stream of another album track, the new T/T/T song, and the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. announces 2014 US tour; Their/They're/There released a new song from EP (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Lindsey Best)

Their/They're/There is the newest project by a couple guys who already have a laundry list of projects: Mike Kinsella (previously of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls, Joan of Arc, etc, and currently Owen) and Evan Weiss (previously of The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc, and currently Into It. Over It.). They've also tapped guitarist Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to complete the lineup. If you're familiar with those other projects, you're probably already sold on T/T/T and know exactly what you're getting yourself into: technical patterns, but highly melodic, and the kind of super-specific lyrics that gets these guys tagged with "emo."

Earlier this year, T/T/T released their self-titled debut EP via Polyvinyl (the longtime label of most-things Kinsella), and a followup EP, Analog Weekend, will be out on December 10 via the label, and also co-released by Topshelf. You can stream the self-titled EP in its entirety, along with "New Blood" from the new EP, below. The album artwork and tracklist for the new EP are below too.

Their/They're/There will be heading out on a short tour with Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella aka Birthmark, and Louisville duo Mansions. The tour hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

Continue reading "Their/They're/There (Mike Kinsella, Evan Weiss) releasing a 2nd EP of 2013, touring w/ Birthmark (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher


Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, Cap'n Jazz, etc) has been working on new material, which will result in his new album, L'Ami due Peuple, due out on July 2 via Polyvinyl. Usually known for his bare acoustic songs with the occasional extra instrumentation worked in, for his new album he's taking a more full-band approach. You can hear the new sound on the singles "Blues to Black," which you can listen to at Rolling Stone, and "Bad Blood," which you can stream below. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.

As briefly mentioned, Owen will be coming to NYC on Friday (5/24) at Bowery Ballroom for a show with Laura Stevenson and Field Mouse. It's the last date on Laura and Field Mouse's tour together. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win tickets are below.

Owen has some other upcoming dates after the Bowery Ballroom show. All of them are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Owen releasing new LP, playing w/ Laura Stevenson & Field Mouse and other shows (dates, streams, & a chance to win tix)"

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Tickets to see Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza go on Governors Ball presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation and Music Geeks presales are happening Thursday at 10 AM (Music Geeks password: "music geeks") with the general on sale starting Friday at 10 AM.

Courtney Love has a couple NY-area shows this summer, playing The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on June 27 and the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ on June 28. Tickets to the Stone Pony show go on Live Nation and Live Nation Mobile presale today at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (5/10) at 10 AM. Tickets to the Cap show go on sale Friday at noon.

 to see Mac Miller with openers Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, The Internet, Vince Staples and Meek Mill at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ, Manhattan Center Hammerstein in NYC, Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT and Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY go on Citi and VIP Package presale today at 10 AM. Citi/Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales for the Hammerstein show begin Thursday at 10, Live Nation Mobile App presale for the Stone Pony show begin Thursday at 10 and Live Nation/Ticketmaster presale for the Oakdale show begin Thursday at 10 AM. General on sale for the Stone Pony, Hammerstein Ballroom and Upstate Concert Hall shows start Friday at 10 AM and general on sale for the Oakdale Theatre show begins Friday at noon.

Owen was added to the Laura Stevenson and Field Mouse show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tickets to see Austra and DIANA at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to the Music Hall of Williamsburg show are still available.

Tickets to see CSS and Io Echo at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to the Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets to see Savages at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Donnie & Joe Emerson at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Gold Panda at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Bob Saget at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon & Red House Painters) at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

The Psychedelic Furs are playing Irving Plaza on August 3. Tickets for that show go on Live Nation/Live Nation Mobile App/Music Geeks presale today at 10 AM (Music Geeks password is "musicgeeks").

Pictureplane was added to the Anamanaguchi show at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Superhumanoids is playing Mercury Lounge on June 21. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Kurt Vile at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kurt Vile

Two artists on different sides of the folk spectrum will be teaming up this month for a show at NYU. The psychedelic heartland folk of Kurt Vile and the noodly emo-folk of Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) will grace the fourth floor of the university's Kimmel Center on February 23 with support from NYU band The Young Women. Admission is $5 for students and non-students alike, and tickets can be picked up at NYU Ticket Central (566 Laguardia Place), which is attached to the Kimmel Center.

The NYU show is exactly a month before Owen plays Maxwell's (3/23) (tickets), which is one of his few other upcoming dates. As for Kurt Vile, his only other announced dates at the moment are festival appearances, including Coachella and Primavera Sound.

All lists of dates and a few videos below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile & Owen playing NYU Kimmel Center and other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Mike Kinsella

Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) still hasn't announced anything regarding the new material he's promising, but he did just recently reveal that he's got a few Northeast dates scheduled for this March. None of them are in NYC but he'll be pretty close when he plays Hoboken's Maxwell's on March 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Mike and his brother/ex-Cap'n Jazz/Joan of Arc/Owls bandmate Tim Kinsella recently sat down together for Alarm Magazine's 'No Journalists Allowed' segment where they interviewed each other. It gets pretty funny when Mike asks Tim stuff like, "Do you feel your age?" and "Do you think that people think you're an asshole just because your music is challenging?" You can read the whole interview at Alarm's site.

A list of all dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Owen playing shows, interviewed Tim Kinsella (dates)"


Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) has been working on new material for what will presumably be the followup to 2011's Ghost Town. He was in town last month when his tour with Braid came to NYC for two shows, and now he's set to return to NYC for two of his own shows in December, both billed as "An Evening With: Owen." Those shows happen on December 7 at Mercury Lounge and December 8 at Union Hall. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (9/28) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show starting Wednesday (9/26) at noon.

A list of all dates and a video of Owen playing "Too Many Moons" from Ghost Town on his front porch are below.

Continue reading "Owen working on new material, playing 2 NYC shows (dates)"


The return of Braid is old news at this point, but the reunited band, who have played Chicago and SXSW in the past year, have yet to visit many cities including NYC. That will change on a just-announced, short set of August dates with their Polyvinyl labelmate Owen which brings them to Bowery Ballroon on 8/9 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/11. Both NYC shows go on sale this Friday at noon after an AmEx presale on Wednesday. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Braid announces August dates w/ Owen (playing 2 NYC shows)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Owen - "I Believe" (MP3)


Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) is releasing his sixth full length album, Ghost Town on November 8 via Polyvinyl. After becoming a husband and father, Owen made a shift in his songwriting on the appropriately titled New Leaves in 2009. He abandoned his damaged lyrics and delicate acoustic guitar for a fuller band-oriented album, which felt overall like a more lighthearted affair. Those new leaves may still be turned over, but whatever it was that haunted Owen on his earlier work is resurfacing on Ghost Town. As he admits on "No Language," "I guess I'm still angry/Still punching walls that look like you." You can grab the album track "I Believe" above and stream two others below, along with the artwork and tracklist and preorder it at the Polyvinyl webstore.

Owen is scheduled to play the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign, IL this month. He'll go on tour in support of the album later this year. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet but it's been revealed that he'll play NYC on December 2 at Glasslands. The NYC show is being opened by Caithlin de Marrais, lead singer of Owen's ex-Polyvinyl labelmates Rainer Maria, who broke up in 2006. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/16) at 7 AM.

Caithlin, whose new solo record 'Red Coats' is coming out Nov. 8 on End Up Records, also has a NYC show coming up even sooner, a CMJ showcase at Littlefield in Brooklyn that looks like this:

BITCH Magazine Presents:
Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria)
The Shondes
Grass Widow
Alina Simone
Fri, October 21, 2011
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
This event is 21 and over
Grass Widow is also in NYC this week, with the Raincoats.

In July, Owen covered Jane's Addiction's "Summertime Rolls" at Hot Doug's in Chicago for AV Club. Check out a video of that performance, a video from Caithlin's new record, all Owen dates, song streams, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Owen & Caithlin De Marrais releasing albums, playing shows"

by BBG

Joan of Arc in 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
Joan of Arc

After dates on their current southwestern tour and a forthcoming UK tour come to an end, Joan of Arc will kick off another leg of dates in Pontiac, MI with Implodes heading toward the East Coast before looping back to a tour-ending show in St. Louis. NYC will get an appearance on that journey at Mercury Lounge on August 10th. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (5/20)

Mike Kinsella of Joan of Arc/Cap'n Jazz will bring his side/solo/other project Owen to one upcoming date in Champaign, IL in September at the Pygmalion Music Festival. There Owen will share a stage with Cut Copy, Explosions in the Sky, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Asobi Seksu, Japandroids, and the reunited Braid. So far no other dates Braid dates have emerged, but we'll be on the look out.

Implodes released their new LP Black Earth via Kranky in April. Check out the shoegaze-y burner "Marker" streaming below alongside alll tour dates and some video.

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DOWNLOAD: Cap'n Jazz - Oh Messy Life (MP3)

Cap'n Jazz

Jade Tree is thrilled to announce that one of our most influential and popular titles, Cap'n Jazz's seminal discography Analphabetapolothology, will be released on vinyl for the very first time on June 15th. A little over ten years have passed since the original CD release and we are proud to give the record the proper full featured vinyl issue that it deserves. As Cap'n Jazz has grown in popularity, so has the demand for the anthology on vinyl and we are more than happy to combine our efforts to put together a package well worth the wait...

There is more. As you may have heard, Cap'n Jazz played a short surprise set in January. Well, the show went so well that the band has decided to reunite again, starting at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on July 17th with select dates soon to follow. This is a one time reunion and this summer will be your one chance to see the band live, so don't miss it. We'll see you there!

Video from that reunion show, which happened Friday, January 22nd as part of Joan of Arc's Don't Mind Control Variety Show at Chicago's Empty Bottle, is below. Time Out Chicago wrote of their four-song set: "Though the group's once-spastic youthful energy was slightly tempered with age, it was replaced with noticeably improved musicianship. Die-hard fans may have missed hallmarks of the group's heyday like Tim's trumpet honking, but the capacity audience didn't seem to mind the omission, opting instead to revel in the intense nostalgia of it all."

A track off the soon-to-be-on-vinyl Analphabetapolothology is above.Cap'n Jazz's next and only currently scheduled reunion show takes place July 17th at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago (same night and city as Pitchfork Music Fest). It's already sold out. Stay tuned for more dates to be announced including a show in NYC.

Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella, put out Don't Mind Control on Polyvinyl in January. That album is "41+ members strong -- the Joan of Arc extended family comes together for 18 exclusive songs curated by Joan of Arc frontman Tim Kinsella. Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control features new songs by Tim Kinsella, Owen, Cale Parks, Vacations (ex-Chin Up Chin Up), Ghosts and Vodka (ex-Cap'n Jazz), Euphone, The Cairo Gang, and many more. All bands feature members who have played in Joan of Arc at one time or another."

Joan of Arc will be at SXSW for a show on Saturday, March 20th at Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room).

Mike Kinsella also has upcoming shows as Owen; dates and videos are below...

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Monotonix @ Sasquatch Fest in May (more by Chris Graham)

tonight in NYC
* Kiss @ Nassau Coliseum
* Bob Weir @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lord of the Rings @ Radio City
* Kayo Dot, Extra Life @ Drom
* Monk at 92 @ WFC Winter Garden
* Ludlow Lions, Indra @ Union Pool
* Rosanne Cash @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* Clutch, Lionize, Wino @ Irving Plaza
* Owen, The One AM Radio @ Mercury Lounge
* The Gossip, Men, Apache Beat @ Terminal 5
* Mancino, Timber Timbre, Rubik @ Union Hall
* Pierced Arrows, Endless Boogie @ Mercury Lounge
* Valley, German Measles, Blue Jungle @ Shea Stadium
* Monotonix, Turbo Fruits, The Beets @ Santos Party House
* Mason Jennings, Anni Rossi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium
* Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, Islands @ Roseland Ballroom
* Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh and Onlys, The Beets @ Death By Audio
* TV Ghost, Wizzard Sleeve, FNU Ronnies, Unholy 2 @ Silent Barn
* Grand Archives, The Most Serene Republic, The Diggs @ Southpaw
* Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle, The Fresh & Onlys @ The Bell House
* 3 Inches of Blood, Children, Mantic Ritual @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Indian Jewelry, Silk Flowers, The Present, SS Pyramid Snake @ Cake Shop
* Peelander Z, Math the Band, The Eskalators, Lima Research Society @ Maxwell's
* Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey @ LPR
* One Step Beyond w/ Amanda Blank, Devlin & Darko @ Museum of Natural History
* Benefit w/ These Are Powers, Lone Wolf and Cub @ Issue Project Room
* Blue Jungle, Valleys, Waters Wolves, Gary B & the Notions, German Measles, Young Boys, Le Rug, and Effing @ Shea Stadium.

Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on June 4, 1984. His popular and commercial triumph, it found Springsteen marking a departure in his sound - while the predecessor, the dark and acoustic Nebraska featured songs of pessimism and isolation, Born in the U.S.A.'s lyrics expressed signs of hope in the daily fight of the standard American in following the American Dream, a new feeling complemented by synthesized arrangements and a pop-flavored, radio-oriented sound that helped Springsteen to extend his already-growing popularity and dominate the mainstream audiences. In support of the album, there was an enormous commercial and sociocultural exposure throughout a large string of hit singles, remixes and music videos, and also the renewed image that Springsteen delivered - a muscular physique and a tougher, American-hero-like persona. [Wiki]
The Boss plays the last of his Giants Stadium shows, doing Born In The USA in its entirety tonight.

Reunited UK rock bands Psychedelic Furs and Happy Mondays bring opener Islands to Roseland Ballroom. Islands are back as part of their own tour with Jemina Pearl on November 5th.

Grizzly Bear and Beach House are up at Vassar tonight.

Monotonix are back in NYC for the first time since the release of their hard-to-beleive-it's-their debut LP in September. Turbo Fruits and The Beets open at Santos Party House. Tomorrow they play Market Hotel, again with Turbo Fruits. Listen to an interview with Monotonix below.

Later in the evening The Beets play Death By Audio with Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys who play with Golden Triangle at The Bell House earlier in the night.

Canada's 3 Inches of Blood play Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Children and Mantic Ritual.

Canada's Timber Timbre plays Union Hall with Mancino. Owen, who is at Mercury Lounge tonight, plays Union Hall tomorrow.

Grand Archives and The Most Serene Republic are on tour - they play Southpaw tonight.

Pierced Arrows and Endless Boogie gig at Mercury Lounge.

The ex-Nakatomi Plaza band Ludlow Lions join Indra at Union Pool.

Charlie Looker and Extra Life are at Drom with Kayo Dot.

Rosanne Cash plays only the hits (other people's) at her two-night St. Ann's Warehouse engagement.

The One Step Beyond party at American Museum of Natural History hosts Amanda Blank and Devlin & Darko.

WFC Winter Garden hosts a free Thelonius Monk show, celebrating what would be the pianist's 92nd birthday.

Clutch and Lionize play Irving Plaza for two nights with Wino.

The Gossip's new Rick Rubin-produced record just came out officially last week. They play tonight with Men and Apache Beat at Terminal 5

Issue Project Room hosts a benefit tonight with These Are Powers and Lone Wolf and Cub.

Modest Mouse's new video for "Whale Song" is posted below.

Kurt Vile's video for "Freak Train" is below.

What else?

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