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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

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PS I Love You at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
PS I Love You

Canadian indie rock duo PS I Love You has been relatively quiet as of late, having last played NYC in November of 2012. But it looks like they've got something up their sleeves, because they'll be coming to NYC to play a one-off at Pianos on January 29, and they're promising new songs. Hopefully that means a new album is on the way. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Flyer and a video below...

Continue reading "PS I Love You working on new stuff, playing NYC in January"

by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
Mac Demarco

"Nobody look up my girlfriend's skirt, okay?" Mac DeMarco asked the audience at Sala Rossa as he began his final song. His girlfriend, Kiki, was riding piggyback. She'd was dragged onstage a song earlier to play a game of "catch" where they held onto each other as Mac tipped them into the audience for a double crowd-surf.

So goes a Mac DeMarco show these days, where the onstage antics almost threaten to upstage the music. But, despite all the belch talking and other things, it never does. Mac and his band have toured most of 2012 and all that playing has done wonders for them -- they are tight but lythe around the groove. Songs off the new album ("Viceroy," "Cooking Up Someting Good") sound great and ones of his first album have a life to them than you don't hear on the recordings. And, like at CMJ last month, the Salla Rossa crowd loves him.

PS I Love You @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
PS I Love You

Mac was the unintentional headliner of night 2 of M for Montreal which, like the first night, took place at Sala Rossa, a club perched above a tapas restaurant (both of which are owned by some of the Godspeed guys). He got stuck in traffic and PS I Love You, nice guys that they are, switched into undercard slot. After spending half the year trying out a trio version of the group, they are back to their original duo arrangement of Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums. Playing most of the show with a double-neck guitar, Saulnier yelped and shredded through their 25-minute set of the catchiest material from the band's two albums, plus a couple new ones (I think). Nelson is a machine behind the kit and the way he hammers on the hi-hat gives the band a New Order-ish backbone which offsets Saulnier's more rock instincts. While I enjoyed seeing them as a trio, it's clear the chemistry is between these two.

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Continue reading "M for Montreal 2012: day 2 review (Mac Demarco, PS I Love You, Young Galaxy, No Joy + more)"

by Bill Pearis

Featureless ghost

The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.

The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.

Like in years past (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008), I'll be heading up for the M fest, and will be reporting the goings-on.

If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "2012 M for Montreal Festival: full line-up (Death Grips, A Place to Bury Strangers, Of Monsters & Men, Mac DeMarco + more)"

St. Vincent

In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...

Hope to see you at Pianos tonight, unless of course you're celebrating Yom Kippur which started at sundown (or under 21).

It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?

That photo is actually part of a series orchestrated by HeadCount where over 200 celebrities, including Jeff Tweedy, were photographed with "Register to Vote" clipboards. You can see them all here.

Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.

Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.

Prince took a 40 minute encore break last night in Chicago.

Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.

Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.

Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.

Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.

Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.

You can also check out Thee Oh Sees' side of the new Famous Class' "LAMC" 7" series which they were selling last night at their very sweaty Death by Audio show. It's streaming below.

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle talks (vegetarian) food - including pizza, popcorn and, yes, hummus over at FoodRepublic. He and the band will be in NYC next month.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Register to Vote Day; Neil Young on Twitter; Free Bowie Tribute LP; new Converge, Cat Power's band & more"

PS I Love You at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
PS I Love You

Canadian indie rockers PS I Love You released their sophomore LP, Death Dreams, earlier this year and have been touring in support of it. They were already in NYC when their tour with Army Girls passed through in May, and again for CBGB Fest. The band -- now a trio with a bassist/keyboardist who gives them added umph -- are scheduled to come back for a show at Glasslands on November 17 with Brooklyn's The Echo Friendly. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's their only scheduled US show at the moment, but they've got some other upcoming dates in their home country including POP Montreal.

The Echo Friendly also play Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (9/18) with Thieving Irons. Tickets for that show are available.

A list of all currently known dates and PS I Love You's video for "Princess Towers" is below...

Continue reading "PS I Love You playing shows after POP Montreal (dates)"

Polaris Prize

The long list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been revealed. It includes Leonard Cohen, Cold Specks, Drake, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Japandroids, The Weeknd, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and more. Check out the full list below. Who's your money on?

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JD Samson & MEN at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JD Samson & MEN

So The Men aren't liars after all! The Men are NOT playing Gramercy Theatre on July 6th as previously discussed. The show will be headlined by the similarly named JD Samson & MEN instead, with the same support lineup (PS I Love You and The So So Glos). Tickets for that show go on presale Tuesday (6/5) at 10 AM and regular sale on Wednesday (6/6) at 10 AM, or you can get in with your CBGB Festival pass.

Continue reading "JD Samson & MEN (NOT The Men) playing Gramercy during CBGB Festival"

by BBG

The Men at Death By Audio (more by BBG)
The Men

Posted in late April:

hey
we're heading up to Big Indian on Tuesday to start recording the new record. we'll be gone for a few weeks.

we're coming back to do a show at Webster Hall in NYC on May 16th. That's going to be our last New York show for a while, so come out.

Then, we hit the road again - tour dates to the right.

Matador 7" comes out pretty soon
Immaculada repress on Deranged Records should be out pretty soon too.

See you out there.
Mark


I call bullshit on The Men! A little more than a month and a half after that Ty Segall/White Fence appearance, they'll go big with a show on July 6th at Gramercy Theatre with PS I Love You and So So Glo's for an early show at the venue as part of CBGB Festival. Ticketing info is forthcoming, badges as part of the festival are still available.

UPDATE: The Men are NOT playing, but JD Samson & MEN are.

The Men's aforementioned Matador single hits as part of the label's Singles Going Home Alone series, which is available now. Details on the repress of Immaculada, The Men's debut LP, are forthcoming.

Also included on said subscription series is Austin's OBN IIIs, who are in NYC TONIGHT as part of an East Coast tour and a pair of local dates: June 1st at Cake Shop and June 2nd at Don Pedro.

PS I Love You, meanwhile, were just in town over Memorial Day weekend, where the band made their NYC debut as a trio. The new member traded off on bass and keyboards and helped bring the bigger sound of the band's second album, Death Dreams, to life.

All updated PS I Love You and The Men tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "UPDATE: The Men are NOT playing NYC show w/ PS I Love You and So So Glo's as part of CBGB Festival"

I Break Horses at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by BBG)
I Break Horses

today in NYC
* YG, Pure @ SOB's
* Adron @ Zebulon
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Dawn of Midi @ Roulette
* David Yazbek @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Amy X Neuburg @ The Stone
* Tinklepotty/D-Bakl @ The Stone
* Selah Sue @ The Bowery Electric
* Ra Ra Riot (DJ set) @ Living Room
* Susan Alcorn @ Issue Project Room
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Since, I'm In You, Desert Stars @ Union Pool
* Al Kooper, Jimmy Vivino @ Highline Ballroom
* Ballou/Robinson/Ilgenfritz/Schuller @ Barbes
* I Break Horses, Field Mouse @ Mercury Lounge
* Kent Odessa, Pegasus Warning @ Cameo Gallery
* Mecca Bodega, Old Monk, Young Gung @ Cake Shop
* Busdriver, Lakutis, Tron and DVD @ Santos Party House
* Parlovr, Mainland, We Run, The Drowners @ Glasslands
* Great Lake Swimmers, Cold Specks @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Orion Experience, Damon Daunno @ Mercury Lounge
* Sweet Georgia Brown: A Tribute to Etta James @ BB King's
* Vintage Trouble, Neal Carlson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Judah Friedlander, They Might Be Giants, David Rees @ UCB
* Midnight Spin, Tingsek, Shane Gamble @ The Bowery Electric
* Foster The People, The Kooks @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* River City Extension, The Drowning Men, Ben Henderson @ Maxwell's
* Magmana, Ram's Head Lady Slipper, Strange Shapes @ The Rock Shop
* The City Streets, The Ballroom Jacks, Galapagos Now @ Knitting Factory
* Henry Cole & Afrobeat Collective, Gilad Hekselman Quartet @ 92YTribeca
* Algernon Cadwallader, Living Room, Spook Houses @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Coathangers, Hunters, The Numerators, Desert Sharks @ Death By Audio
* Galactic, Corey Clover, Corey Henry, The New Orleans Suspects @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Crystal Ark, Avan Lava, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Sean B @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Missing Documents, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Pale Lights, Honey Dos @ Shea Stadium
* These Animals, Coastgaard, The Can't Tells, Baby Teardrops, Fairweather Friends @ Pianos

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Kanye West and Jay-Z have a new video for the Frank Ocean-featuring Watch the Throne opening track, "No Church in the Wild." Check it out below.

You can also check out the new video for M83's "Reunion" which continues the story of the creepy kids from the "Midnight City" video. It's below as well.

And one more: the trippy video for PS I Love You's "Princess Towers" can also be watched below.

What else?

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by Bill Pearis

Army Girls

AVC: What do you think your songs are about?

CE: For as long as I can remember, I've always written about anxiety and loneliness, because those are the two common themes in my life. But recently a friend of mine was really insightful. He was like, "Well, your songs aren't really depressing at all. They seem to be all to be a struggle for survival more than anything." I guess that's the underlying note.

AVC: "The Power" seems to be explicitly about that.

CE: That song was born out of futility. I had a 20-month-long breakup. We were together for about three of those months. You know that scene in Brokeback Mountain where Heath Ledger is like, "I wish I knew how to quit you"? It's kind of that, in a song.

AVC: The two-piece band has seemed to have a comeback, from The White Stripes to Japandroids. Why do you think they're so appealing?

AS: I mean obviously, the dynamic between two people is considerably different. These days, for most bands, money is a huge issue, and it's a lot easier to tour as a two-piece.

CE: Even numerically it's appealing; people just generally prefer two of anything. The onus is on us to create a music experience that is comparable to a proper band. I just bought a bass pedal so I can make the guitar sound like a bass whenever I want it to.

AS: Yeah, I'd never thought about that before.

CE: But it's a beautiful thing, there's a male-female dynamic. I don't want to be filthy, but it's kind of like the intimacy of having sex versus the extravagance of being in an orgy. Sure there's more energy going around, but nobody is getting the full experience. But when it's just two people...

AS: Everybody's getting off. [AV Club Toronto]

After spending time in various Toronto bands, Andy Smith and Carmen Elle started colaborating in 2010, settling on the name Army Girls. With a spare but charged sound powered by Elle's emotion-filled vocals, they remind me a little of Dutch band Bettie Serveert. Last year they released their debut EP, Close to the Bone, which was produced by Fucked Up's Ben Cook. You can stream it below.

Army Girls are currently on tour with PS I Love You. That tour comes to NYC this weekend, hitting Mercury Lounge tonight (5/25) (tickets) and Glasslands on Saturday (5/26) (tickets), and Army Girls are worth showing up early to catch. Neither show is sold out. All tour dates with PS I Love You are listed below.

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Now we really know what's going on. The CBGB Festival is happening July 5 - 8 at some 30 venues across the city, with over 300 bands participating, including the previously mentioned free Guided by Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Cloud Nothings show at Summerstage (which now also includes The War on Drugs), the The Baseball Project and Craig Finn at City Winery, L.A. Guns at Highline, the Cro Mags, Sick of it All, Vision of Disorder, Absolution, and Sal Naim show at Webster Hall, and D Generation's Bowery Electric show. Newly added artists include Rocket from the Tombs, MEN, PS I Love You, Reggie Watts, Gary Lucas, Weekend, and more TBA. The full list of currently confirmed artists is below.

It's also a film festival with both new and classic rock films/docs, including the world premiere of The Rise and Fall of The Clash, plus American Hardcore, Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements, The Dead Boys - Live at CBGB/OMFUG 1977, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Kurt Cobain About a Son, The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 and more.

In addition, they've added a CMJ/SXSW-like music industry conference with panels/workshops concerning the music industry, independent artists, and a CBGB "Tales from the Club" panel each day. All conferences take place at the Sunshine Cinema and East Village Cinema. The festival also closes with the "distilled spirits fest" at Beekman Beer Garden on July 8.

There are variety of badges available too, from music and film showcase badges to one that get you into everything (or potentially at least...badges don't guarantee admission). The press release we got claims badges have been on sale since May 7 but this is the first we've heard about it. Regardless, early bird prices on music showcase badges is $69 and runs through May 31. It jumps to $79 if you buy before July 4 and walk-up badges once the fest starts are $89. Film fest badges are $99/$159/$219 for earlybird/regular/walk-up. You can also get a music conference badge which gains you entry to the showcases, workshops, and panels, and a music/film combo badge which gains you entry to all of that plus the film screenings. Full details on the vast array of CBGB Festival badge options are at their website. What this means to people who already bought tickets to individual shows already but want a badge too, we're not sure.

A list of all confirmed bands, films, conferences, and participating venues is below.

Continue reading "CBGB Festival announces details: badges, bands, films, industry conference, and booze"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - "Princess Towers" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - "Sentimental Dishes" (MP3)

PS I Love You at Deluna Fest 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
PS I Love You

Canadian duo PS I Love You are set to release their sophomore LP, Death Dreams, on May 8 via Paper Bag. The album follows their 2010 debut, Meet Me at the Muster Station, and like that album, Death Dreams is shaping up to be jam-packed with fuzzy rockers like "Priness Towers" and "Sentimental Dishes," both of which you can download above or stream below.

The band just announced that they'll be following the album's release with a tour of the US and Canada. That tour hits NYC with Army Girls onMay 25 at Mercury Lounge and May 26 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale Friday (3/30). not on sale yet but check Ticketfly for updates.

Toronto duo Army Girls, who put out their debut EP called Close To The Bone (produced by Fucked Up's Ben Cook) in September,

All dates and streams below...

Continue reading "PS I Love You releasing new LP, touring (dates & MP3)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG

Weeze & Matt & Kim @ Deluna Fest
Deluna Festival
Deluna Festival

Do you think Matt & Kim ever get depressed? Like down-in-the-dumps, face-on-the-bathroom-tile, razor-to-the-wrist bummed? And do you think any of that anger is channeled into their music in ways not visibly noticed? Is that perma-simpleton-smile actually a front for an aryan-supremacy agenda spelled out in morse code via the band's shiny light show? Head to a New Year's Eve celebration at Hammerstein Ballroom with Super Mash Brothers to do some investigation and report back if you come across some leads. Tickets are on sale. All of their dates are listed below.

Matt & Kim was one of many artists to perform in Florida at Deluna Fest from 10/14 - 10/16, joining names like Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Ladytron, Girl Talk, Weezer, Cake and others. Belated pictures from the first day of that festival that Jane's Addiction also played, are in this post. Many more below.

Ra Ra Riot has been touring since Deluna. They don't have anything scheduled in NYC, but they will be on the road for a while and all of their dates are also listed below...

Continue reading "Deluna Fest Day 1 pics w/ Weezer, Ladytron & many more, a Matt & Kim New Year's Eve show, Ra Ra Riot tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Suuns - Arena (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - Leftovers (w/ Diamond Rings) (MP3)

Suuns @ The Rock Shop in January (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Suuns

It's Canadian two-fer at Mercury lounge tonight (10/7) with Montreal's Suuns and Kingston, Ontario's PS I Love You. It's a late show after a Robbers on High Street record release party (Suuns doors are 10:15PM) and tickets are still available (a Nirvana tribute band also plays a free show after them, at the same venue - doors at 1am for that one). Both bands play Boston tomorrow night. All dates are listed below.

Suuns have a new 12" single, "Bambi/Red," coming out November 15 on Secretly Canadian and you can stream both sides at the bottom of this post. Says the band:

With a couple weeks off this summer in Montreal, we thought we'd take a crack at a few new songs. Stark and futuristic, these are extended jams that may or may not materialize as condensed versions of themselves on records to come. Open air textures, repetition and exploration were the name of the game for us on this one, and the finished product is a refined mining of the ideas that came out. "Bambi" is a creepy story of love lost and found, while "Red Song" is just that: a song about color.
If you wished Suuns debut, Zeroes QC, had more electronic-leaning tracks like "Area" (downloadable above), you're going to like this new single. "Bambi" is screaming for a full-on dancefloor remix.

As for PS I Love You, the band just released Figure it Out, a compilation of early singles, covers (Madonna, Rush) and other leftover tracks like their colaboration with Diamond Rings, "Leftovers," which you can download above. Diamond Rings, by the way, opens for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall tonight -- maybe he'll zip on over after his set to play with PS I Love You? We'll see.

The stream of the new Suuns 12" is below, along with tour dates.

Continue reading "Suuns & PS I Love You are here (Diamond Rings too), both with new releases (MP3s & dates)"

DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - "Leftovers" (Feat. Diamond Rings) (MP3)

PS I Love You at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
PS I Love You

PS I Love You are releasing Figure It Out, a collection of previously released singles and EPs. The compilation includes the track "Leftovers," which was recorded with Diamond Rings. Grab that above. The album drops August 30 via Paper Bag Records.

Diamond Rings was recently here for the Northside Fest and is going on tour with Twin Shadow. Diamond Rings toured and performed with PS I Love You not long before that.

PS I Love You will be touring extensively this fall and summer, and will play NYC on October 7 at Mercury Lounge with fellow Canadian badasses Suuns who also play other dates on the tour. Check ticketmaster for tickets to be on sale soon. PS I Love You are also scheduled to play a CMJ show in Brooklyn on October 20.

All tour dates and album artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "PS I Love You releasing comp, going on tour w/ Suuns (dates & an MP3 featuring Diamond Rings)"

MFNW

Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "MusicfestNW 2011 -- dates & initial lineup"

Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Lemonheads playing shows, NXNE expands lineup (includes Descendents, Stars, Devo, OFF!, Juliana Hatfield, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Timothy Griffin

Adventure (by Tim)
Bass Drum of Death

Braids (by Tim)
Braids

Braids and Adventure are on tour with Toro y Moi now. The three bands play sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (4/10) and Monday (4/11).

As discussed and/or pictured HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE, we threw a free, three stage party with M For Montreal at Swan Dive and Barbarella in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, to all the bands who played and to Ramesh for DJing. Sorry to Bass Drum of Death for not getting to play due to some confusion. Thanks to the cast of Workaholics for stopping by and for doing some hosting (catch their show on Comedy Central now!). Thanks also to Izzoz, Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, VegAustin, Raw Revolution, NadaMoo, Firefly Vodka, Line 6, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Nudie Jeans, and ASCAP. Thanks to everyone else that helped and to anyone I forgot.

A whole bunch more pictures from the whole day are below...

Continue reading "BV/M For Montreal Austin Day Party in pics (Braids, Adventure, Owen Pallett, Little Scream & many more)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Damien Jurado
Damien Jurado

Twin Shadow
Twin Shadow

Catching up a bit. Here's what Dominick saw in Austin on Thursday, March 17, 2011 (St. Patrick's Day)...

Continue reading "SXSW 2011 Day 2 pics"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: BOAT - Forever in Armitron (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Fleshtones - Bite of My Soul (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: STRFKR - Death as a Fetish (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Obits - You Gotta Lose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Destroyer - Chinatown (MP3)

Destroyer
Destroyer

Welcome to the You Didn't Get Tickets to LCD Soundsystem edition of This Week in Indie. Or maybe some of you don't care about James Murphy's Last Hurrah, and if so you can consider this the I Don't Give a Crap About LCD Soundsystem edition of TWII. Luckily for everyone, this is another bonkers week for shows and there's bound to be something for everyone -- even if I don't write about it here.

Let's begin with what is my most-anticipated show of the weekend -- Destroyer, who play Webster Hall on Sunday (4/3).  (Tickets are still available.) I have friends who are Dan Bejar obsessives, but I've always been more of a casual fan. Destroyer's new album, Kaputt, is a masterpiece and easily my favorite of 2011 so far. Gone are the chintzy synths and thin production, replaced by glorious '80s widescreen pop that brings to mind (mine, at least) The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout. It's got the scope and the arrangements I always imagine Bejar wanted for his songs but never had the means to make real.

It's also the first album I've loved in a long time that has this much saxophone on it. I don't think there's a song on Kaput without it, and it's of the variety that makes you think of a city in the rain. Maybe the saxophonist is playing in the rain on a fire escape somewhere? Or maybe that's just every music video from the '80s. Anyway, Kaputt is evocative of that era for sure but Bejar's unmistakable urbane style keeps it out of cheeseball territory.

For this tour, Bejar has assembled an "eight-piece Destroyer orchestra" to bring Kaputt to life on stage. My friend Toby (who does the blog The Finest Kiss) saw the show in Seattle and said, "Seeing Dan Bejar play with a small band or solo under the his Destroyer moniker was always good, but I had never been blown away. I knew I was going to hear the songs from his latest Kaputt, but I had no idea that what I would get would far exceed that very good record and as well as any expectations I had." That raises my expectations quite a bit, but it does make me more excited... even if the show is at Webster Hall.

BOAT
BOAT

This weekend also marks the return of Seattle's BOAT, longtime TWII faves whose scrappy underdog status may be in jeopardy. Pitchfork, who has barely acknowledged their existence in the past, gave BOAT's great new album Dress Like Your Idols a 7.6 (besting the day's big review by about two points):

"BOAT's fourth album, then, finds the Crane-fronted four-piece going through something of an underachiever's quarter-life crisis. On one hand, Dress Like Your Idols sees Crane, drummer Jackson Long, bassist/guitarist Mark McKenzie, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Goodman finally making their way into a real studio for the first time. On the other hand, that studio-- Seattle's Two Sticks Audio-- is already defunct. And the songs, like the album cover, are as inspired by the band's youth as ever, merging Stephen Malkmus's obliquely deadpan twang, Tullycraft's sugary scene-skewering, and Modest Mouse's "reptile boy" yelp. Where some slightly younger slackers have been opting for warped 1980s synth-pop, BOAT continue to love the 90s: an era when they didn't know, as per the rueful title track, that "the job you wanted doesn't exist." The result is the best album yet from a band whose style finally appears to be back in vogue, though its sometimes-bitterly sardonic humor still won't be for everybody."
Now part of this may be that the '90s are indeed now fully in fashion again, but if DLYI is of slightly higher fidelity (none of their albums could be called low-fi), it's still what BOAT has done along -- make tuneful, smart, funny, occasionally anthemic indie rock. This time they're just wearing their influences on the cover of their album. Check out "Forever in Armitron" at the top of this post.

BOAT play The Rock Shop on Saturday (4/2) with Miniboone, Landlady and Creeping Weeds. This is the start of an East Coast tour that will have the band back in town next weekend for an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday, April 9 with Moon Taxi and The Human Hearts.

Obits
Obits

Also Saturday night (4/2) is the record release party for Obits' second album, Moody, Standard and Poor, which is happening at The Bell House. As a bunch of indie rock vets, Obits aren't so much set in their ways as they know what they like. You know what you're getting with an Obits album, but this new one has a little more breathing room than I Blame You, but rocks all the same. And anyone who's seen Obits play knows they bring it live, no muss no fuss.

Also playing the Bell House show are California's Tijuana Panthers who were last here in December. As I wrote then, these guys are pals with The Soft Pack and evoke a similar -- if less aggressive,  more party-oriented -- style of '60s surf rock. You can listen to the entirety of Tijuana Panthers' self-released debut, Max Baker, via a widget at the bottom of this post. Good stuff.  Tijuana Panthers also play Friday (4/1) at Pianos as part of a solid bill that includes the Sundelles (also playing Obits' show), Shark?, and Air Waves. That is an excellent Friday night option.

Wu Lyf
Wu Lyf

What else? As you may have heard, WU LYF are making their U.S. debut this weekend, playing tomorrow night at Glasslands (a show BV is presenting) which is sold out, and then Saturday (4/2) at Shea Stadium. To go to the Saturday show, you have to  RSVP. And once you get there, you have to pay $10. I don't know what to make of this Manchester band -- they are careful controllers of their image and we haven't heard much in the way of released music -- but I am intrigued. Says UK music mag The Fly:

Far from being arrogant or appearing above their audience, tonight the band seem lost in their own world, having left the window open for all to see. Roberts is an intense and unforgettable performer, but his bandmates back him with a sound that flits between sparkling and cavernous with a rhythm section pounding a self-affirmed beat destined for far bigger venues than this South London archway. Connected to his organ throughout, Roberts only separates himself from the instrument to sip from a teacup between songs. The cacophony of noise he and his band make is not ground-breakingly unique, a meeting point of Nick Cave and Wild Beasts as displayed on 'Spitting It Concrete Like The Golden Sun God' for example, however, the fire burning inside Wu Lyf, a light that only shines in the souls of a select few, is a truly special one off.
We'll see, right? The Glasslands show features Wise BloodTrue Womanhood, and DJ True Panther. Saturday's will feature sets by Total Slacker and Wise Blood.

That's the bulk of this weekend's action. Actually that's not true, there's lots more but I hit most of the stuff I'm interested in. More picks, day-by-day, are below.

JEFF the Brotherhood
JEFF The Brotherhood

THURSDAY, MARCH 31

JEFF the Brotherhood are at Santos tonight. Their second album, We Are the Champions, is out sometime soon and features songs called "Ripper" and "Shredder" so you know it both rips and shreds. It does! JEFF rules and surely you've seen them by now and if you haven't...go to this show! And more reason to go: Screaming Females, Juiceboxxx and Teen Witch. They also play their NYC spiritual home, Death by Audio, on Saturday but I'm gonna guess that show will be sardine city...not for the squeamish!

PS I Love You and Diamond Rings are at Glasslands tonight which is also a highly recommended. It may seem like an odd pairing but both these artists love each other's music and you're gonna get their collaboration "Leftovers" for sure.

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PS I Love You w/ Diamond Rings @ Mercury Lounge
P.S. I Love You

"Long before he strapped on the gold lamé tights and donned rainbow facepaint, Diamond Rings (aka John O'Regan) was a member of the Toronto post-post-punk band The D'Urbervilles. Together they released two records between the years of 2005 and 2008 - but now they are no more.

Instead of calling it a day though, The D'Urbs have relaunched under the name Matters and already have a brand new 7? called "Get In Or Get Out," which you can order here from O'Regan's Hype Lighter imprint. The single precedes a full-length album, which currently has no release date.

The band will road test some of their new tunes and re-enter society when they play a handful of dates in April alongside Kingston power duo P.S. I Love You. [Much Music]

Those April Matters dates are listed below.

Meanwhile John O'Regan is out on tour as Diamond Rings with P.S. I Love You. They play Glasslands tonight (3/31). Last night they played Mercury Lounge, where like at SXSW, John joined P.S. I Love You on stage for their last song... during their first set. John took off beore P.S. I Love You played their second set - the free late-night one at the same venue (did anyone make it out to that one?).

A bunch of pictures and video from the earlier show (video of the collaboration included), below....

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PS I Love You & Diamond Rings @ SXSW (more by Bill Pearis)
PS I Love you

The PS I Love You / Diamond Rings tour has arrived in NYC, and in case you can't make it to the 10pm show at Mercury Lounge tonight (3/30) (tickets still on sale), or the Thursday Glasslands show (also still tickets), because maybe because you'll be at Terminal 5 for LCD Soundsystem on both nights, well, now you have a chance to see one of the bands. PS I Love You will play a FREE SHOW at Mercury Lounge at 12:30am TONIGHT. The venue will become free after midnight, which also means anyone who goes to the early show is of course free to stick around and see PS I Love You (again) after Diamond Rings.

by Bill Pearis

Wounded Lion @ Shangri La
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After Wednedsay and Thursday... I spent most of Friday afternoon -- the hottest day of the fest, well into the '80s --at Sailor Jerry-sponsored East Side dive Shangri La where Chicago label Trouble in Mind was throwing a party in the back yard. Their party at Scoot Inn the year before was one of my favorites of SXSW2010 and I'd have to say the same the same of 2011. The label, run by husband and wife Bill & Lisa Roe (who are also in CoCoComa), is mostly a 7" label, releasing great singles from some of the best garage-pop artists around. Many of whom were there at Shangri La.

I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own. Look for Night Beats debut LP out on Trouble in Mind this summer.

While Cheap Time were playing, I noticed Lars Finberg milling about the yard...what was he doing here? The Intelligence were definitely not here, was his side-project Puberty playing and I didn't know it? No, he told me he was playing drums for L.A.'s Wounded Lion for their Austin shows. I was already looking forward to seeing WL, now even moreso.

I was getting a little antsy and decided to walk around the East Side a bit, stopping by Cheer Up Charlies where I caught a few songs by Norway's Tôg (who are in NYC as we speak) before heading back to the Trouble in Mind party to catch Nashville's The Paperhead. Looking a bit like Red Kross, the band -- all about 19 I think -- are trippier than anyone else on the bill. Their debut just came out on TiM.

Next up Wounded Lion, whose self-titled debut was one of last year's more underrated records. I think seeing them live would change naysayers opinion, they were one of the rockin'est, most fun shows of the week. Two singers: main man Brad Eberhard does the heavy lifting and guitar playing, while singer/percussionist Raffi Kalenderian is more in the Bob Nastanovich of the band, going apeshit with the tambourine and generally keeping things entertaining. There is much switching of instruments. They also let Lars Finberg take lead vocals for the Intelligence's "Turned to Puke." I really thought they'd do "Pony People," a Wounded Lion song that The Intelligence covered on Fake Surfers, but no. Great, great set.

I then Sprinted over to the BrooklynVegan party at Swan Dive for John Grant. Friday was hot and Swan Dive didn't seem to have AC or even ceiling fans and it was an oven in there, but it didn't matter. Another of my favorite shows of the week. I'd seen him play solo at Mercury Lounge, but this show was with Midlake, his backing band on last year's amazing Queen of Denmark. With the band, Grant's late-'70s leaning epics came to lush life. The drums sounded gigantic. So did Grant's voice. All that was missing was sequined clothing and glasses that made points of light look like starbursts. Highlights for me: power-ballad "Mars" and "Chicken Bones" which is some kind of sonic collision of Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Nilsson.

John Grant @ Swan Dive
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DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - Leftovers (w/ Diamond Rings) (MP3)

PS I Love You @ BV/MFM Day Party @ Barbarella
P.S. I Love You

"Band of the night goes to P.S. I Love You, a Canadian guitar-drums duo that delivered concise pop songs with epic guitar strokes. Paul Saulnier approximated the sound of three guitarists on his instrument, his galactic chords and dense note clusters threatening to explode his songs, while Benjamin Nelson banged out precisely orchestrated parts like a human drum machine." [Greg Kot]
PS I Love You recorded a new single "Leftovers" with fellow Canadian Diamond Rings on guest vocals. The single is set for a physical release March 29 on Paper Bag Records. Download the song now above, and check out the full 7" 3-song tracklist, two b-sides included, below.

As we've mentioned, PS I Love You and Diamond Rings are on tour this month, and Diamond Rings (who were not originally announced on any of the NY dates) will be playing with PS I Love You on Wednesday March 30th at Mercury Lounge and on Thursday March 31 at Glasslands. Tickets are still on sale for Wednesday and Thursday

Both bands were just down at SXSW where PS I Love appeared at the BrooklynVegan & M For Montreal Free Saturday Day Party. A few shots from their set are in this post.

Earlier this month Diamond Rings released a video for "It's Not My Party." You can watch that below. All tour dates are down there too...

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