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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade Shops list their Top 100 LPs of 2015"

by Bill Pearis

Sunflower Bean LP

NYC trio Sunflower Bean, who have been playing almost nonstop for a couple years now, have announced details of their debut album, Human Ceremony, which will be out via Fat Possum on February 5. It was produced by onetime Friends bassist Matthew Molinar and that's the cover art above. The first single from the LP is the driving, riffy "Wall Watcher" which you can stream it below.

Sunflower Bean will be on tour with The Vaccines and Palma Violets in the UK and Europe starting next week, and have also announced a NYC record release show which happens February 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/13) at noon.

The band will also be at SXSW in 2016. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sunflower Bean announce debut LP, share "Wall Watcher," touring UK w/ Vaccines & Palma Violets ++ other dates"

photos by Wei Shi

Palma Violets

UK rockers Palma Violets brought their tour through NYC for a second time this year, this time with their sophomore LP Danger in the Club officially out. As you'd expect if you've seen them before, the band were bouncing around on stage the whole time and had the crowd doing the same. They hit Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (5/19) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (5/20), and opening both shows was Public Access TV, the NYC band with a similar interest in keeping the garage rock revival alive. We've got pictures of the MHOW show and you can check out more below...

Continue reading "Palma Violets & Public Access TV played two NYC shows (pics from MHOW)"

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Teragram Ballroom

LA's new Teragram Ballroom is set to open this spring with shows by Delta Spirit, Palma Violets, Jaga Jazzist, Nick Waterhouse and more already on the schedule. The long-rumored new "Bowery Presents Los Angeles" venue is in fact associated with NYC-based Bowery Presents, but not completely:

New York City music impresario Michael Swier and the Bowery Ballroom / Mercury Lounge team (Michael Winsch / Brian Swier) have joined forces with LA business owner, Joe Baxley (Broadway Bar), to launch the Teragram Ballroom, a mid-sized live music venue located on the fringes of burgeoning downtown Los Angeles.
The capacity is about 600, just like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in NY. And a press release reads:
The old-Hollywood era theater housing the Teragram Ballroom has been through major renovation to deliver what Swier's iconic venues have always offered: an exceptional listening experience, unimpeded sight lines, and an intimate environment that caters to both musical artists and those coming to take in the performances.

"It's exciting to see the Teragram Ballroom come to life on this western edge of downtown Los Angeles," says Michael Swier, who lived in LA from 1974 to 1978 and feels a certain comfort and familiarity in the city of his youth. "You can feel the pulses of a reawakening in the neighborhood, I feel privileged to be part of this new vitality."

Located at 1234 West 7th Street, the 9,000 square-foot theater offers special features for artists and audiences: three dressing rooms, dedicated loading dock, spacious backstage, state-of-the-art sound system, three bars and a restaurant with comfortable circulation throughout.

"As with our New York venues, we have built the Teragram Ballroom for the bands as much as for the audience," added Michael Swier. "The breadth of our experience has culminated in this incredible project." The venue's name reflects the influence of a crucial contributor who passed away before reaching this point on the long journey: "Teragram" spelled backwards honors Michael Swier's late wife, Margaret Hannigan, who helped found the early venues.
Tickets are on sale for the first-announced shows, which are listed below...

Continue reading "Teragram Ballroom is a new LA music venue from Bowery Ballroom & Mercury Lounge founder"

photos by Tim Griffin; words by Bill Pearis

Palma Violets - Friday - Dr. Martens SXSW 2015 - Bar 96
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Palma Violets are still in the US playing West Coast shows this week (including Burgerama) following two NYC shows and SXSW appearances. The Shea Stadium show on March 14 was as bananas as any I've seen them do, the whole place was bouncing nonstop. BV also caught them at SXSW at the Friday night Dr. Martens and Culture Collide show at Bar 96, and it was also nuts the whole time. They played after Broncho and Twin Peaks, and before Cloud Nothings. Pictures from Palma Violets' set are in this post.

The UK band will be back in North America in a couple months for a proper tour supporting their new album, Danger in the Club. That includes two NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on May 18 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 20. Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (3/27) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Palma Violets played NYC and SXSW (pics), announce more North American tour dates including two more NYC shows"

oh no!

Here's a familiar story: Spanish band Hinds are having some minor visa problems, which means they won't be in the country in time for what was to have been their US debut at Baby's All Right on Friday (3/13). They write:

bad news guys. tomorrow show at Baby's alright in Brooklyn is cancelled.

we are stuck in Madrid cause the US Embassy has our passports, which means that we couldn't fly yesterday to NY as planned.

we are so so so so sorry guys... we know there are more than 150 tickets already paid. we've been working in this visas-burocratic mess for the last three months but the process got stuck in this last step, out of our hands.

Bummer! Hinds will now play Baby's All Right on April 1 (doors at 11 PM) with The Yetis. Tickets are on sale now, and previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. Hinds also play Mercury Lounge on March 31 and tickets are still available for that show too.

UPDATE: Hinds' visas got approved and they're flying in Saturday, and have been added to Palma Violets' show Saturday night (3/14) with Show Me the Body and Sunflower Bean playing too. It's sold out but if you're going, get there in time to catch Hinds.

You can catch Hinds in Austin for SXSW too, so look out for them if you're going next week. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Hinds delay visit, postpone Friday's Baby's show till after SXSW but added to Palma Violets at Shea (updated dates)"

photo: Palma Violets @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

UK band Palma Violets will be in the US soon for a short tour around SXSW and Burgerama Four. The band's March 16 show at Baby's All Right has sold out and they've announced another NYC show, playing March 14 at Shea Stadium which was where they played their first NYC show two years ago. The rest of the Shea Stadium lineup is still TBA but tickets for that show are on sale now.

Palma Violets' new album, Danger in the Club, is out May 5. Updated dates are listed below....

Continue reading "Palma Violets playing Shea Stadium before sold-out Baby's All Right show (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis


UK band Palma Violets are back with their second album, Danger in the Club, which is out May 5 via Rough Trade. That's the cover art above. The LP was produced by veteran knob-twiddler John Leckie whose credits include The Stone Roses and The Verve's debut albums, Radiohead's The Bends, The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, and more. You can watch the video for Danger in the Club's title track which was directed by Roger Sargent in one continuous take. Check it out below.

Palma Violets will be in America for SXSW and Burgerama Four and will be playing other shows while here, starting in NYC at Baby's All Right on March 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/20) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with the LP's tracklist and video, below...

Continue reading "Palma Violets announce new LP, share first video, playing NYC & other dates around SXSW & Burgerama"

Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2015 lineup (Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, DFA 1979, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football & more)"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Palma Violets @ Glasslands - 1/23/13

We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...

Continue reading "Dominick Mastrangelo's Favorite Live Music Photos (that he took) of 2013"

photos by Autumn Andel

Beck / James Blake / Japandroids
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

Being an "I told you so" person is never a good look, but seeing everyone freak the fuck out over the sisters Haim at Treasure Island was kind of like, "well, yeah." They excel as performers, and everything about the way Haim presents itself to the world is somehow both impeccably rehearsed and completely natural and off-the-cuff. It's a wonder that it took the three sisters until their mid-twenties, even, to shred together for an elated, packed festival crowd, screaming while San Francisco sparkled in the background. I saw them play maybe six or seven years ago, to a handful of people at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, and even then it was a no-brainer: Haim was a name we'd all be hearing. But don't necessarily expect Days Are Gone, their new successful new solo debut, to paint this whole picture; If anything the LP is just a roadmap for Haim's live show, which thrives on a shared musical chemistry that's better than anything that can be planned in advance. [SF Weekly]
The 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/20) after beginning a day earlier. Unlike day 1's mostly-electronic lineup, day 2 sold its turntables and bought guitars for sets from Beck, Sleigh Bells, Japandroids, Real Estate, Haim, Lord Huron, Palma Violets and more. Alright, James Blake and Animal Collective played too, but you get the picture. You can check out a set of pictures of day 2 in this post.

If you missed them, day 1 pics are here. More of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island 2013 day 2 in pics (Beck, James Blake, Animal Collective, Japandroids, Haim, Palma Violets & more)"

Palma Violets @ Webster Hall, 10/9/2013 (via @sachalecca)

Palma Violets are touring their way to Treasure Island Fest in San Francisco, and played their biggest NYC show yet last night (10/9) at Webster Hall, followed by a BV-presented after-party at HiFi. Much like what Parquet Courts did last week, Palma Violets just announced they'll be playing a smaller NYC show, which happens tonight (10/10), this time at Glasslands (one of the first places they ever played here). Tickets for that are on sale now.

This was the show TOY were supposed to have headlined until visa issues forced a cancellation. Spires and Young Boys still open and there'll be DJ sets in between bands by Simon Raymonde who used to play bass in Cocteau Twins and now runs Bella Union records (the UK home of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Flaming Lips and more).

Updated dates are listed, along with a video from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "Palma Violets played Webster, playing Glasslands tonight (updated dates & video)"

Palma Violets @ MHOW in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Palma Violets

Palma Violets are currently on a tour, which was originally supposed to hit NYC last night but the date got moved to next Wednesday (10/9), still at Webster Hall. Skaters open and tickets are still available. But if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away two pairs of tickets. Details on how to win one pair are below. Another pair is exclusively at Facebook.

If you're going to the show and want to keep the party going, or if you're just looking for something to do late night on Wednesday, BrooklynVegan is sponsoring the official afterparty which happens at East Village bar HiFi starting at 10:30 PM. It's free and open to the public (21+) and members of Palma Violets will be DJing. Flyer for the afterparty is below.

An in other news, Palma Violets just made a video for "Rattlesnake Highway" from their debut album, 180, which came out in March. You can watch that below.

Continue reading "Palma Violets made a video, touring to NYC for rescheduled Webster Hall show; NYC afterparty scheduled (see you there?)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Beach House / Baroness / fans
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3 here, and below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 3 pics (part 2): Beach House, Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma Violets & more"

by Bill Pearis

TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.

The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.

TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.

Continue reading "TOY playing one-off NYC show before Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest (line-up)"

Palma Violets @ MHOW in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Palma Violets

Palma Violets, who have already been in NYC a few times this year, and will be back in North America this summer for festivals like Lollapalooza and Osheaga, will also be here again in the fall for San Francisco's Treasure Island Festival. Before that, they'll work in a few more shows, including another visit to NYC, playing Webster Hall on October 1.

UPDATE: Webster show was rescheduled to October 9.

Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon, and the general on-sale starts Friday (6/28) at noon.

All upcoming tour dates are listed, along with the video for their single "Best of Friends," below...

Continue reading "Palma Violets add more tour dates (Webster Hall included)"

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Music Festival is returning in 2013 to The San Francisco Bay on October 19-20. This year's lineup includes Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace project, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, Holy Ghost!, Real Estate, and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (5/31) at 10 AM PST.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island 2013 lineup & tix announced (Atoms for Peace, Beck, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky & more)"

Toro y Moi at Webster Hall in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Toro y Moi

As mentioned, the Weezer Cruise is returning in 2014 from February 13-17 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, and the lineup for the 2014 cruise has just been announced. Like the inaugural cruise, the lineup is heavy on solid indie rock/pop, including Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash (who appeared on the Angus Soundtrack with Weezer), Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, The Orwells, and more. It also includes Adam Devine from Workaholics. Cat Power performs with Weezer at the beach show, and the cruise will also give concertgoers a chance to see the band members take yoga classes, do karaoke, and more.

In related news, Toro y Moi just remixed Disclosure, which we posted in today's What's Going On? post, but if you missed it, you can also stream it below.

More Weezer Cruise info, including info on making a reservation, is at theweezercruise.com. Full lineup and lineup announcement video below...

Continue reading "Weezer Cruise 2014 lineup announced (Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash, Palma Violets, Holy Fuck & more)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

messy Palma Violets craziness
Palma Violets
Palma Violets

Brit rockers Palma Violets brought their tour with Guards to NYC for their first of two shows here last night (5/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Orwells, who also open for that same lineup at Bowery Ballroom tonight (5/10), opened the show. Pictures of all three bands from the Brooklyn show are in this post.

Both Palma Violets and Guards are out supporting their respective debut albums, 180 and In Guards We Trust, and have been playing much of the material from those releases on this tour. The Orwells, meanwhile, have a new EP on the way, which includes the new Dave Sitek-produced title track, "Other Voices."

Tonight's Bowery Ballroom show is part of the Downtown Music Festival, and festival tickets that will get you into the show are still available. You can also catch Guards in NYC for free in June.

More pictures from MHOW below..

Continue reading "Palma Violets, Guards & The Orwells @ MHOW (pics)"

Kendrick Lamar at SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)

Tickets for the individual shows of Downtown Music Festival (5/10-11), which were just announced are on sale now, in addition to passes.

A whole bunch of other tickets just went on sale too.

Day-by-day schedule for Downtown Music Festival below...

Continue reading "individual Downtown Music Fest shows on sale now"

TEEN @ Glasslands. Sept. 2013 (more by Courtney Dudley)

The Downtown Music Festival happens in two weeks (May 10 - 11) at NYC venues on or below Houston St. A few artists have been added to the fest's line-up: Nguzunguzu, Antwon, TEEN, Branchez, Mess Kid, Jade <3 & Blind Benny, Anais Mitchell, Crush Distance and Nire & Nani. Tickets (single day and two-day passes, and VIP passes) are still available.

The festival has also announced the daily line-ups, so we now know things like that Black Hippy and Fat Tony will be playing at Capitale on Friday night (5/10); Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth and Antwon will be at Element on Friday; and Ratking, Black Dave, Vashtie, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire and Jade <3 & Blind Benny will be at Tammany Hall on Saturday night (5/11), to name a few. Check out the full schedule below.

Continue reading "Downtown Music Festival adds more artists (Antwon, TEEN + more), announces daily schedule"

photos by Wei Shi

Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.

Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...

Continue reading "Coachella Day 1 Weekend 2 in pics (Passion Pit, Polica, Earl Sweatshirt, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, Modest Mouse & more)"