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by Bill Pearis

Radioactivity @ House of Vans photo via @mikeyerg
Radioactivity

Texas rippers Radioactivity were in town over Memorial Day Weekend, playing House of Vans' "Almost Summer" series on Saturday (5/23) with Parquet Courts and Pill. It probably felt like summer was already here in House of Vans which can be a real a hotbox. Did you go?

The band, whose new album Silent Kill will be out June 30 on Dirtnap, have just announced another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on July 30. Presented by Noisey, the show also has San Francisco's Flesh World and Honey Radar, making for a stacked bill.. Tickets are on sale now. Updated Radioactivity tour dates are listed, along with a song stream from the new LP, below.

If you're unfamiliar, Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely give it a listen -- it's streaming below. That Baby's show is the only date for Honey Radar at the moment.

Flesh World, which features members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, will play again a couple nights after the Baby's show, opening for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/1) with Lust For Youth and Sannhet on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates for Flesh World are listed, plus a song from their forthcoming debut LP, below.

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Pixies
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).

A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).

But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Radioactivity on an Austin Bridge, SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity

Radioactivity, the band which features Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of Marked Men, will release their new album Silent Kill on June 30 via Dirtnap. You can listen to the ripper that is first single "Silent" below.

As mentioned, Radioactivity will be in NYC later this month for one of the free "Almost Summer" shows at House of Vans on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Pill, and DJs The Blackouts. RSVP will open for that show soon.

The band will be back on the East Coast this summer and while there hasn't been another NYC show announced yet, there are dates already in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Surely they'll play here again, too? Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Radioactivity releasing 'Silent Kill' (stream a track), touring, playing House of Vans show w/ Parquet Courts (dates)"

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In the spirit of it being Almost Summer, New Yorkers can now add stopping by House Of Vans Brooklyn to their yearly ritual of dusting off their front stoop and trading in their winter boots for a fresh pair of all-white Vans for a free all-ages music series taking over House of Vans on three Saturdays this spring.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) throws annual free summer shows, and this year they're introducing free Almost Summer (or as some people call it, "spring") shows too. The series kicks off on May 9 with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin, as well as garage pop band Bleached and Youth Code on DJ duties.

Then on May 23, indie rockers Parquet Courts headline with support from the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, sax-fueled punks Pill, and The Blackouts DJing.

And on June 13, rapper Pusha T headlines with a "top secret" opener and DJ Envy.

RSVP is open now for the Julie Ruin show. Stay tuned for RSVP links for the other two.

by Andrew Sacher

Institute

Austin's Institute (who share members with Wiccans and Glue) already have a few EPs out, and they're planning on releasing their debut album, Catharsis, on June 9 via Sacred Bones. The album's closing track "Christian Right" features a contribution from Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage (also previously of Wiccans), and PC's garagey tendencies can also be heard on the album's first single "Perpetual Ebb," which makes a bit of a departure from Institute's post-punk stuff. Stream that, with the LP tracklist, below. Artwork above.

Institute were in NYC last week for New York's Alright, and they'll return when they tour again this June. The new dates have them at Brooklyn's Palisades on June 14 with local post-punks Anasazi (who played with them at NY's Alright), Cheena (mem Pharmakon, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, etc) and Mommy. Ticket info TBA.

All dates, with the new song and some music from Anasazi and Cheena, below...

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photos by Samantha Saturday except Jack White (courtesy the artist)

Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
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Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2

[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."

White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]

Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.

Pics of day 1 of Coachella 2015 are here. Pics of day 3 are here. Check out more pics (and a few videos) from Day 2 below....

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Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.

Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.

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Wilco

Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

All Wilco dates are listed below...

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Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

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Parquet Courts will release Live at Third Man Records on March 3. That's the cover art above. Their Third Man set, which happened in June 2014, was recorded direct-to-acetate and you can stream samples of "Sunbathing Animal" and "Vienna II" from it below.

Meanwhile, Parquet Courts' February 9 show at Palisades with Eaters and Future Punx is now sold out, but they've just added another Palisades show the next day (2/10) with Laced and Digital Prisoners of War. Tickets for that second Palisades show go on sale Tuesday (1/27) at noon. Updated dates are listed, along with live album tracklist, song streams and a flyer for the 2/10 Palisades show, below....

Continue reading "Parquet Courts releasing 'Live at Third Man Records' LP, add second Palisades show in February (updates dates, stream)"

photo: Parquet Courts offshoot PCPC at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by PSquared)
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Parquet Courts recently announced a 2015 tour kicking off later this month and running through April, when they play Coachella. That tour didn't have a hometown show announced for the NYC band, who played a sold-out Webster Hall show in December, but they've now squeezed one in happening at a much smaller venue than Webster Hall, Palisades on February 9. Opening are their local Dull Tools pals Future Punx and Eaters. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).

Meanwhile, the band have just released a video for "Pretty Machines" (the one that kinda sounds like "Sweet Child 'O Mine") from last year's Parkay Qwarts album Content Nausea. The video was co-directed by the band's Austin Brown and you can watch it below. You can also catch Brown at the big Planned Parenthood benefit at MHOW on Valentine's Day with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Julianna Barwick, Lenny Kaye and more (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, along with the "Pretty Machines" video and video of their recent Letterman performance, below...

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Jonathan Toubin is halfway through his "2015 NYC Subway Tour" where he's got a DJ gig every night in January. Tonight (1/13) he's at LES bar Local 138 where he's spinning with Stephanie Husky and Aaron McCann. After the month's tour ends, Toubin will only slow down slightly. He's just announced the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit which happens on February 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion are headlining, with additional performances by Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve). There will also a "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA. Toubin will be the DJ for the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/14) at noon and proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts and Dave
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Gigs on The Late Show with David Letterman are getting harder to secure now that Dave has set his end date. But Parquet Courts managed to snag a slot last night (1/7), playing "Bodies Made Of" off last year's Sunbathing Animal. And maybe Dave also announced his post-CBS plans in the process. After the song, Dave came over and told the band, "Paul and I have talked it over, we would like to manage the band." Watch the video below.

Parquet Courts, who wrapped up 2014 with their biggest NYC show yet, will continue to tour in 2015. No NYC dates at the moment, but they will be touring the Southeast, including dates with Priests, Merchandise and Nots. Then they'll head to Australia and New Zealand. They'll also be playing Coachella. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile over at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The War on Drugs were on performing "An Ocean In Between the Waves" from last year's acclaimed Lost in the Dream. You can watch that below. TWOD are about to start a UK tour and all their tour dates, including stops at Coachella and Governors Ball, are listed below.

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Coachella

Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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Bully
Photo: Bully @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Nashville rockers Bully got some buzz (including from us) around the time they played CMJ, and that buzz turned into year-end accolades when they made Gorilla vs Bear's favorite songs of 2014 list and Vulture's 10 Female Punk Songs You Need to Hear in 2014 list. They also gave us their list of 2014 favorites, which you can read below. They'll be on tour again this month, including shows opening for Cloud Nothings, Hamilton Leithauser and Strand of Oaks. After those dates, they'll headline their own show in NYC on January 26 at Pianos. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can check that out, along with All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 EP, below...

Continue reading "Bully touring, including NYC at Pianos (dates + Top 10 of 2014)"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

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Sidekicks

As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.

The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.

After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.

All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.

The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their list, with commentary, below.

The new songs and list of tour dates also below...

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Pitchfork

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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FADER

The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.

Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...

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by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts @ Webster Hall 12/11/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Parquet Courts capped off their busy 2014 last night (12/11) with their biggest headlining hometown show yet, playing a sold-out Webster Hall. The band were in good spirits -- Austin Brown spent the first part of "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" grappling with a bottle of wine and an opener -- in front of a crowd that sang along much of the time when they weren't moshing around. (Some did both.) In addition to "Uncast..." we got a few songs off the new Content Nausea (released under the name Parkay Quarts), like set opener "Urban Ease," plus "Everyday It Starts," the title track and "Pretty Machines." The latter, which sounds a little like "Sweet Child O' Mine," was augmented by two saxophonists as well as Eaters' Bob Jones on organ. (The other half of Eaters, Jonathan Schenke, was behind the soundboard. I'm not the biggest Webster Hall fan, but they sounded great last night.) We also got pretty much what you'd want to hear off of their other 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, and Light Up Gold, including its still killer one-two opening punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." "Stoned and Starving" was the only glaring omission. I had the feeling they would've played longer but a second show was set to start at 11 PM so they called it after a three-song encore. Setlist is below.

Opening the night were more experimental, noisier sets from PC Worship and Blues Control both of whom I thought did really well in a big place like Webster. Blues Control's more new-agey material in particular worked well with the venue's acoustics.

You may recall that PC Worship and Parquet Courts formed a noise band called PCPC that toured with Thurston Moore (who was playing Webster Hall's Marlin Room last night, coincidentally). PCPC will play in NYC tonight (12/12) at Trans Pecos where they'll perform with Greg Fox's Guardian Alien, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin." It's being billed as a release party for a PCPC book that they sold on tour:

Released for PCPC's 2014 European tour, this book contains 64 pages of artwork by A. Savage and Justin Frye. This gorgeous book includes 2 risograph mini-posters and one 22 x 34″, two-color silkscreen tour poster. Limited edition, these are expected to sell out fast, don't wait. Perfect gift for that quiet weirdo in the family!
The Trans Pecos show is $8 at the door. Flyer for that, plus Parquet Courts at Webster Hall setlist and videos, below...

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SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

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Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon.  All dates are listed below.

Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...

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photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis

LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
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The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post

I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."

The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.

The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.

Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.

More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...

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Jeff Rosenstock w/ BTMI at NYU Strawberry Fest 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
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Jeff Rosenstock, formerly frontman of the recently-broken up Bomb the Music Industry and the been-broken up Arrogant Sons of Bitches, currently a solo artist and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci with Chris Farren of Fake Problems, has given us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It includes Chumped, whose LP release show in Brooklyn he plays on 12/13, as well as Hard Girls, who he joined at their BV-presented NYC debut (Chumped played that one too). It's a cool list all around. Check it out, including commentary, below.

In addition to his full-band set the Chumped release show (which also includes Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude), Jeff plays full-band in Ithaca with Perfect Pussy this Saturday (12/6) and solo in Providence later in the month. His full tour schedule, with his year-end list, below...

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