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by Andrew Sacher


Spoonboy is the solo project of David Combs (of DC DIY punk band The Max Levine Ensemble) that he's kept active since 2003 with a rotating cast of members from Nana Grizol, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes, Defiance Ohio, Good Luck and more. This Thursday (5/29), he's releasing three split records, one with UK indie pop band Martha, a second with another UK indie pop band Colour Me Wednesday and a third with The Goodbye Party, aka Michael Cantor of Philly punks The Ambulars. That's a lot of releases to put out in one day, and you can get a taste of it from "The Dispossessed" off the split with CMW, which premieres in this post.

"The Dispossessed" hits elements of early power pop, alt-folk, and punk with wicked sharp pop melodies in the verses, and big, passionately sung choruses. It's an addictive pop song if I've ever heard one. Check it out for yourself below.

Spoonboy also kicks off a tour the day of the releases which includes dates with both Colour Me Wednesday and The Goodbye Party. The tour begins at NYC's Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space on 5/29 (155 Ave C) with the UK's Onsind, Colour Me Wednesday (US debut, playing acoustic), Shark Shark (mems. Defiance Ohio, Nana Grizol), and A-E-I-O-U. Two days later, he hits Brooklyn's Death by Audio (5/31) with Emilyn Brodsky, Colour Me Wednesday, The Goodbye Party, and Bellows. All tour dates are listed below.

After those shows, Colour Me Wednesday will hang around for NYC Popfest, which they play on June 1 at Littlefield with The Popguns, The Spook School, Heathers, Gold-Bears, The New Lines, Pam & Bart, Marine Life and Lost Tapes (tickets).

Martha also play Popfest. Their show happens on Thursday (5/29) at Cake Shop with Dressy Bessy, The Besties, Tape Waves, Franny and Zooey, and DJ Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (tickets).

In between The Goodbye Party's shows with Spoonboy, The Ambulars will be playing a few dates as well. Those include NYC on June 18 at Shea Stadium with Vasudeva, County Drop and Life Eaters and a TBA Brooklyn show on Sunday (6/1). TGP is also working on an LP to come out this summer via Salinas.

Stream Spoonboy's "The Dispossessed," with Colour Me Wednesday's half of his split with them, and the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Spoonboy touring & releasing splits w/ The Goodbye Party and Colour Me Wednesday (dates & new song stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"thank you @thepainsofbeing for a wonderful night of tunes and for covering my favorite Katy Perry song" - Sad Girls Guide

"The @thepainsofbeing show was awesome till they covered katy perry..." - Estelle Goodwin

Pains @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/22/14
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

NYC indie pop collective The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just wrapped up their tour with the UK's Fear of Men (whose Jessica Weiss was playing with Pains on this tour in place of Drew Citron who's busy with Beverly) and Ablebody (whose Christoph and Anton Hochheim are currently full time members of Pains) in their hometown at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/22). The tour is in support of Pains' third LP, Days of Abandon, which came out earlier this month via Yebo, and the set included a large amount of that album plus a few faves from the previous two. Days of Abandon is the band's calmest sounding record, but their new lineup is anything but calm on stage. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Pains also included a cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in last night's set (you can hear a clip on Vine). If that sounds like a weird or ironic choice to you, consider earlier this month singer Kip Berman told Billboard:

I love that "pop" can mean a lot of things, but on some level there is something that unites our music with Katy Perry and Beyonce, or Aztec Camera and Orange Juice. To us, we always aspire to be pop without having to explain it in terms of micro-genre. When we started people would always say we were "lo-fi" pop or "dream pop" or "indiepop." And I get why people say that, but to us what's most important in our music is pop, not whatever becomes before the hyphen.

The thing that makes music timeless are the qualities that Beyonce, The Ronettes, The Ramones, Blondie or The Pastels share -- not the things that differentiate them. Maybe someday we'll get there and our songs will just exist in the supermarket or The Gap in a matter of fact way -- like they just belong there, because that's where pop songs live.

In other news, speaking of Beverly, during NYC Popfest (though not an official Popfest show), they play an afternoon backyard BBQ show at Trans-Pecos (6/1) with Pam Berry (Glo Worm, Cat's Miaow, The Shapiros), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and '90s Slumberland band Rocketship. Beverly also play a record release show at Baby's in June.

More pictures from the Pains show below...

Continue reading "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Fear of Men & Ablebody played Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher


UK indie pop band Martha will be following their recent single and EP with their debut album, Courting Strong, this May on Fortuna POP (September Girls, Joanna Gruesome) in the UK and Salinas Records (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) in the US. The new record's first single, "1997, Passing In The Hallway," is less punky than their earlier material, but it's still indie pop with a strong backbone. Check it out, with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.

Martha is one of the bands coming over the US for NYC Popfest, where they'll play Cake Shop on May 29 with Dressy Bessy, The Besties, Tape Waves and Franny and Zooey. Tickets (including four-day pass options and individual show tickets) for Popfest are still available.

The day after Popfest, Martha will head to NJ's Cooler Ranch (5/30) to kick off a US tour with their Salinas labelmates Delay. Most of the venues on that tour are still TBA, but they're supposed to hit Brooklyn on June 6. The full tentative list of dates is below.

Delay are also planning on releasing their sixth record, Circle Change, via Salinas this May. Tracklist and artwork below. No music from that one yet, but in the meantime you can listen to a stream of their 2012 album, Rushing Ceremony, below...

Continue reading "Martha releasing debut LP, playing Popfest before touring with Delay (who are also releasing a new LP) (dates & streams)"

Public Assembly during CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Public Assembly

According to sources at the venue, Williamsburg venue Public Assembly will close down for the bulk of the summer, as it begins on-site renovation. Reportedly, the front room will close to the public in early May with the back room to follow in mid-July. Both rooms will remain dark until a projected reopening date of September 1. Further details on the closing remain outstanding.

One thing is for certain, the closing will displace a whole lot of shows, include ones for Northside Fest (like a TBA InvisibleOranges one), one night of NYC Popfest 2013, the second edition of Martyrdoom, and loads of others. Details on rescheduling are still forthcoming.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Popfest Mix (ZIP)

Burning Hearts @ NYC Popfest 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Burning Hearts

It's NYC Popfest time again. Popfest happens Thursday - Sunday (May 17 - 20) at various venues around Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can still get 4-day Festival Passes ($50) that will get you into all the weekend's shows, or you can buy tickets to individual shows.

There's a couple quick ways to check out all that's going on: Popfest has put together a free downloadable mix (linked above) with all the bands playing this year; and I put together a Spotify playlist with a couple songs from all the Popfest bands that have songs available on the service. If that's not enough, here's a little more about what's ahead, and this post covers Thursday and Friday night's shows. Saturday and Sunday preview will be later this week.


Like usual, Popfest kicks off Thursday (5/17) at Cake Shop. Headliners are Finland's Burning Hearts who were last here for Popfest 2009. The band's new album, Extinctions, mixes shimmery synths, jangly guitars and cooing guitars. You can stream the whole album at the bottom of this post. Burning Hearts also play a free show at LES store Ivana Helsinki (251 Elizabeth St.) and the Rock Shop on Monday (5/21) as part of a post-Popfest hangover show with Vancouver's Sleuth, the Philippines' Outerhearts and Orca Team (more on them below),

Staying in the same part of the world, Swedish powerpop band Speedmarket Avenue are also playing Thursday night. It's been four years since the band released their last album but, but a recently posted new song on their website gives hope for new musical activity. Hopefully we'll get a preview of their new album this week.

The rest of the Thursday Cake Shop lineup is from New York: Dear Marje and The Marshmallows are in the classic Tiger Trap style cute indiepop vein; Heaven's Gate (ex-Sweet Bulbs) veer more shoegaze.

Orca Team
Orca Team


Friday night is at Knitting Factory with headliners Michigan's Saturday Looks Good to Me who haven't played NYC since the band dissolved in 2008. Main man Fred Thomas is promising a new album, so good to hear this will be more than just remember when.

For me the band I'm most excited to see Friday is Pacific Northwesterners Orca Team whose music is like a '50s dance party on a submarine with Tim Gane piloting. Their new album, Restraint, is out June 14 on the Happy Happy Birthday to Me label and is a little less specifically retro (and all the better for it). If you can't make it Friday night, Orca Team play two non-Popfest shows while here: a free show at XPO 929 (aka Party Expo) on Saturday (5/19) and they're also playing that 5/21 show at the Rock Shop with Burning Hearts and others.

Also playing Friday night are organ-fueled partiers Cola Jet Set from Barcelona, who sing in Spanish and maintain an impeccable wardrobe. The band also play a FREE show at Cake Shop tonight [5/15]).

Plus at Knit: Houston, TX's danceable and swooning Wild Moccasins; and the fuzzed-out sugarpop of Philadelphia's Catnaps.

As I said above, look for a preview of Saturday and Sunday's Popfest events later in the week. Meanwhile, the full NYC Popfest schedule (bands, set times, etc) is below.

Continue reading "NYC Popfest 2012 in preview (part 1): Burning Hearts, Orca Team, Speedmarket Avenue, Saturday Looks Good to Me & more"

HR with Bad Brains at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Erik Erikson)
Bad Brains

The two-day benefit for Lucinda's Kids at Bowery Electric begins today (4/29) with Marah, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Jimmy Gnecco, Dave Milone, Jim Boggie, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ptter Ericson Stakee.

H.R. of Bad Brains plays night two, Monday, of that Manhattan benefit, but first he'll headline a Brooklyn show of his own at Public Assembly tonight (4/29) with support from Paranoid Social Club, The WonderMics, Groundswell, Matt Pless, and Jay Samel. Tickets are on sale.

The show is one of a few notable events at Public Assembly in the coming months. Xeno & Oaklander will headline Public Assembly on May 11th with David J (Bauhaus), Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by CREEP and Todd Pendu. Tickets are still available. Xeno & Oaklander are currently touring in the Midwest.

Also going down in the near future at Public Assembly, Idiot Glee (who we profiled last year) will play with Nick Diamonds (of islands), Celestial Shore, and DJ Udbhav on May 11th. $8 gets you in. Idiot Glee recently posted a new video for "That's All For Everyone" which is viewable below. The track comes from the band's Don't Go Out Tonight 7" and is a cover of Fleetwood Mac. Pick up a copy.

Public Assembly will host The X-Ecutioners, Da Beatminerz and "special guests TBA" alongside resident DJs Total Eclipse and Gen.Erik on May 3rd. Details, including cost, are forthcoming but prepare for a night of jaw-dropping turntablism.

NYC PopFest is coming to Public Assembly, as is Tombs/Ulcerate in May and Martyrdoom in June!

Check out that Idiot Glee video and more videos below.

Continue reading "HR playing Public Assembly, as are Xeno & Oaklander, The X-Ecutioners and Idiot Glee (but not together)"

by Bill Pearis

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BOAT (more by Ryan Muir)

In addition to playing this year's NYC Popfest (Saturday, May 22 at Bell House), Seattle's BOAT have two other shows lined up while visiting our city. They'll play Bruar Falls on Thursday, May 20 with You, You're Awesome from Cincinnati and Brooklyn's Jirpah. They're also playing a second show on 5/22 after the Bell House performance -- a late night (doors at 11PM) at Glasslands where they'll share the bill with DOM (who play our Northside Fest show) and Happy Birthday and "more TBA."

The Bell House show is the big event for this year's Popfest, with Scottish post punk band The Wake playing America for the first time ever. Plus Brooklyn's My Teenage Stride and World Atlas, Bears from Cleveland, and Chicago's Very Truly Yours.

BOAT are also playing some other Popfests around the country (San Francisco, Athens, GA) as well as a few other shows. All 2010 tour dates, plus a couple KEXP performance videos, are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Veronica Falls - Found Love in a Graveyard (MP3)

Veronica Falls

As mentioned before, UK band Veronica Falls are playing this year's NYC Popfest on Thursday May 20 at Cake Shop. If you can't attend that, the band have booked a few other shows in town: they play Glasslands on May 15 with Crystal Stilts and Bruar Falls on May 16. Veronica Falls are also playing the Elm City Popfest in New Haven, CT on May 14 and Boston on May 17. After Popfest, they'll support Teenage Fanclub on a UK tour.

Based out of London, the band are made up of ex-members of defunct Glasgow bands The Royal We and Sexy Kids, as well as a member poached from Your Twenties. Their debut single "Found Love in a Graveyard" (one of my favorite tracks of 2009) is out now on Captured Tracks, the b-side of which is a really lovely version of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes." Download the A-side at the top of this post. The follow-up, "Beach Head," will be out May 18, just in time for Popfest. The Royal We and Sexy Kids never made it to America (worth checking out, though) so do try and catch one of their shows.

Speaking of NYC Popfest, festival passes are sold out but you can still buy individual tickets for all shows. It's a great line-up this year, including Manchester post punk legends The Wake, Seattle's BOAT, one of Pants Yell!'s last-ever shows, Tender Trap (new band from Amelia Fletcher of Talulah Gosh and Heavenly fame) (not to be confused with Temper Trap), Allo Darlin' and loads more. There's lots of information about the bands over at the official NYC Popfest blog. Also, the Popfest organizers have put together a nice mix of 17 of the popfest bands -- the link to the zip file is at the top of this post.

All 2010 Veronica Falls tour dates, videos and the tracklisting of that Popfest mix are all after the jump.

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by Bill Pearis

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Pelle Carlberg
Pelle Carlberg

We told you about the 2009 NYC Popfest, which happens May 14 - 17 -- tickets are now on sale to all shows.

The weekend after that (May 21 -24) is the 2009 San Francisco Popfest, which has a pretty killer line-up of it's own, including Sweden's Pelle Carlberg, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, and Springfactory; Denmark's Champagne Riot and Northern Portrait; the solo performance debut from Joel Gibb of Hidden Cameras, Razorcuts/Sportique singer Gregory Webster, and what may be the last-ever show by Seattle's amazing Tullycraft.

Both the NYC and SF Popfests share bands My Teenage Stride, Eax Autres, The Tartans, and The Smittens. And those New Yorkers jealous of the Swedes playing the SF Popfest, don't be too much: Pelle Carlberg plays Union Hall on May 30 (tix on sale now), and Suburban Kids with Biblical Names are also playing NYC, though dates and venues are still TBD at this point.

Pelle was one of the highlights of the first NYC Popfest in 2007 and through him was where a lot of people first heard Ida Maria, thanks to their duet "I Love You You Imbecile" which you can download at the top of this post.

Full SF Popfest schedule and videos for Pelle and SKwBN after the jump.

Continue reading "NYC PopFest tix on sale, San Francisco PopFest lineup, Pelle Clarberg playing NYC, a duet w/ Ida Maria (MP3)"