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by Bill Pearis

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It's springtime, ramps are at the greenmarket, cherry trees are in bloom and The L Magazine has published it's annual list of "8 Band You Need to Hear." This year, they are positing it as a rebuttal to claims that the Brooklyn scene is dead now that 285 Kent is closed:

When the beloved underground venue 285 Kent closed in January, a bunch of thinkpieces took stock of the local music scene. Some pronounced the club's final night the end of Brooklyn as the country's (and continent's) music hub... Toronto, Philly and San Francisco--even Columbus, for crying out loud--might all be producing lots of new and exciting bands, but we'll be damned if New York hasn't churned out the most consistently vibrant (and weird) records and live shows in the last 15 years. Here are eight bands helping to keep it that way.
We're not sure anyone has actually said that ever but, whatever their excuse, this year's list is, as usual, a mix of bands you may have heard, you may have heard of, and perhaps some you haven't. They are:
The Flag
Slothrust (May 6, Bowery Ballroom opening for Ben Kweller)
Gondola
Yvette (June 15, Warsaw with Fuck Buttons)
Porches (May 17, Shea Stadium)
Wet
Cities Aviv
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (May 23, Cameo)
Read more about all eight bands over at The L. Maybe you caught Slothrust at Rough Trade's Record Store Day extravaganza. What do you think of this year's list?

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Love Language / Porches @ Baby's All Right, 4/10/2014
The Love Language
Porches

Raleigh, NC group The Love Language are in the midst of a short East Coast tour which hit NYC last night (4/10) at Baby's All Right. The band's line-up has morphed a little over the years but still front and center is Stuart McLamb whose confessional songs have always been at the heart of things. Later this summer they'll be part of the Merge 25 festival in North Carolina, so look for them there if you're going.

Also on the bill were Brooklyn's Porches, whose 2013 album Slow Dance in the Cosmos has been steadily picking up acclaim. Their heartfelt songs were a nice fit with The Love Language. Opening the night were another local band, KDH, who got things off to a rocking start. Photos from the whole evening are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "The Love Language played Baby's All Right with Porches and KDH (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Aaron & Greta
Porches Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos, the NYC-based twee pop/anti-folk-inspired project of Greta Kline, has become a regular on the local live scene, but this month she'll be taking her show on the road for a two-week long US tour. A handful of those shows are with Porches., whose frontman Aaron Maine drums in Frankie Cosmos and whose live lineup counts Greta as a member, but most of these are billed as Aaron solo. All dates are listed below, though many of them are house shows (and some venues are still TBA), so Facebook events are included where applicable for more info.

What should come as no surprise, Frankie Cosmos also has many NYC-area dates before, after, and during the tour. First, she plays Fordahm University TONIGHT (4/4) with Porches at the college's Rodrigue's Coffee House (441 E. Fordham Road). Then she plays a previously discussed show at SUNY Purchase on April 12 with orchestral indie pop collective Mutual Benefit, which is the first night of her tour.

Upon returning home, Frankie Cosmos will headline a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 28 with Toons and Eskimeaux. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then she plays a show on May 9 at Brooklyn Rod and Gun (59 Kent Ave), and finally opens the NYC stop of Woods' tour which happens on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom with psych-folk band Quilt. Tickets for that show are still available.

Additionally, Greta and Aaron also made a video for "Birthday Song" off Frankie Cosmos' excellent debut full-band album, Zentropy, which came out via Double Double Whammy last month. The video's as homemade and DIY as Frankie Cosmos' music, shaky hand-held camera included, and it suits the song well. That video makes its premiere in this post, and you can check it out below.

Porches. Being Alone.
Porches

In related news, filmmaker/photographer Heather Craig filmed a tour documentary on Porches called Being Alone, which will be released soon. You can see it in NYC ahead of its release though, as its premiere screening will take place on April 13 at Baby's All Right. It's an early Sunday Brunch screening (3 PM start), and tickets are available now. Film trailer, poster and more info below.

Porches also play a previously discussed live show at Baby's All Right (4/10) only three days earlier, opening for The Love Language. KDH is on that bill too, and tickets are still available. And they have yet another Brooklyn show coming up on June 13 at Silent Barn with Pile, Bad History Month and more.

All Porches and Frankie Cosmos are listed, with the new Frankie Cosmos video, Porches movie trailer, and more, below...

Continue reading "Frankie Cosmos has a new video (watch), opening for Woods, touring w/ Porches (whose new movie premieres at Baby's)"

The Love Language at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Love Language

North Carolina indie rockers The Love Language are continuing to tour this year in support of 2013's Ruby Red (out on Merge). They'll play the Merge 25K in NC with Vertical Scratchers, and after that they have more dates including a NYC show happening on April 10 at Baby's All Right. That show is with local regulars Porches and KDH. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "The Love Language touring, playing NYC w/ Porches (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Little Big League
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Seahaven, who are about to wrap up a tour supporting Touche Amore, will go on a headlining tour this spring and they'll be taking out some excellent support, including Pittsburgh punks Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), St. Louis emo/indie pop band Foxing, and Philly's mathy, punky Little Big League. That tour brings all four bands to NYC on May 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Little Big League in NYC at the previously announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on 4/19 with No Joy, Bleeding Rainbow and Beach Day; and at the previously announced Porches show at Shea on Thursday (3/13) with Downies and Steve Hartlett of Ovlov. All of their other dates are listed below too.

Continue reading "Seahaven touring w/ Adventures, Foxing & Little Big League (who have other dates too)"

Swearin' at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) @ Baby's All Right
Now that The Walkmen are on hiatus, many of the members are taking on solo endeavors, including Peter Matthew Bauer, whose sound has more of the indie rock grit of the band's early days than the directions the other members are taking.

The Orwells, Twin Peaks @ Bowery Ballroom
Chicago invades NYC this weekend with their gutbomb deep dish pizza and fresh-faced bratty rock n' roll, the latter in the form of The Orwells and Twin Peaks. Should make for a fun, wild show.

Cults, Empress of @ MHOW
Shoe mogul Steve Madden is presenting this free show with anthemic pop combo Cults and Empress Of. While tickets were free, all have been claimed.

Deer Tick (American Songbook) @ Lincoln Center - The Allen Room
The American Songbook Series, which puts "American singers, songwriters, and composers in intimate concerts at The Allen Room," continues tonight with twangy bar rockers Deer Tick.

Kaki King, Glowing Pictures @ BRIC House
Tonight Kaki King brings her innovative guitar playing to BRIC House, the multipurpose venue/studio/learning center from the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn.

Tensnake, Juan Maclean, JDH & Dave P @ Output
German house producer Tensnake just remixed Duke Dumont, and he's got a similar knack for thumping house in his own material too. This whole bill is also pretty stacked, with DFA's Juan Maclean and FIXED's JDH & Dave P.

The Preatures @ Mercury Lounge
Ever wonder what it would be like if The Strokes and Haim were one Australian band. It might sound a little like Sydney's The Preatures, who were last here for CMJ. Sold out.

Richard Buckner @ Union Hall
Buckner's 2013 album, Surrounded, is somber with thick, haunting atmospheres, and some rich vocal harmonies that add a comforting warmth to the whole thing too. It's the kind of music that translates flawlessly to an intimate room like Union Hall.

Lapland @ Rockwood Music Hall
Lapland, the moniker of Josh Mease, makes ethereal folk that's not afraid of synthesizers or '70s soft rock. Tonight's show is a release party for his new album. It's a free show. You can watch a video below.

Swearin', Cassie Ramone @ Cake Shop
Swearin' deliver an excellent take on '90s rock with elements of Weezer, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr and more, but without ever sounding redundant. It makes for a thrilling live show too, and should get much crazier at tonight's Cake Shop show than tomorrow's much larger Music Hall of Williamsburg show. Cassie Ramone of the now-defunct Vivian Girls and The Babies opens with a solo set.

Cascading Slopes, Llamano, Listening Center @ Cameo Gallery
Cascading Slopes is the new electropop solo project from Connor of The Drums. His debut album , just out, is titled Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers, which may give you a good idea of the band's approach. They headline a new series called ELECTRICAL NIGHTS that promised to be an  "intimate evening of analog synthesizers, education, time travel and love."

Le Rug, Aaron Maine of Porches, Make It Up, Akhbar @ Silent Barn
Armed with an old drum machine and garage sale keyboards, Le Rug make nasally, attitude-heavy pop. Also on the bill is Porches frontman Aaron Maine whose songs should work well in solo format.

French Horn Rebellion, Damn Right!, Late Guest at the Party @ Glasslands
This show was originally supposed to be headlined by UK dancepop act New Young Pony Club who had to postpone for visa reasons. The party vibe remains, though, with FHR taking over the lead slot.

Ukiah Drag, Ivy, PC Worship @ Death By Audio
The Ukiah Drag make psych punk with a hint of western flavor. Following last night's show opening for The Men, you can catch them headlining this smaller NYC gig tonight.

Pontiak, Norman Westberg, Kid Millions / Jim Sauter Duo @ Union Pool
It's a great night for experimental music with Virgnia psych rockers Pontiak, whose new album INNOCENCE, is out on Thrill Jockey now, plus Swans member Norman Westberg, and a duo set from Oneida member Kid Millions and his collaborator Jim Sauter.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going Thursday? (Swearin', Peter Matthew Bauer, Deer Tick, Orwells, Cults, Cascading Slopes, Kaki KIng & more)"

Porches at Baby's in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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NYC "bummer pop" band Porches rarely have a lack of local shows, and that's no different this month into next, though they'll be gone for about half of March on tour (surprisingly not for SXSW though). Before leaving home, Porches play the previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show this Friday (2/21) with Jessica Pratt and Widowspeak. After that, they'll play Baby's All Right on March 1 with Frankie Cosmos (who's in Porches' live band and Porches singer Aaron Maine is in Frankie's) and DRGN King (tickets). They also play a tour kickoff at Shea Stadium on March 13. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Frankie Cosmos plays a release show for her first full band album, Zentropy (due out 3/4 via Double Double Whammy), on March 8 at Shea Stadium with Whatever Dad, Ruby Buff and Spook Houses. Since we last spoke, she released two more songs from the new album, "Birthday Song" and "My I Love You," which you can listen to below.

Porches also recently filmed an acoustic video for "Pwrls." You can watch that, along with the list of dates and the Frankie Cosmos song, below...

Continue reading "Porches going on tour, including a show w/ Frankie Cosmos"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Marnie Stern / Torres @ Baby's All Right - 1/28/14
Marnie Stern
Torres

Earlier this week, doNYC hosted a two-night celebration of their one year anniversary at Baby's All Right with a rowdy FIDLAR/Big Ups/Amanda X show on Monday (1/27) and an equally notable Marnie Stern / Torres / Porches show on Tuesday (1/28). Porches, who are a regular on the local live circuit, were a late addition to the bill and seemed to win over much of the crowd. Torres' grungy folk was great as always, and she took the opportunity to show off a few new songs.

Marnie closed out the night, and though her funny stage banter (usually about her vagina) and unconventional guitar playing are always highly entertaining, she was very drunk and took things a bit over the top. She went on a lengthy, belligerent rant, screaming about stretching her vagina across the stage, and made so much intentional, blaring feedback in between songs that a chunk of the crowd left early. Not everyone was turned off though, one instagram commenter said:

She is so drunk and it's amazing. And by "amazing" I mean it's sloppy, uncomfortably sexual and the feedback is killing me. Good stuff. More great bands need show public displays of drunkenness, forgetting all the words to your songs is so punk.
What did you think? Pictures from the show are in this post.

There's never a lack of Porches shows in NYC and you can catch them again this weekend, 2/1, at Cameo Gallery with Howth and Stranger Cat. They also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in February with Widowspeak and Jessica Pratt. All of their dates are listed with more pictures below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern got her drink on with Torres & Porches at doNYC's birthday @ Baby's All Right (pics ++ more Porches dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jessica Pratt at Pickathon 2013 (via)
Jessica Pratt

California folk singer Jessica Pratt's 2012 self-titled debut was an excellent album with the look and feel of '60s loner folk, and it looks like she's finally ready to release its followup. No title or release date has been announced for one at the moment, but we did just get a new song called "Game That I Play," which is sounding as bare bones as anything on her debut record. You can stream it below.

Jessica will be coming over to NYC soon to play a free show at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on February 21. It's all around great lineup that also includes local dream pop band Widowspeak headlining and local indie rockers Porches opening. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it's free and the venue is also open for food, shopping, and more. This show is Jessica Pratt's only announced US date at the moment.

Stream the new song below...

Continue reading "Jessica Pratt releases a new song (stream it), playing free Brooklyn show w/ Widowspeak & Porches"

by Andrew Sacher

Radiator Hospital at Glasslands earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Radiator Hospital

We just caught Radiator Hospital playing an excellent set in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (1/6), as part of their ongoing tour with Potty Mouth. After the run with Potty Mouth ends, singer Sam Cook-Parrott is going on a solo tour for a couple of weeks, and not long after that he'll return to NYC for a Double Double Whammy label showcase at Shea Stadium on February 12 with Generifus, Frankie Cosmos, Crying and Quarterbacks. It's not clear at the moment if RH will be playing solo or full-band at that show, but stay tuned for more info.

Double Double Whammy will also be releasing Radiator Hospital's Mall of America EP on cassette soon, and Forward Records is putting it out on 10" vinyl. Sam is also promising at least two releases for 2014, so we have that to look forward to too. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, you can stream the Mall of America EP below.

Crying will also play the same venue a few days earlier when they open the previously discussed You Blew It! / Prawn show at Shea on 2/8.

As for Frankie Cosmos, she just played Death by Audio last night (1/7), and ahead of that show we mentioned that she'll be releasing her first full band album, Zentropy, on Double Double Whammy. The album follows multiple solo releases on bandcamp, and its first single is "Owen," which first appeared as a rougher track called "I Love My Brother Owen" on her 2012 album, Thanks For Everything. The new version features harmony vocals with Porches frontman Aaron Maine, who also drums in Frankie's band. You can stream the new track below. Frankie also has another local show happening sooner on February 6 at Silent Barn with Big Ups (who have other dates), Ovlov (ditto) and LVL UP (ditto again).

All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital playing more shows, including one with Frankie Cosmos who's releasing an LP (dates & streams)"

Speedy Ortiz @ Baby's All Right - 12/30/13 (via Jason Burger)
Speedy Ortiz

Exploding In Sound Records celebrated the new year in NYC with a huge show at Baby's All Right on 12/30 that included Big Ups, Porches, Roomrunner, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Krill, Dead Wives, Baked, Bad History Month, Woozy, Gnarwhal, Pile (acoustic), and special guests billed as "Average Cock," who you may have guessed was actually Speedy Ortiz. That's Speedy pictured above, and there's a high quality video of Big Ups from the show below. EIS celebrated NYE proper with a smaller show in Boston.

As discussed, Grass Is Green and Speedy Ortiz are touring together, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Speedy will open for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and since we last spoke, Grass Is Green added a NYC show happening on January 31 at Silent Barn for the 10th annual Berfest with Baked, Radical Dads, Frankie Cosmos and Poverty Hollow. They also posted another track from their upcoming Vacation Vinny LP not along ago, "Sammy So-Sick." You can stream that, along with the updated list of their tour dates, below.

Big Ups also have another show happening on February 1 at Death by Audio with Eula, Kal Marks and Malatese.

UPDATE: Big Ups also play a release party for their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP at Shea Stadium on January 9 with Flagland, Mannequin Pussy and Washer; and the NYC Arts Collective Late Bloomers Kick Off Multi-Media Series at Baby's All Right on January 25 with Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Wavers Quartet and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center.

Porches next play Silent Barn on January 10 with My Dad, Gunk and Flagland.

And the next day at Silent Barn (1/11), the venue hosts the Gravesend Recordings Compilation Vol. 1 release party which features Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers and Hannah Ch'oe, plus "possible special guests."

In more related news, Palehound and Frankie Cosmos team up again for a Brooklyn show at Trash Bar on January 17 with Eskimeaux and Florist.

Lastly, Ovlov's next NYC gig is opening for Self Defense Family and Pity Sex at Santos on 1/19 with Heroes of Modern Earth and Deep Pockets. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play Silent Barn on 2/6.

All lists of dates, along with that Grass Is Green song and Big Ups video, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz, Big Ups & more played Baby's All Right; Grass Is Green, Porches, Krill & others playing more shows"

Eternal Summers @ MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Phosphorescent, Heaven's Jail @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Phosphorescent wraps up a great year that's seen a pretty significant increase in critical and fan love for the band with the last show of his four-night, sold-out run at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Gorguts, Origin, Nero Di Marte @ Saint Vitus
Death metal vets Gorguts returned earlier this year with Colored Sands, their first post-reunion album and first in general since 2001, and it's very deservedly ended up on tons of metal AOTY lists. It's been a hell of a year for them, and tonight's your chance to catch them one last time before the year ends. Sold out, but if you didn't already get tickets, there's always next year with Carcass.

Lightspeed Champion @ Cameo
Before he was Blood Orange, Dev Hynes was more of a folk troubadour type as Lightspeed Champion. Tonight he's dusting off that persona for this free, early, solo show at Cameo. 6 PM and you do need to RSVP.

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Porches, Turnip King, Slonk Donkerson, Sunflower Bean @ Trans Pecos
Here is a great night to check out Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (aka the old Silent Barn space), with five melodic local indie rock bands.

Eternal Summers, Pre War @ Cake Shop
We are very excited to hear Eternal Summers' new album, The Drop Beneath, which is out March 4 via Kanine. They'll probably be playing more than a few of those new songs live tonight.

Oliver, Classixx @ Slake
While the West 30s club locale might not be the most ideal, if you have to be in a big club like this, you do have two appealing pop-friendly producers headlining.

Bobby Womack @ City Winery
R&B legend Bobby Womack, who released the terrific The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced in part by Damon Albarn) last year, is back in NYC for a three night stint at City Winery, this being night 2. Tickets are still available.

Tennis System, Slow Warm Death, Nuraxi, Dialogue @ Shea Stadium
If you like Wavves-style sludgy pop, you might want to check out tonight's headliners Tennis System whose new EP, Part Time Punks Sessions, is pretty good low-fi shoegaze. And if you like demonic garage punk, don't miss Slow Warm Death.

The Ocean Blue, Dead Leaf Echo, Dead Heart Bloom
Veteran modern rock band The Ocean Blue made a nice return this year with Ultramarine, their first album in 14 years, which found the band's signature breezy style still sounding good in 2013. They're closing out this year with a headlining Bowery Ballroom show with likeminded openers Dead Leaf Echo and Dead Heart Bloom.

The So So Glos, California X, Palehound, Darlings @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Pretty strong lineup all around with the punky So So Glos, sludgy Amherst rockers California X, singer/songwriter-meets-noise-rocker Palehound, and the indie pop of Darlings. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, the music is free, and there's shopping, food, and more fun too.

LVL UP, Julia Brown, High Pop, Alex G, Pill Friends @ Silent Barn
The Birdtapes label celebrates its 1-year anniversary with this show that has a good lineup of indie rock bands on the label and/or friends of the label.

Martin Rev, Child Abuse, Netherlands, Forma @ Bowery Electric
When he's not making noise with his veteran synthpunk duo Suicide, Martin Rev is a solo artist who has been pretty active again this year. All great (and equally noisy) openers too.

Cro-Mags, Meyhem Lauren, Danny Diablo & The NYHC Allstars, Block McCloud, Wisdom In Chains & more @ Santos
NYC crossover thrash vets Cro-Mags may have had some trouble in recent history, but they're still kicking and will grace their hometown with another show tonight. Their set is part of Diablo Fest which includes a ton of performers like local rapper Meyhem Lauren.

Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Beacon Theatre
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to Beacon Theatre for six holiday shows this weekend. Three of them are tonight, and the remaining two are tomorrow.

Brand New, The Front Bottoms @ Starland Ballroom
Brand New do the second half of their discography tonight (they did the first half in Long Island last night), and if you're one of the lucky ones with those hard-to-get tickets, don't miss showing up for The Front Bottoms.

Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
This should be a pretty fun show all around, with Dillon Francis, whose song "Without You" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was a pretty big hit in the dance world this year, plus fast-rising producer Cashmere Cat, and chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi. It's sold out and the same lineup does it again tomorrow (also sold out).

Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Ja Rule, Redman, Method Man @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
Ton of great names coming together for Hip Hop Reunion II tonight, including golden-era veterans Lil Kim, Mobb Deep, Method Man, Red Man, Warren G, and the slightly less veteran but still fun Fabolous. Also, Ja Rule

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

Grass Is Green
Grass Is Green

Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.

Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.

Porches have other upcoming dates too.

And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.

All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Grass Is Green releasing a new LP, touring, playing year-end NYC show w/ Porches, Krill, Roomrunner, Big Ups & more"

photos by Chris La Putt

Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

Back during CMJ, Pity Sex played our BV party. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another batch of their set in this post.

Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.

LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.

As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.

Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.

More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex dates w/ Self Defense Family (& more BV-CMJ pics) ++ upcoming LVL UP, Porches, Diarrhea Planet, Crying shows"

Polica @ Radio City Music Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Polica, Marijuana Death Squad @ Webster Hall
Polica's blend of folk-style songwriting with indie pop and R&B aesthetics is as great live as it is on record. They were recently here opening for The xx, but now you can catch them at a headlining show, as they taken on Webster Hall.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight's the first full night of the multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (last night was the pre-show), and though all the shows should be great, our show of choice tonight is the one at Music Hall of Williamsburg which features one half of TNGHT, Lunice, Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, and upcoming rapper Rockie Fresh. Other BEMF shows include Erika, BMG, Souffront, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic @ 285 Kent Avenue, Sliink, Nadus, DJ Reck, Ezrakh, DJ Slow @ Glasslands, Letherette @ Villain and John Digweed, Naveen G, Mario Basanov, Nicholas Matar @ Output.

Mick Turner, Mike Wexler, Matteah Baim @ Union Pool
Dirty Three guitarist (among other things), Mick Turner, is set to release his new solo album, Don't Tell the Driver, on November 19 via Drag City which was recorded over the last four years, is a concept record and being described as a "post rock opera."

Os Mutantes, Capsula @ Le Poisson Rouge
Brazilian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes play tonight with fellow South American band Capsula.

Twin Peaks, Drowners, Gang of Youths @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's glammy garage rockers Twin Peaks played MHOW last night with Born Ruffians and tonight headline here (formerly listed as "Laura Palmers" and "Secret Guest"). This is also another chance to catch prettyboy pop-rock combo Drowners. Late night, Pearl Necklace's Bryce Hackford will DJ.

Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, Spires @ Bowery Ballroom
Widowspeak just released a new EP, The Swamps, last week which offers up more of their spooky, whispery sounds. Tonight's show also features synthy Vetiver side project Pure Bathing Culture and Spires' paisley-colored pop.

The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis, Grandchildren @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is now open with free shows every weekend, and tonight's is from indie folk collective The Low Anthem. Robert Ellis, who's also on the bill, opened for Deer Tick in NYC last night.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
This is the first of three sold-out shows at City Winery for the Irish singer.

The Business, The Welch Boys, 45 Adapters @ Mercury Lounge
UK Oi vets The Business play tonight, which could get wild like it did in 2011.

Sleeping Bag, Shark?, Rozwell Kid, Porches @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill, especially for anthemic Brooklyn garage rockers Shark? and the Exploding In Sound-signed Porches. Porches are about to release a split with LVL UP on 11/26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy, and you can stream both sides of that below.

Tombs @ Saint Vitus in April (more by Caroline Harrison)
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Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
This is a great local metal bill, including two big hitters: the atmospheric Tombs and the post-harcore-leaning Primitive Weapons.

Hard Nips, Mean Creek, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Butterscotch Stanley @ Shea Stadium
All-girl Japanese punk band Hard Nips, who are a lot of fun live, headline this overall good line-up of local acts.

Lucero, Titus Andronicus, The Menzingers @ Terminal 5
Fans of punk-tinged heartland rock/folk rock and vice versa shouldn't miss this show, because all three bands expertly deliver that sound.

Sunset Guns, Typefighter, Heeney, Black Mountain Revival @ The Grand Victory
The band we're most looking forward to on this bill is Typefighter, who make very good post-Weezer power pop.

Tiers, Dead Leaf Echo, The Harrow @ Cake Shop
Coldwave duo (and Cult of Youth-related) Tiers have their record release party which also features superior local shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo.

Polar Bear Club, Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Polar Bear Club has taken out some pretty great openers for this tour, including the anthemic emo-punks Citizen, power poppers Diamond Youth, and post-hardcore rippers Sainthood Reps.

GAG, Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, IVY @ Fitness
Olympia's GAG chug away with a heavier, thicker, and darker take on the kind of power chord riffage that's been in punk's repertoire since the earliest days of hardcore, and they've got a seriously maniacal vocalist. See what you're in for via the live video embedded below. This is also the last-ever show for Shoxx (whose drummer Elser Nino is also now in Merchandise), and local punk band Goosebumps are always worth catching too.

NY Comedy Festival
The 10th annual NY Comedy Fest is underway and tonight's shows include Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, and Charlie Murphy.

China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool's China Crisis took the '70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-'80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Radical Dads @ Sound Bites Series 2013 (more by Jeff Cate)
Rad Dads

Radical Dads second album, Rapid Realty, came out back in May and the Brooklyn trio are already back in the studio working on its follow-up which should be out sometime in the first half of 2014. In the meantime, the Dads have released a new 7" out via EAU Records in which only 300 were pressed, each with unique silkscreened cover art created by label owner Sam Martineau. Order yours here and the digital version is available too via Uninhabitable Mansions. We've got the premiere of it's b-side, "Slammer," which you can listen to below. The a-side is streamable below too.

Radical Dads have a few shows coming, including the previously mentioned Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Small Black (tickets). They've got a couple grown-up shows as well in NYC, too: Sunday (11/10) at Death by Audio with Butter the Children, Sat. Nite Duets, and Harbor Lights; and then the previously discussed show at Shea Stadium on November 23 with Porches, Sirs, Shark?, and Carmen.

All dates are listed, along with single streams, below...

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Sirs

Upstate, NY punks Sirs released their self titled debut LP last year via Topshelf, which channeled the raw, fidgety post-hardcore of bands like Braid and Bear vs. Shark with the high-speed punk of something more along the lines of The Marked Men. Now they're set to follow that album with a new EP, also called Sirs, on November 19 via Double Double Whammy (the label run by Dave of Spook Houses and Mike of Sirs, who are both also in LVL UP, and who put out the cassette release of the new Porches album). The only physical release for the EP is a cassette release (limited to 100 copies), which you can preorder at the DDW webstore.

For the new EP, the band are leaning more towards the punk side of their sound, and its first single, "Impostor," is a borderline Wavves-style anthem that sounds like it's meant to shouted along to in garages and basements, but catchy enough for bigger rooms. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it, along with the EP artwork, below.

Sirs are planning to celebrate the new EP with some shows around its release, including one in Brooklyn on November 23 at Shea Stadium with a great lineup of Radical Dads, Shark? (whose -- speaking of Wavves -- super-catchy single California Girls you may have heard on the Wavves station of Grand Theft Auto V), and Porches. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, and Shea Stadium, as discussed, there's show at Shea tonight (10/10) with LVL UP, Kal Marks, Palehound, and the Porches-related Frankie Cosmos.

All Sirs dates are listed, along with the song stream and artwork, below...

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Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Speedy Ortiz

Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.

The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.

After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...

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Neko Case in Long Island in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neko Case

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Neko Case, AC Newman @ Radio City Music Hall
Neko Case has another lovely album under her belt -- The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You -- and will play one of NYC's most regal venues. Her New Pornographers bandmate, AC Newman, opens the show.

Matias Aguayo, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
Matias Aguayo has been making quality music for years, both as a solo artist and also as one half of German duo Closer Muzik, but his career got a bit of a boost (at least in North America) when he collaborated with Battles to sing lead on their song "Ice Cream." Tonight he returns to NYC for a FIXED party.

'We Have An Anchor' @ BAM
Jem Cohen presents his new work as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, a cinematic tribute to Nova Scotia with live music by a band that reads like an ATP line-up: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and more. Tonight's the first of three performances and tickets are still available.

Vista Chino, Black Pussy, Kings Destroy @ Bowery Ballroom
For a while, John Garcia and Brant Bjork of stoner metal legends Kyuss were operating as Kyuss Lives, but they've since changed the band's name to Vista Chino, and also just released a new album, Peace?.

Porches, Laser Background, Isadora, What Moon Things @ Cake Shop
Local "bummer-pop" band Porches have been having a pretty good year with the recognition they've been getting for their new album, and tonight they've got another of their many hometown shows, happening at Cake Shop.

Allah-Las, Reverbation (DJ set) @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles' Allah-Las do a great job of making '60s West Coast pysch pop their own, as heard on last year's debut album. They play two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight, both of them sold-out.

Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Long-running NJ pop punks Saves the Day, who released their first album on Equal Vision since 1999's Through Being Cool this year (stream it), are in NYC tonight for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening is Pitchfork-approved emo singer/songwriter Into It. Over It. and Hostage Calm (who also play CMJ).

SECRET HEADLINER, Iron Chic, Banquets, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
Jaded Punk, who wishes Saves the Day wold be good again, is hosting a show at Saint Vitus, not very far from MHOW, with a secret headliner and a lineup of pop punk openers, including Banquets (who opened Saves the Day's NJ holiday show in 2011). Hmmm...

UPDATE: You can now RSVP to the Jaded Punk show starting at 1 PM, and you will not be admitted without RSVP.

Okkervil River, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Pickwick @ Terminal 5
Indie folk band Okkervil River have been at it for over a decade now, and even if their most memorable records are behind them, their newer stuff, including this year's The Silver Gymnasium, is still pretty good.

Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, Wyatt Cenac @ The Bell House
It's once again time for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and tonight's kickoff event is titled "The Urbane Comedy Hour: Non-Stop Courtesy and Culture Through the Prism of Comedy." Sounds deep. Sold out.

Telepathe, Eraas, Advaeta, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange @ The Bowery Electric
Spacey duo Telepathe headline this show, but fans of gothy postpunk might want to go just to check out Eraas and Advaeta.

Lee Foss, Mosco, T.Williams, French Fries @ Output
At this point, UK house producer Lee Foss might be more famous for his "supergroup" Hot Natured, but his own music still sets off dance floors too, and he'll do that at tonight's weekly INPUT party at Output.

Carcass, Immolation @ The Gramercy Theatre
British death metal legends Carcass released Surgical Steel, their first album since reuniting, this year (and first since 1996), and it's no nostalgia act; this is one of the contenders for metal AOTY. So naturally there's a ton of excitement behind this week's NYC shows, both of which are sold out. Tonight's their second of the two shows.

Graham Nash @ City Winery
The "Nash" in Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of the songwriters in '60s pop group The Hollies, and a reputable solo artist as well, Graham Nash continues his three-night run at City Winery tonight.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, continues his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch @ Santos Party House
Like they did last month, Santos is hosting The Originals party with DJ sets from these hip hop vets.

Elliot Sharp, Noura Mint Seymali & Jeiche Oula Chighaly, Eli Keszler @ Issue Project Room
The Issue Project Room's 10th anniversary celebration continues tonight, headlined by avant-guitarist improvisationalist, Elliot Sharp.

Rewards, Bad Girlfriend, Cheerleader, Mt. Royal @ Pianos
Bad Girlfriend are better than your average girl-group-inspired garagey combo. You can check out a few recordings from last year below. Their debut album, due early next year, is being produced Aaron Pfenning of Rewards, who also play tonight. It's all in the family.

Communication Corporation, Mannequin Pussy, Vacation Jason, Shivering Brigade @ Death By Audio
Tonight is another of The Chris Gethard Show's "Weirdest Bands We Know" shows. Question is are they the weirdest band you know?

Gate, Tom Carter, Samara Lubelski + Marcia Bassett @ Union Pool
Four experimental musicians -- Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C), Tom Carter (of Charlambides), and the duo of Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Chelsea Light Moving) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards) -- team up for a show at Union Pool tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Medicine
Medicine

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Medicine, Weekend, Leverage Models @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the few legit American shoegaze bands of the '90s is back with a terrific new album and their first NYC show in eons. It's a great bill all-around, with noir postpunks Weekend and the arty pop of Leverage Models. Tickets are still available.

Field Mouse, Desert Stars, All My Friends @ Cake Shop
Poppy shoegazers Field Mouse headline this solid Cake Shop bill tonight that also features the dreamy/dusty sounds of Desert Stars and poppy punks All My Friends.

Crosss, Psychic Blood, Spirit of Danger, Fever Dream @ Death By Audio
It's a great night to rock out at Death by Audio tonight with heavy psych from Canada's Crosss, noisy grunge from Western Mass' Psychic Blood, and two likeminded Brooklyn bands, Spirit of Danger and Fever Dream.

Porches, Sirs, My Dad, The Para-Medics, Full Blued @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn indie rockers Porches play a ton of local shows, and tonight's Shea show (moved from Big Snow) is an especially great one that also features sets from emo-y punks Sirs, Chicago's My Dad, and others. Porches are set to release their new album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos later this month (8/27), and they put out a new song from it this week, "Skinny Trees," which you can stream below.

Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars, American Darlings @ Union Pool
Tonight's show is a memorial/tribute for the family of Dumont owner Colin Devlin who died two weeks ago. In addition to the bands, there are raffles and all proceeds go to Devlin's family.

Chrome Cranks, Pop. 1280, Twin Guns @ Mercury Lounge
Currently celebrating their 25th year, Chrome Cranks are the kind of band who eat breath and sleep rock n' roll. Opening are garage goths Pop. 1280.

Kayo Dot, Mirrorgate, Crooked Man, Yoshiko Ohara @ Saint Vitus Bar
Toby Driver's long-running Kayo Dot defy easy categorization, part heavy riffage, part chamber ensemble.

Wheatus, Such Is Life, MC Lars, MC Frontalot @ Santos Party House
In case you were wondering, yes, the guys behind "Teenage Dirtbag" (which is currently being covered by One Direction, no lie) are still around, and their tour brings them to NYC tonight. Belt along to that chorus and have Loser flashbacks at Santos Party House (moved from Gramercy).

Harmonica Lewinskies, Sons of an Illustrious Father, The Brooklyn What, Jamboree Sunday @ SPiN
If you love ping pong AND indie rock, head to the midtown branch of this table tennis club, headlined by blues and funk group The Harmonica Lewinskis.

Adam Ant @ Best Buy Theatre, Dec. 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Adam Ant @ Irving Plaza
The new wave star is still rocking the pirate gear and -- given the word on his last time throught -- still puts on a great show, complete with two drummers.

Anamanaguchi, Ghost Beach, Crnkn @ Webster Hall
Dance Nintendo-style at tonight's Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall.

Railbird, Josh Netsky, Baby States, Khaled Dhajani @ Pianos
Brooklyn's Railbird skirt the line between dance music and indie rock, a balancing act they pull off with panache.

Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), Mina Caputo @ Bowery Ballroom
We're still waiting on that new Against Me! album, but meanwhile singer Laura Jane Grace will be doing some celebrating on the road ahead of time playing its material acoustically. The night's especially interesting because another punk singer who famously came out as transgender, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), will be opening the show. It's their second of two NYC shows this week, having played Knitting Factory last night.

Krief of The Dears, The Grownup Noise, The Letter Yellow @ Union Hall
When not playing in Montreal's anthemic Dears guitarist Patrick Krief who makes pretty soaring guitar rock on his own.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Warbeast, Author & Punisher @ Gramercy Theatre
Anselmo has been involved with a lot of big names over the years, but with The Illegals, Phil has gone solo. Get there early, Author & Punisher's man/machine meld expertly explores industrial, goth and doom at once.

Big Country @ The Wonder Bar (NJ)
While it's The Alarm's Mike Peters filling in for the late Stuart Adamson, the mountainous drums of Mark Brzezicki and the signature bagpipe guitars remain intact.

Biohazard, Wrench @ Knitting Factory
Speaking of new singers, Brooklyn hardcore/metal staples Biohazard play their first hometown show in 10 years -- minus Evan Seinfeld, mind you.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), The Sugar Cute @ The Paper Box
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad is celebrating his birthday tonight with a dance party at The Paper Box. No gifts required.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Porches (photo by Jessica Lehrman)
Porches

Brooklyn's Porches. have been a staple on the local live scene since forming in 2011, and if you tend to go to shows at places like Shea Stadium, Big Snow, Death by Audio, Silent Barn, etc, there's a good chance you've probably seen them. They're one of the newest signees to Exploding In Sound Records (home to Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile, etc, formerly home to Speedy Ortiz), and they'll release their official debut album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos, on the label on August 27. It follows a number of EPs and other releases that they've put out in the two years since forming.

Porches. make the kind of music that you might call "slacker rock" because of singer Aaron Maine's lazy drawl and the seemingly carefree attitude of the music, but with a live show schedule and prolific output like Porches have, they're anything but slackers. You get the feeling there's a sly wit underlying these songs too. The album's just-released single, "Headsgiving," opens with a riff that you almost think is going to be "Pretty Woman," and later on you hear the Beatles-referencing line, "She was just 17, you don't know what I mean," but those bits of rock n' roll history are almost unnervingly familiar in the context of the song. You can stream "Headsgiving," along with another album cut, "Franklin the Flirt," below.

Porches. have two upcoming shows at the moment, including one on August 16 at Big Snow Shea Stadium with Chicago's My Dad (who are a staple in their own hometown scene), Sirs, The Para-medics and Cameron Wisch; and an album release show at Shea Stadium on September 6.

Song streams below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Psychic Blood

As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.

EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.

More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

As mentioned, Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz have signed to Carpark Records and will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on June 9 via their new label. The album perfects the formula Speedy Ortiz had on the Sports EP and "Ka-Prow!" 7" and tops both of those releases. That's immediately evident from the album's first single, "Tiger Tank," which starts out like the Speedy Ortiz we're familiar with, but by the chorus is bringing in melodic left-turns and powerful crashes that show how big of a force this band can really be. Listen to the song over at NPR.

As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming shows, including a few previously discussed NYC shows on May 17 at Silent Barn with Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, and Lunchbox; Cake Shop on May 31 with two great Brooklyn bands Sleepies and Bennio Qwerty; and an unofficial Northside show on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.

The rest of the lineup for that Big Snow show has been announced and it includes Pile and Fat History Month (who just played NYC together), in addition to Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches., and Hive Bent. The show is being presented by Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus.

Speedy were also since announced for a NYC Popfest show happening on June 1 at Public Assembly with Ringo Deathstarr, Sua, and Advaeta. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. Popfest was supposed to be on both stages at Public Assembly, but with renovations all the other bands originally booked except Ringo Deathstarr were moved to The Bell House (more on that in a Popfest-specific post coming soon). Festival passes are still accepted.

Updated dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

LVL UP

LVL UP is an indie rock four-piece, who notably shares two members with Spook Houses, and one with Sirs. Their debut full length, Space Brothers, came out in early 2012 via Evil Weevil and they're set to follow that with the Extra Worlds 7", which is due out on April 6 via Double Double Whammy. You can stream the scrappy rocker, "Graveyard," which will appear on that 7", at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, we've also got the premiere of the video for "Nightshade" off of Space Brothers, a slow-burner that sees co-frontman Nick Corbo howling like Jeff Mangum over chords that sound better fit for a Built to Spill record. It's a solid cut and you can watch the video below.

Last Friday (2/8) during the snow storm, I wandered into a Purchase College apartment (which the members attend/attended) to catch LVL UP packing in some kid's living room, with about 90% of the crowd moshing and shouting the words. They'll be taking that raucous live show on the road this month for a few Northeast dates, including one in Brooklyn on February 23 at Shea Stadium with Krill, Porches, Butter the Children, and High Pop. A list of all dates, which includes shows with Waxahatchee, Eternal Summers, Joyce Manor, and others, is below.

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