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by Bill Pearis

Pretty & Nice

Boston's Pretty & Nice have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? (If you've read the headline of this post you may know already.) OK, the bad -- the band are going on "indefinite hiatus" after nine years together. The wrote a nice goodbye letter on their Facebook that is more of the "hey it's been fun" than an "airing of grievances" kind of thing. You can read it below.

The good news is before they fade into hiatus, they'll release a new EP, Infinitely Forever, on August 12. The band's keen melodic abilities and good pop sense are still evident, but the direction is decidedly more electronic this time out. There's a few originals and remixes of previously released songs. We've got the premiere of "Summer Boys" from the EP which you can stream, along with another song from the album, below.

Pretty & Nice will also be playing a couple release/farewell shows around the release: August 14 at Glasslands in NYC, and then a hometown show at Allston, MA's Great Scott on August 16. Tickets for the Glasslands show -- which also features Jacksie, Adult Dude, and Denizen -- are on sale now.

Those track streams and the farewell letter are below....

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Lykke Li @ Party at the Garden 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li

Afghan Whigs @ Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Afghan Whigs

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Lykke Li @ Apollo Theater
Following Tuesday's Party at the Garden appearance, Swedish songstress Lykke Li -- whose new album I Never Learn was just released -- plays a proper show at another of NYC's more stately venues.

Psychemagik, Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ LPR
UK duo Psychemagik make disco synth-funk that fans of Daft Punk, Justice or DFA Records will likely dig, and Joakim, having opened for Holy Ghost, should be a good fit.

Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak @ Terminal 5
It's a great triple bill for metal at Terminal 5 tonight with the Georgia sludge masters Mastodon who have a new album out (stream a track), French progressive death metal vets Gojira, and Norwegian black 'n' roll guitar swingers Kvelertak. Sold out.

The Afghan Whigs, Carina Round @ Brooklyn Bowl
'90s-era indie rockers Afghan Whigs released Do to the Beast last month, their first album in 16 years. Greg Duuli and co don't really sound worse for wear. Sold out.

The Underachievers, Denzel Curry, Dillon Cooper @ Irving Plaza
NYC rap duo The Underachievers never go easy on the drug references, and we're not endorsing anything, but they make the right kind of music to go with the blunt smoke that will likely fill Irving tonight.

Tokyo Police Club, Geographer, Said the Whale @ Webster Hall
Agreeable Canadian indie band TPC just released their new album, Force Field, which offers up more of the band's breezy guitar pop.

Blood Red Shoes, Radkey @ Mercury Lounge
Brighton, UK duo Blood Red Shoes raise a ruckus, making highly danceable rock (and putting on a well-regarded live show). The band's self-titled fourth album came out in March.

Chad VanGaalen, Cousins, Bry Webb @ The Bell House
CVG's 2013 album, Shrink Dust, was quirkier and more eccentric side -- tons of terrifically weird sounds going -- than the indie folk most associate with him. Openers are good too: Halifax duo Cousins, and Bry Webb of The Constantines.

Amen Dunes, Helm, Hubble @ Baby's All Right
Spooky, spectral folk artist Amen Dunes went straight for the heart on new album, Love, his most straightforward album to date. Support at this show comes from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands).

Cibo Matto, Javelin, JD Samson (of Le Tigre) @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
The second of the free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties, tonight's show brings us food-obsessed Japanese duo Cibo Matto, chillwave survivors Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson on DJ duties. All this set against the spectacular view of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan's skyline.

Jackmaster, Free Magic, Sheepshead @ Cameo Gallery
Jackmaster co-runs the Numbers label, who has put out music by Rustie, Jamie xx, Hudson Mohawke, SBTRKT and others. While those names may be bigger than Jackmaster, his own music is worthy as well.

Sugarm, Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, Darren Keen, Radio Shock @ Death by Audio
It's a full night of electronic/noise/experimental at Death by Audio tonight, capping off with Sugarm who's becoming a regular around here.

Lily Allen @ Highline Ballroom
Having released Sheezus, her perhaps ill-advisedly titled first album in five years, Lily Allen is also playing her first NYC show in half a decade. Even if it's not the return-to-form we were hoping for, it's still nice to have her back.

Daedelus, Shigeto, Mark Guillana, Elvind Opsvik, Graham Haynes @ Littlefield
After playing Wednesday's Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, Daedelus and Shigeto will try some songs they've actually played before.

Metronomy, Cloud Control @ MHOW
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, was an all-analogue affair, coming off more like something from the '70s, though still viewed through leader Joe Mount's quirky worldview. Live, it's a little more dancey... and a a little more magenta.

Nadastrom, Sabo, Ape Drums @ Output
This week's INPUT party at Output is doubling as one of Dave Nada's Moombahton Massive parties, and as you may expect, it's a night full of moombahton from Dave's own project Nadastrom (with Matt Nordstrom), plus Sabo and Ape Drums.

Oberhofer, Radical Dads, Chaos Chaos @ Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
This is a free outdoor show, and one of the official pre-parties for the NYRR Five-Borough Series, tonight featuring Oberhofer, Radical Dads, and Chaos Chaos.

Les Bonhommes, Crosss, Invisible Days, Jeremy and the Symbols @ Shea Stadium
There's some good bands at Shea tonight including Deerhoof/Rainer Maria-related band Les Bonhommes and Canadian heavy psych band Crosss.

Analog Rebellion, Pretty & Nice, Art Decade, Honduras @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Fans of superior guitar pop could do a lot worse than this show, with Boston's new wave/power pop combo Pretty & Nice, Brooklyn's Brit-garage lovers Honduras, and more.

Glass Animals, People Get Ready, Kitty, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, Blondes, and DJ Banacrisp @ The Westway
This is a benefit show for Fountain House which aids the recovery of men and women with mental illness. It's a jam packed bill at this very small way West Side club.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Spires, LODRO @ The Wick
Ten years on, APTBS are still one of Brooklyn's loudest bands. They'll be letting 'er rip -- and trying out songs from their new album -- tonight with openers Spires and Lodro, the latter of whom are a last-minute sub for Grooms.

Pigeon, Reverse the Curse, Signals Midwest, Living Room @ Grand Victory
It's a varied bill at Grand Victory tonight, and if you're stopping by it'd be worth catching melodic Cleveland punks Signals Midwest, whose most recent album came out last year on Tiny Engines, home to The Hotelier, Somos, Little Big League and others.

Eddie Izzard @ Beacon Theatre
Eddie Izzard brings his current show (which he's translated and performs in three languages!), "Force Majeure," to North America and a string of shows at Beacon.

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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Woods at Storm King Art Center in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Woods, Woolen Men, Weyes Blood, Cassie Ramone @ Baby's All Right
Come celebrate the release of Woods' new album at this Red Bull Sound Select show curated by BrooklynVegan. Also playing: The Woolen Men (in from Portland just for this show), plus Weyes Blood and Cassie Ramone. Plus BV's Bill Pearis on DJ duty and Marnie the Dog as the evening's host. If you didn't RSVP (now closed), you can still come... it's just $10 ($3 with RSVP). Hope to see you there!

Chris Gethard, Mikey Erg, Shannon O'Neill, Shellshag, Joe Steinhardt, Mal Blum, Eugene Mirman @ Knitting Factory
It's the release show for Chris Gethard's My Comedy Album, which comes out today via Don Giovanni, and he's got a ton of musical and comedic guests joining him, including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman.

The Orb, Blondes @ Highline Ballroom
Dub chillout pioneers The Orb have been providing the soundtrack to some people's comedown for 25 years now. After becoming known for scheduling and canceling shows, this is their second time through NYC in less than a year.

Modern Rivals, Pretty & Nice, Cultfever, Dentist @ Glasslands
Boston's Pretty & Nice make the kind of nervy powerpop you used to get in 1979 when XTC and Joe Jackson were bouncing around. Tonight's show is also the album release party for reverby Brooklyn indie pop band Modern Rivals.

Fanfarlo, Lilies On Mars @ Bowery Ballroom
Fanfarlo continue to move away from the Arcade Fire-isms of their debut into the realm of synthy '80s pop. Tonight's the first of two NYC shows on their current tour.

Boy George @ Irving Plaza
The former Culture Club frontman is back with a new album, This is What I Do, he says is inspired by the '90s baggy scene. He's bound to hit "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" and "Karma Chameleon" too.

Elliott Sharp @ BRIC House
NYC experimental music staple Elliott Sharp performs a work for solo electro-acoustic guitar at the BRIC House tonight.

Sam Mickens and the Star Jammers, Cellular Chaos, Softspot, Banned Books @ Death by Audio
The always eccentric and impressive Sam Mickens recently disbanded his Ecstatic Showband & Revue, but he's not slowing down. Now he's joined by a new band, The Star Jammers, and they'll hit DbA tonight.

Landlady, Relatives, The Westerlies @ Shea Stadium
The very prolific Adam Schatz is in many bands, but the alt-pop of Landlady is his main gig. They have a new album coming out this July on Hometapes and are currently in the midst of a residency at Shea, which continues tonight.

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

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Waxahatchee at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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Cities Aviv, Maria Minerva, Sadaf H. Nava @ Baby's All Right
285 Kent is now officially closed, but two of its regulars, rapper Cities Aviv and electronic pop artist Maria Minerva, are teaming up for a show at Baby's tonight which will maybe preserve some of that 285 spirit.

Waxahatchee, All Dogs, Cayetana @ Mercury Lounge
It's an incredible triple bill at Mercury Lounge tonight with Waxahatchee, whose singer-songwriter-ish tunes made up one of our favorite albums of 2013 and likeminded (but a bit punkier) indie rock from All Dogs and Cayetana. They do it again at Glasslands on Thursday, and both shows are sold out.

Pixies, FIDLAR, Asphalt Orchestra @ NJPAC
It's the second NYC-area night of Pixies (with current bassist Paz Lenchatin) this week. Opening is Asphalt Orchestra, who do marching band versions of Pixies songs and skate punk brats FIDLAR.

UPDATE: Pixies is rescheduled for next week.

Pretty & Nice, Poor Demon (Secret Guest), Honey Wild, Yellerkin, The Roads @ Glasslands
Boston's Pretty & Nice make the kind of nervy powerpop you used to get in 1979 when XTC and Joe Jackson bouncing around. Tonight they play as a three-piece. Anybody know who "Poor Demon" are actually?

Prince Rupert's Drops, Hairy Sands, Jonas Reinhardt @ Union Pool
Fans of heavy psych will dig this line-up featuring the paisley sounds of PRD, the weird noise of Hairy Sands and Kranky-signed Jonas Reinhardt.

Johnny Winter, JW Jones @ BB King's
Johnny Winter is in the midst of his winter (get it?) residency at BB King's, and tonight's the second of three shows, the third being on 2/23. Expect over 4 decades of blues rock riffs.

Marc Ribot, Chris Eldridge @ Merkin Concert Hall (NY Guitar Fest)
NY Guitar Fest continues with guitar great Marc Ribot (collaborator of Tom Waits, John Zorn, etc) teaming up with Chris Eldridge (of Punch Brothers) to perform live scores to silent films tonight.

Brooklyn Transcore Punk Island Stage Benefit @ Grand Victory
Tonight Grand Victory hosts a benefit for the Transcore stage of Punk Island (which Aye Nako have played) with Little Waist, Penguin, Dirty Circle, and The Whores.

Marsha Ambrosius, Benja @ SOB's
R&B/soul singer Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of Floetry and a recent collaborator of Robert Glasper and Talib Kweli, is releasing a new solo album, Friends and Lovers, and this week she celebrates with a two-night release party at SOB's, this being night 2.

Mainland, The Teen Age, Cosmonaut, Leopold And His Fiction @ Pianos
Straight-up guitar pop is alive and well and on stage at Pianos tonight. Check out a track from Mainland's upcoming Shiner EP below.

Shark?, Las Rosas, White Gold, Syd Sair @ Shea Stadium
Tonight's show at Shea includes quality local bands Shark? and Las Rosas, plus Atlanta's White Gold.

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

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Depeche Mode in Atlantic City last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Depeche Mode

Boredoms @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)

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

Krill, Slonk Donkerson, Darlings, White Bike, Eastern Hollows, Lodro (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Boston indie rockers Krill have been in NYC a few times a few times this year, and we're not complaining at all that they choose to keep coming back. Tonight they headline a bill at 285 Kent which is otherwise loaded with local bands.

Depeche Mode, Bat For Lashes @ Barclays Center
The most popular synthpop band of all time with enough hits to fill a setlist, Depeche Mode will probably play too many new songs for your liking, but you'll forget all about that by the time they get to "Personal Jesus" and "Never Let Me Down Again." Openminded attendees should get there early for Bat for Lashes.

Dirty Beaches, SISU, Ell V Gore @ Bowery Ballroom
Dirty Beaches made a pretty bold statement with his latest studio album, the experimental double LP, Drifters/Love is the Devil. But if you're wondering how that kind of downcast music translates live, head to Bowery Ballroom and you'll find that he's got quite the intense show to match. Opening tonight is Dum Dum Girls side project SISU and Toronot's Ell V Gore (who's signed to Bad Actors, the label run by Fucked Up's Ben Cook).

Bells≥, J. Robbins, Jumpers, Thurn & Taxis @ Cake Shop
Two Jawbox members will be in the house tonight; drummer Zach Barocas headlines with his band Bells≥, and frontman J. Robbins is playing solo. J produced and played on the new Bells≥ record, so maybe there will be some collaboration tonight?

Drowners @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
These good-looking Brooklynites have good taste in Britpop and have a few very catchy songs under their belt. This midnight show is free.

Delicate Steve, Celestial Shore, Conveyor @ Glasslands
An extremely talented instrumentalist who plays everything himself on record, gives up some control live to hi equally impressive bandmates. Good pop songs too.

Pretty & Nice, Miniboone, Miracles of Modern Science @ Mercury Lounge
Owing more than a little to the late '70s new wave of Squeeze, Joe Jackson and XTC, Boston band Pretty & Nice turn our impressive, nevery pop.

AlunaGeorge, Supreme Cuts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After an impressive 2012 EP on Tri Angle, a collaborative hit with Disclosure, and a number of other very catchy singles, AlunaGeorge brought everything together for their recently released debut LP, Body Music, which they're now supporting on their first North American tour. They were at Bowery Ballroom last night, and are at MHOW tonight. Polica collaborators Supreme Cuts open, and the show is sold out.

Matthew Dear, Kate Simko, James Teej @ Highline Ballroom
Having made dance music for more than 10 years, Matthew Dear is adept at mixing styles, innovation all while keeping things accessible...and never losing sight of the beat.

Oddball Fest w/ Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Comedy website Funny or Die is presenting this travelling laugh machine with Kiwi folk duo Flight of the Conchords and Dave Chappelle. Please don't yell "I'm Rick James, bitch" when Dave's on though.

The Music Tapes @ 133rd St. Arts Center Lab
Before Neutral Milk Hotel heads on tour, Julian Koster is doing one last run of shows for his band The Music Tapes at 133rd St. Arts Center Lab. Free but RSVP is closed.

Passion Pit, Best Coast @ Pier 26
Passion Pit are still touring like crazy in support of 2012's Gossamer, the excellent followup to their 2009 debut, Manners. They're playing the last two Pier 26 shows of the summer tonight and tomorrow. Both with Best Coast, both sold out.

Suicide, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, No Age, Jonah Bokaer/Airlocks, Kansas City Marching Cobras, YOSHIMO, Ryan Sawyer, Hisham Bharoocha (Soft Circle) @ Riverfront Studios (Station to Station)
Artist Doug Aitken is taking his variety Station to Station tour around the country with varying lineups on each stop. Tonight they hit NYC with synthpunk legends Suicide, two current indie rock mainstays Ariel Pink and No Age, and lots more. Should be an interesting night.

Windhand, Ramming Speed, The Golden Grass @ Saint Vitus Bar
Soulful, woofer-quaking doom metal is the order of the eve at Saint Vitus tonight, when doom gods (and goddess) Windhand descend upon our city. Backed by the great Ramming Speed and new band Golden Grass (mem La Otracina), it should be a killer night of heavy

Porches, Summer People, No One & The Somebodies, Frankie Cosmos @ Shea Stadium
It's a solid night of indie rock at Shea Stadium, including a set by Porches, who just released their new album on Exploding In Sound, and the anti-folk-inspired Frankie Cosmos (the project of Greta Kline, who plays in Porches, and is backed by Porches singer Aaron Maine on drums).

blink-182, New Beat Fund @ The Wellmont Theatre
I already went off about why this band is worth caring about, and if you're in agreement with that, you're probably also in agreement that next week's Music Hall of Williamsburg show is the place to be. However, as we all learned together, that show sold right out. So if you were one of the many in NYC who couldn't score tickets, you can still grab some to tonight's Wellmont show, which is at least closer to NYC and more intimate than the other area dates.

John Prine @ Beacon Theatre
A true country/folk songwriting great, John Prine remains vital 40 years into his career. Roseanne Cash opens, making things more appealing.

Allison Weiss, Secret Someones, The Bright Silence @ Knitting Factory
Punky singer/songwriter Allison Weiss recently opened for Laura Jane Grace and Mina Caputo at Knitting Factory, and tonight she returns to the venue to headline. She released a new album, Say What You Mean, on No Sleep earlier this year, which can be streamed below.

Colin L. Orchestra, Swindlella @ The Grand Victory
Cloud Nothings were just relatively close to NYC last weekend when they played Philly's Made In America, and tonight two of the members (drummer Jayson Gerycz and singer Dylan Baldi) will actually be in NYC, but it's with their noise side project Swindlella. The show is pre-show for this weekend's Spy Music Festival.

Dave Hill @ Book Court
Dave Hill just gave his book Tasteful Nudes a paperback release this week, and he's celebrating with a release party in Brooklyn at Book Court (163 Court St) at 7 PM tonight. In Dave's own words, "This is going to be an extreme literary blowout where I read, answer important questions, and then sign books and butts. Also, my rock band Valley Lodge is going to play a rare, yet still pummeling stripped down set of the hits."

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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Tickets for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Barclays Center go on AmEx presale today at 11 AM.

Long-running country punks Supersuckers, who've been at it for over two decades now (and put out a bunch of records on Sub Pop in the '90s) are playing a NYC show on September 7 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Prog rock legends Yes have been on a tour this year which hit NYC back in April and comes to Port Chester for a Capitol Theatre show on 7/28, and that tour will return to the area on August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ for what they're calling Yestival. It's a mini festival that also features Renaissance, The Musical Box (performing Foxtrot), Carl Palmer Band, and an appearance from Roger Dean. Yes will be performing The Yes Album and Close to the Edge at the show. Tickets for Yestival are on sale now.

Tickets for the King Khan & the Shrines show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cocorosie show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Toro y Moi show at Terminal 5 with The Sea & Cake go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bat for Lashes show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Modern English show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Johnny Marr show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, and Miracles of Modern Science are playing Mercury Lounge on September 6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (7/19) at noon.

ARMS play Mercury Lounge on September 10. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (7/19) at noon. Arms also play Glasslands on July 27 with Night Moves, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Sparks show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Man Man shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for Menomena and The Helio Sequence's co-headlining show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, and Spires show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for Pure Bathing Culture's show at Glasslands with Leapling are still available.

Tickets for the Steve Earle show at Town Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra show at MHOW with Jackson Scott go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Savoir Adore show at MHOW with The Suzan go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Westway show tonight with French Horn Rebellion are still available.

Kate Boy plays Glasslands on September 10 and Mercury Lounge on September 11. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon.

by Bill Pearis

Pretty & Nice

As mentioned, Boston's Pretty & Nice released their new album, Golden Rules for Golden People, earlier this year and it's one of 2013 fizzy pop pleasures. (I think so at least.) It's recommended to fans of early XTC and Squeeze, or anything AC Newman-related and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify

The band are playing some East Coast shows this week with St. Louis' palindromic So Many Dynamos, including two in NYC: Tuesday (7/9) at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and Wednesday at The Rock Shop on Wednesday (7/10, tickets). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Pretty & Nice playing East Coast shows w/ So Many Dynamos"


Tickets to see The xx and Polica at Radio City Music Hall go on AmEx/Local presales today at 10 AM (password: "coexist").

Tickets to the AlunaGeorge shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Savages at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Local Natives shows at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Deerhunter and Crystal Stilts at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Alt-J at Rumsey Playfield go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Neko Case at Radio City Music Hall go on AmEx and Local presales today at 2 PM (password: "NEKO2013").

Tickets to see Jenny Hval at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for her Glasslands show are on sale now.

Frances Cone, whose debut album came out earlier this year, is playing Glasslands on June 29 with Psychic Twin and Snuffalufagus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Ulrich Schnauss at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Kate Nash at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Hanni El Khatib and Bass Drum of Death at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

RSVP for the free Delicate Steve and Superhuman Happiness show at Mercury Lounge opens today at noon.

Pretty & Nice are opening for So Many Dynamos at Mercury Lounge on July 9. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/14) at noon.

Tickets to see Laura Mvula at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. No preasle for her LPR show.

Cold War Kids are playing Terminal 5 on October 22. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/14) at noon.

J. Roddy Walston & the Business are playing Mercury Lounge on June 25. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/14) at noon.

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is playing Tull's Thick as a Brick 1 & 2 at Beacon Theatre on October 11. Tickets for that show are still available, but Ticketmaster says "not many left." He's also added another show happening at the same venue a day earlier (10/10). Tickets for the newly-added show go on presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/14) at 11 AM.

Peace at Glasslands, December 2012 (more by Robert Altman)

Lilys @ The Bell House in 2008 (more by Bryan Bruchman)

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

Peace @ Knitting Factory
They look like the '90s but sound a little closer to Mystery Jets' avant-pop, UK buzz band Peace's tour hits NYC tonight for the first of two shows. Tonight's is at Knitting Factory with tourmates Team Spirit (the newish band from onetime Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy) and the gentle shoegaze of Hints. Tickets are still available.

Spinal Tap Vinyl Reissue Party @ Passenger Bar
Come out and celebrate the first vinyl pressing of Spinal Tap's debut album since its initial release tonight at Williamsburg's Passenger Bar. We're presenting the party which features Brooklyn Brewery beer specials and DJ sets from Mike V of The Everymen and D. Jane Gherkin. "The DJ's are hand picked Tap fans who will play a mix of Tap and hits (and misses) from the Tap era. The movie will be playing, $3 Brooklyn Brewery specials, and an opportunity to celebrate the Tap with your fellow Tap heads." Insert your favorite Tap quote here.

We're also giving away a copy of the vinyl reissue of the Spinal Tap soundtrack. Flyer for tonight's party below.

The Menzingers @ Saint Vitus
The Menzingers have been on tour for a few weeks with Fake Problems, Restorations, and Captain, We're Sinking, and they're about to wrap that tour up in the NYC-area this weekend. It ends completely in Asbury Park tomorrow, but not before a sold out show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus tonight.

Elliphant @ Glasslands
Swedish pop singer Elliphant has been on tour with Twin Shadow (who just played Governors Ball), and she'll take a night off from that for her own NYC show at Glasslands tonight with Heartsrevolution and a DJ set from Computer Magic.

Chickfactor 21 @ Bell House
The best sideways, lower-case indie zine around, chickfactor is celebrating 21 years in existence this week at The Bell House which means its legal to drink so buy it a shot. The first night of the three-day fest features the mercurial Lilys, plus onetime Tiger Trap singer Rose Melberg, Australia's legendary Cannanes, local indie rockers Versus and "special guests" which will actually probably be quite special. Tickets are still available.

Villagers @ Bowery Ballroom
Last seen playing acoustically at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn, Villagers return to NYC for a full-band show at Bowery Ballroom. San Fermin opens and tickets are still available.

The Suzan

The Suzan, Xenia Rubinos and more @ The Delancey
From Japan but living here in NYC, The Suzan are always a lot of fun live. Hopefully they'll soon deliver a follow-up to 2010's Bjorn Yttling-produced sophomore album. This show is an official New Music Seminar showcase that also features the talented Xenia Rubinos and is FREE.

Los Straitjackets @ Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival
Luchador surf band Los Straitjackets will be playing City Winery tonight as part of the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival. Because nothing says wine festival like five masked men playing you instrumental rock and roll. Hey, it's free.

The Postelles, Pretty & Nice at Studio @ Webster Hall
The band we're most interested in on this bill are Pretty & Nice, whose nervy brand of power pop recalls '80-era Squeeze and XTC, or the twisty melodies of AC Newman and can be heard on their new album. This one is also part of the New Music Seminar, but it's not free. Tickets are $13.

Life Size Maps, Friend Roulette & more @ Pianos
Another New Music Seminar show happening tonight is the one at Pianos which includes Life Size Maps, Friend Roulette, The Grizzled Mighty, and Twin Wave.

Saul Williams @ Highline Ballroom
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues with a sold out spoken word set from Saul Williams at Highline Ballroom tonight. Jennah Bell is on the bill too.

Mother Falcon @ Littlefield
18-piece baroque pop collective Mother Falcon continue their two NYC residencies with a Littlefield show tonight. Gary Lucas (Gods and Monsters, Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) will be the special guest at tonight's show.

Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, and Shahzad Ismaily @ Le Poisson Rouge
Le Poisson Rouge continues their ongoing billing of experimental artists (as part of the LPR X 5 Series) with a great lineup tonight of Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, and Shahzad Ismaily, plus Matana Roberts.

Pictureplane DJ set @ The DL
We know it's just a DJ set, but Pictureplane finds a way to make any event that he's part of interesting, so this should be a good one. Other DJs on the bill include Becka Diamond and Silent Drape Runners.

Finger on the Pulse BBQ Blowout @ Good Co.
The Bresnitz brothers behind Finger on the Pulse and Snacky Tunes are back with another summer's worth of BBQ Blowouts at Williamsburg spot Good Co. DJ Todd will be spinning tunes with onetime Top Chef contender Dale Talde will be manning the grill. $10 advance tickets ($15 at the door) get you a plate of (probably mostly un-vegan) food and a beer. 7 PM - 10 PM.

"Sinatra in the Park" at Central Park Summerstage
If you happened to have $25,000 extra dollars this evening, you may consider buying a VIP Pass to Summerstage's all-star fundraiser gala that, this year, is a Frank Sinatra tribute. The package includes backstage passes, a cocktail party, a shout-out from the stage, a three course dinner and a full page ad in the program. If you are feeling a bit more reserved, the $15,000 package is a nice one as well, but good luck getting backstage. Either way it goes to City Parks Foundation and is tax deductable. John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven, Andrew Bird, Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III and (just announced) John Legend will be among those covering Ol' Blue Eyes in Central Park. $100 general admission tickets are sold out.

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by Bill Pearis

Pretty & Nice

Boston powerpop combo Pretty & Nice caused a bit of a stir with their 2008 album, Get Young, which was one of the first releases on Sub Pop's Hardly Art subsidiary. Since then the band have been flying under the radar a bit, having severed ties with that label, but are finally set to release that record's follow-up, Golden Rules for Golden People, on April 30. Their love of late-'70s new wave (Squeeze, Elvis Costello, XTC) is still in full effect, as is the band's way with an infectious hook. We've got the premiere of first single, "Q_Q," which you can stream below.

That song will be released as a 7" single for Record Store Day (4/20). The band are also currently on tour, including an NYC show on May 11 at Cameo with Drunken Sufis and Noxious Foxes. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with the track stream and a live video, below...

Continue reading "Pretty & Nice releasing new album, touring (dates, stream)"

photos by Rebecca Reed; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG


What's next for reunited post-hardcore heroes Quicksand? After finishing their second of two NYC dates at Webster Hall last night (1/31, the first was 1/30), which was the final date of a larger reunion tour, it's hard to know what this crew will do. I do know this, Walter & co still put on one hell of a live show on on Wednesday, plowing through favorite after favorite like a well-oiled machine at Webster Hall. Cymbals Eat Guitars had the unenviable task of direct support but held their own in clearly hostile territory.

If you missed Cymbals Eat Guitars at either date at Webster, you're in luck. Look for the band to hit Shea Stadium on March 2 with Grooms, Pretty & Nice and Maquina Supervium. Tickets are on sale. If you happen to be allergic to Bushwick, live vicariously through the pictures/setlists from Wednesday's Webster Hall show below.

Continue reading "Quicksand played two nights at Webster Hall (night 1 pics/setlist); Cymbals Eat Guitars playing Shea Stadium "

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The Luyas

Rockwood Music Hall is open again.

Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.

Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).

The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.

Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.

As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).

Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.

The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.

It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.

Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.

Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.

STS9 plays Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).

Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.

Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.

Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).

Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.

Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.

The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:

Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:

Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Hammerstein Ballroom
Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.

Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.

The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.

Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.

Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.

George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.

Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.

Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.

Galapagos in DUMBO, which was ravaged by the storm, is back open tonight with Floating Kabarrette.

Shellshag are at XPO 929.

Free show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight with The Stompin Riff Raffs and Daddy Long Legs. The show previously cost money and had T Valentine on the bill.

Wabasco Burlesque at Union Hall.

The Rock Shop is open.

Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.

Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.

Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.

Music Hall of Williamsburg plays host to Woods, Widowspeak (who went Star Wars for Halloween), and Purling Hiss.

Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.

Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio

285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush

Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.

S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.

At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.

Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop

At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.

Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.

Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.

Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.

Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.

Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.

UCB West and East are open. The Pit too.

The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.

What else?

Laura Stevenson @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson and the Cans have a short run of dates this month which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and then makes its way south, culminating in Gainesville's The Fest. During CMJ the band will play the Deli showcase at The Delancey on October 16 with Blonds, Shakey Graves, XNY, Backwords, Swear and Shake, and more. Then after that, they'll play the Let's Get Messy showcase at The Rock Shop on October 17 with Roomrunner, Archie Powel & The Exports, Twin Tigers, Pretty & Nice, and more. Advance tickets for the Rock Shop show are available and you can also try to get into both of those shows with your CMJ badge.

As mentioned, when the band returns home after their October run, they'll play a local show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are still available.

In related news, The Mountain Goats' 2002 LP, Tallahasse, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and in honor of that, Crooked Neighbor is releasing a tribute album called Tallahasee Turns Ten, out digitally on November 5 and physically in January, 2013. The album features covers by Laura Stevenson, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Miracles of Modern Science, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb the Music Industry! and others. You can stream Laura Stevenson's take on "No Children," and check out a list of all upcoming LSATC dates below.

Continue reading "Laura Stevenson playing CMJ before The Fest, covered Mountain Goats for 'Tallahassee' tribute LP (dates & stream)"

Ava Luna at BV Holiday Party last month/year (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ava Luna

Wintersleep are going on a short North American tour this month which ends in 2 NYC dates happening on January 24 at Mercury Lounge with Pretty & Nice and January 25 at Glasslands with ARMS and Writer. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are on sale now. All Wintersleep dates are listed below.

Speaking of ARMS, their frontman, Todd Goldstein, is opening for John Roderick (of the Long Winters) at his Mercury Lounge show (1/28), which is three days after ARMS play Glasslands and one day after John Roderick opens for Aimee Mann at her sold out MHOW show. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available.

In other Glasslands/Mercury Lounge news, Har Mar Superstar has a few shows announced including Glasslands on March 7 with Rewards. Tickets are on sale now.

Rewards were also just announced as the opener for the second School of Seven Bells show at Mercury Lounge (3/1). Their record release show (happening at the same venue on 2/28) sold out and Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.

Both Rewards and School of Seven Bells also DJ in Brooklyn next Friday (1/13) at Cameo Gallery with CREEP, who is also DJing. Doors are at midnight for this late show, which takes place after Radical Dads play the same venue a few hours earlier. Radical Dads recently played a great set at our Brooklyn Bazaar Holiday Party.

The day before that Cameo Gallery show, NewVillager and Avan Lava play Mercury Lounge (1/12). Tickets are available.

Avan Lava is not to be confused with Ava Luna, who just played a BV Holiday Party with Widowspeak and Twin Sister, the latter of which they're heading out on tour with later this month. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but Ava Luna just announced their own NYC show happening shortly after the tour ends at Mercury Lounge on February 24 with Celestial Shore, Darlings, and Cindy Lou Gooden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/11) at noon.

You can catch Darlings in NYC even sooner when they headline Glasslands on Thursday (1/12) with The Suzan, Fabric, and DAYTONA (mems. of Harlem and Wild Yaks). Tickets for that show are available.

Friends play Cameo on January 24th.

Faris (of the Horrors) and Honor (of Cerebral Ballzy) both DJ cameo this Friday night (tomorrow, 1/6).

More Wintersleep & Har Mar dates below...

Continue reading "Wintersleep, ARMS, Ava Luna, Avan Lava, Radical Dads, Har Mar Superstar, NewVillager, Friends & other upcoming shows"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Crazy Rulers of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Ready to Go (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Seeking Love (MP3)

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

First up is Craft Spells who make their NYC debut tonight (4/8) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening for fellow Captured Tracks band Beach Fossils, plus Crinkles and an "Unannounced Special Guest" that might drum up some excitement if anyone could figure out who that might actually be. Craft Spells also play Saturday (4/9) at Glasslands with Cloud Nothings and the Sundelles, which is also a pretty solid lineup.

On record at least, Craft Spells is basically Justin Paul Vallesteros who made his debut album Idle Labor in his home. Vallesteros is making a go of it, having recently moved from Stockton, California to Seattle where he's turned Craft Spells into a quartet. Idle Labor is very much a bedroom pop album (and a very good one), clearly created by one guy who loves a lot of '80s music (OMD, Pale Fountains come to mind, as does New Order though mainly through the album art).

You can download two tracks from Idle Labor at the top of this post. But the Craft Spells live experience eschews the keyboards for a straight-up guitar pop sound that I'm told is a little more akin to Orange Juice. Which sounds pretty good too. We shall see.


As you're reading this column, you're probably well aware that the '90s are totally back. Which means bands from that era are totally back too. Bands like Sebadoh whose classic albums Sebadoh III, Bubble and Scrape and Bakesale helped define the sound of "indie rock." (I tried in vein to find a clip of Lou [wearing a Joy Division t-shirt] talking at length about breakups on MTV's Sex in the '90s. Somebody get on this please.] And they're totally back -- in NYC -- this weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. It looks like the Sunday show still has tickets at the moment.

To be fair, Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Eric Gaffney started playing together again in 2007 but it seems a lot more interesting now, what with Yuck slyly cribbing their moves and all. Oupa -- Yuck singer Daniel Bloomberg's side project -- are supposed to open for Sebadoh Saturday, though it's not listed on the Bowery website now. For sure you'll get Richard Buckner, who's opening both nights.


Keeping with the '90s indie rock vibe, don't forget Seattle's BOAT are playing Mercury Lounge tomorrow (4/9). It's a relatively early show -- BOAT are on at 9PM -- so you can go do something else after. They are super fun live, even when massive equipment failure threatens to derail them. BOAT persevere with good humor.

Surf City
Surf City

One of the things you could do after BOAT is just stay at Mercury Lounge for the late show, featuring post-rockers Bardo Pond and New Zealand's Surf City. While they've never really broken up, Bardo Pond are best known for their late-'90s canon on Matador, full of lengthy spaced-out jams full of crashing waves of guitar noise and throbbing bass. The band's hazy groove sounds intact on last year's self-titled new album.

Surf City, meanwhile, are indebted to the classic Flying Nun sound, meaning a whole lot of the Clean, a good dose of The Jean Paul Sartre Experience, and maybe a little Bats for good measure. Their new-ish album is called Kudos and is loaded with catchy, noisy guitar pop, like "Crazy Rulers of the World," downloadable above. Coincidentally, Crazy Rulers of the World is also the title of my forthcoming coffee table book about novelty measuring sticks. Go figure.

Surf City also play Glasslands on Tuesday (4/12) with Darlings, Lingering Doubt, and Little Racer.

That's it for this week's This Week in Indie. A few more daily picks follow.


Boston power pop band Pretty & Nice play Spike Hill. These guys are solid.

The name is kind of horrible and I'm personally not crazy about the music but I'm told Gobble Gobble's live show is unforgettable which might be reason enough to go check them out at Glasslands tonight. With Headless Horsemen.


Dinowalrus, She Keeps Bees, Total Slacker, Gunfight, Quiet Loudly, Pet Ghost Project, Mussels, Data Dog, El Jezel, Nature Boy, Shark? and more play the Brain-Cave Festival at Shea Stadium. Starts at 2PM, $10.


Garagey power pop band Bare Wires are at Cake Shop on Sunday with Fergus and Geronimo. Bare Wires are great, go out and see 'em!

OK, that's it! Tour dates, video, and flyers are below.

Continue reading "Craft Spells, Sebadoh, Surf City, BOAT, Bardo Pond, Bare Wires & more in This Week in Indie"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Golden Triangle - Jinx (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Golden Triangle - Neon Noose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Sandwitches - Back to the Sea (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Title Tracks - Every Little Bit Hurts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora (MP3)
DOWNLOADSummer Cats - Hey You (MP3)
DOWNLOADSummer Cats - Super (MP3)
DOWNLOADSummer Cats - Let's Go (MP3)
DOWNLOADSummer Cats - TV Guide (MP3)

NY Noise

March is consistently one of the most insane months for shows, due to nearly every band being on tour thanks to SXSW. The flood doesn't really kick in till next week, so view this weekend as the relative calm before the storm. Also, before we get into my recommendations, I'd like to mention that New York Noise, the NYC-TV show that has been documenting the local indie scene for eight seasons, is in danger of cancellation. Given it's new Tuesdays at 5AM slot (and its showpage on the website now gone), it almost might as well be off the air -- a worse fate than 120 Minutes ever saw. There are so few outlets to watch music videos on actual television anymore, let alone ones from semi-obscure indie rock bands, and even less done in such consistently clever, funny, fresh ways. (Breakfast at Sulimays was not the first to interview old people about indie rock.)

Music is a huge part of New York City culture and surely the only show on the air about it deserves to continue. If you feel the same way I urge you to sign the Bring Back New York Noise petition. You can read more about it and what's going on with the show over at the Village Voice. And there are some highlights from the show at the bottom of this post.

The Sandwitches
The Sandwitches

Ok, back to the music. San Francisco's The Sandwitches are visiting this weekend for three shows before heading off on a tour that will lead them to Austin for SXSW where they'll play more than a few parties including the BrooklynVegan Thursday day party.

They play the Rockstar Bar tonight (3/5) and then Monster Island on Saturday (3/6) with Golden Triangle.  Singers Heidi and Grace both spent time in The Fresh & Onlys and drummer Roxy used to be in Brilliant Colors. Like Donnie & Marie, they're a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. In a San Francisco indie sort of way, which means a fair amount of reverb.

Kelley Stoltz says of the Sandwitches: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance." I'm not sure I can top that description. I like their album, How to Make Ambient Sadcake, quite a bit and you can download opening track "Back to the Sea" at the top of this post.

After SXSW they'll play Todd P's MtyMx festival and then tour back to San Francisco with Thee Oh Sees and The Baths.

Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle

That Monster Island show on Saturday is the official record release party for Golden Triangle's debut, Double Jointer, which came out this week on Hardly Art. You can check out two songs from the album at the top of this post. I think you either like this sort of fuzzed out, reverb-soaked garage rock or you don't, but this record is a lot of fun -- a psychedelic art school party band that's part B-52's, part paisley underground, part Cavestomp.

Saturday should be a fun one, with an almost all-girl lineup. In addition to the Sandwitches, there's Girls at Dawn and Coasting, all of whom I like. Golden Triangle are also playing a lot of shows during SXSW including the same Thursday BV show as Sandwitches. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Title Tracks
Tital Tracks

Playing together two nights this weekend are Washington D.C.'s Title Tracks and Boston's Pretty & Nice. They play Saturday (3/6) at Union Hall and then Sunday (3/8) at Cake Shop.

As mentioned before, Title Tracks is the new band from John Davis, previously of much-loved Q and Not U, and the great but unfortunately shortlived Georgie James. That said, Title Tracks' just-released debut, It Was Easy, is pretty great, full of guitar-centric power pop in a late '70s style that might bring to mind Rockpile, Marshall Crenshaw or the dB's... or more recently Sloan and the New Pornographers. Two songs are at the top of this post. Davis is a fantastic songwriter (and performer) and while we may miss his previous bands, be glad he's still cranking out great tunes.

Pretty & Nice
Pretty and Nice

Pretty & Nice's music tips just the other side of 1980, with slightly nervier pop (XTC and Chris Stamey's songs with the dB's being obvious influences) but just as catchy and their 2008 album, Get Young, didn't get enough attention I don't think. Hopefully they've got a new album out sometime soon and we'll hear songs from it at one of the shows. They're fun live.


And last but in no way least are Australian band Summer Cats who make their NYC debut tonight (3/5) as part of the Mondo! party at Don Hills. They also play Sunday at Bruar Falls. Super-pumped to see these guys live tonight. I wrote loads about them earlier in the week so go read that, won't you? The Bruar Falls show also features local power-poppers Onward Chariots who sound pretty good on their Myspace. I'll be at an Oscar party (I'm bringing Hummus: Based on the Novel Precious by Sapphire) but those who don't care about the Academy Awards should show your support to these Cats. Like most of the bands in this post, they'll be in Austin for SXSW too. And elsewhere. Go see 'em.

That's it for this week. Videos and tour dates are below....

Continue reading "NY Noise, The Sandwitches, Golden Triangle, Title Tracks, Pretty & Nice, Summer Cats & more in This Week in Indie"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Title Tracks - Every Little Bit Hurts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora (MP3)

John Davis of Title Tracks (by Shervin Lainez)
Title Tracks

In early 2008, after several years spent in Washington D.C. bands like Q And Not U and Georgie James, John Davis decided he was ready to go out and start writing and recording albums on his own. John began work on the songs that were to become the first Title Tracks album in January 2008, as the unhappy fate of Georgie James became clear. By the time that Georgie James officially split up in the summer of 2008, John had an album's worth of songs ready to go and began playing shows with a new group behind him by the end of that summer. It Was Easy is the debut full-length from Title Tracks, John's solo project
Title Tracks' debut comes out February 23rd on Ernest Jenning Record Co. On the album, John Davis plays every instrument himself (minus guest sax by Kriston Capps and two vocal contributions by Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura). Live he'll be accompanied by a band. The album's first song, "Every Little Bit Hurts" posted above, is an upbeat power-pop number in the vein of Police/Elvis Costello/Ted Leo, the latter of which they'll be touring with this March. They open the first leg of Ted's tour, not the later dates that include an Irving Plaza show on April 9th. (Tickets for that are on sale.)

Before the Ted Leo dates, Title Tracks go on tour with peppy indie-pop band Pretty and Nice from Boston. Both bands play Union Hall on March 6th with Gary B & the Notions (tickets are on sale) and Cake Shop on March 7th. Title Tracks will also be at SXSW.

Pretty & Nice, a Hardly Art-signed band whose past credits include a BV day party at CMJ 2008 and opening for the Thermals, happen to also play tonight (1/26) at The Cameo with Drunken Sufis. Their "Tora Tora Tora" is above. More tour dates are below.

Ted Leo performs at the Bell House's stacked Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th.

All tour dates and tracklist/album art for Title Tracks' debut are below...

Continue reading "Title Tracks (John Davis of Q And Not U) - debut album, MP3, tour dates w/ Ted Leo & Pretty & Nice "

DOWNLOAD: Talbot Tagora - Internet Fixture (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Le Loup - We are Gods! We are Wolves! (MP3)

Hardly Art

Hardly Art is an independent record label based in Seattle, WA. Founded in early 2007 by Sub Pop Records, Hardly Art is run by two full-time employees and is distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) and Sub Pop. The label's name comes from a lyric the song "No Culture Icons" by [ex-Sub Pop band] the Thermals [who are in town], and the unofficial motto for the label is: Quality records for quality people since very recently. [Wikipedia]
The Hardly Art roster is now up to nine bands, the latest addition to which is Brooklyn Band Golden Triangle.

Golden Triangle @ NYU Strawberry Festival 2009 (more by Lauren Monaco)
Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle's upcoming shows include a gig on Saturday, May 9th at Rubulad with the Homosexuals. The band then plays a free show on Tuesday, May 12th at Southpaw with the Phenomenal Handclap Band. They're also scheduled to perform June 12th as part of the Northside Festival (again with The Homosexuals). All tour dates below.

Earlier this year when Golden Triangle were still unsigned, the group won the Dickies Battle of the Bands down at SXSW. The judges for that included Black Bubblegum, GZA, and Randy & Dean of No Age (who, being signed to Sub Pop, are now label cousins with the winning band).

Hardly Art intends to release Golden Triangle's debut full-length in early 2010. Other new signings by Hardly Art include Seattle bands Talbot Tagora and Unnatural Helpers.

Unnatural Helpers are a pretty righteous Seattle punk band with two former members of The Catheters, an ex-Sub Pop band of which I was especially fond and whose presence on the musical scene I miss dearly. Unnatural Helpers is ex-Catheters guitarists Brian Standeford (also of Idle Times and Tall Birds) and Leo Gephardt (Tall Birds), The Dutchess and the Duke's Kimberley Morrison on bass, though the band is the brain child of Dean Whitmore, who drums and sings. [Seattle Weekly]
A new track by Talbot Tagora (who named themselves after a type of car), "Internet Fixture," is currently posted at The Fader (and above). Their album Lessons in the Woods or a City will be released July 21st on CD and LP. From the label's more established acts, new discs are also planned for Le Loup and the Dutchess & the Duke by the end of this year.

Only one other Hardly Art band has an NYC date coming up: indie-pop trio Pretty & Nice play Union Hall on May 14th with the Dig and Middle Distance Runner. Tickets are on sale.

All upcoming Hardly Art tour dates below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Thermals

Pretty & Nice, now with a new drummer, opened for the Thermals at the sold-out, late-late show at The Bell House in Brooklyn Saturday night (1/31). It really was late too. Joseph Arthur's set at the early show ran long. I got there a little before midnight thinking I had already missed Pretty & Nice, but instead I found a line to get in down the block with a club employee handing out cookies to everyone who was now forced to wait in the cold. P&N went on around 12:30. Thermals probably went on around 1:30. It was well worth the wait.

Kathy (bass and occasional vocals) and Hutch (guitars and vocals), also with a new drummer, tore through old and new material and two covers (Nirvana's Sappy and Saints by the Breeders). The band and the sound system sounded tight. Everyone (well, a lot of people) was bouncing up and down and politely bumping into each other to the indie/post/punk/rock music. There were also a few slower jams, and at least one Obama shoutout. Now I really can't wait to hear the new album - Now We Can See is out via Kill Rock Stars on April 7, 2009 (which is around the time Hutch said the band would be back in NYC).

As someone told me at the show, The Thermals last played NYC exactly, to the day, one year earlier (Jan 31, 2008 at Studio B). More pictures and both setlists (from Jan 31, 2009) below...

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Pretty & Nice @ Pianos for BV CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Pretty and Nice

Tucked away in a basement somewhere on the outskirts of Boston, there is a secret lair filled with motley recording equipment, and a neatly organized cache of guitars, synths and other flashing electronics. The stockpile of gadgetry is owned and operated by three young gentlemen who call themselves Pretty & Nice.
Pretty & Nice will be opening for The Thermals at the Bell House tonight. It's a late show (starts at 11), and it's sold out. Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts play the early show in the same venue. Pretty & Nice play again in Brooklyn on February 5th. All dates below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Pretty and Nice

Boston band Pretty & Nice have played Pianos in NYC at least twice already. There was the Sub Pop/Hardly Art showcase during CMJ, and there was the BrooklynVegan day party a day or two before that (at which they went on at noon). Their next NYC show is also at Pianos - this Sunday night. All dates, and more pictures from the BV party, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eagle Seagull - Photograph (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Twi the Humble Feather - higher than the end (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Nothing Hides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Doreen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Muslims - Beside Myself (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shad - I Get Down (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Japanese Motors - Spendin Days (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Japanese Motors - Single Fins & Safety Pins (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Peasant - Exposure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - It's Not Like (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Grainger - American Names (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - Warning (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Friendly Fires - Jump in the Pool (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Antlers - A Thousand Eyes (MP3)


ABOVE: You can download at least one MP3 from every artist playing the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos today (Oct 23, 2008). Which one do you like best?

Phosphorescent's video for "At Death, A Proclamation" below...

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DOWNLOAD: Friendly Fires - Jump in the Pool (MP3)

Friendly Fires
FRiendly Fires

@ Pianos in NYC, Main stage, Thursday, October 23, 2008, FREE

time (PM), band
12:00 Pretty & Nice (Hardly Art)
12:45 Eagle Seagull
01:30 The Muslims
02:15 Japanese Motors
03:00 Friendly Fires
03:45 Crystal Antlers
04:30 Sebastien Grainger
There is also a 2nd stage upstairs running concurrently (and slightly later) with eight more bands, also free. That lineup will be announced shortly, but you already know it contains Wye Oak, Phosphorescent, Peasant, and Pwrfl POWER (lots of p's). (21+)

Friendly Fires play their first of two NYC shows with Lykke Li tonight (Oct 20)

Check out a video of Crystal Antlers playing a show at The Yard below...

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The Coathangers

Friday October 24, 2008 @ Pianos in NYC

Upstairs room:
Pretty & Nice 8:00 - 8:30 pm
The Coathangers 8:45- 9:15pm

Downstairs room:
Cotton Jones: 8:30-9:00pm
Death Vessel: 9:15pm-9:45pm
Dutchess and the Duke: 10:00pm-10:30pm
sBACH: 10:45pm- 11:15pm
Oxford Collapse: 11:30-12am
The Ruby Suns: 12:15am-12:45am

Three labels, one small CMJ show.

Sub Pop has Death Vessel, Oxford Collapse and The Ruby Suns.

Pretty & Nice and Dutchess and the Duke represent Sub Pop's sister label Hardly Art who now represents six artists in total including Le Loup who are opening for Stereolab at Irving Plaza on October 4th.

sBACH (member of Hella), Cotton Jones (ex-Page France) and The Coathangers (friends with the Black Lips) are reppin' Suicide Squeeze. The Coathangers signing was announced September 4th. Cotton Jones was announced in August.

Sub Pop usually does a sell-out show at the larger Bowery Ballroom, so they're definitely taking it easy this year. Merge's is small too.

Check out the Pianos flyer below...

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Pretty & Nice @ Emo's, SXSW 2008 (Bandepart.FM)
Pretty and Nice

Tilly & the Wall, SXSW 2008 (linoleum jet)
Tilly and the Wall

Sons & Daughters @ Free Yr Radio stage, SXSW 2008 (Chromewaves)
Sons and Daughters

Bodies of Water @ the Mohawk, SXSW 2008 (chasingfun)
Bodies of Water

Jim Noir, SXSW 2008 (Sarah Pants)
Jim Noir

* Jim Noir at Sound Fix (7pm)
* The Ting Tings are at Le Royale
* Modeselektor is playing Studio B
* The Living Room keeps celebrating
* Tilly & The Wall is playing Knitting Factory
* The Shackletons are playing Canal Room
* God is an Astronaut is playing Knitting Factory
* Pretty & Nice and Exit Clov are playing Trash Bar
* The Budos Band & Sweet Divines play Maxwell's
* The Octagon and Ford & Fitzroy are at the Red Door
* Sons and Daughters, Bodies of Water & The Brunettes play MHOW
* The Most Serene Republic, Miracle Fortress & Liam Finn play Mercury Lounge

Pretty and Nice is Sub Pop offshoot Hardly Art's latest signing. They're also from Boston. They're playing Trash Bar tonight with Exit Clov who they're also touring with, and they're playing Junkyard Palace in New Brunswick on March 32rd.

Jim Noir is in town from the UK. He took part in the Living Room 10th Anniversary celebration last night, and he's playing a last minute free show at Sound Fix tonight at 7pm - right before the Cassettes Won't Listen/Diggs show.

MusicSnobbery announced that he's throwing a show to celebrate his 3rd anniversary (not tonight). The Teeth, Salt & Samovar, and La Laque are all playing the April 10th show at Maxwell's.

Heartonastick is listing 53 reasons to hate Vampire Weekend. Check out Part 1.

What else?