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by Zach Pollack

Iasos' Celestial Soul Portrait cover art
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New-age musician Iasos has been churning out dreamy, celestial material since 1975. The Alexandroupolis, Greece-born ambient auteur immigrated to the United States at four-years old, with his family, and they briefly settled in New York City before moving upstate. Iasos made a post-college, cross-country move to California in 1968 to focus on music, which he began to perform with his group the Nova Shadow Quartet while in school. He struggled for years trying to form ensembles that might be able to recreate the music he heard in his head. Iasos released his debut effort, called Inter-Dimensional Music Through Iasos, in 1975 via his own Inter-Dimensional Music label. He's gone on to release 14 albums (most via IDM), and last year saw compilation Celestial Soul Portrait come out via Chicago's incomparable Numero Group. You can stream Celestial Soul Portrait (via Rdio) in this post.

Iasos live is an extremely rare occurrence, but when it does happen, his shows are one-to-two-hour multimedia experiences complete with self-designed visuals. NYC can experience this while celebrating the arrival of Fall at Baby's All Right on September 23 as part of the venue's first annual "Autumnal Equinox Celebration." The evening also features drink specials, the restaurant will have a special menu, and Prince Rama will DJ the afterparty.  Today only (9/2), advance tickets are just $10 and will jump to $20 after Midnight.

Then on September 25 at Body Actualized Center, Iasos will be holding a workshop titled "Using Sound for Light-Body-Activation & Healing." The artist offers further explanation:

Iasos takes you on a "guided tour" of many different ways that sound & music can be used for healing, alignment, and consciousness evolution. Iasos first gives a conceptual overview of the basic principles of "how sound healing works" and "how sound can induce increased coherence & beneficial energetic change"- and then, as he explains each concept, he will play recordings of his music that demonstrate that particular concept. The event then provides a wide range of examples, each of which is both intellectual (talking / left-brain-conceptual) and experiential / intuitive (actually listening & experiencing the sounds : right-brain-intuitive).
The workshop is on a sliding scale, $3 - $15 ("as each can afford"). More info on the workshop is here. Flyer for the Baby's show and a stream of Celestial Soul Portrait, below...

Continue reading "New-age icon Iasos released a compilation on Numero Group, playing live and holding workshop in Brooklyn"

DJ Dog Dick at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
DJ Dog Dick

Black Dice's Eric Copeland,  as well as DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Robot Death Cult and Fluct are currently on what they're calling the "Bushwick Small World Tour", which is a "conscious tour" of six small venues all within the Brooklyn neighborhood. The idea is being pitched as "a funny way to point out the insane amount of hard work and spaces coming out of a 20 block radius." The tour started Saturday (7/26) at Body Actualized Center and then moved to Secret Project Robot on Sunday (7/27). But you've still got four more  chances to witness this, including tonight (7/28) at Trans-Pecos. with Marley G, DJ Jacksy and a mix tape party with Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier too.

The different shows will feature slightly different lineups, with special guests each night. The rest of the tour looks like this:

July 29 @ Shea Stadium with Beech Creeps

July 30 @ The Ho_se with Kneeling Bus, Alaina Stamatis and DJs Prince Rama

July 31 @ Silent Barn w/ Hollow Bush, Non Horse, DJ Scooba Ooba and video art by Arron Warren

Flyer for the "Bushwick Small World Tour" is below...

Continue reading "Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick and more currently on "Bushwick Small World Tour" with four Brooklyn shows this week"

Omar Souleyman at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Oman Souleyman

Bad news, Omar Souleyman fans: tonight's show at Glasslands (6/13) (part of Northside) has been postponed till August 6. due to travel issues (maybe this giant storm that is currently drenching NYC?). Dutch E Germ is still performing with a Prince Rama DJ set and the show is now completely free. Tickets from tonight's show will be honored for the new date. For refunds contact Ticketfly.

APTBS @ MHOW 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
APTBS

A Place to Bury Strangers are putting the finishing touches on their fourth album which should be out late summer / early fall 2014. If you'd like to hear the album before that, the band are going to be testing out new songs from the LP at Brooklyn's The Wick on May 15. Spires (who open for The Horrors tonight) and APTBS' DbA buddies Grooms are opening. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Before that, A Place to Bury Strangers will play the kickoff party for the Psycho de Mayo Festival which happens at Santa Ana, CA's The Observatory Constellation Room on May 10 with Gnod and Cold Showers. They'll then be DJs at the actual Psycho de Mayo Fest which also happens at the Observatory (same locale as Burgerama III) on May 11 and features Pentagram, Suuns, Saint Vitus, Prince Rama, Dead Moon and more. Full lineup and Psycho de Mayo flyer below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers previewing new LP live in NYC after playing CA's 'Psycho de Mayo' fest (line-up)"

Hopscotch

We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Festival 2014 initial lineup (Spoon, Mastodon, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Death, High on Fire, White Lung & more)"

by Bill Pearis

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Toronto band Weaves, who were last in NYC back during CMJ, will release their debut EP next week (4/1) via Buzz Records. The band blend somewhat disparate elements -- big rock riffs, liquid bass, ethereal harmonies -- into a danceable, eclectic sound, led by Jasmyn Burke's distinctive, emotive vocals. It's catchy, off-kilter stuff, and we're premiering a stream of the full EP. Check that out, along with the new video for "Buttercup," below.

Weaves have a few Canadian dates lined up and will dip below the border to visit NYC for two shows: April 18 at Baby's All Right with Win Win and headliners Prince Rama (tickets), and April 19 at Shea Stadium with Slothrust and Video Daughters.

All dates are listed, along with the EP stream and "Buttercup" video, below...

Continue reading "Weaves ready debut EP, playing shows, including two in NYC, one with Prince Rama (dates, EP stream)"

Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Bob Mould

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

Broken Bells, Au Revoir Simone @ Webster Hall
Broken Bell put out the funky followup to their 2010 self-titled debut, After the Disco, earlier this year, and tonight they play their first proper NYC show since its release (not counting the 3-song Brooklyn show in they played in January). If you're going, it's worth catching Au Revoir Simone too.

Screaming Females, Tuff Tits, Todd Congelliere @ Silent Barn
This is one of two intimate NYC shows for the shredding punk trio Screaming Females happening this month. This one's in celebration of Shellshag's birthday, and also features Toys That Kill's Todd Congelliere, who has a new solo album. Todd and Tuff Tits team up again at DbA on Sunday too.

Tei Shi, Heavenly Beat, Atlanter @ Glasslands
Tonight's show was supposed to be headlined by Sweden's The Mary Onettes who postponed due to visa issues. Luckily, Heavenly Beat sound like they're Swedish, so the vibe remains the same. Headlining is Canadian ex-pat Tei Shi whose music falls roughly into the future R&B niche.

Dam-Funk, Maya Vik, Gordon Voidwell, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Dam-Funk will fill the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with his funk/hip hop tonight. Like all BKNB shows, it's free to get in and there's also not-free food, drinks, shopping and games.

Shilpa Ray, Bambara, The Veda Rays, Haybaby, Turnip King @ Shea Stadium
This is a pretty killer line-up of local bands, headlined by harmonium shredder Shilpa Ray, but also featuring voluminous bashers Bambara, the superior indie rock of Turnip King, and more.

Future Punx, Final Bloom, Eaters @ Death By Audio
Owing much to 1980-era new wave like Devo and Oingo Boingo, Future Punx come at you with flying angles. Their debut 7" is just out and they'll be celebrating that release tonight with likeminded bands Final Bloom and Eaters, plus Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage on DJ duties.

Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ City Winery
Bob Mould's solo debut, Workbook, is 25 years old this year and he's celebrating that tonight. Hopefully Bob will be previewing a song or two off his just-announced new solo album.

Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov @ Town Hall
Josh Ritter and tourmate Gregory Alan Isakov will be keeping things simple and acoustic this weekend over the course of two sold-out shows. Tonight's the first.

Swearin', Even Hand, Certain Spiders @ MHOW
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. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Color War, Doom Squad, Deanna Viva Garcia, Prince Rama (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn duo Color War make the kind of icy italo synthpop that could've ended up on the Drive soundtrack. Their new album, It Could Only Be This Way (stream it below), is just out and tonight's the record release show.

Moon Boots, Treasure Fingers, Henry Krinkle, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Moon Boots is making some of the best material in this whole "house revival" thing going on with Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental and more, and he should have you on your feet all night at Webster Hall.

Guardian Alien, Vampillia, G Lucas Crane, Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Trans-Pecos
This bill is loaded with experimental music, including the drumtastic noise of Guardian Alien, the Boredoms-related Vampillia and YYYs drummer Brian Chase.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers begin their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.

The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show @ Barclays Center
The folk rockin' Avett Brothers keep getting bigger and tonight they make the jump to headlining Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They'll be joined by the likeminded Old Crow Medicine Show.

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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Julianna

For her performance on Tuesday, Ms. Barwick similarly surrounded herself with a small cast of extras to recreate her "Nepenthe" songs: the guitarist Scott Bell; the violist Rose Nelis; and the singers Sharon Van Etten, Kate McGuire, and Taraka and Nimai Larson.

As they performed, soft lights played in a circle overhead, alternating with video by Derrick Belcham: snowy, windblown Icelandic landscapes morphed into eerie scenes of Ms. Barwick floating serenely in a lake, a long, white dress billowing around her. Returning alone for an encore, Ms. Barwick performed the title track from "The Magic Place." A feeling of homecoming could scarcely have been more evident. [NY Times]

To celebrate the release of her fantastic new ambient pop album, Nepenthe, Brooklyn's Julianna Barwick played a hometown show at Judson Memorial Church (8/20) on the day of its release. As mentioned in the above review, Julianna was joined by a number of guests during her set, including Sharon Van Etten and Taraka and Nimai Larson of Prince Rama, who sang with her. Check out a new, high quality video of the three singers joining her for "Crystal Lake" from the new album, below.

Not long after the release show, Julianna headed a bit north to play Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on September 13, where she was was part the day that included Pig Destroyer, Evian Christ, Pharmakon, Richard Hell (reading), and more.

Video below...

Continue reading "Julianna Barwick @ Judson Church with Sharon Van Etten and Prince Rama (video)"

The Flaming Lips at Wellmont Theatre in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Flaming Lips

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

The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?

Big Boi, Killer Mike @ Brooklyn Bowl
Big Boi's currently the more active member of Outkast and while his solo stuff isn't anything to ignore, you can usually count on hearing tons of 'Kast at his shows too. His frequent collaborator and fellow ATLien Killer Mike opens the show.

Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
Funny guy Liam EcEneaney is throwing a release party for his new CD, Comedian, and has invited a bunch of equally clever friends Christian Finnegan, Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry, Gilbert Gottfried, Hannibal Buress, plus musical guests Starlight Girls and The Summer Replacements. Tickets are still available.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ State Theatre (NJ)
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along. This tour has two more NYC-area shows, playing Port Chester's Capitol Theater tomorrow, and then on Saturday (10/5) will be at Webster Hall.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and theme of tonight's show is "Greatest Hits Night." So no need to scream for "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," they're probably going to play that. Tickets are still available.

Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik @ Mercury Lounge
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows. Check out the kinda NSFW video for "Innocence Is Kinky," below.

Warpaint, DJ Nelleke @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's been over two years since LA dream pop quartet Warpaint were in NYC, but that finally changes tonight. There's been talk of a new album -- which will be their first since their 2010 debut -- so hopefully we'll hear some of that new stuff tonight. Sold out.

Jagwar Ma, DJ Angus Gruzman @ Glasslands
Australia's Jagwar Ma, whose debut album owes much to the '90s baggy scene, made their American debut at Mercury Lounge last night and tonight they're at Glasslands. Sold out but they'll be back in December.

Prince Rama @ Clocktower Gallery
Tonight is the premiere of Prince Rama's film, Never Forever, a free-form bit of strangeness that includes both the "twisted world of a post-apocalyptic gym queen" and a "VR robot turned pop star." It looks kind of like The Apple? After the film there's a lecture, "Pop Music and the Apocalypse," from singer Taraka Larson. The event is sold-out but you can check out the trailer below.

Tyvek, Shark?, Darlings, Juan Wauters (The Beets) @ Death By Audio
On their way back from Goner Fest, Detroit noise punks Tyvek stop by Death by Audio to trash the place with a fine line-up of local openers.

Aaron Dilloway and Richard Pinhas, Matthew Regula, John Mannion, On a Clear Day @ Saint Vitus
Former Wolf Eyes' dude Aaron Dilloway tonight will play a collaboritive show with Richard Pinhas of '70s French prog band Heldon for what surely be some mind-expanding sounds.

Twin Peaks, Lost Boy?, Flagland, The Teen Age @ Shea Stadium
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features The Teen Age who make equally catchy guitar pop.

Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

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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Pictureplane

If you were looking at our What's Going On Wednesday? post and wondering who the "special guest" at 285 Kent was tonight (4/17), the above tweet from Pictureplane seems to have solved that mystery. The rest of the line-up, including Prince Rama, Austin's Sleep ∞ Over, and Teams, was interesting already on its own. Tickets are still available.

If you haven't heard Pictureplane's new track, "Pure War," yet you can stream it below.

Continue reading "Pictureplane is the special guest at 285 Kent tonight?"

photos by Ryan Muir

Le1f / Prince Rama @ the Whitney Museum - 4/7/13
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NYC rapper Le1f plays locally a lot, and this past weekend (Sunday, 4/7) he did a more unconventional show in the city than usual at The Whitney Museum for the music portion of their Blues for Smoke exhibition. Known for eccentric costumes/outfits, Le1f did this one in some sort of silvery body paint, and used a dimly lit couch as a prop. Also at that show, Dapwell brought out guests for his 'Chillin Island' radio show, and Prince Rama did a live set with some trippy projections and a motorcycle. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Le1f has other shows coming up in the area, including the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy show at Glasslands on May 7 with Mykki Blanco (who played The Whitney two days before LE1f), Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and more. That show has since sold out.

Before that, he plays two college shows this weekend. TONIGHT (4/12), he'll be at Barnard College for a WBAR & Columbia Music Festival show with Children of the Night (who also play a Red Bull show), Morri$ and Earnest Blount. Tonight's show is free, all ages, and open to the public. Doors are at 5 PM. The next day, he plays SUNY Purchase Culture Shock with White Lung, METZ, Marnie Stern, Shigeto, Iceage, Iggy Azelea, and more. But that festival, which is only open to students and their guests, will be even tighter on security this year, because it's being held indoors.

Also speaking of WBAR, as discussed, their annual free WBAR-B-Q goes down on April 27 with Waxahatchee (who plays Glasslands the same day), Twin Sister, Roomrunner (who open for Pissed Jeans on 4/13), Swearin' (who have plenty of other shows), Speedy Ortiz, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and more.

More pictures from the Whitney below...

Continue reading "Le1f played the Whitney Museum w/ Prince Rama & Dapwell's 'Chillin Island' (pics), playing more shows, Barnard tonight"

Sleep Over at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Sleep Over

Sleep Over is going on a tour with Memory Tapes which hits NYC for a previously mentioned show on April 14 at Mercury Lounge. TIckets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

After that tour wraps up, Sleep Over will play another NYC show a few days later at 285 Kent (4/17) with Prince Rama, Teams, Splash, and a "Special Guest." Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Prince Rama play local shows in NYC a lot, and you can see them even sooner at The Whitney Museum for this weekend's Blues for Smoke festival. They play on Sunday (4/7) with Dapwell, Heems, and Le1f. Meanwhile tonight (4/5), Kool A.D. plays with Mykki Blanco (who was just added to Le1f's Red Bull Music Academy show).

In related news, Pure X, who Sleep Over released a split with back when they were called Pure Ecstasy, have expanded their previously announced tour, and it now includes a third NYC date. In addition to playing the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at BAM on April 27, and their show at Mercury Lounge on May 14 (tickets), Pure X will also play 285 Kent (5/15) the day after the Mercury Lounge show. Tickets for the 285 Kent show are on sale now.

All Sleep Over and Pure X dates are listed, along with a stream of "Romantic Streams" from Sleep Over's 2011 LP, Forever, below...

Continue reading "Sleep Over playing shows w/ Memory Tapes and Prince Rama (separately); Pure X expand tour (dates)"

Le1f (photo by Siobhan Bledsoe)
Le1f

The Whitney Museum is currently hosting the Blues for Smoke exhibition, which will be up through April 28. The exhibition "explores a wide range of contemporary art through the lens of the blues and blues aesthetics." In conjunction with that exhibition, they are also presenting a festival this weekend with performances and events. On Friday (4/5), former Das Racist member Kool A.D. will team up with Mykki Blanco for a show at 6 PM. Then on Sunday (4/7) between 1 and 4 PM, the other two former Das Racist members Dapwell and Heems, will play with another rapper, Le1f, and psych freaks Prince Rama.

In addition to the two hip hop oriented shows, there will be a show on Saturday from Brooklyn soul ensemble King Holiday. The performances on all three days will be spread out into small, unconventional spaces rather than in a concert space, and will be accompanied by projections. All performances are free with museum admission.

Mykki Blanco recently played the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, and his tour brings him to Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/2) for a show with DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, and Ian Isiah. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Meanwhile, Le1f has another hometown show coming up as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. His show takes place on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, The Peronists, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, :PAPERCUTZ, and a "very special guest." Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream Mykki's 2012 mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, and Le1f's recent mixtape, Fly Zone, below...

Continue reading "Le1f, Mykki Blanco, Prince Rama & members of Das Racist playing the Whitney during 'Blues For Smoke' exhibition"

dynomutt

Tickets to see Big Terrific's 5th Anniversary show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Mika plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 12 and tickets go on sale today at noon. Mika also plays Le Poisson Rouge before that on April 9 and those tickets are currently on sale.

Tickets to all three of the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band shows at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Flume at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Marnie Stern at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to their Maxwell's show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus Three with Peter Buck at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to Redd Kross' show at Santos are on sale now.

Ludacris, Neon Trees, Timeflies and Questlove will play the Billboard Launch party which happens at  Stage 48 on Thursday (2/21). Tickets will be given away via Billboard's Facebook and Twitter.

Prince Rama is playing the afterparty for the Art Lottery benefit for ISSUE Project Room at Three-Legged Dog tonight (2/20). Tickets ($50) for the show are on sale now.

photos by Jonathon Bernstein

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells played Music Hall of Williamsburg at the end of January (1/31) with Prince Rama and Weeknight and we've got a belated set of pics from that show in this post.

Since that show the band revealed some bad news: SVIIB guitarist Benjamin Curtis is battling cancer, having been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Singer Alejandra de la Deheza wrote on the band's Facebook that "it developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it's TREATABLE." Curtis wrote recently:

The love you've all shown me this weekend has touched me in a way I've never felt before. It's such a huge feeling that, despite the terrible circumstances, I can't help but feel like the luckiest guy on the planet to be surrounded by such beautiful energy. The cancer has affected my eye in a way that makes it a bit hard for me to read and type at the moment, but I do hope to respond to as many of you as I can as that changes. Please bear with me. Until then, keep your thoughts with me and I'll be keeping mine with you. I'm gonna beat this for you just as much as I am for myself. xB
Included with that Facebook post was an Instagram pic from the hospital which you can see below. Our thoughts are with you Benjamin. More pictures from their MHOW show below too...

Continue reading "School of Seven Bells played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics); Benjamin Curtis battling cancer"

Edan at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Edan

Bandshell has been presenting some pretty solid shows at Le Poisson Rouge, like the upcoming Teengirl Fantasy/Laurel Halo one and the Juan Maclean one. Now they've announced another one with an all around killer lineup which happens on March 28 at the Manhattan venue with sets from apocalyptic psych freaks Prince Rama, abstract rap great Edan; and DJ sets by Gang Gang Dance member Brian DeGraw and Black Dice member Eric Copeland. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The video for Prince Rama's recent single "So Destroyed" and a stream of Edan's 2005 album, Beauty and the Beat, below...

Continue reading "Prince Rama, Edan, members of Gang Gang Dance & Black Dice playing NYC"

The Strokes

SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.

Tickets ($30 per day or $75 for three-day pass) are on sale now and more info is at Savannah Stopover's website. The full announced lineup is below.

Continue reading "of Montreal, Chelsea Light Moving, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, & more playing Savannah Stopover before SXSW"

photos by Robert Altman

"We love you NYC <3" - School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells @ Doc Martens Union Square - 1/16/13
School of Seven Bells

Danceable BrooklynitesSchool of Seven Bells play locally a lot, and as you know they've got a Music Hall of Williamsburg show (1/31) at the end of the month, which fellow Brooklynites Prince Rama and Weeknight were added to (tickets).

But the band also just played a less traditional show in NYC last week. They stopped by Union Square for a show at the Doc Martens' store. They played a five song set (setlist below) and then returned to play "Scavenger," which wasn't on the setlist. The show was free and those in attendance were also treated to free beverages, courtesy of Goose Island and AQUAhydrate, and for the fast food lovers... White Castle. Aaron Pfenning of Rewards provided tunes before SVIIB came on. Pictures of both artists are in this post.

School of Seven Bells also recently stopped by Bait and Tackle in Red Hook, Brooklyn to perform an acoustic version of "Scavenger" for Geocachers in one of the bar's booths. The video of that performance, plus videos of SVIIB at the Doc Martens store, along with more pictures from that show, below...

Continue reading "School of Seven Bells played Doc Martens store (pics, videos, setlist); Prince Rama & Weeknight opening their MHOW show"

"@kittaveli that new song u made is fucking awesome. thats like, really cool. i really like it" - Grimes

Kitty Pryde at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde plans to release her followup to the haha im sorry EP this month with her new EP, D.A.I.S.Y. rage and she just revealed a teaser video for the EP which features the new song, "Dead Island." The video was directed/produced by Steamclam and you can watch it below. She's also been tweeting that her new mixtape will drop soon on Cocaine Blunts and she'll appear on the new Le1f mixtape, Fly Zone, which is due out on January 13.

Kitty Pryde has some upcoming appearances in NYC scheduled, including Lil B's panel discussion at 285 Kent on January 17, where she'll appear along with Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane, Alexandra Gamlin (Afro-Punk), and Russ Marshalek and Sophie Wiener (of Silent Drape Runners). Plus there will be Lil B-themed DJ sets by Pictureplane and Prince Rama.

A couple weeks after that, she'll return to 285 Kent for a live show on February 7 with Nina Sky (who you probably know best from their 2004 single, "Move Ya Body" and who released the free mixtape, Nicole & Natalie last year) and Chippy Nonstop. Tickets for that show are on sale now. She doesn't appear to have any other dates scheduled at the moment.

Video below...

Continue reading "Kitty Pryde releasing new EP (watch a trailer w/ a new song), playing shows, appearing at Lil B's panel discussion"

by Bill Pearis

Doldrums @ MHOW, September 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

Airick Woodhead has come a long in the last 12 months with Doldrums, having started as a one-man elecronics project and quickly expanding it into an actual band that gained more form as the months went on. By the time CMJ rolled around, Doldrums was a fully realized endeavor on stage and one of the more entertaining sets I saw that week. As mentioned before, Doldrums' debut album, Lesser Evil, will be out February 26 on Montreal label Arbutus Records. It's a terrific record that I think is gonna turn a lot of heads. You may remember that Grimes jumped the gun and named it her favorite album of this year. You can check out the video for Lesser Evil's "She is the Wave," below and stream "Egypt," the first official single from the album, as well which is available in EP form right now.

Meanwhile, we got Airick to give us his Top 10 of 2012. He prefaces his list with this:

Driving alone at night is the best time to listen to music. Me and my car, Sheeba, have been through alot, and here are the records that have soundtracked our year; some good stuff coming out of the neighbourhood and from across the pond. Of course, i should be giving a honorable mention to my FAVORITE driving records of all time : Robyn, Sean Nicholas Savage, Elvis Presley, Yo! Majesty, Nancy Sinatra - but just for the sake of this being a year end list lets go with the new shit.
Will he give props back to Grimes? Or perhaps his brother Daniel's band Moon King? Check out his list below, along with the "She is the Wave" video.

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by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama @ Cake Shop, CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prince Rama

As you may be aware, Friday is December 21 aka 12/21/12, aka the day that the world is supposed to end according to the Mayan calendar. (Many people don't believe the world will actually end, or they probably wouldn't finished up Breaking Bad already.) There are a lot of Apocalypse parties happening, one of which will be at 285 Kent headlined by Prince Rama, which is entirely appropriate given their new album is called Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World. You can check out the new video for that album's "So Destroyed" below. I bet they'll throw a good Ragnarök event which will double as a holiday party too in case you want to wear your Santa suit. Also on the bill is Dickpic (DJ Dog Dick and Pictureplane) and Ami Dang. Tickets are $8 at the door, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.

Speaking of Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, we asked Prince Rama for their Top 10 albums of 2012. Instead, they gave us their Top 10 "Top 10 Lists of 2012" which you can check out below.

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art basel

From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.

Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.

Some of those artists were set to play the UR1 Festival which was to run concurrent with Art Basel but was cancelled.

If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Prince Rama at Cake Shop - 10/17/12
Prince Rama

BV photographer Amanda Hatfield and I were both running around the L.E.S. on Wednesday (10/17) and we crossed paths at the Terrorbird/Impose day party at Cake Shop. I got there when Jerome LOL was on. Jerome was one half of the now-broken-up LOL Boys, and even without his partner (Markus Garcia, who is also working on solo material now), Jerome was one of the better DJs I saw at this year's CMJ. Jerome LOL was followed by Mykki Blanco, who blew the roof off of Cake Shop (and not just because he's almost as tall as the basement's low ceiling). The venue really began filling up for him and he had most of the crowd dancing along. Fellow NYC locals Prince Rama followed and kept everyone just as upbeat as Mykki just made them. Though CMJ is a great time to check out new bands from around the world, parties stacked with local faves are a great time too. The show ended on an equally high note with a set from Pictureplane, who isn't from around here, but plays NYC all the time too, and is always worth showing up for.

Amanda was there for Prince Rama and Pictureplane, and she also caught Win Win earlier in the day, who I unfortunately missed. More pictures of those three artists are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Maria Minerva & LA Vampires - The Integration
Integration

As mentioned, warped pop singer Maria Minerva is releasing a collaborative album with Not Not Fun/100% Silk label head LA Vampires (aka Amanda Brown, formerly of Pocahaunted) called The Integration. The album will be out digitally and on vinyl on October 30 and it comes out on CD on November 13. GvsB just premiered the video for the album's single, "Seasons Change," which you can watch below. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below.

Maria Minerva is playing a number of CMJ shows this week (maybe you saw her at the Panache showcase at Public Assembly on Wednesday or at Trip House or Le Poisson Rouge last night?) and you still have some chances to see her. She plays the Ad Hoc unofficial showcase at 285 Kent tonight (10/19) with Solar Year, Prince Rama, Le1f, Physical Therapy, Mykki Blanco, and Pictureplane (DJ). I just caught Prince Rama, Mykki Blanco, and Pictureplane (though it was live a set) at the Terrorbird party at Cake Shop on Wednesday and they were all great, plus Maria Minerva doesn't disappoint in a live setting, so that showcase is looking like a pretty solid show. $8 at the door.

Maria plays the 285 Kent show at 9 PM and after that she'll head to Delancey for a 12:30 AM set at the Underwater Peoples showcase with La Big Vic, Future Shuttle, Ian Drennan, and Limited. $5 at the door.

Then, as mentioned, Maria will play the Life or Death showcase at 92YTribeca on Saturday (10/20) with Kilo Kish, Sky Ferreira, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Twerps, Starred, Dogbite, Slug Guts, and Jozef Van Wissem. $10 at the door, or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.

A list of all dates, that video, and the album tracklist are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Death Grips @ LPR, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
Death Grips

On Wednesday (10/17), CMJ was well under way and day parties were widespread across the Lower East Side yesterday (and to a lesser extent, Williamsburg). Andrew was out and about, like at the Terrorbird party at Cake Shop:

Prince Rama (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
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Says Andrew: "It was pretty easy to go in and out so it probably never hit capacity, but Cake Shop was still packed all afternoon for the Terrorbird party. I got there around 4 and caught great sets by Pictureplane, Prince Rama, Mykki Blanco, and Jerome LOL. How were the earlier ones that I missed?"

Meanwhile, BV photographer Amanda Hatfield roamed around the city, hitting the KEXP day show at Union Square Ballroom where she saw Daughter, High Highs, Cody ChesnuTT and Interpol frontman Paul Banks who was sharp-dressed as usual:

Paul Banks at CMJ Union, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
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Stay tuned for better pictures from that. She later crossed paths with Andrew at Cake Shop, but also spent time at the Tell All Your Friends Party at Pianos where she caught Braids, and then they both headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for Ali Shaheed, Buke & Gase, Death Grips, and Flying Lotus which was by all accounts a bananas show.

Indians at Brooklyn Bowl, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
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My CMJ Wednesday started a little later than planned a quick plop-down in the couch turned into an hour disconap, but I made it down to Brooklyn Bowl for Hype Machine's party to see Danish artist Indians. Andrew wrote a nice little recap of his Tuesday set at Living Room which I agree with but will say a bowling alley is maybe not the right place to see a one-man electronic act that is mostly downtemo, somber music. That said, he's got a great voice and would love to see him again not in a 7-10 split situation.

The big news from his set was that Indians pressed 500 copies of his 4AD debut on vinyl in plain brown sleeves to sell just at CMJ. The album won't actually be out till January, so this is a real treat. I wanted one, but wasn't going home anytime soon, so maybe I'll pick one up at one of his other shows this week.

I left the Hype Machine party before The Neighborhood went on, but the band did give me a glow-in-the-dark sticker while I was looking at the Indians vinyl at the merch table. Thanks, guys! I hoofed it up Wythe to South 2nd and poked my head in to Death by Audio to see what time METZ were going on (late) and then rounded the corner onto Kent to hit Glasslands for the Stereogum party where the line stretched long outside. I was lucky I managed to get in, but others weren't. The NY Times was there in the weeds, talking to folk in line, "many of them in fashionable clothes and carrying iPods."

When I got inside, I found things running late and heard the "Thank you, goodnight!" from Io Echo (who play our day party on Friday [10/17). Port St. Willow, who also played the NYC Taper show at Cake Shop today, were up next and sounded nice, but were maybe a little to mellow to follow a dance-y act.

Savages @ Glasslands 10/17/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
Savages

After their set I worked my way up front to catch Savages, the real reason I was there. As I wrote earlier, they kinda knocked me out. (Their rhythm section is insane.) Mind you, I am a sucker for this kind of sound (gothy post punk a la 1981) but Savages are the real deal. They play our day party Friday (10/19, 2:30) which you should totally try to make. Skip class, call in sick...whatever you have to do. It's a great line-up (The Intelligence! METZ!) and totally free.

Pitchfork loved Savages too.

Guards at Glasslands 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
Guards

Guards (ex-Cults member Richie Follin's band) we up next and played a fine set of rousing, sing-a-long rock. Follin remarked it was nice to be back at Glasslands where they played their first-ever show.

Dum Dum Girls @ Glasslands, 10/17/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
DDG

Dum Dum Girls took the stage about 12:30 and seemed in good spirits, delivering the kind of all-killer-no-filler showcase set that makes festival attendance a plus sometimes. They even did their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You" again (just like at Europa). New bassist (and talented photographer/filmmaker) Malia James is a great addition to the band, adding a little sass to DDG's otherwise cool demeanor. (She also looks more than a little like Jessica Paré [aka Megan Draper].)

And that was it for me for that night, but BBG was just getting started with a late night WIERD show at Home Sweet Home that featured Cult of Youth and Slug Guts. But elsewhere in the world...

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Hundred Waters, who you can see tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and who play the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly Saturday, started their CMJ run at Mercury Lounge last night with Pitchfork on hand.

Pitchfork also stayed for Doldrums who you'll find at our Friday day party at Public Assembly.

We also got a peak at the renovated Slipper Room last night. BV's Dominick Mastrangelo stopped by for the Glassnote showcase set by Daughter (who open for the Walkmen and Dum Dum Girls at Terminal 5 tonight). "Very cool space. Look forward to catching more shows here", he tweeted. Stay tuned for more on that.

Local Natives headlined a one-off show at Bowery Ballroom.

The few who stuck it out till the end at the 285 Kent hip hop show last night are probably tired, as we know Sasha Go Hard went on some time after 3am... she came straight from the airport too, and then went right back to the airport and back to Chicago right after the show!

Hopefully by now you're up at Rebel checking out a full lineup of Texas bands tonight, or maybe doing something else, and we hope to see you at our first day party Friday at Public Assembly!

Speaking of our day party Friday, you can see Sky Ferreira there. Last night she played Union Hall., Check out a video below...

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