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Kendrick Lamar at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Fred of Fred & Toody

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

Kendrick Lamar & the Wesley Theory, Jay Rock @ Terminal 5
In support of one of 2015's best albums, To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar is playing some intimate shows with a full band and support from his Black Hippy pal Jay Rock. This was moved from Webster Hall to the slightly less intimate Terminal 5, but it's still likely to be a special night.

Prince Rupert's Drops, Hairy Sands, Luscious Skin @ Elvis Guesthouse
Local psych-rockers Prince Rupert's Drops headline this flavored with "the vestiges of halloween costumes, marathon cheer, and saintly solemnity, it will be an intimate, rollicking, freeform, colorful, and transporting autumn night."

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Land Lines @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Once a folk singer, Nathaniel Rateliff is now more popular than ever with his soul band Th Night Sweats, whose song "S.O.B." has been pretty unstoppable this year.

Fred and Toody (of Dead Moon) @ Union Pool
Fred and Toody from Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows play their second night at Union Pool, hitting songs from throughout their long career together.

Pell @ Baby's All Right
Mississippi-via-New Orleans rapper Pell is celebrating his new album LIMBO with three US release shows, one of which is in NYC tonight. It's free.

Night Train feat. Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's live comedy series 'Night Train' celebrates its third anniversary with some of his all-time favorite guests, including Aparna Nancherla, Sean Patton, Joyelle Johnson, Mike Lawrence, Janelle James...and free pie.

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photo: The Decemberists at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
The Decemberists

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The Decemberists, Lucius @ Radio City
The Decemberists have both a new album and a new EP out this year. The new stuff's a bit more straightforward than their prime-era material, but we'll probably hear some old favorites tonight too.

The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Black Ryder @ Terminal 5
With it's mix of Phil Spector melodies and wall-of-noise distortion, no one had quite heard anything like The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, when it came out in 1985. It's since become the template for a lot of music, but the band remind us where it came from with these shows playing that album in full.

Built To Spill, Crosss, Clarke and the Himself's @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock guitar heroes Built to Spill continue their NYC show onslaught tonight. Also on the bill: Toronto's doomy Crosss who are worth catching.

Bob Mould, Jason Narducy @ City Winery
On his current "Works in Progress" acoustic tour, Bob will be trying out now material and playing some favorites, too. Narducy, who plays in his electric band, will open the show.

CocoRosie, A Tribe Called Red @ Webster Hall
CocoRosie returned this month with their sixth album, Heartache City, and it has them sounding as singular and eccentric as ever.

The Internet, Moonchild, St. Beauty @ Highline Ballroom
Odd Future's The Internet offer up some high quality neo-soul on this year's Ego Death. They celebrated it with some relatively intimate shows around its release, and tonight they play the larger Highline Ballroom.

Cavity, Genocide Pact, Sunrot @ Saint Vitus
Cavity once included current Floor/Torche members Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya (though it no longer does), and were churning out a similar kind of sludge metal back in the '90s. They haven't played the East Coast in over a decade, but that will change tonight.

Dauwd, JDH & Dave P, The Loose Control Band, Pedro Vian, Evan Michael @ Good Room
UK producer Dauwd returned this year with the Jupiter George EP on Kompakt, three airy songs that exist somewhere between garage and house. Tonight he plays a FIXED party.

Houndmouth, Basia Bulat @ Irving Plaza
Americana band Houndmouth headline this show, and if you're going we recommend showing up for powerhouse folk singer Basia Bulat, who opens.

The Mynabirds, Bad Bad Hats, Stranger Cat @ Rough Trade
The Mynabirds, the project from onetime Georgie James member Laura Burhenn (who was also a touring member for The Postal Service in 2013), just released their third album, Lovers Know.

Black Asteroid ft. Cold Cave, Paul Ritch, Kevin Castro @ Verboten
Earlier this year, Cold Cave's Wes Eisold collaborated with icy techno artist Black Asteroid on a new EP, Black Moon. They'll be recreating that live tonight.

Spirit Family Reunion, The Love Supreme, The Horse-Eyed Men, Big Kitty @ Union Pool
Spirit Family Reunion finish up their two-day Harvest Festival featuring "some of our favorite acts, both local and cosmic, we've encountered over the years ranging from avant country to North African dance music. Each night will start out with solo performers and culminate with a full band dance party after we play."

Heaters, The Mystery Lights, Lemon Twigs, Prince Rupert's Drops @ Alphaville
Grand Rapids, MI psych/surf trio Heaters release their new album, Hawaiian Holiday, today and celebrate tonight with a pretty great bill of likeminded acts. If you're going tonight, do catch Lemon Twigs.

David Cross, Astronautalis, Josh Gondelman, Joe Berkowitz, Jo Firestone, Chris Rose (host) @ Livestream Public
This is part of the "Late Night Basement" series, with a pretty great lineup of guests. The first 40 people to arrive get a choice of Josh Gondelman & Joe Berkowitz's upcoming book, "You Blew It!" or a nice cold can of Narragansett.

Marty Willson-Piper, Ryan Martin Steve Shiffman's Land Of No @ Fulton Stall Market
He's not currently in The Church, but Marty Willson-Piper  is in NYC and playing this free show tonight at this Seaport multi-use space.

Dances, Friend Roulette, Zula, Haybaby @ Baby's All Right
This is the release show for Dances' new album, which skirts the line between garage rock and power pop. It's a cool local bill all around, with chamber pop band Friend Roulette, psych-popsters Zula, and grungy indie rockers Haybaby.

Jose James (Billie Holiday tribue) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.

The Suffers, Bhi Bhiman @ Mercury Lounge
Lovers of vintage soul will want to check out Houston's The Suffers, who raise the roof (and the temperature) at their energetic live shows.

Gardens and Villa, Palehound, Cotillon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
California duo Gardens & Villa released new album, Music for Dogs, that finds them getting into almost Of Montreal style hazy pop.

Cheap Trick @ St. George Theater
Glammy powerpop heroes Cheap Trick are keeping the flame alive in Staten Island tonight

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photo: Interpol @ T5, December 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Interpol at Terminal 5
photo: Todd Terje @ Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Todd Terje at Pitchfork

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

Interpol, Cosmicide @ Celebrate Brooklyn
Interpol's 2014 album El Pintor was a nice return to form for the the NYC band, with some of their strongest songs in some time. Tonight's big outdoor show is with Cosmicide, the new band from Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis (who is also an auxiliary live member of Interpol).

Todd Terje & The Olsens, Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ Terminal 5
Todd Terje's debut full length, It's Album Time, is a a playful album, with toe-dips into tropicalia, Morricone-style exotica, neon Miami Vice synths and the straight-up dancefloor bangers that are his singles. He'll bring it all to life with his bongo-and-cowbell-crazy live band The Olsens tonight.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Puss 'N Boots, Reverend Billy @ Jones Beach
Neil Young is a lot of things -- folk rock pioneer, alternative music icon, and also a hater of agriculture behemoth Monsanto, which his new album with Promise of the Real (the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons) is about. He's supporting that album on this tour, but playing lots of hits too. Opening is fellow Monsanto hater Reverend Billy and Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N Boots.

The Mekons, Viktor Fiction @ Bowery Ballroom
Much like The Fall, long-running band The Mekons have dabbled in just about every musical genre you can think of in their nearly 40-year existence but they always mainly just sound like themselves. Mekons shows tend to be long and boozy with a very, very devoted fanbase. They're one of the greats.

Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dillon Cooper @ Irving Plaza
Raekwon's timeless debut solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, turns 20 this summer and in celebration of that, he and fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah (who's on almost every track of that LP) are touring, and play their second of two NYC shows tonight.

Slayer, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange, Kissing Candice @ PNC Bank Arts Center
It's the first of two NYC-area stops of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, which makes a step up from last year's co-headliners (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold) by bringing in two legends: thrash pioneers Slayer and the theatrical King Diamond. It's worth catching the younger hardcore-leaning Code Orange too.

Samantha Urbani @ Baby's All Right
Onetime Friends frontperson Samantha Urbani is striking out on her own, having released a couple promising solo tracks recently. She just made her solo live debut a couple weeks ago and here's another chance to catch her.

The Gaslight Anthem, Matthew Ryan @ The Paramount
The Gaslight Anthem continue to move from a punk band into alternative rock and folk rock territory, and their recent setlists have been mixing up their various sounds pretty well.

Human Bodies, One Master, Syphilitic Lust, Salo @ Acheron
Boston's Human Bodies put black metal and punk in a blender, and come out with something that's raw, eerie, and surprisingly kinda catchy. It's good stuff.

Mountains, Prince Rupert's Drops, Josh Millrod @ Union Pool
Union Pool hosts a cool multi-genre show tonight with drone duo Mountains and psych pop band Prince Rupert's Drops.

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photo: Super Furry Animals in London this year (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Super Furry Animals
photo: New Pornographers @ The Brill Building, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
New Pornographers

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

4Knots Festival w/ Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus, Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks, Screaming Females & more @ Pier 84
The Village Voice's annual outdoor festival isn't at the Seaport this year, and it isn't free either, but it does have the first US show from Welsh greats Super Furry Animals in six years and Stephen Malkmus which is enough to justify the $25 ticket alone. But you also get Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks, Screaming Females and lots more. Starts at noon...and SFA are playing a full set, if you're wondering.

The New Pornographers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down @ Prospect Park
There are probably a number of folks who are torn today between SFA/Malkmus and seeing New Pornographers. While Carl Newman and crew have been through NYC a few times in the last year, this show is free... and in the lovely, wooded Prospect Park.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival w/ Common, Mobb Deep, Freeway & more @ 50 Kent
The annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival has been hosting various events all week, but tonight's the main one: the big concert at outdoor Williamsburg venue 50 Kent. They've got conscious rap vet Common, Queensbridge legends Mobb Deep, early '00s Roc-A-Fella staple Freeway, Duck Down-signed underground rapper Skyzoo, Disclosure/Pharrell collaborators Lion Babe, Chelsea Reject, Torae, Charles Hamilton, and more.

Rainer Maria, Softspot @ Shea Stadium
Rainer Maria put out a number of great emo/indie rock albums on Polyvinyl back in the late '90s and early '00s, but then broke up in 2006. Earlier this year they reunited at Bowery Ballroom, and this week they play two more hometown shows. This is the second.

Say Anything, Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hard Girls @ Best Buy Theater
Say Anything's newer material may not be their strongest, but the early stuff holds up well and all of tonight's openers are great. There's the scrappy Philly kids Modern Baseball, ambitious indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, and raw melodic punks Hard Girls.

Rosetta, So Hideous, No Way, Descender @ Saint Vitus
Rosetta's newest album Quintessential Ephemera is their first with Eric Jernigan of City of Ships as an additional member, and it brings some new sonic territory into their atmospheric post-metal/post-hardcore mix. It's good stuff.

The Rezillos, Gameday Regulars, The Purslaines, Whiskey Bitches @ Gramercy Theatre
UK punk/new wave vets The Rezillos released ZERO, their first album since the '70s, back in March which found the band still in fun form. But expect to hear classics like "Top of the Pops" tonight too.

The Men, Honey, Junk Boys, Red Dawn ii @ Silent Barn
The Men progressively shifted from a punk band to a jam band, and lately members have either spent more time with other projects or left the band all together. We're not entirely sure how any of that will play into what they have in store for us tonight, but there's only one way to find out.

Bok Bok, Corbin & Bobby Raps, Blaqstarr, Despot, Helix, Sheen @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Warm Up continues today, bringing a lineup split between electronic (Night Slugs DJs Bok Bok, Helix and Sheen) and rap (Corbin & Bobby Raps, Blaqstarr and Despot) to MoMA PS1's hot sunny courtyard.

Pictureplane, DonChristian, Chiffon, :3l​ON, Robin Gold, "Secret Special Guest DJ" @ Aviv
As anyone who attends small electronic shows in NYC knows, ain't no party like a Pictureplane party. And rapper/Le1f associate DonChristian makes this bill extra great.

Summer Thunder w/ PAT, Bottoms @ Union Pool
It's the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's monthly party at Union Pool, which means "good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ's that aren't afraid to go deep." There's also a live performance from electro-shock group Bottoms. Starts at 2 PM.

Beverly, Weeknight, Wild Yaks @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
There are way worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than at Riis Park Beach Bazaar which offers food, craft beer/wine, shopping, games...all within a stone's throw of the surf. Also: free live music, today featuring the surfy Beverly, and dark n' twangy Weeknight. Starts at 1 PM.

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, Jason D. Williams, CatEyEs @ Bowery Ballroom
"Austin's answer to Johnny Cash", Dale Watson released his new album, Call Me Insane, in June. It's the latest in a long and prolific career that's had its joys and sorrows. The Johnny Cash comparison is apt, with a deep resonant voice, honky-tonk sound, and an abundance of truck-drivin' songs. Saucy duo CatEyEs open.

Prince Rupert's Drops, Tamarron, The Due Diligence, Edith Pop @ Cake Shop
Local psych rock band Prince Rupert's Drops headline this show but Austin's Tamarron are worth checking out too. Their album dadrock is loaded with hazy guitar pop that your father may or may not like. Stream it below.

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
Bridget Everett continues to perform her acclaimed show at Joe's Pub. Shy folks might want to either a) not sit too close to the stage or b) not go at all. Everyone else: Bridget's a riot.

Warped Tour @ Jones Beach
We don't actually recommend going to this, but if you're getting dragged there by a friend or family member... well we feel sorry for you. But also, you could make your day kinda better by catching post-hardcore band Citizen and Canadian punks PUP and The Dirty Nil.

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Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (4Knots/SFA, New Pornos, Rainer Maria, BK Hip Hop Fest, Say Anything, Rosetta & more)"

Erasure in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)

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Erasure, All Hail The Silence @ Terminal 5
With a bucketload of synthpop hits, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell hit NYC for two NYC NYE shows, tonight being the first. Expect extra glitz and glamour in the duo's already over-the-top stage show.

Patti Smith @ Webster Hall
Punk legend Patti Smith put out a handful of classics of the late '70s NYC scene, and her live shows and newest music (2012's Banga) are still awesome today. Tonight she continues her tradition of year-end shows in her hometown with her second of two Webster Hall shows.

The Hold Steady, The So So Glos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Like their fellow bar rock pals Deer Tick, The Hold Steady are ringing in the new year with a multi-night run in NYC this year. They bring the party to MHOW tonight for their first of two shows there, both of which are with local punks The So So Glos.

Deer Tick, The Weeks @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick are bringing the rock and the very drunk nights to Brooklyn Bowl for 6 nights in a row this holiday season leading up to New Year's Eve. This is night 5 and it will feature them performing Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True in its entirety, plus a set of originals. Southern rockers The Weeks open.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Keepaway, Mon Khmer, Air Waves @ Glasslands
It's the second to last night you'll ever see a show at Glasslands, and for this one they got local indie rock greats Cymbals Eat Guitars, who took a huge step forward on this year's LOSE (one of our favorite albums of 2014).

Prince Rupert's Drops, Savants, Moonwalks, GODS @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn's Prince Rupert's Drops make the kind of mushroom tea psychedelia that pulls from faery folk, late-'60s garage and early-'70s hippy-isms. The band's new album, Climbing Light, was released last month.

Plow United, Mikey Erg, Chumped, Up For Nothing, Hatrabbits @ The Acheron
Melodic '90s punks Plow United have been back for a few years now, and they'll cap off 2014 with this show that includes fellow vet Mikey Erg (of like, 90 bands), one of NYC's best newcomers for this kind of stuff, Chumped, and more.

Sunflower Bean, Life Size Maps, Bluffing, Haybaby @ Baby's All Right
Baby's All Right put together this lineup of some of their favorite "come-ups" from 2014. This New Year's Eve Eve show is free.

The Detroit Cobras, Dough Rollers, Twin Guns @ The Bowery Electric
The Motor City garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras are on the East Coast for some shows around New Year's, this being the first.

Chromeo (DJ Set), Nick Catchdubs @ Output
Get your pre-NYE party on with Montreal/NYC duo Chromeo and Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs.

Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show 'Sandra Bernhard is #blessed' which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque." Two shows tonight, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

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by Andrew Sacher


Rhyton returned this week with their newest album, Kykeon, on Thrill Jockey. Made up of three great players in the Brooklyn experimental scene -- David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of No Neck Blues Band), Rob Smith (of Pigeons) and Jimy SeiTang (ex-Psychic Ills) -- Rhyton are well equipped to take on ideas as ambitious as the ones on Kykeon. Of its six songs, four pass the seven-minute mark and only one is under four, and they're all instrumental passages through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. In terms of other modern stuff, Grails comes to mind as a comparison, and fans of that band would likely dig this. But really any fans of tripped-out extended jams should check this out. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify and stream one track below.

At the moment, Rhyton have four shows scheduled including one in Hudson, NY tonight (11/21) and two upcoming dates in their hometown of NYC. The first is this Sunday (11/23) at Trans-Pecos with Fadensonnen (with special guests Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Kevin Shea and Brian Sullivan) and Key of Shame (also No Neck-related). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their next local show happens December 10 at Union Pool with two other local psych bands, Weird Owl and Prince Rupert's Drops (tix at door).

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...

Continue reading "Rhyton released 'Kykeon,' playing shows (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher


Brooklyn psych rockers Prince Rupert's Drops are releasing the followup to 2012's solid Run Slow with a new album, Climbing Light, on November 11 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Its first single, "Dangerous Death Ray," is a trip back to the acid-induced sounds of the late '60s with groovy basslines, wah-pedal guitar solos, and equally throwback vocal melodies. It premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

The band plays around their hometown a good amount, and their next show will be this Friday (8/29) at Baby's All Right with Love As Laughter and August Wells. Tickets are on sale now.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Prince Rupert's Drops releasing a new LP (stream a track), playing Baby's with Love As Laughter on Friday"

Hard Girls

Jeff Rosenstock, Hard Girls, Broadcaster, Chumped @ Death by Audio
All three members of San Jose's Hard Girls back former Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels in his band Classics of Love, and on their own they make scrappy punk rock that feels right at home on their label Asian Man Records. We at BrooklynVegan are proud to present tonight's NYC stop of their tour with Broadcaster, which also features a full-band set from Jeff Rosenstock (frontman of the now-defunct Bomb the Music Industry) and strong locals Chumped. Hope to see you there!

United Nations, Frameworks, Bottomfeeder @ Asbury Lanes
United Nations began as a side project for Geoff Rickly to make extremely heavier music than his main band while he was still in Thursday. Now that that band has called it quits, Geoff is putting a lot more time into United Nations, and even if he insists the project is an elaborate joke poking fun at punk rock, it sounds like one hell of a serious punk rock band. Openers Frameworks pull from a similar type of post-hardcore that UN do (and they probably pull a bit from Thursday as well), and they make a good match.

Echo & The Bunnymen, Mikky Ekko @ Irving Plaza
Despite having a new album, Meteorites, that frontman Ian McCulloch says is their best album in years (he says that about every album) the Bunnymen's recent setlists have been mostly a hit fest. If Songs to Learn and Sing is your favorite album, you'll be in heaven (up here) tonight.

Eminem, Rihanna @ MetLife Stadium
It may be over ten years since Eminem's put out a great album, but The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show are all hip hop classics, and you're bound to hear plenty of those at tonight's show.

Prince Rupert's Drops, Butterscott, Zapps @ Union Pool
Brooklyn psych band PRD headline this show, but perhaps more notable is Boston cult legend Butterscott who has been doing home four-track recordings and releasing cassettes for more that 20 years.

Delorean @ Surf Lodge
After playing the BV-presented show at Baby's All Right last night, Spanish dance troupe Delorean play this free show at this hip Montauk hideout.

Gregory Mendez, The Weaks, Jenna Smith, Last Full Measure, Radiator King @ Palisades
Philly duo The Weaks (aka Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, both ex-Dangerous Ponies) aren't shy about calling themselves products of the '90s, which is certainly the vibe you get from this year's The World Is A Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And I Want To Die. Fellow Philly band Last Full Measure are also along for the ride.

Propagandhi, War on Women, Rvivr @ Webster Hall
Canadian skate punks-turned-thrashers Propagandhi are known for railing against racism, sexism, homophobia, etc and play tonight with two bands with similar agendas, RVIVR and War on Women.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

UPDATE: No Hannibal Buress show tonight.

Chicago, REO Speedwagon @ Jones Beach
Close your eyes and it's 1984 when "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" and "You're the Inspiration" were fighting for you slow dance power-ballad of choice.

Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin @ 50 Kent
This is the dirtybird BBQ, featuring "a big day of sizzling grooves, food and fun in the sun." Special guests on the bill are '80s Def Jam hip hop legends EPMD.

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

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For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the Blood Brothers BV-presented show at Warsaw starting today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Parquet Courts, Blues Control and PC Worship show at Webster Hall go on sale Monday (8/11) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Screaming Females show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Trey Anastasio Band PBS taping at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Avi Buffalo show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Their in-store at Rough Trade is free.

Tickets for the Pond shows at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lucius show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Celebration show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Fauntleroys (Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian, etc) shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ryan Hemsworth shows at Bowery Ballroom on Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ought show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Death To All, Obituary, Massacre and Rivers of Nihil show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ray LaMontagne show at Beacon Theatre (11/12) go on sale today at noon. Since we last spoke, he added a second show happening at the same venue a day later (11/13), and that goes on sale at noon too.

Tickets for the Lake Street Dive shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Wild Feathers show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival go on sale today at 1 PM.

Reunited post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy are playing Webster Hall on October 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Love As Laughter, August Wells and Prince Rupert's Drops are playing Baby's All Right on August 29. Tickets for that show are available now. Prince Rupert's Drops are also playing Union Pool on August 17. No advance tickets for that show.

Young metalheads Unlocking The Truth are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on September 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. The band also plays the upcoming AfroPunk fest.

The Queers featuring Richie Ramone are playing Santos Party House on October 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Blues legend John Mayall plays City Winery on September 15 & 16. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Jackson Browne recently announced a Beacon Theatre show and now added a second one happening October 8. Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now. He also makes an appearance at City Winery tonight (8/8).

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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Psych pop band Worthless, whose Curtis Godino is also a member of the Drippy Eye Projections crew, are releasing a new 7", Greener Grass, on May 27 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond (pre-order). Its new single, "Freakout," owes much to the psychedelic era of the '60s and any of that era's more modern revival bands like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Black Angels, etc. That song premieres in this post, and you can check it out below.

Worthless also play the upcoming Beyond Beyond is Beyond label showcase with a genre-appropriate lineup of Steve Gunn, Prince Rupert's Drops and Devonian Gardens at NYC's Mercury Lounge on May 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No other upcoming shows that we're aware of yet.

Song stream and show flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)

We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.

The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.

Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.

Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.

Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.

Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)

Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.

East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.

Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.

Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."

At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."

Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.

Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.


Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.

Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.

The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.

Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.

Halcyon Records in DUMBO has their biggest selection of RSD exclusives yet. They'll be open at 10 AM.

In the greater NY area, Fords, NJ's great Vintage Vinyl will be open at 8 AM for Record Store Day and are carrying around 300 RSD exclusive titles.

Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.

If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.

Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...

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by Bill Pearis


Onetime Swell Maps and Television Personalities member Jowe Head released Confessions from the Twisted Tower last year. The album's somewhere between the postpunk bands he's known for and proggy English folk, and can be streamed via Rdio below.

Jowe, who toured this time last year, is visiting the US for a few shows this week with his band Celestial Choir, including two in NYC: Thursday (4/10) at Union Pool with Lame Drivers and Phoaming Edison, and then Saturday (4/12) at Cake Shop with Ne-Hi and Prince Rupert's Drops.

The Celestial Choir, it should be noted, includes members of Magnetic Fields (Claudia Gonson), Mad Scene (Lisa Siegel, WFMU's Brian Turner, and Katie Gentile), and Fly Ashtray (Eric Cohen). All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and flyers for both NYC shows, below...

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Waxahatchee at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

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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Jonas Reinhardt (the project of Jesse Reiner), who released the Mask of the Maker album earlier this year via Not Not Fun, is returning with an experimental sci-fi film, Ganymede, on February 11. Jesse made the film with multiple Brooklyn-based filmmakers including Antonia Kuo, Josh Lewis, Kenneth Zoran Curwood, Shona Masarin, Ben Mosca, and Lily Jue Sheng, and it will be screened at select US theaters and at his live shows. In Jesse's words, "It imagines sub-aquatic life on the distant moon of Ganymede beneath a sky of ice." The trailer for the film premieres in this post, and you can watch that below. A limited edition of the DVD and its soundtrack can be pre-ordered now.

He has a couple shows scheduled at the moment, including one in Boston this month and another in Brooklyn on January 21 at Union Pool with Prince Rupert's Drops and Hairy Sands. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Plus, the film will screen in NYC on February 20 at Spectacle in Williamsburg (8 and 10 PM).

All dates are listed, along with that trailer video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Prince Rupert's Drops @ Knitting Factory in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prince Ruperts Drops

Prince Rupert's Drops' debut album, Run Slow, was one of 2012's more underheard albums, dabbling in fungal psychedelia, droney freakouts, and motorik grooves. If you haven't heard it yet you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's new single, "Stay Awake," which is three minutes of a bad trip (in a good way). Paranoia abounds and you can stream it below.

The band, like most NYC-based bands, will be making appearances during CMJ. They'll be playing the Beyond Beyond is Beyond showcase at Union Pool on October 17 with Velcro Lewis Group, Coke Weed, and Worthless. Drippy Eye Projections will be providing appropriately trippy visuals. $10 at the door, no advance tickets. You can also use your CMJ badge if you have one of those. Show flyer below...

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Mac DeMarco @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Mac Demarco

Priests @ DBA (more by Ivey Haber)

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

The Defibulators, Future Folk, Tall Tall Trees, Dubl Handi, Bennett Sullivan, DJ Becky Birmingham @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like traditional bluegrass with a bit of a punk edge, head to Brooklyn Bowl tonight to catch Brooklyn's The Defibulators playing a release show for their new album, Debt'll Get'em. Should be a grand ol' time.

Sarah Neufeld @ Rockwood Music Hall
Arcade Fire violinist just released her first solo album, Hero Brother. Tonight she plays with Bell Orchestre's Stef Schneider on percussion. Tickets are still available.

Pure Bathing Culture, Mary Alouette, Jimmy Whispers, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
Pure Bathing Culture put the pop in "dream pop" (in a good way) and their recently released debut album, Moon Tides, is a great example of that. Swoon along at Glasslands tonight.

Priests, Neonates, Downtown Boys, Household @ Death By Audio
DC band Priests released their second tape EP earlier this summer, full of spiky, shouty, catchy, dancey tunes. You can stream it below. Actually the whole show is like that with LA's Neonates, Providence's Downtown Boys and local post-punks Household. Good show!

Mac DeMarco @ East River Amphitheater (FREE)
While he's become somewhat known for his on-and-off-stage antics (dude is funny), let's not forget last year's Mac DeMarco II is very a solid record and his band is just tight enough to keep things from delving into chaos.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Son of Dad, Shorts, Regal Degal @ Cake Shop
When he's not playing in Real Estate, Alex Bleeker makes drastically different music with his band The Freaks, who favor bluesy psychedelia over his other band's breezy jangle pop. Tonight he shares a bill with his Real Estate bandmate Jackson Pollis' other project, Son of Dad. And Regal Degal's weird art pop is worth showing up early for too.

Emeli Sande, Rudimental @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Emeli Sande headlines Central Park tonight, and if you're going, we especially think it's worth catching Rudimental, the four-piece house/drum & bass group, who do pop crossover a bit like Disclosure does. And Emeli sings on their album, so maybe there will be some on-stage collaboration?

Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Bear's Den @ Forest Hills Stadium
Queens' Tennis stadium Forest Hills, which used to host live music decades ago, is starting to do so again, and tonight it gets its first show in ages from three British indie bands, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, and Bear's Den.

VietNam, Prince Rupert's Drops, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
Longrunning band Vietnam returned after a five-year abscence to deliver A.merican D.ream, their first album in five years. It's a quality bill tonight, with an opening set from the psychy Prince Rupert's Drops and Jonathan Toubin on the turntables between sets.

Buster Poindexter @ Highline Ballroom
David Johansen has been back with the New York Dolls and doing some solo shows lately too, but for whatever reason tonight he's playing under his '80s/'90s pseudonym Buster Poindexter, best known for his version of "Hot Hot Hot."

Eve @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve returned this year with her first album in over a decade, and she actually sounded pretty hungry on a good deal of it. Not sure what she's like live these days, but you can find out for yourself at Gramercy Theatre (moved from Irving Plaza).

Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.

Larry Graham @ B.B. King Blues Club
Grand Central Station funk conductor Larry Graham recently played Prince's post-VMAs show at City Winery. Prince has showed up at Graham's BB King's shows before. We're not saying he will tonight, but...just saying.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Speaking of legendary funk, vibraphone master Roy Ayers is at Blue Note tonight. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work). There are early and late shows, and it's his first of four nights at the venue.

The Rides @ The Iridium
Buffalo Springfield/CSNY's Stephen Stills heads up this blues rock supergroup that also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. Sold out.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Leo Allen, Guy Branum, Jessi Klein, and Jim Tews.

Radness @ Union Hall
Hot 97's DJ Cipha Sounds & Lukas Kaiser are hosting this night of comedy featuring Hannibal Buress, Mark Normand, Giulia Rozzi, Lance Weiss, and Jason Burke.

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

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by Andrew Sacher

Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nude Beach

As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.

Not long after that show, Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).

Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Nuclear Spring

Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.

For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.

Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Night Birds

Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Foxygen @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013

Foxygen just wrapped up a three-night NYC run, that began with the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13) and a second night there (5/14) and finished last night (5/15) at Mercury Lounge. Anybody hit the second Knit or Mercury Lounge show? Anyone go to all three? We've got a second set of photos from the RBSS show, including ones of openers Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, in this post.

Foxygen will spend their summer on the festival circuit, playing Pitchfork, Woodsist and Solid Sound amongst many others. That also includes another stop in NYC at the free River Rocks show on July 25 with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. All tour dates are listed with more pictures from KF below.

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photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis

Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013

"I ate a CD once," admitted Foxygen frontman Sam France Monday night onstage to a full room at Knitting Factory. It was one of many probable falsehoods he told the crowd, but sometimes it's funny cause it's untrue. This was the first of three Foxygen shows in NYC this week and a Red Bull Sound Select show that BrooklynVegan curated (that's us). It was also the cheapest at only $3.00 and with four bands, a DJ and a comedian host on the bill.

France is a very charismatic frontman (my friend remarked "he's got a Jarvis Cocker thing going on") and even if you aren't totally in love with their album, with its many nods to late '60s rock, it's hard to deny Foxygen put on a very entertaining show, messing with the Red Bull sign included.

We chose the other three bands on the bill to be in tune with the pysch side of Foxygen's music. Openers Prince Rupert's Drops are in the mushroom tea variety, with harmoniously baroque pop stirred with extended jams. Amen Dunes, who played third, is more spacey, working on pure vibes at times. Songs too, but definitely Damon McMahon's music is more about floating with than active participation.

In between was LODRO and it was my first time seeing them despite their reputation for endless local gigging (like DIIV who they opened for two days earlier). They were definitely my personal favorite of the three, and the trio -- who pronounce their name "low-dro" -- make a strong impression. While best know for her stint in party rockers Friends, Lesley Hann is a commanding presence here, and maybe just a little intimidating. It could just be their intense brand of creepout blues (think Nick Cave, The Cramps' version of "Fever") is dead serious and pretty badass, aided in no small part by drummer Jigmae Baer and guitarist/singer Jeremy Cox. All three are also in Royal Baths though LODRO seems to be the focus now. Deservingly.

Chris Gethard, who days earlier was letting Zach Galifianakis give haircuts to strangers on his show, made for a very funny host, and I had fun DJing in-between sets.

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows (not to be confused with Red Bull Music Academy shows) -- always only $3 -- happen each month this year and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (for instance Fake Shore Drive just announced their next one in Chicago and Bun B recently headlined one in Austin)

More photos from our show at Knitting Factory are below.

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Foxygen @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall in March (more by James Richards IV)

As mentioned, Foxygen are currently on a short East Coast tour that ends with two sold-out NYC shows next week: Knitting Factory on May 14 and Mercury Lounge on May 15. If you wanted to go to one of those shows but didn't get tickets, we've got good news. We're happy to announce that Foxygen will headline a BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Monday (5/13) at Knitting Factory. As always, the show is $3 at the door. 7pm doors. 8pm show. All ages, no advance tickets.


This is the fourth NYC RBSS show -- the previous three were curated by East Village Radio, Afropunk, and Brooklyn Bodega. Like those, in addition to the headliner Monday's show features three local acts.

For our openers, we kept things on the trippy side: Amen Dunes, who open for Boris at LPR tonight (5/7), will play and perhaps give a taste of their forthcoming new album. Also on the bill are LODRO, the Royal Baths side project that has been honing its live show through relentless gigging; and Prince Rupert's Drops whose album Run Slow was one of 2012's overlooked gems. Adding to the fun will be your host, the amazing comedian, storyteller and author Chris Gethard (of the Chris Gethard Show among other things). Hope to see you out on Monday.

UPDATE: our own Bill Pearis will also be DJing starting at 7pm sharp.

If you can't make this show, you can always catch Foxygen in late July at a much bigger venue -- Pier 84 as part of the 7/25 free River Rocks show with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down.

Streams for Foxygen, Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, and more tour dates, are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
Nude Beach

Brooklyn power pop rockers Nude Beach play a lot of local shows, and that will be no different this summer, for which they've already got two scheduled. First, they'll play an all ages show on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn) with Nervosas, Vacation, and Survival (not the one with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix). Admission for that show is $7 at the door. Then, they'll play a less DIY (but also all ages) venue on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Amongst all these gigs, Nude Beach are releasing a new 7" single on Other Music and you can stream the b-side below.

Cincinnati's Vactation, who open the Fitness show (and are on tour with Nervosas) are set to release their new album, Candy Waves, on June 18 via Don Giovanni (Waxahatchee, Screaming Females). The first single from the album, "Pyro Hippies," is a pop punk basher and it sounds like the kind of thing that's going to get kids on their feet on the band's tour this summer. Maybe you caught them in Brooklyn last year with Swearin' and Tenement?

Stream "Pyro Hippies" and the new Nude Beach track, along with the video for Nude Beach's "Radio" and all lists of tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

line to get in Other Music on Record Store Day 2012
Other Music

As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:

We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.

While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.

Over at In Living Stereo on Great Jones, they'll have live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert's Drops, plus free PBR from noon. More info here.

Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Wild Nothing

Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).

Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Kim's Video & Music promises "DJ sets from some of your favorite local artists and DJ's" but they don't name names. They are, however, open at 8 AM.

Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.

still from Cake Shop's RSD video
Cake Shop

Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.

Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."

Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.

Co-Op 87 (via)

For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:

"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"
Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.

As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,

And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.

And if you're in the Windy City, BV Chicago and Saki Records are throwing a RSD party with live performances from Pink Avalanche, The Beets, Twin Peaks and more.

BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.

Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.

Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.

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"Quilt at Glasslands - reminding me a little of tame impala meets beach house #somethinglikethat" - @Widder_Twidder

Quilt at Glasslands - 2/17/13 (via Mexican Summer)

Boston psych folkies Quilt just came to Brooklyn over the weekend (2/17) for a show at Glasslands with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Weyes Blood. If you missed them, or just want to catch them again, Quilt have announced that they'll return to the same venue for a show on April 14 with Prince Rupert's Drops, Electric Mess, and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections. Tickets for the newly added Glasslands show are on sale now.

Quilt's only other upcoming show that we're aware of is in Cambridge on March 3 at The Middle East as a support act for psychedelic pop artist Jacco Gardner. That show is part of Jacco's upcoming US tour which hits NYC on March 2 at Death by Audio and March 23 at Mercury Lounge with Mmoss (tickets).

You can stream Quilt's 2011 self titled album below...

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by Bill Pearis

Murals @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Louisville, Kentucky's dreamy Murals had a productive 2012, releasing their lovely debut album, A Passing Cloud, and toured constantly, including a slew of CMJ performances (including one of our day parties). The band recently recorded a Daytrotter session which went up today and includes a couple nice new songs. The band also gave us a list of "the 10 best things we encountered in 2012" that is mostly music (and almost none of it released recently) with a movie or two in there as well. Check that out below.

Murals have more shows coming up, including a few dates on the previously announced Widowspeak (who have a new album out this month) tour. Their dates together include the previously discussed NYC show which happens on January 22 at Mercury Lounge with Prince Rupert's Drops and Alex Laliberte of Vensaire. Tickets for that show are still available.

Murals' best-of list and a list of all tour dates below...

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by Bill Pearis


Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring

One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.

Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.

Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...

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