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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Courtney Barnett @ Chicago's Empty Bottle, 2/18/2014
Courtney Barnett

Australia's Courtney Barnett is just about to wrap up a brief, sold-out U.S. tour, which hit NYC over the weekend, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (2/21) and Knitting Factory on Saturday (2/22), both with Kins. At the Knit show, she was in fine form, this time with her Australian rhythm section in tow -- her CMJ shows last year were with American musicians -- and in front of a crowd that really knew her music. Her 2012 record, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, is finally getting an American release via Mom + Pop on April 15, but "Avant Gardner" has gotten lots of play on Sirius XMU and elsewhere. That song and "History Eraser" probably got the biggest response, though the crowd welcomed Barnett's offer of a new song too. While Courtney's clever lyrics get most of the attention, she is no slouch on the guitar. Her live show is much more raucous than her recordings might lead you to believe, working up a frenzy at points -- all without using a pick.

The first stop on Barnett's tour was a sold-out show at Chicago's 400-capacity Empty Bottle on 2/18 with local openers Radar Eyes and Landmarks. Pictures from the whole Chicago show are in this post.

Courtney Barnett's tour wraps up tonight (2/24) in San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop. More pics from Empty Bottle below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: BLURRY BITTERS - A CAKE SHOP BEST OF 2012 MIXTAPE (MP3)

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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Reptiles
Reptiles

As mentioned before, Chicago's Radar Eyes are playing Cake Shop on Saturday (11/10) and the whole bill is actually pretty interesting, with Timmy's Organism, The Young and Reptiles playing as well.

Timmy's Organism is Timmy Vulgar from Human Eye and Clone Defects and anyone familiar with those bands knows what to expect: down-n-dirty (and just a little glammy) rock n' roll. Where 2010's Rise of the Green Gorilla was more of a solo affair, the brand-new Raw Sewage Roq is a full band onslaught and you can stream it below via Spotify. In addition to the Cake Shop show, Timmy's Organism play tonight (11/9) at Bed-Stuy spot The Lone Wolf with Foster Care, Pampers, Spewing Gum and Degreaser. More info on that show is here. All dates are listed below.

Austin, Matador-signed band The Young (who now have Lucas Wedow on bass), meanwhile, are also on tour and will also play Sunday (11/11) at Cameo with Eraas and London band Dignan Porch. All tour dates are listed below. UPDATE: The Young just released a Belle & Sebastian cover which you can also now listen to below.

And rounding out The Cake Shop show is Reptiles from Australia who meanwhile play Don Pedro tonight (11/9) with Flying Teeth and Toxic Lipstick. Maybe you saw them at Union Pool on Tuesday? (They were supposed to play Lit on Halloween but you know how that went.) You can check out the sludgy riffs on their Ciao-a-Bunga! LP below.

Radar Eyes still have 11/11 as NYC TBA, no new info yet, but you can check out the rest of their tour dates in our previous post. Everyone else's and streams and stuff, below...

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Radar Eyes

Chicago psych-garage rockers Radar Eyes launch a tour next week that will bring them to NYC for a show at Cake Shop on November 10 with The Young, Reptiles and Timmy's Organism. They'll be in town the day after (11/11) as well for a show at a venue TBD. In the meantime, the band are readying two new 7" singles that will be released this fall by HoZac and Addenda records, respectively.

Meanwhile, you can stream their self-titled debut from earlier this year below which is recommended for fans of '80s New Zealand, Spacemen 3 and other trippy, noisy sounds.

All Radar Eyes tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

The Band in Heaven

As we hit the heart of winter in New York, the sunny climes of Florida sound pretty good right now. As does some of the music coming out of there, even if on the dark and moody side like West Palm Beach's The Band in Heaven. The group's debut 7" was just released on HoZac: four hits of fuzzy psych rock of varying prescriptions, from the driving lead track "Sleazy Dreams" to the tabla/sitar-fueled "If You Only Knew."

The EP ends with a methadone rework of "Sleazy Dreams" called "Sludgy Dreams" for which the band have just released a trippy music video, animated with cutouts a la Terry Gilliam. We're premiering said video and you can watch it at the bottom of this post, along with a stream of the entire HoZac EP. 2012 should be a busy one for these Floridians, with a second 7" due on Sympathy for the Record Industry later this year.

The Band in Heaven will also be headed to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play showcases/parties for HoZac, Austin Psych Fest, Cherry Sustainable, Get Bent and others. Look for details -- as well as more tour dates -- as March approaches.

In related HoZac news, Radar Eyes' long-gestating debut album is out February 7. Those in Chicago should hit the FREE record release show on February 6.

Check out The Band in Heaven's "Sludgy Dreams" video below, as well as audio streams and cover art to the Hozac 7".

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