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Lip Talk

Interpol, who are now successfully free of snowstorm trappage and who made one of Q's favorite LPs of 2014, are set to bring their tour with Hundred Waters to NYC for three sold-out Terminal 5 shows this week, tonight (11/24) through Wednesday (11/26). (They're also on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight.) As discussed, tonight and Wednesday have Hundred Waters opening but they're not on the Tuesday show. Instead, that show will be opened by NYC's Lip Talk, the band formerly known as Railbird.

Lip Talk, led by the duo of Sarah and Chris Kyle and fleshed out by bassist Derek Leslie (Tiny Hazard, Asobi Seksu) and drummer Ian Chang (Matthew Dear, Body Language), are set to release a new EP in early 2015. We've got the premiere of that EP's shiny synth pop single "Ghost" which you can check out below.

Meanwhile, the night Lip Talk open for Interpol, Hundred Waters headline their own show at Rough Trade (11/25) with a solo set from Mutual Benefit's Jordan Lee (tickets). They also go on a headlining tour in 2015 that brings them back to NYC on 3/5 at MHOW (tickets).

Lip Talk song stream below...

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Les Savy Fav in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Les Savy Fav

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Ty Segall, VietNam, David Novick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ty Segall releases a lot of records (a lot) but they're all pretty different. Sleeper finds him in acoustic mode and expect him to be in a similar mode tonight -- his performance at FYF fest last weekend had him sitting down most of the show. For the louder Ty experience, he'll be back with Fuzz later this year.

Zero Boys, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust, SpEd @ Europa
Midwest punk favorites Zero Boys return to NYC to bless Europa with the great surf-punk locals Night Birds and the Ramones-y Nuclear Santa Claust in tow. Fans of early 80s/punk hardcore, make sure to make it out, Zero Boys' appearance is a rare one and not to be missed.

She Keeps Bees, Last Good Tooth, Railbird @ Glasslands
Indie folk duo She Keeps Bees are busy cooking up a new record but gave a taste via a new single last month (stream it below). Tonight's show is well-matched with Providence, RI's Last Good Tooth and the slinky sounds of Railbird

Les Savy Fav, Delorean, Small Black @ House of Vans
The line-up is a little schizo, but no one seems to care at House of Vans. Les Savy Fav's music is fun, but the band truly comes alive live thanks to wildcard frontman Tim Harrington whose onstage antics are, at this point, legendary (see above). Spanish (well, Basque if your getting technical) dance troupe Delorean should get you primed and it's been revealed that the "Special Guest" is Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black. Free, but RSVP has been closed for some time, BUT the show will also be streaming online.

Classixx, Digitalism, Lou Teti, Le Youth, Plastic Plates, Malandro @ Output
The weekly INPUT party at Output (every Thursday) always gets a helluva lineup, and this week is no exception with LA dance duo Classixx, German electro duo Digitalism, and more.

Psychobuildings, Daytona, Grand Resort, Suburban Living, Literature, Haybaby @ Pianos
Tonight's the last show of Grand Resort's August residency, and it's a terrific (big) line-up, with Philadelphia's super-fun Literature, Norfolk, VA's Suburban Living, and more.

DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch, Rich Medina @ Santos Party House
Five, yes FIVE, legendary DJs from the 90s and beyond team up for an unforgettable night of hip hop, soul, and everything under the sun. Highly recommended for fans of the era, deep grooves, or people who just like to get down.

DJ Eclipse, DJ Riz, DJ Premier, DJ Stretch Armstrong @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Halftime show, the heir to CM Famalam and much of the great underground hip hop of the 90s, celebrates 15 years at LPR tonight with hip hop legends like Lord Sear, DJ Premier, Eclipse, Stretch Armstrong and more. Expect surprise performances and appearances and a night of classic hip hop.

Steel Phantoms, Dusted, Rituals, Lurve @ Shea Stadium
Two Toronto bands, Dusted (the indie pop project from Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt) and the shoegazey/postpunky Rituals, are in NYC this week for two shows. Tonight they bless Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium, and tomorrow they'll be at Cake Shop.

Bent Shapes, Shark?, The Doubts @ Silent Barn
If you missed Boston's Bent Shapes when they were in town last weekend, here's another chance to catch them. Their new album, Feels Weird, is filled with hooky, smart indiepop.

Light Asylum, Celebration, Mirror Mirror, Lone Wolf @ The Bowery Electric
Here's a show filled with magnetic live performers: Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness is a pistol on stage, as is Celebration's Katrina Ford. The rest of the bill is similarly pitched dark, with electrorockers Mirror Mirror and Ryan Sawyer's solo project, Lone Wolf.

Anthony Naples, Lemonade (DJ set), Blouse (listening party) @ Topside Bar at SmorgasBar (FREE)
Captured Tracks kicks off it's CT5 weekend with this free event that starts with a listening party for Blouse's new album and continues with DJ sets after that.

A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Young Statues @ Asbury Lanes
Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves play their hometown a lot (like last week), but if Asbury Park is an easier trip for you to make, tonight's show at the Lanes is not to miss. Their new album, You're Always On My Mind, dropped back in July and has been one hell of a summer album.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Vibraphone master and funk legend Roy Ayers continues his four-night run with early and late shows. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work).

Taj Mahal @ City Winery
The blues rock legend has been putting out records for 45 years and, at age 71, is still going strong, performing over 150 shows a year. This is his first of two City Winery shows this week.

Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords @ Comcast Theatre (CT)
Funny or Die's travelling Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival doesn't stop in NYC proper, but it's not too far away tonight (Hartford, CT) and features a killer line-up of funny people.

Stephen Brodsky, Snake Oil, PC Worship @ Saint Vitus
Stephen Brodsky has been known for his work in some very heavy bands (Cave In, Converge), but as a solo artist, he takes a much softer approach. He'll still feel home at Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus though, and that's where you can see him tonight.

If you were planning on seeing India.Arie @ BAM tonight, it's been cancelled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trail of Dead @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Trail of Dead

Tegan & Sara @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Tegan & Sara

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

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Ume, Red Paintings @ Maxwell's
Despite the ever-changing personnel and, as a direct result, instrumentation of Trail of Dead, the epic punk/prog band remains a consistent force. Though their albums tend to be hit and miss as a whole, Trail of Dead's parade of hits bolstered by their explosive live show is unmissable. Add to that this is the last week of Maxwell's and it should be no surprise this is sold out.

Gogol Bordello, A Tribe Called Red @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Happy album release day to Gogol Bordello! Their newest, Pura Vida Conspiracy, is out today, and at 1 PM the gypsy punks play an in-store at Urban Outfitters, followed by a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Weekend @ Clocktower Gallery
Weekend release their dark, brooding (and danceable) second album, Jinx, this week and tonight they play a release show. You had to pre-order the album to get into this one.

The Defibulators, Villalobos Brothers @ Union Pool
Do you like your country and bluegrass without the shine of the many recent recordings that get those tags? Brooklyn's The Defibulators will be right up your alley. Catch a hometown show at Union Pool tonight.

Future Bible Heroes, The Luxury Liners, Cold Blood Club @ Bowery Ballroom
Yes, it is really weird that Stephin Merritt isn't touring with his group Future Bible Heroes (whose new album on Merge is pretty good). That said, they were still fun when they played Chickfactor 21 last month. Tickets are still available.

Franz Ferdinand DJ Set and Album Listening Party @ Glasslands
Franz Ferdinand won't release their new album until August, and they won't play live in NYC until October, but tonight they're coming to Brooklyn to throw a listening party for their new album. And they'll also be DJing, along with Liv Spencer.

Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales is part opera, part Cirque du Soleil. Also part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

fun., Tegan and Sara @ Pier 26
You won't see us there during the headliner's set, but starting your night on the newly opened Pier 26 watching Tegan & Sara doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.

LORDO, Spires, Coasta, Candide @ Pianos
We're pretty sure Brooklyn's Spires have heard The Stone Roses' first LP, given the groovy, psychedelic jangle of their songs. Tonight, they wrap up their July residency at this LES club with performances from LODRO, Coasta and Candide adding support.

Landlady, Railbird, Little Anchor, Johanna Samuels @ Cameo Gallery
This is a release show for Little Anchor for their Floating Bridges EP, but if you're going to this show stick around for slinky/sultry group Railbird who we've profiled in the past.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Brazilian star Seu Jorge -- best known in America for singing Portuguese versions of Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic -- is here for a week run of intimate shows as Blue Note.

She Bears, The Sewing Machine War @ Cake Shop
Columbus Ohio's She Bears released their debut album, I Found Myself Asleep, on classic emo label Deep Elm back in 2010. What are they up to these days? Check 'em out tonight.

The Lemonheads, Colin Ruel @ The Wonder Bar (Asbury Park, NJ)
Evan Dando and his current line-up of The Lemonheads play the legendary Asbury Park venue tonight, likely treating the crowd to to '90s favorites like "It's a Shame About Ray," "Big Gay Heart" and more.

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LIam Finn

Liam Finn is wrapping up his new album and will be testing out new material with one of his "murmurations," his word for residency. This will happen every Monday in April at Knitting Factory. April 1 is with Rifle/Recoil; April 8 is with Celestial Shore; April 15 has no opener as of now; April 22 is billed as "Liam Finn featuring Railbird"; and April 29 is with Rohypnotize. Tickets to all five shows are on sale now.

You can watch "video letter" about the Knitting Factory murmuration, which features a bit of new song "I," below.

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NYC folk who are still disappointed about that canceled School of Seven Bells show back in November and didn't/couldn't make the trek out to their free show at the Sony Style Store in Long Island in December may want to clear next Wednesday on their calendars. SVIIB will play a free show at the Doc Martens' store in Union Square on January 16. It's an after-work kind of thing (6 PM - 8 PM) and, in addition to the live performance, beverages will be provided by Goose Island and AQUAhydrate, and food provided by, um, White Castle. While it is free, you do need to RSVP.

Meanwhile, the band have remixed Railbirds' song "Mirrors" which you can stream below. Railbirds have an upcoming show too, playing Rockwood Music Hall on January 25 and tickets are on sale now.

Remix and SVIIB flyer are below.

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DOWNLOADRailbird - Jump Ship (MP3)

Still from the "Jump Ship" video
Jump Ship still

Railbird have just released a video for their slinky single "Jump Ship" which you may have already heard and features Sean Rowe and Phantogram's Sarah Barthel. We've got the premiere of the video right here and you can watch it below.

Railbird have a few shows coming up, including two in NYC: Thursday, August 23 at Cameo with Celestial Shore and Zula; and September 7 at The Rock Shop with Xenia Rubinos and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. You can get tickets at the door for the Cameo show but there are advance tickets for The Rock Shop.

All tour dates are listed below, along with the "Jump Ship" video.

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DOWNLOAD: Railbird - Jump Ship (MP3)


Brooklyn's Railbird are currently in residency at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg where they play every Wednesday in July. Tonight (7/18) the electronic-leaning quartet share the bill with Ryan Martin. You can watch a little video trailer for the residency at the bottom of this post.

The band have a few other Brooklyn shows coming up including Pianos on Thursday (7/19) with Way Yes; Mercury Lounge on August 8 opening for Heather Christian & the Arbornauts (tickets); and Cameo Gallery on August 23.

Railbird have a new single, "Jump Ship," that features ANTI recording artist Sean Rowe and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram with whom they've played shows (like Bowery Ballroom in 2010). You can download it above, or stream it below where you'll also find a cool cover of Fleetwood Mac's "That's All." There's more Railbird music to check out at their Facebook page.

Speaking of Phantogram's Barthel, she's DJing at Hudson Terrace tomorrow night which is free with RSVP. So if Barthel is in town, wonder if she'll pop over to Pete's to sing tonight?

As for Phantogram, they're currently on tour and play Philadelphia on Friday with Sleigh Bells and Twin Shadow. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Railbird playing shows, released new single with Phantogram's Sarah Barthel (who's DJing in NYC on Thursday)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Way Yes - "Important" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Way Yes - "Ties" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Way Yes - "Gino" (Larry Gus Remix) (MP3)

Way Yes

Columbus, OH outfit Way Yes released Walkability on Lefse earlier this year. The five-song EP comes with remixes of each song. There's a fair amount of diversity for just five songs, though they wear their influences on their sleeves a bit. "Important," which you can download above, shows the band doing their best Fleet Foxes impression, whereas the title track (video below) pulls almost directly from early '70s Paul Simon. You can also download the polyrhythmic "Ties" and a remix of "Gino" by Larry Gus above.

Way Yes have been playing a few shows here and there this summer, and their next two are in NYC this week: Pianos on Thursday (7/19) with Strange Shapes, Rimar (who is also one of the remixers on the EP), and Railbird (tickets); and Friday (7/20) at Glasslands with Neighbors and Friend Roulette (tickets).

A list of all dates and that video are below.

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photos by Michael Dubin, words by Rachel Kowal


It's hard to know where to even begin when it comes to Railbird, the relatively unknown opener. When I walked into the Bowery Ballroom and saw Railbird on stage, I didn't know where to focus my energy. The bass player wore a top hat paired with his t-shirt, the female back-up singer wore some kind of Bill Cosby-inspired jacket, and then there was the singer, Sarah Pedinotti. Pedinotti was decked out in a red sparkly number and had three huge turkey feathers tucked into her unruly nest of curly brown hair. She was quite a sight to behold, and her lyrics - which covered nervous break downs, dreams, and haunted houses - were no less intriguing. Railbird closed their set with a "Limousine," which features the harmonica and an old-timey microphone, which certainly added pizzazz to the vocals.

Light Pollution followed Railbird's theatrical set of Americana/folk. This band didn't really do it for me. There's nothing particularly offensive about the Chicago band - their melodies are pretty good and the singer definitely had a lot of energy - but there was nothing particularly memorable about them either.

In the lull before Phantogram began performing, the stage was stripped bare and entirely re-arranged. Luckily, Phantogram doesn't require much - just a keyboard or two, a couple of mics, and a guitar... oh yeah, and the projection screen. Throughout their performance, images of dolphins swimming around, a rain-stained car window, and wind blowing through a meadow danced across the screen.

Given the experimental style of their music and their flashy appearance, it's hard to believe that Sarah Barthel and Joshua Carter practice in a barn in upstate New York and didn't just step off the L train. Their music relies heavily on samples and pre-recorded beats that are made to make you dance. (It's fun to imagine Sarah wearing pumps and a skin-tight black ensemble, head banging next to some chickens though.)

Phantogram's set was short - just 10 songs, including the encore. But their moody dance music, hip outfits, and intoxicating lyrics make for a compelling show. The allure of Sarah's smooth voice compliments Joshua's more raucous vocals.

And they were clearly excited to be playing to a sold-out crowd. "We're a very young band and from the bottom of our hearts, we're just so glad you're here," said Josh as their show neared to a close. With a big smile on her face, Sarah whipped out her iPhone and proceeded to take a photo of the crowd before walking off stage.

The Bowery Ballroom show happened last night, May 19th, and was part of a tour that also included a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken one night earlier. The Bowery setlist with more pictures of the headliner from Maxwell's, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Phantogram @ Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Ryan Muir)

"When you go out at night in a place like Saratoga Springs, people just want to hear 'Freebird' covers, Journey covers, at the bar all night," [Phantogram's Saratoga-born Josh] Carter said in a recent phone call during Phantogram's tour with the Antlers. "We had to set up the community ourselves by doing DIY shows."

Carter, a guitarist, and keyboardist Barthel have been friends since junior high. When Barthel finished college in Vermont and Carter quit the band he played with in New York City to work on his solo material, both wandered back to Saratoga Springs and rekindled their friendship over trips around town scanning the dollar bins for records. They shared a mutual love for Motown classics, drony indie-rock, and '60s French pop, like Serge Gainsbourg. [Seattle Weekly]

Phantogram are on tour now with the Antlers on the West Coast. They go down the coast of California again this June with the xx (after both play Sasquatch).

Then there's more touring on top of those, including shows with Light Pollution (who recently played Mercury Lounge). Both bands play Maxwell's on Tuesday, May 18th (tickets still on sale) and Bowery Ballroom on May 19th (tickets still on sale), the second of which has the lush, female-fronted Railbird, also from Saratoga Springs, on it too.

Light Pollution will be also back on June 8th and 9th as part of a tour with This Will Destroy You. Ticket info for those and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Phantogram & Light Pollution - 2010 Tour Dates "