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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - "No Future/No Past" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: My Best Fiend - "Higher Palms" (MP3)

Nada Surf
Nada Surf

The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.

Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.

The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
Hundred in the Hands 

The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.

My Best Fiend
My Best Fiend

A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.

The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.

Guy Harvey
Guy Harvey

And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.

You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.

Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!

That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.

The Hairs
The Hairs

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.

Friends have shown up on most of the "Bands to Watch in 2012" lists. Go watch them in 2012, tonight, at Cameo as part of a very solid bill with Phonetag and Spanish Prisoners.

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"Awesome show at Terminal 5 tonight. Real Estate being followed up by Girls was amazing! #imnotahipster" - Ryan DeVoe

"girls at terminal 5 was amaaazing. excellent band, excellent backup vocals, excellent denim pencil skirt" - Eileen Tang

"Girls and Real Estate just blew up Terminal 5. Brilliant!!!" - Bianca Ahmadi

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girls @ Terminal 5
Girls

Girls played their largest NYC show yet (an understatement) on Saturday (1/14) when they headlined the sold out Terminal 5 with Real Estate and King Krule. Girls, with their flowers and trio of female backup singers in tow (like they had at their Bowery Ballroom shows), played almost the entire Father, Son, Holy Ghost, in addition to cuts from Album and the Broken Dreams Club EP.

Real Estate only played material from the recently released Days, save for "Fake Blues," from their debut album, and a cover of jangly post-punkers Felt's "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow," which if you didn't know was a cover, could have easily passed as a b-side off Days.

With their new albums, Girls and Real Estate are becoming some of the fastest growing bands in indie, but opener King Krule (and Girls' True Panther labelmate) doesn't seem too far behind them. His set at the T5 show was just after he had played sold out shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge earlier that week. His feedback seems pretty positive but the twitterverse seems to agree that his set was suffering from bad sound at Terminal 5. Review and pics of the Mercury Lounge show HERE and Glasslands pics HERE.

Real Estate and Girls both DJ'd at the show's afterparty at Tribeca Grand. How was that? Real Estate have more dates coming up including one for only $5.00 in Queens.

More pictures and setlists from the Terminal 5 show, and a new set of west coast Girls tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Girls played Terminal 5 with Real Estate & King Krule (pics, setlists & some new tour dates)"

Girls @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Girls

Girls, who are playing the sold out Coachellas this year, play their big sold out headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (1/14) along with support from Real Estate and King Krule (who also played Glasslands and Mercury Lounge this past week).

Tonight's afterparty goes down at the Tribeca Grand hotel, upstairs in the Club Room, where Girls, Real Estate, Sky Ferreria, Ilirjana, and Dean from True Panther are all DJing. Expensive Looks is performing live. Like all "Live From Tribeca" events, it's free with rsvp: events@grandlifenyc.com.
Update: Action Bronson was also added to the bill.

In related news, tickets are still on sale for Real Estate's upcoming show at K&K Super Buffet.

DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - "Pigs" (MP3)

Black Dice at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Black Dice

Brooklyn experimentalists Black Dice will release their new album, Mr. Impossible on April 10 via the Domino-related Ribbon Music. It's the followup to Repo which was released almost exactly three years prior via Paw Tracks. Grab the single, "Pigs," above and watch the video for it below. The album artwork and tracklist is also below.

Black Dice were added to the Real Estate show at K&K Super Buffet on January 28 in Queens, which is part of Real Estate's tour with The Babies. Dogleather is also on the bill and Oneohtrix Point Never and Ducktails will DJ. $5.00 tickets are on sale NOW.

In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker and the Freaks have two NYC shows coming up. They play Mercury Lounge on February 4 with La Big Vic and Family Portrait. Tickets are on sale now. They also play Glasslands on March 5 with Young Prisms, Boy Friend, and Tanks Amigo. Tickets for that show are on sale now too. The Glasslands show is part of a tour that Young Prisms will be heading out on. All dates for that tour are listed below.

All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Black Dice releasing 'Mr. Impossible', playing w/ Real Estate ($5 tix on sale now) ----- MP3 & Young Prisms dates too"

Real Estate at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate

Tom Scharpling of "The Best Show on WFMU" directed a new video for Real Estate's "Easy". Check that out below.

The band begins a string of East Coast dates this weekend bookended by a pair of NYC shows. As discussed, look for the band to hit the sold-out Terminal 5 on Saturday (1/14) with Girls and King Krule (who also plays two OTHER sold-out shows this week), but ALSO look for Real Estate to team with The Babies and Dogleather to play K&K Super Buffet in Queens on January 28th. Not familiar with K&K?

K&K SUPER BUFFET is a transformer. Family-style Chinese steam-table buffet restaurant by day... soaring ceiling-ed, opulently decorated, decadent party palace and cheap-assed bar by night. Lots of rooms and zones, great sight lines and terrific vibes. Just off the Myrtle/Wyckoff L train, just over the Queens border in Bushwick Heights, aka Ridgewood, with ample parking for anyone driving in.
Todd P says, "ONLINE ADVANCED TICKETS GO ON SALE SOON". All tour dates are listed below.

Real Estate will also play Coachella 2012, alongside names like Radiohead, Pulp, At The Drive In, Justice, fIREHOSE, Refused, Bon Iver, and many many more.

All tour dates and that "Easy" video is below.

Continue reading "Real Estate releases Scharpling-directed video, adds Queens show at K&K Super Buffet to schedule (updated dates)"

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Radiohead
Coachella

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 lineup announced (two weekends worth)"

DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - "Green Aisles" (MP3)

Real Estate at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate

New Jersey's Real Estate just celebrated the month anniversary of their new LP Days recently. The Domino-released record features "Green Aisles" (downloadable above/streaming below) and "It's Real" which has a video you can watch below. Real Estate have a sold-out Bowery Ballroom to contend with on 11/23 (tomorrow) with Big Troubles and Liquor Store as part of their US tour, but if you missed the boat on tickets you can also catch them supporting Girls at Terminal 5 on 1/14. Tickets are still available for that one. As far as headlining shows go, I don't think they've reached the same status as Girls yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if their next NYC show is at Webster Hall.

All Real Estate dates, those streams and a recent take-away show featuring a perfromance of "Green Aisles" is below.

Continue reading "Real Estate finish their tour @ Bowery this week, opening for Girls @ Terminal 5, played a Take Away Show (dates & video)"

by Bill Pearis

Jeffrey Lewis

Real Estate's North American tour got underway this week -- they're in Salt Lake tonight and will hit Bowery Ballroom the night before Thanksgiving (11/23). Their New Jersey/Bushwick neighbors Big Troubles open all dates, which are helpfully listed at the bottom of this post. After then the band head to Europe for a few dates in December.

In the meantime, the band just debuted the video to their undeniably catchy single "It's Real."  If you love dogs and the band Real Estate, you will probably also enjoy this video. Watch it below.

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Real Estate @ Astoria Bohemian Hall - 10/15/2011 (photo by nadkisson)
Real Estate

Real Estate played a free record release show at Astoria Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden on Saturday (10/15). It was supposed to be their "ONLY NYC performance until their headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in November." They lied! I don't think they're playing the Domino CMJ show (like John Maus is), but you can catch them at Other Music in NYC tonight...

Real Estate have a new full-length dropping on Domino next week, and you can be the first on your block to grab a copy of this much-anticipated album, get it signed, and help the band celebrate their record release this Sunday night at 8 p.m. Real Estate will be performing live at Other Music and autographing copies of Days, so come by, buy and wave bye-bye before they take off on their world tour.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 @ 8:00 P.M.
OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street, NYC
Free admission | Limited Capacity

Their tour starts 10/20 in Germany.

Real EstatE

To quote Todd P:

Wednesday October 19th @ 285 KENT AVE
:: DOMINO RECORDS / STEREOGUM / SOFTWARE party
| 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $10 | all ages
He hasn't listed any acts yet, but Domino just announced that both Twin Sister and Deradoorian will be on the bill in addition to DJ sets from Animal Collective members Geologist & Deakin. Full lineup TBA.

It would seem like one of the bands they're not listing yet is Real Estate, who are signed to Domino, though Real Estate do need to be in Germany to start a tour just one day later, and they are playing a a free NYC show right before CMJ (their "only NYC performance" until November according to the invite)...

Real Estate will perform LIVE at the historic Astoria Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.

Celebrate the release of Days with Real Estate, friends and the finest selection of beer in NYC.
Real Estate's ONLY NYC performance until their headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in November!
Hope to see you there!

REAL ESTATE 'DAYS' RELEASE PARTY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011

4 PM @ BOHEMIAN HALL & BEER GARDEN

29-19 24TH AVENUE
ASTORIA, NY

The Bowery Ballroom show they're talking about is also part of Real Estate's previously announced tour with Big Troubles.

UPDATE: The Domino CMJ showcase will announce exactly two more acts, and it has a flyer which you can look at below...

Continue reading "Domino CMJ showcase happening at 285 Kent, Real Estate playing a free show Saturday & other dates"

Real Estate @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate

Real Estate's new album Days comes out on Domino Records on October 18. Listen to a song and check out the full tracklist and cover art below.

Real Estate will head out on a tour two days after the album's release starting in Europe. The North American leg begins on Halloween in Chicago and ends at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 23rd, BUT FIRST the band will make a Fashion's Night Out appearance in NYC TONIGHT (9/8) at Ash SoHo (44 Mercer St). The invite says "Join Ash Soho and The Dirty Durty Diary on Fashion's Night Out (Thursday, Sept. 8) for a wild night with a very special musical performance and DJ set by REAL ESTATE! Nail art, fortune tellers, food and more! Don't miss this one!"

Memoryhouse, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, Beth Ditto, White Rabbits, Best Coast, and NOT James Murphy also play FNO events in NYC tonight.

All Real Estate tour dates, many with Big Troubles, are listed below...

Continue reading "Real Estate announce full tour for new Domino album, playing FNO event tonight (dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"How the hell in the world did i end up at a dr dog/bright eyes show?" - Big Troubles

"Martin's band Real Estate is playing at the Williamsburg Waterfront with Dr. Dog and Bright Eyes!" - Breanne Joyce

"dr. dog just slaughtered providence. bright eyes are mopping the floor trying to clean up the bloodbath that was dr. dog." - Deer Tick

"dr. dog is opening for bright eyes. oh. news to me.
what a wonderful surprise." - Josi Gula

"Bright Eyes/Williamsburg Waterfront has taken the #1 spot in my Best Concerts of 2011 list. Apologies, Ra Ra Riot/Prospect Park." - Jenny Owen Youngs

"$50 a ticket for dr. dog/bright eyes. i will never ever be a bright eyes fan now. I hate you conor oberst. hate." - Sarah M

Dr. Dog @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Dr. Dog

Bright Eyes @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes, Dr. Dog and Real Estate played Brooklyn's outdoor Williamsburg Waterfront on Wednesday night (8/31). A set of pictures from that show continues, along with Bright Eyes' setlist, below...

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Real Estate @ Big Sur (more by Natasha Ryan)
real Estate

Tonight's Bright Eyes/Dr. Dog show at Williamsburg Waterfront is being opened by Real Estate. Doors are at 5:30pm. Tickets are still on sale.

The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.

Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:

28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00
APHEX TWIN + PANTHA DU PRINCE + EROL ALKAN + WILD BEASTS + CUT COPY + WASHED OUT + REAL ESTATE + MONDKOPF + ICEAGE

29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00
BON IVER + JENS LEKMAN + STORNOWAY + KATHLEEN EDWARDS + ROSEBUDS

Tickets are on sale.

Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...

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photos by Natasha Ryan

Thee Oh Sees @ Big Sur
Thee Oh Sees

Last weekend, on Sunday, July 31st, Woods, The Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Sun Araw, White Fence, and Real Estate got together for the (annual?) Woodsist Festival at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. A set of pictures from the day continues below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Stroked

New album STROKED: A Tribute to Is This It, as the title hints, is a tribute to The Strokes' massively influential debut Is This It. The album was released for free on Stereogum today (7/26). They write:

Is This It was recorded in NYC at Transporterraum with Gordon Raphael. When it was finally released in the States in the Fall of 2001, a decade after Nevermind, it helped not only put contemporary New York City in the forefront of music lovers' minds, it offered an easy reference for people to dig backwards into the Big Apple's rock 'n' roll past. For certain younger fans, it was maybe the first time they carefully considered Television (the late '70s), the Velvet Underground (mid '60s to early '70s), and other lesser known garage and rock and whatever bands that inhabited a dirtier, grubbier Manhattan. The title's pure Richard Hell. The original sexy album cover a minimalist echo of New York Dolls (via Roxy Music). It's no coincidence that 2001 NYC -- eventually, especially Brooklyn -- ended up being known for its post-punk revival. (See, for instance, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Black Dice, Vice Records' No New York nodding collection Yes New York, etc.) Is This It was a history lesson, but one with enough new ideas to also offer a roadmap.
Chelsea Wolfe, Austra, Owen Pallet, The Morning Benders, Real Estate, Peter Bjorn & John and others offer their takes on album tracks as well. Full tracklist below.

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Cities Aviv
Cities Aviv

Wise Blood contributed "Someday" to "Stroked". He and fellow weirdo rapper Cities Aviv share a bill on September 1 at Glasslands in Brooklyn. The show is one of many scheduled around the world for Wise Blood, but is Cities Aviv's only date we see scheduled at the moment. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.

Wise Blood's tour includes another NYC show two days later. He plays a Jelly RockBeach show on September 3 with Pictureplane and others TBA. More dates are listed below.

Cities Aviv, the self-proclaimed "Post-Death" rapper, is also on the Glasslands bill with Wise Blood. The Memphis native released his debut full length Digital Lows on May 2. The album's production credits go to a number of virtually unknown producers, Muted Drone, RPLD GHOSTS, Danny Dee, Upgrayde, and Royal'T. The beats are dreamy, reverb-soaked headknockers that sound about as woozy as that album art (below) looks. Cities Aviv takes the beats, which on their own would make up a pretty solid chillwave album, and spits biting lines with a classic southern drawl. Fille Catatonique provides sung vocals which blend quite nicely with the album's vibes. The final track, "Float On," features Cities Aviv rapping over chillwaver Blackbird Blackbird's cover of the Modest Mouse song, that he recorded for 2010's Happy High EP. It's a fun way to end the album, and is far better than Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Must Go On," which sampled the Modest Mouse song earlier this year.

Cities Aviv isn't exactly the only rapper crossing into lo-fi/indie-approved territory lately, but he's certainly approaching the crossover from a unique angle. Digital Lows isn't nearly as blown out as, say, Shabazz Palaces, but he's still got way more experimentation going on than guys like Wiz Khalifa or Theophilus London. Grab the album for free at his bandcamp and check out some songs below.

All tour dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Stereogum giving away Strokes tribute album, Cities Aviv giving away an album too, playing Glasslands w/ Wise Blood"

photos by Tamara Porras

"Times New Viking and The Feelies were really really great at Prospect Park last night. Real Estate also played." - Kris Liakos

The Feelies @ the Prospect Park Bandshell
The Feelies
The Feelies

The Feelies braved the heat to play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Saturday (7/23) with Times New Viking and Real Estate. Like Seun Kuti in the same space the night before, the band was definitely competing with people's air conditioning on Saturday night.

The Feelies rewarded those in attendance with two encores. The first was three songs and they covered Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and The Stooges. They then left and returned once more for a second encore which was the Crazy Rhythms single "Fa Ce-La."

Check out a video of The Feelies' Stooges cover, some backstage audio with Times New Viking and Real Estate, the partial setlist and more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "The Feelies, Times New Viking & Real Estate played Celebrate Brooklyn (pics, video, partial setlist)"

The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
The Hold Steady

Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.

For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.

Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:

"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."
He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.

Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADSloan - Follow the Leader (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Wait In The Dark" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Today Is Our Life" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Maus - "Quantum Leap" (MP3)

Sloan
Sloan

Holiday weekends generally mean less bands of note playing in NYC which seems to be the case this year for the Fourth of July, but there is some great stuff happening nonetheless. First and formost for me are Canadian rock icons Sloan, who play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/29) and Knitting Factory tomorrow (6/30). If you missed it, I interviewed guitarist Jay Ferguson earlier this week which was a lot of fun. Here's him talking about playing Sloan's new fantastic album, The Double Cross, live:

It's fun, especially the first three songs on the record which are kind of a little mini suite that flow into each other. We play those right at the beginning, flowing together so it's a fun exercise to pull off. It's always fun to play the new songs. Maybe more fun for us than the audience. We've been around for 20 years and hopefully the audience is interested the new material but you hope you're not boring them. When Mick Jagger says, "Here's another new one from Bridges to Babylon," everyone goes to get a drink. Hopefully people will patiently listen until we play one of our huge hits from 1998.
Sloan was one of the first things (second, specifically) I ever wrote about for this site and am pretty much a superfan. I've seen them play countless times and are one of my favorite live bands ever. If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and go to one of these shows, it's pretty much a guaranteed good time. Also, check out Sloan's rockin' version of Gary Numan's classic "Cars" that the band did for AV Club series Undercover. The video is below.

Feelies

It is Independence Day weekend which means The Feelies at Maxwell's. These are now becoming the summertime equivalent of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows and there are three this year:  Friday(7/1)  and Saturday (7/2) which are both sold out and Sunday (7/3) which still has tickets.

In addition to the band's classic catalog -- and host of covers -- The Feelies have a new album this time out as you may know. Here Before is the band's first album in 20 years and finds Glen Mercer, Bill Million and the rest of the band picking up basically where they left off. But really, what else would you expect. It's a lovely album, probably most reminiscent of 1985's  The Good Earth with the prevelance of acoustic guitars. That magic interplay between Mercer and Million is still there. This is an album for early evening Sunday back yard barbeques. And anyone who's seen The Feelies live since they got back together knows they've still got it.

And if you can't make the Maxwell's shows, The Feelies play Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23.

Nobunny

If you want to let it all hang out, maybe go see Nobunny who plays Knitting Factory on Friday (7/1) and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2). He will certainly be hanging out, most of him at least, as it's a rare show where he doesn't strip down to his tightie whities. The sleazoid schtick remains fun because Nobunny's songs are pretty undeniably catchy in a Ramones-y pop-punk meets Happy Days kind of way. As can be heard on last year's First Blood. Live shows remain unhinged. If you're in a Nobunny state of mind, it's a good time.

I do wonder about that mask, though. He does wash it occasionally, right? If you can wash it.

Memory Tapes

And if you're in an electronic pop kind of mood, Memory Tapes play a late show on Friday night (7/1) at Mercury Lounge. Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty teriffic. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And do check out the very cool video for "Yes I Know" at the bottom of this post.

And that's mostly it for this holiday weekend. Happy America! A few more picks -- and shameless plugging -- below.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

John Maus and Puro Instinct are at Mercury Lounge. I caught both last night at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young.

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Real Estate at Bomb Fest 2011 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Real Estate

Congrats to Real Estate (and new live drummer Jackson Pollis), as well as offshoots Ducktails (Real Estate's Matthew Mondanile) and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who have all signed to Domino! The label will release the forthcoming Real Estate LP, currently in the throes of production, in October. Details are forthcoming. Meanwhile some new live shows were announced.

With the heat starting to crank up even though its only early June, there may be some reconsideration regarding show choices based on venue coolness and comfort. We already knew that The Feelies will play Maxwell's three times in early July in addition to their FREE outdoor appearance at Prospect Park with Times New Viking and Real Estate. But now comes word that Real Estate has hopped on the air-conditioning train too, by adding a show at Maxwell's on July 24th (the day after the Prospect Park show). Tickets for Real Estate are on sale, and Feelies tix are all still available too: July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

The Maxwell's show, like most of Real Estate's July dates, will be with Dent May. They are all listed below.

Both Real Estate and Ducktails will also hit the Woodsist Festival in Big Sur on July 30th and 31st, where they'll meet up with Woods, Sic Alps (new/old drummer Ty Segall included), The Fresh & Onlys, Woods/Fresh & Onlys Big Band, and many others over the two days. Individual day tickets are still available.

Full Woodsist lineup, some videos and all dates, below...

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photos by Eric M. Townsend

BOMB Fest
BOMB Fest

B.O.M.B. Fest went down over Memorial Day Weekend at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT. You already saw the Dan Deacon pictures from the first day of the two day fest. Now here are the rest from that Saturday (May 28th) (we have no pics from Sunday). They continue below...

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photos by Kellyann Petry

Real Estate @ Culture Shock
Real Estate

To quote ourselves,

The WBARBQ is also one of a few scheduled for Real Estate, who will also play Culture shock the next day, and a show on May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait (tickets) and May 21 at Maxwell's with the same lineup (tickets).
That Bell House show is tonight (5/20). Tickets are still available to it and the Maxwell's show. Since we wrote that, Culture Shock happened, and Real Estate were also announced on the lineup of a big free show with the Feelies this summer, and B.O.M.B. Fest in CT which happens next week. All dates, and pictures from their Culture Shock set, below...

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photos by Kellyann Petry, Feelies review by Andrew Sacher

The Feelies @ Purchase
Feelies

Without any openers on the bill (they reportedly will play two sets with a break in the middle), The Feelies sold out their show happening at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (5/13). That's a good sign since next time they hit Brooklyn, they'll be tasked with headlining Celebrate Brooklyn's massive space in Prospect Park. Of course it helps that they'll be supported at that July 23rd show by both Real Estate (who also have some May shows coming up) and Times New Viking, and that it's FREE.

The Feelies, touring in support of their new album of all new material, Here Before, will also play shows in MA, PA and DC over the next few days, AND they will return to their favorite venue (my assumption) Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 1st and July 2nd. Tickets are now on sale for both (at the links). Last year they also played a show there on the 4th.

Back in April The Feelies co-headlined SUNY Purchase's annual Culture Shock Fest (that Real Estate also played), and Andrew Sacher reports:

As typical as it is to talk about 'saving the best for last,' that's exactly what happened at Culture Shock 2011. Twenty minutes before the entire festival was supposed to end, post-punk legends The Feelies launched into the first song off their hour and a half long set. Their immediately dancey songs sent the frenzied audience stage diving and moshing like nothing that has ever been seen at a Feelies show. They played a large range of material, including tracks off the immortal 1980 debut Crazy Rhythms as well the newly released Here Before, and everything in between. A few shouts were heard in between songs for "Fa Ce-La," and although The Feelies consistently responded to the shouts with a different song, there wasn't a second in their set to complain about. After just over an hour of jangly masterpieces, The Feelies left the stage. Although an encore has become something you can almost always expect from a headlining band, this was one of those situations where even if The Feelies didn't plan on coming back, they couldn't have deserved it more. They did of course return, and roused the crowd with three more songs, culminating in the immensely anticipated "Fa Ce-La." Despite the expectations that come along with an encore, The Feelies still found a way to surprise us even more when they came back out for a second one.
More pictures from that show, and all tour dates (a CT show too), below...

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The National show in Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We already knew that 'Celebrate Brooklyn' is hosting an impressive lineup of ticketed Prospect Park Bandshell shows this summer: The Decemberists, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver & Cut Copy. And we knew that the 33rd annual series of free shows would start with an Andrew Bird show on June 10th, and that BRIC is also hosting three free 'dance parties' in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer too.

Now the entire 2011 lineup of "24 free performances, including 20 music concerts, two dance performances, two film screenings with live music, and a family concert" is here! You can check it all out (The Feelies, Real Estate, The Books, Junip, Doveman, Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, Raekwon, Oumou Sangaré, Times New Viking, Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke & Gass and Hal Willner included), below...

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