Entries tagged with: Regal Degal

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DIIV @ Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DIIV

As mentioned, DIIV will be testing out new material on tour next month with LODRO and Regal Degal along for the ride. That trek was to kick off in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 but as that show has now sold out, they've added a second MHOW show happening the day before (7/10) with the same openers. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/4) at noon.

Updated tour dates are listed below.

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Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Weyes Blood

Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is a three-day arts and culture festival, hosted annually by the volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick (AiB). Now in its eighth year, this celebration of our neighborhood's vibrant community and local art scene is free and open to the public. The festival dates are May 30th through June 1st, 2014. Open studios hours vary per artist, so check the directory for precise times. Most studios are open 12pm - 7pm on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st.

BOS is New York's largest open studios event, encouraging hundreds of artists to open their doors and share their work. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a series of events, performances, and panels, coordinated by AiB. Participating artists, spaces, and events are listed in the official BOS directory online, on our iPhone app, and in our printed map book. The free printed map will be available to pick up at official BOS 2014 Hub spaces during the festival.

As in previous years, live music plays a big part in the Bushwick Open Studios' 2014 weekend (May 30 - June 1). The opening night party happens on Friday (5/30) at Radio Bushwick with performances by Silverteeth, Culture Vulture, Life Sized Maps, Star Rover, and Broke MC. $10.

Late night Friday at Body Actualized Center, Newtown Radio is throwing a Bushwick Open Studios afterparty with Weyes Blood, Regal Degal, Max McFerrin, Fast Times, and Poolboy 92. $10, doors at 10 PM with a Brooklyn Brewery midnight happy hour.

On Saturday (5/31) at Silent Barn is the big, all-day tribute to Christo Buffam, the guitarist from Dead Leaf Echo and The Vandelles who died back in March. The event is headlined by A Place to Bury Strangers and features nearly 20 bands. No cover but donations (which go to Buffam's family and some of the touring bands on the bill) are strongly suggested.

Also on Saturday (5/31) at Bizarre (12 Jefferson St.) there will be a free Electronic Music Showcase featuring "local, up-and-coming electronic music producers." UPDATE: the lineup of that is onlyponyoni, XUPSTAR, We Are The Wilderness, ADDISON, FENEX, The Azerbaijan A/V Club, DATALOG, droneclone, Lukas Ligeti, Ys, Kasata Sound. Vermillion Bird, and Stéphane Bonenfant. It goes 10pm-4am.

Then on Sunday (5/30) at Radio Bushwick it's Chief Happenstance Vs. Men United, Jeremy and the Symbols, The Morning Sea, Purmamarca, Brett Saxon and Jon Mizrachi. $5 at the door.

Flyers for some of the shows below...

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DOWNLOAD: Russo - Zishethe (MP3)

Torn Hawk at Warsaw - 5/18/14 (more by PSquared)
Torn Hawk

Torn Hawk is the moniker of Brooklyn's Luke Wyatt, who makes instrumental electronic music with chillwave-style nostalgia but a knack for more experimental sounds too (he namedrops Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich as formative influences). He's also got equally nostalgic videos which splice together old '80s VHS clips. You can watch some of those below.

We just caught Torn Hawk opening for Panda Bear in Brooklyn this past weekend, and his next show here will be headlining Cameo on Tuesday (5/27) with Regal Degal, Future of What and Limited. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He also has a couple European dates happening in September, which are listed below.

Doing visuals for Torn Hawk at that show was another NYC electronic artist Ari Russo, or just Russo, who also records for Torn Hawk's Valcrond Video label. His new EP, Wild Metals, comes out on that label on June 19. You can watch the video for one of its tracks, "Purple Earth" (also with very '80s clips) below, and download another track, "Zishethe," above via XLR8R.

List of Torn Hawk dates, with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Torn Hawk (aka Luke Wyatt) schedules shows, releasing Russo on his label (dates & video)"

DIIV @ Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DIIV

It's been two years since DIIV released their debut album, Oshin. With eyes on its follow-up, Cole and the rest of the band will be testing out new material on a July tour of the East Coast and Midwest. That tour kicks off in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 with Lodro and Regal Deagal. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Thursday (5/22) at noon, with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/21) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below...

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La Sera at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
La Sera

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

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Happening at popular food destination Smorgasburg, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. This year it's also a part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.

Vulture Fest
New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture is throwing this two-day  festival this weekend featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy. Most of it is happening at Milk Studios in Manhattan.

M.I.A., Solange @ Webster Hall
After playing Queens warehousy Knockdown Center last night, MIA teams with Solange for a very sold out part of Vulture Fest.

Shoes, Paul Collins' Beat, Barreracudas, Games @ The Bell House
Night two of the Brookyn Power Pop Festival features some true legends in the genre, with The Nerves' frontman Paul Collins and Chicago's under appreciated Shoes, plus two great newer band -- Barreracudas and Brooklyn's Games.

La Sera, High Waisted, Springtime Carnivore @ Baby's All Right
With Vivian Girls behind her, Katy Goodman's main focus is now on the more pop-oriented La Sera. Tonight's the record release show for her new album, Hour of the Dawn.

Upset, Worries @ Baby's All Right
Ex-Hole/Vivian Girls band Upset play their second of two NYC shows of the week tonight, and joining them is their Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers, whose socially aware pop punk rips.

Robert Henke's Lumiere, The Haxan Cloak @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, artist Robert Henke will present the US premiere of his laser light show, Lumière, and joining him is dark electronic musician The Haxan Cloak. Sounds mind-bending.

Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Le Rug, Eastern Hollows @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's headlined by long-running and underrated Brooklynites Ava Luna.

Ovlov, Geronimo!, Dead Wives, LVL UP @ Death by Audio
Good night of '90s-style indie rock at DbA with the Dino Jr/SY-loving Ovlov, the noisy Geronimo!, Speedy Ortiz-related Dead Wives, and crunchy Built to Spill-esque rockers LVL UP.

Tennis, Ski Lodge @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Poppy Colorado duo Tennis are currently working on their new album and may be playing some new stuff. They sing to tykes at Kidrockers at NYU's Skirball Center during the afternoon before tonight's MHOW show.

Shark?, Howth, Soft Black, Pinegrove @ Shea Stadium
If you like sugary garage punk like Wavves, Shark? are one of the better local bands in Brooklyn doing that sort of thing.

Cretin Stompers, LODRO, Downer, Honduras, Baby Acid @ The Flat
Featuring members of Wavves and the Reatards, scuzzy trio Cretin Stompers have some ultra-catchy songs underneath that low-fi noize. They're the not-so-secret guests tonight that's an otherwise fun bill, with Cassie Ramone and Tamaryn DJing between sets.

Okkyung Lee w/ C Spencer Yeh // Chris Corsano/Bill Nace @ The Stone
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee continues her Stone residency tonight with past collaborator C Spencer Yeh at the 8 PM set and two Sonic Youth member collaborators Chris Corsano & Bill Nace (the latter of whom is currently in Body/Head with Kim Gordon) at the 10 PM set.

The Men, Obits, Nude Beach @ The Wick
If you haven't checked out The Wick, finally open after a slow gestation period, here's a good show to check out with lots of great, no-nonsense guitar rock.

Brigid Dawson's Fare Thee Well Opening Reception @ Worship
Brigid is not part of the current touring line-up of Thee Oh Sees, but here's a chance to see her artwork at Williamsburg vintage clothes store Worship. Tonight's the opening with beverages in the store's open backyard and a performance by Jim McHugh.

Agoria, Kindness, Ripperton, Lusine, Nicole Ross @ Verboten
Kindness has a new album coming out which reportedly features Robyn, Blood Orange, and Kelela. Maybe he'll give us a taste of some of that tonight.

Ulcerate, Inter Arma, Car Bomb @ Saint Vitus
It's a solid double header for metal at Vitus tonight with the atmospheric death metal of Ulcerate and the psychedelic black-ish metal of Inter Arma.

Saturday Slamfest @ Blackthorn 51
A bunch of metal bands come together for Saturday Slamfest at Queens venue Blackthorn 51 today, most notably death metal originals Suffocation.

HAIM, Shy Girls @ Terminal 5
HAIM's ascent continues. Resistance is futile.

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

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

La Femme

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Crowdsurfing at shows is a common occurrence. A bandmember surfing the crowd atop his keyboard? That was a first for this fairly seasoned concertgoer and happened at last night's BV-presented La Femme show (3/23) at Glasslands. It was the capper to one of the most bonkers, sweaty, fun shows I have been to in a long time.

Glasslands was absolutely packed by the time the Parisian band took the stage. Having seen them at our SXSW day party, I knew La Femme were good but I wasn't expecting such a crowd reaction. Especially on a Sunday night. This audience -- which, total guess, seemed about 1/3 French -- was there to party and dance, as was the band who played for almost an hour and a half. By the end of it, singer Sacha Got was stripped to a Speedo and humping his keyboard. But the music never stopped, La Femme knocked out their ultra-catchy new wave spy music -- they played nearly everything (if not actually everything) from last year's great Psycho Tropical Berlin (complete with Theremin). What a show!

If you missed it, La Femme play the slightly more upscale Chez Andre at The Standard in the East Village tonight. The early show (7 - 9 PM) is free but you do need to RSVP to aohayon@standardhotel.com. They'll also open for both NYC Trail of Dead shows (3/28 at MHOW and 3/29 at Bowery Ballroom) and tickets are still available.

The rest of the show was fun too. Future Punx kicked things off with a tight set of synthy new wave -- complete with projected visuals -- and Regal Degal previewed a bunch of songs from their new album which was produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and will be out on Terrible Records later this year. I had a good time DJing this show too.

Pictures from Future Punx and Regal Degal, plus more pics of La Femme (plus video), below...

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Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Azar Swan

Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.

In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:

The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.
The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).

Stream some Azar Swan below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan playing shows w/ Prurient & Suuns; member Josh Strawn launched new DJ night (schedule)"

Queens of the Stone Age @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Queens of the Stone Age, The Kills @ Barclays Center
Queens of the Stone Age made quite the comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album that reunited much of the Songs for the Deaf lineup and was packed with great songs. Tonight they return to NYC to take on the city's newest arena with excellent support coming from The Kills.

Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. This is Night 2.

Diarrhea Planet, Purling Hiss, Big Ups, Manors @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a fun way to get in food, shopping, and free music in Brooklyn all at once, and tonight's lineup is heavy on the rawk bands with raging garage punks Diarrhea Planet, grungy rockers Purling Hiss, post-hardcore rippers Big Ups, and guitar pop trio Manors.

Mahogany, Ashrae Fax, Tomboy @ Cameo Gallery
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.

Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic), Jo Schornikow (of Phosphorescent), Woodsman, Laura & Greg, Eastern Midwestern, Single Ben, Level II, DJ Pumpkin Patch @ Church of the Messiah
A bunch of talented folk are coming together to play this benefit show called "One Night in Greenpoint" and all proceeds go to Common Ground, a homeless outreach program ending homelessness in NYC. Tickets are still available.

Waxahatchee, Mutual Benefit @ Converse Rubber Tracks
It's the launch party for Pitchfork's new print quarterly, The Pitchfork Review, and they've got two of the year's breakout bands (who both achieved much P4K acclaim) for the occasion. There's the lyrically honest indie rock of Waxahatchee and the delicate chamber pop of Mutual Benefit.

Hess Is More, Psoy, Interzona @ Baby's All Right
Hess is More's most recent album, Creation Keeps the Devil Away, came out back in 2011. While good, it only hints at the live show which borders on DFA-style dancerock. Definitely worth checking out.

Lips, Fielded, Germans @ Glasslands
Originally from New Zealand, Stephanie Brown now lives in Brooklyn where she makes music under the name Lips. Tonight is a release party for her new EP where Lips' electro-soul style and smoky voice are still in fine form, with more assured, production than we've heard to date.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Washed Out (DJ Set), New Madrid @ Gramercy Theatre
Cleveland (Tennessee) band J. Roddy Walston and The Business play tonight, bringing their raucous, ragged brand of piano rock to Gramercy Theatre.

Dusted (featuring Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck) @ Rockwood Music Hall
Holy Fuck just opened for !!! at Webster Hall last night, and tonight member Brian Borcherdt tones things down with his softer side project Dusted.

JD Samson & MEN, Tippy Toes, Colin Self @ Knitting Factory
The Julie Ruin isn't the only ex-Le Tigre band to put out an album this year. JD Samson's MEN returned with Labor and it's more of the kind of highly danceable stuff we've come to expect from them. This show was originally to be at Rough Trade but was moved do to their sound issues.

John Waters (A John Waters Christmas) @ Stage 48
The director and kitsch connoisseur will be sharing "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories."

Tegan & Sara, Mary Lambert @ The Capitol Theatre
Tegan & Sara's Heartthrob was a major stylistic change towards more overtly pop music, and it's proved to be a favorite of many.

Hard Nips, Sunwatchers (mem.s NYMPH), Platinum Vision, Peter Kerlin's Octet @ Trans-Pecos
Here's a chance to check out Todd P's new venue which is on the old Silent Barn space. Headlining are Japanese ex-pats Hard Nips whose wild shouty punk is usually a good time.

Regal Degal, Viva l'American Death Ray Music, Schmear @ Union Pool
Operating with drone, repetition and odd chord changes, Regal Degal are genuinely strange but very good at what they do. For some, pop music comes easy, for others it comes out like this. And that's a good thing. Viva l'American Death Ray Music are not quite as tilted but definitely operate on the fringes.

Hot Water Music, Torche, O'Brother @ Webster Hall
If you like big, bash-your-face-in rock, this double billing of Hot Water Music and Torche is not to miss. HWM reunited a few years back and secured their comeback with 2012's Exister, 13 more songs of their great, growly punk. Meanwhile, Torche continue to keep making sure the sludge metal world has its poppy side.

Tombs, Sannhet, Argonauts, Windfaerer, Barbarian @ ABC No Rio
It's an all ages matinee at ABC No Rio with some pretty excellent local metal, mostly on the atmospheric but still totally heavy side. Really strong bill.

Santacon
Oh, Santacon. You either hate it with every fibre of your being or you're currently wearing a puke-stained red suit right now. Actual snow should make things more interesting. For the rest of us, stay indoors if you can.

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

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King Krule at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
King Krule

Phantogram @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

King Krule @ Webster Hall
Archie Marshall is an old soul trapped in a minor's body, a dichotomy made apparent on his terrific debut album, Six Feet Beneath the Moon, which mixes thoughtful songwriting with modern productions touches. Tonight's sold out.

Ida Maria @ Rough Trade
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria, once known for her wildcard electric performances, returns for her first NYC shows in some time. Will "Oh My God" still have the same punch?

Foley, The Dirty Nil, Shy Hunters, Tyburn Saints @ Glasslands
Tonight's finally the NYC debut of Canada punk rippers The Dirty Nil, who were supposed to play here in October but had to cancel at the last minute. If you like your punk quick and dirty, check this band out.

Phantogram, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Weeknight @ Terminal 5
While fans wait for Phantogram's new album, they can hear a few new songs -- like "Lights" from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack -- tonight at Terminal 5.

Sean Nicholas Savage, Zula, Regal Degal, Softspot @ Death By Audio
Prolific and a little eccentric, Montreal artist Sean Nicholas Savage mixes genres with abandon, as heard most recently on this year's Other Life, which came out on Arbutus Records (home of Grimes, Doldrums and more).

Dapwell from Das Racist (DJ set), The Kominas, Gandu Cirus, Ashni, Cerenkov, Gabe Merizalde @ Pianos
This is an afterparty for the South Asian Film Festival which is going on in NYC this week. Massachusetts band The Kominas headline, followed by a DJ set from onetime Das Racist member, Dapwell.

GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Aaron Roche @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.

Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
With close to fifty years of pop/rock songwriting and a new album out this year that at least Rolling Stone likes, Elton John takes over MSG for what will surely be a night of hits.

Nothing Changes w/ Mueran Humanos, Reverso @ Home Sweet Home
South American synth-goths Mueran Humanos headline this week's edition of the popular late-night darkwave party.

O'Death, The Woes @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn's O'Death have been kicking for quite a while now, making their dark brand of gothic alt-country.

Occultation, Survival, Yautja, Razorheads @ Acheron
Occultation, the spooky rock/metal band featuring the guitarist of weirdo black metal act Negative Plane, kick off a week-long tour with a BK appearance alongside up-and-coming Nashville grinders Yautja and locals Razorheads and Survival (not the Liturgy side project)." Or something.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Ali Wong, Andy Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Chris Tellez, and Joe DeRosa.

Melissa Laveaux, Stranger Cat @ Cameo
Paris-via-Ottawa singer Melissa Laveaux comes to NYC to headline this show, and there's pretty great local support from Cat Martino's new electronic project Stranger Cat.

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

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Braids @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Oneohtrix Point Never @ Webster Hall, June 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The New York City Marathon
Like the Village Halloween Parade, the NYC Marathon took last year off thanks to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, but is back in the race this year with nearly 50,000 runners. Go out and cheer them on.

YouTube Music Awards @ Pier 36
We're not sure why YouTube is giving out awards, but they've got an impressive line-up of performers, including Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lindsey Stirling, M.I.A., Tyler, the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt. You can watch that live on YouTube beginning at 6 PM EST.

Oneohtrix Point Never, Nate Boyce @ MoMA PS1
Ambient soundscaper Oneohtrix Point Never joins forces with past collaborator/visual artist Nate Boyce for this multimedia performance in MoMA PS1's VW Dome. It's an early show, going from 4-7 PM.

Nik Turner's Space Ritual @ Saint Vitus
Hawkwind canceled their tour, but you can still catch former member Nik Turner, who released a new album, Time Crypt, earlier this year. Expect lots of Hawkwind songs, though, too tonight.

Jenny Hval, Stine Motland, C. Spencer Yeh, Attila Cshar, Bel Canto @ Angel Orensanz Center
This is a pretty interesting bill, showcasing diverse vocal styles, including those of Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval, Mayhem/SunnO))) chanter/growler Attila Csihar (who will be performing solo as Void ov Voices), and another Norwegian artist, Stine Motland, who's collaborating with Brooklyn violinist C. Spencer Yeh.

Guardian Alien, Child Abuse, Skimask, Oozing Wound @ Secret Project Robot
Thrashy Chicago band Oozing Wound recently brought their tour to NYC for a show with Pop. 1280, and tonight they team up with more quality locals for a second show here.

Braids, Hundred Waters, Kodak to Graph @ Bowery Ballroom
Montreal band Braids traded guitars for keyboards last year for a largely electronic sound that can be heard on their new album, Flourish // Perish. They're touring (as they have in the past) with Florida's Hundred Waters who make a similarly ethereal soundscape.

Tennis, Luke Temple, Chalk And Numbers, Jason Eldredge @ Brooklyn Bowl
Colorado lite-pop duo Tennis release their new EP for the Communion label this week and play this free School Night party with likeminded Brooklyn duo Chalk and Numbers.

Jim Jones, Ski Beatz @ Mercury Lounge
It's a solo show for Jim Jones of Dipset tonight, and he's been joined by hip hop production wizard Ski Beatz.

Fly Ashtray, Butterscott, Talsness, Regal Degal @ Cake Shop
Having formed in 1983, these long-running, sporadically active NYC indie rockers remain of the city's best kept secrets. Art punk openers Regal Degal have probably heard a FA record or two.

Genders, Ovary Action, Crazy Pills @ Death by Audio
Portland psychedelic rockers Genders make dark, atmospheric stuff that's still pretty catchy. They're in NYC for a few shows this week, including tonight's at DbA, Monday at Shea, and Tuesday at Arlene's Grocery. Stream a track below.

Amon Tobin presents Two Fingers DJ Set @ Le Poisson Rouge
After having spent the last two years or so doing his massive multimedia 'ISAM' shows, Amon Tobin is reviving his Two Fingers moniker for a DJ set at LPR tonight.

Comedy Night w/ 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. Get there early.

Other good options tonight include Kissing Is A Crime & more at Silent Barn, Vulture Shit and more at Arlene's Grocery,

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

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Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
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We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...

Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.

Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]

Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.

Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.

BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.

From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).

Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
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Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.

You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]

Now back to Andrew...

A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
ASAP

I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.

Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]

And back to Bill...

Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
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Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).

I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.

And then I went to bed. - [BP]

CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...

Continue reading "CMJ Wednesday recap (Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Bonzie, Joanna Gruesome, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett & more)"

photos by P Squared Photography

No Age @ MHOW, 9/5/2013
No Age - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn - photos by P Squared - September 5th, 2013

While the crowd members went for each others' jugulars (or whatever body parts they managed to make contact with) or danced along ecstatically sans pain, No Age properly fed the crowd's appreciation with track after track of nearly pure distortion and noise instrumentals. Although Spunt shouted into his mic, his words were just murmurs against the multi-stack drumstick smashes and distortion-loaded power chords. Midway through the set, Spunt announced it was time for "some new songs," and abandoned his drum kit temporarily for the bass. During No Generator, the low but heavy bass riffs brashly coupled with guitar chops, shook the venue (and even rattled the drummer-less drums). After playing a few fuzz-heavy An Object tracks (I Won't Be Your Generator and A Ceiling Dreams Of A Floor) and some oldies, Spunt eventually returned to his trusty drum kit to finish off the set, ending it with one of the band's more punk-rooted songs, Miner. - [CMJ]
The wild squall that is Los Angeles duo No Age invaded NYC last week, as their tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (9/6) with opening sets from locals Ornament (aka Joe DeNardo from Growing) and Regal Degal. Pictures from that show are in this post.

No Age stuck around on Friday (9/6) to play the kickoff event for the traveling Station to Station roadshow and we'll have pictures from that too soon. More pics from Music Hall below...

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

Priests @ DBA (more by Ivey Haber)
Priests

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 Bill Pearis

'Joke in the Hole' art
Copeland

Eric Copeland likes to stay busy. In addition to his work with Black Dice, he's put out seven releases in the last year or alone, including two this summer for DFA, his first for the label as a solo artist. (Black Dice were on DFA in the label's early days.) In July he released the "Masterbater" 12" and then followed that up with the just-out Joke in the Hole LP. "Masterbater," which isn't on the album, is no more or less esoteric (or single-y) than what's found on the album, though at 12 minutes it coulda been just too long to make the cut. They're both part of Copeland's weird wonderful world of sound and you can stream the single and album in full below.

Eric plays a record release show tonight (8/23) in Brooklyn at 285 Kent. It's also release show for Regal Degal, whose new EP, Pyramid Bricks, is fresh on Terrible Records. Greatest Hits are on the bill as well, plus DJs Tim Koh (of Haunted Graffiti) and Jorge Elbrecht (Violens). Advance tickets are available.

About a month after tonight's show, Eric will team back up with the Black Dice guys when that band plays 285 Kent on September 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "Eric Copeland released a new 12" & LP on DFA, playing 285 Kent w/ Regal Degal tonight (where Black Dice plays in Sept)"

by Bill Pearis

Regal Degal

Brooklyn trio Regal Degal left us for a while, moving to Los Angeles for a year or so before returning to the four-seasoned NYC earlier this year. The band's new EP, Pyramid Bricks, is out digitally via Terrible Records on Tuesday (7/30) and on vinyl at the end of August. The first released track, "Unseen," still has their arty post-punk tendencies on display but finds them little more focused, melodically. You can stream it below.

Regal Degal will be accompanying their label boss Chris Taylor's band, Grizzly Bear, on a few of their August tour dates, all of which are listed below. Grizzly Bear, who'll play Lollapalooza in Chicago next weekend, have also added a few since we last posted, and updated dates are below too.

Before their tour starts, Regal Degal will play a warm up show tonight (7/28) at Coco 66 in Greenpoint (which seems to be booking shows again after run-ins with the Fire Marshall a couple years ago. The bill also includes Blanche Blanche Blanche-related group Big French and, according to RD's blog, "some sort of mystery band called 'Plum Brandy'." Hmm. No word on cover for tonight but Regal Degal are on second and are set to play around 9:30 PM.

All Regal Degal and Grizzly Bear tour dates are listed, along with the RD song stream, below.

Continue reading "Regal Degal ready new EP on Terrible Records, playing Coco 66 tonight w/ "mystery band" before tour w/ Grizzly Bear"

Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Action Bronson

The Bushwick Block Party is returning this year on July 27 across multiple stages on Moore Street between Bogart & White. This year's party is being headlined by Queens rapper Action Bronson, and also features sets by Pictureplane, Jamaican Queens, MC Todd, Death Threat, World's Fair, Galeon, Full Service, The Moon Dudes, Big Ups, Joe Bickle and more, plus the Tiki Disco.

The party runs from noon to 11 PM, and as usual, it's being presented by Bushwick pizza place Roberta's, so there will be tons of pizza from them plus a bunch of food trucks, including one from Action Bronson. 10% of all pizza sales benefit St. John's Bread & Life. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer for the party below.

In related news, you can also catch Jamaican Queens (ex-Prussia) sooner than that when they bring their tour with Sean Nicholas Savage to Brooklyn on July 18 at 285 Kent (tickets). Since we last spoke, art pop band Blanche Blanche Blanche and Regal Degal were added to that show as well.

You can also catch Blanche Blanche Blanche with Ryan Power and Co La at Glasslands (7/14, tickets) and at Silent Barn on August 21 with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, The Great Valley, and Son of Salami.

Bushwick Block Party flyer below...

Continue reading "Bushwick Block Party 2013 lineup (Action Bronson, Pictureplane & more) +++ upcoming Blanche Blanche Blanche shows"

Kirin J Callinan

While we patiently await the arrival of Australia's Kirin J. Callinan to the US during/around CMJ, the spacey, gothic post-punk guitarist has graciously dropped off a new mixtapes of jams to peruse. Spanning thirteen tracks, check out that mixtape for the first time below.

Since we posted about him last, Kirin has added a few NYC shows while here for CMJ. He'll play a live taping of "ESP TV" at Interstate Projects on Saturday (10/13) with Narcissister, Black Marble, Haribo, and Paul Haney.

Then during CMJ, he'll play the Terrible Records CMJ Party with LE1FTrue and Regal Degal at Glasslands on 10/16 (tickets); and another Terrible Records party at Shea Stadium on 10/18 with Mirror Mirror, Regal Degal and New Look which is $8 and all-ages.

Then on Monday, October 22 he'll play Bowery Electric with Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders, Kirin J Callinan, Plastic Flowers, The Dreebs, and Arc & Stones.

Mixtape stream and those dates in list form are below.

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Kirin

Australian guitarist Kirin J Callinan's gothic noise-ridden post-punk compositions bring to mind a less funky John Maus on recent output. Currently, shows for Callinan are few and far between save for a single US date and luckily for NYCers, CMJ is the destination. Look for Callinan to join on with LE1F, True and Regal Degal as part of the Terrible Records CMJ Party (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear's label) at Glasslands on 10/16. Tickets are on sale.

Kirin J Callinan's most recent release, the "Thighs"/"W II W" 7 inch hit via Terrible/Siberia Records earlier this year. Stream the former below alongside a video for the latter. Look for a new LP from Callinan in the near future, he recently told The Vine that thirteen songs have already been recorded for the release with with Kim Moyes (The Presets) signed on as producer.

Meanwhile, The Presets are on tour and will be in NYC soon too. Kirin songs and dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan on Terrible Records, coming to U.S. for CMJ"

DOWNLOAD: SAFE ft. Lakutis - "Neotropical Vacation" (MP3)

LE1F at Santos in September (more by Julie Schabel)
Le1f

LE1F is currently on the road with Das Racist, SAFE, and Lakutis for a tour which culminates in NYC on October 15 at Irving Plaza (rescheduled from 9/27). Tickets for that show are still available.

You'll have way more chances to catch LE1F in NYC this month though because he's got a number of CMJ shows lined up. He'll play the Terrible Records party at Glasslands on October 16 with True, Kirin J Callinan, Regal Degal, and more (free with RSVP); the FADER showcase at Rubbertracks on October 17; the MTV Hive showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 18; the Ad Hoc party at 285 Kent on October 19; the PItchfork showcase at new Brooklyn venue Villain on October 19 (which Death Grips also plays); the Cantora afterparty at Westway on October 19 (75 Clarkson St); the Impose Mag showcase at Deliquency on October 20; and Cameo Gallery on October 20 with Labyrinth Ear, High Highs, and American Royality (tickets). Lineups for most of those shows TBA. All LE1F dates are listed below.

In related news, LE1F's tourmates SAFE and Lakutis recently recorded a song together with production from Brooklyn's Steel Tipped Dove that will appear on an upcoming Greedhead compilation, which LE1f, Heems, and others will also be featured on. You can download that song, titled "Neotropical Vacation," above or stream it below (via FADER).

That song stream and a list of all LE1F dates below.

Continue reading "LE1F playing CMJ shows after Das Racist tour; SAFE & Lakutis made a song together (dates & MP3)"

Sun Araw at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Erez Avissar)
Sun Araw

You have two chances to check out Sun Araw Band before the clock strikes 2012. The first is in Rio de Janeiro at the Novas Frequências Fest on December 7th. The next is two days later in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on 12/9 with Regal Degal, Heatwave, CSC Funk Band, and a Prince Rama DJ set.

Prince Rama just finished a batch of dates with Indian Jewelry including one at the Mohawk in Austin with Melt Banana (which we posted pics from HERE). They're now down in Miami for Art Basel and touring their way home. As previously mentioned, Prince Rama play Glasslands on 2/23 with Gary War (tickets), BUT they've also not surprisingly scheduled another show much sooner. One day after they DJ at 285 Kent they'll open for Hooray for Earth, along with Woodsman, at Public Assembly. Tickets are on sale for that too.

More tour dates and videos for "Impluvium" and "At Delphi" from Sun Araw's recent Ancient Romans LP are below.

Continue reading "Sun Araw & Prince Rama schedule more shows (2012 dates)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Drums @ Bowery Ballroom
The Drums

"Lead singer Jonny Pierce's stage presence last night was reminiscent of the glory days of Morrissey as he swayed to the beat and delivered his moody, but brilliant lyrics about breaking up, money and death. Pierce told the crowd that the band is winding down from their North American tour before playing the non-album track "I Felt Stupid." Other highlights included great versions of their "Portamento" songs "Money," "I Need a Doctor" and "If He Likes It Let Him Do It." The crowd of course lost their minds during songs such as "it Will All End In Tears," "The Future" and "Best Friend," which Jonny Pierce dedicated to his dead best friend." -[according to g]
The Drums headlined Bowery Ballroom last night (11/2), part one of their three night, November NYC stint which includes a stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg TONIGHT (11/3), and a return to Bowery Ballroom on 11/7. All three shows are/were sold out. Support from last night, Patrick Cleandenim & Regal Degal, will also be on hand for tonight's festivities but Grand Rapids will sub-in for Regal Degal at Bowery Ballroom round two. Regal Degal also play Shea Stadium tonight.

More Bowery Ballroom pictures (including The Drums' setlist), and more Drums dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADAnika - Yang Yang (MP3)
DOWNLOADAnika - Terry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - "Total Decay" (MP3)
DOWNLOADThe Soft Moon - Breath the Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mikal Cronin - Get Along (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mikal Cronin - Apathy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Howler - I Told You Once (MP3)

Anika
Anika

Hello and welcome to the ATP Runoff edition of This Week in Indie. (Aka ATPTWII.) Yes the big news is the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow's Parties which is happening this year in Asbury Park, NJ which looks to be super cool. (I would like to see The Pop Group.) There are still tickets available for most of it -- it gets a little confusing what with "Three Day Jeff Magnum" passes and other variations but this column will not get into that. We're talking bands/artists who are also playing NYC shows while here. And some other stuff too.

First and foremost, for me, is Anika who is making her North American live debut tonight (9/27) at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets still seem to be available. Her debut album snuck in late last year but made my Best of 2011 with it's mix of post-punk and dub, and I've been waiting to see her live ever since.  As I wrote before:

Recorded in 12 days, live with no overdubs, it sounds like the missing link between The Slits and Lilliput. Portishead's Geoff Barrow -- his other band BEAK> is the backing band here -- gets the claustrophobic vibe just right. A lot of people have tried and failed to recreate that Martin Hannett Sound... Barrow nails it. And the material -- a mix of girl group covers and politically-charged originals -- suits Anika's Nico-esque delivery perfectly.
You can download two tracks at the top of this post, cover's of Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang" and obscure British girl group singer Twinkle's "Terry." Anika is here on a limited North American tour and all her dates are at the bottom of this post. Anika's live band is a 5-piece that includes two of the three members of BEAK> (Geoff Barrow is the one who doesn't play with her live).

Opening for Anika is local act Slowdance who you may remember made L Magazine's "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list and whose debut EP, Light & Color, was just released last week. It's a "name your price" download at their Bandcamp site. The whole thing is pretty good but I especially dig the opening track "Cake" which is kind of like early B-52's minus Fred Schneider but in French.

DD/MM/YYYY
DD

I mentioned BEAK> who, in addition to sharing members with Anika, will also be performing their own set at ATP and have also just released a split EP with Toronto's proggy, mathy DD/MM/YYYY who are playing Friday night at Cameo with like-minded noisemakers Yvette and Bambara. DD/MM/YY are on short East Coast tour while here for ATP and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

If you like DD/MM/YY or have been curious about seeing them live, you should go to this show... because they're breaking up at the end of October and the Cameo show is their last NYC show before doing so. I last saw them at M for Montreal two years ago, where I wrote:

Also impressive live are Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY who have clearly gotten much tighter than the last time I saw them (Don Pedro's, like three years ago). It's proggy-mathy, but bordering on chaos too. I'm not that crazy about their records -- a little too much going on at one time for my poppier tastes -- but I'd go see them again, no question.
Don't get too sad about them calling it quits, as four of the five are regrouping under the name Absolutely Free and will make their live debut at M for Montreal this year.

Factory Floor
Factory Floor

More ATPTWII action: London trio Factory Floor play two NYC shows this week: tomorrow (9/28) at Knitting Factory with Apache Beat and FAN-TAN, and then Thursday (9/29) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Londoners Walls.

Factory Floor get a lot of Joy Division comparisons and JD/New Order drummer Stephen Morris is a fan, remixing last year's "Wooden Box" single. But apart from looking sad in their press shots, Factory Floor are more in the minimal wave camp with drone and repetition being their weapons of choice. Their new single "(R E A L L O V E)" is basically a goth/industrial/techno/Krautrock ode to Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder's "I Feel Love" and is pretty awesome.

The band's next release will be on DFA in November. Judging from live clips on YouTube (like them performing "(R E A L L O V E)" at Rough Trade which you can watch below), Factory Floor are intense live and you might want to rearrange your show schedule to see them.

The Soft Moon
The Soft Moon

And rounding out the ATP-related shows are San Francisco's The Soft Moon who were supposed to be opening for Mogwai (who had to cancel) but will now play 285 Kent on Saturday (10/1) with White Ring and Beige (video flyer below), and the Wierd Party next Wednesday (10/5). Their new EP, Total Decay, is out on Halloween via Captured Tracks and you can download a track from it (and one from their debut album) at the top of this post. If you like '80s 4AD goth (Clan of Xymox, Xmal Deutchland) you're probably already going.

Veronica Falls
Veronica Falls

Speaking of goth, in a totally different way we've got Veronica Falls in town for two shows: tonight (9/27) at Glasslands and tomorrow (9/28) at Pianos. Their debut, out last week on Slumberland, is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I wrote about it over at Sound Bites which I will quote here:

The band get the C-86 tag a lot but, apart from The Velvet Underground (which has inspired 95% of all indiepop), New Zealand seems to be a bigger influence anyway. "Misery" and current single "Bad Feeling" could both be Bats songs. (The Verlaines are a clear influence too, and I bet someone in the band loves The Chills' "Pink Frost.") But this is not a band you really sit around playing "spot the influence" to, as you're too busy swooning to the gorgeous melodies and Roxanne Clifford's truly lovely voice.

There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs ("Misery," "Bad Feeling," the effervescent "The Box") are equals to early singles "Found Love in a Graveyard" and "Beachy Head" which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the original versions.

When I said "goth" above, I mean more in an old school romance kind of way. Love and death, often intertwined. If you're on Spotify you can listen to the album here. They're great live, do go see them. Tonight's Glasslands show is with German Measles, Tanks Amigo and Darlings; the Pianos show is entirely TWII-endorsed, with McDonalds, Heaven's Gate and The Hairs.

Mikal Cronin

Ty Segall plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/29) and we've given him a lot of love over the last few years. He's awesome. If you're going, do get there early and see opener Mikal Cronin who plays in Ty's band and used to front Charlie & the Moonhearts. I liked the Moonhearts just fine, but playing with Ty seems to have done wonders. Mikal's self-titled LP on Trouble in Mind (produced by Ty) is far and away the best thing he's ever done, is one of my albums of the year, and I like it more than Segall's Goodbye Bread to be honest.

The album has great song after great song, killer hooks and harmonies -- SoCal garagey surf-pop at it's finest. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post.

Total Slacker
Total Slacker

Friday is the last night of Monster Island Basement and the DIY venue is going out a big show featuring Regal Degal, Total Slacker, La Big Vic, Hume and Royal Baths. It's the record release party for Total Slacker's debut album, Thrashin', which got a 6.7 on Pitchfork today:

Total Slacker's sense of humor is the album's driving force, and it's both overt and weirdly specific. The lyrics, for the most part, are a goofy celebration of the slacker caricature. Between the references to weed and various snack foods, and the record's languid pace, Rountree perpetuates the archetypal slacker character with his nasal whine. The track "Thyme Traveling High School Dropout", for example, is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-style branding for a guy who goes back to the 18th century because marijuana isn't illegal then. And the title "Stealing From Salvation Army" says it all-- he plans on doing just that after he wakes up in the afternoon. That's pretty much the whole album. Thrashin' largely depends on buying into that character and thinking it's funny, or at least interesting, for 40 minutes.
With Total Slacker's propensity for instrument-destroying, this last night at Monster Island could be a doozy.

Howler
Howler

And finally, Minneapolis band Howler are playing their first NYC shows this week: Thursday (9/29) at Glasslands and Friday opening for Tapes n' Tapes at Bowery Ballroom. The band just signed with Rough Trade who put out their EP, This One's Different, not too long ago. They're getting more UK press than here in the States. NME gave the EP 8/10 saying:

Howler are musical pizza. They're not a band you define yourself by. They're a band you dance to. Which is not to say that Howler are stupid, or people who like Howler are stupid. They just don't feel the need to prove that they're clever.

The title of this first EP by Rough Trade's most recent signings is both misleading and spot on. There's nothing much different about these Minneapolis boys at all, with their sexy bedhead hair, skinny limbs and small-child-romping-at-a-family-wedding goofy energy. Their bratty guitar pop is as familiar as skin, but also as warm and lovable. But then, how many flat, formulaic takes on this same sound are also-running around out there? Howler are different because they make commonplace components fly with a brilliant nonchalance.

Everybody likes Pizza, right? The review goes on to make a Razorlight comparison, so this pie must have extra cheese. You can download a Howler track at the top of this post.

And that's the big stuff for this week. Slightly smaller stuff is below, day-by day:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Portland duo Viva Voce are at Mercury Lounge tonight. They don't get enough attention -- apart from just being two of them there's no "angle" per se, besides good songs and great musicianship -- and their new album The Future Will Destroy You is pretty good.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Reptar, Savoir Adore at the Neon Gold TV launch party at Tammany Hall. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Somebody is playing Roseland tonight, can't remember who.

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The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by VIncent Cornelli)
The Drums

As mentioned, The Drums are going on an extensive North American tour this fall in support of their upcoming LP, Portamento, due out September 13 via Frenchkiss. You can listen to that album, with written commentary, at the NY Times.

That tour includes NYC-area dates on September 28 at Maxwell's (tickets) and November 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

Its since been revealed that Patrick Cleandenim will open both of those shows, in addition to a DC show at Black Cat on 11/6. Regal Degal are also on the Maxwell's bill.

The Drums have also since added a third NYC-area date the day before the MHOW show at Bowery Ballroom (11/2). No opener has been announced for this show yet. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/2) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon.

Updated dates below...

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Puro Instinct @ Pianos - 7/1/2011 (photo by Scott Lapatine)
Puro Instinct

Puro Instinct played Glasslands and then Mercury Lounge and then a third NYC show at Pianos Friday night (7/1). See them for a fourth time Saturday night at 285 Kent...

====| SATURDAY 7/2 @ 285 KENT AVE |====
:: Beach Fossils
:::: Puro Instinct ------- formerly Pearl Harbor
:::::: Big Troubles
:::::::: Regal Degal
| 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $10 | all ages
Their tour with John Maus continues on July 3rd in Philly.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Archers of Loaf - What Did You Expect? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Art Brut - "Lost Weekend" (MP3)

Archers of Loaf @ Sasquach 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
ARchers of Loaf

This weekend marks the return of '90s indie legends Archers of Loaf who play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/25, sold out) and Webster Hall on Sunday (6.26, you can still get tickets). Opening both shows are Mr. Dream which is as perfect an opener as you could imagine.

I didn't care for their later records (or Eric Bachman's Crooked Fingers) but Archers of Loaf's 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, is an indie rock classic that stands tall alongside No Pocky for Kitty, Slanted & Enchanted, There's Nothing Wrong with Love and Sebadoh III. 1995's Vee Vee is pretty awesome too, and both records are getting the expanded reissue treatment from Merge Records in August. You can download "What Did You Expect?" (a 1994 7"-only release) at the top of this post.

Speaking of Mr. Dream, despite the Voice saying that the lineup was final, they added Mr. Dream today to the upcoming 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport, and DJs and an indoor lounge too...

The Village Voice is excited to announce the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2PM till Midnight with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more.

The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival with also include live music on South Street Seaport Pier 17 from 1-8pm. The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davila 666, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger and Mr. Dream and are all scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
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Mazes

While we're in the '90s milleiu, Mazes are here opening for White Denim on Saturday night (6/25) at Bowery Ballroom. I'll just quote myself here:

When you think Manchester, England you may think Stone Roses and The Smiths, but in the case of Mazes, it's more Sebadoh and Soul Asylum. Not unlike Yuck, this trio owe lots to '90s indie rock as can be heard on their debut album A Thousand Heys which came out in April.

A Thousand Heys is full of catchy singalongs -- like their current single "Summer Hits" -- and well worth checking out. (Samples from the album are streaming at their label's website.) You can download a previously unreleased track, "Brunswick Stack," at the bottom of this post via a Soundcloud widget.

And if you can't make it this weekend, Mazes return for a headlining show at Glasslands on Tuesday, July 5 where they'll play with Beige, Country Mice, and The Hairs.

Art Brut
Art Brut

What else? Art Brut are on tour and played Maxwell's last night and will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (6/23). The band's new album, Brilliant! Tragic!, finds Eddie Argos taking it down a notch and almost singing. Almost. It's really more of a whispery type thing -- not unlike Jarvis Cocker -- and for the most part I think it works pretty well. I especially like the single, "Lost Weekend," which you can download at the top of this post. More than anything, I think the music is the best Art Brut have come up with since their debut. And the band remain a lot of fun to see live. Argos is the real deal.

Sic Alps
Sic Alps

Sic Alps roll through town on Friday, playing Death By Audio with Spectre Folk and Weekends. As previously reported, founding member Matt Hartman -- who was half the band originally -- has left the group which is kind of weird Mike Donovan is carrying on with the name with Eric Baur and some kid named Ty Segall (who had briefly joined the band a couple years ago). Shouldn't they be called Sic Andes or something now?

Granted, Mike Donovan did most of the singing (and maybe wrote most of the songs) and I'm gonna bet this new version of the band is pretty awesome. Sic Alps most recent album, Napa Asylum, is another smoldering, thick stew of swamp garage. A lot of bands use the low-fi thing as a crutch, but Sic Alps have always used sludge like it's a member of the band. A new 7", perhaps the first fruits of this new line-up, is out in August.

Fulton Stall Market in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Fulton Stall Market

And finally, a little shameless plugging. Sunday afternoon, June 26th, is the first of my four Sound Bites Series shows which take place at the Fullton Stall Market down at South Street Seaport. You can get your vegetables and jingle jangle indiepop all in one place. This Sunday the latter is provided by scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride. The fun (which includes me DJing before the band) starts at 2PM, and it's all free. Do come down and say hi.

This is the full Sunday show lineup:

JUNE 26: MY TEENAGE STRIDE
JULY 3: THE HAIRS
JULY 10: pow wow!
JULY 17: HOSPITALITY
July 10th is also the first of six free shows at Beekman Beer Garden which is at South Street Seaport too. The free Friday Seaport shows begin this Friday, but more about that below.

Some additional daily picks follow:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

Iceage play a free show at Other Music today.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

Black Dice's Eric Copeland, McDonalds and Regal Degal play Secret Project Robot. It's a record release party for both Copeland and McDonalds, so do check out the merch table. The Copeland record, Waco Taco Combo, is only a 500 copy pressing.

Dinosaur Jr. are at Terminal 5 performing their classic 1988 album Bug (that's the one with "Freak Scene") in its entirety. And probably some other songs as well. Many people will be going just to see Fucked Up, not to mention Off!.

Beach Fossils and Javelin play Santos Party House. It's a free show if you RSVP.

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