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We're happy to announce that we're returning to Red 7 for three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties this year on the Thursday (3/19), Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) of SXSW. RSVP in one spot for all three days.

We'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm each day, Thursday's lineup is HERE. Saturday's lineup will be announced soon, here's the Invisible Oranges co-presented Friday lineup!


12:30 Vanishing Life (featuring Walter Schreifels & mems of Trail of Dead)
01:15 Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
02:00 The Velvet Teen
02:45 Single Mothers
03:30 KEN Mode
04:15 Power Trip
05:15 United Nations (featuring Geoff Rickly)

12:00 Creepoid
12:45 Rat Fist (No Age/Pissed Jeans)
01:30 Makthaverskan
02:15 Pity Sex
03:10 Pianos Become the Teeth
04:05 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
05:00 Swervedriver

Please RSVP for all three days.

The Friday inside show begins with Walter Schreifels' (of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) new band with two Trail of Dead members, Vanishing Life, followed by a full-band set by long-running singer/songwriter Kevin Devine (who's in the midst of a series of splits with Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and more). Then comes The Velvet Teen, who just announced their first LP since 2006 on Topshelf Records. After that, the inside stage gets heavier, with snotty Canadian punks Single Mothers, sludgey post-hardcore band KEN mode, crossover thrashers Power Trip, and finally the screamo band of former Thursday singer Geoff Rickly, United Nations.

Outside, the day begins with Philly shoegazers Creepoid (who have a new LP coming), followed by Rat Fist, the new-ish punk band with No Age and Pissed Jeans members. Then it's Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, their shoegazey Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, and atmospheric post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth (who also have members in United Nations). The day wraps up with two veterans: Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan (who has his debut solo LP on the way) and reunited shoegazers Swervedriver.


This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Thank you also to esurance who will provide expedited access to our shows to some people who are following @Esurance on twitter each day, and to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get on if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups too..

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Friday Day Party lineup (Swervedriver, Mac McCaughan, Power Trip, United Nations, KEN mode, Pianos Become the Teeth & much more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Velvet Teen at Baby's in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Velvet Teen

Shapeshifting indie rock band The Velvet Teen began talking about the long-awaited followup to 2006's Cum Laude! last year, and now it's officially been announced. Like fellow veterans of the indie/emo crossover scene Braid, The Jazz June and Kind of Like Spitting have done, they've signed to Topshelf Records for it. It's called All Is Illusory, and will be out on June 30. It was produced by RX Bandits' Steve Choi and No Motiv's Roger Camero, who both also play in Peace'd Out with The Velvet Teen's Casey Deitz and The Movielife's Vinnie Caruana. No music is out from yet, but check out the album artwork and tracklist, and stream some old favorites, below.

The Velvet Teen are also on tour and playing SXSW, including the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Velvet Teen releasing new LP 'All Is Illusory' on Topshelf, touring, playing BrooklynVegan SXSW party"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Creepoid at Death by Audio in 2014 (via)

Creepoid recently announced that their new album, Cemetary Highrise Slum, will be out June 23 via Collect Records, and put out the rocking lead single "American Smile." We're looking forward to hearing more from that, but in the meantime they've made a video for "Tired Eyes" off last year's self-titled album on No Idea. If you haven't heard this one, it spends most of the time as a quiet drum-less song, but the full band comes in at the end for a sludgy wall of sound. Check out the video, directed by Bob Jones, premiering below.

Creepoid are also touring and playing several SXSW shows. One of those is the free BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (3/20) at Red 7 with Swervedriver, Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk), Pianos Become the Teeth, Pity Sex and more. Full lineup HERE.

Creepoid's full SXSW schedule, all other tour dates, the new video, and the single from their new album, below...

Continue reading "Creepoid made a video for "Tired Eyes," playing BV SXSW Friday party (and other shows)"

by Bill Pearis


Mastodon have shared their contribution to Game of Thrones' Catch the Throne II mixtape which this time has both hip hop and heavy rock. (But not both at once, for that grab the Judgement Night soundtrack.) Much like the plot of the HBO series, "White Walker" takes its time building to a climax. The lyrics seem to be vaguely about the zombie hoarde in the North, though with lines like "They come down The Wall to save us all," Mastodon may have a different interpretation of what's going on than most of us. Stream it below.

Talib Kweli offered up his Catch the Throne II contribution, "Lord of the Light," last week and the whole thing (including tracks from Anthrax, Estelle, Method Man and more) will be online March 17.

In other news, if you'll be in Austin for the interactive or film portions of SXSW this weekend, be on the lookout for "SXSWesteros" from March 13-16 at 213 W. 5th Street during the day. (They've done it in years past as well.) There's also a panel discussion on Monday (3/16) titled "Game of Thrones: Creating Immersive Entertainment."

Elsewhere: this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly has Game of Thrones on the cover (four different covers, actually, that's Tyrion's above) and that will be out March 12. And there's a brand new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones (premiering April 12 on HBO) which you can watch below....

Continue reading "listen to Mastodon's track from new 'Game of Thrones' mixtape ++ 'GoT' at SXSW & watch the new S5 trailer "

by Bill Pearis


Danish proggy space rock outfit Mew have shared another song off their new album +/- (Plus Minus) which is out April 28. "Water Sides" shows off the band's more ethereal side and you can let it wash over you below.

Mew will be in the US next week for SXSW where they'll play a handful of shows, including the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday, March 21 at Red 7. We'll be at Red 7 for three days from March 19 - 21 and we'll be announcing full lineups and details of all our SXSW day parties soon.

Mew's first SXSW show will be at the Fader Fort for a special preview event on Tuesday (March 17) that will show off the high-def streaming technology they'll be using to webcast all of this year's Fader Fort performances. These will be the first concerts ever to be streamed in 4K HD, so claims the press release. In other news, the Fader Fort is an official, invite-only event this year at SXSW, much to the chagrin of party-hardy spring breakers looking for endless free beer.

Still no word on any non-SXSW shows in North America for Mew, but stay tuned. All known dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below.

Continue reading "Mew share "Water Sides" from new album (listen), playing free BrooklynVegan day party & other SXSW shows"

Kaytranada & Vic Mensa

Last year, Montreal producer Kaytranada signed to XL and said he'd be releasing an EP on the label. He since decided to turn that into a full album, and while details like a title and release date are still TBA, a new single came out not long ago featuring past collaborator Vic Mensa. It's called "Drive Me Crazy." You can listen, with previous single "Leave Me Alone" (ft. Shay Lia), below.

Kaytranda also has a bunch of tour dates coming up, including a few festival appearances. This month, he'll be at SXSW where he'll play the Ray-Ban/Boiler Room show which he curated. Aside from Kaytranada himself, the show also features sets from Madlib, Ghostface Killah, Rae Sremmurd, STWO, Shash'u and Badbadnotgood. No venue announced yet, but it goes down Wednesday (3/18) from 9 PM to 2 AM. Apply for a ticket here. Listen to the mix STWO made for the show, below.

After SXSW, Kaytranada heads to California for Coachella, and later on comes to NYC for Governors Ball. All dates are listed below.

Vic Mensa also plays SXSW, including the Chicagomade showcase with Twin Peaks and others.

Continue reading "Kaytranada playing SXSW w/ Madlib & Ghostface, GovBall, Coachella & more, streaming song ft. Vic Mensa from new LP"

by Andrew Sacher

photo credit: Kevin Amato & Haley Wollens

Shlohmo recently signed to True Panther, and he since announced that his first album for the label will be called Dark Red and is due on April 7 as a split release with WeDidIt. New single "Beams" just came out, and it has Shlohmo diving into the world of drum & bass. It's one of his most aggressive songs to date, but doesn't sacrifice his knack for lush melodies. Watch the video (dir. Jack Irv), with previous singles "Emerge From Smoke" and "Buried," below.

Shlohmo's also updated the itinerary for his upcoming tour. This month he'll be at SXSW to play the WeDidIt showcase at House of Vans at Mohawk with Purple, Ryan Hemsworth, Groundislava, Nick Melons and more. He also added Purple and Nick Melons to his previously-announced NYC show happening April 11 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with videos/song streams, below...

Continue reading "Shlohmo shares "Beams" video, playing SXSW & other dates with Purple"


In addition to Austin Psych Fest's Levitation Festival in Austin, they're doing another US fest: Levitation Chicago, which happens this weekend (3/13-14) with The Pop Group, Destruction Unit, Viet Cong, Swervedriver, Atlas Sound and more.

Ahead of this weekend's festival, psych rock producer Al Lover made another of his mixtapes for the fest. It includes songs by all the artists on the lineup, as well as his redux of Lumerians' "Hook For An Eye," exclusive to this mix. The mix premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

There are also Levitation festivals in France and Vancouver, the latter of which just announced its lineup. APF is also putting on two SXSW shows with help from Sailor Jerry. Lineups and more info for those, below.

Continue reading "Levitation Chicago Fest is this weekend -- listen to the mixtape, get ready for Levitation at SXSW & again in Austin too"

Summer Heart

Visa issues strike again. Swedish dreampoppers Summer Heart were to have started their tour with Millionyoung this week including two NYC shows: March 11 at Baby's All Right and March 12 at Pianos. Unfortunately, Summer Heart has had to reschedule those appearances, though Millionyoung will still play. Summer Heart will now play Baby's All Right on June 22 and Pianos on June 23. Previously purchased tickets for Baby's will be honored (refunds at point of purchase); ticket holders for the Pianos show will receive a refund, and tickets for the new date are on sale now.

Summer Heart's March 15 show in Cincinnati has been canceled as well but their SXSW appearances are still happening. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Summer Heart postpone this week's NYC shows till June (Millionyoung still playing); SXSW dates still on"

Snoop Dogg

The music portion of SXSW goes down in Austin, TX from March 17-22 and it's now been revealed that this year's keynote speaker will be Snoop Dogg. "Snoop Dogg's keynote conversation is open to all Music and Platinum registrants and registered showcasing artists."

Browse our 'SXSW' tag to stay updated on the many shows happening this year. The three BrooklynVegan free day parties will be announced soon.

In related news, Snoop Dogg released a new song from his upcoming Pharrell-produced album, BUSH, which is due this spring. The new song's called "Peaches N Cream" and features R&B vet Charlie Wilson. Listen below.

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg is this year's SXSW keynote speaker, released a song from his Pharrell-produced LP (listen)"

photo: Spoon taping for ACL TV in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Spoon are the focus of La Blogothéque's latest Take Away Show, with Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel performing beautiful acoustic renditions of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" from last year's full-length They Want My Soul. The session was shot last October while the artists were visiting Queens' Knockdown Center during the setup for "Debut", which Blogothéque director Derrick Belcham co-designed.

The band have a tour announced for this summer (including Brooklyn's renovated King's Theatre in June), but first they'll be heading back to their spiritual home of Austin for a slew of performances during SXSW. Their first performance is actually going down before the festival's music portion even starts, playing the SXSWi Umbelmania party this Friday, March 13 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The party also features DJ Chicken George and luchadors, so it'll surely be an interesting time. The party is free with RSVP, admission is first come, first serve.

Britt and company will also be headlining another SXSWi party -- the free Tumblr and Entourage presented Fuck Yeah show at The Mohawk on Monday (3/16). The party hosts a wide variety of support in RAC, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, ASTR, Badbadnotgood, Kali Uchis, Holy Child, Tei Shi and Twin Peaks. No RSVP needed.

Conflict of Interest

Spoon will also be making an appearance at this year's edition of the Hype Machine Hype Hotel as headliners for the Syndicate curated 'Conflict of Interest' show on Tuesday (3/17). The party also features Parlour Tricks, Amason, San Fermin, Milo Greene and Odesza. Check out the rest of the week's massive Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat lineup here and RSVP to get into the week's worth of parties.

If you won't get into town until the music festival officially starts, you can catch Spoon at FLOODfest's Wednesday (3/18) night showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard with support from DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Speedy Ortiz, Basecamp, Dotan and Taymir. FLOODfest's night shows are official showcases, so you'll need a badge or wristband to get in.

The band headlines the official SXSW showcase at Auditorium Shores on Thursday night (3/19) with support from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and My Jerusalem. The show is free and open to the public provided you secure a Guest Pass, and they're taking badges/wristbands as well.

There's also a listing for an official showcase featuring Spoon on Saturday (3/21) but the venue and other acts aren't yet announced.

All upcoming Spoon dates (SXSW and otherwise) are listed, along with  the Take Away performance of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" as well as the Fuck Yeah schedule and flyers for FLOODfest, below...

Continue reading "Spoon share acoustic "Take Away Show" video, playing lots of SXSW shows & other tour dates"

Diet Dong
above is a screenshot of a 1/15 tweet by band Viet Cong

One of 2015's fastest rising indie bands, Viet Cong, has been the subject of many articles lately, not because of their music, but because of their controversial name. Though maybe not immediately obvious to most young Americans, "Viet Cong" is a loaded term. Sang Nguyen at Impose wrote:

This history of violence is what I am reminded of every time I see Viet Cong's band name pop up on my news feed, in the music media, and on festival line-ups. Comprised of two ex-members of the band Women (also a pretty contentious name considering none of the members were actually women), Viet Cong have released records on labels like Jagjaguwar, Mexican Summer, and Flemish Eye, while garnering critical acclaim from Stereogum, NPR and even Impose. Pitchfork, who in recent months have done a thorough job calling attention to instances of misogyny, racism, and cultural appropriation in popular music, gave the band's recent album "Best New Music" status and have them booked at both SXSW and their annual summer festival. [Impose]
The controversy has been known to the Canadian band for as long as they've been putting themselves out there. They've talked about it in interviews. Comments show up in forums and on social media, even by the band themselves (see above), but it all just really bubbled to the surface last week when Oberlin College cancelled a show. A statement from the college reads:
I am writing to officially announce the cancellation of the Viet Cong show at Oberlin College's Dionysus Discotheque (commonly known as The 'Sco) meant to take place on Saturday March 14th, 2015. This statement aims to express the reasoning behind such a move. As the person behind booking this band, I would first and foremost like to apologize on both my and my booking organization's behalf for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond. I acknowledge the problematic nature of a band naming themselves "Viet Cong" and extend my apology to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations.
You can read the rest of that HERE.

Viet Cong is of course not the first band whose name has caused this kind of reaction. There are many examples including Joy Division (named after Nazi concentration camp brothels described in the novel House of Dolls) and New Order (perceived Nazi connotations). A more recent example is Muslims who changed their name to The Soft Pack. Another band who can definitely relate is Gang of Four, who also happen to be an active band right now too. In fact, the current lineup is on tour now and they play Irving Plaza in NYC TONIGHT (Saturday, 3/7 --- tickets still available).

Andy Gill

We caught up with Gang of Four original and current member Andy Gill and asked him what he thought about the Viet Cong situation. Here's what he told us:

it's a little ridiculous to ban bands for their name. We can all think of dozens of bands with really quite offensive names and as soon as you get into being the guardian of public morality, taking it upon yourself to decide whats ok and what is not, you are acting in an illiberal, undemocratic and anti-progressive way. People should be treated as grown ups, capable of making their own decisions . We should not be deciding for people what we think they are capable of understanding or not. Artists; film-makers, writers, musicians need to be un-censored so they can make their point, political or otherwise. - Andy
Catch Gang of Four on tour and at SXSW where Viet Cong is also playing before their own upcoming tour.


John Dwyer has a new Thee Oh Sees record for us, titled Mutilator Defeated At Last which will out May 18 via Castle Face. That's the cover art above and tracklist for the album is below. For the album, Thee Oh Sees are Dwyer, original member Brigid Dawson, plus Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, and Chris Woodhouse (who produced the album). You can stream lead cut "Web" below. You may have seen Thee Oh Sees play "Web" at Death by Audio last summer during the Northside Festival and high-quality video of that is below as well.

Thee Oh Sees will be in Austin for SXSW and there are no shortage of chances to see them there if you're going -- they've got nine shows lined up currently. They'll also be back in Austin in May for Austin Psych Fest's Levitation. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees announce new album, 'Mutilator Defeated At Last' (listen to a song), playing lots of shows during SXSW"


Shamir will release his debut album, Ratchet, on May 19 via XL Recordings. The Las Vegas native made the record here in NYC at Silent Barn with GODMODE's Nick Sylvester producing. That's the cover art above and you can check out the tracklist and an illustrated statement Shamir made about the album, below.

Shamir will be at SXSW this year, playing one of Pitchfork's parties and NPR's official showcase, both on March 18, and other shows there. He's got tour dates in May, too. All dates are listed, along with the video for last year's "On the Regular" single (which is on the album), below...

Continue reading "Shamir announces debut album, 'Ratchet' (that he made at Silent Barn), playing SXSW and other dates"

photo: Spoon at ACLTV taping in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Once again, Hype Machine returns to SXSW for five days of Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat. It runs from March 17-21 at 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, TX. As usual, they've got some pretty big and exciting names with many of the lineups curated by different blogs like Gorilla vs Bear and Consequence of Sound.

The lineup includes Spoon, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Sremmurd, iLoveMakonnen, Hudson Mohawke, Hundred Waters, Alvvays, Sophie, King Tuff, Twerps, Viet Cong, Yumi Zouma and more, plus a few DJs including DJ Carles.buzz. The exact schedule will be announced soon,, but meanwhile you can RSVP.

This year's Hype Hotel also celebrates Hype Machine's 10th birthday, and is co-sponsored by Mazda, Taco Bell, Tito's Vodka, and Miller Lite.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Hype Hotel @ SXSW 2015 lineup (Spoon, Best Coast, Autre Ne Veut, Twin Shadow, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Sremmurd, more)"


SXSW starts in a couple weeks and if you've been recently or read about it or seen pictures, you know that corporate branding is omnipresent there. One of the most infamous and blatant examples was the Doritos stage that looked like a giant vending machine, with the stage being the part where the snacks come out. This year, McDonald's, one of SXSW's "Super Sponsors," is throwing a party and they asked Brooklyn band Ex Cops to play. They declined and co-frontman Brian Harding posted an open letter to the fast food giant on the band's Facebook. Here's a couple excerpts:

This week our band was asked to play the McDonald's Showcase at the annual South by Southwest, also known to music insiders as "SXSW."

Their selling point was that this was "a great opportunity for additional exposure," and that "McDonald's will have their global digital team on site to meet with the bands, help with cross promotion, etc"

I don't, and doubt that they know what this means either.

Getting past that rhetoric, at the very least a big corporation like McDonald's can at least pay their talent a little. Right?

"There isn't a budget for an artist fee (unfortunately)"

As of 2013, McDonalds is valued at 90.3 billion dollars.


I will also go ahead and save time for any schill / troll rebuttals; "Are the other showcases paying you? No one is holding a gun to your head!" This is true. It is our choice (pretty much) to fly to Austin, play shows without soundcheck, and get paid nothing to a little. But hear this loud and clear, we LOVE making music, it is what we do, and despite some of its very apparent flaws, SXSW still provides a decent venue to be heard by some people who are really there to hear new music and not just do blow with dudes who wear square toe loafers.

It is a horrifying and gross reality when one sees the true nature of corporations and their pathetic attempts to achieve relevance with millennials. Doritos received a lot of flack for their stage a couple years ago, but i'm going to assume they paid Lady Gaga.

You can read the whole thing below. It will be interesting to learn what artists are going to play the McDonald's SXSW party.

Right before they head to SXSW, Ex Cops will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 13 with My Midnight Heart, Montreal band Heat, and Heaven. That show is free. All upcoming dates, including the SXSW shows they are playing, are listed (along with their whole open letter to McDonald's) below...

Continue reading "McDonald's throwing SXSW party (yay), Ex Cops tear into them for not paying the bands that will play"

photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

Pianos Become the Teeth went on a short headlining tour last year in support of their great 2014 album Keep You, and they've now announced a much longer one. Like last time, this one will include support from Gates, as well as hardcore rippers Loma Prieta.

The tour hits NYC on May 13 at Saint Vitus, where related band United Nations played last night (3/2) (how was that?). Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

Pianos also play two nearby festivals: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 with Title Fight, Defeater and more (tickets); and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf on 5/16 & 17 with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more (tickets).

In addition to those, they also play SXSW and two other fests. Before Skate & Surf they play Cleveland's Spring Fling Festival (5/15) with The Movielife, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Iron Chic, Loma Prieta and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.

And a few days after Skate & Surf they play Michigan's Bled Fest (5/23) with Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, The Early November, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Restorations and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.

Continue reading "Pianos Become the Teeth announce tour with Gates and Loma Prieta, playing Spring Fling & Bled Fest (lineups, dates)"


Just yesterday we mentioned how TV on the Radio are touring this year but didn't have a NYC show scheduled. Well that changed quickly, as the band just revealed a show for May 20 at Kings Theatre with the wild Bo Ningen. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon with AmEx and venue presales starting Thursday (3/5) at 10 AM.

TVOTR also have a couple shows with the Pixies and John Grant that are near NYC, including the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for that show are now on Pixies presale. PASSWORD: SNAKES.

The BrooklynVegan presale starts Wednesday, and we'll post that password then.

TVOTR, Courtney Barnett, Shamir, Stromae and Boogie were also just announced for NPR's SXSW Showcase at Stubb's.

Meanwhile, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine plays NYC tonight (3/3) at Cameo with Lewis Lazar and The Hydras, Aerial East, and Kelsey Lu. Tickets are on sale.

Updated TVOTR dates are listed below...

Continue reading "TVOTR expands tour, add NYC w/ Bo Ningen, NPR SXSW with Courtney Barnett; tix on presale for NJ show w/ Pixies"

IFC Fairgrounds

If you're a regular reader of BrooklynVegan, you probably know that the 2015 edition of SXSW is coming up (March 17 - 22 in Austin, TX). Thousands of artists will flood Austin for the week, playing countless shows at countless music venues (BrooklynVegan day parties included).

Though some official showcases sell tickets at the door, your best way in to the shows is with a festival badge or wristband. Those are expensive and hard to get though, so we're giving away a pair of SXSW wristbands, courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds! BV Austin is also giving away a pair, courtesy of the same fine folks! Details on how to enter the BV contest are below.

The IFC Fairgrounds is returning to Austin during SXSW 2015 from March 19-21, featuring rides, food, carnival games, giveaways and, of course, live music. It's free to attend, but you do need to RSVP. You can check out the line-up below.

And don't forget to follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more SXSW news and updates.

Continue reading "Win a pair of SXSW wristbands courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds"

photo: Mega Bog @ Baby's All Right, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mega Bog

You may remember that Seattle artist Erin Birgy released the album Gone Banana under the name Mega Bog last fall. Album track "Wet Moss" has a new video, directed by Birgy herself, and you can watch that below.

Last in NYC for CMJ, Mega Bog start a North American tour this week which wraps up here in NYC at Shea Stadium on April 14 with CE Schneider Topical and more TBA. All dates, including ones at SXSW, are listed below...

Continue reading "Seattle's Mega Bog shares new video, going on tour, including dates at SXSW and NYC"

by Bill Pearis


UK artist Bridie Monds-Watson makes music under the name SOAK. Nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2015 Poll, SOAK's music is delicate, sometimes beautiful, heartfelt stuff. Monds-Watson's beyond-her-years voice carries much of the emotion. (It's a little like Camera Obscura...with a widescreen lens.) With two 2014 singles under her belt, SOAK will release her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, in June via Rough Trade. You can watch the video for the album's first single, "Sea Creatures," and listen to a few other songs (including a cover of Chvrches' "The Mother We Share"), below.

SOAK is coming to North America for SXSW and will stop in NYC on the way there, playing Rockwood Music Hall on March 12. It's presented by the Communion folks and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed, along with videos and song streams, below...

Continue reading "UK act SOAK releasing debut album on Rough Trade, playing NYC before SXSW (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

La Luz y Ty (photo via @laluzband)

Seattle's best young surf band, La Luz, are currently in the studio with producer and former tourmate Ty Segall, working on their second album for Hardly Art. That's exciting! They're still in the mixing stage and haven't come up with a title for the album yet. Stay tuned. You can stream their first album via Rdio below.

In the meantime, La Luz are getting ready to tour their way to and from SXSW. That unfortunately doesn't bring them to the Northeast (DC is as north as they're going), but they'll be playing Burgerama Four and other dates. All are listed, along with a full-set video recorded at KEXP, below.

Continue reading "La Luz working on LP#2 with Ty Segall producing, touring, playing SXSW & Burgerama (dates)"

summer moon

Tennessee Thomas of oughts-era LA band, The Like, has formed a new group called Summer Moon that features Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone, and Lewis Lazar. The band made their first live appearance with a short set at Baby's All Right in December as one of the surprise guests at the David Lynch Foundation benefit with Budos Band and Jonathan Toubin. That show, which was also Thomas' 30th birthday party, featured a short set from Suzanne Vega with Dev Hynes and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas (who is also Tennessee's dad). Anybody catch that show? The Examiner was there, saying Summer Moon's "sound is harder than the melodic pop of both Strokes and Like, with Tennessee Thomas giving it jet propulsion."

Summer Moon have a website, plus all the relevant socials, but no music up to hear yet. You can see them live, though, this Saturday (2/28) at Baby's All Right when they open for Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, a show that also features Invisible Familiars and Tall Tall Trees. That's sold out. Much further out, Summer Moon also open the Father John Misty and Angel Olsen show at Central Park Summerstage on August 5 and tickets are still available for that. They'll also be at SXSW.

by Bill Pearis


After having only two songs available to listen for the last two years or so, Montreal's SEOUL have finally announced details of their debut album. It's titled I Become A Shade and will be out June 9 via Last Gang/Grand Jury. They've also shared the LP's first single, the sumptuous "The Line" which is a great example of their brand of dreampop. Groovy and laid back (but not boring) it's like an update of the hushed pop Scotland's The Blue Nile made in the '80s and '90s. Stream it below.

As you may know, SEOUL will be in NYC this week for a show at Baby's All Right on Thursday (2/26) with Calvin Love and Buscabulla. Tickets are still available. The band will be back in the States for SXSW and will tour with UK group Ballet School after, including another NYC show, this time at Knitting Factory on April 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new single stream and a teaser video, below...

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photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.

The vinyl will be a picture disc limited to 600 copies, and sales of all versions of the album benefit the Little Kids Rock charity. Preorders are available. Full tracklist and artwork are below.

There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.

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