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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Casket Girls - Secular Love (MP3)

The Casket Girls @ Mercury Lounge, 2/18/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Casket Girls were just through NYC as part of the Graveface Roadshow which is currently on the West Coast. Soon, they'll be in Austin with 27% of the world's other musicians for SXSW and if you're going to be there, they've got a lot of shows. A flyer for their appearances there is below.

If you haven't checked out Casket Girls' new album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, its very catchy stuff, pop played with dirty synths. You can download "Secular Love" off the album above and stream it below.

All dates and SXSW appearances are listed, along with song stream and flyer, below.

Continue reading "The Casket Girls share MP3 of "Secular Love" from new LP, add tour dates and SXSW shows"

photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher

Frameworks

Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.

As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)

After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.

Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on IM to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Frameworks talk new LP, Gainesville scene & more, touring with Gates, playing BV-SXSW (dates, stream & in-studio pics)"

Jagwar Ma

Australian baggy scene revivalists Jagwar Ma will be in North America next week, starting in Austin during SXSW playing one of Red Bull Sound Select's shows on 3/13 (RSVPs are open for these shows) and then touring around till Coachella. Those dates do not include a NYC date, but the band will be visiting again this summer, playing Webster Hall on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/5) at noon. It's the only summer date in North American at the current time.

If you haven't heard the band's debut album, Howlin', you can stream it via Rdio. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jagwar Ma touring between SXSW and Coachella, playing NYC in July (dates)"

Zula
Zula

Liam Finn kicks off his residency at Union Pool tonight (3/4) which includes shows every Tuesday in March with different guests each time. Tonight's guests will be Brooklyn psychedelic pop band Zula, who you may have caught at Glasslands last night (3/3) with Landlady and Friend Roulette. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Zula will also be in Austin for SXSW, and upon returning to Brooklyn, they'll play another hometown show on March 22 at Shea Stadium with Celestial Shore, Tiny Hazard and Body Parts.

All dates are listed, with some streams, below...

Continue reading "Zula are the guest at Liam Finn's Union Pool residency tonight, playing SXSW & other dates too"

by Bill Pearis

Union Pool

One of the bands playing the Burger Revolution show at Union Pool on Saturday (3/8) (with Threats and BOYTOY) are Baby in Vain, a three-piece from Denmark who are still in their teens and make bluesy sludge rock. You can check out a couple songs -- and a sort-of endorsement from Thurston Moore -- below.

The band are over for -- guess what? -- SXSW and will also be playing NYC at Pianos on Friday (3/7), an early show with Desert Sharks (tickets).

UPDATE: And the old "VISA ISSUES" strike again. It looks like the band are still playing SXSW but the other, non-Austin dates -- like the two NYC ones -- are off.

Song streams and SXSW dates are below.

Continue reading "Denmark trio Baby in Vain playing SXSW (other US dates canceled due to visa issues)"

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After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).

UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.

Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.

Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...

Continue reading "Burger Revolution 2014 happening this weekend with shows around the world (2 in NYC) ++ Burger @ SXSW "

Vaadat Charigim

We mentioned briefly that Israeli shoegaze trio Vaadat Charigim would be playing with Fat White Family at Pianos on March 21 (tickets). That is the last date on their short North American tour that starts with shows in Austin during SXSW. There is also another NYC date, happening March 20 at Death by Audio with openers TBA. All tour dates are listed below.

Last fall, Vaadat Charigim released The World Is Well Lost via Warm Ratio/Burger and it's loaded with effects-drenched dreampop. They don't sing in English, but this kind of music was never really about the lyrics anyway. It's pretty cool stuff and you can stream the whole record while perusing their US show list, below.

Continue reading "Israeli trio Vaadat Charigim released an LP on Burger, on tour, playing SXSW & 2 NYC shows (dates, LP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Greys at Shea in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Greys

Toronto punks Greys, who have a killer EP and an even more killer live show, will be returning to the US for SXSW (where they'll play the Carpark showcase, Exploding In Sound showcase, and others), and they've got other dates including NYC shows before and after. The first is at Death by Audio on Sunday (3/2) with two fellow Toronto punk bands HSY and The Beverleys, and the second is at Shea Stadium on March 21 with Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups, and Boston indie rockers Kal Marks. Advance tickets for the Shea show are on sale now, no advance tix for DbA. All Greys dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Sunday's Greys/HSY/The Beverleys show was cancelled due to Greys' van breaking down, but all three bands are looking to reschedule for April or May. Stay tuned.

The Beverleys
Beverleys

Readers of this site should be familiar with all the bands on those bills, but we've never had a chance to talk about The Beverleys. Like so many other Canadian punk bands we've been hearing lately, this trio absolutely rips. Less on the noisy/heavy side than Greys and HSY who they share that DbA bill with, The Beverleys have more elements of dark '80s post-punk and grungy '90s rock, and the sneering vocals are pushed to the forefront, which only gives them more attitude. They have other dates with HSY, all of which are listed, with a stream of their 3-song EP, below.

Continue reading "Greys touring around SXSW, playing shows w/ Roomrunner, Big Ups, Kal Marks & more (dates) ++ The Beverleys EP stream"

dott

Some of you may remember Irish band Dott who played a few NYC shows a couple years ago. The band's debut album, Swoon, came out in December via Graveface and it's extremely catchy stuff, harmony-laden early-'60s-meets-early-'90s indie rock. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio. The band have just made a video for album standout "Talk to You" and we've got the premiere of that in this post.

Dott are flying over to the U.S. to join the Casket Girls and Stargazer Lilies as part of the Graveface Roadshow as it heads towards Austin for SXSW, including the official Graveface showcase on March 14. The Graveface Roadshow already made it's way through NYC, but Dott will play here after Austin, hitting Cake Shop on March 16.

All dates are listed, alsong with the flyer for the Graveface SXSW showcase and Dott's new music video, below.

Continue reading "Dott released 'Swoon,' share new video, joining West Coast leg of Graveface Roadshow, playing SXSW & NYC (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

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We mentioned that UK band Fat White Family would be crossing the Atlantic to leave their stink on Austin during SXSW, including the BV Day party at Red 7 on March 15 with Connan Mockasin and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. (Full line-up announced soon!) After Austin, the band will be invading NYC, playing Pianos on March 21 with Israeli shoegazers Vaadat Charigim and more; and Union Pool on March 22 with Flame Proof Moth. Tickets to both Pianos and Union Pool are on sale now. The band are currently raising money for these US shows if you'd like to contribute (they met their goal).

If you haven't delved into the lurid world of the Fat Whites, they occupy similar seedy territory as Birthday Party, The Fall or Clinic or Beggars Banquet-era Stones: moody garage rock with lyrical tales straight out of an Irvine Welsh novel. (Sample song titles from their debut album Champagne Holocaust: "Is It Raining In Your Mouth?" and "Cream of the Young.") If you like to mire in the filth occasionally, Fat White Family will meet you at the bottom.

The band have a new single, "Touch the Leather," due out March 10 via Hate Hate Hate that you can stream below. The music video for it -- which is NSFW in a naked bottom kind of way --  and a few other videos are below too.

Continue reading "Fat White Family have a new single & NSFW video, playing BV-SXSW day party and NYC shows"

Pains in Chicago in 2011 (more by James Chadwick)
Pains

As discussed, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22 via Yebo, and they've just released its first single, "Simple And Sure." Check it out below.

The band are also touring soon, including 2 NYC shows, and they'll be at SXSW, where (among other shows), they will play the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, March 15 at Red 7 with Connan Mockasin and lots more to be announced soon.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart release "Simple and Sure" from upcoming LP (listen), playing BV-SXSW day party"

by Bill Pearis

"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
Gruff

You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.

The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.

Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...

Continue reading "Gruff Rhys shares title track from 'American Interior,' premiering his film and performing at SXSW"

by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn's Ski Lodge released Big Heart last year, and have just followed it up with a new single, "Our Love Is Over Now." Fitting for the title, it's an angsty, minor chord ballad and you can stream it below. The track comes just in time for the band's tour with Vancouver's The Belle Game which kicks off here in NYC at Glasslands on Friday (2/28) with the Starlight Girls, who will be on a few of their tour dates as well. Tickets are on sale now.

The band's tour will take them south and southwest, hitting The Savannah Stopover before the Austin madness of SXSW, followed by dates on the West Coast. Then later this spring, Ski Lodge will play another NYC show, opening for Tennis at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 10. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Ski Lodge tour dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below.

Continue reading "Ski Lodge released a new single, touring around SXSW with The Belle Game, opening for Tennis at MHOW (dates, stream)"

by Doug Moore

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Invisible Oranges and BrooklynVegan are pleased to announce that we'll be hosting our second annual SXSW metal showcase on Thursday, March 13, at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St. in Austin, TX). People with festival badges and wristbands are welcome, and additional tickets will be available at the door. Doors are at 7pm, and the show begins at 8. Here's the lineup and running order:

INVISIBLE ORANGES @ SXSW
1:00 - Black Tusk
12:00 - Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In)
11:00 - Kayo Dot
10:00 - Yautja
9:00 - Wild Throne
8:00 - Venomous Maximus
We're extremely excited to bring such a diverse lineup of bands together; if you're not familiar with some of these acts, you can stream their music below. See you in Austin.

Continue reading "Invisible Oranges SXSW showcase 2014: Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne & Venomous Maximus!"

Ben Kweller at Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Ben Kweller

Singer/songwriter Ben Kweller was recently in NYC to open for Guster and he's now set to head out on a headlining tour this spring which brings him back to NYC on May 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale bginning Friday (2/28) at noon. Ben will also be in Austin for a free show during SXSW. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ben Kweller going on spring US tour (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Connan Mockasin @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
Connan Mockasin

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin was just here last month but will be heading back to North America next month for SXSW, where his shows there will include the free BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7 on Saturday, March 15. Set times and the rest of that line-up will be announced soon. He'll also play the official Mexican Summer SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 14 with No Joy, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt and more. Flyer for that is below.

After SXSW, Connan will tour with Australian Kirin J Callinan for what could be the most eccentric North American tour of the spring. That will hit NYC for two shows: Bowery Ballroom on May 1 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 2. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/26) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with a Valentine's Day interview and an "It's Choade My Dear" video, below...

Continue reading "Connan Mockasin playing SXSW, including a BV day party, and then touring with Kirin J Callinan (dates)"

UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Save the Date

As mentioned briefly in our official showcase announcement, the free BrooklynVegan Austin day parties this year will take place at Red 7 on two stages on Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15 (noon-6pm each day). Stay tuned for the full lineup announcements and more information coming soon, but meanwhile save the dates!

UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

As always, we couldn't do it without our generous sponsors and this year we are happy to welcome with us Shiner Beers, Indiegogo, Nokia's streaming music app MixRadio, Esurance, Veri soda, and Marshall Headphones.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter and you can always check BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for more information as we announce.

by Andrew Sacher

Battle Lines

Leeds band Battle Lines are set to release a new 7" on April 15 via No Sleep (pre-order), the label home to State Faults, Sainthood Reps, and (formerly) La Dispute. But unlike their labelmates, Battle Lines draw from dream pop and synth pop that recalls the sensuality of the new Warpaint album more than anything by La Dispute. And hey, if Carpark can put out an emo album, then No Sleep can put out Battle Lines. The single's A-side, "Colonies," makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

The band will be crossing the Atlantic to play SXSW in Austin this March. No other North American dates were announced, but maybe we'll get lucky and they'll squeeze something in before or after. All dates (the rest are in the UK), are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Battle Lines on No Sleep, playing SXSW (stream a new song) "

by Bill Pearis

Jef

Montreal singer Jef Barbara released Soft to the Touch last year. One of the more striking songs on the album was "Erection," a spiky, new wave-y number filled with Jef's cooly dismissed barbs overtop. There's now a video for that song which makes its premiere in this post.

Jef will be in Austin for SXSW, including the Pop Montreal Showcase on Friday (3/14) that also features Jessy Lanza, Alden Penner, Seoul and more. He'll also be sticking around on Sunday (3/16) for the free, all-day GayBiGayGay 2014, details of which are still TBA.

All of Jef's Austin appearances are listed, along with the "Erection" video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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With Thee Oh Sees on an extended break, new Los Angeles resident John Dwyer has time to do other stuff like run his busy record label Castle Face and release a weird synth-heavy solo record. He's also getting his old band, Coachwhips, back together after reissuing the band's debut album last year. After a warm-up show at LA's The Smell, Coachwhips will storm Austin during SXSW playing a slew of shows -- none of which are officially part of SXSW. Those include one of Pitchfork's day parties. All dates and Austin appearances are listed below.

Coachwhips, who existed from 2001 - 2005, don't sound miles away from what Dwyer would do with Thee Oh Sees, just more raw and lower-fi -- even compared to early Oh Sees. (Coachwhips were really more about primal energy.) It will certainly be interesting to hear that material played live with a potentially more seasoned band. No word on whether Coachwhips plan more shows after SXSW (like maybe ones on the East Coast) but cross your fingers.

All dates are listed, plus the album stream of Coachwhips' debut, below...

Continue reading "John Dwyer reforms pre-Oh Sees band Coachwhips, who're playing LA and Austin during SXSW (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr

Post punk sounds and industrial towns seem to go hand in hand. Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's second album, Under Color of Official Right, will be out April 8 via Hardly Art and while it doesn't specifically sound like Joy Division or The Mekons or The Fall (ok maybe the Fall a little bit) or Pere Ubu, there is definitely a similar approach, attitude and intelligence. Two of the album's most immediate songs -- the angry, sneering ripper "Scum, Rise!" and the moodier, more atmospheric "Come & See" -- can be streamed below.

Last in NYC in November, Protomartyr will be on tour next month, starting in Austin for SXSW (they're playing a lot of shows there) and will hit the Midwest and East Coast afterwards. The tour includes two shows in NYC: April 12 at Death by Audio and April 13 at Cake Shop. Both those shows are with tourmates Spray Paint, and during other sections of the tour they'll do stints with Whatever Brains and Cloud Nothings.

All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Protomartyr releasing second album, going on tour, playing SXSW and two NYC shows (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Tony Molina

Oakland's Tony Molina has been in bands for over 10 years (Dystrophy, Ovens, Caged Animal among them), swerving between hardcore and pop. The latter has been the focus of Molina's last couple releases which recall the catchy, crunchy pop of early-'90s Teenage Fanclub and Weezer, albeit with "ch-chunk" metal riffage and twin lead solos thrown in. Monlina knows how to pack a punch too: few of his songs hit the two-minute mark but he still makes room for verse/chorus/bridge/solo/chorus structure.

Molina released a six-song 7" last year as part of Matador's Matador Records' "Singles Going Home Alone" series. He also released the 12-track, 11-minute Dissed & Dismissed 12", originally a very limited release but is getting reissued by Slumberland on March 25. You can stream two songs from it below.

While Tony Molina hasn't announced a tour, he will play LA's The Echo on March 10 and then immediately head to Austin for SXSW. So if you're going to that, look out for him there.

Song streams below.

Continue reading "Tony Molina released a 7" on Matador, reissuing 'Dissed & Dismissed' on Slumberland (streams), playing SXSW"

by Bill Pearis

Fenster

Berlin/NY quartet Fenster will release their new album, The Pink Caves, via Morr Music on March 4. Like most artists on Morr (The Notwist, Lali Puna), the band incorporate electronics in a very organic way, making for earthy pop and the new album is spare, warm and quite lovely. You can stream "Mirrors" and watch an album trailer, below.

The band, who've been quiet since 2012, will kick off a North American tour with a record release show on March 4 at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium with A.M. Gems & Imaginary Friends. That tour will take them to and from SXSW. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Fenster ready 'The Pink Caves' and touring in March, including NYC release show and SXSW (dates, streams)"

Frameworks

Gainesville screamo newcomers Frameworks mentioned they'd be releasing their debut album on Topshelf Records, and they've just officially announced that it's called Loom and will be out on April 29 via their new label home. Check out the album's teaser video which features shots of the band in the studio and a clip of new music, below.

As we announced yesterday, Frameworks will play the 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX) with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and Harvey Sid Fisher. Badges and wristbands welcome.

Video below...

Continue reading "Frameworks announce new album, 'Loom' (watch the trailer)"

Alden Penner

While we anxiously await the potential Unicorns reunion, we'll at least be able to see one member, Alden Penner, who just announced a NYC show happening on April 29 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He just played a Montreal show with Hidden Cameras last night, but this appears to be his only upcoming date announced at the moment. UPDATE: he is also playing SXSW.

Alden just released his debut solo album, Exegesis. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below...

Continue reading "Alden Penner of the Unicorns playing solo in NYC & SXSW"