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In February School of Seven Bells release their fourth album, SVIIB, which was completed after the death of Benjamin Curtis. (It's out 2/12 via Vagrant.) You can check out new single "On My Heart" to which singer Alejandra Deheza simply said "No Words. Pure Joy." Have a listen below.

You can also check out tracklist and another song off the album, "Open Your Eyes," below...

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We lost School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis to T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma almost two years ago. They were working on a new album and the duo's other half Alejandra Deheza has been working to finish up what they started. That new album, SVIIB, will come out in 2016 as Dehaza shared on the group's website today:


Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012. I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn't stop the vision for this record from being realized. This is a love letter from start to finish. It's the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that's the story of School of Seven Bells. So much love to all of you. Thank you for being a constant light in our lives.

This record is for you.


You can watch a short teaser trailer video for the new album below...

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School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis lost his battle with lymphoma back in December. Made entirely on his laptop while in Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital, Curtis recorded a cover of Joey Ramone's "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" which has now been released as a single which you can stream in this post. You can also watch the video, staring singer Alejandra Dheza and directed by Tony Halbrooks and Alan Del Rio Ortiz, on YouTube. There's reportedly a final SVIIB album that Curtis worked on while in hospital that Dezha is finishing. Stay tuned.

There's a release party for the new single tonight (6/26) at Le Bain in NYC's The Standard Highline hotel featurning DJ sets by Alejandra Dheza, Waseem and Becka Diamond. The party starts at 10 PM. Flyer for the party and the SVIIB song stream below.

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True Detective

Only one more episode left, and it's hard to believe they can wrap this whole thing up in just another hour of TV, but meanwhile let's talk the music of True Detective Episode 7. As always, things kicked off with the Handsome Family's opening theme, and then we got some Juice Newton which was literally playing out of a jukebox to open Sunday's show. Benjamin Curtis lives on through his music and this episode featured "Trance Figure" by his band School of Seven Bells. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was in there too. Check out the full list of Episode 7's music HERE. Read more about 1-6 HERE.

Benjamin w/ School of Seven Bells at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Benjamin Curtis

School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis, who was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year, has unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, reports Dallas Observer. He died last night in New York at the age of 35.

Benjamin was a member of UFOFU in the '90s with his brother Brandon, and after that he drummed in Tripping Daisy, formed Secret Machines with his brothers, and then formed School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza of On! Air! Library! in 2007. The band was active up until this year, playing shows and releasing music, most recently 2012's Ghostory LP.

Many artists played tribute shows for Benjamin over the course of this past year, including Blood Orange, Exitmusic, Rewards, Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr. and others.

Rest in peace, Benjamin. You'll be missed.

Read an official statement from School of Seven Bells along with a video below...

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Benjamin Curtis plays on... (via @benjamincurtis)

As you guys know, Benjamin has been going through numerous chemo and radiation treatments since January. I'm so happy to say that they have found a bone marrow match for him, and he will be going into the hospital to begin the the transplant process in mid August. Thank you beautiful friends for all of your awesome messages and support. We appreciate it more than we could ever express in one lifetime. I hope to see you on the 22nd. So much love and gratitude, Alley
As you may know, School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year. The good news is, as mentioned above, they've found a bone marrow match. Many of his friends have come to his aid for a benefit show at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on August 22. Interpol's Paul Banks and the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. will perform live, and there will be DJ sets from DJ MomJeans (aka actor Danny Masterson), Alexa Chung, and Fabrizio Moretti with Devendra Banhart. Tickets come at three different levels: $40 general admission; $60 general admission + a vinyl copy of the SVIIB Put Your Sad Down EP (pressed specially for this benefit); and $100 that comes with vinyl and a limited-edition t-shirt.

During the event, there will be a silent auction with items donated by The Black Keys, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, David Cross, Aziz Ansari, Adam Green, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Polyphonic Spree, Zachary Quinto, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more. 100% of the money raised will go directly to Benjamin's fund (which you can donate to directly).

Flyer for the benefit show below...

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Exitmusic @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)

As you may know, School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis is currently battling cancer. Alejandra of SVIIB posted an update to his condition on Facebook not too long ago:

He is responding really well to treatment, and rough as it has been, it's your messages and posts that have inspired us and keep us focused on the path ahead. Thank you so much to all of you who have been continuously sending love.
The band have set up SupportBenjaminCurtis.com for those who'd like to help Curtis' mounting medical bills. There's also a fundraiser concert happening at Glasslands on May 9 with live sets from CREEP, Exitmusic, and Rewards, plus Albert Hammond Jr, Blood Orange, and Certain Creatures on DJ duty between sets. Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Jonathon Bernstein

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School of Seven Bells played Music Hall of Williamsburg at the end of January (1/31) with Prince Rama and Weeknight and we've got a belated set of pics from that show in this post.

Since that show the band revealed some bad news: SVIIB guitarist Benjamin Curtis is battling cancer, having been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Singer Alejandra de la Deheza wrote on the band's Facebook that "it developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it's TREATABLE." Curtis wrote recently:

The love you've all shown me this weekend has touched me in a way I've never felt before. It's such a huge feeling that, despite the terrible circumstances, I can't help but feel like the luckiest guy on the planet to be surrounded by such beautiful energy. The cancer has affected my eye in a way that makes it a bit hard for me to read and type at the moment, but I do hope to respond to as many of you as I can as that changes. Please bear with me. Until then, keep your thoughts with me and I'll be keeping mine with you. I'm gonna beat this for you just as much as I am for myself. xB
Included with that Facebook post was an Instagram pic from the hospital which you can see below. Our thoughts are with you Benjamin. More pictures from their MHOW show below too...

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photos by Robert Altman

"We love you NYC <3" - School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells @ Doc Martens Union Square - 1/16/13
School of Seven Bells

Danceable BrooklynitesSchool of Seven Bells play locally a lot, and as you know they've got a Music Hall of Williamsburg show (1/31) at the end of the month, which fellow Brooklynites Prince Rama and Weeknight were added to (tickets).

But the band also just played a less traditional show in NYC last week. They stopped by Union Square for a show at the Doc Martens' store. They played a five song set (setlist below) and then returned to play "Scavenger," which wasn't on the setlist. The show was free and those in attendance were also treated to free beverages, courtesy of Goose Island and AQUAhydrate, and for the fast food lovers... White Castle. Aaron Pfenning of Rewards provided tunes before SVIIB came on. Pictures of both artists are in this post.

School of Seven Bells also recently stopped by Bait and Tackle in Red Hook, Brooklyn to perform an acoustic version of "Scavenger" for Geocachers in one of the bar's booths. The video of that performance, plus videos of SVIIB at the Doc Martens store, along with more pictures from that show, below...

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School of Seven Bells at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
School of Seven Bells

As mentioned, School of Seven Bells are playing a free NYC show on January 16 at the Doc Martens' store in Union Square (RSVP required) but that won't be the only chance you'll have to catch the band in NYC this month. They just announced a more traditional show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 31 which is the official make-up show for the one they had to cancel back in November. Tickets go on sale today (1/9) at 3 PM (as in less than an hour from this posting). Those are their only two announced shows at the moment.

Video for "Lafaye" below...

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

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

Remix and SVIIB flyer are below.

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Curran with Today is The Day, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Today is The Day

Curran Reynolds always tends to be up to a lot, sitting behind the kit in Today Is The Day and Wetnurse included. After January though, he will be up to a little less as his Precious Metal series at East Village club Lit Lounge is sadly, as previously mentioned, coming to an end. There are just three more installments, including one on January 7 with Ghostlimb and The Year Is One with BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) DJing. The flyer for that show is below. After the 1/7 date there's one on 1/14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on 1/21 with Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda, which is a benefit for South Sound.

We spoke to Curran to find out what he's been listening to all year in between everything else. His Top 10 Albums of 2012 list includes some of the big heavy records of the year like Converge, Napalm Death, and Swans, but it also has some indie pop like School of Seven Bells and Violens (who Curran has been digging since his friend Jorge formed the band around 2008). The whole list is pretty eclectic and you can check it out below.

Today Is The Day will kick off a tour in 2013 with a killer support lineup of Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and FIght Amp. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Saint VItus (tickets) and March 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with a "special guest" TBA (tickets).

Precious Metal show flyer and Curran Reynold's year-end list below...

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Dev Hynes w/ Solange at Bowery this week (more by David Andrako)
Dev Hynes

For those still lamenting School of Seven Bells' recent cancellation of their Music Hall of Williamsburg show, the electronic duo will be playing a free show tonight (12/13) at the Sony Style store in Long Island's Roosevelt Field mall. The event happens from 7 - 9 PM and also has "free drinks all night" and food from Waffles & Dinges. You do need to RSVP.

Meanwhile, Dev Hynes, who was last seen on stage with Solange at her Bowery Ballroom show on Monday, is taking time out from writing hits for everybody else to play a free Blood Orange show at the Sony Style Store in Manhattan on Monday (12/17). This one is also from 7 - 9 PM and features the same grub, but no drinks. RSVP here. Dev will then be back with Solange the next night (12/18) at Bowery Ballroom again, which is sold out. Dev says "THERE ARE NO OTHER SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME #RARE #WHYNOT" so see him solo while you can.

SVIIB @ LPR, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Bad news School of Seven Bells fans looking forward to seeing them tonight (11/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Singer Alejandra de la Deheza has laryngitis, which forced them to cancel last night's show in Philadelphia and they just posted this to their Facebook:

Dear Brooklyn,

It totally breaks my heart to say this. We've had to pull out of tonight's show at Music Hall. I tried absolutely everything I could. EVERYTHING :( I'm still sick as ever. I was so looking forward to this show. I was waiting until the last minute before I called it. I was hoping so bad that I could still do it. You guys mean so much to me and I'm so sorry. We'll reschedule as soon as possible. I promise. -A

Twin Sister and Moon King will go on as scheduled and the show now opens with Leapling at 9 PM. Feel better, Alejandra!

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Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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SVIIB @ Maxwell's 9/29/2012 (via @oliverchapoy)

School of Seven Bells just played Maxwell's on Saturday (9/29) with their Ghostly labelmates Beacon, which was part of a short East Coast tour the band were on. Now, SVIIB have a much bigger show in the NYC area lined up, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 28 with Twin Sister. From what we can tell it's a one-off show for both and tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/5) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (10/3) at noon.

School of Seven Bells have a track on a free, downloadable rarities compilation from Ghostly International called Of Art an Artifice. SVIIB's contribution, "When You Sing (Certain Creatures Remix)," and the rest of the comp can be streamed below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells just released the video for "White Wind" which was filmed by the For No One folks who like to put bands in empty rooms have them play live to just the cameras. Watch the video at the bottom of this post.

In front of a lot more people, SVIIB played Le Poisson Rouge on May 5 with openers Exitmusic. Pictures of Exitmusic's set are HERE. Pictures of SVIIB are in this post.

The band will head to Beijing for this weekend's China Music Valley International Music Festival on May 19 and will be in Mexico City next weekend (May 25), but will be back in the U.S. will be back in the U.S. for two shows with The Temper Trap, including a NYC show on June 5 at Terminal 5 (sold out). All upcoming tour dates are listed with more pictures from their LPR show below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Exitmusic @ Le Poisson Rouge

Secretly Canadian will release Exitmusic's new album Passage on May 22. Listen to the whole thing below.

Exitmusic, who just played Le Poisson Rouge as part of their tour with School of Seven Bells (which also hit Austin), are playing NYC again as part of the Northside Festival at Brooklyn Bowl on June 16 with Exitmusic, Ape School, and Field Mouse (tickets), and then again at Mercury Lounge on June 28 (tickets)

All dates (including NXNE), the album stream, and more pictures from the LPR show, below...

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photos & video by Jessica Amaya

School of Seven Bells @ Merc - 2/28/2012
School of Seven Bells

Behind lavender eyeliner, cropped raven-black bangs and a cache of silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings dangling off her petite person, Alejandra Deheza invoked an indie pop Cleopatra while she lilted through the breathless chorus of Alpinisms opener "Iamundernodisguise." Undisguised by studio multi-tracking, Deheza doesn't boast the ethereal presence she does on tape, but proved she is a talented vocalist nonetheless. After an instrumental introduction, Deheza's pipes were put on blast for the entire 90-minute set, which leaned heavy on new Ghostory tracks, interspersed with occasional older favorites. [CMJ]
School of Seven Bells played a record release show at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (2/28) for their new album, Ghostory, which came out the same day. Pictures from the show and a video of them playing the album's lead single, "The Night," are in this post. Exitmusic opened the show.

The band have another show TONIGHT (3/1) at the same venue with Rewards. That show is sold out too, but they'll also head out on a tour with Exitmusic later this year which brings them back to NYC on May 5 at LPR. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pics, video and setlist below...

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School of Seven Bells at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells will release their new album, GHOSTORY, on February 28 via Vagrant/Ghostly, and play two release shows at Mercury Lounge (2/28 and 3/1). Both of those shows are now sold out. They'll head out on a full tour in support of the album with Exitmusic (who also opens the 2/28 show) this spring, which culminates in a NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 5. Tickets are on sale now.

You've already heard GHOSTORY's first track, "The Night," which you can grab HERE. They've since revealed that the first official single from the album is "Lafaye," which you can stream, with all tour dates, below.

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School of Seven Bells at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
School of Seven Bells

Speaking of Ghostly artists, School of Seven Bells have announced a second Mercury Lounge show (3/1), happening two days after their previously announced record release show at the same venue, which is now sold out. Exitmusic open the 2/28 show. Rewards open the 3/1 show. Tickets for the new one go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.

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DOWNLOAD: School of Seven Bells - "The Night" (MP3)

School of Seven Bells at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells will release their third album, and first since Alejandra Deheza's sister Claudia left the band, GHOSTORY on February 28 via Vagrant/Ghostly. Grab the first single from the album, "The Night," above and stream it below, along with the album's artwork and tracklist.

They'll play a record release show for GHOSTORY at NYC's Mercury Lounge on the album's release date (2/28) with Exitmusic. Tickets for the show are on sale now. It is both band's only announced show at the moment.

Song stream, album art and tracklist below...

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DOWNLOAD: Surfer Blood - "Miranda" School of Seven Bells remix (MP3)

The Walkmen at Williamsburg Waterfront recently (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The Walkmen

The Walkmen will join School of Seven Bells, The Kick Drums, Wormburner and many others THIS SUNDAY (10/16) for a rescheduled-due-to-Hurrican-Irene FREE show on Hoboken's Pier A from noon until 10PM. Entry to the hMAG Music Fest 2011 (presented by H Lifestyle Magazine) requires RSVP and set times are below. The show is one of two Northeastern dates for The Walkmen (who play Bloktoberfest in Philly the day before) as they prep for Australian dates on November.

In related news, School of Seven Bells recently remixed a Surfer Blood track for their forthcoming EP, Tarot Classics, due on October 25 via Kanine. SoSB joins names like Speculator, Allen Blickle (Baroness) and Totally Sincere (Peggy of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Connor of The Drums). Check out "Miranda" downloadable above and streaming below, and order a copy of the EP at Surfer Blood's site. Reminder, Surfer Blood is on the road with the Pixies, and will play Wellmont Theatre on 10/27 and Asbury Park Convention Hall in NJ on 10/28.

All tour dates, set times, and some recent live video from Austin City Limits 2011 is below.

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Today (9/8/11) is Fashion's Night Out which means tons of free events in stores and late night shopping throughout NYC. We've already mentioned events happening with Real Estate, Memoryhouse, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, Beth Ditto, White Rabbits, Best Coast, and members of MGMT/Chairlift/Violens. There are more.

Drake and Foster the People each make appearances that are sure to draw ridiculous crowds. Tanlines, School of Seven Bells, Sun Airway, Estelle, The Roots, Beach Fossils, Justin Townes Earle and many others also appear at stores tonight (James Murphy DOES NOT). You can browse the FNO website to find stuff, or you can instead check out the handy list we compiled by doing that for you, below....

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DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Trails (Deerhoof remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Perfectly Crystal (Beach Fossils/Spirit Animal remix) (MP3 premiere)

Asobi Seksu

Shoegazey rockers Asobi Seksu's new album Fluorescence was released via Polyvinyl in February. You'll notice at Polyvinyl's site that the download comes with four bonus tracks, three of which are remixes of the song "Trails", one of which is done by Deerhoof. Download that Deerhoof remix above if you don't already have it. Also grab the Beach Fossils remix version of "Perfectly Crystal" which is making its premiere in this post.

As previously mentioned, Asobi Seksu have a big headlining show coming up at Bowery Ballroom, and that show happens to be TONIGHT (4/7). Openers are Zaza and Consortium Musicum. Consortium Musicum are Greg Saunier of Deerhoof & Sean Lennon.

Asobi also recently announced some May dates with White Lies including a 5/24 show at Antone's in Austin where Asobi recently played SXSW for the fourth time. White Lies have good taste in openers. School of Seven Bells and Sun Airway open their upcoming Terminal 5 show.

And speaking of Beach Fossils, they have their own big show right around the corner. I'm talking about their Friday (4/8) headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Craft Spells, Crinkles, and "Unannounced Special Guest." Tickets are still on sale.

In related news, The Drums play a sold out show at Mercury Lounge tonight (4/7) and other upcoming shows too.

All Asobi & Beach Bossils tour dates are listed below...

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