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Shellshag at Cake Shop in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)

Brooklyn's Shellshag just got home from a US tour this week, and though Hurricane Sandy hasn't made NYC the easiest place to return home to, hopefully everything is okay for them. We'd like to assume so because Shellshag are treating Brooklyn to two hometown shows, including one this weekend. First, they'll play XPO 929 on Saturday (11/3) with Moisture and N/A and then later this month they'll play Death by Audio on November 11 with The Max Levine Ensemble, Marvin Berry & the New Sound, and Trepanning. Both shows appear to be happening as scheduled. Tickets for the XPO 929 show are on sale now. No advance tickets for the Death by Audio show.

Marvin Berry & the New Sound also open for Shellshag's one-time Don Giovanni labelmates BIg Eyes when their tour with Audacity hits Death by Audio on November 21.

Shellshag's most recent release is the "Stars n Bars" 7" that came out over the summer. You can stream the title track off that 7" below.

Continue reading "Shellshag wrapped up tour, playing 2 hometown shows"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Hilly Eye at Cake Shop 6/9/2012
Hilly Eye

Three members of Russian women's punk band Pussy Riot, who derided President Vladimir Putin in a protest in Moscow's main cathedral, were denied bail on Wednesday despite calls for their release by hundreds of supporters at the hearing.

Police hauled away more than 15 people when a crowd of about 300 whistled, chanted "Freedom" and unfurled banners demanding the released of the band members who have been held in pre-trial detention since early March.

Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich face up to seven years in jail for hooliganism after storming the altar of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral on February 21 in short dresses and colorful masks to sing a "punk prayer" that offended some Russian Orthodox believers.

Their rendition of "Holy Mother, throw Putin out!" was a protest against the close relationship between the Church and Putin, whom it backed in the presidential election he won in March. -[Reuters]

Like the one that went down last week at Death by Audio with Heliotropes and DJ Adrock, there will be two more Pussy RIot benefits in NYC this week, including one tonight (6/21) at 285 Kent Ave with performances from The Shondes, Making Friendz (Tami Hart of MEN), Ritz Riot, Bachslider, and DJ Maura Johnston. "Admission will be offered on a sliding scale with a $7 minimum donation" and the show is all ages. The show flyer is below. Another option is the Pussy Riot benefit at Knitting Factory on Saturday (6/23) with Frank London & Di Shikere Kapelye, Mchael Alpert, Alina Simone, and more. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Both tonight's "Free Pussy Riot" benefit and the one that happened at DbA are part of a series of shows curated by Permanent Wave, founded by Amy Klein of Hilly Eye. The group also produced the recent C.L.I.T. fest benefit at Acheron that featured Hilly Eye. Hilly Eye is scheduled to play Hillstock in Clinton Hill this weekend (6/23) and recently supported Shellshag with Necking, and Queening on June 9th at Cake Shop. Pictures from the Cake Shop show are in this post.

Shellshag are currently recording their new LP The Mighty Shellshag, release date TBA.

Speaking of MEN (but not The Men), the group play Gramercy Theater as part of CBGB Fest. The Men are also part of said festival, though they'll stop by Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 6 as part of a bill with Red Kross.

More pics from the Cake Shop show are below...

Continue reading "two Pussy Riot benefits this week (one at 285 Kent tonight), pics from Hilly Eye & Shellshag's recent show @ Cake Shop"

Big Deal
Big Deal


today in NYC
* The-Dream @ S.O.B.'s
* Pony Bones @ The Manhattan Inn
* Mike Birbiglia in Red Bank, NJ
* Gomez, Hey Rosetta! @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bonaparte, The Chevin @ Mercury Lounge
* Diana Wayburn Ensemble @ Vaudeville Park
* Big Deal, 2:54, Zaza, Softspot @ Glasslands
* Sinkane, Chandeliers, Wishes @ Cameo Gallery
* The Zambonis, Butchers Blind @ Mercury Lounge
* Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner @ The Paramount (LI)
* Steve Lewis, Kelli Scarr, Ursa Minor @ Union Pool
* Notekillers, Sannhet, YVLTRS, Lushes @ Littlefield
* Lost Boy?, Earthquake Party!, Bambara, Trabajo @ Cake Shop
* Shellshag, Bitches, Pure Joy, Cheesequake @ Death By Audio
* Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Revolution Church, Lindsay Clark, Great Republic of Rough and Ready @ Pete's Candy Store
* Leroy Justice, Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ Highline Ballrooms
* Irene Schweizer, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille @ The Stone
* Long Vera, Starfawn, Jonas Fricke, Stephanie Waddell & Tom McCauley @ Zebulon
* Capsula, Des Roar, Street Smells, The John Steel Singers, Pre War, Alberta Cross @ Pianos
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, DJ Walter B. Nice, VJ Willie Rivera, Joey Corsica @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Expensive Looks, Psychobuildings, Silent Drape Runners, Wojcik @ Union Hall
* Design The Skyline, The Browning, Atlantis, By The Beard Of Zeus, Anesthetized, Vicious Machine, We The Living, Sidney Black @ The Acheron
* Shigeto, Uzuhi, Hilly Eye, Karikatura, Annekei, Gross Relations, KNTRLR, Late Cambrian, Firesign, The Nico Blues, Desert Sharks, Fall of the Albatross, Pass Kontrol, The Tablets, Hard Nips @ Public Assembly

2:54 (who recently signed to Fat Possum) and Big Deal are in NYC from the UK tonight before heading to Austin for SXSW where 2:54 plays the official BrooklynVegan showcase Wednesday night at Bar 96, and Big Deal plays on one of three stages at 'Hotel Vegan' on Wednesday.

"Hotel Vegan" is four days worth of 3-stage, free day shows at Hotel Vegas & the Volstead Lounge in Austin. If you're in Austin stop by. Full lineups are still being announced, but here's two of the stages on Wednesday (Big Deal is on the unannounced stage), and here's what Thursday looks like.

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Django Django, Charli XCX & Clock Opera all played sold out NYC SXSW shows last night. Catch all three together before head to SXSW at Santos Party House Monday night. Tickets are still on sale.

Sunrise Fest, a benefit concert remembering last year's devastating tsunami in Japan, will be held at Public Assembly today. Scheduled a year to the day of the disaster, the show will feature informative seminars, dance recitals, and Japanese food vendors in addition to the scheduled music lineup. For full info on the lineup and donation invitiatives of the festival, check out their Facebook page.

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Shellshag play Death By Audio tonight. If you haven't already, watch the acoustic "Green Room Session" we recorded with them during CMJ, below...

What Else?

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Shellshag & Screaming Females fans
Screaming Females

NJ's Don Giovanni Records held their annual big showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Saturday night (2/11). Were you there? Here are some pictures. They continue below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni hosted Screaming Females, Shellshag, Laura Stevenson, For Science & Black Wine @ MHOW (pics)"

Chelsea Wolfe

During our CMJ parties this past October, we partnered with Sony Bloggie to film a video series ("Green Room Sessions") of exclusive performances by artists, many of whom also played at our CMJ events. All of the videos were shot on nothing but Bloggies. We've been slowly revealing some of the videos from the series, but the most of them are finally here and can be watched below.

Chelsea Wolfe performed a new/non-album track called "Feral Love," accompanied only by brooding synths and beats from band member Ben Chisholm, making for a more similar performance to Chelsea's "solo" NYC debut than the full band set she delivered at our Friday party (10/21).

Members of Datarock, sitting on a ladder, played an acoustic guitar/saxophone and red-suit-less rendition of their song "True Stories," which they said they have to play when they're in NYC, as it is their tribute to Talking Heads, with every lyric in the song being a Talking Heads song title.

Chelsea Wolfe

Laura Stevenson and her Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag both played songs for us. Laura played a solo acoustic version of "Barnacles" from the Laura Stevenson and the Cans' album Sit Resist on the staircase to the green room at Public Assembly, whereas Shellshag took us out to the waterfront for a stripped down performance of "Face to Face."

Ólöf Arnalds played a new song called "Sudden Elevation" and a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" which is one of the covers on her new mini album.

Peelander-Z took us outside on North 6th Street, shortly after playing our day party in Public Assembly. With no instruments except their voices, they wrote us a theme song.

Similarly to Chelsea Wolfe, Channy Caselle of Polica performed with just a microphone and samples playing through a guitar amp, as opposed to the massive dual drum rumbling set Polica played at our Saturday party (10/22). She performed "Happy Be Fine" off their upcoming debut LP, Give You the Ghost.

New Zealand band Street Chant, who played our Saturday party, played two songs for us after their set, "Stoned Again" and "You Do the Maths." For both songs, frontwoman Emily Littler played guitar and sang as the rest of her band and members of The Suzan provided claps and backup vocals.

Dave Quon of We Barbarians, who were also on the Saturday party, played an acoustic version of "Chambray" off the band's Headspace EP backstage after their set.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetbacks, who were announced on our Thursday (10/20) party at the last minute, played as a three piece because one of their members hadn't arrived to NYC yet at that point. Then, to size their lineup down even more, frontman Adam Thompson performed two songs on his own for us with his acoustic guitar (filmed on the same day they headlined Webster Hall).

A few more are coming, but meanwhile watch all of our completed videos below...

Continue reading "WATCH BV 'Green Room Sessions' (shot on a Sony Bloggie)"

Screaming Females at MHoW (more by Devan Council)
Screaming Females

NJ record label Don Giovanni have scheduled their annual pair of Brooklyn showcases (and a NJ movie screening) for middle February, returning to Music Hall of Williamsburg and Death By Audio too.

Kicking off with a screening of Dirty Work at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen, NJ on 2/9 (yes, the Norm MacDonald/Artie Lange film), the party will move to Death By Audio on 2/10 for a show with Mikey Erg, House Boat, Nuclear Santa Claust, Secret Police and Plastic Cross. The next night Don Giovanni moves eight blocks up to Music Hall of Williamsburg where Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, For Science, Shellshag, and Black Wine will team up to play the venue. Tickets for the bigger show go on sale Friday, 12/9. The flyer for both is below.


In somewhat related news, Latterman, who called it quits in 2007, and who share a member with Laura Stevenson & the Cans, is back from the grave, at least for a few shows.

Latterman was a four-piece punk rock band from Huntington, New York. They played a style of melodic punk rock with shouted dual-vocals by Phil Douglas and Matt Canino, and their songs often contain political and/or socially conscious lyrics. The band has been compared to the likes of Against Me!, The Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music and Fifth Hour Hero. Members have since gone on to play in bands including Shorebirds, Mutoid Men, Iron Chic, Bridge and Tunnel, RVIVR, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Daytrader and The Brass.
Quite the welcome is waiting for the band, who plays a sold-out show TONIGHT at Maxwell's (12/1), another sell-out tomorrow in Philadelphia, and a third sell-out at The Bell House on Sunday (12/4) with Nude Beach & PS Eliot. HOWEVER, tickets are still available (not many though) for a FOURTH show scheduled for Saturday (12/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Thousandaires and Explosivo!.

Although recent Don Giovanni signing Waxahatchee is NOT playing the Don Giovanni showcases, Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) can be found opening one of the Latterman shows. She is playing one of her last shows ever as part of the sunsetting PS Eliot at the Bell House.

Members of Night Birds served in The Ergs with Mikey Erg (who plays the DG show at DBA), and they have a few shows scheduled before year-end too, including a show with Citizens Arrest and another at Tommy's Tavern on 12/9 with Manipulation and Crazy Spirit (who play with Double Negative soon).

During CMJ, Laura Stevenson and Shellshag, like Polica, stopped in to perform songs exclusively for us backstage and on the Williamsburg Waterfront. Check out those videos, part of our slowly-debuting Sony Bloggie CMJ video series ("Green Room Sessions"), along with tour dates, the DG flyer, and some Latterman videos below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni schedule 2012 showcases, Latterman reunited, Laura Stevenson & Shellshag played us songs (videos & dates)"

photos by Devan Council

Screaming Females @ Bowery Ballroom
Screaming Females

Washington Post: You're about to record a new album, so that means you have a whole batch of new songs ready to go. But when you play shows, people like to hear songs they know. So how do you decide to work new stuff into the setlist?

Mike Abbate: We played a show in New Brunswick over the summer and we played only new songs and people were [very upset].

Marissa Paternoster: It didn't go over very well. I thought they might be interested to hear some new stuff. It didn't really work out that way.

So what can we expect from the new material?

Paternoster: It's chillwave. It's witch house.

I think you missed that boat by about six months, unfortunately.

Paternoster: We don't care! We're bringing it back! It's post-witch-house! Dubstep, that's in there, too ... We just want to write some good songs. For riding your bike. For walking your dog. For driving your cool car. For driving your Grandma around to the supermarket. "Hey Grandma, listen to this. This rocks!"

Screaming Females played Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/8) with appearances from Hilly Eye, Underground Railroad to Candyland, and Shellshag. The show was one of the first of a larger tour that will stretch into early November, heading as far west as Fargo, ND before looping back to play a doubleheader day/night show at Court Tavern in New Brunswick on 11/6. Most dates are with Underground Railroad to Candyland.

One of those dates goes down at The Fest 10, the mega-Gainesville, FL punk festival going down from 10/28 - 10/30 and featuring more than 200 bands that vary widely in the general "punk" genre (everything from the prefix "pop" to powerviolence). Full lineup is below and though passes are sold out, walk-up tickets for most shows are still available.

More pictures from the NYC show are below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females played Bowery Ballroom w/ Hilly Eye, Underground Railroad to Candyland & Shellshag (pics)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair


Shellshag can often be found playing shows at Lulu's in Greenpoint. They did very recently (pictures in this post), and they do again tonight (7/22, FREE). More pics from last time below...

Continue reading "Shellshag played Lulu's (pics), playing there again"

photos by Sarah Coulter

Nobunny @ Kniting Factory


If there were ever a band to embody a musical representation of my soul, it would probably be Nobunny. ...Their show at the Knitting Factory last night ...was hands down the best show I have been to all summer, if not since SXSW (perhaps even before). Nobunny himself had a stellar presence and looked absolutely regal in his leather bolero jacket and black skivvies." -[Midwestern Miscreant]

Respect to Nobunny, if for no other reason than being described as "regal" in "black skivvies". Regardless of any official monarchical status though, Nobunny was definitely the king of Knitting Factory on Friday night (7/1). The garage rock band fronted by a crazy bunny headlined the Brooklyn venue with Shellshag as part of a pair of NYC dates with TV Ghost (a late show at Mercury Lounge played out on the following day). Pictures from KF are in this post.

Nobunny is still on the road, playing Baltimore at Golden West tonight (7/5) and eventually hopping his/their way back to California by the end of the month. TV Ghost, who also played Philly with Nobunny, is finished touring for now. Shellshag play Cinders Art Gallery on July 8th. All Nobunny dates and more pictures below...

Continue reading "Nobunny, TV Ghost & Shellshag played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair


Ten years of screaming into telephone receivers, bouncing crowds, recordings, livid circus officials and more were celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (6/14). Japanther celebrated their tenth anniversary at the Brooklyn venue with some help from Shellshag and Heavy Cream. The Brooklyn two-piece play to MHOW for about an hour, with Shellshag and Heavy Cream logging 45 and 20 minute sets respectively.

Heavy Cream are now on their way to NXNE, but will return to play Death By Audio on June 22nd with Teen Witch, Elks & Hunters. All dates below.

Shellshag have a pair of NYC dates as well, on July 1st at Knitting Factory with Nobunny and TV Ghost (tickets) and July 2nd at Silent Barn with Unstoppable Death Machines.

All tour dates, more pictures from MHOW and a video, below...

Continue reading "Japanther played MHOW w/ Shellshag & Heavy Cream (pics)"

photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts, words by BBG

The Spits
The Spits

While I was going hardcore at Emo's, metal and garage were well represented at Red 7 on Thursday. Split across the venue's two stages, the outdoor patio was reserved as a Garage stage with The Spits, The Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost (who are on tour with The Spits), High Tension Wires, and OBN III's, while the indoor stage housed metal from Hooded Menace (who played Union Pool before Texas), Undergang, Acephalix, Bone Sickness, and Mammoth Grinder. Pictures of many of the bands from from both stages at Red 7 are below.

Origin of M
Origin of M

After the show, I met up with Keith and Harriet to trek over to The Broken Neck, a DIY venue hosting an afterparty with Tragedy (who played Europa before Texas) and Origin of M. We arrived just in time, as they were letting one in and one out due to capacity issues. We were able to slide in after a short wait. Origin of M played a crusty hardcore set with some rock style leads (ala Thin Lizzy) and sounded good, though the singer's drunken ranting in Japanese was a bit off-putting/odd. Slamming beer after beer, he loved to crowdsurf almost as much as loved to rip beer-cans apart in his mouth and chew on the aluminum. Yum. Tragedy, as usual, were unbelievable despite a PA system that was clearly DIY (and on the brink of toppling over).

Chaos in Tejas continues. Pictures of everything else I did earlier in the night HERE. Mictures from Red 7 and Broken Neck, below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 2)"

by BBG

Tragedy fan at Europa (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)

No rest for the wicked. After a grueling weekend of heavy music at Maryland Deathfest (pictures of day 1 HERE, day two HERE, day three HERE, and day four HERE), I am looking forward to a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, crust, d-beat, and indie at Chaos in Tejas in Austin this week! Kicking off on Thursday (June 2nd) the four day festival features appearances from tons notables, day shows, after parties, and in-stores, some for free. Swing down for a blow by blow breakdown of what you should look for every day at the multi-venue music fest.



Thursday, June 2

Ah the start of the festival.... fresh legs and feet, and a hunger for tons of good bands. Thursday will sate your hunger too, as there are tons of great hardcore/metal shows to choose from. Shows tonight happen on both stages at Emo's, both stages at Red 7, at the Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Beerland and the Broken Neck.

Despite the high profile cancellation of Killing Joke at Emo's outdoor, CIT bounced back and added Cro-Mags to an already awesome lineup of rare appearances from strong>Asta Kask (Swedish d-beat), D-Clone (a rare show from these Japanese hardcore monsters), Veins (featuring Mark McCoy from Charles Bronson/Das Oath as well as Ian from Copremesis/Castevet), Double Negative (North Carolinian hardcore greats who released the awesome Daydreamnation last year), Vile Gash (brutal hardcore on Youth Attack), Japan'sThe Slowmotions, and NYC's Cult of Youth (dark folk with a great new LP on Sacred Bones) and Crazy Spirit (excellent hardcore with members of Perdition).

Thankfully, I can use my wristband from Emo's to hit up Red 7, right around the corner, where an awesome metal show will clash with an awesome garage show on the two stages. Finnish doomers Hooded Menace will headline on stage with Denmark's Undergang, crusty death metallers Acephalix (mems of the amazing Vastum), more death metal from Bone Sickness, and local death and rollers Mammoth Grinder. Meanwhile, the second stage will feature The Spits, the Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost, and others. All of this means that I'll probably miss Converge/Title Fight/Touche Amore/Trap Them/Burning Love/the Menzingers at Mohawk and How I Quit Crack/The Indicator Dogs at Beauty Bar. At least I can end the night right with Tragedy and Origin of M at Broken Neck as part of an after-party. Yikes!

the rest of Thursday's schedule and what to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, below...

Continue reading "BBG's Guide to Chaos in Tejas 2011"

unruly Japanther @ Big Apple Circus (more by Chris La Putt)

Japanther are in Eindhoven, Holland this weekend for a string of European dates that include a stint as part of the Venice Biennial in Venice, Italy. A couple of weeks after the band returns from that European trip, they'll hit Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show on June 14th with Shellshag and DJ's Spam and Ryan. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/11).

Shellshag meanwhile have a gig scheduled at 538 Johnson in Brooklyn in May 18th, and then will be touring down to Texas for Chaos in Tejas, but back in time for this newly-announced show.

The last time that Japanther played NYC was as part of a benefit for Japan on April 30th at Brooklyn Fireproof. Video from that show as well as all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Japanther & Shellshag playing shows, one together (dates)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Screaming Females
Screaming Females

As soon as the Marissa Paternoster, front woman of Screaming Females, began hollering through the songs from the 2010 LP Castle Talk, the crowd took to moshing near the front of stage. Paternoster rules the stage with utter confidence and energy that seemed to possess the crowd. More than at any point during the night, it felt like a punk show with Screaming Females on stage. -[NYPress]
One night after they rocked Purchase, Screaming Females headlined the Don Giovanni showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday 2/12 alongside Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Shellshag, Lemuria, and Byrds of Paradise. The show sold out at the door, and was the 2nd of two Don Giovanni showcases over the weekend. The first was at Death By Audio on Friday night.

If you missed it, you're in luck, as Screaming Females have added another pair of new NYC-area dates. First up, the previously discussed Jeff the Brotherhood show at Santos on 3/31 (tickets still now available) will now be a co-headlining show with Marissa and the gang. In addition, the band has added a show at Maxwell's on 3/30, though not a show of the regular sort:

Something different! For this show artists from the NJ based Doodle Drag Art Collective will be creating unique images for our songs which will be projected behind us while we perform. For the song 'Lights Out' we humbly request YOUR artistic assistance.

We would like YOU to take a listen to "Lights Out" and then visually illustrate the song with your drawings, photos, collage, etc, (but we love drawing.) Be creative! You may illustrate the song however you see fit - create a narrative, create abstractions, or interpret the lyrics literally. Surprise us and most of all have fun with it! We ask that you provide us with a maximum of five drawings.

After submitting the images, they will be compiled into a slide show that will be projected behind Screaming Females during their set at the Maxwell's show, and it will be super cool.

More details on how to contribute to the show can be found at their website, and tickets for the NJ show are on sale.

All dates, and more pictures and some videos from Saturday's Music Hall show are below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females played the Don Giovanni showcase w/ Shellshag & more (pics), add more NYC shows & other dates"

by BBG

Forgetters at Generation Records (cred)

Lest we... um, fail to remember... Forgetters have a ton of shows on the horizon with bands as varied as Hard Skin and The Rival Mob (tickets), Obits (at Knitting Factory 11/12, tickets), and a show TONIGHT (9/28) where the band will team up with Shellshag and Ververitse to play Death By Audio.

Shellshag has a few other shows coming up too. The band will play another FOUR NYC shows in the coming month. On 10/9 look for the band to play ABC No Rio with Homeowners, Aye Nako, & Mirrors and Wires and on 10/15 they'll be back at Death By Audio with The Measure [sa], Bridge and Tunnel, The New Dress, & Zombie Dogs. The next day (10/16) look for Shellshag at Lulu's with Landlord, The Fish, and Marvin Berry and The New Sound (excellent Back To The Future reference), and 10/28 will see the Brooklyn band play Bruar Falls with Hartwell & Dirty Excuse.

Forgetters last shared the stage with BELLS≥ at Cake Shop. According to one German review of the Cake Shop show which I just translated in Google:

"Quite different, post-rock and instrumental beat tones involved four men from the Bells. Two Guitars interweaving into one another, accurate drums, a driving bass and the knowledge of the history of two members of bands such as Jawbox and the 2009 resolution, most recently at SubPop domiciled Oxford Collapse, provide a spellbound end and enthusiastic audience. Bells maintain a remarkable own blog, which also contains beautiful photos of this gig can be found further on."
BELLS≥ have a new coming up in the very near future.. at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn on 10/8 with The Carribean, Video Daughters, and Y/Y.

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Screaming Females

Screaming Females played their record release show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night (9/15), and their next NYC show has already been revealed. Get to Webster Hall early on Saturday, 9/25, because they're now first of three on the Titus Andronicus/Free Energy show happening there that night. Tickets are still on sale.

Meanwhile Screaming Females are still on tour including tonight in Philly with a very special guest...

"Hey Philly! We're playing a last minute show with our friends the Screaming Females tonight at The Ox (1652 N. 2nd St.). Show starts at 9, over by 12. Come down and get their awesome new record Castle Talk, by Screaming Females!" - Ted Leo
That's a sweet surprise.

Shellshag and Big Eyes opened the Brooklyn show last night (9/15). If you weren't there, maybe you watched the live stream... I didn't know about the stream until now... which is okay because the entire stream is still watchable. Check that out, with more pictures from the show, and the setlist, below....

Continue reading "Screaming Females played Knitting Factory (pics, video, setlist), add NYC show w/ Titus, add Ted Leo to Philly show"

Screaming Females @ Siren Festival (more by Jessica Amaya)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females are kicking off a sizeable tour tonight, Friday, August 13th, at Maxwell's (with Black Wine and Byrds Of Paradise) (tickets still available). The tour also includes a Saturday, August 14th (tomorrow) show at Death by Audio (with big soda and nude beach), AND now a September 15th record release show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with Shellshag and Big Eyes (tickets are on sale).

All tour dates and a tour poster below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females kicking off tour, add another NYC show "

Peelander-Z @ Santos in 2009 (more by Gabi Porter)

tonight in NYC
* MGMT @ Fordham
* Sean Bones (afternoon) @ Pianos
* Amazing Baby (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stagger Back Brass Band @ Union Pool
* Suzanne Vega & friends @ City Winery
* Johann Johannsson, Lichens @ Littlefield
* Light Pollution, Memoryhorse @ Under 100
* Kuroma, Bell, Picture Picture @ Glasslands
* Henry Kaiser, Cookie The Clown @ The Stone
* Fountains of Wayne, The Candles @ Maxwell's
* Truck America @ Full Moon in Big Indian, NY
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ Apollo Theater
* Kate Nash, Supercute! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John Doe & Exene Cervenka @ Concerts in the Studio
* The Joy Formidable, The Dig (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Styrenes, Tyvek, Pink Reason, Kohoutek @ Cake Shop
* The Gamut, Daughters of the Sun, Vampire Hands @ Zebulon
* Echo & The Bunnymen & Hatcham Social @ Irving Plaza
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo & Alan Licht) @ Thirty Days NY
* The Binary Marketing Show, Magnetic Island @ Fort Useless
* The Willowz, The Naked Hearts, Cults (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Album Leaf, Sea Wolf, Gregory & The Hawk @ Bowery Ballroom
* Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Anamanaguchi (early) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile @ Nokia Theatre
* Future Islands, Double Dagger, Lower Dens, Light Asylum @ Death By Audio
* Sam Buck Rosen, Delicate Steve, Beauty Feast, Strange Shapes @ Glasslands
* Bad Credit No Credit, Laura Stevenson & the Cans,Air Waves,Kate Ferencz @ Coco66
* King Django Sextet, Glen Adams & Jammyland All-Stars, Shems Disciples, The Equilibrians @ Knitting Factory

The Styrenes are celebrating 35 years. They played Death By Audio last night, and end a two week tour at Cake Shop this evening with Tyvek playing right before them. Tyvek list no other dates at the moment. Kohoutek and Pink Reason are also on the bill.

You might have caught Light Asylum open for LCD Soundsystem recently. Tonight they're on a strong bill with both Future Islands and Double Dagger at Death By Audio.

Today is Free Comic Book Day

It's also First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.

Help Save Walter.

Sean Bones plays in the afternoon (3pm) at Pianos today.

Cookie the Clown, not to be confused with Cokie the Clown, performs at The Stone tonight.

Speaking of Cokie the Clown, Bamboozle Fest is happening in NJ.

Spring Food and Craft Market at Brooklyn Lyceum.

Alan Licht and Lee Ranaldo play as Text of Light with a light show by Gary Panter and Joshua White.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's tag sale is happening.

Some live Shellshag (who played Mercury Lounge the other night) videos below...

What else?

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Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females) @ DBA in Feb. (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females

"Holy Hell, the first official Noun release, incorporates keys, organs, and toned-down guitars and drums. The result is clearly different than Screaming Females: it's mellower, more melodic, and whereas the Screaming Females' songwriting process is a three-way discussion, Marissa Paternoster writes all of the songs for Noun.

Similarly to Screaming Females, Marissa's friends are an important part of Noun. Holy Hell features drum work by Angela Boylan (of Cheeky), Miranda Taylor (Hunchback, Black Wine, Full of Fancy), and Jarrett Dougherty (Screaming Females), plus bass lines by King Mike (Screaming Females). Her Mom designed the artwork, and her friends at New Brunswick label Don Giovanni are releasing the record. "

The The 12-track solo album, whose title track you can download above, will be relesaed in June 2010 on Don Giovanni Records who are holding another showcase in NYC. Last time it was one big show at Bowery Ballroom (forgetters and Jeff the Brotherhood were both on the bill). This time they're doing two nights in a row at Mercury Lounge (April 24-25).

April 24th will will feature a headlining set by Screaming Females who are currently being advertised as "special guest" probably due to their April 9th show at Irving Plaza with Obits and Ted Leo. The Measure, Barrakuda McMurder, Byrds of Paradise, and Modern Hut are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.

April 25th is headlined by Shellshag and will feature a set by Noun, as well as sets by Full of Fancy, Black Wine, and Pregnant. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Don Giovanni Records sampler (ZIP)

forgetters @ Bowery Ballroom (twipic)

Don Giovanni Records hosted a seven-band showcase at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, February 6th. The lineup for that included Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Measure (SA), Black Wine and Groucho Marxists - all of which, minus JEFF and forgetters, are represented in the compilation linked above.

Videos from the Bowery Ballroom show are posted below. One clip captures JEFF starting off their set with a pitch-dark solo guitar intro to their album-opening rocker "Heavy Days." JEFF the Brotherhood and Screaming Females have added a Brooklyn show to their upcoming tour dates together. They'll be at Death By Audio on February 23rd with Stupid Party. A show flyer is below

Other video highlights include a look at forgetters, Blake Schwarzenbach's newish trio who have yet to release a proper recording (song intro: "this is a psychedelic odyssey...to Southern California"). forgetter's only other upcoming show is a certain festival down South: Harvest of Hope Fest, taking place March 12th-14th in St. Augustine, FL. The massive, impressive lineup for the fest (which hosted the National, Broken Social Scene, Girl Talk, the Faint & more last year) includes Billy Bragg, The Mountain Goats, Dr. Dog, Anvil, Rogue Wave, Strike Anywhere, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Man Man, Dead Prez, Japanther, Freelance Whales and many more. Tickets are on sale. The full list of bands is below. (As for that other upcoming festival, we hope forgetters make it to SXSW, but it should be noted that they did just play Austin in November.)

The Bowery show was a release party for Shallshag's new Rumors in Disguise and Screaming Females' self-explanatory Singles, both of which come out February 9th on Don Giovani. The video for Shellshag's "Resilient Bastard," off that, is below.

More videos of guitar shredding, pop-punk, crowdsurfing, etc. are below...

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Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 last night (more by Chris La Putt)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females are in midst of their two night run opening up for Arctic Monkeys at Terminal 5. The second of those is tonight (12/11). Also playing a NYC show tonight are Blake Schwarzenbach & forgetters, who kick off their tour at Market Hotel (with Humanbeast and Chastity Wig).

forgetters and Screaming Females play a NYC show together on February 6th for a Don Giovanni Records showcase show with Shellshag JEFF The Brotherhood, The Measure (SA), Black Wine(ex-Ergs) and Groucho Marxists at Bowery Ballroom (note: forgetters & JEFF are not actually on the label). Tickets are on sale.

Don Giovanni is putting out a new 7" collection from Screaming Females, Singles, on February 9th. The Bowery show is the first date in Screaming Females' tour with JEFF the Brotherhood, which runs through February (best. tour. ever.).

JEFF just opened for Ted Leo at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday and played Mercury Lounge the night after.

Show flyer, more dates & stuff below...

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Shoot To Thrill

We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.

The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:

You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop

All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.

The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.

The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.

Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:

Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).

Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.

Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.

A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Screaming Females - Bell (MP3)

Screaming Females

New Brunswick's Screaming Females have landed the opening slot on the July portion of The Dead Weather's first national tour. Those stops include both NYC shows at Terminal 5 - July 16th and 17th (ticket info here). Make sure you get to those shows early enough to see Screaming Female Marissa Paternoster shred on guitar. It might make up for the lack of shredding Jack White does in his position of drummer in the headlining band.

Screaming Females also have their own tour (with a lot of TBA dates) scheduled for August, and you can catch the band around the NYC area at one of their many area gigs before they leave. The first chance comes this Saturday, May 30th when Screaming Females play Maxwell's with Shellshag, Pregnant and Mimi & Christian. Tickets are on sale.

After that, the band headlines one night of the previously mentioned Brooklyn DIY festival Hillstock, June 5th-7th. Poster and lineup, now with set times, below.

Screaming Females also have a Northside Festival show coming up, as well as an opening slot for Dinosaur Jr. at MHOW on June 25th (there will be lots of shredding from opener and headliner at the latter).

The band's debut, Power Move, came out April 14th on Don Giovanni Records. "Bell," from that record, is reposted above.

All dates below...

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Shilpa Ray @ Santos (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Shilpa Ray

We already knew that Fiasco is one of the band's playing Citysol 09 on July 11th at Stuyvesant Cove Park in NYC (23rd St in Manhattan - all the way east). The confirmed lineup for that free show also includes Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Love Like Deloreans, Hi Red Center and Schwervon!.

The annual environmental festival runs from July 10th-12th at Stuy Cove Park with the concert day being the Saturday. Like last year, Digiwaxx will be curating the fest's hip-hop/funk lineup. We helped out with the whole lineup in 2007.

Fiasco will also be at Citysol's pre-fest youth benefit concert at Solar One (same location) on Saturday, June 13th.

The benefit concert on June 13th was conceived and curated by [Citysol's] 18-year-old high school intern, Corinne Monaco. The other confirmed bands on the bill are Starscream, Run Time Error, The Mighty Handful, Consumer Feedback, The Sediment Club, The Whisky Crusaders and Lorrain and Her Demons.
Fiasco is playing another show that same night at the Market Hotel with Mika Miko, the Strange Boys and Coathangers.

It'll be Shilpa Ray's second year in a row at Citysol -- she also played the 2008 fest. This year she'll also be playing the Sly Stone tribute at Castle Clinton just a fest days after on July 16th, and a just-announced show at Southpaw on July 1st.. Her May Wednesdays residency at Pianos continues on the 20th and 27th of this month.

The Stuyvesant Cove Park is not to be confused with the Stuyvesant Town Oval, which is hosting its own free shows throughout the summer. The schedule for that series includes Kaki King, Jay Reatard, the Budos Band (who played Citysol in 2007) and more.

Videos from last year's fest, with upcoming Fiasco tour dates (including one at a new space - with a familiar name - Shea Stadium) below...

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by Dominic Masi, Jr.

DOWNLOAD: Stupid Party - 1234 (MP3)

"I'm in a more serious relationship with the two of them than I have been with any girlfriend I've ever had in my life. We were all in shittier bands before this." - Cory of Stupid Party

Stupid Party

Stupid Party are not just another three piece from Brooklyn. They've actually been around for a few years, playing their raw punk, metal and punch you in the face, pop songs, in lands both home and away. Literally. "We kept/keep playing shows at our house which without a doubt has hosted the best punk shows in New York," said Cory, the band's vocalist and guitarist (who I had a chance to talk to via email).

Stupid Party released a 7" on Starcleaner Records last year, which is now in it's 2nd pressing, and in March they put out their first LP on Freedom School Records. Check out one MP3 above with more streaming at their MySpace.

Tonight (5/11) they open for Times New Viking (who played Market Hotel last night) and Vivian Girls at Bowery Ballroom (making this a sick triple bill!) According to Cory, "We'll probably be blacked out." Let's hope not. Get there early to make sure you don't miss them.

They also play Brooklyn D.I.Y. festival Hillstock on June 6th. All tour dates and fliers below...

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