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Ski Lodge @ Glasslands, 3/1/2014
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Brooklyn's Ski Lodge are heading towards SXSW, touring their way there. The band got off to a good start with a bon voyage show at hometown spot Glasslands on Saturday night (3/1) with Canadian tourmates The Belle Game and Brooklyn's The Starlight Girls. Pictures from that show are in this post.

All three were to have played Washington DC tonight (3/3) but with the extreme cold, that show has been canceled. The rest of their dates are here and more pics from Glasslands are below...

Continue reading "Ski Lodge, The Belle Game and The Starlight Girls started their tour to SXSW at Glasslands (pics)"

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)"

Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
Kylesa

As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.

Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...

Continue reading "Savannah Stopover reveals full 2014 lineup (Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Nothing & more)"

Ex Hex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Like last year, right before SXSW brings a ton of bands to Austin for about a week, many of the same bands will stop in Savannah, Georgia for Savannah Stopover, which goes down across various venues from March 6-8. The initial lineup includes Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Tweens, Ski Lodge, Ex Hex, Big Ups, Caitlin Rose, Pile, Bleeding Rainbow and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.

Initial lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz, Weekend, Public Service Broadcasting & more playing Savannah Stopover 2014 before SXSW"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Frankie Rose & Dub Pies @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
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The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opened in its new permanent Greenpoint location last weekend, offering up shopping, food, fun (ping pong, blacklight mini-golf) and music, with free admission for those willing to wait in the long line to get in that stretched down Banker St. (The line moved pretty fast, though.) The new space is pretty nice, it was never too hard to maneuver around with most of the food and the stage at the far end of the large space. The stage, off to one side, is backed by a wall of projection screens which looked pretty cool I must say. There's no way to go and not smell like a deep fryer, but otherwise it's not a bad way to spend a Friday or Saturday night.

The music for last Saturday (11/2) was headlined by Frankie Rose whose short set nonetheless packed in most of the songs you'd want to hear, including her great cover of The Damned's "Street of Dreams" which I think is better than the original. The vibe of the Bazaar made for a loose fun set. I got in just in time to catch Mahogany who are currently operating as a duo. I miss the maximalist days of their two-drummer, three guitarists and more line-up, but they still sounded pretty good. Pictures from their sets, as well as openers Monogold, are in this post.

Tonight (10/8) at BK Night Bazaar it's The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis (who played last night opening for pals Deer Tick at Webster Hall), and Grandchildren. Then on Saturday (11/9) it's Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ski Lodge and Pearl & the Beard. Psychic TV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Au Revoir Simone and more will play in the weeks ahead. Again the shows are free and open to the public.

More pics of Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, below...

Continue reading "Frankie Rose played the new Brooklyn Night Bazaar (pics); Low Anthem, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper & more this weekend"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Au Revoir Simone / Jacco Gardner @ Mission Sound 10/17/2013
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On October 17, 2013, Insound and Just Managing hosted their annual CMJ Recording Lounge at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Eight bands were recorded in eight hours in whirlwind sessions helmed by Grammy winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords) and Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork). It that short span of time, they got two tracks recorded each from Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, John Murry, Dream Shake and Ski Lodge. You can check out Au Revoir Simone's "Just Like a Tree" and Jacco Gardner's "Chameleon" and photos from those sessions in this post, and you can download all 16 songs for free over at Insound.

In addition to their upcoming Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 17 (tickets), Au Revoir Simone are also playing a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 with Spires, Grooms and UK band Splashh who will be performing as a duo for this show. Splashh also play the Bazaar the night before (12/6) with TEEN, Forest Fire and Valleys. They're flying over just for these shows which are being presented by Kanine Records. All BK Night Bazaar shows are free.

Check out Jacco Gardner and Au Revoir Simone streams, and more pics from their sessions, below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner & more recorded sessions for free comp (pics, stream & download); ARS add Brooklyn show"

ARS with a "French KISS" in Vancouver (via @AuRevoirSimone)
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Tomorrow (11/2) is the first Saturday in November which means it's the monthly First Saturdays event at Brooklyn Museum with free admission and live music. Au Revoir Simone, who released Move In Spectrums in September just played a couple CMJ shows, will play (5 PM) along with Tamar Kali and Watermelon. Again it's free and open to the public.

Au Revoir Simone's next NYC show will be part of the family-friendly Kidrockers afternoon concert series, which returns to Brooklyn Bowl on November 17. Ski Lodge play as well, with hosts Seth Herzog and Roger Hailes, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

The next Kidrockers show after that is December 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Small Black and Radical Dads (Herzog and Craig Baldo host) and tickets for that show are on sale now as well.

APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.

Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).

That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers, The Low Anthem, SISU & more added to free Brooklyn Night Bazaar schedule"

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Tickets to see Ennio Morricone at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Cheap Trick are playing The Wellmont Theatre on February 15. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Homeboy Sandman is playing Gramercy Theatre on January 18 with YC the Cynic, I Am Many and Open Mike Eagle. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Violent Femmes at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets from their canceled Central Park show will be honored too. You must present original tickets with valid ID.

Tickets to see Damien Jurado at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Brazos and Ski Lodge are playing Mercury Lounge on December 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Blues Traveler are playing Gramercy Theatre on November 23 and 24, The Space at Westbury on November 27 and The Capitol Theatre on November 29 and 30. Tickets for Gramercy night 1 are on sale now (night 2 is sold out). Tickets for the Westbury show and the Cap shows go on sale today at noon.

Marc Cohn is opening for Bonnie Raitt at Capitol Theatre on 11/19 (tickets) at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 11/20 (sold out), and he's playing a headlining show on January 24 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
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One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!

Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:

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Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.

Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.

Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.

Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.

Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.

Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.

Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.

Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
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One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).

Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).

Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.

Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.

Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.

Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.

Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.

Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.

Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.

For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Though here in NYC we're in the midst of CMJ craziness, Austin's craziness that is SXSW has just announced its first round of bands for next year's festival. SXSW 2014 goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 7-16 and so far includes London Grammar, Calvin Love, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, OBN IIIs, Pure Love, Royal Canoe, Saint Rich, Shakey Graves, SISU, Ski Lodge, Soldout, Teengirl Fantasy, Jonathan Toubin, Ume, Vockah Redu, Dot Wiggin Band, Deidre and the Dark, Doughbeezy, Kaytranada, Killa Kyleon and more. Badges are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces first round of bands"

by Bill Pearis

Heavenly Beat

Onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Pena will release Prominence, his second album as Heavenly Beat, next week (10/15) via Captured Tracks. Much like his first record, with lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats and whispered vocals, Prominence could pass for genuine turn-of-the-millenium Scandinavian indiepop (think Kings of Convenience or The Embassy). The production and arrangements are better this time, however, and make for an enjoyably featherlight listen. I like it a lot. You can stream the LP's single, "Complete," below and listen to the whole album over at EW.

Being based here in Brooklyn, it should come as no surprise that Heavenly Beat (which is a full band, live) will be playing some shows at CMJ. He'll play the Cascine showcase on Thursday (10/17) at Cameo (9:40 PM) which also features Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Rush Midnight and North Americans (tickets). They'll also play Friday (10/18) at Fontanas as part of a bill that includes Ice Choir, Cities Aviv, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Calvin Love, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort and Bright Future. Those are both pretty well-curated line-ups, and chances are if you like Heavenly Beat you'll have interest in a number of the other bands.

Heavenly Beat will also play a free day show at Spike Hill on October 19 with Dead Leaf Echo, Heliotropes, United Ghosts, and Black Books. And if you want to see them outside of CMJ, HB play Glasslands on October 24 with Color Film and Crush Distance (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with a couple Prominence track streams, below...

Continue reading "Heavenly Beat readies 'Prominence' (LP and track streams), playing CMJ shows and other dates"

by Bill Pearis

TV Girl

LA snarky samplers TV Girl released their most recent EP, Lonely Women, over the summer, five bitter pills with sugar coating for easy pop consumption. They just made a video for lead track "She Smokes in Bed" which stars an anthropomorphic, aerobicizing cigarette. We've got the premiere of that which can be viewed below.

TV Girl are making their first-ever trip to NYC next week for CMJ and with five shows on their docket currently:

10/16 - New York, NY @ Tammany Hall (1:00 AM)
10/17 - New York, NY @ Pianos (5:00 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/18 - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge (8:45 PM)
10/19 - New York, NY @ Rockwood (1:50 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo (5:20 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
Those shows, with full band line-ups (where available) are listed, along with the video premiere, another video and EP stream, below...

Continue reading "TV Girl made a new video, playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

Jack White at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert @ Town Hall
The new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which takes place in NYC's '60s folk music scene, screens at this year's NY Film Festival, and today there's a celebration happening at Town Hall. The film's music will be performed by a number of huge guests, including Jack White, Patti Smith , Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, and more.

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.

Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Celestial Shore @ Knitting Factory
This is the second time Darwin Deez and Caged Animals have toured together this year, and this is the final stop for this round of dates. Celestial Shore open.

Guitar Wolf, The Coathangers, Coward @ Santos Party House
Over from Japan for Goner Fest, zombie-fighting garage rocker Guitar Wolf pulls into town tonight with tourmates The Coathangers. It doesn't get much more rock n' roll than this.

The Dodos, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With their fifth album out this summer, The Dodos are relative indie vets at this point, having honed their anthemic, rhythmically-charged sound into well-oiled -- and still enjoyable -- machine. Loop pedal master Dustin Wong opens the show and tickets are still available.

Dope Body, Guardian Alien, PC Worship @ Glasslands
Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body were already in NYC twice this month, having opened for Scout Niblett a couple weeks ago and for Fucked Up last night, and tonight they headline a show here at Glasslands. Opening are two local noisemakers, Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox) and PC Worship.

Electric Six, My Jerusalem, Les Sans Culottes @ Bowery Ballroom
Detroit's Electric Six have been making tongue-in-cheek, id-overload, disco party rock for over a decade. They'll release their ninth album, Mustang, on October 8.

Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea @ Output
It's a Hessle Audio label night at Output with the same lineup that played the venue back in April. If you haven't already, check out Ben UFO's Fabriclive.67 mix.

Ski Lodge, NGHBRS, The Melodic @ Brooklyn Bowl
The School Night series is presenting this show featuring Ski Lodge, NGHBRS and The Melodic. It's free with RSVP; otherwise $5 at the door.

John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn & more @ Le Poisson Rouge
Avant-sax great John Zorn continues his run of Zorn@60 concerts with two shows (6:30 and 10 PM) tonight with some pretty exciting guests, including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk). And Marc Ribot will be at the early show.

Lea Bertucci, C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, I'd M Theft Able, Thomas Dexter @ Silent Barn
It's a night of experimental music at Silent Barn, including Lea Bertucci (for whom the show is a record release), violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and more.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, wraps up his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
This is the last night of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and is a party for the season premiere of terrific FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, which Mirman is on. Tonight will also feature appearances by fellow cast members Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and a host of surprise guests.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
Meanwhile over at Union Hall, the EMCF is hosting Creaghead & Company, which they playfully note, "Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway." Tonight's show is with Myq Kaplan, Ken Reid, Mike Drucker, James Adomian, and Aparna Nancherla.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:

WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)

THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)

FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)

The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.

by Bill Pearis

Savoir Adore @ LA's The Echo, 8/7/2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Savoir Adore

As mentioned, Savoir Adore are headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/21) with openers The Suzan, plus Ski Lodge, who were more recently added to the bill. The MHOW show is their biggest hometown show to date and they're sporting an extra-large version of the band with members of St. Lucia and Jukebox the Ghost adding extra percussion. Tickets are still available.

In our current age of instant hype, Savoir Adore have taken their time, rising steadily -- perhaps stealthily -- over the last five years through old fashioned hard work. That, and an ear for hooks and giant choruses that burrow into your head and refuse to leave. Those melodic skills can be heard on the band's second album, Our Nature, which was self-released last year and was picked up by Nettwerk this year. The new single off the album is "Regalia" and we've got the premiere of the Mighty Five remix of that song. You can stream that, and watch the video for it too, below.

Savoir Adore also did a BV Studio Session not too long ago and have a couple more East Coast shows after MHOW. Those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Savoir Adore got remixed (stream it), their MHOW show w/ The Suzan & Ski Lodge is this weekend"

by Bill Pearis

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Florida's The Band in Heaven released their debut album, Caught in a Summer Swell, today (9/17). It's a lovely collection of dreampop that should interest fans of late '80s Creation records, '90s-era Slumberland Records and jangly, effects-laden guitars in general. You can stream the album below. We've also got the premiere of the video for "Fairweather Friends" which you can watch in this post as well.

With the album out, The Band in Heaven will be heading back to NYC for CMJ including shows at Parkside Lounge on October 17 with Ski Lodge and Wake Up, and October 18 at ping pong club Spin with Wake Up, Germans, Memoryy, Silverbird and The Dewars. Look for more CMJ dates as we get closer to the fest.

All tour dates are listed, along with the album and video streams, below...

Continue reading "The Band in Heaven released debut album and new video, will be in NYC for CMJ (dates & streams)"

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It's been a while since we heard from dreamy LA trio Tashaki Miyaki (around CMJ 2012 to be specific) and while the band have been working on their debut album, they collected odds-n-ends for a cassette EP on Burger Records which does contain the lovely new song "Keep Me in Mind." The cassette is now sold out but you can still get it digitally and it's streamable below.

In the meantime, Tashaki Miyaki will be visiting NYC soon for two shows. They'll play Glasslands on August 20, which is also a release party for Ski Lodge's debut album, and also features See Through and Kip from TPOBPAH on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.

Then they'll play Pianos on August 21 with The Canon Logic, Monogold and Modern Rivals. Tickets are one sale for this one too. All upcoming Tashaki Miyaki dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below.

Continue reading "Tashaki Miyaki released an EP on Burger, playing shows, including two in NYC (dates & streams) "

by Bill Pearis

Big Heart

Brooklyn's Ski Lodge have finally announced details of their debut album, Big Heart, which will be out August 20 via Dovecoat. That's the cover art above. The record was made in Los Angeles with producer Louis Pescov (of Fool's Gold), who produced Best Coast's debut. The LP's first single is ultra-catchy "Boy," which owes more than a little to The Smith's "Ask," and you may have seen them play in our BV Sessions video. You can stream the studio version below.

Ski Lodge have a few local dates coming up: Saturday (6/22) at Cameo with Superhumanoids and Bowmont (tickets); June 26 at 285 Kent with The Denzels, Haybaby and TOONS (tickets); and the Ace Hotel on July 14.

That Cameo show initially included Vancouver's Gold & Youth, but they've unfortunately dropped off the show.

All dates are listed, along with the single stream, below.

Continue reading "Ski Lodge announce debut LP, 'Big Heart,' playing shows (dates & new track stream)"

by Bill Pearis

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Costa Mesa, CA trio Tomorrows Tulips make lo-fi indiepop with a flower power bent, as can be heard on their latest effort, Experimental Jelly, which is out on cassette via Burger Records. (Fans of Beat Happening, TV Personalities, The Vaselines...this is for you.) You can stream a track from it below, along with the entirety of the their debut.

The band are currently in NYC, having played Grand Street Bakery in Brooklyn last night. Tonight (5/23) Tomorrows Tulip's play an early show (7 PM) at Pianos which is also FREE. You can then stick around for a pretty great line-up of bands including L Mag faves Coastgaard, as well as Ski Lodge, Pacific UV and Lazyeyes who are wrapping up a month-long residency. If you come after 7:30 PM it's $8.

All Tomorrows Tulips dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Atlanta's pacificUV are set to release their fourth album, After the Dream You Are Awake, on May 14 via Mazarine Records. Like on previous outings, the new record finds the band floating in a cloud somewhere between shoegaze, Morr-style ambience and electropop, and they make time to cover Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face" as well. You can stream one of the LP's more ethereal numbers, "I Wanna Be You," below. You can also catch up on the band's 10-year output with a sampler the band have put up as a free download on Bandcamp that you can stream below as well.

The band will be hitting the road this month for a short East Coast tour that includes two shows in NYC: May 22 at The Rock Shop with Brothertiger and The Adversary (tickets) and May 23 at Pianos with Lazyeyes, Ski Lodge and recent L Mag "8 Bands" pick Coastgaard (tickets) which is a pretty good line-up. All tour dates are listed below.

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video by Jessica and Albert Amaya; photo by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

It's a busy day for Brooklyn's Ski Lodge. Their new single, "Just To Be Like You" was released today via Dovecote (music video is below) and tonight they'll open for Born Ruffians' sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom with Moon King. They'll also be doing some West Coast shows with Chad Valley. Ski Lodge also play NYC Popfest as part of an all-day event at Littlefield on June 2 with Close Lobsters, French Films, Orange Peels and more (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Ski Lodge feature in the premiere episode a new video series we're calling the BV Studio Sessions where we have local bands performing live at Butler Recording in Bushwick. In it, they perform "Just To Be Like You," and new songs "Boy," and "Looking For A Change." This first episode turned out pretty great -- big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya as well as Chris La Putt -- and you can watch it below.

Stay tuned for for more BV Studio Sessions. Meanwhile, check out that video and the list of all Ski Lodge dates below.

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Ski Lodge chillin' at Sound Bites Series 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ski Lodge

While Ski Lodge are still putting final touches on their debut album, the Brooklyn band will release a new single, "Just to Be Like You," via Dovecote on April 16. Much like the band's 2011 EP, the new single owes more than a little to early-'80s janglers Orange Juice and The Smiths. It's pretty darn catchy and you can stream it below.

Meanwhile, Ski Lodge will play NYC on Friday (3/8) at Muchmore's with Literature, The Hairs, and The Teen Age. That's a pretty good show, especially if your tastes lean towards indiepop. Immediately after, Ski Lodge hit the road heading for Austin and those four letters that I'm really tired of typing. After that fest, the band will join up with Chad Valley for some dates on the West Coast and Southwest. But Ski Lodge will be back in time for NYC Popfest at the end of May. All tour dates are listed below.

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Close Lobsters / The School
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We already knew that The Monochrome Set would be performing at this year's NYC Popfest (May 30 - June 2) but now the rest of the line-up has been announced and it's pretty great with appearances from New Zealand Flying Nun legends The Bats, two bands who featured on NME's legendary C-86 cassette (Scotland's Close Lobsters [!] and London's The Wolfhounds), and long-running California band The Orange Peels; plus newer bands like Wales' The School, UK group Flowers, Hobbes Fanclub and Tigercats, Sweden's Alpaca Sport and Azur Blue, Norway's Making Marks, and Spain's Zipper; and American groups Ringo Deathstarr, Math & Physics Club, Literature, Ski Lodge and more.

I'm particularly excited for Close Lobsters whose debut album Foxheads Stalk This Land is a big favorite of mine. (You can stream it below.) I don't think they've played here in 25 years. Also exciting is the return of The Bats who haven't played NYC since 2006. The band, which features The Clean's Robert Scott, have an amazing cannon of work, including classic albums like Daddy's Highway, 1989's The Law of Things and, most recently, 2011's Free All Monsters.

Alpaca Sports, Azure Blue, Flowers, French Films, Hobbes Fanclub, Tigercats, and Zipper are all making their first U.S. visits for Popfest. NYC Popfest has created a Spotify playlist with all the bands playing this year and made a downloadable mix which you can grab at the top of this post.

Festival passes are on sale now and tickets to individual shows will be on sale later this week. Venues and individual line-ups stil to come, but full band list, flyer and a few videos are below.

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