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by Caroline Harrison

Built to Spill @ Irving Plaza
Built to Spill

Indie rock stalwarts Built to Spill played a sold out show at Irving Plaza on Thursday night with openers the Warm Hair and Slam Dunk.

Anyone who's been to a lot of concerts has had to sit through at least one unforgettably bad opener. For me, the Warm Hair has officially usurped the title of worst of the worst all the bad openers I've ever sat through. I was honestly left wondering if Built to Spill had lost a bet and had to include them on their national tour, or if I'd just witnessed an Andy Kaufman-esque performance art piece about a washed up J. Geils wannabe and I hadn't been let in on the joke. It even got so bad that the crowd started chanting for Built to Spill before the Warm Hair had finished playing.

Built to Spill took the stage shortly before 10 and tore through two solid hours. They played a fair number of 90s and early aughts material, including fan favorites "Carry the Zero," "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Center of the Universe," and "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss." About halfway through their set they busted out a raucous rendition of Captain Beefheart's "Abba Zabba" with guitarist Brett Netson on lead vox -- and on top of the stacks at Irving. (Full set list below)

They led off their encore with two covers -- Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" and the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" For me, Martsch has always been one of those guitarists whose style has been immediately recognizable, like a sonic fingerprint. So, it was fascinating to see how, despite straight renditions of the covers, Martsch's unique sound still shone through.

Pictures of the show are in this post. More of them along with the full setlist and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill played Irving Plaza w/ Slam Dunk & the Warm Hair (review, pics, setlist)"

Kirin J Callinan @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Roomful of Teeth, Holly Herndon @ Le Poisson Rouge
For this indie/classical crossover show, vocal octet Roomful of Teeth are performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. And opening the show is experimental musician Holly Herndon, which makes for quite the double bill.

Kirin J Callinan, Jenny Hval @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is an excellent show for fans of the eccentric. Kirin J Callinan's stuff is pretty unclassifiable, and whether you know the songs or not, his live show can't be ignored. And Jenny Hval makes the kind of art pop that falls somewhere between PJ Harvey and Laurie Anderson.

Slam Dunk, Crosss, Duzheknew, Pupppy @ Cake Shop
Vancouver's sax-filled swaggering rockers Slam Dunk have been on a tour with Built to Spill, which hits NYC on Thursday (11/7) at Irving Plaza, but tonight you can see them in a much more intimate environment when they headline Cake Shop.

Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko @ Irving Plaza
Jessie Ware has the voice of a pop star and the forward-thinking production of musicians like SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Joker, all of whom she's worked with. She's an excellent performer too, and tonight's show -- her second of two in NYC this week -- should be a memorable one.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests The Lucas Brothers, Rob Cantrell, Andrienne Lapalucci, Matt Wayne, Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, and more.

Black Lips, The Subsonics, Weird Womb @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Georgia garage rockers Black Lips are busy working on their new album but are taking a break with a short US tour. You can also catch their Middle East tour documentary, Kids Like You and Me, at Nitehawk Cinema tonight.

Midlake @ Other Music
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. The band will perform a free acoustic set tonight, and later this week will play a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge.

M.I.A., Partysquad @ Terminal 5
M.I.A.'s new album, Matangi, comes out tomorrow (maybe you've heard it), and tonight she plays her second of two Terminal 5 shows.

Albert Hammond Jr., Nightbox @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is no slouch on his own, making catchy guitar rock like on his brand new EP, AHJ.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This is an early show (7:30 PM) and tickets are still available (as of this posting).

Startalk Live@ Town Hall
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings his popular space-themed radio show to Town Hall with cohost Eugene Mirman and "special guests."

SZA, DJ Diamond Kuts @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Forward-thinking R&B singer SZA, who recently signed to Black Hippy's TDE label, plays this FADER-presented show at Brooklyn's Converse Rubber Tracks tonight. Free with RSVP (which is now closed).

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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by Bill Pearis

Built to Spill @ Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Built to Spill

Boise guitar heroes Built to Spill will be touring this fall. Dates include a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on November 7 with openers Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM with LiveNation and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (7/25) at 10 AM (Music Geeks password is always "musicgeeks".) All tour dates are listed below.

BTS' most recent album is 2009's There Is No Enemy. There's been no word on a new record, but when your band made three of the best indie rock LPs of the '90s (There's Nothing Wrong with Love, Perfect from Now On, and Keep it Like a Secret, you don't really need a reason to tour.

Continue reading "Built to Spill announce fall tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher


Vancouver bands Babysitter and Slam Dunk, who both played Sled Island last year, are teaming up for a North American tour this year. The tour comes to NYC on May 30 at The Rock Shop with Breakfast In Fur and May 31 at Cake Shop. Tickets for the Rock Shop show are on sale now. No advance tickets for Cake Shop, but check their website for lineup and admission updates. All tour dates are listed below.

Both bands released new albums last year too. Babysitter's album, Eye, is dirty garage rock that can veer towards quick punk blasts like "Real Wild Child's Gone Totally Mild" but also towards whiskey-soaked Americana ballads like "Grace Mountain." Meanwhile, Slam Dunk's record, Welcome to Miami, is all saxophone-led swagger rooted in a long history of rock 'n' roll made for the sake of loving rock 'n' roll. You can stream both albums and watch a Babysitter video below (via Exclaim).

Continue reading "Vancouver bands Babysitter and Slam Dunk touring together (dates, LP streams, video)"


The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"