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"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil

"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez

"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly

Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
Cali X

New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.

Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]

NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.

California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.

As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.

Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.

Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.

All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni showcases happened w/ Screaming Females, Priests, Vacation & more; Cali X add another NYC show"

by Bill Pearis

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As reported earlier, Bleeding Rainbow's new album, Interrupt, will be out February 25 via Kanine. That's the cover art above. The band have just shared the first track from the album, "So You Know," which features some furious drumming and one of the more soaring choruses on the LP. You can stream it below.

Bleeding Rainbow's next NYC show happens at Death by Audio on January 17 and Hound, Sleepies and Clean Girls are also on the bill. Shortly after that, the band will be on the road with Hunters which includes another visit to Death by Audio on 2/28. Updated dates are listed, along with tour flyer and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Bleeding Rainbow share first song from 'Interrupt,' touring with Hunters in February (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ceremony / White Lung @ NYU - 12/5/13
Ceremony
White Lung

Before NYU heads into finals week, they threw a semester-end show last night (that was also open to the public) in the Kimmel Center's E&L Auditorium with four killer punk bands -- Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. The tidy and spacious auditorium may not have been everyone's ideal way of seeing this show that sounds like it'd happen in a dingy DIY space, but what's more punk than putting on a cheap show in a school?

Brooklyn's Sleepies kicked things off with the tamest set of the night, but still a rippin' one that saw them going through tracks off their 2012 Weird Wild World LP that The Men's Ben Greenberg produced, and from the way they play you can tell why a member of The Men would work with them.

Up next was Perfect Pussy, fresh off their signing to Captured Tracks, which was announced earlier that day. There's been a lot of talk about Perfect Pussy lately, thanks in part to their solid EP, but their live show is really where it's at. Singer Meredith Graves is a total force and an entertaining performer, and though when someone with that level of charisma fronts a band the attention can be entirely on her, with Perfect Pussy that's not the case. The whole band goes nuts, even the dude whose job it is to make noise with his electronics, and they are LOUD. Don't miss out on seeing this band if you can help it.

They were followed by White Lung, who were joined by Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass, like they were at Fun Fun Fun Fest and the rest of their tour. As always, White Lung put on a great show, and they used their last live appearance of 2013 to showcase some of their new material, including the stuff on their recent single. From the sound of that and the other new material they played last night, a new album from this band is much anticipated.

Once powerviolence, now garage punk band Ceremony wrapped up the show, and as always, the place went nuts for them with moshers and stage divers taking over the whole front half of the venue.

Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies played a wild show at NYU's E&L Auditorium (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy

One of this year's great unsigned bands, Perfect Pussy, are unsigned no longer. The Syracuse noise punk crew have announced that they've signed to Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco), and will release their debut full length on the label in early 2014. That LP will follow their 4-song I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP (streaming below), which they self-released earlier this year. Since that release, the band also offered another song, "Advance Upon the Real," to the new Accidental Guest Recordings compilation, Beyond Inversion (via Rookie Mag), which benefits Rachael's Women's Center in DC. You can stream that track below too.

Perfect Pussy have also announced an extensive, almost-two-month long tour. It begins with two previously discussed NYC shows, including tonight (12/5) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with Ceremony, White Lung, and Sleepies; and Friday (12/6) at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Yvette, and Flagland. Admission for the NYU show is free to students and $5 at the door to the general public, and tickets for the Shea show are on sale now.

Then, after touring to the west coast and back, Perfect Pussy will celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right. The rest of the lineup for the Baby's NYE party hasn't been announced yet, but considering the occasion, chances are we can expect other great bands too. Tickets for that show are not available yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy sign to Captured Tracks, announce tour, including 2 NYC shows this week & NYE at Baby's (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.

White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.

White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "White Lung list Top 10 LPs of 2013; their show w/ Ceremony, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies is this week"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

NYU is putting on yet another great show before this school semester ends, and this one's an all-punk lineup with powerviolence-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, Vancouver shredders White Lung, Syracuse noisemakers Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn punk 'n' rollers Sleepies. This excellent quadruple bill is free to students and $5 at NYU Ticket Central to the general public. It takes place on December 5 at NYU's E&L Auditorium (4th floor of Kimmel Center). More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Both Ceremony and White Lung have a few other dates coming up (none in NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of White Lung's new 7," below.

For Perfect Pussy, it's one of a few upcoming dates, including other NYC stops on November 23 at 285 Kent with Shannon and the Clams and A Rex and J Rex (tickets); and December 6 at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Flagland, and experimental art rockers Yvette, who were recently added to the bill (tickets).

All lists of dates, streams, and NYU show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies playing NYU; Yvette added to Perfect Pussy's Shea show (dates & streams)"

Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hunters

Brooklyn rockers Hunters are set to release their self titled debut LP via Mom + Pop this week (10/1), and they're currently streaming the album in full (via FADER). Check it out below.

Hunters will celebrate the album with a hometown release show at Death by Audio on October 11 with a few local regulars, Total Slacker, Skimask, and Sleepies. Not long after, they'll also be doing some CMJ shows, including the one on 10/15 at Cameo with PUP, Greys, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan and Ovlov; and the Panache showcase on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake, and Big Ups. Flyer for the latter below.

In November, Hunters will kick off a full tour with Cali garage punks Audacity. That tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show on November 30 at Glasslands, which (like those CMJ shows) also includes an opening set from Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Big Ups' debut LP, Eighteen Hours of Static, comes out January 14, and as usual they have a bunch of local shows coming up, including a lot during CMJ. All of their upcoming dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Audacity is releasing a split 7" with The Coathangers on October 15 via Suicide Squeeze. The Coathangers recently revealed their contribution to the 7", "Adderall," which you can stream below. Their tour with Guitar Wolf hit NYC last night (9/29) at Santos. Anyone catch that show?

All lists of dates, song streams, and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Hunters streaming new LP, touring w/ Audacity (who are releasing a split w/ The Coathangers) -- dates & streams"

Cassette Fair

As mentioned, this Saturday (9/7) is Cassette Store Day, a celebration of the first portable, recordable format. There are a number of exclusive releases for CSD, including cassette editions of The Flaming Lips' The Terror, Deerhunter's Monomania, Volcano Choir's Repave, a reissue of Fucked Up's Hidden World, plus other cassette-only items. A full list of official CSD2013 releases is in this post.

For those excited by all this, the NYC Cassette Fair is probably the place to be in the Five Boroughs, which happens at Silent Barn on Saturday from 5 PM to midnight. In addition to the wares for sale, there will also be performances from Sleepies, Lame Drivers, Imperial Topaz, Trabajo, Nonhorse, Raindeer, and NAFTA. It's $5 to get in.

CSD release list is below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Big Ups

They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.
I wrote the above when I caught Big Ups in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium during Northside, the only local band on a four-band bill that also included Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Psychic Blood. That full length they mentioned on stage has since been announced, and the album, titled Eighteen Hours of Static, comes out October 8 via Dead Labour. The album's lead single, "Goes Black," is a great example of the snarled post-hardcore they've become known for at shows and on earlier singles, and you can stream that below. The tracklist is below too, and that's the album artwork above.

Big Ups play a ton of local shows, and they've got two upcoming dates this month (at the moment, at least). The first is a benefit for Restore Rockaway on Rockaway Beach on August 17 at Rippers (Beach 86th St @ the Boardwalk) with a killer local lineup that also includes the punky Sleepies, the noisy EULA, indie rockers Shark?, and hi-octane punks Low Fat Getting High. More info at the Facebook event and flyer below.

Later in the month, they'll play The Studio at Webster Hall on August 31 with two of Boston's better (and louder) bands, Pile and Young Adults, and two punky Brooklyn bands, Weird Womb and Flagland. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

For Pile, that show is one of many upcoming tour dates they have scheduled, including two other NYC shows: Brooklyn Fireproof on October 5 (acoustic show) and Silent Barn on October 19. All of their dates are listed, along with song streams and more, below.

Continue reading "Big Ups announce debut LP (stream a track), playing shows (one with Pile, Young Adults & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Psychic Blood

As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.

EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.

More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...

Continue reading "EISGTNSIDE13 starts today (Psychic Blood, Sleepies, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Low Fat Getting High at Cake Shop earlier this month (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Low Fat Getting High

Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High have been playing raucous local shows for some time now, and as mentioned, they're finally laying down that intensity for a new EP, which is called Bad Yoga, and has just been officially announced. The EP will be out on July 18 via Dead Broke/Money Fire Records. It kicks off with three tracks of menacing, breakneck-speed punk, and culminates in a fourth track of Bleach-style noise and sludge. The whole thing is just over ten minutes and it's a real ripper so keep an eye out for it. You can stream the opening track, "Better Better Worse," along with the artwork and tracklist below.

Low Fat Getting High have a ton of upcoming shows as usual, including a previously discussed Gimme Tinnitus-presented show TONIGHT (5/22) at Big Snow with another solid local punk band, Big Ups, CYHSY-related Radical Dads (for whom the show is a record release party), and Miniboone. $7 at the door gets you into tonight's show. Doors are at 8 PM. All ages. Show flyer below.

After that, they've got a bunch of other local dates, including a Converse Rubber Tracks show on June 12; Silent Barn on June 14 with another great local punk band, Sleepies, noise rockers Eula, indie rockers Shark?, sludgy psych rockers Psychic Blood and others; a release party for the new EP on July 18 at Shea Stadium with Big Ups, Vulture Shit, and Flagland (who play with Butter the Children and Ovlov soon); and even more local dates, all of which are listed below.

In related news, as mentioned, Big Ups and Psychic Blood also play a Northside show with Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit.

All LFGH dates are listed, along with the song stream and album info, below...

Continue reading "Low Fat Getting High announce new EP & upcoming shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

As mentioned, Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz have signed to Carpark Records and will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on June 9 via their new label. The album perfects the formula Speedy Ortiz had on the Sports EP and "Ka-Prow!" 7" and tops both of those releases. That's immediately evident from the album's first single, "Tiger Tank," which starts out like the Speedy Ortiz we're familiar with, but by the chorus is bringing in melodic left-turns and powerful crashes that show how big of a force this band can really be. Listen to the song over at NPR.

As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming shows, including a few previously discussed NYC shows on May 17 at Silent Barn with Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, and Lunchbox; Cake Shop on May 31 with two great Brooklyn bands Sleepies and Bennio Qwerty; and an unofficial Northside show on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.

The rest of the lineup for that Big Snow show has been announced and it includes Pile and Fat History Month (who just played NYC together), in addition to Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches., and Hive Bent. The show is being presented by Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus.

Speedy were also since announced for a NYC Popfest show happening on June 1 at Public Assembly with Ringo Deathstarr, Sua, and Advaeta. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. Popfest was supposed to be on both stages at Public Assembly, but with renovations all the other bands originally booked except Ringo Deathstarr were moved to The Bell House (more on that in a Popfest-specific post coming soon). Festival passes are still accepted.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz release a song from new LP, playing w/ Ringo Deathstarr, Northside Fest w/ Pile & more (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sleepies at Glasslands in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sleepies

Brooklyn punks Sleepies play locally a lot, and they've got more hometown shows coming up with some pretty great lineups. This Tuesday (4/23) at Death by Audio, you can catch them opening for the Merge-signed Barren Girls on their previously announced tour (which also hits Cake Shop on Wednesday with Weird Womb and Prima). Advaeta is on the DBA show too. $7 gets you in at the door.

Sleepies will return to that venue on May 11 to join the previously announced lineup of Fat Creeps, Turnip King, and Zebu. Admission is $7 at the door. Both Turnip King and Fat Creeps have other upcoming NYC shows too.

Sleepies released their newest album, Weird Wild World, back in 2012 via Godmode (part of the Frenchkiss Label Group). It was produced by Ben Greenberg of fellow Brooklyn punks The Men, and along with that band and Nude Beach (who Sleepies have played with), Weird Wild World is one of the better representations of Brooklyn's current punk 'n' roll scene. The album is loaded with memorable tracks that see singer Thomas Seely snarling over huge, brash guitars, sounding fiercely sarcastic when delivering lines like "I take this all VERY seriously." But tracks like "Waste Water" prove they work in calmer settings, too.

You can stream the entire album on Noisey. Check out the music video for "Terra Firma," a live video of the band playing "Setbacks" at Death by Audio, and a stream of "Seriously," below.

Continue reading "upcoming Sleepies shows +++ videos & song streams"

by Andrew Sacher

Speedy Ortiz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 4/11/13
Speedy Ortiz

Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz, who we profiled earlier this year after the release of their very solid Sports EP, are following that with a new 7" on April 30 via Inflated Records. The two tracks on the 7" -- "Ka-Prow!" and "Hexxy" -- were produced by Justin Pizzoferrato who also just produced the Chelsea Light Moving album (Speedy Ortiz have also toured with CLM and currently reside in the same city as Thurston), and their sound works really well with the type of guitar tones that Justin got on the CLM album. You can stream "Ka-Prow!" below and pre-order the 7".

I caught Speedy Ortiz in NYC last night (4/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, where they were opening for Marnie Stern and Talk Normal. They're the real deal live, and for a band that you'll usually see in more DIY venues (though maybe not for much longer), they sounded great in a room like MHOW. They do a lot of the loud-quiet-loud thing, and when it's loud, it's loud, with guitarist Matt Robidoux usually attacking his guitar or rubbing the fretboard against whatever he can find on stage. And from the little math rock tendencies they sometimes work in, it's clear that they're all great players too.

Speedy Ortiz have a number of other shows coming up, including some in NYC like the W-BAR-B-Q at Barnard College on April 27 with Waxahatchee, Swearin', Roomrunner, Twin Sister, and others (free). That same day, they'll play a Brooklyn's Shea Stadium with Aye Nako (whose new album comes out soon) and Big Ups (who L Magazine says you need to hear). They also play Silent Barn on May 17, Cake Shop on May 31 with Sleepies, and will be in NYC for Northside Festival.

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

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz releasing a new 7", played Music Hall of Williamsburg, playing more shows (dates & song stream)"

Beach Fossils

As mentioned, Beach Fossils' second album is out next week on Captured Tracks but you can stream the whole thing right now, below (via Hype Machine).

You also may know that Beach Fossils play Bowery Ballroom on February 23 to which Mr Dream and Sleepies have been added to that bill and is now sold out. If you missed out on tickets, fear not. The band just announced a show at 285 Kent on March 3 . No openers announced yet but tickets to that show are on sale now.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Beach Fossils streaming new LP, sold out Bowery Ballroom, add NYC show at 285 Kent (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hilly Eye at Glasslands - 1/26/13
Hilly Eye

Hilly Eye played a record release show for Reasons to Live, which is out now on Don Giovanni, in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Saturday (1/26) with Sleepies and Advaeta. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

They have other shows coming up including the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcase in February and they've been added to our BrooklynVegan-presented Thermals show at 285 Kent (3/7), which Habibi will also play. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from Glasslands and an updated list of Hilly Eye dates below...

Continue reading "Hilly Eye played Glasslands w/ Sleepies & Advaeta, added to BV-presented Thermals show (pics, updated dates)"

Dead Herring

Broolyn DIY house show space Dead Herring will be no more soon. They announced:

Hey everybody, we're very sad to announce that January is gonna be our last month at Dead Herring. They're raising the rent on us and we can't afford to live here anymore so we're moving on. We're super bummed but also very grateful to everyone who's ever performed here and hung out with us and made the last 6 years here so awesome. Rest assured, we're going out big and we have a ton shows lined up for January. Dead Herring is dead! Viva Dead Herring!
There are just two shows left. January 26th will be the final night (lineup TBA). Tonight (1/5) is the 2nd to last show. Head over and wish them goodbye! That's the flyer above.

Leonard Cohen

Tickets for the Killing Joke show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets are on sale now for the Titus Andronicus show at Glasslands on New Year's Eve. Despite what was originally announced, The So So Glos are not opening.

Ex-Titus member Amy Klein's band Hilly Eye, who play the Brooklyn Don Giovanni showcase in February, play a record release show for their upcoming Reason to Live at Glasslands on January 26 with Sleepies and ADVAETA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets are still available for the Fucked Up show at Warsaw on Friday (12/21) with Lemuria, Night Birds, and Parquet Courts.

Tickets for Kim Gordon's project Body/Head's show at Union Pool are on sale now.

Tickets for the Geoff Rickly show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Vinnie Caruana and others are on sale now.

Tickets for the past Geoff Rickly collaborator Tim Kasher shows at Knitting Factory and Maxwell's are on sale now.

Roomrunner at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Tracy Allison)
Roomrunner

Baltimore noise punks Roomrunner, who were just in NYC for a few CMJ shows, including one with their sonic brethren METZ, will kick off a tour in NYC at Death by Audio tonight (11/11) with Sleepies and Eula (both of who teamed up as the Pixies for the Halloween covers show at DBA last night), and Big Ups. Roomrunner will return to NYC to open for Future of the Left when their tour hits Knitting Factory on November 27.

A list of all Roomrunner dates, a video of them at Paper Box during CMJ, and a stream of their Super Vague EP, which came out this past May, are below.

Continue reading "Roomrunner kicking off tour in NYC tonight, opening for Future of the Left at Knitting Factory (dates, stream, video)"

Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Hurricane Sandy

Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.

Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.

Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.

Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:

8:45 GO GO's
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:15 Bauhaus
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
10:45 Mummies
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
11:30 GirlSchool
11:45 Cramps
12:00 BLITZ
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:30 Nirvana
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.

Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:

Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
$5 with costume, $7 without.

Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.

Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,

Heliotropes at 480 Pixels party in August, one of many bands who had shows at Delinquency this week, (more by Chris La Putt)
Heliotropes

To all Delinquency family, friends, performers, and promoters: We regret to inform that we have been forced to close temporarily and relocate all CMJ shows:(((( Please stay tuned for new show locations. We are supper bummed but will be back in a few weeks to continue spreading the loving party vibes and good times we have all shared this amazing summer. - [Delinquency Facebook]
As mentioned above, Bushwick venue Delinquency got shut down and will be closed for the time being, meaning all their CMJ shows are finding new homes. So far:

Tonight's Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Yvette, Alan Watts and Fasano show has been moved to XPO 929 (more info here).

Tuesday's Permanent Wave/Greenpointers Blog/Campers' Rule Records showcase (10/16) with Heliotropes, Leda, Beach Day, Backwords, The Suzan and Easy Lover has been relocated to Public Assembly.

Wednesday's We Listen for You / The Needle Drop / Beats Per Minute day party (10/17) with Dent May, Mac Demarco, Teen Suicide, Poor Lily, The Deloreans, Attic and Abasement has also been moved to Public Assembly

No word yet on where Wednesday night's Mobil party (10/17 with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde + more) will end up, or Bird Dog day party on Thursday (10/18 with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe, Fegrus and Geronimo, Murals and more), or the Old Flame Records / Heist or Hit Record day party on Friday (10/19 w/ Caged Animals, Your Youth, Gross Relations and more) but Delinquency has been posting updates on their Facebook.

Emma Louise

Brisbane, Australia's Emma Louise will be playing a bunch of shows during CMJ (less than two weeks away) but if you want to catch her earlier than that, she's making her NYC debut at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (10/5) with an early 7:30 set (it's also free).

With her electronic-tinged folk-pop single "Boy" (pretty catchy we admit), Emma Louise has been making waves and you can watch the video for that below. Her 2011 Full Hearts and Empty Rooms EP was reissued by Frenchkiss Records this year and the label will release her new album in early 2013 which "Boy" will be on.

As mentioned above, she'll be here for CMJ and is playing the Frenchkiss Records Showcase at Pianos on October 17 with Devin, Black Light Dinner Party, Chains of Love, Sleepies (tickets); the Paradigm Showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Savages and more (sold out, but you can try your CMJ badge if you have one); and the Aussie Day BBQ at The Delancey on October 20, with a couple other parties with dates TBA.

Dates and videos below...

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Big Freedia at Santos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Big Freedia

Big Freedia has been on a tour that was supposed to come to NYC for a Rocks Off cruise in late August, but that show was cancelled due to weather. She's since announced that she'll return to NYC for a show on Halloween (10/31) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are available.

The Big Freedia show is one of many Halloween options in NYC, many of which we've already told you about (like Dita Von Teese who we also mentioned today). Some others that we haven't include the Halloween covers show at Death by Audio with Sleepies (as the Pixies), Mr. Dream (as ?), Acid Problem (as the Ramones), Heaven's Gate (as Joy Division), and more TBA; and the 'Monster Mash 7 Halloween Party' at Glasslands, which is being presented by New York Night Train (Jonathan Toubin's NYC dance party) and Alana Amram with DJ Naughty Panther. According to the event page, the "musical guests" are "Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Abba, 60s Girl Group, 90s Medley, The Cramps, New Order, and more." Tickets for that show are available. Any other good ones that we missed?

A list of all Big Freedia dates is below...

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Nude Beach at 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach

Nude Beach's album II gets it's Other Music Recording Company re-release this week and with it a couple parties. The band play Other Music tonight (8/13) at 8PM which is FREE but limited capacity, followed by a show at Union Pool on Thursday (8/16) with Swearin', Golden Clouds and Yogurt Brain. If you haven't heard the album -- which came out in limited release earlier this year -- it's recommended for fans of The Replacements, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Big Star and melodic punk with a dash of Americana. Stream it all at Spin.

In true Nude Beach fashion, the band has packed in yet another show, this time scheduled for the end of the summer at Death by Audio on August 29 with Naomi Punk, Sleepies and Shoxx.

Full tour dates are below, along with some Nude Beach II streams. West coasters and homies in the Rocky Mountains, look out for the band this fall... details forthwith. UPDATE, West coast/Midwest dates added.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADAllo Darlin' - Dreaming (MP3)
DOWNLOADAllo Darlin' - My Heart is a Drummer (MP3)

The Woods
Sleepies

Allo Darlin only played two shows during CMJ (their guitarist had to fly back to England for a wedding on Friday) and suffered dual indignaties last Thursday: the atrocious sound at The Woods for their day show and then having to play Kenny's Castaways.  I thought Elizabeth Morris was going to kill the sound guy at the Woods, but they persevered despite the omnipresent feedback.

They're back this Saturday, playing The Rock Shop as part of the Mondo! Halloween Party. They go on at 11pm - it's dj's the rest of the night (costumes encouraged). I know Saturday is main party night for Halloween stuff, but make room for this if you can. The band just released a new video for single "My Heart is a Drummer" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Their debut album just got its North American release a couple weeks ago and you should definitely pick it up. And definitely definitely go see them. Hopefully they'll be back sooner than later.

Another set of pictures from the Woods show, continues below...

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