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Sonny & the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets released Antenna to the Afterworld last spring, a concept album about an alien visiting earth that took the band's usually folk-leaning sound in new directions. While the prolific Smith is no doubt nearing completion on a new album, he does have a song on a brand new compilation titled I Need You Bad, which collects new songs from "a buncha bands from Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland." The record, out now on Polyvinyl, also features Warm Soda, Jessica Pratt, Tim Cohen's Magic Trick and lots more. (The whole thing is pretty good.) Sonny & the Sunsets contribute "Those Drawings I Told You About" which you can stream below.

The band were last in NYC for the Northside Festival and while they haven't announced any new East Coast shows,  Sonny & the Sunsets will open for Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on a few West Coast dates and those are listed below. Meanwhile, Sonny Smith sent us his "favorite stuff and events of 2013." Some of it is musically oriented, but there's also some current events in there too. You can read his list below.

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Screaming Females @ MHOW in February (more by Caroline Harrison)
Screaming Females

today in NYC
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ The Stone
* Tempers @ Home Sweet Home
* Freestyle Love Supreme @ Joe's Pub
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Advaeta, Girl Toy, Habibi @ Silent Barn
* Fall Out Boy, New Politics @ Terminal 5
* Dave Davies (of The Kinks) @ City Winery
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Nightlands, Deradoorian @ Mercury Lounge
* The Monochrome Set, Dot Dash @ Maxwell's
* Fitz & The Tantrums @ iHeartRadio Theater
* Vinyl Williams, Lushes, Images @ Glasslands
* Screening of Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive @ UCB
* Imaginary Cities, Bird Courage @ SubCulture
* Skunkmello, Thick As Thieves @ Cameo Gallery
* Garabedian/Sacks/Sperrazza Plus One @ Barbes
Snowmine, Weekend @ Brooklyn Denim Company
* Half Waif, Rachel Brotman, Emilie Weibel @ Union Hall
* Weedeater, Blackout, Polygamyst, Godmaker @ Saint Vitus
* Pajama People, Zula, Courtship Ritual, My Body @ Big Snow
* Anders Parker & Kendall Meade, Chris Mills @ Mercury Lounge
* Weed, Call Of The Wild, Cacadia, Giant Peach @ Death By Audio
Marina & The Diamonds, Charli XCX @ Central Park Summerstage
* The Thermals, Screaming Females, Black Wine @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sahsa Dobson, James Casey, Justin Purtill @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Kleenex Girl Wonder, Bedfellows, Rohypnotise, Della Mae @ Pianos
Lydia Lunch, Weasel Walter, Bob Bert, Algiz Kizys @ Bowery Electric
* Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto-"s", Melmann @ Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
* The Hungry March Band, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Joro Boro @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Greaf Saunier (of Deerhoof), Jetblack Bullseye, bluebird, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Santos Party House
* Napoleon, Arrows In Her, Gatherer, Andu Schuman and Dark Horse, Engloria, Colleen Pelletier @ Studio at Webster Hall

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Sonny & the Sunsets, who will be here for the Northside Festival, have a new video for their track "Palmreader" from their upcoming LP, Antenna To The Afterworld. What starts as a nice day in the park goes quickly awry, with blood and limbs flying. Watch it below.

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by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, Sonny & the Sunsets were one of the many just-announced additions to this year's Northside Festival line-up. His show happens on Friday, June 14 at Knitting Factory and is an early one (7:30 PM set time). Tickets are on sale now, or you can use your Northside badge. The show is part of a growing tour and all known dates are listed below.

The show happens the same week as Sonny's new album, Antenna To the Afterworld, is released via Polyvinyl. You can stream first single, "Dark Corners," below.

In other news, Sonny & the Sunsets have two Record Store Day 2013 releases. One is a vinyl repressing of his lovely 2010 album Tomorrow is Alright which had a tiny initial run. The second is a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" on one side of the 7" and a cover of the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" on the flip. You can stream his creative take on "Imagine" below.

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by Bill Pearis

Sonny & the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets are veering into new wave territory on Antenna to the Afterworld, due out June 11 on Polyvinyl. The murder of a friend and a subsequent visit to a psychic inspired the lyrics on the new album which Sonny imagines himself as a visitor from another planet. We all feel like an alien sometimes. The somewhat fantastical lyrics then inspired the new musical direction. You can stream LP track "Dark Corners" and watch a trailer for the album below.

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As you may remember, Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion released their debut album over the summer and sounds more like something from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack than something from their NYC borrough in 2012. You can stream the whole thing below. The band recently appeared on long-running NPR show Mountain Stage (taped in West Virginia) alongside Dr. Dog, the Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, and Red Wanting Blue and that episode airs this week, check here for a station near you and look for the episode to go up on their archive next week.

Meanwhile, Spirit Family Reunion have a few live shows coming up, including New Year's Eve in NYC, playing Pianos with Christopher Paul Stelling. Tickets are $15 and include a champagne toast at midnight.

The band were also kind enough to send us their Top 10 LPs of 2012 and if you're expecting a bunch of Bill Monroe reissues on the list, you'd be wrong. Their list includes Ty Segall and Leonard Cohen who maybe they're going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden? Check out their full list below, along with a stream of their album and a list of all upcoming tour dates.

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by Andrew Frisicano

Sonny & the Sunsets @ Mercury Lounge (photo by tubaguitar)
Sonny and the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets, on tour in support of new album Longtime Companion, visited Mercury Lounge Thursday night. The band played Maxwell's the day before, and has one more NYC show--Saturday, August 18 at Glasslands with Magic Trick--before they leave town.

At Mercury Lounge, frontman Sonny Smith seemed to be in good spirits, despite the country-tinged new record focusing mainly on the breakup of his decade-long relationship (though maybe it's a Smoky Robinson "Tears of a Clown" type thing). Either way, Smith chatted throughout the set, quipping with his band and the audience. As a showman, Smith is energetic, engaging and pretty hilarious. He crawled into the crowd to sing a bunch of tunes and had one woman hold the mic while he yelped into it.

The setlist drew from a few of the prolific songwriter's projects, including a bunch from Tomorrow is Alright ("Death Cream" "Bad Vibes and Evil Thoughts" "Too Young to Burn" "Planet of Women") and Hit After Hit ("Heart of Sadness," "Reflections on Youth"). In addition to Longtime Companion, Smith recently re-released an album titled One Act Plays, which wouldn't surprise anyone in the crowd. On a few occasions, Sonny's lyrics seemed more like monologues than songs, as he riffed on alien-love and space travel. The touring band, a five-piece band, didn't include the pedal steel, which sounds so sweet on the new album, but still the solid band served as a good foil to Sonny's freewheeling act and expressive drawl.

Magic Trick, the psych-folk project of Fresh & Onlys singer Tim Cohen, opened. I only caught part of the set but did hear "Invisible at Midnight" off his excellent new LP Ruler of the Night. The band ditched the album's more experimental arrangements for a straight ahead approach, which forefronted Cohen's deadpan baritone and mystical lyrics (look for more of both on the new Fresh & Only's LP later this year).

Check out a video from the Mercury show below.

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Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Russian Circles

today in NYC
* K.Flay @ Moscot
* Jarana Beat @ Barbes
* Raya Brass Band @ Barbes
* Scott Smallwood @ The Stone
* Jennifer Hartswick @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Birthmark, Town Hall @ The Rock Shop
* Microcosm: Sonic Territories @ The Stone
* Raquel Cion: Gilding the Lonely @ Joe's Pub
* Speculator, Cool World, Eola @ Shea Stadium
* Chicago, The Doobie Brothers @ Jones Beach
* Less Than Jake, Catch 22 @ Starland Ballroom
* Marina And The Diamonds, MS MR @ Webster Hall
* Telephoned, Psychobuildings @ Knitting Factory
* Famoro Diouabate, Blazer Sound System @ Zebulon
* Amy Lynn & the Gunshow,Shayna Steele @ Joe's Pub
* Mindtroll, Kate Ferencz, Cat Butts, Priests @ Big Snow
* The Queers, Agent Orange, Flat Tires @ Rocks Off Cruises
* Emma Donovan, High Highs, George Byrne @ Summerstage
* Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, T. Valentine @ Union Pool
* Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe, Marriages @ Highline Ballroom
* The Kills, Black Bananas, Viva Viva @ Hudson River Park Pier 63
* Night Shining, The Golden Age of Piracy, Cotter, Sumak @ Cameo Gallery
* Airiel, Screen Vinyl Image, The Stargazer Lilies, Luxa @ Cake Shop
* Sonny and the Sunsets, MAGIC TRICK, Sam Jayne (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Maxxi Soundsystem, JDH & Dave P, Paul Raffaele @ (le) poisson rouge
* Protomartyr, Parquet Courts, Bandname, Family Curse @ Death By Audio
* K-Holes, Viva L'American Death Ray Music, Turn To Crime @ Union Pool
* Dashboard Confessional, Tallhart, Elle King @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Motive, The Can't Tells, The Harmonica Lewinskies, Intensive Care @ Pianos
* Floating Points, Jacques Greene, Secret Circuit, Hieroglyphic Being @ P.S.1
* Husky, Sheppard, High Highs, George Byrne, Maya Jupiter and Friends @ Summerstage
* Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Menahan Street Band @ Williamsburg Park
* Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Kurt Baker, The Challenged, The Naturals @ Knitting Factory
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Filthy Savage, The Psyched, EULA, Big Ups, The Numerators, Yeah Well Whatever @ 929 XPO
* Tokyo Police Club, Vacationer, Shinobi Ninja, Body Language, Lights Resolve, We Barbarians, The Nightmare River Band @ Pier A

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Today is the final installment of the 2012 Summer Thunder series at Union Pool with K-Holes, Viva L'American Death Ray Music, and Turn To Crime. Fun starts at 3PM. Free.

At the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, it's the closing party for Rooftop Films 2012 season with a program of short films and music from Beacon.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Antibalas play a free show at Williamsburg Park tonight with The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow opening. 5 PM doors.

Sonny & the Sunsets wrap up a three-show NYC-area run tonight at Glasslands with Magic Trick (Tim of Fresh & Onlys' other band). Tickets are still available and is highly-recommended. Check out the video for Sonny & the Sunsets' "Pretend You Love Me" below.

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High on Fire is BACK with a new video for "Fertile Green". Glad to hear that Matt Pike is on the road back to good health.

You haven't really heard New Order's "Blue Monday" till you've heard it sung by a Welsh male choir. You can watch Brythoniad Male Voice Choir take on this indie disco staple below.

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Tickets for the Os Mutantes shows at LPR went on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Junip show at LPR went on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Perfume Genius and Dusted show at LPR go on sale Monday (8/6) at 10 AM. Tickets for their MHOW show go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon.

Jozef Van Wissem and Noveller are playing Le Poisson Rouge on September 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mono shows at LPR and Glasslands are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mount Eerie show at LPR are on sale now.

Tickets are still available for John Talabot (DJ) and Jamie xx's LPR show on Saturday (8/4). Tickets are also still available for John Talabot's live show at the same venue, which happens on September 27.

Langhorne Slim plays Brooklyn Bowl on October 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Circa Survive tour which Touche Amore is supporting on, has been expanded and now includes a second NYC area show, which happens on October 27 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets for that show went on sale today at noon.

Missy Higgins, one day before she opens for Gotye in Camden, three days after she opens for him at Radio City, and one day after Gotye plays Williamsburg Park (which she does not open), plays her own NYC show at The Bell House on September 28 with Butterfly Boucher. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Those Darlins (who recently opened for Best Coast) and Heavy Cream play Glasslands on October 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, Sonny & the Sunsets are touring with Magic Trick and hitting NYC for three area shows this month. We're giving away a pair of tickets for the Maxwell's show (8/15). Details on how to enter are below.

Hospitality are playing Brooklyn Bowl on August 31. It's FREE with RSVP or $5 at the door. The show is right in the middle of a tour that Hospitality is going on with TEEN.

Sonny & the Sunsets contest details are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sonny Smith - Over the Border and Into the Night (MP3)

Sonny & the Sunsets have added another NYC area show to happen while they're here in in August. In addition to dates at Mercury Lounge (8/16) and Glasslands (8/18) the band will also play Maxwell's on August 15 and tickets for that show are on sale.

Sonny's new terrific new album, Longtime Companion, is out June 26, and he also just got his 2005 album One Act Plays reissued on vinyl via Secret Seven Records. The album features guest appearances from Neko Case, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel, Rico Bell, Jolie Holland, Peggy Honeywell, Virgil Shaw, Eugene & Akire Chen, Andy Cabic, and John Dwyer. The album's got an interesting backstory and we'll let Sonny fill you in:

The songs on One Act Plays started out as real one act plays written for the theater. But in writing them I began to make them songs at some point. I can't remember when this mysterious shift happened. However, ultimately the plays as songs were performed on stage in a play called The Dangerous Stranger, so somehow it came full circle. The Dangerous Stranger was supposed to be about reality being the dangerous intruder of fantasy, and fantasy being a dangerous intruder to reality. I can't remember if the play was successful at conveying this idea at all. That was the kinda stuff on my mind at the time I guess. I had a few influences at the time I was writing them. One was Terry Allen's Juarez, a concept record with recurring characters. Also I was really into Sam Shepard at the same time so I was reading a lot of his stuff. A few of the songs, like 'Eddie and Rita' even have some stage directions lifted directly from one of his plays. The song 'Following Father' took a bunch of facts from my dad's cousin, a Texan who always had some get rich quick scheme that never lasted. I was trying to make some kind of Tennessee Williams like thing apparently. Epic! Large! Family! Redemption! Well, anyway, most of these plays are fictional, except for 'Freaks In Space' and 'Honey Roy Rockwell'. Those two are the complete truth. The terrible truth.
You can download "Over the Border and Into the Night" from the album at the top of this post. Only 400 copies of One Act Plays were pressed and you can order one here. Secret Seven will also release the second volume of their San Francisco artists In a Cloud series on July 17 which features previously unreleased cuts by Sonny & the Sunsets, Vetiver, Ty Segall, Hannah Lew (of Grass Widow), Kelley Stoltz, Tim Cohen, The Papercuts and more. It's only being released on vinyl but you can stream the whole compilation below.

And in more Sonny Smith news, they just released the third in his "100 Records" series in which he wrote and recorded 100 songs under the guise of 100 different fictional bands. Some of those, like "Year of the Cock" have ended up on actual Sunsets albums (in that case, his new one), others haven't. You can stream a few from Vol. 3 below and order the vinyl here.

All song streams and a list of updated dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sonny & the Sunsets - I See the Void (MP3)

Sonny & the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets are back with a new album, Longtime Companion, which will be their first for Polyvinyl. It's a breakup record, written and recorded during the dissolution of his relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years. Appropriately, it's also a country record (well, country-ish), augmenting the Sunsets with members of his other band, The Fuckaroos. (Is that a Dreamcatcher reference?) Despite the circumstances, Smith embues the songs with pathos and a wry sense of humor. (All his records are a little sad anyway.) You can download "I See the Void" at the top of this post and stream another LP track below. Longtime Companion is out June 26 but if you pre-order via Polyvinyl's website you get the MP3s right now.

While no full set of tour dates have been announced yet, Sonny & the Sunsets have scheduled a few shows including two NYC shows in August: Mercury Lounge on 8/16 with Magic Trick and Glasslands on 8/18 with Love as Laughter. (UPDATE: Tim from LaL DJs, but the band doesn't play. Magic Trick opens.)Tickets to the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon and tickets to the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (6/1) at 7 AM. All currently known Sonny & the Sunsets dates are listed below, along with the track stream.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOADSonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOADCraft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
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Ferrus B

Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.

Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.

It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.

Metronomy
Metronomy

The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:

The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads  ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."
It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).

Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).

If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.

Sonny
Sonny

What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:

Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."

At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.

Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."

Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.

The Night Beats
Night Beats

Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.

The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:

I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.
Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30)  -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.

The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!

Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.

The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Psychic Paramount

Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Psychic Paramount

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.

There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.

Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.

Metronomy aren't the only Mercury Prize nominees in town this week. Anna Calvi plays tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.

Out at Bushwick's Brooklyn Fireproof, you can see The Gytters (who I wrote about last week) and Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man... along with Nighty Night and Beat People.

The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.

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Kingdom @ PS1 in 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Kingdom

Speaking of Nguzunguzu, they played a show last month at New Museum with Kingdom, whose label their most recent EP was released on. Kingdom has shows coming up too including two in NYC. He plays a TURBOTAX hosted party on Friday, July 22 at The Cove with Distal, Shigeto, and others. On July 31 he plays a free RCRD LBL Rock-A-Way Summer party at Rockaway Beach with JEFF the Brotherhood and (the band named) Friends (RSVP required). Fliers for both NYC shows are below.

JEFF the Brotherood returns to NYC in August as part of their tour with Pentagram.

Kingdom recently revealed the track "Take Me" which will be released on July 26 via Fool's Gold as a single b/w "If You Buck." Naomi Allen of Electrik Red contributed vocals to the track. Listen to it at Pitchfork.

Friends, who are on the Rockaway Beach bill, recently made a video for their track "Friend Crush" off the 7" single that you can download/stream on their bandcamp. They also play NYC the night before the Rockaway Beach party on July 30 at Glasslands with Sonny & the Sunsets, The Sandwitches, and Carnivores. Tickets are still on sale. The show is the last of a Sonny & the Sunsets/The Sandwitches' tour which also hits Mercury Lounge the night before (7/29). Tickets for the Mercury show are still on sale too.

All tour dates, fliers & stuff below...

Continue reading "Kingdom releasing a single, playing free show w/ JEFF the Brotherhood & other dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)

Sonny and the Sunsets

Sonny and the Sunsets released their new album, Hit After Hit, this week on Fat Possum. You can download "I Wanna Do It" at the top of this post and stream the album in its entirety over at Spinner. Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."

At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.

Sonny and the Sunsets will be here in July, playing Mercury Lounge on 7/29 (tickets are on-sale Friday [4/15]) and Glasslands on 7/30. All upcoming tour dates are after the jump.

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by Bill Pearis

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Casiokids
Casiokids

Didn't the weeks leading up to CMJ used to be a little calmer? I feel like we're just going to be pile-driving into that week (Oct 19 -21) with show after worthwhile show. This week / weekend too. Even with Matador 21 and Pop Montreal siphoning lots of big names, this is one of the more more exciting weekends for shows in a long while. For me at least.

Let's start this week with a contest. As previously mentioned, BV/TWII faves Casiokids play Sunday (10/3) night at Glasslands and we've got a pair of tickets to the show plus a copy of the band's CD, Topp stemning på lokal bar, for one lucky person. To enter, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Casiokids" and we'll pick a winner at random. Please note that Glasslands is a 21+ venue.

If you've never seen these Norwegians before, they're a lot of fun and Glasslands should be conducive to their low tech brand of dancepop. Also on the bill: Brahms, Bikini and VonChina. All Casiokids dates below.

Film School
Film School

What else? San Francisco's Film School are in town, playing Glasslands on Thursday (9/30) and Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/1). Both shows are with like-minded New Yorkers The Depreciation Guild with whom they're going on tour. Film School have been doing the dark shoegazy thing since the start of the '00s, back when that sound was fairly unfashionable. But these days the '90s are hot so it's good timing that Film School have released maybe their best album yet, Fission.

I found 2007's Hideout to be murky and meandering, but the band seem really focused this time out. There are still the moody basslines and effects-heavy guitars, but the songs great this time out, and the production feels modern and bright. Some rays of light are peeking through their normally cloudy sound -- hell, their new single is called "Sunny Day." (You can watch the video below.) That song features lead vocals from bassist Lorelei Plotczyk, whose frequent presence behind the mic is one of the reasons Fission works so much better than Hideout. You can download "Heart Full of Pentagons" at the top of this post.

The Glasslands show also has Brooklyn duo Home Video who have been kicking around for half a decade or so and are set to release their second album, The Automatic Process, on November. Download first single "The Smoke" at the top of this post. I don't think I've seen them play live since they opened for Fujiya & Miyagi at Mercury Lounge back in 2006 but I remember thinking they were pretty good. And the new album sounds alright after a couple listens -- synthpop that seems equally inspired by Vince Clark and Thom Yorke.

Kelley Stoltz
Kelley Stoltz

While we're in San Francisco, a reminder that Sonny and the Sunsets and Kelley Stoltz will be here this weekend: Mercury Lounge on Thursday(9/30) and Union Hall on Friday (10/1). Both shows are early ones, especially the Merc show which starts at 7PM. If you like '60s inspired pop at it's finest, do yourself a favor and go see this great double bill.

Stoltz is a charismatic performer, prone to anecdotes, occasional props and obscure impressions. Do pick up is terrific new album, To Dreamers, when it comes out in two weeks. And I'm really looking forward to seeing Sonny and the Sunsets (of which Stoltz is a member) for the first time. Their new album is great. Check out tracks from both of them at the top of this post.

Sub Pop just released a short film on the making of Stoltz new record, To Dreamers, made by the Yours Truly folks, which shows off his literal DIY approach to analog recording. It's funny and charming, just like Stoltz. Watch it further down this very post.

Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves

If you're not going to Pop Montreal this weekend, you can get a taste of Canada here in New York as Born Ruffians and Winter Gloves are here playing the Knitting Factory on Friday (10/1) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/2). Born Ruffians are a fine band but have been covered many times here and have been through town many times before. So I'm gonna focus on their touring mates Winter Gloves. The Montrealers schedule and cancel NYC gigs with frequency so now's your chance to see them.

I caught them at M for Montreal in 2008 and they were one of the highlights of that weekend, kind of a slinkier, funkier Tokyo Police Club. Their new album All Red is a lot of fun and they are definitely worth seeing. (They're quite popular in MTL.) Download "Plastic Slides" from the new album at the top of this post.

Foals
Foals

The show I'm most excited about this weekend is Foals who play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (10/1) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (10/2). Both shows are sold out unfortunately, but tickets being released day-of-show isn't an uncommon occurrence.

Foals' new album, Total Life Forever, is one of my contenders for Album of the Year which is not something I was really expecting before I heard it. Where their first album, Antidotes, was all mathy angularity, Total Life Forever has...um... soul? There's also a Big '80s Trevor Horn vibe going on -- the drums on single "Miami" seem to be lifted from Yes' 90125 LP. (Or maybe The Power Station.) It's funky and genuinely danceable, with a lot of heart. Foals used to be easy to like hard to love. Not so hard this time out.

Foals have always been good live, full of nervous energy -- they're the only band I've ever seen puke onstage -- and can't wait to see them with such stronger material.  I can't wait for Saturday.

If you're going to the Bowery show on Friday, definitely get there in time to see openers Esben & the Witch who just signed to Matador and are a bit like Zola Jesus but more interesting to watch live. Their guitarist has the most pedals I've ever seen not counting The Edge. They were pretty good at Glasslands last week.

El Guincho
El Guincho

And finally, El Guincho returns to NYC this week for a string of shows that began last night at Mercury Lounge. He plays Santos tonight (9/29), a free show at Zebulon on Thursday (9/30) and a late night show at Cameo on Friday (10/1).  When I saw him play two years ago at Mercury Lounge opening for Cut Copy it was just Pablo Díaz-Reixa and his sampler, but this time El Guincho is a trio which should make things a lot more interesting and fun.

El Guincho's new album, Pop Negro, eschews the dreamlike haze of his debut (which was a real precursor to the chillwave invasion) for more straight up dance pop that is definitely not low-fi. In his own words:

It's a pop album sung in Spanish. Tracks are based on big syncopated beats, loud kick drums, snares and claps on a very wide stereo image full of different synthesizer timbres, subdivided hi-hats, funk bass, line recorded guitars and multi tracked backing vocals. Production is based on hi-fi aesthetics from the golden era of recordings...the main sentiment is a sort of nostalgic love for the music that I heard on FM radio as a kid/teenager, that "promise" that music gives you, not eternal/eternity because pop music is not supposed to be like that, but that thing you feel when you're on a car with your friends or family and you listen to a certain hit and it makes you think you want to be inside of that. I wanted to write something based on that. Not plain hits, but a whole album that makes you feel that thing, arrangements that can take your mind that state if you know what I mean.
You can download two tracks off Pop Negro at the top of this post.

That's gonna do it for this week. A few daily picks not covered above follow:

WEDNESDAY, September 29

Best Coast swing through town again, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (and MHoW tomorrow). Summer may be over, but Bethany's songs of love and weed still sound good.

If you didn't get enough '90s nostalgia last week with Pavement, former indie rock power couple Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando (they did date, right?)perform together as Jullianna & Evan.  Julianna has intimated she might retire from live shows in the near future, this seems like a good way to see her one last time. They play Thursday too. Both shows are sold out, natch.

THURSDAY, September 30

The forecast is calling for "rain from Tropical Rainstorm" which might put a damper on the night's biggest show, Belle & Sebastian, who play the Williamsburg Waterfront with fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub. A light sprinkle would be fine...B&S' music has always been sort of rainy day music anyway. If you ponyed up the dough for a ticket, do get there early for Teenage Fanclub who were phenomenal at Bowery Ballroom last night. Big hooks, bigger harmonies, positive vibes. Video of them playing Jimmy Fallon is at the bottom of this post.

FRIDAY, October 1

Pennsylvania dream pop band SOARS play Glasslands. Haven't seen them live, but if you're a fan of Slowdive or bands that sound kind of like that, you might want to check them out.

SATURDAY, October 2

Union Hall has a totally weird lineup tonight. Headlining is synthpop act Neighbors, with Year of the Tiger (kind of a more tuneful, less abrasive Sleigh Bells). So far so normal. But opening is Sky Ferreira, who has appeared in Uffie videos and is, if her Myspace is any indication, being bred as a Pop Star. Expect lots of old guys in suits at the show, at least till she finishes her set.

OK that's really it for this week. Tour dates, videos and flyers are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sonny & the Sunsets - Lovin' on an Older Gal (MP3)
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Sonny & the Sunsets & Stoltz
Kelley Stoltz

Kelley Stoltz and Sonny & the Sunsets are going to be tourmates for the next couple of weeks, but they are more than just roadmates... they play in each other's bands. Or to put it another way, when Sonny sings it's the Sunsets, and when Stoltz sings it's his band. That's one way to save on touring.

Their tour includes NYC stops at Mercury Lounge on Thursday, September30 and Union Hall on Friday, October 1. Both are early shows. Both are on sale (click the links).

Stoltz produced Sonny & the Sunsets' Tomorrow is Alright, which also features members of Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys. It's ten songs of laid-back California folky charm, spare but produced just enough to give it flair. Two of those songs are downloadable at the top of this post, including the terrific, melancholic "Too Young to Burn." The record was originally released on vinyl via Soft Abuse but can now be got in digital and CD form through Fat Possum.

Kelley Stoltz
Kelley Stoltz

Meanwhile, Stoltz is set to release his third album for Sub Pop, To Dreamers, on October 12. A devout home taper, this is  definitely his most "produced" record yet, and the first where Stoltz didn't play all the instruments himself. It still, however, continues his obsession with all things Kinks, Beatles, and Bunnymen. (Maybe a little Turtles and Monkeys too.) Check out the crazy-catchy "I Don't Get That" at the top of this post.

After their tour together, Sonny & the Sunsets will tour with Best Coast (whose current tour hits NYC this week) for some Southwest and West Coast dates, as well as dates with Tennis and Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who headline the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase this year).

Then in December, Stoltz will open for his heroes Echo & the Bunnymen on a UK tour. You may remember that Stoltz' first-ever release was Crockodials, a song-by-song redo of the Bunnymen's classic 1980 debut. You can hear his version of "Rescue" at the top of this post.

Aside: Crockodials was also a tribute band he fronted, whose sporadic live shows were the stuff of legend in San Francisco, complete with camo gear, smoke machines and mouthy Ian McCulloch stage banter (Stoltz does a seriously good Mac impersonation). The band included Pavement's Scott Kannberg and now Fresh & Only Shayde Sartin. Crokodials actually perfomed at CMJ 2003 -- a fun if very, very late Arlene's Grocery show the same night the Bunnymen played Webster Hall.

All Kelley Stoltz and Sonny & the Sunsets tour dates -- together and apart -- are below....

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