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photos by Jeff Cate, words by Bill Pearis

Radical Dads at South Street Seaport, 8/18/2013
Radical Dads @ SBS - 8/18/2013

If you don't want it to rain at your next outdoor show, take the time and effort to put up a tent onstage to keep the band dry. The weather forecast on Sunday afternoon (8/18) was muggy and little drops of rain kept threatening to dampen the proceedings for the third week of the 2013 Sound Bites series at South Street Seaport which featured Brooklyn indie rockers Radical Dads. But things stayed mostly dry for another great set (if I do say so, as series booker) as folks watched and tots tumbled on the astroturf lawn on Fulton Street. It was a fun day. Pictures from their set are in this post.

The Sound Bites Series wraps up this Sunday (8/25) with Boston's Bent Shapes. I start DJing around 3 PM and the band will be on at 4 PM sharp. Do come out.

If you missed them, Radical Dads play again on September 7 at Glasslands with Aye Nako (who have other shows as well). Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from Radical Dads' Sound Bites appearance, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Bent Shapes

As mentioned, Boston trio Bent Shapes are set to release their terrific debut album, Feels Weird, on August 20 via Father/Daughter. While most of the record is pretty scrappy, the band do have a dreamy/introspective side, too, which can be heard on the LP's new single, "Hex Maneuvers." You can stream that below.

The band will be in NYC later this month for a record release show at Cake Shop on August 24 with killer support from Two Inch Astronaut, Butter the Children, and Gross Relations; and are also playing Silent Barn on August 29 with Shark? and The Doubts.

If you can't make those shows, or you want to see them again, Bent Shapes are now playing the final installment of my Sound Bites Series at South Street Seaport on Sunday, August 25. (Leapling dropped off the bill.) It happens on the Front/Row stage at the corner of Fulton and Front streets right by Smorgasbar. I DJ starting around 3 PM and the band plays at 4 PM sharp. Free.

This Sunday's (8/18) Sound Bites show is with Radical Dads and do come out for that one too. All Bent Shapes tour dates are listed, along with track streams from the album, below...

Continue reading "Bent Shapes share another song off debut album, added to final Sound Bites Series (updated dates, streams)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Grand Resort @ Sound Bites Series, 8/4/2013
Grand Resort - South Street Seaport, NYC - August 4th, 2013

The Sound Bites Series (which I curate) kicked off Sunday (8/4) at South Street Seaport with Brooklyn indie poppers Grand Resort. The two previous years have been at the Fulton Stall Market, but that is on an August hiatus so Sound Bites is now happening around the corner on the Front/Row stage at Fulton and Front streets. It's right next to Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer. The cobblestone in front of the stage is covered in astroturf which made for a relaxing way to check out the show. It was a lovely day if I do say so myself and pictures from that show are in this post.

Grand Resort's new EP is out this week and if you didn't make it down yesterday, they'll have their release show on Friday (8/9) at Cake Shop with Slonk Donkerson and Dead Young Friends. After that, they'll start their Pianos residency, playing the last three Thursdays in August. They're also on the bill for the Out in the Streets festival at Vander-Ende Onderdonk House later this month.

The Sound Bites Series continues every Sunday in August. This week (8/11) is with Philadelphia's Literature. They were one of my favorite band's at this year's NYC Popfest and am really excited to have them play. With the move to the Front/Row stage, the start time has shifted one hour later: I DJ at 3 PM and the band plays at 4 PM. Still free.

More pictures from Grand Resort at Sound Bites below...

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by Bill Pearis

Radical Dads
Radical Dads

In addition to the Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots which both happen this summer on Pier 17, I'm happy to report that the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, shameless plug) will return for its fourth year at the Seaport's Fulton Stall Market every Sunday afternoon in August. UPDATE: Fulton Stall Market is going on break in August, so shows will now happen at the Front/Row Stage on the corner of Fulton and Front (right by Smorgasbar).

UPDATE #2: Leapling have dropped out, unfortunately, but happily we got Boston's Bent Shapes to take their slot on 8/25. They also play the night before at Cake Shop.

This year's line-up is:

August 4: Grand Resort

August 11: Literature

August 18: Radical Dads

August 25: Bent Shapes

There will be a DJ (probably me) at 3PM with the bands playing at 4PM and it's all free.

Some of these bands are playing before that. You can catch Philadelphia's Literature tonight at Cake Shop with Georgia indie bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions, as well as locals The Hairs. That's an extremely solid bill of energetic indie pop.

Grand Resort's next NYC show will be at Glasslands on July 18 with headliners The Beets, plus Wild Yaks and Army Men. Tickets are on sale.

Radical Dads are currently touring Japan but will play The Rock Shop on July 20 with Bear Ceuse, The Can't Tells and Amy Klein.

Streams of all four bands playing the 2013 Sound Bites series this year are below.

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photos by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis

Ski Lodge at Fulton Stall Market, 8/26/2012
Ski Lodge

This year's Sound Bites Series at the Fulton Stall Market wrapped up Sunday (8/26) with a set from Ski Lodge. (As mentioned before, I curate this series, full disclosure etc.) This was the first show the band had played in a while, as the band have been busy finishing up their debut album which will be out in early 2013. The band threw in some of that new material in between singles "I Would Die to Be" and "A Game."

Ski Lodge don't have any upcoming shows lined up at the moment, but the band will be out and about for CMJ so look for them at a day party near you. More pictures from Sunday are at the bottom of this post.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Caged Animals at Fulton Stall Market 8/19/2012
Caged Animals

Sunday (8/19) was the third installment of this year's Sound Bites Series (that I curate, full disclosure) that happened down at Fulton Stall Market. Caged Animals, who've played the BV-curated Brooklyn Night Bazar show and SXSW showcase in the past year, did a someone stripped-down acoustic show for a mix of fans and tourists and the band's laid-back, positive vibe made for a chill Sunday afternoon.

Caged Animals have been busy this summer making their new album, which ended up turning into two new records. The first is a concept EP that'll be out in November, with their proper new album due early 2013. Meanwhile, the band's next show is September 8 at Muchmore's with Give To Light + Rosy Street.

This Sunday (8/26) is the final Sound Bites show of the season, with Ski Lodge. As always, I'll be DJing an hour or so beforehand and the band will be on at 3PM. More info here. More pictures from Caged Animals set are below.

Continue reading "Caged Animals played Fulton Stall Market (pics), prep two new records"

by Bill Pearis

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Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers will be here this weekened playing the curated-by-me Sound Bites Series on Sunday (8/12) afternoon at the Fulton Stall Market. I'll be DJing from 2PM and the band goes on at 3PM sharp. It's free. Were you wondering about their taste in vegetables?

Daniel: Carrots. I like to juice them.
Jonathan: Carrots too. I like to crunch em.
Nicole: Green Beans because they go with everything!

What's your least favorite and why?

Daniel: I like okra but sometimes okra can be kinda weird. I hope Okra doesn't read this!
Jonathan: Onion. Texture. Taste. Overrides everything. I don't dig.
Nicole: Radishes but they're not bad. Just not a staple.

Eternal Summers have added a show while they're in NYC, playing 285 Kent on Saturday night (8/11) with Dinowalrus, Life Sized Maps and Grand Resort. If you have yet to listen to the band's great new LP, Correct Behavior, you can grab "You Kill" at the top of this post and stream the entire album via Spotify below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers playing 285 Kent before Fulton Stall Market"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Habibi at Fullton Stall Market 8/05/2012

Brooklyn's Habibi kicked off the 2012 Sound Bites Series down at Fullton Stall Markets on Sunday afternoon (8/5). This is the third year I've booked this little concert series and the third stage location we've done it. The stage is now set up on Beekman street sidewalk just off South St which is probably the best place we've had it, as it didn't conflict with the folks trying to get to the different farm stands but was still basically right there with the market. (It also will allow bands to play a little longer/louder than last year.) Habibi, who are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut LP, sounded great if I do say so, despite some humidity-induced fret problems that guitarist Caroline worked around with good humor.

Habibi will open for Chain & the Gang and Calvin Johnson at 285 Kent on Thursday (8/9) and next month will be on a tour with Vetiver which includes a show at Glasslands on September 21.

The Sound Bites Series happens every Sunday afternoon in August. This Sunday (8/12) is Eternal Summers.

More pics from Sunday's show below...

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by Bill Pearis

Vetiver at BXSXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)

San Francisco's Vetiver will tour the East Coast tour next month, with two upcoming NYC shows: He'll play Glasslands on September 21 and then the recently-relocated ATP NY the next night (9/22). Tickets to Glasslands and ATP are on sale now.

Joining Vetiver for the tour will be Brooklyn's Habibi, who you can see this Sunday, August 5, the kickoff of this year's Sound Bites Series at the Fulton Stall Market (which, full disclosure, I curate). The show is free and happens at 3PM sharp. I'll be DJing before the band if you care to come early. I interviewed Habibi singer Rahill Jamalifard over at Sound Bites who relayed this anecdote about touring with King Tuff earlier this year:

We played at Johnny Brendas in Philly... They were kind enough to bring out a generous sized hummus plate for us and King Tuff before our show. The King Tuff boys hadn't come into the bar yet and we basically bodied the whole thing and did some heavy heavy damage, to the point where the manager asked us kindly to please leave some for the other band. We laughed inside but cried a little too.
OK Vetiver, you've been warned. Guard your snacks. All Vetiver/Habibi tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Vetiver touring with Habibi (who play Fulton Stall Market this weekend) -- 2012 tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

Habibi at NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Habibi, Eternal Summers, Caged Animals and Ski Lodge will be this year's lineup for the third Sound Bites series which will take place Sunday afternoons in August at the Fulton Stall Market by South Street Seaport... which I curate. (Shameless plug). There will be a DJ (probably me) at 2PM with the bands playing at 3PM and it's all free. The schedule is this:

August 5: Habibi
August 12: Eternal Summers
August 19: Caged Animals
August 26: Ski Lodge
Habibi will be opening for King Tuff for a few dates, including the show at 285 Kent on June 9. The band have also just made their first music video, "Tomboy," which you can watch below and features guest appearance by some other bands you may recognize.

Eternal Summers, meanwhile, just announced a late show at Mercury Lounge on July 26 which is most likely a record release show for their fantastic new album Correct Behavior (one of my favorites of 2012 so far) which is out July 24. Check out the video for "Millions" at the bottom of this post. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 8. No openers listed yet.

Caged Animals, meanwhile, just released a video for a new song, "This Summer I'll Make it Up To You," which is off their This Summer EP which is out June 12 on Lucky Number. Caged Animals are also playing Saturday (6/2) at Bobby Redd Project Space in Bushwick with Kent Odessa, Bright Future, Sagopalm and The Zabalas.

And Ski Lodge are next playing Pianos on June 13 with Cool Serbia, The Hudson Branch and new Kanine Records signing Beach Day. Ski Lodge also have a new video for "A Game" which you can watch below. Their debut album will be out later this year.

Tour dates for Habibi and Eternal Summers, and videos for all four bands, are below.

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