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Temples / Here We Go Magic / Spires @ River Rocks 8/7/2014
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River Rocks wrapped up its 2014 season with UK band Temples, whose chiming brand of '60s poppy psych and '70s glam hairstyles brought the biggest crowds to Pier 84 this year. Their 10-song set hit most of the highlights from their debut album, Sun Structures, plus a couple non-LP tracks as well. Opening were Here We Go Magic, and brothers-in-vibe Spires (who played with Temples at Union Pool last year). Another lovely evening, with an especially picaresque sunset, on the Hudson. Pictures from the evening and Temples' setlist are in this post.

Temples' tour stays in the NY-area this weekend, playing again with Spires tonight (8/8) at Asbury Lanes, and then hitting the Surf Lodge in Montauk on Saturday (8/9) which is free. They'll then be back in October, on tour with The Districts. More pics from the River Rocks show below...

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The Deli NYC Issue #39 (10th Anniversary)
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UPDATE: The McKibbin Loft vacate notices mentioned below have now caused The Deli 10th Anniversary party to move to Brooklyn Fireproof. Details TBA.

The Deli Mag has been chronicling the local scene (in NYC and other cities) and talking recording gear for 10 years, and they're celebrating a decade in print with a few parties. with Higher Animals, EULA, Melody Joy, Deathrow Tull, The Pluto Moons, Paxico Records, Joya Bravo, and Rue Brown, with a special Brooklyn Wildlife set featuring Ohene Cornelius, Johnny Voltik, Tyquan Sounds, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky and more. Also playing, legendary junglist DJ Soul Slinger, plus a BBQ, tattoo artists and more. The party starts at 4 PM and the flyer is below. As mentioned above, this was originally supposed to be at McKibbin Lofts but is now happening at Brooklyn Fireproof. Stay tuned for details.

Then next weekend The Deli will take over Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The Friday, August 1 show is with Drowners, Spires, Mainland, The Can't Tells, and Little Racer. The Saturday, August 2 show is with Diane Birch, Secret Someones, 5J Barrow, The Prettiots and Poor Remy. Those shows, like most at BK Bazaar, are free and open to the public. You can also RSVP to skip the line.

And in related news, Gothamist reports that a few of the tenants living in McKibbin Lofts basement spaces have been ordered to vacate with a notice saying "the Department of Buildings has determined that conditions in this premises are immediately perilous to life." Lit Lounge is due to open its Bushwick location in McKibbin this fall.

Deli party flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cookies

The multifarious Ian North (singer, guitarist, synthesist, producer and songwriter) was the leader of Long Island's finest contribution to wimp rock, Milk 'n' Cookies, who were playing dingy New York bars in their cute baseball uniforms when a visiting tycoon took them to England in hopes of making them a hit machine in the Anglo-pop sweepstakes. The band's sole LP -- recorded in 1975 but released two years later -- is full of catchy melodies, twee lyrics and energetic fizz-pop guitar hooks. Awfully early for the power pop revival, it never was very popular; however, fans of bands like Shoes and Sparks might appreciate its preciously naïve charms. - [Trouser Press]
Not to be confused with Chicago's "ice devouring sex tornados" of the same name, shortlived mid-'70s Long Island band Milk 'n' Cookies are having a bit of a resurgence. The band's nasally powerpop sound can be seen as a blueprint for the kind of music that is Burger Records' bread and butter, and Captured Tracks repressed Milk n' Cookies' single "Not Enough Girls in the World" this year for Record Store Day. There are more reissues on the way, as C/T has a full-length release planned for November (perhaps a reissue of the band's sole album, which is on C/T's store page but currently just links to the LP's Discogs page). You can listen to a few Milk 'n' Cookies songs below.

Milk 'n' Cookies are also back in action. They play the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, CA over Independence Day Weekend. Right before that, they'll play a warm-up gig in NYC at Baby's All Right on July 3 with Spires and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

Streams and NYC show flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.

The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).

All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.

Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.

photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis

The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014
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With a new album and an impending appearance at this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, UK band The Horrors stopped in NYC last night (4/29) to play a free show at House of Vans. Cold, rainy anorak weather and the venue's warehouse space made for a good setting for The Horrors' widescreen, if gloomy, rock. As the new Luminious isn't out till next week (5/6), the band opened with a few older songs: "Mirror's Image" and "Scarlett Fields" from 2009's Primary Colours, and "I Can See Through You" from 2011's Skying in between.

The Horrors' 10-song set only hit on three of Luminous' tracks: the lovely "I See You," plus the Madchester-funky "In and Out of Sight" and current, Chameleons-esque single "So Now You Know." I wish they'd played a couple more, especially "Change Your Mind," the closest the band has ever come to a ballad and maybe the best song on the album. HoV's boomy acoustics work well with the band's spacey sound which is miles away from their gothpunk days of "Sheena is a Parasite" (they didn't play anything from their first album). Despite using cool old fashioned film loop projections, The Horrors are not the most engaging band to watch, but if your goal is to close your eyes and bliss out, they sounded pretty good.

Opening the night were locals Spires who have gone under some renovations in the past couple months, changing drummers, second guitar and adding a third who also played keyboard. They're still making jangly psych-pop, but sound a little less overtly '60s retro (though perhaps more '80s "Paisley Underground" retro). In between sets, Darkside's Dave Harrington kept things hopping on the decks.

Pictures of the whole evening and Horrors' setlist are in this post. More below...

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APTBS @ MHOW 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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A Place to Bury Strangers are putting the finishing touches on their fourth album which should be out late summer / early fall 2014. If you'd like to hear the album before that, the band are going to be testing out new songs from the LP at Brooklyn's The Wick on May 15. Spires (who open for The Horrors tonight) and APTBS' DbA buddies Grooms are opening. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Before that, A Place to Bury Strangers will play the kickoff party for the Psycho de Mayo Festival which happens at Santa Ana, CA's The Observatory Constellation Room on May 10 with Gnod and Cold Showers. They'll then be DJs at the actual Psycho de Mayo Fest which also happens at the Observatory (same locale as Burgerama III) on May 11 and features Pentagram, Suuns, Saint Vitus, Prince Rama, Dead Moon and more. Full lineup and Psycho de Mayo flyer below...

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Horrors

The Horrors have a new album, Luminous, out May 6 and will be visiting North America for Austin Psych Fest next weekend. On their way there, The Horrors will play Brooklyn's House of Vans on April 29 with openers Spires. The show is free but you must RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@gmail.com with "Classic & Brooklyn" in the subject line.

The Horrors will also play Los Angeles before Psych Fest. All dates are listed, along with the video for "So Now You Know," below...

Continue reading "The Horrors playing NYC and L.A. before Austin Psych Fest, including free House of Vans show with Spires"

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
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The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.

Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!

Check out the list and stream the playlist below...

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Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
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As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.

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

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

Allah-Las @ Webster Hall, April 2013 (more by Joe McCabe)
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Allah-Las are releasing a new, limited edition 7" via Innovative Leisure this week (1/14) -- it's more of their catchy, '60s-style 12-string jangle and you can stream the A-side, "Had it All," below. The vinyl already sold-out on pre-order but you can get it digitally via iTunes.

The band have saved a few copies, however, for their recently rescheduled Rough Trade NYC show which is now happening on March 27 (rescheduled from December). Spires are opening and that show is now sold out. No other tour dates have been announced apart from their appearance at Orange County, CA's Burgerama III in March.

Single stream and video below...

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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

TOY @ Glasslands, 1/9/2014
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All you could see was hair. Like true shoegazers, UK band TOY stayed hunched over their instruments for most of last night's Glasslands set (2/9) with frontman Tom Dougall coming up for air occasionally for vocal duty. Mostly though they vibrated on the same harmonic frequency, hammering at their instruments on a motorik groove.

This was TOY's first New York show, though they'd tried to come twice previously only to be felled by visa issues. It was worth the wait. They were genuinely terrific from opening salvo "Left Myself Behind" through to the uber-krauty title track of their new album Join the Dots which closed the night. If you have any kind of proclivity for this sort of thing (anywhere from Swervedriver to The Horrors) they are definitely worth seeing.

NYC gets another chance tonight (1/10) at Mercury Lounge, it's a late show (doors 10:30) with likeminded locals Spires on first. Tickets are still available, but apparently not many left. The band will then play a handful of other North American shows, and then will be back over in May for Austin Psych Fest. All dates are listed below.

Before TOY were Austin's Feathers who are stopping in NYC for a couple shows before jetting to Europe for a few dates opening for Depeche Mode. The band, sporting a new line-up backing creative head Anastasia Dimou, looked the part and have some catchy songs in the black-clad synthy vein but the band was a little green and it showed -- but the harmonies were on.

The night started with local band Young Boys. On record they're in the gloomy, martial-beat school of post-punk; live their Cramps/Birthday Party side comes out. Shambolic to say the least, but platinum blond frontman is a rabble-rouser and natural frontman.

Pics of Feathers and Young Boys' Glasslands sets, plus more of TOY, below..

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MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

MGMT, Dinosaur Jr., Kuroma @ Barclays Center
MGMT have gone from indie pop stars to weird psych explorers to even weirder psych explorers, and while their more recent material has tons of value (Congratulations is my personal favorite of their records, for what it's worth), it's definitely the strength of those earlier singles that has allowed them to play a venue as big as Barclays Center. So you can probably count on tons of fans wondering what the hell is going on in between "Time to Pretend" and "Kids." Also, the legendary Dinosaur Jr. opens this show, so if you're going, be sure to show up on time for them.

Factory Floor, Cities Aviv, Yvette @ 285 Kent Avenue
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. Live, don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly. Tonight's show is pretty solid with Cities Aviv and Yvette on the bill too. Sold out, but a few tickets will be available at the door if you get there early.

Run The Jewels, White Mandingos, Phony PPL @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the most flat-out fun and totally raw rap albums of the year was Run The Jewels, the collaborative project of El-P and Killer Mike, both fresh off two killer 2012 solo albums (Killer Mike's was produced by El-P). Their live shows are just as fun, and they comprise material off all three of those albums and more. They just played Webster Hall, so in the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg, this should be a blast.

Mutoid Man, Manalive, Summoner @ Saint Vitus Bar
The the epic Cave In and the insane Converge are both incredible bands, and Mutoid Man puts the singer of the former with the drummer of the latter. Together, they manage to keep some of the epicness, some of the insanity, and they give it a huge dose of party rock for great results. They rip.

!!!, Holy Fuck @ Webster Hall
Now based all over the globe, dancepunk group !!! made their best record in ages with this year's Thr!!!er. They're always fun live, and Canadians Holy Fuck should get the party started right.

Diarrhea Planet, Porches, Designer, No Regret's Coyote @ Barnard College
For Barnard College's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), they've brought in a few rockin' bands, including garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet (whose live show is one to remember), and "bummer pop" Exploding In Sound signees Porches.

Salt Cathedral, Truest, Sasha Carlson, Bleeding Rainbow, Brendan Rivera @ Pianos
Philadelphia band Bleeding Rainbow's Yeah Right was one of the year's most underrated records, a roaring album that mixed punk and shoegaze and big choruses. Also on the bill tonight: Sasha Carlson of UK band Splashh.

NGUZUNGUZU, L-Vis 1990, secret guest @ Glasslands
Nguzunguzu have lent their production to Kelela, Le1f, and others, and they make some pretty cool stuff on their own too. Catch them tonight with Night Slugs label boss L-Vis 1990 and a "secret guest."

Small Black, Twintapes, Brothertiger, Lip Talk @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's musical entertainment is headlined by synthpop band Small Black.

Telepathe, Living Days, Village Psychic, Roxy Cottontail (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Speaking of synthpop, Brooklyn duo Telepathe released "Slow Learner" on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label earlier this year. Check them out tonight on this diverse bill.

Pizza Underground @ Baby's All Right
When it comes to pizza-themed rock bands, prefer Personal & the Pizzas, but there's no denying the gawker appeal of this Velvet Underground tribute act who change all the lyrics to be about pizza, featuring Home Alone's Macauley Culkin. This show is early (7PM), free and there will be free pizza. Free pizza!

YLT @ Maxwell's in June (more by PSquared Photography)
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Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. This is night one.

Alarms and Controls, Life Size Maps, Poor Lily @ Cake Shop
The Dischord-signed Alarms and Controls includes members of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus, The Crownhate Ruin, and others, and if you like those bands, the overall '90s Dischord sound, or The Dismemberment Plan, you'll likely dig Alarms and Controls too.

Pompeya, Loveskills, Leverage Models @ Cameo Gallery
If you love Big '80s music like The Associates, Blue Nile, ABC, and (early) Spandau Ballet, you will probably dig the widescreen sounds of Leverage Models who have a firm grasp on that, right down to the saxaphone and syn-toms.

The Dikes of Holland, Stolen Girls, Black Lagoon @ Death By Audio
Tonight's show is headlined by Austin garage punks The Dikes of Holland and you can check out their most recent album, Braindead USA, below.

Peace Arrow, Celestial Shore, Brad Pit, Heaven's Gate, Tonstartsbandht, Softspot, Dada Trash Collage, Baked, Jerry Paper, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
There are a lot of quality local bands on this bill, including aggressively dreamy Heaven's Gate and the somewhat mathy Celestial Shore. It's also a birthday party, so be ready to sing at some point.

A John Waters Christmas @ Stage 48
The director and kitsch connoisseur will be sharing "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories."

Spires @ The Standard, East Village
Spires will be debuting their new line-up tonight at this early show at East Village branch of The Standard hotel chain. The show is free but you need to RSVP by emailing aohayon@standardhotel.com.

Alt-J @ The Studio at Webster Hall
You had to enter SiriusXM's contest to get into this show, but if you did that you'll get a chance to see this now-pretty-famous band in the intimate Studio at Webster Hall.

The Range, Zeljko McMullen, Michael Beharie, Diamond Terrifier @ Trans-Pecos
IDM producer The Range has picked up some speed this year with his acclaimed Nonfiction LP, and tonight he'll be at Todd P's new Trans Pecos venue (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). Saxman/electronic musician Sam Hillmer's (of Zs) Diamond Terrifier project is worth catching too.

Juelz Santana @ BB King's
Diplomats member Juelz Santana has a pretty notable solo career too, and apparently he's working on his first solo album since 2005. Maybe we'll hear some new songs tonight?

Videology's 10th Anniversary Party
Williamsburg's videostore-turned-bar/screening-room/videstore turns 10 years old today. There's a host of special programming in store, plus BV's Bill Pearis will be DJing starting at 11 PM. There's also half-price drinks all night, but you must RSVP to attend.

Chumped, Broadcaster, American Hellfire Club, Remnants @ Lulu's
The self-titled debut EP from Brooklyn's poppy punks Chumped is one of the best EPs of its kind to come out this year, and they were pretty fun at the BV/EIS party last night. This is their last show of 2013, so if you haven't caught them yet and can't wait til next year, don't miss your chance.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
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SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces a ton of more artists"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Spires @ Baby's All Right 10/19/2013
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Spires played a lot of shows during CMJ. Maybe not as many as Joanna Gruesome, but close. And when they weren't playing, they were out and about. It felt like wherever I went that week, there was usually at least one member of Spires there, just hanging out. One of those shows was opening our Saturday party at Baby's All Right where they brought a lot of energy to the tough noon slot. We already posted one set of pictures from their set, and we've now got a second in this post.

Spires released their debut single a couple weeks back and have just put forth the video for its very catchy A-side, "Candyflip," a pretty straightforward performance clip of the band superimposed with crashing waves. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Spires play tonight (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom with Pure Bathing Culture and headliners Widowspeak. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other shows lined up too: opening for UK band Temples at Union Pool on November 26 (tickets); opening for the Allah-Las at Rough Trade NYC on December 6 (tickets); and playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 show with Au Revoir Simone, Splashh, and Grooms.

Dates are listed, plus the music video and more pics from their BV CMJ party performance, below...

Continue reading "Spires made a new video, opening for Widowspeak tonight & other shows ++ more pics from BV CMJ party"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

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

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

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

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

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome
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After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.

Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.

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Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.

After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.

Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.

Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.

We already posted some videos from the show, and pictures of Nothing, as well as Ex Hex and Mac. Pictures and recap from the first half of this show are HERE. The rest is below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 2) -- Joanna Gruesome, Pallbearer, Hop Along, Torres, Jacco Gardner, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck
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Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.

We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.

Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.

After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.

Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).

More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 1) -- Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, King Dude, Spires & more"

Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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We're very excited about the opening of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, near Peter Luger), partially because it's the location of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties, the first of which begins TODAY (10/18) at NOON (hope to see you there!).

Today's BV party ends at 6 PM and our next one starts Saturday at noon, but in between those two shows, Baby's All Right is hosting the VFW Group-presented This Is How We Do It showcase tonight. Music starts at 8 PM, kicking off with electro-classical Brooklynite Lydia Ainsworth, then Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, R&B-leaning trio Wet, psych band Spires, a DJ set (and exclusive CMJ appearance) from Purity Ring (which will feature special guest appearances), Oslo dance producer Cashmere Cat, and Montreal future bass producer Jacques Greene. John McSwain was also supposed to DJ, but doors are closing at 2am, so he sadly got bumped.

Baby's will also be open Saturday day AND Saturday night.

Flyers below.

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set times are at the bottom of this post...
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Okay, so we might be a little late with this announcement (and someone cancelled while I was writing this post), but we are now very excited (and relieved) to finally announce most of the lineups for our 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ parties. UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, we still can't say the venue yet. Stay tuned for that announcement coming Thursday, but we promise it will be fairly convenient.

THE VENUE IS ANNOUNCED: It's Baby's All Right! (146 Broadway in Williamsburg)

Omar Souleyman (photo by David Andrako)
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here we go...

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Friday:

On FRIDAY (10/18) we're going from noon to 6 PM and kicking things off huge with an acoustic set from The Head and the Heart at noon (the same Sub Pop-signed band whose upcoming shows at Terminal 5, Webster Hall and MHOW are all sold out).

Kirin J Callinan under Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (by Tim Griffin)
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From there we change the energy drastically with a set by Kirin J Callinan (who is with a full band this year, unlike last year), Leeds band Eagulls who are followed by Leeds rockers Hookworms, who are followed by theatrical indie-metal-pop-prog band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman (!), and finally indie rockers Speedy Ortiz!

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Saturday:

Mac Superchunk (photo by Chris La Putt)
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Then, on SATURDAY (10/19), we're going 10 straight hours, from noon to 10 PM, with local psych band Spires, followed by the emo-shoegaze of Pity Sex, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST that will be announced Friday night, alt-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, and the NYC debut of Ex Hex -- the new band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave)!

UPDATE: Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Drowners & more added! Party now goes till 2am.

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Both of these shows are 100% FREE, no RSVP necessary. No Arcade Fire. No Banksy. There is free food and drink and ink though.

Come by and pick up a free Raw Revolution bar to snack on and a complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drink, AND A FREE TATTOO. Sailor Jerry is bringing in Three Kings Tattoo artists who will be giving out complimentary tattoos right there in our venue (again)! Tattoos are first come, first served, as is admission to the shows.

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To recap:
1) One late announcement
2) Two free shows
3) 18 artists
4) Free drinks
5) Free tattoos till 6pm each day (designs pictured above)
6) A venue to be announced Thursday Baby's All right
7) A special guest playing Friday to be announced Thursday night Omar Souleyman
8) A special guest playing Saturday to be announced Friday night Pallbearer
9) JUST ADDED: four more bands Saturday!

And thanks to Vinny's Music for the gear!

See you there?
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Also, don't forget, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also hosting three shows. There's the 2-night official showcase at Saint Vitus with Pelican headlining both nights, and a number of openers each day (Ringworm included). And the late night show happening afterwards.

Full schedule for both of our parties below...

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Caveman at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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As you probably know by now, CMJ starts today, and local indie pop band Caveman are doing a number of shows for it this year, and all of them (at least what's currently announced) are free.

The band will start their CMJ run today (10/15) at Rockwood Music Hall for a Communion-presented show with U.S. Royalty, Tor Miller, and Duologue. The show's totally free. Set times below.

They play another Communion show on Friday (10/18) at Henry, A Liquor Bar (356 W 58 St). This one's an all-acoustic show, and features stripped down sets from Caveman, along with Bad Suns and James Bay. Also free, and RSVP is open now. Caveman's on at 8:30 PM, and the full schedule is below.

Then, they'll play a free Bowery Presents showcase that next day (10/19) at Pianos with Drowners, Clear Plastic Masks, Landshapes, Eagulls, Bear Mountain, Spires, Most Thieves, Kodaline, Jacco Gardner, and Kan Wakan.

And then finally they'll play a Wild Honey Pie showcase at Cameo on Saturday (10/19) with Empress Of, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave, Hockey, Little Daylight, TV Girl, Belle Mare, Highs, Wilsen, How Sad, and Deidre & The Dark. Free tickets are available.

All dates are listed, along with show flyers, schedules, and a video, below...

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Palma Violets @ Webster Hall, 10/9/2013 (via @sachalecca)
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Palma Violets are touring their way to Treasure Island Fest in San Francisco, and played their biggest NYC show yet last night (10/9) at Webster Hall, followed by a BV-presented after-party at HiFi. Much like what Parquet Courts did last week, Palma Violets just announced they'll be playing a smaller NYC show, which happens tonight (10/10), this time at Glasslands (one of the first places they ever played here). Tickets for that are on sale now.

This was the show TOY were supposed to have headlined until visa issues forced a cancellation. Spires and Young Boys still open and there'll be DJ sets in between bands by Simon Raymonde who used to play bass in Cocteau Twins and now runs Bella Union records (the UK home of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Flaming Lips and more).

Updated dates are listed, along with a video from Webster Hall, below...

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The Babies and Spires are playing Mercury Lounge on September 7. Free Tickets to that show go on RSVP via Thrillcall App at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Danzig at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Young Galaxy at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T., open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at Madison Square Garden go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Peelander-Z at Glasslands go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Oh Land show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM, and tickets for her MHOW show go on sale at noon.

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

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

by Bill Pearis

MINKS' Sonny Kilfoyle
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MINKS sophomore album, Tides End, was released this week via Captured Tracks. As mentioned, main man Sonny Kilfoyle makes an about-face from 2011's tunefully dour By the Hedge, this time bright, shimmery, wistful and loaded with extremely hummable pop songs. Tides End makes for a terrific late-summer album, going down smooth like a cold beer on the beach at sunset. You can stream the whole album (via Hype Machine) and you can check out the new video for standout cut "Margot" below.

MINKS' record release show is Friday (8/9) at Glasslands with Green Eyes, the project from Kilfoyle's brother Michael. Since we last posted, Spires have been added to the bill and tickets are still available.

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Speaking of Captured Tracks, there will be a kickoff party to the label's CT5 Fifth Anniversary Party on August 30 at Glasslands. Blouse will play and the show will double as a release party for their new album, Imperium, which is out September 17. You can stream first single "No Shelter" below. The show also features Donovan Blanc and tickets are on sale now.

Both Minks and Blouse will play the two-day CT5 celebration which happens at The Well on August 31 and September 1 with DIIV, Beach Fossils, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing and more. Tickets are still available.

Streams and video below...

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Pure Bathing Culture at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pure Bathing Culture

Dream pop duo Pure Bathing Culture (aka Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman, who are/were both also in Vetiver) are set to release their debut album, Moon Tides (due out 8/20 via Partisan), and after already releasing the single, "Pendulum," the band have now just put out another album cut, "Dream The Dare." Like the first single, this one's another catchy track awash in reverb and Stevie Nicks-esque melodies. Listen below.

As discussed, the duo are going on a short tour this summer which hits NYC on August 28 at Glasslands. Since we last spoke, it was announced that that show will be opened by Brooklyn indie pop band Leapling, whose solid new EP, Losing Face is out now. Mary Alouette was added to the show too, and tickets for the show are still available.

PBC also just announced that they'll go on a larger tour in the fall with Widowspeak (who have a new EP on the way), and that tour brings the band back to NYC for a show on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom. That one's a release show for the new Widowspeak EP and it also has Spires opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates. All dates are listed below.

Widowspeak also play the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary at The Well on September 1 with Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Blouse, and Soft Metals.

Leapling also play the Sound Bites Series (which BV's Bill Pearis curates) on August 25 at Fulton Stall Market. 2 PM start and totally free.

Updated dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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photos by Caroline Harrison

Dax Riggs @ Mercury Lounge, 6/28/2012
Dax Riggs @ Mercury Lounge - 6/28/2013

Louisiana bluesman and former member of bands like Acid Bath, Agents of Oblivian and Deadboy & The Elephantmen, Dax Riggs, made his seemingly annual trip to NYC last Friday (6/28) at Mercury Lounge as part of a larger tour. The show, which also featured support from busy newcomers Spires, played Mercury Lounge on Friday (6/28). Pictures from the show are in this post and you can check out even more pictures and a full review at InvisibleOranges.

More pics below...

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