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Porches at Baby's in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porches

NYC "bummer pop" band Porches rarely have a lack of local shows, and that's no different this month into next, though they'll be gone for about half of March on tour (surprisingly not for SXSW though). Before leaving home, Porches play the previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show this Friday (2/21) with Jessica Pratt and Widowspeak. After that, they'll play Baby's All Right on March 1 with Frankie Cosmos (who's in Porches' live band and Porches singer Aaron Maine is in Frankie's) and DRGN King (tickets). They also play a tour kickoff at Shea Stadium on March 13. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Frankie Cosmos plays a release show for her first full band album, Zentropy (due out 3/4 via Double Double Whammy), on March 8 at Shea Stadium with Whatever Dad, Ruby Buff and Spook Houses. Since we last spoke, she released two more songs from the new album, "Birthday Song" and "My I Love You," which you can listen to below.

Porches also recently filmed an acoustic video for "Pwrls." You can watch that, along with the list of dates and the Frankie Cosmos song, below...

Continue reading "Porches going on tour, including a show w/ Frankie Cosmos"

photos by Chris La Putt

Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

Back during CMJ, Pity Sex played our BV party. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another batch of their set in this post.

Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.

LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.

As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.

Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.

More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex dates w/ Self Defense Family (& more BV-CMJ pics) ++ upcoming LVL UP, Porches, Diarrhea Planet, Crying shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Manors
Manors

Philly lo-fi trio Manors are a pretty stripped down, straightforward group, but there's a depth to the songwriting that goes beyond what a description like that may imply. Singer/guitarist Dayna Evans has a way with words, and a striking voice that makes a minimal song like "But You Know That" stick out as one of the grandest. And the sweeping harmonies of a song like "Tomorrow" (according to bandcamp, she does her own backup vocals) also hint at something greater than your average indie pop band. This past May, the band released their debut LP, Fit In, and you can stream that in full below.

They've got some upcoming shows scheduled, including the just-mentioned Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) show with Diarrhea Planet, Purling Hiss, and Big Ups, which is free and all ages. (They also opened the Philly stop on the Diarrhea Planet/So So Glos tour.) But you can also catch them in NYC much sooner than that, because they'll be playing the previously discussed Palehound / Spook Houses show happening at Muchmore's on Saturday (11/16), which also includes Toons and Dead Wives (featuring Speedy Ortiz's Mike Falcone). That show is $7 at the door and also all ages. More info at the Facebook event. All of their dates are listed below.

For Palehound, that's one of a few upcoming dates, that also include other Brooklyn shows on December 8 at Death by Audio with Bluffing, Frankie Cosmos, and Butter the Children; and January 11 at Silent Barn. During CMJ, Palehound filmed a live-in-studio version of "I Get Clean," which you can watch, along with their list of dates, below.

Meanwhile, Toons also open tonight's PAWS / Little Big League show at Glasslands (11/15). Tickets are still available.

All lists of dates, along with the Manors LP and Palehound video, below...

Continue reading "Manors released an LP, playing w/ Palehound & Spook Houses soon, w/ Diarrhea Planet & Purling Hiss later (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Krill at WBAR-B-Q- 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Krill

Boston indie rockers Krill were recently in NYC for a few CMJ shows, including the Exploding In Sound Records showcase, and since that showcase, it's been announced that Krill have signed to EIS, who will release their new EP, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears, the followup to this year's Lucky Leaves LP, in early 2014. Congrats to Krill on the signing, and stay tuned for music from that new EP. Meanwhile, if you're not already, you can get familiar with Lucky Leaves by streaming it in full below.

Krill have a few shows coming up at the moment, including a Halloween show tonight (10/31) in their home state, where they'll be "dressing up" as the PIxies. Soon after, they'll return to NYC for a show on November 7 at Death by Audio with EIS labelmates Fat History Month and Palehound, plus mathy Brooklyn indie pop band Celestial Shore. Admission is $7 at the door. All Krill dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.

For Palehound, the DbA show doubles as a release party for Bent Nail, her excellent new EP of singer/songwriter charm meets noise rock abrasion. Palehound also plays a Halloween show, and hers is in NYC at Cake Shop tonight. She'll be playing as Pavement, along with Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (aka playing from Green Day's Dookie if that wasn't obvious), Big Ups and Brad Oberhofer doing stoner rock covers as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, and Butter the Children as Pixies.

Palehound has other area shows, including one on 11/2 at Sarah Lawrence College with Speedy Ortiz, and another in Brooklyn on November 16 at Muchmore's with Manors, Spook Houses, and Dead Wives. All dates are listed below.

And speaking of Big Ups, who play tonight's Cake Shop show, they recently revealed "Wool," a new track from their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP (due out January 14). Though Big Ups are often known for making chaotic post-hardcore, "Wool" is what they sound like when they hold back a bit and attempt a quieter song. It's not some draggy throwaway though; when I last saw them it was one of the best moments of their set. Listen below. Big Ups' next regular show is the previously discussed Glasslands (11/30) stop on the Hunters / Audacity tour. Tickets for that show are still available.

All lists of dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "Krill & Palehound playing Halloween shows (separately) & NYC together; Krill releasing an EP on Exploding In Sound"

Spook Houses / Fat History Month split 7" artwork
Spook Houses

Two bands with a knack for mixing Microphones-y folk with loud rock, Ridgewood, NJ's Spook Houses (who share members with LVL UP, and who played Shea Stadium last night (8/18)) and Boston's Fat History Month, are releasing a split 7" next week (8/27) via Double Double Whammy. There's two songs by both bands on the 7", and a stream of the entire thing makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Fat History Month, who also released an album and a split with My Dad this year, have some shows coming up, including one in the Bronx on August 31 at Teh Olive Garden (241st St & Bronx Blvd) with Florida=Death, Old Table, ACLU Benefit, and Eskimeaux; and they'll also be playing an Exploding In Sound CMJ show on October 19 at Silent Barn. All of their dates are listed below.

Spook Houses don't have any upcoming shows at the moment, but related band LVL UP is playing Brooklyn this Friday (8/23) at Union Pool with a great lineup of Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, and Flagland. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Flyer below.

You can also catch Two Inch Astronaut in NYC a day later at Cake Shop (8/24) with Gross Relations, Butter the Children, and Bent Shapes.

All FHM dates are listed, along with the 7" stream and Union Pool flyer, below...

Continue reading "Spook Houses & Fat History Month releasing a split (stream it) +++ upcoming related shows"

The Sword in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Sword
Doldrums at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)
Doldrums

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

Jim Bentley Memorial @ Cake Shop
Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard and more pay tribute and memorialize The Fort Studio's Jim Bentley who died last month. The show is free but donations are suggested, with proceeds going to Bentley's mother.

Weed Hounds, Technicolor Teeth, Failed States, Big City @ Death By Audio
Weed Hounds are back playing shows again, and tonight they're on a bill at Death by Audio that also includes the Nuclear Spring-related Failed States.

Radical Dads @ South Street Seaport's Front/Row stage (FREE)
Brooklyn trio Radical Dads recall the heyday of '90s-era indie rock while remaining very much in the now. This show is part of the Sound Bites Series which is booked by BV's Bill Pearis. He DJs at 3 PM and the band's on at 4 PM.

Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, and more @ Jones Beach
Get a dose of alt-rock nostalgia with the current incarnation of Alice In Chains and Jane's Addiction on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which hits Jones Beach tonight. The rest of the lineup features Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, and more.

The Sword, Castle, American Sharks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Austin stoner rockers The Sword have been on the road a lot since the release of 2012's Apocryphon, and they return to NYC tonight for a show with Castle and American Sharks. They'll be in the NYC-area again this September on their tour with Clutch.

Out in the Streets 2013 (Day 1) @ Vander-Ende Onderdonk House
Ever want to see a bunch of indie rock bands in the backyard of a historic Dutch Colonial stone house in Ridgewood Queens? You can do just that at Day 2 of the Out in the Streets Fest, featuring Toronto's Doldrums, Ava Luna, Wild Yaks, Dan Friel and Las Rosas. Doors at 1 PM and more details at the Facebook event page.

Naam, Radkey, Balam, Blackout @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn's Naam have a new LP out this year, Vow, and tonight they'll be bringing their heavy space rock to Saint Vitus, where they'll be headlining a hometown bill that also includes Radkey, Balam, and Blackout.

The Act of Estimating As Worthless, Spook Houses, Crying, Frankie Cosmos @ Shea Stadium
Spook Houses' 2012 album, Trying, was one of the better overlooked lo-fi/indie rock albums of that year, and as you may know from the many local shows they play, they deliver live too. You can catch them tonight at Shea with Crying (with whom they share a member), The Act of Estimating as Worthless, and Frankie Cosmos.

Flight of the Conchords @ McKittrick Hotel
New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo got back together after nearly four years apart. Their tour brings Brett & Jemaine to the impossibly small McKittrick Hotel for a few shows and, of course, it's sold out. On the plus side: there's talk of a movie.

Polygamyst, The Company Corvette, Marching Teeth, Gondola @ Union Pool
NYC (Polygamyst, Marching Teeth) and PA (The Company Corvette, Gondola) are equally represented on this all-stoner metal bill at Union Pool tonight. (We assume it's this Gondola and not this Gondola.)

Hannibal Buress has his weekly comedy show tonight in the front bar of Knitting Factory. He gets some of the biggest names in the biz. You never know who may show up. The show is free and fills up early.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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

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by Andrew Sacher

LVL UP

LVL UP is an indie rock four-piece, who notably shares two members with Spook Houses, and one with Sirs. Their debut full length, Space Brothers, came out in early 2012 via Evil Weevil and they're set to follow that with the Extra Worlds 7", which is due out on April 6 via Double Double Whammy. You can stream the scrappy rocker, "Graveyard," which will appear on that 7", at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, we've also got the premiere of the video for "Nightshade" off of Space Brothers, a slow-burner that sees co-frontman Nick Corbo howling like Jeff Mangum over chords that sound better fit for a Built to Spill record. It's a solid cut and you can watch the video below.

Last Friday (2/8) during the snow storm, I wandered into a Purchase College apartment (which the members attend/attended) to catch LVL UP packing in some kid's living room, with about 90% of the crowd moshing and shouting the words. They'll be taking that raucous live show on the road this month for a few Northeast dates, including one in Brooklyn on February 23 at Shea Stadium with Krill, Porches, Butter the Children, and High Pop. A list of all dates, which includes shows with Waxahatchee, Eternal Summers, Joyce Manor, and others, is below.

Continue reading "LVL UP releasing 7", playing shows (watch a new video)"

Real Estate at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate

As mentioned, Real Estate are set to kick off a North American tour this summer, not long after they play Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. That tour includes the previously discussed NYC show at Webster Hall on August 11, to which tickets are still on sale.

You'll be able to catch Real Estate in the NYC-area even sooner than that when they play a hometown (before they moved to Brooklyn) show in Ridgewood, NJ at the Kasschau Memorial Shell on June 24 with fellow Ridgewood bands Toasted Plastic and Spook Houses. The show is a benefit for the Nick Currey Fund and it is free but donations are appreciated. Advance $15 donations will gain you VIP access and enter you into a drawing for autographed Real Estate merchandise.

Updated dates are listed below, along with a Real Estate song stream.

Continue reading "Real Estate playing a free benefit show in NJ before tour"