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Glasser

This year's FADER Fort is located at 38 Delancey Street at Forsyth and runs from 2-9PM on Friday and Saturday (10/22-10/23). Full lineups have yet to be announced, but some of the artists playing there are Jamaica, Zowie, Cloud Nothings, Wild Nothing, and The Knux. You can RSVP (though admission is still based on capacity). "CMJ Music Marathon registrants will receive expedited admission into The FADER Fort. Registrants must also RSVP to this invitation and pick up FADER credentials/wristbands for admission."

Pitchfork's events are at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday-Saturday, and those now also include Surfer Blood (one more on their growing list of CMJ shows) on Thursday.

Our BrooklynVegan events are at MHOW Thursday, and Public Assembly Friday & Saturday (and Union Pool Saturday night).

The Apple store doesn't have much going on. The short list of events happening there, and all Glasser dates below...

Continue reading "Glasser dates, Fader Fort, #OFFLINE fest & the Apple Store "

Surfer Blood @ BV-CMJ 2009 (mnore by Bryan Bruchman)
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You might call Surfer Blood a breakout band of CMJ 2009. After a visit to NYC in August of that year, they were quickly the talk of the town and got booked on a ton of CMJ shows including a BrooklynVegan party at Pianos that was especially packed during their set. Since then they've played lots more shows including Siren, probably sold a bunch of albums and even signed to a major.

This year, they announced their return to CMJ via their tour with The Drums which hits Webster Hall on Wednesday. Well, that show isn't sold out yet, so it's not surprising that no other CMJ 2010 dates have surfaced for Surfer Blood, but they do exist. In fact, they're playing The Studio at Webster Hall (same venue, different room) on October 19th with Frances And The Lights and Dominique Young Unique for MTV, and Bowery Ballroom a few days later. The flyer for the Bowery show, and all known tour dates (they're touring with Interpol in Europe) below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood playing more CMJ shows, touring w/ Interpol"

Devo

After a couple of shows in Texas, The Drums (who recently lost a member) ("we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated") will kick off their tour with Surfer Blood on September 27th in Phoenix, AZ. That's the same tour that makes its way to Webster Hall in NYC on October 20th (a show that is also part of CMJ, and which will feature an opening set by The Dewars). That tour ends two days later, October 22nd, in Philly.

Eight days after that, on mischief night, the Drums will share a bill with Devo and Neon Trees at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The "second annual RXP Halloween Concert" is on sale now (for the low low price of $55-with-fees a ticket).

For Devo, it's one of just three shows they have coming up at the moment. The other two are Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

And speaking of Surfer Blood,

"According to a Brightest Young Things interview with Surfer Blood lead singer JP Pitts, the indie rock upstarts recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. The group plan to release an EP on current label Kanine next year before making a jump to the majors with an as-yet-unscheduled LP to be released by Warners and Kanine." [Pitchfork]
The Drums' debut, self-titled album was recently released by Downtown.

All dates below...

Continue reading "The Drums playing a NYC show w/ Devo after their tour w/ the Warner Brothers-signed Surfer Blood (dates) "

Surfer Blood @ Siren Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Surfer Blood

Since their big breakout at CMJ 2009, Florida's Surfer Blood haved played New York what seems like every other week. Their most recent NYC show was at Siren Fest.

On the opposite end are The Drums, who played New York a ton in 2009 and only once (minus a Record Store Day in-store and private parties) in 2010 (that show was in January, coincidentally, with Surfer Blood).

The two bands are pairing up for a September/October tour. That includes a show on Wednesday, October 20th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale Friday, July 30th at noon.

Another show on that tour brings Surfer Blood back to Grand Central in Miami where they swore never to play again...

"Let us rehash the night that Surfer Blood played Poplife's 11th anniversary party at Grand Central. The band members felt they had been disrespected by an overzealous security team and snobby promoters. So during their slot opening for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, guitarist Thomas Fekete announced to the crowd, "Awesome venue, too bad it's run by a bunch of dicks. We will never play here again.""
That is being reported by the Village Voice's sister publication Miami New Times who forgot to mention that the booking is consistent with the Florida band's tendency for forgiveness. Not long after Surfer Blood publicly lashed out at the Voice for Rob Harvilla bashing them, they played the Village Voice's SXSW party, and then Siren too.

The Drums also have plenty of shows abroad booked, with summer gigs in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe, and then more Euro shows in November & December. Surfer Blood's summer shows are similar (so similar, they share the bill on some dates).

All dates below.,,,

Continue reading "Surfer Blood touring w/ the Drums (dates), forgive their foes"

Siren photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, ocean afterparty photos by Laura June Kirsch

Kim getting freaky w/ the crowd
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Marissa Paternoster joined Ted Leo on stage
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"Punk rock singer-songwriter Ted Leo and his band spurred fans into fits of unison clapping and extravagant crowd surfing (one guy held up a beach umbrella while being passed around like a prison bitch), while performing "The Sons of Cain," "Even Heroes Have Die," and "Where Was My Brain?". During one song, Screaming Females lead singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster (who performed at Siren earlier in the day) joined the Pharmacists as a guest vocalist. The short-lived duet was a treat considering the fact that I missed the Screaming Females set." [Yeah Develop]
Matt (and friends) cooled off in the ocean
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As you can hear in one of the videos I posted yesterday, Matt invited the crowd to join him for a swim in the ocean after his and Kim's headlining set at the Siren Festival in Coney Island on Saturday. As you can see above (and below) it really did happen.

In related news, Matt & Kim have just announced two headlining shows at Webster Hall (October 26 & 27). Tickets are on sale now.

More pictures of the swim, along with all the bands who played on the main stage, below...

Continue reading "more pictures of the 2010 Siren Festival (and of Matt & Kim & friends running into the ocean afterwards) "

photos by Jessica Amaya

Molly Siegel (with a mysterious bulge) & Screaming Marissa Paternoster
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"it was very hot out. i was covers in sand and sweat, it was not too nice. but it was fun just to go to coney island and to people watch..im a bit fan of that. also siri of ringo, have a banana has a boyfriend alex who is in the pains of being pure at heart, who played the show. i got to see her, we ran into each other while getting pinkberry from the booth they had set up. we were supposed to meet up after alex's band played and packed up, but my friend started feeling sick, and we were very uncomfortable and in desperate need of ice cold showers so we left a bit early."
[it girl, rag doll]
The heat was the story of the day, well after Molly's bulge anyway, at the 10th annual Siren Music Festival in Coney Island on Saturday. A set of pictures that contains the first seven bands that played, and a few videos including some of the energetic Matt & Kim crowd, and one where a girl almost hits the pavement while crowd surfing during Ponytail (bonus points if you spot Darren Mabee in the video) (some of you now know him as "Beans"), below...

Continue reading "Siren Fest 2010 in pics & video (part 1) "

Surfer Blood @ Siren Festival - 3:15pm, today (via amymichele & thetwosteph)
Surfer Blood
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Wye Oak @ Siren Festival, earlier today

Wye Oak

today in NYC
So Cow @ Death By Audio
Reverend Billy @ 92yTribeca
Deep Forest @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Chain Gang of 1974 @ Brooklyn Bowl
David Johansen @ Highline Ballroom
We Are Scientists @ Sound Fix Records
Ola Podrida, Donkey Skin @ Cake Shop
MV Carbon, Crudlabs @ Issue Project Room
Free Blood, Ivan & Alyosha, Gold Lake @ Littlefield
Air France (DJ Set), Ratatat (DJ Set), ARP @ P.S. 1
Jesse Malin, Joseph Arthur @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Air France (DJ) & Teengirl Fantasy (DJ) @ Tribeca Grand
Konono No.1 & more (African Fest) @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Funeral Pyre, Mutilation Rites, Early Graves @ Union Pool
Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle & Frankie & the Outs @ Tip Top
Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, TK Wonder, Vikter Duplaix @ Summerstage
Data Dog, Ugly Thrash Demon, The Jaguar Club, Little Racer @ Glasslands
Holy Fuck, XXXChange(Spank Rock) (DJ Set) @ The Yard at The Soho Grand Hotel
Thee Oh Sees, The Beets, X-Ray Eyeballs, Gun Outfit & Tough Knuckles @ Rock Yard
We Are Scientists, Lightspeed Champion, Bad Girlfriend @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Siren Festival Afterparty)
Motion City Soundtrack, Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K., Dillinger Escape Plan, more @ Nassau Coliseum (Warped Tour)
Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Harlem, The Night Marchers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Earl Greyhound, Screaming Females, Ponytail, DOM, Holy Fuck, Apache Beat @ Coney Island (Village Voice's Siren Festival)

The Pitchfork Festival is going on this weekend, and streaming online.

Camp Bisco is happening in upstate NY.

XPoNential Music Festival is happening in Camden.

Sunday is the next Pool Party.

What else?

Bumbershoot

Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."

Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2010 lineup (Bob Dylan... Hole... Mary J Blige)"

the Night Marchers @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 (more)
Night Marchers

The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the addition of THE NIGHT MARCHERS, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, EARL GREYHOUND, SCREAMING FEMALES and WYE OAK to the line-up for the 10th Annual SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL at Coney Island, NYC on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. These artists join scheduled performers MATT AND KIM, TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, SURFER BLOOD and HARLEM with more to be announced.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in historic Coney Island, SIREN has solidified its status as a leading New York City outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 music fans each year. With over 120 bands making their mark at SIREN over the last decade, this year will recognize SIREN's roots with the first ever return of past performers. MATT AND KIM and TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS will be heading back to the SIREN stage to celebrate. This free, all ages, all day festival is not to be missed.
So that was the July show Wye Oak were talking about.

Siren

"This year, we proudly celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Siren Festival. In the history of the our free Coney Island corndog bonanza, no band has ever played Siren twice. This was a conscious decision on behalf of our fearless festival founder and organizer, who long ago decided that if this crazy all-ages, free show thing ever reached ten years, Siren would rehost some of its best performers." [Village Voice]
And the initial lineup is....

Continue reading "VV Coney Island Siren Festival announces initial 2010 lineup "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Surfer Blood - Swim (MP3)

Surfer Blood @ Market Hotel in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be at Other Music for Record Store Day. It's their only NYC date at the moment. Their tour with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth doesn't start til June (and doesn't have an NYC date yet). All of those dates are below.

Before then, Surfer Blood will play a show at Princeton on Thursday (tonight) and SUNY Purchase Friday (4/16) for Culture Shock.

For Record Store Day, Surfer Blood will be dropping a split single with Holiday Shores. One side is Surfer Blood's "Take It Easy (live)" featuring Marnie Stern, and the other is Holiday Shores' "Your Motion Says," an Arthur Russell cover. Russell's disco-burner original is below along with video of Marnie performing with Surfer Blood at Cameo on New Years Eve.

Surfer Blood was recently featured on the web show Dirty Laundry. Video of that show and all tour dates (plus details on Hooray for Earth's Cinco de Mayo show at LPR) are below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood in NJ, SUNY Friday, tour dates w/ Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Record Store Day release w/ Marnie Stern"

Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

UPDATE:
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse playing Williamsburg Waterfront, the Pitchfork Festival (updated full lineup) & other tour dates"

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Murphy's Law @ Culture Shock '09 (Serenaz)
Culture Shock

The lineup is out for Culture Shock 2010, which will take place April 16th and 17th at SUNY Purchase. Headliners for this year's fest are pop-punk band Bayside (avoid the "Beautiful Girls" cover on their MySpace) (and check out another version above) and indie-pop collective Los Campesinos (who'll play Irving Plaza April 22nd) Friday night, and rapper Jay Electronica and The Books on Saturday. The rest of the bill is a varied mix that includes Surfer Blood, Black Milk, Maps & Atlases, L Mag Band You Need To Hear Ava Luna, Maluca, Das Racist, The So So Glos and Turbo Fruits. The annual event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.

Last year's lineup was headlined by Drake and The Cool Kids. In 2008, Fucked Up's headlining performance was cut short by the police.

The bands were announced earlier this month via film at an event at the school. That video, the lineup and more are below...

Continue reading "SUNY Culture Shock 2010 lineup"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Beach Fossils & (crowd) Surfer Blood...
Beach Fossils
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[Surfer Blood's] set on Saturday [2/27] was all material from the debut album, but what set it apart was the fun the band was having with the crowd -- enough so that a Weezer guitar tease gave way an audience-led run through "Sweater Song". The band persisted through some technical problems to end the show with a crazy stage and audience jumping version of "Swim" where most of the vocals were sang while John was held aloft by the crowd.
[NYC Taper who also recorded the set]
Also on the bill were Grooms, Morning Benders, Beach Fossils and Turbo Fruits.

The show was part of Surfer Blood's tour with Tubro Fruits (they also played Mercury Lounge on Sunday, Feb 28th). That trip continues down to SXSW, where all of the above bands will be performing, and beyond. The full dates are below.

Morning Benders' new record Big Echo, which comes out March 9th on Rough Trade, is streaming online.

Upcoming shows for Beach Fossils include a Kidrockers show on March 7th at the Living Room with Bottle Up and Go. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood, Morning Benders, Grooms, Beach Fossils & Turbo Fruits played Market Hotel - pics, audio, more dates"

Monotonix injured
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The problem with being a performer known for exaggeration and extreme physical antics is, when something seriously goes wrong, nobody believes it at first. And so it went last night that when Monotonix frontman Ami Shalev called for a doctor barely 15 minutes into his band's headlining set, he was, at first, relentlessly heckled.

"I think we finally managed to make history," Shalev said. The crowd cheered, figuring it would be an announcement about the band's debut appearance south of Orlando.

"After more than 700 shows, I think I finally broke my leg," he continued.

More cheering. This was part of the stunt, right?

"Is there a doctor or paramedic?" he asked.

"Suck it up!" Someone yelled.

"Pussy!" Another heckler cried.

But Shalev was obivously in pain. "Fuck you!" he yelled, wincing and grabbing his thigh. "What I need is a doctor or a paramedic, or a wheelchair. Or just a chair." He repeated the request again at least twice.

Confusion then ensued as, yes, there was a doctor or paramedic in the house, who ran to tend to him. A massive bag of ice was produced from behind the bar, and helpers produced an Ace bandage.

Shalev, though, seemed to want to continue the show from a chair, insisting to his handlers and bandmates he could just ice it down. That seemed highly unlikely once the paramedics arrived with a stretcher. Shalev refused to leave on it, but didn't get up either. Nobody from the venue bothered to announce what was going on, instead sending a DJ to the booth to play indie rock as a few people lingered, trying to dance.

Eventually, most of the crowd trickled out. (Some actually demanded refunds. Really? Enjoy your extra $7 or $10, assholes). It was an anticlimactic, deeply disappointing end to what should have been the band's triumphant introduction to South Florida.[Broward-Palm Beach New Times]

The show took place at Respectable Street Cafe in West Palm Beach. Monotonix was in the middle of a short set of dates with Surfer Blood. It's unclear what will happen to the remaining three shows on their tour. More picture of the night are at the New Times.

UPDATE: Pictures from the hospital above, and below with a message from the band about what happened, cancellations, and all tour dates...

Continue reading "Monotonix singer (finally) broke his leg at a Florida show"

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Surf City @ Pianos/BV-CMJ Party 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Surf City

Surf City was just one of the 'surf' bands that made a splash at this year's CMJ. Both groups (the other being Surfer Blood) are set to repeat the feat at SXSW.

Surfer Blood's tour takes a New York turn in late February, while New Zealand's Surf City hits NYC post-SXSW. They play a March 25th show at Maxwell's with Headlights (who play Bowery on their tour with David Bazan two nights earlier). Tickets to Maxwell's are on sale.

The next night, Friday, March 26th, Surf City play a late show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.

Before both of those, Surf City will be on a bill with fellow New Zealander Bachelorette at Union Hall on March 22nd (ticket info TBA).

While in NYC, Bachelorette will also be playing at Cake Shop on March 20th before heading out on tour with Beach House from March 26th to April 19th (Beach House continue with Washed Out after that). Beach House celebrate their new record (and their 9.0 Best New Music) at Bell House tonight (1/26).

Surf City do make some pre-SXSW stops on their way to Austin too. One is in L.A. on March 13th with The Fresh & Onlys, who will also be in Austin March 17th-20th. In addition, Fresh & Onlys play Noise Pop 2010 in their hometown of San Fran, and tour with King Khan & The Shrines (with no NYC date unfortunately) in April. The track above is off The Fresh & Onlys' 2009 Woodsist album Grey-Eyed Girls - they have a new just-completed third record due this spring on In The Red.

All tour dates and a video are below...

Continue reading "Surf City, Bachelorette, Beach House, Fresh & Onlys and King Khan & The Shrines are playing shows, touring, etc"

Surfer Blood & Marnie Stern @ Cameo on NYE (by Abbey Braden /PunkPhoto)
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Surfer Blood played the Cameo with We Are Country Mice, Beach Fossils, Frankie & The Outs (who played in their swimsuits) and others on New Years Eve. As you can see in the picture above, Marnie Stern (who's been quiet recently show-wise) joined Surfer Blood on stage at the party.

Surfer Blood has quite a bit of tour dates (with interesting tourmates like Monotonix) scheduled between now and SXSW. On Wednesday, January 13th, they'll play a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with The Drums and Depreciation Guild. They'll also play Brooklyn's Market Hotel on February 27th with Beach Fossils and Grooms, and New York's Mercury Lounge on Sunday, February 28th with We Are Country Mice and Radical Sons. Both NYC shows are also with Turbo Fruits who they'll continue on the road with for a bunch more dates. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 8th at noon for the Manhattan show.

Video of Surfer Blood playing with Marnie Stern, other songs from their NYE set, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood played New Years Eve w/ Marnie Stern, announce more 2010 dates (some w/ Turbo Fruits) "

The Drums - new band picture
The Drums

The Drums went from playing a lot of shows a few month ago, to disappearing for a while. That hiatus ends next year when they return to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 13th. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Maybe the band is currently on vacation in their previous home state of Florida because they're also scheduled to play a show tonight (12/4) at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami. Their only other show between now and NYC is on New Years Eve in Chicago (the city with all the best New Years Eve shows this year).

Opening the Bowery show will be Surfer Blood who were most recently in town to open for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl. Surfer Blood also have a New Years Eve show scheduled, but theirs is in NYC at Cameo Gallery with Frankie (Rose) and The Outs, Beach Fossils, and We Are Country Mice. It only costs $10 which is a bargain for that night, though the venue is kind of small. Set times and other details about that show below.

A list of the the other New Years options in NYC (and elsewhere) is HERE. All SB & Drums dates below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood playing New Years Eve w/ Frankie Rose, opening for the Drums @ Bowery ++ other tour dates"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Art Brut

Art Brut's most recent tour brought them into the NYC-area three times with three different sets of openers. Last Friday (11/13), the show was at Brooklyn Bowl with Surfer Blood and Midnight Masses. More pictures from that one, with the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Art Brut, Surfer Blood & Midnight Masses @ Brooklyn Bowl - pics & setlist"

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Surfer Blood

After an exhausting CMJ full of shows including the BV party at Pianos on Thursday (10/22), Surfer Blood are back as part a tour that keeps them on the road for the next month. They open shows for both Art Brut and Japandroids along the way. The Florida band is one of two openers for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (11/13). The other is Midnight Masses.

Right before CMJ it was announced that Surfer Blood signed to Kanine Records. The Brooklyn label will release their album Astro Coast on January 19, 2010. Art Brut also plays Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (11/15), but the openers on that show are Jeffrey Lewis and Murder Mystery.

All Surfer Blood dates and more pictures from Pianos below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood touring - NYC tonight w/ Art Brut ++ Pianos pics "

photos by Leia Jospe, words by Andrew Frisicano

the brothers JEFF
Jeff the Brotherhood

MyOpenBar presented a show Above the Auto Parts Store which was one of the last shows of CMJ's rainy Saturday night. Many, like Leia, came directly from the Pitchfork show at Market Hotel. I came from the Neon Indian and Almighty Defenders show in Williamsburg, and missed noise-pop duo Sisters and power trio Screaming Females but caught Surfer Blood (who play DBA tonight, 10/26).

It was at least Surfer Blood's tenth set at the five day festival, but they didn't let it show. Attempting to bring some much needed energy to the waning crowd, the band's additional fifth member worked a percussion rack and a tiny, standard-issue MicroKorg and passed out maracas and shakers to the crowd. Surfer Blood loads its echoey pop with familiar musical and lyrical references. Their song "Twin Peaks," which makes mention of the frequent indie muse (see Mount Eerie's newest album), has a certain Vampire Weekend buoyancy but with a harder edge. Instead of crisp sounds, spacey vocals take the lead through their winding melodic lines and African-inspired rhythms. Surfer Blood were good, but in a tough spot, sandwiched between Screaming Females and JEFF the Brotherhood - two bands that radiate full-on essence of rock - in a mostly empty second-floor garage at 2am.

Spacious as the massive garage was, and with a crowd sized more for a smaller venue like Death By Audio, once JEFF the Brotherhood took the stage everything changed. People who had been idly dozing off, or smoking on the entry ramp as it seemed like more than half were, lined up along the front of the stage to pound their fists on the plywood floor, jump around and more or less go totally fucking nuts. The band (actual brothers) has a heavy, crunchy sound for only two members (something to do with Jake's three-string guitar?) and the rock riffs are leavened with bubblegum hooks and direct choruses that resonate even if you're floating on a sea of hands. It was the perfect introduction to the band.

It was one of a ton of shows for JEFF, including three earlier in the day and a showcase for their Infinity Cat label on Friday, but not their last for long. They go on tour with Shonen Knife (which has two NYC-area stops in November) and open for Ted Leo at Bowery Ballroom on December 6th.

Screaming Females' next show, before they head out with Arctic Monkeys (at Terminal 5 on December 11th) and play a holiday show with Bouncing Souls, will be a benefit at Asbury Lanes for 180 NJ, a non-profit organization set-up to help combat domestic violence & sexual assault. That happens on November 21st with Full of Fancy, No Connection, the reunited Kanamits, Sick Fix, Black Kites and Human Failures. A flyer is below.

Surfer Blood will soon go on tour with Art Brut, and both are scheduled at Brooklyn Bowl on November 13th. Finally, Brooklyn's Sisters have an upcoming TBA Halloween show and a gig at Market Hotel on December 4th with Pterodactyl.

Darren Mabee and Sally Burtnick were in the crowd, especially during the Screaming Females set, and they let their presence be known. More pictures (NSFW), below...

Continue reading "JEFF the Brotherhood, Surfer Blood, Screaming Females & Sisters @ Above the Auto Parts Store (NSFW pics)"

You had plenty of CMJ chances to see both Surf bands in NYC last week. In case you didn't, Surfer Blood is at Death By Audio tonight (10/26). It's a great bill with Parts and Labor, Small Black, and The Sundelles also playing. Surf City is at Market Hotel tonight.

Also here last week, though not part of CMJ was the first-ever NYC-area appearances by The Trashmen, makers of the a famous tune called "Surfin' Bird". They played at Maxwell's, Southpaw and at the WFMU Record Fair. Video of almost all of their set at the latter, below...

Continue reading "The Trashmen were here. Surf City & Surfer Blood are still"