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As mentioned, Penelope Spheeris' essential, long-out-of-print Decline of Western Civilization documentary trilogy is finally getting a DVD/Blu-ray release on June 30. The first one (the punk one) is also screening as part of BAMcinemaFest on June 19 at BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with Spheeris after. Tickets are still available.

They've just announced an afterparty for the Decline screening, happening at Rough Trade (doors at 11:30 PM) featuring an local indie "all-star" band -- including Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors, Glass Ghost), Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic), Brian Betancourt (Hospitality), and Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal, Gold Dime) -- performing X's debut album Los Angeles in full. There's also VHS-loving New Jersians Citizen Blast Kane who will be covering songs by Black Flag and Circle Jerks. There may be surprise guests, too.

The Decline afterparty at Rough Trade is free with your BAM screening ticket, or it's $7 without.

Meanwhile, the real X will be here in August for three nights at City Winery.

Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lee Ranaldo

The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.

Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.

Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo Band touring; Thurston Moore w/ Lou Barlow & others on Joyful Noise 7" series, playing Yoko Ono's Meltdown"

by Andrew Sacher

Talk Normal at Maxwell's last week (more by PSquared Photography)
Talk Normal

As mentioned, Marnie Stern is going on a tour this year which hits NYC on April 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Though many shows on that tour are with Roomrunner, they won't be in NYC until two days later to open for Pissed Jeans, but the openers for Marnie's MHOW show have just been announced, and they're pretty great too. The show will be supported by Talk Normal (who are currently on tour with Chelsea Light Moving) and Speedy Ortiz. Tickets for the show are still available. Marnie's tour also hits Austin for SXSW, where she plays a BrooklynVegan day party on Wednesday (3/13).

The tour is in support of Marnie's upcoming album, The Chronicles of Marnia. That album's not due out until March 19 via Kill Rock Stars but you can now hear the whole thing ahead of its release on NPR. Like the early singles have hinted, it's less spastic than her previous work, but the songs are strong on their own, noodling or not.

Meanwhile, you can catch Speedy Ortiz in NYC even sooner when they play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on March 29 with Schwervon!, The Due Diligence, and Thomas Patrick Macguire; and another show a day later (3/30) as part of Aputumpu Festival at Loft 594 (594 Bushwick Ave) with Eula, Life Size Maps, and more. They also have another NYC show happening on April 27 at Shea Stadium.

All dates for all three bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern streaming new album; Talk Normal and Speedy Ortiz opening her NYC show (and playing other dates)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Chelsea Light Moving

I had to remind myself at several points during this show that the exuberant, youthful guitarist and vocalist on the cozy Maxwell's stage in his band's own t-shirt was a 54-year-old member of rock royalty who I had seen perform in front of crowds hundreds of times this size. Sonic Youth may be on hiatus or it may be gone, but Thurston will keep playing - and keep playing well - for as long as he's breathing. Chelsea Light Moving, as a band, isn't Sonic Youth, but it isn't just a dim facsimile of it, either. With Samara Lubelski (a well-known solo artist and member of Thurston's solo band) on bass, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man) on drums and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors, Wooden Wand) on guitar, Chelsea Light Moving has an accomplished cast and its own personality. In some ways, CLM feels more like SST-era Sonic Youth - younger, hungrier, rawer. It seems fun to be in this band, in a way that's almost impossible in a more established one. - [NYC Taper]

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving, who recently played a basement party, kicked off their tour in the NYC area over the weekend. The tour began at Maxwell's on Saturday (3/2) for a show with Talk Normal and then came to Other Music for a free-instore on Sunday (3/3). At Maxwell's the band played a large chunk of their self titled debut album (out now) and also worked in some new material, and an old Thurston Moore solo cut, "Staring Statues."

Chelsea Light Moving's tour returns to NYC for a show on April 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

You can stream live recordings of "Staring Statues" and CLM's "Empires of Time" from the Maxwell's show (via NYC Taper) and check out more pictures and the setlists from both bands below...

Continue reading "Chelsea Light Moving played Maxwell's with Talk Normal (pics, setlists, audio)"

The Strokes

SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.

Tickets ($30 per day or $75 for three-day pass) are on sale now and more info is at Savannah Stopover's website. The full announced lineup is below.

Continue reading "of Montreal, Chelsea Light Moving, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, & more playing Savannah Stopover before SXSW"

photos and words by Caroline Harrison

MBD @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/23/2013
My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond played Bowery Ballroom on January 23 supported by local no wave revivalists Talk Normal. Shara Worden, the creative mind behind My Brightest Diamond, has a reputation for being an accomplished and energetic performer, frequently collaborating with other heavy hitters of indie rock. You may have heard her singing backup vocals on Sufjan Steven's Illinoise and the Age of Adz, or crooning the role of the evil queen in the Decemberists' Hazards of Love.

Worden's lush arrangements and complex songwriting betray her music school background. As impressive as the instrumentation is, the real selling point of My Brightest Diamond is Worden's unique voice. She mixes tonalities and techniques from jazz, folk, and opera, and she's pretty hard to pigeonhole into any one genre. She drifted gracefully through a polished, sometimes theatrical set. The only sour note of the evening was the addition of a Keyboard Cat-style drum machine under the powerful "Inside a Boy," the act's last number before the encore.

Openers Talk Normal are a slow burning, noisy two piece. They were an odd choice to pair with Worden's ethereal vibrato and multi-genre approach, but the contrast worked. Guitarist Sarah Register and drummer Andrya Ambro moaned and wailed and chanted their way through the set. They were earthy and hypnotic, at times reminiscent of the droning sounds of Liars or My Disco.

Bowery was the first of two NYC shows for Worden last week. On Friday (1/25) she also played the opening night of the Ecstatic Music Festival and we'll have pictures from that show soon. Meanwhile check out more pics (including one of the setlist) from Bowery below...

Continue reading "My Brightest Diamond & Talk Normal played Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Empires of Time" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving (with Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney) have announced (via Matablog) that they will release their eponymous debut on March 5 via Matador and are supporting it with a corresponding tour. The tour kicks off in Hoboken, NJ at Maxwell's on March 2 with Talk Normal and then returns to the NYC area for a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 5 (support TBA). Tickets for the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (1/11) at noon and tickets for the Bowery show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.

You can grab an MP3 of the track, "Empires of Time," above. The album's cover art and a list of all dates, below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving announces debut album and tour (dates, MP3)"

Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)

You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything EveythingMr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.

One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).

A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.

Continue reading "CMJ announces second round of artists; Merchandise is here, catch them three times this week (tonight at WIERD)"

Future Islands at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Future Islands

As mentioned, Future Islands are playing a few of the Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows this year, including the one at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer. Tickets for that show are still available.

After that tour, the band will head out on a tour with Brooklyn no wave revivalists Talk Normal and Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body. That tour culminates with a NYC show on November 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.

Meanwhile, Talk Normal, who are releasing their new album, Sunshine, on October 23, will play NYC even sooner than that at 285 Kent on September 29 with Pop. 1280 (who also play NYC with The Soft Moon) and Guardian Alien. Then Talk Normal will play a release party for Sunshine at Secret Project Robot on October 26.

Future Islands just released their new single, "Tomorrow," on Monday (9/3) via Upset the Rhythm. You can stream that song and check out a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Future Islands released a new single, touring w/ Dope Body & Talk Normal (who have other upcoming shows)"

DOWNLOAD: Talk Normal - Bad Date (MP3)

Talk Normal

We just mentioned that Talk Normal have been added to the August 16 Deep Time show at 285 Kent. Before that, they'll also play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on July 18 with Dustin Wong and Tim Harrington before a screening of Raising Arizona.

They recently announced that their new album, Sunshine, will be out October 23 via Joyful Noise, their first album in three years. From the sounds of "Bad Date," the first taste we've gotten from the record, it doesn't seem like they've mellowed. Grab the MP3 of the track at the top of this post. A video trailer for the album is below, along with the tracklist.

Continue reading "Talk Normal releasing 'Sunshine' (MP3), playing NYC shows"

DOWNLOAD: Deep Time - Homebody (MP3)

Deep Time

As we mentioned previously, Austin, TX's Deep Time (formerly YellowFever) release their debut album today (7/10) via Hardly Art. The whole record is streaming but if you want something to download, we've got the MP3 premiere of the album's moody new single, "Homebody," which you can download above.

The band have expanded their previously-announced tour, including a second NYC date, happening at Union Pool on August 15 with The Babies. That's the day before their show at 285 Kent (8/16) with just-added opener Talk Normal.

Updated Deep Time tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Deep Time release new single from debut LP (MP3 premiere), expand tour (dates), playing Union Pool before 285 Kent"

Cruel Intentions

The L Magazine's Summerscreen series, which presents free movies and music in McCarren Park, already announced this season's slate of films. Today Summerscreen announced the bands that will play before the screenings as curated by Todd P on behalf of Showpaper. This Wednesday (7/11) is the first one of the year, with 1999's Cruel Intentions paired with the sounds of Colin L. Orchestra and Indian Jewelry.

Summerscreen happens at N 12th @ Bedford Ave. Doors to the park open at 6:00pm, bands go on at 6:30pm, and films start at 8:15pm. Food and drink will be available.

The rest of the schedule is below...

Continue reading "Summerscreen 2012 bands announced (starts this week)"

Radio dude

Tickets are now on AmEx, Chase and "Internet" presale for Metric's Radio City Music Hall show.

Talk Normal, Religious to Damn & ATM are playing Glasslands June 22. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's show with Doldrums and Field Mouse at Glasslands on 6/8. The show is part of a tour for UMO and Doldrums that also hits Mercury Lounge.

UMO also play Googa Mooga this weekend.

Tickets are on sale for Young Magic & Quilt's 6/28 show at Glaslands. Young Magic recently remixed Doldrums and also play Mercury Lounge on their tour with Quilt.

Though it wasn't in our last-posted list of dates, Zambri, who joined Bear on Heaven on state at MHOW (a show Doldrums opened), have a show coming up at Brooklyn Bowl on 5/23 with Caged Animals, and AIMES Tickets are on sale.

Tickets go on sale at noon for for Lemonade's big show.

The Musical Box, "the exclusive, authorized by Peter Gabriel, recreation of Genesis" are performing The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with "all 1,100 original slide projections from the '74-'75 tour" this year. Tickets for an 11/23 show at the Grand Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon. Regular sale starts Friday at noon which is also when you can get tickets for the 11/21 Wellmont Theater show.

The Felice Brothers are playing Brooklyn Bowl on 6/15 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale.

Maybe the Felice Brothers will play one of Deer Tick's THREE curated Newport Folk Festival after-shows at the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. Deer Tick curated and play all three nights, July 27, 28 & 29, with special guests. All three just went on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the Violens show happening at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (5/16).

by Andrew Sacher

EMA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pic by degi14)

"Okay, who wants this song dedicated to them?" asked Erika M. Anderson (aka EMA) at her MHOW show this past Friday (3/16) before going into the dark, intimate "Marked." When she got to the song's refrain ("I wish that every time he touched me left a mark"), you couldn't help but wonder if any audience members were secretly taking back their cheers of "ME!" from about a minute earlier. But that mood shift is exactly the kind of vibe that was in place throughout EMA's entire show. She would constantly switch back and forth between playful stage banter and dance moves to the no-bullshit rawness and sincerity of her songs and lyrics.

But before EMA took control of the venue, the crowd was greeted by an opening act, her tourmates, Vancouver's Nu Sensae. I'd never heard the Vancouver trio before Friday night, but was pretty impressed by their punky noise rock, all of which was delivered in 2-3 minute blasts. Vocalist Andrea Lukic rotated between breathy Kim Gordon-esque vocals and a piercing scream, while Daniel Pitout beat the hell out of his drums and guitarist Brody McKnight built a shoegazey wall of sound.

Up next were Brooklyn's Talk Normal, who I last saw when they opened for Sonic Youth at Prospect Park in 2010. It goes without saying that MHOW is a better venue for them and that they've only gotten better/have played tons of shows in the last two years, but regardless, I was far more impressed by them on Friday than I had ever been before. Like Nu Sensae and EMA, they're well versed in noise rock, but with a much heavier emphasis on no wave. Their stage setup was lit only by two red light bulbs, which made for a great gloomy setting to their spacious sound. And though no wave is the band's obvious reference point, it's tough to simply leave it at that, as their vocal interplay and dynamic shifts stretched beyond the confines of the genre.

After Talk Normal had exited the stage and it was set up for EMA, all of the band members except Erika stood before MHOW's crowd, lit only by dim, hanging lanterns that the band had brought with them. Electric violinist Leif Shackelford then began the eerie violin drone of "Stand and Encounter," the last song released by Erika's former band, Gowns, directly before their break up. Eventually Erika walked on stage to huge applause from the crowd, and taking solely to the mic, began delivering the song's stream-of-consciousness lyrics. This was followed by the EMA b-side, "Angelo," an upbeat cut for which she sounded more than a little like Karen O.

Erika picked her guitar up after the first two songs for the first Past Life Martyred Saints (which she played all of) track of the night, "Anteroom." Past Life Martyred Saints had always struck me as somewhat of a folk album, if not a noisy, perhaps more anti-folk version of one, but in the live setting I lost all notions of that and saw the band harnessing the spirit of crunchy '90s alt rock. When they played "Butterfly Knife," which barely has drums on the album version, I actually saw audience members headbanging to the revved up version of the song. And even more so than they were when the band played their cover of Danzig's "Soul on Fire" during the encore.

The highlight of the night came during the 7+ minute "Grey Ship," for which the venue's disco ball was turned on, making the song's slow first half feel like the song a '90s high school prom movie band plays after most people have left. At the song's halfway point, the band got increasingly heavier and more locked in, bringing in sludgy guitar, electric violin riffs, elaborate drumming, and eventually the band's synced up drum/guitar punches that were met with tons of applause from the crowd. EMA came close to reaching that same level of intensity during the last song of their pre-encore set, "California." She moved around on stage with as much of a don't-give-a-fuck attitude as she's got in the lyrics, punching out one of those lanterns with her mic and ending the song in the same frozen pose she makes on her album cover.

During the encore, Erika brought out Daniel from Nu Sensae to play seemingly impromptu cover songs. She said, "This is for YOU, not the blogs, don't tell anyone about this!" so in respects to that, I'll stop here. But maybe the songs they covered are listed as part of the setlist below...

More pictures, video and setlist from the show below...

Continue reading "EMA played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Talk Normal & Nu Sensae (review, setlist & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus was an extraterrestrial apparition who looked like she could start hovering Linda Blair-style at any moment. "Swords," the glitchy overture to Zola's latest album, Conatus, ushered the four-piece band onstage through fog and a wall of artificial blue starlight, Zola positioned front and center in a flowing white gown. She didn't stay put for long. Bolstered by synth, drums and electric violinist Christiana Key (whom audience members praised by name more than once throughout the night), Zola beautifully belted out "Avalanche," "Shivers" and most of the tracks from Conatus while floating, hopping and jazzercising across the smoky stage. After a hot hour Zola was already gone and back for the encore, stationed behind a double-decker Akai keyboard while Key's violin groaned along to the somber ballad "Skin." -[CMJ]
Zola Jesus lead the charge on an all-star cast at Webster Hall on 2/18. Liturgy (who is now down to a duo and a MacBook Pro) and Talk Normal opened the show. Pictures adorn this post.

Zola Jesus plays Lincoln Hall in Chicago tonight and her full slate of tour dates (including Sasquatch) are below. The dates ALSO include an appearance at SXSW as part of the Sacred Bones Showcase on 3/14 at Elysium with Amen Dunes, Led Er Est, The Men, Psychic Ills, and Wymond Miles.

All dates, pictures from Webster Hall, and Zola Jesus's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Zola Jesus, Talk Normal & Liturgy @ Webster Hall (pics,setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

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DOWNLOADRoyal Baths - Nikki Don't (MP3)


After surviving a couple minor major acts of nature, we deserve a long break. So for your Labor Day weekend... like usual, it's pretty slow, show-wise. But there are some things to do.

We'll start this week with a movie. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is finally getting a U.S. release (it came out in January 2010 in France), albeit a limited one, thanks in part to great reissue label Light in the Attic. The film started it's two-week Film Forum run last night and will be making its way around the country throughout the fall. All play dates are at the bottom of this post.

Heroic maybe, but for sure Serge Gainsbourg led a wild life before succumbing to cancer at age 62 in 1992. You could make a compelling film out of any period of his life, and that the movie tries to cram it all in -- from fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris as a child through his rise to fame, relationships with Bridget Bardot and Jane Birkin to his his '70s dalliance with reggae -- gives too much of your standard Behind the Music story arc.

But it's also untraditional at the same time. Writer-director Joann Sfar is a comic artist (this is his first film) and injects a big element of the absurd courtesy of a puppet-like alter-ego (alter-Id, really) that encourages Gainsbourg to do bad things. Eric Elmosnino, a dead-ringer for Gainsbourg, is terrific, as is the rest of the cast -- including Lucy Gordon as Birkin and Laetitia Casta as Bardot, plus appearances by eccentric singer Philippe Katerine and the late Claude Chabrol. It's got a great sense of style and, of course, the soundtrack is amazing. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life could be better, but it's still worth seeing.


As for actual shows, San Francisco's vociferous and awesome Weekend will be here on Saturday (9/3) at Glasslands and Sunday (/4) at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are with the similarly cacophonous Talk Normal.

Weekend have a new EP, Red, out September 20th on Slumberland which finds the trio exploring new sonic territory, though not the quiet kind. It's still rather pummeling but Shaun Durkan's vocals, previously hidden behind echo and backwards reverb, are dryer and more up front now. The sound is a little sharper all around, but the driving, melodic basslines and guitar squall remain. You can download Red track "Hazel" via a Soundcloud widget at the bottom of this post.

In addition to Talk Normal, the Glasslands show features their Slumberland labelmates Brown Recluse; the Mercury Lounge show also has Fan-Tan on the bill. All Weekend/Talk Normal tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Royal Baths
Royal Baths

San Francisco's Royal Baths bring their heavy psychedelia to Death by Audio on Friday (9/2) with Xray Eyeballs, Hunters and Mountain Cult. I wrote previously: "Royal Baths are kind of bad trip acid rock, dark and seedy but not atonal. But it's definitely down the rabbit hole. In a good way." At the top of this post you can download a track off of Royal Baths debut LP  from last year. The band have a split double-7" with Ty Segall due out on HoZac any time now. Keep an eye peeled for that.


Bejiing's Hedgehog are back in America for the first time since CMJ: they play Bruar Falls on Sunday (9/4) and Cake Shop on Monday (9/5). After that they head out on tour with Xiu-Xiu and Kindest Lines, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

I caught set at The Woods last year and the venue's atrocious sound didn't deter Hedgehog's tenacity, most ably embodied in Atom, their tiny pistol of a drummer. Looking at them, you might expect pop punk a la Japan's Blue Hearts, but Hedgehog make melodic indie rock. There's a couple tracks to download at the top of this post. They're a blast live, and there aren't a lot of shows Sunday or Monday, so here's a good international option for your concert dollar.

That's it of the "big" stuff in my world. Some more shows -- including a fair amount of free ones -- are listed day-by-day below.


Good show at Shea Stadium tonight. In addition to the recently-profiled Caged Animals, there's also new FatCat singings Forest Fire whose Walkmen-esque album Staring at the X is worth looking out for when it comes out in October on FatCat.

Nerdy rapper and Adult Swim voice talent MC Chris is throwing a record release party at Death by Audio for his new album Race Wars. It's also his birthday. Show is FREE.

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Continue reading "Serge Gainsbourg, Weekend, Hedgehog, Royal Baths, MC Chris, Hunx, 'English Beat' & more in This Week in Indie"

Talk Normal @ Prospect Park 2010 (more by Lori Baily)
Talk Normal

The Brooklyn based duo Talk Normal - comprised of Andrya Ambro (Drummer/Vocalist) and Sarah Register (Guitarist/Vocalist) -- are currently at home in NYC, hard at work on their second full-length. Three 7"'s have come out over the summer, most recently M'Lady Records (with artwork by Kim Gordon), preceded by a split on Fast Weapons Records with Thurston Moore, and a split on Klangbad Records with Christy & Emily.
As previously mentioned, Talk Normal and Weekend are going on tour. The trip begins in Brooklyn on Saturday (9/3) at Glasslands and continues Sunday (9/4) at Mercury Lounge. All Talk Normal dates, including a European tour with Wire, are listed below...

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Talk Normal @ Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Talk Normal

In addition to with EMA tonight, you'll have two more chances to catch Talk Normal in NYC in September when they open for Weekend at Glasslands (9/3) and Mercury Lounge (9/4). The shows are the week before Weekend plays Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and go on sale for the Mercury show Friday (7/22) at noon. UPDATE: More dates announced and listed below.

Guitarist Sarah Register of Talk Normal is also a producer, and she recently produced an album by NYC's GDFX aka Greg Fox (Liturgy, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Teeth Mountain, Guardian Alien). One Thing will be released via Impose Records as a blue 12" on August 16, and GDFX will play a bunch of shows around that time to help promote it. They're listed below along with one of the songs from the album. Liturgy is currently out on tour and will do even more touring later with Boris.

Weekend, recently played LPR instead of the Seaport due to rain. All upcoming dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Talk Normal & Weekend schedule dates, GDFX too"

Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Lemonheads playing shows, NXNE expands lineup (includes Descendents, Stars, Devo, OFF!, Juliana Hatfield, more)"


Thurston Moore has been responsible for choosing the lineups at The Stone since April 16th. Upcoming Thurston-curated shows include U.S. Girls (tonight, 4/21), "Kim Gordon with Guest" on 4/23 which is right before a Talk Normal performance on the same day, and Nancy Garcia on 4/29. Thurston's reign ends on 4/30. Check the Stone's site for the whole calendar.

Thurston, who recently played a Japan benefit, has his own shows coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg, in Northampton, at the Pitchfork Festival, and as part of his White Out project on a bill with Metal Mountains and Bardo Pond at Le Poisson Rouge on June 18th.

For more Sonic Youth, Steve Shelley also has shows coming up, both as part of Disappears and Spectre Folk.

One day after they play the Stone, Talk Normal share a bill with Grass Widow (like they did when they opened for Sonic Youth in Prospect Park), Broken Water and Tara Jane O'Neil at Death By Audio.

by Anderew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Feelies - Should Be Gone (MP3)

Real Estate @ Hudson River Rocks in 2010 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Real EstatE

As we've mentioned, R. Stevie Moore is hosting and performing at this year's Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase. The full lineup for the festival has been announced and is being headlined on Friday (4/15) by Cam'ron and on Saturday (4/16) by The Feelies. Other performers include A Place To Bury Strangers, Twin Sister, Beach Fossils, Screaming Females, Real Estate, Woods, Talk Normal, O'Death, Bomb the Music Industry! (performing Weezer's Blue Album), and others. The event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.

Culture Shock is one of the few shows The Feelies are playing in support of their new album Here Before which drops April 12 via Bar/None. They also play The Bell House on May 13. Tickets are still on sale. Download the track "Should Be Gone" off the new album above.

Real Estate also has four other shows in the area coming up including April 23 at Colgate University, May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait, May 21 at Maxwell's with Big Troubles, and they will appear at B.O.M.B. Fest at Western Connecticut State University on May 28.

Full CS lineup and a video below...

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Lower Dens at Bruar Falls (more by Jessica Amaya)
Lower Dens

Lower Dens headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/25). How was that show?

Next week Lower Dens will hit the road to get to SXSW followed by a European tour that will last them through mid-April. After a couple of weeks away from the road, they'll play some more shows including one at the more intimate Mercury Lounge on May 1st with Tara Jane O'Neil. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (3/2), and regular sale on Friday.

Mercury Lounge is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Tara Jane O'Neil. She'll also play Death by Audio on April 24th with Broken Water, Grass Widow, and Talk Normal. That is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Grass Widow (who'll also support Hunx & His Punx at Glasslands).

The Tara Jane O'Neil dates precede the release of "Ruh Roh", A collaborative LP with Nikaido Kazumi (5/24 on K Records) an album described as "an experiment in improvisation and collaboration without shared language". Listen to at track at K.

All tour dates, video from Lower Dens' MHOW show and more below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Psychic Paramount - "RW" Excerpt (MP3)

The Psychic Paramount
The Psychic Paramount

After releasing a double-disc of solo guitar compositions and a live LP, The Psychic Paramount is back with their second full-length of new material, the aptly titled II due on Feb 22nd via No Quarter Records. Fans of ripping and proggy instrumentation take note and preorder the new LP via No Quarter. Check out an excerpt of the first track to make its way out, "RW" which you can download above/stream below.

TPP will play a record release party on March 5th at Death By Audio, snagging Talk Normal and Eleven Twenty Nine (Tom Carter + Marc Orleans) to warm the masses. The show is one of two scheduled for Eleven Twenty-Nine, who will also play Zebulon on 2/22 with the Gunn/Truscinski Duo, Marcia Bassett/Samara Lubelski and Messages.

Before the Eleven Twenty-Nine show at Zebulon, Daniel Higgs will play a special "Happy Hour" set, the second of four of such sets scheduled at the venue happening from 2/21-2/24 which is right before he plays, Issue Project Room on 2/26. The spankin' new Skull Defekts (with Higgs) will play Littlefield on April 3rd.

Talk Normal also has a few other shows in their near future, including one with Liturgy at 285 Kent Ave on 2/25, April 23rd at The Stone, and April 24th at Death By Audio with Grass Widow, Broken Water & Tara Jane O'Neil.

All tour dates, a video and that PP song stream is below...

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DOWNLOAD: Buke & Gass - Your Face Left Before You (MP3)

Buke & Gass @ Mercury Lounge
Buke & Gass

"It's Buke and Gass' homemade quality that draws you in at first. Dyer plays a modified baritone-ukulele run through effects that squeal with delight, while Sanchez runs his guitar-bass hybrid through two amps (one for the three low-end strings, another for the treble). The junkyard-Shellac set-up is geeky, yes, and might strike a chord of novelty. But ultimately, it's hard not to be sold on the songs." [NPR]
Buke & Gass ended a short tour with Talk Normal at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night (12/11). The close-to-sold out NYC crowd included Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson who are sharing a bill with Buke & Gass in February. I wonder if Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon like Buke & Gass too. We know they like Talk Normal.

If you missed the show, Buke & Gass have shows coming up at Silent Barn (with Extra Life), Ridgewood Masonic Temple (with Deerhoof) amd the above-mentioned show at the Stone all before they head to the Netherlands to play some shows with The National, Owen Pallett, Efterklang, and Sharon Von Etten. All dates, an NPR Tiny Desk Concert video, and more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Don Hill's - Sept 15, 2010 (cory Kennedy)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Spank You Very Much 10 YYYears Anniversary Show Happy Birthday YYYS!

This week marks 10 years since YYYs played our first small club show in the big city! Our birthday wish is to play a show as small or smaller than back in the day and get NOSTALGIC with our friends Todd P and Secret Project Mighty Robot September 22. So dust off your Machine EPs or maybe give Yeah New York! a whirl because we're digging up some oldies but goodies, heavy on the early catalogue. It's back to basics, just the three of us and a couple hundred of you. Accommodations will be tight so we'd like to apologize in advance to those who want to be there but don't get in, we thank you for humoring us with this selfish wish to make it so puny!

Talk Normal will be popping off the festivities and Barry London will spin us through the breaks. Looking forward to bashing up this birthdayyy with you!!


YEAH YEAH YEAHS . Talk Normal . dj Barry London

all ages!!!

Their last NYC show was small and hard to get in to as well. Nick Zinner promoted his new book at Barnes & Noble last night, More info on Wednesday's show, via Todd P, below...

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