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by Bill Pearis


Los Angeles band Froth make minor chord dreampop with a strong gothic romance streak running though it. (A sound not unlike the last few Raveonettes albums.) The band released their second album Bleak via Burger Records earlier this year and you can stream the whole thing, and check out the video for "Nothing Baby," below.

Froth are gearing up to tour North American, which includes West Coast dates with Tamaryn and the two October 27 shows at Baby's All Right with The Drums (tickets on sale 10/2 at noon). While in NYC they'll also play Shea Stadium on October 28 with Dances, and Acid Dad (tickets on sale now). All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Los Angeles band Froth released 'Bleak' LP, share new video, touring, including shows w/ Tamaryn & The Drums"

photo: Tamaryn @ LPR in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tamaryn at LPR

Tamaryn has added some new fall tour dates, including a few opening for Neon Indian on the East Coast. That includes the October 14 Webster Hall show (which falls during CMJ but isn't currently on the official CMJ schedule). Tickets are still available.

All dates are listed, along with video of Tamaryn's KEXP in-studio performance, below...

Continue reading "Tamaryn touring this fall, playing shows w/ Neon Indian"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Tamaryn / Samantha Urbani @ LPR 8/28/2015
Samantha Urbani

Tamaryn celebrated the release of her third album, Cranekiss, with a show at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night. This was a completely different lineup of the band that I saw her with at Levitation Fest in May, and I was maybe not surprised but a little disappointed that Shaun Durkan, who cowrote and played on Cranekiss (and did the artwork), wasn't a part of the band on Friday. (He's a busy guy with his own group, Weekend.) Her band did a good job with the songs from the new album, though it will surely get tighter once they're on tour. Sound was a little bass-heavy near the stage but when I moved back, everything jelled a little more. Her 45-minute-or-so set was comprised entirely of Cranekiss songs (it was the record release show) and I thought "Last," the Chameleons-eque "Softcore" and the album's title track sounded especially good.

Opening the show was former Friends singer Samantha Urbani who has dropped a couple very catchy songs on her soundcloud recently. Her band included a guy who played a wind synthesizer which I had never seen played before.

Tamaryn has a few East Coast dates this week, including shows in Boston, DC and Philadelphia. All dates are listed, along with more pictures of her and Urbani at LPR, below...

Continue reading "Tamaryn played Le Poisson Rouge w/ Samantha Urbani (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Tamaryn Cranekiss

Tamaryn's new album, Cranekiss, is out this Friday (8/28) via Mexican Summer and it's now streaming below (via KCRW / The Line of Best Fit). Burning off a bit of her first two albums' haze in favor of pop hooks, and collaborating with Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Violens' Jorge Elbrecht, has proved to be smart move all around, making for her most enjoyable LP to date. It still sounds like it could've been released by 4AD in 1989, all gothy and mysterious, but songcraft is at the fore. That and her limber vocal chords. Stream the whole thing, and watch a live video of album standout "Last" that was shot for Vogue, below.

Tamaryn celebrates Cranekiss' release on Friday (8/28) at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge with recently-added opener Samantha Urbani. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "stream Tamaryn's new album 'Cranekiss' ++ Samantha Urbani added to LPR record release show"

photo: Grace Jones @ Roseland, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Grace Jones

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park
It's day one of the awesome multi-genre two-day Afropunk Festival, and there's a ton of great artists today including Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Death Grips, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Candiria, SZA, Lion Babe, Oshun and plenty more.

Earl Sweatshirt, Remy Banks, NxWorries @ Best Buy Theater
Earl Sweatshirt's new album I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, is an inward-looking record that ignores most current rap trends, and it's one of the year's finest albums. This tour was supposed to hit NYC back in the spring, but it got postponed and finally comes here tonight.

Colleen Green, Single Lash, Mannequin Pussy @ Cake Shop
Colleen Green's new album is her first with a full band, and it's a great record of lyrically honest poppy punk. Her current tour is also with a full band, and her tourmates are the likeminded Mannequin Pussy, who are also worth catching. This is the first of two NYC shows.

Pianos Become The Teeth, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Turnover, Take One Car @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a pretty amazing lineup all around. Pianos Become the Teeth put out one of our favorite albums of last year with the atmospheric emo of Keep You, and going by the sounds of TWIABP's new single "January, 10th, 2014," they may have a similarly epic album of their own on the way. Turnover make jangle pop that kinda sounds like a more emo Real Estate, and Take One Car make post-hardcore of the mewithoutYou/La Dispute variety.

All Dogs, The Sidekicks, Fleabite, Florist @ Silent Barn
Frequent tourmates All Dogs and The Sidekicks are on the road together again, this time supporting All Dogs' soon-to-be-released Kicking Every Day. That album offers a high quality indie/pop punk crossover, while The Sidekicks' newest headed in a Shins/Band of Horses direction.

Social Distortion, Nikki Lane, Drag The River @ Stone Pony
Social Distortion's classic self-titled major label debut turns 25 this year, and they're celebrating by playing the whole thing on tour. There's no NYC date, but they'll be nearby tonight.

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival @ Jones Beach
This may be largely a mainstream pop festival, but there's actually some stuff worth catching. Today has big names like The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Santigold and Cold War Kids, plus (weirdly enough) indie-dance band The Faint.

Andres, Kyle Hall, Pender Street Steppers, Hashman Deejay, Laraaji @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Every Saturday afternoon in the summer, MoMA PS1 brings a full day of experimental and electronic music to their (hopefully) sunny courtyard. This is the third to last one of 2015.

Pop. 1280, Pill, Buck Gooter, The Sherman Group @ Alphaville
If it's noisy, post-punk inspired rock you like, you'll dig this bill featuring the bleak Pop. 1280, saxxy skronkers Pill, and the industrial blues of Buck Gooter.

No Parents, Honduras, Surfbort @ Baby's All Right
If you like your garage punk on the poppy and snotty side, LA troublemakers No Parents might fit the bill. Their album May The Thirst Be With You came out earlier this year on Burger Records and features such party ragers as "I'm a Dildo," "Pizza," and "Hey Illuminati" -- titles which should give you an idea for what kid of show to expect tonight. Tonight's bill is solid overall, with poppy garage rockers Honduras and also wild punks Surfbort.

Complete, Octagrape, Honey Radar @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
It's the penultimate edition of Union Pool's 2015 Summer Thunder series, featuring the first-ever NYC show by Texas cult rock band Complete, Octagrape (the current band from onetime Souljunk and Truman's Water dude Glen Galloway) and short song masters Honey Radar.

Mykki Blanco, Princess Nokia, LSDXOXO @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Mykki Blanco is allegedly no longer a rapper, but still a writer and a spoken word artist. Who knows what will be in store for today's performance?

Frankie Cosmos, Whitney, Lionlimb @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos' intimate sound is somewhere between twee pop and anti-folk. She brings it to the appropriately intimate venue Shea Stadium tonight.

Peter Stampfel, Big Cheese, Mothers, Swaai Boys, Lame, Phonoscenes @ Aviv
It's pretty amazing that folk legend (and Holy Modal Rounders member) Peter Stampfel is not only still active, but a regular on NYC's current DIY scene. Tonight's another chance to see him in action.

Slingshot Dakota, The Afraid Brigade, Teenage Halloween, Coolshark, Bannister @ Maxwell's
Bethlehem, PA duo Slingshot Dakota make indie pop not unlike Mates of State, but with a punk drive that that band lacks. They're always worth catching.

Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer), Hannah Cohen, Tamaryn, Sinkane (DJ sets) @ Freehold
Topman is throwing this free party featuring a host of DJ sets from cool local acts.  6 PM - 2 AM and you do need to RSVP.

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

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by Bill Pearis

Cranekiss Tamaryn

Tamaryn has shared a third track from her forthcoming album Cranekiss. "Softcore" is dark and ethereal, falling somewhere between the Cocteaus and Chameleons, which is a pretty good place to be. You can stream it, and the two other released songs off Cranekiss, below.

The album is out August 28 and that night she'll play a record release party at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show (including an option that comes with the new LP) go on sale Friday (7/10) at 10 AM.

Additionally, Tamaryn will be DJing at Elvis Guesthouse on July 14 and August 18 and has live dates on the West Coast as well. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tamaryn shares "Softcore" from 'Cranekiss,' announces NYC record release show & other tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Tamaryn @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)

Tamaryn has shared the title track from her forthcoming third album, Cranekiss. Unlike danceable first single "Hands All Over Me," this one is a little more like the hazy sound of her first two albums. As mentioned she made the new album with Shaun Durkan of Weekend, who is also now part of her live band, and Jorge Elbrecht (who produced the new No Joy). Stream "Cranekiss" below. The album's out August 28 via Mexican Summer.

You can hear more new music from Tamaryn at NYC's Saint Vitus tonight (6/2), which is also with Cities Aviv and a DJ set from A Place Both Wonderful and Strange. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tamaryn shares title track from new LP 'Cranekiss' (listen); NYC show with Cities Aviv is tonight"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 2
2015 Levitation Fest Day 2
2015 Levitation Fest Day 2
2015 Levitation Fest Day 2

How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.

Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.

The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.

Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.

Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.

I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.

Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...

Continue reading "Levitation day 2 in pics: JAMC, Primal Scream, Health, Ryley Walker, Earth, Tamaryn, Creepoid, Black Ryder & more"

by Bill Pearis

Tamaryn and new bandmate/collabrator Shaun Durkan

Tamaryn is back with a new dancier/synthier direction and album, titled Cranekiss, that is out August 28 via Mexican Summer. For it she collaborated with Weekend's Shaun Durkan on the songs (he's in her new live lineup too) and Jorge Elbrecht of Violens produced. While she's dropped the hazy shoegaze sound of her first two albums, she's still within the same gothy universe. Says Tamaryn:

This album has a ton of range in its approach to the songwriting. Shaun Durkan, Jorge Elbrecht and I brought an array of influences to each song that seem to have worked together in a really complementary way. To me, it's all about combining influences that you wouldn't automatically think of pairing together to create something exciting.
You can listen to first single "Hands Around Me" below.

Tamaryn debuted her new sound and live lineup at Mexican Summer's Marfa Myths fest in March, and she'll play Levitation Fest in Austin next weekend. Before and after Levitation she'll be playing shows in NYC: Sunday (5/3) at Pioneer Works for the Village Fete afterparty that also features a DJ set from MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and "special guests." This is a gala benefit for Pioneer Works and tickets are priced accordingly for something like this ($150).

Then after Levitation, she'll play June 2 at Saint Vitus with Cities Aviv (who has other shows too). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM. She'll also play London in June as well. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream and album artwork (designed by Durkan), below...

Continue reading "Tamaryn teams w/ Shaun from Weekend on new LP, playing NYC before & after Levitation fest (dates, new song stream)"

New Myths

The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."

The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.

There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Iceage, Grouper & more appearing at Mexican Summer's New Myths fest in Marfa, TX"

by Bill Pearis

Cretin Stompers

It took a while but Cretin Stompers -- featuring members of Wavves/Reatards, Barbaras and Big Muff Radio -- are finally set to release their debut album, Looking Forward To Being Attacked, next week (5/13) via HoZac. Under the haze of lo-fi production lie a bunch of very catchy tunes, some on the punky side, some on the glammy powerpop side. You can stream five songs from the album below.

The band will celebrate its release this Friday (5/9) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The show, curated by the folks at 1.21 Gigawatts, also features Habibi, Heaven's Gate and Dances. The band will have the album at the merch table for early purchase. Like all BKNB shows, this is free. Flyer below.

On Saturday night (5/10) at The Flat, there is a show with Lodro, Honduras, Baby Acid and a "Secret Headliner" that's billed as "mems of Jay Reatard/Wavves." We don't know for sure who that is but...draw your own conclusions. The night also features DJ sets from Tamaryn and Cassie Ramone. More info here.

Flyers for both shows, plus Cretin Stompers song streams, below...

Continue reading "Cretin Stompers releasing debut LP (streams), playing NYC this weekend w/ Habibi, Heaven's Gate & more"

photos by P Squared Photography

Chris & Cosey @ Santos, 1/11/2014
Chris and Cosey

Do you still there's still a mission to be subversive or disruptive?

Cosey: Well no, I don't think there ever was a mission, really. We [Throbbing Gristle] called it "The Mission is Terminated" because it had sort of turned into that kind of thing. The expectation had built that we were going to lead them somewhere, but what we were trying to say was, "There are no leaders, there's only you--that's what it's all about."

Chris: I guess we're enjoying it more now, we don't have to be subversive any more, we've matured, we're older.

Cosey: It's more a case of we're happy doing what we want to do as and when we want to do it--which we've always done, really. That's what's nice about the appreciation of the music we did in the '80s: we're physically experiencing the joy it's bringing to people 30 years later, and we saw it first time around. I don't think a lot of people get to have that--I mean, not in that kind of context, rather than something like an "oldies" tour where they go around going, "Here's the '80s again!" It's not like that, people have taken our music and brought it to the now, and appreciate it in the now for what it is.

Chris: Yeah we're definitely not doing an '80s revival show! The sounds are different. We are playing the old songs, but in a different way. We don't recreate those '80s sounds. - [Resident Advisor]

Industrial pioneers and lifemates Chris Carter and Cosi Fanni Tutti were in the U.S. earlier this month playing a few shows, rare appearances for the influential duo. The first was at MoMA PS1 where they did live remixes of songs from post-Throbbing Gristle project X-TG. Then they did two shows under the billing "Carter Tutti does Chris & Cosey," reworking some of their '80s-era material for now times. We already posted pics from their 1/12 show at Radio Bushwick, and now we've got a belated set from their 1/11 Santos show (with openers Excepter) in this post.

In related news, Carter and Tutti's former bandmate and provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge -- who recently played two shows with Psychic TV at Brooklyn Night Bazaar -- has a new book coming out via First 3rd. There's a NYC book launch party happening February 9 at MoMA PS1, featuring a live performance from Psychic TV and Starred, with a DJ set from Tamaryn, a reading by Jarrett Earnest, and films by Orridge and Leigha Mason. Advance tickets will be available but they aren't on sale yet. More info here. Stay tuned.

More pics from Chris & Cosey's show at Santos below...

Continue reading "Chris & Cosey also played Santos (belated pics); Psychic TV add MoMA PS1 show"

Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Azar Swan

Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.

In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:

The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.
The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).

Stream some Azar Swan below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan playing shows w/ Prurient & Suuns; member Josh Strawn launched new DJ night (schedule)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Ariel Pink / Fresh & Onlys / the crowd @ Mexican Summer Five 10/11/2013
Mexican Summer
Mexican Summer
Mexican Summer

Brooklyn label Mexican Summer celebrated its fifth birthday last weekend with Mexican Summer Five Years, a two-day celebration at Red Hook space Pioneer Works featuring much of the label's roster (and a few friends). This has been a big year for NYC label anniversary fetes, and while I dug the scene at DFA's and had a good time at Captured Tracks', hands down this was the best of the three and had a great time both days.

I was wondering if I would, though, on Friday night (10/11) as it took me more than an hour to get there from my Williamsburg apartment. G train (and some walking) or bus, it's a slow trek out there and I was a little grumbly on my way, but that all melted away when I got inside Pioneer Works. What an amazing, cavernous space, formerly used to build ships and tanks, with an almost as big outdoor courtyard where you could hang out if you didn't want to watch one of the bands. People did just that, not to mention taking in the music line-up, doing a little record shopping, checking out some of the space's art and generally had a relaxed time. It felt more like a party than a concert.

But on that tip, they did a great job with the stage, lighting and sound -- though it certainly helped that most of Mexican Summer's artists benefit from natural reverb and echo.

Bob Trimble
Mexican Summer

A late start by me, I missed Home Blitz, Bob Trimble (who was joined by Quilt for a song or two) and most of Mike Wexler's set. But The Fresh & Onlys were great. Their rhythm section couldn't make the trip from San Francisco, so it was singer Tim Cohen, guitarist Wymond Miles and a pickup bassist and drummer (snares and brushes mainly). With Tim playing acoustic, the songs took on new form and allowed you to really appreciate the craft -- and the genuinely amazing, creative guitarwork Wymond Miles brings to the equation. I know I verge on F&O superfan status, but they deserve all praise. Their new EP, Soothsayer, is worth checking out.

Mexican Summer

The good vibes (and acoustics) also helped with Tamaryn's set. She's starting to come out of her shell a bit too. Tamaryn used to play in near darkness but now has a projected video backdrop and, for this show at least, some dramatic lighting which put her in cool silhouette for most of her set.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti closed out the night. I am a casual fan and know of his rep as being shambolic, but they played what I thought was a terrific set, and Halloween-themed projections (including a clever appropriation of the Scooby Doo opening titles for their band name). Jorge Elbrecht, who would play the next night with his old project Lansing-Dreiden and just released a collaborative single with AP, is now a Haunted Graffiti member and brings no small amount of technical abilities on guitar. That collaborative single, "Hang Onto Life, with its chorus of "You screwed the pooch, now face it," was probably the highlight of the set. Pictures from night 1 of Mexican Summer Five are in this post.

We'll have pics from day 2 -- with Connan Mockasin, Linda Perhacs, Langsing-Dreiden, Spiritualized and many more -- are on the way. Meanwhile, you can download a free Mexican Summer fifth anniversary sampler here. If you live in NYC, you can catch Mexican Summer bands Quilt and Happy Jawbone Family Band (both of whom were excellent at MS5 on Saturday) tonight (10/16) at Cameo as part of the Mexican Summer/Kanine/Carpark showcase.

Check out more pics from Friday below.

Continue reading "Mexican Summer Five Years day 1 pics (Ariel Pink, Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Mike Wexler, Bob Trimble & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Happy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone

Mexican Summer's 5th Anniversary celebration is this weekend (October 11 & 12) happening at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. The shows will happen inside and outdoors and Friday (10/11) features Ariel Pink, Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Mike Wexler, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, and Home Blitz; Saturday (10/12) has Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockasin (first US show), a reunited Lansing-Dreiden, Co-La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, folk cult hero Linda Perhacs (first NY show), Quilt, Weyes Blood and Soldiers of Fortune. Tickets are still available in a variety of bundles, some of which include a commemorative 250-page book and 10" vinyl compilation (which you can buy separately too). The daily schedule is listed below.

The 10" record that comes with the book features exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally. There were 1000 made.

Many of the bands playing have new records either out now or on the way. Brattleboro, VT collective Happy Jawbone Family Band will release their brand new, self-titled LP next week (10/15) via the label. These guys have put out a lot of music -- some of which was collected for Tastes The Broom earlier this year -- but this is a pretty tight, cohesive and enjoyable record. And though the name gives off vibes of folk/bluegrass/jam/etc it would fit in alongside a mix with Fresh & Onlys or Built to Spill on it. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork. You can also catch HJFB tonight (10/10) at Death by Audio with Gull, Lutkie and Painted Faces.

They'll also be around next week for CMJ, playing Cameo on Wednesday (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Mood Rings who are also on Mexican Summer but are not scheduled to play the anniversary. All dates are listed below.


Speaking for Boston's Quilt, they also have a new single, "Arctic Shark," coming out on Mexican Summer at the end of the Month and you can stream that below. That song will be on the band's new album, Held in Splendor, which will be out January 28.

No Joy, who were here not so long ago, will release a new four-song EP, Pastel And Pass Out, on November 5. Like their terrific Wait to Pleasure LP, this new 12" was produced by Jorge Elbrecht (of Lansing-Dreiden and Violens) and you can stream a track from that below.

The Fresh & Onlys, who are jetting in just for this show, released their new EP, Soothsayer, a couple weeks back and you can stream that via Spotify.

Connan Mockasin (kind of the New Zealand analogue of Ariel Pink), who will play his first-ever US show at this, releases his new album, Caramel on November 5 as well. You can stream "I'm The Man, That Will Find You" below.

Speaking of Ariel Pink, he closes out Friday night's show and has a new collaborative single with Jorge Elbrecht which you can stream below. Jorge has his fingerprints all over this weekend, as Lansing-Dreiden are reuniting for Saturday's show (which should be interesting) and he released a single with Tamaryn as well as the above-mentioned No Joy records.

And J. Spaceman of Spiritualized plays tonight (10/10) at 7 Dunham Gallery with Glen Hasnard and Sean Bones as part of a Daniel Johnston photo book exhibition.

The Rockabus was originally going to provide transportation from Williamsburg and Borough Hall to Red Hook but that is not happening now. Public transportation will get you there eventually.

Quilt, Happy Jawbone, and No Joy tour dates are listed, along with the Mexican Summer Five Years schedule, streams and a flyer, below...

Continue reading "Mexican Summer Fest is this weekend (set times); Quilt, No Joy, Happy Jawbone & Connan Mockasin streaming new songs"

by Bill Pearis

Frankie Rose @ Bowery Ballroom 9/23/2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose celebrated the release of her new album, Herein Wild, last night at Bowery Ballroom. The show, "the longest I've ever played" she jokingly told the crowd, featured -- for most of the show -- an eight-piece choir, which really helped with the layered harmonies found on her records. Choir aside, I thought the new line-up of her band had things pretty down last night, especially that cover of The Damned's "Street of Dreams" which is probably better than the original. Co-headliner Tamaryn (very good as well) played before Frankie, and Weeknight (I mostly missed 'em) opened.

In a couple weeks Frankie will head out on the road, opening for Franz Ferdinand on their upcoming tour that includes an NYC stop at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 22 with Casual Sex on the bill as well. Tickets to that show are still available. She'll then head to the UK to open for White Lies. All tour dates are listed below.

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Spiritualized at Webster Hall last week (more by Greg Cristman)
Mexican Summer

Last week, we mentioned that Brooklyn label Mexican Summer would be throwing a fifth anniversary party in Red Hook (like Captured Tracks just did in Bushwick). It's since been announced that the festival will take place at Pioneer Works on October 11 and 12 and the lineup includes Ariel Pink (who just played Station to Station), the US debut of New Zealand's Connan Mockasin (who was supposed to play Station to Station, but dropped off), Spiritualized (who just played Webster Hall), Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, Quilt, Co La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Weyes Blood, Mike Wexler, Home Blitz, '80s-era cult psych-folk legend Bobb Trimble (who played NYC a couple times in the past year or so), '70s-era cult psych-folk legend Linda Perhacs (who makes her NYC debut at the show!), and Soldiers of Fortune (aka the "supergroup" of Papa Crazee, Mike Bones, Matt Sweeney, Barry London, Brad Truax, and Kid Millions, who will be doing a 2 hour jam sesh with special guests).

The fest also features an out-of-retirement performance by Lansing-Dreiden, the arty band led Jorge Elbrecht now of Violens. L-D only played a handful of shows in their original incarnation.

Various ticket options are available now online and at Brooklyn's Co-Op 87, who will also have a pop-up store at the festival.

In addition to the festival, Mexican Summer is also celebrating their five-year anniversary with a new book. A press release states:

The five-year anniversary is commemorated by Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 250-page, 11x11" book limited to 1,000 copies. The book features unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists. Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, screen-printed craft paper wrap, and three interior paper stocks.

Accompanying the book is a 10" record of exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally.
Full lineup below...

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photos by Autumn Andel

Tamaryn @ Mississippi Studios, Portland OR, 8/30/2013
Tamaryn - Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon - photos by Autumn  Andel - August 30th, 2013

Tamaryn, who splits her time between NYC and San Francisco, was in Seattle for Bumbershoot during Labor Day Weekend, and while out that way worked in a show at Portland, OR's Mississippi Studios a couple days prior (8/30). Pictures and a few videos from that show are in this post.

She'll be back in NYC later this month to co-headline Bowery Ballroom on September 23 with Frankie Rose, whose third album, Herein Wild, is out the next day. Tickets for that show are still available. As mentioned, keep an eye/ear out for Anton Newcomb's remixed version of Tamaryn's Tender New Signs album, which is due later this year.

In other Tamaryn news, she posted on her Facebook a poster for a Mexican Summer Five Years celebration of some sort that will take place somewhere in Red Hook on October 11 & 12. (Probably much like the one Captured Tracks just threw in Bushwick.) Like Tamaryn says, "More info to come soon..." but you can check out a teaser video below.

And back to Frankie Rose, she released a second track off Herein Wild to check out, a cover of The Damned's mid-80s song, "Street of Dreams" and you can stream that below too.

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Herein Wild

Frankie Rose's new album, Herein Wild, will be out September 24 via Fat Possum. That's the cover art above. If the jangly, string-laden first single, "Sorrow," is any indication, it's a little more straight-forward pop than last year's synth-heavy Interstellar. You can stream it below.

As mentioned, Frankie's playing a record release show at Bowery Ballroom on September 23. Since we posted, Tamaryn (who just played Brooklyn twice) has been added to the bill as co-headliner and tickets are still available.

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While Tamaryn plots her third album, she has handed over her last one, Tender New Signs, to Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe to remix. His version of Tender New Signs should be out later this year, and you can stream a rough mix of "Afterlight" below.

Tamaryn also has some shows coming up this year, including a couple in NYC. She's performing, alongside The Drums (who just played New Music Seminar) for Prospect Park Alliance's benefit, Summer Soirée 2013 which happens July 24 at the Prospect Park Boathouse. This gala event, hosted by the Junion Committee, isn't cheap ($75 - $250) but it does go to the park. Tickets are on sale now.

Two days after that, Tamaryn will play less rarified digs, headlining 285 Kent on July 26. That show is with Mirror Mirror, Haribo, and Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.

All Tamryn dates (including those crazy Converse shows in San Francisco) are listed below...

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Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed) Quicksand

We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:

Converse Represent series in San Francisco

Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's

JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest

JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies

JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch

JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests

The only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, for those in the Five Boroughs (and surrounding area) browse our NYC show calendar for more upcoming free shows.


Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.

Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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by Tim Griffin

BRMC / Acid Mothers Temple / Warpaint at Austin Psych Fest - 4/26/2013
Austin Psych Fest Day 1 - 4/26/2013
Austin Psych Fest Day 1 - 4/26/2013
Austin Psych Fest Day 1 - 4/26/2013

Last year Austin Psych Fest was held at Emo's East and Beauty Ballroom (RIP), the year before at the Seaholm Power Plant, and this year APF, which happened last weekend (4/26 - 4/28) has found what might be a permanent home at Carson Creek Ranch. The two seemed to fit well; open skies, trees, and a river (just minutes from downtown Austin) made for a great new location. Pictures of the ranch, and many of Day 1's bands (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Warpaint, Raveonettes, Tamaryn, Acid Mothers Temple, Tinariwen and more) and other goings-on are in this post.

BMRC play NYC on Saturday (5/4) at Terminal 5 with fellow Psych Fest vets Bass Drum of Death and tickets are still available.

Sailor Jerry invited me along for the ride and hired me to take some pictures for them as well. They had an AirStream back stage where much ink was dispensed (in the form of tattoos) as well as happiness (in the form of rum). Austin Tattoo artists Keith Underwood and Philip LaRocca manned the needles for those who stopped by for some permanent souvenirs. Pictures of some of that in the set, too.

Over at BV Austin, you can check out portraits taken at the fest by photographer Natasha Ryan. More pics from Day 1 of Austin Psych Fest below...

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Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.

Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield


San Francisco's gothy shoegaze queen Tamaryn just got back from a European tour and was nice enough to stop in NYC before heading home to play a show last night (2/21) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Joining her were friends Azar Swan (who played a Tamaryn afterparty last year) and Milagres. Did you make it to this show? Both Tamaryn and Milagres say this was their last NYC show for a while. More pictures from MHOW below...

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