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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn's Ski Lodge released Big Heart last year, and have just followed it up with a new single, "Our Love Is Over Now." Fitting for the title, it's an angsty, minor chord ballad and you can stream it below. The track comes just in time for the band's tour with Vancouver's The Belle Game which kicks off here in NYC at Glasslands on Friday (2/28) with the Starlight Girls, who will be on a few of their tour dates as well. Tickets are on sale now.

The band's tour will take them south and southwest, hitting The Savannah Stopover before the Austin madness of SXSW, followed by dates on the West Coast. Then later this spring, Ski Lodge will play another NYC show, opening for Tennis at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 10. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Ski Lodge tour dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below.

Continue reading "Ski Lodge released a new single, touring around SXSW with The Belle Game, opening for Tennis at MHOW (dates, stream)"

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)

There's already been three lineup announcements for SXSW 2014, and since we last spoke the music schedule was posted, which revealed more artist additions.

Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.

SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.

Lineup additions below...

Continue reading "SXSW adds Kurt Vile, Sam Smith, Chance the Rapper, Mark Kozelek, Perfume Genius, Schoolboy Q & more to 2014 lineup"


Tennis, who released the Small Sound EP via Communion last year, will have their as-yet-unnamed third album out this spring. Also this spring: they'll be opening for Haim for a string of dates in May. While that tour doesn't hit NYC, Tennis will warm up for that with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tennis ready LP#3, playing NYC before tour w/ Haim (dates)"

CocoRosie at Paper Box in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

CocoRosie are currently on tour in support of their newest LP, Tales of a Grass Widow. That tour hit NYC for a big show at Webster Hall earlier this month (10/12), but they've since tacked on a much more intimate NYC show to the end of the tour. The quirky songwriters will play Brooklyn Bowl on November 10 with two other quirky songwriters, Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris (the new ANTI-signed project of ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams). It's one of those 'School Night!' shows which means it's totally FREE but you do have to RSVP. Updated CocoRosie dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.

Meanwhile, there's another 'School Night!' show happening even sooner. As discussed, Tennis are playing this Sunday (11/3) (one of their two upcoming NYC shows), and since we last spoke, it's been announced that Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic) and Chalk and Numbers are opening. There will also be listening parties for the new Tennis EP, Small Sound, and the new Cut Copy album. RSVP is still open for this free show.

Tennis have also just made their new EP available to stream on Pitchfork.

All CocoRosie dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "CocoRosie add free Brooklyn Bowl show w/ Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris to tour; openers announced for Tennis' show"


Boat-loving duo Tennis have signed with Communion Music (the label co-run by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons) and will release their new EP, Small Sound, on November 5. It was produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins) and Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica), and you can stream the title track in this post.

Tennis will be heading out on the road next month as part of a "Communion Presents" tour that includes Savoir Adore, On an On and Night Sweats. All four bands will play the NYC date which happens at Rockwood Music Hall's new Stage 3 on November 5. (Rockwood is also the new home for the longrunning Communion series.) Tickets are on sale now. Not all bands will play every date, all of which are listed below.

Before the Rockwood show, Tennis will play the "School Night" series at Brooklyn Bowl on November 3. The shows are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).

Meanwhile, Savoir Adore also recently announced a show with French Horn Rebellion happening on December 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/4) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tennis sign to Communion Records, ready new EP & touring w/ Savoir Adore & On An On in November (dates, streams)"

Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

Continue reading "Craft Spells playing NYC before Midpoint Music Festival (2012 line-up)"

The Soft Pack getting touristy in NYC (@thesoftpack)
Soft Pack

today in NYC
* People's Band @ Barbes
* Dawn Cantwell@ Joe's Pub
* Freedy Johnston @ Maxwell's
* Anders Nilsson Band @ Barbes
* Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
* Anti-Pop Consortium @ New Museum
* Nichole Thompson-Adams@ Joe's Pub
* The Growlers, Census @ Glasslands
* Saint Motel, Races @ Mercury Lounge
* Mino Cinelu, Geri Allen @ The Stone
* Pomegranates, Kitten @ Mercury Lounge
* The Flashbulb, Bartel @ Cameo Gallery
* The Soft Pack, The Sundelles @ Union Pool
* Delbert McClinton @ BB King Blues Club
* Karikatura, DJ Ron Like Hell @ Zebulon
* Jill Sobule concert @ Rubin Museum of Art
* Internet Xplorer, Getawolfpup @ Glasslands
* Lydia Caesar, The VeeVees @ Santos Party House
* Mice Parade, Mr. Sila, Kira Kira @ Littlefield
* Dwight Andrews, Geri Allen, Mino Cinelu @ The Stone
* Vows, Miracles of Modern Science, Howth @ Maxwell's
* The Company Band, Lionize, Black Cowgirl @ Saint Vitus
* Zach Brock & The Number, Jamie Reynolds Trio @ 92YTribeca
* Shut Up and Play the Hits w/ DJ Pat Mahoney @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Janeane Garofalo From Two, Mike Yard @ EastVille Comedy Club
* The Head And The Heart, Lost in The Trees @ Prospect Park
* Incendiary, Primitive Weapons, Gang Signs, Divider @ The Acheron
* Mainland, The Doorbells, Ursa Minor, Palomino @ Knitting Factory
* King Khan & The Shrines, Hector's Pets, M. Lamar @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ancient Sky, Tournament, Catalyst, Eidetic Seeing @ Death By Audio
* Poor Lily, The Raindoggs, Kevin Egan, Alarms & Controls @ Cake Shop
* The Mighty Schnitzel, Dumb Talk, Dull Edges, The Pluto Moons @ XPO 929
* Magical Mistakes, Giraffage, Paul Jones, Obey City, Raja @ Cameo Gallery
* Gatekeeper, Total Freedom, James Ferraro, Yen Tech, Arca @ Public Assembly
* Young Heel, Black Light Dinner Party, A Lull, Nightmare Air, Murals @ Pianos
* The Nuclears, Starlight Girls, Boy Girl Party, Backwords, Old Monk @ Shea Stadium
* A Place To Bury Strangers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hunters @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rizzla, False Witness, Cakes Da Killa, Depressed Teenager($5 before midnight) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Chris Gethard, Shannon O'Neill, Silvija Ozols, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Will Hines, Connor Ratliff at UCB Chelsea
* And So I Watch You From Afar, Zechs Marquise, Brontide, Fifth Nation @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Xeno & Oaklander, Guardian Alien, Black Jeans, Uumans, Oracle DJ set @ The Maze at Secret Robot Project
* Poolside, Ice Choir, D-Video, Caroline Polachek (DJ), Jorge Elbrecht (DJ set), JDH & Dave P (DJ) @ Tribeca Grand

The Soft Pack's show last night with Oberhofer got rained out, but they play Union Pool twice this weekend. You can stream their new single "Saratoga" below.

Your movie choices this weekend include indie romantic/fantasy/comedy Ruby Sparks, suburbs-vs-aliens comedy The Watch (supposed to be bad, but it does star the brilliant Richard Ayoade), noir thriller Killer Joe, and the new Step Up film which promises to throw politics into the 3-D mix this time.

Or for something different and crazy violent, Nitehawk Cinema's midnight series "Summer in the City" is showing 1980's schlock vengance flick The Exterminator and you can watch the trailer for that below.

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Tennis, who will be in NYC in October, played Conan last night, performing "High Road." You can watch video of that below.

Watch video of Kendrick Lemar performing "She Needs Me" and "HiiiPOWER" live in Portland below.

Sophia Knapp, who recently opened for Destroyer, has a new video for her single "The Right Place" and you can watch that below.

The Shins tackle The Magnetic Fields' "Andrew in Drag" for Australian web series "Like a Version" which you can watch below.

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

Tennis at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tennis are teaming up this fall for a tour with Wild Belle, which comes to the NYC area for shows on October 2 at Maxwell's and October 3 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Maxwell's show and the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom show starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon.

A list of all dates and videos of both bands are below.

Continue reading "Tennis and Wild Belle going on fall tour together (dates)"


After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Austin City Limits Festival -- 2012 lineup "

Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2012 lineup (Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex...)"

The Zombies

The Zombies (featuring original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent) celebrated their 50th anniversary last year with a new album and tour. They've got another run of UK dates announced this year for May and June, and just announced two NYC shows which will take place on August 5 and 6 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale today (4/13) at noon.

The Zombies continue to be influential on new bands, having recently been covered by twee/dream pop groups Memoryhouse and Tennis. Stream Tennis's take on "Tell Her No" and Memoryhouse's take on "This Will Be Our Year" below.

All dates and streams below...

Continue reading "Zombies touring UK, announced 2 NYC shows, were covered by Tennis & Memoryhouse (streams & dates)"

Tennis at Hotel Vegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tennis were last in NYC on their tour with Hospitality for two sold out shows in March, before both making their way to Austin for SXSW where they played Hotel Vegan and the Carson Daly showcase.

Tennis will be in NYC again next week to perform on Letterman on 4/9. While they're here, they'll play a show at Brooklyn Bowl on April 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

Tennis were recently on other late night TV shows as well, having performed "Origins" on The Tonight Show and aired footage from SXSW on Carson Daly. Videos from both of those performances along with all dates below...

Continue reading "Tennis playing Letterman & Brooklyn Bowl (next week) --- updated 2012 Tour Dates (and Leno & Carson Daly videos)"

most photos by Amanda Hatfield, some shots by Zach Timm

Polica @ Hotel Vegan
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

In addition to hosting almost 100 bands on three stages for four days straight, BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, was a place where you could sip some complimentary HobNob Wines from noon-7pm each day. On Friday (3/16/2012), the third day of Hotel Vegan, we teamed with HobNob and The Original Moonshine for a big party that included the following, amazing FREE lineup:

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Cold Showers
1:00 Polica
2:00 Youth Lagoon
3:00 Eight and a Half (members of Broken Social Scene & the Stills)
3:45 Django Django
4:30 Tennis
5:15 Light Asylum
6:00 The Black Angels

Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Lucius
12:45 The Big Sleep
1:30 The Twilight Sad
2:15 Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces)
3:00 Widowspeak
3:45 TRUST
4:30 The Evaporators (Nardwuar's band)
5:15 DIVE

Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:15 Jennifer Castle
1:00 Daughter
1:45 Exitmusic
2:30 Doldrums
3:15 Zeus
4:00 Au Palais
5:00 Craft Spells

It was a very good day. Bill wrote about some of the bands who played on Friday including Nardwuar's band The Evaporators who definitely put on one of the day & week's most memorable performance for those who caught it. As Bill wrote, "At one point, one group of people were holding him up while another group were holding his organ (hello!) while he played it... and then he soon climbed on top of it. There were costume changes, group singalongs, question and answer sessions and a lot of really fun garage punk. One of my Top 5 sets of SXSW 2012."

The Evaporators getting started @ Hotel Vegan
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

If you got your picture taken in our Smilebooth, make sure to look for yourself in the photos posted to our Facebook.

Special thanks to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.

The Black Angels closed the day off right with a set of their 60s-influenced, psych rock n roll to an oferflowing house on the outdoor stage that saw a full crowd throughout the day thanks to names like Polica, Youth Lagoon and Tennis.

So many bands, so little time, so experience it with the pictures that continue below (and stay tuned for more on BV Austin)...

Continue reading "#HotelVegan Day 3 pics (BV, HobNob Wines & Moonshine presents) - Black Angels, Tennis, Youth Lagoon & MANY more"


As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).

Friday's party is presented with HobNob Wines, our official wine partner of all four days of Hotel Vegan, and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner on Friday and Saturday.

We announced Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in full.
Here is Friday at Hotel Vegan (March 16, 2012):

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Cold Showers
1:00 Polica
2:00 Youth Lagoon
3:00 Eight and a Half (members of Broken Social Scene & the Stills)
3:45 Django Django
4:30 Tennis
5:15 Light Asylum
6:00 The Black Angels

Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Lucius
12:45 The Big Sleep
1:30 The Twilight Sad
2:15 Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces)
3:00 Widowspeak
3:45 TRUST
4:30 The Evaporators (Nardwuar's band)
5:15 DIVE

Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:15 Jennifer Castle
1:00 Daughter
1:45 Exitmusic
2:30 Doldrums
3:15 Zeus
4:00 Au Palais
5:00 Craft Spells

In addition to the completely FREE lineup of 23 bands, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines and The Original Moonshine.

We will also have free vegan treats courtesy of NadaMoo! and free Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners.

The Black Angels (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Angels
Black Angels

HobNob Wines offers free music content at its HobNob Inner Circle on Facebook. Join HobNob's Inner Circle to access exclusive downloads, editorial and info on upcoming events. Previously featured artists include Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Saint Bernadette, The Antlers, Company of Thieves, Xylos, as well as The Black Angels and Polica who are both playing this party.


Friday is just one of four full days at Hotel Vegan. Wednesday lineup HERE. Thursday lineup HERE. Saturday lineup HERE.

We also have THREE official BrooklynVegan showcases - Tuesday (which Alex Maas of the Black Angels is playing a song at), Wednesday, and Friday - and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys, AND a bridge show.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hospitality @ Public Assembly for BV-CMJ in October 2011

Hospitality's tour with Tennis hits Bowery Ballroom for a sold out NYC show tonight (3/3). If you don't have tickets, you can still buy one for the show happening Monday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/5), and you can catch Hospitality (without Tennis) for FREE in New Haven, CT at Bar on Wednesday (3/7).

You can also catch Hospitality for free at the BrooklynVegan day party happening March 15th at Hotel Vegas in Austin, part of our four day 'Hotel Vegan' extravaganza during SXSW. Stay tuned for more details including the full lineup for that.

Maybe you caught Hospitality for free when they played the Friday BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly during CMJ this year. Here are some pictures from that Brooklyn performance. More of them, with all tour dates (stint with Eleanor Friedberger included), below...

Continue reading "Hospitality on tour w/ Tennis, playing free show in CT, playing BV-SXSW 2012, played BV-CMJ 2011 (pics & dates)"

Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose releases Interstellar this month (2/21) and as Bill points out, she's left the garage pop of her debut behind in favor of synthy, jangly pop. It's a huge step up from her last album and you can stream the entire thing at SPIN. She plays a record release show for the album at Knitting Factory on February 21 with Dive and Night Manager.

The new album from Dr. Dog, Be The Void, is out this week (2/7) and streaming at Conan O'Brien's website Team Coco. Watch the video of their performance on the show last night (2/8) below. Also, don't forget to grab your tickets for their Terminal 5 show on 3/23 while they're still available. More tour dates HERE.

Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are touring together in support of their upcoming albums which are both currently streaming on NPR. Listen to Sharon's HERE and Shearwater's HERE. Their tour hits NYC on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out but Sharon plays Bowery again the next night (2/26) and tickets are still available.

Islands' new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is due out February 14 via ANTI- and you can stream the entire thing below. Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 2/25 at LPR. Tickets are still available.

Instrumental hip hop producer Mux Mool released his new album, Planet High School, digitally this week and that can be streamed in full below (via FADER).

Field Music will release their new album, Plumb, on February 14 via Memphis Industries. You can stream the whole thing at NPR.

Tennis's new album, Young and Old, is due out February 14 via Fat Possum and you can stream it in full below (via P4K). Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/5 at MHOW. The Bowery show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still on sale.

Air's new album, Le Voyage Dans La Lune, which features a collaboration with Beach House's Victoria Legrand, and as mentioned is a soundtrack, is out this week and streaming in full on NPR.

It's not exactly an album, but Fucked Up's 15+ minute "Year of the Tiger" single which features Jim Jarmusch, Austra, and Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says, can be streamed below.

Streams below...

Continue reading "Frankie Rose, Dr. Dog, Sharon Van Etten, Shearwater, Islands, Tennis & other new album streams "

Tennis at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)

As mentioned, Tennis will welcome their sophomore LP, Young and Old, on February 14 via Fat Possum and tour in support of it in February and March. When we first announced that tour, it was scheduled to hit NYC on March 3 at Bowery Ballroom. They've since added another NYC show happening on March 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Hospitality has been added as an opener to both shows. Tickets for the Bowery show are still available and tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (1/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/25) at noon.

Speaking of Hospitality, who have a new video and are streaming their debut LP on Spotify, you can catch them in NYC even sooner at their record release show at Glasslands on February 3 with Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong. Tickets are still available.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Tennis add 2nd NYC show with Hospitality (updated dates)"

Tennis at the Bell House in March (more by Jessica Amaya)

Tennis will follow their debut LP, which came out earlier this year, with the album Young and Old, which comes out on February 14 via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys (who have two MSG shows with Arctic Monkeys in March), who also produced the recently released single, "Origins," which you can stream below.

Tennis will tour in support of the new album in February and March, coming to NYC on March 3 at Bowery Ballroom (two days before an actual game of Tennis happens inside Madison Square Garden). Tickets for the Bowery show are on sale now.

The duo also recently recorded two covers; one being of The Zombies' "Tell Her No," and the other of Broadcast's "Tears in the Typing Pool." You can stream both of these covers below.

Speaking of Broadcast, whose singer Trish Keenan tragically passed away earlier this year, group member James Cargill is working on a new Broadcast album which will use vocals that Keenan had recorded before her death. In an interview with Under the Radar, James said, "Trish left a lot of tapes, four-tracks and stuff, and I've been going through those. It's difficult, and I'm connected to it at the same time. It's wonderful, but I'm also feeling a sense of loss." He's also working on a soundtrack to the Peter Strickland film Berberian Sound Studio, which he and Keenan had begun together.

All dates and streams below...

Continue reading "Tennis announce new LP & tour, cover Broadcast (who are making an album too)"

The Vaccines at Bowery Ballroom (more by Chris Gersbeck)

"Due to medical reasons within The Vaccines camp, Young Buffalo and The Vaccines regretfully have to cancel their fall tour [with Tennis]."
Earlier this month it was reported that Vaccines singer Justin Young was having vocal cord issues. The affected dates include Webster Hall on September 30 and October 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All are listed below...

Continue reading "Vaccines, Young Buffalo, Tennis tour cancelled "

Yuck at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Tamara Porras)

As previously mentioned, POPPED! Music Festival is coming to Philly's FDR Park September 23 and 24. The festival will headlined by The Shins, Cage the Elephant, Girl Talk, and Pretty Lights. It also features performances by Titus Andronicus, Panda Bear, The Hold Steady, The Vaccines, Kreayshawn, and many others. Tennis, who are touring with the Vaccines, were just added to the lineup as were Yuck and Philly hero Questlove 2 Day Passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at 10 AM.

Yuck is on tour for much of this summer, though they don't have any NYC dates scheduled at the moment. We wouldn't be surprised if they add a show in September though. All of their current dates and their recently released NSFW video are below.

Full POPPED! lineup and flier below too...

Continue reading "updated POPPED! lineup, Yuck tour dates"

DOWNLOAD: Young Buffalo - "Only We Can Keep You From Harm" (MP3)

Vaccines at Summerstage in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The Vaccines and Tennis are going on a fall together, POPPED! Music Festival in Philly and two NYC shows included. They play September 30 at Webster Hall and October 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Young Buffalo open both NYC shows and other dates on the tour. Both NYC shows are on Amex presale now. General sale begins Friday (7/8).

You can also see the Vaccines much sooner if you want to travel to the Hamptons. All tour dates are listed below.

Young Buffalo @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo also opened for the Vaccines last time they played Bowery Ballroom (and are not to be confused with Young the Giant who play the Apple Store in SoHo tonight). Check out Young Buffalo track "Only We Can Keep You From Harm" which is from their new EP, Young Von Prettylips, out July 19th on Cantora Records (the band has also released an album on Fat Possum). Young Buffalo will also be around much sooner hitting Pianos on July 21st and Brooklyn Bowl on July 23rd. All of their dates, some with the Arctic Monkeys (who the Vaccines toured with and played Summerstage with), are below.

The Vaccines and Tennis also both play Lollapalooza and MusicfestNW. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Vaccines, Tennis & Young Buffalo tour dates, MP3 & stuff"


Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "MusicfestNW 2011 -- dates & initial lineup"

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Rachel Kowal


Sun and surf - rarely do all the bands on a bill have such a distinct (and welcome) common denominator. As we enter the final weeks of winter, what could be better than say, synth-laden pop from the sunshine state, ephemeral vocals from a recent Bruise Cruiser, or infectious melodies from a pair who fell in love at sea?

It was a good line-up at the Bell House on Thursday (3/3) - even if the evening got off to a bit of an uneven start with Holiday Shores' erratic sound and Nathan Pemberton's woozy, reverb-drenched vocals. With their new material especially (and most of it was new), the Florida group touched on a number of different sounds as if their songs were molded to passing whims or random fits of inspiration. From time to time, their underlying pop sensibilities rang out as with the hit from their last album, "Phones Don't Feud." Other times, the arrangements were a bit... creepy.

The catchy keyboard riffs of Holiday Shores may have been more immediately compelling, but La Sera benefited greatly from front woman Katy Goodman's magnetism and daydream-like vocals. Whether excitedly addressing the crowd between songs or rocking out on the bass, Goodman never ceased to smile - even when guitarist Scott Shannon broke a string. She simply turned the dead air into a celebration by welcoming a member of the crowd on stage to commemorate his 19th birthday.

Though the band is based in LA, Goodman used to live in New York, and was clearly "glad to be back." She even dedicated a cover of a Shirelles song ("Dedicated to the One I Love") to Brooklyn to prove it. La Sera also played a handful of "brand new" songs from their recently released self-titled album before closing their set with "Beating Heart," which features hypnotic layers of vocals.

Last up: Tennis. After hastily hand-copying the set list and conducting a brief sound check, the band launched into the light, upbeat song "Seafarer," which conveniently laid out much of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley's story - as if you didn't already know the charming details of their romantic voyage.

Many of Tennis' songs may start out a bit slow, but they have a tendency to burst into a quickened tempo and soaring vocals, as if each song is a slowly building wave.

With the exception of just one song ("Water Birds"), they played through every song of their recently-released album, in addition to showcasing a few new songs, including "Robin." "It's about a baby bird we saved last month," said Moore by way of introducing the song. ("Of course they're saving baby birds," remarked someone in the crowd.)

None of the newer songs seem to immediately sparkle as much as their predecessors (especially "South Carolina" or the crowd favorite "Marathon"), but with most clocking in at around three minutes, it hardly matters. The next song is always imminent... at least to a point. "Oh my God this has gone so quickly!" Moore exclaimed after they had breezed through much of the set. After only 40 minutes on stage, Tennis concluded their encore-less set with "Hard Times, a Charles Dickens-themed song.

The same tour hit Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan one night earlier. More pictures and Tennis's setlist from the Brooklyn show, and a video from Bowery Ballroom where Katy Goodman joined the headliners for "Marathon", below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

La Sera @ Bowery Ballroom
La Sera

After a recent showing at Mercury Lounge late last year (and an opening slot at Terminal 5 with The Walkmen), Tennis returned to NYC last night (3/2). The show, which took place at Bowery Ballroom, was part of the Colorado couple's larger winter tour with La Sera and Holiday Shores.The play NYC again tonight at the Bell House (tickets are still on sale). The tour ends at SXSW.

It was too dark in Bowery Ballroom to notice, but I'm sure that Kickball Katy of La Sera got a bit of color while she was out on the Bruise Cruise with Black Lips and the rest of the Vivian Girls (part 1 pics/review, and part 2).

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below (along with all tour dates)...

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