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Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

Continue reading "A guide to NYC holiday concerts and events"

photo: the Antlers @ Green Man -- Aug 23, 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
The Antlers

The Antlers just got back from a European tour which ended with a performance at Green Man where we caught them along with Sexwitch, St. Vincent, Goat and more.

This Labor Day weekend they get back on the road for a Northeast tour that includes shows with Death Cab For Cutie, and some more-intimate shows with Port St. Willow. Looking for something to do over Labor Day Weekend? Woodstock, NY is a great place to visit, and you can catch The Antlers at the now-Bowery-booked Bearsville Theater on Saturday (9/5). Tickets for that show are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

Death Cab meanwhile come to NYC on September 12th for their headlining show at MSG which Explosions in the Sky is opening. Their tour also included a NJ date with Passion Pit at the Camden venue Van Halen just played. Who caught that one? Twin Shadow opens for DCFC in North Carolina.

The Antlers played two Brooklyn shows with Spoon in June, and were recently remixed by Darkside's Dave Harrington. You can listen to that along with their tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Antlers remixed by Dave Harrington, playing Woodstock this Labor Day weekend & other September dates"

photos and words by Rachel Juarez-Carr & Christopher Jesse Juarez

Sexwitch / Songhoy Blues / St. Vincent / SFA / GOAT @ Green Man 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015

The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the last two days.

Most anticipated set: Sexwitch - the act billed only as "Special Guest" turned out to be the debut performance of a new project from Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and Dan Carey - dark, droney and insistent.

Best set by someone we hadn't heard of before: Hannah Lou Clark and her band, equal parts angsty and dreamy.

Best place to hide out to during the sudden three-hour heatwave on Saturday: The Cinedrome tent with Gulp, because angel-voiced dream pop makes everything better, even when you're simultaneously horribly sweaty and covered in mud (somehow singer Lindsey Leven was immaculate in head-to-toe white, which reinforces our theory that Gulp are slightly magic.)

Most fun to shoot portraits of: Girl Ray, three London ladies who were finalists in the Green Man Rising competition and are very fun to hide between tents with.

Song we still have stuck in our heads: "Moons in My Mirror" by H Hawkline, whose pleasingly intriguing songs and deadpan demeanour were so appealing that the tentful of watchers were quite happy to comply with his request that they whistle the theme from the Great Escape while he tune his guitars, twice.

Most talked-about performance we failed to see: Northumbrian balladeer Richard Dawson [and not the late Family Feud host - Ed] in the Walled Garden, who we are assured was brilliant and unusual.

Youth enterprise award: The three children at the festival entrance with an acoustic guitar busking Super Furry Animals songs: Charlotte, Amelia and James. "Fire in My Heart" was a delight:

Green Man Festival 2015

Most packed tent: Songhoy Blues from Mali, because they manage to combine deeply cool rock-star stage presence with an overwhelming sense of glee. Plus singer Aliou Touré does really good dancing, and everything they played was brilliant.

Most unfortunate scheduling: Stealing Sheep, who are great but played at the same time as (and right next to) Songhoy Blues.

Most committed crowd: Super Furry Animals. Fans stood ankle-deep in mud and didn't seem to mind the torrential rain, and in return received a predictably first-class set. There can't be any better setting to hear "Mountain People" than the Mountain Stage at Green Man. (Extra points to the gentleman who crowd-surfed all the way to the front sitting in an eight-foot inflatable dinghy.)

Best between-songs chat: Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, who at one point delightedly exclaimed, "I've had cancer for three years, you know, and I've had 150 hours of radiotherapy on my throat - they said 'I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to talk after that, let alone sing!' but you've got to sing, don't you?! Because it makes people happy!"

Most appropriate name: Towel, who played just after the 21-hour rain storm (complete with 6am wake-everybody-up thunder) stopped.

Best impromptu special guests: Deep Throat Choir who, 24 hours after Matthew E White apparently asked them to join him, appeared en masse at the end of his set and started making up dance routines while singing the outrageously catchy backing vocals to "Rock & Roll is Cold."

Most rapt audience: Father John Misty, who was throwing himself on the floor by the first chorus of the first song and had row after row of grown adults grinning with glee like kids on Christmas morning.

Most apt headliner: Goat, whose vaguely pagan masked glory closed the final night of the Far Out stage and were followed by the ceremonial burning of the giant Green Man. Plus, "Run to Your Mama" might've been the best performance of the entire festival.

Pictures from the first two days of Green Man 2015 are HERE. Lots more pics from the final two days, below...

Continue reading "Green Man fest 2015 pics/review Pt. 2: Sexwitch, St. Vincent, SFA, Father John Misty, Goat, Songhoy Blues & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Spoon / The Antlers @ The Wick 6/17/2015
The Antlers

"This is a good room for that one," Britt Daniel remarked after Spoon played "Outlier" at The Wick on Wednesday night (6/17). The cavernous former brewery favors bass and danceable songs like that are definitely a good fit for the space, but Spoon (and The Wick) sounded really good last night overall. It's also nice when a band 20 years into their career are still making records people want to hear played live, with last year's They Want My Soul being well represented with six songs, plus favorites from most of their other records (including rare inclusion "Metal Detektor" from A Series of Sneaks). Printed setlist is below. This was the second of two Brooklyn shows for the band, having played the much bigger Kings Theater the night before (anybody go to that?). With some dramatic lighting working well with the industrial vibe, it made for a fun evening.

Both Brooklyn shows were opened by tourmates The Antlers whose expansive sound also worked well at The Wick. The venue, by the way, is coming along, with bathrooms finally open so you don't have to go over to The Well anymore. Unless you want a (much) better beer selection -- when I asked what the two choices on draft at The Wick were, the bartender said "light or dark." Okay then! A/C seemed to be working too, but it was also a cool night.

More pics from Spoon and The Antlers at The Wick, below...

Continue reading "Spoon played two Brooklyn shows with The Antlers (pics / setlist from The Wick)"

photo: Spoon at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As previously mentioned, Spoon and The Antlers are touring together, and hitting NYC on June 16 at Kings Theatre (buy tickets or win them). Now they expanded their tour to include a couple more shows, including a much smaller Brooklyn show happening the next night (6/17) at The Wick. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Spoon & The Antlers expand tour, add show at The Wick"

photo: The Antlers at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Antlers were added as an opener to some dates on the upcoming Spoon tour, including the Brooklyn show happening June 16 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.

Details on how to enter to win, with The Antlers' list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Antlers opening for Spoon on tour (win tix to Brooklyn!)"


Last year, Hundred Waters threw their first-ever FREE three-day FORM Festival in Arizona's experimental town Arcosanti, and this year they're doing it again from May 22-24. They've got a few of the same names, including How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Julie Byrne and Kodak to Graph, as well as new faces such as The Antlers, Holly Herndon, Jacques Greene, Julianna Barwick, Mutual Benefit, Pharmakon, Mitski, Tokimonsta, Machinedrum and more. Here's what Hundred Waters say about the fest:

Festivals are usually fast paced and high stress for artists and attendees. We're lucky to spend a single day on site and even luckier to have a meaningful conversation with an artist we know or wish to know. With FORM, all of the artists and attendees stay on site together for the entire weekend. We eat together, dance together, share the whole experience together, and when it's time to part ways, we leave with a very distinct memory of a very distinct time and place. We let the place and the environment shape that experience. As visitors to this beautiful, highly intentional micro city of Arcosanti, our appreciation for every day things like infrastructure, sustenance and community are heightened without even realizing it. Every human interaction more meaningful. Every cup of coffee or tea more delicious with the underlying thought of what it took to get it into your hands. A more present state of consciousness. A place to cultivate ideas.

If you're interested in coming, we ask that you answer a few simple questions. The more creative your response, the better. After receiving your submissions, we'll send out invites. Capacity is made limited to ensure the space is treated with care. If invited, just arrive and share a little piece of yourself with us as we will with you. See you in the desert :)
This year will also have a Moog Sound Lab performance series, "where artists can experiment and explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects on never before seen Moog prototype synths and archival equipment. This will be the first time that the Moog Sound Lab experience has ever traveled outside of the Moog Factory."

Once again, it's totally free, you just have to RSVP to go. Full lineup and a new mini-documentary video about last year's festival, below.

Hundred Waters are also hopping aboard a train with Skrillex, Diplo and friends for this year's Full Flex Express tour.

Speaking of The Antlers, they're releasing a live album, The Antlers in London, on June 15 via Transgressive. You can check out the tracklist and a video from that show, below...

Continue reading "Hundred Waters announce 2015 FORM fest w/ Antlers, How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Mitski, more"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death Cab

As discussed, Death Cab for Cutie is releasing their eighth album, Kintsugi, on March 31 via Atlantic -- their last with Chris Walla and first with an outside producer (Rich Costey) -- and they've now premiered its first single, "Black Sun" (one of three songs they recently debuted live). As you'd probably expect if you've heard the last few Death Cab albums, it's much cleaner and bigger sounding stuff than the band's introverted beginnings, and you can especially hear that they brought a big-name producer on board for this one. Listen for yourself, via the lyric video, below.

The band also announced a tour, much of which is with The Antlers, whose Familiars was one of our favorite albums of 2014. Unfortunately no NYC show at the moment. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Death Cab for Cutie share "Black Sun" from new LP, announce tour with The Antlers (dates, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums & Tracks of 2014"

by Andrew Sacher

Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.

If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.

Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...

Continue reading "Foxing are here w/ Modern Baseball, Somos & others, told us their favorite LPs of 2014 (plus, watch a new live video)"

drowned in sound

UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...

Continue reading "UK site Drowned in Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2014"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...

The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.

"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]

John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!

Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
Bob Mould and Hedwig

The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.

Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).

Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...

On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.
Tickets and information available HERE.


As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..

You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.


Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).

The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Tits of Clay (indie-connected Hedwig Broadway band) making an LP, played guest-filled shows, playing benefit tonight w/ Michael C Hall & more +++++ John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!!"

Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)

Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:

TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).

The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).

Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).

Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).

Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).

There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.

Dave Harrington holiday party info below...

Continue reading "Peter Silberman, Widowspeak, BDOD, Beach Fossils, Suckers, DOM, Beverly, TEEN, more playing final Glasslands shows"

photos by Greg Cristman

"Amazing set by Tinariwen last night in Ft Greene. Also loved Daniel Lanois on pedal steel." - @theinnerbanks

"Most eclectic, amazing concert last night. Just wow. Great show @daniellanois @theantlers @lonnieholley @TINARIWEN" - Carolyn Waters

Tinariwen / Antlers
The Antlers

The Daniel Lanois and ANTI- Records co-curated ANTI-Thesis show went down this past Monday (11/10) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, bringing together artists from entirely different musical backgrounds. Lanois himself performed, as well as Malian Tishoumaren band Tinariwen, atmospheric pop heroes The Antlers and cult artist Lonnie Holley. The show went late (ended around 1 AM) and ended with Lonnie, Lanois and The Antlers all joining Tinariwen on stage. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Lanois is fresh of the release of his latest album, Flesh and Machine, and is currently out on tour with Lonnie Holley in support of it. Monday's show was the first US date of the tour, which hits several East Coast cities throughout November. Updated dates are listed below.

Before the show, the bands did some remixing of one another. The Antlers' frontman Peter Silberman remixed Tinariwen's "Toumast Tincha," which we posted HERE, and Lanois put out his takes on both The Antlers' "Doppelganger" and Tinariwen's "Adounia Ti Chidjret."

Streams of both of Lanois' remixes, a video of his set, more pictures from the show and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Tinariwen, The Antlers, Lonnie Holley & Daniel Lanois played the ANTI-Thesis show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (pics)"


Tonight (11/10) is the ANTI-Thesis concert at Brooklyn Masonic Temple featuring full sets from The Antlers, Tinariwen, Lonnie Holley and show organizer Daniel Lanois. Tickets are still available. For the occasion, The Antlers main man, Peter Silberman, remixed Tinariwen's songs "Toumast Tincha" which is the opening track to the band's newest album, Emmaar. He gives the funky track a dreamlike, otherworldly quality. The remix premieres in this post and you can stream it, along with a Lanois remix of Tinariwen's "Adounia Ti Chidjret," below.

Continue reading "Tinariwen get remixed by Antlers & Daniel Lanois (streams); ANTI-Thesis concert with all three is tonight"

The Antlers at Rough Trade in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Producer/musician Daniel Lanois (known for work with Brian Eno, U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and others) has teamed up with ANTI- Records to curate a concert called ANTI-Thesis happening as a one-off in NYC on November 10 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Lanois himself will be performing, as will fellow ANTI- artists The Antlers (who have a great new album out this year) and Tinariwen (ditto). Joining them as a special guest will be cult artist Lonnie Holley. Lanois says, "It's a dream come true to welcome artists from different walks of life to share one stage. Let this be the beginning of something that should never stop, music is the universal language." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19).

Daniel Lanois is also releasing a new album, Flesh And Machine, on October 28 via ANTI-. He's got a video for that album's single "Opera" out now, and also has other November tour dates with Lonnie Holley. The Antlers and Tinariwen have other dates as well. All are listed, with the "Opera" video, below...

Continue reading "Daniel Lanois releasing a new LP, curated 'ANTI-Thesis' NYC show w/ Antlers, Tinariwen & Lonnie Holley (dates, video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Antlers @ Rough Trade NYC - 6/17/14
The Antlers

The Antlers released their new album Familiars yesterday (6/17), and on release day they celebrated with an in-store at Rough Trade NYC where they played the album start to finish. Pictures are in this post.

It's their third album since frontman Peter Silberman turned The Antlers into a full band and released the highly-acclaimed Hospice (and fifth overall), and as last night's show further proved, the most somber of the three. The Antlers had been increasingly becoming a full-sounding band, but last night they were without their bassist/guitarist, instead joined by Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem/David Byrne & St. Vincent/etc collaborator Kelly Pratt (also ex-Beirut who we just caught at 50 Kent) on trumpet and keys, who helped them favor atmosphere over grandiosity. The new stuff is also their jazziest, and not because of the horns but because of the chord changes and light, fusion-inflicted drumming.

The band may not have gotten loud last night, but damn if they weren't powerful. Peter hardly spoke at all during songs, whispering "thanks for coming to our record release show, we really appreciate it" and "how is everyone tonight?" but otherwise stayed zoned in to the band's material. The horns (Kelly and Antlers multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci both contributed them on every song) really help define this new stuff, and seeing those arrangements come to life was a thrill. But Peter dishing out those deeply personal lyrics like he meant every word was the highlight of the show over and over again. It's hard to think of a band who five years ago wrote a concept album about cancer "maturing," but Familiars gives the vibe that Peter is looking back on the troubled past that informed Hospice with a newfound wisdom, while still sounding as emotionally heavy.

The Antlers will begin a full tour later this month with Mr. Twin Sister which includes a much larger NYC show on July 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from Rough Trade below...

Continue reading "The Antlers celebrated 'Familiars' at Rough Trade NYC (pics)"

The Antlers at Glasslands in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

The Antlers are releasing a new album, Familiars on June 17 via ANTI- and going on a tour with Mr. Twin Sister (fka Twin Sister) which includes a NYC show on July 26 at Webster Hall (tickets). However, sooner than that they'll play an in-store at Rough Trade NYC (6/17) at 8 PM on the album's release date. To get in, you have to purchase the new album from the Rough Trade store that day starting at 11 AM to receive wristbands. Each purchase comes with two wristbands (good for one person each).

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Antlers playing Rough Trade NYC in-store before tour"

mr twin sister

We posted last week that Twin Sister seemed to have changed their name to Mr. Twin Sister for the Veronica Mars soundtrack, and today the band made it official -- that is indeed their new name. With that comes a slightly revamped, decidedly more electronic sound, if new song "Out of the Dark" is any indication. Not totally unlike The Knife, with a seriously funky rhythm section, you can stream it below.

Whether this song is part of an album or not (probably?) remains to be seen, but Mr. Twin Sister will be out and about this summer, including a few dates opening The Antlers' tour, including the NYC stop on July 26 at Webster Hall (tickets). They also play three headlining shows in NYC at Baby's All Right (September 4 - 6). Tickets for those Baby's shows are on sale now.

UPDATE: They cancelled one of those shows and postponed the other two.

All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

Continue reading "Twin Sister now officially Mr. Twin Sister: share new song, touring, (3 nights at Baby's All Right + dates w/ The Antlers)"

The Antlers at Glasslands in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

The Antlers' new album, Familiars, comes out on June 17 via ANTI-, and after revealing the chilled-out, horn-laden "Palace," they're now back with a second chilled-out, horn-laden single, "Hotel." Check it out, via SPIN, below.

As discussed, The Antlers' tour includes a NYC show happening on July 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "The Antlers release "Hotel" from upcoming album (listen)"


The 2014 edition of Portland's MusicFestNW happens August 16 & 17 at the city's Waterfront Park. This year's line-up has been revealed and includes Spoon, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Haim, Phantogram, The Antlers, Girl Talk, tUnE-yArDs, EMA and more. No word on tickets yet but check out the two-day lineup below.

Continue reading " MusicFestNW 2014 lineup announced (Spoon, Future Islands, Phantogram, Haim, Run the Jewels, Fucked Up & more)"

The Antlers at Glasslands in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

The Antlers recently announced that their new album, Familiars, would be out on June 17 via ANTI-, and it's now been revealed that they'll go on a tour soon after its release too. The tour wraps up in their hometown of NYC with a show on July 26 at Webster Hall, the same venue they sold out in 2011. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Palace" from the new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


The Antlers haven't released an album since 2011's Burst Apart, though they did put out the [together] and Undersea EPs in between, but that will finally change on June 17, when their newest LP, Familiars, comes out via ANTI- (who also released Undersea). The band recorded the album theirselves at their Brooklyn studio, and brought in Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House) to mix. Its horn-filled first single, "Palace," definitely sounds like The Antlers saying "we're back," and you can watch its video (dir. Hana Tajima) below. Album artwork above, and tracklist below as well...

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J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)

One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.

Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.

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Dogs in Snow

It's the first snowfall of 2014, and not only a pretty big one, but we've also been given such freezing temperatures that it's probably not going anywhere anytime soon. New York actually got it pretty easy in comparison to nearby cities, but there's still a bunch of school closings, road closings, and flight cancellations in the area. (Nothing stops the cronut line, though.) So there's a good chance you're staying in today (maybe you're shoveling, like new Mayor Bill de Blasio), and if you are, we've put together 14 snow-related songs for your first snowfall of 2014 that you can spend the day inside listening to.

Have at it below...

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