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The Antlers @ MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
The Antlers

As just posted, The Antlers are playing a show with Ra Ra Riot at BAM in February. That comes after their headlining gig at Bowery Ballroom, which is now sold out.

Shortly after the BAM show, strangely?, the band is going out on tour with Editors. Editors tour North America from February 5-21. The Antlers join them on the 8th. That means they open the Terminal 5 show on the 19th which just went on on presale.

The Antlers played the BV showcase @ MHOW in October. NYC Taper has the audio from that show. All dates below...

Continue reading "the Antlers sold out Bowery, playing BAM, touring w/ Editors "

Les Savy Fav rides the ladder at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more)
Les Savy Fav

"Launched in 2007, Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival (formerly known as Brooklyn Next) is BAM's annual showcase of the some of the most innovative music coming out of the borough. The program features concerts in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAMcafé, and partner venues around Brooklyn that highlight the breadth and depth of music produced by Brooklyn artists working in jazz, hip-hop, rock, electronic, brass band, and every other hybrid genre in between. As a vehicle for artist development, Sounds Like Brooklyn focuses on emerging and mid-career musicians working at the intersection of innovation and tradition."
BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival will be happening this year January 29-30 and February 4-6 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAMcafé and other venues around town. Last year's lineup included Beirut, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Japanther. This year's shows include Les Savy Fav, Vivian Girls, Rain Machine, Anti-Pop Consortium, Ra Ra Riot and The Antlers. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 14th (or today, 12/9, for Friends of BAM). Full lineup and more info below...

Continue reading "Les Savy Fav, Antlers, Vivian Girls, Ra Ra Riot & more playing 2010 BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn shows"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Fanfarlo @ CMJ 2009

The 2010 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival will take place in New York City from October 19 to 23. The 2009 CMJ Music Marathon began on October 20th which was the same night as the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A new set of pictures from that show is continued below...

Continue reading "2010 CMJ dates, 2009 CMJ pictures (from the BrooklynVegan showcase @ Music Hall of Williamsburg) "

photos by Tim Griffin

"Holy Shit. The Antlers" - my Twitter


"The mighty Antlers sure have grown since we last saw them at our Interface taping. Kicking off CMJ at the BrooklynVegan showcase at, appropriately enough, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, the three-piece dazzled with a loud mixture of electronic-fused guitars amidst Peter Silberman's impassioned vocals. The frontman brought the story detailed on the band's second album, 'Hospice,' to life over the course of an hour, even if that wasn't the full intention." [Spinner]
The Antlers performed to a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/20). More than one person came up to me after the show and said "that was the best we ever saw them play". I couldn't agree more, and have no doubt now that their upcoming headining show at the same-sized Bowery Ballroom makes perfect sense. They went on after Laura Marling and before Fanfarlo who closed the six-band night.

The Antlers play their second CMJ show (a short acoustic set at Sound Fix) at 6pm today. Then they have one more show at The Delancey before heading out on the road. More pictures from Music Hall below...

Continue reading "The Antlers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (BV-CMJ) - pics"

photos by Tim Griffin


"What a difference a year makes for Fanfarlo. My donut-eating London buddies first came through these parts last year for CMJ, but now they are downright expert and confident performers. The large stage suits them well for their rousing choruses and invigorating melodies. The added element for this show was handing out plastic accordion-like tubes. You basically twirl these things over your head and they make a whirling noise. I grabbed one and managed to hit Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons in the head. My bad." [Music Snobbery]
I can't believe Marcus Mumford was at the show last night. I mean I can believe it because he and Laura Marling (who played) are tight, but I can't believe it because I was originally trying to get them on the bill too! (but they weren't going to be in town in time) (I guess plans changed) (it was a while ago). Mumford and Sons play Mercury Lounge tonight (10/21), and Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (10/22).

I will admit I was exhausted by the time Fanfarlo went on last night. So much work goes into planning a show and then it only gets more hectic on the day-of, and then I showed up at Music Hall around 4:30pm, and then five bands played before them (including the Wheel). Then, not only did things get a little delayed causing Fanfarlo's set time to be pushed back about 45 minutes (they were originally scheduled for 11:00), The Antlers rocked it so hard right before them that I didn't think I could listen to any more music. Apparently some people felt the same way (or it just got too late), because at least 100 people left after the Antlers, leaving room for more people to fill the club back up before Fanfarlo went on.

For Fanfarlo it was their second show that day. Their first was earlier at Pianos (packed I heard), and it was actually because of that Pianos show that they had a limited soundcheck at Music Hall which in turn caused them to go on even later due to all the instruments they needed to make sure were working right before they played... and then they played, and it was great, and the crowd went wild for an encore, and like they did at The Bell House last month, they came back and played an encore which included handing out those plastic tubes for people to whip around in a dangerous manner (see above), but unlike The Bell House, there was no member of Beirut in their band this time. Last night was also way better than the Bell House show (but maybe I'm biased).

Their final CMJ 2009 show is tonight (10/21) at Bowery Ballroom with Midnight Juggernauts. It's sold out, though if you have a CMJ badge you can still try and get in. Also playing Bowery Ballroom tonight are Freelance Whales, WHO will also open for Fanfarlo when they come back to NYC in December to headline Webster Hall. Tickets for that December 18th show are now on AmEx presale, and go on general sale on Friday at noon.

The new date is part of a December North American tour. All dates and more pictures from last night, below...

Continue reading "Fanfarlo played BV-CMJ @ MHOW (pics), playing Webster Hall w/ Freelance Whales & other Tour Dates (+ Bowery tonight)"

by Andrew Frisicano

CMJ Weather

"I first saw The Antlers along with a crowd of about 45 people at the Black Cat in Washington DC back in March of 2009. Peter Silberman leads a fiery, potent trio. You can hear that concert and see some videos of the show on our Web site. Last night, at the The Music Hall of Williamsburg, they hit a peak only hinted at back in March.

Sometimes it's worth a band's time to work and rework its material instead of going on to new tunes. That was the case with The Antlers. They're diving deep into their songs, amping up the textures and working on their trademark love of a good crescendo. Peter Silberman, Michael Lerner, and Darby Cicci were simply thrilling." [Bob Boilen for NPR]

Thanks everyone who came to the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall last night. More coverage of that show coming soon. Catch the Antlers again today at 6pm at Sound Fix Records.

It took till October to do it, but NYC finally has a multi-day fest with nice weather!

This afternoon, Andrew W.K. is giving the featured talk for CMJ at NYU's Kimmel Center (4th Floor, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Sq South) at 2pm. You'll need a badge to get in. The Village Voice has a "guide" to CMJ panels.

Bill already ran down the highlights of the day parties this afternoon. A slightly bigger list is below...

Continue reading "CMJ Day 2 continued - nice weather & Andrew WK"

by Andrew Frisicano

El Perro Del Mar

If looking for a way to see some of CMJ's top bands without a badge or tickets, three stores - Sound Fix, Other Music and Apple Store Soho - are all offering free in-store performances through the week.

Other Music in Manhattan hosts El Perro Del Mar tonight (10/20 @ 8pm). El Perro - real name Sarah Assbring - was to play a Joe's Pub show on November 9th. That's been canceled. She's opening for Peter, Bjorn & John this November - their Nov. 10th show was moved from Terminal 5 to Webster Hall and bumped a day earlier (now Nov. 9th).

If you're out today (10/20), El Perro Del Mar will be DJing (4-5pm) at Pianos this afternoon. Perhaps she'll spin something from her new record, Love Is Not Pop, which is out today (there's some nice dance remixes on at the end of it).

Also at Other Music, The Very Best play a daytime in-store (noon) on Thursday (10/22), which is probably less than 12 hours after they play (Le) Poisson Rouge's Green Owl CMJ showcase on Wednesday night with Theophilus London, Violens, Grandchildren, Ninjasonik and Nat Geo Music (the late show after LPR's New Amsterdam/Cantaloupe Recs showcase).

At Sound Fix (all shows 7pm), Antlers play a short acoustic set on Wednesday (they also play a BV showcase tonight, 10/20, at Music Hall of Williamsburg), and Cymbals Eat Guitars (at BV Pianos party Saturday afternoon) perform on Thursday. Tonight (10/20) at Sound Fix, you can catch Brooklyn's own Bell. More dates below.

At the Apple Store Soho, the extremely busy the xx play on Thursday and Portugal. The Man on Friday. More details below.

Speaking of the xx's busy schedule, let's just go through it: They're also at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (10/21), Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday with School of Seven Bells (now sold out) and a late-night Tribeca Grand party on October 23rd with FIXED's DJ JDH + Dave P (RSVP).

If you're after the Antlers and the xx together in one convenient spot, they're both playing a late-night NME CMJ party on Thursday, October 22nd at The Delancey with We Are Enfant Terrible, Reni Lane, Yes Giantesses and Ultra Violent Lights. The xx are the "special guest" on that show.

All times for the CMJ in-stores, tour dates and details are below...

Continue reading "CMJ in-stores @ Apple Store, Sound Fix, Other Music & other shows w/ El Perro Del Mar, Very Best, Antlers, xx & more"

DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - Two (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - For You (MP3)

The Antlers
The Antlers

The Pistola Press: What was it like working with The Antlers on Hospice? Your part on 'Thirteen' is beautiful. It fits so well with the album, it's fantastic.

Sharon Van Etten: I feel really lucky to have been a part of it. Peter (Silberman) is a genius. The first time I heard his voice, I thought "this is someone I want to know". I only sang what belonged there. He did all the writing. It IS a beautiful record. I am so proud of those guys! They deserve all the praise in the world.

The interview that snippet is from was posted in September. Hospice was re-released by Frenchkiss in August. Sharon's debut solo album, Because I Was in Love, was released in May.

The Antlers help kick off CMJ with a performance tonight, 10/20, at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (the BV showcase to be exact). After CMJ they head out on the road before returning to NYC and playing their own headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in December. Opening that December 15th Bowery show will be their friend and collaborator Sharon Van Etten, who is currently on the road with Rain Machine (aka Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio), but will be back this Saturday (10/24) in time to play a free afternoon show at Pianos before opening for Rain Machine at Bowery Ballroom that night.

I asked Peter Silberman and Sharon Van Etten if they'd be interested in asking each other some questions. They went for it. This is what they said....


Sharon: Hi

Peter: Hi

Sharon: Where are you right now?

Peter: I'm home

Sharon: You're home, that must be nice.

Peter: Its nice but we're leaving on Friday as you might know. I'm in the process of process of making coffee and trying to learn to use a French Press because I'm not very good at it.

Sharon: A French Press is where it's at!

Peter: I know but my roommates keep breaking them. Apparently the glass is really easy to break so I'm really worried every time I make coffee I'm going to break it. Where are you now?

Find out where she is, and much, much more, below...

Continue reading "The Antlers (Peter) in conversation with Sharon Van Etten (both playing CMJ shows & stuff) "

Holly Miranda joins The Antlers @ Maxwell's - Oct 3, 2009 (Audrey Culver)
The Antlers

"On their return home after another extensive and triumphant tour, last night The Antlers continued their evolution at Maxwell's [on October 3, 2009]. As a headline band, they packed the legendary Hoboken club and performed a sixty-five minute set of Hospice material -- with several reworked numbers. Opening with a quiet rendition of "Bear", the band immediately turned up the energy as the song growled to a intense conclusion. "Thirteen" followed, with Sharon Van Etten's vocals from the album filled in admirably by set opener Holly Miranda. Holly and her guitarist Tim returned and contributed to the set's highlight -- a thoroughly entrancing version of "Wake"." [NYC Taper taped the show]
The Antlers have announced their first big NYC headlining show. It's at Bowery Ballroom on December 15th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (openers TBA).

The Bowery show is a little less than two months after The Antlers play the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Walter Schreifels Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel, Laura Marling, and Fanfarlo (and one more TBA). It's eight days from the time I type this. Tickets are still on sale.

The October 20th Music Hall show is one of many BV shows during CMJ this year. Another one is happening all day at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd. That full lineup is TBA shortly, but I can tell you that it does include Holly Miranda (who recently signed to XL).

Sharon Van Etten, also referenced in the review above, is on the bill of the free BrooklynVegan (in partnership with Bowery Presents... details TBA) show happening at Pianos on the afternoon of Saturday, October 24th.

All Antlers dates, including one more CMJ show, below...

Continue reading "The Antlers playing Bowery Ballroom (December) & CMJ (BV official), played Maxwell's w/ Holly Miranda (it was taped) "

Walter Schreifels, Laura Marling, The Antlers
Walter Schreifels
Laura Marling
The Antlers

"I went to see Walter Schreifels at the Studio in NYC. I didn't bring my camera because I had never been to the place and wasn't sure of the policy. I wound up regretting it. A few nights ago [August 11th] Wally played here in Hoboken [at Maxwell's] and I decided to bring the appendage along with me. Walter best known for his sheer genius as a song writer, guitar player, producer and singer for countless bands including Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, Walking Concert and countless others plays a stripped down version of various tracks from those projects. All while throwing in some tracks from his solo album which is due later in the year." [Photogeek]
The Walter Schreifels Band will play a special early set (like Sufjan did at ATP) to start the BrooklynVegan CMJ night at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. From there we'll go into Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel (Denver) followed by Laura Marling (UK) followed by The Antlers (NYC) which will then transition beautifully into Fanfarlo (UK) who will close out the night. Set times TBA.

Dave HillThe mutli-talented Dave Hill, who plays guitar for Walter, will also stick around to host the night (and tell some jokes). Tickets are on sale will go on sale Friday at noon, and a bunch of CMJ badges will be let in.

This will actually be one of two official CMJ shows we're doing this year. The other one will be much heavier and put together by Black Bubblegum. Day party announcements are coming too.

The Antlers are currently on tour with the newly-signed Holly Miranda who is also playing CMJ.

Laura Marling is playing solo at this show, and at a few more US shows that week. Those dates include a 2nd NYC show at Joe's Pub on October 23rd which is now unfortunately sold out. All dates, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "2009 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase @ MHOW (Walter Schreifels Band, The Antlers, Laura Marling, Fanfarlo, Wheel)"

Holly Miranda @ Mercury Lounge (more by Tim Griffin)
Holly Miranda

"XL Recordings is excited to announce the signing of HOLLY MIRANDA. Holly is a New York based musician and her debut album will be released in early 2010. It will be preceded by a 7"/digital single in November with a song called "Forest Green Oh Forest Green" and a cover of Yoko Ono's "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do".

Holly has been singing for as long as she can remember. She first began playing in New York at age 16, when she dropped out of high school in Michigan, told her mom she was going to visit her sister in New York for a few weeks, and never turned back. She soon discovered the world of the East Village and started playing at places like The Sidewalk and meeting kindred spirits in the New York scene. Whether solo or with her band, she's become an artist consistently able to mesmerize with her range as well as her songs.

Holly starts a tour with Antlers tonight, and will be in Europe in October for shows with Wild Beasts and The xx."

Holly was of course also in The Jealous Girlfriends. Congrats Holly!

The Holly/Antlers tour hits Maxwell's in Hoboken on October 3rd.
Tickets are on sale.

Holly and The Antlers are both also playing CMJ, but not necessarily together (though you never know). One of the shows Holly is playing is at Le Poisson Rouge on October 23rd with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Glasser. Stay tuned for more announcements related to that. All dates below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda signs to XL, touring w/ The Antlers (dates)"

UPDATE: Tickets are back on sale for NIN @ T5. (thx anon)

Islands @ Siren Fest 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)

tonight in NYC
* Build @ Barbes
* The Poison Tree @ The Living Room
* Tanya Tagaq @ Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
* Chris Brokaw, Robbie Lee @ Issue Project Room
* Leisurely, Phil and the Osophers @ Bruar Falls
* The Breeders, Whispertown 2000 @ Bowery Ballroom
* Islands, Das Racist, Radical Dads @ The Bell House
* Naughty By Nature, FinaL OutlaW @ Mahoney Playground
* Soft Black, A Fermata, Dizzy Spells Martian @ Cake Shop
* Electric Six, Les Sans Culottes, Jemina Pearl @ Maxwell's
* Fieldwork w/ Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer @ The Stone
* Big Terrific w/ Max Silvestri, Craig Baldo, Joe Mande, Sean O'Connor @ Cameo
* Wild at Heart (film), Dinosaur Feathers, Briges & Powerlines @ McCarren Park

Free outdoor music tonight includes Naughty By Nature and FinaL OutlaW at Mahoney Playground in Staten Island, Tanya Tagaq at Lincoln Center Damrosch Park (she appears tomorro at the National Museum Of The American Indian Pavilion), and a screening of David Lynch's Wild at Heart at the McCarren park Summerscreen, with music from Dinosaur Feathers (6:30pm) and Bridges & Powerlines (7:30pm).

Islands play the Bell House tonight with Das Racist and Radical Dads. They return to NYC on their tour with Happy Mondays and The Psychedelic Furs this October.

The Breeders and Whispertown 2000 play Bowery Ballroom for the second night in a row.

Electric Six and Les Sans Culottes, who play a boat tomorrow night, perform at Maxwell's tonight with Jemina Pearl who has a video shoot coming up in NJ which we'll be giving away tickets to (stay tuned).

Big Terrific, presented by Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate, brings Craig Baldo, Joe Mande, Sean O'Connor and Ali Wong to the The Cameo.

The Poison Tree plays tonight at the Living Room.

The Poison Tree is Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter Steve Salad [of the King of France] and a rotating cast of collaborators borrowed from acts including The National, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and David Byrne.
Reggie Watts "Wigging Out," below.

The new video from the Antlers for the song "Two" is also below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"


The 2009 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, which is happening this year October 20th-24th, has announced its initial lineup of shows happening in various venues across NYC.

Some shows like Atlas Sound, Broadcast and The Selmanaires on October 21st, School of Seven Bells at Webster hall, Mum at Le Poisson Rouge (with Iceland's Sin Fang Bous opening), Portugal the Man at Bowery Ballroom, and The Drums at Santos on October 21st have already been reported.

We'll be having our own official showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg again this year (and some day parties). Stay tuned for more info on that. And the intial list of CMJ performers is below...

Continue reading "CMJ Music Marathon announces initial 2009 band lineup"

Monolith Festival

The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.

Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...

Continue reading "Monolith Festival - final 2009 lineup ++ WIN a two-day pass"

The Antlers

The Antlers will be playing an upcoming Rooftop Films show on Friday, June 26th at the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St). Tickets are on sale. The performance will be accompanied by a showing of the indie film Humpday, which comes out July 10th and costars Mark Duplass, formerly of the Polyvinyl band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!. (As a side note, that now-broken-up band's only, self-titled LP is being released for the first time on vinyl by the label.)

Frenchkiss is the label releasing a remastered version of The Antlers' debut, Hopsice. That's out now digitally, and available in physical form on August 18th. The album is also currently streaming online.

The band's Friday, August 21st show at the Mercury Lounge will be its release party. Murder Mystery, Twin Thousands and Brent Arnold (solo cello) open. Tickets are on sale now.

Before that gig, you can catch The Antlers on the road with Frightened Rabbit. Both play the Pitchfork Festival.

NPR recently featured The Antlers in a segment that captures the band's Washington D.C. stop on its pre-SXSW tour.

All Antlers tour dates, with the upcoming Rooftop Films music schedule, which includes a 4th of July show with Bachelorette, below...

Continue reading "The Antlers tour dates & other upcoming Rooftop Films"

photos by Lori Baily

The Homosexuals

Matador Records helped Sonic Youth celebrate the release of their new record The Eternal with a party at Home Sweet Home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan last Friday. The semi-private show had local bands playing Sonic Youth covers while the actual Sonic Youth was hanging out in the crowd.

Bands included The Antlers, Tiny Masters of Today, Apache Beat, The Homosexuals (backed by members of Fiasco), and "The Goo Believers" (at least that's what I think they called themselves). They were Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), Jemina Pearl (Be Your Own Pet, Ecstatic Peace label), Matt Krefting (Ecstatic Peace label), Zachary Cale, John Maloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), and Jaiko Suzuki (Electroputas). You can see Thurston Moore watching them from the sidelines in some of the pictures below...

Continue reading "pics from Sonic Youth's 'Eternal' party @ Home Sweet Home (Homosexuals, a supergroup of Thurston's friends, more)"

Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)

Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.

And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.

Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.

And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.

The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.

In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...

Continue reading "Mutek underway, Monolith & Glastonbury lineups, Rothbury, Bumbershoot, Calgary Folk & other festival updates"

photos by Ryan Muir

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars

"It's really nice to get the positive attention and have people know what you're doing," says [Cymbals Eat Guitars] bassist Neil Berenholz, 32, the self-described "band dad" who has been calling brick-and-mortar record stores and mailing copies of the album out 10 at a time from his Queens living room. "I'm not necessarily looking to make the big bucks, I'm looking to stick around. A lot of people look for that rocket shot or big hit, but I'm more interested in longevity." [Are Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars indie rock's next big thing?]
White Rabbits, Cymbals Eat Guitars & The Antlers shared a sold-out bill at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Thursday night (5/21). More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "White Rabbits, Cymbals Eat Guitars & The Antlers @ Bowery Ballroom in NYC - pics "

Sonic Youth @ No Fun Fest 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

Maybe you caught Sonic Youth's noise set at No Fun Fest or have been streaming The Eternal through Matador's Buy Early Get Now program.

If both left you wanting more, you'll have your chance tonight (May 22nd)

First, Bill Nace, ie. the guy who wasn't Lee at NFF, will play the late set at The Stone tonight (10pm). Joining him will be Greg Kelley on trumpet and Jake Meginsky on percussion. Before that, the Stone's May curator, Grey Gersten, performs with tape-guy G. Lucas Crane and drummer Ryan Sawyer.

If you'd rather follow the The Eternal route (ie. you're sick of listening to the record in your home), Matador is hosting a listening party for the album tonight (5/22) at NYC's Envoy Gallery (131 Chrystie St.) It's free admission, capacity permitting, but RSVP is required. Flyer below.

After that party, there's also an invite-only after-party with LIVE music at Home Sweet Home, which will be closed to the public. Local bands will be playing Sonic Youth covers. Those local bands include The Antlers (who played Bowery Ballroom last night), Suckers (who have a lot of other shows coming up), Joan As Policewoman (who recently played with Iggy Pop), Tiny Masters of Today (who are playing Citysol this year), and The Homosexuals (who are now Bruno Wizard with Fiasco as his backing band according to someone that got to the Dan Deacon show last week early enough to see their unannounced set), AND "more are being confirmed" (for tonight's show). We have three pairs of tickets (guestlist spots) to give away for the afterparty. Info on how to win them, below...

SY played a free 4th of July show last summer in Battery Park (to be released as a bonus disc with some copies of the new record). That gig was within eyeshot of the Statue of Liberty and other iconic landmarks. This summer the band is playing a free show under St. Louis' famed Gateway Arch on July 17th as part of that city's Live on the Levee summer festival. It's just one of the many dates on Sonic Youth's summer North American tour, the openers for which were recently announced.

Listening party flyer and contest details below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth listening & after-party (w/ live bands covering SY) - WIN TIX +++ Bill Nace at the Stone TONIGHT"

The Antlers @ Cake Shop (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The AntlerS

Frenchkiss Records will be re-releasing a remastered version of Hospice, the debut new album by NYC band The Antlers, on August 18th (and digitally on June 16th). That means they are now label-mates with Sean Bones WHO they are playing with (listed as "special guest") at The Delancey on May 20th (flyer below). One day later you can catch The Antlers with White Rabbits and Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom (you can also catch Cymbals Eat Guitars at the opening Rooftop Films party tonight). And you can catch the Antlers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 29th with Au Revoir Simone who they are then going out on tour with before meeting up with Cotton Jones for even more touring. All dates below...

Continue reading "The Antlers sign to Frenchkiss - 2009 Tour Dates (Bowery Ballroom, MHOW, the Delancey & Au Revoir Simone)"

White Rabbits @ NYU Strawberry Festival (more by Lauren Monaco)
White Rabbits

Although we've probably mentioned it in other ways in other posts, the openers for the May 21st White Rabbits show at Bowery Ballroom are Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Antlers (it's a buzz bill @ bowery ballroom). Tickets are still on sale.

White Rabbits, who just played a free show at NYU earlier this month, are playing another free show tonight, May 11th, at Other Music (8pm).

More tour dates HERE, and the band's new video for "Percussion Gun" below...

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photos by Fresh Bread


I'm learning to embrace my inner hippie. Or at least accept it. Vetiver's new album, Tight Knit, is thick with the kind of sunny folk jams the West Coast is skilled at, minus the extended noodling that I still find mostly intollerable. Live, they can really play and sing, and it's hard not to be impressed, though starting their set with five or six extremely gentle numbers is no way to keep me interested at 10:30 on a Sunday night. "We're gonna pick it up in a minute," said singer Andy Cabic about four songs in. "But you guys are kinda quiet so we're gonna keep it mellow for a few more." They built steam over their set, but I do wish they'd thrown in something upbeat to jump-start the evening, like their Record Store Day single "Wishing Well,"

Honestly, I was there mainly to see Portland's Papercuts, whose new album, You Can Have What You Want, is one of my favorites of 2009 so far. I'd heard bad thing about their live shows, which could make sense as the recordings are pretty much created by Jason Quever on his own. How does one recreate purely studio ideas live? Pretty well, turns out. The live four-piece recreated the songs pretty closely on-stage, and on songs like the new "Future Primitive" they really came alive. But even at their peppiest, Papercuts aren't the most exciting band. Some things remain better on your stereo. [Bill Pearis]

The Antlers opened Sunday's NYC show (5/3).

The Vetiver and Papercuts tour continues, and hits NYC again on Thursday (5/7) with a Brooklyn show at The Bell House with These United States (who are also playing Prospect Park this summer). Bell House tickets are still on sale.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Cave Singers - Seeds of Night (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Antlers - Bear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - Two (MP3)

The Cave Singers
The Cave Singers

Friends; we have finished our new record and it is currently kiting toward the pressing mill. We hope you are well, and finding life filled with a bit of love.

Album should be coming out on August 18th, yeah, I know, BBQ Time! Let's light it up and cut it up and steal our own cars of the future. Love is love.

Keep on keeping on. Cave Bros.
[Cave Singers' Myspace, March 25, 2009]

The Cave Singers (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves) have a month-long April tour planned. That includes 2 NYC shows this week. On Wednesday, April 1st (TONIGHT), the band plays Union Hall in Brooklyn with Pepi Ginsberg (Tickets). Then, Thursday, April 2nd the Cave Singers play Mercury Lounge with Pepi Ginsberg (again), Phantogram, and Brooklyn's The Antlers (Tickets).

The AntlersThe Antlers are also playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 7th with Here We Go Magic and Hymns (Tickets)

The Antlers' great new album called Hospice (pictured) is out now. Grab two tracks from that album for free at the top of this post.

Nearly all other dates on The Cave Singers' upcoming US tour are with Golden Boots and Dr. Dog (who'll be at the Clearwater Festival in June).

The Cave Singers' last record was its debut Invitation Songs, which came out on Matador in 2007. A video and all tour dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Tindersticks - "The Hungry Saw" (MP3)
: Tindersticks - "Yesterday's Tomorrow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tindersticks - "The Other Side of the World" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paper - "Out of It Into It" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Week That Was - "Learn to Learn" (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Antlers - "Bear" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - "Two" (MP3)


The most exciting show of the week for me has to be the return of Tindersticks, who play the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (3/6). The band rarely tour the States, having last been here five years ago for their album Waiting for the Moon. In the interim, frontman Stuart Staples put out a solo album in 2005, fueling break-up rumors. It was more like break in half: the band lost three members, leaving Tindersticks as a trio comprised of Staples, guitarist Neil Fraser and percussionist/keyboardist David Boutler.

The three have been busy lately. Not only did they put out last year's very good The Hungry Saw, but just finished soundtrack work for Claire Denis' new film 35 rhums. (Tindersticks previously worked on Denis' 2001 film Trouble Every Day.) Despite the shrinking membership, Tindersticks sound just as dark, lush and cinematic as before on The Hungry Saw. Like Nick Cave, Tindersticks' seem to get better with age. For these North American shows, Tindersticks will be touring as a seven-piece, including the amazing-in-his-own-right Terry Edwards on brass.

Tickets for the Brooklyn Masonic Temple show are still available,. Longtime BV fave Dawn Landes opens. Meanwhile, Tindersticks singer Stuart Staples is featured in this week's Pitchfork Guestlist.

The Week That Was
The Week That Was

South by Southwest is only two weeks away, which means UK, European, and Canadian bands on their way there will start playing NYC shows soon. Next week is kind of insane, so in an effort to cover some of it early, I'll remind you again that The Week That Was play Mercury Lounge this Monday, March 9. Here's what I wrote a while back:

TWTW are one of the two splinter groups created when Sunderland, UK's Field Music decided to retire that moniker but still basically make music together. David Brewis released a phonetics-obsessed solo project under the name School of Language(which toured here last March). His brother Peter created The Week That Was, a concept album equally obsessed with (lyrically) The Media and (sonically) the Big '80s production style of Kate Bush and Trevor Horn. It's a brilliant album that made my Top Five of 2008. Both David Brewis and Field Music keyboardist Andrew Moore, plus about five others on percussion and strings. They'll only be a quartet at Mercury Lounge, but if they even come close to replicating the album's wall-of-sound, it will be worth attending.
Tickets are still available and I highly suggest you do. Also on the bill: Boston's underrated Hallelujah the Hills, Philly's Arc in Round, and Brooklyn locals Monuments. The Week That Was are doing a few other dates around the U.S. as well as a few at SXSW and all dates are at the bottom of this post.


Backtracking a bit, the first of those three consecutive PAPER shows at Cake Shop start tonight (3/4). It's the Swedish band's first-ever U.S. gigs and they've already been here a few days, blogging about their adventures in the city, systematically cataloging their food intake, complete with number ratings. Pretty funny. Of the three shows, Friday's (3/6) looks the most interesting to me, with Japan's Zazen Boys (who we featured earlier in the week) and Your Nature who, until just recently, you may have known as Frankopollis. But tonight's show (3/4) has local dance-rockers Holy Hail and Phones, which features members of White Rabbits and The Subjects. Not to short Thursday's show (3/5), of course, which has Talk Normal, Graffiti Monsters and Never Tune.

The Antlers @ Cake Shop during CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Antlers

And lastly, Thursday night (3/5) at Union Hall, The Antlers are having the record release party for their new album, Hospice, which is out this week and has been getting a whole lot of blog love. It was recently named "Best Album of 2009 So Far" by the folks at NPR's All Songs Considered. Personally, I don't start ranking things till at least April but I will say Hospice is definitely worth checking out. (There are a couple tracks from it at the top of this post.) I am curious to see how its dense, multi-layered sound will come off live. It's a nice night of music, actually, with North Carolina's chamber pop band Physics of Meaning, and the country jangle of Brooklyn's Brilliant Mistakes.

Like usual, tour dates and video follows after the jump...

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