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Tickets for the two Faith No More shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the two Sufjan Stevens shows at Beacon Theater and Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Foo Fighters show with Royal Blood at Citi Field go on sale today at 10AM. The first show is sold out.

Tickets for the Rush shows at MSG go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Primal Scream shows at Warsaw and Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cult of Luna show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10AM. (Update: on-sale time TBA.)

Tickets to the just-added fourth Scharpling & Wurster Live show at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM. The other three are sold out.

Tickets for the Primus Willy Wonka-themed show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Peter Ulrich show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Travi$ Scott/Young Thug show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Cashmere Cat show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cheap Trick/Peter Frampton show at Pier 97 go on sale today at 11AM.

Kid Ink and Dej Loaf are playing Kings Theatre on April 19. Tickets for that show go on Ticketmaster and LiveNation presales today at 10AM with the general on-sale beginning Saturday (1/31) at noon. Jeremih was initially announced for this tour but dropped off.

Tickets for the Cursive show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon. Tickets for one of their two Bowery Ballroom shows with Beach Slang are still on sale, but the other is sold out.

Tickets for the Liturgy show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the recently added Timber Timbre show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Their other Bowery show (same link) is still on sale.

Tickets for the Toro y Moi show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Purity Ring show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Spirit Family Reunion show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the two Hinds (fka Deers) shows go on sale today: Baby's All Right at 10 AM and Mercury Lounge at noon.

Tickets for the Action Bronson show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. His show at BB King's is sold out.

Tickets for the Hanni El Khatib show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lower Dens album release show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the two recently added Lauryn Hill shows go on sale today: Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios at noon and City Winery at 3PM.

Tickets for the Mourn show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their show at Baby's are on sale now.

Tickets for the newly-added Taking Back Sunday and Menzingers show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kiesza/Betty Who show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Kaiser Chiefs show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Ricky Eat Acid, Glass Gang, Conner Youngblood, Marz Leon and Abhi//Dijonis are playing Mercury Lounge on February 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Landlady is playing Mercury Lounge on February 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Shura is playing Rough Trade on March 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Isadora and The Big Sleep are playing Rough Trade on March 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Australian band The Preatures play Rough Trade on March 23. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the just-added Chet Faker with XXYYXX show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Their other show is sold out.

The Ting Tings are playing Webster Hall on April 8. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

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We've been posting a bunch of New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC throughout the past few months, but there's even more cool stuff we haven't gotten to yet. Here's a roundup of ways to musically ring in the new year:

If you want to dance on New Year's Eve, there's no lack of good places to go to do that. Egyptrixx, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Morgan Louis and Nita Aviance are playing an unannounced Brooklyn location, and tickets for that are on sale now.

The Bunker is throwing a NYE party at Trans Pecos with Scotland's Prosumer headlining and Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Tickets are on sale.

Verboten hosts a show with Lee Burridge, Andhim, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Mike Khoury (tickets).

Aurora Halal hasn't done one of her Mutual Dreaming parties in eight months, but she'll change that on NYE at Palisades with Galcher Lustwork, Huerco S. and DJ Richard. Tickets are available.

Sleepy & Boo headline a party at Cielo with Eskuche & Nu Sky, Mikey G and Dan Fischer. Tickets are on sale.

There's a lot of cool stuff at Cameo with Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean associate Jee Day, former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies. You can grab tickets.

NYC DJ team The Rub are doing their recurring NYE party at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.

Other previously discussed dance options include Skrillex/Diplo/Rudimental/A$AP Ferg, Kiesza, Erasure, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!/Museum of Love, DJ Koze, Machinedrum, Duke Dumont, Washed Out, !!!/Prince Rama/Cakes Da Killa, Peaking Lights and the Ed Banger party.

Murphys Law play their annual NYE show at Trash Bar with No Redeeming Social Value, Close To The Edge, Wombat In Combat, Hopeless Otis and Red Lucy.

Another previously discussed classic punk option is catching The Dictators or one of Patti Smith's year end shows the two days before NYE.

Garage rock covers band Detroit Cobras play NYE in NJ at Asbury Lanes (tickets). As discussed, they have 2 NYC shows surrounding that.

If you didn't get tickets to The Hold Steady or Deer Tick shows, another sweaty bar rock option is Guns N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Also in the punk/garage realm is the Kid Congo Powers show at Home Sweet Home.

Quicksand is sold out, but other '90s post-hardcore/emo options include Rainer Maria/Moss Icon (tix) and ex-Drive Like Jehu band Obits. (tix)

Phish aren't doing their NYE run at MSG this year (they're doing it in Miami), but if jam bands are your thing, you can catch The Disco Biscuits at their 3-night Best Buy Theater run happening Dec. 29, 30 & 31. Tickets for all three nights are available. There's also the Gov't Mule 2-night run at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 30 & 31 (tix).

Williamsburg venue Glasslands will have their last show ever on NYE with four "special, secret" guests who all have history with the venue. That's sold out.

Meanwhile newer Williamsburg venues Baby's All Right and Rough Trade have NYE shows too. The Baby's show features Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Mr. Twin Sister, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches. frontman Aaron Maine performing as Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, Mr. UNO and a number of DJs (tix). Rough Trade's show has Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse and Twain (tix).

For a night of mostly local indie rock, Gimme Tinnitus, Ipsum and Exploding In Sound are bringing a party to Aviv with The Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, Multicult, Palehound, The Big Sleep, Vomitface and Parlor Walls.

Chiptune punks Crying are headlining a NYE party at Silent Barn with Downies, Unstoppable Death Machines, Sunshine Gun Club (mems DeathSet, Team Robespierre), Isn't Ours, Jono Mi Lo and more TBA. There will also be several DJs, including the Shea Stadium crew, Edan Wilber from the now-closed Death by Audio with a "remote beach set" and more. More info here.

Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir throw their recurring party at Union Pool with help from DJ Bluntmaster, DJ Ryan Sawyer and "Tons of Special Guests." No advance tickets for that show.

Chris Keating of Yeasayer, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and others are DJing a swanky party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (tickets).

Party to the sounds of the Caribbean at SOB's with performances from Bossa Casanova, Mambo Kings Orchestra and DJ Kevin Crown. (tix)

Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux hit City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. Everything but the early show on NYE is sold out, so get tickets to that show while you still can. They're performing favorites from The White Album at that one.

Sandra Bernhard is doing her show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque," at Joe's Pub from 12/26 to NYE with two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.

And while Times Square is probably the last place you want to be on New Year's Eve, perhaps you'd like to know this year's lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Bastille, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and more, if you're into that sort of thing.

And Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve is teaming up with Barclays Center to broadcast their Elton John show.

You can browse our "New Year's Eve" Tag for even more. What else?

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The Big Sleep @ DbA, 2/22/2014
The Big Sleep

Eleven years and going, NYC indie vets The Big Sleep remain a live force. The band have a new album on the way soon -- their last was in 2012 -- and folks got a preview on Saturday (2/22) at Death by Audio, along with old favorites and the band's signature stark lighting.

The show was also a record release party for LA shoegazers Nightmare Air, whose new album High on the Lasers just came out. Guitarist and co-leader Dave Dupuis spent many years as part of Film School and Nightmare Air's sound isn't too far from that, though decidedly more rock. You can stream a track below.

The DbA show also featured Big Sleep pals KNTRLR, and Sun Club. Pictures from the whole night in this post. More below...

Continue reading "The Big Sleep finishing new LP, played Death by Audio with LA shoegazers Nightmare Air & more (pics)"

Katie of Bad Banana w/ Waxatchee at P4K 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINERS "Traitor Bitches," Bad Banana, Radiator Hospital, Places to Hide, Pity Sex, Friendless Bummer @ Baby's All Right
It's the return of Indie Pop Prom with a stacked lineup a reunion set from Bad Banana (an old prokect of Katie Crutchfield of Waxatchee and her twin sister Allison of Swearin'), the heart-on-your-sleeve indie rock of Radiator Hospital, Atlanta's '90s-loving Places to Hide, emo shoegazers Pity Sex, Syracuse punks Friendless Bummer, and SPECIAL GUEST headliners. Maybe it's that other Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy, who Friendless Bummer play NYC with in April??

Four Tet, Martyn, Anthony Naples (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
Four Tet's one of the most consistently great electronic musicians around right now, and though he's usually in smaller venues, tonight he makes the move up to Terminal 5. Hopefully that giant room will be moving. Before him, Dutch dubstep producer/Brainfeeder affiliate Martyn plays a set, and Anthony Naples is DJing.

Russian Circles, KEN mode, Inter Arma @ Saint Vitus
This is one hell of a triple bill for metal (with some non-metal crossover), including the heavy post-rockers Russian Circles, ferocious post-hardcore rippers KEN mode, and the psychedelic black metallers Inter Arma. It's their second NYC show this week, sold out.

Earl Sweatshirt, Ratking @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you're like, totally over Odd Future, there's a chance that Earl Sweatshirt is the one rapper in the crew you still have some faith in. If that's the case, lucky for you he comes to NYC for two shows this week. This is the second, sold out.

Beacon, Glass Gang, Lia Mice @ Glasslands
The electronic pop of Brooklyn's Beacon has become a regular on the local live show circuit, and tonight's another chance to witness it.

Jessica Pratt @ Other Music
Jessica Pratt debut album captured the spirit of '60s psychedelic folk musically and aesthetically, and her recent single continues trend just as well. She just played Brooklyn Night Bazaar last night, and she hangs around NYC for this free in-store tonight at 9 PM.

Courtney Barnett, Kins @ Knitting Factory
One of CMJ's breakouts last year, Australian charmer Courtney Barnett has now signed with Mom + Pop who will release her The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas in the US. Her two NYC shows -- this is the second -- are both sold out. Opening are fellow Aussies, Kins.

LODRO @ Baby's All Right NYE 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Suuns, LODRO, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Montreal band Suuns manage to sound sinister without resorting to eyeliner or black nail polish, and their live show is intense. Good openers tonight, too, in LODRO and Bueno.

Spank Rock, Juiceboxx, Lil Internet @ Cameo
You may associate electro rapper Spank Rock with the mid-'00s halcyon days of Williamsburg, but he can still crank the party knob to 11.

Savoir Adore, Tropic Of Pisces, Syvia @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's headlined by Brooklyn widescreen pop band Savoir Adore.

Overlord, Radical Dads, Calotype @ Pianos
Though their name might lead you to think they're a metal band, Overlord are in fact sparkingly pop. Catch them tonight with superior indie rock trio Radical Dads.

The Big Sleep, Nightmare Air, KNTRLR, Sun Club @ Death by Audio
Veterans of the Brooklyn indie rock scene (11 years strong) The Big Sleep Remain a force, especially live. Also on tonight's bill:  LA band Nightmare Air.

Cheap Time, Pampers, Nancy @ Union Pool
Cheap Time's latest album, Exit Smiles, is sneering, snarling punk not too far off early-'80s-era The Fall. This is the first of two NYC shows for these Nashvillites and this one is with Brooklyn's premiere "thug pop" band, Pampers.

Ellen Allien, Butane, Alejandro Sab @ Output
Germany's Ellen Allien continues to break boundaries for electronic music, but isn't just a studio experimenter. She's right at home in the clubs too.

Kanye West @ Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City)
Kanye's Yeezus tour has been quite the spectacle, and it should impress even the biggest of the "hip hop sucks live" naysayers. He brought it to NYC for four shows in November, but if you missed it then or just need to see it again, he's in the surrounding area for a few dates this month, including tonight's Atlantic City show.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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The Big Sleep

NYC indie rockers The Big Sleep released their third album, Nature Experiments, earlier this year and have been playing a number of local (and non-local) shows since. You'll have three more chances to catch the band in NYC this weekend and early next week. First, they'll support dredg at their Bowery Ballroom shows tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10). At tonight's show, dredg will be performing El Cielo in full and at Saturday's, they're playing Catch Without Arms. Ben Henderson is also on both dates. Tickets for both shows are still available.

Then after that, The Big Sleep will headline their own show at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (11/12) with The Denzels and Life Size Maps. That show is free before 7 PM and $5 after.

Those dates in list format and a video below.

Continue reading "The Big Sleep playing Brooklyn Bowl after opening for dredg in NYC this weekend (dates)"

Big Sleep

As previously mentioned, The Big Sleep and KNTRLR have a NYC show taking place at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (6/30). Tickets are still on sale AND we have a pair you can win. Details below.

The show, it also ends up, is a record release party for a 7" split that you'll be able to get at the show FOR FREE if you if bought an advanced ticket (first come, first serve with a limited quantity). That's the record pictured above, and you can listen to it now (all 2 songs), with the contest info below...

Continue reading "The Big Sleep & KNTRLR release split 7" (stream it, get 1 free); Saturday's NYC show is the party (win tix)"

Big Sleep

NYC trio The Big Sleep, who are continuing to tour behind their recently released Nature Experiments LP, recently kicked off a tour supporting Maps & Atlases on their tour. The Big Sleep hooked up with M&A in NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall this past Monday (5/21) (how was that?) and will continue to tour with them through mid/late June. After that tour wraps up, The Big Sleep will play another hometown show at Mercury Lounge on June 30 with KNTRLR. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/25) at noon.

A list of all dates and the video for "Valentine"are below.

Continue reading "The Big Sleep playing Merc after tour w/ Maps & Atlases"

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.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Valentine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Ace (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonmen on the Moon, Man - Hey Look, a Sweat Baloon Artist (MP3)

Hospitality (photo by Kyle Dean Reinford)

Happy Groundhog Day folks. As you may have heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we're getting six more weeks of winter. If that means the kind of winter we've had so far, I'm okay with that. I'm much more likely to head out and go see shows when not faced with the dreaded wintry mix. And there's lots of good shows this weekend, so let's get out there.

First up, the Hospitality record release party at Glasslands this Friday (2/3) (tickets still available). Their album came out this week on Merge, and I think makes a great case for not rushing things. Hospitality started playing about three years ago and released a CDR EP in the spring of 2009 that got them some notice. Most bands would've had an album out by the end of the year, but Hospitality took their time, honed their craft and became a really great live band. And the album is terrific, not a bad song in the bunch; winsome but there's some muscle in there too. You can stream the whole shebang at Merge's website or with Spotify.

The record release party also Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong on the bill. The band are also heading out on a quick tour of both coasts and will be in Austin for SXSW. All scheduled tour dates are below.

The Darkness
The Darkness

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum are The Darkness who are back for their first US tour in six years, playing Irving Plaza on Saturday (2/4, sold out) and Monday (2/6, still available). As stated before, I'm a huge fan of the Darkness' first album, 2003's near-perfect Permission to Land, which I picked as one of the best of the '00s. As a pop album. Justin Hawkins knows his way around a giant hook. After the overblown excesses of One Way Ticket to Hell (And Back) and Justin Hawkins' ill-advised Sunset Strip spandex group Hot Leg, the band seem to be back on track with new single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" which is a little more in the "Growing on Me" vein.

The Darkness' show at Bowery Ballroom back in 2003 was one of the most fun shows I've been to in the last ten years, and from YouTube footage of recent shows it looks like they've still got it. They are a kick-ass live band -- it takes skill to play "I Believe in a Thing Called Love's" solo whilst riding on your roadie's shoulders through the audience. (I hope they're still doing that.) Tickets are still available for Monday's show.

The Big Sleep
Big Sleep

Hospitality aren't the only ones with a record release party this week. The Big Sleep released The Nature Experiments this week, their first album in four years and their record release show is tonight (2/2) at Knitting Factory. It might be their most melodic record to date, with more songs that have caught my ear on first listen than I remember them doing before. You can download two of the album's best tracks at the top of this post and the listen to the entire album at Spotify. The Big Sleep are touring as well, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

Moonmen on the Moon, Man
Moonmen on the Moon, Man

Still more record release party fun: Tomorrow night (2/3) at Cake Shop is a dual record release party for Moonmen on the Moon, Man and Glass Anchors who both have record coming out on the venue's subsidary Cape Shok label which finally seems to be in gear after a lot of promise but inactivity. MMotMM, which might feature members who work or even own Cake Shop, rock in an late-'80s/early-90s college radio kind of way. Their endearingly sloppy pop -- with a little punk and twang -- woulda been right at home on, say, Frontier Records, nestled in amongst Flop and Thin White Rope and Redd Kross. You can download a track from the EP at the top of this post.

Glass Anchors is the musical project of songwriter Annie Sicherman who I admit to not knowing much about but her Cape Shok EP is lovely, dusty folk pop. Says the press release:

Honing her songs in various bands over various years, soaring songstress Annie Sicherman brings us GLASS ANCHORS. The songs on her fledgling EP are plaintive, reflective, honest, and good. GLASS ANCHORS sounds best tearing up road (preferably dirt), the one to oblivion - right after you ended the longest relationship you ever had, the one you thought would last, the one with the proposal. That road can be in your head, but certainly GLASS ANCHORS has the ability to take you there every time... with Glass Anchors, we have the real Annie 3000%, no matter what road you're on.
You can stream Glass Anchors' EP at the bottom of this post. The Cake Shop show also features Bright Lights, Overlord and Fergus & Geronimo.

That's the big stuff this week. A few more picks, day-by-day, are below of things not already covered here.



LA's Classixx play the Popshop party at Santos with Workout and The French Horn Rebellion. You may know Classix from their remixes, like the excelent one they did for Phoenix's "Lisztomania." The group's new single is out this summer on a new label that's a joint venture from the Kitsune Maison folks and, I'm not kidding, the Cobrasnake.

Spacecamp, Mon Khmer, Romans and Skaters are at Bowery Electric. Spacecamp's new EP is pretty good, especially if you like a little Police in your pop rocks.

The Death Set, who I haven't seen play since maybe SXSW 2008, are at the Delancey. Always fun live.

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Continue reading "Hospitality, The Darkness, The Big Sleep, Moonmen on the Moon Man, Glass Anchors & more in This Week in Indie"

DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - "Valentine" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - "Ace" (MP3)

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep released their third LP, Nature Experiments, this week via Frenchkiss. Last year, they revealed the album track, "Ace," which you can download above and watch the video for below. We're bringing you another track from the album, the electro rocker "Valentine," which you can download above (just in time for the holiday). The album artwork and tracklist is below.

The Big Sleep kick off a tour in support of the album tonight (2/1) with a New Haven, CT show at Bar, and play a record release show in their hometown of NYC on Thursday (2/2) at Knitting Factory with Ex Cops and Man Made Sun. Tickets for the show are available.

All dates, video, streams, and album info below...

Continue reading "The Big Sleep released 'Nature Experiments', playing shows (dates, MP3s & video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Keep Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Top Hair (MP3)

Gauntlet Hair @ BV-CMJ in NYC
Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair, who are just finishing up a tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was one of a few bands to bless our BV day party at Public Assembly on 10/21 (along with names like J.Mascis, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place To Bury Strangers). They played as a 3-piece that day due to one of their members having to get back home before CMJ ended. Some pictures from their set are in this post.

The band will return to NYC for two shows as part of a developing winter tour. Those dates are12/1 at Glasslands with Parenthetical Girls, and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday, 12/2 with the Big Sleep and Dive. Tickets for Glasslands and for Mercury are on sale.

Gauntlet Hair recently posted a new video for "Keep Time" (which you can also download as an MP3 above). Check that out, with more pics and all dates, below...

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The Big Sleep

As their own press release reads:

Considering how quiet they've been over the past couple years, you'd think the Big Sleep decided to suddenly take their name seriously after the tireless tour cycle behind 2008's Sleep Forever LP. The truth is much simpler...

"We took a little break, worked on stuff separately and just lived our lives," explains bassist/vocalist Sonya Balchandani.

"It obviously took longer than we thought it would," adds guitarist/vocalist Danny Barria, "but I wasn't feeling rushed or pressured. I just wanted to write good songs."

The Big Sleep will release Nature Experiments on Frenchkiss Records on 1/31. They played a few shows during CMJ and they play another one in Brooklyn tonight (10/28).

by Andrew Sacher

Neon Indian - 'Era Extrana'
Era Extrana

Back in April, we mentioned that Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) was working on a new LP, though little information was available. It's since been revealed that the album will be titled Era Extraña and will be released "on Palomo's own Static Tongues imprint in conjunction with Mom + Pop Music in North America, Transgressive Records in the United Kingdom and Europe, Pop Frenzy/Inertia in Australia and Big Nothing Records in Japan." That's the cover art above.

Alan, who hates the term 'chillwave' anyway, further distances himself on this album from the 'genre.' While bands like Toro y Moi and Memory Tapes are practically full blown disco acts, with Era Extraña, Neon Indian is diving more into the psychedelic pop he created on his 2009 debut Psychic Chasms. Though he's no longer using those sometimes-tongue-in-cheek song titles like "Deadbeat Summer" and "Terminally Chill" to let you know his synth pop is more on the experimental side. He's instead exploring new sounds and musical themes that demand to be taken more seriously. Running throughout the album is a three-part instrumental piece titled "Heart: Attack", "Heart: Decay", and "Heart: Release". He flirts with late '80s shoegaze on the guitar-driven "Blindside Kiss." Like other lo-fi artists are starting to do, he's embracing clearer pop vocals on some of the tracks like "Polish Girl" and "Hex Girlfriend," but the most interesting element of the new album is the experimentation with electronics. Era Extraña doesn't come off as the work of a pop artist with a keyboard and reverb, but rather an experimental artist who understands pop.

The video for "Heart: Attack" surfaced with that initial album announcement in April and now the one for "Heart: Decay" is available as well. Check both out below. The album was produced and mixed with Dave Fridmann, known for his work with The Flaming Lips, who Alan recorded a 4-track EP with earlier this year. The EP was even more far-out and experimental than anything by either artist involved. Vinyl pressings of that EP sold out pretty quickly but there are some available on ebay. Or try mediafire at your own risk.

Neon Indian will tour in support of the album this September and October. Whether Danny of the Big Sleep is still on guitar by that point, like he was at Governors Ball, remains to be seen but is likely if the tour doesn't coincide with the release of the new Big Sleep album (which is coming soon). All dates are listed below.

The Neon Indian tour concludes in NYC on October 21 at Webster Hall which means the show is probably part of CMJ. Check ticketmaster for Webster Hall tickets (or maybe wait to see if you can get in with your CMJ badge).

While Neon Indian's music is soaked in nostalgia, the Webster Hall show and other October dates are being opened by the futuristic electro-pop duo Purity Ring. As of now, the Webster show will be Purity Ring's first in NYC. Com Truise also open some dates on the tour.

All tour dates and videos below...

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Lucero @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Black Mountain @ Knitting Factory in Sept. (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Black Mountain

Rain Machine @ BAM in Feb. (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Rain Machine

today in NYC
* Heaven @ Mercury Lounge (free late show)
* Best of Whiplash @ UCB
* Roger Waters @ Izod Center
* G. Calvin Weston @ The Stone
* Aki Onda, MV Carbon @ Roulette
* Howard Fishman @ Abrons Arts Center
* Bob Mould, Lenny Kaye @ City Winery
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* The Dears, Himalaya @ Knitting Factory
* Matt Costa, Everest, Blair @ Bowery Ballroom
* Blonde Redhead, Rain Machine @ Webster Hall
* Lebowski Fest w/ Diamondsnake @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yelle, French Horn Rebellion @ Highline Ballroom
* Social Distortion, Lucero, Frank Turner @ Roseland Ballroom
* The Black Angels, Black Mountain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Shark?, Roo, Byrds of Paradise, Dinosaur Feathers @ Bruar Falls
* Keepaway, The Big Sleep, Headless Horseman, Ramona Cordova @ Pianos
* CSC Funk Band, Lord Jeff, Silver Summit, Guardian Alien @ Union Pool
* Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer, Free the Robots, Samiyam @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Zara Terez & The Barnstormers, Ge-Ology, Rage Johnson @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Translations, True Womanhood, Night Manager, We Are All Romans @ Glasslands
* Brute Force, R. Stevie Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Predator Prey @ Secret Project Robot
* Video Daughters, Lost Coves, Binary Marketing Show, Phone Home @ Rock Shop
* Eytan & The Embassy, Soft Black, Brick+Mortar, Atlantic Atlantic, The Obvious @ Bowery Electric

For more, check out This Week in Indie

The Big Sleep's current drummer Mikey Jones in the band Heaven who are playing a free late show at Mercury Lounge tonight after The Big Sleep play a show at Pianos with Keepaway.

If things seem off on the site at all today and tomorrow it's because BBG and I are working in Austin where we'll be through Monday for Fun Fun Fun Fest which sort of kicks off tonight with a Toyota Antics-presented pre-party featuring a headlining set by the Helio Sequence. If things seem normal, forget I said anything.

Guided by Voices were supposed to play Fallon tonight, but they cancelled their TV appearance.

Huey Lewis just played on, and was interviewed by, Jimmy Kimmel. Videos below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"


Tombs @ the Studio in 2009 (more by Jason Jamal Nakleh)

today in NYC
* H2O on a boat
* Robert Black @ The Stone
* Ute Lemper @ Joe's Pub (early & late)
* Leon Russell @ Mexicali Live (NJ)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
* Forest Fire, Oh Land, Normandy @ Glasslands
* Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, Springs @ The Rock Shop
* Diddy, Rick Ross, Ciara & more @ Governors Island
* Hannibal Buress, King Sickabilly @ Knitting Factory
* Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Okkyung Lee @ The Stone
* Reid Paley Trio, Sam Chanse, Sugar Life @ Knitting Factory
* Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, Glomag, NO CARRIER @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Tombs, Radiation, Planks, Gods & Queens, Dawn @ Death By Audio
* Chromeo, The Suzan, Telephoned, Kid Sister @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Metal Rouge, Sam Hamilton, Jane Austen, Greg Fox, Diablo @ Silent Barn
* Seaven Tears (Charlie Looker), Tartar Lamb (Toby Driver), Music of the American Avante-Garde (Bracken/Kidambi) @ Zebulon
* Religious To Damn, Fielded, Psychic Steel, Kevin Hufnagel @ Bruar Falls
* The Big Sleep, Fan-Tan, Sensual Harassment, Replicas, Michna (DJ Set) @ Cameo
* Mia Riddle, Pearl & The Beard, Madison Square Gardeners (Farm To Folk Fest) @ Union Pool (see below)
* New York Night Train's Ya Ya Yacht w/ DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin & DJ Ian Svenonius
* Saviours, Priestess, Ramming Speed, Antidote [NYHC 1983], Rorschach DJ's, Hamsoken, Gatekeeper, Cult of Youth, Naam, Titan, Natur, Snake Sustaine, Primitive Weapons, Cleen Teeth @ Santos Party House
* K Holes, Electric Tickle Machine, My Teenage Stride, Food Stamps, Weekends, Weed Hounds, Shark?, Lost Boy, The Runaway Suns, The Caterpillers (and much more) @ Don Pedro (see below)

A lot to do today for a rainy Sunday at the end of a slow week.

Individual tickets are on sale today for the 2010-2011 NY Philharmonic concert season.

To make sure they don't get shut down, tonight's sold out H2O show happening on a Rocks Off boat is going to be dry ("Our First Ever NO BOOZE CRUISE - Straight Edge on the Hudson!"), which is ironic since those that step outside will probably not be dry at all thanks to the H2O coming down from the sky.

Good thing there's going to be a Pool Party on August 29th. Otherwise they would have went out on a rainy note. If it doesn't get cancelled, Chromeo, The Suzan, Telephoned, and previously-known-as "Special Guest" Kid Sister play the free show at the Williamsburg Waterfront today.

Today is the day The Specials were supposed to play in the rain at Central Park Summerstage.

Though there are still free events, there are no more free concerts on Governors Island this summer, which means tonight's potentially-soggy Diddy fans paid for their tickets. Same situation for the Jonas Brothers fans at Jones Beach.

Two indoor options today include "Farm to Folk Fest" at Union Pool (3-8pm) and "My Endless Summer" at Don Pedro from 4pm to 4am. Flyers and more information for both below...

What else?

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The Big Sleep

In September 2009 The Big Sleep wrote on their website that they had "been hard at work writing new songs and tightening our harmonies". And if BV posts are to be believed, the last time they played a show, or a NYC show anyway, was June of 2008. I guess you could call that a hiatus. The hiatus ends on May 13th when they play a super late show (11:55pm doors) at Mercury Lounge. It's free.

Don't let this happen to your favorite touring band. Shop at Insound.

The "Give More" part of our new digital sales project is called "Show Support." It's really simple. Every time you buy an MP3 album from Insound (not EPs or singles), Insound will donate $.25 of our take to a touring band. We choose 6 lucky bands that we like, but you get to select the actual artist to earmark your quarter to. Furthermore, should you wish to "tip" additional funds to these great artists, you can add your own tip during checkout. 100% of these funds will go to the band you choose. If you do not choose a specific band, we will distribute the funds equally to all of the bands. We will add new bands 2-4 times each year. All funds are to be used by bands to support the next national tour. In short, their tours will be made possible by you - Insound customers!

Currently, the awesome bands that will benefit from our donations are:

The Big Sleep on the streets
Russian Circles
The Twilight Sad about the price of gas
Headlights are keeping me up at night

Please note: You do not have to buy an album by one of the Show Support bands above to donate money. The $.25 per MP3 album and your tips will be donated whether you buy their albums or you buy an album by any other artist. Additionally, tips will only be earmarked to one of the 6 bands above. For example, if you buy a Pinback MP3, that does not mean that Pinback will get an extra $.25 from that order. Their label and distributor will receive the same amount they always do, but another lucky Show Support band will get some extra help. Any questions email us: CassieHelp@insound.com.

Videohippos are on tour and playing Death By Audio in Brooklyn TONIGHT (May 9).

Other good causes (ways to help the homeless) (no offense touring bands) can be found here.

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Minus The Bear

Minus the Bear is going on tour with The Big Sleep and Portugal the Man. Tickets go on sale Friday for a show at Webster Hall on April 7th. The Big Sleep also play in NYC tonight (Feb 21). All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Minus The Bear - 2008 Tour Dates w/ The Big Sleep"

A few years ago, Big Sleep drummer Gabe Rhodes bought a dodgy little cabin for a song. Two hours north of New York City, the thing teeters on pillars of rock and cement that appear to have been poured by a junior-high shop class or maybe drunk trappers circa 1780. Inside, three small cozy rooms with beautiful exposed rafters, fireplaces, hanging lanterns and more candles than you can count. No plumbing. No electricity. And The Big Sleep needs electricity like Prince needs purple. So, how to make one of the loudest live bands in New York City come alive ? Behind the cabin, there's a gasoline-powered generator that Gabe uses for power tools. The band had never plugged its amps into a gas-generator. After five minutes of sound-checking, the amps started warbling and guitarist Danny Barria was worried : "I think this amp is melting down," he said. "Let's kill the power for a minute and then let's do this take." The result is a thunderous and intimate misfit moment : The Big Sleep â€" dar ! kness, long-hair, provisioners of noise â€" pulverizing the stunning serenity like a bully does to the good student. The cabin stood. [La Blogoteque]
The Big Sleep' new record "Sleep Forever" is out now on Frenchkiss. Help them celebrate tonight at Mercury Lounge w/ Sian Alice Group, Priestbird, and Heavy Creatures. DJ Chris Alker spins between sets. More tour dates below...

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Earl Greyhound @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - New Years Eve, 2007/8 (CRED)
Earl Greyhound @ Mercury Lounge

....while Flaming Lips were doing it in Oklahoma, Mr. Brownstone was playing in Williamsburg, members of Spoon and Wilco were jamming with Jon Brion in Chicago, Gogol Bordello was playing Terminal 5, Dirty Projectors were at Knitting Factory, and Patti Smith was over at Bowery Ballroom before leaving to make room for a late show by Les Savy Fav.

Radiohead played too, but that was taped and from the privacy of your own home.

Earl Greyhound's next scheduled show is at the Langerado Festival in March (where REM is also playing).

The Big Sleep played the Mercury Lounge show too. Their latest news is a new album.

DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Pinkies (new MP3)

Electric SixCurrently on tour with the Willowz, Electric Six recently played two NYC shows - one at Bowery Ballroom and the other at Music Hall of Williamsburg. How were they?

Just off a tour with Chris Cornell, Earl Greyhound are playing Mercury Lounge with The Big Sleep on New Years Eve. Tickets are on sale.

Earl GreyhoundElectric Six is coming back to NYC on December 12th....to play A FREE SHOW @ SOUTHPAW....with Earl Greyhound! No advanced tickets or RSVP - just first come, first served. Doors @ 8pm. Show @ 9.

The Big Sleep's second album on Frenchkiss Records - "Sleep Forever" - is out February 19th. Download an MP3 off it now (above). Cover art, tracklist, and all tour dates, below....

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DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Murder (MP3)

The Big SleepThe Earl Grehyound New Years Eve show at Mercury Lounge now also includes The Big Sleep. Tickets are on sale for that.

No tickets necessary to see the Big Sleep on December 3rd at Knitting Factory though. The show - originally part of the weekly "Blogger's Delight" free show series in the smaller Knitting Factory Tap Bar - is now happening in the larger main space. Free with RSVP. Cheeseburger (CHEESEBURGER!!!), Neckbeard Telecaster (members of Dirty on Purpose/Shorebirds) and Coin Under Tongue are also on the bill. It's all in honor of Jinners' 5th anniversary. More Big Sleep tour dates below....

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The Hold steady @ Prospect Park

BIG rock show in Brooklyn's beautiful Prospect Park Thursday night, drawing hundreds (nearly 1000?) to the bandshell to Celebrate Brooklyn and watch three fine rock bands twirl their guitars, sing their songs and pump the kids full of beer and amplification. Good times all around.

'Twas a sit down fest for The Teenage Prayers and The Big Sleep (more a result of the summer relaxed evening fun), but a stand-up arena rock show (as the crowd swelled) for The Hold Steady. And rightfully so. [Waved Rumor]

DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Elephants (MP3)

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep are playing the free BrooklynVegan show @ The Annex on Saturday November 4th @ 3:45 pm. Check my last Big Sleep post for more CMJ dates. Keep reading at the end of this post for even more dates.

Name and occupation?
danny barria, guitarist.

Is this your first time playing CMJ?
no, i played with mahogany a few years back
and with sonya two years before that.

What were you doing last year during CMJ?
last year, i was watching as many other bands as i could
and wishing we'd finished our record.

Any tips for those coming to NYC from out of town?
go to the museum of natural history,
check out the promenade at night,
buy johnny beach/jay belin/christen thomas/rory ahearn a drink,
and keep an eye on your instruments,
don't leave them in your van overnight.


Tour Dates below....

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