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La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Femme

France's La Femme have an addictive sound pulling from psychedelic pop, surf rock, ye-ye and more, and as good as their recorded music is, their live shows are crazy on another level. So lucky for us, they've announced that they'll be returning to the US this fall where they have three shows announced so far -- NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 16, LA's Echoplex on October 23, and San Francisco's Beach Goth Party on 10/25 with The Growlers, The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Chelsea Wolfe, The Spits, Atlas Sound and more. CMJ is right in the middle of that gap, so it doesn't seem impossible that they'll play some shows during that as well. Tickets for LPR go on sale today (8/15) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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photo by Danny Krug
Johnny Aries

Though The Drums are mainly the concern of founding members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, they've had various live members over the years including current guitarist/bassist/backing vocalist Johnny Aries. Aries is also a solo artist who will release his debut album, Unbloomed, on August 26 via Frenchkiss. Its new single "Ambulette" isn't a million miles away from the strummy guitar pop of The Drums' earlier material (though maybe not so much like their new single), and fans of that -- or The Smiths -- should find something to dig here. The song premieres in this post. You can stream it, with another LP cut plus Aries' cover of The Smiths' "Back to the Old House," below.

Around the time of the release, Johnny Aries will play four NYC shows: Palisades on August 18 with Vamanos, Winstons and Dark Tea; Cameo on August 23 with Ponyhof (tickets); August 26 at Pianos during the Rey Pila residency and also with Boytoy, The Fluids, Wand and Shark Week; and Glasslands on August 30 opening Salt Cathedral's EP release party (tickets).

Meanwhile, as previously mentioned, The Drums will release their new album Encyclopedia this year (due 9/23 via Minor Records) and are going on a tour with Beverly that hits NYC on 9/16 at MHOW (tickets) and 9/20 at Bowery Ballroom (sold out).

Johnny Aries song streams below...

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Beverly @ Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bev

Beverly have been added to The Drums' upcoming tour, opening all dates including the two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on September 20 (sold out). Before that, you can also catch Bev at Rough Trade on August 15 with openers TBA (tickets). All dates are listed below.

In other news, Beverly just released a video for "Out on a Ride," from their enjoyable debut album, Careers, which features random tour footage as well as some shot at Baby's All Right. You can watch that, along with a Breakthrough Radio live session, below...

Continue reading "Beverly made a new video, opening for The Drums on tour (updated dates & streams)"

photos by Wei Shi

The Drums @ Novotel Hotel 7/16/2014
The Drums
The Drums

"From here on out begins the new chapter of the Drums," singer Jonny Pierce told a small but devoted crowd packed awkwardly onto the rooftop of Manhattan's Novotel for the Brooklyn-via-Florida duo's first show in years. He and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Graham then left behind the frothy bounce of 2010's "Portamento" and launched into the dark, reverbed twangs and theremin wails of "Magic Mountain," the first single off the Drums' forthcoming third album, "Encyclopedia."

"Our new record sounds just like that," Pierce laughed, illuminated by red stage lights and the bright billboards of Times Square behind him, featuring Pitbull endorsing Hennessy and Conan O'Brien in "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda." "It's a rude awakening." - [Billboard]

The Drums previewed their new album Encyclopedia on Wednesday night (7/16) on the roof of Times Square's Novotel. A lot of people showed up for the free show, with the line wrapping around the block. Pictures from the show -- and its fairly spectacular backdrop -- are in this post.

The Drums will be back in NYC for two shows, Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 and Bowery Ballroom on September 20, as part of their fall tour. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale at noon today (7/18). Encyclopedia will be out September 23. Check out cover art and tracklist, along with more photos from Wednesday night's rooftop show, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DRUMS

As mentioned, The Drums are back with a new single, "Magic Mountain," which the band have now shared. "Punky" may not exactly be the word to describe it, but "Magic Mountain" is definitely the most aggressive thing they've ever done. Stream it below.

You can see The Drums will celebrate the release of the new single with a free show on Wednesday (7/16) on the rooftop of Supernova Terrace at Time's Square's Novotel Hotel. Doors are at 10 PM and you do need to RSVP to attend.

The Drums will also be back in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in September as part of their fall tour. Tickets for those go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/16) at noon.

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

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The Drums are back in action, with a new single and tour this fall. The new 7" is titled "Magic Mountain" and you can hear a snippet of it in a short video below. One of the ways to get it is to buy advance tickets to their upcoming North American tour which has two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 and Bowery Ballroom on September 20. Presale tickets for those are available now in a variety of packages that can include the single and a poster. Tickets go on sale to the general public for both NYC shows at noon via Ticketmaster.

The Drums most recent album, Portamento, came out in 2011. All dates are listed, along with the tour teaser video, below...

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Le1f at the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

NYC's W Hotels have been doing a free live music series this summer at their various locations called W Gangs of New York, which has mostly consisted of artists DJing but there's a few live shows going on too. The series began on July 10 and continues every Sunday through August 25. The next show happens at their Midtown location on 7/21 with DJ sets from Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth and The Drums' Johnny Pierce. That's followed by a DJ set from Todd Terry (not to be confused with Todd Terje) and a live set from rapper Le1f on 7/28 at the Times Square location. And then it's DJ sets from Kidnap Kid and Shuttle (ex-Passion Pit) on 8/4 at the Union Square location. The rest of the lineup is TBA, but you can check W's site for updates. All shows are free, but RSVP to WGANGSNY@WHOTELS.COM is required.

Trailer video for the series below...

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

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

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

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

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photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis

The Drums @ Webster Hall 6/10/2013
The Drums

Back to the show, where there were many more moments of pure unadulterated joy. The Drums don't always play every single one of their crowd pleasers - my first time seeing them live (Bowery Ballroom, 2011), they didn't perform their biggest hit "Let's Go Surfing." On Monday night, which they kept celebrating as their return to New York City, no hit was left unplayed. In addition to "Let's Go Surfing," the band played "I Need a Doctor," "Down by the Water," "Money", "Book of Revelation," "Hard to Love," "I Felt Stupid" (their oldest song, which got the biggest cheer from the crowd) and many others. The set reached its apex when "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Days" were played back-to-back, which is the moment that I realized that I'd never seen Webster Hall - or any similar venue - quite like this. I literally believe that there wasn't a person in the room who wasn't singing "Forever and Ever" and I have never felt a floor shake like it did during "Days." - [2BitMonkey]
Before Northside, before Chickfactor, this week in NYC was the New Music Seminar, a mostly industry confab that did have a few showcases too, most notably at kickoff party at Webster Hall on Monday (6/10) with headliners The Drums who haven't played in a while. The showcase also featured sets from the bubbly Avan Lava, folky Pearl & the Beard and krautrocky Hess is More who performed as a trio. Pictures from Monday's show are in this post.

Hess is More will debut an entire new repetoire, titled "MY HEAD IS A BALLROOM," on June 20 at Glasslands. If you've never seen Hess is More, their live show is highly recommended. Cascading Slopes and Float Fall open and tickets are on sale now.

More pictures from Webster Hall below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Drums @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)

The New Music Seminar is back in action for 2013, happening from June 9 - 11 in New York City. A regular summertime fixture here from 1980 - 1995, the NMS returned in 2011 and expanded last year. While featuring industry panels, there are also showcases too on June 10 & 11 with a kickoff show at Webster Hall on June 10 featuring The Drums, Pearl & the Beard, Avan Lava, and Hess is More. Tickets for that show are on sale now and NMS attendees can get in with their badges (which, starting at $249, are priced for industry, not music fans).

Most of the showcases, however, happen at small Lower East Side venues like Pianos, Cake Shop and Tammany Hall. One that's notable is an all-Swedish showcase at Cake Shop on June 10 featuring Chris Merritt, Yves Jean, State of Grace, and Full of Keys. Visit the NMS website for full showcase and conference schedule.

Speaking of Swedish and Cake Shop, tonight (6/3) at the Ludlow venue are three Scandinavian bands who were here to play NYC Popfest over the weekend. The show is headlined by Finnish band French Films who were (along with UK group Flowers) the breakout band of the weekend, bringing some rock n' roll swagger to the fest that is often just associated all things twee and cute. (They're playing a few times this week, actually.) Also playing: Sweden's Alpaca Sports (jazzy orch-pop), and Azure Blue (ethereal synthpop).

If NMS doesn't float your boat, next week has two other festivals: Chickfactor 21 at Bell House from June 11 - 13, which overlaps a little with The Northside Festival in Williamsburg (6/13 - 6/15).

Cascading Slopes at Cameo, 1/31/2013 (via @FreshBread)
Warm Soda

Cascading Slopes is a new project from Jacob Graham of The Drums. Unlike his other band, this is 100% synthesiser-based music. His debut album, Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers, is out soon and "took two years to complete from its inception and was made using strictly voltage-controlled instruments." Jacob has been keeping a synth blog, Mild Slopes, for some time now. While no tracks from the album have been released yet, you can stream a portion of non-LP track, "Other Worlds," below.

The band made their live debut last week (1/31) at Cameo with Leverage Models. If you missed it, New York has a few chances to see them as the'll start a February residency at Pianos on 2/13 that will continue for the two following wednesdays (2/20, 2/27). All three nights also feature Ludwig Persick, and the 2/13 show also has TV Baby and Club Girls. Then the 2/20 show also has The Drowners and King Holiday, and then the final night of the residency has El Sportivo & the Blooz, Rumors and Twin Wave. Advance tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

A flyer for the Pianos residency and a video trailer are below.

Continue reading "Cascading Slopes is Jacob from The Drums' new band, NYC residency this month (streams)"

by Bill Pearis

jonny-pierce

Some might say it's strange for a man to bare his soul the way I do on this album but I wanted to do something that exposed me for who I am even more so than anything I have done with The Drums ... I wanted to be as self-indulgent as possible with this album. This is pop done the way I think it should be done. - Jonny Pierce
Some might ask, "Um, isn't he basically the Drums anyway?" (smash-cut to Connor saying , "Hey!") but Jonny Pierce will release his self-indulgent solo album in 2013. He's just dropped the LP's first track, "I Didn't Realize," and it definitely has different instrumentation that what the song might have been if it'd been a Drums song. You can judge for yourself, the video for the song is below.

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Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo

"FUCK YES" - HEALTH

"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy

"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff

continued below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

The Drums / Chairlift at Brooklyn Bowl 8/22/2012
The Drums
Chairlift

No strangers to NYC shows this summer, The Drums (last seen opening for Bloc Party at T5) and Chairlift (last seen at House of Vans and then opening for The xx in Staten Island) played a SPIN/Diet Coke-sponsored free show last night (8/22) at Brooklyn Bowl. Pictures from the evening are in this post.

This looks to have been the last U.S. show for The Drums for a while, with only a few dates in Mexico and South America on their 2012 schedule. Chairlift, meanwhile, will be touring throughout the next two months, including two dates with The xx in NYC.

More pics of The Drums and Chairlift, and a list of all remaining tour dates are below.

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The Drums at Terminal 5 last week (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Drums

Two indie pop bands that both lean a bit more on the pop than the indie, The Drums and Chairlift, will share a bill in NYC for a free Diet Coke/SPIN-presented show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 22 with a special guest DJ. This 21+ show is free but RSVP is required. The flier is below.

The Drums recently wrapped up a three night run with Bloc Party last week. Meanwhile, that same week Chairlift played their first of three shows with The xx (the next two are in October).

A list of all dates and the show flier below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/7/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bloc Party

Terminal 5 flooded with blues and purples last night (8/9), revealing a bull's-eye on the back wall, as a a building synth filled the venue and Bloc Party walked out to play their new single, "Octopus," one of their most Silent Alarm-y songs since Silent Alarm. In the song's chorus, as Kele shouted "come on!," he reached out his arms and waved his fingers to rile up the crowd, and when Bloc Party followed that song with A Weekend In The City favorite, "Hunting for Witches," and the arms-raised singalong, "Positive Tension," the energy in Terminal 5 took off.

Like The Strokes and Interpol, Bloc Party are one of the many post-punk revivalists of the early 00's with two great albums who were plagued by an awful case of third album syndrome. For the two former bands, it was a case of over-polishing their sound. For Bloc Party, they went in a total synth pop direction that works for some but was totally unwelcome for this group of Brits, who had made some of the most vital guitar rock of the last decade. Not to mention it's taken Bloc Party four years to follow that album, and over three since they've played NYC, during which time rumors began floating around that Kele was kicked out of the band. So when they made their return, I wasn't without my doubts, but Bloc Party didn't once fail to deliver. The show was their last in a sold out three-night run which also hit the NYC venue on Tuesday (8/7) and Wednesday (8/8). Despite telling the crowd that he's not a huge fan of doing three-night runs in the same venue, Kele was in super high spirits the whole time. The setlist was great too -- we got four new ones (including iTunes bonus track, "Black Crown") and tons of old favorites like "Banquet," "Helicopter," "This Modern Love," and more.

Four isn't exactly a "comeback record" for the band, but it's their most guitar-centric since Silent Alarm and doesn't sound like they are trying to prove anything on it. It pulls as much (or more) from stoner rock as it does from the post-punk they initially made a career out of, which was a totally unexpected turn but I can't say it wasn't pretty badass hearing Bloc Party whip out sludgey power chords on "Team A" and "Black Crown" last night. And when I left the show right after hearing "Helicopter" and complaining that they didn't play "Like Eating Glass" like they had the night earlier, it was "Octopus" that was stuck in my head.

Like they had done the previous two nights, The Drums opened the show. Bloc Party's setlist and a video of them playing "Helicopter" from last night are below.

Continue reading "Bloc Party wrapped up their stay at Terminal 5 (night 3 setlist, video, review)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bloc Party at Terminal 5, 8/07/2012
Bloc Party

Mid-'00s survivors Bloc Party kicked off a post-Lollapalooza three-night run at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (8/7) with openers The Drums. The band's 17 song set (including two encores) hit most of the highlights of their eight-year career, including "Banquet," "So Here We Are," "Helicopter," and "The Prayer", but they only played four songs off their forthcoming album, Four. The setlist is at the bottom of this post which contains pictures from the show .

Don't forget, tonight's Bloc Party T5 show is streaming live via Bowery Presents' YouTube channel (UPDATE: this happened and you can watch it). More pictures from last night's show are below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Archers of Loaf / Crocodiles / the scene at 4Knots 2012
Archers of Loaf
Crocodiles
Crocodiles

Even though the fire that broke out on the deck at the South Street Seaport Mall was certainly the most memorable act of the day, the Village Voice 4Knots Festival was a fine time at South Street Seaport, loaded with good performances amid the smoke and oppressive humidity. There was a big crowd for this second year of the fest, much bigger than last year, and though there wasn't a headliner the size of, say, Steve Malkmus or M.I.A. or Spoon (like they had at Siren in years past), that seemed by design in these post-Drake years. I like every band that played the main stage.

Well, I don't know anything about the first two bands who played the main stage -- The Smiling Lies and Fast Years -- who played before I got there at 1PM and seemed to be on by contractual obligation. Nick Waterhouse made a good, friendly primer for the day with his vintage, baritone sax-fueled '60s soul and R&B, looking dapper in a white oxford shirt that had to have been hot on stage. I prefer him in a tiny sweaty club to a big outdoor fest (I can say that about most bands) but he had the sweaty part down.

Bleached were up next and while we've yet to get an album from these girls, the crowd seemed to know most of their set of hook-laden poppy, punky, curled-lip songs. Hospitality were up next -- almost exactly a year ago they played to about 60 people at the Fulton Stall Market across the street from the Seaport, and they've come a long way since. Most of the crowd was bobbing along to much of their Merge debut... at least till the fire cut their set short.

After the smoke cleared it was Crocodiles whose new album Endless Flowers finds them branching out of strict JAMC love into brighter, poppier corners. They were probably the most animated band of the day with Brandon Welchez definitely playing up the rock frontman gig to the hilt. Crocodiles also inspired the only crowd surfing I saw on Saturday (but I might have missed some).

Speaking of animated, The Drums were up next. Once known for their Bring It On as an indie rock band, tambourine-tossing fabulousness, they are now a real live rock band with little in the way of backing tracks. While I think their most recent album was pretty good, and they sounded tight, they are a little on the subdued side live these days, or at least have been the last two times I've seen them. I think I liked them better live when they mostly pretended to play their instruments.

I was wondering if a lot of the crowd might leave after The Drums' set but, nope, everyone stuck around for recently-reformed '90s indie rock royalty Archers of Loaf. I'll admit I was never the biggest fan -- that was my college roommate, who seemed to get mail-order daily from TeenBeet, Merge and Simple Machines while I scoured import racks for Ride and Blur EPs -- but I certainly absorbed a lot through osmosis and the hit-filled set ("Web in Front," "Wrong," "Plumb") was even recognizable to this casual Archers listener. My friend Chris, a giant Archers fan, dubbed their performance "awesome."

Meanwhile on the Skipper's stage, we got mischievous Montreal band Doldrums, the twangy retro rock of Devin, punk-ish rockers Team Spirit (featuring Ayad of Passion Pit) and Delicate Steve whose set was also cut short due to the fire. And the afterparty went down in Beekman Beer Garden where things got wild during Black Lips' set.

More pictures from 4Knots are below...

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4Knots

As you know, Siren Fest replacement 4Knots goes down at South Street Seaport this Saturday. Here are the times:

Main Stage
12:15 p.m.: The Smiling Lies
12:30 p.m.: The Fast Years
1:30 p.m.: Nick Waterhouse
2:30 p.m.: Bleached
3:30 p.m.: Hospitality
4:30 p.m.: Crocodiles
5:30 p.m.: The Drums
6:30 p.m.: Archers of Loaf

Skippers Stage
1:00 p.m.: Doldrums
2:00 p.m.: Devin
3:00 p.m.: Team Spirit
4:00 p.m.: Delicate Steve

Afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden (not free)
7:00 p.m.: doors
?:?? p.m.: DJ Jonathan Toubin
?:?? p.m.: Kid Congo Powers + The Pink Monkey Birds
?:?? p.m.: The Black Lips

Meanwhile Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday (6:30pm).

Nick Waterhouse also has some other shows coming up.

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The Drums at Surf Lodge during Memorial Day Weekend (via)
The Drums

Montauk's Surf Lodge, a restaurant, hotel and sometimes concert venue booked by C3 (Lollapalooza, ACL), have partnered with SPIN for two shows this summer. Dirty Projectors will play the venue on June 30 and Real Estate on July 7. It's about a three-hour drive from NYC, but is a great vacation spot, so if you're hoping to see these bands and want an excuse to go to the Hamptons, this would be a good time. Hopefully you won't have any memory-erasing experiences while you're there.

In related news, the Surf Lodge is no longer owned by Edgemere Montauk, LLC. Curbed Hamptons reports that it was recently sold to Michael Walrath's investmenet company, Montauk Properties, LLC. The lodge has also got a new team to help revitalize their guestrooms, landscaping, menu, juices, music, workout and more. The Summer 2012 Concert Series is being overseen by GrandLife's Tommy Saleh and Mandy Brooks. That series kicked off over Memorial Day Weekend with a show by The Drums. The photo above is from that show. No word on what other shows will go down this summer yet (besides Dirty Projectors and Real Estate).

The War on Drugs and Dean & Britta also have a show coming up in Long Island.

Dirty Projectors also have other upcoming shows including two in NYC: MHOW on 7/9 and Prospect Park on 7/10, the latter of which you can win tickets to.

Real Estate have other shows too, including a NYC show at Webster hall on August 11 with R. Stevie Moore and Andrew Cedermark. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated lists of dates for both bands are below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors and Real Estate (separately) playing Montauk's The Surf Lodge, where The Drums just played"

Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Archers of Loaf

We finally posted those Archers of Loaf Bowery Ballroom pictures yesterday, and then today this happens:

The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is thrilled to announce the Archers Of Loaf added to this year's The 4Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport, Piers 16 & 17 on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 1:00 - 8:00 PM. Team Spirit, Doldrums and Devin will also join the bill, featuring The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse. More artists to be announced.

The 4Knots Music Festival will expand this year to include Piers 16 and 17 with a second outdoor side stage confirmed. Expanding to Pier 16 will allow the 4Knots Music Festival to include more performers.
Archers of Loaf and Doldrums both also play the Sled Island Festival this summer. Doldrums recently opened for Bear in Heaven.

And speaking of Nick Waterhouse, he just played Mercury Lounge, but unlike as previously reported, will not be back to play Dekalb Market. 4Knots is his next NYC show.

Other free shows coming up at South Street Seaport are listed HERE. No official word on whether they'll be another 4Knots pre-show like there was with Ted Leo last year (but stay tuned).

The Drums at Hotel Vegan day party March 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Drums at Hotel Vegan

The Village Voice has announced the initial line-up of its 4Knots Festival which happens July 14 at South St. Seaport. Headliners for the free show are The Drums, with Crocodiles (which we already knew), Hospitality, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse being the others. Unlike last year, there will be a second stage as well on neighboring Pier 16 (Pier 17 is where the Seaport Music Festival Happens). Stay tuned for the rest of the line-up.

If you're curious about Nick Waterhouse, the retrofied R&B bandleader plays a late show at Mercury Lounge this Saturday (5/19) and you can download a live album too.

Bloc Party at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Bloc Party

After selling out two Terminal 5 shows, Bloc Party have added a third show at the same venue happening on August 7. All three shows are with their Frenchkiss labelmates The Drums. Tickets for the new show, which happens before the other two, go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (4/26) at noon. Updated dates below...

Speaking of Frenchkiss bands, Southern Calfiornia sextet RACES are touring in May and hitting The Rock Shop and Mercury Lounge along the way. As previously mentioned, the Manhattan show is with Hundred Waters who also play Glasslands while in town. The Brooklyn show is with the Frenchkiss-signed Sean Bones and Right on Dynamite. All RACES dates are listed below...

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Bloc Party @ Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bloc Party

Whoever said the August 8th Bloc Party show at Terminal 5 would get moved down to Webster Hall was very wrong. Not only did the large NYC show just sell out, they just added a 2nd! Tickets on sale now (or will be momentarily) for August 9th at the same venue. Both shows are with The Drums who headline Webster Hall this weekend.

Bloc Party were also just announced on the lineup of Outside Lands.

by Bill Pearis

Craft Spells

Craft Spells' stint opening for The Drums starts this Sunday (April 22) at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available and all Drums/Craft Spells tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Craft Spells have a new EP, Gallery, that will be out May 15 on Captured Tracks. Like last year's Idle Labor, the new EP wraps itself in a variety of '80s influences though early New Order seems to be the primary touchstone this time. You can stream Gallery's lead track, "Still Left With Me," at the bottom of this post.

Over the last year Craft Spells, who recently relocated from Seattle to San Francisco, have become a tight live unit and both sets I caught by them in Austin during SXSW (both them and The Drums played our Hotel Vegan day parties) were great. I wish they were playing a smaller, headlining show while in NYC, but they're flying in on Sunday and play Philadelphia on Monday. Hopefully they'll come back soon.

Click through for Craft Spells cover art, track stream and tour dates.

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