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photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Ghost / Warpaint / The Mummies / crowdsurfer @ Beach Goth 4, 10/24/2015
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Beach Goth 4

Over the past four years, Beach Goth has morphed from a handmade, hipster Halloween party to a megafest-on-the-rise. The last couple years have seen a serious overgrowth of frenzied fans pile into the Observatory's inside/outside extravaganza not just to see The Growlers at their own festival, but for a host of marquee acts that could probably sell the place out on their own. Again, this year's Beach Goth was a packed, sweaty beast of weekend that saw Grimes premiere two new songs, as well as legendary sets from weirdo veterans like The Mummies, rising stars like the Allah-Lahs, and even a surprise cameo or two (Warren G popping up on the Beach Goth Stage!). The crowd also got a huge shot of adrenaline from acts like Die Antwoord, Mac Demarco, No Bunny and Sir-Mix-a-Lot, just a handful of the grab bag of entertainment that somehow managed to work well on this year's bill. - (OC Weekly
The 4th annual Beach Goth Fest happened at the Orange County Observatory in Santa Ana on October 24-25. The festival, created by LA garage-rockers The Growlers (who played both days), had a pretty stacked, eclectic lineup. Day 1 was headlined by Grimes who debuted a couple new songs from the forthcoming Art Angels LP and had a strict no-photos policy. Our photographer shot pretty much everyone else, though, including Mac DeMarco, Ghost, Warpaint, Wanda Jackson, together PANGEA, The Drums, The Mummies and lots more. The fest's OC-meets-Halloween theme was prevalent in costumes on stage and off.

Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. Meanwhile, check out more pics from Day 1 of Beach Goth 2015, below....

Continue reading "2015 Beach Goth fest day 1 pics: Warpaint, Mac DeMarco, Ghost, Mummies, together PANGEA, Wanda Jackson & more"

photo: The Drums on Novotel roof in 2014 (more by Wei Shi)
The Drums

The Drums are one of many many bands playing Santa Ana's Beach Goth fest this month and right after they'll be back in NYC for a two-night, three-show residency at Baby's All Right on October 27 & 28. They'll play two shows on 10/27 (7:30 PM is all-ages; 10 PM is 18+) both of which are with LA shoegazers Froth; and then the 10/28 show (10:30 PM) is with Pennsylvania's The Yetis. Tickets for all three Baby's shows go on sale Friday (10/2) at noon.

Flyer for the residency plus the video for "There Is Nothing Left" from The Drums' 2014 album Encyclopedia, below...

Continue reading "The Drums playing three-show residency at Baby's All Right after Beach Goth Fest"

by Bill Pearis


Los Angeles band Froth make minor chord dreampop with a strong gothic romance streak running though it. (A sound not unlike the last few Raveonettes albums.) The band released their second album Bleak via Burger Records earlier this year and you can stream the whole thing, and check out the video for "Nothing Baby," below.

Froth are gearing up to tour North American, which includes West Coast dates with Tamaryn and the two October 27 shows at Baby's All Right with The Drums (tickets on sale 10/2 at noon). While in NYC they'll also play Shea Stadium on October 28 with Dances, and Acid Dad (tickets on sale now). All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Los Angeles band Froth released 'Bleak' LP, share new video, touring, including shows w/ Tamaryn & The Drums"

FYF Fest

Via press release...

FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.

With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.

photos by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei,

Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Outside Lands 2015
Outside Lands 2015

Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.

Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:

The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.
On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.

Hot Chip DJing the tent
Outside Lands 2015

With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]
METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).

More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...

Continue reading "Hot Chip, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alex Bleeker, Giraffage & more played Outside Lands (pics)"

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photo: Big Freedia in last year's Toyota Tent @ OSL (more by Wilson Lee)

Outside Lands is taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend with headliners Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala and more.

BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Stereogum are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located in the Polo Field near the Lands End Stage. The tent is called "Sound Central" on the festival map.


Like previous years, and like at Lollapalooza last weekend, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Hurray for the Riff Raff play the Sutro stage at 12:20 on Saturday. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 5pm the same day).

BrooklynVegan's OSL representative this year will be Jamie Granato, also known as DJ Rezound and the man behind Group Tightener. Watch Jamie interview Dan Deacon and METZ on Sunday. Come see bonus performances by Natlie Prass, Speedy Ortiz, The Drums, Django Django, Shakey Graves, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and more. Check out the full weekend schedule below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2015: find us in the Toyota Tent (with Dan Deacon, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Hot Chip, Alex Bleeker & more)"

by Bill Pearis

outside Rough Trade on N. 9th today...
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The new HBO drama created by Martin Scoresese, Terrence Winter and Mick Jagger, set in the world of the 1970s NYC music industry, is in production and filming in Williamsburg. Today they were filming outside of Rough Trade, where they transformed the store into a mid-'70s Sam Goody. The block of N. 9th St between Wythe and Kent also had half a dozen vintage cars, some old phone booths and a newstand, and there were dozens of extras in Me Decade polyester fashion (surely they were hot in today's near-'90s and very humid weather).

While the show is still untitled, filming signs stapled to street poles simply read "Rock And Roll." I didn't see any famous folk, but the show stars Olivia Wilde, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Ken Marino, and more, and also features Saint Rich's Christian Peslak as the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Connor Hanwick (formerly of The Drums) plays Lou Reed. A premiere date has not been set. A few more pictures from the shoot are below.

UPDATE: The show now has a title, VINYL, and will premiere sometime in 2016.

It wasn't that long ago that Rough Trade was turned into Empire Records.

Continue reading "Brooklyn's Rough Trade transformed into a '70s Sam Goody for Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger's new HBO series 'VINYL'"


LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2015 lineup (Morrissey, Jesus & Mary Chain, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Bloc Party, more)"


Burger Revolution returns for its third time this weekend. It happens on Saturday (3/7), and like in past years, Burger Records will be presenting shows all over the globe, including NYC, Miami, LA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, Australia, and many many more places.

NYC gets three shows this year, all in Brooklyn. One happens at Aviv (496 Morgan) with Honduras, The Tin Yangs, Secret Crush, Granny and a duo set from The Men's Mark Perro and Holly Overton. That's $8 at the door. Another happens at 34 34th St in Sunset Park with Yabadum, Shunklings, Palm Pilot and Brazzers. That one's pay-what-you-want with a suggested donation of $5. And there's also one at Alphaville (140 Wilson) with The Drums' Johnny Aries, xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains, and Fat Heaven. That one's $7 at the door.

Check out the massive worldwide lineup below...

Continue reading "Burger Revolution 3 happens worldwide on Saturday (NYC w/ Honduras, Crazy & Brains, mems of The Men, Drums, more)"

by Bill Pearis

The Drums on Novotel roof in July (more by Wei Shi)
The Drums

The Drums' new album, Encyclopedia, will be out September 23 and the band have shared a new single, "Kiss Me Again," which is a little more like their classic sound than we heard on the punky 'Magic Mountain." You can stream that below. If you want to hear more, The Drums made a pretty clever album trailer that offers up snippets of a bunch of LP tracks, plus some light comedy. You can watch that below too.

Right before their album is released, The Drums will play an acoustic afternoon show at Rough Trade on Sunday, September 21. To get in you need to either buy the new album in any format or the "Magic Mountain" 7" from the Rough Trade store that day, and you'll get two wristbands into the show.

Before that, you can catch The Drums in full electric mode when their tour hits NYC for two sold-out shows next week -- Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 and Bowery Ballroom on September 20. Beverly open both shows and Literature also play the Bowery show (and two of their own shows that week).

Speaking of, Beverly have a new video for "All the Things" that finds the band enjoying a day at the waterpark. You can watch that below.

Updated dates for The Drums are listed, along with streams and videos, also below...

Continue reading "The Drums share more music from new LP, playing Rough Trade after sold-out MHOW & Bowery ++ new Beverly video "

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...

Continue reading "La Femme touring, playing US shows in October (dates)"

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...

Continue reading "Johnny Aries (of The Drums) releasing debut solo LP, playing shows (dates & new song stream)"

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

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...

Continue reading "The Drums played Novotel Hotel Times Square roof (pics), announce new album, 'Encyclopedia'"

by Bill Pearis


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...

Continue reading "The Drums streaming new 7", playing free show in Times Sq."


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...

Continue reading "The Drums releasing new single, touring this fall (dates)"

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

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...

Continue reading "NYC's W Hotels hosting free shows and parties (Le1f, David Longstreth, Johnny Pierce & more)"


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...

Continue reading "Tamaryn releasing Anton Newcombe-remixed 'Tender New Signs,' playing two Brooklyn shows in July (dates, stream)"

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...

Continue reading "The Drums played Webster Hall with Avan Lava, Pearl & the Beard, and Hess is More (pics)"

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


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.

Continue reading "The Drums' Jonny Pierce releasing solo LP (stream a track)"

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 yeah." - Colin Meloy


continued below...

Continue reading "Artists react to Obama's win"

photos by Ryan Muir

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

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.

Continue reading "The Drums and Chairlift played Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"