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by Rachel Kowal

Beach Fossils @ MHOW - April 8, 2011 (photo by Kemet Dugue)
Beach Fossils

The line outside Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday night extended farther down the block than I had ever seen it stretch, so far in fact, that like many people, I spent the entirety of Crinkles' set standing outside, waiting to get in. But by the time Craft Spells began to play, the room was packed, which proved to be a welcome treat for the wide-eyed openers.

"What the fuck are we doing here?!" lead singer Justin Vallestero asked incredulously as he stepped up to the mic. "We've never even been to the East coast before!" And with that, they launched into their set.

It's not hard to see why Craft Spells have been generating a fair amount of buzz recently. They exhibit the same kind of easy-going, sun-tinged rock that seems to be all the rage these days, and their candid enthusiasm and wild dancing are pretty charming. But for as bouncy as the music tends to be, Vallestero's steady baritone and the surprisingly mellow backing vocals help temper the band's sound and prevent it from becoming (gasp!) too twee for general consumption.

Following Craft Spells' energetic set, the drummer jumped out from behind his kit and snapped a photo of the audience before walking off stage. That will certainly be one for the scrap book.

The 'secret' special guest of the evening elicited a wide range of responses upon taking the stage. "Oh my God! It's The Drums!" exclaimed one guy excitedly to his unimpressed female companion. "How many opening bands are there?" another concert-goer asked in exasperation. Still others couldn't seem to get past lead singer Jonathan Pierce's little-kid-like appearance. ("That shirt is just atrocious. I think I had one like it when I was like 7 in 1993.") Between his clean-cut look and wild intensity onstage, Pierce resembles a manic Zack Morris on speed.

Say what you will about their shtick or their lyrics. The Drums have come a long way since I first saw them about two years ago, and the crowd responded enthusiastically to their frenzied performance. Even the guy behind me who had initially groaned at the sight of The Drums quickly admitted to his buddies that he was into them upon witnessing just a few minutes of their set.

Following a quick intermission, Beach Fossils kicked off their set with "What a Pleasure," which features a deceptively mellow intro before giving way to a rush of guitars and drums. (Watching bass player John Pena start to twitch as he geared up for the sudden shift was pretty amusing.)

Beach Fossils may not benefit from having such a distinctive front man in their midst, but their energy was anything but lacking. Though just four members strong, they made sure to take full advantage of the spacious stage by cavorting around with wild abandon. Incidentally, they also had no trouble getting the crowd to join in on their dancing. Throughout their set, random members from the audience would leap on stage and boogie down before being ushered back into the crowd by a bouncer. Soon to my disbelief (and at lead singer Dustin Payseur's suggestion), an indie kid mosh pit broke out near the foot of the stage, at which point the guy next to me leaned in. "You're writing that down, right? People are actually moshing to a band called Beach Fossils."

Absurdities aside, I was surprised by how polished Beach Fossils sounded, especially considering their inability to stay still for more than a few seconds.

After powering through their brief set, the boys from Beach Fossils came back for a quick one-song encore ("Youth"), during which time Korvette hastily put down his guitar and wildly leapt off stage for a quick round of crowd surfing before snatching up his guitar once again as the song died out.


Catch the Drums again tonight, 4/11, with Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn (the show is now sold out). It's their last show before they head west to play Coachella.

A live Beach Fossils video from SXSW, and one of Craft Spells playing earlier this month in Seattle, below...

Continue reading "Beach Fossils played MHOW w/ Craft Spells & The Drums (who play Knitting Factory tonight)"

DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Trails (Deerhoof remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Perfectly Crystal (Beach Fossils/Spirit Animal remix) (MP3 premiere)

Asobi Seksu

Shoegazey rockers Asobi Seksu's new album Fluorescence was released via Polyvinyl in February. You'll notice at Polyvinyl's site that the download comes with four bonus tracks, three of which are remixes of the song "Trails", one of which is done by Deerhoof. Download that Deerhoof remix above if you don't already have it. Also grab the Beach Fossils remix version of "Perfectly Crystal" which is making its premiere in this post.

As previously mentioned, Asobi Seksu have a big headlining show coming up at Bowery Ballroom, and that show happens to be TONIGHT (4/7). Openers are Zaza and Consortium Musicum. Consortium Musicum are Greg Saunier of Deerhoof & Sean Lennon.

Asobi also recently announced some May dates with White Lies including a 5/24 show at Antone's in Austin where Asobi recently played SXSW for the fourth time. White Lies have good taste in openers. School of Seven Bells and Sun Airway open their upcoming Terminal 5 show.

And speaking of Beach Fossils, they have their own big show right around the corner. I'm talking about their Friday (4/8) headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Craft Spells, Crinkles, and "Unannounced Special Guest." Tickets are still on sale.

In related news, The Drums play a sold out show at Mercury Lounge tonight (4/7) and other upcoming shows too.

All Asobi & Beach Bossils tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Beach Fossils remixed Asobi Seksu (MP3 premiere), both play big shows this week w/ special guests (and other dates)"

The Drums @ Brooklyn Bowl in 2009 (more by Oren Loloi)
The Drums

The previously mentioned Drums show happening at Mercury Lounge on April 7th with iO Echo (io Echo's first-ever NYC show) is sold out, but you can catch the band even sooner and for free and TONIGHT (3/25) at Tribeca Grand. RSVP and more info is in the flyer below.

You can also catch the Drums, who weren't at SXSW to sing with Edwyn Collins, at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on April 11th with Matthew Dear who will be playing with his own band. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Drums add dates, like Tribeca Grand TONIGHT & Knitting Factory w/ Matthew Dear & other places"


The Drums were recently announced as part of the lineups of Coachella, Bonnaroo and Sasquatch. The Drums recently played an intimate NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall. The Drums will play another intimate NYC show at Mercury Lounge on April 7th (four days after they play Lollapalooza Chile). Tickets go on sale at noon today (2/18). All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Drums playing Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo & NYC -- (and other tour dates)"


Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"

Wu Lyf

IMPACT: So which new bands are you currently listening to?

The Drums: There's a band that played with us called io echo, they're really incredible, one of the best live shows I've seen for a long time. Also, there's a band called Wu Lyf. They're four kids out of Manchester and in order to go to their shows you have to wear a bandana over your face. They won't let you in otherwise. They only play in churches and are really mysterious.

BrooklynVegan & PopGun Booking are proud to present the NYC debut of Wu Lyf at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on April 1st, 2011. Tickets are on sale now for what is the band's only currently scheduled North American date (don't worry, you don't need to wear a bandana to get in). Check out some videos below...

Continue reading "WU LYF playing NYC (tix on sale now) "


Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

Twin Shadow @ LPR in September (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow is playing 'A Terrible Holiday Party' at Don Hill's in NYC on Friday, 12/17. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am for the event that is also advertising "Possible special guest: ???" and DJ sets by Twin Shadow producer Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, Les Enfant Terribles, and Drew Heffron.

Twin Shadow also has upcoming dates throughout North America and Europe, and they are all listed below along with four different streaming remixes of Drums song "Me & the Moon", including one by Matthew Dear and another by Twin Shadow....

Continue reading "Twin Shadow remixed the Drums, playing Don Hill's & other tour dates"

Drums flyer

The Drums recently headlined (or co-headlined?) Webster Hall one day before appearing as a special guest headliner at Santos Party House not long after headlining Bowery Ballroom. NME rated their album one of the top 10 of 2010. Q Magazine said the self-titled effort was #32. The point is that The Studio at Webster Hall is a small (intimate) venue for the band now, and since their January 19th show there is raising money for a good cause, the $25 price tag shouldn't scare you too much. Guards and The Hairs both open, and all proceeds go to Dan Duggins.

Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31st, 2007, so the fact that they're playing the much smaller Rock Shop on December 31st, 2010 (aka New Years Eve), seems, well, intimate too.

Another recently announced New Years Eve option is Titus Andronicus and Real Estate. Another Park Slope area New Years Eve option is Har Mar Superstar.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Orange Juice - Felicity (MP3)

Orange Juice

In what I hope (but don't promise) to be a regular feature, I'm gonna recommend a couple notable new reissues. What with the holiday season it full swing, either of these would make good holiday presents for the serious indie music lover.

Firstly is Domino Records' new Orange Juice box set, Coals to Newcastle, that compiles nearly everything the Glasgow legends ever recorded. (The single mix of "Rip it Up" is mysteriously absent.) This marks the first time 85% of this material has ever been released in America. Polydor reissued their albums on CD in 1997 but they fell out of print almost immediately. You can now chart the band's progression from their shambolic, jangly beginnings on Postcard Records through myriad line-up changes and transformation into what could be called an indie equivalent of Chic. Even the weird stuff -- like the high life-inspired "Million Pleading Faces" on Rip It Up -- is pretty good. And even if, like me, you shelled out the dough in the mid-'90s for the Polydor reissues (which went out of print almost instantly) there's previously unreleased 12" mixes, dub versions, rough mixes, non-LP singles, radio sessions, live tracks, and interviews. There's also a DVD containing rare Orange Juice television special Dada with Juice, and a Derek Jarman-directed video for "What Presence?" that I'd never seen before. (Why is this not on Youtube?) At $70 it ain't cheap, but if you think of it as less than ten bucks a disc it's not so bad. And well worth the money. You can stream 18 tracks from the box set over at Domino's website and download classic OJ single "Felicity" above.

While on the subject, OJ's Edwyn Collins' new album, Losing Sleep, is one of the year's best. His first made since two brain haemorrhages nearly took his life in 2005 and left him at first without the ability to walk or talk, let alone write songs. That it exists at all is a miracle, that it's as great as it is a testament to his spirit. Helping him out on the album are a cavalcade of talent -- Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, The Drums, The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Magic Numbers -- but always in the service of getting Collins' songs on record. Like his last two albums, Losing Sleep hasn't been released in America but is well worth picking up on import. Hey Domino... how about putting this one out too.

Speaking of Domino, the label just reissued Robert Wyatt's entire back catalog on CD and vinyl. If you don't own Rock Bottom, Nothing Can Stop Us and Shleep... now is the perfect time. Then move on to the rest of his records.


The other notable reissue is the four-disc "Omnibus Edition" of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, my personal favorite Fall album. The 1984 record was the first fully made with Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix, who brought pop smarts to the Mancunian band's somewhat difficult sound, and their first produced by the great John Leckie.  Along with guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steven Hanley and drummer Karl Burns this is the classic Fall lineup in my opinion. The Omnibus Edition restore's the album's original running order, putting singles from the same time "Oh Brother!," "C.R.E.E.P." and "No Bulbs" on the second disc with their b-sides and rough mixes of album tracks. The third collects radio sessions, and the fourth is a live recording from their performance at the 1984 Pandora's Music Box Festival in Norway (set time 3:15AM) that shows what a powerhouse live band the Fall were at the time. The box set sold out in the UK, but seems to be easily gettable here in the U.S.

Beggars Banquet also reissued The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall on vinyl (just the album) which lets you hear classics like "2X4," "Slang King" and "Disney's Dream Debased" in their analogue glory. Also out on vinyl: its follow-up, This Nation's Saving Grace which is widely considered by people not me to be their best-ever album. (It is a very close second.) It gets the Omnibus treatment in January. Save up, kids.

An Orange Juice video below...

Continue reading "an Orange Juice box set, new Edwyn Collins, the Fall reissues"

Cloud Cult @ CMJ 2008 (more by Chona Kasinger)
Cloud Cult

Deadmau5 @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Local Natives @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Local Natives


today in NYC
* Keith Richards @ NYPL
* Guster @ Beacon Theatre
* Misfits @ Starland Ballroom
* Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
* Alloy Orchestra @ 92YTribeca
* Tomutonttu @ Issue Project Room
* Boys Noize, Rusko @ Webster Hall
* Die Antwoord @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Toasters & the Pietasters @ BB King's
* Tamar Eisenman @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* The Legendary Pink Dots @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Younger Lovers, The Babies @ Cake Shop
* The Zeros, JEFF The Brotherhood @ Maxwell's
* Black Prairie, Sarah Jarosz @ Mercury Lounge
* almost Halloween cover show @ Death By Audio
* Cloud Cult, Fort Wilson Riot @ The Bell House
* Railroad Earth, Donna The Buffalo @ Irving Plaza
* Morrissey & Radiohead tribute bands @ Littlefield
* Phantogram, Josiah Wolf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Neon Indian, Prince Rama, Apache Beat @ Brooklyn Bowl
* OK Go, Those Darlins, Eytan & The Embassy @ Terminal 5
* Xeno & Oaklander, No Fun Acid (Get Weird) @ New Museum
* Bettie Serveert, Elk City, Mean Creek @ Bowery Ballroom
* Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, The Union Line @ Webster Hall
* Masaki Batoh, Damon & Naomi, Magik Markers @ Knitting Factory
* Oneida, Fabulous Diamonds, Invisible Circle, The Spreaders @ Monster Island
* Crystal Stilts, German Measles, The Mad Scene, The Surprisers @ The Rock Shop
* Bebe Fang, Future Shuttle, Eklin, A Classic Education, Superhumanoids @ Pianos
* Eternal Summers, Web Dating, Miracles, Sweet Bulbs @ Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos

Check out This Week in Indie.

Not sure whether Santos Party House will be open tonight.

HERE's a whole bunch of stuff happening Saturday and Sunday.

The Drums have a new video for "Me and the Moon". Check it out below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"


Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of Purchase
According to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.

Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Drums @ Santos, late Wednesday night (this photo by Nathan Lee Bush)
The Drums

When I started to scope out the schedule for Wednesday night, I planned on spending the first part of the night running back and forth between Spike Hill and Bruar Falls, but I decided to head over to Rock Shop instead, comforted by the knowledge that most of the bands I wanted to see (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Magic Bullets, etc.) would be playing more sets later in the week anyway.

When I arrived at the Park Slope venue, Tape Deck Mountain was mid-set. At the time, I was fairly satisfied with the few songs I did catch (including a cover of "Mother" by Danzig) (a theme this week?). The band has decent vocals and execution, but when I later reflected on the bands I had seen, I realized that nothing about their set really stuck with me.

Up next was Cloud Nothings. The energy in the room picked up immediately when the Cleveland group began to play (of course it helped that the crowd had begun to fill out at that point). Possibly propelled by nerves or sheer excitement, the youthful band raced through their set as if competing at a track meet, slowing down just long enough for vocalist Dylan Baldi to entertain the audience with his endearing asides. Baldi may not have what you'd generally consider to be a 'good' voice, but he more than makes up for it in his delivery.

Just when I had begun to get a little sick of all-guy groups, the next two acts on the bill each featured a more even distribution of the sexes. Up first - Blair. Right before she and her backing band began their set, there was a bit of an upset when her acoustic guitar came crashing down, but she didn't let the setback dampen the mood. "I just broke a guitar, but it's ok," she said surprisingly nonchalantly. Thanks to their matching tie die shirts (worn by 3 out of 4 people anyway), sunny indie pop melodies, and Blair's unadulterated voice and accompanying song topics (she sings about things like love, candy, and dancing to Whitney Houston), things suddenly took a turn for twee, but I was totally ok with that.

For what it's worth, it was Blair's upbeat diddy "Hello Halo" that I found stuck in my head at the end of the night, and given the position of her set (right in the middle), that's saying something.

The Rock Shop was treating me well, but sadly, my itinerary called for me to return to Manhattan. I did get to stay just long enough to know what I was missing with Braids though. Their set-up may have been nearly identical to that of Blair, but their sound was much more polished thanks to the many overlapping layers of instrumentation and vocals that they carefully crafted on stage. Though I would have gladly stayed longer, I made my way to the train midway through their set.

When I arrived at Santos Party House for the Stereogum/PopGun show, I was a bit dismayed to see the long line extending down the block, but I somehow managed to get into the venue. I made my way to the smaller downstairs room to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Just when I was really starting to get upset about the obnoxiously long wait (I could have seen more of Braids set!), I understood the reason for at last part of the hold-up: the group's two main members (Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott) had run backstage to change into their costumes. Yes, costumes. Head to toe Nascar uniforms to be exact. It's hard to say whether this kind of shtick will hold up in the long run, but it's a pretty good way to stand out on a long list of relatively unknown bands (well that and their ridiculous name).

Whether it's your bag or not, chances are you might end up seeing these guys at some point during the week if you haven't already. They're certainly putting in the time. It was apparently their third show of the day. There wasn't much room for dancing in the packed room, but that didn't stop people from trying, and their light-hearted and energetic set certainly helped propel me through the rest of the night.

To close the evening, I darted upstairs to the main room at Santos to catch (the second half of) Wild Nothing and The Drums. It was kind of a weird succession of moods at that point. After leaving the lively basement room, Wild Nothing seemed even more subdued than I had remembered, but the group (under Jack Tatum's lead) put on a tight set. Considering the next band's laid back, sun-drenched sound, "Summer Holiday" was particularly enjoyable since it was distinctly more upbeat than their other tunes.

Then, finally a bit after 1:00am - The Drums. At this point, I was pretty exhausted, so I was pretty glad when singer Jonathan Pierce announced that they were going to play everything "twice as fast" so we could get home. The Drums seem to have mastered that fine balance of playfulness and artistry. It's hard not to grin at Pierce's over-the-top delivery. With a distinct swagger in his voice and some ridiculously exaggerated dance moves, he's a sight to behold - but so is the rest of the band, swaying in the background. These boys have come a long way since last summer.

I may not have gone to sleep until nearly 4:00am last night, but the constant adrenaline rush from just knowing how many good acts there are tonight should be more than enough to keep me going... that and the knowledge that I'm already planning on taking a personal day tomorrow.


Also Wednesday: "Viral sensation" Kyle Andrews, Animal Collective friends Prince Rama, and Minneapolis-based "chamber-folk sextet" Dark Dark Dark played the Terrorbird day party at Cake Shop with Kordan, Botany, Revolver, Baths, Marnie Stern, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Pics of the first three adorn this post.

Dark Dark Dark are also on board for Supply & Demand/InDigest CMJ Official Showcase at CoCo 66 on Friday 10/22 with Franz Nicolay, Vandaveer, The Lisps, Milageres, and Spirit of the Red City. The band will also then Fontana's during the day on Saturday 10/23 to team up with Swells, Brian Bonz, Fairmont, New Numbers, and Skyler.

Prince Rama have a few dates this week, as discussed, including the Paw Tracks/ Car Park show at Cake Shop tonight (10/21) with Cloud Nothings, and the WFMU Record Fair on Saturday (10/23) with Ted Leo (who will also play the BV Day Party earlier that day).

Cloud Nothings also have shows coming up at the Fader Fort and Don Pedro's.

More pictures from Cake Shop show, with all Cloud Nothings dates, below...

Continue reading "CMJ Day 2 in review & pics (The Drums, Wild Nothing, Cloud Nothings, Prince Rama, Dale again & more)"

Surfer Blood @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Surfer Blood

The Drums/Surfer Blood show at Webster Hall is sold out, and the Surfer Blood shows just keep on coming including a secret show at Cake Shop that happened Monday night (10/18), and the previously mentioned MTV show (which you'll be able to watch at MTV's website) last night at the Studio at Webster Hall. As also previously mentioned, Surfer Blood were added to one of Pitchfork's events and to a show at Bowery Ballroom, but that's not all:

10/18 @ Cake Shop (secret show)
10/19 @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (MTV taping)
10/20 @ Webster Hall w/ The Drums
10/20 @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (AFTER THE DRUMS SHOW)
10/21 @ Brooklyn Bowl (Pitchfork's #OFFLINE Festival)
10/23 @ Bowery Ballroom (VFW Group showcase)
Did I miss any?

And The Drums have added a show too. As also mentioned, they are the headliner at the PopGun/Stereogum show happening at Santos Party House tonight (10/20) (aka they also play 2 sets in one night). They go on after Wild Nothing.

Neither Surfer Blood or the Drums are one of the unannounced bands playing the BrooklynVegan party at Public Assembly on Friday.

One of the other bands playing the Marlin Room tonight is PS I Love You who are from Canada (and who play many more times this week).

More Surfer Blood dates HERE. Flyers below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood played Cake Shop, add even more shows. The Drums revealed as a secret guest too"


After a couple of shows in Texas, The Drums (who recently lost a member) ("we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated") will kick off their tour with Surfer Blood on September 27th in Phoenix, AZ. That's the same tour that makes its way to Webster Hall in NYC on October 20th (a show that is also part of CMJ, and which will feature an opening set by The Dewars). That tour ends two days later, October 22nd, in Philly.

Eight days after that, on mischief night, the Drums will share a bill with Devo and Neon Trees at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The "second annual RXP Halloween Concert" is on sale now (for the low low price of $55-with-fees a ticket).

For Devo, it's one of just three shows they have coming up at the moment. The other two are Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

And speaking of Surfer Blood,

"According to a Brightest Young Things interview with Surfer Blood lead singer JP Pitts, the indie rock upstarts recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. The group plan to release an EP on current label Kanine next year before making a jump to the majors with an as-yet-unscheduled LP to be released by Warners and Kanine." [Pitchfork]
The Drums' debut, self-titled album was recently released by Downtown.

All dates below...

Continue reading "The Drums playing a NYC show w/ Devo after their tour w/ the Warner Brothers-signed Surfer Blood (dates) "

Built to Spill @ Siren Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Built to Spill

today in NYC
* Al Green @ BB King's
* Mat Maneri @ Barbes
* Bambi Kino @ Bowery Electric
* Kato Hideki @ The Stone
* Ray Anderson @ The Stone
* Cubic Zirconia, Chin Chin @ Union Pool
* Beige, Forest Magic, Contramano @ Pianos
* Riverboat Gamblers @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Hood Internet, Tanya Morgan @ Knitting Factory
* Marina and The Diamonds, Young The Giant @ Webster Hall
* The Beets, Backwords, Tatters and Rags, Brian @ Union Hall
* Chikita Violenta, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves @ Mercury Lounge
* Zach Williams, Thad Cockrell, Sarah Fullen @ Bowery Ballroom
* Larkin Grimm, Birds Fled From Me, Diane Cluck @ Knitting Factory
* ArpLine, Dinowalrus, Triangle Forest, Translations @ Death By Audio
* Party Police, Unnatural Helpers, Heavy Cream, The Young Things @ Cake Shop
* The Meters Experience (w/ Leo Nocentelli of The Meters) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Franz Nicolay & Major General, Yula Be'eri, Eddie The Gun @ Highline Ballroom
* Amber and The Little Criminals, Atlantic/Pacific, The Wind-up @ Mercury Lounge
* Built To Spill & DJ Doug Martsch @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress)
* Order Of Ennead, Wormrot, Mobile Deathcamp, Skull Crusher @ Santos Party House
* Octavio Lafuentes, Bona to Vada, Jason Anderson, Moxie Block @ Pete's Candy Store
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Uli Krieger), Loud Objects @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alaskas, Weekends, Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship, Human Resources, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Shea Stadium
* Beach Fossils (DJ set), Apache Beat, Blood Orange, We Are All Romans @ Coco 66

Bambi Kino is a Beatles cover band featuring Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, etc), Erik Paparazzi (who has played with Cat Power and others), Ira Elliot of Nada Surf, and Mark Rozzo of Maplewood. They recently played four consecutive shows in Hamburg, Germany beginning on August 17, performing the exact sets The Beatles performed in Hamburg exactly 50 years ago. Tonight they play Bowery Electric in NYC.

Arts & Crafts-signed Mexican band Chikita Violenta are here.

New Drums video for "Down by the Water", below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

Surfer Blood @ Siren Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Surfer Blood

Since their big breakout at CMJ 2009, Florida's Surfer Blood haved played New York what seems like every other week. Their most recent NYC show was at Siren Fest.

On the opposite end are The Drums, who played New York a ton in 2009 and only once (minus a Record Store Day in-store and private parties) in 2010 (that show was in January, coincidentally, with Surfer Blood).

The two bands are pairing up for a September/October tour. That includes a show on Wednesday, October 20th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale Friday, July 30th at noon.

Another show on that tour brings Surfer Blood back to Grand Central in Miami where they swore never to play again...

"Let us rehash the night that Surfer Blood played Poplife's 11th anniversary party at Grand Central. The band members felt they had been disrespected by an overzealous security team and snobby promoters. So during their slot opening for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, guitarist Thomas Fekete announced to the crowd, "Awesome venue, too bad it's run by a bunch of dicks. We will never play here again.""
That is being reported by the Village Voice's sister publication Miami New Times who forgot to mention that the booking is consistent with the Florida band's tendency for forgiveness. Not long after Surfer Blood publicly lashed out at the Voice for Rob Harvilla bashing them, they played the Village Voice's SXSW party, and then Siren too.

The Drums also have plenty of shows abroad booked, with summer gigs in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe, and then more Euro shows in November & December. Surfer Blood's summer shows are similar (so similar, they share the bill on some dates).

All dates below.,,,

Continue reading "Surfer Blood touring w/ the Drums (dates), forgive their foes"

DOWNLOAD: The National - Afraid of Everyone (newest MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio (new MP3)

Other Music

Record Store Day is fast approaching and we're looking to make this year the best one yet. If you're in NYC on Saturday, April 17, swing by Other Music where we'll be offering lots of special and exclusive Record Store Day releases in the shop, with a great line-up of guest DJs spinning their favorite tunes throughout the day (including Scott from the National and Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato), plus live performances from the Drums and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. We'll be announcing more details here and on our website in the coming week. And no matter what town you're in, save the date and please support your local independent record stores on Saturday, April 17.
It's the only scheduled US date for the Drums, who go to Europe this May and June. For The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the in-store their only NYC date currently (their upcoming tour with Surfer Blood and Holiday Shores in June doesn't have one yet).

One of the DJs at Other Music will be the National's Scott Devendorf. Brassland Records (co-started by the National) reports that the store will be one of two (Soundfix being the other) to carry the National's second album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, on vinyl for the "1st time in 7 years.!"

The National's new LP, High Violet, is out May 11th on 4AD, and they've been steadily offering up songs from it. The new "Afraid of Everyone," which features Sufjan on backup vox, is available above as is the previously leaked "Bloodbuzz Ohio."

More Record Store Day coverage is on the way today. On a non-RSD note, Phosphorescent has an in-store at Other Music on May 10th.

Videos of two more new National songs, done live at Big Ears 2010, are posted below with (UPDATE: the Other Music schedule)...

Continue reading "Other Music's Record Store Day plans, the Drums & TPOBPAH instores, new (MP3, video) & old (vinyl) National (who DJ too)"

Scissor Sisters

Tickets for the NYC shows are already on presale. password?

Other bands scheduled to play Stubb's in Austin on the evening of Saturday, March 20th include The Drums, The Like, Circa Survive (who are touring with Torche and Coheed & Cambria), and Minus The Bear.

Muse are rumored to be playing Stubb's during SXSW too, but that's looking like it would happen Friday, one night earlier.

SS dates re-listed below...

Continue reading "Scissor Sisters playing SXSW & 2 NYC shows (on presale)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Drums - I Felt Stupid (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Drums - Instruct Me (MP3)

The Drums

Making their debut during this year's NYC Popfest back in May, The Drums appeared fully form out of the gate and made an instant splash thanks to their insanely catchy '80s-inspired songs (download two above) and tambourine-crazy, bouncing-off-the-walls live show. The band took a break from shows but return in 2010 to play Bowery Ballroom on January 13 before heading off on a European tour. Frontman Jonathan Pierce, guitarist Jacob Graham, drummer Connor Hanwick all contributed to our year-end questionnaire...

Continue reading "an end of 2009 interview w/ The Drums"

The Drums - new band picture
The Drums

The Drums went from playing a lot of shows a few month ago, to disappearing for a while. That hiatus ends next year when they return to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 13th. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Maybe the band is currently on vacation in their previous home state of Florida because they're also scheduled to play a show tonight (12/4) at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami. Their only other show between now and NYC is on New Years Eve in Chicago (the city with all the best New Years Eve shows this year).

Opening the Bowery show will be Surfer Blood who were most recently in town to open for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl. Surfer Blood also have a New Years Eve show scheduled, but theirs is in NYC at Cameo Gallery with Frankie (Rose) and The Outs, Beach Fossils, and We Are Country Mice. It only costs $10 which is a bargain for that night, though the venue is kind of small. Set times and other details about that show below.

A list of the the other New Years options in NYC (and elsewhere) is HERE. All SB & Drums dates below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood playing New Years Eve w/ Frankie Rose, opening for the Drums @ Bowery ++ other tour dates"

photos by Oren Loloi

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars

"It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of)." [Bill Pearis @ BrooklynVegan.com]
As the "sort of" part of our preview from yesterday pointed out, Suckers were the fifth (actually third) band on last night's bill at Brooklyn Bowl (8/27).

Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to hang out, bowl, and especially see a show (and I guess eat).

I missed Real Estate who went on at 7:30, but I got there in time to see an energetic (maybe too energetic) set by The Drums whose music I've listened to so much lately I realized at the show I could sing along with almost every song they played.

Suckers, who went on next, have that one good song, and they played it last (I wasn't too into them).

These Are Powers came on around 11:00, and I was nervous that the bowling crowd would all start fleeing from the venue as the music segued from the danceable, radio hits that the DJ was playing to TAP's brand of, um, well...

"A trip to These Are Powers' Last.fm page will tell you that they're commonly referred to as noise rock, experimental, art rock, and their own made up genre, ghost punk (among other already poorly-defined terms). I'm not sure about you, but a couple of those don't exactly measure up to the uncomfortable force these three Brooklyn-Chicago interminglers gravitate around. In reading some of the other press about this alienated trio, I have yet to find anything that accurately describes precisely what they do" [Aural States]
One friend at the show told me she thought These Are Powers, or maybe more specifically Anna Barie, was a mix of Rihanna and M.I.A. It was one of two TAP/MIA comparisons I heard that night... And nobody ran, though a bunch did leave before Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage, probably because it was approaching midnight on a school night (or because they ran to see Surfer Blood play at Bruar Falls)...

...which is unfortunate because Cymbals Eat Guitars justified their spot as headliner of the night. They were so good. Catch them on tour with Pains of Being Pure At Heart. And then I went home. More pictures from the whole night below....

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Drums, These Are Powers, Real Estate & Suckers @ Brooklyn Bowl in NYC - pics "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Betty Wang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acrylics - Molly's Vertigo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Portrait - Mega Secrets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Bad Day (MP3)

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat GuitarS

It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.

Effi Briest
Effie Briest

Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).


This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.

Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.

Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.

Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.

You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.

Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Holiday Shores

More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.

And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.

Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...

Continue reading "Insound Party, After the Jump, Holiday Shores, Effi Briest, Beach Fossils, Phantogram & more in This Week in Indie "

DOWNLOAD: Tim Sweeney Live @ Sunday Best - August 16 (MP3)


It's been a very exciting week in dance, with both Bassment Jaxx and Royksopp show announcements. Unfortunately we still have to wait a few months before those happen. In the meantime, here is what's going on this weekend:

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 2) (Joakim, Michna, Theo Parrish, Holy Ghost, Soul Bowl, the Drums & more) "