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the cannanes

Folks who revel in the notion that love-rock means never having to tune your guitar will no doubt grow weak in the knees upon first exposure to the Cannanes. The fluid Australian combo is willfully amateurish and occasionally a bit too cute for its own good, but the utterly unpretentious purity of the band's output is hard to deny. Their closest American corollary would probably be Beat Happening, but the Cannanes are slightly folkier, less prone to outbursts of rock primitivism. The band's debut EP is charmingly unsteady on virtually every level, from the cracks in Annabel Bleach's sweet warble to the audible string squeak that accompanies each acoustic guitar chord change. The informality only adds to the charm of songs like "You're So Groovy" and the quietly caustic "I Don't Want to Talk About Your Problems." - [Trouser Press]
Australian DIY pop royalty The Cannanes are wrapping up a U.S. tour that finishes in Brooklyn with a show at Alphaville on Tuesday (9/1) with Pale Lights and The Hairs opening. Tickets are on sale.

The Cannanes released Howling at All Hours in 2013 which was their first album in over 10 years. (The played Chickfactor 21 then as well.) You can stream that via Spotify, along with a few other song streams, below.

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Expert Alterations band

Having already released an EP this year via Slumberland, Baltimore's scrappy, jangly Expert Alterations have announced their debut LP, You Can't Always Be Liked, will be out October 30 via Kanine Records. You can check out first single "The Past and You" below.

The band are currently on a short tour with likeminded indiepop group Literature and play two NYC shows: tonight (8/20) at Cake Shop with The Hairs also on the bill and Friday (8/21) at Shea Stadium with Kissing is a Crime and Wildly. All dates are listed, plus show flyers, below.

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photo: Battles at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Battles

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

Raekwon @ SOB's
Raekwon's timeless debut solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (aka The Purple Tape), turned 20 earlier this month and in celebration of that, Rae's been on tour playing songs from it. This is the third and final NYC show of that tour.

Battles @ Saint Vitus
Battles' next record will be entirely instrumental, but from the sounds of lead single "The Yabba," it's still unmistakably Battles. Tonight's show is sold out, but they also play the larger NYC venue Webster Hall in October.

Mac DeMarco, Delicate Steve @ Warsaw
It's Mac DeMarco Week in NYC, with the Canadian singer (who lives in Far Rockaway, currently) playing four sold-out shows here. Tonight's the final show, with guitar-slinger Delicate Steve opening.

Literature, Expert Alterations, The Hairs @ Cake Shop
This is the indiepop place to be with Philadelphia's hyperactive janglers Literature, and C-86 worshippers Expert Alterations. The charmingly snarky The Hairs open. Good show.

Mercury Rev (DJ set) @ Backbar at The Bedford
With a new album on the way, Mercury Rev's core duo of Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper will be spinning other people's records tonight at this Williamsburg spot. Free.

Blackalicious, Kool Keith @ Brooklyn Bowl
Indie rap duo Blackalicious are gearing up to release their first album in ten years this September, but are touring ahead of that. This show's especially great, because one of indie-rap's most influential artists ever, Kool Keith, is co-headlining with a full-band set.

Porches, Pile, Grass is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Washer @ Baby's All Right
You may know a thing or two about '90s indie rock being back, and one of the most consistently solid homes for those types of bands is Exploding In Sound Records. THe label is throwing an extended weekend of shows in Brooklyn and Boston, beginning with this one. Alumni Porches headline, and it's sold out.

Trap Them, Full of Hell, Blackest, Siblings @ Acheron
Two killer bands who cross the lines between metal and hardcore, Trap Them and Full of Hell, team up to wreak havoc on the Acheron tonight.

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The Hairs

It's been a while but Brooklyn's The Hairs are back in back in action. There are new releases in the works but for now they've just shared new song "Homeboyzzz," a strummy little number that asks "What's it like to be forgotten?" The song makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below.

The Hairs also have some shows lined up, including two this weekend. On Saturday (6/20) they'll be at Alphaville with DC's Neonates, Wall and headliners Pill, and then they'll play a Make Music NY show on Sunday (6/21) in McGorlick Park with Iola, Mason H and Dylan Ewing. The Hairs are on at 1 PM and it's free. All dates are listed below...

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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Gene Clark's 'No Other' tribute w/ members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Lower Dens & more @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tonight is the first of two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg where former Byrd Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, will be performed in full by this all-star indie lineup.

Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Waters Quartet, Big Ups, The Range (DJ), Au Revoir Simone (DJ), Lee Bannon (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
While their name might elicit groans from some, LA good time rockers Beach Party have the approval of Ty Segall who produced a couple of their recordings. We dig Big Ups too. This show is a benefit for the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth.


Ævangelist, Oak, Artificial Brain, Disparish @ Saint Vitus
Our heavy sister site Invisible Oranges is presenting this show, which should be a good one. Don't miss Disparish, which features Andrew Hock of Castevet, and who make their live debut tonight.

Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ BAM
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC this week and this is the third of five shows here.

Har Mar Superstar, Computer Magic, Not Blood Paint, The Static Jacks @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's line-up is headlined by the ever-entertaining Har Mar Superstar. Should be a fun one. Free.

Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, Laser Background, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Celosa @ Death By Audio
Baltimore beatmaker Adventure headlines this night of dance-friendly fun.

Blondes, MGUN, Rem Koolhaus, Contakt, Space Jam, C-Sick, Mayster @ Glasslands
NYC dance duo Blondes can be found playing local shows pretty often, and tonight's as good a chance as any to catch them.

Hippy, The Hairs, Dead Painters, Rad Dreams @ Muchmore's
Fans of indiepop will likely dig this bill featuring hummable tunes, and mostly-tuned guitars.

Ed Askew, Pure Horsehair @ Union Pool (2 pm)
Ed Askew is a certifiable folk legend whose excellent (and often underappreciated) material dates back to the late '60s, and it's quite the treat that we still get to see him perform today.

R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, DJ Dubious Luxury @ Glasslands
Godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore is guaranteed to put on a quirky show, but for some (especially those who like Ariel Pink), he'll likely be very inspiring too. Meanwhile, fellow cult legend Gary Wilson was making ahead-of-its-time new wave in the '70s and has also made fans of newer musicians like Beck and Questlove.

Heliotropes, Clouder, Backwords, The Meaning of Life, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Radio Bushwick
Power-riff trio Heliotropes lead the way tonight at one of Bushwick's newest, slickest venues.

Toys and Tiny Instruments, Leda @ Cake Shop
Playing songs with kazoos, plastic guitars and other miniature gear would be a total novelty if the songs weren't as good as they are.

Gramatik, Tokimonsta, Gibbz @ Best Buy Theater
Though TOKiMONSTA got her start in the Flying Lotus beat scene, she's usually on more EDM-oriented bills these days, like tonight's with Gramatik.

The Echo-Friendly, Samson, Jack & Eliza @ Coco 66
Brooklyn big-pop duo The Echo Friendly wrap up their January residency at Coco 66 tonight.

Dr. Dog, Saint Rich @ Terminal 5
Philadelphia's popular roots pop band, Dr. Dog, spent a good portion of the fall touring with The Lumineers and are now on their own supporting 2013's B-Room.

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

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Factory Floor
Factory Floor
Chumped

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Alarms and Controls, Slow Warm Death @ Death By Audio (BV/EIS-Presents)
We at BrooklynVegan are teaming up with our friends at Exploding In Sound Records to present this punk holiday party at Death by Audio tonight. The lineup's got the poppy punk of Chumped, Toronto's new SideOneDummy signees PUP, bluesy rockers Slothrust, Dischord Records "supergroup" Alarms and Controls (mems. of Circus Lupus, The Crownhate Ruin, etc), and Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death (fronted by John Galm of Snowing). Doors open at 7 PM, first band's on at 8, and admission is $8. Hope to see you there!

Factory Floor @ 285 Kent Avenue
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. Live, don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly.

Fred Falke, Starsmith, Friendly Greg @ Le Poisson Rouge
French house mainstay Fred Falke has been very active as of late after finally getting his debut LP in 2011 after years of singles. He returns to NYC to headline Le Poisson Rouge tonight and guests are promised.

Cass McCombs, Arbouretum @ Bowery Ballroom
The talented and prolific singer-songwriter dipped his toes into Americana on his sprawling, 22-track album Big Wheel and Other. Add to that his two albums from 2011, lets hope he can make room for a few older songs too.

Girl Unit, Eprom, Grenier @ Glasslands
Kelis's new labelmate Girl Unit makes stabbing dance beats with big, heavy synths, and he should be able to get the dancefloor moving tonight.

Thalia Zedek, O13 @ Mercury Lounge
Thalia Zedek got back with her old band Come this year, but she's still kicking as a solo artist, and her own material is very worthy as well.

Surkin, Canblaster, Beto Cravioto, Travmatic @ Output
Parisian producers Surkin and Canblaster teamed up earlier this year for a banger of a track, "Stronger." It sounded destined to be a hit in the clubs, and we'll likely find out how true that is tonight. You can watch the video for that track below.

Von Shakes, Grand Cousin, Kissing Is A Crime, Captain Baby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Kissing Is A Crime is one of the city's better new post-punk bands, and they've been playing a lot lately but if you haven't caught them yet, now's another chance.

The Shrine, Natur, Dirty Fences, Iron Force @ The Acheron
The Shrine have been on the road with Red Fang for a tour which hit Bowery Ballroom last night, but tonight the heavy retro riff-rockers headline their own, smaller show at Brooklyn punk/metal venue Acheron. Support is good (and likeminded) too, so get there early.

Au Revoir Simone (DJ set), Brian Russ (from Backwords), The Hairs @ The Flat
This is a launch party for Issue #1 of soda magazine Fizz Navigator. In addition to sets from The Hairs and Backwords' Brian Russ, Au Revoir Simone will spin tunes, soda cocktails will be served and everyone gets a copy of the first issue of the magazine.

Max Bemis, Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Sherri Dupree, Perma, Merriment @ The Studio at Webster Hall
There's a bunch of artists on this bill, but our performer of choice is Matt Pryor, who fronts The Get Up Kids but has been focusing on his solo career lately, having released a solid rock-oriented album Wrist Slitter and a collaborative EP with TGUK's James Dewees this fall. Sold out.

Pop. 1280, Ukiah Drag, Herzog Rising, Nick Klein @ Trans-Pecos
Fans of the dark, noisy, and gothy shouldn't miss this show at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). Pop. 1280 and Herzog Rising are local faves, and Ukiah Drag, fresh off a tour with the likeminded Destruction Unit, should be great too.

The Sadies, The Ribeye Brothers @ Union Hall
Canadian band The Sadies have been making twangy rock for nearly 20 years, with this year's Internal Sounds being the band's 16th album.

Peter Stampfel, Daniel Bachman, Ralph E. White, Colby Nathan @ Union Pool
Cult-folk enthusiasts, take note. This bill is stacked with Holy Modal Rounder and Jeffrey Lewis collaborator Peter Stampfel, American Primitivism guitar great Daniel Bachman, Austin's avant-country singer Ralph E. White, and his noisy freak-folk tourmate, Colby Nathan.

Nick Kroll @ The Capitol Theatre
Comedian and TV star Nick Kroll performs tonight, with some good opening acts too -- Mike Birbiglia and Michael Ian Black.

Wilsen, Monogold, The Canon Logic, ARMS @ Glasslands
The folky Wilsen have played local shows with Basia Bulat and Lia Ices, and if you're into those artists, you'll probably find something to like in Wilsen too. Openers ARMS play around NYC a lot too, and are also worth catching.

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
While she's been previewing her new show "Rock Bottom," lately, Bridgett Everett's performance tonight is a "regular" show with her band The Tender Moments (which features Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz on bass).

Magneta Lane, Annie Activator, Incircles, The Breaking Sounds @ The Grand Victory
This underrated, long-running Canadian trio play their second of two NYC shows this week. Grand Victory -- itself underrated -- will be a cool place to see them.

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

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Toronto trio Magneta Lane have been making catchy pop/rock for 10 years now, most recently on their Witchrock EP, which came out back in February and you can stream below. The band also just made a video for that EP's "Lucky" and you can watch that below too.

The band are on a quick trip through the Northeast which includes two NYC shows this week: Wednesday (12/11) at Pianos with Bluffing, Weekender, The Teen Age and The Hairs, and then Thursday (12/12) at Grand Victory with Annie Activator, Incircles and The Breaking Sounds. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Lazy

Kansas City band Lazy are a bit of a misnomer -- their music could be the soundtrack to a no-sleep, beer-n-pills-fueled teen road rampage. Their new album, Obsession, is a ripper, punk in a 1980 LA kind of way, loud n' fast but catchy as hell. You can stream the whole thing below.

Lazy are in NYC right now as part of their current North American tour. They played Shea Stadium last night (11/6) and they play tonight (11/7) at Cake Shop with Lame Drivers, The Hairs and Milk Dick. All tour dates are listed, along with a flyer for the Cake Shop show and the album stream, below...

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Julia Holter @ Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Julia Holter, Nedelle Torrisi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Julia Holter has been a-record-a-year since 2011's Tragedy (the album that began gaining her widespread recognition), and she never stops progressing. After last year's experimental bedroom pop opus, Ekstasis, she's moved further into the realm of contemporary classical and jazz styles on this year's Loud City Song, but is still highly melodic and lyrical. Catch her bringing her many sounds to Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, and don't miss Nedelle Torrisi (formerly of Cryptacize, and fka Paradise), who also makes some solid art pop.

Iamamiwhoami, ITAL @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
This Swedish art pop musician (real name Jonna Lee) has been getting some buzz over the last couple years for her sound that brought to mind artists like Bjork and The Knife. Tonight she makes her US debut, and ITAL should get everyone in a good mood before she goes on.

Hess Is More, SH101, Nightmare, Tippy Toes @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your last chance to catch them as part of their September "Hessidency" and could easily be the best of the bunch, as a Hess-Tippy-Toes supergroup seems like a definite possibility.

Failures' Union, Chandeli'ers, Magnets @ Death By Audio
Failures' Union make alt-power pop like '90s radio rock and teen movie soundtracks never went out of style, with a bit of a country twist. Their new record drops this fall, but if you head to DbA tonight, you'll likely get to hear some of its tracks.

Lia Ices, My Body, Wilsen @ Glasslands
Lia Ices has been pretty quiet lately, but the Justin Vernon associate is back, playing this hometown show before she heads across the country for the Oakland stop of the Station to Station tour. If you like Lia's delicate style of folk, there's a good chance you'll like opener Wilsen too.

The xx, Polica @ Radio City Music Hall
The xx and Polica are two groups with a knack for tackling indie pop, R&B, and electronica all at once, so this matchup should make for a great double bill. Tonight they take on their second of two nights at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still available.

Local Natives, Wild Nothing @ Terminal 5
Local Natives released Hummingbird at the beginning of this year and their trajectory continues to climb, having played Governor's Ball back in June and tonight's the first of two nights' at T5.

The Lumps, The Moon Dudes, The Hairs @ Union Pool
Formerly of San Diego then San Francisco, Lumps now call NYC home. Though it's just one guy and a drum machine these days, Lumps still crank out nasally garage-pop as can be heard on their new album, Love, LUMPS. You can stream it below and tonight.

Lionel Richie @ Barclays Center
The former Commodore and all-around hitmaker will draw from 40 years worth of pop and R&B for tonight's big show at Barclays. Will it go All Night Long? Truly, that would be something.

Earth, Wind and Fire @ Beacon Theatre
Some people may be torn tonight between seeing Lionel Richie or going to see soul/disco/R&B titans Earth Wind & Fire at Beacon. And who wouldn't want to hear "September" in September?

MS MR, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Wet @ Webster Hall
With her sophomore album, Secondhand Rapture, MS MR push further into pure pop territory. Tonight's show is sold out.

Katatonia, Cult of Luna, Tesseract, Intronaut @ Irving Plaza
Long-running Swedish metal band Katatonia are headlining this package tour that also includes some pretty solid support acts, like the atmospheric Cult of Luna and the proggy Intronaut.

Chromeo, Snarkitecture @ Milk Studios
Sometimes cheese is not a bad thing. Electrofunk duo Chromeo, whose new album White Women is out soon, own their fromage. They'll be previewing that record tonight -- free but RSVP is closed.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, begins a 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

Graham Nash @ City Winery
The "Nash" in Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of the songwriters in '60s pop group The Hollies, and a reputable solo artist as well, Graham Nash begins his three-night run at City Winery tonight.

The Grandmothers of Invention @ Joe's Pub
This group comprises members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention band, and tonight they'll perform the music of the late legend at Joe's Pub.

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

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Week of Wonders

As mentioned, Seattle's tropically-inclined Week of Wonders (featuring Leif Anders formerly of Orca Team) are here this week, playing their first NYC shows. Those start tonight (7/8) with a late show (doors 9 PM) at Mercury Lounge with Chalk & Numbers and Pale Lights. Tickets to that show are still available.

At tonight's show you should be able to pick up WoW's debut single, which is newly out via Happy Happy Birthday to Me and you can stream both sides below. We've got the premiere of the video to a-side, "Piggyback," and you can watch that below.

If you can't make tonight's show, Week of Wonders have three other shows this week: Tuesday (7/9) at Death by Audio with Flown, Shark? and Hippy; Wednesday (7/10) at Cake Shop with The Hairs and The Scarfs; and Thursday (7/11) at Ho_Se with Samantha.

For the rest of you in North America, fear not. Week of Wonders are plotting serious tour plans for the rest of the year which will bring them back to our area this fall for two shows, both with Lame Drivers and Eureka California: Silent Barn on October 10 and Cake Shop on October 11. They'll be here for CMJ too (October 15 - 19). All upcoming tour dates (many of which have TBAs in the venue department) are listed below.

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Paul McCartney @ Austin's Erwin Center last month (more by Tim Griffin)
Paul McCartney

Japandroids @ MHOW, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Japandroids

Check out our new NYC shows calendar.

Governors Ball continues today on Randall's Island with sets from Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Fucked Up, Animal Collective, and more. One of the biggest conflicts of the night is Guns N' Roses vs Nas, who both play at 9:30, but depending on how late GNR end up being, maybe you can catch both. The weather is also looking a lot better today, but  bring rubber boots for that giant mud swamp that will not be drying up anytime soon.

The other big show tonight is Paul McCartney, who will be making his Barclays Center debut tonight (his first of two shows), in the middle of a very solid month of music at The House That Jay-Z Built. (The National and Youth Lagoon played on Wednesday and The Postal Service will play two nights at the venue later this month). Unlike The National, Paul McCartney is not expected to play any intimate or secret shows while in town, but we would love to hear a six-hour version of any of his Beatles songs (okay, maybe "Band On The Run" wouldn't be so bad either).

The weather, apart from a chance of storms early in the afternoon, but if you're looking for Summer Thunder of a more pleasing kind, that's also the name of the free afternoon parties Union Pool will be throwing every Saturday during June, July and August. Today its being presented by BrooklynVegan (hey that's us!) and features Heavy Blanket, the instrumental "psychedelic blues jam" band featuring Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. Also playing are long-running indie rockers Love as Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM with Love as Laughter on at 3:30 PM and Heavy Blanket at 5 PM.

If you're in Williamsburg for Summer Thunder, do stop by the annual Crest Hardware Art Show that kicks off today with Crest Fest '13 that has bands playing too. It's just a couple blocks from Union Pool and is free, all-ages and open to the public. 1 PM - 8 PM.

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Brisk Bodega, an all day hip-hop showcase last seen at SXSW, will be making its NYC debut today with an all-day event in Williamsburg at 50 N. 3rd St. (at Wythe) starting at 2pm, with a slightly more electronic twist than its previous variations, featuring Just BlazeBrenmar, DJ Slink, RoofeeoHD of The Good Kids and more.

Crocodiles at 4Knots 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles

Later tonight at Union Pool it's Crocodiles who you might have seen last night opening for Japandroids at the Governors Ball afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band's new album, Crimes of Passion, is out in August and is their poppiest and most musically diverse yet. And maybe their best. Opening is drag review Chez Deep which will probably confuse a few people. Tickets are still available.

Haim, who recently won BBC's "Sound of 2013," are be in town for Governor's Ball this weekend. If you want to check them out but don't feel like walking through the mud or paying $100, they will be playing a Governor's Ball afterparty at the dry and indoors Brooklyn Bowl tonight for only $15, with Swedish electropop collective Kate Boy. Advance tickets are sold out but there's "limited admission at the door" so get there early if you wanna go. The show is also one-tenth the price of Guns N' Roses' show at the same venue  Thursday, but features the same chance of a Slash guest appearance.

If you ware looking to stay away from the arena show/major festival scene today, there are also some great smaller shows, most notably Radical Dads (who played Grand Victory last night and are about to go on a Japanese Tour) and poppier buddies The Hairs and Hippy over at Cake Shop tonight.

Or you could check out electro duo ADULT. who are back with their first new album in six years, and they'll be taking their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight (tickets). Support is pretty great too, coming from Black Marble, You, and Eraas, the latter two of who will soon open for Martin Rev of Suicide.

Avant-garde saxist/artist director of Manhattan venue The Stone John Zorn is playing one of his many upcoming Le Poisson Rouge shows tonight. For tonight's show he'll be performing as a trio with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves.

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by Bill Pearis

WoW

As mentioned, Seattle's Orca Team sadly split last year with frontman Leif Anders, who went on to form the calypso-vibed Week of Wonders. You can stream their Failures EP below.

With a debut 7" on the way soon, the band will be in NYC for a string of shows in July. They'll play Mercury Lounge on July 8 with Chalk & Numbers and Pale Lights; Death by Audio on July 9 with Flown and more TBA; and Cake Shop on July 10 with The Hairs and The Scarfs. There's another NYC show happening July 11, venue TBA. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/24) at noon.

If you live in Seattle, you can see Week of Wonders tonight (5/22) at Sunset Tavern with Hats Off and Charms. All tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Radical Dads

As we've mentioned before, Radical Dads are gearing up to release LP#2 which is titled Rapid Reality. If you liked their debut, Mega Rama, there are more big hooks, anthemic choruses and indie rock smarts to be found on the new one. You can stream album opener "Mountain Town" and watch the video for Rapid Reality's title track below.

The band play tonight (4/19) at Pianos with Kleenex Girl Wonder, Overlord and Ma'am and you can get tickets at the door. The band have a few other local shows coming up, including May 16 at Death by Audio with Shark? and Mean Creak; Grand Victory on June 7 with Dead Stars; and Cake Shop on June 8 with The Hairs (a record release show for them) and Hippy. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

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Other Music

As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:

We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.

While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.

Over at In Living Stereo on Great Jones, they'll have live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert's Drops, plus free PBR from noon. More info here.

Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Wild Nothing

Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).

Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Kim's Video & Music promises "DJ sets from some of your favorite local artists and DJ's" but they don't name names. They are, however, open at 8 AM.

Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.

still from Cake Shop's RSD video
Cake Shop

Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.

Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."

Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.

Co-Op 87 (via)
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For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:

"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"
Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.

As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,

And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.

And if you're in the Windy City, BV Chicago and Saki Records are throwing a RSD party with live performances from Pink Avalanche, The Beets, Twin Peaks and more.

BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.

Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.

Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Philip Ekström @ Cake Shop, 2/20/2013
Philip Ekstrom of The Mary Onettes

As mentioned, Sweden's The Mary Onettes will release their new album, Hit the Waves, on March 12 via Labrador. The record is miles away from the driving, Cure-ish post-punk the band were known for in the past, and the new album sports a boyant, synth-heavy sound. This could be due in part to working with Studio's Dan Lissvik (who also produced the new Young Galaxy album). The band just released the album's title-track as a single and you can stream it below.

Frontman Philip Ekström was in NYC last week doing press and played a couple solo acoustic shows while here, including Glasslands on 2/18, and Cake Shop on 2/20 with The Hairs, TSINGTAO and Little Band of Sailors. With laptop backing, Ekström treated the Cake Shop crowd to a bunch of Hit the Waves' songs and we've got photos from his and The Hairs' set, plus video (courtesy Future Sweden), below...

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So far, Brooklyn indiepop outfit The Hairs have worked solely in the lower depths of fidelity, making songs that were as tinny-sounding as they were catchy. (That also goes for main man Kevin Alvir's previous bands, Knight School and L'il Hospital.) While scratchy pop has its charms, it's nice to hear The Hairs make the leap into mid-fi for their new EP, The Magic's Gone, which is out March 26 on Break Records.

For the new EP, Alvir (and bandmate Jacob Danish Sloan of Dream Diary) has re-recorded some of The Hairs' previous a-sides with, you know, real drums and microphones. You can check it out for yourself by listening to the record's title track, which makes its premiere in this post, and can be streamed below.

You can also go see The Hairs live this weekend in NYC when they play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on Saturday (2/9) with Hippy, Milk Dick and Girl Toy. Surely with a venue name like that, they won't close for a "blizzard." $7 at the door and more info is here.

EP cover art and track stream below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: BOAT - Inside an Aquarium (MP3)

BOAT

Seattle self-effacing indie rockers BOAT will release Pretend to Be Brave via Magic Marker on March 12. You can stream the self-described "epic car crash song" and first track to be released from the album, "Inside an Aquarium," below or download it above.

To help promote the album, BOAT asked some of their favorite bands to cover tracks from the new album which will be on a cassette titled Pretend to Be BOAT that comes with the first 100 pre-orders of the album. Tracklist and performers are below. For those of us who don't have a cassette player anymore, the band are releasing one track a week on their Soundcloud page, and you can stream covers by John Roderick, The Hairs, Burn Permits and Throw Me the Statue below.

Only a couple upcoming shows for BOAT at this point and only in the Pacific Northwest, but all dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
TPOBPAH

While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.

In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.

And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).

Check out the list below...

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by Bill Pearis

Savoir Adore
Savoir Adore

CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.

Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."

Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.

The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...

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by Bill Pearis

Galway, Ireland's Dott are in NYC, playing a one-off show at Cake Shop tonight (7/9) with Melbourne, Australia's Rohypnotize, and locals The Hairs and Gondola. Not sure why Dott are in in America only playing one show but no need to look a gift horse in the mouth. This mostly female band (the drummer spent time in So Cow) describe themselves as "shiney, harmony driven garage pop" and that's pretty spot-on. Dott have some infectious tunes on their Button EP which you can stream below. "Leave Tonight" and "Let's Do It" are especially good.

All Dott tour dates (mostly in Ireland) are below, along with a video for "Let's Do It" and the EP stream.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dent May - Best Friend (MP3)

Dent May
Dent May

Dent May's new album, Do Things, is out June 12 via Paw Tracks, and those expecting more of his magnificent ukulele may be in for a surprise. Having traded his signature instrument for synthesizers, drum machines and electric guitar, Do Things sounds like May has spent the time between albums listening to that Orange Juice box set and his baritone croon works well with his new, funkier sound. You can download the very OJ-ish single "Best Friend" at the top of this post and watch the video for it below.

Dent plays 285 Kent tonight (5/18), the last date of a short East Coast tour, and shares the bill with Family Portrait, The Babies, William Tyler and Ducktails on DJ duties. He then takes a month off before launching an extensive North American tour with Quintron and Miss Pussycat that will not hit the East Coast unfortunately. All Dent May tour dates are listed below.

While we're on Kent Ave, right next door at Glasslands tonight (5/18) is Big Troubles who have taken most of 2012 off. They play with The Hairs and Punks on Mars. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Punks on Mars are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles. They just released their new 7" EP, Hey Tiffany, and it's got a compressed early-'80s new wave feel to it. Fans of Cleaner from Venus, Chris Stamey-era dB's or even Ariel Pink might want to take a listen -- you can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post.

That stream, along with the Dent May video, and a list of all dates below...

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by Andrew Marinaccio

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This Saturday (4/21) marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, and with it comes another chance to procure your favorite band's most exclusive (or oddest) musical releases yet. There will also once again be lots of in-shop events.

No matter where you are located (in the U.S., UK, Germany or Belgium) (like Chicago maybe?), you should be able to find a still-open record store near you that will be selling the good schwag and possibly throwing a party too. As we've been, we'll continue to highlight some of the NYC stores, along with what you might find in them.

Aside from selling fresh rarities, NYC's Other Music is celebrating with a live lineup of DJs featuring Four Tet, Black Dice, The Men (who appear on a Sacred Bones RSD comp), Ex Cops, and Wild Nothing. Other Music will exclusively sell Ex Cops's debut 7", "I Am the Lion, You Are the Lamb," which is relasing on their Other music label. Other Music is set to open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (which gives you time to hit other record stores who open even earlier, first).

Kim's Video & Music looks to attract the early birds with an 8 a.m.opening and live and/or DJ sets by MUSH1, X-ray Eyeballs, Prince Rama, and more. In addition to the gig there will be discount offers, "over 150" record store day exclusives, pizza and beer. Maybe you'll find a copy of the, a day late for 4/20, Lee "Scratch" Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub Limited Edition Box...

Lee Perry

The West Village's Generation Records has a show of their own planned, with The Paul Collins Beat, Supertouch, Night Birds, and Joyce Manor performing, as well as DJ sets by Tom Scharpling, Three Chord Monte, Zachary Lipez, and Mikey Post. They will also be selling a variant of Supertouch's Lost My Way EP, which will feature shop-exclusive cover art. Generation Records is pegged on opening at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

Williamsburg shop Sound Fix will host Mates of State for a gig and meet-and-greet on Saturday night. The band's 2009 covers album, Crushes, will be released for the first time on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive. Sound Fix opens at 10:30 a.m.

Amid touring, Portugal. The Man, who have a RSD 7" of their own, are playing an in-store set this Saturday at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. The shop's also opening early at 8 a.m., and their stock's boasting reiusses of Graceland and Raw Power, as well as Iggy and the Stooges' LP picture disc of their ATP 2010 performance of the seminal album.

Long Island's Looney Tunes Records is featuring a trio of free acts by Grace Read, The Lumineers, and JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar, who are bringing their collaborative 7" "Waiting Room" exclusively to the shop. The show will start at 1 that afternoon, but shoppers can begin at 9 a.m. if they're "VIP Members" (to inquire what that means, check here). Doors will open to the general public at 10 a.m.

Local giant J&R Music World will house acts starting at noon, including Everest, Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty, and guitarist Doyle Dykes. The insitution will also demonstrate some tech to attendees, showcasing the features of the new audio software suite Roland R-MIX. Miles Davis' (who has a special Record Store Day compilation, "Forever Miles," planned for release) nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., will also be making an appearance.

Permanent Records in Brooklyn will host in-stores by Memoryhouse and Mattison.

Cake Shop says "the CAPESHOK RECORD MART back for one day only!" and are hosting a performance by the Hairs at 3pm.

Check Record Store Day's site or call your local record store to find more happenings.

Flaming Lips

Of course, there will be precious records found at a variety of independent shops across the country, including the more exotic collaborations that have been hyped as blog post oddities. Fiest and Mastodon's (or 'Fiestodon') will be releasing their split 7" featuring both acts covering songs from each other's 2011 studio releases, Metals and The Hunter, respectively. Listeners can look forward to hearing Feist's rendition of "Black Tongue" and Mastodon's turn on "A Commotion".

Mastodon also-- perhaps inevitably-- succumbed to the bidding of current off-kilter audio project warlocks The Flaming Lips for another split 7", where they'll cover the Lip's "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton." While the Lip's contribution to the baby pink record is their original track recording, fear not, for the band has a more outlandish and sprawling album ready for the big day. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the mistifying mega-collaboration they've been working on with Bon Iver, Prefuse 73, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, and more, features new tracks with the aforementioned guests including their previous work with Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt. And, as if the music wasn't enough, Wayne Coyne has been amassing the blood of his fellow collaborators to somehow infuse into the record. At the very least, Alan Palomo, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, and Kesha's blood could be in your copy.

St. Vincent plans on releasing a red 7" sided with two new tracks, "KROKODIL" and "GROT." Reportedly more guitar-driven and aggressive departures from her previous material, her debut of "KROKODIL" at Coachella attests to that, possesing a relentless savagery often only hinted at in her nervous yet controlled guitarwork. It also attempts to channel whatever demons she found covering Big Black for 'Our Band Can be Your Life.' You can download her Coachella performance of "KROKODIL" here.

Speaking of bands playing Coachella, Refused are putting out 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come as a limited edition colored LP on Record Store Day. Pair it with a yellow vinyl Snapcase 12".

RefusedSnapcase

Speaking of things to come, Record Store Day is also used to tease what's on the way. Garbage (who are paying a special Record Store Day visit to Austin) are releasing their first new physical single in almost ten years with "Blood For Poppies" in anticipation of their reunion album this spring. Public Image Ltd. came out of the woodwork to present an EP featuring their latest release of new material in 20 years, including single "One Drop." And Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is reissuing his side-project Tomahawk's entire studio output in a boxset designed with space for the band's upcoming summer LP.

Other RSD 2012 releases previously mentioned on BV include Nick Waterhouse/Allah-Lahs, Mark Sultan, Pussy Galore, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sigur Ros, Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches, Nobunny and Variety Lights. Others we haven't mentioned yet include the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Tortoise, The Hives, Wilco, Animal Collective, Beach House, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Destroyer, Jimmy Fallon, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Luna, M Ward, M83, Mclusky, Minus the Bear, Misfits (red, blue and clear vinyl), Ozzy, Phish, Ryan Adams, T. Rex, Tegan & Sara, The Clash, and many more. For a full list of RSD 2012 releases, with more info on each, check HERE.

For our Chicago readers, you can check out what your local record shops are up to this Saturday, including a BV Chicago-presented event at Saki, here.

Which releases are you most excited for this Record Store Day? Check out what NPR decided to highlight, like the previously mentioned Shabazz Palaces release, HERE. Watch Cris Brown give his annual Record Store Day show and tell, and other videos below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - "No Future/No Past" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: My Best Fiend - "Higher Palms" (MP3)

Nada Surf
Nada Surf

The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.

Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.

The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
Hundred in the Hands 

The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.

My Best Fiend
My Best Fiend

A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.

The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.

Guy Harvey
Guy Harvey

And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.

You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.

Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!

That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.

The Hairs
The Hairs

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.

Friends have shown up on most of the "Bands to Watch in 2012" lists. Go watch them in 2012, tonight, at Cameo as part of a very solid bill with Phonetag and Spanish Prisoners.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Title Tracks - All Tricks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pursesnatchers - Baseball on the Radio (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Paperhead - Back to Those Days (MP3)

The Paperhead
Paperhead

First up is The Paperhead who are in town for two shows: Tonight (7/2) at Death by Audio and Friday (7/22) at Bruar Falls. I caught The Paperhead at SXSW during the Trouble in Mind day party where the Nashville band stood out from than the rest of the bands on the bill (or the label). Instead of fuzzed-out garage rock, The Paperhead favor paisley-powered psych. Their Trouble in Mind debut is a nice cup of mushroom tea and the band (who also look the part) are pretty good live.

The Gytters
Gytters

Tonight's show at DBA is with fellow Nashville residents and tourmates D Watusi, plus The Gytters, The Hairs and which is a pretty good bill all around. Get there early to check out openers The Gytters who I caught a couple weeks ago at Bruar Falls. The band is fronted by Scott Rosenthall who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has played with (and produced) The Beets. Sorta twangy new wave, you can download their song "Divebombers" from their bandcamp site. And The Hairs play this show too. Their 7" on Magic Marker is four songs of near-perfect snarky indiepop.

Friday's show at Bruar Falls is headlined by Conversion Party who manage to be anthemic without the pretense that often comes with it. D Watusi also play, plus Pennsylvania's Royal Shoals and Tank.

Pursesnatchers
Pursesnatchers

You may remember Doug Marvin from mid-'00s band Dirty on Purpose where he played drums and also sang (and wrote) some of the neo-shoegazers' catchiest material. Since DoP went kaput, Doug has continued making music under the Pursesnatchers moniker. Originally a true solo project, Pursesnatchers have become a real band with Doug moving to guitar, for a lineup and that also includes his wife Annie Hart (one third of Au Revoir Simone, and they both play in Uninhabitable Mansions) who also takes lead vocals on a couple songs.

That band made Pursesnatchers' new album, A Pattern Language, which just came out this week. The sound is an extension of what Doug did in Dirty on Purpose: melodic, brittle songs that are bolstered by waves of guitar. It's a really nice record. You can download "Baseball on the Radio" at the top of this post.

The point of all this is that Pursenatchers are playing a record release party for the album Friday night (7/22) at Union Hall with The Thieves and Finding Fiction.

Title Tracks
Title Tracks

John Davis' post-Georgie James group, Title Tracks, are also here this weekend, playing Cake Shop on Saturday (7/23) with Face Time, Steel Phantoms and Follower. There's been a little shifting in the Title Tracks camp who are now playing as a (power) trio. There's a new Title Tracks album too, In Blank, which is another platter of terrific power pop in the Nerves/Shoes/Nick Lowe tradition. You can download "All Tricks" at the top of this post. I haven't seen the new line-up but if it's anywhere near as good as previous incarnations, I heartily endorse seeing Title Tracks live.

Parlovr
Parlovr

And finally, Montreal trio Parlovr are in town for two shows: Friday night (7/22) at Glasslands and then Monday (7/25) at Mercury Lounge opening for Cloud Control. Parlovr make good use of their visa and play here fairly often but I really do think they're great live and are absolutely worth checking out. As I wrote before:

Singers Louis Jackson and Alex Cooper semi face each other from opposite sides of the stage rocking back and forth like manic Drinking Birds, flipping their '90s skate rat hair around, while mountain man drummer Jeremy MacCuish holds down the beat. They clearly enjoy playing, and it's a lot of fun to watch too.
Their new EP, Heaven/Hell/Big/Love, goes a long way to getting that live energy to a recording. You can download the title track, a live favorite of mine, at the top of this post.

That's it for this week. There are a few more day-by-day picks below.

Dent May

THURSDAY, JULY 21

Dent May has been on tour with Real Estate but plays a smaller show with Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and (underwater) peep Julian Lynch, at Glasslands. Prince Rama will be your DJs for the evening. Dent ditches the ukulele for his great new single "Fun" which is almost a dance track with its groovy bassline, keyboards and electronic handclaps. It's available digitally now, and the 7" is out physically in September. You can stream it below.

Cass McCombs, Lower Dens should make for a lovely evening of mellow music at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Monkees play for free at Coney Island at the Cyclones Stadium. While a lot of people just remember them for "Daydream Believer" they made a lot of great music, actually, and hopefully they'll play some deep cuts like "Randy Scouse Git" and "Forget That Girl." Hopefully they won't play that Davy Jones song from the Brady Bunch. Actually that songs pretty good.

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photos and video by Jessica Amaya

Radical Dads
Radical Dads

"Colorado band School Knights play Shea Stadium with The Hairs whose singer used to have a band called Knight School. Weird, right? Also playing: Grand Rapids and Radical Dads whose new video for "New Age Dinosuars" is at the bottom of this post." [This Week In Indie]
A set of pictures from the Thursday night show, and videos too, below...

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