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by Andrew Sacher

Dream Police

We already posted two upcoming NYC shows for Brooklyn's Dream Police, another project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men, and now a third's been announced. So has a tour (that doesn't hit NYC) with another intriguing Brooklyn band, Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party). In addition to Dream Police's sold-out David Lynch Foundation benefit at Saint Vitus on 9/25 with Earth and Cult of Youth, and the Sacred Bones CMJ showcase at Trans-Pecos on 10/24 with Moon Duo, Amen Dunes and Marissa Nadler (tickets), Dream Police will play a release show for their debut LP on November 8 at Saint Vitus. Ticket info coming soon. All dates are listed below.

Dream Police have also put out the first single/title track from the album, "Hyponotized," which, as the LP teaser suggested, is a more experimental affair than The Men's recent output. It brings brooding post-punk, bright synths, and riffy guitars together for a truly interesting mix. Check it out below. The LP is due out November 11 via Sacred Bones.

Continue reading "Dream Police (mem The Men) streaming a track from debut LP, add dates including release show at Vitus & tour w/ Honey"

by Andrew Sacher

Dream Police

Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.

In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

In other The Men-related news, former member Ben Greenberg has upcoming shows with his projects Music Blues and Uniform.

Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Dream Police (mems of The Men) releasing debut LP, playing Sacred Bones CMJ Party w/ Marissa Nadler & more"

by Ian Chainey

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Music Blues, the dense ball of downer drone from Harvey Milk's Stephen Tanner, hit the streets this week with the crushingly loud and soul-crushing Things Haven't Gone Well. Tanner recorded the album after the passing of a friend, pouring his emotions into the work, and, jeeze, does it ever come through. When we debuted the video for the aptly titled "The Great Depression" on Invisible Oranges, we had this to say:

Things Haven't Gone Well is a rare work evoking the distinct qualities of depression without coming off as maudlin. It does this mainly through inertia, accurately capturing the long slog of sadness. Tanner gets that real grief might be punctuated by breakdowns, but those periods are spaced between hours/days/weeks spent numbly starring off into nothingness. Things Haven't Gone Well is caught in that fog of being a step or two out of sync with the rest of the world. And because things have decelerated, Tanner has the time to find death lurking everywhere.
Cue gut punch and chest pains. For a guy that made feel-good food at Pies 'n' Thighs and the Commodore (and soon, the El Dorado), Tanner sure can capture the darkness of not wanting to get up.

In addition to the new tunes, Music Blues will be playing their first show. Filled out by Ben Greenberg (previously of the Men, currently of Uniform and others) and Brooks Headley (Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, pastry chef extraordinaire), the expanded trio will debut at NYC's Kenneth Willardt Studio on September 3 as part of Rose Johansen's gallery opening. The event is free and Music Blues will play at 8 PM.

Meanwhile, Uniform plays their release show soon with The Ukiah Drag.

A stream from Things Haven't Gone Well along with the show flyer appears below.

Continue reading "Music Blues (mems Harvey Milk, The Men, Born Against) released an LP (song stream), making live debut"

by Andrew Sacher

The Ukiah Drag in Chicago in June (more by Milos Markicevic)
Ukiah Drag

The Ukiah Drag are following their 7" from earlier this year with a full length, The Reaper's Quarters, on September 9 via Wharf Cat. The album was produced by Ben Greenberg (formerly of The Men, currently of Uniform and Hubble), and you can get a taste from two of its singles, "Her Royal Grip" and the just-released "Final Prayer," both excellent doses of psychedelic punk. "Her Royal Grip" moves from a garage rocker to a Doors-style trip, and "Final Prayer" is an eight-minute dirge of acid-soaked aggression not unlike Ukiah's past tourmates Destruction Unit. Stream them both below.

The Ukiah Drag will come to NYC to celebrate the new album with a release show on September 11 at Saint Vitus. It's a joint release party with Uniform, who celebrate their self titled 12" that day, and also features local punk bands Crazy Spirit and Survival, as well as local noise artist Nick Klein. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below. It's the only upcoming date for both The Ukiah Drag and Uniform at the moment.

Continue reading "The Ukiah Drag releasing an LP, celebrating w/ Uniform, Crazy Spirit & others in NYC (two track streams)"

by Ian Chainey

Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.

The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:

In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.

How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.

Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."

The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.

Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...

Continue reading "Earth, Cult of Youth, JG Thirlwell & Noveller, Soft Pink Truth, Dream Police, others playing David Lynch Foundation benefits"

The Men at Union Pool earlier this month (via Joe Melnick)
The Men

Brooklyn punks/folk rockers/jammers/whatever-ers The Men played a free hometown show earlier this month for Union Pool's Summer Thunder series (which recently announced its August schedule) and they've got more dates coming up, including another free summer show in Brooklyn. The band will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 15 with Philly rockers Purling Hiss, Honey and Friend. All of The Men's dates are listed below.

Purling Hiss also recently announced that they'll release Weirdon, the followup to 2013's Water on Mars, on September 23 via Drag City. No music from that album yet but you can check out a teaser video below.

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Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series is underway, happening every Saturday afternoon through the warmer months. The series, curated by Other Music this year, just announced it's July lineup which is pretty solid:

JULY 5: Widowspeak
JULY 12: The Men / Survival / Mercury Rising
JULY 19: Obits
JULY 25: Jonathan Toubin + Special Guests
More openers for some of those shows to be announced soon. In other Summer Thunder news, Ex-Cult have been added to the June 21 show with Liquor Store and Call of the Wild.

Related: Obits frontman Rick Froberg made an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday as part of Red Mass' set.

This Saturday's Summer Thunder line-up (6/14) features Joe Bataan and 178 Improvisation Product. Parties start at 2 PM with bands beginning later in the day.

Pickathon

Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Continue reading "Pickathon 2014 lineup (X, Nickel Creek, Mac DeMarco, War on Drugs, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Destroyer, more)"

UMS

Need an excuse for a vacation to Colorado? (the state that recently legalized marijuana). Denver's Underground Music Showcase festival happens this year from July 24-27 with a lineup of Real Estate, Blonde Redhead, People Under the Stairs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Baths, The Men, Gems, Residual Kid, Woodsman, Confluence, Equals, TV Girl and many more, plus still more TBA. The shows happen across over 20 Colorado venues. Passes are on sale now.

Full lineup (as it currently stands) below...

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Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
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Copenhagen punks Iceage recently announced that they'd be returning to the US for Posh Isolation Fest in LA, and they've since announced a few other US shows to take place afterwards. One of those shows is in NYC on May 24 at Glasslands with NYC duo Uniform, aka Ben Greenberg (The Men, Pygmy Shrews, Hubble) and Michael Berdan (Believer/Law, Drunkdriver, Veins). Tickets for the Glasslands show are already on sale. All currently known Iceage dates are listed below.

UPDATE: More dates were announced including another NYC show happening on May 25 at Home Sweet Home (home of the Nothing Changes party). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Uniform make their live debut at Nothing Changes on April 9 with L.I.E.S' Ron Morelli, Himomitsdad and DJ Ciarra Black.

All Iceage dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Iceage playing US shows after Posh Isolation Fest, including dates w/ Uniform (mems The Men, Believer Law) (NYC on sale)"

by Wyatt Marshall

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The Nothing Changes party goes down every Wednesday night around Midnight at Lower East Side club Home Sweet Home. Tonight (3/19) is a selection of noisy punk courtesy of Japan's System Fucker and Boston's Aspects of War. The duo have been on the road together, hitting up a number of East Coast-ish cities, including a stop at the Acheron earlier this month -- did you go? Expect insanity if you do tonight.

As usual, there's a lot to look forward in the coming weeks at Nothing Changes. Next week (3/26), electronics experimentalist Flex 1000 teams up with DJ Dog Dick, and the week after that (4/2), it's Youthquake and more TBA. Then on April 9,  electronica purveyor Ron Morelli (of the label L.I.E.S.) will DJ along with a performance by Uniform which features members of Believer/Law and The Men, and the Nothing Changes show will be the band's debut performance. Further down the line is Nothing Changes' one year anniversary celebration on April 23, featuring coldwave artist Martial Canterel.

Nothing Changes schedule with full lineups are listed, along with flyers below...

Continue reading "Nothing Changes upcoming schedule: System Fucker, DJ Dog Dick, Uniform, Martial Canterel & more"

Perfect Pussy at NPR SXSW 2014 showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
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Perfect Pussy's debut album, Say Yes to Love, is out today (3/18) via Captured Tracks, and it's been getting some great reviews. We like it too, but not everyone does. Ben Greenberg of The Men (also of Hubble, not to mention an in-demand record producer) had some pretty harsh words to say about it over at The Talkhouse

Perfect Pussy is, I believe, the last band that got a lot of attention from the 285 Kent crowd before the place closed the doors and dismantled the bouncy plywood stage for good. The band's bio name-checks Sonic Youth -- because, as we all know, you can't be a band in 2014 without name-checking Sonic Youth -- the VSS, and Cro-Mags, but to my ears they're way more like the Red Light Sting or the Sick Lipstick or some other Canadian squealy post-hardcore band from the early aughts whose baditude is unabashedly waved in your face while you try to figure out just exactly what caused it in the first place -- too much homework this week? Your Jetta ran out of wiper fluid? Is your boss at the Pita Pit giving you a hard time about coming in late again? Perfect Pussy's debut LP is called Say Yes To Love and it's out on the heels of a tremendous buzz generated from the band's loud-and-fast Bandcamp demo last year. The record has its moments but is generally pretty one-note in its sound. Sometimes, like on the album's second single "Interference Fits," the band gets slightly slower and maybe even a little prettier. But when you take a step back from that track, the guitar part sounds like something off a Cursive record. The song's minute-long ambient outro feels tacked-on, like someone left the tape recorder running by mistake after the band left the room.
He also, for the record, dedicates a full paragraph to making fun of the "285 Kent crowd," calling the drunken System of a Down sing-along from the venue's last show a "larger expression of how they think about rock music or music in general."

Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy, who played a bunch of shows in Austin for SXSW last week, have opened up in a new interview about bassist Greg Ambler's decision to throw his bass in the river at their bridge show with Nothing and Ex-Cult. He tells Wondering Sound:

It's weird to say what made me do it in that instant, but I know there was definitely a lot of stuff leading up to it. The night before, the drunk-driving incident, was really fucked up. We left Stubb's [where the band had been playing the NPR showcase] and there were all the cops down the street. Most of the younger band members had walked off to go back to the place they were staying and they stumbled across all these kids lying on the sidewalk, because the ambulance hadn't come there yet, so they called me to come pick them up. That very much affected them. The next day, we'd heard the Stereogum show [the band was scheduled to play] had been canceled. I kind of figured that it would, and I called my buddy the next morning and he said, "There's no way they're going to cancel the show," and I tried to explain to him that it was more than just this one incident, it's a direct result of this festival happening, people getting wasted and having no concern for other people -- that person was fleeing a DUI checkpoint at the time.

Then they were trying to just move the show, and I was really adamantly saying that we weren't going to play any show that day anywhere near that spot. I didn't want any of the band members going back there. I thought it was disrespectful, because [the incident] was as a direct result of the festival. Nobody's career was going to be made or broken by that particular show, so we should have, at the very least, rescheduled it for another time.

We had been planning to do that bridge show, but it was supposed to be for Friday night. I had said I would much rather just take the day off and just have everyone hang out and maybe play a show for just friends that wasn't a big buzz-fest. It was part frustration, part showmanship, I think -- you want to make the set memorable. Any time we play, I try to make that my outlet. I'm definitely a very cynical, negative person most of the time, and that's where I get most of those aggressions out. So that had something to do with what was going on there, but at the same time, being inwardly violent and just playing as fucking hard as you can every time you play. That's what was in my head: It was either me or the bass at that moment, and I'm old enough now to put my health above all. That's basically what it was.

Read more of the interview at Wondering Sound.

Perfect Pussy are currently bringing their stellar live show all around North America, and they'll be back in NYC for shows on April 4 at Death by Audio with Total Slacker, Friendless Bummer and Sarongs; and April 5 at Mercury Lounge with Tumul and Green Dreams. Tickets for the DbA show and the Merc show are on sale now.

If you haven't heard Say Yes to Love, you can stream it on NPR. Streams of two of its tracks, with the updated list of tour dates, below...

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Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the complete lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2014 lineup: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Replacements, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown & more"

The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
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Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.

The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Men played Bowery Ballroom, touring with Nude Beach, playing The Wick with Obits (dates & new videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

Ukiah Drag

New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag recently hit the road with the relatively likeminded Destruction Unit, and they're about to tour with The Men which brings them back to NYC on March 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Honey. (You've perhaps also seen them in NYC with Lower / Pleasure Leftists or with Pop. 1280.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are still available.

The day after the Bowery Ballroom show, The Ukiah Drag will hang around NYC for a smaller show happening at Death by Audio (3/6) with IVY and PC Worship. All dates are listed below.

The Death by Audio show doubles as the release show for The Ukiah Drag's new single, "Dirt Trip," which comes out as a 7" on March 4 via Wharf Cat Records. The song was produced by The Men's Ben Greenberg, and it's soaked in sleazy bar blues swagger, western guitar twang, and desert rock psychedelia. Stream it, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Ukiah Drag releasing a new 7", playing a release show after tour w/ The Men (dates & stream)"

by Bill Pearis

The Men @ MHOW in November (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Men

As noted before, The Men's new album, Tomorrow's Hits, comes out via Sacred Bones on March 4. The first track from that, "Pearly Gates," has just been released and it's a six-minute, one-chord rager full of skronky horns and strained vocals that sounds like something The Replacements might have pulled out at the end of a marathon, drunken live show in 1986. You can stream it below.

You can still get tickets to see The Men's NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on March 5 which also features tourmates The Ukiah Drag. A lot more tour dates have been announced since our last post, and all are listed below...

Continue reading "The Men share first song from 'Tomorrow's Hits,' expand tour"

The Men at MHOW in November (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Men

The Men have been an-album-a-year since their 2010 debut, and that won't change in 2014. Their newest, Tomorrow's Hits, comes out via Sacred Bones on March 4, almost exactly a year to the day after New Moon, which in turn was almost exactly a year to the day after Open Your Heart. No tracks have been released from the new album yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

The Men have also announced a short Northeast tour surrounding the album's release, which includes a show in their hometown of NYC on March 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketmaster Friday (12/6) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new LP artwork and tracklist and a song from their recent Campire Songs EP, below...

Continue reading "The Men announce new album & 2014 tour dates"

photos by Ebru Yildiz, words by Andrew Sacher

The Men / Purling Hiss
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Brooklyn's jammy punks The Men and Philly's grungy rockers Purling Hiss recently wrapped up a tour together that included a very loud Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/5) with likeminded support from local art punks Pampers, who had just put their self-titled debut LP. The Men were fresh off the release of their acoustic Campfire Songs EP, and Purling Hiss were still celebrating March's revved up Water on Mars. Pictures from the MHOW show are in this post. Not long after, The Men headed to Austin, where they played Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Purling Hiss have another NYC show coming up, and it's a free, all ages, Impose-presented one, happening at the new Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 14. For that show, Purling Hiss are part of a stacked lineup of similarly great indie rawk that also includes garage punk bashers Diarrhea Planet, confrontational post-hardcore kids Big Ups, and Philly lo-fi guitar pop trio Manors. The flyer for this free show is below.

The show initially included Speedy Ortiz, but they had to drop off because they're touring with The Breeders at that time.

All Purling Hiss dates are listed, along with the show flyer and more pics from The Men/Purling Hiss/Pampers show, below...

Continue reading "Purling Hiss played MHOW w/ The Men & Pampers, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Diarrhea Planet (pics & dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
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More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn art punks Pampers release their self-titled debut on Tuesday (10/29) via In the Red. It's a real ripper, 28 minutes of noisy, adrenaline-fueled freakout (and catchy tunes), and we've got a stream of the whole thing, one day early, in this post. Who needs coffee on a Monday morning? Just turn this one up.

Pampers play a record release show on Saturday (11/2) at Death by Audio with Foster Care, Degreaser and Call of the Wild. They'll then open for The Men and Purling Hiss on the NYC stop of their tour which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

If you're walking around Bedford on Williamsburg, you may have seen an ad for the Pampers album painted on the side of long-running drinking establishment Turkey's Nest Tavern, which somehow seems an appropriate place. If there's any beverage to pair with this album, whatever it is comes in a 32-oz styrofoam cup. A picture of that, plus the album stream and the flyer for their record release party, below...

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SXSW

Though here in NYC we're in the midst of CMJ craziness, Austin's craziness that is SXSW has just announced its first round of bands for next year's festival. SXSW 2014 goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 7-16 and so far includes London Grammar, Calvin Love, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, OBN IIIs, Pure Love, Royal Canoe, Saint Rich, Shakey Graves, SISU, Ski Lodge, Soldout, Teengirl Fantasy, Jonathan Toubin, Ume, Vockah Redu, Dot Wiggin Band, Deidre and the Dark, Doughbeezy, Kaytranada, Killa Kyleon and more. Badges are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
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Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo by Vitor P Teixeira
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Pampers have been waging an assault on NYC (and eardrums) for the last two years with their blisteringly loud, snaggletooth artpunk. The band play a lot and maybe you saw them this summer opening for Fuzz or OBN IIIs or at Union Pool's 8/13 "Summer Thunder" series show. After a couple of choice, self-released 7"s, the band will release their self titled debut album which will be out on October 29 via In the Red. You can stream three tracks off the LP, including the naggingly catchy, borderline new wave "Purple Brain," and you can stream it in this post.

If you haven't seen them live yet, you should remedy that -- Pampers are killer live. Luckily, they've got more than a few upcoming shows both in NYC and on tour. They play twice in the city this weekend: Cake Shop on Friday (9/20) opening for Aussie proto-grunge legends Cosmic Psychos (the first of two Cosmic Psychos shows at that venue), and also play Sunday (9/22) at Death by Audio with Spray Paint, Degreaser and Beech Creeps.

Pampers then will head out on tour with The Men (current bassist Ben Greenberg produced Pamps' LP) and Purling Hiss. That tour hits NYC on November 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available. Right before the MHOW show, Pampers will play a record release party at Death by Audio on November 2 with support TBA.

All Pampers tour dates are listed, plus the track streams, below...

Continue reading "Pampers releasing debut LP on In the Red (stream 3 tracks), opening for Cosmic Psychos, touring w/ The Men & other dates"

The Men at Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige Parsons)
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Brooklyn's The Men are readying the release of Campfire Songs EP, a selection of acoustic tracks recorded at the same time as the New Moon LP which will be out October 15 via Sacred Bones. Stream "The Seed" below.

As discussed, The Men will play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5, just a few short days before they head to Fun Fun Fun. If you're going to Bumbershoot in Seattle this weekend, look for The Men there too. All updated tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Men releasing 'Campfire Songs' EP (stream a track)"

photos by Paige K. Parsons

Chromatics / Chic / The National w/ Bob Weir @ Outside Lands 8/9/2013
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

Frontman Matt Berninger strolled into the spotlight in a three-piece suit, sipping what appeared to be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from any one of the festival's Wine Lands vendors. The band then launched into one of the best sets of the day, breaking into "Fake Empire" within the first three songs and interspersing their typically melancholy lyrical matter with a fun, humorous stage presence (Berninger made sure to note that his daughter's pre-school teacher was in the crowd, putting himself in strong position for the "Best Dad on Stage" award this weekend). And to cap it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead popped up on stage, grabbing a guitar and singing along to the bands' last number.
[Santa Barbara Independent]
The 2013 Outside Lands Festival happened last weekend across seven stages at San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park. The fest kicked off Friday (8/9) and included headliner Paul McCartney, plus sets from Chromatics, The National, Chic (subbing for an ailing D'Angelo), Jessie Ware, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns and more. Pictures from their sets are in this post.

Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.

Pics from Outside Lands Day 2 are HERE. More pictures from day one below...

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