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photo: Courtney Barnett @ SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

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

Courtney Barnett, Chastity Belt, Darren Hanlon @ Bowery Ballroom
With a terrific new album and charmingly awesome live show, it's no wonder Courtney Barnett sold out three nights at Bowery Ballroom. If you're going, be sure to get there for Seattle's Chastity Belt and onetime Lucksmith member Darren Hanlon.

Mastodon, Clutch, Graveyard @ Central Park SummerStage
If you like your metal more on the "heavy rock" side, this is a pretty amazing triple bill all around. Mastodon and Clutch are the co-headliners, and we're told we can "expect surprises" from them. They've collaborated on stage before, so maybe that will happen again tonight?

Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra, Michael Beharie, Diamond Terrifier, VHVL, Das Audit, Blue Jazz TV @ Baby's All Right
Watched over by saxaphonist Peter Gordon, Love of Life Orchestra has, over the years, counted Laurie Anderson and the later Arthur Russell as members. The current lineup -- which includes Gavin Russom and OG lineup trombonist Peter Zummo -- will be playing Arthur Russell instrumentals tonight.

Ufomammut, Usnea @ Saint Vitus
Italy's Ufomammut have been making killer psychedelic doom for over a decade, and this year's Ecate on Neurot is another excellent addition to their catalog. Despite their long-running career though, they've never gone on a North American tour until now. Portland's Relapse-signed doomers Usnea are opening.

FKA twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar
FKA twigs has always incorporated dance and fashion into her persona, but apparently these three shows at Brooklyn Hanger are going to be more that a concert. Titled "Congregata," she says they're "an insight into my mind, my roots, my inspirations. a swelling conceptual performance using dance, performance and my music to date to create a world that I want you to share with me." Wearing Alexander McQueen and armed with 10 dancers and a wall of lasers, this two-hour performance piece is visually stunning. Sold out.

Drowners, July Talk, Slothrust @ Brooklyn Bowl
Not a bad triple bill of poppy indie rock, featuring the Strokes-meet-Britpop sounds of The Drowners, Toronto's July Talk, and  neo-grungers Slothrust.

Jon Fine, Ted Leo @ McNally Jackson
Onetime guitarist for Bitch Magnet (now editor of Inc. magazine), Jon Fine will talk with Ted Leo about his new memoir, YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). 6:30 PM, free.

Michael Che @ Knitting Factory
Having just finished his first year as co-anchor of SNL's "Weekend Update," the very funny Michael Che celebrates his birthday tonight. Special guests are promised, we're hoping for Riblet.

Violent Femmes @ Rough Trade (2 shows)
They're about to go on a summer tour of outdoor amphitheaters with Primus and Barenaked Ladies, but  Violent Femmes play the much more intimate Rough Trade tonight. The late show is sold out but you can still get into the early show by purchasing their new EP at the store.

LODRO, Gold Dime, Air Waves, Shop Talk @ Silent Barn
Some very good local bands play this show, including the dark, bluesy LODRO, Gold Dime (featuring members of Talk Normal and Dreebs), and underrated Air Waves.

Jane's Addiction, A Place to Bury Strangers @ The Capital Theatre
Veteran alt-rock outfit Jane's Addiction are playing their 1988 major label debut, Nothing's Shocking, and if you're going, do check out longtime Brooklyn noisemakers/guitarthrowers A Place to Bury Strangers.

Sam Cook-Parrot, Matthew Milia, Tall Juan @ 603 Upstairs
Radiator Hospital's Sam Cook-Parrot will be playing his band's songs solo at this DIY spot, with support from Frontier Ruckus' Milia, and The Beet's Tall Juan

Crown the Invisible, The New Lines, Balancer, Monuments @ Union Pool
Brooklyn shoegazers Crown the Invisible celebrate the release of their new album, Aporia Daze, tonight. (Stream the album below.) They play with excellent baroque psych band The New Lines.

Jason Isbell, Craig Finn @ The Space at Westbury
It's a double bill of two quality songwriters: former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. They do it again tomorrow at The Cap too.

Laura Cantrell, The Human Hearts @ Union Hall
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites." Also on the bill are The Human Hearts, led by terrific songwriter and indie mainstay Franklin Bruno.

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Doldrums at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
RSD at Rough Trade last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Don't forget the L Train is not running between 8th Ave and Bedford Ave this weekend, so plan accordingly. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Record Store Day
It's maybe gotten a little out of hand (a lot out of hand) with all the exclusive releases but any day that encourage people to go buy records in actual record stores is okay by us. Expect lines and for the hot-ticket items to go quick, so get there early. Or you can just go and see some live in-store performances, or drink some free beer. Check out our guide to events for more info.

Dresden Dolls, Buzzcocks (signing), Kim Gordon (book signing), Lord Raja, Special Guests, Saun & Starr, Howlin' Rain, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ Rough Trade
Rough Trade has the most going on Saturday. Having either Record Store Day or Dresden Dolls perform for free would be enough to pack the place. Today you get both, plus Kim Gordon and Buzzcocks stopping by to sign stuff, and more performances. All free. The records, you gotta pay for.

Doldrums, Moon King, Malory @ Baby's All Right
Airick Woodhead's new album as Doldrums is both poppier and dancier than anything he's done before, while remaining resolutely of odd. Moon King, which is fronted by Airick's brother Daniel, both open the show and play as a part of Doldrums live band. They're both exciting live bands, recommended. Midnight show.

The Juan Maclean (live), Matt Cash (DJ set), Learning Center (live), Gavin Russom (live), Beto Cravioto (DJ set), The Juan Maclean (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
While they're mainstays on the DJ circuit, it's been a long time since The Juan Maclean actually played live. To get back into the swing, they're doing a six-night Brooklyn residency, starting tonight with three shows at Cameo then next week at Union Pool. Tonight's show is sold out, but tickets will be available at the door for the afterparty featuring Juan & Nancy and others on DJ duty.

Kingdom, Bok Bok, Na, Rizzla, Prince Will w/ Kelela @ 88 Palace
Fade to Mind throws a stacked Dark Disco dance party at 88 Palace tonight with a handful of the label's artists and friends.

Prurient, Andy Stott, Sannhet @ The Wick
Tonight's installment of Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series is a very diverse and especially great one. There's noisemaker Prurient, lush IDM wiz Andy Stott, and sensory-overload post-metal trio Sannhet.

The Album Leaf, Drop Electric, The Tablets, Han Demo @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Jimmy LaValle's long-running post-rock project The Album Leaf has been at it since the '90s, though they haven't put out a new album since 2012. Jimmy did do the soundtrack to the movie Spring this year though. Maybe we'll hear some of that.

Cosmonaut, Turnip King, Baby Acid, Acid Dad @ Alphaville
Chill out in Alphaville's new performance room and check out a nice bill of local indie rock, including the Strokes-y pop of Cosmonaut and the '90s-ish sounds of Sea Cliff, LI's Turnip King. Plus: two bands with "Acid" in their name. Trippy!

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Everymen, The Brooklyn What @ Knitting Factory
Southern sleazy riffmongers Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, who played Rough Trade's RSD celebration earlier in the day, headline Knit tonight, playing with two solid, no-nonsense punk rock bands.

Seoul, Ballet School @ Knitting Factory
Montreal's Seoul make featherlight pop that is laid-back but engaging, owing to much to the hushed cool of '80s groups like The Dream Academy and The Blue Nile. Tonight's show is with Bella Union band Ballet School.

Ava Luna, Palehound, LVL UP, Palberta @ Silent Barn
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album (tonight's the band's second release show this weekend), Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet.

The New Lines, Pale Lights, Ghost Gum, DJ Keith D'Arcy @ WFMU Monty Hall
WFMU's new performance space, named after everyone's favorite Let's Make a Deal host, has been putting on some good show, and this is an fine night of indiepop, featuring the analogue synth baroque sounds of The New Lines, and C-86 style jangle of The Pale Lights.

Idiot Son, White Pisces, Bodega Bay, Royal Garde, The Regrets @ Bohemian Grove
White Pisces feature members of Slow Warm Death and Street Smart Cyclist, and if you dig those bands' style of raw unrestrained rock, you'll probably dig White Pisces too. Their new album came out this week on Square of Opposition.

Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ Capitol Theatre
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) is in the midst of a multi-night NYC-area run with Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, on vocals.

Daddy Long Legs, Muck & The Mires, The Lonely Teardrops @ Bowery Electric
Daddy Long Legs are one of the newer bands on trusty garage rock label Daddy Long Legs, but they owe a lot of their sound to the label's veterans. If you lose those bands, you may dig DDL too.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival continues tonight and runs through Sunday. This year it takes place at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Frank Fairfield, Naomi Shelton, Bruce Molsky and more.

Viking, Possessor, Attacker, Iron Force @ Saint Vitus
LA thrash metal vets Viking put out two full lengths on Metal Blade in the '80s, but then broke up by the end of the decade. But they've been back for a few years now, and this past March they put out their first new album in over 25 years.

NYC multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright continues today through Sunday. There's a lot of great shows tonight, including '80s UK deathrock rock Part 1 (second NYC show ever) at Vitus with a genre-appropriate lineup of newer bands Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists and Institute; Philly's rising rockers Sheer Mag at Acheron; the stacked LPR show and more. Here's tonight's shows...

Part 1, Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists, Institute @ Saint Vitus
Sheer Mag, Vanity, Bad Noids, Tapehead, Gowanus Mutant Commandos @ The Acheron
Warhead, Warthog, La Misma, Blood Pressure, Contingent, 2x4 @ Le Poisson Rouge
Condominium, Mystic Inane, Freak Vibe, Nandas @ Palisades

Tonight's Earl Sweatshirt / Vince Staples show is cancelled.

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by Bill Pearis


Crocodiles have shared the first single from their new album, BOYS, which is due May 12 via Zoo Music (the label frontman Brandon Welchez runs with his wife, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls). "Crybaby Demon" has Crocodiles' signature fuzz, but adds a little bounce that may reflect its Mexico City birthplace (the band made the album there). You can stream it below.

While a full tour has not been announced, Crocodiles do have a couple NYC shows coming up: April 29 at Union Pool and then Mercury Lounge on June 7. Tickets for Union Pool go on sale today at noon; Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (3/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Brandon will play NYC before those dates, as part of Haunted Hearts, his band with Dee Dee. It's the band's first-ever US show and happens at Saint Vitus on March 13 with The New Lines opening. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Crocodiles share first single from new album, playing two NYC shows and other dates"

by Bill Pearis

Pale Lights

Brooklyn-based indiepop band Pale Lights, which features sometimes Comet Gain member Phil Sutton and Crystal Stilts' Andy Adler, released a new 7" titled "Fourteen Stories Tall" at the tail-end of 2014 which is another fine example of the band's jangly sound (think Lloyd Cole, Felt, Camera Obscura). You can stream it (and its b-sides) in full, along with last year's Before There Were Pictures album, below.

Pale Lights have a couple NYC shows coming up. This Saturday (1/24), they'll play a free show at Friends and Lovers with Ladybug Transistor offshoot Olson, Rydholm, and Forester and Great Lakes. That's an early show from 7 - 10 PM.

Then on February 7 at Cake Shop, Pale Lights are part of a celebration for The Big Takeover's 35th anniversary. Also on the bill are fellow Brooklyn band The New Lines, plus Quebec's Jet Black (who roar like Swervedriver), and Sacramento, CA's Soft Science (also shoegazey but but more on the dreamy side). You can stream recent releases from Jet Black and Soft Science below as well. That show is $8 at the door.

Both Jet Black and Soft Science are coming to NYC just for The Big Takeover show. (Let's hope there are more Big Takeover 35th anniversary events on the way.) Song streams below...

Continue reading "Pale Lights released new 7" (listen), playing shows, including 'Big Takeover' 35th anniversary w/ The New Lines, more"

The New Lines (photo by Jenn di Donna)
new lines

You never know where inspiration may strike. The New Lines and DC band Sansyou have a new collaborative single, "Gowanus Canal Field Inspection," which was a direct result of an actual visit to the titular Brooklyn body of water by Sansyou's David Nicholas, who shared his thoughts on it with The New Lines' Hewson Chen. Conversation, lyrics and music flowed like dirty water and here we have it, a jangly two-minute pop number which premieres in this post. Stream it below.

The New Lines and Sansyou will play NYC on October 27 at The Rock Shop, a Halloween show also featuring Winkie and Prima Primo. Then in December, The New Lines will head out with Dead Leaf Echo for a weekend tour that includes stops in Philadelphia and DC. All dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below...

Continue reading "The New Lines & DC band Sansyou share collaborative single, playing NYC Halloween week show together (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn dreampop band Dead Leaf Echo released the true​.​deep​.​sleeper EP earlier this year and the band just made a video for it's swirling highlight "so.wrong" which was directed by singer/guitarist Lg Galleon. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

Dead Leaf Echo have a few shows coming up, including two this week with Detroit's Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor: Wednesday (10/8) at Lit Lounge for a CBGB Fest show with Diavel and Bootblacks. Then on Thursday (10/9) at Grand Victory they play with Beast Patrol and Wilwaukee's Brief Candles. Later in the month, DLE will play Knitting Factory on 10/30 with Fearless Sons.

Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor's most recent release was 2011Spectra Spirit which puts a goth/Doors-y spin on garage psych. Stream it below.

The band have some other dates, including a short East Coast run with The New Lines in December. All dates are listed, along with the new video and a stream of the EP, below.

Continue reading "Dead Leaf Echo share new video, playing 2 NYC shows w/ Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor, touring w/ The New Lines"

by Bill Pearis


Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.

Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...

Continue reading "Australia's Dick Diver touring North America, playing NYC w/ Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Free Time, more (dates & streams)"

by Bill Pearis


Christines is the new band from Andrew Burr, who moved to NYC when his old band Woven Bones were sputtering out. Where that band was fuzzed-out 8mm garage, Christines are most definitely widescreen. Their new single "Almost Nil" sounds like a NASA launch, Burr and Matt Yu's guitars burning in slo-mo to the stratosphere. Fans of early '90s Creation Records (Swervedriver gets you in the right solar system) take note. We've got the premiere of "Almost Nil" in this post and you can stream or download it, and the chugging b-side "Maria Zoe Christo," below.

Christines have a few NYC shows coming up. They play Baby's All Right on Friday (6/27) with Honey and headliners Crystal Stilts. Tickets are still available. They also play Cake Shop on July 12 with TV Ghost and EZTV (featuring members of Widowspeak); then Glasslands on July 23 opening for The Fresh & Onlys (tickets); and Death by Audio on July 24 with Crocodiles and The New Lines.

Continue reading "Christines (ex Woven Bones) ready debut 7" (stream it), open for Crystal Stilts this week; Fresh & Onlys, Crocodiles in July"

photos by Aehee Kang Asano; words by Bill Pearis

My Favorite / Martha / Spearmint @ NYC Popfest 2014
NYC Popfest 2014
NYC Popfest 2014
NYC Popfest 2014

The 2014 edition of NYC Popfest happened last weekend with five shows across four days and over 30 bands from around the world. I made it to every show except the Saturday (5/31) afternoon show at Spike Hill and saw a lot of great stuff. Pictures from all four evening shows are in this post. Highlights:

UK band Martha (Cake Shop, 5/29) who traded vocals between three members, played their hearts out and delivered scrappy pop hit after pop hit; a one-off reunion of NYC high-drama act My Favorite (Knitting Factory, 5/30);  Spearmint (Cameo, 5/31), playing their first-ever US show and working the crowd like a piece of pastry dough and playing every song I wanted to hear; followed immediatly by a full-band Rocketship (Cameo) who seemed quite together for being apart for many years.

The Spook School @ Littlefield (photo by Bill)

Sunday's show (6/1) at Littlefield was probably the best day, delivering five great sets in a row:  Brooklyn's The New Lines, who would've sounded equally at home at Austin Psych Fest; Atlanta's Gold-Bears who fall somewhere between '90s college radio and '90s emo; Los Angeles band Heathers who came out in tight dresses (they were guys), threw lollipops into the crowd and covered The Wedding Present; London band Colour Me Wednesday who were about as classically indiepop as it gets and do it very well; and Glasgow's The Spook School whose set started both a pit and a stage invasion, both Popfest firsts.

Colour Me Wednesday and The Spook School were also both distinguished by very funny drummers. CMW's was more the witty friend who reacts off others, where Spook School's seemed ready with (good) material, pulling down the microphone the second a song ended and consistently kept the crowd in hysterics. Somebody get that guy his own show!

Both The Spook School and Heathers play NYC again tonight (6/6) at Matchless in Greenpoint, with Light Therapy and Lost Gloves on the bill as well. Or, you could go catch Martha at Death by Audio tonight as well, with Delay, Shellshag, and Giant Peach. Either would be a great choice. Seeing that Martha are on the DbA bill early, you could theoretically make it to see all three Popfest leftovers.

More pics from NYC Popfest below...

Continue reading "NYC Popfest 2014 in pics (Rocketship, Martha, Spook School, Heathers, Spearmint, Dressy Bessy, My Favorite & more) "

by Bill Pearis

Colour Me Wednesday

For the last few years now, the final day of NYC Popfest has been an all-day show at Littlefield in Gowanus. This year is no exception though things seem to be starting a little later than usual. This Sunday (6/1) features nine bands from all over the world including some of the most exciting (I think) of the whole fest.

Headlining are UK group The Popguns, who started amongst the C-86 scene. I wrote previously:

The Popguns' initial run lasted from 1986 - 1996 during which time they released four albums and nearly a dozen singles. They weren't on the original C86 cassette but their sound -- breathless janglepop, big choruses, catchy melodies, -- was definitely within that orbit. (Also their original drummer Shaun Charman was in The Wedding Present.) Their biggest song was probably their 1989 single, "Waiting for the Winter." The band got back together in 2012 and have been playing since.
Stream a few tracks below.

There are also a couple exciting new UK bands on the bill too. In addition to The Spook School (who we just posted about), there is also London's Colour Me Wednesday who cite early-'90s indie rock as an influence though they dabble in ska a bit too. The band's debut album, I Thought It Was Morning, came out last summer. It's a charmer and you can stream it below. If you can't make this show, they're playing Death by Audio on Saturday (5/31) with tourmates Spoonboy.


Also on the bill: Los Angeles trio Heathers who make buzzsaw jangle guitar pop. The band recently released an EP of Wedding Present covers which may give you an instant idea of where they're coming from, sonically, but their own songs are catchy too. Stream their most recent 7" and those Weddoes covers below.

In a similar vein are Georgia's Gold-Bears whose terrific new album, Dalliance (another Wedding Present reference perhaps), can currently be streamed at Pitchfork. They're a bundle of energy onstage and are currently on tour too (including another NYC show at Shea Stadium on 6/3).

Still more: Brooklyn band The New Lines whose crystalline sound recalls Broadcast, Stereolab and '60s cult band The United States of America. They can pull off that sound live too. Stream a few tracks from last year's Fall in Line below.

Get to Littlefield early and you'll catch Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Glo-Worm) and Australia's Bart Cummings performing the songs they recorded together as The Shapiros, plus they'll do songs from Bart's former band The Cat's Miaow. Pam's doing a solo show earlier in the day at Trans-Pecos with Mark Monnone, Rocketship and Beverly.

Marine Life

Even earlier: the soaring pop of San Francisco's Marine Life, and the day kicks off with Lost Tapes from Spain whose ringing guitars and hushed vocals make for a nice combo. Stream their most recent EP below.

Check out previews of Popfest Friday here and Saturday here. Song streams, videos and Sunday Popfest schedule, below...

Continue reading "NYC Popfest Sunday preview/streams (Popguns, Colour Me Wednesday, Heathers, Pam & Bart, Gold-Bears & more)"

by Bill Pearis

The Flatmates back in the day...

NYC Popfest returns for its eighth year from May 29 - June 1 across venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The line-up was just announced and, as usual, it's a mix of new and classic bands. Of the established bands, this year's line-up includes Canadians The Hidden Cameras, '80s-era UK bands The Flatmates and The Haywains, '90s/'00s band Spearmint, '90s Slumberland band Rocketship, a reunion for NYC indiepop vets My Favorite, and The Besties. New groups on the scene include Sweden's The Garlands and Don't Cry Shopgirl, UK acts Spook School and Martha, Spanish band Lost Tapes, Australian quartet The Zebras, NYC's The New Lines and more. If you're unfamiliar with some of these groups, the Popfest folks made a Spotify playlist featuring this year's line-up.

Four-day passes are on sale now. in the meantime, the full 2014 NYC Popfest lineup is listed, along with videos and streams of some of this year's acts, below...

Continue reading "NYC Popfest announces 2014 line-up: Hidden Cameras, My Favorite, The Flatmates, Spearmint, Rocketship & more"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum Girls @ Mercury Lounge, 1/30/2014
Dum Dum Girls

"This has been a chaotic show," Dee Dee confessed near the end of Dum Dum Girls' set at Mercury Lounge last night (1/30). "Which fits the chaotic nature of this album." The band had taped The Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the day (and had flown in from LA right before that), and didn't get a soundcheck. So there was more fiddling with gear and mike checks and some visible nerves, but close your eyes and Dum Dum Girls sounded confident and clear.

This was the record release show for DDG's third album, Too True, which came out this week on Sub Pop. It's their biggest sounding record yet and the band drafted a third guitarist -- the Girls' first "boy" since the ad-hoc version of the band at the Woodist/Captured Tracks fest -- to help fill out the sound. Songs such as the dreamlike "Lost Boys and Girls Club" really benefit from this, much heavier and louder than the recorded version. And on tracks like new LP standout "In the Wake of You" and "Lord Knows" (from their End of Daze EP) the new guy allowed Dee Dee to be more of a frontperson.

My only real complaint with last night's show was, with three albums and a couple EPs under their belt, Dum Dum Girls are now at the point where you may not get to hear all the songs you wanted. "I Will Be" was on the written setlist but I don't recall them playing it, and I would have really liked to have heard Too True's closing track, "Trouble is My Name." But we did get their cover of Pale Saints' "Sight of You" which has gotten bigger and louder since the last time they swung through town. Luckily, Dum Dum Girls will be back when their tour with Blouse hits NYC for two shows in March (tickets are still available). Pictures from Mercury Lounge, as well as setlist and their "Rimbaud Eyes" performance on Letterman, are in this post.

The other two bands on the bill last night were good too. Sapphire Mansions, the newish project from onetime Golden Triangle member Jay Hough, have come along since the last time I saw them. The band, named after a Felt song and definitely cribbing from that '80s era of UK indiepop, now includes Love Is All's James Ausfahrt on bass and My Teenage Stride's Jed Smith on drums, and have started to go beyond their early touchstones. (Their debut LP is pretty good.) Matt Yu filled out the band's sound alternating between arpeggiated guitar parts and combo organ, and The Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson played trumpet on a couple songs too. I thought they sounded great.

I hadn't seen openers The New Lines since they played with Blouse at 285 Kent a couple years ago. That was not their best night, but I'm pleased to say I thought they were pretty good last night. Theirs is not an easy sound to pull off live -- fragile, baroque/kraut psych not unlike Broadcast or The United States of America -- but with good sound and a solid rhythm section, The New Lines found their groove. If you haven't checked out last year's Fall in Line, you can stream a couple tracks here. And they play Freddy's Bar in Park Slope tonight (1/31).

More pics of all three bands at Mercury Lounge, plus video of DDGs on Letterman, below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls played Mercury Lounge and 'Letterman' (pics, setlist & video)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lorelei - Hammer Meet Tongs (MP3)


As you may have read on this very site, '90s era DC dream poppers Lorelei will release a new album, Enterprising Sidewalks, next month on Slumberland Records, the same label that put out their 1995 debut. You can download the first single from the album, "Hammer Meet Tongs," at the top of this post. It doesn't tip it's shoegaze hat till the very end, and sounds like they never left the scene.

Lorelei play Glasslands tonight (7/19), with Brooklyn baroque noisemakers The New Lines and goth-leaning locals Mansions and Junipers, making for a solid bill of music for the etherial guitar pedal enthusiasts out there. (Hoping Lorelei pull out their cover of Pale Saints' "Sight of You," too.) Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Upcoming Lorelei tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lorelei release first MP3 from new LP, play Glasslands tonight"

by Bill Pearis

Lorelei at Slumberland 20 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lorelei Slumberland 20

'90s era DC shoegazers Lorelei came out of retirement a in 2006 years ago, having notably played the Slumberland 20th Anniversary at Bell House in 2009 and the Chickfactor anniversary in Arlington, VA this spring. But the band are doing more than just playing a few shows, and will release a new album, Enterprising Sidewalks, on Slumberland Records this fall. You can stream their 2003 EP, Informed by the Future, at the bottom of this post.

Lorelei has a few shows scheduled this summer including one in NYC at Glasslands on July 19 with openers The New Lines. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and that EP stream below...

Continue reading "Lorelei ready new LP for Slumberland, playing shows (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Artwork to Violens' True
Violens True

Violens release their second album, True, this week and the band will also play a record release party this Wednesday (5/16) at Le Poisson Rouge with openers Kuroma and The New Lines. Violens have a few other shows lined up, including a couple on the West Coast, all of which are listed below.

Last year, Violens stayed busy with a monthly series digital singles project (compiled here) and a few of those have turned up, polished up a bit, on the new album -- their first for Slumberland. With a fine sense of dynamics, True recalls the glory days of 4AD, be it the loud-soft sonics of the Pixies, the textural guitar wash of The Cocteau Twins or the melodic skills of the Pale Saints. Jorge Elbrecht, Iddo Arad and the rest of the band have tweaked and condensed Violens' sound into a distinct palette all their own, with True sporting the band's best songs to date.

You can stream a few songs off True below and check out strobe-heavy video for "All Night Low" and the flyer for the LPR show...

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DOWNLOAD: La Sera - "Please Be My Third Eye" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: La Sera - "Break My Heart" (MP3)

La Sera at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
La Sera

Vivian Girl Kickball Katy Goodman released her second album as La Sera, Sees the Light, earlier this year via Hardly Art. The album continues in the vein of the catchy indie pop of her 2011 self titled debut. You can grab two tracks from the new album, "Please By My Third Eye" and "Break My Heart" above or stream them below.

La Sera will kick off a tour this month in support of the album which culminates in a NYC show at Cameo Gallery on May 19 with Life Size Maps and The New Lines. Tickets are on sale now.

Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone's band The Babies plays Glasslands on June 6 with Nude Beach.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Blouse @ 285 Kent

Captured Tracks took over 285 Kent Tuesday night, featuring three bands from their roster, as well as one that they merely liked a whole lot. I'm not sure if it sold out, but it was a full house by the end of the evening and a pretty fun night all-around.

Last time Blouse were in town, the band were a five-piece with a lead guitarist who really had that early U2/Chameleons sound down, which took the band into more "rock" territory than what you hear on their synth-heavy debut. Last night, Blouse were a quartet with the keyboards back in the forefront. Charline Hilton is charismatic front person who is no slouch, on guitar and the whole band are pretty tight in general. Blouse are best when they break out of the dreamy midtempo sound that makes up so much of their album: the driving "Time Travel" is probably their best song, but it's the cinematic "They Always Fly Away," that really impresses. In 285's airplane hangar acoustics, the song goes widescreen.

Cosmetics probably were the most successful group of the night at least as far as marriage of sound to space. The Montreal duo's icy, desolate beat -- made by vintage synths and sequencers cranked really loud -- sounded great bouncing off the metal ceiling and concrete walls, and fit the overall bombed-out Berlin warehouse vibe of the place. (The duo, all popped collar leather jackets and model-pretty, looked the part too.) From the bathroom they sounded like a munitions factory...in a good way.

Not that successful were The New Lines, the one non-Captured Tracks band on the bill, who haven't quite figured it out live. Their album, one of my 2012 favorites, is chilly baroque pop densely layered with harpsichord and all manner of analogue synths. It would be hard to pull off even under the best of conditions, something 285 Kent doesn't exactly afford, but even harder when you're only three members strong and your very good drummer can't hear the backing tracks. While they don't necessarily need the sonic precision their studio recordings have, a live bassist laying down the record's grooves would help immeasurably towards filling things out sonically. They did, however, have really cool psychedelic projections.

I got to 285 just a hair late to catch opener Heavenly Beat, the solo project of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena whose second single "Faithless" is like a lost 7" from some early-00's Swedish indiepop band. I think both sides are terrific. From what I was told, Heavenly Beat live is currently just Pena onstage with a laptop/ipod backing and not doing a whole lot, so maybe I didn't miss much. He plays this Saturday (2/4) at Cake Shop with fellow C/T band DIVE, plus Caged Animals and Fabric which is a pretty good bill overall.

More pictures from all the bands, including a shot of Blouse's setlist, below.

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DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)


Brooklyn label Captured Tracks is presenting a show at 285 Kent on January 31 with Blouse, Cosmetics, The New Lines, Beige, and Mosaics. More details on this show are below.

Blouse, who we said to check out when they made their NYC debut this past September, released their excellent self-titled debut LP this past November on Captured Tracks (you can buy it on eMusic). The 285 Kent show is Blouse's last North American show before heading out on a European tour in February. All dates are listed below.

In other Captured Tracks news, they launched The Shoegaze Archives in late November, a new series where the label will reissue some of the more obscure releases of the '90s shoegaze era. So far, they've reissued releases by Should, deardarkhead, and Grabbel and The Final Cut. Reissues by Medicine and Half String are on the way. All of these releases are/will be available at the Captured Tracks webstore.

Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco

In more Captured Tracks news, last week, they announced their most recent signing; Mac DeMarco, who previously recorded under the moniker Makeout Videotapes. He'll release his debut EP under his own name for the label, Rock and Roll Night Club, on March 20. Mac's guitar has a real '60s garage rock feel to it but he sings with a seductive baritone that recalls '80s new romanticism as much as it does a '50s rockabilly croon. Grab the track, "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans," from the EP above, and stream two more tracks at bandcamp. You can also stream the track below.

All dates, 285 Kent show details and song stream below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADThe Limiñanas - Down Underground (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gytters - Divebombers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wrong Words - Summer's Gone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Figurines "New Colors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The War On Drugs - "Baby Missiles" (MP3)

The Limiñanas

Band of the week is most certainly The Limiñanas (mainly because they haven't played here before) who are from France and play Death By Audio tonight (8/17) and Cake Shop tomorrow (8/18).  I'll quote myself (from my Favorite Francophone Albums of 2011 list) again:

Evoking swinging Parisian scene of the mid-'60s (Gainsbourg, Dutronc, Ye-Ye, et al), The Limiñanas dance their way through 12 hits of groovy garage: fuzz leads, killer basslines, combo organ, smoky vocals. Perfect for your next Love-In.
The band, signed to great Chicago label Trouble in Mind, are normally a trio but are joining forces on this trip with fellow Frenchies Gaz Gaz (who also play their own set) to make a seven-piece motorik garage superpower. Friends who saw them in Chicago last week were knocked out. (There's video from that show at the bottom of this post.) I implore you to make it out to one of these shows.

Both shows have their benefits. The Death by Audio also has The Gytters, a newish group fronted by Scott Rosenthal who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has spent time as one of The Beets ever-rotating list of drummers (he also produced their records). The duo make a slightly twangy brand of indie -- check out "Divebombers" at the top of this post. I was impressed when I saw them at Bruar Falls a few weeks ago. Also on the bill are great locals Diehard who are putting the finishing touches on their debut album.

Wrong Words
Wrong Words

The Cake Shop show on Thursday, meanwhile, features yet another Trouble in Mind band, San Francisco's The Wrong Words, who have more of a crunchy, late-'70s powerpop vibe to them. (And maybe just a little Thin Lizzy in there too.) Their self-titled debut is a boppin' good time -- you can download a track from it at the top of this post. If you can't make this one, The Wrong Words also play Bruar Fall on Saturday (8/20). Locals The Judy Blooms open the show.

The Wave Pictures
Wave Pictures

The Wave Pictures are visiting from the UK, their first time here since playing Sunday night of the 2010 Northside Festival. Dates have changed a bit since wefirst announced them. The band are now playing three shows in NYC: tonight (8/17) at Mercury Lounge, tomorrow (8/18) at Public Assembly and then next Thursday (8/25) at The Rock Shop. We at BrooklynVegan are big Wave Pictures fans, which I think most people who see them become. Here's what I wrote when they played our Pre-SXSW show in 2010:

Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.
The band have a new album out, Beer in the Breakers, and is another fine example of Tattersal's tongue-twisting prose and snaky solos. But I still don't think any record has quite captured the experience of seeing them live. So I do hope you do so. You won't be sorry.

Emmy the Great
Emmy the Great

Speaking of artists that pretty much the entire BV staff loves, Emmy the Great is also here, playing the Studio @ Webster Hall on Thursday  (8/18). She's an extremely charming songwriter and performer (and person in general) who can find humor in even the bleakest of situations without cheapening the emotions. Case in point her new album Virtue which deals with some major heartbreak. (She can also be just straight-up funny too.) And like The Wave Pictures, she's much better experienced in person than on record (though the new record is quite good).

I'm not sure if she's here solo or with her band or maybe just collaborator Euan Hinshelwood who has accompanied her before. He's got his own band, Younghusband, whose new single on Too Pure is teriffic (and nothing like Emmy's music).


Now we move to Denmark. Figurines were supposed to be here in June but the dates got pushed back to this week. They play tonight (8/17) at Knitting Factory and then an early show tomorrow (8/18) at Mercury Lounge.

The band's fourth album, which came out in Denmark last year, just got a belated but welcome American release. For those who found 2007's The Deer Wore Blue a bit wilfully obscure, the new self-titled album marks a return to the hook-filled indie rock of their 2005's Skeleton. You can download "New Colors" at the top of this post.

I haven't seen Figurines play since CMJ 2006 when they opened for Girl Talk. I thought they were fantastic then, I mix of various '90s influences (Built to Spill, The 3D's, Unrest) but processed through that eccentric Denmark filter than makes everything just a little off kilter. The one thing I really remember about that show was how tight they were. Figurines can really play.

The New Lines
New Lines

And finally I'd like to highlight a local band I like a lot, The New Lines who play this Thursday (8/18) at Bar4 in Park Slope. Steeped in late '60s/early '70s baroque psychedelia and soundtrack music, it's all groovy rhythms and basslines, icy harmonies, analogue keyboards and vibrato. The band just released a split 7" with Still Corners which is a perfect match. You can download a couple songs for free via a Bandcamp widget at the bottom of this post.

I just love this kind of stuff  -- I made a whole mix of it last week over at Sound Bites -- and The New Lines do it very, very well. No idea what they're like live, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

This is a really good week for music. Do go see some. In addition to the above highlights, there are even more shows I recommend which are listed below on a day-by-day basis.


While I'm seeing The Limiñanas, I think the rest of the BV staff will be going to Chelsea Wolfe, Cult of Youth, and Planning For Burial at St. Vitus Bar. I am the black sheep.

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