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"Finally I can tweet freely about our LP, 'Brill Bruisers'. Let me save you some blog-reading: It's our best one yet." - @ACNewman

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The New Pornographers will release their sixth album, Brill Bruisers, via Matador on August 26. It's their first album since 2010's Together and was made in Woodstock, NY (where frontman AC Newman lives these days) and Vancouver, and features contributions by Dan Bejar and Neko Case. Says Newman, "This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster." The album's up for pre-order now that comes with a 3-D poster (and glasses) of the artwork. You can check out the album's title track below.

The band will be on tour this fall, inlcuding a stop at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17. That show and others on the tour will be opened by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with a BrooklynVegan presale beginning on Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and LiveNation presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, cool interactive album art and tracklist, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Dressy Bessy
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It's time for NYC Popfest, the annual four-day celebration of all things jangly, often cute, usually well-dressed and, ocasionally, twee. Over 30 bands are playing this year and I'll be covering all of it day by day. Here's a look at tonight's kickoff show (5/29) which, as usual, happens at Cake Shop. Advance tickets are still availble (and should be at the door too)

Headlining is Dressy Bessy who have been around since the '90s heyday of Elephant 6 (guitarist John Hill is also in Apples in Stereo). Fronted by Tammy Ealon, the band make crunchy powerpop that never gets too sweet. You may remember their cover of The Free Design's "Bubbles" from The Powerpuff Girls. While the band hasn't made an album since 2008's Holler & Stomp, Ealon reactivated the band in 2012, releasing a few digital singles and a best-of compilation cassette via Burger.

Making for a nice leadup will be undercard The Besties who were an '00s-era mainstay here in NYC and played the 2008 edition of Popfest. The band broke up the next year, but are back together for at least this show. Other news: The Besties' final bow, 2008's Home Free, is getting it's first-ever vinyl release.

Martha
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Filling the UK quotient for the night is "vegan straight-edge pop group" Martha who just this week (5/26) released their new album, Courting Strong, which is out on Fortuna Pop (Joanna Gruesome, Shrag) in the UK, and Salinas (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) in North America. The record was produced by MJ of Hookworms and is ten songs of hooky, punky guitar pop and you can stream the whole thing below. Martha's Popfest appearance is part of a full North American tour -- most shows with Salinas labelmates Delay.

Also playing the Cake Shop show: Charleston, SC's Tape Waves whose airy jangle is sort of like a female fronted Real Estate at their most-straightforward (check out new single "Stay All Night" below); and NYC-via-the-Dominican-Republic's Franny and Zooey who swiped their name from Salinger and their sound from '60s pop radio (stream last year's Bananafish EP below).

In between sets, Kip from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will DJ. UPDATE: Kip had to cancel last minute, as Pains are flying out on tour.

Previews of Friday, Saturday and Sunday's NYC Popfest action are still to come. Meanwhile, check out streams from all five of Thursday's Popfest bands below...

Continue reading "NYC Popfest 2014 Thursday preview / streams (Dressy Bessy, The Besties, Martha, and Franny & Zooey) "

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"thank you @thepainsofbeing for a wonderful night of tunes and for covering my favorite Katy Perry song" - Sad Girls Guide

"The @thepainsofbeing show was awesome till they covered katy perry..." - Estelle Goodwin

Pains @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/22/14
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NYC indie pop collective The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just wrapped up their tour with the UK's Fear of Men (whose Jessica Weiss was playing with Pains on this tour in place of Drew Citron who's busy with Beverly) and Ablebody (whose Christoph and Anton Hochheim are currently full time members of Pains) in their hometown at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/22). The tour is in support of Pains' third LP, Days of Abandon, which came out earlier this month via Yebo, and the set included a large amount of that album plus a few faves from the previous two. Days of Abandon is the band's calmest sounding record, but their new lineup is anything but calm on stage. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Pains also included a cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in last night's set (you can hear a clip on Vine). If that sounds like a weird or ironic choice to you, consider earlier this month singer Kip Berman told Billboard:

I love that "pop" can mean a lot of things, but on some level there is something that unites our music with Katy Perry and Beyonce, or Aztec Camera and Orange Juice. To us, we always aspire to be pop without having to explain it in terms of micro-genre. When we started people would always say we were "lo-fi" pop or "dream pop" or "indiepop." And I get why people say that, but to us what's most important in our music is pop, not whatever becomes before the hyphen.

The thing that makes music timeless are the qualities that Beyonce, The Ronettes, The Ramones, Blondie or The Pastels share -- not the things that differentiate them. Maybe someday we'll get there and our songs will just exist in the supermarket or The Gap in a matter of fact way -- like they just belong there, because that's where pop songs live.

In other news, speaking of Beverly, during NYC Popfest (though not an official Popfest show), they play an afternoon backyard BBQ show at Trans-Pecos (6/1) with Pam Berry (Glo Worm, Cat's Miaow, The Shapiros), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and '90s Slumberland band Rocketship. Beverly also play a record release show at Baby's in June.

More pictures from the Pains show below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Christoph and Anton Hochheim are current members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (guitar and drums, respectively) but also make music on their own as Ablebody. (They were also both in The Depreciation Guild with former TPOBPAH drummer Kurt Feldman.) Sonically indebted to '80s UK indie (they've been known to cover The Servants' "The Sun, a Small Star"), the brothers make dreamy janglepop with dash of melodrama. Ablebody will release a new single, "After Hours," next month and you can stream the A-side (and a few other tracks) below.

The Hochheims are going to be extra busy soon, as Ablebody are now opening on The Pains of Being Pure At Heart / Fear of Men tour which starts next week and concludes at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on May 22. Tickets are still available.

Before that you can catch Fear of Men, meanwhile, in NYC where they're playing three free shows over the next week. All TPOBPAH/FoM/Ablebody dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below..

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Pains at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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As you may know, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are releasing their third, comparatively lighter album, Days of Abandon, on May 13 via Yebo. They've already shared the single "Simple and Sure" and its video, and now they've unleashed another single, "Eurydice." Check it out below.

Their tour with Fear of Men and Ablebody hits NYC on May 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

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Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Gigstock is a 2-day mini-festival which "[mixes] showcase-length sets with conversation" going down at NYC's Greene Space on April 9 and 10 (located at 44 Charlton St). The festival, co-presented by WNYC Soundcheck and OhMyRockness, has a pretty great lineup, with local indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Parquet Courts on day 1, and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst with Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow on day 2. You can get tickets for day 1, day 2, or pick up a 2-day pass now.

Meanwhile, you can also catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Rough Trade NYC on Friday (3/28), which is sold out but we're giving away tickets to. And catch them again when their tour with Fear of Men hits Bowery Ballroom on May 22 (tickets).

Conor Oberst also has a tour with Dawes that hits The Space at Westbury on 5/22 and Central Park Summerstage on 7/27 (tickets), and James Vincent McMorrow brings his tour to NYC for sold out shows on 4/9 at Bowery Ballroom and 4/11 at MHOW.

TPOBPAH @ BV SXSW 3/15/2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new album, Days of Abandon, is out next month on Yebo Music and this week they released a video for single "Simple and Sure." Set at a dinner party (singer Kip Berman's the butler), it takes aim at our ADD culture, animated GIFs in particular. Says Kip:

I'm taken aback at how many online outlets now reduce their content to a series of GIFs, assuming a minute long video or a single paragraph of text to be too burdensome. We're as much prisoners of our need for constant distraction and instant sensation as the trapped guests at the dinner party.
You can watch the "Simple and Sure" video below.

After a tour around SXSW, The Pains are back home in Brooklyn and play Rough Trade on Friday (3/28). That show is sold out but we've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details below.

And if you just can't make Friday's show, TPOBPAH will play Bowery Ballroom on May 22 as part of their tour with Fear of Men. Tickets are still available.

And speaking of, Fear of Men made a video for their single "Luna" and you can watch that below.

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by Bill Pearis

Bad Sports @ Burgermania, Hotel Vegas
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I'm not sure how many artists I saw over the course of five days at SXSW but it was a lot. My week started (Kelley Stoltz) and ended (La Luz) at Hotel Vegas which was probably my favorite place to see bands in Austin. In between I tried to catch everyone on my list, and luckily quite a few of them played our day parties at Red 7. So of these, many were expected, but there were a couple nice finds too. Here's my Top 10 artists I caught at SXSW:

Jarvis Cocker (Wednesday @ Austin Convention Center)
I missed Jarvis and (Pulp guitarist) Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" DJ night on Tuesday (and didn't get to see the Pulp documentary) but I did happen into Jarvis' talk, titled "Extra Ordinary," at the Convention Center the next day. It was an hour-long discussion -- complete with PowerPoint presentations -- that framed his lyrical style of finding beauty (and humor) in the mundane. As you would expect, it was witty, urbane and nobody wanted it to end.

Hospitality (Thursday, Merge Showcase @ The Parish)
I didn't really intend on seeing Hospitality (a band I've seen many times, but not since their new LP) at SXSW but the hour they were playing was free on my schedule...and I'm so glad I did. Not only did the songs off Trouble sound great, but the band took their expanded musical palette to the songs off their debut, offering up radical reworkings that made their whole set fresh and exciting.

Sylvan Esso (Thursday @ BV day party and Chevrolet Courtyard)
A real suprise, as I am against laptop acts in general, Sylvan Esso really made it work. A good set of songs anchored things, but it was the stage presence and chemistry between singer Amelia Randall Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn. One of the few times my first thought wasn't "get a live drummer" though, now that you mention it, that wouldn't hurt.

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Gruff Rhys (Thursday @ St. David's Historic Sanctuary & BV Friday Day Party)
One of the true talents of the last 20 years, Gruff Rhys could probably read the SXSW schedule and make it entertaining. At the church (and at our Friday day party), he previewed his new album, American Interior, which is a high-concept project that involves a book, film and mobile app. It worked with just an acoustic guitar (and a few handmade signs) too.

La Femme (BV Friday day party @ Red 7)
As they made my #3 album of 2013, I knew I was going to like La Femme live. I didn't expect them to be so genuinely awesome, especially in the tough noon opening slot. They sounded great, oozed Frenchiness, were a blast to watch. Expectations way exceeded. I can't wait to see them do a full set on Sunday (which BV is presenting).

Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday @ Chevrolet Courtyard & BV Saturday day party)
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.

Protomartyr (BV Saturday Day Party @ Red 7)
Dressed in grey Dockers and a button-down shirt, Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey looked like he was performing our day party slot on his lunch break. He kept one hand in his pocket, chewed gum and barely moved. But not unlike Mark E. Smith or David Thomas, there's a seething indifference seeping out of that shirt collar, and to me that dichotomy -- and the general badassedness songs on Protomartyr's new album -- was about as punk as it gets.

Fat White Family (BV Saturday day party)
Another of the bands I was most excited to see, Fat White Family brought a genuine sleezy rock n' roll attitude. Most of bandmembers were shirtless and sweaty by the second song, and frontman Lias Saoudi had an undeniable louche...is charm the right word? These are boys you don't bring home to mom. You can catch them this weekend in NYC.

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Curtis Harding (Saturday, Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Burgermania boasted some 60 bands across Hotel Vegas' four stages, with a new group starting every 15 minutes. Most of them being on the Fullerton, CA record label that was as much the star as the bands. (Their t-shirt booth, sporting about 10 styles, sold out of everything except XXLs.) I think I caught about 15 over the course of four hours. I arrived in time for the soul-garage of Atlanta's Curtis Harding, whose magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one. Look for his album on Burger later this year.

Bad Sports (Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Having enjoyed all three albums by Bad Sports a lot (very Damned/Buzzcocks-style punk), I somehow never realized the band was fronted by OBN III's Orville Neeley until I saw them on stage as part of Burgermania. Having only seen Neeley in wildman OBN mode, it was cool to see him channel that energy into a guitar, ripping out one burner after another.

Other sets I liked: Kelley Stoltz, Coachwhips, Gap Dream, LA Font, SVPER, Cosmonauts, Cate Le Bon, Tweens, Warm Soda, The Hold Steady, Christopher Owens, Destruction Unit, Cherry Glazzer, Peter Matthew Bauer, Shocked Minds, Bleeding Rainbow, Connan Mockasin, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Arthur Beatrice (and probably something I forgot).

Bands I missed who I wanted to see: Boogarins, Withered Hand, Bo Ningen... Spandau Ballet?

BrooklynVegan SXSW show photos:
SATURDAY 1 -- SATURDAY 2 -- FRIDAY 1 -- FRIDAY 2 -- THURSDAY 1 -- THURSDAY 2 -- WEDNESDAY -- FLATSTOCK STAGE -- INIVISBLE ORANGES

A few more Instagrams (including a few bands that fell outside the Top 10) below...

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photos by Tim Griffin; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

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BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).

Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.

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BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike  The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.)  Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.

Tweens / Ex Hex
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Maybe you won a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (you may also see one of those Instagrams featured in this post).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Pictures from Friday HERE. One set of pictures from Saturday is at BV Austin. More from Saturday below...

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TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom 2013 (more by Bruno Simões)
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are pretty consistent with their love for '80s and '90s indie, but they don't repeat themselves, and continue to navigate new territory on their upcoming third album, a quieter, poppier record than the Corgan riffs of 2011's Belong.

Folks attending SXSW this week can get an early taste of Days of Abandon (and TPOBPAH's new line-up) and their schedule includes the Saturday BrooklynVegan free BrooklynVegan day party. (For those that aren't, they'll be touring soon too.) Nice guy frontman Kip Berman, a genuine music lover, put some thought into our 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Kip: I'm not going to include NYC, because hometown shows are always super special. But the Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama is incredible. They have these airstream trailers that serve as the "back stage" area, they feed bands good food, and everyone that works there is pretty awesome.

more below...

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
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South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
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The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.

Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!

Check out the list and stream the playlist below...

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UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Saintseneca
12:45 Fat White Family
01:30 Quilt
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
04:30 Protomartyr
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

OUTSIDE
12:00 Palehound
12:45 Tweens
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....

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Pains in Chicago in 2011 (more by James Chadwick)
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As discussed, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22 via Yebo, and they've just released its first single, "Simple And Sure." Check it out below.

The band are also touring soon, including 2 NYC shows, and they'll be at SXSW, where (among other shows), they will play the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, March 15 at Red 7 with Connan Mockasin and lots more to be announced soon.

Song stream below...

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Days of Abandon

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22. It will be their first for new label Yebo Music. (Their first two came out on Slumberland.) That's the cover art above. Frontman Kip Berman says the new record will not be a continuation of Belong's big, uber-'90s sound:

"I didn't want to make Belonger. This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark."
You can check out an album trailer below.

You may remember that TPOBPAH recently announced a hometown show happening at Rough Trade on March 28 after they play BUKU Music + Art Project. That show has since sold out, but the band since revealed that they're going on a longer tour in late April into May, which includes another NYC show on May 22 at Bowery Ballroom. That show and others on the tour are with the UK's Fear of Men, who have a debut album coming in late April, and Ablebody are on the bill too. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, March 3 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/26) at noon. There's also a presale happening right now through Soundrink with bundles availble where you can preorder the new album as well.

These upcoming will mark a new live line-up for TPOBPAH that features Drew Citron of Beverley and Avan Lava and presumably others -- the band's Facebook only lists frontman Kip Berman currently.

Both Beverly and Fear of Men play Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April. All TPOBPAH dates are listed, along with the album trailer, below...

Continue reading "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart ready 'Days of Abandon,' announce 2014 tour w/ Fear of Men (dates & video)"

by Bill Pearis

Wildhoney

Baltimore's Wildhoney are unabashedly flying the early '90s shoegaze flag, recalling not only the obvious UK influences, but also their American compatriots like Lilys and Black Tambourine. Not only do they have a great sense of dynamics -- knowing when to unstomp those pedals -- but they're good songwriters too. Last year's debut 7" is all hits (three of 'em), and they'll release their second 7" in April. You can stream one cut from the new one and the entirety of their first, below.

Wildhoney have been playing a lot for the last year -- they've toured with Priests -- and will be touring in the spring, including an NYC stop at Silent Barn on 3/21 with Death Ray Architect.

The band will also play the Baltimore Popfest, a one-night extravaganza on March 7 at Ottobar. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who'll have a new LP this year) headline, and the line-up also features Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

All Wildhoney tour dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

Continue reading "Wildhoney ready new 7", touring, playing Baltimore Popfest w/ TPOBPAH, Eternal Summers & more (dates, streams)"

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
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There's already been three lineup announcements for SXSW 2014, and since we last spoke the music schedule was posted, which revealed more artist additions.

Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.

SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.

Lineup additions below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cheatahs
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UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.

Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.

Eternal Summers "Gouge" still
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Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.

In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.

All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...

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TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.

The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.

There's also been some changes to Pains' lineup. Keyboardist Peggy Wang recently announced that she left the band in order to focus on her job as a writer at Buzzfeed.

TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...

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While Kurt Feldman, who plays drums in The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, is doing just fine with his current synth outfit Ice Choir (maybe you saw them at Northside), he's revisting his recent musical past for one night this summer. His old 8-bit-meets-shoegaze band, The Depreciation Guild, are getting back together to play their 2007 album, In Her Gentle Jaws, in its entirety at Glasslands on August 3. Opening are Infinity Shred (formerly Starscream) and tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of Glasslands, after remodeling their bathrooms, and replacing their clouds installation with with a new tube-based lighting design, the venue just upgraded their sound system:

so we're very excited to announce that yesterday we officially replaced our sound system with a brand new one, a massive and much needed upgrade that has been about a year of research and planning (and saving) in the making!

power, clarity, and versatility were most important to us when choosing glasslands' next system: our new speciality subwoofers and tops, built by Danley Sound Labs, Inc., will give the room a thicker and cleaner sound for both live shows and dance nights. after some tuning and testing, we've got the highs shimmering and the bass punishing.

it's bittersweet to see the old one go. it was a Frankenstein of gear from various systems donated by various people over many years, and basically represents the generosity of a community without which glasslands would never have been.

while i'm sure our engineers will miss the late night thrill of riding that system in the red and hanging on for dear life, we're excited to hear what all you guys sound like on a sick. new. rig.

You might want to check out that new system on Monday (6/24) when Denmark's When Saints Go Machine make their U.S. debut. Tickets are still available.

Flyer for the Depreciation Guild show and a stream of In Her Gentle Jaws' title track below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

French Films @ Glasslands 6/5/2013
French Films

One of the best new bands I saw at NYC Popfest last weekend was Finland's French Films. Their set was easily the highlight of Sunday's all-day Littlefield show, bringing a needed rock n' roll element (and youthful energy) to a day that leaned more towards the precious. Wearing leather jackets and denim, they weren't your typcial Popfest band, though they definitely don't skimp on the hooks. The band's new album, White Orchid, is loaded with the kind of uber-catchy guitar pop that filled John Hughes soundtracks in the '80s and they play them with a manic, rough energy onstage that's not unlike Palma Violets (though they sound nothing like them). I really wanted to catch one of their other NYC shows this week but it was not to be. Luckily, BV photographer Amanda Hatfield made the trek to Glasslands last night (6/5) to catch them. There's also video (courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn) of their popfest performance. Let's hope they come back soon.

The night was also a record release party for locals (and fellow Popfest performers) The Secret History whose new album, Americans Singing In The Dark, is out now. The band, formed from the ashes of much-missed My Favorite, make the sort of grandiose pop that aims for heart, feeling and more than a little drama (not unlike Stars). At Sunday's Littlefield show, they gave the crowd a couple My Favorite songs as well. You can stream a few songs from the new Secret History album below.

Newish band Hints opened the Glasslands show which had Kip from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on DJ duty all evening. More pictures from Glasslands below...

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As mentioned, Finland's French Films are coming over for NYC Popfest this weekend, playing the big, all-day show at Littlefield on Sunday (6/2) that also features Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, The Orange Peels, Alpaca Sports and more. Tickets are still available but is, I'm told, nearing sell-out.

If you can't make it Sunday but would like to see them, French Films are playing three more additional shows while in NYC: June 3 at Cake Shop; then Mercury Lounge on June 4 with Toronto's Hooded Fang, Total Slacker and Pow Wow! (tickets); and finally Glasslands on June 5 with The Secret History, Hints and Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman on DJ duty (tickets).

French Films just released their new album, White Orchid, which is one of the better indiepop-leaning albums I've heard in a while. While there is some '80s pop in there (the singer sounds a bit like OMD's Andy McCluskey), they definitely aren't revivalists. (If you sometimes like The Drums but find them to be a little much, French Films may appeal to you.) This is energetic, extremely hooky pop and you can stream single "Latter Days" below listen to the whole thing on Rdio and Spotify.

Dates and streams below...

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photos by Bruno Simões; words by Bill Pearis

TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom @ 285 Kent
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

My prom didn't have a band, just a DJ who was our electrical engineering teacher, Mr. Sark. (His DJ name was Sark After Dark.) But it was always a fantasy to have a cool band play it. (I did once attend a wedding with a Smiths cover band.) And while it wasn't an actual prom, some people's fantasies probably came true Thursday night with the Indie Pop Prom at 285 Kent where The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Potty Mouth, and Weed Hounds dressed up fancy, rocked out and then maybe took a limo through Times Square while dancing through the car's sunroof. The show doubled as Maria Sherman's Birthday Bash (happy birthday Maria!), and Frankie Rose and Shirley Braha (Weird Vibes) were the DJs.

Like my senior prom, I didn't actually go to Indie Prom either, but maybe you did? It seemed like a good time from what I gathered on Twitter and Instagram. Did they have a photo area on the way in? Anyone spike the punch?

We only have pictures from TPOBPAH's headlining set, unfortunately, but you can check out more of them below...

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Summer People

There's a sleazy swagger to Summer People's new single, " I Do What I Want," from their forthcoming LP Burn the Germs. Due on April 23, the song shows a seedy-punk-rock, bottom-of-the-barrel attitude, not unlike that of favorites like The Cramps or Nick Cave. Check out the new track below for the first time.

Summer People are playing a Albany on Friday (3/1) as part of great college station WCDB's 35th Anniversary Festival with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (who play the sold-out Indie Pop Prom at 285 Kent tomorrow night, 2/28) and Oberhofer. No NYC dates for them, unfortunately, but they're more-or-less local, so keep your eyes peeled. What dates they do have are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Potty Mouth

Northampton rockers Potty Mouth formed back in 2011 and they've quickly become one of the most promising new bands in their local scene. They first caught our ears with the Sun Damage EP, which came out in July, 2012. The EP has its roots in '90s alternative and indie, and like the bands that inspire Potty Mouth, they aren't afraid to actually rock. They just recently followed that EP with a new single, "Damage," which you can watch the video for below. "Damage" picks up where the EP leaves off, but with thicker production and in terms of all around songwriting, it might be their best track to date.

Potty Mouth have a few NYC shows coming over the next month or so. They'll play XPO 929 on February 15 with In School, Kicking Spit, and Spirit of Danger (more info here).

They're also part of the stacked Indie Pop Prom on February 28 at 285 Kent with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin' Waxahatchee, and Weed Hounds. Tickets are $10 or $8 if you come dressed in prom attire, and are on sale now. Their only other announced date that we're aware of is a hometown show with Hilly Eye, Slutever, and Tomboy.

The band will then play the next night (March 1) at the New Museum in conjunction with their new exhibit "NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star."

A list of all dates, the "Damage" video, and the Sun Damage EP stream below...

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