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Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Massive Attack

Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry is in the midst of a rare US tour that hits NYC on Thursday, but first brought him to Montclair, NJ's Wellmont Theater last night (10/4). Before Jersey was DC:

"This was Ferry's first D.C. area visit since his latest release, 2010's "Olympia," but he barely acknowledged that album. Instead, the singer presented two sets of greatest cult hits, featuring such Roxy Music standards as "Avalon" but heavy on other people's tunes he's claimed as his own. Ferry wore a black suit and tie -- white shirt for the first hour, black for the second -- and performed R & B stompers (Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Stick Together") and craggy rockers (Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane") as if they were cut from the same Savile Row cloth as his urbane originals." [Washington Post]
You can see Ferry's 2-set NJ setlist with more pictures from the show, which included an opening set by The Phenomenal Handclap Band, below...

Continue reading "Bryan Ferry played NJ's Wellmont Theater (pics & setlist), hits Beacon Theatre Thursday"

this is the actual show flyer, and a screenshot of Little Shalimar's Facebook...
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Union Pool

My first guess, based on multiple clues above, is The Phenomenal Handclap Band, though then I don't get what the secret is all about. Who do you think is playing with Little Shalimar and Tit n Twat at Union Pool tonight (7/12)?

UPDATE: Antibalas, who also plays Fort Greene Park today, makes much more sense (thanks Andrew)

photos by David Andrako


Beirut's upcoming shows include Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and a Northside Festival show in McCarren Park with Sharon Van Etten. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still on sale. Beirut's recent performances include a big, public, sold out one at the Wellmont Theater in NJ, and a very small, private one in Stratosphere Sound Recording Studio.

Before any of those, back on March 27th, Beirut played three songs at a Brooklyn loft party in celebration of the new Red Hot Tropicália tribute CD, Red Hot + Rio 2, that we discussed HERE and HERE. Like Beirut, Superhuman Happiness, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Brazilian Girls, and Forro In The Dark, all have songs on the forthcoming Red Hot charity comp, and each of those bands performed the song they have on the CD (and actually, they each performed their song more than once, as the performances were being filmed to help promote the release, and they wanted the videos to be good). The setlist and more pictures from the party, below...

Continue reading "Beirut played a 'Red Hot' loft in March too, w/ Superhuman Happiness, Phenomenal Handclap Band & more (pics) "

DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - "Shadows on Behalf" (MP3)

Fat Beats

Relive the glory days before Fat Beats closed up shop at the Fat Beats Pop-Up Store, open in celebration of Record Store Day on 4/16. Kicking off at noon and lasting until 11PM, Fat Beats will open up their DUMBO Warehouse (110 Bridge St. 3rd Floor) with fellow groove devotees WaxPoetics and host performances from CSC Funk Band (performing Gang Starr material!), The Stepkids, Chico Mann, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Neek the Exotic & Large Professor, DJ Center, Mista Sinista, !llmind, Amir, Eternia, Danny Dann the Beat Mann, Masta Ace, Maticulous, Kev Brown & Kaimbr, Ray West, "and many surprise guests". Oh, and it's FREE.

If you miss it, Fat Beats will be hosting a monthly pop-up shop/event at the same location. Check the updated fatbeats.com for updates.

Stepkids recently dropped the new Shadows On Behalf 12" via Stones Throw; download one track from the 12" above, stream another below. The band is on board for several Brooklyn dates in the coming weeks, including April 15th at 525 Waverley Ave, April 21 at Brooklyn Bowl with Delorean ("Limited Admissions at Doors"), and 6/4 at Bell House with Dennis Coffey/The Dirtbombs (tickets). All tour dates, and streams of the 12" are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Miracles of Modern Science - I Found Space (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jacuzzi Boys - Bricks or Coconuts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Aerosols - China (AAC)

The Phenomenal Handclap Band

We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.

Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science

If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.

Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva),  The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.

Jacuzzi Boys
Jacuzzi Boys

Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg --  for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.

At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.

The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.

While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a  strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.

If you can't make it Friday, Jacuzzi Boys also play Cake Shop on Sunday (6/13) with K-Holes (mems of Black Lips) and Xray Eyeballs (half of Golden Triangle).

The Aerosols
The Aerosols

Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.

The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.

They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.

A few more shows, night by night:


School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.

Breakthru Radio are throwing a fifth anniversary party at Glasslands with Glass Ghost, Werewolves, Phil & the Osophers and My Teenage Stride. It's a free show with free beer.

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Continue reading "Miracles of Modern Science, Quintron, Jacuzzi Boys, The Aerosols, TPHB, Starring & more in This Week in Indie "

photos by Chris La Putt

The Gossip

"I woke up the morning after the Gossip concert and could not get Beth Ditto's breasts out of my head. They were unleashed Friday night at Terminal 5 for one of the hottest concerts I've been to in some time. The energy and fervor lured out of the crowd by the insane vocals of front woman Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie is unmatched. I envy the confidence and drive of Ditto, with her severe bob and bangs, mad makeup, spirit, humor and plus-size fabulousness. I sort of want live in her world. I'm also enthralled with the androgynous Blilie, who also graces the cover of Gossip's latest album cover, Music for Men." [CenterOrch]
Gossip (again), Rye Rye (who has since been added to the M.I.A./Die Antwoord show) & the Phenomenal Handclap Band (who have since added a headlining show at MHOW) shared a bill at Terminal 5 in NYC Friday night (5/2). The show was part of a tour that started at Coachella. More pictures from it, with the headliner's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Gossip, Rye Rye & the Phenomenal Handclap Band played Terminal 5 - pics & setlist"


Gossip have announced a Coachella-to-NYC April tour that includes an April 30th show at Terminal 5 (the same venue they played last time they were here) with Rye Rye and The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Tickets go to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday at 11am. General sale starts Friday at noon.

Still no word on Lilith Fair dates which they are also supposedly a part of. All April dates below...

Continue reading "Gossip touring from Coachella to NYC - 2010 dates"

photos by Tim Griffin


The xx were one of three bands on the early CMJ show at The Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (10/21). Javelin and Lia Ices rounded out the bill, and their pictures are in this post.

Javelin played a bunch of shows during CMJ including the Pitchfork Market Hotel gig on Saturday night. Did you catch them?

Next up for Javelin will be opening shows for The Very Best, touring with Lucky Dragons, and playing a couple of dates with the Phenomenal Handclap Band including that December 11th show at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). The Thrill Jockey-signed Brooklyn (via Providence) duo also have a show coming up at Monster Island even sooner. All dates and more pictures from Mercury Lounge below...

Continue reading "Javelin played CMJ, Mercury Lounge w/ Lia Ices (pics), playing show w/ The Very Best, Lucky Dragons, Phenomenal Handclap Band (dates)"

Brent at work (at Pop Montreal) (run comrade)
Pop Montreal

Pop Montreal kicked off last night (9/30). It's not too late to drop everything and take a car over the border. I haven't been in a few years, but non-stop show hopping in a great foreign (but so close) city was a great experience. Plus, if you get there by tonight (10/1), you can check out the BrooklynVegan showcase featuring Micachu & The Shapes, Clues & Slim Twig! Other highlights of tonight include Think About Life, Fever Ray (who just completed a two-night run at Webster Hall), Mono (who also just played two NYC shows), Screaming Females (who are on tour and played Death by Audio Saturday), Loudon Wainwright III (who just had his family join him for a show at Highline Ballroom), Butthole Surfers (also on tour), The Intelligence (recently in NYC), and Sister Suvi (played Sycamore on Tuesday).

Last night's Pop Montreal schedule highlights included sets by Amy Millan (touring to NYC soon), Matt & Kim (playing a Halloween show with Weezer), The Phenomenal Handclap Band, and Jay Reatard...

"Usually arriving 20 minutes late to a Pop Montreal show makes you right on time. But I biked up to La Sala Rossa near 1 a.m. Thursday morning to find a crowd spilling into the street. Not a good sign. "Is it over?" I asked some friends, referring to Memphis punk upstart Jay Reatard's 12:30 set. Yup, came the reply. "Did he start early?" Nope. "But it was proper," said Ninja Tune's Jeff Waye. "Twenty-minute set - there's not many bands I want to see for more than 20 minutes."" [The Gazette]
To be more specific, last night's Jay Reatard show in Canada was the third stop on Jay's Shattered Records tour. The fourth stop on the tour is TONIGHT (10/1) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC (11pm doors). Also on the bill (last night and tonight) are Shattered Records artists Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, and Useless Eaters. All dates and the tour poster below.

Phenomenal Band Handclap BandThe Phenomenal Handclap Band (pictured to the right) were set to play with Man Man and Brazilian Girls at The Beach on Governors Island Friday night (10/2), but that show has been canceled.

Shows in NY and Boston cancelled!!
This is really sad for us to announce, but the shows in NY and in Boston, OCt 2nd and 6th had to be cancelled, due to immigration issues. its a real drag, but we promise we'll play there soon, trying to make it before the end of the year.

we'll keep you posted. - Brazilian Girls

Immigration issues?

The Phenomenal Handclap Band are still opening for Chromeo at Irving Plaza on October 16th though, and they just announced their first big headlining show. It's December 11th at Bowery Ballroom, and tickets are now on AmEx presale with general sale beginning Friday at noon. No openers are listed yet. All dates below.

Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his five-night run at Giants Stadium last night. It was one of two shows that he'll perform the entire "Born to Run" album at.

A good night of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the first of five shows at Giants Stadium on Wednesday night. A 29-song show that lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes, one of the longest shows timewise of this tour.

It was nice to have the show start off with a new song. I believe it's the first time Bruce has played a unreleased song (not including Working On A Dream which he played at a political rally last year) since debuting "Long Walk Home" with the Sessions Band in London in November of 2006.

Of course the highlight of the evening was hearing the entire "Born To Run" album from start to finish as well as a classic 1978-style story in the middle of "Growin' Up." [Star Ledger]

Willie Nile came out and joined the band for a few songs during the encore. The tour continues Friday night when the E Street Band will play all of "Darkness on the Edge of Town". If you're going consider all transportation options. Video of the now-60 Bruce Springsteen discussing the birthday-related story (nightmare) in the middle of "Growin' Up", and other videos, below...

Continue reading "Pop Montreal (now), Bruce Springsteen (setlist), Man Man (canceled), Phenomenal Handclap Band, Jay Reatard (tonight)"

Pilooski @ the Scion Radio party @ Plan B - August 11, 2009

It's been an interesting week in dance so far. Tuesday night Pilooski was great, as expected, at the Scion party at Plan B. Unfortunately nearly everyone there was in "hang out & BS" mode instead of dancing. At any given time there was probably a maximum of 5 people dancing which was frustrating. You can lead a horse to water...I had an excellent time anyway and hopefully people will dance more when Pilooski is back here on September 26 (location tba).

Wednesday night at Le Poisson Rouge was the complete opposite. The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band opened for Friendly Fires and there was a pretty good amount of dancing going on during their set. Their sound is kind of like a blend of classic rock with hints of funk & soul which I'm not sure how I feel about yet. They were super enthusiastic and fun to watch though.

Unfortunately, immediately after their set, things started to go downhill. Set-up and sound check for Friendly Fires was over an hour and I was standing next to a very drunk & annoying girl (not to be confused with the one at Thursday's show) and matching friend. Despite the extensive set-up, when Friendly Fires finally started the sound was not great! The vocals sounded off to begin with and lead vocalist Ed McFarlane's habit of intermittently pulling the mic away from his mouth as he sings (which usually is not a problem) sounded like a cd skipping at times because the band was so loud. The band's addition of a little horn section to the mix was interesting at first, but ultimately seemed unnecessary most of the time. Removed from these couple of things everything else was typically awesome Friendly Fires. Everyone was dancing away, but I couldn't really get into it after the hour+ wait.

Hopefully things will be better this Saturday (8/15), but before we get into that...last Saturday was the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). This was my first time going to the festival, which is now in its second year. Heading there after Dark Disco in the Park, I arrived at the Old American Can Factory around 8 to see a decent-sized crowd hanging out in the courtyard. There was a nice set-up of food vendors in the back, opposite the main stage, a bar down a little alleyway, and a second stage indoors. Nobody was really dancing when I got there as Jupiter One's set had just ended, but within a few minutes that changed when OCD Automatic went on, playing a nice little mix of some electro favorites (like Mylo, which I haven't heard out in ages).

At this point I was still exploring the space and getting my bearings...when I went inside and saw Plant Music's Kap10Kurt was on I was really excited as I've come very close but have never actually succeeded in seeing one of his sets. Unfortunately this time was no different since he was done by the time I figured out the bar/drink tickets situation and got back to the stage.

Young Love (who I've seen before and am not a fan of) was on the main stage and I was beginning to realize that forgetting to print out the schedule of performers was not the best move. I spent most of the night scurrying inside and outside to see who was on and hit a lull pretty early on where I didn't like the acts on either stage for a while.

Thankfully around 10, Free Blood (who I had never seen before) went on. I really enjoyed the live guitar over the electronics in the background and Madeline and John have a really good dynamic.

From there things really heated up. JDH & Dave P were deejaying when Shy Child soundchecked over them pretty loudly (which I thought was really rude at first, until I realized that's how pretty much everyone was doing it the entire night). Thankfully JDH & Dave P were able to resume where they left off after Shy Child's set, bringing the packed courtyard's dancing to a frenzied pace by the time the Juan Maclean went on.

At that point I was exhausted and wasn't really looking forward to their set, since the last time I saw the Juan Maclean back in October I did not enjoy their performance at all. The only reason I stuck around was to see how the show would compare to that performance. As soon as they began I was glad I decided to stay.

From the get-go I could tell it was going to be a totally different show. All the somber, underwhelming slow disco jams were gone, and Nancy Whang wasn't straining her vocals this time. Juan and the band played track after upbeat track including newer ones like "One Day" and "Happy House" (which you can see videos of, along with the Juan Maclean tour dates here) and oldies but goodies like "Give Me Every Little Thing". The whole set was very lively & bouncy and everything sounded great (from the synths to the drums to...the theramin) as the modern disco's vibes permeated the crowd. The crowd was accordingly losing it, and it was the most wild Juan Maclean show I have ever been to. It was a great ending to BEMF (for me...the festival went on for hours more, but I was done for the night).

This weekend there is no rain in sight and there are plenty of opportunities to dance outside! Make the most of this good weather (though there are some indoor events too), starting with Saturday (8/15):

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 2)"

photos by Sara Skolnick

Friendly Fires

"Chaos at the Friendly Fires performance in Brooklyn, tonight!

When a drunk fan pops up on stage at your show, you dance with her a little, then expect her to kinda dance herself off stage. When you try to get her to leave and she won't...what then?

What you are about to see [below] is only the start. Later in the show, ever more brazen fans of Friendly Fires ascend to the stage, causing complete mayhem, mostly in a good way."
[something burning]

Friendly Fires completed a two-night run in NYC last night (8/13). The above-mentioned show took place at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The above-mentioned video is below along with more pictures from the show that took place one night earlier at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan....

Continue reading "drunk girl on stage @ MHOW during Friendly Fires (video) who also played LPR w/ Phenomenal Handclap Band (pics)"

view coming back from Governors Island (more by Chris La Putt)

Man Man's last NYC show was free and near water. Man Man's next show will also be near water. They open, along with The Phenomenal Handclap Band, for Brazilian Girls at the Beach on Governors Island on October 2nd. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae played Governors Island on August 4th. N.E.R.D and Mos Def also have shows coming up there in the future.

Man Man has no other upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, but the Handclap Band can also be found opening for Friendly Fires at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (August 12th). Friendly Fires also play MHOW in Brooklyn tomorrow (August 13) with the xx. FF played Lollapalooza over the weekend...

"While their set inspired the crowd to dance, the band left behind the electronics and opted for a jazz backing, which included trumpet and sax. It was far from what I expected, but in the best way possible. Vocalist Ed Macfarlane danced until he looked close to passing out. He ran along the fence, ramped up fans, jumped until his legs seemed ready to give out and poured his heart and body into a set that quite honestly, it was entirely too hot to be performing. Friendly Fires were a brilliant start to the closing day of Lolla, and I was eager for the remainder of the afternoon and evening." [Chicagoist]
More FF dates HERE. Videos from Lollapalooza, and some of the Handclap Band playing inside the Diesel store, below...

Continue reading "Man Man, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Brazilian Girls, Governors Island, Friendly Fires, Lolla, Diesel & more "

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

The legendary Lee Fields
Lee Fields

"NPR Music and WBGO boldly attempt to go where few have gone before: Deep soul, indie funk and polyglot jazz share a stage and a bill. We bring you three very different, very large bands, recorded live from Joe's Pub in New York City. Lee Fields And The Expressions headline the night of music, with The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Fight the Big Bull." [NPR]
NPR not only hosted Tuesday's show at Joe's Pub, they recorded the whole thing and made it available as a permanent stream on their website. More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Phenomenal Handclap Band & Fight the Big Bull @ Joe's Pub in NYC - pics & stream"

Cale Parks performing at the Diesel Store - 7/22 (Christopher Holloran)
Cale Parks

The Diesel store on the corner of 5th Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan is hosting live (and DJed) music all this week.

Today (Thursday):
3pm Phenomenal Hand Clap Band

12pm Black Gold
2pm Elevator Fight
4pm Here We Go Magic
7-9pm Suckers

Diesel's bigger Diesel U show at Webster Hall is on July 30th. That show will feature the Roots, Passion Pit and others (tickets start to become available on July 25th).

The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band played another show at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, and coming up, they will be at LPR on August 12th with Friendly Fires and at the BKLYN Yard on August 15th before a West Coast trip at the end of August.

Suckers continue their Pianos residency tonight (July 23rd) and July 30th. Tonight they'll be joined by Bear In Heaven, Intermissions and Hexa. Next week support comes from Sean Bones (who played Glasslands last night), Acrylics and Class Actress.

If you don't frequently find yourself on 54th & 5th, you can see what it looks like at the Diesel Store, in the video (which includes an appearance by Sean Bones) below...

Continue reading "Diesel Store schedule (w/ Phenomenal Handclap Band today, Here We Go Magic & Suckers tomorrow) & more"

DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Ladies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Love Comes and Goes (MP3)

Lee Fields buttons (on sale now)
Lee Fields

Soul crooner Lee Fields's new LP, My World, is out now on Truth and Soul Records. Fields and his band the Expressions, made up of Dap Kings, Budos Band and Antibalas members, celebrated that disc with a CD release show at Southpaw on Friday, June 5th. Two songs from that record are posted above.

Coming up, he'll be at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, July 21st with The Phenomenal Handclap Band (who just put out an album of their own) and Fight the Big Bull. Tickets are on sale. Fight the Big Bull, an ethnic folk-inspired jazz band, is also playing an early set that same night with Sex Mob. Tickets to that are on sale too, and you can get a two-ticket package by phone.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band also have a show coming up at Le Poisson Rouge.

Fields was recently sampled by J. Cole, "Jay-Z's first and only signing to his newly formed label, Roc Nation." The mix tape with that on it, titled The Warm Up, is streaming on Vibe (RIP).

A video of Lee doing "Love Comes and Goes" at that Southpaw show, with more vids, below...

Continue reading "Lee Fields playing Joe's Pub w/ Handclap Band & stuff "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - It #1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - The Drag (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Charlie & the Moonhearts - Cagemouth (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Most Serene Republic - Heavens to Purgatory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Nature - Triangle Eyes (M4A)

Ty Segall
Ty Segall

This week it's all about San Francisco, as far as this column is concerned. (Actually, next week will also be all about San Francisco, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Especially, I've already digressed into a long parenthetical statement after only one sentence.) As mentioned previously, garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall will be in town this weekend and I really hope you go see him. His new album, Lemons, is just fantastic, much better than I was honestly expecting and I like his debut. It's thick and sweaty sounding, perfect for the hot and humid nights that are just around the corner. And while the sonics are not so difficult to master (reverb, in-the-red levels), it's the songs that has kept Lemons on repeat lately. The album's not out till July 14, but he'll have copies for sale at the shows: Saturday (6/27) at Cake Shop and Sunday (6/28) at Death by Audio.

Both shows are with Orange County's Charlie & the Moonhearts. At Sunday night's DbA show, you also get New Jersey's Liquor Store and currently hot, constantly gigging Beets.

Girls with girls

Saturday's Ty Segall show at Cake Shop is the don't miss show of the week, however, as San Francisco's hazy, folky, occasionally very very loud Girls are also on the bill. It's been almost a year since they last played in town. I saw them twice then -- at Market Hotel and Glasslands -- and they had people going crazy then (as you can kind of see in murky video I shot, which is at the bottom of this post) with only one single out. A year later, they still haven't released much else but that will change soon -- their debut album is due out on True Panther Sounds on September 22. You can still download two tracks from RCRD LBL, including the awesome, epic "Hellhole Ratrace" which will be released as a 10" single (it's nearly seven minutes long) prior to the album's release. The just-released video for the song is at the bottom of this post.

Actually, all three shows Girls are playing this weekend are worth seeing. Tonight (6/25) is the first, at Mercury Lounge where they share the stage with St. Louis' Radical Sons, Philadelphia DFA signees Free Energy (who are kind of like the Strokes covering Journey, which is better than that may seem), and Texans The Paper Chase whose new album, Someday This Could All Be Yours, just came out on Kill Rock Stars.

Friday night (6/26), Girls play Monster Island Basement with Real Estate (kind of a perfect match), Kurt Vile & the Violators (now on Matador) and Beach Fossils. (Both Real Estate and Beach Fossils also play the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival next week.)

If you miss Girls this time around, they'll be back in August with Los Campesinos!


CheeseburgerOther worthy show choices for you: Tonight is also the latest Adult Swim Presents' Summer Series at Santos Party House. I feel confident in saying that, apart from maybe a festival somewhere down the line, this may be your only chance to ever see Cheeseburger and A.C. Newman on the same bill. Mr. Newman, if by chance you're reading this -- wear old shoes. The stage will be an inch-thick in beer after the mayhem that is a typical Cheeseburger set. There's also the garage rock sounds of Atlanta's Woggles, and burlesque fun with the Pontani Sisters. The evening is hosted by "Jon" from Adult Swim's very funny Witness Protection Program reality show Delocated. As I said, it's free so get there early if you want to get in. Doors are at 7PM, 18+.

Following the Adult Swim mayhem, they're gonna mop the stage (well, they should) and get ready for the second show of the evening: The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who've been gigging a lot lately, which isn't surprising as their debut album just came out this week on Friendly Fire. If you haven't seen them yet, you should definitely make a point to do so -- they are quite the '70s disco/rock explosion. If you RSVP, admission is free for the first 100 through the door -- after that it's only five bucks. If you don't RSVP, you're dumb, and it's $10. Doors are at 10PM, and this one's 21 and over. We've also got a couple pair of tickets to give away.

(editor's note: the triple PHB attack was not planned)

The Most Serene Republic
Most Serene Republic

Also tonight (6/25): Canada's Most Serene Republic are in the midst of a short East Coast tour, revving up interest in their new album, ...And the Ever-Expanding Universe, which is out July 14. While I often find their music a bit too complicated for its own good, I have always found them fascinating live, that they can actually pull off those complex arrangements. I haven't heard the new album, but "Heavens to Purgatory" which you can download at the top of this post, clocks in at a mere 2:34 and is pretty catchy. So maybe they've turned over a new, concise leaf. Most Serene Republic play tonight at Cake Shop with Your Nature who sound like a lot of things I liked in the '80s (U2, The Chameleons come to mind), and you can download thier song "Triangle Eyes" as well at the top of this post. MSR also play Union Hall on Saturday (6/27) with Pursesnatchers and Adam's Castle. In between (6/26), they fit in a Philadelphia show too. All tour dates at the bottom of the post.

Lubricated GoatAlso also, a bunch of good show options on Friday: The Feelies play an special, acoustic show at the Whitney on Friday; Blonde Redhead and the Olof Arnalds play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park; and I did a double take when I saw that '80s Australian noisemongers Lubricated Goat were playing Don Pedros. Was unware they were still together -- clearly I don't follow this site close enough.

The Legends are also here.

And finally, Steve Wynn and his current band, The Miracle Three, will perform The Dream Syndicate's classic 1984 album, Medicine Show, in full on Saturday (6/27) at the Bell House (tix) -- the first time the album has been played live start-to-finish by Wynn, ever. (They'll do it again in LA on July 9.) One of the originators of LA's '80s "Paisley Underground" scene, The Dream Syndicate were one of those bands that never quite managed to capture the magic of their live performance on a studio album -- but Medecine Show comes pretty close.

Videos, tour dates, and flyers after the jump...

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Phenomenal Handclap Band in Stuvesant Town (nevbrown)
Phenomenal Handclap Band

The above scene was photographed during the June 17th Phenomenal Handclap Band show in Stuvesant Town, part of the 2009 Music on the Oval series of free shows at the apartment complex. I seriously can't wait for the Jay Reatard show there on July 1st. Last night (June 24) was the Easy All Stars show. Forro in the Dark and Kaki King also have shows coming up there. Jay Reatard will also play Music Hall of Williamsburg while he is here.

If you needed another chance to see the Phenomenal Handclap Band this summer, they've just been added to the bill of the Friendly Fires show happening at LPR on August 12th. Tickets are on still sale. Friendly Fires will also play Music Hall of Williamsburg during that trip.

Or, you can catch PHB tonight (6/25) at Santos Party House. It's the band's album release party, and the venue is also hosting the bi-weekly Adult Swim Summer at Santos party with Jon Glaser, Cheeseburger, A.C. Newman and The Pontani Sisters. The Adult Swim part is totally free, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away to the PHB part. Details of that contest, along with videos from the Stuy Town show, below...

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PS1 Warm Up
PS1 Warm Up

P.S.1 has announced the lineup for its annual series of Saturday afternoon dance parties in Long Island City. Last year's program featured live music and DJ sets by James Murphy, James Chance & the Contortions and Tony Conrad to name a few.

This year, we get the Arthur Russell ensemble Arthur's Landing, Talibam! and The Phenomenal Handclap Band (on the same bill), Xeno & Oaklander, Growing, Glenn Branca and more. Full schedule, and more info, below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 to 20 (MP3)

Phenomenal Handclap Band @ MHOW in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Phenomenal Handclap Band

The Phenomenal Handclap Band will play a free show this Wednesday, June 17th as part of Stuy Town's Music in the Oval series.

That show comes one day after the iTunes release of the band's self-titled debut on Friendly Fire Records. A physical copy of the album comes out Tuesday, June 23rd. To celebrate the release, the band is holding a concert/party at Santos Party House on Thursday, June 25th. That's the same night as the venue's biweekly Adult Swim showcase...

The band will be laying down their funktastic, blissed out jams upstairs starting at 11 PM, with DJ support from Tim Sweeney, Mike Simonetti, Tim Lovelee, Smallchange, and Amir. It's free for the first 100 RSVP's [and $5 reduced admission there-after] so jump to it! Check out their just released video for "You'll Disappear," which was filmed right here at Santos!
You can RSVP online. See that video, a poster for the gig and all PHCB tour dates below...

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"After 10 years, Williamsburg Live-Music Haven and Mediterranean Eatery Shuts Doors"

Black Betty (spreetaper)
Black Betty

"Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover, owners of Black Betty, announced the long-time Williamsburg boite and eatery will close its doors, effectively Monday, June 15th 2009."
The sad news came a month after the owners posted a message to MySpace stating that they needed money, but that "Black Betty is not closed, nor closing. We have signed a new 10 year lease..." According to the new statement (which you can read in full below), the lease "was renewed for 10 years at the end of April 2009, however the lease was also offered to other perspective candidates under more lucrative terms..." Long story short, it is closing.

Lots of changes on that block. Black Betty is right across the street from the in-development Knitting Factory Brooklyn (ex-Luna Lounge) (which we still don't have an official update on, though all signs and rumors point to the place re-opening some time this summer, possibly as a seated venue).

Say goodbye to Black Betty by having a drink and/or seeing a show there one more time (or for your first time). Options include The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who played Southpaw last night, and who are playing there tonight (May 13). Full schedule, including Antibalas, and full goodbye note, below...

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High Places @ Stuy Town Oval 2008 (thepiratehat)
High Places

High Places were one of the bands to play Stuyvesent Town's Music on the Oval series last year. This year's series will run Wednesday nights June 10th - July 15th...

Music on the Oval will feature free family-friendly concerts at 7:00 p.m. New Yorkers and visitors will groove to a different pre-show DJ each night starting at 6:00 p.m...The Stuyvesant Town Oval is located between 16th and 18th Streets and Avenues A & B and the entrance is off First Avenue and 16th Street.
We already mentioned that Jay Reatard is the family-friendly artist playing there on July 1st. Kaki King, The Budos Band and a few others are playing there this summer too. Full schedule below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (MP3)

The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Ryan Muir)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band

"We are so very pleased to introduce you to our latest signing, The Phenomenal Handclap Band. They're an NYC supergroup led by veteran producers Daniel Collas and Sean Marquand, and featuring contributions from L'Trimm, Calla, Sí Se, TV on the Radio, The Dap Kings, & The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. PHB blend psychedelic space disco & smooth 60s-style soul perfectly with early hip hop, and moody, synth-soaked hooks. We'll be releasing their debut album this summer. " [Friendly Fire Recordings]
The band's next, and only upcoming gig is a free show at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Tuesday, May 12th with Golden Triangle and Wizardry. Details on that, and some videos of PHB at SXSW, below...

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the fashionable Marnie Stern @ Santos Party House (more by Tim Griffin)
Marnie Stern

Alexander McQueen is no doubt up to his neck in his fabulous fall 2009 collection, with Paris Fashion Week just weeks away. But the legendary designer set aside a little time for the Cut to talk about one of 2009's most exciting collaborations, his forthcoming Target collection. The line doesn't hit stores until March 4, but New Yorkers can purchase it next weekend. Yes, we are special. Target's McQ Market will run from Saturday, February 14 through Sunday, February 15 at St. John's Center on Houston Street. So don't celebrate Valentine's Day, celebrate McQueen. Now you have a reason to be excited for Valentine's Day...

Target McQ Market
When: Saturday, February 14 - Sunday February 15; noon - 10pm
(On Saturday night from 7pm - 9pm, guests will enjoy performances from Marnie Stern, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, and Acrylics.)
Where: St. John's Center
330 West Street at W. Houston Street
New York, NY 10013
[NY Magazine]

UPDATE: Marnie Stern is no longer playing the party. Here's who is:

7pm - Acrylics
7:30pm - Lissy Trullie
8:00pm - Golden Triangle
8:50pm - The Phenomenal HandClap Band

The Duke Spirit is playing an Alexander McQueen party tonight/Friday. Info on that and more bands playing shows for Fashion Week, HERE.

TPHB's last NYC show was with Apes & Androids at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Earlier this week Pitchfork.TV went "Daytripping" with Marnie Stern. Watch the videos below...

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