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Smith Westerns at 171 Lombardy (more by Ian Perlman)
Smith Westerns

Glasslands on 1/18. Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Knitting Factory on March 5th. These are a list of recent and future NYC shows that Smith Westerns have sold out. Now comes word of another one, this time at Bowery Ballroom on April 25th. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (2/16) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. By the way, all February and March shows (Merc and KF included) are with Unknown Mortal Orchestra who have an EP you can listen to at Bandcamp.

The Bowery Ballroom show precedes a stint of dates with fellow Chicago-ans Wilco, who so far have no NYC dates in their near future (nor does Jeff Tweedy). Check out all Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, and Smith Westerns dates along with some video below.

Continue reading "Smith Westerns add NYC show before Wilco tour (dates)"

Raccoons (by Penh)
Raccoons

Remember that 4/15 Brooklyn O'Death show we mentioned? It's happening at Knitting Factory and tickets are now on sale.

Remember that 3/03 Smith Westerns show at Mercury Lounge? Well it sold out already, but the band is also playing Knitting Factory two days later and tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for both Yann Tiersen shows at Highline Ballroom, but since first announcing they clarified that the Feb 18th show will be "unplugged with orchestra" and Feb 19th will be "regular band."

Speaking of two nights in a row at Highline Ballroom, tickets are on sale for both Devotchka/Mariachi El Bronx shows that are happening in March.

Tickets are on sale for the Versus show at Mercury Lounge.
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Versus the band should not be confused with "Versus: An evening of contests, interviews and duets" that is happening at Littlefield on 1/26 with Eugene Mirman, Julie Klausner, Sean O'Connor & Julian McCullough, Robert Krulwich, Damian Kulash, Michael Moschen, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Carla Rhodes & Cecil Sinclaire, The Brothers Lucas, Matt Oberg. Tickets are on sale for that too.

Takka Takka have been added as opener on the Trail of Dead show happening at Littlefield. Tickets are still on sale.

Back in December we mentioned that Kings Go Forth are playing Southpaw in February. They're playing SOB's too, and tickets are on sale for both (updated dates below).

The Go! Team return to NYC in April. They play Brooklyn Bowl on the 16th of that month. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

Continue reading "the Smith Westerns, O'Death, Yann Tiersen, Devotchka, Kings Go Forth, The Go! Team & other tickets"

Smith Westerns

There was Cullen Omori -- in a shapeless sweater, possibly in need of a sandwich, hair swallowing his face -- holding his guitar tenderly onstage Tuesday night at the Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Behind him his band, Smith Westerns, was playing with a straight face, possibly a bit tentatively. All of the emotion fell to Mr. Omori, then, who was happy to be a ham, dreaming about love that won't ever end, holding notes until they decayed.

By now the setup is familiar: a bunch of young men -- boys, really -- playing sweet, slightly distorted classic melodies. Smith Westerns, from Chicago, does it better than most, in large part because it seems to aspire to something altogether different. Something sloppier. Something with sharp teeth. -[New York Times]

The Smith Westerns played a sold out show at Glasslands on 1/18 with Ducktails, Bass Drum Of Death and Sundelles. The band dropped their new LP Dye It Blonde via Fat Possum on the same day of the Brooklyn show, and are heading out on the road for a batch of tour dates in late January that will lead them to the West Coast. After that, look for The Smith Westerns to make their NYC return at Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Updated tour dates and some music below...

Continue reading "Smith Westerns played Glasslands, playing Mercury Lounge"

Julian Lynch at Glasslands (more by Erez Avissar)
Julian Lynch

As previously discussed, Julian Lynch will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 7th with Big Troubles and Family Portrait (and tickets are still available). But Lynch, who also just opened for Titus Andronicus on New Years Eve, has added a Brooklyn show that is happening the previous day. He plays Glasslands on Jan 6 with The Notekillers, Hank & Cupcakes, Strawberry Hands, & Paragraph. $10 gets you in, and 50% of the proceeds "will be donated to The Pantry Party".

In related news, Julian Lynch's label & split-mate, Ducktails (aka Matt Mondanile of Real Estate), has some shows in the near future too. This weekend Ducktails (who reports via his own website that he no longer lives with his parents, but instead in an apartment in Brooklyn) will team up with Gary War to play Union Pool on Saturday (1/8). Ten days later (1/18), Ducktails will support The Smith Westerns when the band plays Glasslands with Bass Drum Of Death and Sundelles. Tickets are on sale. Gary War also plays Shea Stadium on 1/27.

The Smith Westerns Glasslands show happens a bit over a week before they kick off a larger tour, and it will double as a record release show for their new LP Dye It Blonde, due via Fat Possum on the same day. The band was originally also scheduled to play Pianos one night earlier with Bass Drum Of Death and Capstan Shafts, but they cancelled that date (making the Glasslands show their only current NYC show scheduled, but we'll let you know if that changes).

Much of the Smith Westerns tour is with Yuck who play their own NYC shows this month too.

The new LP features "Weekend", which is streaming and available in a new video below with the show flyer and all tour dates for all bands...

Continue reading "Smith Westerns tour dates, another Julian Lynch show & some Ducktails & Gary War gigs too"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Yuck - Rubber (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yuck - Georgia (MP3)

Yuck

The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.

The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.

Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."

Mona
Mona

Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:

The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."

The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.

You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.

Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.

Continue reading "the BBC's Sound of 2011 list, new Yuck tour dates, Mona shows & more"

doll

today in NYC
* Sarah Renfro @ Sycamore
* Jean Carla Rodea @ Barbes
* Brian Eubanks @ The Stone
* David Behrman @ The Stone
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Tokyo Police Club @ the Wired Store
* The Constellations @ Brooklyn Bowl
* American Hardcore event @ The Strand
* Bert Jansch, Pegi Young @ The Bell House
* Our Hit Parade (early & late) @ Joe's Pub
* MiniBoone, Landlady, Bear Ceuse @ The Rock Shop
* Florence & the Machine, Surfer Blood @ Don Hill's
* Rye Rye, Navegante, DJ Sega @ Public Assembly
* Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers @ Webster Hall
* Nada Surf, Bambi Kino, Musicband @ Mercury Lounge
* Prince, Esperanza Spalding, Lalah Hathaway @ Izod Center
* Tacoleg, White Suns, Marsh Hens, Turbosleaze @ Death By Audio
* Only Son, The Silent League, Common Prayer, Abandoned Warehouse @ Union Pool
* The Depreciation Guild, Motel Motel, Dinosaur Bones, The Canon Logic @ Glasslands
* Lubricated Goat, Five Dollar Priest, Endless Boogie, Electroputas, Hans Chew @ Knitting Factory
* Bunny Moon, Dubknowdub, Shadow Lover, Le Sphinxx, Follower, The Magick Report, Planet Rump @ Silent Barn
* Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers, The High Irons, WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice, American Speedway @ Maxwell's

The early show at Joe's Pub is "OUR HIT PARADE: Special Year-End Edition - The Top 10 Songs of 2010!" with Randy Harrison, Tracy Bonham, Cole Escola, Care Bears on Fire, Trapper Felides with Adam Kantor, Shockwave, Amber Martin, Jim Andralis & Larry Krone, Adrienne Truscott "and many more..."

The late show at Joe's Pub is "OUR HIT PARADE: Special Decade Edition - The Top 10 Songs of the 90's!" with, as previously mentioned, "Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys), Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre, Bikini Kill), Judy Gold, Alan Cumming, Erin Markey, Myles Kane, Molly Pope, Clint Asay, Amy Bezunartea, Jennifer O'Conner and many more...

Einsturzende Neubauten @ Bowery Ballroom is cancelled.

Ronnie Spector plays Letterman tonight.

Roger Waters will be a guest on Conan tonight.

DFA Records Co-Founder Jonathan Galkin and label manager and DJ Justin Miller talked to each other, and Chromeo got animated, for a Bushmills-sponsored new video series called 'Since Way Back'. Watch both videos below...

The Smith Westerns made a video for their new song "Weekend." Watch it below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

photos by Ian Perlman

The Smith Westerns
The Smith Westerns

Back on October 30th, The Pelly Twins held a pre-Halloween party at 171 Lombardy with the lineup of Dom, The Smith Westerns (who were in town to play with Florence and the Machine), Yellow Fever, Total Slacker, and Sweet Bulbs. Unfortunately cops stopped the fun early, but luckily Silent Barn was available to keep the party going so Dom could still play their set. A set of pictures from the bands that played the show before it got busted, continues below...

Continue reading "The Smith Westerns, Yellow Fever, Total Slacker & Sweet Bulbs @ 171 Lombardy for Halloween (belated pics) "

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Magic Kids

Magic Kids toured through town again, this time hitting Mercury Lounge and Silent Barn with Bosco Delray who they're now touring back to Memphis with, in support of Memphis. The Mercury Lounge show was also with Big Troubles and Brianne, and the pictures in this post are from that show. We also recently had pictures from Magic Kids' set at Fun Fun Fun Fest (set 1 and set 2).

The Mercury Lounge pictures continue, with a yourstru.ly video of the band playing "Candy" with an "orchestra, which features Christopher + Garrett from Girls, Max from Smith Westerns, some friends of someone's aunt who had a weekend flute club, a real string section and some more random friends," below...

Continue reading "Magic Kids played Mercury Lounge w/ Bosco Delray, Brianne & Big Troubles (pics) +++ yourstru.ly 'orchestra' video"

photos by Chris La Putt

"smith westerns opening for florence + the machine - literally. worst. opening. band. ever. EVER EVER EVER. run away from them. please." - alexander q. smith

The Smith Westerns

The Smith Westerns just came through town as part of their tour with Florence and the Machine (maybe not the best match). Maybe you also maybe caught them over the weekend at the Halloween party they played. Last night, 11/2, was their 2nd of two shows with Florence at Terminal 5. The pictures in this post are from that event. And there are more of them, along with a stream of a brand new song (from their sophmore LP, Dye It Blonde, due on Fat Possum on Jan. 18), and all of their upcoming tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Smith Westerns played T5 (pics), streaming new track"

Halloween (more by Paul Birman)
Halloween

What are some good Halloween shows happening this year? There's always the parade. And Todd P has his thing. Knitting Factory has all the metal you need. Hippies will be down the shore gambling. The Dresden Dolls are at Irving Plaza. World/Inferno Friendship Society do two shows at Brooklyn Bowl. The Felice Brothers and Adam H. Stephens of Two Gallants play MHOW (not a very Halloween-like option). Robbers on High Street will be ELO at Mercury Lounge. A Weezer cover band opens for them.

Deidre of Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion hosts Deidre's Hoochie Coochie Halloween at Zebulon. Michael T hosts a Rocky Horror Picture Show anniversary party at Le Poisson Rouge. The always-costumed Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black play Santos. What else?

There's always Saturday/Mischief night to celebrate. Since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, Halloween will probably last all weekend long (plus, Halloween technically begins at midnight). Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone are at Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday evening before Das Pop play the Halloween party there later that night. Allo Darlin play the Mondo Halloween Party at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn on 10/30. The previously mentioned Pelly Twins Pre-Halloween Partay is happening that night too:

Saturday October 30th @ 171 LOMBARDY
:: PELLY TWINS PRE-HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: http://pellytwins.blogspot.com
:: DOM
:::: SMITH WESTERNS
:::::: Yellow Fever
:::::::: Total Slacker
:::::::::: Sweet Bulbs
| 171 LOMBARDY |
502 Varick Ave @ Lombardy St | East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Grand St, G-Nassau | 8pm | all ages | $tba
Antony and Cloud Cult both also play that night, as do Devo, The Drums & Neon Trees as part of the 2nd annual RXP Halloween concert at Hammerstein Ballroom. Too corporate? Within the Land of The Ash takes place in warehouses and on the streets of Brooklyn, burlesque, fire and music included. Mean Red meanwhile will be throwing down at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

What else?

Get in the mood with some videos below...

Continue reading "What's happening on Halloween weekend in NYC this year?"

words & photos by Tracy Allison

"Just remembered I threw up at bruar falls last night." - WAVVES

Wavves

"Monday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, the Wavves founder and frontman announced he'd just been "mildly sued" by the Walt Disney Company, which was less than psyched about seeing a song called 'Mickey Mouse' listed on his band's latest album.

Williams said he'd agreed to modify future pressings of 'King of the Beach,' out today on CD and vinyl, and replace the offending track with an unreleased B-side. He then offered a succinct legal critique of the plaintiff's case.

"Walt Disney was a Nazi," Williams said. "You go [to Disney World], you feel Nazi vibes. It's disgusting!"

The outburst was one of many quotable moments of the concert, and throughout the evening, Williams and drummer Billy Hayes spent nearly as much time joking about booze and weed as they did playing actual songs. With the presence of soft-spoken metal-dude bassist Stephen Pope, Wavves was like a Kevin Smith movie come to life: two Jays and a Silent Bob." [Spinner]

Last night (8/2) Wavves played Bowery Ballroom, their last New York City show before the just-announced September 21st show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets on sale Friday at noon, AmEx presale Wednesday at noon). That is followed by opening for Phoenix at Madison Square Garden on October 20th (and other tour dates). A line began to form at the venue around 7:15 p.m. with people hoping a few tickets would still be available. The show sold out by 7:30 p.m.

The night began with a 30 minute set by Total Slacker who took the stage at 8:15. They were followed by The Smith Westerns who also played a 30 minute set as the crowd quickly began to fill the 550+ person venue.

Wavves began their set at 10:20 p.m. and immediately after walking on stage commented on the thick smell of drugs in the air, saying, "It smells like pot out here. It smells like a lot of pot." Throughout the course of the 14 song performance, the rambunctious audience thrashed into each other and danced wildly. The level of audience interaction was much like it was at Wavves' recent show at Knitting Factory- fans freely jumped on and off stage, and bassist Stephen Pope even offered an audience member a swig of whiskey after asking, "Are you cool? You can have some if you're cool." The band finished up their set by 11:20 p.m.

They then headed to Bruar Falls for puking, peeing in garbage cans, sparring with Black Lips, playing video games, etc... More pictures and Wavves' setlist from Bowery Ballroom below...

Continue reading "Wavves being 'sued' by Disney, played Bowery Ballroom before puking @ Bruar Falls (pics & setlist), playing MHOW "

The Black Lips
The Black Lips

I realize the real feud is long over, but I still couldn't help but notice that two of Monday night's show options are WAVVES @ Bowery Ballroom (tickets still available) and The Black Lips on a Rocks Off Cruise (tickets still available). Afterparty at Daddy's?

WAVVES also has a show coming up at Madison Square Garden.

The Smith Westerns are opening for WAVVES at Bowery and both upcoming Florence and the Machine shows at Terminal 5.

All dates below...

Continue reading "WAVVES vs Black Lips (round whatever) (NYC Monday) (and other tour dates) "

WAVVES @ the Meatlocker (more by Brian Kip)
Wavves

Wavves has been added as opener of the Dirty Projectors / Phoenix show at Madison Square Garden. ha. Tickets go on general sale Saturday, July 17 at 10am.

The Smith Westerns and Total Slacker are opening for Wavves at Bowery Ballroom.

Owen Pallett is opening for Arcade Fire & Spoon at Madison Square Garden and Dirty Projectors at Terminal 5.

Total Slacker are also playing one of those just-announced free Jelly parties.

Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

UPDATE:
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse playing Williamsburg Waterfront, the Pitchfork Festival (updated full lineup) & other tour dates"

"Market hotel busted by twenty cops!" - The Smith Westerns

Babies

Saturday night's Smith Westerns show at Market Hotel got cut short thanks to a group of cops that showed and told everyone to leave (possibly due to a noise complaint, possibly due to "business inspection", maybe because The Smith Westerns were peeing all over the place, or possibly just because the cops felt like shutting it down). What this means for the large DIY venue remains to be seen. Upcoming shows there include High Places (April 8), Trans Am (April 18), Harlem (April 23), Sleigh Bells (May 11), and Pissed Jeans (June 19). The next scheduled show is Tuesday, April 6th with Darwin Deez. Hopefully it's still happening.

UPDATE: Market Hotel is going to close while they figure things out. All upcoming shows are being relocated.

As of this writing I'm not sure if The Smith Westerns ever got to play anywhere Saturday night. There was talk of the show moving to Party Expo, but that didn't seem to happen. Regardless, you can catch the band at their next NYC show which takes place tonight, Easter Sunday, at Mercury Lounge with Male Bonding (who played MHOW with The Soft Pack last night) and So Cow.

For So Cow it's one of two NYC shows on his current tour (all dates below). The next one takes place a few days later, April 7th at Death By Audio with Sunday Times, The Surpriser (ex Cause-comotion) and The Babies (pictured above).

For The Babies the Death By Audio show is one of many chances to see the Vivian Girls/Woods side project this month. The very next chance happens to be tonight (4/4, Easter) at Don Pedro with WetDog who Bill said were good the other night (they played Glasslands and Death By Audio). If you don't remember that Wetdog were playing this third NYC show tonight, that's because it's actually not in their tour dates (but it is listed by the venue and the Babies).

The Babies are also playing with Best Coast and The Bitters at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/6) (tickets still on sale). Maybe you caught Best Coast when they opened for Japandroids at Bowery Ballroom. You can also catch them Monday night (4/5) at the Meatlocker in Montclair and Wednesday (4/7) at Mercury Lounge with The Bitters again (tickets) (no other Bitters dates anywhere).

The Babies will soon also kick off a very short tour with Titus Andronicus in CT on April 11th. That tour hits Rodrigues Coffee House at Fordham University in the Bronx on April 13th and SUNY Purchase the next day. Titus also plays a Babies-less early Men Can Stop Rape Benefit show at Red Hook High School on Sunday, April 11th (before the CT show).

Red Hook flyer and lots of dates below.

Continue reading "cops shut down Market Hotel, So Cow here, upcoming Babies gigs, Wetdog, Titus Andronicus school shows & other dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Beaters - Fishage (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nodzzz - True to Life (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dom - Jesus (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Golden Girls - Newports (MP3)

The Soft Pack @ Cake shop in Feb (more by Gabi Porter)
The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack are here again, the first real shows in town they've played since releasing their debut album on Kemado: tonight (3/31) at Maxwell's, tomorrow (4/1) at Mercury Lounge, and Saturday (4/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I've seen these guys a zillion times (and written about them nearly as much) but they remain one of my favorite current live acts. That said, I'm just a tad bit more excited about the bands who they've brought with them on tour: Nodzz, Beaters, and Male Bonding.

Geeky, funny, tuneful Nodzzz were relatively quiet in 2009 -- at least compared to some of their San Franciscan brethren -- touring early in the year and only releasing one single. Mind you, it was an excellent one, "True to Life," which made by Best of the 2009 list. They're bound to have a new record in the works,  so hopefully we'll get a bunch of fresh tunes.

Beaters
Beaters

Beaters, from The Soft Pack's hometown of San Diego, are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by husband/wife duo Brandon of Crocodiles and head Dum Dum Girl, DeeDee. If you're familiar with their roster at all, you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect: dark, over-caffeinated, paranoid, heavy on the reverb. You can check out their single "Fishage" at the top of this post.

The Music Hall of Williamsburg show adds UK punks (and Sub Pop signees) Male Bonding who also play with The Smith Westerns and So Cow on Sunday (4/4) at Mercury Lounge.

Golden Girls
Golden Girls

Two bands from Worcester, Mass are here this weekend -- Dom and Golden Girls. -- who play together tomorrow (4/1) at Pianos and then on Monday (4/5) at Cake Shop.

Of the two, I find Dom a little more interesting. There's some of that fifth-generation cassette tape chillwave sound going on, no doubt (which I'm getting a little waterlogged from frankly).  But they've got some good songs under that hiss (check out "Bochicha" on their MySpace) and appear to play real drums and guitars (as well as crappy old synths) so I have hopes that their live show will prove less gauzy.

Golden Girls are more straight-up indie rock, a duo on recordings but are a four-piece live. Raucous and on the sloppy side,  and with a single about cigarettes, you can draw a line from Golden Girls back to the Replacements pretty easily. They've only got two singles out so far, and I'm definitely curious to hear more.

A few more picks, by night, to take you through the weekend, along with tour dates and videos and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Beaters, Nodzzz, Best Coast, Ash, Abe Vigoda, Dom, Dum Dum Girls, Golden Girls, Soft Pack & more in This Week in Indie"

photos by Bryan Bruchman

The Acrylics

Spinner: You had an EP out in October, produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. How did you team up with him?

Acrylics: Chris Taylor saw us play some shows, and we had some friends in common. He asked us to record initially one track that was going to be on a split 7-inch, and we got into it and recorded an EP. We had about a week to do it. We were in his church studio, which is a beautiful place to record. We had fun. We had been working on a whole record prior to that, and we're still working on that record, slowly. So it was fun that he gave us the opportunity.

Below you'll find:

Pitchfork Fest

The Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this year at Union Park in Chicago. It runs from Friday July 16th - Sunday July 18th. Three-day passes are now sold out, but you can still get single-day passes on Ticketweb.

The Updated Lineup is below:

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival updates lineup (Broken Social Scene, Jon Spencer, Panda Bear, Girls, El-P & more) "

Girls @ Bowery Ballroom in Nov (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Girls

San Francisco's Girls are currently on the road with their friends the Smith Westerns and Magic Kids, the many-membered pop group from Memphis who played NYC last July and whose debut LP, it was just announced, comes out later this year on True Panther Sounds (which is now part of Matador and also the label that put out the Girls record).

Girls will go on tour across North America this April with Sub Pop signees Dum Dum Girls. The trip finishes at Coachella, but before that, the bands will play a Saturday, April 3rd show at Webster Hall. Tickets on sale soon.

Before then, Dum Dum Girls have a February 21st show at Mercury Lounge with Frankie & The Outs, Sub Pop signees Happy Birthday and Coasting. Tickets are still on sale.

The Smith Westerns will also be in NYC in April - two shows were just announced. They'll play Market Hotel on April 3rd (the same night Girls are at Webster), and then Mercury Lounge with Sub Pop signees Male Bonding on April 4th (tickets on sale Friday at noon).

Dum Dums will be in the UK at the end of February and SXSW in March, where you can see Magic Kids as well. All tour dates and a video of Magic Kids at Goner Fest '09 and around town are below...

Continue reading "Girls touring w/ Dum Dum Girls & the Smith Westerns & True Panther signees Magic Kids - 2010 dates"

photos by Chris La Putt

The Smith Westerns

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

The Smith Westerns played the free BrooklynVegan & Bowery Presents show at Pianos On October 24th. More pictures from their set below...

Continue reading "The Smith Westerns @ Pianos in NYC (BV CMJ) - pics "

photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Andrew Frisicano

"Smith westerns just pissed all over our backstage floor." - Girls

Girls

The second NYC-area stop on the Girls/Real Estate tour, after the Nov. 2nd kick off at Maxwell's, happened Friday, November 6th at Bowery Ballroom. Girls frontman Christopher Owens and bassist/album producer JR White took to the Bowery Ballroom stage with their new guitarist and drummer (after their former axeman quit during their recent European tour) for Girls' biggest NYC show so far. The show was sold out.

And so what began as a coronation became an exercise in the lowering of expectations, in a performance that was, for the most part, frustratingly inert. Mr. Owens, his hair matted with sweat or some other adhesive, meandered through most of "Album," along with some new songs and a blissful cover of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End." He sings in a mottled, nasal quaver that demands a sort of reverence to ingest fully, but the quiet in the room wasn't of the good kind. Regardless, Mr. Owens, Mr. White and the two members of the touring band, Ryan Lynch on guitar and Garrett Godard on drums, plowed on with the ease of a campfire singalong. (Mr. Godard sang harmony on many songs, a welcome jolt of energy.) [NY Times]
The Smith Westerns were reportedly in the house. The Girls/RE tour continues to wind back to California. More pictures and a video of Girls single "Lust for Life" from the gig, below...

Continue reading "Girls & Real Estate played Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: The Smith Westerns - Imagine, Pt. 3 (MP3)

The Smith Westerns @ Monster Island Basement (more by Leia Jospe)
The Smith Westerns

Despite rumors that The Smith Westerns were kicked out of Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night for peeing in garbage cans, I heard that it was actually due to the band's insistence on repeatedly getting caught drinking despite their under-21 ages. Not only were they asked to stop consuming alcohol by venue staff multiple times, but they even started drinking Jagermeister straight from a bottle on stage, and were stealing beer from other bands' dressing rooms. Finally, when they were asked to leave, they started breaking bottles in their own dressing room.

The show, one of seven the Chicago band had scheduled during CMJ, was the Kemado & Mexican Summer CMJ showcase. Young Prisms, Farmer Dave Scher, Real Estate, and The Amazing were also on the bill.

"Moseying on over to Music Hall of Williamsburg, for the Mexican Summer/Kemado party, we strutted in just in time to hear someone say into a mike, "Hey, we're the Smith Westerns. We're from Shit-cago." Classy! Honestly, we're pretty sure this band's median age is exactly nine years old. But guess what? We loved 'em! They play sugary-sweet, fuzzed-out garage pop that's so solid, it sounds like their mamas must've pumped Velvet Underground into their cribs. Exactly nine years ago. Let's hope The Smith Westerns can handle the impending fame and not have a VH1 Behind the Music chronicling their demise at 24 years old. [Time Out]
Earlier that day the Smith Westerns played a set at the BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents show at Pianos. Later that night they played the Pitchfork show at Market Hotel. Both without incident.

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Dent May
Dent May

Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Brooklyn Bowl in August (more by Oren Loloi)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

By the time Saturday, October 24th gets here, six BrooklynVegan shows will have come and gone. The first is on Tuesday. Then there are two on Thursday (night and day), and three on Friday (day, night, and night). Finally, the seventh and final BV party of CMJ 2009 (which is not technically part of CMJ) is happening Saturday at Pianos, and the 2-stage lineup is:

DOWNSTAIRS @ Pianos on the afternoon of 10/24/2009

1:15 Surf City
2:00 The Moondoggies (Hardly Art)
2:45 Local Natives
3:30 Still Life Still
4:15 Deastro
5:00 Cymbals Eat Guitars
UPSTAIRS @ Pianos on the afternoon of 10/24/2009
1:00 Dave Godowsky
1:45 Sharon Van Etten
2:30 The Smith Westerns
3:15 Pete & The Pirates
4:00 JBM
4:45 Dent May
5:30 Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel
Those times are all P.M. It's an afternoon show and it's 100% free. Come hang out.

Not only is this show 100% free, there will be free Miller beer (High Life and Lite) and free Vitamin Water (first come, first served). Same free stuff at all three BrooklynVegan day parties this year (Thursday @ Pianos, Friday @ Fontana's, and Saturday @ Pianos aka this party). Flyer for this party, which was put together in conjunction with Bowery Presents who wanted the same space on the same day (Double Booked!), below.

We talked about Surf City who are from New Zealand, and a bunch about Pete & The Pirates from the UK.

For the Moondoggies, this is one of only two CMJ-time shows. Their other is the official Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase at Mercury Lounge.

Two bands on this bill are playing two BV parties. LA's Local Natives are also in the loft. Denver's The Wheel are also Tuesday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Still Life Still are that band that new Arts & Crafts band that just came through town. You know Dent May from the roster of Animal Collective's label Paw Tracks.

Dave Godowsky and Sharon Van Etten are both singer-songwriters making their second appearances at BV parties in the upstairs room of Pianos. You may have caught Dave when he opened for Dave Bazan at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night. You may remember Sharon's voice from the new Antlers record (The Antlers are another band playing the BV show at MHOW).

Ghostly International artist Deastro has a tour coming up with Max Tundra in 2010. Don't wait that long to see him.

The Smith Westerns. You remember them. JBM too. And Cymbals Eat Guitars. Maybe another band TBA (probably). I'm too tired to keep writing. Flyer below!

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Real Estate

Real Estate have only been around short time, but it seems like hardly a week goes by without a show from the band or one of its member's solo projects (Ducktails, Predator Vision, etc.). They'll finally get around to releasing their debut LP, a self-titled record, on November 17th on the Woodsist label. The first track from that is posted above and two other "album versions" are up on their Myspace.

Real Estate play a tour send-off/Showpaper benefit on October 14th at Monster Island Basement with Big Troubles and Honeydos. The tour in question is a short jaunt down South, before they return for a slew of CMJ-related shows. The first of those happen October 21st at Pianos and Santos (the later of which is an Oh My Rockness party with The Drums and others). Their other CMJ gigs include an Underwater Peoples showcase at The Delancey, a Death & Taxes show at Glasslands on October 22nd with Japandroids (one of many CMJ gigs for that band) and a Mexican Summer/Kemado Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24th. Joining them at MHOW will be Farmer Dave Scher (his first in NYC since opening for Jenny Lewis in June), Young Prisms, The Smith Westerns who have other CMJ shows TBA), and The Amazing, a Swedish group with members of the Kemado-signed Dungen, Anna Jarvinen and Sagor & Swing (streaming tracks at their MySpace). Tickets for that Music Hall show are on sale.

Washed OutOne artist who's not playing that show or any CMJ shows at all is Washed Out (Georgia's Ernest Greene). He'll play just one NYC show (his second live show ever) one day before CMJ at Santos Party House on October 19th with Restless People. Tickets are on sale. I tried to get him to open the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at Music Hall on October 20th (one day later), but he said he can't even stay in town that long due to personal commitments back home.

Restless People features members of Professor Murder (and Tanlines). Listen to their first single "Victimless Crime", HERE. The Santos show will be their first show.

Rising, Breaking, Band to Watch vs Bear, Washed Out (the next Neon Indian even), though fairly new to the scene, already appears on a free Outfitters compilation that also includes tracks by Girls, Vivian Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, No Age, Le Loup, Rain Machine, The xx, The Very Best, Kurt Vile and The Dodos (who have two NYC shows this week). Washed Out's "Life of Leisure" 12" is out on Mexican Summer now.

One day after CMJ (10/25), Real Estate play a 1:00PM NYC show just for kids (Kidrockers) at The Living Room with... Neon Indian. Tickets are on sale ("Adults must be accompanied by a kid and vice versa").

Real Estate will follow up their CMJ with a November tour with Girls. That hits Maxwell's on November 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. Real Estate album, tour dates and flyers below...

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