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John Reis & the Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge 2/26/2015
Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake

Post-punks in Hawaiian shirts Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake played their second of two NYC shows last Thursday (2/26) at Mercury Lounge, in support of their collaborative Modern Surf Classics album. With February being one of the coldest months NYC has seen in ages, the Pacific wave vibes were especially welcome, and these guys bring an intensity to their performance rivaling the Banzai Pipeline. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour wrapped up over the weekend, but The Blind Shake will be putting back on their signature jumpsuits to play Austin during SXSW later this month.

The So So Glos, like at Saint Vitus the night before, opened the show. Their only upcoming show scheduled at the moment is at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Fest in May. Pics from their Mercury Lounge show, plus more of John Reis & The Blind Shake, below...

Continue reading "John Reis & The Blind Shake played Mercury Lounge with The So So Glos (pics)"

by Keith Marlowe

Swami John Reis & Blind Shake @ Saint Vitus, 2/25/2015
Blind Shake

On tour from Minneapolis, a city with a rich surfing tradition, Minneapolis' The Blind Shake played St Vitus last night (2/25) with John Reis (RFTC, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, the Sultans, Pitchfork, etc) who recorded an album called Modern Surf Classics with the band last year and is on tour with them. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They blasted an hour's worth of blistering surf rock at the packed crowd. The band consists of three guitars, a sax, and drummer. No bass, no vocals, just serious riffs and a rolling drumbeat. Reis introduced a few of the songs with their origin stories, one of them called "Kooks on the Face". He told about being in Hawaii on tour with a band. They were on a beach without a change of clothes, so they stripped down to their underwear and were "frolicking " in the waves. Some kids were bodysurfing on plastic food trays from a restaurant, and as they rode in, one kid asked another if he wanted to go back out to catch another wave. The kid looked at the almost naked band and replied, "naw, there's too many kooks on the face." Reis announced, "that was us, we were the Kooks on the Face."

Tonight (2/26), they play an early show at Mercury Lounge (tickets), again with The So So Glos who opened at Vitus. They play D.C. on Friday and Philadelphia on Saturday. The Blind Shake will will also be heading to Austin for SXSW again (maybe you caught them there last year?).

More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "John Reis & the Blind Shake on tour, surfed with the So So Glos @ Saint Vitus (pics)"

Skate & Surf

Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.

The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds Cloud Nothings, Defeater, Hot Rod Circuit, Thrice & more, reveals day-by-day lineups; Alcoa touring"

Skate & Surf

As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos BTT, mewithoutYou, Poison the Well & more to lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

John Reis

As discussed, Rocket from the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu's John Reis and garage rock trio The Blind Shake are releasing an instrumental surf album, and they've now released a new single from the record, "Sea Saw." First single "Brown Room" was a little more traditional sounding, but we weren't exactly getting songs as heavy as "Sea Saw" from The Ventures. Modern Surf Classics indeed. Check out the new song below (via Noisey).

As discussed, John and The Blind Shake's tour includes NYC shows happening on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Since we last spoke, NYC punks The So So Glos, fresh off their NYE two-night run with The Hold Steady, were added as openers. Tickets for Vitus and Merc are still available.

In related news revealed earlier this week, the Drive Like Jehu reunion continues at Coachella.

Full list of tour dates, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "John Reis & The Blind Shake release new song from LP; The So So Glos opening their NYC shows (updated dates, stream)"

photos by Mimi Hong

"Went to my first "show" in 85 I think. I have never seen adoration like the crowd and @TheFrontBottoms right now." - Craig Finn

The Front Bottoms poppin' champagne / TFB & friends / Tiny Moving Parts' crowd
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
Tiny Moving Parts

The Front Bottoms and BrooklynVegan teamed up once again for the holidays this year, this time to present the Champagne Jam at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday (12/21). TFB headlined the sold-out show in the Grand Ballroom, and their set in that room was prefaced by Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and magician Magic Mike. Over in the Marlin Room, The So So Glos and Big Ups repped NYC punk, while GDP brought the alt-rap, and comedian Chris Gethard was there bringing jokes to a punk rock show (like last year). In the Studio, mathy emo was provided by Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, and still even more artists played throughout the day. Brand New singer Jesse Lacey was in attendance, though not to perform with his frequent collaborator Kevin Devine. You Blew It! weren't billed, but members were attendance to perform with their past tourmates The Front Bottoms and their other past tourmates Prawn. Tiny Moving Parts and Kevin Devine joined TFB on stage during their set too. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The Hold Steady and The So So Glos will continue the holiday celebrations with Music Hall of Williamsburg shows on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. Both were sold out, but tickets for NYE are back on sale.

More pictures and some videos below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, more played Champagne Jam - pics"

Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
Speedy

The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz played 2 NYC shows w/ Ex Hex, playing DbA; Sadie on 7" series w/ Cloud Nothings, Into It Over It, more"

The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (more by PSquared)
Hold Steady

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and The So So Glos are already on board for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' holiday show at Webster Hall headlined by The Front Bottoms, and now it's been announced that just ten days later the full Hold Steady crew and the So So Glos will team up yet again to play New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show also doubles as Hold Steady bassist Galen Polivka's birthday party. Here's the details:

The Hold Steady will be celebrating bass player Galen Polivka's birthday in extra special style to end 2014, by having a Birthday Bash at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31, 2014. Special Guests The So-So Glos will start the evening off right before The Hold Steady blast through their 111th (and last) live show of 2014. Join in for a birthday toast at midnight as Galen enjoys day two of a new year. There are a limited number of tickets for the post-show Birthday Bash to be held downstairs at Music Hall. The Birthday ticket includes a limited edition numbered and THS-signed show poster and access to the Birthday Bash, where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing from 1am until the streets are clear from that other holiday happening on December 31.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. For $30 extra, you can get the birthday ticket which "includes screened poster signed by the band and an invite to post-show birthday celebration downstairs where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing."

The Hold Steady's only other announced dates are a four-night run in Toronto for The Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday celebration. The first two nights are with Single Mothers, a band who are definitely inspired by The Hold Steady. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady playing shows, including New Year's Eve at MHOW w/ So So Glos after 'Champagne Jam' (dates)"

UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

TFB

NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.

Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).

UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, A MAGICIAN, So So Glos & many more playing Webster Hall! (BV Presents... the Champagne Jam!)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Say Anything / The Front Bottoms / The So So Glos / You Blew It!
Say Anything
The Front Bottoms
The So So Glos
You Blew It

The Say Anything / Front Bottoms / So So Glos / You Blew It! tour hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Best Buy Theater show on Saturday (6/28). The headliners were supporting a new album which they played a few tracks from, but mostly split their discography pretty evenly including five from ...Is A Real Boy and early track "A Boston Peace."

Some pretty exciting openers were along for the tour, including lyrical acoustic punks The Front Bottoms who treated the crowd to favorites off last year's Talon of the Hawk and one off the just-released Rose EP (blow-up stage props included). Before that was power poppy punks The So So Glos who were back in their hometown of NYC for this show, and Florida's '90s emo devotees You Blew It! who focused mainly on this year's acclaimed Keep Doing What You're Doing.

Pictures of all four bands are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos and You Blew It! played Best Buy Theater (pics)"

LODRO @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LODRO

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

Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn
In the US for the William Onyeabor tributes, the Hot Chip singer will be previewing his new album at this free matinee show. Special guests are being promised.

Bladerunner Trio (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayerdrummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, you can catch them tonight.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Bowery Ballroom
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's held up very well.

Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest @ City Winery
A singer-songwriter for over 30 years (best known for "Tom's Diner" and "Luka"), Vega just released her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles where she samples 50 Cent on one track, believe it or not.

Weekend, Cities Aviv, Grey Zine @ Glasslands
Weekend moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, dialed back the reverb and upped the melody/danceabilty in the music, the result of which was last year's terrific Jinx. Volume level remained constant: deafening.

Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie band Matt Pond PA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Emblems, for this current tour which makes two stops in NYC, this being the first.

Jessy Lanza, Ricky Eat Acid @ Santos Party House
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub.

The So So Glos, Juan Wauters, Flagland, Krill, Patrick Stickles (DJ set), Baked (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos are no strangers to Shea Stadium (some of them live there) and are ofter at their raucous best at their home. This stacked lineup is being billed as a "Tooth Fairy" benefit, with all proceeds going into the mouth of a friend.

CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

Skull Defekts, Sannhet, Surviva @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Much like they did in 2011 for Peer Amid, Daniel Higgs and Swedish experimental rockers Skull Defekts have joined forces for new album  Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown which juxtaposes Higgs' beautiful, fractured poetry spewed over a tense arrangement. Higgs will be with the band tonight.

Tonstartsbandht, LODRO, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans-Pecos
This is a pretty killer bill, with Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartsbandht, the dark-n-stormy LODRO, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, former Vivian Girl guitarist Cassie Ramone and more

Majical Cloudz, Spencer Madsen (reading), Kool A.D. (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading) @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Brooklyn poet Spencer Madsen releases his new book, You Can Make Anything Sad, this week (4/29) and he'll be celebrating it with a release show featuring readings and a live performance from Majical Cloudz.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Mac DeMarco at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mac

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

Mac DeMarco @ Other Music
Get a sneak peak at Mac's new album, Salad Days, at this free acoustic in-store ahead of his two proper headlining shows. UPDATE: To attend, you had to pre-order the album through Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Hotelier, Crying, Told Slant @ Suburbia
Brooklyn DIY spot Suburbia hosts an excellent double dose of emo tonight with multi-layered Connecticut collective TWIABP and Worcester, MA's emo/pop punk/post-hardcore blenders THe Hotelier. Local support comes from chiptune band Crying and bedroom indie rockers Told Slant. Suburbia is pretty tiny, so this is sure to be a pretty wild show.

Peach Kelli Pop, The Mystery Lights, Scully @ Don Pedro
Peach Kelli Pop (aka White Wires drummer Allie Hanlon's other band) make sugary bubblegum garage confections like on the band's new single. This is their second of two NYC shows.

North Highlands, Ablebody, Bennio Qwerty, Cowboy @ Glasslands
North Highlands are going their separate ways -- singer Brenda Malvani is leaving NYC -- but on good terms, playing one last show together. We'll miss ya, NH!

Typhoon, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Wild Ones @ Webster Hall
This is a pretty good triple bill with art pop ensemble Typhoon, the folky Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Typhoon's Portland neighbors Wild Ones.

Tiger & Woods, Poolside (DJ Set), DJ Spun @ Output
Electronic duo Tiger & Woods return to NYC for Output's weekly INPUT party, and dancey duo Poolside are on the bill DJing as well.

Allah-Las, Spires, The Black Hollies @ Rough Trade
Los Angeles band Allah-Las look and sound like they're from 1966, making sweet 12-string jangly pop. This is a rescheduled show from December and a one-off for the band.

Rakim @ SOB's
Rakim still plays his hometown a good amount, and tonight's another good opportunity to catch the legendary rapper.

JD Samson & MEN @ The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum's Wind Up series continues tonight with a live set from ex-Le Tigre member JD Samson's band MEN. There will also be "interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine."

Svper, Arm Candy, Blizzard Babies @ Silent Barn
Barcelona duo SVPER make motorik synthpop that sounds a bit like Broadcast's Trish Keenan fronting "Electricity"-era Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

The So So Glos, Heeney, Pictureplane DJ set, Tony Quattro DJ set, Nick Gazin DJ set @ The Flat
Mishka is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of its flagship store (350 Broadway in Brooklyn) tonight with an in-store reception from 7 to 10 PM, and after that there's an afterparty at The Flat with local rock bands The So So Glos and Heeney, plus numerous DJs.

Hiro Kone, Dutch E Germ, Drew McDowall, Soren @ Baby's All Right
NYC electronic musician Hiro Kone celebrates his new album tonight at Baby's All Right with support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and others.

The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.

Joe Mande, Wyatt Cenac, Max Silvestri @ The Bell House
The very funny Joe Mande left NYC to live in LA a few years ago, but tonight he'll be back on his #BITCHFACE tour, and solid support comes from current NYC residents Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2014 lineup (Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Broken Bells & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Front Bottoms at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TFB

Say Anything is another of the 2000s bands that were almost entirely ignored by indie music critics, though I still maintain that if 2004's ...Is a Real Boy and all of the earlier material leading up to it (that they reissued as All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities last year) had come out during the #emorevival, it'd be treated far more nicely. Max Bemis & co. just announced that they'll release a new album, Hebrews, via Equal Vision this year (6/10), but Say Anything haven't ever really put out a great followup to ...Is a Real Boy, so #emorevival or not, their time to shine just might be behind them.

To further the Say Anything/#emorevival discussion, the band has just announced a tour which features support from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!, three bands that have definitely crossed over to indie rock fans/critics lately, and who we are definitely currently fans of. Not to mention none of these bands are wildly different from Say Anything. (Okay, well The So So Glos don't fall under the "emo" umbrella, but they're at least "pop punk" and did just open for Brand New and now this, so...)

The tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater and also includes nearby stops in Philly, NJ, Connecticut and upstate NY. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday, April 3 at noon. All dates are listed, with some streams/videos, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos and You Blew It! touring with Say Anything (dates)"

Lillingtons

Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.

The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.

Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...

Continue reading "Pouzza Fest 2014 lineup (Hold Steady, Dillinger Four, Menzingers, more) +++ more rare Lillingtons Northeast shows"

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.

The So So Glos play this Saturday (12/21) with a stacked lineup of California X, Palehound, and Darlings. It's the night after So So Glos open for Brand New at The Paramount.

Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).

Synth popsters MNDR will be there on January 17 with The Mast and Yeasayer associate Sinkane is there the next day (1/18).

Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.

Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.

And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.

Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Night Bazaar expands schedule (Swearin', Har Mar Superstar, Caspian, So So Glos, Pizza Underground & more)"

Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Black Lips

SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces a ton of more artists"

Tod Seelie

NYC photographer Tod Seelie has been taking pictures of New York City since 1999 (including some for BrooklynVegan), and he's now compiled selections from his 14 years of photographing the city into a new book, Bright Nights. In a piece on the new book, Animal New York writes:

[Tod] has been shooting iconic New York -- not your shiny postcard tourist New York, not your banal work-a-day New York. Seelie shoots sweaty basement DIY shows, firey tall-bike jousting Bike Kill, Swoon's Swimming Cities trash-art-rafts on the Hudson River, lawless block parties, artists, train-hoppers, anti-heroes -- our heroes. He's kayaked to abandoned hospitals on New York's lesser known islands, crawled down subway tunnels and climbed bridges. Name a place. He knows how to get there. I've asked him, "How?"

"If you see an island and there's water in the way, get a boat," he says, smiling. "Figure it out."

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For two months, Seelie sifted through 14 years of New York photographs, film rolls and negative stacks, mating deliberate diptychs for the book. "That's at my ex-girlfriend at my old apartment in Bed-Stuy in 2003... That's my friend Porkchop in Staten Island on the train tracks in mid-2000s. It was like a playground out there."

Why now? "I'm trying not be an art handler anymore. I have to start having a career," he says. "There're all these hacks doing boring photography. I'm doing something wrong."

The book is being celebrated with a party in Brooklyn at Silent Barn tonight (11/7), which includes sets from local rock bands The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, Amour Obscur, and Japanther, whose Ian Vanek contributed an essay to the book. Advance tickets to tonight's show are off-sale but there may still be tickets at the door..

Tonight's party is about a week and a half ahead of Tod's book tour, which includes dates in Asbury Park and Philly but no other NYC dates at the moment. All dates (many venues still TBA) are listed below...

Continue reading "Tod Seelie released a NYC photography book, 'Bright Nights'; Silent Barn hosting book party tonight before tour (dates)"

Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Diarrhea Planet

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Grand Rapids, LVL UP @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos and Diarrhea Planet just joined forces for a Mercury Lounge show on Friday (8/30), but if you wanna see them at their rowdiest and sweatiest, Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium is no doubt the place to do it. Plus, two fine local bands open the night: Grand Rapids and LVL UP.

The Underachievers, Sangro, Kendra Morris, Leaf, Laya LaRoche, MillyZ @ Paper Box
After playing Made In America this afternoon (which is streaming live) they'll come back home for a late show at Brooklyn's Paper Box. It's their first hometown gig since the release of their new mixtape.

Hippy, Beach Arabs, Highway Gimps, The Indecent @ Silent Barn
Hippy are one of the better local bands currently playing a lot on the DIY scene, and tonight they're at Silent Barn.

Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, Soft Metals, Alex Calder @ The Well (Captured Tracks)
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring most of the bands on their roster. It's the second and final night, and a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.

Laurent Gardnier, Mike Simonetti, A.Arias, Mike Huckaby @ Output
Electric Zoo was cancelled, but the official afterparties are still on. Output is also hosting a day party on the roof at 3 PM to help make up for today's events.

Fred Frith, Annie Lewandowski and Theresa Wong
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith is on the final night of his residency at The Stone. Tonight he'll be performing two shows (8 PM and 10 PM) with Annie Lewandowski on piano and Theresa Wong on cello/vocals.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers wraps up his residency at the Blue Note tonight with two shows, 8 PM and 10:30 PM.

Good comedy options tonight include Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory and Chris Gethard @ The Creek and The Cave.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Plus, check out our top 10 Labor Day weekend picks.

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Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Diarrhea Planet

Two bands that Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles is very fond of, Diarrhea Planet and The So So Glos, are teaming up for a NYC show on August 30 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.

Diarrhea Planet are set to release their new album, I'm RIch Beyond Your WIldest Dreams, on August 20 via Infinity Cat. You can check out two garage-rockin' cuts from that album, "Separations" and "Kids," below. They also have a bunch of tour dates with Futurebirds before the Mercury Lounge show, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, as usual, you can catch The So So Glos in their hometown of NYC even sooner than that show. They've been added as an opener to the previously discussed Bass Drum of Death show happening at Glasslands on July 9 as part of BDOD's tour that also hits Shea Stadium a day earlier (where members of So So Glos work). The Glasslands show is also with Baked, and tickets for that show are still available.

In related news, Titus Andronicus have three sold-out Maxwell's shows and a free River Rocks show (8/8) coming up.

All Diarrhea Planet and So So Glos dates are listed, along with those DP streams, below...

Continue reading "Diarrhea Planet releasing a new LP, playing shows, including NYC with The So So Glos (dates & streams)"

SSG

The So So Glos, whose album Blowout came out not too long ago, are playing a free show at Studio @ Webster Hall tonight (5/22) which will be streamed live on MTV Hive. You can get free tickets through Ticketweb but walk-ups will be let in until capacity is reached. Doors are at 7 PM. Flyer for the show is below.

The band's next NYC show is a previously discussed show happening this Sunday (5/26) at Knitting Factory as part of a show put on by Hunter College radio station WHCS. Since we last spoke, Crystal Stilts have been added to that bill, which also includes Dinowalrus, Heavens Gate and Trabajo. Tickets are $12 ($8 if you use promo code "hookmeupwhcs") and still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away. Details on how to enter are below.

Continue reading "Crystal Stilts playing with So So Glos who also play free "MTV Artist to Watch" show tonight"

Roger Miret w/ Agnostic Front at Power of the Riff 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Miret

We were just talking about Brooklyn's The So So Glos, who released their pop punk-y new album, Blowout, performed on Letterman, and are currently on tour with Titus Andronicus. That tour doesn't hit NYC (Titus plays a free NYC show in August though), but we said it probably wouldn't be long before The So So Glos announce their own NYC show. Well, they've just announced one and it happens right after that tour on May 26 at Knitting Factory with Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, and Trabajo. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM.

The So So Glos are also set to play a Northside show in the back room of Public Assembly on June 14 (only the front room will be closed) with Shapes and Le Rug. Tickets for that show are on sale now and Northside badges will also be accepted. Updated dates are listed below.

The Knitting Factory recently announced some other cool punk shows happening there soon too. Oregon Americana punks Larry and His Flask, who we wrote about when they released their Hobo's Lament EP and toured with Frank Turner, are releasing a new full length, By The Lamplight, on June 25 via Cascadian Records in the US and Frank Turner's Xtra Mile Records internationally. They'll support that album with a tour that ends on July 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Their pal Frank Turner meanwhile, will be on his own tour that hits NYC for two sold out MHOW shows in July. He just released a new video from his new album, Tape Deck Heart, which you can watch below.

Back to Knitting Factory shows: Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret will bring his street punk band Roger Miret and the Disasters to Knitting Factory on August 24 with another Agnostic Front-related project, Stigma. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, Avail frontman Tim Barry will hit Knitting Factory on July 20 with Cory Branan and Des Ark. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory include power pop punks Cheap Girls (whose tour includes other NYC-area shows too) on May 17 (tickets) and post-hardcore rippers Coliseum on May 21 with the Dischord-signed Red Hare (mems. Bluetip, Dag Nasty, Swiz, Garden Variety, and more) (tickets).

All So So Glos and Larry and His Flask dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "So So Glos, Roger Miret & the Disasters, Larry & His Flask and more upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory"

Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

Continue reading "Solange and Phosphorescent playing free McCarren Park shows during Northside (updated lineup & dates)"

The So So Glos at Death by Audio in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
So So Glos

The So So Glos have been playing around NYC for some time now, and they've been experiencing newfound success this year with the release of their album, Blowout, which Stereogum named their Album of the Week. It also inspired Rolling Stone to call them a Band to Watch, and they landed a spot on Letterman this past Friday (4/26) to perform its single, "Son of An American," which you can watch a video of below. The band actually set up a television at Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium on Friday night after Weekend's show so they could watch the Letterman broadcast. If you haven't heard Blowout yet, SPIN is streaming the entire thing.

The So So Glos are on tour now with Titus Andronicus (not for the first time). That tour kicked off in CT last night (4/28) and continues in Cambridge tonight. No NYC dates are announced for it, but Titus will play a free show on August 8 as part of the River Rocks series, and The So So Glos are sure to add something in their hometown sooner than later too.

Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "The So So Glos on tour, played Letterman, streaming new LP"

The Orwells @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Orwells

Chicago-area punks (in all senses of the term) The Orwells start their tour tonight (2/27) in Boston. As mentioned, that tour includes an all-ages show on Friday (3/1) at Santos Party House, where they'll play with The So So Glos and Radkey. If you caught one of The Orwells' many wild CMJ 2012 performances (like at one of our day parties) you know their live show is not to be missed. And if you did miss it, here's your chance. Tickets are still available and we also have a pair you can win. Details are below.

This tour has the band careening towards SXSW, where they'll be playing a bunch of parties including a BrooklynVegan Party. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Orwells heading out on tour to SXSW; win tickets to the NYC show"

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