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Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel in December 2015 (more by PSquared)
Sleater Kinney at Market Hotel

Bushwick DIY venue Market Hotel, gave us a preview of its renovated space back in December with Sleater-Kinney, and has just announced its first slate of official shows. Things kick off with official re-opening parties next weekend: January 22 it's Via App, Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher and "very special guests tba" and then January 23 it's Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Pill and "special guests tba." For both of those shows, tickets will be available at the door only (price TBA).

The initial slate of shows includes three nights of DIIV, Krautrock icons Faust, Show Me the Body, The Soft Moon, Girlpool, Mykkyi Blanco and more. Highlights:

Feb 5 - Show Me the Body, Moor Mother Goddess, Blackie
Feb 13 - The Soft Moon, UNIFORM
Mar 3 - DIIV, Dog Island
Mar 5 - DIIV (opener tba)
Mar 25 - Girlpool
Mar 30 - Faust
May 5 - Mykki Blanco
Tickets for all of the above shows are on sale now. There are also Bunker parties and other shows. Full initial schedule is below.

Look for more shows to be announced soon. Welcome back officially, Market Hotel.

Continue reading "Market Hotel announces initial schedule: DIIV, Faust, Girlpool, Show Me the Body, Soft Moon, Mykki Blanco & more"

photo: Killing Joke at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Killing Joke

Bad news for Killing Joke fans: the group's upcoming North American tour, which included a NYC date in February, is not happening. From the band's Facebook:

Dear Gatherers and friends. It is with great sadness and regret that due to some health issues for one of the band we will not be able to embark on our 2016 U.S. Tour. This has come as a shock to us all, please give us the time to work this out and we hope to return to touring as soon as possible.
Bummer. On the plus side, The Soft Moon, who were opening on the tour, are going to hit the road anyway, though now at different venues. They'll play Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Valentine's Day (2/14). No openers announced yet but tickets are on sale. New Soft Moon dates are listed below.

In other Soft Moon news, the band are releasing a two-volume collection of remixes of songs from their album Deeper. Remixers include Trentemøller, Ninos Du Brasil and more. Vol. 1 will be out February 5 with Vol. 2 due February 19, both on Captured Tracks. Pre-orders are available and you can listen to the Phase Fatale Remix of "Desertion" below.

Continue reading "Killing Joke cancel North American tour; openers The Soft Moon announce rescheduled dates, releasing remix collection"


If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.

Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below

Continue reading "The Quietus' Top 100 Albums of 2015"

photo: Killing Joke at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Killing Joke

Goth/industrial legends Killing Joke will release their new album Pylon on October 23 via Spinefarm, the followup to 2012's MMXII. Now, as promised, they've announced a 2016 North American tour in support of that, with newer band The Soft Moon opening (a well-matched double bill).

The tour hits NYC on February 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets will be on sale soon.

So far the band released two songs from the album, "I Am the Virus" and "Euphoria." Listen to both, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Killing Joke will tour North America with The Soft Moon (dates)"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1

When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.

Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)

The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.

Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...

Continue reading "Austin's Levitation Fest day 1 pics: Tame Impala, DIIV, METZ, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, White Fence & more"

by Bill Pearis


The Soft Moon have a new video for "Wasting" from their album Deeper which came out a couple weeks ago on Captured Tracks. Directed by Y2K, Soft Moon main man Luis Vasquez is the subject of some psycho-pharmacutical experiment in which he may or may not be a willing participant. Overseeing it all is veteran character actor Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive) who brings a sense of menace to the clip. You can watch it below.

The Soft Moon's tour starts tonight in Philadelphia and hits NYC on Saturday (4/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Noveller, Tempers, and a DJ set from Nikola Baytala. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Soft Moon share "Wasting" video starring Robert Forster; tour begins tonight (updated dates)"


The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2015 lineup announced"

by Bill Pearis

Soft Moon

The Soft Moon's new album, Deeper, is out at the end of March and if you haven't checked out first single, "Black," you can stream it below. Main man Luis Vasquez handed the track over to Trentemøller who stripped away everything but the vocals and a few noises, and rebuilt the song from the ground up. There's more groove and less clank in Trentemøller's version, and you can stream the remix (via Fader) below.

Shortly after the album's release, The Soft Moon will be on tour, playing NYC on April 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (1/14) at noon with the public on-sale starting Friday (1/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Soft Moon shares Trentemoller remix, touring this spring (dates, streams)"

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"

by Bill Pearis


Luis Vasquez is back with his third album as The Soft Moon. Titled Deeper, Vasquez made the record in Italy with producer Maurizio Baggio and marks a bit of a course-correction from the driving, motoroik synthrock of The Soft Moon's first two LPs. Says Vasquez:

I've never worked so closely with someone before. Working with Maurizio felt right and I completely opened up to him during the entire process. I finally felt the urge to express myself more verbally with this record and I was able to focus more on songwriting rather than just experimenting with soundscapes.
The first single "Black" retains Vasquez' bleak outlook but heads in new, more industrial directions. You can stream it and watch its very strobe-y, very minimal video, below.

The Soft Moon's Deeper will be out March 31 via Captured Tracks. Album art, tracklist and new song stream/video, below...

Continue reading "The Soft Moon announce third LP, 'Deeper' (stream a song)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
Pop 1280

NYC post-punks Pop. 1280 have announced that they will release the followup to 2012's The Horror with a new album, Imps of Perversion, on August 6 via Sacred Bones. On the first single, "Lights Out," they've got way thicker production than on the last album, and it only benefits their sound, which is dark and angry as ever. Stream that track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Pop. 1280 will be playing a hometown show as part of the Northside Festival, opening for like-minded band The Soft Moon at their previously announced 285 Kent show on Sunday (6/16). Another local band, Grooms, who also play a Exploding In Sound/Gimme Tinnitus show today (6/14), are on the bill too. Tickets for the 285 Kent show are still available.

Pop. 1280 also have another upcoming local show opening for Chrome Cranks at Mercury Lounge on August 16. Twin Guns are on that bill too. Tickets for the show are still on sale.

That new song stream, album art, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Pop. 1280 announce new album, playing with The Soft Moon on Sunday, and with Chrome Cranks in August"

Caveman @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Yo La Tengo @ Prospect Park, 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)

today in NYC
* AraabMUZIK @ Output
* Rodriguez @ Town Hall
* Holly Near @ Joe's Pub
* Jon Madof @ The Stone
* Yo La Tengo @ The Kitchen
* ABSU, Krallice @ Saint Vitus
* Austra (DJ Set) @ Le Baron
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Sky White Tiger @ Manhattan Inn
* Pyyramids, MisterWives @ Mercury Lounge
* Xray Eyeballs, Lodro, Valleys @ Union Pool
* Beardyman, Alex English @ Highline Ballroom
* Camera2, Fan-Tan, Teenage Kick @ Bowery Electric
* John Medeski, Lakecia Benjamin @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Houndmouth, The Ballroom Thieves @ Mercury Lounge
* Caveman, Lucius, Pure Bathing Culture @ Webster Hall
* Young Man, Emil & Friends, Friend Roulette @ Glasslands
* Squid and Toad, The Dang-It Bobby's @ Pete's Candy Store
Joe Boyd's Way To Blue: A Tribute to Nick Drake @ Joe's Pub
* The Black Angels, Allah-Las, Elephant Stone @ The Bell House
* Tenement, Big Ups, Lame Drivers, Big French @ Shea Stadium
* Blu, TiRon & Ayomari, Stoop Kids, Adrian Lau @ Public Assembly
* Lianna La Havas, Jamie N Commons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Little Gold, Todd Killings, Radical Dads, Trepanning @ Death By Audio
* Taj Mahal Trio, London Souls, Eric Krasno (of Soulive) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Love 666, Autodrone, The Charles Warren Orchestra @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Norwegian Arms, Night Panther, Black Light Dinner Party, Night Shining @ Pianos
* Morning, I am the Heat, M.R. Smith, Resse Van Viper, Dad Brother, Invisible Lines @ Spike Hill
Big Terrific w/ Greg Barris, Jenny Slate, Jermaine Fowler, Leo Allen, Kevin Barnett @ Cameo Gallery
* Body Dreamz, Ben Kronberg, David Agyekum, Kate Berlant, Gazebo Flax, Bridley Elliot, Malwina, Sharkee Katz @ Silent Barn
* Killa Kyleon, Doughbeezy, The League of Extraordinary GÕz, Worldwide, Lyric Michelle, Young B, Grit Boys, Kydd @ Santos Party House

Araabmuzik finally let everyone in on where his mystery show tonight is happening: Williamsburg megaclub Output.

Grizzly Bear are currently touring their way to Coachella (set times just announced) and are in Austin tonight to tape an episode of Austin City Limits. They also played Austin two nights ago. Check out the pictures.

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The Soft Moon made a video for "Want," which is on their Zeroes album from last year. The somewhat NSFW clip pairs well with the paranoid, claustrophobic vibe of the song. You can watch it below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

White Fence
White Fence

As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.

White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.

The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.

These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.

Continue reading "White Fence streaming new LP, added to Northside Fest line-up (Mac DeMarco, Nu Sensae, Kylesa, Torche & more too)"


Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.

Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.

Continue reading "Tamaryn DJing MoMA; Austin Psych Fest finalizes lineup"

Still Corners

As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.

Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...

Continue reading "Still Corners playing NYC before NXNE (dates & updated lineup)"

by Bill Pearis

soft moon

The Soft Moon have just released a new video for "Insides" from last year's Zeros. The surreal black-and-white clip, directed by Jacqueline Castel, is a little Dali-esque. No melting clocks, but some doors are definitely in a fluid state. Trip out below.

The Soft Moon launch a major North American tour this week that finds them -- suprise! -- in Austin during SXSW and, later, Austin Psych Fest. They'll also be back in NYC for the 2013 Northside Festival on June 16 at 285 Kent. No word on other bands on the bill or tickets just yet, but all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Soft Moon release another video off 'Zeros,' going on tour (including SXSW, Northside Fest)"

by Bill Pearis


The Soft Moon's tour rolls into NYC tonight (1/8) for a show at Mercury Lounge with Montreal's Majical Cloudz. It's a late show (doors 9:30 PM) and tickets are still available. I caught Soft Moon at Glasslands last summer and the intesity of their records (like 2012's clausterphobic, nervy Zeros) is matched with the live show where main man Luis Vasquez spends much of the time bent over his guitar, pummeling it.

You can see a bit of that in action in The Soft Moon's new video for Zeros track "Die Life" which you can watch below. Also below: a Spotify stream of Zeros and a list of remaining tour dates. If you can't go tonight, you can still catch Majical Cloudz again in NYC when they play Death by Audio on 1/23.

Continue reading "The Soft Moon release new video; tour hits NYC tonight (updated dates)"

Majical Cloudz

Majical Cloudz (the project of Canadian musicians Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto) released their solid Turns Turns Turns EP via Arbutus late last year, and you may also know them from collaborating and touring with Grimes. The duo was recently added to the previously discussed The Soft Moon tour, which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (1/8). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

After the tour wraps up, you'll get another chance to catch Majical Cloudz in NYC when they play Death by Audio on January 23. No other acts have been announced for that show yet. Admission is $7 at the door.

A list of all dates and a song stream below...

Continue reading "Majical Cloudz added to The Soft Moon tour, playing their own NYC show after too (dates)"

The Soft Moon

As mentioned, goth rockers The Soft Moon had to cancel much of their east coast/midwest tour due to Hurricane Sandy, including the NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on 10/30. (They did play Glasslands on 9/20 before Sandy hit though.) The band mentioned that they would be rescheduling those cancelled dates for for 2013, and the new shows have been announced. NYC gets theirs at the smaller-than-Bowery-Ballroom venue Mercury Lounge on January 8. Pop. 1280 was scheduled to open the Bowery Ballroom show, but no opener has been announced for this one at the moment. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/23) at noon. It doesn't say anything at the moment about whether or not Bowery tickets will be honored.

The Soft Moon just made a video for "Machines" off their new album, Zeros. You can watch that video and check out a list of upcoming dates (Austin Psych Fest 2013 included) below.

Continue reading "The Soft Moon reschedules US tour, made a video (dates)"

Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Sasquatch 2012

Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.

In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Cold Showers - Violent Cries (MP3)

Cold Showers

Los Angeles' Cold Showers are currently on tour, playing Glasslands tonight (9/20) with The Soft Moon and ERAAS on their way to the Pop Montreal which started last night and runs through the weekend. Tickets are still available.

After Pop Montreal, Cold Showers will head back across the Canadian border, playing the Midwest before heading back to NYC to play WIERD night at Home Sweet Home on October 2. It will be a release party for Cold Showers' debut album, Love and Regret, which comes out 10/9 on Mexican Summer. Recalling late-'80s bands like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Sisters of Mercy, it's dark and brooding but with ample hooks and melody, perfect for the fall weather ahead. The group just released a new track from the album, "Violent Cries," which you can download above or stream below along with previously-released "BC."

Meanwhile, ERAAS' self-titled debut will be out October 2 and is on the shadowier side of the street, relying on heavy atmosphere, tribal rhythms and plaintive vocals to pull the listener into their world. You can stream a couple tracks from their album below. ERAAS will also open for San Francisco post punks Weekend at Cameo on Tuesday (9/25) (rescheduled from August) and tickets to that show are still available.

And headliners The Soft Moon release their second album, Zeros, on October 30. Like their debut, it owes more than a little to mid-'80s 4AD and WaxTrax! discographies and is maybe even more creepy/claustrophobic than their first, loaded with driving, watery basslines and deep-freeze synths. Check out recently-released track "Insides" from the album below. If you can't make it to the show tonight, The Soft Moon will be back to play Bowery Ballroom on October 30 with Pop. 1280 and Group Rhoda. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Cold Showers add NYC LP release show after Pop Montreal, playing tonight w/ The Soft Moon & ERAAS (dates, streams)"

Xeno & Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Xeno and Oaklander

NYC synth goth vets Ike Yard played a NYC show earlier this year with contempory NYC synth goths Xeno & Oaklander, and now the two will team up again, this time bringing along another group of goth newcomers, Led Er Est. The three groups will play a late show at 285 Kent on September 7, which starts at midnight (so technically Saturday, September 8). No advance tickets for this one at the moment ($9 at the door), and more details on the show are below.

Xeno & Oaklander have a few other upcoming NYC appearances as well. They'll give a lecture at Public Assembly on September 16 called 'Analog as the New Folk,' where they'll discuss the analog synthesizer as the new folk instrument. The lecture is free and all ages. As mentioned, Xeno & Oaklander will also open the first of two Silver Apples shows in NYC. They support the band at their Public Assembly show (10/4) with Man Forever and La Big Vic (tickets), which happens one day before Silver Apples plays 92YTribeca (10/5) with CFCF and Win Win (tickets).

Meanwhile, Led Er Est member Shawn Devin O'Sullivan will play Death by Audio's Modular Synth Winter Solstice on September 22 (though we're pretty sure that's actually the fall solstice). This event follow's DbA's Modular Synth Summer Solstice, which went down this past June. Joining Shawn Devin O'Sullivan on the lineup will be DeTrop (Ryan Martin of Dais Records), Retribution Body, Matthew Regula (of Telecult Powers), and Nathan Cearley (of Long Distance Poison).

In related news, Led Er Est's Sacred Bones labelmates Pop. 1280 will be going on a short tour this September. The tour kicks off on September 1 at Death by Audio with METZ and Herzog Rising, and culminates in their appearance at Hopscotch Music Fest. After that tour, Pop. 1280 will support The Soft Moon at their previously discussed Bowery Ballroom show (10/30). That show is also with Group Rhoda and tickets are still available. The Soft Moon also play Glasslands on September 20 with Cold Showers and ERAAS (tickets).

A list of all dates, plus videos, are below.

Continue reading "Ike Yard, Xeno & Oaklander and Led Er Est playing shows & stuff (some together, some separate); Pop. 1280 touring (dates)"

Simeon of Silver Apples
Silver Apples

Psychedelic electronic music pioneers Silver Apples (aka Simeon, who has performed under the name solo since the death of bandmate Danny Taylor) has a number of European dates coming up and after that he'll head over to the US where he'll play a NYC show on October 4 at Public Assembly with a pretty solid lineup of local (and much younger) openers, Xeno & Oaklander, Man Forever, and La Big Vic. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon. It's his only announced US show at the moment.

UPDATE: Silver Apples also play 92YTribeca on October 5 with CFCF and Win Win.

Speaking of Xeno and Oaklander, they've been revealed as one of the artists to be featured on the new John Foxx & The Maths album, Evidence, which is due out on September 10 via his own Metamatic Records. John sang on the first three Ultravox albums, after which he had a lengthy solo career, including early minimal synth classic "Underpass." Evidence will be his third album with The Maths, a project he started in 2009. [Seek out 2011's 'Interplay,' it's great. - Bill] The other artists appearing on the new album, like Xeno & Oaklander, are indebted to John Foxx's music in one way or another. Those artists include The Soft Moon, whose contribution you can listen to HERE, Matthew Dear, and Gazelle Twin. The album also features a cover of Pink Floyd's "Have A Cigar" and a remix of the track with Matthew Dear by Tara Busch. The cover art and tracklist is below.

The Soft Moon will also be touring soon and hitting NYC on September 20 at Glasslands (tickets) and October 30 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale 8/17 at noon).

Matthew Dear will be touring soon too. That tour includes the previously discussed Webster Hall show (11/17) (tickets), and since we last spoke more dates have been announced, most of which (including Webster Hall) will be opened by Light Asylum. The updated list of dates is below.

All lists of dates and the John Foxx album info are below.

Continue reading "Silver Apples touring; John Foxx releasing a guest-filled LP; Light Asylum opening Matthew Dear tour (dates)"

Clearly, this is a band photo of The Soft Moon
The Soft Moon

As discussed, The Soft Moon will hit Glasslands on September 20 (tickets), the first of a leg of mostly-East Coast dates before heading out for something more extensive in late October to coincide with the release of the new LP Zeros which is out October 30 on Captured Tracks. Just in time for Halloween. Those dates include another NYC show which happens on the date of the album's release, October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/15) at noon. Stream the new track "Die Life" below.

If you're heading to Glasslands, or even if you aren't, make sure and peep the new track by Cold Showers first: "BC." The song, streaming below, comes from Cold Showers' new LP Love and Regret due via Dais Records on October 9.

ERAAS are also on board to support Soft Moon/Cold Showers at Glasslands on 9/20, and they too have a new LP on the way. The ex-members of Apse are preparing the self-titled LP for release on October 2 via Brooklyn label Felte Records. Stream some new material below. If you can't catch ERAAS on 9/20, catch them at Cameo on 8/28 when they support Weekend with Woodsman. Tickets are still available.

All streams and the updated Soft Moon dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Soft Moon, Cold Showers and ERAAS ready new LPs, playing shows together and apart (dates and streams)"

DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon Vs. John Foxx & the Maths - Evidence (MP3)

Cold Showers
Cold Showers

Cold Showers are teaming up with fellow gloomy synth-loving Californians The Soft Moon for a September tour that includes a NYC stop at Glasslands on 9/20. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Right after that show, both bands will head north across the Canadian border for Pop Montreal. Tour dates for both bands are listed below.

Cold Showers, who played one of our Hotel Vegan day shows during SXSW this year, have a new 7" single on Art Fag Recordings and you can stream that below.

Meanwhile, The Soft Moon recently released a collaborative, one-sided 7" with onetime Ultravox singer John Foxx which you can download at the top of this post. The band have finished recording their second album for Captured Tracks the release date for which is TBD.

The Glasslands show also features APSE side project ERAAS, who just played a show at Glasslands with Telepathe and Feathers.

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