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Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's (Hanukkan 2008) (more by Natasha Ryan)
Yo La Tengo

Thanksgiving is not even a week past, but Hanukkah is already here and that means eight Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken. One for each night, they shed a sweet fucking setlist and opener and comedians and special guests and charities and mixtapes and who knows what. You never really know what you're going to get until it happens, but we can try and figure it out. Who will open each show?

Well, we already know The Parting Gifts are scheduled to appear on night two.

12/1 -
12/2 - The Parting Gifts & ?
12/3 - ?
12/4 - ?
12/5 - ?
12/6 - ?
12/7 - ?
12/8 - ?
Who else seems likely?

The Greenhornes played Bowery Ballroom last night (11/30) and have nowhere to be until December 5th. Ted Leo kicks of a tour on 12/2, so if he's a special guest, it has to be tonight (12/1) or 12/5 (his night off). He's back in town on 12/6 to play Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers, but there's no way he could do T5 and Maxwell's in one night (and he's back on tour right after). The New Pornographers (AC Newman and Neko Case included) on the other hand have almost every single other night of Hanukkah free (and AC Newman's show with John Wesley Harding isn't until December 17th) (John Wesley Harding is free all days except 12/5).

Kurt Vile plays Knitting Factory on December 3rd and has all other days of Hanukkah off. Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone are playing Bowery Ballroom on 12/4 and Tarrytown on 12/6, but are free on 12/3 and 12/5. Nels Cline is in NYC on 12/6, and is free 12/7 and 12/8 (but it doesn't look like he'll be around the same time as the other members of Wilco unfortunately).

The Feelies have no conflicts or upcoming dates at all. Mission of Burma play Maxwell's and the Bell House in January, but you never know, maybe they'll come down for this too. Stornoway seems like a longshot, but they are in town on December 2nd and free 12/1, 12/6 and 12/7. Warpaint play Manhattan on 12/1, Brooklyn on 12/2, Philly on 12/3 and DC on 12/4, and then are free after that.

Titus Andronicus, who by the way are opening for Passion Pit at Wellmont Theater on 12/30, have to be in Florida to play a show with Superchunk on 12/4, but are otherwise free. Superchunk have from the time they finish that Florida show until 12/9 to get to Toronto to open for Broken Social Scene. Superchunk are next scheduled to be in NYC in March to open for Bright Eyes who recently popped up as a guest at a NYC show. Screaming Females, who opened for Yo La at Brooklyn Bowl recently, are recently home from Europe and totally free.

Jim Gaffigan is not the most likely comedian to show, but it would be a good warmup for his seven shows at Best Buy Theater. More likely are some mix of Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, John Oliver, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Mike Birbiglia, etc...

UPDATE: Night One featured an opening set by M. Ward and comedian Todd Barry along with Nash Kato of Urge Overkill as a special guest.

UPDATE2: Syl Johnson & JC Brooks are in town this week too

UPDATE3: Richard Buckner is around this week too

UPDATE4: Floored by Four aka Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Dougie Bowne & Yuka Honda, not to mention Cibo Matto, are playing NYC this week too.

All the Maxwell's shows are long sold out, but Craigslist is hopping. Leave tips and more ideas in the comments. Tour dates for most of the artists mentioned in this post, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo kicking off '10 Hanukkah shows - Who's opening?"

most photos by Andrew St. Clair, Jamie Lidell photos by Leia Jospe
videos by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn

Jamie Lidell / Marnie Stern
Jamie Lidell
Marnie Stern

"As a sucker for daytime events, I headed to Williamsburg's Public Assembly around noon for a show curated by BrooklynVegan. First up (and by "first", I mean, "the first artist I woke up in time to see") was Ted Leo. Performing skeletal, solo versions of his Pharmacists material, Ted more than compensated for the sparse arrangements with furious strumming and hilarious banter. It was nice to see an older, established artist opening a free show designed to showcase rising stars; it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day. His hit-heavy set spanned the full-duration of career, touching on high-water marks like "The High Party" and "Bottled in Cork", and closing with a cover of Euro-dance phenom Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat". This was a perfect set to open the day, and my only recommendation is that the next synth jam he covers be "Chewing Gum", by Annie...

...Closing the show, metal prodigy Marnie Stern dominated stage two, directly opposite neo-funkster Jamie Lidell headlining the main room. While she reveled in the loose atmosphere, dropping hilariously lewd stage banter and slamming PBR's, Lidell tried a throwback set reflecting his early, robotic Warp Records catalog." [MTV Music Blog]

Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.

Hopefully you got there early on Saturday to catch Morning Teleportation who went on when we opened the doors around noon. If so, you may have also grabbed one of the free EarPeace earplugs we gave out, and grabbed a free V-Spot empanada. Hopefully you also had your fill of the free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon and Magic Hat beer we were giving out, snacked on free Raw Revolution bars, bought a free t-shirt or poster for charity (email if you still want one - we have more left). If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream (if we can ever make it available for podcast, I will let you know).

Thanks to Line 6 and Vinny's Music for providing gear. Thanks to Vinnie's Pizza for helping feed our bands!

Speaking of the bands, hopefully Titus Andronicus's short set didn't bum you out. And if it did, hopefully Big Freedia cheered you right back up.

Like for the Friday party, there are two sets of pictures for this one. The second one is on its way. The first one, along with a bunch of videos, continues below...

Continue reading "BV Saturday day party in pics & video - part 1 (Marnie Stern, Dominique Young Unique, Heavy Cream, No Joy & more)"

Titus Andronicus at the Firehouse during CMJ (more by Bao Nguyen)
Titus Andronicus

The So So Glos have a pair of shows with Matt & Kim that kick off tonight at Webster Hall (10/26 and 10/27), AND the band will do one more NYC date in the very near future. In fact, the band will team up with Titus Andronicus to play a free Hornitos-sponsored show at Matchless on 10/28! The show is private, but you can RSVP to the Facebook event to attend (you have to be logged into Facebook for the link to work).

Titus Andronicus played (an unfortunately short set at) Public Assembly as part of the BV/Converse Day Party on 10/23 - pictures from that shindig are on the way. The show was one of two for the band on 10/23, as they also played the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl later that night (including the above-pictured show, it was three total during CMJ week for Titus). Video from the Pitchfork show, as well as full tour dates for both bands, are below.

Continue reading "The So So Glos open both Matt & Kim shows, play a FREE SHOW w/ TITUS ANDRONICUS & other dates "

photos by Bao Nguyen

Local Natives
Local Natives

Local Natives played a private SPIN/Ray Ban party (that we gave away a pair of tickets to) at the Firehouse (87 Lafayette St.) in NYC on October 21st, the same night as the BrooklynVegan showcase at MHOW. Local Natives will be back to play two nights at Webster Hall this week. Titus Andronicus, who played a short set at our Saturday day party at Public Assembly, opened the SPIN show. Animal Collective's Geologist DJ'd. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Local Natives & Titus Andronicus played the Firehouse (pics)"

Local Natives @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
Local Natives

There is so much going on tonight. Here are two more sort-of-options.

Local Natives (who have two shows coming up at Webster Hall) are playing their only CMJ-week show at a secret venue for SPIN and Ray Ban with Titus Andronicus (who play two more shows Saturday - ours and Pitchfork's). The SPIN show is invite-only, but I have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Oh and Geologist from Animal Collective is spinning. Details and flyer below.

Also on the sort of invite-only tip is Cut Chemist who is playing a record release party at the Red Bull Space. The difference here, is that the address is on this flyer (below), and Cut Chemist posted the RSVP info too.

All Local Natives tour dates are down there, with contest details and flyers, too....

Continue reading "Local Natives play SPIN/Ray Ban show w/ Titus Andronicus tonight (win tix), Cut Chemist is @ Red Bull Space"

Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs

Freddie Gibbs will rhyme all over Glasslands on Friday (10/22) when he hits the Yours Tru.ly showcase alongside Sun Airway, Cults, Kisses, Laurel Halo, Candy Claws, Young Man, Oberhofer, Guards, and James Vincent McMorrow. The show is the day before he hits the #OFFLINE Pitchfork party at Brooklyn Bowl (10/23) which will also feature Cults. Tour dates are below.

Dent May is prepping to play the Chocolate Bobka day party at Pianos as we speak (10/20, set is at 6PM), and will be joined by Woodsman, Sultan, and many others on it's two floors. Git on down there! Or if you can't make it today, then catch Dent May at the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday, or the Forest Family/Gorilla Vs Bear party later that day (doors at 6) at The Pyramids (32D South 1st Street) with Marnie Stern, Eternal Summers, La Cera, Family Trees, Luke Rathbone, Young Prisms, Slow Animal, and... Surfer Blood.

Small Black is hitting the road with Class Actress for a string of US dates, and will follow those up with some in the EU. But before that, the band has a CMJ showcase (and the non-CMJ #OFFLINE show) to headline at Pianos on 10/21, stocked with bands like Sun Airway, La Ices, S.Carey, and Suuns who also plays the BrooklynVegan showcase the same night.

Speaking of the BrooklynVegan showcase and #OFFLINE, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are now playing both. They've always been our Thursday night headliner (tickets are getting close to sold out) and Pitchfork just added them to their Saturday show. They added Titus Andronicus to that day too, and released the set times for all three days. The Fool's Gold 3rd Anniversary Party portion happens late Saturday night (starts at midnight). All the set times are below.

You can spend all day at Public Assembly on Saturday, and still get to Brooklyn Bowl in time to see Ty Segall, Pains, Matthew Dear, Freddie Gibbs, Titus for a 2nd time, and all of the Fool's Gold stuff.

Highlife plays the Chouette show at Bruar Falls today at 4PM (10/20) with Sharon Van Etten and Lower Dens (who play the BV Day Party on Fri), but also will play the Invisible Children/Blogotheque Showcase on 10/22 as well as the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl the next day (10/23). The Blogtheque showcase will go down at SPiN NYC (48 East 23rd St) and will also feature Traffique and Yellow Ostrich.

How to Dress Well will do double duty TONIGHT (10/20), playing the Ramiken Crucible with Salem and then the Lefse/I Guess I'm Floating CMJ showcase at The Delancey later on with A Classic Education and many others. In addition to playing the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl on 10/22, he'll also DJ the Altered Zones after-party at Glasslands with John Maus, Prince Rama, Greatest Hits, Teen Inc, Hippos in Tanks DJs, and more. The next day, you can catch HTDW at the Fader Fort with OFF!, Teen Inc, Wack Flocka Flame, Royal Bangs, Tanlines, Glasser and others. RSVP here.

Exhausted yet? Our full guide to tonight/Wednesday is HERE. Dates for artists mentioned above, set times and stuff below...

Continue reading "more bands, CMJ parties & tour dates (#OFFLINE set times, Freddie Gibbs, Small Black, TPOBPAH, Dent May & more)"

flyer

For those keeping count, BrooklynVegan will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday night, Public Assembly on Friday day, and Sunday night at Union Pool. Add to that list (as previously mentioned): Saturday day at Public Assembly. And for this one we teamed up with Converse to bring you the following stellar 100% FREE SHOW....

The date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
the bands:

STAGE 1
12:00 Morning Teleportation
01:00 Ted Leo (solo)
01:45 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
02:30 Wild Nothing
03:15 Titus Andronicus
04:15 Big Freedia
05:00 Jamie Lidell
DJ sets by SUNCELEb

STAGE 2
12:15 Evan Voytas
01:00 S. Carey
01:45 The Crayon Fields
02:30 Heavy Cream
03:15 Dominique Young Unique
04:00 No Joy
04:45 Reggie Watts
05:05 Marnie Stern

That's sixteen kick ass (yes, Big Freedia is performing) artists (including the DJ) in six free hours (yes, Ted Leo plays at 1pm). But that's not all... We'll have free alcoholic beverages (sorry, this event is 21+) and free food. And free EarPeace ear plugs to the first 50 people through the door (a $14.95 value). Get there for:
* free EarPeace (while supplies last)
* free V-Spot breakfast burritos & empanadas (while supplies last)
* free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon (while supplies last)
* free Magic Hat beer (while supplies last)
* free Raw Revolution bars
No ticket or RSVP necessary. No badges. Just get there early and get inside. You won't need to spend any money, though we will have some schwag for sale to help raise some cash for Music Has Power (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Moby talks more about what that is in a video we posted in our Friday party announcement.

Can't make it? We'll be streaming select sets live on Converse Radio. Tune in.

Converse is doing a lot lately to help support music, and has especially hooked up Brooklyn. You might have heard about this:

"Converse announced details for an unprecedented initiative that directly supports artistic creativity and the music community in a unique way through the opening of a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn, NY later this year. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio alongside a team of experienced local engineers at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide a platform for new musicians and directly help them overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career-affording studio time."
Musicians should apply for free studio time at the Converse Rubber Tracks site.

Stay tuned to @bvCMJ for even more CMJ news and updates than you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com.

Oh, and if you oversleep, you can also catch Ted Leo later that day at the WFMU Record Fair or in December at Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers.

Thanks to: Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude Productions for the sweet flyer you see above, and to Vinny's Music for providing us with some sweet gear, and to Underground Press (who have their own day party on Thursday) for getting us some merch printed to help raise money for charity including screenprinted versions of the above poster that we'll have available at the show.

Some videos below...

Continue reading "free BrooklynVegan & Converse Saturday day party @ Public Assembly -- lineup (15 bands, free drinks, food & more)"

Beach Fossils @ Market Hotel in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Beach Fossils

The Heavy @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Heavy

today in NYC
* Ricardo Gallo @ The Stone
* Adam Kendall @ The Stone
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Dog Days, DZ, Boveda @ Cake Shop
* The Ataris, Don't Panic @ Maxwell's
* Beach Fossils, MINKS @ Brooklyn Bowl (free)
* Grimes, Silly Kissers, Family Dynamics @ Glasslands
* The Heavy, Mayer Hawthorne, Childish Gambino @ Bowery Ballroom
* Erin Mckeown (Distillation 10th Anniversary Show) @ Highline Ballroom
* Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Willy Mason @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Highlife, Images, Change Leopardon, Nat Roe / Oscar Castle Duo @ Silent Barn
* Widowspeak, Sweet Bulbs, MINKS, Total Slacker, Xray Eyeballs @ Death By Audio
* Bad Credit No Credit, Uzuhi, DJ Patrick Stickles, "secret guest" @ Shea Stadium
* The American Hardcore All-Ages Matinee w/ Urban Waste @ Knitting Factory
* Anni Rossi, Little Teeth, Miracles of Modern Science, Michael Jordyn & Greg @ Coco66

Tonight's Heavy/Mayer Hawthorne show was moved from Webster Hall to Bowery Ballroom.

Minks plays the free show at Brooklyn Bowl and the show at Death By Audio tonight.

Tonight's show at Shea Stadium features a "secret special guest" (and a DJ set by the singer of Titus Andronicus).

Speaking of Titus Andronicus, they are playing at least two shows during CMJ week (the Pitchfork fest and a SPIN party). We'll announce more details next week.

Who was the special guest at the Small Black show at Shea Stadium?

Speaking of CMJ, the BrooklynVegan official showcase is this Thurday! Tickets are still on sale.

Follow twitter.com/bvCMJ for a Twitter that is more focused on CMJ than @BrooklynVegan.

For more about Grimes and Silly Kissers, check out This Week in Indie. Watch a short documnetary about Grimes, by Emily Kai Bock, below....

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday? "

photos by kolored

"Titus andronicus never fail to be impressive. Clap on bros, clap on." -KrissyRubbles

"Titus Andronicus is still the best band in the world.
Webster Hall cannot contain them." -totale

Patrick Stickles on stage @ Webster Saturday night
Titus Andronicsus

"Lead singer Patrick Stickles made it clear that Saturday night's show was a special one for the band. It was the last show of their current tour; it was a near-hometown concert (the band is from New Jersey) and thus many family members were in the audience. Stickles especially pointed out his father, standing in the front row of the balcony right in front of the stage. The presence of his father seemed to fit perfectly with the night, as Titus Andronicus came off as that loveable little band that started in obscurity and is getting bigger and bigger with each go-around. You couldn't help but feel a bit of pride, even if you had nothing to do with the band's growth." [Muzzle of Bees]
Titus Andronicus played Webster Hall Saturday night (9/25) with an impressive supporting cast of Free Energy and Screaming Females. The show completed a touring cycle for TA and FE that kicked off with a zillion degree show at Glasslands (without FE) and a show at Maxwell's (with FE) in mid-August.

Unlike Free Energy and Screaming Females, Titus Andronicus don't have many upcoming shows on their schedule at the moment, but they do have at least one. Catch them with Adam Haworth Stephens and The Felice Brothers at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 30th, Mischief Night 2010. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus headlined Webster Hall (pics), playing The Chance in Poughkeepsie (tix)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Screaming Females

Screaming Females played their record release show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night (9/15), and their next NYC show has already been revealed. Get to Webster Hall early on Saturday, 9/25, because they're now first of three on the Titus Andronicus/Free Energy show happening there that night. Tickets are still on sale.

Meanwhile Screaming Females are still on tour including tonight in Philly with a very special guest...

"Hey Philly! We're playing a last minute show with our friends the Screaming Females tonight at The Ox (1652 N. 2nd St.). Show starts at 9, over by 12. Come down and get their awesome new record Castle Talk, by Screaming Females!" - Ted Leo
That's a sweet surprise.

Shellshag and Big Eyes opened the Brooklyn show last night (9/15). If you weren't there, maybe you watched the live stream... I didn't know about the stream until now... which is okay because the entire stream is still watchable. Check that out, with more pictures from the show, and the setlist, below....

Continue reading "Screaming Females played Knitting Factory (pics, video, setlist), add NYC show w/ Titus, add Ted Leo to Philly show"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr

Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Local Natives

Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF Fest
That's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.

The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.

Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink

Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.

Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."

Big Freedia
Big Freedia

There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.

If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).

By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.

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Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.

Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2010 in pics & review "

"titus andronicus last night at glasslands was pretty special. and sweaty. a pretty sweaty special." - Ward

Titus Andronicus

"For starters, [Titus Andronicus] looked like drowned rats by the time they hit "Arms Against Atrophy," just four songs in. At previous shows I was never sure whether or not Glasslands had air conditioning, but Glasslands definitely does not have air conditioning. Between Titus' cult following forming their requisite mosh pit up front and being in such a small venue for a band playing Webster Hall next month, the heat in that place was inescapable last night. Suffocating, almost. Everyone was very, very wet. The show, partly because of the heat I imagine, and partly because the cause, took on "an intimate show among friends with songs that haven't been played in a while" feel. They had to slow things down every so often, or they probably would have died. And so the calmer moments on songs like "No Future, Pt. 1" were even quieter; the silent pause before "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future" turns noisy was even more dramatic; the outro to "Four Score and Seven" extended into an ethereal ambiance, and "And Ever" was like a modern-day "Piano Man." To make up for it, the louder material was more urgent, more epic." [L Magazine]
Check out the you'll-wish-you-were-there-hot-or-not video from the show below.

Check out Titus Andronicus again tonight at Maxwell's (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) where they kick off their tour with Free Energy. If you don't have a ticket, you can still get one for the September 25th show at Webster Hall where Free Energy is also opening (they kept that part a secret at first).

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus played a very hot show at Glasslands, kick off tour w/ Free Energy (including Webster Hall)"

Day 1 photos by Weekly Dig, Wolf Parade photos by Kate Gardiner

Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (Suckafreemike)
Pitchfork

"Dear panda bear: you're playing a music festival, not an art installation." - Etan

"The only explanation for Panda Bear's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is that it's a practical joke on people who are not on drugs." - lifeinzembla

"Panda Bear was nice but wayyyy too low key for a festival crowd" - Carleton Atwater

"hey i'm watching online and panda bear sounds amazing!!" - Nicole H

"Bet this new Panda Bear stuff sounds great on headphones but it's not really festival music" - Joe Colly

"Panda Bear mixing footage on the screen of a little girl jumping up and down and a Great White Shark eating a cow...weird" - Anthony Adamowicz

"Really Panda Bear?!! No "Comfy in Nautica" or "Bros??" Lame." - Michael Roche

"Panda Bear just put 20000 people to sleep at @pitchfork2010. No joke." - angelabosworth

"Panda Bear killed it. set was almost exclusively new stuff. pushing the art to the next level." - Luke Tipton

Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (iissaaacc)
Pitchfork

More pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...

Continue reading "mixed reactions to Panda Bear & more pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Festival (Days 1 & 2)"

photos by Kate Gardiner

"And Yawnfork continues." - Jim DeRogatis

Robyn dominated Friday @ the Pitchfork Festival
Pitchfork Fest

"Who knew the best performer of the day would be a blonde bombshell spinning Euro-disco? Robyn -- another Swede and a former child star who's fought hard to regain her own artistic control -- came out throwing punches in the air when she wasn't doing that elbows-high, shoulder-leaning dance all '80s female singers used to do. Fiesty, sexy, spunky, Robyn opened with the virtues of being a "Fembot," assured us that love hurts "With Every Heartbeat" and sang flawlessly through new single "Dancing on My Own" in front of a band dressed in all white, twiddling knobs and pounding synth-pad drums. The latter really exploded at the end of "Cobrastyle," with Robyn showing some kick-box dancing. Her Pink-ish pluck reached its zenith in "Don't F---ing Tell Me What to Do," during which she led some kind of aerobics class (sporting a totally Pat Benatar green beret, too). And she was the crowd favorite. Go figure." [Chicago Sun Times]
Robyn is now on tour with Kelis (that tour includes three NYC shows).

This post comes five hours into Day Two of the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival (which is streaming online). Tonight's remaining acts are Wolf Parade, Panda Bear, and LCD Soundsystem. More pictures and a few videos from most of what came prior, below....

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2010 - Day 1 & most of Day 2 (pictures & video) "

Titus Andronicus @ BV-SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Titus

That cancelled June 3rd Titus Andronicus show that was supposed to happen at Glasslands is now taking place on August 18th. Tickets are on sale.

The Glasslands show is one day before Titus plays Maxwell's which is right before they leave on tour with Free Energy. Maxwell's tickets are still on sale too.

Tickets are also still on sale for the NYC show Titus has scheduled later in their tour which is at the much bigger Webster Hall.

Check out a mini documentary filmed at/before/during a previous show at Maxwell's which includes a live version of "Four Score And Seven", below...

Continue reading "a Titus Andronicus feature (video) & benefit show (on sale)"

Titus Andronicus @ Northside Festival on Saturday (more by Marianne Ventrice)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus just played an outdoor show at Barge Park in Greenpoint as part of the Northside Fest. They have an August/September with Free Energy that'll go across North America. Before that starts, Titus has a show at Maxwell's on August 19th (no opener listed). Tickets are on sale. At the end of the trip, they'll headline a Webster Hall show (currently no opener mentioned either) on Saturday, September 25th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.

Free Energy, Best Coast and Loose Limbs play South Street Seaport on July 23rd. All Titus tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus touring w/ Free Energy, playing Maxwell's, headlining Webster Hall - 2010 dates "

photos by Marianne Ventrice

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"Not letting a little rain deter us from the excellent High Places/Fucked Up/Liars show at Barge Park." - jdye

Fucked Up
Liars

Cults (who just opened for Goldfrapp), Male Bonding (who are touring with Best Coast in September) and Titus Andronicus played the early show on the "MetroPCS Stage" at Newtown Barge Park as part of the 2nd annual Northside Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon (6/26). High Places, Fucked Up and Liars played the show right afterward at the same venue. More pictures starting with Titus, below...

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words & photos by Tracy Allison

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Deer Tick

Last night (6/7), Deer Tick played a private show on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat The Jewel in celebration of their friend's birthday. Around 7 p.m., a line wrapped around the pier on 23rd street and FDR while approximately 200 close friends slowly began to board the boat for the surprise party.

The evening began with the members of Deer Tick playing backup for singer-songwriter Jonny Corndawg, who engaged the entire audience to the point in which everyone in sight began shouting along to the music and providing backup vocals for his song "Shut Up".

Around 9 p.m., Deer Tick took the stage- a very dimly lit area that took up the entire bow of the lower half of the boat. The theme for the night (aside from sailor hats and lei necklaces) seemed to be getting iced: John McCauley, sporting a gold tooth and straw hat, took a knee three times during Deer Tick's set to chug a Smirnoff Ice. McCauley began the set by singing the words, "I've got a cock that's hard as a rock/Every time I see my Johnny", a special song he wrote for the birthday boy.

"Let's do something stupid and maybe tomorrow we'll remember it." McCauley said before setting down his beer and beginning to play "Easy". Throughout the course of the 90 minute set, Deer Tick played songs from their previous two albums War Elephant and Born on Flag Day, as well as cover songs such as Lightnin' Hopkins' "Bring Me By Shotgun" and Tom Petty's "Breakdown" which provided a segway into a beautifully violent version of "These Old Shoes."

McCauley then stated, "We're going to do a cover song. Maybe you guys have heard of it..." and began to sing "Happy Birthday", which was followed by the birthday boy getting iced and the entire band shotgunning beers.

Towards the middle of the set, the noise began to mellow out with a slowed down rendition of "Diamond Rings 2007" with the lyrics changed to, "What good would fingers be/If it weren't for onion rings/Now I know you're leaving me/So I'm going to Burger King." However, things quickly began to pick up again, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus joined the band for a song, and the audience went wild dancing and cheering as Deer Tick finished up their set with the appropriately chaotic "La Bamba".

The Jewel returned to the dock at 11 p.m., with no one completely content returning to land after such an amazing night on the East River.

Deer Tick's new album The Black Dirt Sessions is out TODAY (6/8). A track from that album is on the top of this post (Amazon is giving away the same song too) along with the track Deer Tick did for our Katrina and the Waves cover EP. They kick off a tour with shows at Maxwell's and Webster Hall this July. More pictures from the boat below...

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Fucked Up @ MWTX in Austin (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Fucked Up

Lineups for Brooklyn's Northside Festival are coming together-- and some of the bigger shows (that aren't at Music Hall) are going to be at Greenpoint's Newtown Barge Park. First, Titus Andronicus, Cults and a special guest play an afternoon (1pm) show on Saturday, June 26th. Later that night, Liars, Fucked Up and High Places play the space (6pm). Then the next night (6/27, 6pm), Les Savy Fav performs with Polvo and Grails. Tickets to all three are on sale now. The shows are all ages (badges, which you must be 21+ to purchase, get you in too, capacity permitting).

Northside writes that the shows will be the first at the 1,500-capacity park space. Newtown Barge Park is a triangle of land at the corner of Franklin and Commercial Streets, and is part of the proposed plan (PDF) to expand Williamsburg/Greenpoint's waterfront park space.

The BrooklynVegan Northside show takes place the same Saturday as Titus --> Fucked Up/Liars, but at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Doors for that are 8pm, and it goes later. Tickets are now on sale.

Titus may DO NOT have another Brooklyn show coming up, on Thursday, June 3rd at Glasslands with Boogie Boarder. It has been cancelled. It was supposed to be a benefit for Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, a group frontman Patrick Stickles has talked about before...

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Patrick Stickles: We can't take too much pride in the things we that own, can we? If I can get on my soapbox for a minute.... Isn't it much more important not what things we bought, but where we bought them? I'd love for you to remind your Brooklyn-based readership that they should make a point of not supporting the new Duane Reade that's moving in across the street from the historic Kings Pharmacy on Bedford Avenue. If you'd pass that along I'd appreciate that a lot. You can read a lot more about it at the website of this community group called Neighbors Allied for Good Growth. We all need to remember to vote with our dollars and take a stand for locally owned independent businesses, because that's what makes American capitalism great.

Maybe they'll reschedule it at a later date.

Grails has a new EP coming out. Grab an MP3 from that.

Fucked Up recently posted a new song that'll appear on a 12" split with Serena-Maneesh. You can get it above. Also, Damian from Fucked Up has been Internet debating the new Arizona immigration laws with fellow Canadian band Stars via Twitter and Stereogum.

All tour dates for Titus and Fucked Up are below...

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Northside

"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."
That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.

Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."

If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...

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"I'm smelly, but saw the Vivian Girls and conquered the PATH" - Samantha Onorato

Titus Andronicus w/ Cassie from Vivian Girls @ SUNY - 4/14 (OpenEye)
Titus Andronicus

That's Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls on stage with Titus Andronicus at the SUNY Purchase student center on 4/14. Her other band The Babies also played that show.

Vivian Girls played with the Grates and Reading Rainbow at Maxwell's in Hoboken last night (4/23). The show was to celebrate 5 years of MusicSnobbery. Titus Andronicus's tour continues with a show at the same venue tonight (4/24). The sold out gig also has Harlem and Spider Bags on the bill, BUT FIRST: Los Campesinos! will play Maxwell's after all. After rescheduling and then cancelling the show completely, Los Campesinos! have re-rescheduled their show at the NJ venue for 3PM TODAY ("NOTE: if you bought tix @ Ticketweb for 4/17 or 4/21 you will need to re-buy. We regret the inconvenience.").

Los Campesinos! kick off the rest of their tour Sunday in Boston. The new date for the NYC show at Irving Plaza is Monday, April 26th.

Harlem played a show last night at Monster Island Basement (originally scheduled for Market Hotel), and at Mercury Lounge the night before that.

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...

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"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.

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photos by Tim Griffin

"Just saw Fucked Up tear it up at Emo's, with a cameo from two of the Wu Tang Killa Bees. That's gonna be hard to top" - mehan jayasuriya

"FUCKED UP: Frontman Pink Eye says Emo's was first place he ever went shirtless. "Fat guys everywhere felt a little bit skinnier."" - Rolling Stone

""GZA? He just couldn't make it," Killah Priest told BrooklynTheBorough.com later. "He told us to come and help him out. He'll be here though - somewhere - he'll be here.""

Fucked Up

"The first show I caught at South by Southwest was The Morning Benders at Emo's for the Brooklyn Vegan day party. I talked with Christopher Chu, the lead singer and while he was warming up near the stage, I snapped a few pictures. If you have not purchased Big Echo, their latest album it is worth the dinero." [Harmon Drive]
As previously mentioned, GZA didn't show up but Killah Priest and 9th Prince made a quick but special appearance on the main ("outside") stage at the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Austin, TX. The two stage party featured a Torche-headlined metal stage "inside", and great sets by YellowFever, The Morning Benders, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, The Black Angels and Fucked Up outside. Finger on the Pulse played tunes between sets.

The last few bands got slightly longer sets due to the gap in the schedule that GZA created. The capacity crowd enjoyed free Magic Hat beer, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Vitamin Water, Mr. Natural breakfast tacos, Nadamoo coconut milk ice cream, Daily Juice catering, Raw Revolution bars and Hail Merry granola. It was an amazing first day at the festival that was quickly followed by our official showcase right down the street at Club DeVille. More pictures from this stage (metal coming later), and a video clip of the Killah Priest part, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus celebrated the release of their new record, The Monitor, with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, March 6th. The album's raucus, conceptual layers peeled back on stage to reveal the taut five-piece underneath. For two members of the band, keyboardist David Robbins and violinist/guitarist Amy Klein, it was only their third show with the group. The warm reception to the new-album tunes - with sing-alongs from the amazing, stand-out album opener (above) to its amazingly-depressing closer - no doubt set the bar high for the band's upcoming slew of album-supporting shows (including BrooklynVegan Emo's day party on Wednesday, March 17th in Austin).

On stage, frontman Patrick Stickles brought along an American Flag, but left out the LP's guests and Lincoln quoting transitions. He did a bit to humanize the record's kitch, sending a song out to his brother in the Navy, who he credited for getting the band on their whole nautical kick (a bit more personal than the Ken Burns doc and other sources often mentioned). He also did his part to play den mother to the young crowd - it was the first time I've ever heard anyone in a band tell an audience, "It's time to start to thinking about winding down."

In a lot of ways the 1.5+ hour show seemed like the opening of a new book for the band. The melding of History and personal history is something that The Monitor does without shame, and with both those arcs closed, the Bowery show felt like a new beginning. As part of the encore, Patrick treated us to a solo cover of the Replacements' "Treatment Bound" (which you can get from NYCTaper).

The openers were all great: Cloud Nothings played rough-around-the-edges power pop; Vivian Girls/Woods side-project The Babies are quickly becoming one of my favorites with popppy mid-set combos like "All Things Come to Pass" and "Meet Me in the City;" and Parts & Labor's effects/synth-laden sound added some eclecticism to the show. Cloud Nothings and Parts & Labor both have shows in NYC and elsewhere coming up, which are laid out below along with more pictures from the show...

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