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photo: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog

Sugarcube, an inflatable performance space located at Fulton and Front Streets at South Street Seaport, will be hosting a series of free concerts and other events this month into early February. Tonight (1/16) from 7-10 PM, it's Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky and King Collider, following a 4-7 PM Happy Hour with DJ Club Ted (formerly of EVR's "Gay Beach" show).

An especially notable one is the Northern Spy Records fifth anniversary celebration with two days of free events on January 24 & 31. On January 24 the day features guitarist Marc Ribot with the interactive "How to Jam with Marc Ribot" in the afternoon (2-4 PM) where you're invited to bring an "instrument, an amp, or whatever you need to play along." Then at 7 PM it's a concert with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Loren Connors' Haunted House.

On January 31 it's a day with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The afternoon event (2-4 PM) is a creative workshop with Maestro Marshall Allen & members of the Arkestra. Then at 7PM the full Sun Ra Arkestra will perform. Again, these events and concerts are free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged. Flyers for both shows are below.

Other cool free shows happening include Amanda Jo Williams and Batfog on January 23, and then on January 30, it's The Tony Castles and Strange Kids. On Sunday afternoons through February 1 (noon - 5 PM) there's a "Music Market" which is a record fair with Doug Pressman of Record Grouch as DJ.

And for those who have a fond memory for ESPN in the early '80s, there's curling on Tuesday nights from 6 - 9 PM with two separate "learn to curl" sessions.

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Deafheaven @ Public Assembly (more by Greg Cristman)

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

Deafheaven, Marriages, Nothing @ Saint Vitus Bar
California's Deafheaven are often lumped in with metal bands because of their lineage, but they shouldn't be. On the band's new LP, Sunbather, shoegaze takes precedent over black metal, making for a beautiful and thoughtful listen. Marriages supports, but don't miss Nothing if you like your shoegaze on the heavy side. Sold out, but you can also check out Deafheaven/Marriages at 285 Kent on Thursday (7/40.

Future Punx, Spires, The Capitalist Kids, The New Rochelles @ The Grand Victory
Been wondering what happened to Fergus & Geronimo's Jason Kelly since that band called it quits? He now fronts Future Punx, who play tonight with up-and-comers Spires and a couple poppy punk bands (The Capitalist Kids, The New Rochelles).

Beginnings w/ Talib Kweli, Wyatt Cenac, Mandy Stadtmiller, Xenia Rubios@ UCB East
NYC comedy duo Wrestling Team (aka Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman) do their live Beginnings podcast taping tonight at UCB East, where they'll be talking to rapper Talib Kweli, Wyatt Cenac, Mandy Stadtmiller about how they got their start, and the musical guest will be the recently profiled Brooklyn musician Xenia Rubinos.

Small Black (DJ), Beach Fossils (DJ), Bottle Rockets (DJ) @ The DL
Small Black played a live set at MHOW on Sunday (6/30), and tonight they'll be DJing a party at The DL. Beach Fossils and Bottle Rockets will be DJing tonight too.

Illumntr, Royal Canoe, Deidre & The Dark @ Cameo Gallery
Winnepeg, MB's Royal Canoe highlight this bill of synthpop, that includes locals Illumntr and Savoir Adore offshoot Deidre & The Dark.

Starlight Girls, Zula, The Tony Castles, Ursula Starship @ Glasslands
A nice line-up of locals, including the retro-a-go-go of Starlight Girls, and wistful indie rockers Tony Castles.

Janeane Garofalo, Chris Lamberth, Diano Spechler, Vinny Deponto @ Union Hall
Ever wonder what pop culture Janeane Garofalo obsesses over? We're pretty sure it's '90s indie rock, but find out for certain tonight as she appears at tonight's Geeking Out with hosts Kerri Doherty & Nate Fernald.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Ian Hunter @ Maxwell's
The Mott the Hoople frontman will make his way to Hoboken for a sold-out show at the soon-to-close Maxwell's tonight. The intimate show will be a nice setting to see him in, but if you didn't get tickets, you can catch him NYC again this September, when he hits City Winery for two shows.

Heart, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ PNC Bank Arts Center
This classic rock tour, which already hit the NYC-area for a show at Jones Beach last week, will pass through NJ for another one tonight at PNC Bank Arts Center.

The Pietasters @ City Winery (FREE)
Relive that time when you were 12 and loved ska with long-running Pietasters, who play today's installment of the free Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival. 5 PM.

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


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DOWNLOAD: Tony Castles - One Tone Man (MP3)

Tony Castles
Tony Castles

Brooklyn's Tony Castles are gearing up to release their new EP titled Sharon Stone which will be out October 23. If your favorite Tony Castles song to dates was their magnificently dreamy "Black Girls in Dresses" the six tracks on the new EP definitely lean in that direction. It makes for nice autumn listening, when the days grow shorter and shadows get long. We've got the premiere of "One Tone Man" from the EP at the top of this post and you can stream snippets of other tracks below.

The band have a few NYC-area shows coming up, including tonight (9/6) at Pianos; the Silent Lights fundraiser on September 20 at the Green Building with Motive and Gurpal (advance tickets); and September 28 at Delinquency with Backwords, Zula, and Ancient Sky.

Win Win

Tonight's show at Pianos is part of Win Win's September Residency that happens every Thursday this month at the LES club. Originally a strictly-electronics duo (whose most recent album came out on Vice last year), Win Win are now a three-piece with an updated, band-driven sound as can be heard on new single, "Salt Days," from their new album, Double Vision (due out 10/16 via VICE) which you can stream below.

Win Win's September residency line-ups are as follows:

September 6: Jahan Lennon (Mad Decent), Roofeeo, Tony Castles, Sister Crayon, Taddy Porter

September 13: Behavior, Steel Phantoms and Beast Patrol

September 20: Slam Donaue (profiled here), Sleep Kitty and Warm Ghost

September 27: Crinkles, Window, Delicate Cutters, Louis Schefano and Brian Degraw

Streams, all listed Tony Castles dates and Win Win residency flyer are below.

Continue reading "Win Win releasing LP, now in residency @ Pianos; Tony Castles have an EP, playing tonight (MP3, streams, dates) "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Tony Castles - Juice (MP3)

Tony Castles

Tony Castles have a new 7" out on Famous Class and you can download the A-side, "Juice," at the top of this post. If you liked last year's dreamy "Black Girls in Dresses," you will dig this too. The band play a record release show tonight (6/18) at Death By Audio which is some Northside Festival counterprogramming from the folks at Impose. The show also has Regal Degal, Snakes Say Hisss! and Weekends (not Weekend or The Weekend, mind you).

Tony Castles will also play Glasslands on June 24 opening for The Beets, and will then head out on tour with a reunited Cibo Matto which should be fun. Hope they know their chicken. All Tony Castles tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Tony Castles released a 7" (MP3 premiere), playing shows (like tonight, and with Cibo Matto)"

DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - "Black Hills" (MP3)

Craft Spells at Culture Shock - photo by Hannah Tashkovich
Craft Spells

Craft Spells are heading out on tour with Secretly Canadian signees Gardens & Villa in July. The tour stops by Mercury Lounge on July 30 with support from Selebrities. Tickets are on sale now. Craft Spells will immediately follow the July dates with a short August run supporting The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In April they were here as part of a tour with Beach Fossils. They also played Purchase festival "Culture Shock" during that trip. A few photos from the school show are in this post.

Gardens & Villa...
Gardens and Villas

Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa are releasing their self titled debut July 5 via Secretly Canadian. Watch the video for the track "Black Hills" below and download the MP3 above. The dates with Craft Spells are part of a longer summer tour the band is going on in support of the album, including a run with Foster the People that hits at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 20 (sold out). They also play Glasslands on June 24 with The Beets, Tony Castles, and Moon King (not to be confused with Moonface). Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available.

All dates, more pictures of Craft Spells at Culture Shock, a video, and the Gardens & Villa album artwork and tracklist are below...

Continue reading "Gardens & Villa touring w/ Craft Spells, releasing an LP on Secretly Canadian (dates, MP3, video)"

words & photos by Shanda Boyett

"The @famousclass party was crazed. Amaxing sendoff to the 1 and only Ariel Panero. RIP homie." - markodude

"Tonight was amazing, Thank you to all the bands & @DeathbyAudio Ariel we miss you like crazy" - Famousclass


The Famous Class party at Death by Audio on Friday night (2/4) took its mission of celebrating the life of Ariel Panero seriously. Cyrus Lubin from Famous Class put together an amazing lineup for Day 1 that culminated in a sold-out, joyful mosh-ilicious event headlined by the boisterous Snakes Say Hiss. Also on the bill were Darlings, Grooms, Class Actress, and Tony Castles.

Ariel's name and birth and death date were spray painted on the wall behind the stage. Grooms played almost all new songs, save one oldie that was Ariel's favorite. Tony Castles also played a lot of their new tunes, sounding really tight.

There was a noticeable buildup to the Snakes Say Hiss set, with the crowd ready to live it up in a wild, human bumper car frenzy that sent more than a few people crashing into walls and dodging beer confetti.

It was beautiful in the way that an epic night always is - an organic outgrowth that can be neither planned nor tamed.

Rubin commented early in the evening that he thought it might be a rager, but I think for him, more than anyone else, it was about Ariel.

"Last year he began working with me at Famous Class, helping us take some big steps forward," he says on the Famous Class web site. "It breaks my heart that he isn't going to see the results of everything we worked on together."

Day 2 (Saturday) of the memorial featured Skeletons (string quartet), Sisters, Regal Degal, Tough Knuckles Band and Hubble. Proceeds from show helped raise money for for the release of the new Tough Knuckles album. Those who paid $15 at the door will get a limited edition copy of the LP on white vinyl.

A selection of pictures from Friday's show continues below...

Continue reading "Ariel Panero was remembered @ Death by Audio (pics)"

Glasslands photos by Shanda Boyett, Apohadion by Bryan Bruchman, words by BBG

Delicate Steve on Governors Island (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Delicate Steve

Congrats to Delicate Steve, whose new LP Wondervisions is out now via Luaka Bop. Check out the video below for the title track featuring Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin (who plays Knit on 2/10 - tickets). Its a breezy funky track smothered in vintage keys ala.... you guessed it, Stevie Wonder.

And though Akron Family will take them out on an extensive run of dates including 2/17 at Knitting Factory (tickets) and 3/5 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), Delicate Steve will celebrate the new LP with a record release show at Public Assembly on Saturday (2/5). As discussed, he'll be joined by Dustin Wong (Ponytail, Ecstatic Sunshine), Grandchildren, & Strange Shapes. Tickets are still available. You can also catch DS at the Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ TONIGHT (2/4) and at BAR Nightclub in New Haven, CT on 2/9.

A few days after Public Assembly, Wong will cross paths with the Woods/Ducktails tour that hits Monster Island Basement TONIGHT (2/4) with Metal Mountains. The tour recently hit Portland, Maine, and you can check out pictures from the Apohadion Theater show below. Ducktails will be back on stage later this month when they team up with Glory Girls to open for Lower Dens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/25 (tickets)

Dustin Wong recently supported Nightlands, aka Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, at his debut show at Glasslands on 1/19 with Tony Castles (who play Death By Audio tonight). Check out some pictures from Glasslands below. Nightlands went on to perform another four dates before the tour came to an end in Pontiac, MI. That included a gig in Chicago:

"Playing just his fourth show, Hartley's Chicago set began with a few songs alone with his acoustic guitar and some drum machine samples. Apparently having already mastered looping effects, Hartley was maintaining a strong vocal presence without any accompaniment, but opening act Houses joined him for the final two thirds of his set anyway. They brought with them a mandolin, louder percussion, and a noisier electric guitar. Live drumming was essential to Suzerain, the highlight of Nightlands' debut full-length, Forget the Mantra. And the additional set of voices enabled even more dynamic harmonies, especially for their chorally exultant closer, 300 Clouds."
Annnnnnd one last reminder, Hartley's other project The War on Drugs is scheduled to support Destroyer on the tour that hits April 3rd at Webster Hall (tickets).

All tour dates and some video/song streams are below...

Continue reading "Delicate Steve playing gigs b4 Akron/Family tour, Woods /Ducktails tour underway, Nightlands & more (dates & pics)"

Tough Knuckles

Famous Class Records, a label that Ariel Panero used to co-run, and the one his band Tough Knuckles was signed to, put together the shows happening tonight (2/4) and Saturday (2/5) at Death By Audio - both with killer lineups to help raise money to get the Tough Knuckles record released... though just in a small way. They've "decided to do limited run of 350 albums on white vinyl. Basically the show is 2 nights featuring all the bands that Ariel helped out and loved and there's gonna be a sliding scale at the door, $8 to get in or $15 and we'll mail you a limited edition copy of the record when its printed at the end of the month." Check out the poster and lineups below...

Continue reading "shows in memory of Ariel Panero in Brooklyn (tonight & Sat)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Nightlands - Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge) (MP3)


A solid local bill at Glasslands Thursday tonight (1/20), with Secretly Canadian artist Nightlands headlining. Nightlands is a new project from Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs, and this will be the project's first live show ever. The rest of the lineup is great too: dreamy poppers Tony Castles, former Ponytail man Dustin Wong and art punks Regal Degal.

Secretly Canadian released the Nightlands album, entitled, Forget the Mantra, in November. Check out the gorgeous choral arrangements on "Suzerian" at the top of this post, and check out the video premiere of "All the Way", which is the A-side of a soon-to-be-released 7-inch that will be available at shows, below...

Continue reading "Nightlands making their live debut @ Glasslands (grab an MP3 & check out their brand new video)"

photos by Lionel Bergeron

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

"[Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.] played a short set of about 8 songs, most of them from their released EP from this year. They have a new album coming out this spring and it's just in time since they only have "like 3 CDs left," as the lead singer said during the show. They played a new track and it's definitely darker than the previous release, maybe they're spending too much time being depressed and lonely on the road...

...Live, they are quite entertaining. They dress in Nascar race suits and look like they're headed to get some "tires to the face" at a local track. They have some great lighted decorations that add to their fun showmanship. You can see it in "Vocal Chords" below, and it by far was my favorite song of the night.

Of course there were some entertaining moments when they invited some buddies to share the stage. They're definitely having fun with being musicians. [notes by spark]"

More pictures, and a video of the mask part, of Friday night's show, below....

Continue reading "Bear Hands, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. & the Tony Castles played Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Tom Tom Club

"Nacional Records is proud to announce the September 28th release of Tom Tom Club's 'Genius Of Live.' The iconic group's new album will feature select tracks from classic album 'Live At The Club House' as well as a Latin alternative remix tribute to the smash hit, "Genius Of Love." Tom Tom Club will embark on their first lengthy U.S. tour in 10 years this fall.

"It will be a real pleasure for us to see so much of the USA again this fall," says Tom Tom Club drummer/founder Chris Frantz. "We are all very excited about this tour, to go out and make new friends and reconnect with old friends. The band consists of seven players, is smoking hot and completely live. We don't use any sequencers or backing tapes at all!""
Tom Tom Club will kick off their tour on September 21st in Fairfield, CT and, after going all the way west, head back to end things at Santos Party House in NYC on October 14th (with Caravan of Thieves and Tony Castles). Tickets are now on sale. All dates and a video below...

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Dam-Funk And Master Blazter is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 12th. Tickets are on sale.

Tame Impala is playing Pianos on June 24th. Tickets are on sale.

Brahms is playing Pianos on May 1st (with ARMS / Bell / Aislyn & Wet Bandits aka Passion Pit DJs), May 25 (with Das Racist / Gordon Voidwell / Shadowbox & DJ Aaron Pfenning) and June 1st (with Class Actress / Tony Castles / Baby Alpaca / Cool Places Soundsystem DJ). Tickets for all three shows are on sale.

Das Racist also play the LES venue on May 20th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are now on sale for the Peggy Sue show happening at Pianos.

Peter Wolf Crier, Pocahaunted, Greg from Bouncing Souls, and other Pianos shows are on sale too.

Tickets are on sale for the Heartless Bastards / Peter Wolf Crier shows at Bowery & MHOW.

Tickets are on sale for a lot of Black Crowes shows at Nokia Theatre.

Tickets are on sale for the Vatican Commandos (featuring Moby) hardcore show at Mercury Lounge.

Swans and Danzig tickets went on sale.

Zola Jesus Glasslands tickets are on sale.

A Toro y Moi show at Glasslands is on sale.

Weezer & other Waterfront & Governors Island shows on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for two Empire of the Sun shows at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale for the Black Mountain show at Knitting Factory.

photos by Ryan Muir

Erykah Badu @ Good Units
Erykah Badu

"Erykah Badu went for a stripped-down approach for her new "Window Seat" video. Literally: As the standout tune from New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (out tomorrow) plays, Ms. Badu walks through downtown Dallas gradually removing all of her clothing until she is 100 percent nude. If that sounds familiar, Badu credits that Matt & Kim video from last year for inspiration. No word on what role, if any, Alanis Morissette played." [EW]
You can watch that new video at the end of this post which also contains pictures from the second of two secret-ish Less Artists More Condos-organized NYC shows that Erykah Badu performed at this weekend. The first show (Friday night) took place at Damon Dash's open-when-it-wants-to-be basement space in Tribeca, Under 100. Class Actress, Grooms, and Skeletons were all also on the bill (video below). At the second, Saturday night, a very late Erykah (she left the crowd-that-got-smaller-and-smaller waiting for almost 2 hours), played with Spank Rock, MNDR, and Tony Castles at Good Units in midtown. Things didn't go so well for Spank Rock (who played 2nd to last)...
"During the final song, Spank Rock rapped something along the lines of (and I am paraphrasing here so my head doesn't get chewed off by Spank Rock die-hards), "wanting to fuck a white girl till my dick turns racist." Needless to say, Spank Rock got booed off the stage, something I haven't witnessed at a show in a very long time [editor: you weren't at the Fader Fort for Salem then]. He even tried to worm his way into the front row next to these two ladies I was standing next to so he could watch Erykah Badu and the two women were clearly horrified as they quickly spread themselves out to ensure he would not be joining us." [According to G]
Pictures and the videos below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu played Under 100 & Good Units w/ Spank Rock & MNDR (pics), released Matt & Kim-inspired stripping video"

Total Slacker @ St James Church (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Total Slacker

CatholicVoteAction.Org, Culture War Notes, and Aufer A Nobis all have posts claiming "abomination", "sacrilege" and "desecration" at St James Church on Friday, 1/15. They're referring to the Real Estate, Beach Fossils, The Beets, The Tony Castles & Total Slacker show (that Curren$y was also a special guest at). Videos from the event below...

Continue reading "religious sites claiming St. James Church was 'desecrated'"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

St. James Church

Real Estate, Beach Fossils, The Beets, The Tony Castles and Total Slacker, a lineup that would have been right at home at Market Hotel, crossed the river and played an LAMC-presented show at a historic religious institution in Manhattan on Friday night. St. James Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in NYC. Vincent said it brought him back to shows he attended in high school cafeterias and local church halls when he was younger ("well organized, and by well I mean loosely organized - the way the vibe should feel.")

As advertised, there was open "bar" for an hour and you could also bring your own. Beer cans decorated pews, as did people standing and dancing on them. The lively all ages audience crowd-surfed down the center aisle where priests, funeral and wedding processions walk.

More pictures from the gig below...

Continue reading "Real Estate, Beach Fossils, The Beets, The Tony Castles & Total Slacker @ St. James Church in Manhattan - pics "

St James Church

THIS FRIDAY, January 15th, our good friends at Less Artists More Condos are hosting a show at a rad new venue: the St. James Church in Chinatown.

MIDNIGHT: Real Estate (Last show before Europe Tour)
11PM The Beets
10PM Tony Castles (with secret special guest!)
9PM Beach Fossils
8PM Total Slacker
10 dollars & OPEN BAR FROM 8-9

As it says above, Real Estate heads out about a week after the show shortly after the show to tour Europe (followed by a North American jaunt with Woods).

The Beets and Beach Fossils will be touring with Christmas Island this February. Total Slacker, also on the church bill, will help those bands kick off their tour at a February 9th Cake Shop show (the tour has a few other NYC stops too). Total Slacker plays a bunch more this month too (including a January 28th show at Don Pedros with Frankie & the Outs) - dates are below.

Beach Fossils perform on Saturday, January 16th with Real Estate spin-off Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Cloud Nothings and Nude Beach at Monster Islandl (and in March at Market Hotel with Surfer Blood).

The Tony Castles have another show coming up too. They're playing January 23rd at Union Pool with Forest City, Tough Knuckles and Regal Degal. Tony Castles have some new songs on their MySpace that are definitely worth checking out - an interesting mix of synth textures and pop songwriting.

Directions to the venue and Total Slacker tour dates are below...

Continue reading "St. James Church is a new Manhattan venue - show w/ Real Estate, Tony Castles, Beach Fossils & Total Slacker (dates) "

Mastodon @ MHOW in May (more by Zach Dilgard)

today in NYC
* Goes Cube @ Southpaw
* John Roderick @ Union Hall
* Justice (DJ) @ Webster Hall
* Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show @ MSG
* Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Sound Fix Records
* Das Racist, The Tony Castles @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Snake Sustaine, Wizardry, Hull, Wet Nurse @ Cake Shop
* Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, High on Fire @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, Method Man, Redman & Snoop Dogg @ Nokia
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Dead Confederate, All The Saints @ Bowery Ballroom

The show at Brooklyn Bowl is free.

A Place to Bury Strangers end a month-long tour, but first stop home for a show at Bowery Ballroom with Dead Confederate and All the Saints tonight.

Tonight is the first of two shows for Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, and High on Fire at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Tonight is the second night of the World Series at Yankees Stadium. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be performing a song right before the game.

What else?

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Betty Wang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acrylics - Molly's Vertigo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Portrait - Mega Secrets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Bad Day (MP3)

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat GuitarS

It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.

Effi Briest
Effie Briest

Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).


This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.

Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.

Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.

Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.

You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.

Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Holiday Shores

More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.

And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.

Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...

Continue reading "Insound Party, After the Jump, Holiday Shores, Effi Briest, Beach Fossils, Phantogram & more in This Week in Indie "