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Torres @ Mercury Lounge - 6/26/15
Torres

Writing this, I still get the chills thinking of how TORRES did start her show on Friday, letting everybody indulge in a really long intro to Son, You Are No Island, while burning an inscent, to wave away any bed spirits and set the mood.

Like on her two albums, her live show balances between the quieter, more introspect and the heavier rock numbers: New Skin comes after the softer opener and is being followed by Sprinter and then A Proper Polish Welcome. Fortunately, TORRES is not one of those artists who have a beef with fans snapping photos, asking at any moment icily for "paying attention please and putting the stuff away". In contrary! She's not only okay with the attention she gets, but she even encourages it at times and puts on an extra charming smile or a special rocker guitar "pose". [Glam Glare]

Torres played her second of two headlining NYC shows on her tour in support of this year's great Sprinter at Mercury Lounge on Friday night (6/26). (The first was at Baby's All Right back in May.) It's the last time you'll see her somewhere that small in the NYC-area for a while, as her next shows here are with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22 (sold out) and with Garbage (who are playing their debut in full) at The Space at Westbury on October 23 and Kings Theater on October 24 (tickets).

The Mercury Lounge show was opened by local ambient musician Ancient Ocean, aka John Bohannon who used to be a member of Torres' live band. Pictures from that show continue below...

Continue reading "Torres played Mercury Lounge with Ancient Ocean (pics)"

Garbage

Garbage's great 1995 debut album turns 20 this year, and in celebration of that they'll give it a re-mastered reissue later this summer with remixes and previously unreleased versions of songs from the album. They're also playing it in full on a North American tour dubbed the '20 Years Queer Tour' that goes down this fall with support from Torres (that's a good double bill).

The tour hits the NYC-area for two shows: Long Island on October 23 at The Space at Westbury and Brooklyn on October 24 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon and 10 AM, respectively, and there are Live Nation/venue presales for the Brooklyn show starting Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Torres will also be here sooner for a show with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22. Tickets are still available. Watch the video for "Strange Hellos" off her new album, with the list of tour dates and a stream of Garbage, below...

Continue reading "Garbage playing self-titled debut in full on 20th anniversary tour with Torres (dates)"

Courtney

Tickets for the Courtney Barnett, Speedy Ortiz and Torres show at Terminal 5 go on BrooklynVegan presale today at noon. Password = CBBV.

If you miss out on getting tickets in the BV presale, you'll have another chance in the general on-sale starting Friday (5/1) at noon. Full tour schedules for all three artists are HERE.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Courtney Barnett at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett's tour in support of her great new album will have her in NYC for three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom in May, and now she's added more dates which will have her back in NYC for a much larger show this summer

Courtney plays Terminal 5 on July 22 and it's a killer triple bill with support from Speedy Ortiz and Torres. TIckets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon, and there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Updated tour dates are listed below.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Speedy Ortiz are on tour now in support of their own great new album, having hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (4/25) with Mitski and Krill. The new songs sound killer live, and they worked nicely against other highlights like "Indoor Soccer" from 2012's Sports EP, "American Horror" from last year's Real Hair EP, and "Swim Fan" from the "Taylor Swift" single.

Torres is currently streaming her upcoming album and has other tour dates including headlining NYC shows in May and June.

Updated dates for all three artists, and a few videos/song streams, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett expands tour, playing Terminal 5 w/ Speedy Ortiz and Torres (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Shervin Lainez
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Torres is a week away from releasing her sophomore album, Sprinter, on her new label home of Partisan Records, and she's now streaming it in full. It's a diverse record, with PJ Harvey-style rock songs, somber folk-inspired songs, and a short divergence into eccentric pop with "Cowboy Guilt." Check out the whole thing, over at NPR.

Torres has a tour coming up that includes two NYC shows: May 27 at Baby's All Right with Aero Flynn (tickets) and June 26 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). No other bands announced for the Merc show yet.

Watch the video for the title track below...

Continue reading "Torres streaming new album, 'Sprinter' (listen)"

photo: Torres at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Like we said earlier this week, Torres just keeps adding NYC shows to her tour schedule. She just played a WNYC Soundcheck session at The Greene Space earlier this week (which you can watch below), and she's now added two more NYC shows for after the new album comes out. She hits Baby's All Right on May 27 with Aero Flynn and almost a month later plays Mercury Lounge on June 26. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, and tickets for Merc go on sale today (3/6) at noon.

Torres also has a ton of SXSW shows announced. The poster with her current schedule, and list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres played a Soundcheck session, expands tour, adding two more NYC shows (dates & video)"

photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Torres' sophomore album Sprinter comes out May 5 via Partisan, and she's continuing to play shows in her current hometown of NYC ahead of its release. Last week, she opened for Timber Timbre at Bowery Ballroom, and this week she'll play a live WNYC Soundcheck session at The Greene Space on Tuesday (2/3) afternoon (12:30 PM). Admission is free with RSVP.

She was also announced today for Pitchfork SXSW. Updated dates are listed, with the single from her upcoming album, below...

Continue reading "Torres adds more shows, including Greene Space this week"

photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Torres already has a bunch of tour dates scheduled for this May, and is playing SXSW in March, and she's since scheduled a NYC appearance to take place before that. She'll be opening the second of two Timber Timbre shows at Bowery Ballroom on that band's ongoing tour. She plays February 24, and Thus Owls open a day earlier. Tickets for both are still available.

Torres' second album, Sprinter, comes out May 5 via Partisan. Listen to excellent lead single "Strange Hellos," with her updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres expands tour, opening for Timber Timbre (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

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Torres has been playing new songs live for a while now, and she's finally announced the followup to her excellent 2013 debut LP. It's called Sprinter and will be out on May 5 via her new label home of Partisan Records. PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis produced it and PJ's bassist Ian Oliver backed Torres on the record, as did Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley. Working with PJ Harvey collaborators is a good fit for Torres, who gets a bit of a To Bring You My Love-style howl out on new single "Strange Hellos." Like her recent live shows predicted, the new song dives deeper into the heavier rock vibe that her debut only hinted at. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.

Torres also announced a tour which follows her previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show and SXSW. The BK Bazaar show is this Friday (1/30) and also features Mainland, Heliotropes and Ancient Ocean. Like most BKNB shows, it's free.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and new song, below...

Continue reading "Torres announces new LP (stream a track ++ updated dates)"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

Continue reading "SXSW announces third round of 2015 showcasing artists"

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Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

Continue reading "Torres listed her favorite LPs of 2014, playing a free NYC show"

Torres at the Seaport in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Philly folk rockers Strand of Oaks are on tour now and about to headline their largest NYC show yet on Thursday (12/4) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, the similarly-minded Torres was added to a few dates including last night's Toronto show (12/1), the upcoming Philly show, and the NYC show. You can still get tickets to both NYC and Philly. Updated dates are listed below.

In other news, Strand of Oaks main man Timothy Showalter just told Philly.com that his favorite albums of 2014 are Sun Kil Moon's Benji, Marissa Nadler's July, Sharon Van Etten's Are We There and Ryan Adams' self-titled, the latter of which includes the song "My Wrecking Ball" that Strand of Oaks recently covered. You can stream that below. Strand of Oaks' own 2014 LP, Heal, was a favorite of his Philly neighbors, Restorations.

Hear Ya also just put out a live session video of Strand of Oaks playing "Shut In" from their new record. You can watch that, with the Ryan Adams cover and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres on tour w/ Strand of Oaks, who included Ryan Adams in his top albums of 2014 & covered him (listen)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Torres / High Highs
Torres
High Highs

The free Seaport Music Festival continued this past Friday (7/25) at this year's location on Fulton St. at Water St., headlined by Torres and with an opening set by High Highs. Torres, sporting an awesome Angel Olsen shirt with nothing but "UNFUCKTHEWORLD" in large bold font, played only three songs off her self titled debut LP, and otherwise treated the crowd to a set of entirely new songs. Her backing band was also different this time around, and she screamed more than I've ever seen her. New stuff sounded good, and hopefully a set with that much of it means a new album is on the way. High Highs were playing some new stuff too, and their set of kinda-psychedelic indie pop was a nice mix with Torres' grungy alt-folk. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The next Seaport Music Fest show is this Friday (8/1) with Snowmine and The Cakset Girls. More pics of Torres and High Highs below...

Continue reading "Torres & High Highs played the Seaport Music Festival (pics)"

Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joanna Gruesome

The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.

More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:

Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, Alvvays
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
As always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.

Torres at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Alt-folk singer Torres is one of the many musicians with a release planned for this year's Record Store Day (Saturday, 4/19). She contributes the new song "The Harshest Light" to a split with Ohio indie rock band Motel Beds whose contribution, "Tropics of the Sand," features vocals from indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders. You'll have to wait til RSD to hear the Torres song, but you can listen to the Motel Beds/Kelley Deal song (via Stereogum) below.

That split is coming out via Misra Records, who also release the Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy compilation on 12" vinyl for RSD with tracks by Kelley Deal's R. Ring, Motel Beds, Phosphorescent and more. Tracklist for that one, and album artwork for both RSD releases, below.

Check out our Record Store Day guides for NYC and Chicago for help choosing a place to pick up that release and others too.

The currently Brooklyn-based Torres also has an upcoming show here happening on May 6 at Glasslands with Young Unknowns, Eastern Midwestern and Photo Ops. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream, tracklist, and artwork below...

Continue reading "Torres releasing a Record Store Day split 7" with Motel Beds and Kelley Deal, playing Glasslands"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Little Dragon

Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Thursday party @ Red 7 in pics (Little Dragon, Tyler the Creator, Trash Talk, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, San Fermin & much more)"

Torres

Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) released her great self-titled debut LP back in early 2013. She's been touring hard in support of it ever since, including an appearance in Austin for SXSW 2013. Mackenzie is back for another round with SXSW (her full list of dates is below), during which she'll play the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we asked her 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Torres: Red Rocks Amphitheater! (I spoke with my future self and she told me to say that.)

2) What would your metal band name be?

Severed Corn on the Macabre.

more below...

Continue reading "5 Questions with: Torres"

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
02:30 Torres
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin

OUTSIDE
12:00 Calvin Love
12:40 Cities Aviv
01:00 Overdoz
01:30 Trash Talk
02:10 Nothing
03:00 BadBadNotGood w/ special guest Tyler the Creator
04:00 Roosevelt
05:00 Little Dragon

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.

The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.

Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 Thurs Life or Death Day Party lineup (Little Dragon, San Fermin, Tyler the Creator, Trash Talk, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins & much more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Marnie Stern / Torres @ Baby's All Right - 1/28/14
Marnie Stern
Torres

Earlier this week, doNYC hosted a two-night celebration of their one year anniversary at Baby's All Right with a rowdy FIDLAR/Big Ups/Amanda X show on Monday (1/27) and an equally notable Marnie Stern / Torres / Porches show on Tuesday (1/28). Porches, who are a regular on the local live circuit, were a late addition to the bill and seemed to win over much of the crowd. Torres' grungy folk was great as always, and she took the opportunity to show off a few new songs.

Marnie closed out the night, and though her funny stage banter (usually about her vagina) and unconventional guitar playing are always highly entertaining, she was very drunk and took things a bit over the top. She went on a lengthy, belligerent rant, screaming about stretching her vagina across the stage, and made so much intentional, blaring feedback in between songs that a chunk of the crowd left early. Not everyone was turned off though, one instagram commenter said:

She is so drunk and it's amazing. And by "amazing" I mean it's sloppy, uncomfortably sexual and the feedback is killing me. Good stuff. More great bands need show public displays of drunkenness, forgetting all the words to your songs is so punk.
What did you think? Pictures from the show are in this post.

There's never a lack of Porches shows in NYC and you can catch them again this weekend, 2/1, at Cameo Gallery with Howth and Stranger Cat. They also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in February with Widowspeak and Jessica Pratt. All of their dates are listed with more pictures below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern got her drink on with Torres & Porches at doNYC's birthday @ Baby's All Right (pics ++ more Porches dates)"

Sharon Van Etten at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten announced that she'll follow 2012's Tramp with a new album, Are We There?, which is due out this May. Confirmed collaborators include Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, and Efterklang affiliate Peter Broderick.

She hasn't officially released any music from it yet, but this Sharon Van Etten fan tumblr says it's confirmed that some of the songs she's been playing live will make the cut, including "Nothing will Change," "Tarifa," and "Your Love Is Killing Me," which you can watch live videos of below.

The tumblr also says that tracks called "You Know Me Well," "Pay My Debts," "Afraid of Nothing," and "Break Me" are confirmed, and a new song she played at Pickathon is likely to appear as well. Check out more details (including "possible" and "unlikely" songs) here.

Sharon doesn't have a tour announced at the moment, but she'll be at SXSW. UPDATE: Sharon is not going to SXSW afterall.

In related news, Torres is playing a free NYC show soon, Efterklang is breaking up and Shearwater is touring. And Sharon's bandmate Doug Keith is releasing a solo album.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten releasing new album, 'Are We There?' feat. mems of Shearwater, Torres, Lower Dens & Efterklang"

Torres at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Our friends at DoNYC (who we just co-hosted our holiday party with) are celebrating their one year anniversary with two nights of free music at Baby's All Right on January 27 and 28. The first night has FIDLAR (who are on tour with the Pixies), Amanda X (who we just caught opening for Parquet Courts), and a special guest TBA. Then the second night has Marnie Stern, Torres and more TBA. Both are free with RSVP.

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums of 2013"

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

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

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

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

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome
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CMJ
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After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.

Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.

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Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.

After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.

Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.

Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.

We already posted some videos from the show, and pictures of Nothing, as well as Ex Hex and Mac. Pictures and recap from the first half of this show are HERE. The rest is below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 2) -- Joanna Gruesome, Pallbearer, Hop Along, Torres, Jacco Gardner, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck
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CMJ
CMJ

Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.

We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.

Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.

After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.

Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).

More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...

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