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Torres

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)
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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)
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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
CMJ

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
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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...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 1) -- Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, King Dude, Spires & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Torres @ Glasslands - 9/25/13
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Former Nashvillian Torres (the grunge folk project of Mackenzie Scott) officially made the move to Brooklyn recently, and Mackenzie and her ace band played their first show in their new hometown last month (9/25) at Glasslands. It was a headlining date in the midst of their tour with Okkervil River, and featured opening sets by Frances Cone and Wet (not Natureboy, who was initially billed). A belated set of pictures from that show is in this post.

All three artists who were on that bill are also playing CMJ this week. Torres plays Pete's Candy Store today (10/17) at 7:40 PM, and as discussed, she'll also be on our BrooklynVegan Saturday party (noon-10 PM) at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn). She's on at 6 PM and plays along with Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band), Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, a special heavy guest, Hop Along, Yuck, Pity Sex, King Dude, Nothing, Courtney Barnett, and Spires. The party (like our Friday one) is totally FREE (no RSVP, no badges), and we hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, the R&B-leaning Brooklyn trio Wet, who just released a self titled EP via Neon Gold this week, have a few shows coming up. Those include FADER Fort today (10/17) and the Neon Gold showcase at Santos today (10/17). They also just announced a Mercury Lounge show to happen on November 21. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and general on-sale begins Friday (10/18) at noon. Some streams from their EP are below.

Lastly, Frances Cone plays a free show at Rockwood Music Hall on Friday (10/18). She's on at 9 PM.

More pictures from Glasslands and those song streams below...

Continue reading "Torres, Wet & Frances Cone played Glasslands, playing CMJ (pics & streams)"

Pelican @ MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Speedy Ortiz @ DbA in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
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We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.

Pelican, Special Guest, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody, Hasj @ Saint Vitus
Both nights of our IO showcase culminate with Pelican sets, but the support bill for each is different. Tonight's features metallic hardcore legends Ringworm, along with scary doom/sludgers Primitve Man, Michigan black metal punks Aksumite (playing their first show!), and local doom troupe HASJ. Sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).

Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
This Panache showcase has a very solid lineup, including one of our 30 artists to see at CMJ, Speedy Ortiz, who put a new spin on traditionalist indie rock, Ex-Cult, lively NYC rockers Hunters, lo-fi popster Calin Love, Homeshake, and local post-hardcore rippers Big Ups.

Mike Simonetti, Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight, North Americans, Korallreven (DJ set), Bruce Smear (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
This lineup most leans towards the electronic side, with Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finland's Shine 2009, new duo Ejecta (aka Leanne of Neon Indian and Joel Ford), ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat and more.

Lee Bannon, The Range, Shy Girls, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, Ejecta, Saint Pepsi (DJ set) @ Glasslands
This Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party is another great electronic show, including Joey Bada$$ associate Lee Bannon, upcoming producer The Range, and a number of good electronic artists who veer towards warped pop.

Starred, Tempers, Butter The Children, Les Bicyclettes, Blanches @ Europa
The Pendu Sound showcase includes local goth representation from Starred (one of the standouts on Sub Pop 1000) and Tempers (who have a great Swans cover, in addition to killer original music). It would have been rounded out by another goth duo Azar Swan, but they unfortunately dropped off.

Cardiknox, Courtney Barnett, Dan Croll, Gems, Bad Suns, Wilsen, John Murry @ Mercury Lounge
The artist we're most excited about on this bill is Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit. Synth popsters Gems, folk singer Wilsen, and singer/songwriter John Murry are worth catching too though.

The Head and the Heart, Rose Windows, Papa, Rathborne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sub Pop-signed indie folkies The Head and The Heart headline this show, which is pretty intimate for their standards. If you're going, be sure to catch their psychedelic labelmates Rose Windows.

Torres, Jay Arner, Shelby Earl, Spaceships, Norwegian Arms @ Pete's Candy Store
The artist we're most looking forward to on this bill is Torres, who recently moved here from Nashville, and is playing a couple CMJ shows this week. She makes grungy alt-folk that a young PJ Harvey would be proud of, and her band is killer live too.

Raekwon @ SOB's
Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon headlines what should be one of the crazier rap shows at CMJ tonight.

Sisqo, Tayo, Black Sheep, MIDI Mafia, Mucho Deniro, Jazmin Sisters, Oxymorrons, Phranchyze, Rye Rye @ SOB's
At the same venue as Raekwon, this show goes down, and most notably veteran NYC duo Black Sheep is on the bill. Sisqo was supposed to headline, but is now not playing.

Pity Sex, Dads, Greys, Ovlov, Kal Marks, Wild Adriatic, Midnight Reruns, Desert Sharks, Teen Death @ The Grand Victory
There's a bunch of great bands on this party, including emo-shoegazers PIty Sex, Toronto noise punks Greys, Dinosaur Jr/Sonic Youth-y rockers Ovlov, leftfield indie rockers Kal Marks, power poppers Midnight Reruns and more.

Real Estate, Jonathan Rado & The Gentlemen Jets, Hookworms, Piano Movers @ Bowery Ballroom
Real Estate are the headliners -- expect a lot of new songs -- but this will also be the first North American show for Leeds, UK band Hookworms whose debut LP is pretty terrific. (They play a BV day party too.) You can also catch Foxygen's Jonathan Rado in solo band format as well.

Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, American Sharks, Dirty Fences, Nancy, Tweens @ Cake Shop
This is the Cape Shok official showcase, meaning it's all the bands that the folks running Cake Shop really dig. It's a pretty stacked bill, with BV CMJ picks Joanna Gruesome and Tweens, plus Nancy (Spits-esque) and Austin's party-till-you-puke punks American Sharks.

Marijuana Death Squads, P.O.S., The Cloak Ox, Lizzo, Pony Bwoy @ Knitting Factory
Marijuana Deathsquads, the multi-hyphenate Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, released their new album, Oh My Sexy Lord, this week and it's a wildly schizo record with near metal guitars, glitchy electronics, frenetic drumming and heavily treated vocals competing for attention, quite often all at once. Come celebrate its release with a bunch of their Twin Cities pals tonight.

Public Service Broadcasting
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Public Service Broadcasting, Born Gold, Float Fall, Child Actor, Shy Girls, Facts, SHMNS @ The Delancey
This is your only chance to see UK group Public Service Broadcasting that mix krauty post-rock with samples from old British educational films. Their live show, heavy on the AV, is supposed to be something else.

Menomena, The Helio Sequence, Pattern is Movement @ Webster Hall
This is another big show that happens to be part of CMJ with three artists who take indie pop to slightly more experimental places.

The Beets, Rose Windows, The Moondoggies, Lost Animal, Hausu @ Death By Audio
Sub Pop kid sister label Hardly Art throws an unofficial CMJ party at DbA with a nice showing from their roster, including Seattle's psychedelic Rose Windows, and Portland's noisey-mopey Hausu.

Billy Woods, Wreck and Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, Odonis Odonis, SISU @ Shea Stadium
This multi-genre bill takes over Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium with hip hop from Billy Woods and YC the Cynic, experimental noise from Guardian Alien, noise punk from Odonis Odonis, and Dum Dum Girls side project SISU.

Nick Waterhouse @ MOSCOT LES (FREE)
Start your Thursday night off with this free solo show from stylish '60s soul lover Nick Waterhouse at the Orchard St. MOSCOT store. You do need to RSVP.

Special Guests, Drowners, Rathborne, The Band In Heaven, Tweens, Dream Shake, Shark Week, Rey Pila, Dream Boys @ Pianos
This is the Frenchkiss showcase with a full slate of poppy indie, from good looking and catchy Drowners to LA jangle-poppers Dream Boys. As to the "Special Guests," who on their roster could it be?

Pittle Daylight (upstairs), The Griswolds (downstairs), Haerts (upstairs), Lovelife (downstairs), Kodaline (upstairs), Magic Man (downstairs), Morning Parade (upstairs), Wet (downstairs), The Preatures (upstairs), Panama Wedding (downstairs), claire (upstairs), Night Terrors of 1927 (downstairs) @ Santos Party House
There's a zillion acts playing this Santos show, but Australian band The Preatures are definitely one of the more talked about CMJ bands so far this week.

Here We Go Magic, Firehorse, HolyChild @ McKittrick Hotel
Here We Go Magic headline this CMJ show at McKittrick Hotel (home of the famed 'Sleep No More' experience)... this one is CMJ Badge and guestlist only.

Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ The Bowery Electric
Here's one of your many chances to catch intense Aussie KJC, plus Montreal indie pop band (and Grimes labelmate) TOPS.

More notable Thursday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

If you're looking for laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .

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Okay, so we might be a little late with this announcement (and someone cancelled while I was writing this post), but we are now very excited (and relieved) to finally announce most of the lineups for our 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ parties. UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, we still can't say the venue yet. Stay tuned for that announcement coming Thursday, but we promise it will be fairly convenient.

THE VENUE IS ANNOUNCED: It's Baby's All Right! (146 Broadway in Williamsburg)

Omar Souleyman (photo by David Andrako)
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here we go...

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Friday:

On FRIDAY (10/18) we're going from noon to 6 PM and kicking things off huge with an acoustic set from The Head and the Heart at noon (the same Sub Pop-signed band whose upcoming shows at Terminal 5, Webster Hall and MHOW are all sold out).

Kirin J Callinan under Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (by Tim Griffin)
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From there we change the energy drastically with a set by Kirin J Callinan (who is with a full band this year, unlike last year), Leeds band Eagulls who are followed by Leeds rockers Hookworms, who are followed by theatrical indie-metal-pop-prog band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman (!), and finally indie rockers Speedy Ortiz!

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Saturday:

Mac Superchunk (photo by Chris La Putt)
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Then, on SATURDAY (10/19), we're going 10 straight hours, from noon to 10 PM, with local psych band Spires, followed by the emo-shoegaze of Pity Sex, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST that will be announced Friday night, alt-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, and the NYC debut of Ex Hex -- the new band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave)!

UPDATE: Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Drowners & more added! Party now goes till 2am.

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Both of these shows are 100% FREE, no RSVP necessary. No Arcade Fire. No Banksy. There is free food and drink and ink though.

Come by and pick up a free Raw Revolution bar to snack on and a complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drink, AND A FREE TATTOO. Sailor Jerry is bringing in Three Kings Tattoo artists who will be giving out complimentary tattoos right there in our venue (again)! Tattoos are first come, first served, as is admission to the shows.

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To recap:
1) One late announcement
2) Two free shows
3) 18 artists
4) Free drinks
5) Free tattoos till 6pm each day (designs pictured above)
6) A venue to be announced Thursday Baby's All right
7) A special guest playing Friday to be announced Thursday night Omar Souleyman
8) A special guest playing Saturday to be announced Friday night Pallbearer
9) JUST ADDED: four more bands Saturday!

And thanks to Vinny's Music for the gear!

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Also, don't forget, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also hosting three shows. There's the 2-night official showcase at Saint Vitus with Pelican headlining both nights, and a number of openers each day (Ringworm included). And the late night show happening afterwards.

Full schedule for both of our parties below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Hop Along at Saint Vitus in September (more by Vladislav Grach)
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Sure, NYC has a lot of great shows almost every night of the week. But CMJ definitely stacks the deck (and the stages) a little more, with some overachieving bands playing upwards of 10 times over the next five days (10/15 - 10/19). With that in mind, here are 30 bands we think are worth catching during CMJ 2013. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Spotify playlist featuring songs from all the bands (who are on the streaming service).

Check out our full list and a stream of that Spotify playlist below...

Continue reading "30 artists to see at CMJ 2013 (Ex Hex, Hop Along, Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Schoolboy Q, Shine 2009 & more)"

by Bill Pearis

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Vancouver resident Jay Arner spends much of his time behind the boards, working at Hive studios where he worked on records by Mount Eerie, Rose Melberg and others. But he makes his own music too -- literally, as he played everything on his solo debut which is out now on Mint Records. Fans of Ariel Pink, Wild Nothing, early Cass McCombs and other catchy bedroom pop artists should check this out. You can stream the whole album in this post. We're also premiering a remix of "Midnight On South Granville" which Arner did himself, which transforms the driving original into something spacier. Compare and contrast below.

Jay is currently on lengthy North American tour, that finds him in NYC this week for CMJ. Confirmed shows are an early-evening one (5 - 8:30 PM) on Thursday (10/17) at Pete's Candy Store with Torres, Spaceships, and Norwegian Arms and Friday (10/18) at Pianos for the free Planetary Group day party with TOPS, Blind Boys of Alabama, Courtney Barnett and more (RSVP).


All dates are listed, along with the remix and album streams, below...

Continue reading "Canadian singer Jay Arner released his debut album, remixed himself, playing CMJ on tour (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Alex Winston at BV-SXSW in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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NYC singer Alex Winston has been keeping pretty quiet lately. It's been about a year since her last hometown headlining show, but that will change on September 21 at Glasslands when she plays the Brooklyn venue with The Echo Friendly and DJ sets from Connor Hanwick (The Drums) and Peggy Wang (Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Her 2012 debut, King Con, is just the right amount of pop and just the right amount of indie. The video for its opening track, "Fire Ant," is below.

Lia Ices at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Meanwhile, another NYC singer that it's been even longer since we've heard from is Lia Ices. She'll be at Glasslands (9/24) three days after Alex. No openers announced for that one yet. Tickets are on sale now. The video for her song, "Daphne," which features guest vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, is below.

That same week, as discussed, Nashville's Torres plays Glasslands (9/25) too. And since we last spoke, NYC singer (plus fellow Sharon Van Etten pal) Natureboy was added to that show. WET is on the bill too, and tickets are still available.

Natureboy's new album, The Sweep, came out last week (7/23). You can stream that in full, along with the Alex Winston and Lia Ices videos, below...

Continue reading "Alex Winston and Lia Ices playing Glasslands (separately); Natureboy opening for Torres"

Torres in Austin in June (more by Tim Griffin)
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Grungy folk singer Torres recently wrapped up a tour with Lady Lamb (which didn't hit NYC, but it did hit Austin, as pictured above), and later this year, she'll head out as a support act on Okkervil River's tour. She's not listed as an opener for Okkervil River's previously discussed NYC show at Terminal 5 on 9/26 (Black Joe Lewis and Pickwick are though), but she opens many of the surrounding dates and is set to play her own NYC show the day before that at Glasslands (9/25). Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. All Torres dates are listed below.

Since we last spoke, Okkervil River expanded their tour to include many more dates, and announced that the tour is in support of a new album, The Silver Gymnasium, which is due out on September 3 via ATO. Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from that album, below.

Continue reading "Torres playing Glasslands during tour w/ Okkervil River (who are releasing a new LP)"

Lady Lamb at Knitting Factory in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As mentioned, Brooklyn folk singer Lady Lamb the Beekeper is on tour in support of her new album, Ripely Pine, and that tour passes through her hometown this weekend for a show at Glasslands on Saturday (5/11) with Slothrust. Tickets for that show are still available.

A month after the Glasslands show, Lady Lamb will head out on a tour with the like-minded Torres, which should make for an excellent double bill. Unfortunately that tour doesn't hit NYC, but you can find out all cities that it does hit below.

Jackson Scott
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Meanwhile, Torres also has two of her own shows this weekend (not in NYC), and they're with Asheville, NC's Jackson Scott. The "rising" musician will release his debut LP, Melbourne, via Fat Possum at some point this summer. You can stream that album's first single, "That Awful Sound," which should appeal to Atlas Sound fans, below.

All dates are listed, along with streams from all three artists, below...

Continue reading "Lady Lamb on tour, playing shows w/ Torres who has shows w/ Jackson Scott who signed to Fat Possum"

Hopscotch

One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Hopscotch announces 2013 lineup (Big Boi, Sleep, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile, Wolf Eyes, John Cale, more)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder, words by Andrew Sacher

Delorean / Savages
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We kicked off our free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties yesterday (3/13) in Austin at the Main & The Jr (aka the old Emo's location, aka 603 Red River St) with sets from Delorean, Robyn Hitchock, Savages, Camper Van Beethoven, Caveman, Braids, Maserati, Caitlin Rose, Anamanaguchi, Indians, Marnie Stern, Team Spirit, Torres, and Deep Sea Diver. Pictures from the party are in this post, and more are on the way soon.

The biggest surprise for me personally was Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), whose self titled debut is great, but she really takes it to another level live. Her band is super tight, loud, and confident (her guitarist has some rock star moves) and Mackenzie has some serious pipes that she doesn't even fully reveal on the album. It was a much heavier show than I expected, and if you can catch her at one of her other upcoming SXSW shows, highly recommended.

Torres was followed by other great sets on the outdoor stage (Glasslands Stage), like the noisy math rock of Marnie Stern (who played a lot of her great new album), the danceable video game punk of Anamanaguchi, and a set from post-rockers Maserati, who along with Caveman, cooled things down for a bit. But that cooling down didn't last long, because once Savages took the stage, they were possibly even more intense than CMJ. They played some new stuff that they didn't have back then, and once that album finally drops, I've got pretty high hopes for it. Finally, Delorean wrapped up the outdoor stage with a dancey set. It was nice to end the day with some familiar tunes like "Real Love." Then Maserati came out and joined Delorean for a cover over Gary Numan's "Cars." Not really.

Meanwhile, indoors Deep Sea Diver kicked things off around the same time as Torres outside and they were followed by the fun-rock of Team Spirit, Copenhagen's Indians (who were a 3-piece and were better that way than when I saw him solo), a rousing country set from Caitlin Rose, the new electronic sound of Braids (which we also heard at CMJ), and the show ended with sets from two musical veterans: Camper Van Beethoven and Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn was great and he is especially funny on stage with his in-between song banter. He referred to the overheard sounds of Delorean from the other room as the sounds of devils, and "if they had been heard 200 years earlier, marches of men would have been sent to destroy these fiends," (or something like that).

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, WILLCALL, Mirrored Media, and Redigi.

Our day parties continue today (3/14) with sets from Cloud Nothings, Parenthetical Girls, Death, METZ, Milk Music, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and more.

More pictures from yesterday's party below...

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