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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces third round of showcasing artists"

by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts @ MHOW 10/2/2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts celebrated the release of their new EP, Tally All the Things That You Broke, last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with sets from openers The Beets, Yuppies and Future Punx. During their set, singer Austin Brown mentioned that "Everyone should go see Yuppies again tomorrow at Death by Audio. I hear there are some special guests." As Yuppies released their new album on Dull Tools, the label co-run by PC's Andrew Savage, it seemed likely that Brown was talking about his own band.

And that's the case. Parquet Courts will headline Death by Audio tonight (10/3) and the other "special guest" that was originally listed turns out to be Detroit's Tyvek who just played there on Tuesday (10/1). PC Worship open the night and tickets are $10 at the door. If you like Parquet Courts, chances are you'll dig Yuppies' shouty, skronky (and maybe a little noodly) punk as well. They were terrific last night at MHOW. You can stream their album below.

Meanwhile, Future Punx -- which features Savage's old Fergus & Geronimo bandmate Jason Kelly as well as his Dull Tools partner Chris Pickering -- have a couple shows this weekend. They play The Flat on Friday (10/4) and Death by Audio on Sunday (10/6) with Mannequin Pussy, Lust Cats of the Gutters and Kissing is a Crime. If you dig early-'80s manic new wave (Devo, Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo) and impressive keytar-playing, you should definitely check them out. I thought they were great last night. You can stream their new single (which will be out on Dull Tools) below.

Parquet Courts, by the way, put on a great show last night with a healthy pit going for most of their Light Up Gold favorites. Expect a crazier crowd tonight. You can stream their new EP below.

Continue reading "Parquet Courts played MHOW, added to Yuppies' DbA show tonight (Tykek too); Future Punx playing shows"

The Flaming Lips at Wellmont Theatre in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Flaming Lips

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

The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?

Big Boi, Killer Mike @ Brooklyn Bowl
Big Boi's currently the more active member of Outkast and while his solo stuff isn't anything to ignore, you can usually count on hearing tons of 'Kast at his shows too. His frequent collaborator and fellow ATLien Killer Mike opens the show.

Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
Funny guy Liam EcEneaney is throwing a release party for his new CD, Comedian, and has invited a bunch of equally clever friends Christian Finnegan, Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry, Gilbert Gottfried, Hannibal Buress, plus musical guests Starlight Girls and The Summer Replacements. Tickets are still available.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ State Theatre (NJ)
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along. This tour has two more NYC-area shows, playing Port Chester's Capitol Theater tomorrow, and then on Saturday (10/5) will be at Webster Hall.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and theme of tonight's show is "Greatest Hits Night." So no need to scream for "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," they're probably going to play that. Tickets are still available.

Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik @ Mercury Lounge
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows. Check out the kinda NSFW video for "Innocence Is Kinky," below.

Warpaint, DJ Nelleke @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's been over two years since LA dream pop quartet Warpaint were in NYC, but that finally changes tonight. There's been talk of a new album -- which will be their first since their 2010 debut -- so hopefully we'll hear some of that new stuff tonight. Sold out.

Jagwar Ma, DJ Angus Gruzman @ Glasslands
Australia's Jagwar Ma, whose debut album owes much to the '90s baggy scene, made their American debut at Mercury Lounge last night and tonight they're at Glasslands. Sold out but they'll be back in December.

Prince Rama @ Clocktower Gallery
Tonight is the premiere of Prince Rama's film, Never Forever, a free-form bit of strangeness that includes both the "twisted world of a post-apocalyptic gym queen" and a "VR robot turned pop star." It looks kind of like The Apple? After the film there's a lecture, "Pop Music and the Apocalypse," from singer Taraka Larson. The event is sold-out but you can check out the trailer below.

Tyvek, Shark?, Darlings, Juan Wauters (The Beets) @ Death By Audio
On their way back from Goner Fest, Detroit noise punks Tyvek stop by Death by Audio to trash the place with a fine line-up of local openers.

Aaron Dilloway and Richard Pinhas, Matthew Regula, John Mannion, On a Clear Day @ Saint Vitus
Former Wolf Eyes' dude Aaron Dilloway tonight will play a collaboritive show with Richard Pinhas of '70s French prog band Heldon for what surely be some mind-expanding sounds.

Twin Peaks, Lost Boy?, Flagland, The Teen Age @ Shea Stadium
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features The Teen Age who make equally catchy guitar pop.

Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Goner Fest

As mentioned, Goner Fest 10 happens September 26 - 29 in Memphis, TN. Since we last spoke, the festival added artists to its lineup including Japan's Guitar Wolf (who play NYC after), Wreckless Eric, Tyvek, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Ex-Cult, The Blind Shake, and more. Those artists join previously discussed names like Mudhoney, Destruction Unit, Cosmic Psychos (who are touring), Cheap Time, and others. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The full schedule was just announced too, and you can check that out below.

Continue reading "Goner Fest 10 full schedule & tickets (additions include Guitar Wolf, Wreckless Eric, Tyvek & more)"

Wet Hair

Iowa City's Wet Hair are about to hit the road for a tour that has them paired with Tyvek for two NYC shows: Living Bread Deli (2 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn) on August 4th as well as Mercury Lounge on August 5th. Tickets for the latter go on AMEX presale at noon tomorrow (7/11) with regular sale hitting on Friday. All dates are listed below.

Wet Hair, if you don't know, is the solo project from Shawn Reed who runs the Night-People label.  Despite having his own outlet for releasing things, Wet Hair's new album, Spill Into Atmosphere, just came out via De Stijl Records about a month ago. If the summer isn't your season and long for cold night, long jackets and driving, '80s-style melodic basslines you'll want to check it out. The video for the album's single, "Camouflage," is streaming below.

Before the dates with Wet Hair, Tyvek will play the "anti-Pitchfork" festival known as Bitchpork, which also goes down soon in Chicago.

All Wet Hair tour dates are listed below along with a stream and video for "Camouflage."

Continue reading "Wet Hair released 'Spill Into Atmosphere,' touring with Tyvek (dates, streams, video)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: TOPS - Turn Your Love Around (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (For Real For Sure For You) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:  Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
DOWNLOADBoy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)

Mac Demarco
Mac Demarco

It begins. Bands from all over the world -- England! Canada! Sweden! New Zealand! Virginia! -- descend on New York as they beat a path to Austin for this year's SXSW. Which is good for those who aren't going, as well as folks who are but want to see bands play longer than 25 minutes and aren't strung out on a four-day diet of free breakfast tacos, Vitamin Water and Amstel Light. There's lots more going on than what is covered below, but it's what I'm interested in over the next few days.

New Captured Tracks signee Mac DeMarco is in town from Vancouver to play a couple shows. He plays an all-C/T bill tonight (3/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with DIVE, Hoop Dreams and headliners Beach Fossils (sold out), and then Glasslands tomorrow (3/3) with  headliners Widowspeak and  Quilt.

Demarco, who used to record under the name Makeout Videotapes, has a smoky baritone that is part Chris Isaak and part Tindersticks. His music owes a little to Isaak as well, with an early '60s vibe (Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent) by way of '80s neon, all on a four-track budget. You can check debut "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans" from his debut, Rock n' Roll Hotel (out 3/20) at the top of this post, which is indicative of what Demarco is all about. You can also watch the video for "Only You" which is kind of NSFW. Dude's a provocateur.

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams

Tonight's MHoW show is the first NYC show we've had from Blacksburg, VA's Hoop Dreams in a long while. They were good when I saw them at Glasslands last year and have the potential to be breakouts for the label if they ever get around to releasing another record (only a single so far). Live, they're more in the Arcade Fire/Editors anthemic style than the single might suggest. It will also be a good opportunity to hear new music from Beach Fossils who are busy at work on their second LP.

And of course, DIVE, who are probably one of the more exciting live bands in Brooklyn right now and are a definite SXSW must-see if you don't live here and have the opportunity to catch them twice a week like we currently do. (They're also touring with Frankie Rose in April.) The show is sold out tonight, but I'd be shocked if there weren't tickets at the door at least when the box office opens.

TOPS
TOPS

Montreal band TOPS are playing 285 Kent tomorrow night as part of a killer bill that includes Blood Orange, Phone Tag and  Caged Animals. The four-piece is comprised of most (if not all) of MTL's Silly Kissers who played here a few times over the last few years and were a little on the precious side (they sometimes wore mime makeup). TOPS, however, are more in the Ariel Pink/Puro Instict brand of minimal keyboard pop. Their debut, Tender Opposites, came out this week on Artibus Records, which is also home to Grimes (in Canada). You can download "Turn Your Love Around" at the top of this post and stream the whole thing (and watch the further down.

As you may have read, 285 headliners Caged Animals will open the Official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase on March 14 at Bar 69 which also includes Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, 2:54, The Young and one more TBA. If you haven't heard their tuneful, charming debut Eat Their Own yet, it's still streamable at their BandCamp. And they're terrific live.

So is Blood Orange, despite it just being Dev Hynes, his guitar and a laptop. I saw him last weekend at Glasslands where he spent as much time in the crowd as he did on stage. I do wish he'd get a band, but the one-man Blood Orange is a lot of fun. I haven't seen Phone Tag in a while, but I dig their brand of '80s synthpop.

Korallreven
Koralreven

Sunday night (3/4) at Bowery Ballroom is the NYC debut of Swedish duo Korallreven, one half of which is The Radio Dept.'s Daniel Tjäder. I like their debut album a lot, all lush, synth-driven dream pop but, like a lot of music like this, I wonder how they're going to make it an interesting concert experience. I envision two guys behind laptops and keyboards bobbing their heads and singing, with some projections and hopefully smoke machines.  Maybe they could move the downstairs couches to the main room? Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see. I'm sure it will sound great in any case.  If you haven't heard them yet, you can download "Sa Sa Samoa" in regular and remixed form at the top of this post and watch the video at the bottom of this post. Also playing: Lemonade and Young Magic.

Bachelorette
Bachelorette

Also playing Sunday night, at Cameo, is Bachelorette -- aka New Zealander Annabel Alpers who I think lives here now. Buoyed by Alpers delicate, breathy voice, Bachelorette make ethereal synthpop not miles away from The Magnetic Fields, with whom she's going on tour for seven shows. (All dates at the bottom of this post.) I liked it better when she had a band, but the loop pedal incarnation is pretty lovely too. You can check out a couple videos below or stream her most recent album on Spotify.

Young Prisms at the Comet, Seattle (photo by Finest Kiss)
Young Prisms Finest Kiss

And looking into early next week, San Francisco's Young Prisms and Austin's Boy Friend are at Glasslands on Monday (3/5). Young Prisms new album, In Between, is out March 27 on Kanine and is a real step forward for the band. Their still mining first-wave shoegaze, but the songs are much stronger this time out with a couple that go for jangly Velocity Girl style pop. They will be very loud I guarantee you. Boy Friend will make a nice opener, with their hazy, 4-AD miasma vibe. You can download MP3s from both bands at the top of this post. Also playing, seemingly from another show, are Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Tanks Amigo.

That's the big stuff for the next four days. But wait, there's more. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above:

The Young Empires at M for Montreal 2011
Young Empires

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Like Friendly Fires and Foals? Check out Toronto's Young Empires are at Glasslands, with Saint Motel, Fan-Tan, and Transmission NYC (DJ set).

Expect a wild evening at Death by Audio with "original line-up" Tyvek, plus Habibi, Feelings and the Numerators. Stick-in-the-muds, go see something else!

Boston's pop veterans The Figgs play Littlefield. The band's new double album, The Day Gravity Stopped, is out sometime soon.

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Continue reading "Mac DeMarco, TOPS, Korallreven, Bachelorette, Young Prisms, Boy Friend and more in This Week in Indie"

Tyvek

In the Red label-mates Tyvek and The Spits both play shows in Brooklyn tonight (3/2), but not together. The Spits, as you know, are at Knitting Factory with fellow In the Redders TV Ghost. Tyvek make a rare appearance at Death By Audio with Habibi, and according to the Facebook invite, "they are playin with the original line up, which means, holy shit!!!!!!!"

In completely unrelated news, Aziz Ansari tickets go on sale this morning.

photos by David Andrako

The Thermals

One night before the Strawberry Fest, NYU hosted a Cinco de Mayo concert with Tyvek, Twin Shadow and The Thermals at Le Poisson Rouge. For the Thermals it was a few days after they played Maxwell's. For Twin Shadow it was a day before they opened for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Webster Hall and the same night they appeared on Fallon. We missed Tyvek (it was an early show), but more pictures of the other two bands at the NYU show, and the Thermals setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played an NYU show @ LPR w/ Twin Shadow (pics & setlist)"

Lightning Bolt at 285 Kent Ave on 4/27, photo by Kathy Zikas
Lightning Bolt

"Lightning Bolt pummeled the crowed at Le Poisson Rouge [Thursday] night with their standard blitzkrieg attack of sound. For over an hour the noise duo blasted away through classics from their excellent discography sending the crowd into a near frenzy. Brian Chippendale did his best impersonation of a jackhammer playing the drums and Brian Gibson stood by, ever so effortlessly, as he turned his amps up to 11 and ripped through distorted blasts of thundering bass. Despite the breaks between songs, the non stop bombardment of escalated sound sent shock waves through the crowd that more then likely split a few ear drums. The relentless assault proved that these two men are masters of their craft as they powered aware with such force and precision that kept the crowd screaming for an encore. When the band answered the call they came back to the stage and began to tear through the epic track "Ride the Skies" which nearly sent everyone over the edge after an already incredible performance of hurricane like forces of sound crushing the crowd." [omgnyc]
Lightning Bolt played Le Poisson Rouge Thursday night. It was one of two NYC dates the band played last week (they also played 285 Kent on 4/27, Wed), and the Providence duo will be back this week. NYU will host its annual Strawberry Festival (volunteer here) on Laguardia between West 3rd & 4th street on Friday May 6th with a special appearance from Lightning Bolt, as well as Pterodactyl, Ducktails, and The So So Glos. The fest goes down from 1PM until 5PM, and features food, drink, prizes, and even a DJ battle "with DJ Juan Farrakhan (BX) and DJ Jules Verne (BK, mem. FIASCO)." Unlike in years recent past, this year's event is advertised as "open to the public." More details are below.

In related news, soon after we posted about the May 5th Thermals show at Le Poisson Rouge, it was revealed that the show is actually an NYU show which would explain why advanced tickets were not easy to get. Note that "Advance tickets are only available for NYU. Non-nyu tickets available day of at doors." If you can get a ticket though, the show is a bargain: $7 for students, $10 for non-nyu, and both Twin Shadow and Tyvek were added to the very impressive Cinco de Mayo bill. Though:

IMPORTANT NOTE: those event times are NOT A MISPRINT. The doors for LPR will be open at 6, the first act goes on around 7, and this show WILL BE OVER AROUND 10. GET THERE EARLY.
NYU students can get tix at Ticket Central.

Twin Shadow meanwhile is out on tour with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and will in fact open the May 6th show at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. All TS dates are listed below.

The Thermals played Maxwell's with Dinowalrus last night (5/1), and in addition to the Le Poisson Rouge show, they're playing NYC at the Bell House in July after their tour with Matt & Kim. Tickets are still on sale.

Strawberry Festival details and Twin Shadow tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played Maxwell's, Lightning Bolt played 2 NYC shows, both bands playing public NYU shows, Twin Shadow too"

Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Fest returns to Raleigh (2011 lineup announced), Sharon Van Etten officially added to Northside Fest"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin' (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Tragic World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Hot Gaze (MEDIAFIRE LINK - ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - Underwater To (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - 4312 (MP3)

Gruff
Gruff

Welcome to the first This Week in Indie of 2011. We are 12 days into this year and I have yet to see a show. If you add in the time before Christmas...this might be the longest I've gone without seeing live music in a long time. That drought will end for me this week, maybe tonight, but certainly tomorrow (1/13) as Gruff Rhys plays Rockwood Music Hall. I was a little worried this snow was to cancel his flight today, but he is currently on route to NYC as I write this.

Still no word as to who'll be releasing his new solo album, Hotel Shampoo, in the US but it seems likely someone will. Hopefully we'll get to hear a lot it live. As anyone whose seen him before -- either with Super Furry Animals or solo -- know, Gruff is an entertaining guy, who always puts extra effort into his shows. Highly recommended. Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces opens. Show starts early -- 7:30.

I also just watched Separado!, the musical travelogue documentary about Gruff's quest to track down distant relative (and '70s caped troubadour) Rene Griffiths in Patagonia. Like Rhys himself, the film is charming, scruffy, funny and full of good songs. Still not released in America but you can order the UK DVD (if you have a region-free player or watch on a computer) or, if you live in Williamsburg, rent it from Videology.

Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus and Geronimo

Fergus & Geronimo release their debut album, Unlearn, on Hardly Art next week, and are playing three shows this weekend in celebration: Friday (1/14) at Death By Audio (official official release party) with Final Club, Easter Vomit (ex Beets), new Captured Tracks signees Widowspeak, and Philadelphia's premiere surf band Dry Feet; Saturday (1/15) at Columbia University hangout The Ding Dong Lounge with Final Club; and Sunday (1/16) at Mercury Lounge with Tyvek. Xray Eyeballs and The Gaming Commission.

While it suffers from a slight case of identity crisis (droney psych, garagey rave-ups, organ-fueled soul), track-by-track Unlearn is a pretty solid record. Fergus & Geronimo are good at all the styles they dabble in. Check out "Powerful Lovin'" at the top of this post -- that shows off their soulful side. And while I haven't seen them play live in a year and a half, they were good then so I can only imagine they've gotten better.

Final Club
Final Club

If your eyes didn't glaze over at the list of bands two paragraphs up, you may have noticed Final Club are playing with F&G twice this weekend. The two bands were Denton, TX neighbors before Fergus & Geronimo moved to Brooklyn late last summer. Final Club are here just for these shows. They are worth seeing in their own right: sneery, melodic indie rock with a tendency to lean on the tremolo bar which gives them a little Swervedriver vibe. Confident and loud.

You can check out "Tragic World" at the top of this post. And if you like that, you can download their Hot Gaze EP as well. Look out for their excellent debut album, Blank Entertainment, later this year. In addition to the two shows with Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club play a headlining gig at Death By Audio tomorrow night (1/13) with Bogan Dust, Clinical Trials and Laserdisc.

Tyvek @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tyvek

Also as mentioned above, Tyvek are in town this weekend. While many of their peers have moved on to mid-fi production, the Detroit band keep it live and murky on their new album, Nothing Fits. It also sounds as anxious, angry and alive as the rest of their material. In addition to the Mercury Lounge show on Sunday mentioned above, they play Saturday night (1/15) at Glasslands with The Beets, Eternal Summers, and Sweet Bulbs. That is a good show. Do note it starts early, 8PM for real, as the Soul Clap dance party starts at midnight. I'll be there.

The BeetS

I should mention that openers The Beets have a new album Stay Home that's just out on Captured Tracks. After last year's swell, cleanly produced "Locomotion" single, they too (like Tyvek) are back to the same intentionally shitty "production" of their first album. (Maybe slightly less shitty.) Which, again, doesn't hurt them at all. The Beets are good songwriters I think, and especially good lyricists. And maybe if they can ever get a drummer to stick around for more than a month they might go places. Or just stay home. There's also a new Beets single, "Time Brought Age," and both the LP and 7" feature the bands signature comic artwork courtesy Matt Volz.

Mister Heavenly
Mister Heavenly

What else? Oh yeah, Mister Heavenly play Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (1/16) with Sun Airway and Little Shalimar. This extra super group just signed to Sub Pop, and the label would like you to know the band features Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). Of course most of the press so far has been about the group's sometimes bassist who you may know from his non-musical day job. I don't mean the banana stand.

Going to see a band because there's a famous actor in it is usually a dumb reason to go (see Dogstar, 30 Seconds to Mars , 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, etc)... plus Mr. Cera is not an "official" member of the band and he may or may not be playing with them on Sunday (note that both the label and the venue told us they don't think Michael will be there). Luckily the rest of the band is known in their own right, so mabye you should go for that reason. Unfortunately there's no recorded music to hear yet, but their few shows so far have been well-documented on YouTube.

That's the main stuff. Here's a few shows, day-by-day, not covered above.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12

Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona -- one of the BBC's picks for Sound of 2011 -- invade NYC this weekend, starting tonight at Rock Shop. They also play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/13) (with Devin Therriault) and Union Pool on Saturday (1/15).

Given the abbreviation of this column you're reading, I would be remiss not to mention that The Twees play The Studio @ Webster Hall, a record release show for their just-released EP. They actually don't sound twee at all. I would say Strokes-esque pop would get you closer to a description.

Quirky, occasionally proggy, pop band Steel Phantoms at Bruar Falls.

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Continue reading "Mister Heavenly, Gruff Rhys, Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club, Tyvek, The Beets & more in This Week in Indie "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin' (MP3)

Fergus and GeronimoFergus and Geronimo

Soulful, garagey Fergus & Geronimo, who recently moved here from Texas, are not spending the month before their debut album Unlearn comes just sitting around twiddling their thumbs. No, they're headlining Thursday night, 12/9, at Cake Shop with I'm Turning Into and Soft Landing (feat. member of Beruit).

Fergus & Geronimo also share a bill with Tyvek and X-Ray Eyeballs at Mercury Lounge on January 16th, which is two days before Unlearn is released via Hardly Art. Tickets for the 2011 show go on AmEx presale at noon, and general sale on Friday.

You can download "Powerful Lovin'" from Unlearn at the top of this post. Watch a Yours Truly video with the full album tracklist below...

Continue reading "a Fergus & Geronimo MP3 & upcoming shows (1 w/ Tyvek)"

photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - Underwater To (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - 4312 (MP3)

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Tyvek's new album Nothing Fits was released via In The Red on November 9th. Download two songs off that album above for free and catch the Detroit punk band live tonight, 11/20, at Brooklyn Fireproof as part of an exciting night entitled "The Return of Detroit." Also on the bill are fellow Detroit garage rockers The Mahonies, Terrible Twos, and Timmy's Organism. Timmy = Timmy Vulgar who also happens to front Human Eye who maybe you caught along with Sex Beet at Knitting Factory earlier this week. Last but not least, garage rock royalty, Mick Collins of Gories and the Dirtbombs, will be special guest DJ of the evening.

Some more unpublished pictures of Tyvek (playing the BV/Anso party at the Spiderhouse during SXSW 2010), the Brooklyn show flyer, new Tyvek album tracklisting and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Tyvek MP3s, live pics & a show w/ Timmy [Vulgar]'s Organism"

The Greenhornes 2007
The Greenhornes

After detours in The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather among other projects, The Greenhornes are back at it and will release their first LP of new material in eight years via Jack White's Third Man imprint. The record, entitled Four Stars, will be proceeded by select east coast dates that will include Mercury Lounge on 9/3 (free with RSVP) and Maxwell's on 9/4 with The Black Hollies (tickets) leading up to their appearance at ATP NY on 9/5 ("full" lineup).

A month later (on 10/2), The Greenhornes are confirmed for Scion Garage Fest 2010 in Lawrence, Kansas alongside a plethora of killer notables including The Oblivians (who recently played Knit), The Gories (who just played Bowery and toured with Oblivians), The Raveonettes (who are playing Bumbershoot), King Khan & The Shrines (who are playing Santos and Bell House), Best Coast (who just played the Seaport and like weed), Tyvek, Thee Oh Sees, Hunx & His Punx, and a ton of others.

Much like Scion Rock Fest, the show will take place across four venues and is FREE, but RSVP is required. Full lineup is below.

Some videos and the full Scion lineup & flyer is below...

Continue reading "The Greenhornes playing shows - ATP, a free one @ Mercury & Scion Garage Fest (full lineup - Oblivians, Gories, more) "

photos by Tim Griffin

The Beets, from Jackson Heights
The Beets

The Beets have at least five six upcoming shows this summer, all in NYC, and one that is tonight (7/13) at Death by Audio with German Measles, Liquor Store, and Pink Reason. The flyer is below. They return to the same venue on August 15th with Tyvek, but before then play an all Beatles set at Shea Stadium, play at Silent Barn, and play on a boat. They also play the first free Jelly show at Rock Yard.

All dates, and a set of pictures and a video from that BV/Anso Day party at SXSW, below...

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Peelander-Z @ Santos in 2009 (more by Gabi Porter)
Peelander-Z

tonight in NYC
* MGMT @ Fordham
* Sean Bones (afternoon) @ Pianos
* Amazing Baby (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stagger Back Brass Band @ Union Pool
* Suzanne Vega & friends @ City Winery
* Johann Johannsson, Lichens @ Littlefield
* Light Pollution, Memoryhorse @ Under 100
* Kuroma, Bell, Picture Picture @ Glasslands
* Henry Kaiser, Cookie The Clown @ The Stone
* Fountains of Wayne, The Candles @ Maxwell's
* Truck America @ Full Moon in Big Indian, NY
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ Apollo Theater
* Kate Nash, Supercute! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John Doe & Exene Cervenka @ Concerts in the Studio
* The Joy Formidable, The Dig (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Styrenes, Tyvek, Pink Reason, Kohoutek @ Cake Shop
* The Gamut, Daughters of the Sun, Vampire Hands @ Zebulon
* Echo & The Bunnymen & Hatcham Social @ Irving Plaza
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo & Alan Licht) @ Thirty Days NY
* The Binary Marketing Show, Magnetic Island @ Fort Useless
* The Willowz, The Naked Hearts, Cults (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Album Leaf, Sea Wolf, Gregory & The Hawk @ Bowery Ballroom
* Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Anamanaguchi (early) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile @ Nokia Theatre
* Future Islands, Double Dagger, Lower Dens, Light Asylum @ Death By Audio
* Sam Buck Rosen, Delicate Steve, Beauty Feast, Strange Shapes @ Glasslands
* Bad Credit No Credit, Laura Stevenson & the Cans,Air Waves,Kate Ferencz @ Coco66
* King Django Sextet, Glen Adams & Jammyland All-Stars, Shems Disciples, The Equilibrians @ Knitting Factory

The Styrenes are celebrating 35 years. They played Death By Audio last night, and end a two week tour at Cake Shop this evening with Tyvek playing right before them. Tyvek list no other dates at the moment. Kohoutek and Pink Reason are also on the bill.

You might have caught Light Asylum open for LCD Soundsystem recently. Tonight they're on a strong bill with both Future Islands and Double Dagger at Death By Audio.

Today is Free Comic Book Day

It's also First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.

Help Save Walter.

Sean Bones plays in the afternoon (3pm) at Pianos today.

Cookie the Clown, not to be confused with Cokie the Clown, performs at The Stone tonight.

Speaking of Cokie the Clown, Bamboozle Fest is happening in NJ.

Spring Food and Craft Market at Brooklyn Lyceum.

Alan Licht and Lee Ranaldo play as Text of Light with a light show by Gary Panter and Joshua White.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's tag sale is happening.

Some live Shellshag (who played Mercury Lounge the other night) videos below...

What else?

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photos by Tim Griffin

Eddie Argos

With Dyan Valdés on synth and an old British man on drums/guitars, EWITFR is like a lighter, bouncier, popier version of Art Brut. Fans not fear, the cleverness of Eddie Argos lyrics are still there. Announcing this band as a 'concept' band, Eddie delivered introductions to each song, including songs like Billys Jean, which was a response to the Michael Jackson's song Billy Jean. Other songs included Superglue, a response to Elastica's Vaseline and also 'Do Think Twice' a response to Bob Dylan's song Don't Think Twice. You get the idea.

Because of the small crowd, the show seemed rather intimate. It was made even more intimate when Eddie Argos took the microphone stand directly into the crowd and sang in the middle of the people who were there. At one point, I was looking at my phone to read a text message from Derek or Alli, only to look up to see Eddie singing directly into my face. Slightly embarrassed, I never reached for my phone again - it was that kind of intimate. The show ended with a rant on Avril Lavigne's song Girlfriend, followed by the band covering the original song boyfriend. [Panic Manual]

Everybody Was In The French Resistance...NOW!'s SXSW included the above-reviewed late night set at Galaxy Room, and the BrooklynVegan & Anso day show on Thursday, March 18th at the Spider House. The pictures and video here are from the latter.

The group's previously hinted at North American tour kicks off in L.A. on April 23rd and gets to NYC for two shows on May 12th and 13th. Tickets are on sale for the first of those at Mercury Lounge, and the second at Union Hall.

All tour dates, more pictures & a live video are below...

Continue reading "Everybody Was In The French Resistance...NOW! - updated 2010 tour dates & pics from Spider House "

Tyvek

Garage noise punk band Tyvek is on a tour of the country, and of NY, with psychedelic punk band Awesome Color. The two Detroit bands already played a show on 3/3 @ the Bug Jar in Rochester and then one the night after that at Vasar. Last night (3/5) it was at Cafe 9 in New Haven CT, and tonight (3/6) they hit SUNY Purchase. Finally (on their NY-area itinerary), you can catch both bands on Sunday night (3/7) at Market Hotel in Brooklyn...

====| SUNDAY MARCH 7TH @ MARKET HOTEL |====

:: Awesome Color
:::: Tyvek
:::::: Talk Normal
:::::::: CSC Funk Band

| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Myrtle/Willoughby | 8pm | all ages | $8 - reduced!

As you can see above, Talk Normal and CSC Funk Band are also on the Brooklyn bill.

Tyvek & AC then stay on the road together through 3/27. That leg includes stops in Mexico and SXSW for both bands. One of Tyvek's Austin shows is the free BrooklynVegan/AnSo day party at Spider House on Thursday, 3/18. One of Awesome Color's shows is the official Ecstatic Peace showcase. On 4/5, Awesome Color hook up with Hair Police for another solid month of touring. All dates below...

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yes we've lost our minds...

Spider House

BrooklynVegan & AnSo Present:
A Day Party in Austin, TX!
@ Spider House (2908 Fruth St @ Guadalupe)
Thursday March 18, 2010
Noon-7pm

ALL AGES-FREE [No badges, wristbands or RSVP necessary]
19 bands on 3 stages (1 indoor and 2 outdoor)
Full bar w/ Drink Specials. In house restaurant & backyard BBQ.

Stage #1
6:00 Human Eye
5:00 Tyvek
4:00 Thee Oh Sees
3:00 Golden Triangle
2:00 Lovvers
1:00 The Beets

Stage #2
6:00 Cheeseburger
5:00 Jim Jones Revue
4:00 Slim Cessna's Auto Club
3:00 Kid Congo Powers
2:00 Carletta Sue Kay
1:00 Or, The Whale
12:00 La Strada

Stage #3
5:30 UUVVWWZ
4:30 Everybody Was In the French Resistance Now (w/ Eddie Argos of Art Brut)
3:30 DM Stith
2:30 Odawas
1:30 A Sunny Day in Glasgow
12:30 The Sandwitches

Thank you to Annie Southworth of Panache Booking aka AnSo for partnering with us on this amazing party. More info on the bands and stuff as we find time. In the meantime, happy to get this (yet another BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this year) announced!

P.S.
Odawas is also on the bill of the free BrooklynVegan Happy Hour show happening at Noise Pop in San Francisco this Saturday (2/27)

UPDATE:
SXSW flyer below...

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Tyvek @ Cake Shop in July (more by Tim Griffin)
Tyvek

Detroit garage punk band Tyvek will be in New York for a show at the Silent Barn on Saturday, December 12th. Also on the bill are Home Blitz and The Beets. The last time they were in town, in July, Tyvek played a show at Silent Barn and a set at Cake Shop.

The Beets have a string of dates coming up including a show with Titus Andronicus at NYU on December 2nd, a set at the Degenerate Craft Fairlaunch party at Silent Barn on December 4th, the Panache & New York Night Train Holiday Party at Glasslands on Dec. 5th (w/ Stalkers, War Party & DJ Jonathan Toubin), and a show at the Brooklyn Tea Party (175 Stockholm St, #303) with The Wowz and Great Lakes on Dec. 11th.

Videos of Tyvek in two settings - a house party and opening for the Dead Weather in August - are posted with tour dates below...

Continue reading "Tyvek coming to NY (dates), playing Silent Barn w/ Home Blitz & the Beets (who have lots of other shows too)"

photos by Tim Griffin

"Coconut Coolouts were better than Personal & the Pizzas tonite, but both were AWESOME." - maria t sciarrino

Tyvek
Tyvek

After a short time off due to the medical issues of a member, Michigan's Tyvek are back in action. Their current tour hit Silent Barn in Queens on Friday (7/24) and Cake Shop in Manhattan on Saturday 7/25). Both dates were with the silly Coconut Coolouts and the silly Personal and the Pizzas. Personal and the Pizzas also played played WFMU on Saturday. You can listen to that.

NYC's The German Measles were added last minute as opener to the Cake Shop show. That's the gig Tim photographed. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Tyvek, Personal & The Pizzas, Coconut Coolouts and German Measles @ Cake Shop in NYC - pics"

DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - Air Conditioner (MP3)

Air coolers

2NITE's shows @ MARKET HOTEL will definitely feature a huge, awesome, new soundsystem & probably (presuming the installation today goes as scheduled...) AIR CONDITIONING!!!! waiting on some variables for the a/c to happen, but cross your fingers! -Todd P
The shows (plural) Todd is referring to are Oneida (early) and Extreme Animals (late). Tyvek is not playing Market Hotel, but they should because they sing about an air conditioner and also happen to be in town (with Coconut Coolouts and Personal and the Pizzas). Full Market Hotel lineups below...

Continue reading "Market Hotel got a soundsystem & air conditioning (maybe)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Culver City (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Joe Brown (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Harder Than It's Ever Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Kids - Hey Boy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coconut Coolouts - Party Jail (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Seaport Music Festival Sampler (Zip)

YellowFever @ Death By Audio - July 22, 2009 (by Bryan Bruchman)
Yellow Fever

There are a lot of out-of-town bands I'm looking forward to seeing this weekend, and luckily they're all playing more than once, and many are sharing the same bill.

First is Austin duo Yellow Fever who I have caught a few times in the last year and they are really something special I think. I wrote this the first time I saw them: "Their sound couldn't be more spare -- usually just drums, the simplest guitar (often just single notes, not chords), and Jennifer Moore's understated, kinda haunting voice. It's that space in between the instrumentation that makes them so special. It's a little bit like Young Marble Giants if Beth Orton was the singer instead of Alison Statton." My only complaint would be they are slow on releasing records, but I look forward to hearing new stuff from them while they're here. They played last night at Death by Audio, where Vivian Girls said this via Twitter: "Yellow Fever were amazing tonight! Don't miss their other NYC shows this week." So, yeah, don't miss 'em -- you've got four more chances, including tonight at Cake Shop. All dates HERE.

Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus and Geronimon

While we're in the Lone Star state, let's talk about another duo, Fergus & Geronimo, who are from Denton, TX and are playing two NYC shows this weekend. Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly are also in such Denton bands as Wax Museums and Teenage Cool Kids respectively, bonded over a love of '60s pop, Motown and psych-rock (a Texas specialty). Those influences come through loud and clear in their music, most of which is, at this point, only available on their MySpace, which was enough to get interest from Tic Tac Totally, Transparent, and Woodsist all of whom will be putting out their records. The Woodsist 7", "Harder Than It's Ever Been," is out now and you can download the A-side at the top of this post. It's a 1:47 pop gem, one of the best of its kind since Box Elders' "Hole in My Head." This is super-catchy stuff, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them this weekend.

Fergus & Geronimo, who are a five-piece when they play live, are at 92 Y Tribeca on Friday (7/24) with Crystal Stilts, Portland's Little Claw and Memphis' Magic Kids who I'll get back to in a second. They also play Saturday (7/25) at Market Hotel, also with Magic Kids, as well as YellowFever and the ever-present (and very good) Beets (who have a tour coming up with the Vivian Girls). Tickets are still on sale for Friday's show.

Magic Kids
Magic Kids

Now onto Magic Kids. They're from Memphis and I first heard of them from a MySpace bulletin from Girls who played a show with them and enthusiastically raved about them. There's not a lot of bio info out there, but there seem to be a lot of them, and they clearly love '60s pop: Beach Boys, The Association, Tommy James & the Shondells, etc. The band have a record coming out sometime on Goner (home to Ty Segall and Box Elders and others) and you can download their single "Hey Boy" at the top of this post. They play Cake Shop tonight (7/23), that 92 Y Tribeca show tomorrow (7/24) and Market Hotel on Saturday night (7/25).

Personal and the Pizzas
Personal and the Pizzas

Also this weekend we've got a couple West Coast bands, both of whom love a good slice, neither of whom seem to mind a little extra cheese, and they play together at Silent Barn on Friday and Cake Shop on Saturday.

Looking like greasers and sounding like New York 1975, Personal & the Pizzas originally hailed from New Jersey but now seem to call San Francisco their home. I'm not sure that there's a whole lot you need to say about these guys, you see their name you hear one song and you kind of know whether you're gonna like it or not. Maybe not for a whole album, but tracks like "I Don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza" or "Brass Knuckles" would add flavor to any mix, and you just know they'll be fun live. Pizza Slayer interviewed them:

PS: Do you have pizza at all your shows? How does it enhance the experience?

P&P: Everybody loves the pie!! We probably order it like half and half..we're usually pretty broke so it's kinda hard to shell out like 70 or 80 bucks just for the love of it, but we'll do it. We don't care. Everyone loves Pizza and Pop. One time we was all dressed up in haWaiian shirts and coconut tits and all, and then we ordered some a them hawaaiian pizzas and then that delivery chic delivered the pies to us while we was playin with them shirts on and and she didn't know what the hell was goin on.

Meanwhile, Coconut Coolouts are from Seattle and feature not one but two stand-up drummers which would be enough to get me to the show. That and their songs are a lot of fun, sort of bouncy party garage rock and I'm pretty sure they have more songs about Pizza than P&Ps do. For a little more on them, I defer to my blog source for Seattle, The Finest Kiss:
The Coconut Coolouts remind me of the Nuggets box set, where there are so many great bands with seminal songs on those cd's that I had never heard, it's hard to believe that the bands weren't bigger than their regional popularity. The Coconut Coolouts will likely be on on a Nuggets comp sometime in the year 2040 and people will be wondering why they had never heard of these guys with classics like Spinaround, Coconut Weekend, Party Jail and Stickup. Apparently they sometimes dress in banana costumes for gigs, no bananas were on stage but they were throwing out lifesavers saying they were acid.
Personal & the Pizza and Coconut Coolouts have a split tour "Pizza Army" 7" that you'll wanna pick up at the merch table. Both NYC shows and a bunch of their other tour dates are with Tyvek.

Coconut Coolouts
Coconut Coolouts

A few more shows of interest this weekend. Black Moth Super Rainbow make their second Seaport Music series appearance on Friday (their first was in 2007 opening for Fugiya & Miyagi), this time headlining. Their latest album, Eating Us, was produced by Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips, MGMT among other things) and is pretty good. Opening will be low fi electro goths Blank Dogs whose new album, Under and Under, on In the Red Records I like a lot. They are also a band that benefits from good sound, something the Seaport has brought to every show this year. (Here We Go Magic in particular sounded stellar.) Also playing is one-man experimental band Dan Friel. Between the three acts there's gonna be a lot of temperamental old synthesizers, patch bays and homemade equipment on the Seaport stage -- let's hope it doesn't rain. I should also mention that Seaport Music has a "digital mixtape" you can download via Insound that features 15 of the acts playing this year, including all three of this week's acts (plus Superchunk, Casiokids and more). Download link is at the top of this post.

And don't forget Sissy Wish has added another show while in NY -- she plays Union Hall on Saturday night. She's better than her name.

Tour dates and video after the jump...

Continue reading "Fergus & Geronimo, Coconut Coolouts, Magic Kids, Personal & the Pizzas, YellowFever & more in This Week in Indie"

Tyvek @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Tyvek

Tyvek was originally scheduled to play the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival on July 4th, but was forced to cancel because of a band member being in the hospital (or so the crowd was told in an announcement from the stage). Our best wishes go out to the band.

The group has a set of July dates scheduled with Coconut Coolouts and Personal and the Pizzas. Those include NYC shows on July 24th at the Silent Barn and July 25th at Cake Shop. The band also swings by Philly on the 23rd for a show with Kurt Vile.

All Tyvek tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Tyvek - member in hospital (didn't make it to Woodist Fest), July tour dates (Silent Barn, Cake Shop)"

DOWNLOAD: Woods - To Clean (MP3)
Woodist

"...it has been damn near impossible to keep up with [Blank Dog] Mike Sniper's Captured Tracks label, who have hit the ground running with eight releases since the start of the year and many more slated for the near future. Captured Tracks is, to put it plainly, an outlet for Mr. Sniper to release records by bands he loves. In his mind it is "not a boutique label, " and by that he means that the releases are not meant to become instant eBay collectables, and will remain in print as long as there are people buying them. Some will have limited edition versions with alternate artwork or bonuses, but even these editions are easily and widely available. Affordable, available and well made, Captured Tracks is the populist record label. " [Agit Reader]
The previously announced Brooklyn Festival got much, much more interesting...

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