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photo: Neko Case with New Pornographers @ Hammerstein 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Neko Case with New Pornographers

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing today with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows.

Neko Case, Rhye, Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent (NORTHSIDE)
It's the first of three big 50 Kent shows happening during Northside, and the artists on tonight's lineup all have ties to Canada: songwriter (and New Pornographer) Neko Case, R&B duo Rhye and, intense Montreal duo Majical Cloudz.

Paul Weller, Hannah Cohen @ Terminal 5
With nearly 30 years of songwriting under his belt, including new album Saturns Pattern, the onetime Jam and Style Council frontman has a lot of classics to choose from. He's still a diamond geezer.

Bad Religion, Plague Vendor @ Bowery Ballroom
Bad Religion are on the final night of their sold-out four-night NYC run, and this show has them playing all material from the 21st century. Epitaph-signed gothy garage punks Plague Vendor open.

Ex Hex, Spider Bags @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (NORTHSIDE)
Indie rock vet Mary Timony unleashes her inner rock star with power trio Ex Hex, making killer glammy power pop. Tonight is also with their Merge labelmates Spider Bags.

JEFF The Brotherhood, Weird Womb, Ice Balloons @ The Wick
Having been unshackled by Warner Brothers earlier this year, JEFF released their riff-rockin' new album themselves via Infinity Cat. It will be weird not having the option to see them at Death by Audio on this tour, but The Wick should be a fun substitute.

The Holydrug Couple, Hubble, LODRO @ Alphaville (NORTHSIDE)
Chilean psych duo The Holydrug Couple released their new album, Moonlust, in May via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Chile, and then mixed in Brooklyn by The Men's Ben Greenberg and is a somewhat new direction for the band, with Serge Gainsbourg's soundtrack work being an admitted influence.

Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit, Mitski, Dreamcrusher @ Saint Vitus Bar (NORTHSIDE)
Tonight Vitus hosts the first of two Pitchfork Northside showcases, and this one's got the highly lyrical Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me), punk-spirited slowcore band Gun Outfit, artful/powerful songwriter Mitski, and the noisy Dreamcrusher.

Bongzilla, Crypt Sermon, Hasj @ Acheron
Stoner doom greats Bongzilla broke up after their 2005 album, but after a 2008 Wisconsin one-off, the band are finally back for more dates this year including their long-awaited return to NYC. Making this show extra great, it's the first NYC appearance for Philly trad-doomers Crypt Sermon since the release of their excellent debut album on Dark Descent earlier this year.

Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos, Jerry Paper, Warehouse @ Rough Trade (NORTHSIDE)
This is the Bayonet Records showcase, featuring Beach Fossils (frontman Dustin Payseur runs the label with his wife, Katie), twee-ish singer Frankie Cosmos, eccentric performer Jerry Paper, and Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse.

Alden Penner (of The Unicorns), Michael Cera, Small Black (DJ Set) @ Knitting Factory (NORTHSIDE)
Unicorns member Alden Penner has another solo release on the way soon, and it features a collaboration with actor/musician Michael Cera, who's already collaborated more than once with another Unicorn, Nick Thorburn. Cera's playing with Alden tonight, and he also recently dropped a solo album and will play some stuff from that too.

Mono, Holly Hunt @ Le Poisson Rouge
Japanese band Mono have been making massive post rock for years, most recently on the two albums, The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness, which came out on the same day last November.

Sleepies, Clean Girls, Vulture Shit, Mannequin Pussy, Wildhoney, Kindling, Kal Marks, Palm, Washer, Nonsense, DONE @ Aviv (NORTHSIDE)
For a very big bill of indie rock, punk, shoegaze, and more in that general realm, head to Aviv for the Exploding In Sound/Gimme Tinnitus/Ipsum showcase.

Tyler, The Creator, Taco @ Irving Plaza
The always-ridiculous Tyler the Creator returns to NYC tonight with his pal Taco. What kinds of antics will he have in store for us tonight?

The Very Best, Heems, Irie Mafia, Jacco Gardner, Oy, Sevdaliza, St. Grandson @ McCarren Park (NORTHSIDE)
This show is free with RSVP, and there's a lot of cool diverse music from local rapper Heems, UK-based Afro dance pop group The Very Best, Dutch '60s-style psych musician Jacco Gardner, and more.

Ben Nichols & Rick Steff of Lucero @ The Shop
While Lucero aren't hitting NYC on their upcoming tour, Ben & Rick from the band will be here tonight to strip things down as a duo. Their slower acoustic songs are as great as their rowdy songs, so this show should be pretty special.

Prince Rama, Moon Bounce, The Midnight Hollow, Evvy, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly @ Baby's All Right (NORTHSIDE)
Space age / new age duo Prince Rama are out there, but in a totally fun way, bringing lots of interactive elements (and kitschy fun) to their performances. They highlight this FREE Northside show.

Ducktails @ Elvis Guesthouse
Matt Mondanile's solo project, Ducktails, is not too different than his main band, Real Estate, making jangly guitar pop. A new album is out soon via Domino and he'll be touring with the Ducktails band later this year, but tonight is a solo show, and is free.

Drenge, Made Violent @ Knitting Factory (NORTHSIDE)
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. The US has been slower to woo.

Wild Yaks, Violent Bullshit, Youthquake, Gozer @ Grand Victory (NORTHSIDE)
The Yaks aren't the only Wild on this bill -- the very fun Violent Bullshit play old school hardcore. This will be a sweaty show.

Coliseum, Sex Cross, Psychic Teens @ Asbury Lanes
Coliseum's new album, Anxiety's Kiss, has them expanding upon their consistently great post-hardcore/heavy punk formula, adding in new musical ground like the desolate psychedelia of "Driver At Dusk." They recently played NYC, and tonight are nearby in Asbury Park.

Ryan Hemsworth, Tommy Kruise, Jubilee @ Palisades (NORTHSIDE)
Pop/rap producer Ryan Hemsworth returns to NYC this weekend for two shows, this being the first.

Max Silvestri, Mike Lawrence, Brooke Van Poppelen, Brett Davis, Joseph Pera, host Seth Olenick @ Over The Eight
Seth Olenick, author of comedy photo hook Funny Business, put together free show tonight with a handful of very funny local comedians. 8 PM start.

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by Jayson Green (of Violent Bullshit, Orchid, etc)

Jon Fine of Bitch Magnet, Don Caballero, 'Your Band Sucks', etc
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Unlike most rock memoirs, Jon Fine's YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) is not a tale of triumph. It's something much more relatable. His band, Bitch Magnet, never made it big. They never defied the odds and overcame. None of that mattered. They did it anyway. YOUR BAND SUCKS is a true window into why we make art at any cost even when it seems like the world doesn't care. Jon has been making weird, loud fucked up rock music for over thirty years in bands, along with Bitch Magnet, like Vineland, Coptic Light and Don Caballero. You can hear Jon talk about it in person with Ted Leo at McNally Jackson in NYC Tuesday May 19 at 6:30 PM. After that he'll be touring the country talking with people like Mark Arm of Mudhoney and Clint Conley of Mission of Burma. All of his live dates are listed at the end of this interview.

I recently sat down with Jon over a Meat Hook sandwich in his old neighborhood Williamsburg to talk about his truly excellent book.


BrooklynVegan: I was surprised when I read the book. I thought it was going to essentially be an anecdotal history of independent rock music...

Jon Fine: ...like Our Band Could Be Your Life.

BV: Exactly, or Please Kill Me, but this is not that. It's an intensely personal memoir about your obsession with rock music. Did you know right away that's how you wanted to structure it?

JF: I knew it was going to be a memoir, but the other books that have been written as memoirs about this time period were written by people who were famous. I knew I was not and kind of had to make a virtue out of that. I was interested in the bands that I knew, and I really liked, who weren't the big bands. I mean no one knows these fucking bands. People kind of know Slint very vaguely, but Bastro, Slovenly...you probably hate these bands.

BV: I hate some of them, but it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you like the bands or even if you know the bands because it's not about the bands necessarily. It's about you and your relationship/addiction to music.

JF: That was kind of what I was hoping for. To me this was a very interesting moment in American culture. This isn't the kind of book that gets into it like "and on this alternate version of 'Rocks Off' is the 8th take that they did in Montreux and you can hear Keith nodding off..." (laughs). You don't need that level of interest.

It's a really personal book. I couldn't think of any other way to write it. I didn't want to write a history because that's kind of been done, but at the same time I wanted to bring other people into it. I just really wanted to know what it was like for these other bands that were in this middle to lower tier with us. Most of them eventually have to stop doing it. The other rock memoirs from this genre, like Dean Wareham, Bob Mould, Juliana Hatfield they all kind of end with them still "doing it" in a fashion. With a lot of these bands in the book, we all had to stop because it wasn't an option to support yourself. I'm not talking about getting rich; I'm talking about paying rent and feeding yourself. Whether it's Anne Eickelburg of Thinking Fellers, or Mark Robinson of Unrest, or Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon of Pitchblende, you hit this wall in your thirties. I just find that really interesting and not just because it happened to me. I hope other people do too.

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photo: THEESatisfaction @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

THEESatisfaction, Columbia Nights, Moruf @ Santos Party House
THEESatisfaction are Sub Pop labelmates and collaborators with Shabazz Palaces, and they pretty much screw with the R&B formula as much as Shabazz does with rap. Tonight's the release show for their new album, EarthEE.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their thrid show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho. Doors at midnight for this one.

Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors,Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, Montag (DJ Set), Young Magic (DJ Set) Skylar Spence (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Before the Growlers show will be this jam-packed bill of bands helping Carpark Records celebrate their 16th anniversary. Doors are at 5:30 PM.

Yes I'm Leaving, Law$uits, Mystery Channels, Chamber of Discipline @ The Gutter
Sydney trio Yes I'm Leaving make tightly coiled, lo-fi punk, with flinty bass and overdriven guitars that occasionally go "shriiinng!" If you dig Big Black, AmRep and Toronto's METZ, you should give these Aussies a go.

Brother Joscephus (and the Love Revolution), Stumblebum Brass Band, Underground Horns @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by Brooklyn's 12-piece, New Orleans style soul band Brother Joscephus. Free.

Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem) (DJ Set), Midnight Magic (DJ Set), Violent Bullshit, Naked Heroes, Ambience @ Cameo Gallery
This is an all-in-the-family night with a mix of live music (Violent Bullshit Naked Heroes), plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Midnight Magic and Turing Machine.

Scarcity of Tanks, Talibam!, Richard Papiercuts Sound Machine, Rodenticide @ Alphaville
Having just attempted to levitate VICE's offices into the East River, anarchist rable-rousers Talibam! play this new Bushwick venue.

Mayer Hawthorne (DJ Set), The Range, Astro Nautico (DJ Set) @ American Natural History Museum
The Museum of Natural History's electronic music series One Step Beyond continues tonight with a headlining DJ set from the soulful Mayer Hawthorne, direct support from IDM producer The Range, and local opening DJs Astro Nautico (aka Obey CIty, Bennett Kuhn, and Paul Baisley).

Death Vessel, Matt Sucich, Summer Underground @ Chelsea Market
Paper Garden Records' free Chelsea Market shows continue today, headlined by falsetto-tinged indie folkie Death Vessel.

Lee Foss, Eskuche & Nu Sky, DKDS, Psychemagik, Nikola Baytala @ Output
London/LA duo Psychemagik are expert are some of the most remixers of the moment and are skilled producers too. Catch them spinning tonight in Output's Panther Room.

California X, Darkwing, Ovlov, IYEZ @ Saint Vitus
California X recall the sludgy rock of bands like Dinosaur Jr and Torche, and their new LP brings some new elements in too like Thin Lizzy-esque twin leads. Ovlov are pretty likeminded to Cali X too.

Your 33 Black Angels, Wild Bore, Twist, Moon Tower @ Shea Stadium
Toronto duo Twist are musician Laura Hermiston and Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt, formed two years or so ago. Laura writes the songs, which have a '60s/'70s folk-rock vibe, and Borcherdt adds just enough grit in the production. It's certainly in the Mazzy Star system.

Screaming Females, Downtown Boys, Aye Nako @ Silent Barn
Screaming Females are already known for their shredding guitar solos, but the new album Rose Mountain has the band focusing a little more on great choruses. It's up their with the best of their previous work. Tonight's the fourth and final NYC show on their current tour, and both openers tonight are great too. Advance tickets sold out, but some tix available at doors.

Couch Slut, No Way, Bardus,Grizzlor @ The Acheron
Couch Slut's killer debut, My Life As A Woman, is an unrelenting mix of metal, hardcore, noise rock, and it even gets kinda pretty once or twice.

Craig Ferguson @ Town Hall
Now that he's free from hosting a late night talk show, Craig Ferguson has time to get back into standup and starts his three-night run at Town Hall tonight.

Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Aparna Nancherla, Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run @ Union Hall
It's the March edition of Dave Hill's show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" with his group Valley Lodge as the house band.

Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo @ Capitol Theatre
Legendary LA band Los Lobos continue strong 40-plus years into their career.

Slingshot Dakota, Bethlehem Steel, Vagabon, Lauren Early @ Aviv
Slingshot Dakota's driving pop sounds kind of like a more energetic Mates of State, and it's even better live. This is their last show before they start recording their new album. Locals Vagabon are worth showing up for too.

Ellis Ashbrook, Gospels, Key Rings @ Bowery Electric
Drawing from a host of post-punk influences (Wire, Siouxsie), newish Brooklyn band KEY RINGS are a dark, driving downpour fitting of Manchester 1980.

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photo: Eyehategod at Europa in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard (host) @ Knitting Factory
Tonight's the first of three Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory this month. All of them have great lineups, and tonight it's '70s power pop lovers Nude Beach, NYC DIY veterans Shellshag, Ramones-loving/"Dirty Work'-inspired punks The Hamiltons (who are maybe actually The Ergs), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, indie rockers Black Wine, alt-country punks Crow Bait, and comedian Chris Gethard as your host.

Eyehategod, Mortals, Blackout, Scowl @ Saint Vitus
Sludge legends Eyehategod are still touring in support of their excellent 2014 self-titled LP, and tonight the begin a sold-out 2-night stand at Saint Vitus. Different openers both nights, and they're all worth catching too.

The Movielife, Crime in Stereo, Pass Away @ Irving Plaza
Late '90s/early '00s Long Island melodic hardcore band The Movielife broke up in '03 after two albums of Lifetime/Gorilla Biscuits worship and a third album and EP that pushed that sound in new directions. They briefly reunited in 2010-11, and now they're thankfully back once again. Tonight's their first of two sold-out Irving Plaza shows with their pals Crime In Stereo. Opening this one is Pass Away (mem I Am the Avalanche, Crime In Stereo).

Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Krill, Sheer Mag @ Bowery Ballroom
Porches and related band Frankie Cosmos have been local staples for a while now, and their profile has clearly risen, as proven by tonight's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show, their biggest headlining appearance yet. They've got some talented friends to open, including quirky indie rockers Krill and classic rock-inspired garage rockers Sheer Mag.

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers, Paper Streets, For Everest @ Palisades
Empire! Empire! returned last year with their first album since their 2009 debut, but now they're reissuing that debut and playing it in full on this tour. Warren Franklin just put out a split album with Kind of Like Spitting, and if you like KOLS, you'd probably dig Warren too.

Todd Edwards, Beautiful Swimmers, Bobby Renz @ American Museum of Natural History
Dance music veteran Todd Edwards has a long history, but he's been in the spotlight as of late thanks to collaborations with Daft Punk and associations with Disclosure. Tonight he DJs the ongoing One Step Beyond series at the Museum of Natural History, and Maxmillion Dunbar's duo with Ari Goldman, Beautiful Swimmers, open.

Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, The Spookfish @ Nola Darling
Two great artists with ties to the anti-folk scene, Jeffrey Lewis and Diane Cluck, begin a tour together tonight, their first of two NYC stops on the tour. It's sold out, but there will be a few tickets at the door.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Animal Collective continue their DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl tonight with everyone except Panda Bear in tow.

Dre Skull, Obey City, Jubilee, Figgy, Sleepyhead, Chris Patrick @ Lot 45
Tonight's Broke City party at Lot 45 in Bushwick (411 Troutman) has a handful of quality DJs to keep you dancing all night long. Free before midnight.

Natalie Prass, Lady Lady, Small Wonder @ Rough Trade
Natalie Prass just picked up a ton of buzz (and a ton of Disney comparisons) for her debut album. Does she live up to the hype? Those with tickets to tonight's sold-out show will find out.

Algiers, Beliefs, The Flag @ Baby's All Right
London-via-Atlanta band Algiers make gothy/industrial soul, or soulful goth-industrial. If you're not sold on the recordings, word is Algiers, who just signed to Matador, are a see-it-live kind of thing. Also on the bill are Toronto's Beliefs who bring real muscle and songwriting chops to their brand of shoegaze.

Stranger Cat, Little Strike, Salt Cathedral @ Chelsea Market
Stranger Cat, the electronic art pop project of Cat Martino, headlines tonight's installmente of Paper Garden Records' Friday shows at Chelsea Market.

Violent Bullshit, IYEZ, Aircrafting, Hints @ Union Pool
While screamo pioneers Orchid are long gone, its members are scattered across a few solid newer bands, including Violent Bullshit, led by Orchid vocalist Jayson Green.

Too Many Zooz, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Douglas and The Goodhearts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by funky brass band Too Many Zooz. Free.

J Dilla Birthday Celebration w/ J57 & Guests @ Littlefield
This weekend would've been J Dilla's 41st birthday. Celebrate his memory with MC/producer J57, PitchBlak Brass Band, and Product.

Hannibal Buress @ The Space at Westbury
Once an underground favorite and known as comedian's comedian, Hannibal Buress is nobody's secret anymore.

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The Blood Brothers
The Blood Brothers
The Blood Brothers

Early-mid '00s post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers are reunited this year, and having already played FYF Fest and a hometown Seattle show, they finally made their way to NYC over the weekend where they first played Central Park's Modern Sky Fest and then headlined a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw last night (10/5). The show was opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band of Orchid's Jayson Green, who mentioned on stage that The Blood Brothers' first tour was opening for his old band ("and look at me now").

The show sold out way in advance and was packed for The Blood Brothers. The entire front half of Warsaw was a moving organism for a lot of the show and was full of huge fans. Almost all the people you could see were yelling along, raising fists in unison and generally having a killer time. Lots of moshing, stage diving and crowd surfing, especially towards the end, and including co-frontman Johnny Whitney who jumped into the crowd while continuing to sing multiple times. The band sounded awesome and were way into the show themselves. Granted, they haven't been away as long as some of the other bands reuniting recently, but still it was hard to believe this was their fourth show together since 2007. A few of the people we talked to after the show even agreed they were better now than the first time around.

Blood Orange's Dev Hynes was there, which may seem a little surprising considering his recent output but not when you consider his old band Test Icicles (who Oh My Rockness said "sound like The Blood Brothers meets Death From Above 1979" in 2006). Also in attendance was Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who played with Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers in Head Wound City, their short-lived side project with the Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian who just played their second show ever (and first in nine years) in LA last month (two new songs included). Maybe Head Wound City will play NYC too? Let's hope.

The Blood Brothers' only two remaining shows that are currently announced are part of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November (one is an aftershow). More pictures from the Warsaw show, videos of both bands, and The Blood Brothers' 22-song setlist, below...

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Blood Brothers

Post-hardcore greats The Blood Brothers announced a reunion this year, which already includes appearances at FYF Fest, FFF Fest, and a hometown show with Naomi Punk in Seattle. The reunion keeps expanding and we're excited to announce that it includes a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show on October 5 at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave). That show will be opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band fronted by Jayson Green of The Blood Brothers' fellow screamo innovators Orchid, and later of Panthers. Tickets go on sale at this link Friday (8/8) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (8/7) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the presale password.


The day before the Warsaw show, Blood Brothers also play the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park which also features Cat Power, Stars, Liars, a William Onyeabor tribute and more. All currently known dates are listed, with some classic song streams, below...

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Sky Ferreira at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sky Ferreira @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation which "funds Transcendental Meditation (TM) programs for at-risk students; veterans with PTSD; women who are survivors of domestic violence; American Indians suffering from diabetes; the homeless and incarcerated." Sold out.

The Latin Alternative Music Conference continues today, and among the day's events is a free multi-genre show at Central Park Summerstage with The Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch.

Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Beacon Theater
One of the most distinctive harmony styles in rock music, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash's music has endured for over 40 years. This is the second of three nights at the Beacon.

Pokey LaFarge, Sturgill Simpson @ Bowery Ballroom
Pokey LaFarge's last album was his self-titled LP that came out last year via Third Man. It's a collection of old-timey folk with unpolished acoustic instrumentation that ignores modern folk trends, and instead sounds decades-old.

The Defibulators @ Bryant Park
And if old-timey sounds are your thing, you might wanna catch this early Defibulators show (6-7 PM) before heading to Bowery for Pokey.

Nightmares on Wax @ Irving Plaza
Nightmares on Wax helped pioneer the trip-hop sound while never being fully associated with the genre and has had records out on Mo'Wax, Warp, and Matador.

Yes, Syd Arthur @ Radio City Music Hall
The prog rock vets -- which are currently Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, and new(ish) vocalist Jon Davison -- hit one of NYC's toniest venues. If you're going, do check out openers Syd Arthur who do an appealing modern take on the genre.

Violent Bullshit, A Touch of North America, Ice Balloons, Colombian Necktie @ The Acheron
It's a good bill at Acheron tonight with heavy NYC punks Violent Bullshit (mems Orchid, Les Savy Fav, etc), psychedelic art punks Ice Balloons (mem TV on the Radio) and more.

Snoop Dogg @ The Capitol Theatre
Regardless of your thoughts on Snoop Dogg's recent name change to Snoop Lion and new reggae direction, it's undeniable that he's put out some of best rap of the golden era and plenty of unstoppable hits since then too. Plus, his live shows are always a great time. Tonight's his second of two NYC-area shows this week.

Greg Barris, Reggie Watts @ Union Hall
This is Greg Barris' "UNBUNNED" show which is a good chance to see Watts who just headlined Town Hall. Union Hall is slightly smaller. Tickets are still available.

The Felice Brothers, Robert Ellis @ Webster Hall
The Felice Brothers offer more of their rootsy folk rock on this year's Favorite Waitress, and tonight the band who played a handful of smaller NYC shows earlier this year, step up to the big Webster Hall.

Yung Lean, Don Christian, Black Kray (early and late shows) @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Teenage Swedish rapper Yung Lean is currently in the US where he'll play three NYC shows. Two at Marlin Room tonight, and a much smaller one at Palisades tomorrow.

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Jonah Tolchin with the Lonesome Angels @ City Winery
Dave and Phil Alvin are/were both members of veteran roots rock band The Blasters whose debut LP came out in 1980, and the pair just put out a new album together on Yep Roc this year. Their labelmate Jonah Tolchin also put one out on that label this year, which features a guest spot from Deer Tick's John McCauley.

Spazzkid, Ricky Eat Acid, Young Yeller, Photay @ Glasslands
It's a good night for electronic sounds at Glasslands tonight with the synth pop of Spazzkid, Ricky Eat Acid's sample-based music, former Chrome Sparks member Jesse Brickel's Young Yeller project, and IDM producer Photay.

French Style Furs, Sacco, Modern Vices @ Rough Trade
French Style Furs feature members of Cold War Kids and We Are Barbarians, and make the kind of anthemic indie you might expect. Chicago's Modern Vices open the show with their soulful take on garage pop.

Aye Nako, Pony Bones, Ovlov, Black Norse, Francis @ Silent Barn
NYC's Aye Nako make excellent melodic punk, and Pony Bones is the current band of Matt Robidoux who's currently on hiatus from Speedy Ortiz.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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Negative Approach @ Grand Victory, 4/14/2013
Negative Approach

Hardcore legends Negative Approach played the tiny Williamsburg venue Grand Victory last night (4/15), snagging support from Violent Bullshit, Two Man Advantage and Crushed. The show was part of a weekend of dates for the band that also included a stop at festival Damaged City in DC where the band teamed with bands like Dropdead (who also played NYC last night).

More pics from Grand Victory (minus Crushed who we missed), plus NA's setlist, are below.

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Bitch Magnet / Moss Icon @ LPR, 10/25/2012
Bitch Magnet
Moss Icon

Post-hardcore pioneers Bitch Magnet and Moss Icon played Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/25), one of two NYC shows scheduled for the former and the solitary and possibly only NYC show for the latter. Though both bands have not played NYC in decades, Moss Icon treated the crowd to a new song "George" during their set of favorites.

If you missed it, Bitch Magnet play Knitting Factory tonight with Turing Machine & Violent Bullshit (tickets). Until then, gear up for Knit with a recap of last night in pictures, video and setlists below.

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We Are Scientists at SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
We Are Scientists

As mentioned, Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series kicks off this weekend (5/26). Since we last spoke, the lineups and schedules for most of the series has been announced. This is what it's looking like so far:



This weekend's kickoff event is with dub/reggae/dancehall DJ crew Rocksteady Yeti and you can check out the flyer for the show below. Turing Machine and Violent Bullshit, who play 6/23 with Midnight Magic, just shared a bill at the venue last week (5/18). That sweaty sold out show was a record release show for Turing Machine's What Is The Meaning Of What LP, which is out now via Temporary Residence.

In addition to Summer Thunder, Union Pool continues to host other shows and tonight (5/25) they've got We Are Scientists, KUROMA, and Beach Arabs. The rather small show is their only US date before they head to the UK for a tour in July. Advance tickets are no longer on sale, but "tickets may still be available at the door." All WAS dates are listed below.

Other interesting shows on Union Pool's calendar include the previously discussed Leda (formerly Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band) show (6/1) and the Other Music Northside showcase on 6/14 with Nude Beach, Ex Cops, and The Everymen.

All We Are Scientists dates listed below...

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Freshkills at #HotelVegan (more by Tim Griffin)

Freshkills have commissioned Blockhead to lay his touches upon "New Folk Songs For New Buildings", a track from their recent LP out now. You can stream it below.

Freshkills are playing this Saturday (5/26) at Grand Victory with The Unstoppable Death Machines, Violent Bullshit, Filthy Savage and DJs Jah Jah (NinjaSonik) and Maxwell 57. Tickets are still available. They'll also be playing the Northside Festival next month, though date and venue are still TBA.

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Summer Thunder 2012

Though tickets for the previously discussed Turing Machine/Violent Bullshit show at Union Pool on 5/18 have flown out the door (it is now sold out), at least you didn't entirely miss the train. Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue Union Pool have announced both bands, along with names like Eric Copeland (Black Dice), Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on The Radio), Bubbles, TEEN, Ryan Sawyer / Nate Wooley / C. Spencer Yeh, LONE WOLF and Test House, as the first batch of artists in their Summer Thunder Series, their annual set of FREE shows taking place on the patio on every other Saturday afternoon from May 26th until August 18th. Summer Thunder 2012 is being curated by the venue along with Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf/Tall Firs/Glass Rock) and Summer Thunder creator and artist J. Penry, with each week promising free music, "drink specials, free koozies, T-shirts for purchase by J. Penry, and lots of Jameson". That last part just sold me.

Exact dates are on the poster above. Exact lineups TBA soon.

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Turing Machine

Psychedelic-post-punk-funk favorites Turing Machine are back with their third album What Is The Meaning Of What, the follow-up to 2004's Zwei and first since the tragic passing of drummer Jerry Fuchs

Shortly after Turing Machine began to work on what would become What Is The Meaning Of What, Fuchs tragically passed away. In his absence, guitarist Justin Chearno and bassist Scott DeSimon spent the better part of a year completing the album, with a little help from a plethora of friends, including Disappears vocalist Brian Case, and a host of musicians from the DFA roster, including Andrew Raposo and Caito Sanchez (both of Midnight Magic), Abe Seiferth, DJ McNany, and Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem).
Jerry Fuchs appears on the release (his final recordings), which hits stores on May 8th via Temporary Residence Limited.

Catch Turing Machine in five-piece formation (with Chris Egan of Computer Magic/SpaceCamp/Adam Green/Lightspeed Champion, Dennis McNany of Jee Day/Run Roc, and Abe Seiferth of Tippy Toes and the producer of the newest LP) at a record release show at Union Pool on May 18th where they'll be joined Violent Bullshit. Tickets are on sale.

In related news, Violent Bullshit (current & ex-mems of Les Savy Fav, Panthers, Orchid and more) are preparing to release their new LP Adult Problems and you can order your copy via the band. The band will also play Grand Victory on May 26th.

Stream the recent Turing Machine single and the previous Violent Bullshit record (available for free download) below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk - I'm Not a Nintendo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bandit Teeth - Encouragement (MP3)
DOWNLOADWetdog - Lower Leg (MP3)
DOWNLOADThe Rondelles - Please Shut Up (MP3)

Unrest @ The Bell House

Doing anything besides swimming or laying in front of a powerful A/C unit hasn't been appealing this week, let alone going into some club or DIY venue with poor ventilation, but temperatures are dropping and there are a lot of fun things to do this weekend, so it's time to buck up, camper, and go see some rock.

As you may have previously read, tonight is the first show at new Park Slope club The Rock Shop. Curiosity is enough to get me there but for those who didn't get tickets to the TeenBeat 26th Anniversary show tomorrow can see The Rondelles play tonight for free. If you liked Elastica or Veruca Salt or fellow TeenBeat band Tuscadero, you should definitely clear some time to check out The Rondelles who sit nicely amongst their '90s peers. Broken up for nearly a decade, this might be your only chance to see them again (apart from tomorrow night). Also playing are The Love Loves. Did I mention it's free? The Rock Shop is supposed to have a very nice rooftop deck as well.

Tuscadero @ The Bell House

While I'm on the subject, I went to the first of the TeenBeat 26th Anniversary shows at the Bell House this past Monday (7/5) and it was a good time. Unrest were a little rusty at first but the muscle memory kicked in around "Makeout Club" and the crowd got into it, and the parade of classics ("Isabelle," "Cherry Cream On," "Cath Carrol") undeniable. But I'm pretty certain Tuscadero stole the night, with a lot of fans there just for them, psyched to hear "Dime a Dozen," "Dr. Doom" and others. Too bad they're not also on the bill for Friday's sold-out show. They've still got it.

True Love Always, who I'd never seen before, were good too. There's video at the bottom of this post from Monday's show. Must add that the merch table is pretty sweet too. I picked up a reissue of Unrest's Imperial F.f.r.r. on clear vinyl for only $10, and got a new version of an old Unrest t-shirt I used to own back in the day.


We've got two bands from Lawrence, KS in town -- Bandit Teeth and Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk -- playing three shows together: Friday night (7/9) at Cake Shop, a free show Saturday (7/10) afternoon at Union Pool and then Saturday night at Death By Audio. Both bands are worth checking out.

Bandit Teeth

Bandit Teeth

Bandit Teeth got their start in the late '90s but went on hiatus while singer Brad Shanks moved to NYC with his sister Courtney when their band Blood on the Wall took off. Brad moved back to Kansas a few years ago and reactivated Bandit Teeth with Zach Campbell of Rooftop Vigilantes. They're sort of sloppy, snotty and nasally -- not unlike the Jacuzzi Boys -- and you can check out "Encouragement" at the top of this post.


Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk

Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk features another Rooftop Vigilante, Oscar Allen, and put out records and cassettes at an alarming rate. Their hazy miasma of sound falls within the Altered Zones demographic but there is poppy song structures under the hiss and reverb. You can check out one of their more straightforward recordings, "I'm Not a Nintendo," at the top of this post.

Friday's Cake Shop show also has Blissed Out and Ana Lola Roman on the bill; the free day Saturday day show at Union Pool also features Violent Bullshit.

Rooftop Vigilantes new album, Real Pony Glue, is due out hopefully before the end of the year. Closer on the horizon is a 7" single that should hit shops in late August or September.


UK band Wetdog are gracing us with another visit, playing Monster Island Basement Friday (7/9) with fellow Captured Tracks band MINKS (who I profiled last week), plus YellowFever (who are out of jail!), and Larkin Grimm. I caught Wetdog back in April at Glasslands and they are definitely worth seeing, definitely within that 1979 postpunk milleiu without sounding exactly like any band of that era. The drummer's minimalist playing style, one leg propped on top of the kick, was something else. The band are playing a few East Coast shows, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

And some day-by-day picks


In addition to tomorrow night's show, YellowFever are also playing Cake Shop tonight with Dream Diary (who have gotten really good), The Numerators,  and Pterodactyl. Has anyone been to Cake Shop this week? Wondering if they've got their A/C working.

Ann Arbor, MI's Secret Twins and Bad Indians spice up a Death By Audio bill that includes local TWII faves My Teenage Stride and Knight School.

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by Bill Pearis

Diamond Nights
Diamond Nights

For those who miss the hedonistic days of Williamsburg 2004, this show's for you: Diamond Nights and Cheeseburger play Brooklyn Bowl on February 13. $5.00 tickets are on sale.

Diamond Nights, who also play Coco 66 the night before (2/12), haven't played together since 2007. For a while it seemed like they were going to be the next big thing with their mix of Thin Lizzy and The Cars and a song -- "The Girl's Attractive" -- that was everywhere for a while. They were also a fun, super-tight live band. But Diamond Nights dissolved soon after the release of their debut album, Popsicle, and singer Morgan Phalen moved to California and guitarist Rob Laakso joined Amazing Baby. Pretty sure these two shows are for the fun of it, but as someone who thought they ended too soon, maybe playing live again will rekindle things.


Meanwhile Cheeseburger (who played at least a few shows in 2009) have just put the finishing touches on their second album and have grown from a bassless trio to having two guitarists and a full rhythm section and one of our premier party-rock bands. I've heard some of the new record and while it would be incorrect to say they've grown up, they've definitely matured as songwriters and musicians. Live shows are still mayhem, though more from the fans than on-stage shenanigans these days. I hope shiny Brooklyn Bowl knows what it's in for.

However, this won't be your typical Cheeseburger show. Singer Joe Bradley is due to be a new father any minute and won't be there. Instead, the band is getting a different guest vocalist for every song, including comedian Jon Glaser (Adult Swim's Delocated), Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington and Andy Reuland, Jason Green of Violent Bullshit, Diamond Nights' Morgan Phalen, and some surprise guests. Personally, I think they should rename themselves Cheeseburger Deluxe for this gig but that's just me.

A couple Diamond Nights and Cheeseburger videos after the jump...

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photos by Chloe Rice, words by Black Bubblegum

These Arms Are Snakes @ Shea Stadium
These Arms Are Snakes

The wildmen of These Arms Are Snakes were back at it on Friday 9/25 at Shea Stadium, when the band teamed up with Violent Bullshit (mems Panthers, Orchid, Black Army Jacket, Half Man, etc) and DD/MM/YY.

The Shea Stadium gig was one of two in NYC for the band. The second was Mercury Lounge the next day (9/27). How were they?

Brian Cook of TAAS does time in another band, Russian Circles, who are scheduled to take on Bowery Ballroom with Young Widows and Phantom Family Halo. Tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, some bad news out of the Young Widows camp that will force them to cancel all remaining dates with Thursday, though their Russian Circles tour is mostly unaffected for now.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances completely out of our control, we have had to drop of of our tour with Thursday. Apologies to all but our attention is needed at home right now.
A big thanks to the Thursday crew for taking us out and being extremely supportive of what we do; it means a lot.
You can look for us to make up the dates in the next 2 months with our friends Russian Circles. We'll also be playing a bunch of new material, so we hope to see you on the road.
All the best to the band.

All affected Thursday dates, with more pics of TAAS & Violent Bullshit from Shea Stadium (Chloe was at Santos shooting Rorschach reunion just before this show, so she missed DD/MM/YY and the other openers), below...

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