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As mentioned, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year, going down October 8 - 12 at venues across NYC. The initial lineup for this year was just announced and includes Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Macy Gray, The Muffs, Upset, Duff McKagan, and more.

The film portion of the CBGB Fest includes the world premiere of Hardcore Devo Live!, Carter Family / Johnny Cash documentary The Winding Stream and a 30th Anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap (which the New York Film Fest is showing too).

Ticket info and other details are still TBA but you can check out initial lineups for both music and film below....

Continue reading "CBGB Music & Film Fest 2014 initial lineups announced"

Rentals

Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals are releasing their first new album in 15 years next week (8/26) via Polyvinyl, and are now streaming it in full on Pitchfork. They also recently announced a short tour, for which openers have since been revealed. The East Coast run will get their Polyvinyl labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on all three dates, with Polyvinyl alumni Mates of State joining in NYC and Philly, and Hooray For Earth in Asbury Park. Tickets for NYC, NJ and Philly are on sale now. The West Coast gets We Are Scientists (whose Keith Murray will be in The Rentals for this tour) and The Rentals' old pals/tourmates/collaborators Ozma (who put out a new LP this year which is streaming below). All dates are listed below.

Hooray For Earth have other shows much sooner than that, including a NYC show this Saturday (8/23) at Bowery Ballroom with Porches and Grooms. Tickets for that show are available and we're also giving away a pair, along with a copy of their new LP, Racy. Details below. Also below is their new video for "Say Enough" from Racy and a stream of an experimental guitar track they recorded with Grooms.

SSLYBY also recently mentioned that they're working on a new album at Seattle studio Hall of Justice, where Nirvana recorded Bleach and which former Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla now owns. Beau Sorenson, who co-produced 2010's Let It Sway with Walla, is producing.

And last but not least, you can catch Mates of State in NYC much sooner at their previously discussed free show this Friday (8/22) at Pine Box Rock Shop.

Lists of Rentals and Hooray For Earth dates, plus streams, below...

Continue reading "The Rentals streaming new LP, reveal tour openers; Hooray For Earth playing w/ Grooms & Porches (win tix & an LP!)"

Morrissey @ The Observatory 5/8/2014 (via @reezy_jay)
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We haven't heard from Morrissey himself regarding the whole rigamarole over Thursday night's show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8) where the We Are Scientists / PAWS show at the adjacent The Constellation Room was nearly canceled but then pushed till after Moz's show ended. (We've heard plenty from PAWS and WAS.) Morrissey, via a publicist, however, has written in to Pitchfork, simply saying:

Morrissey had nothing to do with this. As long as there was no sound bleed, Morrissey was completely fine with another show going on inside the same complex."
As for Moz's show last night, it went off without any him being mauled by fans (too much). For this tour he's switched up some of his older songs, putting The Smiths' "Hand in Glove" back in rotation for the first time in 10 years, and he's also doing "Yes I Am Blind" (originally the b-side to "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"). You can check out his Observatory setlist below.

Morrissey comes to NYC at Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available) and his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, is out in July.

Video of "Hand in Glove" at The Observatory (and the setlist from that show and "Yes I Am Blind" in San Jose, CA) below...

Continue reading "Morrissey representative says he had nothing to do with PAWS show drama ++ Observatory setlist & video"

Morrissey @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (via @crowdflicks)
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As we posted last night when Morrissey's tour hit The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8), the show happening in the space's smaller, adjacent venue The Constellation Room -- Brooklyn's We Are Scientists and Scottish band PAWS -- was nearly canceled, as Morrissey didn't want the show's sound bleeding into his. PAWS wrote an angry missive on their Facebook, which got picked up by this site and others. Things ended up working out, with the WAS/PAWS show starting after Morrissey's ended.

But there 's more to the story. Since then, PAWS have posted a much longer, detailed account of everything that happened, including what happened right before they were to take the stage:

However, after we got here, ten minutes before we were about to go onstage, with the show seemingly in full swing and in good health, Phillip and Josh were confronted by Morrissey's tour manager in our own dressing room. After thinking that everything was FINALLY sorted, this man started screaming at them both, practically squaring up to them and trying his hardest to tear us apart for how big this story was getting, doling out blood-curdling screams to the effect of "I AM THE BOSS OF YOU!" Frankly, beyond being insulting, unreasonable, and to be honest a little hilarious, we simply couldn't believe that this situation had escalated to this point. Far from a reasonable conversation or settling of differences, this seemed like a 'telling off' and to be honest put pretty much everything in context. To feel like you're being demeaned, disrespected and almost bullied by ANYONE feels terrible but to feel like this is happening and that are hands are tied purely because of the perceived stature of a celebrity, seems utterly ridiculous and frankly, unacceptable.

Pissed off and fired up, we jumped out and did our best to kill it for the 30 mins we had in the lights. We burst ourselves trying to bring it, and after ALL that, we came off beaten, sweaty but elated. In our minds, this is over. Fuck this shit.

You can read the entirety of PAWS' account below. Meanwhile, We Are Scientists took in the Morrissey show and offered a review on their Twitter:

When their dates with WAS end, PAWS' tour will hit NYC for a show at Shea Stadium on May 24 with Alex G, The Dirty Nil and Ma.

PAWS full Facebook post below...

Continue reading "PAWS Vs. MOZ Pt. 2"

Morrissey up close with a fan at San Jose last night (via @that fan's instagram)
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Morrissey's tour kicked off last night (5/7) in San Jose, CA. If you've ever been to a Morrissey concert, you know it is a never-ending stream of fans trying to rush the stage, hug him, rip off his shirt, whatever contact they can make. Unfortunately last night, the stage rush got out of control and the show was cut just a little short, notes Stereogum. TMZ, who has video of the incident says Moz was "attacked by a fan" and "knocked to the ground" though the footage doesn't really seem to bare that out. Nonetheless, stage security did seem to have a little more trouble keeping fans offstage than usual. You can watch the video below.

Before the violent hugging happened, Morrissey did play a few new songs that will be on his new album, Word Peace is None of Your Business, including the live debut of the title track, "The Bullfighter Dies," and "Earth is the Loneliest Planet." Setlist and video of those three new songs plus video of the stage rushing incident, below.

Meanwhile, tonight's show (5/8) at Santa Ana's The Observatory has its own problems, as the venue's smaller room, The Constellation Room, is supposed to host We Are Scientists and PAWS. But, according to PAWS, Morrissey doesn't want their show to happen and refuses to play until that show is canceled. From PAWS' Facebook:

Morrissey is currently trying to have our slot at tonights show in Santa Ana, California cancelled because he is playing in another room in the same venue and wishes for their to be no other artists performing in his vicinity.

This is an unbelievable act of complete and utter selfishness that should not be tolerated. This rich, has-been, ego maniac acting like a baby throwing toys from a pram. To satisfy his little power hungry brain. A complete disregard for others and a baffling lack of support/respect for young, hard working musicians.

People like this, with attitudes like this displays a classic example of why the music industry is still awash with disgusting garbage that should by now have been snuffed out. Pedestals, self righteous entitlement, disrespect and "competition". Geez. It's not like we've come all the way from Scotland to play for nothin'...

I'm just going to leave this photo and sentiment with you and we'll report back with developments. We won't go out without a fight!

What do you all think?

We say let 'em play, Morrissey!

UPDATE: Both shows are happening, through compromise, says We Are Scientists via Twitter:

ANTA ANA! So everyone can play a full set, tonight's show will start after Moz's bedtime:

9 doors
10 @wehavepaws
11 us

#everybodywins

Morrissey's tour hits NYC at Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available).

PAWS play Shea Stadium in Brooklyn later this month when the WaS tour is finished.

Continue reading "Morrissey tour off to rocky start: fan mobbing in San Jose; reported beef w/ adjacent PAWS show in Santa Ana tonight"

PAWS at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
PAWS

Glasgow fuzz rock trio PAWS have been on the rise since their promising debut LP, Cokefloat!, and were recently in NYC to record its anticipated followup. They'll be returning to North America this spring to tour as an opener for a band who were also once on the rise (many blog years ago), We Are Scientists. If that sounds like a weird matchup to you, maybe the tour trailer below can provide some insight.

The tour hits NYC on April 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a PAWS video, below...

Continue reading "PAWS opening for We Are Scientists on tour (dates)"

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Tickets to see Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Rocket From The Crypt at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Free tickets to see Run The Jewels at their Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at MHOW go on "sale" today at noon.

Tickets to see members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and others perform Gene Clark's No Other at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

Tickets to see Cheap Time at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the The War On Drugs shows at Bowery ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at 10 AM.

Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.

Emily Kinney is the blonde actress that plays Hershel's daughter Beth Greene on The Walking Dead. She's also a singer-songwriter that plays Gramercy Theatre on December 22. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets to the Exploding In Sound year-end party with Porches, Krill, Roomrunner, Big Ups and more at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Lady Gaga, who is playing the seven final Roseland shows (all sold out), announced a larger NYC show happening on May 13 at Madison Square Garden. There's a ticket link but no on-sale time yet.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Nicole Atkins at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Com Truise at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to his Paper Box show are still available.

The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).

We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.

Tickets to see Billy Joel at MSG go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

DIIV @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
DIIV

As you may know, record store/cafe/venue Rough Trade NYC is set to open November 25 in Williamsburg. The venue part is 21+ and will be a mix of free and ticketed, evening and daytime. The initial schedule of ticketed, evening shows has just been released and looks like this:

12/2 - Jagwar Ma ($15)
12/3 - We Are Scientists ($17)
12/4 - Ida Maria ($10)
12/7 - DIIV, Black Marble, Butter the Children ($15)
12/11 - Langhorne Slim ($10)
12/14 - JD Samson & MEN ($15)
12/31 - Shabazz Palaces ($25)
02/07 - Lanterns on the Lake ($10)
02/22 - Courtney Barnett ($10)
02/26 - In the Valley Below ($10)
03/03 - Arthur Beatrice ($12)
Tickets to all these Rough Trade NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.

No announced shows for Rough Trade's opening week -- Thanksgiving Week, usually around the same time they publish their Albums of the Year list. Maybe they'll pull some big guns for that week? We shall see.

UPDATE: Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent are among the acts performing at Rough Trade NYC's first week. Updated concert schedule is below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade NYC's initial show schedule! -- DIIV, Ida Maria, Courtney Barnett, Arthur Beatrice, Shabazz Palaces & more"

Bunbury

Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Cincinnati festival Bunbury Music Festival 2013 lineup & tix (MGMT, The National, Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo & more)"

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:

BAM! SUMMER THUNDER BANDS ANNOUNCED! CHECK IT!
•MAY 26TH - ROCKSTEADY YETI DAYTIME BLOWOUT
•JUNE 9TH - RAIN MACHINE/ERIC COPELAND/SAWYER-YEH-WOOLLEY TRIO
•JUNE 23RD - TURING MACHINE/MIDNIGHT MAGIC/VIOLENT BULLSHIT
•JULY 14TH - SIGHTINGS/SMOOTA/LONEWOLF + BEN VIDA
•JULY 21ST - BUBBLES/TEEN/TEST HOUSE
•AUGUST 4TH - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!
•AUGUST 18 - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!

ALL START AT 3PM•ALL FREE•BUNCHES OF FREE BOOZE
SEE YOU ALL SOON!

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...

Continue reading "Union Pool's Summer Thunder series lineup revealed, kicks off this weekend; We Are Scientists play the venue tonight"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: WATERS - For the One (MP3)

WATERS at Brooklyn Bowl in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
WATERS

WATERS, the current project of fomer Port O'Brien frontman Van Pierszalowski, released their debut LP Out in the Light in the US on September 20 via TBD Records. Like they do at their live show, WATERS release a ton of energy on this record. At times the folkiness of Van's previous project seeps through, but overall Out in the Light is a fun collection of fuzz guitar driven pop tunes that would feel right at home on '90s college radio with bands like Harvey Danger and early Nada Surf.

You can stream the entire thing and check out the artwork and tracklist below. You can also watch the video for lead single "For the One" below, which was directed by Allen Cordell, who has directed videos for Dan Deacon and Beach House. Download the song above. The album is available for purchase as LP/CD/MP3 at Amazon.

WATERS have a short run of dates coming up this October, including some CMJ shows. All of those shows haven't been announced yet, but one of them is the '10 Years of Fenway Recordings' showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 20 with We Are Scientists, Recover, The Static Jacks, Faces on Film (who just opened for the Shins), and others. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (9/28) at noon. The flier for this show is below. They'll also play another NYC show before CMJ at Mercury Lounge on October 17. Tickets for this show go on sale Wednesday at noon too. Some of the dates are with Boy & Bear who are also playing CMJ, though no one else is listed on the Mercury bill at the moment.

Video, album stream, all dates, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "WATERS released 'Out in the Light', playing shows, Fenway Recordings' CMJ (dates, LP stream, MP3 & video)"

MTK

The MTK: Music To Know Festival planned for Saturday - Sunday, August 13 - 14, in East Hampton, New York, is cancelled. A statement is as follows:

"It is with heavy, heavy heart that we regret to inform you that the inaugural MTK: Music To Know Festival in East Hampton will not take place. Despite our unique vision and arranging a world-class line-up, ticket sales were not adequate to allow the event to continue. We wanted to let everyone know now before engaging more deeply.

Along with our ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, business associates, colleagues and friends in the community, we too are filled with deep disappointment. We pledge to endure during this difficult time with the same integrity and professionalism displayed throughout the creation of this event.

Ticket holders should check www.musictoknow.com next week for more information.

Strangely Escape to NY, the other new Hamptons music festival, is going on as planned as we speak. Patti Smith and Best Coast played it last night.

The MTK Fest's lineup included Vampire Weekend, Chromeo, Dawes, Bright Eyes, M Ward, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz and the Tantrums, Matt and Kim and more.

Truck America, another NY Festival, was cancelled last week (though no official announcement has been made about that yet).

MTK

As mentioned, Music to Know Fest makes its debut in East Hampton, NY over the weekend of August 13-14, and features artists such as Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot, Dawes, and others. Set times have been announced for the festival, which you can check out below.

MTK, not to be confused with Escape to NY, have also teamed up with MTA Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to add an official westbound train for concertgoers:

The train, departing from the LIRR East Hampton station at 10:56 PM, is aptly timed to ensure concert goers will have sufficient time to enjoy the day's line-up and festivities and will be making all the local stops on Long Island into Brooklyn and Manhattan.
For more fun, you can download the official MTK 2011 App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at the iTunes app store. The fest also features fashion tents. According to a press release:
The fashion pop-up tents will be set up in a "retail village" and the merchants are anything but your average festival brands. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were first to purchase pop-ups from MTK: Music To Know - planning to debut their much-anticipated website StyleMint and their successful contemporary line Elizabeth & James to the crowd of almost 10,000 people gathered at the event in the Hamptons during the height of the season.
Hmmm... Tickets for the festival are still available. Set times and a list of the clothing brands that will be on display at the fest below...

Continue reading "East Hampton MTK Fest announces set times, a special LIRR train,... Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen..."

alternate headline: Vampire Weekend headlining Hamptons Music Fest, go figure

Vampire Weekend @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Vampire Weekend

MTK: Music To Know Festival announces its inaugural line up headlined by Vampire Weekend on Saturday, August 13th and Bright Eyes on Sunday, August 14th. Other confirmed bands include Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tom Tom Club, Dawes, M Ward, We Are Scientists, The Limousines, Naked and Famous, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, Nicos Gun and Young Empires -- 18 of today's most critically-acclaimed and successful new, emerging and well-known bands. The music begins at noon each day, ending at 10PM.

According to Co-Founder Chris Jones "The Hamptons are a unique market to say the least -- full of decision makers, trend setters, and taste generators who have always been eager to embrace the best and the brightest in our culture -- whether that is in literature, film, fashion or music. We are excited to bring this collection of artists together in our community, and hope this is the first of many annual events."
Cheesy marketing and opinions of the ritzy location and potential crowd aside, I have to say that MTK did a pretty kick-ass job of curating a relevant indie rock lineup for an East Hampton crowd (filled with bands that do a good job of moving tickets, relatively speaking). Tickets are on sale now. Two-day passes start at $195 each+fees+parking if you need it. VIP tix will cost you much more.

Without knowing how willing people are to travel to the Hamptons, how many people are already in the Hamptons, and how many tickets they need to sell (possibly only "9,500 people over both days"), it's hard to guess how successful the fest will be (from a business/longevity point of view) (Bing is a sponsor so that probably helps), but it definitely beat expectations so far (relatively speaking). More details below...

Continue reading "Music To Know Fest announces lineup (Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, CWK, Chromeo, M Ward, more)"

Summerstage

"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."
You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.

The ENTIRE 2011 SUMMERSTAGE SCHEDULE is now posted at Summerstage's site.

Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.

Summerstage

"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."
You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.

The ENTIRE 2011 SUMMERSTAGE SCHEDULE is now posted at Summerstage's site.

Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.

We Are Scientists @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
WAS

More Bowery Presents New Years Eve shows are being booked. Drive By Truckers, Passion Pit, Butthole Surfers, and.... We Are Scientists are all playing December 31st shows at their venues. For WAS, it's the more intimate Mercury Lounge. $30 advanced tickets go on sale Saturday, 11/20, at noon. If you're not feeling lazy you can walk down to the Mercury Lounge box office at that time and pick tix up with no fees.

The show starts at 8pm, and though no openers have been announced yet, I am assured that We Are Scientists will be the band that is on when the clock hits midnight, though they will also be over before 1am which is when the doors to the Consider The Source show open.

We Are Scientists are currently touring Europe. All dates below...

Continue reading "We Are Scientists playing Mercury Lounge on New Years Eve (and other dates now overseas) "

DOWNLOAD: Holy Fuck - Latin America (MP3)

Holy Fuck in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Holy Fuck

As they put it, Holy Fuck "are playing a very special preview date in NYC (April 23rd), head to Europe in early May, and make their way back to the U.S. for a slew of Tour Dates in late May following the release of Latin." Tickets are available (while they last) at the door at Cake Shop tonight. More details on the show and all dates below...

Continue reading "Holy Fuck tonight (tix available), now w/ 3 openers (including We Are Scientists) ++ other 2010 tour dates "

photos by Tim Griffin

We Are Scientists

"[Tuesday] night's show at the Mohawk - part of the closing-night send-off for the interactive portion of [SXSW] -was stellar. At least, I think it was. I'm having a hard remembering most of it, to be honest. I lay the blame for this firmly upon the decidely miserable margaritas we had two nights ago at the East Crowley, LA branch of Chili's on the drive out to Texas. Laughably billed as "The World's Freshest Margarita," these margs were ranked uniamously as the worst we'd ever had, and just edged out Chris's house salad for the title of "Foulest Item Ever." Consequently, when we arrived in Austin, we were desperate for a margarita crafted by a mixologist possessed of a reverence for the beverage, who understood how to draw out the nuances of the flavor, and who would never, ever use dishwashing soap for color. The bartender at the Mohawk satisfied at least that last directive, and, so, the membership of WAS crushed margarita after precious margarita in the hours leading up to the show. The resulting performance was described by our dear friends The Whigs (new album, In The Dark, out yesterday!) as "rambunctious," and by Rolling Stone photographer Candice Lawler as "pretty rambunctious.". Job done, We Are Scientists! -Keith" [We are Scientists]
More pictures from Tuesday night's show below...

Continue reading "We Are Scientists closed down SXSW Interactive (pics)"

SXSWSXSW

SXSWeek 2010: March 12-21
Interactive: March 12-16
Film: March 12-20
Music: March 17-21
The intial lineup of bands playing the music portion, below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2010 - dates & initial band lineup "

photos by Tim Griffin and Chris La Putt

All Points West 2009 - Day 3

"After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away, organizers hustled to get the schedule back on track, culminating in a dazzler of a headlining set by British rockers Coldplay.

Sunday's line-up, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. in the comedy tent and 2 p.m. on the music stages, was pushed back several hours due to severe storms that hit the area midday. Fans who arrived early were turned away at the gates, and it wasn't until just before 4 p.m. that ticket holders were invited to line up at the festival entrance for an even longer wait for admission. Comedians Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan and Janeane Garofalo, originally slated for 45-minute sets at the Queen of the Valley tent, were rushed through with 10 minutes each to make way for the musical acts that followed them. "I might do a tour of entirely rained-out festivals," said Barry, "it's big money for not a lot of work at all."

Some sets were canceled altogether--indie rockers Steel Train and New Jersey punk band the Gaslight Anthem, scheduled to take the main Blue Comet stage in the afternoon, were scrapped to allow later bands to perform at their scheduled times." [Billboard]

As you may have heard, Coldplay's Sunday night set included covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right". Jay-Z covered "No Sleep Till Brooklyn on Friday.

MGMT played against Coldplay on Sunday, and Echo and The Bunnymen instead opened for Coldplay on the main stage (with Courtney Love watching in the wings). Akron/Family, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, Lykke Li, Elbow, the Black Keys, and others also played sets on the shortened, very wet day. More pictures, and the two Coldplay cover videos, and some setlists, below....

Continue reading "All Points West 2009 - Day 3 Pictures (Coldplay, mud, MGMT)"

Art Brut @ Mercury Lounge - 11/10/05 (more photos)
Art Brut

Art Brut Five night NYC run @ Mercury Lounge is coming...

Mon 6/1 (Tickets)
Art Brut 10:00
Demander 9:00
The Picture 8:00

Tue 6/2 (Tickets)
Art Brut 10:00
Murder Mystery 9:00
Les Sans Culottes 8:00

Wed 6/3 (Tickets)
Art Brut 10:00
Tiny Masters Of Today 9:00
U.S. Royalty 8:00

Thu 6/4 (SOLD OUT)
Art Brut 10:00
Cymbals Eat Guitars 9:00
Phil & The Osophers 8:00

Fri 6/5 (SOLD OUT)
Art Brut 11:00
Special Guest 10:00
Keith TOTP & his Minor US Indie Celebrity All Star Backing Band 9:00 - DJ Eamon Hamilton (BrakesBrakesBrakes) 8:00
At first i thought, "do I really ever need to see Art Brut again?" Then I listened to the new album (Art Brut vs. Satan - out now on Downtown Records), and thought, "I really do want to see Art Brut again!", especially if again happens at a venue as small as Mercury Lounge.

As you can see above, tickets are still available for three of the five NYC shows. All dates HERE.

As you can also see above, the final night, now unfortunately sold out, seems to be the most special. Not only will it be the final night, but Keith TOTP means they're keeping it in the family ("Minor US Indie Celebrity All Star Backing Band" included), and "special guest" means, well... "Special Guest". If I could take one guess, my guess would be Art Brut 47 (aka We are Scientists), but that is just a guess.

A video diary of the recording of the new Art Brut album, with producer Frank Black (who by the way is playing the Siren Festival this year), is posted below...

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photos by Darren Kim

Morrissey

"Coachella exists in two time zones: the event itself and its digital afterlife. The second zone, on cameras and blogs and Twitter and video-sharing sites, comes a heartbeat after the first, like a rockabilly slap-back echo. In its 10th year now, Coachella has been the music festival for the most technologically advanced teenagers-to-young-professionals, sniffing around the alternative mainstream. Even when the music doesn't present an argument they haven't heard before, they're controlling their own media representation of it; the act of listening is almost immediately contextualized into their own lives." [NY Times]
More pictures from Coachella Day One, below...

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All Points West

Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...
The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."

More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...

Continue reading "All Point West - 2009 festival dates & lineup (Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beastie Boys, Coldplay)"

photos by Zach Stern

Ladyhawke

Village Voice: Besides playing shows in New York, anything you're going to check out?

Ladyhawke: I have a friend there who is a musician and I hope he can show me some things. He's one of about three people I know there. But I've only been there once before and I thought it was amazing.

The bars stay open until 4.

Really?

Yeah.

Wicked.

As mentioned a few times recently, Ladyhawke visited our country to play a few shows. The last one was Thursday night (3/26) at Studio B in Brooklyn. More pictures from that show below...

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