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Local Natives @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/3/2013
Local Natives

Local Natives completed up their three-night, sold-out NYC run on Sunday (2/3) at Bowery Ballroom, their second straight night at the venue. (Friday they played MHOW.) Both Bowery shows featured an opening set from We Barbarians, and pictures from Sunday's show, plus Local Natives' setlist, are in this post.

If you missed Local Natives' three NYC shows, you can still stream Friday's MHOW show at Bowery Presents' YouTube page. Additionally, the band will perform "Heavy Feet" live tonight (2/5) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, so set your DVRs. Their next local show is Governors Ball in June.

More pictures from Sunday's Bowery show below...

Continue reading "Local Natives wrapped up their three-night NYC run at Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist), play 'Jimmy Fallon' tonight"

photos by Chris La Putt

White Rabbits at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/30/12
The White Rabbits

White Rabbits, who have dates coming up with the Shins, played a free show (first come, first served) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Saturday (6/30) with We Barbarians. The show was part of a new series of free shows presented by Converse Rubber Tracks, Converse's recording studio in Brooklyn (where We Barbarians recently recorded, and that is about to celebrate its one year anniversary in its Williamsburg location). The next free, live show in the series will be announced soon.

The show was an early one, starting at 8pm sharp and ending by about 10:30, and for White Rabbits, it was their second show with new drummer David Scalia who replaced Jamie who is expecting his first kid. David will play the rest of the shows this year with the band while Jamie spends time with his family. Here are some pictures from the night.

The White Rabbits show was happening right next door to the inaugural Martyrdoom Fest (co-presented by BrooklynVegan, Signature Riff, Order of the Serpent, and Catharsis PR), which went down in Public Assembly. This of course lead to a very drastic contrast of crowds on North 6th St. that night. Stay tuned for more on that show.

More pics from the White Rabbits show, below...

Continue reading "White Rabbits played MHOW with We Barbarians (pics)"

White Rabbits in Chicago in April (more by Ben Rodig)
White Rabbits

White Rabbits don't have too much planned for this summer. They'll be in Toronto this week for NXNE and will do a few festivals in August, including Lollapalooza (who just announced their schedule). Other than that, they've only got a couple other shows scheduled at the moment -- including a free show in NYC on June 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with We Barbarians. The show is the first in a new bi-monthly, free concert series called Converse Rubber Tracks Live and admission is first come first served. Each show in the new series will feature a band who recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks (this time that band is We Barbarians who were also chosen to open by White Rabbits).

A list of all White Rabbits dates and a video below...

Continue reading "White Rabbits playing a free NYC show with We Barbarians (and other dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Hall & Oates & Peelander-Z - in Prospect Park (5/20/2012)
Hall & Oates
Lez Zeppelin

Unlike Chris (who took these pictures), I didn't get to the Nethermead until 5pm, but what I saw was consistent with reports that the second day of GoogaMooga was free of a lot of the kinks experienced on Saturday. Lines were shorter on Sunday, there was more food, there were maybe a few less people, and everyone just generally seemed to be having a great time. Conversations on the first day were all about how long you had to wait to get something. Conversations on the second day seemed to be more about how much better things were, and how awesome it was to hear Hall & Oates play 80 minutes of hits in a huge park on a beautiful day to thousands of people, many of whom were dancing and singing along. Sure there were still lines for popular items, but nothing like the day before, and there were a lot less of them (would you agree?).

Other highlights of Sunday's free but ticketed event included a memorable performance by colorful punks Peelander-Z (whose red member can be seen flying over a porta-potty in one of the pictures above), a rocking set of Led Zeppelin tunes by Lez Zeppelin, soul by both Charles Bradley and Fitz & the Tantrums, another hour ExtraMooga Q&A session by the extremely entertaining, even to vegans, Anthony Bourdain who went into detail on his opinions of vegetarians at the request of one audience member (Anthony appears live in Brooklyn again at BAM on June 9), and an ExtraMooga night-closing Big Gay Ice Cream Dance Party complete with a DJ, alien dancer things, drag queens, free ice and ice cream, and scantily clad stilt workers (also ExtraMooga only).

The plan seems to be to bring GoogaMooga back in 2013 (hopefully next time with more vegan options), so stay tuned. More pictures from Sunday in Prospect Park, below...

Continue reading "GoogaMooga day 2 in pics (Hall & Oates, Peelander-Z, Fitz, Patton Oswalt, Tom Colicchio, Charles Bradley & more)"


Superfly presents the Great GoogaMooga this weekend (5/19-5/20) in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. As can you can see by the posted schedule, live music will be happening on two stages concurrently with food demonstrations, comedy and other entertainment while food is being served all around. Don't have one of the free tickets, and aren't planning on buying one either? Probably best to not show up then. At least that's what festival co-founder Kerry Black of Superfly told us in the interview that you can read in full below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Great GoogaMooga co-founder Kerry Black (about this weekend's fest in Prospect Park)"

Chelsea Wolfe

During our CMJ parties this past October, we partnered with Sony Bloggie to film a video series ("Green Room Sessions") of exclusive performances by artists, many of whom also played at our CMJ events. All of the videos were shot on nothing but Bloggies. We've been slowly revealing some of the videos from the series, but the most of them are finally here and can be watched below.

Chelsea Wolfe performed a new/non-album track called "Feral Love," accompanied only by brooding synths and beats from band member Ben Chisholm, making for a more similar performance to Chelsea's "solo" NYC debut than the full band set she delivered at our Friday party (10/21).

Members of Datarock, sitting on a ladder, played an acoustic guitar/saxophone and red-suit-less rendition of their song "True Stories," which they said they have to play when they're in NYC, as it is their tribute to Talking Heads, with every lyric in the song being a Talking Heads song title.

Chelsea Wolfe

Laura Stevenson and her Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag both played songs for us. Laura played a solo acoustic version of "Barnacles" from the Laura Stevenson and the Cans' album Sit Resist on the staircase to the green room at Public Assembly, whereas Shellshag took us out to the waterfront for a stripped down performance of "Face to Face."

Ólöf Arnalds played a new song called "Sudden Elevation" and a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" which is one of the covers on her new mini album.

Peelander-Z took us outside on North 6th Street, shortly after playing our day party in Public Assembly. With no instruments except their voices, they wrote us a theme song.

Similarly to Chelsea Wolfe, Channy Caselle of Polica performed with just a microphone and samples playing through a guitar amp, as opposed to the massive dual drum rumbling set Polica played at our Saturday party (10/22). She performed "Happy Be Fine" off their upcoming debut LP, Give You the Ghost.

New Zealand band Street Chant, who played our Saturday party, played two songs for us after their set, "Stoned Again" and "You Do the Maths." For both songs, frontwoman Emily Littler played guitar and sang as the rest of her band and members of The Suzan provided claps and backup vocals.

Dave Quon of We Barbarians, who were also on the Saturday party, played an acoustic version of "Chambray" off the band's Headspace EP backstage after their set.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetbacks, who were announced on our Thursday (10/20) party at the last minute, played as a three piece because one of their members hadn't arrived to NYC yet at that point. Then, to size their lineup down even more, frontman Adam Thompson performed two songs on his own for us with his acoustic guitar (filmed on the same day they headlined Webster Hall).

A few more are coming, but meanwhile watch all of our completed videos below...

Continue reading "WATCH BV 'Green Room Sessions' (shot on a Sony Bloggie)"

photos Dominick Mastrangelo

We Barbarians @ BV-CMJ @ Public Assembly
We Barbarians

NYC via California band We Barbarians, who played one of our CMJ day parties in October, kicked off a tour with Tribes last night (12/7) in Boston. That tour will bring both bands to NYC on Thursday (tonight, 12/8) at Mercury Lounge and Friday (12/9) at Glasslands with Teachers. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are still available. All dates are listed below along with some more never-before-posted pictures from our BV day party.

As Popmatters will tell you, the band released an EP called Headspace earlier this year. As the band told Syracuse's Daily Orange, remixes of all the tracks off the EP, in addition to a full LP, are in the works for next year.

"Chambray" is one of the songs off their EP and we're premiereing the video for it in this post. We're also debuting an acoustic rendition of the same song that frontman Dave Quon performed for us backstage at our CMJ party as part of our continuing Sony Bloggie video series. Check out those videos with the pics and dates, below...

Continue reading "We Barbarians playing shows, played our show, have a new video & one they filmed in the green room"

photos by Chris La Putt

We Barbarians @ Public Assembly -- BVCMJ
We Barbarians

CMJ is less than two weeks behind us and SXSW has alrady announced the first round of artists playing the March 2012 fest in Austin. The list includes Against Me!, Grace Potter, Cloud Nothings, Com Truise, The Ettes, FEAR, The Men, Mind Spiders, Parlovr, Thee Oh Sees, We Barbarians, Young Magic, The Wedding Present, Chelsea Wolfe and many others. The full list is below.

Chelsea Wolfe and We Barbarians (and Yount Magic) played BV Day Parties at Public Assembly during CMJ, though on separate days (on 10/21 and 10/22 respectively). Some more pictures from their appearances are in this post along with video from The Men's appearance at Shea Stadium over the weekend with Pop. 1280. All that with the entire SXSW list below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2012 announces initial lineup (Chelsea Wolfe, The Men, We Barbarians, Against Me!, Thee Oh Sees & more)"


STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Street Chant
01:00 Memoryhouse
01:45 Purity Ring
02:30 Friends
03:15 Peelander-Z
04:00 Vockah Redu (New Oreleans bounce)
05:00 Idle Warship

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:00 We Barbarians
12:40 Polica
01:25 We are Augustines
02:10 The Stepkids
03:00 Born Gold
03:40 Electric Guest
04:30 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
05:15 Fidlar

Finally! Here is the lineup to our 100% free not-CMJ day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/22), one day after our free Friday day party in the same place!

This Saturday show is going to be non-stop action starting right at noon with New Zealand's Street Chant on the main stage (and We Barbarians in the other room). I'm excited for everyone, but the over the top antics of both Peelander-Z (after the dance pop party that is Brooklyn's Friends) and bounce artist Vockah Redu (who will warm up the crowd for Idle Warship) should make for a very memorable afternoon in more ways than one.

In addition to free music, here are some more reasons to stop by Saturday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.

We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).

As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.

Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.

See you Saturday!

DOWNLOAD: Purity Ring - "Belispeak" (MP3)


As mentioned, Purity Ring are heading out on tour with Neon Indian in September and October, culminating in a CMJ show at Webster Hall on October 21. Tickets are still available for what is now Neon Indian's next NY show now that the Quiksilver thing is cancelled (well, unless you count DJing).

Purity Ring will also play a Windish Agency CMJ Showcase that same night (10/21) at Mercury Lounge with Drop the Lime, Small Black, We Barbarians, High Highs, Gauntlet Hair, Electric Guest, and Cuckoo Chaos. Tickets for the showcase go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon (you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge). All tour dates are listed below.

Purity Ring are set to release a split 7" with fellow Canadians Braids on October 11 via Fat Possum. Grab Purity Ring's contribution, "Belispeak," above and check out the artwork, which is above too.

Speaking of Braids and We Barbarians, Braids are going on tour with Pepper Rabbit, but before they do Pepper Rabbit will play their own show with We Barbarians and ANR at Mercury Lounge on August 31. Tickets are still available. Braids play Mercury Lounge a week later. Tickets are still on sale.

Updated Purity Ring tour dates below...

Continue reading "Purity Ring schedules a CMJ show w/ We Barbarians & others, releasing split w/ BRAIDS (MP3 & updated dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Pepper Rabbit - "Rose Mary Stretch" (Freelance Whales remix) (MP3)

Pepper Rabbit @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Pepper Rabbit

Pepper Rabbit are about to adjust to life on the road. Beginning on September 7 in Philly, they'll be on the road with BRAIDS and the Secretly Canadian-signed Painted Palms for over six weeks. But first, they play their own show at Mercury Lounge in NYC on August 31 with We Barbarians and ANR. Tickets are still on sale, and we have a pair you can win. Details below with all tour dates. The Polaris-nominated BRAIDS play Mercury Lounge without Pepper Rabbit (but with Painted Palms, Blue Hawaii and Noveller) on September 6.

Pepper Rabbit's new album Red Velvet Snow Ball was released earlier this month and if you order it on their website...

... You can get it in two different packages below. The totes and pins were made special for this offer. You can't get them anywhere else. Every order also comes with an immediate download of a ton of MP3s. You get our whole first record, Beauregard. You get the Rose Mary Stretch EP we've been giving out (with the rad Miniature Tigers cover!). And you get the whole new album....
You can stream the whole album below. "Rose Mary Stretch" is the 2nd song on the new album, and it's been given the remix treatment by Freelance Whales. We're debuting that MP3 above. Listen to even more recent remixes with all the other stuff too, below...

Continue reading "Pepper Rabbit remixed by Freelance Whales (MP3 premiere), kicking of tour (updated dates & a ticket contest)"


Tickets go on sale today (6/29) at noon for the BV presented Little Dragon 'Ritual Union' album release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

We were promised 10 ticketed Williamsburg Waterfront shows this summer, and now we have another one to add to the list. The diverse list of bands coming to the Brooklyn venue now includes, well, Stone Temple Pilots. Tickets for this July 25th show go on sale Thursday (6/30) at noon.

Another reunited "grunge" band that we don't need to reunite, though not one from the west coast, or even from America, Bush plays Bowery Ballroom on July 28. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/30) at noon.

Speaking of reunited grunge bands, we have tickets you can win to the Soundgarden shows at Prudential Center (7/8) and Jones Beach (7/9). E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Soundgarden). Include your first and last name and venue choice in the email. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted. Good luck! FYI, don't worry, your name/email will not be used for anything else.

Speaking of Williamsburg Waterfront, reunited bands and contests, we're giving away tickets to Death From Above 1979 at our Facebook.

We're also giving away tickets to see Bon Sollee tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg on our Facebook.

Dr. Dog are playing Williamsburg Waterfront this summer now too.

Frank Turner added a November 3 show at Bowery Ballroom after his 9/21 show sold out. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/30) at noon. Andrew Jackson Jihad and Into It. Over It open the show.

Tickets are still available for the Frightened Rabbit show at MHOW and the waterfront show with DCFC.

AmEx presale starts today (6/29) at noon for The Rapture's show at MHOW.

We recently mentioned that of Montreal were added to Escape 2 NY. They play the Hamptons Fest on August 7. Kevin Barnes aka DJ List Christee DJs at Brooklyn Bowl on August 6. Tickets for his DJing gig are on sale now.

People are asking if the real Moonface (aka Spencer) is still playing Mercury Lounge in July. He is, and tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are still available for the WU LYF show at Mercury Lounge but are sure to be gone soon so act quick.

Tickets are still available for the John Maus and Puro Instinct show at Mercury Lounge tonight (6/29.

Tickets are still available for Memory Tapes and New Moods at Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/1).

Caveman are playing Mercury Lounge on September 15. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (6/29) at noon.

Two Gallants play Mercury Lounge on September 13. Tickets are on sale now.

Pepper Rabbit were not added to the Braids show at Mercury Lounge, but they added their own on August 31 with We Barbarians. Tickets are on sale now.

North Highlands and ARMS play Mercury Lounge on July 27. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out what's happening on the Fourth of July (and in Philly).

Cold War Kids, We Barbarians, and Best Make Bomb are playing a free show in NYC tomorrow...

Continue reading "We Barbarians playing free NYC show w/ Cold War Kids (THURSDAY), and Pianos"

by Bill Pearis

Yuck @ Barbarella (BV Party photo by Amanda Hatfield)

Moving on from Wednesday... Thursday, in some ways, was a bit of a bust for me. I blame St. Patrick's Day, one of my least favorite holidays. It is amateur hour. Attendance was up 40% at SXSW this year, and I'm guessing a lot of that was college kids on spring break all of whom already seemed to have had enough to drink by the time I hit 6th Street after the BrooklynVegan-curated portion of the Day Stage. It was a day spent trying to avoid getting puked on or punched.

Anyway, I headed over to our other Thursday afternoon event at Barbarella/Swan Dive, which was crowded but chill, arriving just in time to catch the end of Fergus & Geronimo and Beans' sets. Trying to navigate between the two connected clubs -- blazing sunshine at the patio stage, pitch black for the Barbarella inside stage -- was a bit tough.

I watched most of Yuck's set and thought they sounded great. Not the most exciting band to watch, but that's okay, not everyone can bounce around the stage like Superchunk to whom they owe more than a little sonic dept. Speaking of, Mac McCaughan was their for their whole set which I thought was kind of awesome. I asked him if he was there to collect royalties from Yuck. He laughed and said, "No way, I love these guys!"

Obits @ Barbarella (BV Party photo by Amanda Hatfield)

From there it was out to the Patio for Obits' set. There's something about their pedal-to-the-metal rock that sounds a little better in Texas. Plus they played the two songs I really wanted to hear: "You Gotta Lose" from the new album Moody, Standard and Poor, and their first-ever single "One Cross Apiece."

After scarfing down some tacos (courtesy of the El Diablo truck in Barbarella's backyard, yes a sister truck to the one here at Union Pool), I caught a little of Screaming Females, rip-roaring as usual, and Menomena before heading East to pick up my Fader Fort wristband. Probably a mistake to go to the one place with truly unlimited booze on St. Patrick's Day, it was a phantasmagoric scene of oversized spectacles, day-glo clothing, long lines, and marketing. And booze. Oh...and bands. Mazes, who I'd seen the night before, were playing and not many people seemed to be paying attention.

Most people seemed to be having the Best Time Ever but it was just a little much for me, so I opted for the green grass and relaxed vibe of the French Legation to catch Edwyn Collins which was just a pleasure. With a shit-hot band, including legend Dave Ruffy on drums, we got a 40-minute or so set, half of which was from his new album Losing Sleep, the rest from his back catalog, mostly from his Orange Juice days.

Missed opportunity: they didn't play OJ classic "The Day I Went Down to Texas." But otherwise no complaints. Just like at his Rock Shop show, the set's highlight was Losing Sleep track "In Your Eyes," with Edwyn's son Will singing co-lead, the part sung by Jonathan of The Drums. The Drums' Jacob Graham came out and played guitar with them too. Like his dad, Will Collins has pipes perfect for croony melodrama. Get this kid his own band!

Edwyn Collins @ French Legation

I zoned out at the Legation for a while before heading to Beauty Bar to see Swedish soft pop band Pacific! I love Pacific's first album, Reveries, a melange of '78-'82 soft rock influences, but had no idea what their live show would be like. I certainly wasn't expecting them to come out in cloaks and hoods. Backlit, they looked like Grim Reapers, albeit ones making music that would fit right in beside Air Supply and Falco.

From there it was off to Emo's Jr. to catch San Francisco's Magic Bullets. If you are ever in need of a pick-me-up, go see this band. Their singer is the dancin-est frontman I have ever seen, and the whole band really seems to enjoy playing...which is infectious. They ended their set with a cover of Altered Images' "I Could Be Happy," which fit right in with the band's sound (that owes more than a little to early-'80s Scottish pop).

Austra was playing at Emo's proper so we went to catch them. Buzz is just started to build for them but I think when their debut, Feel it Break, hits they will be unavoidable. The record is all hits and they've got a really good live show too, including identical twin sisters as backup singers. Eminently danceable, with soaring choruses, Austra have got it. I left before the Kills who went on next at what was the Domino showcase.

From here I met up with friends at Palm Door, near the Convention Center, and caught the tail-end of We Barbarians' set. The Long Beach trio's sound is not a million miles away from Bear Hands or Local Natives, dancefloor friendly rock. I thought they were pretty good. They hit New York in a couple weeks for two sold-out shows with Foster the People and Grouplove: Mercury Lounge on April 8 and Knitting Factory on April 9.

"You ready for some killer dubstep?" That's Shaun Durkan, bassist/singer for Weekend, who were up next. He kids, he kids. Intense and very, very loud, Weekend take a load of post punk influences and really do make them their own. They are just so good at what they do. You're knocked back by sheer force as Durkan's vocals swirl in and out as if from a parallel dimension. Easily one of the best sets I saw at SXSW. Weekend are in town in two weeks, for two shows: opening for Wire at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 5, and then an early show at Mercury Lounge on April 6 with Toronto's Little Girls.

We decided to end the night with Gayngs at large outdoor club Mohawk who are supposed to be on at 12:30 but are still setting up equipment an hour later. With what seems like 30 people in the band, I can see how it would take so long but my energy flagged and I took off before they played, deciding to catch the Night Owl bus back to my friend's apartment instead.

A few more photos below, some video, and applicable tour dates...

Continue reading "Bill's Week in Austin (Day 2 - Yuck, Austra, Obits, Edwyn Collins, Weekend, Magic Bullets, We Barbarians & more)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

yes, that's Matisyahu & Tokyo Police Club...
Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club and We Barbarians played an invite-only show at the Wired Store on 12/15, much like Ra Ra Riot did a week earlier. It was the Foundations Artist Management Holiday Party and was marked by a surprise appearance from Matisyahu who joined TPC for a cover of his own "Miracle (The Hanukkah Song)". Ayad and Michael from Passion Pit didn't play the party, but they did introduce TPC after jokingly introducing themselves at Foundations interns.

After the Wired Store show, Andrew St. Clair joined TPC at Nancy Whiskey in TriBeCa where they played We Barbarians in a gentlemanly game of shuffleboard.

Matisyahu played a string of Hannukah related shows, including four NYC shows recently, and has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge. TPC have a tour coming up with Two Door Cinema Club which will hit Terminal 5. Passion Pit are playing Wellmont Theater on 12/30 and 12/31.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Matisyahu played w/ Tokyo Police Club after a set by We Barbarians & a Passion Pit intro @ the Wired Store (pics)"

Ra Ra Riot at BAM (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot will be making even more appearances in NYC in the coming month. The Syracuse band's onslaught begins on August 24th (Tuesday) when the band celebrates the release of it's new LP The Orchard (via Barsuk) with a FREE acoustic set at Soundfix Records at 6PM. Later that night, the band will be at a second FREE event, a 21+ DJ party at Brooklyn Bowl featuring the band and Vampire Weekend swapping turns on the wheels of steel (neither band is scheduled to play live music).

Less than one month after the band blesses NYC with those gratis events, Ra Ra Riot will play a two night stint at Bowery Ballroom (on 9/21 and 9/22) followed by another two night stint at MHOW (on 9/23 and 9/24). 9/21's support at Bowery has yet to be announced (tickets), but 9/22 at Bowery will feature Lower Dens (tickets), 9/23 at MHOW will feature North Highlands and We Barbarians (tickets), and 9/24 at MHOW will feature Amanaguchi (tickets). If each date will have two openers, then there's still a lot to be announced too.

As previously mentioned, the dates are part of a much larger tour that will see Ra Ra Riot play from sea to shining sea (and Bumbershoot) as part of a full US campaign towards total da-da-domination.

We Barbarians open much of the tour. Other tour openers and updated tour dates, and a video, below....

Continue reading "updated Ra Ra Riot dates, an in-store, DJ event, NYC openers"

photos by Gabi Porter, words by Rachel Kowal

We Barbarians

After Young Man, the second act of the evening, We Barbarians, stepped up the intensity with their pounding drums and deeper and more desperate vocals. In between songs, Young Man talked enthusiastically about playing in Paris. We Barbarians told the audience to buy more beer. After playing a handful of songs, including a cover of a David Byrne/Brian Eno song and a couple of new tunes from their upcoming EP, the group expressed their excitement to be playing and offered some concluding words. "Thanks for showing us a good time. This is an amazing setting, so thank you, you guys. We'll play one more and give you what you've been waiting for."

If you missed them, they open for Maps & Atlases & Cults at Mercury Lounge on Thursday before heading back to California and then going on tour with Ra Ra Riot. All dates and more Governors Island pictures below...

Continue reading "We Barbarians played Governors Island (pics), playing Mercury Lounge, touring w/ Ra Ra Riot (dates)"

photos by Gabi Porter, words by Rachel Kowal

Local Natives

Outdoor summer shows may be winding to a close in the coming weeks, but the beach front at Governors Island is still heating up. Saturday night, Local Natives played to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd - their largest yet, according to one of the members. Young Man and We Barbarians were also on the bill.

With bigger names like Grizzly Bear (still to come) at Governors Island this summer, it's impressive that a young band like Local Natives not only earned a coveted spot as a headlining artist but also managed to sell out the huge Governors Island Beach space (3,500 capacity). After all, they only have one album to their name so far. But the LA group didn't let the occasion intimidate them. There were high spirits all around. Each member received a warm round of applause from the audience simply upon walking on stage to set up gear.

"Hello. How are you guys doing tonight?" vocalist/guitar player Taylor Rice offered by way of introduction. They launched into the slowly building tune "World News." Then, after performing a Talking Heads cover ("Warning Sign"), they stopped for a minute to address the crowd again. "Now we're a band from Los Angeles, but this is by far the biggest show we've ever played [...] we're very happy to be here."

Local Natives boasts multiple talented vocalists as evidenced by their penchant for three-part harmonies. But the group shares more than just vocal responsibilities. They often switch instruments between songs, effectively turning the stage into a game of musical chairs. Over the course of their set, the bass player, keyboardist, and second guitar player all took turns bashing on drums.

Mimicking previous shows, a number of people lined up at the exit before Local Natives had stopped playing, but instead of turning to face the gate, many people had turned sideways to get a better look at the stage. Some were even dancing in line.

After playing all but a couple of songs on Gorilla Manor, Local Natives momentarily vacated the stage, but returned after chants of "one more song" permeated the air. They concluded with a single-song encore ("Sun Hands") before officially calling it a night. The remaining people in the pit enthusiastically responded to the bonus track with hands raised, and the crowd's energy seemed to propel the band. Rice was thrashing on guitar and at this point, three members assumed drumming responsibility. At the conclusion of their triumphant set, bass player Andy Hamm whipped out a digital camera and snapped a photo of the cheering crowd to commemorate the occasion.

Like the two bands that played before them, there was certainly nothing offensive about Local Natives set. At their best, they make truly incandescent music, and all of the performers are competent and enthusiastic musicians. But in many ways, Local Natives seem to embody a safe brand of indie rock music that may cause them to ultimately get lost in the shuffle of talented (but often interchangeable) new bands.

Decide for yourselves if you haven't yet. Local Natives return to New York at the end of October to play at Webster Hall (October 29th to be exact). The Ruby Suns and Union Line open the show. Tickets are on AmEx presale now.

The NYC show is part of a larger tour the LA band is going on with The Union Line. That tour starts with The Love Language along for the trip (not the first time they shared a bill with Local Natives). The Ruby Suns replace the Love Language after ACL and continue on the road until Webster Hall. All dates and more Governors Island pics and the setlist and a video from the encore, below....

Continue reading "Local Natives played Governors Island (pics, selist), touring w/ Ruby Suns & Union Line (and Love Language) (dates) "

The xx @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The xx

today in NYC
* Holly Miranda @ In Vino
* Empire of the Sun @ Terminal 5
* Peter Gregson @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Ceremony, Punch @ Death By Audio
* Wallpaper, Punches @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jonah Matranga, Mansions @ Maxwell's
* Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ The Rock Shop
* We Barbarians, Enlou, Old Monk @ Pianos
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center (Broadway Plaza)
* Ramona of Nite Jewel, Roe Enney, Lazer Crystal, Konichiwa @ Cake Shop
* Soul Rebels Brass Band, Wild Magnolias, Glen David Andrews @ Damrosch Park
* The xx, Chairlift, Jack Penate @ Central Park Summerstage
* Ceremony, Punch, Black Kites, Death First, Natural Law @ Death By Audio
* Wreckmeister Harmonies, Chris Brokaw, unFact @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Dead Western + Travis Laplante + Myth of Mitch (featuring Trevor Dunn) (curated by Charlie Looker) @ Zebulon
* Cut Copy, Memory Tapes, Glasser, Restless People @ Williamsburg Waterfront (Jelly Pool Parties)
* Josh Ritter (& The Royal City Band), Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes (& The Hounds) @ Governors Island (The Beach)

Juan Maclean opens for Empire of the Sun with a DJ set tonight and tomorrow.

We Barbarians opened for Local Natives at Governors Island last night and headline Pianos tonight.

UK cellist Peter Gregson will make his NY debut at LPR tonight, playing songs by Steve Reich, Max Richter, Daníel Bjarnason (of the Bedroom Community label) and more. Tickets are on sale. Tomorrow, pianist Bruce Brubaker plays at the venue for the NY premiere of Nico Muhly's Drones & Piano, plus music by Philip Glass, John Cage and Alvin Curran. Tickets are on sale.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Converse presents...

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes & The Hounds

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM ONLY. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 5:30 PM where concert wristbands will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Dedicated concert ferries will depart starting at 7:15 PM. Please enter the ferry queue at the NORTH end of the Battery Maritime Building. Concert wristbands will be handed out, subject to availability, in the ferry queue starting at 6:45 PM.

Show time is 8:15PM.


What else?

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Local Natives @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
Local Natives

today in NYC
* Ken Vandermark @ Union Hall
* First Saturday @ Brooklyn Museum
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center
* Meshell Ndegeocello @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Class Actress, Twin Shadow @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Meta and the Cornerstones, DAX @ 92YTribeca
* Mucca Pazza, Balkan Beat Box @ Damrosch Park
* Mad Decent Block Party @ South Street Seaport
* Lioness, MKNG FRNDZ, Mystery Roar @ Cake Shop (Late Show)
* REBOOT Chip Music Concert Series feat IAYD @ Littlefield
* Local Natives, We Barbarians @ Governors Island (The Beach)
* Sharon Van Etten, Reggie Watts, Springs @ The Bushwick Starr
* Nicole Atkins, Simon Felice (of The Felice Brothers) @ City Winery
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Budos Band @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Fuck The Facts, Attake, Magrudergrind, Defeatist @ Cake Shop (Early Show)
* Shark?, Motel Motel, Soft Black, Steel Phantoms, Charles Burst, Baby Fever, Harry May Kline, Toytrain @ 210 Cook Street (Rooftop)
* Me & Doug (members of The Big Sleep), Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade, Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, Winston Troy @ Zebulon
* Gavin Russom (DJ Set), Alden Tyrell, The Crystal Ark, Special Disco Version (James Murphy & Pat Mahoney - DJ Set) @ P.S. 1 (P.S. 1 Warm Up)
* The Beets (performing The Beatles), Slasher Risk, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Donner Party Picnic, The Pendulum Swings, Mister Wright, Kamui @ Shea Stadium (flyer below)

For more check out This Week In Indie.

Today's free Mad Decent Block Party @ South Street Seaport:

DIESEL, MAD DECENT and JELLY are proud to announce the first official NYC Mad Decent Block Party lineup... Expect to see performances this Saturday from Eli Escobar, Max Glazer, Janka Nabay, Ricky Blaze & Chelly, Maluca, PO PO, Bosco Delrey, DJ Sega, Bathroom Sexx and Paul Devro!

Entrance is FREE and ALL AGES are welcome. Thanks to NYC partners Diesel, JELLY, AMP, Sixpoint Craft Ales, The Seaport, Biz 3 and Veoba.

August 7th, 2010 / 1:00-8:00 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton & South Streets
Pier 17, New York, NY


BrooklynVegan presents Fuck The Facts, Attake, Magrudergrind, Defeatist @ Cake Shop (Early Show)

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be backed by the Bushwick Philharmonic in Prospect Park tonight....

the Bushwick Phil, which started as a growing string section that recorded on all of the SJDK albums and was only a Duo on 'Dap-Dippin', a Trio on 'Naturally', a Quartet on '100 Days' and a Sextet on 'I Learned the Hard Way'. For this epochal moment in the great Brooklyn soul revival, the line-up will expand to include Timpani, Vibes, the String Quartet and Victor Axelrod (Ticklah, Antibalas) on Piano.

This show will also serve as the record release party for the hard-hitting Budos Band, who will be release their new album (Budos Band III) right after the show.

The Honeydripper, a crucial member to the illustrious Daptone DJ roster, brings the 45 heat with a mix of world class Soul, Funk, and Latin that been proven to fill even the most discriminating dance floors. Bring your dancing shoes and a change of clothes, because this classy lady means business.

There will undoubtedly be some surprise special guests for this hometown show... don't miss it!

Lee Fields will be one of those surprise guests.

The Local Natives show at Governors Island tonight is not free, but it's cheap...

Governors Island ferries [FOR LOCAL NATIVES ON SATURDAY NIGHT] will begin running from PIER 11, South Street & Wall Street, beginning at 6:00 pm.


Will call & box office will occur on the island at the venue main entrance.

Show time is 8:00PM.

We Barbarians, who go on to play Mercury Lounge and Pianos are one of the Local Natives openers.

Young Man is opening at Governors Island tonight too.

Josh Ritter headlines the free show at Governors Island on Sunday.

Justin Townes Earle is healing and definitely opening for Josh Ritter, as is Dawn Landes...

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. Governors Island ferries [FOR JOSH RITTER ON SUNDAY] will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM ONLY. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 5:30 PM where concert wristbands will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Dedicated concert ferries will depart starting at 7:15 PM. Please enter the ferry queue at the NORTH end of the Battery Maritime Building. Concert wristbands will be handed out, subject to availability, in the ferry queue starting at 6:45 PM.

Show time is 8:15PM.


Cut Copy headlines the free show at Williamsburg Waterfront Sunday. Memory Tapes, Restless People and Glasser are all also on the bill.

Memory Tapes last played Brooklyn during the Northside Festival.

What else?

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Young Man

Recent Frenchkiss signee Young Man will be opening for his label-mates Local Natives at their Beach at Governors Island show on August 7th. We Barbarians, a Cali band with a few other NYC shows that are listed below, also open. Tickets are still on sale.

Young Man, the brainchild of Colin Caulfield, has its debut EP, Boy, set for proper release on Frenchkiss on October 12th. The mini record is streaming in full here, and the first track off it is available above. It only takes ones quick listen to hear the Animal Collective influence in his music. Appropriately, Animal Collective & Panda Bear are sone of the artists Caulfield has covered and posted to his popular YouTube account. There you'll also find great covers of others artists that Young Man fits right in with - Beach House, Ariel Pink, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter and more. You can watch some of them below, and download the Beach House cover above.

Live, the group fills out to a four-piece, and their tour dates include a show with Dawes and stint with the Lou Barlow + the missingmen/Wye Oak tour. All those are below...

Continue reading "Young Man releasing/streaming debut EP (MP3s, tour dates, Frenchkiss, Animal Collective & Beach House) "