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by Andrew Sacher

Jessica Pratt at Pickathon 2013 (via)
Jessica Pratt

California folk singer Jessica Pratt's 2012 self-titled debut was an excellent album with the look and feel of '60s loner folk, and it looks like she's finally ready to release its followup. No title or release date has been announced for one at the moment, but we did just get a new song called "Game That I Play," which is sounding as bare bones as anything on her debut record. You can stream it below.

Jessica will be coming over to NYC soon to play a free show at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on February 21. It's all around great lineup that also includes local dream pop band Widowspeak headlining and local indie rockers Porches opening. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it's free and the venue is also open for food, shopping, and more. This show is Jessica Pratt's only announced US date at the moment.

Stream the new song below...

Continue reading "Jessica Pratt releases a new song (stream it), playing free Brooklyn show w/ Widowspeak & Porches"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Spires @ Baby's All Right 10/19/2013
Spires

Spires played a lot of shows during CMJ. Maybe not as many as Joanna Gruesome, but close. And when they weren't playing, they were out and about. It felt like wherever I went that week, there was usually at least one member of Spires there, just hanging out. One of those shows was opening our Saturday party at Baby's All Right where they brought a lot of energy to the tough noon slot. We already posted one set of pictures from their set, and we've now got a second in this post.

Spires released their debut single a couple weeks back and have just put forth the video for its very catchy A-side, "Candyflip," a pretty straightforward performance clip of the band superimposed with crashing waves. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Spires play tonight (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom with Pure Bathing Culture and headliners Widowspeak. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other shows lined up too: opening for UK band Temples at Union Pool on November 26 (tickets); opening for the Allah-Las at Rough Trade NYC on December 6 (tickets); and playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 show with Au Revoir Simone, Splashh, and Grooms.

Dates are listed, plus the music video and more pics from their BV CMJ party performance, below...

Continue reading "Spires made a new video, opening for Widowspeak tonight & other shows ++ more pics from BV CMJ party"

by Andrew Sacher

Pure Bathing Culture at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pure Bathing Culture

Dream pop duo Pure Bathing Culture (aka Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman, who are/were both also in Vetiver) are set to release their debut album, Moon Tides (due out 8/20 via Partisan), and after already releasing the single, "Pendulum," the band have now just put out another album cut, "Dream The Dare." Like the first single, this one's another catchy track awash in reverb and Stevie Nicks-esque melodies. Listen below.

As discussed, the duo are going on a short tour this summer which hits NYC on August 28 at Glasslands. Since we last spoke, it was announced that that show will be opened by Brooklyn indie pop band Leapling, whose solid new EP, Losing Face is out now. Mary Alouette was added to the show too, and tickets for the show are still available.

PBC also just announced that they'll go on a larger tour in the fall with Widowspeak (who have a new EP on the way), and that tour brings the band back to NYC for a show on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom. That one's a release show for the new Widowspeak EP and it also has Spires opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates. All dates are listed below.

Widowspeak also play the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary at The Well on September 1 with Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Blouse, and Soft Metals.

Leapling also play the Sound Bites Series (which BV's Bill Pearis curates) on August 25 at Fulton Stall Market. 2 PM start and totally free.

Updated dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Pure Bathing Culture release new song, announce tour with Widowspeak; Leapling opening their Glasslands show (dates)"

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Widowspeak are one of the many bands appearing at Captured Tracks' upcoming two day CT5 fifth anniversary party at The Well, playing September 1. That night also features Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Blouse and Soft Metals, and tickets are still available.

The band -- whose most recent LP, Almanac, came out in January -- already have a new EP slated for the fall. Titled The Swamps (cover art above), it's out October 29 but the single from it, "True Believer," is out now. Stream it below.

Widowspeak are also slated to play the Austin's ACL festival in October. Dates are listed, along with the song stream, below.

Continue reading "Widowspeak ready new EP (stream the single)"

Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Mac Demarco

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.

Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.

What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?

I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]

Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.

In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.

Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.

Wild Nothing also play Terminal 5 (7/24) with Father John Misty (tickets) and a sold-out show at Maxwell's (7/26).

Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.

Continue reading "Captured Tracks is turning 5, throwing 2-day party in NYC w/ DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Soft Moon & more"

Braids

As discussed, Braids are releasing the followup to their 2011 debut, Native Speaker this year. Since we last spoke, details on that album have been announced, and we now know it's called Flourish // Perish and will be out on August 20 via Arbutus/Full Time Hobby/Flemish Eye. As mentioned, a single will be out on June 11 with two album tracks, "In Kind" b/w "Amends." You've already heard the b-side and the band have now released the a-side (via Pitchfork). You can listen to both tracks below. The album artwork is above.

As mentioned, Braids play a Northside show on June 15 at Cameo. That bill also includes Yellow Ostrich, a "stripped down set" from Widowspeak, Belle Mare, and WET. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.

Continue reading "Braids announce album details (stream a new track); Yellow Ostrich & Widowspeak also playing their Northside show"

acl lineup

The 2013 ACL Festival happens in Austin, TX on two consecutive weekends: October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13. Weekend passes are on sale now and the full line-up is below...

Continue reading "2013 ACL Music Fest lineup announced (Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, The National, Vampire Weekend + more)"

Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

Continue reading "Solange and Phosphorescent playing free McCarren Park shows during Northside (updated lineup & dates)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
Beach Fossils
The Spits
Parenthetical Girls

The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.

Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!

For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)

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

Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.

The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.

Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!

More pics from Thursday's day party are below.

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday day party in pics (METZ, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, Parenthetical Girls, Spits + more)"

BV SXSW

As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.

We announced the Saturday lineup, and then the Friday lineup, and now HERE IS THURSDAY...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan free SXSW 2013 Thursday day party lineup (Cloud Nothings, Death, Parenthetical Girls, Widowspeak, METZ, Beach Fossils, Milk Music, Spits, Single Mothers & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Vivian Girls/Widowspeak/Eternal Summers/Heliotropes @ MHOW
Vivian Girls
Widowspeak
Eternal Summers
Heliotropes

Ladies were out in force at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (2/15) for a free show sponsored by Converse featuring Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes. I missed Heliotropes but got there about three songs into Eternal Summers' rocking set and the band sounded killer through the venue's soundsystem (definitely the most "pro" place I've seen them). Their set featured a lot of new songs, and the band are heading to Austin soon -- not for SXSW, but to record their next album with Guided by Voices' Doug Gillard producing. After that, Eternal Summers will hit the road with Presidents of the United States of America for a tour that hits NYC on April 15 at Irving Plaza (tickets).

Widowspeak, with their second album under their belts, sounded confident with Molly Hamilton's voice alluring as ever. The band will be touring around SXSW including a homecoming show at Knitting Factory on April 19 (tickets).

As for the headliners, while Cassie and Katy's other projects threaten to overshadow Vivian Girls, the show was a reminder of how fun they are and how many good songs they have. Though I will admit to mostly watching one particularly spirited fan who going bonkers up front stage left for the bulk of their set.

More pictures from Friday night's show below...

Continue reading "Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes played Music Hall of Wiliamsburg (pics)"

Widowspeak @ Kidrockers, January 2013 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Widowspeak

As mentioned, Widowspeak are part of the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/15) that also includes headliners Vivian Girls, plus Eternal Summers and Heliotropes. Though free, all the tickets have been given out for that show.

A couple weeks later, Widowspeak will begin a North American tour, that begins on March 17 in Dallas, TX. The band are not currently on the SXSW showcasing artists list (the initial daily schedule just went up, btw) but them being in Texas the same week as the fest makes one wonder. That tour will wind it's way around the continent, ending in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on April 19. No openers have been announced yet but tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below.

If you haven't heard Widowspeak's recently-released sophomore album, Almanac, you can stream it below.

Continue reading "Widowspeak announce spring tour (dates)"

Vivian Girls at Knitting Factory, Sep. 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Viv

The latest free "Converse Rubber Tracks Live" show has been announced with headliners Vivian Girls, plus Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 15. While the 16+ show is free, you do have to get your tickets through Ticketmaster and those will be available on Wednesday (1/30) at noon.

Vivian Girls don't seem to have any other shows at the moment though Cassie and Katy have both been busy with The Babies and La Sera, respectively. Widowspeak just played Mercury Lounge and their very good second album, Almanac, is out now.

For Eternal Summers, the MHOW show is part of a short East Coast tour and those dates are listed below. And, as mentioned earlier today, Heliotropes have a few other local shows coming up as well.

Continue reading "Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes playing free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in NYC"

Widowspeak @ Brooklyn Bowl, 1/13/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Widowspeak

Ex Cops @ Pianos, CMJ 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ex Cops

today in NYC
* Taarka @ Barbes
* Wildlife @ The Stone
* Them Jeans @ Lillium
* Matt Costa @ City Winery
* Ryan Ferreira @ Sycamore
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Johnny Winter @ B.B. King's
* Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia @ Terminal 5
* Dwight Yoakam @ The Capitol Theatre
* Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Ex Cops, Hunters, Gambles @ Glasslands
* Danielia Cotton, Muasic @ Bowery Electric
* Christopher Owens, Melted Toys @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mrs. Adam Schatz, Half Waif, Yost @ Cake Shop
* Carl Testa, Anne Rhodes, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* Mieka Pauley, Alastair Ottesen @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ra Ra Riot, Savoir Adore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jib Kidder, Wanda and Wonder, Creeptone @ The Delancey
* The Dreebs, Guerilla Toss, Tonstartsbandht @ Death By Audio
* The Zen Tricksters, Rob Baraaco, Keith Kenny @ Brooklyn Bowl
* "The Big Story" w/ Malcolm Gladwell and David Goldhill @ Joe's Pub
* The Top, Cardboard, Cassandra Jenkins, Free Time @ Cameo Gallery
* The Weeks, Junior Astronomers, Street Smells @ The Knitting Factroy
* Juan Wauters, The Hairs, Eleanor, Liz Hogg, I'm Turning Into @ Muchmore's
* Widowspeak, Murals, Alex Laliberte (of Vensaire), Prince Rupert's Drops @ Mercury Lounge
* Alec Berlin, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion, The British and the French @ Pianos (Showroom)
* Nick Francis, Salina Sias, Ana Egge, Freddie Stevenson, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall

Tonight's sold-out Ra Ra Riot show at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be streamed live via Bowery Presents YouTube page. Tune in at 10 PM.

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Widowspeak, who play a record release party at Mercury Lounge tonight, were interviewed by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn about their new album, Almanac. You can watch that below.

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photos by Jessica Amaya

DIIV with kids at Brooklyn Bowl
DIIV

DIIV came to Brooklyn Bowl yesterday (1/13) for two hometown shows, an all ages KidRockers show around brunch time (11:30) with their Captured Tracks labelmates Widowspeak, and then a night show with Magic Trick (aka Tim Cohen of Fresh & Onlys, who is sticking around NYC to open for Father John Misty at a sold out Webster Hall show tonight). We were there for the early show, which was hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon/Sweet) and Craig Baldo, and pictures of that one are in this post.

You can catch Widowspeak, who have a new album coming, in NYC again when they play Mercury Lounge on January 22 with Murals, Prince Rupert's Drops, and Alex Laliberte of Vensaire (tickets).

More pictures below...

Continue reading "DIIV and Widowspeak played for Kids @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics) "

by Bill Pearis

Murals @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Murals

Louisville, Kentucky's dreamy Murals had a productive 2012, releasing their lovely debut album, A Passing Cloud, and toured constantly, including a slew of CMJ performances (including one of our day parties). The band recently recorded a Daytrotter session which went up today and includes a couple nice new songs. The band also gave us a list of "the 10 best things we encountered in 2012" that is mostly music (and almost none of it released recently) with a movie or two in there as well. Check that out below.

Murals have more shows coming up, including a few dates on the previously announced Widowspeak (who have a new album out this month) tour. Their dates together include the previously discussed NYC show which happens on January 22 at Mercury Lounge with Prince Rupert's Drops and Alex Laliberte of Vensaire. Tickets for that show are still available.

Murals' best-of list and a list of all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Murals touring with Widowspeak, recorded a Daytrotter session, gave us a Best of 2012 list"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

The Men @ Saint Vitus
The Men

The Men headlined a Pitchfork-produced Sandy-benefit at Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) with Widowspeak (who play Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge soon), Sweden's Lust For Youth (who also played WIERD two nights prior) and Don Giovanni-signed Waxahatchee. The show was a one-off, hometown show for the Men who will tour down under in the new year. Pictures are in this post.

I was most excited to catch The Men and Lust for Youth. The latter's synth-propelled darkwave sounded excellent in the room at Vitus, though watching the pair play was far from a live spectacle. A band like this does extremely well in a setting like WIERD at Home Sweet Home, where lights, strobes and fog are all very common-place. Made me wish I caught them there.

The Men have changed quite a bit in the past few years, so while it wasn't shocking that the band came out with four acoustic guitars in hand given some of the softer-side of Open Your Heart, it was nonetheless a side I hadn't seen before. Gone is the bubbling undercurrent of hardcore (probably my favorite era- the Immaculada/Leave Home records), with most of the tracks slanted in a Replacements-y direction but with a bit of a twang due to the addition of accordion and Rhodes. The band has definitely gone in different directions from the days of sweaty, packed-out 538 Johnson shows (pics), and I gotta say I miss those good 'ole days.

More pictures of all four bands at Saint Vitus are below.

Continue reading "The Men & Widowspeak played a Sandy Benefit at Saint Vitus with Lust for Youth & Waxahatchee (pics)"

DIIV at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Dan Bracaglia)
DIIV

Brooklyn's DIIV just played their last date with Japandroids last night (12/11) and have dropped off the remainder of the dates (there were only three left) and will now play Late Night with David Letterman on Thursday (12/13).

The band also have announced two NYC shows, both happening at Brooklyn Bowl on January 13. The first show is a matinee (11 AM doors, show at 11:30) which is being presented by KidRockers and will be opened by DIIV's Captured Tracks labelmates Widowspeak, and hosted by Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo. The show is all ages until 6 PM and children under 2 get in for free. Everyone above the age of 2 will have to buy tickets. But then at 6 PM doors open for a second DIIV show which is free with RSVP but 21+, and Widowspeak isn't on that one.

As mentioned, Widowspeak will release their new album, Almanac, on January 22 via Captured Tracks. The band have just revealed another cut from that album, "The Dark Age," which you can stream below. Widowspeak have other upcoming local shows including the Sandy benefit at Saint VItus on Friday (12/14) with The Men, Lust For Youth, Waxahatchee and DJs Calen Braaten (Sacred Bones) and Jenn Pelly (tickets). Widowspeak will also be touring a bit in support of Almanac on a run which includes another hometown show happening on January 22 at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Song stream and all lists of dates are below...

Continue reading "DIIV drop off Japandroids tour, playing 'Letterman' + 2 shows at Brooklyn Bowl; 1 w/ Widowspeak (who have a new song)"

Lust for Youth

JANE PAIN: American label Sacred Bones is about to reissue Growing Seeds. How do you feel about the US? Why have you decided to write your songs in English and do you think it is significant at all? Are you looking forward to your upcoming American tour dates? What American bands/projects are you into right now?
HANNES NORRVIDE (of Lust for Youth): I'm excited to visit US, I've only been there when I was very young. I'v met some really sweet people that are from the states so I hope the rest of US is like them, I don't know.
Well, writing in english feels more safe than writing in my native language. And of course I've listened to a lot of music my whole life which most have been in english so it got kind of natural.
I got this 12″ by Hieroglyphic Being, I really liked that one, Gatekeeper.
Swedish post-punk/darkwave crew Lust for Youth play their first of four US dates, and first of two NYC shows, at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight (12/12). $8 gets you in. The band will also swing through Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit with The Men and Widowspeak (who also play Brooklyn Bowl). Tickets are still available).

After a show in Tempe with Pharmakon, Soren and Foreplay, the final Lust for Youth date in the US in 2012 will appropriately come at the Sacred Bones 5 Year anniversary party on 12/21/12. There the band will join Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth (who just played Union Pool), Psychic Ills (who play NYC on New Year's Eve) and many more as fire rains down upon the earth during the impending apocalypse (if you follow the Mayan calendar).

Head below for some streaming tracks from Lust For Youth, The Men, and a Sacred Bones 5th Anniversary mix, right beside the LFY tour schedule.

Continue reading "Lust for Youth are here, play WIERD tonight (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Prince Rupert's Drops

Brooklyn's psych-pop group Prince Rupert's Drops dropped their debut album, Run Slow, a few weeks ago via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. It's a well-steeped cup of mushroom tea, brimming with ragged guitars, drone outs and enough melody to keep the straight interested. You can stream the whole thing below.

Prince Rupert's Drops have a couple local shows coming up. They'll play Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks (tickets); and then again at Mercury Lounge on Jan 22 opening for Widowspeak at their record release party (tickets).

Album stream is below.

Continue reading "Prince Rupert's Drops released 'Run Slow,' playing shows (dates, stream)"

The Men at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men

The Men will join Widowspeak (who play Mercury in Jan), Lust for Youth (who also play WIERD) and more TBA at St. Vitus on December 14 as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit being presented by Pitchfork. Tickets are on sale. The show is the only current US date scheduled for the Brooklyn-based band, so make it count, NYC... and for a good cause.

All other tour dates for The Men are below, alongside a stream of their excellent Open Your Heart.

Continue reading "The Men, Widowspeak & Lust for Youth team for Sandy benefit"

DOWNLOAD: Widowspeak - "Ballad of the Golden Hour" (MP3)

Widowspeak at MHOW earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Widowspeak

Brooklyn's Widowspeak will release Almanac, the followup to their 2011 self titled debut on January 22 via Captured Tracks. The album was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Swans, Real Estate). They still sound a good deal like Mazzy Star on their new single, "Ballad of the Golden Hour," which you can download above, and check out the full tracklist and cover art below (via Pitchfork).

Widowspeak will support the new record with a few shows in January, kicking off with a hometown gig at Mercury Lounge on January 22. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.

A list of all dates, the album cover art and tracklist are below.

Continue reading "Widowspeak announces new LP and 2013 tour (dates & MP3)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Woods @ MHOW, 11/3/2012
Woods

"Bend Beyond" and also [Woods]'s last two albums -- "Sun and Shade," from last year, and "At Echo Lake" from 2010 -- have reflected a real leap forward for this band, which is fluent in 1960s-style psychedelic-edged folk and rock. Perhaps it was just a coincidence that the last song to play over the house speakers before Woods took the stage... was by Kippington Lodge, a British psych-pop band that was one of Nick Lowe's first outfits -- but probably not. -[NY Times]
Woods played Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/3 with Widowspeak and Purling Hiss, the final show of a their fall tour that included a short stint opening for The Walkmen. Look for Woods to take a bit of R&R before hopping on a plane to Australia in the new year. Tour dates, promoting the spankin' new Bend Beyond, are below.

If you missed the MHOW appearance (or were there and would like to experience it again), NYCTaper has the whole thing in audio form for download. More pics from the show are below.

Continue reading "Woods played Music Hall with Widowspeak and Purling Hiss, touring Australia in January (pics, live audio, dates)"

Hunx as Gayracula
Halloween costumes

All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...

Continue reading "more pics of Bands in their Halloween Costumes -- (Wayne Coyne, Kickball Katy, Dirty Projectors, Hunx & more)"

BAD BAD

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

The 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's BAD contains a previously-unreleased, disconcertingly-upbeat anti-abortion song, "Abortion Papers," which you can stream below.

Reggae group Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have tackled Radiohead and the Beatles, just released a "Thriller" tribute album called "Thrillah."

Kanye West allegedly announced a new album, and has may have another new release on the way: a sex tape!

Mercury Prize nominees Django Django kicked of a North American tour in Chicago last night.

Widowspeak, who play a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (RSVP), play a show at Swarthmore College on Saturday with Total Slacker and Blonds.

Blonds are not to be confused with Blondes who played 100 Troutman the other night.

Teengirl Fantasy were supposed to play that show but will play a no-longer secret show at 285 Kent tonight instead.

Adam Ant is on tour and we got some pictures from his Austin show.

Big K.R.I.T. played Irving Plaza last night (9/20), and was joined by special guests Slim Thug and Paul Wall who teamed up to perform the Mike Jones favorite "Sill Tippin'". Video of that is below.

Do you agree with Forbes that Williamsburg is the third hippest neighborhood in the United States?

Did you get your new iPhone 5?

Pussy Riot, who were just awarded a LennonOno Peace Prize, are still locked up, and it still sucks, as the Dave Hill Remix of Peaches' "Free Pussy Riot" reminds us. You can watch the video for the original at Vimeo.

Europe and the US approve the Universal purchase of EMI.

Fiona Apple, who is out of jail, will play Houston tonight.

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