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Mr. Twin Sister / Moon King @ Bowery Ballroom 7/24/2015
Mr Twin Sister
Moon King

Mr. Twin Sister wrapped up their tour with Toronto's Moon King on Friday (7/25) with a homecoming show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. It was a full house and songs like "In the House of Yes," "Rude Boy," and "Out of the Dark" had the crowd dancing. Pictures, including one of Mr. Twin Sister's setlist, are in this post.

Mr. Twin Sister have just been added to the 2015 Out in the Streets Festival which happens this weekend (August 1 & 2) at the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens. Also playing the two-day fest are Total Slacker, Stranger Cat, Wild Yaks, Heliotropes, Air Waves and more. tickets are on sale and poster and daily lineups for Out in Streets fest are below.

Moon King, meanwhile, played a great opening set (they've really been at the top of their game lately) and will soon be back on the road with Youth Lagoon this fall, hitting Webster Hall on October 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at 10 AM.

More pictures from Bowery below...

Continue reading "Mr. Twin Sister wrapped up tour w/ Moon King at Bowery Ballroom (pics), playing Ridgewood's Out in the Streets fest"

photo: Beverly @ BVCMJ 1014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beverly

Beverly are gearing up for a midwest tour later this month and will limber up with a couple NYC shows this week. First they'll play Alphaville on Thursday (7/9), as part of a great bill of locals that includes Honduras, MPHO and headliners Future Punx. That show is $10 at the door and the flyer is below. Then they'll play Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday (7/11), which is a free daytime show (1 PM) with Weeknight and Wild Yaks. All tour dates are listed below.

In other news, Beverly will release their second album in early 2016 via Kanine, so keep an eye out for more news on that.

Future Punx, meanwhile, have apparently finished their debut album so stay tuned for details on that as well. They'll also play Gigawatts Fest at The Wick on July 25. That's day 2 (Saturday) of the three-day fest, with Anamanaguchi, Potty Mouth, The Mystery Lights, Ava Luna, Honduras, Quarterbacks and lots more. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

Continue reading "Beverly playing two NYC shows this week (1 free, 1 w/ Future Punx) before Midwest tour ++ LP #2 coming early 2016"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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photo: Holy Sons at Stage 48 in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Holy Sons

This year's edition of Brooklyn's annual Brain-Cave Festival happens April 25 and 26 at Baby's All Right with an eclectic lineup both days, and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections both days.

Day 1 features Holy Sons (who have been playing NYC a lot recently), Lichens, Ancient Sky, Ancient Ocean, Public Speaking, Mixed Doubles and Worthless, as well as various DJs and a drum/drone set by members of Blackout, White Widows Pact and more. Day 1 tickets are on sale.

Day 2 has Zongo Junction, Wild Yaks, ET Anderson, Invisible Familiars, more DJ sets, interpretative dance, and more surprises. Day 2 tickets are on sale. Flyers for both days below.

Local psych-rockers Ancient Sky, who play Brain-Cave on Saturday, have a new album coming June 9 via Wharf Cat Records. Mosaic is produced by Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men) and the band has shared a new song from the album titled "Garbage Brain." Check it out below, with all of their dates.

Ancient Sky is not to be confused with the similarly named Ancient Ocean, who also plays Brain Cave but makes ambient music. He has a new full-length coming June 30 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond and recently released the album's title track, which you can check out below.

And in more related news, Annique Monet, formerly of Worthless (who are playing Brain Cave), is also releasing a new album on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. It's called Phantom Letters, it's due out on May 19 (pre-order), and new single "Nowhere" premieres in this post. Listen, with the list of her upcoming shows (3 in NYC), below...

Continue reading "Brain Cave Festival 2015 happening at Baby's w/ Holy Sons, Lichens, Ancient Sky & more + Annique Monet has a new song"

Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Olga

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2014 adds a ton of more artists"

by Bill Pearis

sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
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Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.

Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.

Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...

Continue reading "Las Rosas release new 7" (stream it), playing Cassette Store Day party, Burger Records CMJ showcase at DbA + more"

by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn's Backwords are set to release their new album, Nest, on September 16 via Campers Rule. The band, which features multiple members who both write and sing lead, decamped to a Sunset Park warehouse to record the album, the bones of which were done live to tape. There's ambition here, too, in the writing, arranging and production -- Backwords have come a ways from their more simple, folkier beginnings. We've got the premiere of opening cut "I'm Not Lying," which takes the Spector/Ronettes beat and then goes in different directions. You can stream it below.

Backwords will celebrate the release of the new album in their hometown at Baby's All Right on September 20. Wild Yaks, Dead Stars and Radical Dads are also on the bill and you get a limited-edition cassette of the album with entry. Advance tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the release show, new song stream and album cover art below...

Continue reading "Backwords ready 'Nest' (stream a track), playing release show with Radical Dads, Dead Stars & Wild Yaks"

by Bill Pearis

Household @ DbA Jan. 2013 (more by Ivey Haber)
Household

Brooklyn postpunk band Household are calling it quits, but will play one last show before they do -- Saturday (4/26) at Baby's All Right. If you've never given the band a spin, well shame on you, but you can listen to 2013's mini-LP, Elaines, in full below. If you like skeletal early-'80s pop like Liliput, The Slits, or Girls at Our Best, Household follow that tradition very well.

Saturday's final performance is part of The Good Festival which "celebrates local music and good food initiatives with cooking demos + sustainable-living workshops between bands' sets." The rest of the lineup is good too, with The Suzan, The Naked Heroes, Juan Wauters, Wild Yaks and The Wives.

As for the cooking demos part, here's what to expect:

PLANT PROPAGATION: Melissa Metrick, Roberta's Garden
DOUGH AND KNEADING: Sfoglini Pasta
GET YOUR JAM ON: Anarchy in a Jar
TAIWANESE DESSERTS: Cathy Erway
NO BAKE TART: Meredith Alcarese, Local Roots CSA Member
WORM COMPOSTING: Local Roots NYC
Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 7 PM. Tickets are on sale. Flyer for The Good Festival and Household album stream below...

Continue reading "Household breaking up, playing final show as part of Good Festival at Baby's All Right with Juan Wauters & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Ice Balloons

The first time I saw Ice Balloons, I thought they were way too off the wall to ever gain popularity outside of basement shows and Rubulad parties. But is that such a bad thing? This lurching, fuzzed-out act--fronted, naturally, by a half-man, half-fly creature--is just the thing to make you feel you've stepped into another dimension, especially when accompanied by B.A. Miale's trippy projections. [New York Observer - 'Best Bands of 2013']
NYC's Ice Balloons count TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Wild Yaks' Rob Bryn as members (along with Sean Powell, Dan Scinta, Giselle Reiber, and B.A. Miale) and together they make a truly weird blend of psychedelic synths, art punk, noise, and other eccentric sounds. They're currently on the road for their first-ever tour with Kyp and Rob providing solo sets as support on select dates. The tour includes a NYC show on Thursday (3/13) at Death by Audio, and at that one, both Kyp and Rob will open. Likeminded Brooklyn trio Alien Trilogy are on the DbA bill as well. $7 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.

In 2013, they released their debut self-titled album, which you can stream, along with videos of two of its tracks, and the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Ice Balloons (ft. Kyp Malone of TVotR & Rob of Wild Yaks) on tour, playing DbA on Thursday (dates, videos & LP stream)"

by Doug Moore

Netherlands

Roughly two months ago, we debuted a video by Netherlands, the excellent synth-fueled heavy punk band fronted by prolific Brooklynite musician Timo Ellis. The album that provided the source material for the video, Silicon Vapor, dropped on 10/29 and is available for purchase via their Bandcamp. (You can also stream it below.)

Since then, Netherlands have debuted a second equally-weird video (via Burning Ambulance) and announced a record release show happening at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on November 30 with Wild Yaks, Low Fat Getting High, and Grandfather providing support. In standard DbA fashion, there's no presale, but tix will be $8 at the door. Netherlands are a very visually-oriented band; I haven't seen them live, but you can bet that their in-person show will be quite a spectacle.

Stream all of Silicon Vapor and watch both of the videos from it below...

Continue reading "Netherlands streaming new album, made a new video, playing release show at Death by Audio"

Tangerine Dream at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Tangerine Dream
Bouncing Souls

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

Bouncing Souls, Brian Fallon, Nude Beach, Aye Nako @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. For this one, we teamed up with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to co-curate the show with us. He'll play a solo set before a headlining set from New Jersey punk forefathers Bouncing Souls (Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo in tow), who were a large influence on Brian's band. Opening are two great smaller Brooklyn bands: punk-inspired power pop trio Nude Beach and self-defined homopop/queercore band Aye Nako, who make raw, honest pop punk.

Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.

Fat Tony, Mess Kid (DJ Set), Ezra Marcus (DJ Set), Skate Dude Thrash, Cumdrizzle, DJ Yung Primo @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's a <3CANDY<3FROM<3STRANGERS party.

Quinn Walker (of Suckers), Wild Yaks, Cameron Hull, Rewards, Lakutis, Dapwell (Das Racist, DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
Some members of NYC's indie pop and alt-hip hop scene come together for this Cameo show tonight.

Ed Askew, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, The Monte de Rosas Band @ Death By Audio
Folk legend Ed Askew is pretty active on the NYC scene these days, and tonight he's performing with a full band that includes Mary Lattimore, Diane Cluck, Bobby Copperhead, and Matthew Robinson.

Jagwar Ma @ Mercury Lounge
Australia's Jagwar Ma, whose debut album owes much to the '90s baggy scene, make their American debut tonight. Sold out, as is tomorrow's Glasslands show. But they'll be back in December.

Susanne Sundfor, For Every Story Untold @ Mercury Lounge
You may know Susanne Sundfor as an M83 or a Royksopp collaborator, but the Norwegian art pop artist also has a number of her own records out, and her solo material is of quality too

Eleanor, Couches, Beach Arabs, Backlights, Maya Vik @ Pianos
Here's another chance to catch San Francisco's grungy, poppy Couches while they're still in town.

Moon Tooth, Vulture Shit, War Generation, Basal Gang, The People's Temple Project @ Saint Vitus Bar
Long Island metal band Moon Tooth, who Metal Sucks compared to Torche, Mastodon, and Baroness, headline this show at Saint Vitus. If you're headed to this one, don't miss guitar-less Brooklyn punks Vulture Shit.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker start their seven-night run at Beacon, tonight doing their classic Aja in full, plus "selected hits." You can still get tickets.

Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, Woody Jackson @ Church of St. Paul The Apostle
If you haven't left your house since Grand Theft Auto V came out, this might be a good reason to. Four of the game's key composers, ambient legends Tangerine Dream, hip hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No, and composer Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire) are performing at this NY Film Fest-related event tonight. Recommended for non-video game nerds too.

Flying Lotus, Gilles Peterson @ Le Poisson Rouge
After that GTAV show, there's an official afterparty with Flying Lotus and BBC's Gilles Peterson, who both hosts radio shows in the game.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese begins her four-night run at Gramercy. Tickets are still available.

Typhoon, Radiation City, My Body @ Le Poisson Rouge
Like Sufjan and Beruit? Maybe it's time to check out this Portland's orch-pop ensemble.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests James Adomian, Streeter Seidell, Katina Corrao, J.F. Harris, Josh Makinda, and more.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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DIIV @ Osheago 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
DIIV

Omar Souleyman @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Omar Souleyman

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

CT5 w/ DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Blouse, MINKS, Chris Cohen, Heavenly Beat @ The Well
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring mos of the bands on their roster. It's a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.

Summer Thunder w/ Daniel Higgs, Thurston Moore, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (FREE)
This weekend's edition on Summer Thunder has been put together by drummer Ryan Sawyer and he'll play as part of an improv trio featuring trumpet man Nate Wooley and some dude named Thurston Moore. Lungfish's Daniel Higgs is on the bill too, and while this show may not be the most listener-friendly music, a chance to see two indie rock icons for free in a small space is a chance you may not want to pass up. 2PM, 21+.

Cajmere, Liars, IO Echo, Lil Silva, Jon Hopkins, Sam Valenti IV @ MoMA PS1
Another strong lineup (as usual) at this week's Warm Up with sets from three excellent electronic musicians: Chicago house vet Cajmere, post-rock-meets-dance producer Jon Hopkins and poppy UK producer Lil Silva; two live bands: Liars and IO Echo; and a DJ set from Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV.

Omar Souleyman, Bobb Trimble, 75 Dollar Bill, Steve Gunn @ Pioneer Works
Brooklyn's Issue Project Room is celebrating a decade of experimental, avant-garde and generally eclectic programming with a two-month festival called Ten Years on the Infinite Plain. It kicks off tonight at Red Hook's Pioneer Works with a show featuring -- in what is now extremely timely booking -- Syrian musical legend Omar Souleyman, plus performances by Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, 75 Dollar Bill, and Steve Gunn. Tickets are still available.

Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
While Electric Zoo may be widely known for some cringeworthy electronic music, they've also got enough good stuff to warrant going. Today (day 2 of 3) we get sets from Moderat, A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Chris Malinchak, Just Blaze, RL Grime and more.

The Dwarves, The Queers @ Le Poisson Rouge
Obnoxious is an understatement, but they wouldn't have it any other way. Both The Dwarves AND The Queers will team up for a night of snotty punk rock at Le Poisson Rouge. Expect stage dives, childish humor, and lots of fun.

Wrekmeister Harmonies, Spreaders, I Say Fuck @ End Records Omega Warehouse
Yes, the Wrekmeister Harmonies "Big Band" is back for a second round, this time a FREE show at The End Records Omega Warehouse. The show is FREE, BYOB and lets get nuts.

Modeselektor (DJ set), Rudimental (DJ set), Delta Heavy @ Best Buy Theater (Electric Zoo Afterparty)
One of the better Electric Zoo afterparties happens tonight with DJ sets from IDM wizards (and Thom Yorke collaborators) Modeselektor and pop/house/drum & bass crossover band Rudimental.

Shigeto, Beacon, Heathered Pearls @ Bowery Ballroom
Speaking of Ghostly, it's all Ghostly bill at Bowery Ballroom tonight with sets from electronic (or electronic-leaning) musicians Shigeto, Beacon, and Heathered Pearls. Not exactly the type to get you dancing, but you should be able to viiiiiibe.

Jon Hopkins, Paul Raffaele, Justin Strauss @ Cameo Gallery
After Jon Hopkins blesses the Warm Up crowd with an appearance, he'll head to Williamsburg for a midnight show at Cameo. With two openers on this bill, be prepared to stay out late.

Rhett Miller @ City Winery
The Old '97s frontman is back in NYC for a relatively intimate performance sure to please both audiophiles and oenophiles alike.

Martial Canterel @ 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro)
Martial Canterel

Martial Canterel, Figure Study, FORMA, Hot Guts @ Cameo Gallery
Xeno & Oaklander's Sean McBride headlines under his Martial Canterel guise for a night of minimal synth, darkwave and general gothiness.

Grooms, The Flag, Slavve @ Death By Audio
Grooms' new album, Infinity Caller, may well be their best yet, with big hooks duking it out with their signature guitar noise. Tonight's the record release party.

Friends, Greatest Hits, Haribo and Test Icicles (DJ set) @ Glasslands
Now down to a trio, Friends soldier on. The most interesting thing about this show may be who's spinning tunes in between sets: Dev and Sam from mid-'00s arch artrockers Test Icicles.

L-Vis 1990, Lil Silva, Slava, Peter Fonda @ Glasslands
Another post-Warm Up option: Lil Silva brings the party to Williamsburg as well. He'll be filling Glasslands with a late-night party that has an all around great lineup joining him.

Main Attrakionz, Cashclick, Shyst, M.U.V.I. @ Knitting Factory
It's been a while since NYC rap duo Main Attrakionz played a hometown show, but if you've been itching to see them, tonight's your chance.

Pictureplane, House of Ladosha, Lil Internet @ Paper Box
If Warm Up (and its related afterparties) and Electric Zoo (and its official afterparties) aren't enough dance options in one day for you, local party starter Pictureplane is giving you one more. He'll be at Paper Box in Brooklyn, and House of Ladosha are no bores on stage either.

Poison Idea @ Cake Shop & Saint Vitus
Poison Idea without the legendary guitarist Pig Champion is a bit iffy... Regardless, the Northwest punk legends have some immortal songs, and you can catch them twice today including a matinee at Saint Vitus.

Black Witchery, Teloch Vovin, vadimVon @ Saint Vitus
War machine Black Witchery will attack Saint Vitus on Saturday night, shrouding Manhattan Avenue in darkness and turning all of Greenpoint into the land of sodom. OK, maybe that was heavy-handed, but it will rule regardless.

Young Adults, Pile, Big Ups, Weird Womb, Flagland @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Every band at this sure-to-be-loud rock show is worth seeing. Two of MA's more promising noisemakers, Young Adults and Pile, are coming over to NYC for the night. Meanwhile, all three locals are regulars on the scene, and always good ones to catch.

Yacht @ The Surf Lodge
YACHT are reliably a good time live and they've got the catchy tunes to back their live show. "Psychic City" and "Dystopia" always make for some good sing/dance-alongs. Doesn't hurt that this is free and outside in an idylic setting. If you're in the Hamptons, of course.

Novelization! w/ Chris Gethard, Eliot Glazer, Kelly Crisp, Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, Heidi Vanderlee  @ Union Hall
They don't do it so much anymore, but most movies used to get the quickie novelization treatment. The folks listed above will be reading from novelizations of such works as Home Alone 2. The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, Crossroads, and so much more.

Wild Yaks, Hector's Pets, Toaster, Blackout, Zula, Kids Row @ Rippers
Your chances to see bands playing at Rockaway's Rippers are dwindling. Take advantage while you can.

Tombs @ Stanhope House (NJ)
Brooklyn's Tombs are looking a lot less Brooklyn-y these days, with three of the four members now living outside of the tri-state area, which means "local" shows are fewer and farther between. Head out to Stanhope, NJ to catch the band with the great Pyrrhon in tow.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Bill Pearis

Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldums

Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.

In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.

Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...

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J Mascis with Dinosaur Jr at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
J Mascis

One of the best things about summer is all of the free live music, and one of the great series in NYC is Union Pool's Summer Thunder! This year the series is even bigger, going every weekend from early June until September. The shows begin at 2PM, are 21+, and will feature drink specials all afternoon. The shows are FREE, and two of them are presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges respectively.

Summer Thunder kicks off the season on June 1 with Rocksteady Yeti DJ Crew. BrooklynVegan will present the second Summer Thunder event set for June 8 featuring Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Invisible Oranges will present the June 15 Summer Thunder, with Inter Arma and more TBA.

Heavy Blanket released their self-titled debut last year on Outer Battery Records and you can stream that below. Love is Laughter also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (5/18) with Starlight Girls, Honduras, Birthdays and more.

More details on the rest of June's lineup of Summer Thunder, including shows with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Endless Boogie and more, is below. See you there!

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Jaill - Perfect Ten
DOWNLOAD: Jaill - Waste a Lot of Things
DOWNLOAD: Jaill - Everyone's Hip

Jaill

Milwaukee trio Jaill, whose most recent LP was the tunefull Traps on the Sub Pop label, survived their trip to SXSW and, energized from that have decided to play some East Coast shows. That includes a stop in NYC at Knitting Factory on April 4 with Wild Yaks, Las Rosas, and Pop Zeus. Tickets are on sale now.

There are a few Jaill MP3s above if you haven't checked them out before, and all tour dates are listed below.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

As you may have noticed in today's What's Going On (11/18), there's a few Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits going on in NYC today.

There's one going down in both rooms at Public Assembly, which started at 1:30 PM and is continuing into the evening. If you head down there now, you can still catch sets by Wojick, Zula, The Veda Rays, Their Planes, Backwords, Pessanger Peru, Cool Serbia, Ski Lodge, and Slowdance. Admission is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to NY Cares. Those who bring three canned food items or one hygiene product will get one free Brooklyn Brewery Beer. The full schedule and more info is below.

Union Pool has one dubbed, "From Brooklyn with Love," starting at 5 PM with sets by Wild Yaks, Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah and the Night, and The Monte Vista. Admission is a minimum of $20 and all proceeds goes to World Cares. "Big drink specials come to those who donate." The lineup is below.

There's also a Thanksgiving-themed benefit for Far Rockaway going down tonight at The Dalloway (525 Broome St) with DJ sets by Tanlines and Victor Vasquez (aka Kool AD of Das Racist). That party is hosted by Patricia Field, Erin O'Connor, Alana Zimmer, Jaquelyn Jablonski, Sara Blomqvist, Harry Brant, Scoot McNairy, Jeremy Kost, and Va$htie. It begins at 7 PM. Show flyer below.

Later this month, there will be a Sandy benefit at Pianos on November 29 with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth, Zambri, Grooms, and DJ sets by Will Shortz between sets. Tickets ($12 minimum) are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook.

Other upcoming Sandy relief benefits include Holly Herndon, Ducktails, and Oneohtrix Point Never at MoMA PS1, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and more at MSG, EDM for Sandy Relief at Gramercy, and more. The Bell House has a lot of benefits coming up too.

Show flyers, lineups and more, below...

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Donations at Coney Island (more by Nick Childers)
Hurricane Sandy

From Brooklyn, With Love is a "collective of North Brooklyn businesses" who have taken to organizing drives and benefits for those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy. With more than 65 business on board to help, the collective have organized dinners, donation drives (like tonight/Tuesday at Rodeo Bar) and in the case of one business, a pair of music-related Hurricane Sandy relief events.

Union Pool in Williamsburg will host a Hurricane Sandy benefit mixer tonight (11/14), featuring DJ sets from Ryan Sawyer (LoneWolf), Adam Wills (Bear in Heaven) "and perhaps a secret surprise musical performance". A $15 minimum donation gets you in, and the venue will have food, drink specials and much more. Come discuss current future outreach events and stay for the drinks and entertainment.

In addition, Union Pool will also host a live event scheduled for for Sunday (11/18) featuring 10 bands. Kicking off at 5PM, the night will be headlined by Wild Yaks and feature performances from Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah & The Night and The Monte Vista. A $20 minimum donation is required at the door, with "big drink specials" coming to those who donate. All proceeds will go to World Cares Center.

Head below for set times and more details on that one and other upcoming events...

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Takka Takka

Takka Takka whose sole announced upcoming show is the Ernest Jenning Record Company CMJ showcase at Grand Victory on 10/19 (with Dinosaur Feathers, Wild Yaks, Miniboone, and Daytona), have announced a new album, their first in four years. Listen to one of its songs, with more info, below...

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Wild Yaks

Brooklyn's Wild Yaks will release their new album, Million Years, on November 20 via the folks at Ernest Jenning Record Co. We've got the premiere of the album's charmingly ragged, anthemic title track which you can stream at the bottom of this post.

Wild Yaks will be going out on tour to support the album's release, hitting the road with O'Death and World Inferno Friendship Society. While there are not NYC dates at the moment for that tour, Wild Yaks will be playing next week during CMJ: October 18 at Public Assembly for the My Socialist Day Party with The Intelligence, Roomrunner and Royal Baths; and on October 19 at Grand Victory for the EJRC showcase with Takka Takka, Miniboone, and Daytona.

All Wild Yaks tour dates are listed below, along with the song stream.

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Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Hollywood, Florida's Beach Day are visiting NYC again, playing two shows: tonight (7/25) at Public Assembly with The Babies (of a few shows the Babies have going on), Wild Yaks and Daytona; and Cake Shop Thursday (7/26) with charming local indie poppers Chalk & Numbers, and Island Twins. All Beach Day tour dates are listed below.

As mentioned before, Beach Day have signed with Kanine Records who just released the band's debut 7". Echoing early '60s pop, it's custom-made for sunny weather and comes on white vinyl, to match your jeans. You can stream both sides of the single below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Levek - Black Mold Grow (MP3)

Levek
Levek

Gainsville, FL's David Levesque will release his debut album under his Levek alias, Look A Little Closer, on September 25 via Lefse Records. You may remember 2010 single "Look on the Bright Side," which dove deep into widescreen psychedelic funk. Look A Little Closer finds him dipping even more explicitly into '60s tropicalia be it Sergio Mendez-style trippy excursions to more trad bossa nova, as well as delicate folk. It makes for a refreshing listen on these hot humid summer nights we're currently experiencing. You can download the album's first single, "Black Mold Grow," at the top of this post.

Levek just launched a little East Coast tour that will hit NYC this weekend with two shows: Friday (7/20) at Pianos with Tropic of Pisces and Bad Girlfriend (tickets), and Glasslands on Saturday (7/18) as part of good line-up that includes Dent May and The Babies (tickets). All Levek tour dates are below.

The Babies
The Babies

The Glasslands show is the first of four upcoming Brooklyn shows for The Babies who just wrapped up a tour of the West Coast. They're also playing July 25 at Public Assembly with Wild Yaks, Beach Day, Daytona and DJ's Total Slacker (tickets), July 28 at Union Pool opening for The Soft Pack, and August 15 at Union Pool with Deep Time. The Babies new album, Our House on the Hill, is due out on Woodsist this fall but the first single from it, "Moonlight Mile" (not a Rolling Stones cover), is out next month.

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Natural Child

Bushwick slow food pizza haven Roberta's is throwing a block party (entire block of Moore Street between Bogart and White St.) on July 28 featuring the musical talents of Andrew WK (solo), Heems, Natural Child, Wild Yaks, and Naam. The fun starts at noon and goes till midnight. Roberta's, with its giant backyard, has been doing the party thing a lot this summer, be it hot dog eating contests, viking parties and what have you. There's an '80s style commercial for the block party you can watch at the bottom of this post.

Natural Child will play again the next night (7/29) at Union Pool with Birdcloud, Respect and Hector's Pets and advance tickets are on sale now. The Nashville rockers, who released For the Love of the Game back in April, have a second album coming out this year. Look for Hard in Heaven to drop September 11 on the fine Burger label. You can stream the album's first single, "B$G P$MP$N," at the bottom of this post.

The Brooklyn shows are part of a national tour that just got underway and all tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

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Black Bananas at Terminal 5 in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Bananas

Black Bananas (formerly RTX) will be in NYC next month for the previously discussed free Hudson River Park show on August 18 with The Kills and Viva Viva. Though the show is free, physical tickets are required and it appears to be "sold out."

One day before that show, Black Bananas will play their own, not-free smaller show at Mercury Lounge (8/17) with Bosco Delrey and Wild Yaks. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/11) at noon.

Black Bananas recently made a video for "Foxy Playground" off their 2012 LP, Rad Times Xpress IV. Check that out below, along with a list of all dates...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Total Slacker - Oblivion (Grimes cover) (M4A)

Total Slacker

Total Slacker are about to head out on the road with Night Manager. Before they do, they'll play with Heaven's Gate and Turnip King at Cheap Storage in Brooklyn on June 2. Tonight (5/15), Total Slacker will DJ between sets at the Japanther/Night Manager/Wild Yaks/Eula show at the Studio at Webster Hall.

For the tour, Total Slacker have recorded a cover of Grimes' single "Oblivion" which we have for you, hot off the mixing desk (they finished it this afternoon) and free for you to download at the top of this post. Keeping the signature bass line intact, the band's version slowly builds to a post-punk crescendo that wouldn't have sounded out of place in fog machine filled dancefloor in 1981.

Additionally, Total Slacker have given us "Brain Slime," the a-side to the band's new single which is being released on Japanese label Sixteen Tambourines. The cover art for the single is below. The Brooklynites also have a UK split 7" with Friends due out this summer.

Total Slacker tour dates are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fenster - Fantasy II (MP3)

Fenster
Fenster

Berlin-based trio Fenster are making their U.S. debut tonight (3/5) at Cake Shop. The band's charming, minimalist debut, Bones, is out next week on Morr Music. It's Sunday Morning Coming Down music with a little Beirut grandiosity to it at times. You can download "Fantasy II" from it at the top of this post and stream a couple more tracks below.

In addition to tonight's show Fenster will play Pianos on Wednesday (3/7) with Doe Paoro, then head to SXSW and then on the other side will be back in NYC for shows at Ars Nova on March 29 and the Knitting Factory on April 4. All Fenster tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Daytona
Daytona

Tonight's show, as well as the Knitting Factory date in April are with Daytona, which features Jose Boyer who is also in Harlem and Hunter Simpson of Wild Yaks. The Brooklyn trio's rounded out by drummer Christopher Lauderdale. All three sing. You can stream their debut EP at the bottom of this post -- it's definitely different than either Harlem or Wild Yaks. (Plaintive but poppy indie rock.) In addition to the two dates with Fenster, Daytona are also playing Littlefield on March 21 (opening for Ed Askew), plus some out of town dates as well, all of which are below.

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