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Flock of Dimes @ Glasslands (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flock of Dimes

We first discussed Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak's new solo project Flock of Dimes in May which is also when she played a show at Glasslands. Since then Jenn announced that she's working on a full length album, and she very recently posted two "rough little pop songs. not future album cuts, just for fun, and to tide y'all over while i get my shit together." Listen to both of those below, and see Flock of Dimes live again in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium TONIGHT (1/5). More details/full lineup with the songs below..

Continue reading "Flock of Dimes (aka Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner) posted more songs, playing a show tonight"


I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Wye Oak

One night before they opened for the National at Beacon Theater, Baltimore's Wye Oak headlined their own sold out show at The Rock Shop on 4th Ave in Brooklyn to a crowd that included Sharon Van Etten who they shared a stage with at Beacon Theater one night earlier. Michael Azerrad says it was a great show.

The NYC shows marked the almost-end of a long year of touring for Wye Oak who have been out promoting the heck out of their 2011 album Civilian which landed them the #1 spot on AV Club's "Best Music of 2011" list.

Saturday night, 12/17, Wye Oak played their actual last show of the year in their hometown at the Ottobar with Pattern is Movement who also opened the Brooklyn show three nights earlier. More pictures from the Rock Shop, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

The National
The National

The National played their fourth of six shows at Beacon Theater last night (12/15). Wye Oak, who toured a lot with the National in 2011, opened the show. It was Wye Oak's last show of the year. Their first was on the same stage when they opened for the Decemberists in January. If they're ever playing there again, make it a point to go see them because they sound so good in there.

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner later joined the National on stage for "Blood Buzz" and again for "Conversation 16" which Matt said was named that partly because his wife didn't think it was a good idea to name it "Brains". Andy and Jenn came back out for the show-closing, a capella "Vanderlyle".

Things run pretty similar each night. You can read our review (with pics) from night one HERE. Watch videos from night two HERE. Check out pics from night three HERE. Watch night six LIVE ONLINE COURTESY OF FUSE TOMORROW (12/17). Check out more pictures, the setlist and a couple of videos from last night, night four, below...

Continue reading "The National played Beacon Theater w/ Wye Oak (night 4 pics & setlist), streaming Saturday's show online"

The National & friends @ Beacon Theater (by sarabel17)

Last night, 12/13, was the second National show at Beacon Theater. Sharon Van Etten opened the show and then joined the National again on stage for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", as did Wye Oak (who open tomorrow and play the Rock Shop tonight) and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, as you can see in the video below...

Continue reading "Annie Clark, Sharon Van Etten & Wye Oak joined the National @ Beacon Theater on night 2 (video)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Explosions in the Sky @ Wellmont
Explosions in the Sky

Explosions In The Sky took the stage and ploughed through one and half hours of hugely dynamic, instrumental music. The band's signature "soft/loud/soft" style was truly effective--arguably more so than on record. Some drum sections from the band's new album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care were surprisingly brutal and heavier live, proving the band's mastery of dynamic range.

It was definitely the tracks from EITS' 2009 album All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone that got the most attention from the crowd. The band ended with "Your Hand In Mine" to a sea of hands in the air, and left the stage with squealing guitar feedback. -[CMJ]
The Antlers supported instrumental juggernaut Explosions In The Sky on 10/3 at Wellmont Theatre. Pictures are in this post, as is the headliner's setlist.

If you missed the openers, then make sure and swing on over to Webster Hall on December 10th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale, but hit regular sale at noon Friday (10/7). The show is one of a select few US appearances currently scheduled outside of their inclusion on the Weezer Cruise. Tour dates are below.

Explosions in The Sky will hit Europe with The Drift later this fall, but are now on the road with Baltimoreans Wye Oak. The Baltimore pair also has an NYC show in their near future, on 12/14 at Rock Shop with Pattern Is Movement. Tickets are on sale for the show that happens one day before they open for the National at Beacon Theater. Mostly EU, but also US tour dates for Wye Oak are below.

EITS's setlist, more pictures from Wellmont and all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Explosions in the Sky & the Antlers played Wellmont (pics), Wye Oak playing Rock Shop b4 National show (tix)"

The National at Academy of Music in Philadelphia (more by David Andrako)
The National

Early this morning we wrote:

...the National headed to LA for another great triple bill last night (9/11) at Hollywood Bowl. They played that show with Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten. Their next scheduled gig is November 6th in Singapore. Hopefully more NYC shows get announced soon, but for now they have nothing coming up in North America at all.
Well, that didn't last long! Santa Claus will arrive early this year because The National will play a four night residency in NYC at Beacon Theater from 12/12 - 12/15 as part of a short stint of just-announced North American dates in late November/December. Each NYC show is with a different great opener. The The War on Drugs open the first night. Sharon Van Etten the next. So Percussion after that. And Wye Oak, who just opened for them in Philly, opens the last.

Tickets for all of the Beacon Theater shows go on sale on presale on 9/14 at 11AM, with regular sale hitting 48 hours later.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The National announce North American shows, four nights @ Beacon Theater (dates)"

photos by David Andrako

The National
Yo La Tengo

"The National returned for a few encores, and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo joined in on guitar for an exhilarating version of "Terrible Love." The energy roaring from the stage prompted Berninger to dive into the audience, and make his way through the crowd and head to the back of the room, where he walked along the circumference of the lower level taking a victory lap while still singing with mic in hand. This was followed by a tender a capella reading of "Vanderlyle Cry Baby Geeks." In a word, glorious.

Yo La Tengo, hand-picked by The National, opened the show. Every indie-rocker worth his flannel knows Yo La Tengo formed in 1984 and that their named translates to "I have it." Twenty-seven years on, they should consider changing the name of the band to "Todavía tienen que," or they still have it. They still can seamlessly segue from tortured guitar noise freakouts to breezy folk-rock topped with ethereal vocal harmonies. Hands down, the highlight of their set was "Periodically Double or Triple" which featured Kaplan churning away on the keys in a manner which would have made Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs proud while bassist James McNew and drummer Georgia Hubley nailed down the greatest Stax-Volt groove never heard.

Opening this wonderful bill was Baltimore's Wye Oak, touring in support of their latest release, Civilian. Guitarist Jenn Wasner's vocals were dreamy and her guitar playing was nothing short of towering. And watching Andy Stack playing both drums and keyboard simultaneously was a complete delight." [Phawker]

The review is from the first of two shows The National played with Yo La Tengo (complete with Sun Ra Arkestra horn section) and Wye Oak at Philadelphia's Academy of Music last week. The pictures in this post are from the second (9/8).

Since then the National headed to LA for another great triple bill last night (9/11) at Hollywood Bowl. They played that show with Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten. Their next scheduled gig is November 6th in Singapore. Hopefully more NYC shows get announced soon, but for now they have nothing coming up in North America at all.

More pictures and the National's setlist from Philly, below...

Continue reading "The National played Academy of Music in Philly w/ Yo La Tengo & Wye Oak (pics & setlist)"

photos by Diana Wong

Wye Oak at the U.S. Open
Wye Oak

Venus Williams fully expects to return to tennis despite being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and led to her shocking decision to withdraw from the U.S. Open.

"Absolutely, absolutely. The good news for me is now I know what is happening after years of not knowing. I feel like now I can move on," the seven-time grand slam winner told ABC's "Good Morning America" program on Thursday.

"I feel really positive about getting back on the court and at least being able to feel normal. I feel like now I can get better."

Williams withdrew from the year's final grand slam on Wednesday with Sjogren's Syndrome, a chronic disease where white blood cells attack moisture-producing glands and can cause dysfunction of organs and body systems. [Reuters]

Wye Oak somewhat akwardly provided live musical entertainment at the U.S. Open on Thursday (9/1). Playing out in the open as people walked back and forth to tennis matches, the occasional passerby would stop to take in some of the duo's undeniable tunes. To quote Diana, "At one point, there was a pair of older men, and they exclaimed incredulously, 'she's got a tattoo!' And there were some polite older ladies who told Andy in between songs, 'That was lovely! Have a nice day!'"

Bands like Miniature Tigers (9/2), Ava Luna (9/3), Great Lake Swimmers (9/4) and others will play the same spot in the coming days. More pictures from Thursday's event, below...

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Great Lake Swimmers @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
great Lake Swimmers

The private Matt & Kim/Girl Talk show wasn't the only musical portion of this year's U.S. Open which is now underway in NY. Tennis fans will also get to enjoy sets by indie rock bands like Wye Oak (9/1), Miniature Tigers (9/2), Ava Luna (9/3), Great Lake Swimmers (9/4), and others through the competition's September 11th end date.

For Wye Oak the tennis show is a one-off date before they begin touring with Yo La Tengo and the National, and then Okkervil River, and then Explosions in the Sky. All dates are listed below.

For Great Lake Swimmers, it's one of four NY shows, one of which is at City Winery on September 5th. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Wye Oak, Great Lake Swimmers & others playing the U.S. Open (and other shows)"

AMC series 'The Walking Dead' is finally getting a 2nd season starting October 16th, and the zombie-filled trailer is awesomely soundtracked with Wye Oak. You can watch it below...

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The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
The Hold Steady

Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.

For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.

Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:

"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."
He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.

Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...

Continue reading "Truck America expands lineup, Craig Finn working on solo LP"

Tom Ze
Tom Ze

today in NYC
* D12 @ BB King's
* Paleface @ Maxwell's
* Gyan Riley @ The Stone
* Marc Cohn @ City Winery
* Twat's Up @ Creek & Cave
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Jeffrey Roden @ The Stone
* Tom Ze @ Lincoln Center
* Tell All Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* The Beets @ Gantry Plaza State Park
* Rihanna, Cee Lo @ Nassau Coliseum
* Kool Moe Dee, Marley Marl @ Queensbridge Park
* Sunlover, The New Jerk Times, Shilpa Ray @ Zebulon
* Toots and The Maytals, Lukas Nelson @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ City Winery outside (free)
* Little Victory, Nucular Aminals, Household @ Cake Shop
* The School Of Rock All Stars @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Ben Williams & Sound Effect, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra @ 92YTribeca
* Nervous Breakdowns, Lust2Love, Crazy Pills, HolidayHoliday @ Bruar Falls
* Wet & Reckless, Foley Stewart, Phone Home, Exitmusic, Papertwin @ Pianos
* Our Hit Parade w/ Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman, Neal Medlyn @ Highline Ballroom
* Little Tybee, Gunfight!, Miracles of Modern Science, Marra Barr @ Knitting Factory
* William Elliott Whitmore, Christopher Paul Stelling, Dayna Kurtz, Yoni Gordon @ Mercury Lounge
* The Lifted Crew, Spree Wilson, The Little Death, DJ Wayne Williams, Wish, Craig Myers @ Le Poisson Rouge

The Huggabroomstik, Pieface, and Prewar Yardsale show at Silent Barn is cancelled, probably due to the recent theft.

A trailer for tonight's Tom Ze show at Lincoln Center can be watched at Lincoln Center's site.

Washed Out have a video for "Eyes Be Closed." Watch it below.

Wye Oak played Fallon last night. Check out the video below...

What else?

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Truck America

The British music festival Truck Festival is returning to America again this year and back in the Catskills at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY from September 9-11. This year's Truck America will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. Other confirmed bands include Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak, and an announcement with over 30 other bands is coming soon. Early Bird tickets are on sale now. The first 200 people who pre-order their passes will receive the special $99 rate for the entire weekend (kids can get in even cheaper).

Last year was the fest's first year in the US. Read more about it HERE.

Meanwhile, Okkervil River are finishing up a tour with Titus Andronicus. The Hold Steady head out at the end of August with The Donkeys for a short tour. Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Truck America returns to the Catskills, initial lineup includes Okkervil River, The Hold Steady & more"

The National at Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National

The National and Yo La Tengo are both on tour this summer, mostly separately, but will play a few dates together with Wye Oak in September including two at Academy of Music in Philly. None of those bands have any NYC shows scheduled at the moment, but Yo La Tengo will come even closer than The City Of Brotherly Love. They play Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ on September 24. Ticket information TBA.

You can also catch 2/3 of YLT at the Danny Amis benefit happening at Maxwell's on June 29. Tickets for the benefit are still on sale.

The National's Bryce Dessner will also be in NYC this Sunday (6/19), in spirit anyway, when his O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind composition is performed by the Bang on a Can All Stars as part of the Bang On a Can Marathon.

Bryce recently spoke to Unfold about his and Aaron's multimedia project The Long Count which premiered at BAM and is currently being performed overseas. The project is based on Mayan mythology and features visuals by Matthew Ritchie and a 12-piece orchestra that features Colin Stetson and vocals by Kim and Kelley Deal, Shara Worden and Matt Berninger. The project has only been presented live thus far, but Bryce says:

"We don't want to release a performance DVD or anything like that. I think you really need to see this show in person to understand the visual elements. But I think the songs will stand up on record, so we're looking to release an album in early 2012. Once The National tour dates calm down, we can concentrate on recording it more fully."
In other National-related news, Aaron Dessner is on board to produce Sharon Van Etten's next album. According to a January interview with Done Waiting, the collaboration is going/went well:
"I [Sharon] always express ideas, but honestly my arrangement abilities are pretty limited because I have never really had access to anything other than a guitar and vocal. I always have harmonies in mind, and working with musicians that have a vision with my music too is really helpful to learn how to do it better. I am working on new stuff now with Aaron (Dessner, of the National) and I say, "maybe strings on this," and he says, "we'll do a bunch of arrangements and you tell us what you like." People who are really motivated to help me see my visions. Being able to go to a studio that has more at my fingertips is opening me up to new ideas too. I am still learning every day. I am constantly exploring, mostly work with my bass player and my drummer and learning how to have a band and write together and then moving on from there. Still exploring these new songs; and they are opening up every day."
Sharon Van Etten opens for Beirut in the hopefully dry McCarren Park tonight (6/17).

Before heading out with The National and Yo La Tengo, Wye Oak will play Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT with Marissa Nadler on July 15. Tickets are on sale now. After the National/Yo La Tengo dates, Wye Oak will support Explosions in the Sky on part of their previously announced tour. That tour hits Wellmont Theatre on October 3, but Wye Oak do not open that date. The Antlers do. Tickets for the Wellmont show are still available.

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler, whose self titled LP was released this week and is streaming on NPR, also has shows coming up on her tour with Faces on Film. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on July 27 (tickets) and Littlefield on July 30 (tickets). Marissa plays CT again on July 31 at Rudy's in New Haven (New Haven show cancelled).

All tour dates for everyone below...

Continue reading "The National, Yo La Tengo, Wye Oak, & Marissa Nadler (upcoming shows & stuff)"

photos by Josh Darr


"Wolf Parade's bombastic performance on day two of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival was a bittersweet one: After finishing a tour last year in support of its third album, Expo 86, the band announced that it would be going on indefinite hiatus after a small number of shows in 2011. Its set at Sasquatch was its penultimate performance, and it played with the force of a band that knows it will soon be playing its ragged, world-weary songs for the last time." [listen to it @ NPR]
If you're just joining us, the pictures start HERE. The rest of Day Two below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 in pics (the rest of Day 2, Wolf Parade & more)"

EITS @ The Backyard in Austin, TX (more by Tim Griffin)
Explosions in the Sky

Texas instrumental group Explosions in the Sky released "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care" in April and have been keeping busy since. Their last tour included a headlining show at Radio City, and more recently some Texas shows with Arcade Fire (as pictured above). Between now and the fall they'll play various European dates and North American festivals, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza included. And in the fall, they'll head out on a newly-announced North American tour. All dates are listed below, .

Wye Oak, who took part in the 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' show at Bowery on Sunday, open part of the tour. The Baltimore duo will not however be opening the NJ show happening at Wellmont Theatre on October 3 (one day after ATP happens in NJ). Explosions are not playing ATP this year (they played last year), and they don't have a another NYC date scheduled at the moment either (Montclair is pretty close though).

A fan club pre-sale for all dates begins Wednesday (5/25). General public sales beging Friday (5/27). All tour dates, and some cool video from their recent shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, below...

Continue reading "Explosions in the Sky announce tour --- 2011 dates, presale, video from Hollywood Forever Cemetery"

Outside Lands 2011

The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.

This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2011 lineup"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, video by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn

Flock of Dimes - 5/7/2011
Flock of Dimes

To quote our own post previewing the show,

When Jenn Wasner isn't busy with her band Wye Oak, she makes music as Flock of Dimes. She makes her NYC debut under this name on Saturday night (5/7) at Glasslands with fellow Baltimorians White Life and Other Colors.
And it was in fact a Baltimore family affair at the Brooklyn venue on Saturday night with Jenn even joining White Life during their poppy and energetic set. To add to the family atmosphere, Jon and Emily Ehrens of White Life are siblings and their mother was rocking out in the audience.

Flock of Dimes was usuprisingly great despite throat problems Jenn was having (and the "herbal throat slime" she was forced to drink on stage). Her set included a soulful number she wrote with Aaliyah in mind (appropriately they played Aaliyah and TLC between sets at the club). A video one of one song from Jenn's set and more pictures from the Saturday night show, are below...

Continue reading "Flock of Dimes & friends played Glasslands (pics & video)"

by Bill Pearis

Flock of Dimes

When Jenn Wasner isn't busy with her band Wye Oak (whose new album Civilian is amazing), she makes music as Flock of Dimes. She makes her NYC debut under this name on Saturday night (5/7) at Glasslands with fellow Baltimorians White Life and Other Colors. How did Flock of Dimes come to be? Bmore Musically Informed got the scoop:

I was in-between tours, and feeling crazy and maybe a bit overambitious. I decided that the only way I would follow through with making as much new music as I could while at home would be to set a deadline. That morning my friend Ben asked me to play a show at his house. I impulsively agreed. The 5 songs I wrote and recorded in the two weeks preceding the show became Flock of Dimes.
You can check out a stream of Flock of Dimes' "Prison Bride" at the bottom of this post.

As for Jenn's other band, Wye Oak play the music of Dinosaur Jr as part of the Our Band Could Be Your Life 10th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom on May 22 (sold out) that also features Dirty Projectors (playing Black Flag), Delicate Steve (playing Minutemen), Ted Leo (playing Minor Threat), Titus Andronicus (The Replacements) Tune-Yards (Sonic Youth), Dan Deacon (Butthole Surfers), St. Vincent (Big Black), and Buke & Gass (Fugazi). Wye Oak then head off on a European tour before coming back to the U.S. for various festivals (Lollapalooza, Outside Lands). All dates below...

Continue reading "Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner is Flock of Dimes, making her NYC debut Saturday (listen)"

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Wild Flag @ Merge Records Showcase
Wild Oak

Lost in the Trees @ Muzzle of Bees BBQ
Lost in the Trees

Catching up a bit. Here's what Dominick saw in Austin on Friday, March 18, 2011....

Continue reading "SXSW 2011 Day 3 pics"

Kaki King (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kaki King

today in NYC
* Kaki King @ City Winery
* John Zorn @ The Stone
* Tom Shillue @ PS122
* Erik Friedlander @ Barbes
* Willy Porter @ Joe's Pub
* Nomadic Massive @ 92YTribeca
* Mike Birbiglia @ Barrow St Theatre
* Marta Topferova & Trova @ Barbes
* The Drums, iO Echo @ Mercury Lounge
* Toad the Wet Sprocket @ Irving Plaza
* Apollo Run, This Blue Heaven @ Union Hall
* Generifus, Soft Black, MANNERS @ Silent Barn
* Peter Evans Quartet and Quintet @ Littlefield
* MEN, Romy, No Bra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Esther Venrooy, Pygmy Jerboa @ Issue Project Room
* Morning Teleportation, Nicos Gun @ Mercury Lounge
* Glass Ghost, Friend Roulette, Travis Laplante @ Union Pool
* Asobi Seksu, Consortium Musicum, Zaza @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bare Wires, Heavy Cream, The Psyched @ Public Assembly
* Rebirth Brass Band, Outer Borough Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Secret History, Morton Valence, Overlord @ The Rock Shop
* Porcelain Raft, Oupa, Young Magic, Computer Magic @ Glasslands
* Videogum's 3rd Birthday Comedy Show Celebration @ the Bell House
* Mother Feather, Translations, Chappo, Living Days @ Cameo Gallery
* Walk the Moon, Savoir Adore, ANR, Lightwaves (DJ set) @ Tammany Hall
* Joe Jack Talcum, Samuel Locke Ward, Xaddax, Toby Goodshank @ Cake Shop
* Madensuyu, Zoos of Berlin, The Silent League, Pacific Theater, Machu Picchu @ Pianos
* New York 69 (mems of Talibam!), Nick Millevoi, Colin Fisher, Suite Unraveling @ Death By Audio
* Henryk Gorecki, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Deaf Center (Unsound Festival) @ Judson Memorial Church
* Atom TM, Morton Subotnick (Unsound Festival with visuals by Lillevan) @ Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium

Wye Oak cover Danzig (!)... in the video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

by Bill Pearis

Wounded Lion @ Shangri La

After Wednedsay and Thursday... I spent most of Friday afternoon -- the hottest day of the fest, well into the '80s --at Sailor Jerry-sponsored East Side dive Shangri La where Chicago label Trouble in Mind was throwing a party in the back yard. Their party at Scoot Inn the year before was one of my favorites of SXSW2010 and I'd have to say the same the same of 2011. The label, run by husband and wife Bill & Lisa Roe (who are also in CoCoComa), is mostly a 7" label, releasing great singles from some of the best garage-pop artists around. Many of whom were there at Shangri La.

I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own. Look for Night Beats debut LP out on Trouble in Mind this summer.

While Cheap Time were playing, I noticed Lars Finberg milling about the yard...what was he doing here? The Intelligence were definitely not here, was his side-project Puberty playing and I didn't know it? No, he told me he was playing drums for L.A.'s Wounded Lion for their Austin shows. I was already looking forward to seeing WL, now even moreso.

I was getting a little antsy and decided to walk around the East Side a bit, stopping by Cheer Up Charlies where I caught a few songs by Norway's Tôg (who are in NYC as we speak) before heading back to the Trouble in Mind party to catch Nashville's The Paperhead. Looking a bit like Red Kross, the band -- all about 19 I think -- are trippier than anyone else on the bill. Their debut just came out on TiM.

Next up Wounded Lion, whose self-titled debut was one of last year's more underrated records. I think seeing them live would change naysayers opinion, they were one of the rockin'est, most fun shows of the week. Two singers: main man Brad Eberhard does the heavy lifting and guitar playing, while singer/percussionist Raffi Kalenderian is more in the Bob Nastanovich of the band, going apeshit with the tambourine and generally keeping things entertaining. There is much switching of instruments. They also let Lars Finberg take lead vocals for the Intelligence's "Turned to Puke." I really thought they'd do "Pony People," a Wounded Lion song that The Intelligence covered on Fake Surfers, but no. Great, great set.

I then Sprinted over to the BrooklynVegan party at Swan Dive for John Grant. Friday was hot and Swan Dive didn't seem to have AC or even ceiling fans and it was an oven in there, but it didn't matter. Another of my favorite shows of the week. I'd seen him play solo at Mercury Lounge, but this show was with Midlake, his backing band on last year's amazing Queen of Denmark. With the band, Grant's late-'70s leaning epics came to lush life. The drums sounded gigantic. So did Grant's voice. All that was missing was sequined clothing and glasses that made points of light look like starbursts. Highlights for me: power-ballad "Mars" and "Chicken Bones" which is some kind of sonic collision of Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Nilsson.

John Grant @ Swan Dive

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Continue reading "Bill's Week in Austin (Day 3 - Wounded Lion, John Grant, PS I Love You, TSOOL, WhoMadeWho, Wye Oak, Versus & more)"

Out Band Could Be Your Life

Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
No, that's not a list of what happened in a weird dream last night. That is the LINEUP of a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Michael Azerrad's "classic history of the '80s indie underground", Our Band Could Be Your Life (a book everyone reading this site should probably own!)

To quote show co-presenter Tiger Mountain Presents, "some of the best bands in contemporary indie music will play songs by each of the 13 bands in the book."

"For years, all kinds of people -- musicians, people who run labels, concert promoters, journalists, whatever -- have told me that they've been very inspired by Our Band Could Be Your Life and the bands it profiles, which is incredibly gratifying and totally unexpected," says Azerrad. "The tenth anniversary of the book was a great occasion for the current generation of bands to celebrate these pioneers."
More bands & guest hosts TBA. Tickets are $25 & go on sale Friday, 3/11 at noon.

Meanwhile the book will also be the topic of a panel discussion at SXSW that Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs (who is also playing the festival) will speak on.

Ted Leo is headed to Austin too, an appearance at the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase included.

Delicate Steve and Wye Oak are going to SXSW too. Wye Oak can be found at the BV/KF/Partisan day party at Swan Dive on Friday, 3/18. Wye Oak will also play Bowery Ballroom as part of a tour in April.

St. Vincent plays Big Black. I just felt like saying it again!

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