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No Joy @ Mexican Summer Five (more by P Squared)
No Joy

Last week we posted that Dam-Funk were added to Brooklyn Night Bazaar's upcoming slate of shows on March 7. Since then, BKNB have announced even more of their spring schedule, with some pretty cool artists planned for the next couple months, including Ash, Guards, No Joy, Young Galaxy, Fear of Men and more.

Montreal widescreen synth pop combo Young Galaxy will play on Saturday, March 15 with American Royalty (who just played Baby's All Right), Bowmont, and Late Guest at the Party. That's the second of two nights presented by T / My Free Concert -- the Friday (3/14) show being Guards and more TBA.

On Saturday, April 5, it's long-running (and underrated) Irish band Ash (who lived here in NYC for a while) who will play with Run River North, and Golden Suits. That's part of a weekend presented by Pandora, with Bronze Radio Return, Boston's Gem Club (here not that long ago), and The Suzan playing on Friday, April 5.

Then the weekend of April 18/19 is presented by Insound and Kanine Records. The Friday show (4/18) is with UK band Fear of Men whose new album will be out around the time of this show, plus Drew Citron and Frankie Rose's band Beverly (whose new song we dig a lot), Toronto's Alvvays (who just played with Yuck at Bowery) and Florida band Beach Day. Then for the Saturday show (4/19), it's Montreal's No Joy, Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow (new LP and NYC release show at the end of Feb.), felow Philly band Little Big League, and a second appearance by Beach Day. Note that Saturday is also Record Store Day, so if you blew all your money on limited edition vinyl, remember Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free. Beverly, Beach Day and Bleeding Rainbow all feature on Kanine RDS compilation Non Violent Femmes.

Lastly, Friday, April 25 will play host to Total Slacker (who just had a record release party) and Reputante.

In addition to the free shows, Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers amusements (ping pong, mini golf, pinball and vintage arcade games), beer and wine, gourmet food, and a variety of shopping options from local vendors.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion just played BKNB this past weekend and this weekend it's Widowspeak, Jessica Pratt, Porches, Ponyhof on Friday (2/21); and Savoir Adore and more on Saturday (2/22).

Palma Violets @ Glasslands - 1/23/13
Palma

We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...

Continue reading "Dominick Mastrangelo's Favorite Live Music Photos (that he took) of 2013"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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by Bill Pearis

YG

Montreal's Young Galaxy have released a new single off their third album, Ultramarine. "Privileged Poor" comes out next week (11/5) and the 12" and digital comes with remixes by Factory Floor, TOY and Dan Lissvik (who produced their album). There's also a video for the song, featuring three septuagenarian former superheroes that's pretty entertaining. The remixes and video are all streamable in this post..

Next week also finds Young Galaxy in NYC as part of their tour, hitting NYC at Knitting Factory on November 6 with electronic pop musician Mister Lies and Brothertiger. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tour dates are listed, along with video and remix streams, below...

Continue reading "Young Galaxy released a new video and single with remixes by Factory Floor, TOY and more; US tour starts next week"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

YT//ST / Foxxtrott @ Arlene's Grocery 10/29/2013
CMJ M for Montreal - Arlene's Grocery
CMJ M for Montreal - Arlene's Grocery

The 2013 M for Montreal happens at various clubs across its namesake city from November 20 - 23. Like last year, in addition to it's industry conference/showcase side earlier in the week, the Friday and Saturday shows are part of M Fest which like a smaller scale CMJ or Pop Montreal with over 75 bands playing over those two days. This year's bands include Mac DeMarco, Born Ruffians, The Dears' Murray Lightburn, Thundercat, Thus:Owls, Laura Mvula, Young Galaxy, Pat Jordache, A Wilhelm Scream, Grand Analog, High Dials, Damien Robitaille, The Damn Truth, Kandle and more.

After partnering with the M folks at CMJ, SXSW and other festivals, BrooklynVegan will be co-presenting (with CMJ) our first show at the actual M for Montreal with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says (who've played M/BV shows at CMJ and SXSW) and Solids (who we've written about) at Cabaret Underworld on November 22. This will be the first time in ages that We Are Wolves and Duchess Says shared a bill together in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, and the poster for that show is below.

You can check out the full M for Montreal line-up below and tickets for some of the other shows are on sale too. We'll be there the whole week so look for coverage then.

Some of the artists playing this year's fest were down for CMJ a couple weeks ago, playing the official M for Montreal showcase which happened at Arlene's Grocery on October 18. Our photographer was there for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who played our party earlier in the day), and A K U A, plus Kandle (who played last year's M) and Foxtrott (who we've written about), both of whom will play M for Montreal. Pictures from their sets are in this post. Later in the night there were sets from Pat Jordache and related soft rock project CAMP, and others.

Full list of M for Montreal 2013 peformers, the flyer for the BV presented show, and more pics from the M4M CMJ showcase, below...

Continue reading "M For Montreal did CMJ (pics), announces 2013 Montreal fest lineup (BV presented show included)"

Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Metric

The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.

You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.

Continue reading "stream the Polaris Prize Gala here (Metric, Metz, Purity Ring & more)"

Sweetened

In addition to making music as one-half of Sally Shapiro, Johan Agebjörn is an in-demand remixer. Toronto label Paper Bag just released an album's worth of his and Sally Shapiro's remixes from the last six years that give their Italodisco touch to such artists as Glass Candy, CFCF, Young Galaxy, Lindstrøm, Little Boots and more. The compilation is titled Sweetened and can be streamed in this post or downloaded for free via Paper Bag's website.

Sally Shapiro released their latest album, Somewhere Else, early this year. Stream Sweetened below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Montreal's widescreen synthpop outfit Young Galaxy released their fourth album, Ultramarine, back in April and it's one of 10 records on the shortlist for this year's Polaris Music Prize. You can stream it on Rdio or Spotify. The band are about to release a Deluxe Edition of the album on September 24, and the second disc features remixes from the likes of Peaking Lights, Sally Shapiro, Doldrums and more. The bonus disc also contains a few new songs, too, including "Crying My Heart Out" which is the band's next official single (out 8/27). You can stream that one below.

Young Galaxy will also be touring this fall, including their first full set of U.S. dates since Ultramarine was released. (They played SXSW this year but that was about it.) That includes a stop in NYC on November 6 at Knitting Factory with Mister Lies. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/23) at 10 AM.

All Young Galaxy tour dates are listed, along with the Ultramarine Deluxe Edition tracklist, new single stream and a couple music videos, below...

Continue reading "Young Galaxy release new single, ready deluxe edition of 'Ultramarine,' announce fall tour (dates & streams)"

Polaris Prize

The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on September 23. Who do you think it will be? Check out the full short list below.

Continue reading "2013 Polaris Music Prize Short List revealed (Godspeed, Metz, Purity Ring, Metric, Colin Stetson & more)"

Liars @ Webster Hall, June 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
LIars

JEFF the Brotherhood @ Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
JEFF

today in NYC
* Leni Stern @ Barbes
* Chris Liebing @ Output
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Arias & Austin @ Joe's Pub
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ Union Pool
* My Midnight Heart @ Ace Hotel
* Liars, Doldrums @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Nicos Gun, Cookies, Talkfine @ Cameo Gallery
* Angel Olsen, Magmana, Steve Gunn @ Glasslands
* Uri Gurvich and BabEL, Lionel Loueke @ The Stone
* Local Empire, Janeane Garofalo, Dan Wilbur @ Pianos
* Iron and Wine, Secret Sisters @ The Capitol Theatre
* Blunt Fangs, Cities Aviv, Sadaf H. Nava @ Silent Barn
* The Killers, Tegan and Sara @ Susquehanna Bank Center
* Japanther, Broken Water, Extra Feeler @ Death By Audio
* Shark?, Woolen Men, Lame Drivers, Hippy @ Shea Stadium
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Hunters, Las Rosas @ Mercury Lounge
* The Milk Carton Kids, The Barefoot Movement @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dead Confederate, Roadkill, Ghost Choir, Ola Podrida @ Maxwell's
* Wilder Maker, Nathan Reich, Jordan Tarrant @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Judge, Madball, Crown of Thornz, Strength Approach @ Webster Hall
* Pagan Rituals, Shilpa Ray, Awkward Girls, Spires, Toons @ Big Snow
* Gorod, Vale ofr Pnath, Inanimate Existence, Cognitive @ Saint Vitus
* Anti-Flag, This is Hell, Luther, Worship This @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Eamon Harkin, Justin Carter, Francis Englehardt, Paul Nickerson @ Secret Location
* Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Real Estate, Sondre Lerche @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* CJ Ramone, The Independents, Ingrid & The Defectors, HEAP, George Tabb, Andy Shernoff, Sic F*cks @ Bowery Electric
* "Refresh Refresh Refresh" w/ Kitty Pryde, Bennett Madison, Hermione Hoby, Josh Duboff, Lizzie Widdicombe @ Cake Shop
* GoogaMooga w/ De La Soul, Cults, The Soul Rebels, Delicate Steve, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Kool & The Gang, The Hot Sardines, Marcelle Davies Lashley @ Prospect Park

Though GoogaMooga just got rained out, if you wanna go out in rainy Park Slope today, the annual 5th Avenue Street Fair is still happening.

Kitty Pryde is one of the featured guests at "Refresh Refresh Refresh," which is "a night of storytelling and music" that's happening at Cake Shop tonight. $3 and starts at 8 PM.

If you're staying in, Sigur Ros are on tonight's Simpsons. Poster for that is below.

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Young Galaxy recently released a video for "Fall For You" from this year's underrated Ultramarine. You can watch that below.

What else?

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Kurt Vile @ T5, December 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kurt Vile

Hot Chip @ SS Coachella (more by Greg Cristman)
Hot Chip

today in NYC
* Yes @ Beacon Theater
* Serena Jost @ Joe's Pub
* Mika @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Yo La Tengo @ The Kitchen
* Kurt Vile @ Apple Store SoHo
* Jon Madof's Zion 80 @ The Stone
* Nymph, Daniel Carter @ Union Pool
* Tokimonsta @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jamie Lidell, Ludwig Persik @ Glasslands
"Les Yeux," Dinowalrus, Redfoot @ Pianos
* Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lianne La Havas, Jamine N Commons @ Webster Hall
* Rvivr, Dogjaw, Agatha, Tomboy @ NYU Kimmel Center
* Holly Miranda, Jon Shain, Caitlin Canty @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Crinkles, Make Good, Michael Beharie @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Hot Chip, Tanlines, The Crystal Ark (DJ Set) @ Roseland Ballroom
* Andrew McMahon, Kate Earl, Erland Wanberg @ Highline Ballroom
Young Magic, Allah-Las, Reverberation (DJ Set) @ Mercury Lounge
* Slow Country, Oceanographer, Tiger Dare, Sanibel @ Cameo Gallery
* The Beets, Sea Lions, Golden Grrrls, Household, Army Men @ Silent Barn
* Las Supper (Big Daddy Kane, Show Tyme and Lifted Crew) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mystery Lights, Baby Yaga, Mick Lewis and the Fine Print @ The Bowery Electric
* Bam Margera Experience, Fu*k Face Unstoppable, Hunter Moore, Shat, Buckwheat Groats, The Scandals @ The Studio at Webster Hall

In addition to playing what is sure to be a packed Apple Store SoHo tonight, Kurt Vile will play the Pitchfork offices today at 3 PM which will be streamed live.

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Marissa Nadler already offered an a capella version of the Game of Thrones theme, but Scotland's CHVRCHES (who sold out their upcoming Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg shows) put their spin on it recently and you can stream that below.

Young Galaxy remixed Born Ruffians' "Needle," the original of which is on their upcoming Birthmarks LP. Stream it below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher

Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Savages

SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.

Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.

Check out our list below...

*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.

Continue reading "40 artists we're excited to see at SXSW"

by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
Mac Demarco

"Nobody look up my girlfriend's skirt, okay?" Mac DeMarco asked the audience at Sala Rossa as he began his final song. His girlfriend, Kiki, was riding piggyback. She'd was dragged onstage a song earlier to play a game of "catch" where they held onto each other as Mac tipped them into the audience for a double crowd-surf.

So goes a Mac DeMarco show these days, where the onstage antics almost threaten to upstage the music. But, despite all the belch talking and other things, it never does. Mac and his band have toured most of 2012 and all that playing has done wonders for them -- they are tight but lythe around the groove. Songs off the new album ("Viceroy," "Cooking Up Someting Good") sound great and ones of his first album have a life to them than you don't hear on the recordings. And, like at CMJ last month, the Salla Rossa crowd loves him.

PS I Love You @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
PS I Love You

Mac was the unintentional headliner of night 2 of M for Montreal which, like the first night, took place at Sala Rossa, a club perched above a tapas restaurant (both of which are owned by some of the Godspeed guys). He got stuck in traffic and PS I Love You, nice guys that they are, switched into undercard slot. After spending half the year trying out a trio version of the group, they are back to their original duo arrangement of Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums. Playing most of the show with a double-neck guitar, Saulnier yelped and shredded through their 25-minute set of the catchiest material from the band's two albums, plus a couple new ones (I think). Nelson is a machine behind the kit and the way he hammers on the hi-hat gives the band a New Order-ish backbone which offsets Saulnier's more rock instincts. While I enjoyed seeing them as a trio, it's clear the chemistry is between these two.

continued below...

Continue reading "M for Montreal 2012: day 2 review (Mac Demarco, PS I Love You, Young Galaxy, No Joy + more)"

by Bill Pearis

Featureless ghost

The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.

The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.

Like in years past (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008), I'll be heading up for the M fest, and will be reporting the goings-on.

If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "2012 M for Montreal Festival: full line-up (Death Grips, A Place to Bury Strangers, Of Monsters & Men, Mac DeMarco + more)"

Osheaga

We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

Continue reading "Justice, Metric, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros and more playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival in August "

DOWNLOAD: Austra - "Spellwork" (MNDR Nighttime Remix) (MP3)

Austra at Santos (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Austra

2011's short list of nominees for Canada's Polaris Music Prize were announced. They include a mix of indie veterans, grammy-winners, a sax player who has played with those grammy winners, and some new kids on the block like the super buzzy The Weeknd whose resume includes working with Drake. Full nominee list is below.

One of the artists, Austra, will release a remix EP to follow-up their latest release Feel it Break. The remix collection, entitled SPARKLE will be released digitally on July 26th and on wax on August 23rd. The release features remix contributions from MNDR, Mark Pistel, and Planningtorock with the digital collection having an additional four bonus remixes. Preorder it at Domino, and download/stream one track, "Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix)" above/below.

Reminder, look for Austra to play a FREE show on July 14th supporting tUnE-yArDs at Pier 54 in NYC. They'll also be on hand to support Cold Cave at Bowery Ballroom on August 6th (tickets). Cold Cave also plays NYC next week, at Knitting Factory with Cult of Youth on July 12th (tickets).

Braids, also nominated, recently announced a ton of tour dates.

Austra song stream and dates and the Polaris Music Prize nominees are below.

Continue reading "Polaris nominees announced, Austra releasing remix EP"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxy - We Have Everything (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxies - Cover Your Tracks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxy - Peripheral Visionaries (MP3)

Young Galaxy

Montreal's Young Galaxy release their third album, Shapeshifting, this Tuesday (Feburary 8). The band will dip down into the States for a short tour with Paper Bag labelmates Winter Gloves next month, with stops at Mercury Lounge on March 18 and Knitting Factory on March 19. (Something for those not going to SXSW which Young Galaxy won't be attending). The American tour was originally supposed to be with You Say Party but singer Becky Ninkovic has been battling a particularly bad case of bronchitis and has been advised to rest up.

You can check out three tracks from Shapeshifting above. The album had an interesting birth. The band recorded basic tracks in Montreal, and then sent them to Sweden where Dan Lissvik, one half of Baleric-loving duo Studio, spent nine months reworking the tracks into the album we have now. Apparently, the band didn't hear it until it was finished. How these Studio-ized tracks will sound live is a good question, but the record is quite lovely. "Peripheral Visionaries" is especially good.

All Young Galaxy dates are below, along with an animated video for "Cover Your Tracks."

Continue reading "Young Galaxy are 'Shapeshifting, touring w/ Winter Gloves"

DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxy -Peripheral Visionaries (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxy - Cover Your Tracks (MP3)

Chief @ Governors Island over the summer (more by David Andrako)
Chief

The Domino-signed band Chief are on tour and headlining Bowery Ballroom this evening, 12/7. Tickets are still on sale, and I have a few pairs you can win. Details, all dates and Chief's new video for "The Minute I Saw it", are below.

Opening the Bowery Ballroom show are The Dig and Oxford, Mississippi's Young Buffalo. If you know one thing about Oxford, it might be that the city is home to Fat Possum Records, and if you know anything about Fat Possum, then you know that since the label recently signed the young Oxford-local band, Young Buffalo must be at least worth a listen (self-titled LP due out in early 2011). You can listen below. Their tour dates are down there too.

Young Man @ MHOW for CMJ (more by Ryan Barkan)
Young Man

Speaking of young bands, Young Man has a new single out today for "Strangers". And with that single came a new video for "Up So Fast" which you can watch below.

Canada's Young Galaxy will release their third LP, Shapeshifting, via Paperbag Records on February 8th. Grab two songs off that new album, above for free and now.

Young Prisms recently toured and played some NYC shows, and one in Boston that they were late to, partially because their tourmates Weekend had some car trouble, and partially because they were taping an Into The Woods session. Watch that below. Young Prisms are going back on tour in January. They don't list another NYC show yet, but they are playing Philly on 1/31. All dates are down there too.

Continue reading "Chief, Young Buffalo, Young Man, Young Galaxy, Young Prisms (dates, a contest, MP3s, videos & more) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxy - Queen Drum (MP3)

NXNE

We already touched on Young Galaxy in our day 1 roundup of NXNE. Here's another set of pictures from that show, with news that band be coming to the US for a tour in August. Their shows on that include an August 2nd show at Brooklyn's Littlefield. They'll also be touring Canada with Stars (a band that counts Young Galaxy frontman Stephen Ramsay as an ex-member) in October.

Young Galaxy's second album, Invisible Republic, has been out since last year in Canada - it'll get a US release on July 27th on Paper Bag Records. The record is one of 40 on nominee list for this year's Polaris Prize. Co-singer and keyboardist Catherine McCandles sings on the sweltering, moody track above.

More pictures from their June 17th set at Toronto's Mod Club and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Young Galaxy tour dates, NXNE pics, MP3 & album details"

Damian Abraham & child @ NXNE - 6/17/2010
NXNE

After working all day in a hotel room on Thursday, I headed out into for my first-ever taste of both NXNE and Toronto music clubs. I've been to the city once before, but that was a very long time ago.

Things were kicking off at 6pm on the outdoor stage set up at Young Dundas Square. Locals will tell you that its Toronto's Times Square, but after being there I'd say its more like Union Square (in shape and size anyway). That said, I don't know what it normally looks like there, but for NXNE they turned the whole paved center of the square into a festival site complete with sponsored booths (free sample of flavored water anyone? Would you like to learn more about Sirius XM radio?) and a huge stage that anyone is free to check out (Iggy Pop plays there on Saturday).

Entry to any other NXNE venue will cost you. A festival badge, which you could purchase in Young Dudas Square, costs $50 and gets you into everything capacity permitting (though we never had a problem once). It's like CMJ and SXSW - there are NXNE shows in all the Toronto clubs.

We got to Young Dudas in time for Free Energy's set, and for the speeches that came before them. The first was by the man himself, Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham from Fucked Up, aka the mayor of Toronto (he was the first of three Fucked Up members I spotted over the course of the evening). He, and a lady friend whose name I didn't catch, introduced the band and Michael Chan, the Minister of Tourism & Culture, who gave a nice little speech before the bands began.

More pictures and commentary below...

Continue reading "NXNE 2010 in pics - part 1 (Free Energy, Young Galaxy, more)"

DOWNLOAD: Young Galaxy - Long Live The Fallen World (MP3)

Young Galaxy

Montreal quartet, Young Galaxy, are set to return with their sophomore full-length, Invisible Republic this year and have announced a number of U.S. and Canadian dates to preview the new material, including SXSW and Canadian Music Week. The band has made a track from the new record, "Long Live The Fallen World", available for free download (above).
It's not clear if the Stars-related band's new album is coming out on Arts & Crafts, the Broken Social Scene-related label that they released their debut on. It is clear that the band is now in NYC to play a show at Pianos TONIGHT (3/4), and one on Friday (3/6) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Pete and J, The XYZ Affair, and comedian Max Silvestri. All dates below...

Continue reading "Young Galaxy - new album, MP3 & tour dates (NYC, SXSW) "

The ConstantinesTwo of Arts & Crafts most-recent signings have shows coming up. The Constantines are playing Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Tickets are on sale. And as previously mentioned, The Stills are playing Maxwell's in NJ on March 7th. They're also playing a few other shows includng Bowery Ballroom the next day. Tickets are (about to be) on sale for that.

Not on Arts & Crafts, but also Canadian: Frog Eyes is also playing Mercury Lounge in March. Tickets are on sale for that too. All dates below...

Continue reading "Frog Eyes & Constantines & Stills shows (tour dates)"

Despite the heavy rain, people (like the NY Times) showed up to Mercury Lounge to see Cloud Cult's (and Young Galaxy's) second of two NYC shows on Sunday.

Cloud Cult @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - Apr 15, 2007 (CRED)
Cloud Cult

What’s next for Cloud Cult?
"We’ll keep flowing, keep going. We’ve got a DVD planned, partly from the live shows and also sort of a really good biography of the individual band members and what’s touring like and what we do at home. Then we’ll be working on finishing the next new album and another national tour in the fall. As for the DVD, we did the video for “Chemicals Collide” ourselves, all the taping and editing, and there was a really great reaction to that, so we’ll be keeping all the video stuff in house. We really prefer to just do things on our own." [Craig Minowa to the Washingtonian]

Here's some pictures of Cloud Cult playing Tonic. Here's some pictures of them at SXSW. More here.

DOWNLOAD: Memphis - I'll Do Whatever You Want (MP3)

Memphis

"Torquil Campbell (Stars frontman) and Chris Dumont, known as Memphis, will see the release of their U.S. debut, A Little Place In The Wilderness, on June 19th via the Montreal-based Good Fences label. Campbell and Dumont met in the mid-90's in New York where they formed a band with future Stars member Chris Seligman and Metric member James Shaw. Years later, the pair reconnected and Memphis was born. Campbell provides the lyrical wit and Dumont a sophisticated pop backdrop."

Memphis in NYC, 2007
May 30 - Joe's Pub New York, New York (tickets)
May 31 - Union Hall Brooklyn, New York (tickets)

All tour dates below....

Continue reading "Memphis (Torquil from Stars) - 2007 Tour Dates, MP3"

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