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photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Blow / Zambri
Brooklyn venue Glasslands has less than a month left before the corner of S. 2nd & Kent is no longer a hub for live music in Williamsburg (Death by Audio and 285 Kent have already said their farewells), and this past Friday (12/5) they hosted The Blow, Zambri and Cookies. The Blow changed it up a bit from the kind of shows for which they had become known. It used to be Khaela Maricich putting on a show that was as much a concert as it was performance art, and with funny/endearingly awkward banter between songs. But this one was different, with both Khaela and her bandmate Melissa Dyne hunched over keyboards playing a less confrontational set -- one that was maybe not suited for a chatty crowd like the one there. Reviews have been mixed. One person said, "The Blow stripped down sounding absolutely beautiful underneath these 200 people's conversations," while another said, "The Blow kinda #blew tn ;(". Were you there? What did you think?
This was Zambri's first show in a while which pulled mainly from 2012's House of Baasa. You can check out pictures from the whole night in this post. Other upcoming shows at Glasslands before they close include How to Dress Well, Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Waxahatchee, Jana Hunter and more.
More pictures from The Blow's show below...
APTBS @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, 11/14 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
[A Place to Bury Strangers'] live show is all about sensory overload, and the smaller the room is, the harder it hits. They forwent traditional stage lights entirely, plunging the room into total darkness and illuminating themselves sparingly with splashed colors from projectors situated around the stage. Custom amplifier heads from frontman Oliver Ackermann's effects pedal company Death By Audio stood atop speaker cabinets that dwarfed everyone in the room, and every instrument on stage looked to have barely survived a war zone. Once the band plugged in and turned up, a sonic war zone was essentially what the audience was in for. -[Yardhawk]A Place to Bury Strangers and Bleeding Rainbow swung through Bowery Ballroom on November 18, part of a larger tour for the pair that included a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics), the M for Montreal festival, and Chicago (pics). A review from their 11/19 show in Boston at Middle East is above. Did you see them on this tour? How was it?
If you missed the show (as we did), you have another chance to see them this week, and support a good cause while doing so. APTBS play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit on Saturday (12/1) at 285 Kent with Liturgy, Total Slacker, Royal Baths and a DJ set from Weekend. All proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy Relief Program. Tickets ($12) are on sale.
While on the subject of Sandy relief benefits, you can still get tickets to see Hooray for Earth, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Zambri and Grooms at Pianos on Thursday (11/29). Directly after that show is another Sandy benefit, a late night (midnight - 4 AM) party with Kitty Pryde on DJ duty. This party is free, but donations are suggested and more info is here.
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
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...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Oberhofer - Landline (live @ Snacky Tunes) (MP3)
Ex Cops @ South Street Seaport, 7/13/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned before that there was a Sandy relief benefit happening at Cameo on Tuesday (11/13) being presented by Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes folks (Greg and Darin Bresnitz). The benefit also doubles as the release party for Snacky Tunes Vol. 3, the the latest free, downloadable collection of live performances from their internet radio show of the same name that broadcasts on the Heritage Radio network (whose booth is in Roberta's back yard). The new volume includes songs from Wallpaper, Zambri, Spinto Band, Sinkane and Brad Oberhofer who performs a solo acoustic version of "Landline" which you can download at the top of this post.
The line-up for the Cameo release party/benefit has changed since we originally posted about it. Emil & Friends have dropped off the bill, replaced by Ex-Cops. Moon Hooch and Erika Spring with both be performing as well, as mentioned previously, and Computer Magic will be on DJ duty throughout the night. A $5 donation at the door gets you in (feel free to donate more) and all proceeds (as well as 10% of the bar, so drink up) go to the Red Hook Initiative. Updated flyer is below.
Meanwhile, Ex Cops have announced details of their debut album, True Hallucinations, which comes out January 22 via Other Music Recording Co. Produced by John Siket (Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead), the record shows off Brian Harding's strong songwriting chops (and the lovely vocals of Amalie Bruun) over the course of 11 jangly, just-hazy-enough songs that all get straight to the hooks. You can stream "James" from the album below and check out True Hallucination's cover art and tracklist.
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While working on new material for Album #3, Cymbals Eat Guitars are testing out new material (and playing known songs as well) at a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (11/14) with Zambri. You do need to RSVP. Doors are at 6 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. It's the only upcoming show for either band at the moment.
As mentioned earlier, Nite Jewel have a similar sort of gig coming up at Brooklyn Bowl too.
Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.
Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and MØ. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.
Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.
The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.
It's been about two years since we last heard from Montreal's Valleys who apparently have had a rethink since then. The band (Matilda Perks and Marc St Louis) have dropped the folky elements of their music but kept the ethereal atmophere, adding layers of analog synths to their sound. Valleys new album will be out early next year on Kanine but NYC folk can hear their new sound next week during CMJ. They'll play the Kanine Records day party on Friday at Cameo (10/19, 6 PM) and then Saturday (10/20) afteroon (1:15 PM) at the Pop Montreal day party which is also at Cameo. So if you can tear yourselves away from one of our day parties at Public Assembly those same days (right down N. 6th St.), do stop by and check them out.
The Kanine showcase also has Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Zambri, Moon King and Roommates (featuring mems of Surfer Blood and Pop Etc.). The show is free and open to the public and flyer for the show is below.
The Pop Montreal day party line-up also free and open to the public and features Goose Hut, Mozart's Sister, Blue Hawaii, and Solar Year and the flyer for that show is below too.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Austra at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/19/12
Austra brought their tour to NYC last night (9/19) for a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Doldrums and Zambri. Doldrums main dude Airick Woodhead's brother Daniel of Moon King (who played three NYC shows in the past week) joined his brother on stage during Doldrums' set as he's done before. After the show, Austra and Doldrums kept the party going at Glasslands where both DJed.
Doldrums will be back in NYC for CMJ.
More pictures from last night's show are below.
Bon Iver at a 2012 ACL taping (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* ZZ Ward @ Joe's Pub
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Jill Sobule @ Joe's Pub
* Ben Howard @ Webster Hall
* Austra (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Bruce Springsteen @ MetLife Stadium
* Photoreal, Secret Cove @ Cameo
* Jeff Davis Denver General @ Barbes
* "Et cetera" Festival @ Public Assembly
* Aluk Todolo, Villians, Lussuria @ Saint Vitus
* Bahamas, Jason Collett @ The Bell House
* Marc Ribot & Roy Nathanson Duo @ The Stone
* Austra, Doldrums @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sarah Silverman, Jeffrey Joseph @ UCB East
* Bon Iver, Anais Mitchell @ Radio City Music Hall
* 1-800-BAND, Moto Gators, Apehangers @ Union Pool
* The Offspring, Neon Trees, Dead Sara @ Terminal 5
* R. Mexico, Musuki Aruvavo Lee, The Flag @ Zebulon
* The Whigs, Skaters, Country Mice @ Bowery Ballroom
* Blood Red Shoes, DZ Deathrays, Freshkills @ Glasslands
* Field Mouse, At Sea, Mansions & Junipers @ The Rock Shop
* Nate Wooley, Mazen Kerbaj @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
* Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD) DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brooms, Racing Heart, Sun for Moon, The Sewing Machine War @ Cake Shop
* Sewn Leather, Uumans, mancontrol, Kid Millions + C Michel, The Dreebs @ 285 Kent
Bon Iver begins his four-night run at Radio City tonight with Anais Mitchell opening. We're giving away tickets to Friday's show (9/21).
Sarah Silverman, who's been busy lately, is performing at UCB East tonight as part of their "Big Long Sets" series that "hosts headliners doing headlining sets without headliner prices. And drink your two drinks only if you feel like it!"
Also on the comedy tip, Rachel Dratch, Elna Baker, Kambri Crews and Karen Bergreen will talk about their craft at "That's What She Said: Conversations with Women Writers/Comics" at Public Assembly tonight (7 PM). It's free and part of the venue's week-long Et cetera festival.
It's national Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Austra (that's Arrrhhstra if you're a pirate) and Doldrums are DJing Glasslands tonight which is an afterparty for their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Zambri opens at MHOW and you can listen to a remix they did for Doldrums below.
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Joyce Manor made a video for "Drainage/If I Needed You There" off their 2012 album, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. Check it out below.
Tame Impala made a video for "Elephant" off their upcoming album, Lonerism (due out 10/9 via Modular). Check it out below.
Happy birthday to Jarvis Cocker (49), Chic's Nile Rodgers (60) and Paul Williams (72).
We mentioned before that the new Hood Internet album, FEAT (out 10/2), was a sample-free, guest-filled affair featuring the likes of Class Actress, The Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri... and AC Newman who lends his pipes to the breakbeat-driven "One for the Record Books" which we have the premiere of right here in this post. You can stream it below and watch the video for "Won't Fuck Us Over" that features Annie Hart and BBU.
The Hood Internet are currently on tour and will play NYC tonight (9/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (Rescheduled and relocated from August.) Tickets for tonight's s how are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair of tickets away. Details are at the bottom of this post. Playing with them tonight and at all shows on this tour will be Oscillator Bug who will serve as The Hood Internet's backing band for their new sample-free tunes.
Song stream, video, a list of tour dates, and contest details are below.
DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - "So Destroyed" (MP3)
Prince Rama at Basilica Festival - 8/11/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Brooklyn experimentalists Prince Rama played the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson, NY over the weekend (pictured above). Their set was on Saturday (8/11) along with sets by Gang Gang Dance, The Psychic Paramount, Hiro Kone, and others.
As mentioned, Prince Rama and Gang Gang Dance will again share a bill on September 23 at 285 Kent, which is one of three NYC shows for GGD, who also play Public Assembly on September 21 with Sun Araw and Cameo on September 22 with New Moods. Tickets for Cameo and 285 Kent and tickets for Public Assembly are still available.
You can also catch Prince Rama in NYC even sooner than that when they play DUMBO Summer Friday (presented by Northside, the DUMBO Improvement District, and The O Music Awards Unboxed) on Friday, August 17 with Javelin, Zambri, and Bosco Delrey. It's a day show (start time: 2 PM) and happens at the DUMBO Archway (corner of Anchorage Place and Water St in Brooklyn). There will also be DJs, sound installations by Laura Vitale and food from The Brooklyn Flea.
Prince Rama will release their new album, Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World, on November 6 via Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label (they're also set to support AnCo on their European tour). They recently revealed the first taste of that album with the track "So Destroyed," which you can download above (via Stereogum) or stream below.
A list of all dates and that stream below...
today in NYC
* Diego Garcia @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* John Mulaney @ Comedyjuice
* Talib Kweli @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wouter Kellerman @ Joe's Pub
* Grand Band @ Le Poisson Rouge
* White Gallery, BZARYN @ Cake Shop
* Carol Lipnik & Spookarama @ Barbes
* Cyro Baptista & Friends @ The Stone
* Alt-J, Mon Khmer, Softspot @ Glasslands
* Sixpence None The Richer @ Mercury Lounge
* Howie Day, Charlotte Sometimes @ City Winery
* Lucinda Williams, Amy Cook @ Bowery Ballroom
* M. Ward, Yo La Tengo @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Bloc Party, The Drums, Them Jeans @ Terminal 5
* Pinegrove, Blind Benny, Small Axe @ Cameo Gallery
* Tame Impala, Young Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ BB King Blues Club
* Prostitution, Vex, Last Legion, Bloodseeker @ Saint Vitus
* Britches, Show Me the Body, Radio Rock, Eleven Swords @ XPO 929
* Psychobuildings, Swanifant, Jerry Paper @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Diego's Umbrella, Karikatura, Tashaki Miyaki, Anya Skidan @ Pianos
* Ryan Montbleau Band(Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery
* The Netherlands, Peewonder-z, Ryo Inoue, Drums & Red & Tuba @ Death By Audio
* Broncho, Bad Weather California, The Denzels, Crazy & The Brains @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! w/ Scott Aukerman, Tim Heidecker, James Adomian, Kurt Braunohler @ Highline Ballroom
Bloc Party start their three-night run with The Drums at Terminal 5 tonight. If you can't make it, they'll be streaming Wednesday's show (8/8) live. The shows were all sold out but tickets for all three appear to be back on sale.
Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! comes to Highline Ballroom for two shows tonight with guests Tim Heidecker, James Adomian, Kurt Braunohler. Tenacious D recently stopped by the TV version of Comedy Bang! Bang! and you can check out videos of that (featuring Reggie Watts and a Weird Al cameo) below too.
Talib Kweli, who plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight, will play Highline Ballroom later this month (8/20) for a show with his Idle Warship project. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
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LA rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has collaborated with Drake, Snoop Dogg, Chamillionaire, Childish Gambino and others, and was one of XXL's 10 Freshmen of 2010, will be in NYC for a free show at Santos tonight. Doors are at 7 PM. 21+. Nipsey's most recent release is the free EP/mixtape, The Marathon Continues: X-Tra Laps, which you can download HERE.
Redd Kross' first album in 15 years, Researching the Blues, is out today. Check out their video for album track "Stay Away from Downtown" below.
Sacred Bones just reissued the soundtrack to David Lynch's seminal cult classic Eraserhead. Stream a cut from that below.
You can also watch a new video from Zambri as well.
There's a new "Electrical Transmission" teaser for Neurosis' new album. That is below to watch too.
Zambri and The Suzan will play Mercury Lounge on August 31. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon. Zambri and Stagnant Pools were added to the Maximo Park show at Webster Hall (9/13). Tickets for that show are still available.
Tickets for the Black Moth Super Rainbow show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon. A ticket link has now been posted for their Bowery Ballroom show, but no presale for that one.
The Whigs are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 19 and Glasslands on November 10. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on AmEx presale today with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (7/27) at 7 AM.
Electric Six are playing Mercury Lounge on October 26 and 27. Tickets for both of those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon.
MS MR, who have upcoming shows supporting Marina and the Diamonds, will open for Grouplove at Terminal 5 on November 2. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon.
One night before the 4Knots Music Festival too over the space, fire included, it was the last Seaport Music Festival show of the year on Friday (7/13), a nice, if low-key affair (part of the River to River Festival) with Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger. With no new album to plug, Friedberger seemed pretty relaxed and jovial, playing mostly songs off last year's great Last Summer with added pizaz from sax player Robbie Lee.
The undercard slot went to Ex Cops who were just teriffic, I thought, with a sound that's some where between New Zealand 1985 and London/Manchester 1992, and great songs like their Other Music debut single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" and a few that I hadn't heard before. The band can really play too. Looking forward to their first album, which is due out this fall.
I didn't catch that much of Zambri's opening set, but am a fan of all things slinky, tribal and gothy and have enjoyed their shows in the past.
In addition to more pictures of all three bands below, you can also check out video performances from Friday night's show.
Doldrums at NXNE last week (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Austra scheduled a few North American shows later this year including a NYC show on September 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Since we last spoke, fellow Canadians Doldrums and Brooklyn's Zambri (who joined Bear In Heaven on stage last month at a MHOW show which Doldrums opened) were added as openers to Austra's MHOW show. The connections don't stop there though. Main Doldrums guy, Airick Woodhead, and his brother Daniel who sometimes drums live for Doldrums and has his own project called Moon King, were both members of the band Spiral Beach, whose lineup also included current Austra bassist Dorian Wolf.
Speaking of bands that include Austra members, TRUST (featuring Austra drummer Maya Postepski) have upcoming dates with Light Asylum, including two in NYC: Warm Up at PS1 on 7/7 with Nguzunguzu, Arca, and Todd Terry (tickets), and MHOW on 7/8 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Doldrums is also a Grimes collaborator, has toured with her multiple times, and it looks like they're probably also good friends. Daniel Woodhead, in addition to sometimes drumming for Doldrums, drummed for Grimes too sometimes on her recent tour. Grimes has a lot of NYC shows coming up, including four sold out shows and a free one at River Rocks on Pier 84 on August 9 with Wild Nothing and DIIV.
Doldrums will also be in NYC next month for 4Knots Music Festival.
Daniel Woodhead's Moon King project does not have any upcoming NYC appearances at the moment, but he was here a good amount of times last year, including when he played with Dope Body and Hume last summer. Hume just played the official BV Northside showcase. Hume and Dope Body's friends Roomrunner just played Cake Shop and have other NYC shows coming up including one this Friday (6/22) at the Bell House with Diamond Rugs and Richard Buckner, and a free show with Dan Deacon and John Maus at Pier 84 on July 12.
All lists of dates below...
Remix gurus The Hood Internet will release their new album, FEAT, on September 18. This will be the band's first album of completely original material, free of samples. To fill sample void, the Chicago duo brought in a bevvy of guest stars for the album, including AC Newman, Class Actress, the Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri, and more. Tracklist with all the guest performers is below.
Before the album comes out, The Hood Internet are going on a tour which includes a stop in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on August 11. No on sale date has been announced yet. All tour dates are listed below along with a video teaser for FEAT and a stream of the duo's latest mixtape.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers have a come a long way in the last two years. Now a three-piece, the band combine a tense energy, musicianship, and increasingly-skillfull pop smarts into an effortless package. It's new wave in the best sense and you could almost imagine them in between Athletico Spizz 80 and The Go-Gos in Urgh! a Music War. The band's new album, Correct Behavior, is packed with potential singles and we got most of them -- "Millions," "Wonder," and "You Kill" -- last night at Knitting Factory as part of the Kanine Records/Terrorbird showcase at the Northside Festival. Maybe it's because I had been listening to the new album a lot and knew almost every song they played, but Eternal Summers were the best I've seen them...yet.
Eternal Summers will be back in NYC on July 26 for a show at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still available) and will be back again August 12 to play the free afternoon Sound Bites Series (which I curate) at Fulton Stall Market down by South Street Seaport. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.
Before them on the Knit bill were their old freinds Bleeding Rainbow (the two bands shared an early split 7"). In turing from a duo to a four-piece, have become a pretty powerful force themselves, though the harmonies have a little ways to go in matching the instrumantal skills and songwriting which are already there. The vocals got better as the set went on, though, and when Rob and Sarah nailed them, they recalled X by way of early-'90s Sonic Youth.
The rest of the evening was good too: percussive-heavy Zambri slinky and danceable (more than a little Siouxsie in their music); Hollywood, FL's Beach Day make appealing bubblegum garage despite wishing they'd thought harder about coming up with a band name; and Air Waves' aimiable jangle.
Headliner Class Actress packed the room, but I chose sleep. More photos from the night are below.
by Bill Pearis
So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door. Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.
Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).
I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.
Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.
There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.
I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.
Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.
by Bill Pearis
While one could argue whether or not we need any more bands names with the word "beach" in them, Hollywood, FL trio Beach Day do avoid reverbed-out production and most of the other sonic signifiers associated with the term these days, in favor of '60s R&B/girl group pop. You can stream a couple songs over at their Bandcamp.
Beach Day will make their NYC debut next week. They'll play during the Northside Festival at the Kanine Records showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 that also features Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, plus guests Class Actress and Air Waves. Tickets are available now, or you can get in with your Northside badge (limited number of badges get in). Beach day also play Pianos the day before (June 13) with Ski Lodge, Cool Serbia and The Hudson Branch, and advance tickets are available now.
The flyer for the Kanine Northside show is below.
DOWNLOAD: Micachu & the Shapes - OK (MP3)
Micachu and her buddy Kwes
Micachu & the Shapes will release their second album, Never, on July 24. The first track from the album has just been loosed to the internets -- the drony, mechanical "OK" which you can download above. Cover art and tracklist for the album is at the bottom of this post.
Micachu have also just announced a headlining show at Glasslands on Monday, June 4 with Zambri. Tickets for that show are on sale. Micachu will also play the PS1 Warm-Up on July 28 and tickets to that show go on sale June 18.
Michachu also released a new mixtape with pal Kwes and you can stream the entirety of Kwesachu Vol. 2 below, along with a list of all dates.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"the most emotional show (@ Mercury Lounge for Active Child, Balam Acab, Superhumanoids and New Moods)" - Nicolette Elvie
Active Child at Mercury Lounge 5/11/12
Active Child brought his tour with Balam Acab and Superhumanoids to NYC earlier this month for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom (5/10) and a day later at Mercury Lounge (5/11) with New Moods. After the Mercury Lounge show, Active Child DJ'd the Mondrian with DJ Sean Glass and DJ VIkas.
Speaking of New Moods, they've got a Northside show coming up with a pretty stacked local bill of Zambri, Ice Choir (featuring TPOBPAH's Kurt Feldman), and Fast Years at Spike Hill on June 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.
More pictures from the Mercury Lounge show and some videos from the Bowery Ballroom show below...
Talk Normal, Religious to Damn & ATM are playing Glasslands June 22. Tickets are on sale.
UMO also play Googa Mooga this weekend.
Though it wasn't in our last-posted list of dates, Zambri, who joined Bear on Heaven on state at MHOW (a show Doldrums opened), have a show coming up at Brooklyn Bowl on 5/23 with Caged Animals, and AIMES Tickets are on sale.
The Musical Box, "the exclusive, authorized by Peter Gabriel, recreation of Genesis" are performing The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with "all 1,100 original slide projections from the '74-'75 tour" this year. Tickets for an 11/23 show at the Grand Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon. Regular sale starts Friday at noon which is also when you can get tickets for the 11/21 Wellmont Theater show.
The Felice Brothers are playing Brooklyn Bowl on 6/15 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale.
Maybe the Felice Brothers will play one of Deer Tick's THREE curated Newport Folk Festival after-shows at the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. Deer Tick curated and play all three nights, July 27, 28 & 29, with special guests. All three just went on sale.
Tickets are still on sale for the Violens show happening at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (5/16).
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Sensory Overload. That is how I'd describe Bear in Heaven's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (5/9) night. There were '80s goth band levels of fog machine and a barrage of cool lights to go with it, both of which matched well to the bombastic space jams Bear in Heaven produce. Those big fat synths the band favors sound great really loud, as do drummer Joe Stickney's Miami Vice-style fills. I wish the new album, I Love You It's Cool, had the drums mixed that loud, it's definitely one of the signatures of BiH's live show.
They played Bowery Ballroom the night before, but the Music Hall show was the final night of the five-week tour promoting I Love You It's Cool, and playing before a neighborhood crowd the band were both punchy and pumped, especially singer John Philpot who was dancing even more than he usually does. The Zambri sisters hopped on stage to dance during "Reflection of You" and then sang -- as they often do at hometown shows -- on "Lovesick Teenagers."
Both openers on the bill made good use of the projection screen. Portland's Blouse had washed-out slow-mo imagery that looked like a Cocteau Twins album cover come to life which suited the band's rainy day dance music. Montreal's Doldrums played in front of what seemed to duped-over videocassettes, which is kind of what their music sounds like too, though the band (now a trio) sound more and more like a cohesive unit and less like the weird dabblings of Eric Asher every day.
More pictures from the show, with Bear in Heaven's setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Fixtures on the Brooklyn scene for a while now, sisterly duo Zambri released their debut, House of Baasa, about a month ago o Kanine records. Dark and sweaty, it's a bit like a Jungle Themed Siouxsie Sioux with a number of standout tracks -- "Carry," "ICBYS," and "Hundred Hearts" which you can watch the video for below. You can stream the whole album below as well.
Zambri have a few other dates coming up -- including the Kanine Records Northside showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 with Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day and some TBDs -- which are all listed below.
Zambri, with their seriously awesome drummer and complicated microphones, play tonight (5/10) at Public Assembly as part of a pretty good bill. Also playing are Computer Magic (aka Brooklynite Danielle Johnson) who makes appealing retro-y synthpop. Her debut EP, Orion, is out now and you can stream it below.
Openers Test House just released their debut EP, Bitemarks, a couple weeks ago. The duo make glitchy dance music and you can stream the EP below. They have a pedigree too: Peter Schuette used to be in Silk Flowers and Psychobuildings, and James Elliot spent time in Bear in Heaven and School of Seven Bells.
DJing between sets is Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who also fronts '80s romo-loving Ice Choir. Feldman remixed Zambri's "ICBYS" which is downloadable above, and they just dropped the first taste of Ice Choir's debut album, Afar, which is out in July on Underwater Peoples. You can download that above too.
Streams and Zambri tour dates are below.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.