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by Bill Pearis

Out To See Festival

NYC's Out to See Festival is happening now through April at 192 Front Street at South Street Seaport, featuring music, art and film. The festival is presented by Little Water Radio (full disclosure: I've got a show on LWR) and most events are free. This weekend's events include a performance by No Bra and Neon Music tonight (2/5) at 8 PM and Platinum Vision on Saturday (2/6) at 8 PM. Then on February 10, it's the monthly edition of Animation Nights NY which presents animated shorts from around the world. Other upcoming events: a screening for Russ Meyer's classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls on February 17, and there's a kids "Intro To Interactive Electronic Circuits" workshop on February 20.

There are also other kids events, workshops, a market every Sunday (noon - 5 PM) and more. More info is at the OTS website, and Out To See's 2016 schedule is listed below.

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Hannibal Buress Comedy Camisado

Hannibal Buress' new Netflix comedy special, "Comedy Camisado," debuts on Friday (2/5), but people in NYC can see it early when he'll host a free screening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (2/4). That's also Hannibal's birthday. Here's more, straight from Hannibal:

Hey it's Hannibal, I'm doing a special screening of my new Netflix special "Comedy Camisado." If you can't come to this event, it'll be streaming on Netflix February 5th. I also turn the weird age of 33. They're will be some music by DJ Yamez following the screening. We might have a special musical guest. There will be no hors d'oeuvres. It's not that type of party. Yes I had to google how to spell hors d'oeuvres.
Doors at 7 PM and things start at 8 PM. It's 18+. Who do you think the special musical guest could be?

It's a busy month for Hannibal, with Season 3 of Broad City debuting in a couple weeks, he's got a new Spotify show (just like us), and you may have heard him talking with Joey Bada$$ on Pitchfork Radio yesterday live from Men's Fashion Week.

If you need more Hannibal Buress to watch, he made a pilot for Comedy Central titled Unemployable that didn't get picked up. He's shared the whole thing though -- watch it, along with a trailer for "Comedy Camisado," below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: The So So Glos at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The So So Glos

No, the McCarren Pool Parties aren't back, but Brooklyn staples The So So Glos are now throwing free monthly parties at the McCarren Hotel And Pool (160 N 12th St). The band is co-presenting the partes with Bikes In The Kitchen, and the first one happens this Saturday (1/30) with DJ sets from Skaters, Drew Citron of Beverly, Alex Levine of The So So Glos and Carlos Valpeoz of Bikes in the Kitchen. It goes from 10 PM to 2 AM, no live sets, just DJs and dancing. Flyer below.

The Glos are saying they might spin some tracks off their new album, which is called Kamikaze and due out in the spring. Its first single is the recently-released "A.D.D. Life" which is another solid dose of the anthemic punk rock they've been honing for almost a decade. Check it out below. The band is also playing SXSW this year.

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Majical Cloudz @ National Sawdust, October 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Majical Cloudz

Majical Cloudz start their tour with She-Devils tonight (1/15) in Toronto and they've also just released an EP, titled Wait & See, of songs left over from the Are You Alone? recording sessions. Say the band:

We put together this "EP" of songs that we recorded when we were working on "Are You Alone?", but which didn't fit on that album for one reason or another. They aren't more recent than the songs on AYA -- they date from different periods of time, one of them is among the earliest songs written for AYA and others are more recent. Despite the fact that it's a collection of songs that didn't make the record, I think there is a feeling that links them all together (which is maybe why they didn't fit on AYA). We hope you enjoy these songs!
You can stream the EP via Spotify, below. The Majical Cloudz tour hits NYC on Tuesday (1/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. The duo have also added Australian shows in February and all tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, She-Devils will stick around Brooklyn for an extra day for a free show at Baby's All Right on Wednesday. It's being billed as "She-Devils and Friends" and doors are at 8 PM.

She-Devils also just released their debut EP today, and you can stream the whole thing. If you've heard "Come" and "Where There's No One," you know they work with samples from late-'50s and early-'60s records -- early rock n' roll, exotica, orchestral pop -- and repurpose them into new and modern ways. It's a little red neon David Lynch and quite appealing. Listen below.

Continue reading "Majical Cloudz share new EP (listen); She-Devils released debut EP, playing free show at Baby's after MHOW"

House of Vans

Greenpoint venue House of Vans is throwing a free "unprecedented one-day art collaboration" this Saturday (1/16). Here's the details:

On January 16 2016, House of Vans Brooklyn hosts "Metamorphosis," an unprecedented one-day art collaboration. Artists Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Santtu Mustonen have partnered to create an immersive, large-scale floating tunnel featuring kinetic light animations playing with a variety of interactive elements including space, light, dance and music.

A full line-up of counter-culture musicians and dancers, curated by Hisham Akira Bharoocha including Brian DeGraw, Venus X, DJ Tameil, MikeQ (featuring Qween Beat with MC Ash B and dancers Leggo Labeija, Kia Labeija, quest?onmarc, Shea Boogie), IIII, Tygapaw, Dutch E Germ and Soft Circle will help bring the installation to life.

Join us for this one day event and experience the 40-foot floating structure creating a tunnel with light sensor technology and projection mapping. The interactive animations, designed in collaboration with Dave Rife and Gabe Liberti of Dave and Gabe, take inspiration from metamorphosis in nature: the changing light of the day, the idea of a mutation, and ever-evolving human beliefs and progress - morphing as musicians and guests trigger the effects with Sunhouse Sensory Percussion. A 3D photobooth by A-1 Array will allow you to be a part of the experience. In proper Vans fashion, beverages provided by Goose Island and food will be available.

It's all ages with free drinks available for the 21+ crowd. Doors are at 5 PM. You have to RSVP to get in, but entry is first come, first served.

Watch one of Qween Beat's vogue dancing videos below...

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photo: Neon Indian @ Lollapalooza 2012(more by James Richards IV)

Having just DJ'd the Museum of Natural History last week, Neon Indian has announced more winter tour dates, including a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show with Future Punx at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 27. Tickets (although free) are limited, and can be claimed through Ticketmaster beginning Wednesday (1/13) at noon.

The rest of his upcoming tour dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller is no stranger to the stages of NYC, most recently his annual holiday show City Winery last month. He'll be on tour this winter, including a few dates with Guster. Before that, he's making a special appearance at NYC's Hill Country BBQ on Thursday (1/7) as part of Rusty Truck's monthly residency at the venue. That's a free show. You may know Rusty Truck's frontman, Mark Seliger, as one of the biggest rock/celebrity photographers in the biz -- you have seen his work.

After his run with Guster, Miller will be doing some solo acoustic headline shows, including another in NYC: February 19 at The Bell House with Salim Nourallah. Tickets for The Bell House show are on sale now.

All Rhett Miller tour dates are listed below.

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Basia Bulat
Basia Bulat @ Littlefield, 9/24/2010
KTHXBAI: A retrospective of the photographic works of Chris La Putt
Nellie McKay
Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's, 3/22/2011

"KTHXBAI: A retrospective of the photographic works of Chris La Putt" opens on Thursday (1/7) at Bushwick's IDIO Gallery and runs through January 17. We're proud to announce that Thursday's opening night reception will be extra special, as Nellie McKay and Basia Bulat, two very talented artists that Chris loved and photographed a lot, will be performing live sets. The show, which immediately follows the opening reception, starts at 8pm and is free (though capacity is limited)

The opening reception starts at 6pm. Come by, have a drink and browse Chris's photos which will also be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit CancerCare. CancerCare provides free professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, and publications. They helped Chris through some difficult times and could use everyone's support.

If you miss the opening, you can visit the photo show during the gallery's normal hours: noon-6pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Your options are 1/7 (starting at 6pm this night for the opening), 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, and 1/17. Noon-6pm on all the non-opening dates, or you can browse the photos during the late shows at the gallery on 1/9 and 1/15.


If you miss the show, you can also catch Basia at this year's Tibet House Benefit and at Bowery Ballroom in April and on tour.

Nellie McKay, who quite possibly could show up Thursday dressed as a pot leaf, also has shows coming up at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, City Winery and more.

all photos in this post by Chris La Putt

by Bill Pearis

besnard lakes

The Besnard Lakes' terrific new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, will be out January 22 via Jagjaguwar. If you haven't checked out "The Plain Moon" and "Golden Lion" from the LP, you can listen to those below.

While the band have yet to announce a North American tour in support of the new LP, they will be in NYC for a record release show on January 23 at Rough Trade. That's a free matinee in-store (no wristband required, doors @ 1:30 PM), and after the show they'll be signing copies of the new album. More info on that show is here.

The band do have a few Canadian shows in February and will be on tour in the UK and Europe this spring. All announced dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis


Spanish quartet Hinds release their debut album, Leave Me Alone, on Friday. It's an appealing batch of garage rock pop sing-a-longs and you can stream the whole album right now (via NPR) below. You can also watch the video for "San Diego," which was directed by Carlotta of Hinds using footage from their tour, below as well.

As mentioned, Hinds will be in NYC this week for a record release show at Palisades on Wednesday (1/6) which the band are also promising will be a karaoke party. The show is only $3 but you do need to RSVP. Poster for the show is below. Before that, they'll play a free in-store at Other Music on Tuesday (1/5) at 8 PM. Space is very limited so be sure to arrive early.

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot has one day left on its Kickstarter campaign and is about $1 million away from reaching it's ultimate goal of $5.5 million to produce an entire 12 episode season (they've got enough for nine right now). There's going to be a "Final Countdown" telethon broadcast live from Los Angeles on Friday (12/11) beginning at 5 PM PST (that's 8 PM Eastern) with creator Joel Hodgson hosting and showing classic episodes. Folks in NYC can attend a "Final Countdown" viewing party at Kickstarter's Brooklyn Headquarters (58 Kent St. in Greenpoint). You do need to RSVP.

Back to the show. Since we last posted, there have been a lot of updates. Felicia Day, of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be the new main mad scientist, Kinga Forrester (daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester from the original series). At her side will be Patton Oswalt in a TV's Frank type roll. They'll be the ones torturing new host Jonah Ray and his robot friends Crow (Hampton Yount) and Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn).

Creator Joel Hodgson has also announced the behind-the-scenes staff, which is rather amazing. Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty), Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty), Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Super Adventure Team), Rob Schrab (who's directing the new LEGO Movie), and author Ernest Cline (Ready Player One) will all contribute jokes, though they aren't on the official writing staff. Robert Lopez, who cowrote Frozen's "Let It Go", will be on board for songs, and original MST3K theme song writer Charlie Erickson is returning.

Hodgson has also said that Jack Black, Joel Mchale, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld and Mark Hamill have all expressed interest in making appearances on the show. It all sounds very promising for a show that remains primarily about people hurling jokes at really bad movies.

Watch the original MST3K in action, via classic short "Cheating," below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Word on the street has it that Jeremih is releasing Late Nights The Album, the long-awaited followup/sequel to 2012's excellent Late Nights mixtape, this Friday (12/4). We'll just have to wait until then to find out if he is, but Jeremih did just announce a "Late Nights The Album Pop-Up Show" happening at NYC's SOB's this Saturday (12/5). That's probably an intimate show for him at this point, and it's totally FREE. You do need a ticket to get in, but entry is first come, first served. Doors are at 7:30 PM for the 9 PM show.

In the time since the Late Nights mixtape, Jeremih has been dropping singles, a collaborative EP with Shlohmo, and countless guest features. His latest single, "Pass Dat," came out earlier this week and if it's a sign of what this album is gonna sound like, it's a promising one. Listen below.

UPDATE: He also just put another new one today, "Impatient" featuring the great Ty Dolla $ign. Listen below (via HotNewHipHop).

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The consistently-great singer/songwriter Mirah has a couple New York shows coming up this month. The first is in her hometown of NYC on Saturday, December 12 at Ace Hotel. It's a unique version of the venue's '5 At 5' series. As always, it's a free five-song show starting at 5 PM, but this one's a collaborative set with Harsh Crowd, "a band comprised of four 13-year-olds who met at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls two summers back." They're doing some pretty impressive stuff for 13-year-olds -- last month they opened for Sharon Van Etten. RSVP for the show is open. Flyer below.

Mirah's other show is at a bookstore in Beacon, NY on December 19. Stream a track off last year's Changing Light below...

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For the third year, "Sweden Makes Music" is coming to Baby's All Right on December 8. Presented by The Consulate General of Sweden in New York and Export Music Sweden, the showcase features a host of Swedish pop acts. The night is headlined by Zhala, who released her self-titled debut album earlier this year via Konichiwa, the label run by Robyn. Zhala opened some dates on Robyn/Royksopp's tour and she's toured with Lykke Li as well. In the video for "Holy Bubbles," she investigates a "concept of a concept where Zhala plays Zhala and Kim Kardashian is on acid in a doom state. The video portrays an Anastacia-inspired personality in a post-apocalyptic environment where mankind's actions continue to tremble the power of the earth." You can watch it, and a couple others, below.

Also playing "Sweden Makes Music": XOV (aka Damian Ardestani) who you may have heard on the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack; Swedish rapper Silvana Imam; and producers André Laos and Duvchi. Streams of their music, below.

"Sweden Makes Music" is a free show with RSVP. Poster for the show is below.

Speaking of Robyn, she is featured on La Bagatelle Magique's single "Love Is Free" and you can watch the video for that, below.

Continue reading "Zhala, who's signed to Robyn's label, playing free "Sweden Makes Music" show at Baby's"

by Bill Pearis

Invisible Familiars Bestial Western

Invisible Familiars have made a video for "Bestial Western," a Can-esque song from their debut album Disturbing Wildlife which came out earlier this year. Taking cues from both the song and album's title, director Will Schalda cut pastes animal heads (and other extremities) onto people, robots, and other animals, and animates them against backdrops of Vegas, Times Square, Jungles and outer space. It's a glittery, psychedelic (in an Adult Swim kind of way) feast for the eyes and you can watch it below.

Folks in NYC can catch Invisible Familiars at Ace Hotel every Sunday night in December. The shows are free with DJ sets at 8 PM and the band at 10 PM. Each show has special guests, too: on 12/6 it's Katie Von Schleicher of Wilder Maker; on 12/13 it's Jean-Miche who features on some DFA alums; on 12/20 it's Swivs, aka Will Scalada who directed the video; and on 12/27 it's Corduroy Packard, aka Doug Wieselman who's played with Cocorosie, Antony & the Johnsons, Lou Reed, and others.

Poster for the Ace Hotel residency is below.

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by Concetta Smith

Phyllis Chen and her instrument of choice (photo by Carrie Schneider)
phyllis chen toy piano uncaged festival

When I first visited Phyllis Chen's Queens apartment it slightly resembled the lab of a mad scientist, if you were to replace the bubbling beakers with toppling toy pianos. At times several of the instruments are strewn about, some no larger than a lunch box, and some accompanied by music boxes. Chen doesn't hesitate as she flips from one to the other. She can play them all with ease.

She began playing piano at five. It wasn't until training to be a classical pianist that she fell in love with the pinging, unrefined sounds of the toy piano, when she first came across the instrument being used as a set piece at a puppet theater.

"I touched it and fell in love with the way it sounded...and suddenly felt so much untapped musical potential for it," She remembers fondly.

Before it was considered a serious instrument, the toy piano was primarily used as a learning tool for young musicians. It took on a life of its own in 1948 when composer and pianist John Cage's Suite for Toy Piano catapulted the miniature muse into the spotlight, transforming it from a toy into a central ensemble piece.

Like many players Chen was influenced by Cage throughout her work. It didn't take long for the classically trained composer to make the toy piano a standard part of her repertoire, releasing five albums including the Strange Powers theatrical score written by The Magnetic Field's Stephin Merritt, a collaboration with Cuddle Magic and three solo albums. She's also received numerous grants and awards and is a found member of ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Chen fell in love with the instrument so much that she founded NYC's UnCaged Festival in 2007, shining a spotlight on the world's miniature music scene. The biennial toy piano festival attracts experimental musicians from all over the globe, which will soon happen again over four shows all of which are in Astoria, Queens: a free RSD Black Friday (11/27) event at Hi-Fi Records; December 4 at Museum of the Moving Image (tickets) and then a free afterparty at Uke Hut; and a family-friendly event at QED on December 5 (tickets). Details are below.

Much of Chen's time is spent preparing for the festival by curating musicians and finding new compositions for the tiny instruments, so far collecting 300 submissions to date. It started out as a contest to encourage composers to write for the toy piano and is now a jamboree of sorts, uniting unexpected performers from new musicians to seasoned veterans.

"I discovered other musicians who are doing really beautiful and wonderful things with the toy piano and want the festival to showcase these unique artists who work with the toy piano," Chen explains.

Margaret Leng Tan (courtesy UnCaged archives)
Margaret Leng Tan

New York's tiny, but dedicated music scene is steadily gaining popularity through the festival. Margaret Leng Tan, New York's award-winning toy piano pioneer, who was the first woman to release an album on toy piano, is a regular judge at the UnCaged Festival. Tan appreciates the broad appeal of the celebration,"...it is cutting edge yet fun, and you don't have to be highly versed in music to partake..."

The festival also draws new talent and highly experimental musicians. Brooklyn-based Ranjit Bhatnagar, known for making his own instruments from various found objects and electronics, has performed several times at previous festivals. One of his most recent inventions is a toy piano robot made from salvaged pieces of a broken Piano Lodeon, a self playing toy piano that reads music from paper scrolls.

Bhantnagar explains, "My Piano Lodeon arrived all smashed to pieces by UPS, so I wanted to try to recover something from it, and the toy piano robot was born."

There will be no shortage of toys and live experimental entertainment at this year's festival. Bhantnagar and Chen will be pressing plastic records on an old vintage Fisher-Price record player music box and premiering them at the Hi-Fi opening night.


Brooklyn musician Angélica Negrón, who has curated concerts for El Museo del Barrio is also regular performer and judge at the festival. With her band, Acopladitos, she will be serenading festival-goers with her ever expanding repertoire, inviting children to participate in the whimsical world of toy instruments with sing-a-longs and games.

Chen's passion for discovering new sounds is slowly seeping into New York's art and music scene, making a fantasy world of make-believers come alive.

"I think the process of discovery is what I enjoy most in making music. There's really no telling where I'll end up, but I love finding new sounds and directions...I think the sound of an instrument, such as a toy piano, or another unique timbre, is enough for me to envision a picture or story."

Not all concert-goers know what to expect. When one attendee asked where the miniature musician was, Chen had to explain that she was full-sized woman who played small instruments. Still, Chen thrives off the unpredictability and doesn't mind surprising people.

During a performance she can be found crouched on a pillow with toy pianos, steel mixing bowls and music boxes surrounding her. Fear and awe converge as the audience watches her produce music from each toy and unlikely object in her tiny orchestra, transporting you into her musical dream-land.

"As kids, miniature things are symbols or examples of the 'real' world.  Miniature things seem to be the great metaphor for life," Chen describes of her love for tiny things.

This year the UnCaged Festival focuses primarily on introducing artists, rather than competition. The miniature music scene explodes into a three day extravaganza hosted by the Museum of Moving Image.  Featuring works for various toy instruments, including video, and sing-alongs, the pieces will range from playful to mysterious. 

Full details of the UnCaged Festival's events are below...

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Collapsing Scenery

You may remember that Don De Vore (Sick Feeling, Lilys) has another project, the multidisciplinary art collective Collapsing Scenery who released their funky first single, "Metaphysical Cops," back in April. They've already made one video for that but now here's another, featuring footage from an art show in Los Angeles. You can watch that below.

Having just wrapped up work on their debut album, Collapsing Scenery will play their "first true live performance" at Rivington Design House (52 Kenmare St.) tonight, 11/13. RVNG's Matt Werth is DJing and the show is free. 10 PM and flyer is below.

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photo: Nellie McKay at Feinstein's in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Earlier this year, Nellie McKay released My Weekly Reader, an album of covers of '60s songs by the Small Faces, Country Joe McDonald, Moby Grape, The Beatles and more. During the sessions for that album, she also recorded a cover of Gene McDaniels' "Compared to What" which didn't make the cut. We've got the premiere of that non-album track in this post, and you can listen below.

Nellie is about to begin a tour this weekend, which hits NYC on Sunday (11/8) at The Cutting Room. Tickets are available, and proceeds benefit the Wild Bird Fund.

Nellie will also be one of the guests at The New Standards' show on December 11 at Lincoln Center. (Update: This post initially listed the incorrect lineup. Full lineup TBA.) All dates are listed below.

The above photo of Nellie was taken at her Feinstein's residency in 2011 by our dear friend and former BV photo editor, Chris La Putt, who sadly passed away from cancer this year. Nellie told us that was one of her favorite pictures that Chris ever took of her, and she wrote the following for him:

Why do the good die young? Because Jesus wants them in heaven to frolic with the lambs.
Also Chris was fun to drink with & you know how Jesus is...
It shoulda been me - this guy was too nice to die.
What a tragedy...we miss you Chris.
Thanks for the kind words Nellie.

Listen to the new song and browse her tour dates below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay covered Gene McDaniels, wrote a tribute to Chris La Putt, touring (2 NYC shows)"

Soldiers of Fortune

Speaking of Kid Millions, one of his other projects, the long-gestating NYC supergroup Soldiers of Fortune, release their new album Early Risers this Friday (11/6). The band also currently includes Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf), Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/producer/gadabout Mike Bones, and the album features guest appearances by Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchoir and more. You can stream both Malkmus' and McCombs contributions -- as well as a Soliders of Fortune themed edition of the psych rock DOODCAST podcast -- below.

Soldiers of Fortune will be celebrating Early Risers at NYC's Max Fish on Wednesday (11/4), playing sets at 8:30 PM and 10 PM. Those shows are FREE. Are any of the album's special guests in town? Flyer for the Max Fish shows below...

Continue reading "Soldiers of Fortune share Stephen Malkmus & Cass McCombs collaborations; free LP release shows in NYC this week"

by Bill Pearis

Keep Shelly in Athens 2015

Greek band Keep Shelly in Athens released their new album Now I'm Ready earlier this month via Friends of Friends that further refines their ethereal brand of synthpop. This week they put out the video for the title track. You can watch that and stream the whole album below.

KSIA will play NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on November 5 with Different Sleep and LAVACHILD which is a late show (doors 9:30 PM). Tickets are still available. Earlier in the same evening as LPR, the band will play a free all-ages show at Rough Trade which starts at 7 PM.

UPDATE: The free Rough Trade show was canceled. Sorry!

The NYC shows are just one stop on a full North American tour. All dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below.

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Hamilton Leithauser at City Winery - 10/19/15 (photo via Edward Blake)
Hamilton Leithauser

The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser just played a hometown NYC show earlier this week for KEXP at City Winery with Kevin Devine, Joseph Arthur and Soren Juul (anyone catch it?), and he's got more coming up.

One is a free in-store at Rough Trade on November 18. It's an all ages show on the earlier side (6:30 PM doors, 7 PM start) and no wristband or anything is required. More info here. The other is a not-free show on December 11 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that one are on sale now. No other dates announced at the moment.

Hamilton recently contributed a cover of "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting" to the new Donovan tribute album. Listen below.

Speaking of Kevin Devine, his BV-presented split 7" release shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) happen in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge this December.

Continue reading "Hamilton Leithauser played City Winery, playing more shows"

photo: The Orwells in Chicago, 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Orwells in Chicago

Chicago's The Orwells are going on an eight-date tour sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks that kicks off at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Halloween. Shark? open the show, just like they did at the BV-presented show at Shea Stadium, and the show is free. You do have to claim tickets, however, can they become available at 5 PM today.

UPDATE: The Orwells' Chicago pals Twin Peaks have been added to the bill.

All dates on the tour feature openers selected by The Orwells, picked from emerging artists who have previously recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio. All dates are listed below.

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Marnie doing a little proofing
Marnie the Dog I'm a Book

Marnie the Dog has come a long way from making random appearances at BrooklynVegan SXSW parties and hosting a Red Bull Sound Select show, and is coming out with a photo book, titled Marnie the Dog: I'm a Book, which will be published October 27 via Grand Central Press. She'll be going on a book tour, too, including a couple events in NYC. On Monday (10/26) at Baby's All Right, there's a book release party that doubles as Marnie's 13th birthday party. There will be DJ sets from Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos), Josh Burgess (Yumi Zouma), Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), as well as a live performance by Kitty Pryde collaborator Hot Sugar. That is free though there is a suggested donation of $5 to Marnie's Old Pals at ASPCA fund.

The next day Marnie and owner Shirley Braha will be at The Strand's Rare Book Room (10/27) to talk with Buzzfeed editor Katie Notopoulos. You'll need to buy a copy of the book or a $15 gift card to attend. Marnie also has appearances in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. All dates are listed below.

In other news, Marnie also has an iPhone app that will allow the user to insert Marnie into any picture.

Continue reading "Marnie the Dog released an iPhone app & book, celebrating at Baby's w/ DJ Frankie Cosmos & more ++ other events"


Grimes, who finally announced a new album yesterday, has expanded her tour. In addition to the sold-out NYC show on November 16 at Terminal 5, she and tourmate/signee Nicole Dollanganger will play the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 18. Not only is it smaller, but the Steve Madden-presented show is also totally FREE. You do need a ticket though, and those become available Friday (10/23) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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We knew Flipper would be playing some shows this year, with The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid's David Yow taking over for Bruce Loose on lead vocals. They already played a San Francisco show earlier this month, which you can watch a video of below, and they have a few more October shows coming up.

One is in NYC on Halloween at House of Vans and it's totally FREE. Support comes from Big Business, Shannon Cornett (of LA's fulltimepunx), and Zane Landreth (of Mount Analog) are on DJ duty, and there will be Visual Conjuring by Dennis McNett. With his visuals, "the venue will embody a world of fantasy and spectacle, brought to life by ethereal visual art concepts, exploits from mythological creatures and wild musical performances." Plus there will be a costume contest with prizes from Fender, Vans, Death Traitors, Greenpoint Tattoo and Deluxe. And surprise guests are promised too.

RSVP is open, but entry is on a first come, first served basis.

That recent live video, and Flipper's list of upcoming dates, below...

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