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The Album Leaf at today's BV CMJ party @ Baby's All Right

The Album Leaf (aka Jimmy LaValle) will release the follow-up to 2010's A Chorus of Storytellers in early 2016. To give you a taste of this still-untitled new album, you can check out new single "A New Soul" which adds a vocal presence -- and full band -- to LaValle's ethereal sonic webwork. You can stream it below.

The Album Leaf, just minutes ago, played BrooklynVegan's free Friday day party at Baby's All Right, which has sets from Ezra Furman, Car Seat Headrest, Yung, Superheaven, Makthaverskan and Porches still to come. Hustle over to Baby's and join us -- it' free! Additionally, The Album Leaf have three other CMJ shows to come:

October 16, 2015 @ Cake Shop (4:30 PM) - Terrorbird CMJ Day Party (FREE)
October 17, 2015 @ South Street (3 PM) - Seaport Music Fest showcase (FREE)
October 17, 2015 @ The Knitting Factory (11 PM) - Flower Booking Showcase
The Album Leaf have a few West Coast shows in November before heading to the UK and Ireland. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Kirin J Callinan

Aussie wildcard Kirin J Callinan will release his second album sometime in 2016 via Terrible. The first single is "The Teacher" and features frequent cohort Connan Mockasin. Where his debut, Embracism, was all guttural growls and distorted electronics, this songs is an '80s-style torch song with slippery, fretless bass that has more in common with Kirin's work in Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders. You can stream it below.

Kirin spends a fair ammount of time in NYC and is here this week playing a few shows, including two today (10/16):

Friday 10/16 (4 PM) @ Elvis Guesthouse: Graceland Party w/ Whitney, Mild High Club, Jimmy Whispers, Sean Nicholas Savage, Joy Again, Murals (FREE)

Friday 10/16 @ Cameo Gallery (midnight): Terrible Records CMJ Party w/ LE1F, Empress Of, Porches, Deradoorian, Okay Kaya, Jimmy Whispers, Kaya, Stolen Jars (more info)

Saturday 10/17 @ The Delancey (2 PM): Aussie BBQ w/ Methyl Ethel, Surf Rock is Dead, Lord Fascinator, The Harpoons and 33 (!) more (FREE)

Speaking of the Dreamlanders, they'll be playing more North American shows in December.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

Shopping is The Best Band. They're also The Most British Band, sounding at times like the Slits, Wire, X-Ray Spex, or Gang of Four. Each instrument is played in a manner both elegant and sparse, which makes for nuanced, collaged melodies designed to get stuck in your head. These are three phenomenally talented people: They balance disparate and at times atonal instrumentation with beautiful, crisp vocal lines, and they can all sing. Few bands strike me as being in the same league as Pleasure Leftists, and in fact, Shopping might be the first. - [Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves in The Village Voice]
UK trio Shopping, who draw from such post punk influences as The Slits, Delta 5 and Au Pairs, are in the middle of their own CMJ music marathon, having played a few show already -- including Wednesday's Kanine party at Pianos with Car Seat Headrest, Mothers and more. I DJ'd in the main bar for a couple hours of that party and my shift ended just as Shopping started. They are not reinventing the wheel at all but they do it very well, and with a short showcase performance like this they add a welcome jolt of electricity. They're good.

As mentioned, Shopping are part of BrooklynVegan's all-day extravaganza at Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/17) which is free and also features sets from Lilys, Martin Courtney, Stealing Sheep, The Gotobeds, plus free samosas and Bell's Beer. Today (10/15), they just played the Rough Trade free day party and play tonight (9:45 PM) at Cake Shop with Weaves, Sweet Spirit, Diet Cig, Tricot, S (Jenn from Carissa's Wierd) and Robbing Millions; and then Friday (10/16) opening for Shannon and the Clams at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with more pics of Shopping's Wednesday day set at Pianos, below...

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photo: Lilys at Baby's last week (more by Greg Cristman)

photo: Martin Courtney with Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

You already know the details for the free BV Friday day party at Baby's All Right. There's also an all-day BrooklynVegan Saturday party from 11:00 AM to midnight at Baby's.

Here's the lineup and set times:
SATURDAY, 10/17/2015 @ Baby's All Right

11:00 AM DOORS
11:30 Murals
12:15 Petal
1:00 Martin Courtney of Real Estate
1:45 Methyl Ethel
2:30 The Gotobeds
3:15 Shopping
4:00 Dilly Dally
4:45 Stealing Sheep
5:30 The So So Glos
6:15 Wildhoney
7:00 Frankie Cosmos
7:45 Jessica Lea Mayfield
8:30 Meat Wave
9:15 The Lemon Twigs
10:00 Mothers
10:45 Lilys
The day kicks off bright and early with Louisville's pastoral psych band Murals and free vegetarian southern Thai samosas off the new Baby's menu, a collaboration with Bangkok restaurant Soul Food Mahanakorn. American brunch will also be available for purchase.

Then it's Scranton, PA Tigers Jaw associates Petal. Following that is a 1 PM set from Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who's followed by Australia's Methyl Ethel, Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds, and more post-punk from UK band Shopping.

Things keep going with Toronto's roaring indie rockers Dilly Dally, the harmony-laden Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, local punk staples The So So Glos, and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Then it's the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos, the ever-evolving Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, the young but already very accomplished locals The Lemon Twigs, folky Athens indie rockers Mothers, and finally a very rare reunion set from '90s shoegazers Lilys (only their fourth of 2015) to wrap up the day.

Like on Friday, things kick off with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts. We'll also have three varieties of Bell's on tap all day and night.

photo: Frankie Cosmos at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Cosmos

Again, all 12 hours of this show are totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

The show is one of five BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC this week. In addition to the Friday party, we're also presenting the two non-CMJ Front Bottoms shows at Irving Plaza.

Listen to the artists playing the Saturday party, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Mothers at Pianos 10/14/2015
CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

Athens, GA band Mothers began in 2013 as the solo project of visual artist Kristine Leschper and became a full band in 2014. Naming a variety of disparate influences, Mothers' music can go from delicate folk-pop to math-ier sounds that recall Dirty Projectors. Leschper's emotive voices binds it all together. The band will release their debut album in 2016 but you can stream a few songs -- including singles "It Hurts Until it Doesn't" and "There's No Crying in Baseball" -- below.

Mothers are here for CMJ and played their second of many shows on Wednesday at the Kanine/Dr. Martens party at Pianos (with Car Seat Headrest and more) and the upstairs room was packed (reportedly with a lot of various label folk) for their 1:45 PM set. Pictures are in this post. You've still got a bunch of chances to see Mothers this week, including BrooklynVegan's free all-day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right with Lilys, Martin Courtney, Stealing Sheep, The Gotobeds, free Bell's Beer, and more. Full lineup, set times, etc will be revealed any minute. Stay tuned. HERE. Meanwhile here's Mothers' remaining CMJ schedule:

Thurs. Oct. 15 - 4:10pm @ Cake Shop (NYC Taper Presents)
Thurs. Oct. 15 - 7:15pm @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 (UTA Presents)
Fri. Oct. 16 - 4:10pm @ Berlin (ROSQUATCH- an official hairy ~ sweaty CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 16 - 9pm @ Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Presents)
Sat. Oct. 17 - 2pm @ South Street Seaport
Sat. Oct. 17 - 7pm @ Pianos (BirDog Promo Party)
Sat. Oct. 17 - 10pm @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Party)
Song streams and more pics of Mothers' Pianos show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Car Seat Headrest @ Pianos 10/14/2015
Car Seat Headrest

Seattle's Car Seat Headrest are on a lot of people's must-see list for CMJ 2015, and if you go to more than a couple shows this week, especially day parties, they're on your probably-will-see list as they play a bazillion shows this week. CSH's personal music marathon began Wednesday (10/14) with an early afternoon set at the Kanine/Dr Martens day party at Pianos. Main man Will Toledo sheepishly joked to the packed Pianos main showspace crowd about the number of shows they were doing. Pictures from that show are in this post.

You've got two chances to see Car Seat Headrest today (10/15) and both are free: Cake Shop at 6:15 PM, and then Elvis Guesthouse at 11 PM which is the Beggars Group party. They're also playing BrooklynVegan's free day party on Friday (10/16) at Baby's All Right (2:45 PM), with Porches, The Album Leaf, Superheaven, Makthaverskan, Ezra Furman, free Bell's beer and more.

Meanwhile, get to know Car Seat Headrest's Matador debut, Teens of Style, as the album (not out till 10/30) can be listened to in full, via NPR, below...

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As you may know, the FADER Fort returns to NYC this CMJ weekend on Friday (10/16) and Saturday (10/17) at Converse Rubber Tracks. Just a few artists were announced at first, but the entire multi-genre lineup is now here.

Friday has Aquilo, Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Modern Baseball, Conner Youngblood, Whitney, Boogie, Kehlani and a special guest headliner.

Saturday has Bosco, Oscar, Allan Kingdom, Porches, Dilly Dally, Kranium, YG, Baauer and also a special guest (but not headliner).

Both are totally free, but RSVP is required.

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Bill Pearis

Lilys @ Baby's All Right 10/11/2015

Kurt Heasley brought his band Lilys back for shows over the weekend, including Philadelphia and two at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right. Pictures and a show report follow, but if you missed the Baby's shows -- or want to see them again -- this lineup of Lilys will play Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/17), a 10:30pm set that's part of an entire day of BrooklynVegan-presented free CMJ fun. It starts at noon and goes till midnight.

We'll announce the full Saturday lineup soon UPDATE: FULL LINEUP HERE., and it also includes daytime sets from Martin Courtney (1 PM), Stealing Sheep and lots more. Meanwhile, check out who we have at Baby's on Friday (and tonight/Wednesday)


As for this past weekend's shows: Don Devore, who spent time in the Lilys, The Icarus Line, and Ink & Dagger (and is now Sick Feeling), assembled a seven-piece Lilys that, counting Heasley, featured five guitarists, and included members of MGMT, Ducktails, Acrylics and more. The focus of these shows was on Lilys first five years when they made noisy dreampop on records like Eccsame the Photon Band and A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns. Not knowing what to expect when the band took the stage late Friday night/Saturday morning (1:15 AM-ish?), I'm happy to report Lilys were awesome.

With five guitarists (one being pedal steel), they were a wall of sound and heavy as hell at times. (I had just come from seeing A Place to Bury Strangers at Saint Vitus, so my ears took a beating Friday.) It was a hit-filled setlist, including "Ginger" (which was used in a Cadillac commerical almost 10 years ago), "The Hermit Crab" and a dozen or so others. I went to both shows, setlists were at least similar if not identical (in selection, maybe not order). Light Heat opened the shows and on Sunday, frontman Quentin Stoltzfus (who used to be in Mazarin) joined Lilys for a song. Pictures and setlist for Friday's Lilys show, and video of them playing "Ginger" on Sunday, is below.

Lighting came entirely from projections, which was the sort of vibe you want from a show like this (unless you're a photographer). They were selling the limited-edition splatter vinyl edition of Eccsame the Photon Band reissue on Friday, but it was sold-out by Sunday's show.

More pics and stuff below...

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FREE, THIS FRIDAY, noon-7pm at Baby's All Right....

BrooklynVegan CMJ 2015

In addition to the BV + Collect Records CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right on Wednesday, BrooklynVegan is throwing free shows there on Friday (10/16) and Saturday (10/17). The Saturday show is an all-day party, going from noon to midnight. Friday goes from noon to 7 PM. Stay tuned for more details on Saturday. UPDATE: Saturday's lineup is HERE and here's the Friday lineup.

Friday, 10/16/2015 @ Baby's All Right

12:15 Long Beard
01:00 The Album Leaf
02:00 Ezra Furman
2:45 Car Seat Headrest
3:30 Yung
4:15 Superheaven
5:15 Makthaverskan
6:00 Porches
Playing last is NYC's own Porches, fresh off signing to Domino, Pennsylvania's grungy Superheaven, post-rock vets The Album Leaf, the eccentric genre defying Ezra Furman, Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, new Matador signee (and prolific bandcamp musician) Car Seat Headrest, new Fat Possum signees Yung who are here all the way from Denmark, and New Brunswick's Long Beard.

Like on Saturday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts.

Again, the show is totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

Set times above. Listen to the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Friday day party lineup (Porches, The Album Leaf, Superheaven, Makthaverskan, Car Seat Headrest, Ezra Furman, free Bell's beer & more!)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: The Gotobeds @ Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gotobeds @ Saint Vitus

Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds will take a break from recording their first album for Sub Pop to be a part of the mayhem that is CMJ. They play four shows this week, including BrooklynVegan's all-day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right with Stealing Sheep, and more to be announced any minute. We'll have bands from noon - midnight. UPDATE: HERE's the whole lineup. Here's The Gotobeds' CMJ schedule:

10/15 - Knitting Factory (8pm): Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase with Protomartyr, S, Mass Gothic, Strange Wilds & H. John Benjamin.
10/16 - Cakeshop (7 PM): Inland Empire Showcase 7pm with J Fernandez, Eaters, Turn To Crime, Tweens & Spray Paint
10/17 - Union Pool (2 PM): Unblinking Ear Showcase! with Big Quiet, Spray Paint and Snowmans of Love.
10/17 - Baby's All Right (Time TBA): BrooklynVegan all-day party
I cornered Gotobeds frontman Eli Kasan (via email) to tell us a little bit about their new album, what to expect from this week's CMJ shows, surviving festivals, touring with Protomartyr and more.


You guys are making your first album for Sub Pop -- can you share any details? How's it going?

Better than we expected, and I feel better from the last two sessions so I can breathe a little easier. When we signed we had maybe one new song written, so we were a bit confused as to what the fuck the LP would be. We do write really fast and discard a ton of shit so Tfp (our guitarist aka COOL-U) was the one who was the least worried. He has so many songs it's crazy.

It's got a really funny title that I can't spoil just yet. It was done in Pittsburgh in our friends house which is where we've done everything. We recorded like 4 old-as-fuck songs and aren't gunna use any of them. The record is mellower in parts. I love artists like Nick Lowe who wrote stuff that was like love letters to different genres/styles so his records bounced all over the place and we took inspiration from that vantage point, though maybe to most it just sounds like our last record. I feel really good about the lyrics.

Should be out like May/June 2016 which feels so far away. Pitchfork gave it a 8.7 :)

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Tokyo Police Club

Canadian band Tokyo Police Club are popping down to NYC this CMJ week to play a Pandora-presented Taco Bell "Feed The Beat" show at Rough Trade on Wednesday (10/14) with The Kickback. Free tickets are now available though Eventbrite (a ticket system we're guessing Pandora won't be using for much longer).

Tokyo Police Club's only other 2015 date is the San Antonio stop of Texas' traveling Untapped Festival on November 21 with Metric, GZA and more. TPC frontman Dave Monks put out a solo EP early this year.

by Bill Pearis

John Grant

John Grant released his third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, last week. Made with producer John Congleton, it continues in the electro-inflected sound, but still with that '70s glam vibe Grant does so well (not to mention his wry, telling lyrics and bravado vocals). It's another great album from Grant and you can stream it via Spotify, and check out the video for "Disappointing" (featuring Tracey Thorn), below.

As mentioned, John Grant is on tour with Villagers, including a CMJ show at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (10/17) and tickets are still available. Additionally, John Grant will play the Rough Trade Presents day show on Thursday (10/15) with Ezra Furman, Georgia, Shopping, and Hooton Tennis Club. That show is free and John's on at 5 PM.

All John Grant tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Cool Ghouls

San Francisco paisley throwbacks Cool Ghouls have a new single, "Creature That I Am," that's out next week (10/23) via Dizzybird. This one is especially Byrds-ian and you can stream it below. They've got a new Kelley Stoltz-produced album on the way as well.

Having just wrapped up a string of shows with Shannon & the Clams, Cool Ghouls will be in NYC this week for CMJ, playing three free shows: Alphaville on Wednesday (10/14, 11:15 PM) with Beverly, Warbly Jets, and Samson the Truest; Berlin on Thursday (10/15, 7:30 PM) with Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Murals, Worthless, and S (free with RSVP), and also Thursday at Palisades for the Burger Records showcase with Michael Rault, Dirty Ghosts, Slim Twig, Modern Vices, Howardian, and Unstoppable Death Machines (more info). They'll then continue their tour, sharing a few dates with Brooklyn's Las Rosas. All dates listed below.

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Cloud Castle Lake
Cloud Castle Lake

As mentioned, Ringo Deathstarr's CMJ schedule includes a show at Rough Trade on October 17 which turns out to be this year's Levitation Fest showcase. It's a pretty killer bill that also includes Shannon and the Clams, Drinks (aka Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley), Mild High Club, Whitney (ex-Smith Westerns), Cheatahs, Stealing Sheep, Louisville, KY's Murals, Irish trio Cloud Castle Lake, and California band Residuals. It's an early start (5:30 PM doors) and tickets go on sale Wednesday (9/30) at noon.

Cloud Castle Lake released the Dandelion EP in 2014 which drew comparisons to Sigur Ros and Radiohead and you can stream it, and this year's "Glacier" single, below. Their other CMJ shows include The Flat on October 14 (6:45 PM) with Her Royal Harness, Miya Folick and Avec Sands; and then a free show that same day (10/14) at The Delancey which is an all-Irish lineup with Fang Club, Sleep Thieves, Ham Sandwich and Le Galaxie.

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Nap Eyes

Nap Eyes hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia and make frayed, somewhat shambolic indie rock that, at times, recalls bands like The Clean, The Modern Lovers or even '90s-era Halifax bands like The Inbreds or Jale. The band's 2014 album, Whine of the Mystic, was reissued by Paradise of Bachelors this summer and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.

The band are coming down to NYC this weekend for three shows: Sunday afternoon (9/27) at Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent) with Adult Mom and headliners Porches, which is a free show; then later Sunday night at Cake Shop with Tall Juan, and DFONTE; and then Monday (9/28) at Baby's All Right with Mega Bog and Happy You. Tickets for Cake Shop and Baby's are on sale now.

Continue reading "Halifax, NS' Nap Eyes released 'Whine of the Mystic' (stream it), playing 3 NYC shows this week (1 free w/ Porches)"

U.S. Girls @ Hudson River Rocks 8/6/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
U.S. Girls

Meg Remy releases Half Free, her terrific new album as U.S. Girls, on Friday (9/25) via 4AD. She'll start her tour next week, but before that U.S. Girls celebrates Half Free tonight (9/23) at the Manderley Bar at McKittrick Hotel. It's a free show, doors at 10 PM. Flyer below.

Remy will swing through NYC again near the end of her tour for two shows: Alphaville on November 13 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on November 14 (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with a few track streams from Half Free, below...

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by Klaus Kinski

bob and david

Your man Klaus is a little late to the announcement party, but that is how I roll. Comedy legends Bob Odenkirk and David Cross have wrapped up production of their new Netlix-only sketch comedy show With Bob and David and a release date has been set; November 13, 2015!

As a fledgling comedy aficionado in the mid-90s, Mr. Show With Bob and David was my bible and Bob and David were my Christs. I had been a Monty Python fan since I could understand English and, to me, Bob and David carried that marriage of irreverent live-action and pre-recorded material sensibility into a "hipper," more profane and contemporary arena. And although they reunited for a live tour in 2002 and for the production of Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run, Mr. Show superfans like me have always hungered for an all out, full-fledged, Mr. Show reunion series. Thank Cod for Netflix. The official teaser for "With Bob and David" (also featuring Brian Posehn) and some of my favorite Mr. Show sketches are below.

Meanwhile, fellow Emersonian, college drop-out, Emmy Award winner, Klaus-favorite, and indie comedy legend David Cross has really been making the rounds on the NYC comedy scene these past few weeks. He performed at Sweet's 11th anniversary show, he dropped in on a recent installment of comedy showcase Myrtle Comedy, and he was a guest on a recent installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: The Corrigan Show. He also dropped into Loose: A Comedy Show with Jo Firestone! at Housing Works Bookstore earlier this month. And these are just the appearances I can recall off the top of my head which is amazing considering I regularly forget what day of the week it is.

This past Monday (9/21), Cross hosted Night Train at Littlefield in place of usual host Wyatt Cenac. David Cross will again host Night Train at Littlefield this Monday (9/28), again in place of Wyatt Cenac, with Jo Firestone, Randy Liedtke, Aaron Glaser, KT Tatara, Donwill (DJ set) and more. That is sold out, but before that Cross has a headlining slot at Late Night Basement on Friday (9/25) at Livestream Public (195 Morgan Ave b/t Stagg St & Meadow St). Other items on the bill include a performance by Astronautalis, an interview/stand-up with Joe Berkowitz and comedian Josh Gondelman who collaborated on a book called "You Blew It: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways In Which You've Already Ruined Your Life" and an appearance by the great Jo Firestone. The show is free with 8:30 PM doors, 9 PM show. Oh, First 40 people to arrive receive will receive a free surprise gift: your choice of Josh Gondelman & Joe Berkowitz's upcoming book, "You Blew It!" or a nice cold can of Narragansett.

I am not sure if this barrage of live appearances is in preparation for a new stand-up special or what, but without a twitter account, an up-to-date facebook page, or an official website, keeping up with live Cross is pretty difficult. But he seems to be hitting all the usual comedy shows, so take a gamble and get out there.

Continue reading "'With Bob & David' making Netflix premiere in November; David Cross performing free NYC show & other standup dates"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

Run For Cover Records continues to be a trustworthy indie rock label, and they'll show off their increasingly diverse roster with their free 2015 CMJ showcase on October 17 at Palisades. RSVP is open.

The lineup includes shoegazers Pity Sex, Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, proggy chiptuners Crying and '90s-Merge-y indie rockers LVL UP (who share a member), lo-fi punks Teen Suicide, Tigers Jaw associate Petal, Microphones-y singer/songwriter Spencer Radcliffe, and Pinegrove. Check out the flyer below, and again, you can RSVP.

Makthaverskan and Spencer Radcliffe will visit NYC other times during October too, and Pity Sex also play the Car Wash show that day. Petal (who we suggested you check out) was here earlier this month.

Listen to the bands playing, below...

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photo: Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

NYC punk legends Television are playing a few Northeast shows this fall, including a free one in NYC with a great lineup. It happens October 8 at House of Vans with the band still called Viet Cong (who did not win the Polaris Prize) and dream pop group Lower Dens. Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy is DJing. RSVP is open now, but like with most HoV shows, entry is still first come first served.

In related news, original (but now former) Television guitarist Richard Lloyd is also touring this fall.

Show flyer and all tour dates below...

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New Zealand CMJ

Once again, New Zealand will be represented at CMJ this year with the New Zealand Music Commission showcase. Instead of Le Poisson Rouge (where it happened previously), this year it takes place on October 13 at Baby's All Right and the lineup looks like this:

5:30pm | Doors
6:00pm | Carb On Carb
6:40pm | Marlon Williams
7:20pm | Anthonie Tonnon
8:00pm | Lontalius
The show is totally FREE and RSVP is open now. Listen to some music from the artists, below...

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The Roots

The Roots have announced they'll be playing Central Park Summerstage on October 8 which will be the last show of the 2015 season. It's with Marsha Ambrosius (of the recently reunited Floetry), Bilal and also Talib Kweli on DJ duty. It's a free show but is being held exclusively for Capital One cardmembers. To get tickets, you'll have to go to the Capital One Café on 3rd Avenue / 58th Street on Thursday, September 17 from 4pm - 7pm and show your Capital One Bank card (two tickets per cardmember). Flyer for the show is below.

Marsha Ambrosius is also on the new Dr. Dre album as is Kendrick Lamar, whose new album features Bilal.

Continue reading "The Roots closing out SummerStage's 2015 season with free Central Park show w/ Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal & Talib Kweli"

photo: Beirut at Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Beirut at Pemberton

Beirut's new album, No No No, is out next week (9/11) via 4AD and the band have just announced they'll be performing it live in full at The Bell House on September 10. The show is part of NPR's First Listen Live series and is a free show, though you must RSVP. RSVP goes live on Wednesday (9/2) at noon.

The band's tour starts right after that and includes a much bigger NYC show at Radio City Music Hall on 10/1. Tickets are still available.

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by Andrew Sacher

Night Birds

Night Birds recently announced that they'll follow 2013's Born To Die In Suburbia with their third album, Mutiny at Muscle Beach, on October 2 via Fat Wreck Chords. Going by lead single "Blank Eyes," it looks like Night Birds haven't changed their sound at all. But when you do it this well, that's totally fine. NB are somewhere between the kind of skate punk Fat was known for in the '90s and Dead Kennedys' more maniacal, surfier sound, and "Blank Eyes" rips just as hard as this kind of stuff needs to. Check it out below (via Nerdist).

As previously discussed, the band is heading out on tour with the great Dillinger Four, including two NYC shows. Those happen October 10 at MHOW (tickets) and October 11 at Saint Vitus (sold out). Those shows got even better since we last spoke, with Big Eyes being added. And there's still one more TBA for Vitus.

Catch Big Eyes sooner when they open for Against Me! at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. Also on that bill is Cakes Da Killa. $3 RSVP is still open.

After that, Big Eyes play Silent Barn with Wet Nurse (9/22) and a stacked FREE afternoon show at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on September 27 with The So So Glos, Nude Beach, Mannequin Pussy, Bueno and Bikini Carwash. Noon start.

Listen to that new Night Birds song, with their list of dates, below...

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photo: Protomartyr at 2015 Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)

We recently mentioned that Deradoorian would play a release party for The Expanding Flower Planet in NYC this Friday (8/28) at Trans-Pecos (tickets) and it turns out that's actually one of two NYC shows for her this weekend.

The second is a Pitchfork-presented show on Saturday (8/29) at Villain (50 N. 3rd St) with the great Protomartyr and a special guest headliner. It's free, but you have to email rsvp@pitchfork.com to get in. Entry is first come, first served. Show flyer and set times below.

Protomartyr have other dates coming up, including shows with Amanda X and CMJ. Deradoorian also tours with Laetitia Sadier, including NYC on 9/11 at Baby's. Tour schedules and new music from both artists, below.

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Jazmine Sullivan

Philly's Jazmine Sullivan, the person behind this year's great neo-soul album Reality Show, has a collaboration in the works with pop singer (and Disclosure collaborator) Sam Smith. She's also opening for him in Raleigh.

That's one of a few shows Jazmine has coming up. Another is a free headlining show in NYC this weekend, part of the 2015 SummerStage season. She plays Central Park on Sunday (8/23) with support from Avery Wilson and Jordan Bratton. Show goes from 6-10 PM. Again, totally free.

All currently-known dates are listed, with the video for the Meek Mill-featuring "Dumb" off her new album, below...

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