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APTBS @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)
APTBS

A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on tour in Europe (they play Amsterdam tonight) but will be back in North America next month for Levitation fest in Austin. Shortly after that, they'll play a homecoming show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 16 with Sleepies, Pill, and Bambara. That show is free and if you'd like to skip the line you can RSVP.

The band, whose new album Transfixiation came out earlier this year, have added a few more shows as well, including a few opening slots on the Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking tour, including the four NY-area dates. Tickets for the NYC proper show (Brooklyn Bowl on May 13) just went on sale.

All tour dates are listed, along with live video of APTBS performing "Now It's Over" live on KEXP, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers expand tour, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar +++ opening for Jane's Addiction (dates)"

photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.

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And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

by Andrew Sacher

Will Oldham
Bonnie

Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) and Watter (mem Grails, Slint) are teaming up as Bonnie Stillwater and will release The Devil Is People next week (4/28) via Termporary Residence Ltd. The title track is out now, and it's got Will Oldham's unmistakeable voice over some laid-back, trippy psych rock. It sounds great -- check it out below.

To celebrate the new album, Bonnie Stillwater are teaming up with the beer company Stillwater Artisanal Ales, and will do pop-up shows at five different NYC bars on Saturday (4/25), playing one song at each. They'll hit Jimmy's No. 43, Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, Fool's Gold, Spuyten Duyvil, and The Well, and each bar will have the Bonnie Stillwater record and Stillwater beer available to purchase. Chavez's Matt Sweeney (who's played with Oldham before) is drumming at these. The schedule for when they'll be at which bar is on the flyer below.

Then, on Sunday night (4/26), the members of Bonnie Stillwater will head to The Studio at Webster Hall for a free party that they're DJing.

In related news, Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a split 7" with Dutch singer/songwriter broeder Dieleman last week for Record Store Day. You can watch the video for Bonnie's stripped-down, somber "Gloria" from that split, with the Bonnie Stillwater song stream and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Bonnie "Prince" Billy collaborated w/ Watter, playing pop-up shows at NYC bars on Saturday, made a video for RSD single"

photo: Moss Icon at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Moss Icon

Maryland post-hardcore veterans Moss Icon continue to play every now and then since reuniting in 2012 and releasing their discography as a triple LP on Temporary Residence Ltd. They last made their way to NYC on New Year's Eve with Rainer Maria, and they'll return for a free NYC show on Friday (4/24) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

Also on that bill is Guerilla Toss, Beech Creeps, Multicult and Voice Coils. Like most BKNB shows, the venue's open from 7 PM - 1 AM, and you can RSVP to skip the line.

Listen to an Rdio stream of Complete Discography below...

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photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Waxahatchee

The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.

The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.

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Woods frontman Jeremy Earl is a visual artist as well and will be displaying new works in an exhibition titled "Landscapes" at Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg. Opening reception is at Cinders Hausclub on Thursday (4/23) from 7-10 PM and will feature a live performance by Kevin Morby. It's free.

You can catch Woods at Rough Trade on June 16 with Quilt and visuals via Drippy Eye Projections. Tickets are still available. That's part of their tour that includes stops at Sasquatch, their own Woodsist Fest in Big Sur and more.

Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock is on tour now, having already played NYC six times this year, and he's got a seventh show here coming up. It's a free one happening on May 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the Max Levine Ensemble and other bands TBA.

Jeff is currently on a run with Chumped, which will be nearby NYC this weekend on Sunday (4/26) at Asbury Lanes (tickets). Both Jeff and Chumped were announced last night for The Fest. Updated dates are listed below.

In less happy news, at the recent Austin stop of the Jeff/Chumped tour, a woman tweeted about being "groped by five or more straight white dudes" because they said she "didn't deserve front row." Jeff took to his Twitter to call those guys out, and his series of tweets reads:

It is complete total fucking bullshit that ****** didn't get to enjoy our show tonight because of male entitlement bullshit.

It is COMPLETELY TOTALLY INSANE TO ME THAT A FAN WAS GROPED AND HAD FINGERS SLIPPED UP HER SKIRT TONIGHT. MALE FANS WHO DID THIS: REALLY?!?!

To whoever did this: YOU SEXUALLY ASSAULTED SOMEONE TONIGHT. YOU VIOLATED A HUMAN BEING. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

THERE IS NO PLACE FOR YOU AT OUR SHOWS IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR WOMEN. FUCKING NONE. STOP LISTENING, STOP ATTENDING.

AND STOP GOING TO PUNK SHOWS PERIOD. THIS IS A SCENE BASED ON RESPECT FOR OTHERS.

AND MAYBE JUST DON'T GO OUT IN PUBLIC UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, WE'RE ALL EQUAL AND WE ALL DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE.

Maybe I need to say this more clearly although I thought it was clear as fucking day...

IF YOU ARE SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC, RACIST, ETC. YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT OF EVERYTHING WE DO. PLEASE STOP "SUPPORTING" US IN ANY WAY

OR BETTER YET, IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND YOU'RE READING THIS... STOP. YOU CAN CHANGE. YOU CAN BE BETTER.

THE WORLD IS EVOLVING BEYOND PREJUDICE. STOP BEING A DUMBSHIT, START RESPECTING THOSE UNLIKE YOU AND BE AHEAD OF THE PACK.

That is a bummer to hear.

Jeff's new album, We Cool?, came out earlier this year via SideOneDummy. Stream it in full, with his updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Rosenstock calls out gropers after Austin show incident, expands tour, including free Brooklyn show"

Joey Bada$$ / Squarepusher
Joey
Squarepusher

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Kate Pierson @ Union Square (free, 5 PM)
The B-52s' Kate Pierson released her first solo album earlier this year (with contributions from Sia and Nick Valensi of The Strokes), and today she'll be playing songs from it at this free late-afternoon show which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Earth Day New York. (The B-52s played the Earth Day concert in Central Park in 1990.)

Joey Bada$$, Domo Genesis, Lil Herb, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Jstash, Frais @ Terminal 5
Joey Bada$$ put out his first official album, B4.DA.$$, earlier this year, and tonight he plays his biggest headlining hometown show yet. It's the annual Smokers Club 4/20 show (happening a day earlier) and also includes Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash.

Squarepusher, Machinedrum, Craz, Alex English @ Webster Hall
Electronic music master Squarepusher continues to push the boundaries of drum & bass on his fourteenth album, Damogen Furies (out this week on Warp). If you're going tonight, don't miss footwork great Machinedrum.

Peach Kelli Pop, Crazy and The Brains, Kung Fu Crime Wave, Fern Mayo @ Palisades
Peach Kelli Pop make bubblegum garage pop which you can hear on their third album which is out next week (they'll have it at the merch booth tonight). Crazy & the Brains, who successfully add xylophone to their punk sound, also play.

Victor Villarreal, Living Room, Verses Narrow, Servant Girl @ Leftfield
Victor Villarreal played in Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls and other bands, and lately he's been focusing a lot on his solo material too. It's mostly softer stuff, but his guitar work is as impressive as ever. Openers Living Room owe a thing or two to some of Victor's former bands, and Verses Narrow (now featuring ex-BoySetsFire drummer Mat Krupanski) have a post-hardcore sound not unlike Quicksand or Jawbox.

Open Mike Eagle, Donwill, Billy Woods, Karma Kids @ Baby's All Right
Joey Bada$$ maybe the biggest rap show in NYC tonight, but this one's pretty stacked too. Chicago abstractionist Open Mike Eagle headlines, and then there's Donwill of the great local trio Tanya Morgan, local underground fave and Blockhead/Aesop Rock associate Billy Woods (who just released his new album, Today, I Wrote Nothing), and wacked-out Astoria crew Karma Kids.

Dawn of Humans, Raw Distractions, Glue, Urbanoia @ The Wick
NYC multi-venue punk festival New York's Alright wraps up today with just this one show. There's the must-see locals Dawn of Humans, Tokyo raw punks Raw Distractions, Austin's killer hardcore band Glue, and Oslo rippers Urbanoia.

Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ The Paramount
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach.

San Fermin @ City Winery
With a sound somewhere between indie and Broadway, San Fermin make stirring, baroque pop. This intimate show is available only to City Winery's VineOphile members.

Jimmy Whispers, J-Cush, Durban, Chalice @ Elvis Guesthouse
NOTE: We had originally listed And the Kids as playing EG tonight and they are not (there was an error in our calendar database, that show is actually 5/17). Tonight is actually former Light Polution frontman Jimmy Whispers, making lo-fi folk pop. Later, it's DJs sets from the likes of Lit City Trax's J-Cush & Durban, plus more.

White Prism @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, whose new album, Open Heart Job, was just released. They're playing every Sunday in April at Ace Hotel.

Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind, Lody Kong @ Webster Hall's Marlin Room
Last year, Sepultura co-founders Max & Igor Cavalera's current band Cavalera Conspiracy released their newest album, Pandemoniom (with Converge's Nate Newton on bass), and tonight they bring their tour in support of it to NYC. Also on the bill is Bay Area thrash vets Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind (featuring original CoC drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on 1991's Blind), and Lody Kong (which features Max's sons Zyon and Igor).

Water Torture, Beefrot, Huldra, Nerve Shatter, Leather Lung
Buffalo's Water Torture have two bassists and a drummer and they make crushing powerviolence with a ton of power and a heavy dose of noise. They play Vitus tonight and again in May.

Eartheater, Breanna Barbara, Dean Cercone, Bradley Bailey, Songs for the Spirits @ Tarot Society Gallery & Reading Room
Eartheater is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who sings in Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band Guardian Alien. She recently put out a new album, which is a very diverse, psychedelic record.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival wraps up tonight at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Jefrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Kirin & Sean
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Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:

CANADA'S GREATEST ~ YE YA HERD ME ~ Sean Nicholas Savage AND I ARE SITTIN ON A COUCH RI NOW ~ BUT CUM FRI NITE N WE'LL B DOIN BACK-2-BACK SING-A-LONG KARAOKE RENDITIONS OF OUR VERY OWN FRONT 2 BACK CATALOGUES AKA OLD + VERY VERY NEW SONGS @ ELVIS GUEST HOUSE MANHATTAN ... JUZ B CUZ WE CAN.

WHAT'S MORE >> IT'S FREE. YUP. 4 FREE. R U KIDDING ME?
NO.
I'M NOT.

On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.

Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan, Sean Nicholas Savage (& Dev Hynes?) are karaoke-ing their own songs at Elvis Guesthouse tonight (free)"

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The Dresden Dolls' albums Yes, Virginia (2006) and No, Virginia (2008) are being getting their first-ever vinyl release for Record Store Day 2015 (Saturday, 4/18) as a a three-LP set, The Virginia Monologues. To celebrate, The Dresden Dolls (who haven't played NYC since 2010) will perform a free show at Rough Trade as part of the store's RSD15 special events on Saturday. Amanda Palmer (who is very pregnant right now) and Brian Viglione will also be signing copies of the vinyl at the store. Their set is at 6 PM and free. Keep in mind that the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend.

As for the rest of Rough Trade's Record Store day events, Sondre Lerche will also be there, performing on the mezzanine while the 78 Project cuts his set directly to a 78RPM record, Alan Lomax-style. There will also be sets from Lee Bains III, Howlin Rain, Saun & Starr, Lord Raja, as well as signings by The Buzzcocks (who play NYC tonight and NJ on Friday) and Kim Gordon. One slot in their schedule is still listed as "Special Guests" -- any guesses? Schedule is listed below and you can see what RSD15 exclusives the store is getting here. Rough Trade will be open from 8 AM - 11 PM on Saturday.

Continue reading "Dresden Dolls playing free show at Rough Trade on RSD15; Sondre Lerche, too + Buzzcocks & Kim Gordon signings, more"

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Don De Vore, of Sick Feeling and Ink & Dagger, has a new electronic-based project called Collapsing Scenery. More of a multidisciplinary art collective, Collapsing Scenery have just released their first single, "Metaphysical Cops" which features lyrics by Reggie Debris. They describe it as such:

'Metaphysical Cops' give voice to two opposing narrators: a young man who experiences his homosexuality as a communion with the divine, and a traditionally religious voice that perceives gayness as a sort of demonic possession, shedding light on the unjust treatment of the Ugandan LBGT community and helps raise awareness and support for Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, a nonprofit that offers safe housing, healthcare, and counseling to victims.
Musically, "Metaphysical Cops" is n post-punk electro jam that would sit well next to !!! or Out Hud and you can check out the song's video below. We've got the premiere of Diamond Terrifier & M Beharie's "Cliff Drum" Remix of the song which you can listen to below.

Collapsing Scenery will be holding a "Metaphysical Cops" art event on Thursday (4/16) at D&F Gallery on Delancey St that will feature "ice sculptures, experimental performances and live music." There will also be DJ sets from remixers Diamond Terrifier and M Beharie. That event, which is co-sponsored by Trans Pecos, starts at 8 M and is free. Flyer below...

Continue reading "Sick Feeling's Don De Vore forms Collapsing Scenery, shares first single & remix ++ NYC art event this week"

photos by Samantha Saturday

Coachella 2015 - Day 1

Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]
Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.

Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.

Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings played Coachella (pics, setlist), playing NYU's Strawberry Festival (updated dates, lineup)"

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SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.

Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...

Continue reading "SummerStage announces full 2015 lineup & schedule"

photo: Cloud Nothings at SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings are playing both weekends of Coachella (starting this weekend), and they've got a few other shows happening around then too. One is a free show a few days after weekend two in NYC on April 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Amanda X, presented by Converse Rubber Tracks Live. Though it's free, you do need tickets, which become available Wednesday (4/8) at noon.

Cloud Nothings will be back in the NYC-area in May for the Skate & Surf festival. They're also saying their collaborative album with Wavves will be out this year.

All dates are listed, with a video from last year's excellent Here and Nowhere Else, below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings playing free NYC show w/ Amanda X after Coachella (and other dates)"

photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's - 4/4/15 (via @bannedinjc)
Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy wrapped up their tour over the weekend in Brooklyn with a two-night stand at Baby's All Right. The shows were presented by the band and singer Meredith Graves' new label Honor Press, and featured Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy on night 1 (4/3); and Honor Press signees So Stressed, plus Wreck & Reference and Laced on night 2 (4/4). Perfect Pussy's Captured Tracks labelmate Mac DeMarco was in attendance on night 2, as you can see in the instagrams from the shows, below.

Perfect Pussy's next Brooklyn show is a free one, happening May 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by a handful of other local punk bands, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords and Nonsense.

That show is part of a Time Out Live-curated weekend, which includes another punk show at BKNB the day earlier (5/22) with Priests, Greys, Skating Polly and Done.

Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco instagrams below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy played two nights at Baby's (Mac DeMarco showed up), playing BK Bazaar (one day after Priests)"

photo: Jamie Lidell at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Jamie Lidell

Celebrate Brooklyn! have announced the lineups for this year's free dance parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park taking place on three consecutive Thursday nights: May 14, 21 and 28. This year's parties will feature performances from electronic/soul producer Jamie Lidell, the classic grooves of Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Latin jazz mainstay Poncho Sanchez and more.

The dance parties serve as a leadup to this year's Celebrate Brooklyn! season at Prospect Park Bandshell, which kicks off June 3 with the legendary Chaka Khan. Check out the dance party lineups in full below...

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photo: Creepoid at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Creepoid

Philly shoegazers Creepoid, who recently played a trippy set at BV-SXSW (and no longer have any members in jail), are going on a US tour this spring before heading to Europe with Pity Sex (who played that same BV-SXSW party). The tour begins in their hometown of Philly, and wraps up in Denton, TX (no NYC show). All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Pity Sex, the openers were announced for their upcoming free NYC show happening April 17 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by Foxes In Fiction, John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death, etc) and The Spirit of the Beehive. Pity Sex's only other dates before the European tour are a hometown show with Cloakroom and Congress, and a Chicago show with Whirr, Adventures and The Weaks.

Continue reading "Creepoid touring the US before Europe with Pity Sex, whose free NYC show is with John Galm, Foxes In Fiction & more"

Honeyblood

Glasgow indie pop duo Honeyblood recently wrapped up a North American tour with 2:54 that hit NYC back in February, but before they go home they'll squeeze a few more dates here including another in NYC. It's a totally free one, happening Saturday (3/28) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all-around excellent lineup of Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Bong Wish and Aye Nako.

All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 LP, below...

Continue reading "Honeyblood expand tour, playing free NYC show w/ Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Aye Nako & Bong Wish on Sat"

photo: Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
IIOI

Into It. Over It. are currently on tour in Europe with Modern Baseball and Tiny Moving Parts, and upon returning to the US, IIOI and TMP will do another short run together here. That includes a free NYC show happening April 25 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, also with Major Leagues on the bill. Then IIOI head out again supporting Minus the Bear. All dates are listed below.

Into It. Over It. main man Evan Weiss is also a member of Pet Symmetry, who have a new album on the way. If you haven't heard them yet, you can listen to two tracks from that here.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. playing shows with Tiny Moving Parts before tour with Minus the Bear (dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Kate Tempest @ Mercury Lounge 3/24/2015
Kate Tempest
Kate Tempest

"Don't clap, it'll make it cheesy," Kate Tempest told the crowd at Rough Trade, heartfelt, as she enthused about playing her first show in MC mode in Brooklyn, home to heroes like Mos Def and Biggie. This was the last show of her first American tour -- "a trip that absolutely changed my life" -- and she was positively beaming onstage. You couldn't help but smile or shout back at her genuine enthusiasm. Backed by an excellent band that included her producer/collaborator Dan Carey on synthesizers, a drummer (everything seemed to be played live to me) and a backing vocalist, Tempest absolutely mesmerized from the second she hit the stage. It is hands-down the best live performance I've seen this year.

She is not the female version of The Streets. She is not Lady Sovereign. See her live and you'll know. The songs on her debut album, Everybody Down (based on her new novel, Hold Your Own) and are detail-rich stories of everyday people trying to connect in a world of constant distractions. Being human to each other, doing things that matter, never giving up -- subjects that are not new but Tempest delivered with passion and conviction and serious flow. We need more like her.

Interesting side note: one of the things that gives Kate Tempest's album such a distinctive sound, musically, is the use of the ribbon-controlled Swarmatron analog synthesizer, which Dan Carey played last night. Leon Dewan, creator of the machine, was at the Rough Trade show and Kate gave him a big shout-out from the stage.

Kate played Mercury Lounge with opener Jack Garratt on Tuesday (3/24) and pictures from that show are in this post. NYC has one last chance to catch Kate Tempest this go-round, albeit in a different format. She'll be at the WORD bookstore in Greenpoint tonight (3/26) at 7 PM to celebrate the US release of her books Brand New Ancients and Hold Your Own. It's free, but WORD is small so get there early.

Kate will be back in May, playing Governors Ball. More pics from Kate Tempest's Mercury Lounge show, plus setlists from both NYC shows, below...

Continue reading "Kate Tempest played Mercury Lounge (pics) & Rough Trade (review), doing free reading in Brooklyn tonight"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
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Australian group Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders just played a bunch of shows at SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/21). Seeing them live, Jack's bravado-filled voice fits his very tall frame well, and the band rose to the challenge of the noon opening slot well. Pictures from their performance at our show are in this post. If you haven't checked out Jack's album, Playmates, it's the kind of neon-reflected-on-rainy-streets synthnoir that might've fit in on Miami Vice or Less Than Zero. You can stream it below.

The band, which includes talented eccentric Kirin J Callinan, are in NYC now and will play Rough Trade on Thursday (3/26) with former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.

Kirin & Donny in "The Edge" video
Donny & Kirin

Meanwhile, Kirin is playing a free show tonight (3/25) at Baby's All Right. He'll be doing two sets: one solo, and one as a duo with Dreamlanders bassist and solo artist in his own right, Donny Benet and "there may even be a surprise performance from another associated act." Again, it's free and anything with Kirin J Callinan is pretty much guaranteed not to be boring. Is Connan Mockasin in town?

You can watch a video of Kirin and Donny performing "The Edge" (which is something to behold) below. That is from Donny's album, Weekend at Donny's which is more synthy '80s style eclecticism. In addition to Kirin, features guest lead vocals from Jack Ladder, The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, and other offbeat Australian indie luminaries. You can stream that below too.

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan & Donny Benet playing free show tonight before Jack Ladder's NYC show (SXSW pics & tix giveaway)"

photos: Lucius @ Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Lucius

Brooklyn's Lucius will soon be on the road, doing stretches with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Before that, they'll play a free hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27, sponsored by Steve Madden. You still need to claim your free tickets via Ticketmaster and they become available on Friday (3/27) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the MHOW show, below...

Continue reading "Lucius playing free NYC show before dates w/ Decemberists and My Morning Jacket (dates)"

photo: Porches @ Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porches

Brooklyn band Porches will be going on tour, starting with a free, BrooklynVegan-presented show at Baby's All Right on April 2 and the night will include a DJ set by Empress Of, as well as DJ sets by BV staffers (and maybe another band TBA).You do need to claim tickets to attend.

Much of the tour is with Frankie Cosmos (aka the band of Greta Simone Kline who also plays in Porches) who just confirmed her signing to Bayonet, the label run by Beach Fossils' Dustin Payseur and his wife Katie.

All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Porches' Ronald Paris EP and their 2013 full-length, below...

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photo: Janelle Monae @ 2014 Flow Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Janelle

Janelle Monae is playing a free show at Best Buy Theatre on March 26. The show is sponsored by Samsung and to get tickets you need to go to the Samsung Galaxy Studio (130 Prince St. @ W. Broadway) and show a sales associate your "qualifying Samsung mobile device." Details on this are here.

Mew
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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