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Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

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...

Continue reading "Porches touring with Frankie Cosmos after free show at Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Presents)"

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

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 begin today "

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We already announced Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and finally, here's Saturday (day 3):

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
03:15 Ex-Cult
04:00 The Pop Group
05:15 Iceage

OUTSIDE
12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
04:15 Ceremony
05:00 Mew

RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.

Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).

Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.

Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.

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

Pop Group
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups and more info too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Saturday Day Party lineup (Mew, Frank Turner, The Pop Group, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Iceage, Alex G & many more)"

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

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex are touring this year, playing a few SXSW shows this week, hitting Europe in May, and playing a few US shows in between. Their SXSW schedule includes the free BrooklynVegan Friday party at Red 7 with Swervedriver, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, Pianos Become the Teeth, Makthaverskan and more.

In April, Pity Sex will make their way to NYC for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on April 17. That's the same weekend as the Album Leaf show at the same venue.

The next day (4/18), PS hook up with Pianos Become the Teeth again for a Quinnipiac University show in CT. All dates (including full SXSW schedule) below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex touring, playing free NYC show after SXSW (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Color Therapy

Ambient/electronic Dallas musician Color Therapy is releasing his debut album, Mr. Wolf Is Dead, next week (3/24) (pre-order), and while you may not be familiar with Color Therapy, there's a good chance you know some of the album's guests, The Album Leaf, Ulrich Schnauss, Helios and Hammock. if you like those artists, you'll probably dig this too. The album's full of chilled-out late-night jams that structurally recall post-rock but sound more like Tycho, the Drive soundtrack, or an instrumental M83. A full stream of the album premieres below.

Album track "Screw Eyes" was recently remixed by Dntel, and Color Therapy himself remixed Mogwai's "Heard About You Last Night." You can stream both of those below too.

Speaking of The Album Leaf, they're playing some shows this year including a free NYC show on April 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with The Tablets and Han Demo. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Color Therapy streaming album ft. Ulrich Schnauss, Hammock and The Album Leaf (who are touring)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Yumi Zouma @ Cameo 3/13/2014 (via @groundcontroltouring)
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New Zealand's Yumi Zouma released their second EP this week via Cascine and it's definitely worth checking out. The band make dancepop that is ethereal, effervescent and slightly wistful -- like a fond memory with a good beat. You can stream the whole thing below.

Yumi Zouma played a sold-out EP release party last night at Brooklyn's Cameo -- anybody go to that? I you missed them, or want to see them again, they'll be playing tonight (3/14) at Elvis Guesthouse in the East Village. It's a free show with complimentary Miller High Life from 9 - 10 PM. Doss will be DJing before and there will be "very special guest DJs to follow" Yumi Zouma's performance. Due not that Elvis Guesthouse is tiny and there's no stage (bands set up in the back of the bar), so get there early.

Yumi Zouma will then head to Austin for SXSW where they'll be playing a bunch of shows, including the free BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday (3/19) at Red 7 with Metz, The Octopus Project, Speedy Ortiz, Girlpool, Emmy the Great, Ultimate Painting and more.

All dates, including SXSW appearances, are listed, along with the EP stream and flyers, below...

Continue reading "Yumi Zouma streaming 'EP II', played Cameo, playing free show tonight at Elvis Guesthouse ++ BV & other SXSW shows"

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HERE'S THE DAY ONE LINEUP
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We already announced the lineup for Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7. Saturday (day 3) will be announced very soon. Here's Thursday (day 1):

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 @ Red 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Elvis Depressedly
12:45 Emmy The Great
01:30 Basecamp
02:15 Yumi Zouma
03:00 Frog Eyes
03:45 Cancer Bats
04:30 Broncho
05:15 METZ

OUTSIDE
12:30 Ultimate Painting (mem Mazes & Veronica Falls)
01:25 Girlpool
02:10 Girl Band
02:50 Chastity Belt
03:35 Mitski
04:20 Speedy Ortiz
05:15 Octopus Project

Like the other two days, we'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm. Again, it's totally free, and RSVP for all three days is open.

The Thursday inside show kicks off with recent Run for Cover signee Elvis Depressedly, followed by folk-turned-pop musician Emmy the Great. Then it's the alt-R&B of Basecamp, the shiny pop of Yumi Zouma, indie veterans Frog Eyes, Canadian riff rockers Cancer Bats, power poppers Broncho, and finally Sub Pop sludge punks METZ.

Outside, the day starts with the VU/Dead stylings of Ultimate Painting (members of Mazes and Veronica Falls), into the young, smart and quickly rising duo Girlpool. They're followed by intense Irish noisemakers Girl Band, then jangly Seattle post-punks Chastity Belt, arty/folky indie rocker Mitski, discordant indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and wrapping up the day is Austin experimental rockers The Octopus Project.

Speedy Ortiz
photo: Speedy Ortiz @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)

METZ
photo: Metz @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

DropKloudDropKloud

This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Thursday Day Party lineup (METZ, Octopus Project, Speedy Ortiz, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski & much more)"

by Bill Pearis

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Danish proggy space rock outfit Mew have shared another song off their new album +/- (Plus Minus) which is out April 28. "Water Sides" shows off the band's more ethereal side and you can let it wash over you below.

Mew will be in the US next week for SXSW where they'll play a handful of shows, including the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday, March 21 at Red 7. We'll be at Red 7 for three days from March 19 - 21 and we'll be announcing full lineups and details of all our SXSW day parties soon.

Mew's first SXSW show will be at the Fader Fort for a special preview event on Tuesday (March 17) that will show off the high-def streaming technology they'll be using to webcast all of this year's Fader Fort performances. These will be the first concerts ever to be streamed in 4K HD, so claims the press release. In other news, the Fader Fort is an official, invite-only event this year at SXSW, much to the chagrin of party-hardy spring breakers looking for endless free beer.

Still no word on any non-SXSW shows in North America for Mew, but stay tuned. All known dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below.

Continue reading "Mew share "Water Sides" from new album (listen), playing free BrooklynVegan day party & other SXSW shows"

photo: Spoon taping for ACL TV in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Spoon

Spoon are the focus of La Blogothéque's latest Take Away Show, with Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel performing beautiful acoustic renditions of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" from last year's full-length They Want My Soul. The session was shot last October while the artists were visiting Queens' Knockdown Center during the setup for "Debut", which Blogothéque director Derrick Belcham co-designed.

The band have a tour announced for this summer (including Brooklyn's renovated King's Theatre in June), but first they'll be heading back to their spiritual home of Austin for a slew of performances during SXSW. Their first performance is actually going down before the festival's music portion even starts, playing the SXSWi Umbelmania party this Friday, March 13 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The party also features DJ Chicken George and luchadors, so it'll surely be an interesting time. The party is free with RSVP, admission is first come, first serve.

Britt and company will also be headlining another SXSWi party -- the free Tumblr and Entourage presented Fuck Yeah show at The Mohawk on Monday (3/16). The party hosts a wide variety of support in RAC, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, ASTR, Badbadnotgood, Kali Uchis, Holy Child, Tei Shi and Twin Peaks. No RSVP needed.

Conflict of Interest

Spoon will also be making an appearance at this year's edition of the Hype Machine Hype Hotel as headliners for the Syndicate curated 'Conflict of Interest' show on Tuesday (3/17). The party also features Parlour Tricks, Amason, San Fermin, Milo Greene and Odesza. Check out the rest of the week's massive Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat lineup here and RSVP to get into the week's worth of parties.

If you won't get into town until the music festival officially starts, you can catch Spoon at FLOODfest's Wednesday (3/18) night showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard with support from DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Speedy Ortiz, Basecamp, Dotan and Taymir. FLOODfest's night shows are official showcases, so you'll need a badge or wristband to get in.

The band headlines the official SXSW showcase at Auditorium Shores on Thursday night (3/19) with support from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and My Jerusalem. The show is free and open to the public provided you secure a Guest Pass, and they're taking badges/wristbands as well.

There's also a listing for an official showcase featuring Spoon on Saturday (3/21) but the venue and other acts aren't yet announced.

All upcoming Spoon dates (SXSW and otherwise) are listed, along with  the Take Away performance of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" as well as the Fuck Yeah schedule and flyers for FLOODfest, below...

Continue reading "Spoon share acoustic "Take Away Show" video, playing lots of SXSW shows & other tour dates"

McDonalds

SXSW starts in a couple weeks and if you've been recently or read about it or seen pictures, you know that corporate branding is omnipresent there. One of the most infamous and blatant examples was the Doritos stage that looked like a giant vending machine, with the stage being the part where the snacks come out. This year, McDonald's, one of SXSW's "Super Sponsors," is throwing a party and they asked Brooklyn band Ex Cops to play. They declined and co-frontman Brian Harding posted an open letter to the fast food giant on the band's Facebook. Here's a couple excerpts:

This week our band was asked to play the McDonald's Showcase at the annual South by Southwest, also known to music insiders as "SXSW."

Their selling point was that this was "a great opportunity for additional exposure," and that "McDonald's will have their global digital team on site to meet with the bands, help with cross promotion, etc"

I don't, and doubt that they know what this means either.

Getting past that rhetoric, at the very least a big corporation like McDonald's can at least pay their talent a little. Right?

"There isn't a budget for an artist fee (unfortunately)"

As of 2013, McDonalds is valued at 90.3 billion dollars.

...

I will also go ahead and save time for any schill / troll rebuttals; "Are the other showcases paying you? No one is holding a gun to your head!" This is true. It is our choice (pretty much) to fly to Austin, play shows without soundcheck, and get paid nothing to a little. But hear this loud and clear, we LOVE making music, it is what we do, and despite some of its very apparent flaws, SXSW still provides a decent venue to be heard by some people who are really there to hear new music and not just do blow with dudes who wear square toe loafers.

It is a horrifying and gross reality when one sees the true nature of corporations and their pathetic attempts to achieve relevance with millennials. Doritos received a lot of flack for their stage a couple years ago, but i'm going to assume they paid Lady Gaga.

You can read the whole thing below. It will be interesting to learn what artists are going to play the McDonald's SXSW party.

Right before they head to SXSW, Ex Cops will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 13 with My Midnight Heart, Montreal band Heat, and Heaven. That show is free. All upcoming dates, including the SXSW shows they are playing, are listed (along with their whole open letter to McDonald's) below...

Continue reading "McDonald's throwing SXSW party (yay), Ex Cops tear into them for not paying the bands that will play"

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Regal Degal will release their new album, Not Now, on May 19 via Terrible Records. Label co-owner and Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor co-produced the album with the band. The centerpiece of the album is "Pyramid Bricks" and the video for that song was recently released. Directed by Lily X, the Egyptian-themed video stars frontman Josh de Costa and model Abbey Lee. Says Josh:

This video was one of the first projects we took on shortly after relocating back to NYC. We'd just put out the Pyramid Bricks EP and met Lily and her cool crew, and we realized that we had no video to promote the release so it was a no-brainer collaboration. We would get together and draw inspiration from various movies and music videos; giallo films, the Mummy franchise, the Stranglers' "Golden Brown" video, and plenty of others were on the figurative vision board for this one. Once Abbey Lee Kershaw signed on we knew it was going to be a special production... Fast forward like a year later - we had re-recorded the song, which could've completely messed with everything, but its new dimensions seem to complement the video perfectly and vice versa
Check it out, along with LP art and tracklist, below.

The band have a couple NYC shows this month. They'll play a free show on Thursday (3/5) at Elvis Guesthouse in the East Village, and then they'll open for The Pop Group at Bowery Ballroom on March 17 with You on the bill as well (tickets). The Pop Group's other NYC show is with Pampers.

Continue reading "Regal Degal releasing new LP, share new video, playing free NYC show this week & opening for The Pop Group at Bowery"

IFC Fairgrounds

If you're a regular reader of BrooklynVegan, you probably know that the 2015 edition of SXSW is coming up (March 17 - 22 in Austin, TX). Thousands of artists will flood Austin for the week, playing countless shows at countless music venues (BrooklynVegan day parties included).

Though some official showcases sell tickets at the door, your best way in to the shows is with a festival badge or wristband. Those are expensive and hard to get though, so we're giving away a pair of SXSW wristbands, courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds! BV Austin is also giving away a pair, courtesy of the same fine folks! Details on how to enter the BV contest are below.

The IFC Fairgrounds is returning to Austin during SXSW 2015 from March 19-21, featuring rides, food, carnival games, giveaways and, of course, live music. It's free to attend, but you do need to RSVP. You can check out the line-up below.

And don't forget to follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more SXSW news and updates.

Continue reading "Win a pair of SXSW wristbands courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds"

by Andrew Sacher

Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock spent the late '90s through 2004 leading ska punks Arrogant Sons of Bitches, and the following ten years leading Bomb the Music Industry (and sporadically re-activating ASOB), and now he's officially gone solo. His new solo album, We Cool?, comes out next week (3/3) via Side One Dummy, and it's currently streaming in full.

Jeff's a veteran artist with a devoted following, and those fans have probably already heard this album by now, but if you've still yet to dive into Jeff's work this isn't a bad place to start. It stands on its own as a solid album, even outside of the context of his previous bands, and it's a surprisingly modern-sounding record. If you didn't know Jeff's been doing this for over 15 years, you'd think he was another indie-punk breakout alongside Joyce Manor and Lemuria. Take a listen to the whole thing below, via Spin.

It's up for a $5 digital pre-order, or you can get it on a donation basis from Jeff's own label Quote Unquote Records.

Jeff's about to go on a stacked tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Chumped, which hits NYC on 3/20 at Warsaw (tickets), but he'll be playing the city sooner than that. All five boroughs of it.

To celebrate the record, Jeff's doing a run of five free all ages shows in one day (March 8), beginning in Staten Island at 10 AM, then hitting Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and ending in Manhattan at 9 PM. Here's his schedule:

10:00AM - Staten Island Artists Building Corporation - Staten Island​
​with Kerbivore​

1:30PM - Rough Trade - Brooklyn​
​solo​

3:00PM - Trans Pecos - Queen​s
​with Dan Friel and Laura Stevenson​

6:00PM - Rodrigue's Coffee House at Fordham - The Bronx
​with Doubting Thomas Cruise Control​

9:00PM - Babycastles - Manhattan
​with Chris Gethard and Spraynard​

And for the real superfans: Jeff's giving out wristbands at the first four shows, and the first 25 poeple to show up to the fifth show with all four wristbands gets a limited poster designed by Jeff.

After the AJJ/SSB/Jeff/Chumped tour, Jeff and Chumped will do a run of dates themselves including Absury Park's Asbury Lanes on April 26 (tickets). All dates are listed, with the new album stream and 5 boroughs flyer, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Rosenstock streaming new album, playing free shows in all five NYC boroughs in one day before tour (dates)"

photo: Chaka Khan at Pier 3 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Chaka Khan

The kickoff show for the 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park series has been announced. The legendary Chaka Khan will play the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 3, and as always, opening night is free (with a suggested donation of $3). Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8.

The only other announced show for this season so far is the ticketed Interpol show on July 21. Tickets for that one are still available.

Stay tuned for the rest of the schedule. Check out the video for Chaka's classic "Tell Me Something Good" below...

Continue reading "Chaka Khan kicking off Celebrate Brooklyn!'s 2015 season at Prospect Park"

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Father John Misty just released his widely acclaimed new album, I Love You Honeybear, and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream the whole thing below. He's in NYC this week, playing sold-out shows at Rough Trade and Bowery Ballroom. While here, he's added a couple other appearances that you can still get into. He's playing a lunchtime "pop-up" show at WNYC's Greene Space on Wednesday (2/11) . That's at 12:30 PM, is $10 to get in and tickets are on sale now. The performance will also be streamed on WNYC.

Then on Friday (2/13) he'll be at Urban Outfitters Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg, performing live and doing an album signing. That's free and goes from 7-9 PM. The store also has a "pop-up tee-pee with awesome Father John Misty merchandise" that is up now through February 23.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty playing Greene Space & free show at Williamsburg Urban Outfitters while in NYC (updated dates)"

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Member of Le Tigre and MEN, activist and DJ, JD Samson usually has a couple irons in the fire, February being no different. This Friday (2/13) at Cameo, Samson will be DJing with Nomi Ruiz (Hercules and Love Affair). This late night party (doors at midnight) also features the live debut of Romance (aka producer Yung Diamond and Avan Lava vocalist TC Milan). Tickets are on sale now.

Then on February 19 at Union Pool, it's another edition of Samson's party, Pat, that focuses on "good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ's that aren't afraid to go deep." Taking over the whole place, they've got Alexis Blair-Penny and Angel-Favorite in the front, and Eli Escobar, Nancy Whang, Amber Valentine, and Samson in the back. It's free, 10 pm - 3 AM. Flyers below.

The next night (2/20) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Samson will be performing live together with Tami Hart (MEN), Lorna Dune and Aaron Harris. Dancepop act Royal Tounges are also on the bill and that show is free -- you can RSVP to skip the line.

Speaking of Tami Hart, she and Samson have a new band, The Soft Batch, who will be performing at Bushwick's The Cobra Club on February 25 with The Dead Betties. $5 at the door and the flyer's below.

Additionally, Samson has her weekly Scissor Sunday parties at West Village bar The Rusty Knot which happen Sundays from 4 PM - 10 PM.

Finally, along with Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapper Q, Samson will be judging a Fashion Week contest where they are giving away Bindle & Keep suits to worthy individuals:

A bespoke suit is not just an article of clothing. It is a tool, a feeling, a hand-crafted self-portrait with leaf-turned edges. We want people to look the way they feel -- confident, classic and teeming with self-love. This is your chance to nominate a special someone from the community that you think deserves a new suit -- high-minded activists, social workers, honorable rebels, people in the civil rights sector and those fighting the good fight for positive social change.
If you know someone deserving of a suit, you can nominate them via an online form. Submissions are being accepted through February 15. JD Samson talks a little more about the Ace Hotel sponsored contest in a video below.

Continue reading "JD Samson hosts 'Pat' @ Union Pool, judging 'free suit' contest, playing Cameo, Brooklyn Bazaar & other shows"

tom tom mag

When I was 29, I was Google searching "female drummer," "girl drummer," and " woman drummer" out of curiosity. The results were really terrible at best. There were pages of "Can women really play the drums?" and "Top sexiest drummers of our time" lists then immediately after it would just go to lists of guy drummers. Having been a riot grrrl since I was a teenager and having played music since I was 15, having worked in music all my life, and having thrown many shows at my loft house in Brooklyn (The Woodser), I was kind of shocked to see that the internet hadn't caught up with the world of female drummers I knew. I wanted the world to know we existed. So I started Tom Tom as a blog with the intention to solely change the Google search results of those keyword searches. I thought there would be someone else that was already running a magazine about women drummers and was so convinced that they were going to eventually email me to let me know that they were already doing it. Then within six months time, it became obvious that there wasn't anyone else doing it. - Tom Tom founder Mindy Seegal Abovitz [via Bitch Media]
The only magazine specifically about female drummers, Tom Tom Magazine is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the current issue, seen above, that includes interviews with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, Emily Rose Epstein (Ty Segall Band) and more.

The magazine has also started the Tom Tom Academy drum school:

In line with Tom Tom Magazine's vision of uniting and elevating the female musician community, the academy is run by highly experienced female drum instructors. The Tom Tom Academy welcomes students of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.
In addition to lessons, Tom Tom Academy has a free "Last Thursdays" event at their Bushwick HQ, the next one being February 26:
Join us for free 15-minute drum lessons (all skill levels welcome) courtesy of our highly experienced instructors, academy tours, group sticking exercises, food, drink, Tom Tom Magazine reading, and drummer networking.
To attend Tom Tom's "Last Thursdays" you need to sign up for details.

Then on February 28, Tom Tom has a workshop called The Shed:

Split into two tiers based on skill level, this two-hour workshop will outfit you with the skills, fills, tools, tips, and exercises you need to take your drumming to the next level.

The $20 registration for this workshop includes two hours of intense instruction plus all the coffee you'll need, plus a fresh pair of complimentary drumsticks.

You need to reserve a spot to attend.

photo: Kanye at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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The NBA All Star Weekend happening in NYC next week is also meaning lots of crazy (and not always public) events for music fans in the city. We already mentioned that Win Butler, Common and others are playing a celebrity all-star game and Drake and Nas are playing Irving Plaza, and now we've learned another rapper, Kanye West, will be putting on a free performance in the city.

He's co-hosting it with OKC Thunder player (and Roc Nation Sports signee) Kevin Durant on February 12 outside of Madison Square Park at 6 PM. The only way to get in, though, is to win tickets. You can enter via co-presenters Roc Nation or Power 105.1 FM's contests or follow both on Twitter. As HipHopWired points out, you can also text "BOLDMOVE" to 95577 to win tickets from presenting partner Sparkling ICE.

That same week is Fashion Week in NYC, and Kanye will be doing something for that too. Fashionista reports that he's planning to present his upcoming Adidas collaboration in NYC that week:

West has repeatedly stated that Adidas has put trust in his talents and has given him the creative freedom he needs to truly shine -- take that, Nike -- which is why we were pretty excited when rumors started spreading around the Internet that he would be unveiling his collection for the sportswear brand with a presentation at New York Fashion Week. According to Complex, invitations to the event (which will reportedly take place on Feb. 12) have already been sent out, and the site referenced a (now-removed) Instagram screenshot of an e-mail sent to menswear buyer Ramon Ehlen as proof.
Sooner than that, he'll be in LA to perform at the Grammys with Paul McCartney and Rihanna. He's also launched a mysterious website with a countdown clock (six days and counting as of this posting, we'll see).

by Bill Pearis

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After two albums on Captured Tracks, John Peña self-released Euchraist, his third album as Heavenly Beat, late last year. The record, which he calls the final segment of his "Prelude To Greatness" trilogy, doesn't stray from the Heavenly Beat formula: nylon-string and slide guitar, steel drums, pizzicato strings, hushed vocals and simple, funky beats. (Kings of Convenience covering New Order's Technique? It's kinda like that.) Eucharist is maybe a little too much like Prominence (one of my favorites of 2013), but it's still a breezy, enjoyable listen and you can stream the whole thing below.

Heavenly Beat is in Columbus, OH tonight, the kickoff show for a February tour that takes them to the West Coast and back. There are no NYC dates for this tour (dates below), but Heavenly Beat will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 14, opening for Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers. Foxes in Fiction also play and, like most BKNB shows, it's free but you can RSVP to skip the line.

That show is the day after Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' show at Mercury Lounge (3/13) with Ski Lodge (tickets). Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' tour has added other dates too, and all are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

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Late last year, Azar Swan released their second album, And Blow Us a Kiss, which adds some serious Kate Bush vibes to the duo's electro-goth-tribal MO. You can stream the whole album below.

The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.

Album stream below...

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photo: Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Titus Andronicus still haven't announced finalized details on their upcoming fourth album, but luckily for us in NYC, they just keep playing shows. Their next one is a free one happening February 13 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Louisville Polyvinyl signees White Reaper and Brooklyn's Hard Nips. It's their only upcoming date at the moment.

Watch a live video of one of their new songs, below...

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photo: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
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Sugarcube, an inflatable performance space located at Fulton and Front Streets at South Street Seaport, will be hosting a series of free concerts and other events this month into early February. Tonight (1/16) from 7-10 PM, it's Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky and King Collider, following a 4-7 PM Happy Hour with DJ Club Ted (formerly of EVR's "Gay Beach" show).

An especially notable one is the Northern Spy Records fifth anniversary celebration with two days of free events on January 24 & 31. On January 24 the day features guitarist Marc Ribot with the interactive "How to Jam with Marc Ribot" in the afternoon (2-4 PM) where you're invited to bring an "instrument, an amp, or whatever you need to play along." Then at 7 PM it's a concert with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Loren Connors' Haunted House.

On January 31 it's a day with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The afternoon event (2-4 PM) is a creative workshop with Maestro Marshall Allen & members of the Arkestra. Then at 7PM the full Sun Ra Arkestra will perform. Again, these events and concerts are free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged. Flyers for both shows are below.

Other cool free shows happening include Amanda Jo Williams and Batfog on January 23, and then on January 30, it's The Tony Castles and Strange Kids. On Sunday afternoons through February 1 (noon - 5 PM) there's a "Music Market" which is a record fair with Doug Pressman of Record Grouch as DJ.

And for those who have a fond memory for ESPN in the early '80s, there's curling on Tuesday nights from 6 - 9 PM with two separate "learn to curl" sessions.

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