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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.

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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...

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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...

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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)
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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)
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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"

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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)
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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
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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
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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.

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

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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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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)"

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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"

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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.

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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...

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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.

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