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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Saltland - Treehouse Schemes (MP3)


Saltland is the new project of Rebecca Foon, who co-founded Esmerine, and was also in other Godspeed You! Black Emperor-related groups, Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Set Fire to Flames. Saltland's debut album, I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, came out earlier this year via Constellation Records, the same label that puts out releases from GY!BE and their related bands. Rebecca's roots show on this album; you could imagine hearing many of her drifting cello lines on a Godspeed record and the songs have the wide scope of post-rock, but she also whisper-sings in a way usually associated with dream pop or psychedelic folk.

The album also features appearances from Little Scream's Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Jess Robertson (who also contributed to Little Scream) Mishka Stein (of Patrick Watson's band), Jamie Thompson (also of Esmerine), Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry (both of Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, etc), and others. You can download a track from the album above and watch the videos for two others, below.

In addition to the GY!BE-related projects, Rebecca was also in a side project with Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface) called Fifths of Seven, so it makes sense that Saltland has been added as the opener to a few of the previously discussed Moonface solo piano shows. One of those is the NYC show happening on November 9 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

For Moonface, these shows are in support of his new solo piano album, Julia With Blue Jeans On, which is out today (10/29) via Jagjaguwar. It's his third Moonface full-length and continues the project's trend of different instrumentation on each album (first was organs/drum loops, second was a full rock band), but has the Spencer Krug songwriting style we all know and love. You can stream the album at Pitchfork.

Dates are listed, along with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Saltland (Rebecca of Esmerine/Thee Silver Mt Zion) released an LP, opening for Moonface (dates, videos, MP3)"

Moonface at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We recently mentioned that Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) would be releasing a new solo piano album for his Moonface project called Julia With Blue Jeans On (due out 10/29 via Jagjaguwar). Like he did earlier in the year before the album announcement, Moonface will be doing some more solo piano shows once the album comes out. A full tour hasn't been announced, but we know he's at least doing a few US shows in November including one in NYC on November 9 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All currently announced dates are listed, along with a stream from the new LP, below...

Continue reading "Moonface playing more solo piano shows (dates)"


Back in the spring, Moonface, the solo moniker of Spencer Krug (of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown), played some solo piano shows ahead of his upcoming solo piano album, which he's now announced. The album is called Julia With Blue Jeans On, and it will be out on October 29 via Jagjaguwar. It follows 2012's Heartbreaking Bravery which he recorded with a full backing band (Finland's Siinai), and 2011's Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped which was primarily Spencer, his organ, and drum loops. That's the artwork above.

The first single from the new album, "Everyone Is Noah, Everyone Is the Ark," can be streamed, along with the tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Spencer Krug's Moonface announces new LP (stream a track)"

Moonface at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)

Moonface, the project of Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake), has two full lengths and an EP under its belt, and he doesn't have any plans to release a followup or tour at the moment, but he has announced two NY shows which will take place this spring, and are billed as "solo piano" shows. He also recently did a solo piano set at the Foodstock Festival in Helsinki, Finland, which has led some to believe he is working on a solo piano record.

One of the NY shows is at Hamilton College, and then he plays NYC on May 5 at Littlefield. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/29) at noon.

Meanwhile, Spencer's ex-Wolf Parade bandmate Dan Boeckner has been keeping busy with his band, Divine Fits (which also feature's Spoon's Britt Daniel). Check out pictures of them at SXSW HERE.

Tour dates (all two-of 'em) are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Moonface playing solo piano shows, including 1 in NYC"

METZ in Chicago in 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicago @ BB King's
* Saint Michel @ Le Baron
* Francois K, Ital Tek @ Cielo
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Ask Me Another @ The Bell House
* The Electric Set @ Manhattan Inn
* Turquoise Jeep @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* Metz, Hunters @ The Mercury Lounge
* Ray LaMontagne @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Tegan and Sara, Chaos Chaos @ Bowery Ballroom
* Water Liars, Nathan Xander @ Mercury Lounge
* Le Goons, Asphalt Green, Baby Teardrops @ Cake Shop
* Electrician, Chase King, Clapperclaw @ Shea Stadium
* Mike Scott of The Waterboys @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tempers, Dream Council, Von Haze, Vandana Jain @ Glasslands
* Gym, Deer, Northwood, Twi the Humble Feather @ Cameo Gallery
* Ed Askew, David Garland, Glenn Jones, C. Spencer Yeh @ Zebulon
* Hurricanes of Love, Many Mansions, Pencil, Stephe Cooper @ Big Snow
* Nachtmystium, Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Lord Mantis, Batillus @ Saint Vitus
* Freak Heat Waves, Each Other, Beach Arabs, Jerry Paper @ Death By Audio
* Sloth Bear, My Captain, My Sea, Alcian, Discipline Theory @ The Rock Shop
* The Crystal Method (dj set), Tommie Sunshine, Drop The Lime, Run DMT, The Disco Fries, Dances With White Girls, Gosteffects, FIGO (dj set), Blaqwell, Prince Terrance (Hussle Club), Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, Alex English, Righteous Trash @ Gramercy Theatre

METZ play their first of two NYC shows tonight.

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Spencer Krug's Moonface project made a video for "Headed For The Door" off his album with Siinai, Heartbreaking Bravery. Check it out below.

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures

...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.

We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]

The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012: day 1 in pics (Refused, Warpaint, Purity Ring, Sleigh Bells, The Vaselines, The Soft Pack and more)"

Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance at Irving Plaza, 2011 (more by Stefan Raduta)
Brendan Perry

today in NYC
* Hearts & Bones @ Barbes
* Viv Corringham @ The Stone
* Black Marble, You @ K & M Bar
* The Snow, C. Gibbs @ Joe's Pub
* Dead Can Dance @ Beacon Theatre
* Groove Collective @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Toxie, Human Behavior @ Cake Shop
* Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang @ MoMA
* The Chevin, Lovelife @ Mercury Lounge
* The Vaselines, Schwervon! @ Bell House
* Hacienda, The Ribeye Bros. @ Maxwell's
* The Rapture DJ set @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Y La Bamba, Chris Pureka @ Mercury Lounge
* Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors @ Barbes
* Nancy Beckman and Tom Bickley @ The Stone
* Annie and The Beekeepers with Wilsen @ Joe's Pub
* The Dearloves, Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows @ Big Snow
* Paperdoll, Lost Boy?, Bodyface, The Ugly Club @ Cameo
* Fujiya & Miyagi, Hess Is More, Wishes @ Glasslands
* Moon Diagrams, Mas Ysa, Team Ugly, Lindseys @ 285 Kent
* Xiu Xiu, Talk Normal, Les Bon Hommes @ Bowery Ballroom
* Riff Raff, Meyhem Lauren, WCKids, Farrington G @ Santos
* Desert Stars, Other Crimes, Beach Arabs @ Public Assembly
* Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Spectre Folk, Chris Lee @ Union Pool
* Triple Cobra, Not Blood Paint, Kitten Berry Crunch @ Public Assembly
* Fang Island, Adebisi Shank, Infinity Shred @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Il Abanico, Thieving Irons, Cold Fronts, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Pianos
* Useless Eaters, The Jigglers, The Numerators, & Mannequin Pussy @ Shea Stadium
* YACHT, Sneaky Soundsystem, Gigamesh, Tesla Boy, JDH & Dave P @ Beekman Beer Garden
* The Black Swans, David King and The Confirmed Bachelors, Shenandoah and the Night @ Rock Shop
* Mac DeMarco, Home Blitz, What Next? (ex Cause Co-motion), Scott & Charlenes Wedding @ Death By Audio
* MNDR (DJ), Drop the Lime (DJ), Raven, Har Mar Superstar, Psychobuildings, Cosmo Baker (DJ), Musa (DJ) @ Tribeca Grand Hotel

There are a lot of good options tonight!

Dead Can Dance play their second of two shows at the Beacon.

Scotish indie rock legends The Vaselines play the Bell House tonight on their way to Seattle's Bumbershoot fest. They're always a good time live and tickets are still available.

Or you could hang around Wythe and S. 2nd in Williamsburg and club hop: Vacouver's Mac Demarco is at Death by Audio; Fujiya & Miyagi play Glasslands; and catch the debut of Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta's new Moon Diagrams project at 285 Kent.

Make sure to swing by the BV photo exhibit "480 Pixels", currently on display at 92YTribeca through September 6. Gallery hours today are till 3 PM.

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Spencer Krug's Moonface has released the new video for "I'm Not the Phoenix Yet." Check that out below.

Melody's Echo Chamber just released the video for "I'll Follow You" from her debut album which is due out in September. Watch it below.

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Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Foxygen - "Waitin' 4 U" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Foxygen - "Make It Known" (MP3)

Father John Misty at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Father John Misty

Father John Misty (aka ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman) is continuing to tour in support of his 2012 LP, Fear Fun. He's just announced a new set of dates that kick in September with FYF Fest and run through the rest of the year, culminating in December's S.S. Coachella Cruises. The new dates include two NYC shows, which happen on October 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 24 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows (and many other dates on the tour) are with La Sera (the project of Vivian Girl Katy Goodman) and psych rockers Jeffertitti's Nile. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon.

Meanwhile, La Sera are currently on the road with Foxygen, who will release their EP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, this week (7/24) via Jagjaguwar. You can download two album tracks, "Waitin' 4 U" and "Make It Known," at the top of this post or stream them below, and the entire album is streaming over at Foxygen's bandcamp. They go for the whole retro classic rock thing and singer Sam France can sound more than a little like Mick Jagger. All Foxygen dates (none in NYC) are listed below.

In related La Sera news, Katy's other band Vivian Girls recently played a surprise show in LA one night after playing an Impose 10th anniversary show with Grass Widow, The Babies (who have tons of NYC shows coming up), Dunes, and Teenage Burritos. You can watch some videos of Vivian Girls' set at the secret LA show below.

All lists of dates, videos, and song streams below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty and Foxygen touring (separately) with La Sera (dates); Vivian Girls played secret LA show (video)"

Moonface in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

today in NYC
* Win Win @ Pianos
* Jay Nash @ Joe's Pub
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* The Rub @ Bell House
* Soulive, Karl Denson @ City Winery
* Toys and Tiny Instruments @ Barbes
* Stevie Nicks @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* RAC, Body Language @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Orgone, Yellowcake @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dominick Farinacci Group @ Joe's Pub
* Mafa Diabete and Sam Dickey @ Barbes
* xxx ALL AGES xxx @ Nitehawk Cinema
* Ethan Lipston & His Orchestra @ Barbes
* The Big Sleep, KNTRLR @ Mercury Lounge
* MARTYRDOOM Festival @ Public Assembly
* Garland Jeffreys @ Stuyvesant Town Oval
* Pompeya, Love Skills, Cayce @ Glasslands
* Great Caesar, The Couriers, Illumntr @ Cameo
* Slaughterhouse 2 Apple Store West 14th Street
* Mondo! Indiepop Dance Party @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Dream Affair, Bootblacks, Hot Guts @ Cake Shop
* TOKiMONSTA, Eclectic Method, Faith @ Glasslands
* Nitty Scott, Denzil Porter, Ari Why @ 92YTribeca
* Slava, Laurel Halo, Gatekeeper, Anenon, Wish @ 285 Kent
* Phillip White, Taylor Levine and Ches Smith @ The Stone
* A Million Years, Eastern Sea, Baobab, Sean Rowe @ Pianos
* White Rabbits, We Barbarians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Ramesh (of Voxtrot), Rewards, Fletcher Johnson @ City Winery
* Led Er Est, Martial Canterel, Blues Control, Nao Katafuchi @ XPO 929
* Moonface with Siinai, La Big Vic, Weeknight @ Bowery Ballroom
* Amanda Palmer (and her Magical Ukulele) @ South Street Seaport Museum
* Melvins, Hammerhead, Gay Witch Abortion, Seawhores @ Lit Lounge
* Strange Shapes, The Tony Castles, Sanctuaries @ Knitting Factory
* Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, Neptune, Extra Life @ Issue Project Room
* Shilpa Ray, Caged Animals, Give To Light, Kyle Avallone @ Shea Stadium
* Terrible Feelings, Mutant Genes, Nuclear Spring, Sad Boys @ The Acheron
* Ex-Breathers, Quiet Clouds, Bridge Under Fire, Suburban Grass @ ABC No Rio
* Maryclare Brzytwa, Zeena Parkins, Ha-yang Kim and Shayna Dunkelman @ The Stone
* Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt (of The Sea and Cake), Helado Negro @ Mercury Lounge
* The Yehudim, Roomful of Teeth, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs) @ World Financial Center
* Dinosaur Feathers, U Say USA, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Advaita, The Micks @ NXT LVL
* Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Morrison Edley (DJ SET), White Ring, Night Vision @ Saint Vitus
* PitchBlak Brass Band, Aabaraki, Workout, Hard Nips, Grey Sky Appeal, Petey Complex & more @ 558 Metropolitan Ave
* Angélique Kidjo's Women Waging Peace with Special Guests Laurie Anderson, Sibongile Khumalo, and Somi @ Celebrate Brooklyn

Martyrdoom is today at Public Assembly with sets from Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentem, Sanguis Imperem, Kommandant, Prosanctus Inferi, Anu, Encoffination, Father Befouled, Perdition Temple, and Evoken. Set times HERE.

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The Del Close Improv Marathon continues all weekend at UCB.

As previously mentioned:

The annual Crest Hardware Art Show runs from June 30 - August 31 and kicks off this Saturday (6/30) with Crest Fest 2012 which goes from 1 - 7PM and features a live music stage, two DJ booths, plus local, creative art, and food vendors. Bands performing include Aabaraki, Grey Sky Appeal, Hard Nips, PitchBlak Brass Band and Workout and DJ sets are by Petey Complex, Lucas Walters, Dom Leon, King Cut, Peter Hale and Krunk Pony. The show is free and all ages.

Crest Hardware is located at 558 Metropolitan Ave Between Lorimer and Union in Williamsburg. This year's Art Show will include "100+ works from various artists of different mediums. The art will be installed contextually throughout 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a 5,000 sq ft urban garden...All art is about/made with/or inspired by hardware." Flyers and posters are at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of things happening on June 30 sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks (which Crest Fest is), White Rabbits are playing a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday night

Flyers reposted below.

4th of July is coming. Here's where to watch the NYC fireworks.

Moonface, who plays Bowery Ballroom tonight, made a new video earlier this month for "Faraway Lightning," off his new album, Heartbreaking Bravery. Watch that below.

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MFNW 2012

The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.

In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2012 lineup expands (The Hives, Flying Lotus, Quasi, DIIV, Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Beirut, Swans & many more)"


FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Handsome Furs

With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more.

The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It's been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you.



Sadly, Handsome Furs, the project of Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexie Perry, posted the above message to their website last night, announcing their end as a band, with no other elaboration. This announcement comes almost a year after Wolf Parade played their last show "for a long time."

In related news, you can catch Spencer Krug's Moonface project on tour this spring/summer. That tour includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on June 30 with La Big Vic. Tickets are still available.

Some Handsome Furs videos from 2011's Sound Kapital below...

Continue reading "Handsome Furs break up"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Moonface - "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips (MP3)

Heartbreaking Bravery

Last year, Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown vocalist Spencer Krug released his debut full length under his relatively new Moonface moniker, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped. That album featured little more than Spencer's voice, organ, and a drum machine, a fairly drastic but welcome change from the guitar/piano songwriting he's become known for in his other projects. Now, he's set to release the followup to Organ Music, which he recorded with Finnish krautrockers Siinai. The album's titled Heartbreaking Bravery and its due out on April 17 via Jagjaguwar. The backing of a full band makes the album more similar to Spencer's other bands than his previous work as Moonface, but the songs do retain some of the looping qualities of Organ Music. Stream the full album below (via AV Club) along with the video for album single "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips" (which you can also grab the MP3 of above).

Moonface will tour internationally in support of the album in the next few months, hitting NYC on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/13) at noon.

All dates, album stream, and video below...

Continue reading "Moonface streaming new LP, reveals tour dates & new video"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Tammar - "The Last Line" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tammar - "Young Jun" (MP3)


Bloomington, IN psych-poppers Tammar released their new album, Visits on September 20 via Suicide Squeeze. The album's got hints of the kind of psych-rock channelled by The Standells, though some more modern influences come through too, especially on the beachy "Summer Fun." Check out the video for "The Last Line" below, and grab the MP3 of that song and "Yung Jun" above.

The band will play a record release show in their hometown of Bloomington, IN this Saturday (10/1) and have a short run of NYC shows coming up at the end of October. They play Cameo Gallery on October 28 with Heaven's Gate, Pianos on October 29 with Gross Relations and Little Racer, and they open for Moonface at Bowery Ballroom on October 30. Tickets are on sale now for the Pianos show and are still available for the Bowery Ballroom show with Moonface. Check Cameo's site for updates on that show.

All dates and video below...

Continue reading "Tammar released 'Visits', schedule shows (MP3s & dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin


Moonface (aka Spencer Krug), who "currently recording a new full-length album in Finland with Siinai", has announced a full tour to go with that October 30th Bowery Ballroom show we mentioned. All dates are listed, along with more of an unpublished set of pictures from a July show at Emo's with Flow Child and White Dress, below...

Continue reading "Moonface announces tour -- updated dates & pics from Emo's"

Moonface at Mercury Lounge in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Last month, Moonface (aka Spencer Krug) released his debut LP under the moniker and wrapped up a tour in support of the album which hit Mercury Lounge on 7/20. After an appearance at this year's POP Montreal in September, he'll tour again. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but a few are starting to surface including one on October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon.

In related but unfortunate news, despite being part of the recently announced lineup, Handsome Furs are not playing CMJ afterall. The dates they are playing are listed HERE.

Moonface dates below...

Continue reading "Moonface playing Bowery, Handsome Furs not playing CMJ"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"#moonface at mercury lounge. Expectations super exceeded. So, SO good. Also Spencer looks great." - Jed Crocker


Moonface (aka Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown) played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (7/20) as part of an ongoing tour. Spencer performed with with an organ and was accompanied by a drummer. They played every song on the recently released LP Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped and the non-album track "The Way You Wish You Could Live in the Storm." They ended their set with "All Fires," one of Spencer's contributions to his project with Dan Bejar and Carey Mercer, Swan Lake.

Flowchild opened the NYC show which happened right after EMA in the same venue. Pictures, videos, and setlist are below...

Continue reading "Moonface @ Mercury Lounge w/ Flowchild (pics, video, setlist)"

Les Savy Fav at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Gabi Porter)
Les Savy Fav

Les Savy Fav aren't doing much leading up to ATP UK in December which they are co-curating, but they have a few spread out dates this summer. They open for Handsome Furs in Canada the day before both bands play Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend.

After the block party, Les Savy Fav have nothing scheduled until they play a hometown show on September 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/21) at noon.

The Handsome Furs tour hits NYC on August 18 at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available for that show.

Meanwhile, Moonface (aka Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade) is in NYC tonight (7/20 at Mercury Lounge with Flow Child. Tickets are still on sale!

All dates below...

Continue reading "Les Savy Fav book a show, Moonface is here now (dates)"


I actually came across this other band named Moonface (from Providence, Rhode Island) while looking for info for our last Moonface post. Moonface, the one we were writing about, is the new Spencer Krug project. At first I thought maybe Spencer (of Wolf Parade fame) had accidentaly used a band name that was already taken, but then I saw that this other Moonface appear to be even newer. They haven't even played one show yet, have been on Twitter less than two months and so for only have demos posted on their BandCamp. They need to change their name (and do a better job of Googling).

Spencer's Moonface released an EP in 2010 via Jagjaguwar (announced in 2009) and is now well known to Google and the indie rock world. To make matters worse (and the reason I'm writing this post in the first place), the Rhode Island band is confusing people and even getting booked by people who think that they're booking Spencer. Not only is Spencer NOT playing Glasslands on August 13th, neither is the Moonface from Rhode Island since Glasslands realized that was who they accidentally booked to headline the Saturday night show which is now cancelled.

Spencer is however touring and playing NYC in July.

DOWNLOAD: Handsome Furs - "What About Us" (Diamond Rings Remix) (MP3)

Spencer with Wolf Parade at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Wolf Parade

Spencer Krug will take his Moonface project on a previously announced tour which kicks off in July and runs through early August. As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on July 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still available. If you miss him the first time around, Moonface will return to NYC on August 13 at Glasslands. No opener has been announced for either show yet. Tickets for the Glasslands show are also on sale now.. UPDATE: Moonface is NOT playing Glasslands, and never was.

Handsome Furs' new album Sound Kapital comes out June 28 via Sub Pop. It's streaming now on KCRW. Its first single "What About Us" was remixed by fellow Canadian Diamond Rings. Grab the MP3 above.

Handsome Furs dates HERE. Updated Moonface tour dates below...

Continue reading "Moonface adds date, Diamond Rings remixed Handsome Furs"

Handsome Furs at the Great Escape in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Handsome Furs

"It's like a friends and family affair tonight," declared Wolf Parade singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner at the beginning of what had been announced as the indie rock band's final show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver Monday night...

...In a way, wrapping things up in Vancouver after a somewhat surprising appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival last weekend was fitting...

"It wasn't until Krug said, "This is our last show for (a) long time," after Cloud Shadow on the Mountain, that reality set in.

Wolf Parade revisited some glorious moments: Shine a Light, I'll Believe in Anything, Little Golden Age, and Kissing the Beehive, and fans couldn't have asked for more.

They did get two encores, including tumultuous renditions of This Heart's on Fire and You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son, and culminating with that final Dylan cover.

Boeckner will now focus on project Handsome Furs with his wife, Alexei Perry, and Krug will move on to Moonface.
[Montreal Gazette]

Last show for a long time doesn't mean breaking up. As Spencer pointed out in a recent interview, the band just doesn't have any plans to record or tour at the moment, though he says: "This could be the last show. We're not so naive to think it couldn't be. We're also not so naive to be so black-and-white as to say it definitely is our last show, you know?" The full Wolf Parade setlist from their Monday night maybe-but-probably-not-last show is listed below with a video of their last song, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

And meanwhile, Moonface will have a new album out and is touring soon.

And we recently mentioned a number of Handsome Furs dates this summer including NXNE, but the band just added a bunch more leading up to their September appearance at MusicfestNW. The new dates include an NYC show at Webster Hall on August 18. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.

While you wait for Handsome Furs' new album, Sound Kapital to come out (June 28 via Sub Pop), check out their iTunes Live from Montreal EP which is available now. The EP includes two cuts off the new album, "No Feelings" and "Repatriated" (which you can also grab here), and three off 2009's Face Control. Check out the tracklist and more Handsome Furs dates and the other stuff, below.

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DOWNLOAD: Moonface - "Fast Peter" (MP3)

Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
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Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown vocalist Spencer Krug announced the first-ever tour for his Moonface project, which hits NYC on July 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale this Wednesday (5/25) at noon. All dates are listed below.

His live debut for the new project took place earlier this month (5/6) at the secretly-located Brooklyn venue Envelope, and he played a show in Montreal since (a low quality video from the latter is below).

The tour is in support of his upcoming full length Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, which serves as the follow-up to his debut EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums. According to Krug, the album is "something between pop and lush drones." Organ Music drops August 2 via Jagjaguwar. Download the track "Fast Peter" from the album above.

The tracklist, live video, and all tour dates, below...

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Spencer Krug's solo project Moonface will be in Brooklyn at the secret venue Envelope for his first ever performance under the Moonface moniker. The show, originally scheduled for tonight (4/20), has been moved to Friday, May 6. The $25 ticket includes 3 fancy drinks and the location of the Bushwick venue. The show is being opened by Matteah Baim. Moonface's 2010 EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums can be downloaded on his website. Donations welcomed.

In other Wolf Parade news, Handsome Furs just came through town on their tour which is still underway. Their upcoming third album Sound Kapital drops June 28 via Sub Pop. A new track, "What About Us," can be downloaded here.