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photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.
There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right opened last year around this time -- their first show was BrooklynVegan's CMJ day party on October 18. The place has been pretty much an instant hit since. As mentioned, Baby's is celebrating its first birthday with a special week of shows, including tonight's sold out White Fence show (10/13), the Mexican Summer party with Connan Mockasin, Quilt and more on Thursday (10/16, sold out), and Wampire & TOPS late show on Friday (tickets), and Frankie Cosmos, Porches & more on Friday early and Saturday (October 17 & 18, tickets).
Other shows happening that we haven't mentioned yet include Young Magic, Princess Nokia and Prince Rama (DJ) on Tuesday (10/14) (tickets); and Caveman, Icewater, Public Access T.V., and Lily McQueen on Wednesday (10/15) (tickets). Stick around late night on Wednesday for a midnight set from Endless Boogie (tickets).
The Baby's show is one of three East Coast shows Caveman have this week. Dates are listed below. Icewater, meanwhile, have a new self-titled EP and you can stream the two tracks from that below. And Public Access T.V. will play another show at Baby's this week, a midnight set with Ryn Weaver (tickets), that starts immediately after the Connan Mockasin show.
A birthday gift for all of us: their delicious/deadly frozen Pink Baby cocktails are just $1 at happy hour this week. BV will be back at Baby's for CMJ next week, with day parties on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25), full lineups TBA, plus a Saturday night show with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport.
Happy birthday, Baby's All Right! Icewater stream below...
photos by Erik Erikson
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW 9/17/2014
Was it less of a challenge to create things intuitively without agonizing over them?Bear in Heaven wrapped up their North American tour for their new album with two shows in NYC: Tuesday (9/16) at Bowery Ballroom and then Wednesday (9/17) on their home turf of Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening both shows were the well-matched, vibe-wise, fellow Brooklynites Young Magic and WIFE (the electronic solo project from Altar of Plagues frontman James Kelly). Pictures from the night are in this post.
JP: Oddly not. It's like when you do things like that, other things become challenging. Most of our songs are, at first inception, generally layered--lots and lots of stuff going on, lots of parts. And then as we went on making it, we just kept pulling parts out, pulling sounds out. I think by the time we were done, we really got to the point where we were like, "We're sort of at the core of this music." That's what we were looking for--trying to find the center.
It's tricky, you know, because we historically are this band who sort of, like, have big sound, you know, lots of things going on. So to do something going in the opposite direction, it's a little frightening. The last song on our record starts a cappella. Playing it live, it's crazy. - [Columbia Spectator]
WIFE snuck in a third show while here, playing very late at Baby's All Right last night / this morning. Anybody check that out? More pics from Wednesday's MHOW show below...
The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...
Beverly at Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Beverly, Future Punx, Wildhoney @ Baby's All Right
Beverly's debut album, Careers, is full of effortlessly catchy indie pop (think prime Kim Deal) and is celebrated tonight with help from new wave revivalists Future Punx and Wildhoney.
Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, You Blew It! @ Best Buy Theater
Say Anything are out supporting their new album and they've brought some pretty excellent openers along: NJ lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, NYC power poppy punks The So So Glos, and Florida '90s emo lovers You Blew It!.
Phony PPL, Toki Wright, Tracee Owo, Allan Kingdom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof.
The English Beat @ City Winery
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too, you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."
Rat Fist (mems No Age, Pissed Jeans), Pampers, Francisco Franco, Tom Blacklung @ Death by Audio
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness, and they make the kind of noisy racket you'd expect from members of No Age and Pissed Jeans. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows, both in tiny venues where stuff like this belongs.
A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha Du Prince (live), DJ Spoko @ MoMA PS1
As always, Warm Up brings tons of forward thinking electronic music (and some other stuff like rap, indie pop, etc) to MoMA PS1's courtyard for very hot, very popular all-day dance parties. Tonight's the first show of this year's series with a typically great and eclectic lineup.
Young Magic, Doe Paoro, Rioux, Doldrums (DJ set) @ Rough Trade
Young Magic are from Brooklyn but exist in a sexy dreamworld where Sade and the Cocteau Twins work on records together. Or something like that. Their new album, Breathing Statues, came out in May.
Sargeist, One Tall One Head, Typhus, Forteresse, Sacrament Ov Impurity @ Saint Vitus
Martyrdoom III, the third annual five-day metal festival at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, is on day 2 with Finnish black metal greats Sargeist.
ONO, Obnox, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
Obnox is one of the many projects of Cleveland punk musician Lamont Thomas, but while he usually drums, for this one he takes the lead and brings elements of soul, R&B, hip hop and more into it too.
Shady Hawkins, Mannequin Pussy, Free Pizza, Acidosis @ Silent Barn
NYC punks Mannequin Pussy have been regulars on the local scene for a while now, but have just signed to Tiny Engines who are releasing their new album of whiplash punk.
Drive-By Truckers, The Hold Steady @ The Paramount
The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers both recently released new albums, and both will be on their own tours this summer. Their paths intersect for two co-headlining NY-area shows, this being the first.
Gameface, Restorations, Habits @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Gameface were one of the early/influential post-hardcore bands of Revelation Records back in the '90s, and now they're reunited and put out their first album since 2003 this year. Opening this show is great newer band Restorations.
Infest, Paint It Black, Replica, Ajax @ The Wick
Speaking of influential punk bands, powerviolence pioneers Infest are also reunited and on their second of two NYC shows tonight (their first ever here). Philly greats Paint It Black make this an unstoppable double bill for hardcore.
IIII, Highlife, Brian Degraw (DJ) @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
If you like drums, you'll want to hit Union Pool's weekly free Saturday outdoor party, today featuring IIII which is Hisham Akira Bharoocha(Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Ben Vida. Bands usually start around 4PM.
Azealia Banks @ Capitale
It's NYC Pride Week and part of the celebrations include tonight's show from Azealia Banks. Maybe she'll play stuff from her upcoming album (lol).
Luciano, Sandra St. Victor @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Reggae is the theme of this evening's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert, featuring roots worshiper Luciano and The Family Stand's Sandra Sat. Victor.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Stagnant Pools @ MHOW
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah may be missing much of the lineup they began with, and this once-buzzy band is buzzy no longer, but they do still make quality indie rock. Opening are Stagnant Pools who are a little shoegazy and also probably own the first two Strokes albums.
Del Close Marathon
It's Upright Citizens Brigade's annual three-day fest with over 420 comedy performances. A $30 wristband gets you into as many as you can muster.
Sam Sparro, Ultra Nat?, Kevin Aviance, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic) @ Central Park Summerstage
It's a big disco night at Summerstage bileld "Club Classics Live!" with a number of veterans.
Pearson Sound, Vissacoor, Teengirl Fantasy, Rrose, Sinjin Hawke, Aquarian @ 88 Palace
It's a big dance party night in Chinatown with this stacked Sick Magic-presented bill.
Jimmy Edgar, Lauren Flax, Braille @ Output (roof)
It's another afternoon (3 PM) dance party on the roof at Output, and a pretty good lineup all around.
Primus @ Stone Pony
Get your bass face ready because four-string wizard Les Claypool and the rest of the Primus crew are back in town for two area shows, this being the second.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Mac DeMarco w/ Walter TV @ Northside 2014 (via @stevensedition)
The annual NXNE fest is currently underway in Toronto, ON with the music portion really happening Wednesday - Saturday (June 18 - 21) at venues all over the Canadian city. For those heading that way, here are a dozen notable events and shows.
1) BrooklynVegan has Partnered with M for Montreal and Panache once again for the Bruise Cruise which happens aboard the Queens Quay on Saturday (6/21). Mac DeMarco will host the floating festivities, with his other band, Walter TV (who just played Northside as did Mac), as well as Calvin Love, PS I Love You and The Posterz. It's free with a NXNE badge or wristband, $10 without. It boards at noon and leaves the dock at 1:15 PM, don't be late! Check out the flyer below.
2) Mio is turning a Toronto streetcar into the "Mio Squirtcar" (um, that name), a moving festival venue showcasing artists like Shannon and the Clams, Frankie Cosmos, araabMUZIK, Reggie Watts and more.
3) Vice & Vans have teamed up to create "Vice Island," a free, day-long Toronto Islands adventure on Thursday (6/19) featuring performances by big hitters like Pusha T, Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and many more.
4) If you'd rather hoof it, walking to and from shows will be even more interesting this year, thanks to NXNE commissioning street artists to transform city alleyways with new murals.
5) Red Bull brings their Sound Select series to Tattoo this week, featuring some secret headliners as well as acts like Future Islands, A$AP Ferg, Autre Ne Veut, Evian Christ and more.
6) For the young among us, NXNE is providing some free all-ages outdoor daytime shows by the lake, showcasing some up-and-comers including Jenny Omnichord, Unicorn Patrol, Lyric Dubee and more.
7) The Horseshoe Tavern has been rechristened The Budweiser Music House for NXNE with loaded bills featuring the likes of Low, Lee Harvey Osmond, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', The Felice Brothers and more, with a secret late night headliner on Friday (6/20) for good measure.
8) Sennheiser teams up with NXNE to present some huge shows at Massey Hall from tUnE-yArDs, Ryley Walker, Spiritualized, Rhye and more.
9) The biggest shows of the week happen outdoors at the free and naturally all-ages Yonge-Dundas Square, with sets from Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells, Swans, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Juicy J and more.
10) On Sunday (6/22), The Edward Day Gallery will play host to the all-ages DIY Label and Art Fair, were you can buy and swap records and talk to local DIY bloggers, all while eating good food and listening to sets from Greys, Young Mother, White Poppy and many more.
11) Another free option: Beach Day, Joywave and Craft Spells are playing a free all-ages GAP-sponsored show at the corner of Queen & Peter on Saturday afternoon(6/21).
12) NXNE's series of showcases at Adelaide Hall will have your dancing needs covered with sets from Fuck Buttons, Young Magic, Mas Ysa, Ryan Hemsworth, Run the Jewels and many more.
Browse NXNE's site for more.
Bruise Cruise NXNE flyer below...
Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.
photos by Joe McCabe
Allah-Las @ Webster Hall last night
The Black Angels are currently in town, having played the first of two NYC shows last night (4/8) at Webster Hall with openers Allah-Las and Elephant Stone. Tonight is an off-night for the tour and Allah-las have confirmed our suspicions that they are the "special guests" tonight (4/9) at Young Magic's show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available. We've got pictures from Allah-Las' set at Webster Hall last night in this post and we'll have ones of Black Angels and Elephant Stone in a while. All three play again Wednesday (4/10) at The Bell House which is sold out.
Meanwhile, Young Magic will be DJing between sets at SZA's show at Pianos on Saturday (4/13). More Allah-Las pictures and a Spotify stream of Allah-Las' album below...
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
Young Magic @ Webster Hall, Jan. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Young Magic, who not too long ago wrapped up a tour opening for Purity Ring, are hopefully busy working on a follow-up to last year's Melt. In the meantime, the Australian expats who now call Brooklyn their home have a few local dates lined up. They'll play Mercury Lounge on April 9. That show is with "Special Guests TBA," and a "Reverberation DJ set." Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. The band are also playing Ran Tea House on April 19 and, after a trip to Austin Psych Fest, play Brooklyn Museum on May 4.
Back to the Mercury Lounge show. We're not sure what "Special Guests TBA" is but Reverberation is the name of Allah-Las weekly online radio show (the most recent webcast is streamable below) and this show falls smack-dab inbetween Allah-Las' dates with The Black Angels and Elephant Stone at Webster Hall on April 8 (tickets) and The Bell House on April 10 (tickets). We were wondering if Allah-Las might play a show on their own while here. It looks like they'll be DJing but... hmm.
All Young Magic tour dates are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Purity Ring at Webster Hall - 1/11/13
Purity Ring brought their North American tour with Young Magic to NYC for two sold Webster Hall shows this past weekend (Friday [1/11] and Saturday [1/12]). Pictures of night 1 are in this post.
Purity Ring's light show, which has been awesome from the beginning, continues to gradually evolve, and they had new elements brought into it at the shows to complement their move up to a larger venue (you may remember it was only about a year and a quarter ago that they were opening for Neon Indian at Webster Hall). In addition to playing the songs from their 2012 debut album, Shrines, they covered Soulja Boy's "Grammy," which you can watch a video of, plus others from the show, below. And like they did at Le Poisson Rouge last year, they brought out Young Magic frontman Isaac Emmanuel to sing his part on "Grandloves."
More pictures of night 1 and those videos below...
Purity Ring at Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purirty Ring just released the video for new single "Loftcries" from the band's acclaimed debut album on 4AD. The surreal clip, directed by AG Rojas (Jack White's "Sixteen Saltines", Spiritualized's "Hey Jane"), offers up four vignettes where we follow folks dealing with some decidedly strange situations. You can watch it below.
Meanwhile, as their 1/11 show at Webster Hall is sold out, Purity Ring have added a second date at the venue the very next day (1/12) as part of their North American tour with Young Magic. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon. Updated tour dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Slow Magic / Levek / TOPS @ Pianos 10/16/2012
It seems like forever ago (only last week) but the first day of CMJ (Tuesday, 10/16) back before we became covered in handstamps and wristbands, we headed to the Lower East for early day parties, like the one Portals thew at Pianos. There we caught Montreal's dreamy and danceable TOPS, Florida's breezy, jammy Levek, Delaware trio Mean Lady, plus Brooklynites Young Magic, and the similarly named but very different Slow Magic, whose laptop-and-drums style (while masked) was much more aluring than we thought it was going to be (definitely the pleasant surprise of the afternoon).
More pictures from the show are below.
Murals at Pianos, July 2012 (more by Eric Townsend)
Louisville's Murals are visiting NYC this week for CMJ and are certainly contenders for the Most Shows award, playing nine times between now and Saturday, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. Full line-up is still forthcoming but Murals play at 1 PM right before Deap Vally. If you haven't heard Murals's On a Passing Cloud LP, you can stream it below. The band were last here over the summer.
The band's run of shows begins tonight (10/15) with a Oh My Rockness Kickoff Party at Pianos, that also features Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps and Noxious Foxes. $8 at the door.
Other shows this week include Aquarium Drunkard's showcase at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (10/16, 8 PM) with Rafiq Bhatia, Tashaki Miyaki and more, and then Pianos upstairs shortly after (9:30 PM, free) that same night that also features Team Spirit, Slam Donahue and more.
On Thursday (10/18), Murals play two shows: Pianos (1:30 PM, free) for the I Guess I'm Floating day party with Chad Valley, Hundred Waters and more, then the Bird Dog/Golden Ratio party (6:45 PM, being relocated from Deliquency, venue TBD, free) with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe and more.
On Friday (10/19) in addition to our day party, they'll play Pianos/The Deli's official CMJ showcase (9:30) with Young Magic, Mac Demarco and more. Then two shows on Saturday (10/20): the Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos (3:30, free) with Savages, the Orwells and more; and finally Cake Shop that night (10 PM) with Francisco the Man, Field Mouse and more.
All Murals CMJ week dates are listed below, along with their album stream and show flyers.
by Zach Pollack
DOWNLOAD: Purity Ring - "Belispeak II" feat. Danny Brown (MP3)
Purity Ring at POP Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purity Ring are set to head out on a European tour in November, and they've already begun announcing North American dates to go down in early 2013, upon their return. Those dates include a NYC show which happens on January 11 at Webster Hall with Young Magic, whose frontman Isaac Emmanuel sings the guest vocals on "Grandloves" and did so live for the first time at Le Poisson Rouge in July. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale today (10/10) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The full tour was announced and Young Magic supports on every date. All dates are listed below.
In related news, yesterday (10/9) the duo warned via Twitter that they've "got treats." The single "treat" they've shared is a sequel to the song "Belispeak" from their debut LP, Shrines, featuring a little help from guest-spot-maniac Danny Brown. Corin Roddick has really ramped up the production on "Belispeak II," turning it into more of a club track than the already dancey original was. Instead of further warping Megan James' voice, Roddick targeted Danny Brown towards the end of his short verse, pitching up his rhythmic lines. Take a listen to "Belispeak II" at the bottom of this post or download it above.
Meanwhile, you'll have a bunch of chances to catch Young Magic in NYC even sooner during CMJ. He'll DJ the Force Field/Hipster Runoff party at Glasslands on October 18 along with DJ sets by Chrome Canyon, Teen Daze, and Mister Lies (free with RSVP). Later that night, he'll play live at Cameo for the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase with Prince Rama, Dent May, Popstrangers, Dog Bite, Montag, and Adventure (tickets). And on October 19, he'll play the Deli showcase at Pianos with Hundred Waters, Mac DeMarco, Snowmine, Foxygen, Murals, The Luyas, Ava Luna, Port St. Willow and Poor Moon (tickets).
In other Danny Brown news, Noisey posted a video of him at the Gathering of the Juggalos. That video, the "Belispeak II" song stream, and lists of dates are below...
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tame Impala at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/7/12
Australia's Tame Impala are in North America for a few festivals including Lollapalooza (pics HERE) and Osheaga (pics coming soon), which they played over the weekend, and Outside Lands, which they'll play this weekend. While here, they stopped in NYC for an intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (8/7) with Young Magic. The show sold out immediately and it was packed. The band will have their new album, Lonerism, out this October which will presumably bring the band back to North America for a full tour hitting much larger venues than Music Hall of Williamsburg.
More pictures and a video of Tame Impala playing "Runway, Houses, City Clouds" from the MHOW show are below.
Louisville's Murals released their debut album, On A Passing Cloud, earlier this month. It's a nice dose of Shins-y folk pop with some lighthearted psychedelia mixed in. You can stream the whole album below. That's the cover art above.
Murals are going on a tour in support of the album which comes to NYC for four shows: July 26 at Cameo with Indian Rebound, Treppenverter and The Split; July 27 at Pianos with A Lull, Black Light Dinner Party, and Nightmare Air (tickets); July 28 at Delinquency BLVD (1031 Grand St.); and July 29 at Mercury Lounge to open the Quilt/Young Magic show with Secret Mountains (tickets).
A list of all dates and the album stream are below.
Young Magic at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Brooklyn psych poppers Young Magic and Boston psych folkies Quilt are teaming up for a psych-filled co-headlining tour this summer. The tour kicks off with a Brooklyn show on June 28 at Glasslands, and after hitting up other parts of the US and Canada, returns to NYC to wrap up the tour at Mercury Lounge on July 29. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now.
Young Magic also just remixed the Doldrums track "Egypt" off of his upcoming EP of the same name, due out June 4 via Souterrain Transmissions. Download the remix and the original above, and stream both below. Doldrums was just in NYC for two shows with Bear in Heaven and Blouse.
All dates and streams below...
by Bill Pearis
Hope you all survived Record Store Day. I didn't find most of what I was looking for (most of which was UK only) but I did get that great Lee Hazlewood comp on Light in the Attic. Hope you found what you wanted the most. Lots of good stuff this week, so let's get into it.
The most TWII show of the week happens tonight (4/24) at Mercury Lounge: Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures. It's the start of the two bands' tour together that will wrap up on Sunday, May 20 for the last day of the NYC Popfest which is happening at Littlefield (w/ Ladybug Transistor, White Town and about six more that day). All Allo Darlin'/Wave Pictures tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, came out last week to pretty much across-the-board acclaim. It's a little more melancholy than the band's debut, with a lot less ukulele this time out. Maybe that seems like a good thing, but I must say I miss the exuberance of Allo Darlin's debut. The more subdued nature of the songs and production make it sound like a Camera Obscura album much of the time, a comparison I would've never made before. But Elizabeth Morris' songwriting and voice are still in fine form, it's all just a little more "mature."
You can stream Allo Darlin's Europe at the bottom of this post. I'm sure one thing that hasn't changed is Allo Darlin's ability to charm in the live setting.
The Wave Pictures
The same goes for The Wave Pictures who I will always go see live even if I'm not so crazy about the album they're touring to support. Not that they change so much from record to record. Their new album, Long Black Cars, is pretty good (listen at Spotify) I think but much like the rest: Dave Tattersall spins fascinating, funny stories with a singsong delivery. Most of their albums sound like they were recorded live, but it always comes off a million times more compelling when you actually see them play. Tattersall is also one of the funniest between-song banterers of our age. Also funny: the Darren Hayman-directed video for their song "Spaghetti" which you can watch below.
Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic will release their third album, A Different Ship, in a couple weeks (May 8 specifically) and soon head out on a short UK tour before covering most of North America with Hospitality. (All dates are below.) Before that, HWGM play this Friday (4/26) at Knitting Factory with Glass Ghost.
The new album has an interesting birth. Stuck playing a pre-noon set at Glastonbury 2010, the groggy band were playing to a groggy crowd, none of whom seemed to be having any fun. Except for two guys dancing right up front, who turned out to be Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. The band met Yorke and Godrich after their set and Godrich turned up at more European shows... and ended up producing Different Ships. This is the bands first album that didn't start with Luke Temple doing demos on his own, and with the band incorporated from the beginning (and working in Godrich's studio). While still boyant and dreamy, Different Ships feels a little bigger, a little more fully formed than the previous two. You can stream "Make Up Your Mind" at the bottom of this post as well stream new single "How Do I Know?" at Secretly Canadian's SoundCloud page.
The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
And finally, while Feelies shows have become less rare since the band actually made a new album, but any chance to see one of the most influential NYC-area bands of the last 30 years is one you shouldn't pass up. And you have that chance on Friday (4/27) at the Bell House. While bands from Luna (who had the Feelies' Stanley Demeski on drums at the beginnning) to The Strokes have taken from them, there's no substitute for that Bill Million/Glen Mercer guitar interplay that still sounds like magic.
You can listen to the Feelies' terrific album from last year, Here Before, as well as some of their classic ones, at Spotify. The Feelies also play Saturday (4/28) at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY if you're up that way and a few more scheduled dates throughout the summer which are further down this post.
That's the big stuff this week. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above, are below.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Diehard are at Union Hall tonight with Everest, Benjamin Cartel (of Kaiser Cartel) and Resistor. Diehard just released a video for their theme songwhich you can watch below. It's from last year's The Times We Didn't Have Fun which you can download for free from Bandcamp. Diehard also play Saturday (4/28) at the Rock Bar in the west, West Village.
Colorado's Gauntlet Hair are in town at GLasslands tonight with dream poppers Field Mouse and Baby Alpaca.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
One of the coolest cats around, Nick Lowe is at at Town Hall with nearly 40 years worth of amazing songs in his arsenal. Last year's The Old Magic was another winner from the Basher and you can stream it at Spotify and watch the comedy star-studded video for "Sensitive Man" below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).Jonathan Toubin!!
This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.
Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.
To quote this week's This Week in Indie,
Sunday night (3/4) at Bowery Ballroom is the NYC debut of Swedish duo Korallreven, one half of which is The Radio Dept.'s Daniel Tjäder. I like their debut album a lot, all lush, synth-driven dream pop but, like a lot of music like this, I wonder how they're going to make it an interesting concert experience. I envision two guys behind laptops and keyboards bobbing their heads and singing, with some projections and hopefully smoke machines. Maybe they could move the downstairs couches to the main room? Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see. I'm sure it will sound great in any case. If you haven't heard them yet, you can download "Sa Sa Samoa" in regular and remixed form at the top of this post and watch the video at the bottom of this post. Also playing: Lemonade and Young Magic.OK, maybe that wasn't the hardest sell, but nonetheless, tickets are still on sale, AND we have a few pairs to give away. Contest details, and all dates, including a free BrooklynVegan day party at Hotel Vegas at SXSW this year, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Young Magic at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Melt, which you can stream in its entirety on bandcamp, is a fairly solid debut. Think Yeasayer's percussive psych pop and The Weeknd's hipster approved R&B drowned in tons of reverb, and you've pretty much got the idea. There's not too much diversity from song to song but it's an enjoyable listen for sure and worth checking out.
Young Magic has more upcoming dates this March, including hooking up with Korallreven for a few dates on their tour which hits Bowery Ballroom on March 4. Lemonade is also on that show and tickets are still available. Then they'll join Bear in Heaven for a few dates on their tour with Doldrums and Blouse (none in NYC). They will return to NYC after that run to play Cameo on April 6 with Co La and SoftSpot. Tickets for that Brooklyn show are on sale now.
All dates below...
Young Magic at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Now they're set to release their debut LP, Melt on February 14 via Carpark. The album will feature material from their singles, including "Night In The Ocean," "Slip Time", "Sparkly", and "You With Air." You can stream all four of those tracks below, along with the album artwork and tracklist, and the video for "Sparkly."
A while back Young Magic announced a record release show scheduled to take place in their current hometown of NYC on February 18 at Mercury Lounge. That show was cancelled after tickets went on sale but was re-announced this week and tickets are on sale now. The show is being opened by Heaven, who also open the Swervedriver show at Bowery Ballroom (3/31).
Young Magic were also initially billed as the openers for YACHT's upcoming tour but have since dropped off (2/26 Brooklyn show included).
Video, streams, and album info below...