by Bill Pearis

photo: Ultimate Painting @ Elvis Guesthouse 3/12/2015 (via @panachebooking)
Ultimate Painting

UK group Ultimate Painting and Australia's Twerps are in NYC currently and are playing two shows this weekend:March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to both are still available but if you'd like to go to tonight's Rough Trade show for free, we're giving away a pair. Details below.

Last night (3/12) Ultimate Painting played a surprise, late night show at Elvis Guesthouse which is quickly becoming the place for secret squirrel activity. Their 40-minute set included a lot of last year's self-titled debut, plus two songs from their next album which is currently being mastered by Total Control's Mikey Young for release on Trouble in Mind later this year. (Stay tuned for details on that.) James Haore and Jack Cooper's VU/Dead-style guitar interplay comes off even better live than on record, and their rhythm section (Jack's Mazes bandmate Neil Robinson and CoCoComa's Anthony Cozzi on bass) is tight.

Next week, Ultimate Painting and Twerps will be in Austin for SXSW. Updated dates, including all announced SXSW shows, are listed, along with Rdio streams of their albums and contest details, below.


For a chance at winning a pair of tickets to see TWERPS & ULTIMATE PAINTING at ROUGH TRADE: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND and "Twerps at Rough Trade" in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "TWERPS". Include your first and last name in the email. We'll pick a winner at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!

Ultimate Painting - 2015 Tour Dates
FRI 3/13/2015 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, New York w/ Twerps, Pale Lights
SAT 3/14/2015 Mercury Lounge New York, New York w/ Twerps, EZTV
SUN 3/15/2015 DC9 Washington, DC w/ Twerps
MON 3/16/2015 The Pinhook Durham, North Carolina w/ Twerps
TUE 3/17/2015 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia w/ Twerps
WED 3/18/2015 Gasa Gasa New Orleans, Louisiana w/ Twerps
Thu. March 19 - End of an Ear (4pm)
Thu. March 19 - KVRX Showcase @ Backyard of 1500 E. 2nd St. (9pm)
Fri. March 20 - Tune Core SXSW Party @ Vulcan Gas Company (12:40pm)
Fri. March 20 - Panache SXSW Showcase @ Hotel Vegas (10:05pm)
Sat. March 21 - Panache SXSW Rager @ Spider House - Outdoor Stage 2 (3:30pm)
Sat. March 21 - British Music Embassy/NME Showcase @ Latitude 30 (9pm)
Sun. March 22 - Panache SXSW Hangover Party @ Beerland - Stage 2 (6:30pm)
Sun. March 22 - Third Man Records SXSW Showcase @ Franks (1:30pm)
Sun. March 22 - End Of SXSW Party @ Hotel Vegas (11:15pm)
WED 3/25/2015 The Chapel San Francisco, California w/ Jacco Gardner
THU 3/26/2015 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, California w/ Jacco Gardner
FRI 3/27/2015 The Casbah San Diego, California w/ Jacco Gardner, Broncho
SAT 3/28/2015 The Echo Los Angeles, California White Fence, w/ Jacco Gardner, The Entrance Band, w/ Twerps, Happyness, Endless Bummer
SUN 3/29/2015 The Observatory Santa Ana, California Burgerama Festival
TUE 3/31/2015 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
WED 4/1/2015 Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon w/ Happyness
THU 4/2/2015 Stage 112 Missoula, Montana
SUN 4/5/2015 Turf Club St. Paul, Minnesota
MON 4/6/2015 The Frequency Madison, Wisconsin w/ Heaters

Twerps - 2015 Tour Dates
03/13/15 New York, NY Rough Trade
03/14/15 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
03/15/15 Washington, DC DC9
03/16/15 Durham, NC The Pinhook
03/17/15 Atlanta, GA The Earl
03/18/15 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
3/19/15 Austin, TX SXSW 3:00pm - Hype Hotel (Hype Machine)
3/19/15 Austin, TX SXSW 4:00pm - Mohawk (Pitchfork)
3/20/15 Austin, TX SXSW 1:00pm - Waterloo Records
3/20/15 Austin, TX SXSW 4:00pm - Red Eyed Fly (Another Planet, Noise Pop)
3/20/15 Austin, TX SXSW 9:10pm - Hotel Vegas (Panache)
3/21/15 Austin, TX SXSW 10:00am - Four Seasons (KUTX)
03/22/15 Dallas, TX Spillover Music Fest
03/24/15 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
03/25/15 Boise, ID Treefort Music Festival Mar 25-29
03/28/15 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
03/29/15 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory Burgerama 2015
03/30/15 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
03/31/15 Santa Rosa, CA Refuge Church
04/02/15 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
04/03/15 Vancouver, BC The Fox Cabaret
04/04/15 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
04/05/15 Missoula, MT Stage 112
04/07/15 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
04/08/15 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
04/09/15 St. Louis, MO The Billiken Club
04/10/15 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
04/11/15 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
05/13/15 Belgium Belgium Nuits Botanique Festival
05/14/15 Amsterdam Netherlands Subbacultcha
05/15/15 Brighton United Kingdom The Great Escape
05/16/15 Bristol United Kingdom Start the Bus
05/17/15 Manchester United Kingdom The Eagle
05/18/15 London United Kingdom Shacklewell Arms
05/20/15 Paris France Point Ephemere
05/21/15 Cologne Germany King Georg
05/22/15 Berlin Germany Kometenmelodien
05/23/15 Prague Czech Republic Cafe v Lese
05/24/15 Munich Germany Theatron Festival
05/25/15 Rijeka Croatia (Hrvatska) Zivot
05/28/15 Barcelona Spain Primavera Sound
05/30/15 Nimes France This Is Not a Love Song Festival
06/01/15 Ravenna Italy Beaches Brew Festival Jun 1-5
06/02/15 Luzern Switzerland Südpol
06/03/15 Ravenna Italy Beaches Brew Festival
06/04/15 Milan Italy Ohibo Club