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American Football played Webster Hall again and Saint Vitus (pics, setlist, video), concluding NYC run tonight

October 12, 2014 - 3:05pm

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

American Football @ Webster Hall - 10/11/14

American Football continued their sold-out 3-night Webster Hall run last night (10/11) with Into It. Over It. opening. Like the previous night, they played in front of a screen with the house from their album cover, and played all the songs from their album and EP plus a bonus track from the new reissue, just in a slightly different order this time ("Never Meant" closed the show last night). Pictures of that show are in this post.

After Webster, American Football and Into It. Over It. headed to Saint Vitus for a much more intimate aftershow. Doors were at 12:30 AM and the line was wrapped around the block way before they opened. Everyone got in though, and the show went lateee until 3 AM when the cops showed up and closed it down. This one was way more laid back than the Webster shows, and they opened with "Never Meant" this time (and joked that they'd just play that 12 times and then leave). Video of that, with more pictures and the setlist from Webster, below.

The Webster run wraps up tonight (10/12) with Matt Pond opening. Sold out.

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What's going on Sunday? (American Football, Iceage, Devo, JEFF the Brotherhood/Diarrhea Planet, Jane's Addiction, more

October 12, 2014 - 12:08am

JEFF the Brotherhood in Chicago in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

American Football, Matt Pond @ Webster Hall
Emo legends American Football had a very brief career in the late '90s that only resulted in one album, one EP and a few shows, but in the time since then those few recordings have gone on to become very loved and highly influential on the current emo scene. Now they're finally back and tonight concludes their three-night run at Webster Hall, all of which are sold out.

JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Scully, Punani Huntah @ Death by Audio
Few out-of-town bands are as synonymous with Death by Audio as Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood and few band's shows are as crazy as their's are there. It's been JEFF's home away from home. Jake and Jamin never fail to bring it, four-on-the-floor, face-melting power jams that drive like a brakeless trucker on steep incline, and with the venue closing next month, this show is even more unmissable. If you got tickets, that is -- this one's sold out. JEFF and equally exciting tourmates Diarrhea Planet will be at Santos on Monday.

Iceage, Helm, Blues Control, Shells @ Bowery Ballroom
Iceage's third album has them moving more into punk blues territories that sounds inspired by The Bad Seeds and The Gun Club. Tomorrow's smaller Acheron show may be a better fit for their sound, but they've also got good support tonight from London experimentalist Helm, local psych band Blues Control and guitar experimenter Shells.

Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists, Cheeky Parade @ Times Square (CBGB Fest)
CBGB Fest is mostly smaller shows, but they've got this big one which also happens to be free. It starts at noon with Devo going on at 4 PM and Jane's at 6:15, so you can see two great veteran bands before heading somewhere else for the night.

Today is the Day, Lord Mantis, Cleanteeth, Swollen Organs @ Acheron
Longrunning noisecore rippers Today Is The Day will release their tenth album this week, and we'll likely hear a good chunk of that at tonight's show. Support comes from their tourmates, Chicago's blackened sludgers Lord Mantis (who also have a new album out this year), as well as Goes Cube/Hull-related sludge band Cleanteeth and harsh noise/PE project Swollen Organs.

Kamp!, House of Blondes, Cookies @ Glasslands
Hailing from Wroclaw, Poland, electronic trio Kamp! make dance music steeped in '80s synthpop and '90s balearic. Their new EP, Baltimore, came out via Cascine over the sumner.

Escape Music Festival
It's the second and final day of NYC's inaugural Escape Music Festival on Govenors Island featuring a mostly electronic and indie pop lineup with Girl Talk, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joy Formidable, ASTR, Anoraak and more.

Generationals, Arum Rae @ Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Generationals have a new LP out on Polyvinyl which is more of their upbeat indie pop. Tonight their tour in support of it hits NYC.

Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, August Wells @ Rough Trade
Steve Gunn makes more quality psychedelic-ish folk on this year's Way Out Weather. This is the release party which also features a duo set from harpist Mary Lattimore and Kurt Vile/War On Drugs producer Jeff Zeigler, plus August Wells.

The Soft Batch, Coup Sauvage and the Snips, Gauzy (ex-Tayisha Busay), Max Steele @ Cake Shop
The Soft Batch is a collaborative project from JD Samson of MEN and Le Tigre and Tami Hart of MEN's past billmates and Kathleen Hanna tributers Making Friendz. See what they have in store at Cake Shop tonight.

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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American Football playing $5 LATE show at Saint Vitus after tonight's Webster Hall show (updated dates)

October 11, 2014 - 9:30pm

American Football at Webster Hall last night (via)

American Football's sold-out three-night run at Webster Hall is underway, having kicked off last night (review, setlist, video), and continuing today and Sunday. If you'd like to see them somewhere smaller than Webster Hall while they're here though (and for way cheaper), you're in luck. After tonight's show, they'll head to Brooklyn's Saint Vitus for a LATE show (Noisey presents). Doors are at 12:30 AM, $5 at the door gets you in, and entry is first come, first served.

Updated dates are listed below...

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ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 1 in pics (St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Temples, Chvrches &more)

October 11, 2014 - 3:31pm

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014


Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.

Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.

If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...

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American Football began their three-night run at Webster Hall, do it again tonight and Sunday (review, setlist, video)

October 11, 2014 - 1:53pm

by Andrew Sacher

American Football @ Webster Hall - 10/10/14 (via BroooklynVegan Instagram)

Emo legends American Football are finally back, playing their first shows in 15 years, and last night (10/10) they began their three-night run at NYC's Webster Hall. Singer Mike Kinsella has already visited NYC for two great shows here this year, first sitting behind the kit on the Owls reunion tour, and then again as Owen one night prior to American Football. But there was a different aura to the American Football show. The members were cast as silhouettes against a backdrop of the house from their album cover, and while the crowd was ready to sing along to all their teenage feelings, atmospherics won out.

Rather than opening the show with a fan favorite, they eased into their set, beginning with the instrumental "Five Silent Miles" from their EP, and those types of instrumental passages resurfaced several times throughout the set. When you're dealing with a reunion set like The Replacements, the crowd is happy to belt out all the words and relive memories, but this was more like the My Bloody Valentine reunion. American Football had to win over the crowd with technicality and zoned-out-inducing instrumentation, and they did just that. Drummer Steve Lamos brought the melancholic trumpets (which got major cheers from the crowd), and the guitars were as sparkly clean and noodling as the record. There were a couple moments where the band seemed to slip up, but that's hard to complain about when they were basically learning some of these parts for the first time, and perfection is never what made the Kinsella bands great in the first place.

Setlist-wise, it was literally impossible to complain. They played every song from their album and their EP (their only two releases), plus "The 7's" which appeared in the bonus material of this year's reissue. Of course that means it was a 13-song set and over in about an hour, but it was one anyone in 2014 was lucky to see.

S. Carey opened last night. The run continues tonight (10/11) with Into It. Over It. and concludes Sunday (10/12) with Matt Pond. Like last night, the next two are sold out.

Full setlist and a video of them playing "Never Meant" last night, below...

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What's going on Saturday? (Lifetime, American Football, Tim and Eric, Fleetwood Mac, X Japan, PC Worship & more)

October 11, 2014 - 12:10am

Lifetime at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Lifetime, Mouthpiece, Spraynard, Lemuria @ Stone Pony
American Football's not the only veteran emo band playing the NYC-area this weekend. Melodic hardcore rippers Lifetime will be in NJ for this BrooklynVegan-presented show that includes strong support from fellow NJ vets Mouthpiece, the recently reactivated Spraynard, and Buffalo indie punks Lemuria.

The Gizmos, Pampers, Lame Drivers, Milk Dick @ Union Pool
Bloomington, IN garage rock band The Gizmos existed for a few years and a few EPs in the late '70s. A reformed lineup just played Gonerfest and are in NYC for a show too. Also on the bill are Brooklyn's bruising Pampers, so this should be a fun show.

American Football, Into It. Over It. @ Webster Hall
Emo legends American Football had a very brief career in the late '90s that only resulted in one album, one EP and a few shows, but in the time since then those few recordings have gone on to become very loved and highly influential on the current emo scene. Now they're finally back and tonight is night 2 of their three-night run at Webster Hall, all of which are sold out.

Fleetwood Mac @ Prudential Center
With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time since the late '90s, this is the Fleetwood Mac most people want to see. Expect the return of songs like "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" to the setlist.

Escape Music Festival
It's the first day of NYC's inaugural 2-day Escape Music Festival. The mostly electronic and indie pop lineup features Moby (DJ), Placebo, yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Moon Boots, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ), Neon Indian (DJ) and more today.

Tim and Eric, Dr. Steve Brule, DJ Dougg Pound @ Best Buy Theater
Time to get weird. Adult Swim oddballs Tim & Eric and their pal Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C Reilly) have prepared a night you are not likely to forget. Two shows tonight.

Karate Kid screening and reunion! @ 92Y
Part of Comic Con's NY Super Week, this is a screening of '80s family classic, followed by a Q&A with cast members. Mr. Miyagi has passed on, but Daniel-san and "Sweep the Leg" Jonny (not to mention the guy who played his win-at-all-costs sensei) will be there.

The Muffs @ Asbury Lanes
The Muffs put out some killer (and often underrated) garage rock/pop punk in the '90s and now they're back with a new album on Burger that's on par with their prime-era material. They played NYC last night and tonight they're nearby in Asbury Park.

Mirah, Death Vessel @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a strong double bill for fans of indie folk with good pop melodies. Both Mirah and Death Vessel put out solid albums this year, Changing Light and Island Intervals, respectively.

PC Worship, Whatever Brains, Shells, Shop Talk @ Death By Audio
PC Worship have been regulars on the local noise/avant-garde scene for years but this year they put out their most song-oriented rock album yet, and it shows they're pretty damn good at making this kind of stuff too.

Groundislava, Tha Yellow R. Kel, DJ Jester @ Glasslands
LA producer Groundislava is releasing a new album, Frozen Throne on Wedidit/Friends of Friends which follows his Feel The Heat EP from earlier this year. This is the release party.

Warthog, Bad Noids, Party Plates, Mr. California, Ivy @ The Acheron
One of NYC's consistently great local punk bands Warthog headline this show, and openers Ivy are especially worth catching too.

Vision of Disorder, Primitive Weapons, Secret Cutter, Crushed @ Saint Vitus (CBGB Fest)
Long Island metalcore vets Vision of Disorder have been back in action for a few years now, most recently releasing 2012's The Cursed Remain Cursed LP. One of NYC's stronger newer bands Primitive Weapons provide direct support.

Splashh, Regal Degal, The Johnnys @ Baby's All Right
UK band Splashh are here to beam bright, shoegazy vibes and maybe play some songs from their new LP which is due out early next year. Regal Degal make off-kilter art-rock, with a machinelike rhythm section.

Turnip King, Dinowalrus, Chimes, Adios Ghost, Gingerlys @ Friends and Lovers
North Brooklyn isn't the only place to see bands in the borough anymore. This is a Death by Audio-worthy lineup right in Crown Heights.

Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer @ Town Hall
Chris Thile never has a lack of things going on. Earlier this year he played shows as a member of the reunited Nickel Creek, he's still got the Punch Brothers plenty active, and now he has a new collaborative LP with Edgar Meyer called Bass & Mandolin (can you guess what instruments they recorded it with?). That duo teams up at Town Hall tonight.

Anais Mitchell, Dietrich Strause @ Rockwood Music Hall
Anais Mitchell may be best known in certain circles for Hadestown, her 2010 album which heavily featured Justin Vernon, but she had already been writing quality folk songs before that and she continues to. Her newest album, Xoa, came out this week and contains solo versions of some her older songs, including several from Hadestown.

Ceramics, Haybaby, Crazy Pills, We Ride On @ Cameo Gallery (CBGB Fest)
This CBGB Fest show has a lineup of mostly garage/grungy pop, and if you're hitting this one we especially recommend catching Haybaby and Crazy Pills.

Loudon Wainwright III @ Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts
One of the many talented Wainwrights, Loudon (father of Rufus and Martha) performs at Pace University's Schimmel Center tonight.

X Japan @ Madison Square Garden
If you're still wondering who the hell's this band who can headline MSG, X Japan have been making rousing power metal with the over-the-top dress and hair of the visual kei scene since 1982, and they've got a crazed fan base all over the world.

If you'd rather go to the movies, we highly recommend Whiplash which stars JK Simmons as an obsessive music teacher at the best musical conservatory in the country who pushes a promising drummer to the edge of his potential. Mr. Holland's Opus it ain't. You can also catch Nas: Time is Illmatic at Nitehawk.

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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Lemmy took a boatload of metalheads on vacation (pics from Motorhead Motorboat w/ Down, Anthrax, High on Fire, more

October 10, 2014 - 5:03pm

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin




Motorhead set sail aboard their own Motorboat cruise last month, leaving the coast of Miami on September 22 and returning on September 26. Joining the metal legends were other veterans (and newer bands) of the genre including Zakk Wylde, Testament, Anthrax, High on Fire, Down and more. Megadeth was supposed to play, but cancelled. To quote the fest's own press release:The inaugural Motörhead's Motörboat, aka The Loudest Boat In The World, conquered the high seas aboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26. An international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise's iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock'n'roll living with no-holds barred! Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead's Motörboat featured more than 30 performances by 15 artists, including Anthrax Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde and High on Fire across four stages throughout the ship, as well as meet and greets with all of the artists, a book signing with Megadeth's David Ellefson, a spoken word performance by Anthrax's Scott Ian, an artist Q&A hosted by Jim Breuer, and some special rockin' from the Metal Allegiance featuring a slew of musicians from the bands performing.Check out a ton more pictures from the whole trip, below....

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The Rogers Sisters added to BV-presents Sleaford Mods / The Gotobeds show

October 10, 2014 - 4:34pm

by Bill Pearis

As mentioned, Sleaford Mods will be playing their first-ever North American show next month at The Wick on November 29, which BrooklynVegan is presenting. Pittsburgh's Gotobeds will also be playing that show. We pleased to announce that rounding out the bill will be Brooklyn's (somewhat) back-in-action The Rogers Sisters, making for a very solid show. Tickets are still available.

If unfamiliar, The Rogers Sisters (Laura and Jennifer Rogers plus Miyuki Furtado) formed in 1999 with a sound somewhere between ESG, Gang of Four and The B-52's (maybe a little Cure too), putting them squarely in the postpunk resurgence scene that spawned Interpol, Liars, Radio 4, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The band made three albums -- two on Troubleman LTD and one for Too Pure -- before calling it quits. Their spiky 2002 debut, Purely Evil, holds up especially well but all three are worth checking out. The band broke up in 2007 but began playing shows again this year to help benefit their friend Letha Rodman Melchior who lost her battle with cancer last month.

Before the Sleaford Mods show, The Rogers Sisters play the Letha Rodman Melchior memorial benefit at Rough Trade on November 8 with Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Cynthia Nelson, Tara Jane O'Neil and headliners Versus. Tickets are still available for that show as well.

Rogers Sisters videos and streams, below...

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Laura Jane Grace's series 'True Trans' premiered (watch)

October 10, 2014 - 3:23pm

Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

This past spring, it was announced that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace would be launching a new reality series on AOL called True Trans which tells the story of her life as a transgender person, as well as the stories of "other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media." The first four episodes have now premiered. You can watch the first episode below and the other three at AOL.

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Spoon taped for ACL TV (pics, setlist); ACL Fest Week 2 begins today (in Austin and streaming online)

October 10, 2014 - 3:12pm

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon taping for ACLTV @ The Moody Theater - 10/9/2014

"This is our fourth time taping this show," allowed Daniel after Transference mindfuck "Who Makes Your Money." "We're very proud of that - not going to let that go."

The audience exerted its most thorough burst of energy a moment later when Eric Harvey hammered out the first lines of "The Way We Get By" on a piano. Sans drums, Jim Eno took an ACL camera to the singer through follow-up "The Ghost of You Lingers," then jumped back behind the kit for a supremely crisp "Do You" off the new one. -[Austin Chronicle]Spoon currently are in their old hometown of Austin, TX for the ACL Fest and in between its two weekends, played a taping of Austin City Limits, the show, at The Moody Theatre. Playing a full set, Britt and the rest of Spoon leaned heavily on their terrific new album, They Want My Soul, with past favorites dappled in as well. Setlist below.

Spoon have two more Austin shows, playing an official ACL late night aftershow at Stubb's on Saturday (10/11) and then the final day of ACL Weekend 2 on Sunday (10/12).  All Spoon dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, ACL Weekend 2 just got underway in Zilker Park and they'll be streaming sets live via two different channels. Today's streaming acts include Temples, Jimmy Cliff, Belle & Sebastian, Beck, Mac DeMarco, Broken Bells and more.

Check out Weekend 1 pictures of day 1, day 2 and day 3.

More pics from Spoon's ACL TV taping, below...

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Robert Plant played Brooklyn Bowl (pics, setlist) & 'Colbert Report' (videos)

October 10, 2014 - 2:43pm

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Robert Plant @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/9/2014


Throughout the set, which included only four Lullaby tracks and one from the 2005 Strange Sensation album Mighty ReArranger, the singer made a running gag of referring to the songs he had played with Led Zeppelin as "folk songs," after explaining how a Leadbelly tune had inspired Lullaby's "Poor Howard." "If you don't call [that] a folk song, this surely must be headed towards being a folk song," he said before playing a mesmerizing, stripped-down version of "Going to California," accompanied only by acoustic guitar and mandolin. Similarly his daring takes on a simplified "Thank You" - which was almost drowned out by the sounds of women cheering - an electronics-infused "Black Dog," a banjo-infused "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (dedicated to Mavis Staples) and a mega-medley of "Whole Lotta Love" - sandwiched between covers of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" - sounded altogether rejuvenated. [Rolling Stone]Following the three NYC-area shows (two at BAM, one at the Cap) on Robert Plant's now-concluded North American tour, he squeezed in an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show last night (10/9), or technically this morning (10/10), considering he took the stage at midnight following a DJ set from Questlove. Like the other shows on his tour, it included a few from the new album he put out this year, plus a handful of Led Zeppelin classics and old blues numbers that the Led used to get out. Pictures of the show and the setlist are in this post.

Ahead of last night's show, he appeared on The Colbert Report to perform there as well. Videos from that, plus more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, below...

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Owen played The Studio at Webster Hall; American Football beginning 3-night run in the Grand Ballroom

October 10, 2014 - 2:14pm

by Andrew Sacher

Owen @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 10/9/14 (via Chase Igliori)

Mike Kinsella is about to headline three sold-out nights at the main 1,5000-capacity room at Webster Hall fronting his band American Football, but you wouldn't know it from the solo show he played as Owen at the venue's smaller Studio room last night (10/9). Mike's been a member of several beloved bands for the past two decades, at least two of which you could call legendary (AF and Cap'n Jazz), but he couldn't have been more casual last night. "I'm a professional musician," he jokingly reminded the crowd more than once. He messed up a lyric once, stumbled over a guitar part later on ("this one doesn't work on an electric guitar"), but those tiny mistakes were only met by laughter from the loving crowd.

And all the casual joking around aside, when Owen played the favorites -- "In the Morning, Before Work," "The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi," "Windows and Doorways" and plenty more -- he had all the charm those songs have on record, and the whole place was singing and swooning along. There was one serious moment though (and Mike pointed out he rarely says serious things at shows), when before playing "In the Morning, Before Work" he brought up Morrissey's recent cancer treatment, as it's one of multiple Owen songs to point out Mike's love for Morrissey ("I listen to my same old CDs, New Order and Morrissey"). Newer stuff was played too, and besides being a good show all around it was a nice reminder before Mike plays 15-year old songs for huge crowds this weekend that this is a guy who put out a great album as recent as last year.

Last night's show was opened by Bon Iver member S. Carey, who also opens night 1 of American Football tonight (10/10). He's followed by Into It Over it on Saturday (10/11) and Matt Pond on Sunday (10/12).

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Slayer covered by sock puppets (watch), sold out Jersey (but get discounted tix to Philly!)

October 10, 2014 - 1:50pm

If you ever wondered what it would be like if sock puppets covered Slayer's "Raining Blood", today is your luckly today. Check out the going-viral video below.

If you're still wondering what it would be like to see the actual band Slayer live, well, it may not be the same, but you have the chance when the thrash metal legends hit the road with fellow legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus in November. Hopefully you didn't wait too long to get tickets to their NJ show at Wellmont (now sold out), but tickets are still available for 11/30 at Tower Theatre in Philadelphia (technically Upper Darby), AND we're offering a special offer on four tickets. Enter the code BVSLAYER in the 'offer code' box when placing your ticket order, and you'll get 4 total tickets to the Philly show. for the price of 3.. Order tickets HERE.

All dates HERE. That video below...

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Irish duo Princess release new single & video (streams)

October 10, 2014 - 1:26pm

by Bill Pearis

Irish duo Princess make dark and druggy shoegaze, the kind that makes any situation sound like 3 AM. (They've toured with fellow Irish band Girls Names which is a good fit.) They've released a few singles and EPs since forming two years ago, and just released a new single, the blissed-out "Molly." We've got the premiere of its video. Directed by Aoife Nessa Frances, it's gorgeously shot and a little NSFW, though mostly in shadowy closeup, so pretty abstract. Watch it below. Aoife also designed a t-shirt you can buy that comes with a download of the song.

Princess haven't made any plans to cross the Atlantic just yet, but will be touring in the UK with Canadian duo Cousins soon, as well as a stint opening for former Can singer Damo Suzuki.

Video and streams from a few other Princess releases below...

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Estrogen Highs released new LP on Trouble in Mind (stream it), playing CMJ and other dates

October 10, 2014 - 12:35pm

by Bill Pearis

New Haven, CT band Estrogen Highs are back with a new album, Hear Me at the Number Station, which just came out via Trouble in Mind. The band are in the proud post-VU noisepop tradition as The Moles, The Pastels, GBV, and Pavement. (Etc, etc.) The new record is 18 songs in 34 minutes, with plenty of hooks and and an appealingly shambolic sound that seems on the edge of falling apart but never does. You can stream the whole album (via Noisey) below.

Estrogen Highs will be in NYC for CMJ, playing both Trouble in Mind shows: an evening show at Cake Shop on October 23 and a free day party at Rough Trade on October 25 . Both shows are will The PaperheadDoug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting and Negative Scanner. They've got a few other shows coming up as well, all dates are listed, along with show flyers and the album stream, below...

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an interview w/ Alex G, who's opening Cymbals Eat Guitars' December tour (updated dates)

October 10, 2014 - 12:17pm

by Zack Baker

Alex G is currently on tour with Gardens and Villa, having played NYC earlier this week, and he's now been added as an opener to the December leg of the Cymbals Eat Guitars Northeast tour. That includes the NYC date happening at Knitting Factory on December 12. Tickets for that show are still available. All of his dates are listed below.

Alex G released his first "proper" album DSU on Orchid Tapes earlier this year, which followed several bandcamp releases. He recently took some time out of his day to talk to us about the album, his confidence, songwriting process and his affinity for animal imagery:


BV: DSU came out earlier this year, and obviously you've been making music for a long time but it felt like a landmark in your career. What has life for you been like since DSU was released?

Alex G: It was pretty similar until... I guess the big difference is that we started touring and this became more job, kinda. I haven't been working any more. We've been touring a lot since DSU came out.

What was your old job? What did you give up for touring?

AG: I was doing construction labor in a little town near Philadelphia.

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Canada's Pet Sun released an LP, made a video, playing CMJ with Weird Womb (dates & streams)

October 10, 2014 - 11:30am

by Andrew Sacher

Canada's Pet Sun recently put out their debut EP, Feel Like I'm Going Away, on Sleepless Records. It's an album of mostly poppy mid-fi garage punk a la Wavves and Black Lips, but with a few slower, trippier dirges too. You can stream the whole thing below, as well as check out the brand new video for its track "Gimme Your Soul" (one of the poppier songs) which premieres in this post.

The band have a few dates scheduled at the moment, including a trip to NYC during CMJ where they'll play The Flat on October 24 with Weird Womb and more TBA. No word yet if they'll be playing other CMJ shows while they're here.

All currently known dates are listed, with the new video and LP stream, below...

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Foxygen played two NYC shows -- pics from Webster Hall with Juan Wauters (Mac DeMarco on drums) & The Lemon Twigs

October 10, 2014 - 11:22am

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Young men other than the band are ripping their shirts off at Webster Hall for @foxygentheband" - @aplombtomato

Foxygen @ Webster Hall 10/9/2014


Foxygen celebrated the impending release of their new double album, ...And Star Power, with two NYC shows this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/8) and Thursday (10/9) at Webster Hall. Despite problems with overdoing it while touring the last album, Sam France and Jonathan Rado have not toned down this time out: Sam was striking poses, leaping in the air and falling all over the place the whole, and the crowds ate it up. Also adding to fun was a trio of backup singers/dancers. Though the new album clocks in at 24 tracks in 80 minutes, sets have not been quite as epic, usually around a dozen songs or so. Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post, and we'll have MHOW pics soon as well. Meanwhile, Foxygen's tour rolls on, hitting Philadelphia tonight (10/10).

Before Foxygen at the Webster show was Juan Waters who brought out Mac DeMarco on drums (and Tall Juan on guitar). The Lemon Twigs opened the night. More pictures below...

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MUSK releasing self titled debut LP (stream it in full)

October 10, 2014 - 11:10am

by Andrew Sacher

Oakland's MUSK are releasing their debut self-titled LP next week (10/14) via Holy Mountain Records, which was recorded with Thee Oh Sees collaborator Chris Woodhouse (who's also produced multiple Ty Segall albums and other cool stuff). Teaming up with someone like Woodhouse is a great fit for MUSK, because like Ty and Thee Oh Sees, this is dirty garage rock but with just the right amount of clarity. MUSK make dark, devilish sounding stuff pulling from blues, psychedelia and hellish punk. If you can picture The Stooges' Fun House but swampier and on even more drugs, you might get an idea.

The full stream premieres in this post, so you can check it out for yourself ahead of the release date, below...

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Soulside sold out Saint Vitus, add 2nd show (updated dates)

October 10, 2014 - 10:59am

As discussed, Dischord/DC post-hardcore vets Soulside (pre-Girls Against Boys) are reuniting and will be playing NYC on December 18 at Saint Vitus. That show sold out almost immediately. Now the band has added a second date happening at the same venue a day earlier (12/17). Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Monday (10/13) at noon.

Still no openers announced for either NYC show, but one of their two DC shows is with Moss Icon. Updated dates are listed below...

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