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Laura Marling played SXSW (pics) and NYC (video, setlist)
Mar 27, 2015 4:38pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Laura Marling @ Mohawk 3/19/2014 during SXSW

In spite of the heavier tone of her new material, the electric part of the set is quite short. "We're going to tone it down a bit," she said, taking up her acoustic guitar for "Walk Alone," one of Short Movie's quieter moments, followed by "David," whose lyric "A wasted love is a life of regret" she sings with the full-throated emotion of a wizened woman. The earlier music that she sprinkles through the set is rearranged and the phrasing adapted slightly so that new emotion is wrung out. "The Muse" and "Master Hunter" are played faster and fuller. It sounds fresh, and she seemed to be having a lot of fun performing them that way, barely pausing for breath. - [Village Voice]
UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling released her acclaimed new album, Short Movie, this week and celebrated here in NYC with a show at Warsaw on Monday (3/23) with her Domino labelmate, Villagers. You can check out the setlist and video of Short Movie's title track and "Gurdjieff's Daughter" below. We caught Villagers the next night (3/24) at Union Pool.

Right before the NYC show, Marling was in Austin for SXSW and we caught her on Thursday (3/19) at Mohawk, which was rechristened House of Vans for the week. Pictures of her set there are in this post.

Laura will be back in NYC on August 3 at Town Hall (tickets). More pics of Marling at...

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Mar 27, 2015 4:36pm | StereoGum
Spring! Finally! It's above 45 degrees here in New York, and though it's a tad rainy, color is slowly creeping back into the world. The music realm seems to be doing the same, with irresistible, colorful dance tracks beginning to blossom and populate pre-summer playlists (the almighty Song Of The Summer approaches!). Of course, it's always a good idea to balance out that pep with some towering self-doubt, or maybe massive declarations of boss status. This week's 5 Best Songs list has all that, and it's hella exciting to see what the rest of spring has in store.

Honeyblood expand tour, playing free NYC show w/ Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Aye Nako & Bong Wish on Sat
Mar 27, 2015 4:12pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Glasgow indie pop duo Honeyblood recently wrapped up a North American tour with 2:54 that hit NYC back in February, but before they go home they'll squeeze a few more dates here including another in NYC. It's a totally free one, happening Saturday (3/28) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all-around excellent lineup of Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Bong Wish and Aye Nako.

All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 LP, below...

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Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders played 2 NYC shows; Kirin J Callinan playing "Drunk Yoga" at Baby's All Right
Mar 27, 2015 3:53pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders @ Rough Trade 3/26/2015 (via @brooklynvegan)

Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders seem like the kind of band teleported straight from 1985 -- specifically the set of Miami Vice -- straight to Rough Trade's stage last night (3/26). Ladder (real name Tim Rogers) was wearing a linen suit, guitarist Kirin J Callinan was dressed like Kid Creole and bassist Donny Benet looked like he just came from a Maître D job. Musically, it's even more so: liquid, Japan-style bass, glassine synths, stabs of affected guitar and Ladder's enormous baritone croon front and center. They've even got a song called "Neon Blue," which is about as '80s as you can get without namechecking specific references. Ladder's new album, Playmates, is enjoyable but it works better live where eccentricities coalesce with the band's formidable musicianship.

Both those qualities are shared by both Callinan and Benet. Callinan, sporting a pencil mustache and mischievous grin the entire time, slithered around the stage, using his guitar like a gun. Benet, meanwhile, is a seriously good bassist, laying down soft-focus, sexy grooves. Ladder stayed mostly stationary, keeping his cool, letting that voice bring the personality. I was hoping Sharon Van Etten, who sings on two of Playtime's songs, might make a special appearance, but no go. A really fu...

Into It. Over It. playing shows with Tiny Moving Parts before tour with Minus the Bear (dates)
Mar 27, 2015 3:38pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

Into It. Over It. are currently on tour in Europe with Modern Baseball and Tiny Moving Parts, and upon returning to the US, IIOI and TMP will do another short run together here. That includes a free NYC show happening April 25 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, also with Major Leagues on the bill. Then IIOI head out again supporting Minus the Bear. All dates are listed below.

Into It. Over It. main man Evan Weiss is also a member of Pet Symmetry, who have a new album on the way. If you haven't heard them yet, you can listen to two tracks from that here.

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Future Fuck Up Some Commas Video
Mar 27, 2015 3:35pm | StereoGum
Future never sleeps. He released his third mixtape in six months, 56 Nights, last week, and has been on a tear releasing videos for songs from both Monster and Beast Mode. For the "Fuck Up Some Commas" video (Free Bandz contributed to Urban Dictionary if you need the etymology of the phrase) he heads out to a secluded industrial area to light some stuff on fire, including money! Good thing they are secluded because that is illegal. Future dances a lot in this video (and he's has been dancing a lot more in his videos in general), so I'm hoping he goes full Rae Sremmurd and drops a little more choreography next time. He also has those champagne bottles with sparklers on them that I first saw in the "Lit Like Bic" video, so maybe he has been taking notes on the SremmLife lifestyle from his fellow Mike Will Made It associates. Clearly, the best part of this video is when Future goes into his staccato one. word. at. a. time. rapping. Future hasn't become the rap savior we were expecting during his untouchable run a couple years back, but man, no one can manipulate a beat like him. Watch it below.

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover Guided By Voices Tractor Rape Chain
Mar 27, 2015 3:04pm | StereoGum
"Tractor Rape Chain" is one of the most classic songs on Bee Thousand, one of Guided By Voices' most classic albums. And even though the aesthetic difference between modern-day GBV and modern-day Death Cab For Cutie seems vast, the bands exploded into the national underground within a few years of each other and probably came up playing a lot of the same dive bars. And as Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard demonstrates in a new solo acoustic cover for SiriusXM, the intersection of the two artists' styles makes some kind of sense. Speed up, slow down, go all around below.

BV-SXSW Saturday @ Red 7 in pics -- Mew, Pop Group, Frank Turner, Iceage, Lees of Memory, Screaming Females & more
Mar 27, 2015 3:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult<...

Ben Stillers high school punk band Capital Punishment receives reissue
Mar 27, 2015 2:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

We all know Ben Stiller the movie star, but get ready to meet Ben Stiller, the teenaged punk drummer. Turns out Stiller formed a band called Capital Punishment with his high school buddies and in 1982, pressed and self-released their sole LP, Roadkill. Copies of this rarity fetch upwards of $200 to $500, but you’ll soon be able to grab a fresh reissue from Captured Tracks.

Stiller isn’t the only band member who has a pedigree, either. Peter Swann went on to become a Justice on the Arizona Supreme Court, Peter Zuis is now a Professor of Slavic Studies, and Kriss Roebling’s family was involved in building the Brooklyn Bridge (in fact, those mysterious white flags that appeared on the bridge last summer were dedicated to them).

Stiller actually discussed the band and the reissue recently on Howard Stern. He said Roebling was the mastermind behind the music, which he described as ” really weird music” inspired by Berlin Trilogy-era David Bowie and Brian Eno styles. He was also amazed at the existence of Captured Tracks and the fact that they wanted to reissue Roadkill.  “What happened was some outsider music label, which I didn’t know those existed, but people who are just into weird music; I guess it’s been found and they asked us if they could re-release it,” he said, adding, “They’re called Captured Tracks. They’re a real company.&rd...

Martyrdoom IV lineup & tickets (Mortuary Drape, Lvcifyre, Necrophobic, Black Anvil, Nightbringer, Vorde & more)
Mar 27, 2015 2:47pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Mortuary Drape at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Returning for its fourth year, Signature Riff and Metal Kingdom's Martyrdoom festival is set to go down November 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Saint Vitus.

The lineup includes Necrophobic, Lvcifyre, Kommandant, Paroxsihzem and Vorde on night 1; Ride For Revenge, Nightbringer, Gonkulator, Blood Incantation, Sabbath Assembly and Spectral Voice on night 2; Mortuary Drape, Demonomancy, Black Anvil, Phobocosm and Sangus on night 3; Mortuary Drape (again), Omnizide, Kill, the Howling Wind and Discordia on night 4; and finally Bombers, Malthusian, Bell Witch and Luminous Vault on night 5. Tickets for all five nights are on sale now.

After Stardust, this is the second multi-night metal festival happening at Saint Vitus to be announced this week.

Continue reading "Martyrdoom IV lineup & tickets (Mortuary Drape, Lvcifyre, Necrophobic, Black Anvil, Nightbringer, Vorde & more)" at brooklynvegan

Dirty Fences go 'Full Tramp' on new LP, share "Heartbeater" video, touring West Coast (dates & streams)
Mar 27, 2015 2:40pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Brooklyn rock n' roll wrecking crew Dirty Fences will deliver their new platter, Full Tramp, via Slovenly on May 19. It's sneery, beery and maybe a little leer-y and you can check out three songs from it below. We've also got video premiere of full-throttle first single "Heartbeater" which you can squint at below.

Having just ripped through Austin for SXSW, Dirty Fences are currently on the West Coast with The Shrine. No NYC shows are scheduled at the moment but that will likely change once they're back in town. All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...

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mp3: Glass Candy Shell Game
Mar 27, 2015 2:20pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

“Ida & I’s Collaboration For The Midnight Movie Cult Scene At The End Of The Fifth Reel From “Lost River”. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Coming Out Worldwide Monday, March 30th On Italians Do It Better. “Shell Game” Features Rhythms From Glass Candy’s “Red Heads Feel More Pain”, The Closing Track From The “After Dark 2″ Mixtape” — Johnny Jewel

The Garden at Londons Hammersmith Apollo
Mar 27, 2015 2:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
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Inner Oceans (OpenAir) And Louise Le Hir (KXCI)
Mar 27, 2015 1:58pm | CMJ

Inner Oceans (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via OpenAir in Centennial, CO, and KXCI in Tucson, AZ.

Inner Oceans on OpenAir

Colorados OpenAir, a constant supporter of local bands, has been spinning Denver-based Inner Oceans. On their most recent single 8 Cousins, Inner Oceans showcase their ability to make intricately crafted experimental pop with their layering of textured synths, haunting vocals, and swirling melodies.

8 Cousins // Everything's Alright by Inner Oceans

Louise Le Hir on KXCI

With just a two-song sampling from her upcoming album, Louise Le Hir has demonstrated her unique brand of French psych-pop influenced Americana. She caught our attention on the charts at Tucsons KXCI this week.

Louise Le Hir by Louise Le Hir

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DTCV share "Miley Cyrus Wins the Race" video; NYC show w/ Swearing at Motorists moved from Baby's to Elvis Guesthouse
Mar 27, 2015 1:49pm | Brooklyn Vegan


Ohio indie rockers Swearing at Motorists' tour with DTCV hits NYC this weekend and there's been a slight change in route. Their Saturday (3/28) show at Baby's All Right, which was to have started at midnight, has been moved to sister club Elvis Guesthouse and now starts at 8 PM. Tickets are on sale and updated dates are listed below.

In other news, DTCV released a video for single "Miley Cyrus Wins the Race" from the band's forthcoming new album. You can watch that below.

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