Monthly Archives: October 2013

Emptry Chairs: Brooklyn Dream Pop Band Play Record Release Show at Pianos Tomorrow Night (11/1)

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

This is the music dreamscapes are made of in outer space. For people who don’t like drugs this might be a good way to explain what tripping is like.” (Review Stalker)

Emptry Chairs: Brooklyn Dream Pop Band Play Record Release Show at Pianos Tomorrow Night (11/1)

Colorado native Peter Spear started Empty Chairs as a solo project when he moved to Brooklyn in 2011. While playing live shows at venues around New York City and recording a self-titled EP, Spear picked up band mates Whitney Broadstreet (keys/vocals) and Matthew O’Koren (drums/vocals). Now the fully formed trio is set to unleash their “swirling, kaleidoscopic foray into prismatic, psychedelic pop” (Unholy Rhythms) on ...

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Post Teen Daze Remix of "Life Is Hard" and Video of Live Performance on NYC’s WVUF

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros just posted an all new video for the single “Life Is Hard”. The video features an acoustic version of the song, recorded live at WVUF in New York, set to the World Press Photo Contest winners of 2013, held yearly to showcase the highest standards in photojournalism and share them with millions.

Lead singer Alex Ebert said of the collaboration, “On some sleepless and homeless night, towards the end of my first trip to Amsterdam, I stumbled into what perhaps was a cathedral. It must have been midnight or thereabouts, ...

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Coke Weed: “Out There” Sunseekers

Source: Philthy Mag

Maine’s Coke Weed recently traded in a folk rock aesthetic for something that more closely (quite closely, in fact) resembles the fuzzy, gazey, and psychedelic beauty of ‘90s alt rock.  The songs found on their third and latest album, Back to Soft (released this past July) sound like something that would’ve been introduced by Kennedy on Alternative Nation in-between selections by peers like Hole and Sonic Youth.  Like the greatest sounds of the ‘90s, the songs’ edges are intentionally rough and clumsy, but at their core is brilliant pop songwriting.  The band are currently on the road and will be ...

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Neil Finn releasing new LP "Dizzy Heights", listen to ‘Dive Bomber’ now, watch its video

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

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Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who just finished up a live webcast from his home in New Zealand, has a new solo album on the way. The 12-track “Dizzy Heights” LP will be on February 7th, but if you pre-order it now you get access to the song “Dive Bomber” immediately. You can also listen to that song via its video which makes its premiere here. Watch below…

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Another Assaultively Brilliant Album from Hannah vs. the Many

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s never safe to say that one artist is the best in a particular genre: every time you think you’ve heard everything, a songwriter like Nehedar comes out of the woodwork and blows you away. But it’s safe to say that there is no better lyricist, tunesmith or singer in rock right now than Hannah Fairchild of Hannah vs. the Many. Her previous album All Our Heroes Drank Here was rated #13 on the best of 2012 list here and probably should have been #1. With its torrents of lyrics, savage humor, menacing noir cabaret cascades, scorching guitar riffage ...

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Photos from night one of Man Man’s double-header at Union Transfer

Source: The Key (WXPN)

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Philadelphia’s Man Man kicked off their two-night stand at Union Transfer last night, and even though it was technically not yet Halloween, the guys were costumed-out in skull shirts and alien masks. ‘Cause when you’re Man Man, every day is Halloween. Check out photos of their nicely illuminated performance and its various costume changes in the gallery below, along with some shots of opener Grandchildren. The party continues tonight at Union Transfer with a sold-out bill of Man Man, King Kahn and the Shrines, Melt Banana and Hell Shovel. See you there?

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The Body & Portal share creepy new videos; Necrophagia share new track ++ (mostly) metal Halloween options in NYC

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

The Body at The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
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It’s Halloween, and there’s no shortage of fun stuff to do. Let’s get to it.

Insanely loud sludge creeps The Body are playing Saint Vitus tonight (10/31) with Sandworm and Blackout, and they’ll be screening their spooky new video that came out today, “Shrouded,” at the show. They’ll also screen the brand new (today) video from Portal, who also kept it spooky and veil-themed with “Curtain.” Check out those videos in this post.

If you’re looking for more of a straight up ...

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Philly jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale on bringing her decade-long gig performing at Loews to a close tonight and tomorrow

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Photo via joannapascale.com

Photo via joannapascale.com

Vocalist Joanna Pascale knows how to hang onto a gig. When her three-night-a-week engagement at SoleFood, the seafood restaurant at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, draws to a close on Friday after nearly a decade, it will mark the end of only her second longest-lasting job.

At the age of 14, while studying at Settlement Music School, Pascale responded to an ad posted by a Catholic Church in her South Philly neighborhood looking for a cantor. The priest who answered her call had three questions. Pascale answered no to “Are you Catholic?” and “Have you ever been ...

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Midlake streaming new album, playing free Other Music in-store before sold-out Mercury Lounge show (updated dates)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

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Midlake‘s new album, Antiphon, comes out next week (11/5) via ATO. While losing frontman Tim Smith might seem like a dealbreaker, the new record has more in common with The Trials of Van Occupanther than the slow, mossy folk of 2009’s Oak & Julian, a good thing as far as I’m concerned. It’s a big sounding record, rhythmic and proggy, but still filled with harmonies and hooks. You can stream the whole thing now via NPR.

The band are gearing up for their North American tour which hits NYC on Novmeber 6 at ...

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Concert review: Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities at the 9:30 Club

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Generally, it’s a bad sign when a band is more energetic than its audience. But from the moment Fitz and the Tantrums burst onto the stage at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, it wasn’t a fair fight. Lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs danced and flailed around for the entire hour as the band blasted through its high-octane tunes.

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Laurie Anderson’s tribute to her husband Lou Reed

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed at 2010 Mermaid Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
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After the passing of the great Lou Reed, many people who were in his life — like David Bowie, David Byrne, and John Cale, to name a few — have written tributes to him. Now comes one from Laurie Anderson, the art pop musician who married Lou in 2008, and has performed with him multiple times, and she’s now published one via East Hampton Star:

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all ...

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Get to know Philly producer / MC Reek, listen to his Halloween track with Reef the Lost Cauze, Freeway and Tiani Victoria

Source: The Key (WXPN)

ReekPhilly producer and MC Reek caught our attention a couple weeks back with the single and music video “Cloud 9.” The song, in his own words, “tells the tale of perseverance and triumph in the midst of chaos” through a slick soul backing track and a sharply-directed music video about a successful hiphop DJ who looks to make positive change in his world.

Today, Reek premiered another new track, and this one is decidedly more sinister – but hey, it’s Halloween after all! Joining Reek on “Nightmare” are Philly underground rap luminaries Reef the Lost Cauze and Freeway, as ...

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Review: David Cook dazzles at World Cafe Live

Source: The Key (WXPN)

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David Cook | Photo by Katrina Murray

Despite not knowing what day it was, David Cook gave Philly a great show this week at World Cafe Live. The Houston singer-songwriter (and American Idol champ) didn’t waste any time diving in on Tuesday night as he blazed through “Paper Heart” and “The Last Goodbye” both from his latest release This Loud Morning. He let his softer side shine on a new ballad, “Carry You” before getting tossed a cell phone from an eager fan in the front row and calling one of her contacts. It’s not every day that you ...

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Weekend and Nothing played NYC & Philly, touring together in January (dates)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Nothing @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Weekend just wrapped up their tour with Chicago’s Disappears, a tour that included stops in Philly (10/20) and NYC (10/22) with fellow dark-and-heavy noisemakers Nothing (who had just played a BV CMJ week party). Weekend and Nothing will be touring again in January, hitting East Coast and Midwest spots, kicking off with a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on January 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, November 8 at noon with an AmEx presale starting November 6 at noon.

Nothing, who played another ...

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NYC New Year’s Eve Concert Options (that aren’t Billy Joel at Barclays Center)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

confetti at Amanda Palmer’s NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year’s Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena’s second-ever New Year’s Eve show, and the honor goes to…. Billy Joel (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).

Here are a few already-announced New Year’s Eve shows we’re rather be at this year…

Thurston Moore will set up shop at the Stone in the East Village for two special shows on ...

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Watch Waxahatchee perform “I Think I Love You” and “Tangled Envisioning” for Last.fm (playing the First Unitarian Church on 1/26)

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Photo by Emma Swann

Photo by Emma Swann

West Philadelphia’s Waxahatchee just wrapped up at tour in the UK, and frontwoman Katie Crutchfield performed a couple studio sessions while she was abroad. Below, check out her sessions with Last.fm where she played acoustic versions of “I Think I Love You” from 2012′s American Weekend and “Tangled Envisioning” from this year’s Cerulean Salt. The band just announced a string of winter tour dates with Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs and Philly’s Cayetana, and the tour stops at the First Unitarian Church on January 26th. Tickets and information on the all ages show can be found ...

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CocoRosie add free Brooklyn Bowl show w/ Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris to tour; openers announced for Tennis’ show

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

CocoRosie at Paper Box in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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CocoRosie are currently on tour in support of their newest LP, Tales of a Grass Widow. That tour hit NYC for a big show at Webster Hall earlier this month (10/12), but they’ve since tacked on a much more intimate NYC show to the end of the tour. The quirky songwriters will play Brooklyn Bowl on November 10 with two other quirky songwriters, Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris (the new ANTI-signed project of ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams). It’s one of those ‘School Night!’ shows which means ...

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