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Burger Records Caravan of Stars Lands at The Bowery Ballroom

October 29th, 2014

Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, half of the power-pop band Thee Makeout Party, formed the indie garage-punk label with a philanthropic bent Burger Records in 2007, becoming well known for releasing albums on cassette. As a means to celebrate the bands on their roster, they began hosting an annual Burgerama festival, in their native California. And then Burger Records decided to quite literally take the show on the road with the Burger Caravan of Stars, which comes to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. The night’s bill includes the Coathangers (above, performing “Hurricane”), Together Pangea, Cherry Glazerr, Mozes and the Firstborn, AJ Davila y Terror Amor and Wax Witches—plus DJ Justin Strauss (of Milk ’N’ Cookies). That’s a lot of live music.

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Streets of Laredo Play the Late Show Tonight at Mercury Lounge

October 29th, 2014

The sprawling seven-piece band Streets of Laredo began as a family affair when brothers Daniel (vocals and acoustic guitar) and David Gibson (drums and vocals) teamed up to write songs together in the vein of the ’70s folk revival, equal parts jangly psychedelic and twangy storytelling. Soon after, David’s wife, Sarahjane (percussion and vocals), turned the duo into a trio and they played one hometown show in Auckland, New Zealand. It went so well that the three Gibsons made a big leap, moving from the land of Kiwis to the land of hipsters—Bushwick in Brooklyn—“just over two years ago with nothing more than a floor tom, an acoustic guitar and a harmonica.” And then things really began to take off as Streets of Laredo (above, performing “Hey Rose” in studio for KCSB FM) blossomed into a septet with the addition of New Zealand native Tom Darlow (electric guitar), Andrew McGovern (trumpet), Sean McMahon (bass and vocals) and Si Moore (electric guitar and production). Their debut full-length, Volume I & II (stream it below), came out in the U.S. earlier this month. Broadway World calls it “a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars.” Streets of Laredo play the late show tonight at Mercury Lounge. Arrive early to catch L.A. five-piece Line & Circle.

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Smallpools and Magic Man Play Music Hall Tonight

October 28th, 2014

Two pairs of friends—the East Coast’s Sean Scanlon (vocals and keys) and Mike Kamerman (guitar) and Oregonians Joseph Intile (bass) and Beau Kuther (drums)—met in L.A. while trying to launch music careers and formed the synth-inflected-rock quartet Smallpools. Their self-titled EP came out in 2013. And AllMusic calls their music “shimmery, Passion Pit–meets–Foster the People–inspired electro pop.” Smallpool (above, doing “Dreaming” for KROQ FM) are currently out on the road, touring with Magic Man.

Across the country in Boston, Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Lee (guitar), Justine Bowe (keys), Daniel Radin (bass) and Joey Sulkowski (drums) have been doing work as Magic Man since 2010, using synths and a heavy dose of guitars—although initially the band was just Caplow and Lee as a duo. The group’s first album as a five-piece, Before the Waves (stream it below), arrived this past summer. AllMusic also compared Magic Man (above, performing “Texas” for Hardwick Sessions) to Passion Pit and Foster the People and labeled the LP “modern pop crafted with a decidedly retro appeal.” See Smallpools and Magic Man tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

October 27th, 2014

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Two Nights of Foster the People at United Palace This Weekend

October 22nd, 2014

Mark Foster (vocals, keys and guitar) had spent time in L.A. working on commercial jingles before he teamed up with Cubbie Fink (bass) and Mark Pontius (drums) to form Foster the People in 2009. A year later the trio found success when upon posting “Pumped Up Kicks” to their site it became an online sensation—and then a smash hit across the globe—which ultimately led to festival slots and eventually getting a record deal with the Columbia Records imprint Startime International. Their first full-length, Torches (stream it below), followed in 2011. BBC Music called it “a debut of MGMT-like magic to leave you pumped up for more.” Foster the People (above, performing “Best Friend” at this years’s Glastonbury) returned earlier this year with their follow-up LP, Supermodel (stream it below). According to PopMatters, it’s “a quantum leap forward.” And furthermore, the album “is a massive surprise. It is also achingly, devastatingly beautiful…. Forward isn’t always better. But for Foster the People, on Supermodel, it was the right direction.” The band’s world tour hits New York City this weekend for a pair of weekend shows at United Palace on Friday and Saturday. French singer-songwriter Soko opens both nights.

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CMJ Music Marathon Kicks Off Today

October 21st, 2014

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For more than three decades the annual CMJ Music Marathon has been one of the most important outlets for shining the spotlight on new music from across the country and even around the world. The five-day (and night) festival kicks off today, which means the city’s venues—traditional and otherwise—will be jam packed with stacked lineups and fans chasing bands that might possibly become the next big thing. And, of course, The Bowery Presents has plenty of great shows, big and small:

Today
1. Tom Vek and Olga Bell at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
2. Oh Land, Walking Shapes, Corbu, Sons of an Illustrious Father at The Bowery Ballroom
3. the Crookes, Money, Spring King and Longfellow at Rough Trade NYC FREE
4. Cold War Kids, Aurora, Chief Scout, the Big P.A. at Brooklyn Bowl
5. Ming City Rockers, Made Violent, Slothrust, Børns at Mercury Lounge LATE SHOW
6. the Horrors and Moon Duo at Stage 48

Wednesday
1. Spookyland and Mighty Oaks at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
2. Ryn Weaver, Circa Waves, Public Access T.V., Step Rockets and Sway Clarke II at The Bowery Ballroom
3. Teen Daze, Mothxr, Vérité, Carousel, Ayer and guest DJ Dart Party at Brooklyn Bowl
4. Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene and Luxley at Terminal 5
5. Cold War Kids, Elliot Moss, Moses Sumney, Little May and Doe Paoro at Rough Trade NYC SOLD OUT
6. Young Magic, Saint Pepsi, Popstrangers, Dog Bite and Chandos at Mercury Lounge LATE SHOW

Thursday
1. Twin Peaks, Happyness, the Wytches, Spring King and Nai Harvest at Rough Trade NYC FREE DAYTIME SHOW
2. Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Tor Miller, Bully and Bee Caves at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
3. Beach Fossils and Small Black at Brooklyn Bowl
4. RAC, the Kooks and Speak at Terminal 5
5. the Kills, Moon Duo, Nuns and Slothrust at The Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
6. Moses Sumney, Adult Jazz, J. Fernandez and George Maple at Rough Trade NYC
7. the Big Sleep and Haven at Mercury Lounge FREE LATE SHOW

Friday
1. Special Guest TBA, Oscar, Pinact and September Girls FREE DAYTIME SHOW
2. Mexican Golden Girls, DMA’s, Bear’s Den, Peter Matthew Bauer, Little May, Chief Scout and Colony House at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
3. Kevin Morby (full band), Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Ryley Walker, Geronimo Getty and guest DJ Mondo Boys at Rough Trade NYC

Saturday
1. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, the Wytches, Circa Waves, Water Liars, DMA’s, Springtime Carnivore, Public Access T.V., Spookyland, Amason, Little May, the Bright Light Social Hour and Ryley Walker at Pianos FREE DAYTIME SHOW
2. the Paperhead, Ultimate Painting, Doug Tuttle, Estrogen Highs and Negative Scanner at Rough Trade NYC FREE DAYTIME SHOW
3. Teen Commandments, Sphynx, the Ocean Blues, Wild Adriatic, Walker Lukens, Saskwatch, Pree, New Myths and No Way Josie at Mercury Lounge
4. A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, Prince Rama, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Wampire, Young Magic, No Ningen, Spires, the Wytches and the Paperhead at Rough Trade NYC
5. DJ Dodger Stadium, Special Guest TBA, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex at Brooklyn Bowl
6. Slowdive and Low at Terminal 5 SOLD OUT
7. Sam Roberts Band, Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, Dilly Dally and Knox Hamilton at The Bowery Ballroom

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

October 20th, 2014

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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The White Buffalo Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday Night

October 17th, 2014

Passionate singer-songwriter Jake Smith (vocals and guitar) grew up listening to country music and then punk before he began writing his own songs and enthusiastically performing them live while in college in Northern California. He eventually made his way back to Southern California and began working under the name the White Buffalo, joined by the rhythm section of Tommy Andrews (bass) and Matt Lynott (drums). With songs about outsiders and rebels, plus Smith’s whiskey-tinged vocals, the L.A. trio’s own winning take on Americana has been compared to Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and Townes Van Zandt. Following the release of several EPs, the White Buffalo (above, doing “The Whistler” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) made waves amongst critics and fans alike with 2012’s Once Upon a Time in the West (stream it below)—about which American Songwriter opined, “The gravity of these tracks serve as somewhat of an announcement of Smith’s arrival, and it appears he doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon”—and 2013’s Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways (stream it below)—PopMatters said it’s “an album that always seems to find the perfect note. Is it a barrel of laughs? Nope. Is it worth listening to? Definitely.” Of course, you might also recognize some of the band’s tunes from Sons of Anarchy, which is perhaps why Paste labels their music a “biker-friendly brand of folk music.” But, regardless, you can experience the White Buffalo live and in person on Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom. Local four-piece Swear and Shake open the show.

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Best Experienced Live, Fat White Family Play The Bowery Ballroom

October 17th, 2014

Following the dissolution of two other bands, Fat White Family—Lias Saudi (vocals), Saul Adamczewski (guitar and vocals), Adam Harmer (guitar), Dan Lyons (drums), Joseph Pancucci (bass) and Nathan Saudi (organ)—formed in South London in 2011, combining rock, blues and bits of country. Noisey has declared, “They’re British rock and roll’s final hurrah—not just a fuck you to everything that has become sanitized but a reminder that rock and roll can, even as the last embers fade, continue to mean something beyond an NME cover.” Speaking of which, NME calls them “the best new band in London.” The weekly publication also has kind words for the wildly entertaining six-piece’s debut full-length, Champagne Holocaust (stream it below), labeling it “a fantastic racket” and “political, satirical and downright perverse.” But make no mistake, Fat White Family (above, doing “Is It Raining in Your Mouth” at this year’s Glastonbury) are a band best experienced live, which works out great because not only are they currently touring North America, but you can also see them tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Comic book artist and local rocker Jeffrey Lewis opens the show.

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Sam Amidon Brings Reimagined Folk Tunes to Williamsburg

October 15th, 2014

Singer, songwriter, fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Sam Amidon grew up in Vermont listening to a variety of folk music, thanks to his musician parents. And, fittingly, his most recent release—his fifth LP—Lily-O (stream it below), is filled with reimagined folk songs. Amidon (above, performing “Walkin’ Boss” for Radio Woodstock) recorded the album in Iceland with jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell (whom Amidon calls “one of my major heroes. It’s, like, Miles Davis, an Irish fiddler named Tommy Peoples and Bill Frisell”), bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro. The Guardian calls Lily-O “a compellingly quiet, intense affair that is remarkable both for the power of his understated, no-nonsense and often mournful vocals, and for the subtle arrangements that bring an urgency to his mostly traditional American songs and hymns.” Amidon is currently touring the country in support of the album, and he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, alongside Frisell and Ismaily.

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A Two-Night Anniversary Party with Citizen Cope at Terminal 5

October 15th, 2014

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Clarence Greenwood has been doing business as Citizen Cope since the ’90s. But after his major-label debut on Dreamworks in 2002, Cope bought out of his contract and self-produced the follow-up, the eclectic The Clarence Greenwood Recordings (stream it below), filled with roots, rock, reggae, dub and hip-hop. Now a decade later, Citizen Cope (above, doing a solo rendition of “Sideways” live in the Bing Lounge) celebrates its 10th anniversary with full-band performances of the album in its entirety, plus a second set of favorites. And in New York city, it’s a two-night party, on Friday and Saturday at Terminal 5. (And it’s for a good cause with $1 of each ticket sold going to Turnaround Arts to purchase musical instruments for middle schoolers in Lame Deer, Mont.—a community on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Lame Deer is part of Turnaround Arts, a President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities program that uses arts education to help students succeed.)

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A Friday Night Rock Show with Drive-By Truckers at Beacon Theatre

October 15th, 2014

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley founded Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Ga., in 1996. Over the years the two musicians—plus nuanced lyrics and plenty of guitar—have been the constant while the lineup around them has changed. An early Internet presence allowed the band to gain new fans before they’d ever seen the Truckers live. But following several years of steadily touring, the group released the double album Southern Rock Opera (stream it below) and things really took off from there. Since gaining wider acclaim the Truckers (above, playing “Shit Shots Count”) have served as the backing band on albums by Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones in addition to putting out fine discs of their own, including 2011’s Go-Go Boots (stream it below) and this year’s English Oceans (stream it below). The Guardian, in a rave review, says it’s “full of their familiar Southern rock: soul and brass occasionally adorn storytelling songs, which attempt to right wrongs and champion the worker against the Man. However, sharing singer-songwriting duties equally between founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for the first time has brought out the best in both.” Drive-By Truckers are now out on the road in support of their tenth album and, alongside the terrific Birmingham, Ala., seven-piece soul outfit St. Paul and the Broken Bones, they play the Beacon Theatre on Friday night.

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Kopecky Family Band Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday

October 14th, 2014

Like-minded musicians Kelsey Kopecky (vocals, keys and bass) and Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar and horns) met while attending school in Nashville, and within months, the two encountered Steven Holmes (guitar and lap steel), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar and keys) and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar and horns), and formed the melodic folk-pop six-piece the Kopecky Family Band in 2007. Because each band member plays multiple instruments, the group has a broad chamber-rock sound. After releasing several EPs, the Kopecky Family Band (above, performing “The Glow” for WFUV FM) put out their debut LP, Kids Raising Kids (stream it below), in 2012—although it’s since been rereleased on ATO Records. And American Songwriter was impressed: “There’s great excitement in the way the band can go from zero to 60, then back to zero in seconds flat. As the album rollicks along, there remains a sonic unpredictability that’s rare for bands that count on vocal harmonies to carry much of the heavy load…. Even when a big group shows off their many toys, a quality album still often comes down to whether they can handle the basics better than others can. In that sense, the Kopecky Family Band is a unit tied together not by blood, but by their harmonic creations.” Catch them live on Thursday at The Bowery Ballroom. Another Nashville band, the quartet Coin, opens the show.

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Priory Celebrate New Album Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

October 14th, 2014

Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears had been working on a variety of music projects before finally starting their own band, Priory, three years ago in Portland, Ore. They put out a folk-tinged self-titled album (stream it below) in 2011, but it wasn’t quite what the two wanted. “We had fun,” said Rush, “but at the same time, we were touring on a record that we had outgrown. We felt like it was time to write more honest music.” So they pared down from a bigger sound to just the two of them, embraced more pop-oriented music and began to catch fire. Their new sound—combining electronic music, folk guitar and harmonies—is featured on their brand new EP, the anthemic Weekend (stream it below), out today. And Priory (above, their video for “Weekend”) celebrate its release tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn three-piece Relations open the show.

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

October 13th, 2014

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.