This Week in NYC Shows!


The Kooks, Smoke Signal @ The Bowery Ballroom

Jump Into The Gospel, Your 33 Black Angels, Hospitality (FREE SHOW) 
@ The Rock Shop

Golden Animals, Sky Picnic, Twin Killers @ Cameo Gallery



Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players @ Bowery Electric

The Present, People Get Ready, Man Forever (Guitar Quintet) @ Union Pool



Sloan, Hotkid @ Bowery Ballroom

Seefeel @ Brooklyn Bowl CANCELED

Greg Laswell, Elizabeth Ziman (of Elizabeth and The Catapult) @ City Winery

Hussle Club, Jump Into The Gospel, Fort Lean, The Stationary Set  (FREE)
@ Pianos

Matt & Kim, The Thermals, Autobot (from Flosstradomus) @ Terminal 5



Sloan, Hotkid @ Knitting Factory

Sean Bones, New Moods, Keelay, Popular Music @ Cameo Gallery

ArpLine, Bad Girlfriend, Hard Nips, Huntronik @ Coco66

No Age, HEALTH, Cults, Ceremony @ House of Vans

I’m Turning Into, Clouder, Quiet Loudly, EULA, Little Racer @ Silent Barn

Josiah Wolf, First Nature, Prussia, ohnomoon @ The Rock Shop



Ceremony, Veins, Give, Wet Witch @ Death by Audio

Memory Tapes, New Moods @ Mercury Lounge

Dinowalrus, Total Slacker, Soft Black, Life Size Maps
@ Monster Island Basement

Lower Dens, Dirty Beaches @ South Street Seaport

The Thermals, Big Troubles, EULA @ The Bell House


Friendly Fires Head Out on Summer Tour

What better way to start this hot Summer season than some fire? Friendly Fires that is. The group have just kicked off a massive tour last week that will see them through to August. They will then pick up again in November as they do a stint in Europe. Until June 11th they will be touring with electronic artist, Wise Blood. Friendly Fires will also be hitting the festival circuit in Europe as well as playing Lollapalooza here. The band is currently supporting their newest release, Pala. Check out the tour dates below!

1 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theatre
4 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Venue
5 – Seattle, Wash. @Neumos
6 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
8 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Public Works SF
8 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
10 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Music Box
11 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Teatro Chino De Six Flags
12 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Escenia
18 – Elchenriy & Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany @ Hurricane & Southside Festivals
23 – Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Live Festival
25 – Glastonbury, United Kingdom @ Glastonbury Festival
28 – Magaluf, Spain @ Mallorca Rocks
29 – Ibiza, Spain @ Ibiza Rocks

2 – St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Open Air Festival
8 – Oeiras, Portugal @ Optimus Alive! Festival
9 – Kinross, Scotland @ T In The Park
10 – Punchestown, Ireland @ Oxegen Festival
15 – Benicassim, Spain @ Benicassim Festival
17 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Rock N’ Coke Festival
28 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre
29 – Melbourne, Australia @ Billboard
31 – Woodford, Australia @ Splendour In The Grass

5-7 *- Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
7 – New York, N.Y. @ Central Park SummerStage
13 – Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic
14 – Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonice
18 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
26-28 – Reading & Leeds, United Kingdom @ Reading & Leeds Festival

10 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Bristol
11 -Birmingham, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Birmingham
12 – Southhampton, United Kingdom @ Southhampton Guildhall
14 – Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City
15 – Newcastle, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Newcastle
17 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Apollo Manchester
18 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Barrowland
19 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Leeds
21 – Cambridge, United Kingdom @ Corn Exchange
22 – Lincoln, United Kingdom @ The Engine Shed
25-26 – Brixton, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Brixton

Florence + The Machine Talk New Record

It hasn’t been too long since Florence + The Machine hit the music world by storm with their debut, Lungs, and the group is already working on the follow-up.
Singer Florence Welch spoke to Nylon Magazine recently and stated the band has been working on new songs with producer Paul Epsworth who has also worked with Kate Nash and Adele. Nice choice. Welch also said that this time the lyrics would be a bit darker and the songs would be about imaginary things. No release date has been set yet, but keep your ears and eyes peeled. Keep checking back for more updates on Florence + The Machine’s progress.

The Rapture Returns with New Record

If your name is The Rapture, there is no better time to make a small comeback than now. When was the last time we heard from these guys anyway? Ironcially all of the talk about the actual rapture, had me searching for my Rapture albums on the shelf. Well played God. The band is heading back to their old label, the James Murphy owned DFA Records for their revival. This will be the group’s first record in 5 years. It was recorded in Brooklyn and Paris. The Rapture will release The Grace of Your Love on September 6th. Take a peek at the tracklisting below.

01 Sail Away
02 Miss You
03 Blue Bird
04 Come Back to Me
05 In the Grace of Your Love
06 Never Gonna Die Again
07 Roller Coaster
08 Children
09 Can You Find a Way?
10 How Deep Is Your Love?
11 It Takes Time to Be a Man

Kenna Releases “Chains” Video

Though the song is a great summer party mp3, the video suffers greatly from what I like to call “Juno-itis.” Juno-itis is a rapidly spreading disease in the independent music video world. Symptoms include classic hipster clothing, Ray-Bans, polaroids, lots of tattoos, drawings coming to life, and usually an odd mascot costume (or in this case, just a head). Directors, stop doing this crap. There are better ways to convey the meshing of fantasy and reality. Find them. The song on the other hand is fantastic for what it is: music to get fucked up and dance on your kitchen table, just like they do in the video. Lion head optional.

NYC Shows This Week!



J. Roddy Walston and The Business, These United States, MyNameIsJohnMichael
@ Brooklyn Bowl

Le Sphinxxx, Ah, Moskva!, The Magick Report, Great Republic of Rough and Ready, Great Republic of Rough and Ready, Sonia Megias
@ Cake Shop



Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Colleen Green @ 285 Kent Avenue


Urge Overkill, Blackbells @ Bowery Ballroom


Project Jenny / Project Jan, Murder Mystery @ Mercury Lounge


The Head and the Heart, Luke Rathborne (early show) @ Mercury Lounge


Cassettes Won’t Listen, The Freeze Tag, Turnbull Green, Grimace, Eka, Echoes Alike @ The Rock Shop


Lykke Li, Grimes @ Webster Hall



Sam Roberts Band, The Rassle, Anthony D’amato @  Bowery Ballroom


Dustin Wong, Hear Hums, Emily Reo, Dark Sea of Awareness,             Philip Seymour Hoffman  @ Silent Barn

The Felice Brothers, Shovels and Rope, RIG 1 @ The Bell House


Elvis Costello and the Imposters @ The Wellmont Theatre


Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers @ United Palace Theatre


Lykke Li, Grimes @ Webster Hall




Adele, Civil Wars @ Beacon Theater


Junip, Acrylics, High Highs @ Bowery Ballroom


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dream Diary, Sea Lions, Gold-Bears, Amida, Pet Milk @ Cake Shop


The Antlers, Little Scream @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


Cave In, Make Do and Mend, Janes Plotkin @ Santos Party House


White Lies, School of Seven Bells, Sun Airway @ Terminal 5


The Felice Brothers, Tom Brosseau @ The Bell House


Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers @ United Palace Theatre


The Antlers, Little Scream @ Bowery Ballroom

Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Yellow Dogs, Mirror Mirror, Radical Dads @ Glasslands

Dan Deacon, Hesta Prynn (DJ Set) @ Museum of Natural History

Thurston Moore, Eileen Myles, I Feel Tractor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Real Estate, Julian Lynch, Big Troubles, Family Portrait @ The Bell House

Robbers on High Street, Underthings, The Totallys @ The Gutter