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




Acrylics Announce Tour

Brooklyn duo Acrylics (aka Molly Shea and Jason Klauber) have announced a North American tour with Jose Gonzalez-led Swedish trio Junip. Set to kick off in late April, after Acrylics play a string of dates at SXSW, the tour is meant to promote their debut LP, Lives and Treasure, out this week via Hot Sand/Friendly Fire Recordings. Peep the dates down below.

Acrylics Tour Dates w/ Junip + SXSW
*Fri – 3/18 @ 8pm – SXSW – Nuvola / Prefix & Audible Treats Showcase (105 E. 5th St.)
*Fri – 3/18 @ 3:30pm – SXSW – Lipstick 24 / Friendly Fire Recordings/Lefse/I Guess I’m Floating Day Party
*Sat – 3/19 @ 1:45pm – SXSW – ND/501 Studios / Terrorbird Licensing Day Party
*Sat – 3/19 @ TBA – SXSW – FADO’s – Noise/Racket / Sitcom Serf Party
Wed – 4/20 – Toronto ON – Lees Palace
Thu – 4/21 – Cleveland Heights OH – Grog Shop
Fri – 4/22 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
Sat – 4/23 – Chicago IL – Empty Bottle
Sun – 4/24 – Evanston IL – SPACE
Mon- 4/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Thu – 4/28 – Denver – CO- Larimer Lounge
Fri – 4/29 – Salt Lake City UT – The State Room
Sun – 5/01 – Spokane WA- The Empyrean
Mon- 5/02 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Tue- 5/03 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
Wed – 5/04 – Portland, OR -Wonder Ballroom
Fri – 5/06 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Sat- 5/07 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Sun- 5/08 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Tue- 5/10 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Wed- 5/11 – Houston, TX – Mink
Thu- 5/12 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Sat- 5/14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Sun – 5/15 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Mon- 5/16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Tue- 5/17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Wed – 5/18 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Thurs – 5/19 – New York City, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sat- 5/21 – South Burlington. VT – HG Showcase Lounge
Sun- 5/22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

* (Acrylics Only)

Acrylics Release New Single

The duo Acrylics have just released a new single from their upcoming debut, Lives and Treasure. The song “Sparrow Song” can be heard below.

Acrylics’ first album was produced with the help of Matt Boynton (MGMT) and Britt Myers (Yeasayer) among others. Critics compare the duo favorably to other electronic-pop bands like Stars or Headlights.

Look for the band’s debut album March 1st, on Friendly Fire Records.

NYC Weekend Show Roundup!

Earl Greyhound, Cavalier Rose, Knights on Earth @ Bowery Ballroom
The Naked and Famous, Savoir Adore @ Brooklyn Bowl
Amazing Baby, Acrylics, Teen, Psychic @ Cameo Gallery
Kittens Ablaze, Team B, Baby Alpaca @ Glasslands
Greg Laswell, Harper Blynn (formerly Pete and J) @ Highline Ballroom
Wakey! Wakey!, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Maxwell’s
Tall Tall Trees, Great Elk @ Mercury Lounge
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Roadside Graves, Motel Motel, Dinosaur Feathers, Ivana XL, Teletextile @ Pianos
Peelander Z, Starscream, Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re @ Santos Party House
Paul and the Patients, Zoos Of Berlin, Life Size Maps, Sports, The Sanctuaries @ Spike Hill
The Frames @ Terminal 5
Bardo Pond, Pontiak, Crazy Dreams Band, Bad Dream, Silver Summit @ The Bell House
La Strada, Hospitality, Birdlips @ The Rock Shop
Black Dice, Blues Control, McDonalds (mbrs of Oxford Collapse), Avey Tare (DJ set) @ The Schoolhouse
Kate Nash @ The Wellmont Theatre

Javelin, Future Islands, Lonnie Walker @ 285 Kent Avenue
Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Bowery Ballroom
Young Prisms, Weekend, MINKS, Big Troubles @ Glasslands

Acrylics Release First Single off “Lives and Treasure”

Acrylics can’t possibly be making any kind of statement with “Nightwatch,” the first single off their upcoming debut LP, Lives and Treasure.  But with the multitudes of flash-in-the-pan indie that has come out the past few years, making a significant splash isn’t about being bold or innovative, you just need to write a good track. 

“Nightwatch” is a good track.  It’s easy to imagine this as a Fleetwood Mac tune given that singer, Molly Shea, is a female and the track screams 70’s soft rock; however, the similarities end there.  Unfortunately, female singers have always been limited to ill-conceived and ambiguous comparisons due to a smaller influential pool to draw from.  Not every female folk singer sounds like Janis Joplin, just like not every male indie rocker sounds like Lou Reed — even if they try to.

Regardless, “Nightwatch” is a late-night drive, a haunting slow jam that never picks up because it never has to.  The line, “I believe in infinity” falls as flat as the chorus it makes up, but the rest of the song coasts along toward its shimmering fade out.

New York’s Acrylics Set To Start New Year With New Album


Putting all of their heart and life into their first full-length album, New York duo Acrylics will be releasing Lives and Treasure on January 25, 2011 on Hot Sands Records. 

Joining forces in 2008, Acrylic’s Molly Shea and Jason Klauber first met at Oberlin College where the two quickly started creating their dreamy sound.  They released an EP entitled All of the Fire on Terrible Records giving Shea and Klauber the opportunity to work with producers like Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift, Matt Boynton of Gang Gang Dance and MGMT, and Britt Myers of Yeasayer and Charlift.  The EP quickly garnered a lot of buzz among listeners and critics alike. 

After the release of All of the Fire and sharing the stage with bands like Das Racist, Class Actress and Girls, the two were ready to head back to their Bushwick apartment and finish up their first full length album.  Lives and Treasure is full of tracks rich with layers of meaningful lyrics backed with flowing harmonies and melodic beats.  For Shea and Klauber, the album comes straight from the heart.   

Check out Acrylics on their MySpace page and hear tracks from their previously released EP All of the Fire.