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

Oberhofer @ Coco66, Brooklyn, NY – May 15, 2011

Coco66, which is just a blinking neon sign blaring BAR in big red letters, is a non-descript venue with a secret performance space hidden by a big velvet curtain. The show starts at 9:45, but for all good things one must wait. Vacation kicked off the show with their synth guitar, dreamy sound. Lead singer Paul Daily has a velvety voice (he sounds like Matt Berninger from The National) and wraps you in his own world when he sings “Penny Pincher.” From here the crowd kept dreaming with the next opener Windowpeak. A female-led slow grind, dreary rock band that sounds like Mazzy Star. This band is simply incredible and it’s clear that they will be going far. You have to listen to “Harsh Realm” and “Burnout.” You will not be disappointed.And finally, Oberhofer. It was as if all the air had gone out of the room and was replaced with this fucking incredible sound. Their set was way, way too short in my opinion. I could have listened for hours. They closed with “I Could Go,” my favorite Oberhofer song. Something about the light show, Brad’s sincerity in his voice and the yearning sound of both guitar and drum completed the show in the most perfect way. I had a brief chance to talk with Brad Oberhofer backstage who told me of his passion for orchestral music and plans on one day scoring films. Which seems to be new indie scene phenomenon, with Broken Social Scene scoring “Half Nelson” in 2006 and Phoenix scoring the new Sofia Coppola film. All in all the show sounded like three bands, all good friends from Tacoma, Washington, having a good time. They each amped up the energy of the crowd as much as the last band, all their sets were super tight and the light show perfectly complimented the music but didn’t distract from it. Oberhofer will be recording new material after their tour. Next stop, Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI tomorrow night (May 18) with Neon Indian.

The Beets Announce Tour With Eternal Summers, Release New Song

More and more bands from Queens have been popping up, hoping to unseat Brooklyn as the New York borough with the most happening scene. Jackson Heights natives, The Beets, are the brainchild of Uruguay born frontman Juan Wauters and best friend Jose Garcia, creating lo-fi pop songs more remniscient of a time lost than the current New York scene. With their second album, Stay Home, in stores already, the band have set up a tour with friends Eternal Summers. Look for them on the road the next two months and check out the new song “Time Brought Age.”

04/23 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory $
05/18 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern *
05/19 Detroit, MI Magic Stick Lounge *
05/20 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle ~ *
05/21 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry *
05/22 Fargo, ND Aquarium *
05/24 Missoula, MT The Badlander *
05/25 Spokane, WA Craft House *
05/26 Vancouver, BC Media Club *
05/27 Seattle, WA Healthy Times Fun Club *
05/28 Portland, OR East End *
05/29 San Francisco, CA Hemlock/Popfest *
05/31 Los Angeles, CA Echo *
06/01 San Diego, CA Casbah *
06/04 Austin, TX Chaos in Tejas (Beerland) *
06/05 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival *
06/06 New Orleans, LA The Saint *
06/07 Birmingham, AL The Nick *
06/08 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
06/09 Charlotte, NC The Milestone # *

* = w/ Eternal Summers
^ = w/ Jeffrey Lewis
$ = w/ Davila 666, X-Ray Eyeballs
~ = w/ Crystal Stilts
# = w/ w/ Brilliant Colors

NYC Weekly Show Rundown!

Noah and the Whale, Luke Rathborne @ Bowery Ballroom

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

British Sea Power, A Classic Education @ Maxwell’s

The Sounds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Royksopp @ Webster Hall

Noah and the Whale, Apex Manor @ Bowery Ballroom

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

British Sea Power, A Classic Education @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Cheval Sombre, Jump Into The Gospel, Polock, The Lines, Ravens & Chimes @ Piano’s

Atlantic /Pacific @ The Rock Shop

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ (le) poisson rouge

Devotchka, Mariachi El Bronx @ Highline Ballroom

Fujiya & Miyagi, Project Jenny/Project Jan, Body Language @ Santo’s Party House

Polock @ The Rock Shop

The Beets, Beachniks, Las Robertas @ Union Hall

The Damnwells, Harper Blynn (formerly Pete and J), Howard Jennings @ Bowery Ballroom

Devotchka, Mariachi El Bronx @ Highline Ballroom

J Mascis, Kurt Vile, Call Of The Wild @ Mercury Lounge

Alexi Murdoch, Sam Amidon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Cold War Kids, No Age, Baths @ Radio City Music Hall

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Those Darlins @ Bowery Ballroom

J. Mascis, Kurt Vile, The Violaters @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Queens of the Stone Age, Dough Rollers @ Terminal 5

White Out with Thurston Moore @ White Stone

The Drums, Big Trouble, Patrick Cleandenim (DJ Set) @ Tribeca Grand Hotel


Country Mice Make Their Way To Several Major Cities

Jason Rueger spent most of his youth in rural Kansas, walking dirt road paths, working and living off the land. So, when he decided to move to Brooklyn, his family was understandably shocked. It didn’t take long for Rueger to justify his move though. In only a few months time he had teamed with fellow Midwest transplants Ben Bullington (guitar) and Kurt Kuehn (drums) to form Country Mice.

This spring the band, which also includes upstate New Yorker Mike Feldman (bass), will release a new single “Festival” on March 28 and their debut album Twister on June 7th. They’re also touring in support of their new material. Dates are down below.

Spring Tour Dates

03-10 Savannah, GA – Stopover Fest
03-11 Savannah, GA – Stopover Fest
03-12 Savannah, GA – Stopover Fest
03-14 New Orleans, LA – The Saint !
03-15 Houston, TX – Super Happy Fun Land
03-16 Austin, TX – Skinny’s Ballroom – SXSW – 9PM
03-16 Austin, TX – Hole In The Wall – SXSW
03-16 Austin, TX – Austin Convention Center – SXSW – 12 PM
03-17 Austin, TX – Wahoo – SXSW Cartogo Party – 12 PM
03-17 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas – SXSW Brooklyn BBQ Party
03-20 Tulsa, OK – Sound Pony
03-21 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
03-22 Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
04-15 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory +

^ w/ Mini Prophets
! w/ Secret Mountains
+ w/ O’Death
$ w/ Woodfangs

Diamond Doves Release Tracks Into The Wild

Diamond Doves have just released their very first songs as a group. The band put out three talks this week in celebration of the news that the band has a residency with Brooklyn’s The Rock Shop during March.

The members of Diamond Doves cut their (musical) teeth playing and recording with Elvis Perkins as Elvis Perkins in Dearland. The trio have given everyone the chance to hear their unique sound, which you can get right here. Doves will also be touring with the Felice Brothers. Look for their schedule after checking out the tasty, fresh-from-the-oven songs.

“Club Night”

“Hey Lady”

“Is There Any Hope?”

* = w/ The Felice Brothers


10 – Brooklyn, NY – Rock Shop w/Telekinesis, Love Language

17 – Brooklyn, NY – Rock Shop w/The Woes

24 – Brooklyn, NY – Rock Shop

25 – Oneonta, NY – The Oneonta Theatre*

26 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki*

27 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells*

28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells *

30 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*

31 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel*


01 – Huntington, WV – V Club*

02 – Lexington, KY – Busters*

03—Knoxville, TN-Rhythm and Blooms Festival

05 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre*

06 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt*

07 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In*

08 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree*

09 – Memphis, TN – The Hi-Tone*

10 – Dallas, TX – The Loft*

12 – Lubbock, TX – Blue Light*

13 – Santa Fe, NM – Corazon*