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


Oberhofer Announces US Tour With Neon Indian & Sleigh Bells Including Dates With Cults, Eternal Summers & The Beets

This is what you need to know about the band Oberhofer: they sound fantastic. The 7″ they just released (“Away Frm U” / Dead Girls Dance”) is phenomenal. The guitars wail as though they are looking for release from this world, the drums are amazing, the entire sound is like nirvana for the ears. The lyrics do leave something small to be desired. Maybe it stems from Brad Oberhofer’s age (he is 19 after all), but the text-language spelled track names rub me the wrong way. The only redeeming quality to these lyrics is the way Oberhofer sings them. There is such an air of sincerity in his voice that you almost forget about the words themselves. Almost. Then again, I was that kid who sat and poured over lyrics so perhaps I am a bit jaded. Either way, this band sounds incredible live. There is so much energy and passion in these shows that you can’t help but fall in love with them. So, here lies the Oberhofer recipe to success. Record some badass songs in your parents basement in Tacoma, WA. When that house burns down, shake the loss off and move to New York, find a new band with an incredible sound and start shaping your art. See this band live. Do it now. Below are the tour dates for this summer.

5/14 – Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY !!
5/16 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA ^
5/17 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN ^
5/18 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI ^
5/19 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
5/20 – Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB ^
5/22 – Republik – Calgary, AB ^ #
5/23 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB ^ #
5/25 – The Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC ^ #
5/26 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR ^ #
5/30 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA ^ #
5/31 – Satellite Club – Los Angeles, CA %
6/1 – Casbah – San Diego, CA & @
6/8 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
6/10 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
6/11 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH ^
6/12 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD ^

* w/ Cults
^ w/ Neon Indian
# w/ Sleigh Bells
% w/ Hands
& w/ The Beets
@ w/ Eternal Summers

!! w/ Widowspeak & Vacations

Asobi Seksu Release New Tune

Despite releasing their latest full-length in February, Asobi Seksu (which translated means “playful sex”) have just premiered a new song courtesy of RCRD LBL. The single “Perfectly Crystal” can be heard right here.

Besides a new song, less than a month after releasing the full-length Fluorescence, Asobi Seksu is out on the road right now. The band is sharing the stage with Brahms, Braids, and Cults. Look below for their entire tour schedule.

3/24/2011 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA****

3/25/2011 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.****

3/26/2011 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA****

4/7/2011 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY


***w/ BRAIDS

****w/ Cults

Warm Ghost Announces Tour Dates

Warm Ghost, a.k.a. the latest project of Paul Duncan, is not only playing SXSW, but also touring the country.  They’re touring to support their latest EP, Uncut Diamond, and last year’s album, Claws Overhead.  Tour dates are below as follows:

SXSW Dates
3/16 – Red Eyed Fly – Tiger Mountain/Noise Pop Party – 2:05 PM
3/17 – Soho Lounge – 12 AM

3/18 – Barbarella – Partisan Records/Knitting Factory/Brooklyn Vegan Party – 1:45 PM
3/19 – Parkside (Inside Stage) – Reverb Party- 5:40 PM
US Dates

3/24 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC*#
3/26 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA&^
3/29 – TT The Bear’s – Boston MA
# Fujiya & Miyagi
&Asobi Seksu

Warm Ghost’s EP Now Out; Tour Dates Being Mapped Out

Paul Duncan’s electronic project, Warm Ghost, has an EP out this week called Uncut Diamond.  The EP features three remastered tracks from their debut EP, Claws Overheard, and three new tracks – all on a digital and vinyl-only release.  Here’s the tracklisting:

1. Open The Wormhole In Your Heart
2. Without A Dancer
3. Claws Overhead
4. Uncut Diamond
5. Resignation Rights
6. Let My Angst Unfold In The Water Like A Hounds Tongue

Warm Ghost is also performing at SXSW as well as plotting out a tour with Asobi Seksu and Cults.

Here’s a single from the EP, “Claws Overheard:” Ghost – Claws Overhead (Pacific Theater Remix) by Whale Heart Records

Review: Guards – self-titled EP

Guards EP
Guards is essentially just singer Richie Follin with contributions from Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) and Cults. The album is filled with so much sound that one might think it was a five-piece band. There are many instruments used on the album and each does a particular job to create a lo-fi pop experience.

If MGMT was married to Karen O and The Kids and had an illegitimate child with Arcade Fire, it would be Guards. This bastard child croons, chants, and makes sure it is heard on all eight tracks of Guards. Guards seemingly have all the characteristics of its parents: It has the “Oooh Oooh Oooh” backing vocals a la Arcade Fire, yowling vocals set to a magical keyboard a la MGMT, and  a childlike wonder tone a la Karen O and the Kids. It has been a while since  a debut EP has been so ambitious.

This is not some exasperating brat that steals from its parents’ success, in fact, Guards explores new terrain especially with vocal harmonies. “Sail It Slow” strides forward smoothly as the vocals play off one another in a vigorous fashion. The opening track “Resolution Of One” has a chorus that explodes like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. On “Crystal Truth”, there is a blissful melody that makes you wonder how no one has written it before. Each song is solid in its own distinct way and it never feels like you have been listening to the same song for too long. This is probably due to the fact that most songs do not go past the three minute point. Also, each song flies by with the help of the harmonizing refrains. Instrumentally, everything is solid especially the thunderous drums. The beat always feels firm next to such sweet-tempered vocals and each instrument highlights another fittingly.

It is impossible not to allude to other bands that Guards sounds like but that does not take away from the achievements of Guards. No doubt, Guards sounds like the illegitimate child of a few notable indie bands but who really cares? At least it is not the illegitimate child of MC Hammer and LFO. This is a wonderful debut EP for the little brat.