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


Cymbals Eat Guitars Find A New Home

Cymbals Eat Guitars have found a home. After self-releasing their first album Why There Are Mountains, the band has announced they are joining Barsuk Records.

After almost two years off from recording, the band will be heading into the studio later this month with esteemed producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to assemble their sophomore release.

The band will also be hitting the road extensively this fall, so look for tour news soon!


Grooms Announce Sophomore Album

Grooms are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album. Prom will be out on Kanine Records sometime this summer, and the band has created a more mature, accessible album than their well-received debut Rejoicer.

The band slept in the studio in order to spend more time perfecting their ambient pop sound that has been favorably compared to Sonic Youth. Look for Prom sometime this summer.

In the meantime, Grooms will be on the road through March, including (like everyone else) a stop at SXSW. You can find them:

Mar 16 – Palm Door (SXSW) – Austin, TX

Mar 20 – Bro Fest – Dallas, TX

Mar 22 – Opolis – Norman, OK

Mar 23 – The Lemp – St Louis, MO

Mar 25 – Pancho’s – Chicago, IL

Mar 26 – Project Lodge – Madison, WI

Mar 27 – The Strut – Kalamazoo, MI

Mar 29 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH

Mar 30 – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 02 – The Ox – Philadelphia, PA


Mean Creek Offer Up Free EP

Boston-based rock quartet Mean Creek recently made their way to Brooklyn to record a new EP with legendary producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady, etc.). After being named “Best Boston Act” by the readers of The Boston Phoenix and receiving nominations at this year’s Boston Music Awards for “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for their track “The Comedian,” Mean Creek entered the studio earlier this month with Agnello in an attempt to capture their distinct live sound and energy onto recording. The resulting EP, entitled Hemophiliac, is now available for free download on the band’s BandCamp site.

Album Review: No Joy – “Ghost Blonde”

The 90’s are back, girls and boys and I, for one, am pretty stoked about it. Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz are the feminine forefront of the noise-fuzz-dream-rock band, No Joy. Their second album, Ghost Blonde was just released on esteemed Brooklyn label, Mexican Summer – host to buzz-worthy band Best Coast, among others – who picked up No Joy in less than a year after their conception.

If you could pick out a song to be released as a single on the album, it would be the second track, “Heedless.” It’s driving and droning with plenty of feedback, distinct guitar melody and soft, silky, and sweet vocals a la The Breeders or Amber Valentine from Jucifer when she’s not shrieking. That pretty much goes for the rest of the album, as well. Their signature sound is largely due to a contrast between masculine, forward music and feminine, restrained vocals. It’s hard to make sense of the lyrics amid the sonic layers but one line from “Heedless” is discernable: “if you don’t care, then I don’t care,” adding to the grungy, submissive tone of this great song that could easily have been released in 1992.

A lot of songs like “Maggie Says I Love You” start out with the slow buildup of static and dissonant guitar reminiscent of Sonic Youth that lead into echoey, drawn out vocals and persistent and repetitive percussion. Others like “You Girls Smoke Cigarettes?” are quick, loud and more varied musically, making for a song that’s easy to rock out to. Each song is about four minutes long on average, so you get the best of both worlds: progressive rock sensibility and pop rock length. This gives the listener just enough time to come up for air before plunging back in to the pool of noise laden with reverb and distortion.

It might be assumed, for no other reason than their name, that No Joy is a sad, complaint-rock band, and even if traces of such mentalities are detected, they are in a purposeful and passive way. More than somber, Ghost Blonde is a female driven record with balls that has sexy guitar riffs and vocals that knock you down and then float you away.