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The Blind Shake releasing a new LP (listen), playing SXSW

photo: The Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge, 2/26/2015 (more by PSquared) Minneapolis' animal beat bashers The Blind Shake just wrapped up their Modern Surf Classics tour with John Reis (including two NYC shows). No sooner than they sent their Hawaiian...

TVOTR expands tour, add NYC w/ Bo Ningen, NPR SXSW with Courtney Barnett; tix on presale for NJ show w/ Pixies

Just yesterday we mentioned how TV on the Radio are touring this year but didn't have a NYC show scheduled. Well that changed quickly, as the band just revealed a show for May 20 at Kings Theatre with the...

Toronto band Grounders ready debut album (stream a track), playing NYC this week with Twist on way to SXSW

Toronto quartet Grounders sound hazy but are anchored by strong pop hooks. The band's self-titled debut album will be out May 12 via Nevado Music and was made with studio help from members of Broken Social and Absolutely Free....

Win a pair of SXSW wristbands courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds

If you're a regular reader of BrooklynVegan, you probably know that the 2015 edition of SXSW is coming up (March 17 - 22 in Austin, TX). Thousands of artists will flood Austin for the week, playing countless shows at...

Seattle's Mega Bog shares new video, going on tour, including dates at SXSW and NYC

photo: Mega Bog @ Baby's All Right, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield) You may remember that Seattle artist Erin Birgy released the album Gone Banana under the name Mega Bog last fall. Album track "Wet Moss" has a new...

Delicate Steve working with Paul Simon, releasing live album (stream a song), touring, playing SXSW, & NYC w/ No Chief

by Bill Pearis Delicate Steve and Paul Simon in the studio (via Delicate Steve) While Delicate Steve's records, like 2011's Wondervisions, are very good, they are really a band known for their live shows, thanks in no small part to....

Jack Ladder released an album ft. Sharon Van Etten on two songs, touring, playing NYC & LA after SXSW (dates, stream)

by Andrew Sacher Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van...

Australian punks Yes I'm Leaving touring around SXSW, playing three NYC shows (dates & song streams)

Sydney trio Yes I'm Leaving put out Slow Release back in September, full of hackle-raised, tightly-wound, noisy punk. (Think METZ, Big Black, AmRep bands.) You can stream it and check out a video below. Yes, the band is leaving...

UK act SOAK releasing debut album on Rough Trade, playing NYC before SXSW (dates, streams)

by Bill Pearis UK artist Bridie Monds-Watson makes music under the name SOAK. Nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2015 Poll, SOAK's music is delicate, sometimes beautiful, heartfelt stuff. Monds-Watson's beyond-her-years voice carries much of the emotion. (It's a little...

La Luz working on LP#2 with Ty Segall producing, touring, playing SXSW & Burgerama (dates)

by Bill Pearis La Luz y Ty (photo via @laluzband) Seattle's best young surf band, La Luz, are currently in the studio with producer and former tourmate Ty Segall, working on their second album for Hardly Art. That's exciting! They'r...

Summer Moon (mems The Strokes, Au Revoir Simone, The Like), playing shows w/ GOASTT, Father John Misty ++ SXSW

Tennessee Thomas of oughts-era LA band, The Like, has formed a new group called Summer Moon that features Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone, and Lewis Lazar. The band made their first live appearance...

Perfect Pussy expand tour, playing 2 nights in Brooklyn with Sick Feeling, Mannequin Pussy, Wreck & Reference and more

photo: Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield) Yesterday, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves officially announced her new label Honor Press, and today it's been announced that Perfect Pussy and Honor Press are presenting "A Perfect Weekend" at...

Cool Ghouls touring, including SXSW & 2 NYC shows (dates)

by Bill Pearis San Francisco's Cool Ghouls, who pull from both the city's current garage/psych scene as well as its '60s Haight-Ashbury heyday, will be touring this spring around SXSW, making two stops in NYC: Union Pool on March 11...

SEOUL announce debut LP, share new single, playing NYC this week, touring w/ Ballet School after SXSW (dates)

by Bill Pearis After having only two songs available to listen for the last two years or so, Montreal's SEOUL have finally announced details of their debut album. It's titled I Become A Shade and will be out June 9...

Spring King releasing new EP (listen to a song), playing SXSW before UK tour dates with Courtney Barnett

by Bill Pearis UK upstarts Spring King have a new EP, They're Coming After You, which is out April 20 via Handsome Dad Records. We've got the premiere of rocking lead single "City" which is a real corker. (If you...

Fort Lean ready debut LP, cover the Jeremy Spencer Band (listen), play Rough Trade this weekend, SXSW & other dates

Around since the start of the decade, Brooklyn band Fort Lean are only just now getting ready to put out their debut album. It's called Quiet Day and will be released this spring via Ooh La La. You can...

Carl Barat cancels all North American dates except SXSW

Libertine Carl BarĂ¢t and his new band The Jacks were supposed to tour North America in March, but unfortunately everything except SXSW has been cancelled. They write:It's with a very heavy heart that me and the boys have to...

Torres expands tour, opening for Timber Timbre (dates)

photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield) Torres already has a bunch of tour dates scheduled for this May, and is playing SXSW in March, and she's since scheduled a NYC appearance to take place before...

Jacco Gardner signs with Polyvinyl, releasing 'Hypnophobia' (stream a track), playing SXSW, Burgerama & other dates

by Bill Pearis Jacco Gardner has signed with Polyvinyl who will release his new album, Hypnophobia, on May 5. That's the cover art above which was designed by Julian House, best known for his work with Stereolab and Broadcast. As...

Laura Marling releasing 'Short Movie,' playing NYC with Villagers after SXSW (dates, videos)

by Andrew Sacher photo: Laura Marling at McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt) British folk singer Laura Marling is set to release her fifth album, Short Movie, on March 24 via Ribbon Music, and so far she's...

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