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Back in October, I kicked off my CMJ at Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV’s annual CMJ showcase. I caught Martin Courtney’s first New York City public performance (and one of his first in general), as well as one of the first U.S. performances from Liverpool rockers Hooton Tennis Club. I then ran over to catch a full show from Panda Bear at Bowery Ballroom, and then ended day 1 with Frankie Cosmos set at Baby’s All Right for the Bayonet Records x Couple Skate CMJ Showcase.

Find a gallery of photos from day 1 of CMJ posted below.

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Best Coast : Wavves

Next Thursday will feature an epic double-headlining bill at Terminal 5, featuring sets from both Best Coasts and Wavves. They’re calling in the “Summer Is Forever II” tour, a sequel to a similar tour that took place in 2011. Both released new records in 2015, with Best Coast releasing California Nights via Harvest Records, and Wavves releasing V via Ghost Ramp. Not only do we get sets from them, but also from rising L.A. group Cherry Glazerr

It’s bound to be a great night of music, and it will be interesting to see how the two crowds balance out. Wavves crowds tend to get a bit wild and out of hand, while Best Coast is a more chilled out set. It will be an interesting night of music to say the least, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Tickets for the show are still available to purchase right here. We’ll have coverage of the show coming this way very soon.

Seratones

Shreveport, Louisiana soul-rockers Seratones will make their return to New York next week, their first stop back here since their run during CMJ last October. They’ll head to Manhattan for a show at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, February 16, and then head to Brooklyn for a performance at Shea Stadium on Wednesday, February 17.

We can expect to hear some new cuts from their soon to be released debut album, making this your best oppurtunity to get a sneak peak at the band before they eventually breakthrough in a big way. Based on what I saw during their CMJ performance, it’s only a matter of time.

You can grab tickets to their Mercury Lounge show here and Shea Stadium show here. However, I just happen to be giving away a pair of tickets to both shows. To enter for a chance to win, simply email me at weallwantsomeone@gmail.com with the subject Seratones, and let me know which show you’re entering for, along with your full name (that you’d want to use at will call).

Good luck!

Martin Courtney

This Saturday night Martin Courtney (of Real Estate) will return to New York for a show at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg. The performance is his first here since his tremendous show at National Sawdust back in November.

He will be sharing songs from his solo debut Many Moons, one of my favorite albums released last year (via Domino Records). But you never know what else he may share live, including new songs, b-sides, and possibly even cool covers, such as his take on Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon” at National Sawdust. The performance will also include opening performances from NY locals EZTV and Cut Worms.

Tickets for the performance are still available, but don’t sleep on it, they’re bound to sell out by the time the weekend rolls around.

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This past Tuesday night brought the return of Wilco to one of the best venues the tristate has to offer, their return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. We were there night one & night three of their masterful performances at The Cap back in 2014 during their 20th anniversary tour and were very excited that they were coming back for a two night run in 2016. Tweedy himself even acknowledged the venue saying “It’s great to be back here, this is an amazing place” in the middle of their set.

Kicking off the first night of this two night run, Wilco brought along Nashville’s own William Tyler to open the show. We’ve had the privilege to see Tyler play before in a much smaller and intimate venue, so we were really excited to catch him in a larger venue and he did not disappoint at all.

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Promptly after Tyler’s set was finished, Wilco’s roadies came out and started their final prep – running some wires, last minute sound checking, placing set lists, etc. One of my favorite touches to the stage was the cat that was perched up on John Stirratt’s amp (a very nice tie in with the album cover of Star Wars). It was glorious.

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After all that final prep Wilco took to the stage as the opener from their latest release, Star Wars, “EKG” played over the sound system while their beautiful LED light curtains flipped on. They then kicked things off by playing Star Wars in its entirety from start to finish, 10 songs that seemingly flew by in only 35 short minutes. “Thats Star Wars fuckers!” proclaimed Jeff Tweedy after finishing playing the album.

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Harriet - American Appetite

We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.

You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.

Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.

I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.

All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.

Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.

American Appetite is available to purchase right here.

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Last year up-and-coming New Jersey singer-songwriter Chloe Baker released her self-titled debut album as Bitter’s Kiss, gaining many news fans along the way. We were one of them, sharing the albums stunning single “The Rope” last summer.

She kicked off the new year with a brand new video for the equally impressive “No One Will.” Showing off her impressive vocals, she gives off a Regina Spektor vibe and a feeling of positivity and elegance. The video was shot in Cork, Ireland and produced by EPIC Productions Ireland.

Enjoy the video below.

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The Last Shadow Puppets

The Last Shadow Puppets are answering a lot of our prayers this year. First with new song “Bad Habits,” then news about their brand new album Everything You’ve Come To Expect (out April via Domino Records), and now we finally have some live tour dates aside from the previously announced festival slots.

The good news is that this small set of live dates incluides a stop into New York for a somewhat intimate performance at Webster Hall. Best of all, this show will be their first U.S. show of the tour (as well as their first show stateside in many years), even ahead of their two showings at both Coachella weekends. Ah, the benefits of living in New York.

One of my biggest regrets was missing all of their previous live performances here, as I was away at school and unable to get down for the shows. I’m glad this will finally be rectified, even if it did take a painful eight years.

See you guys at Webster Hall! Find the full list of tour dates posted below.

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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?

“Gardenia”:

“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

The Last Shadow Puppets

A few weeks ago we finally got new music from The Last Shadow Puppets in the form of single “Bad Habits,” but we were still awaiting official word about a new full-length album, rather impatient after a long eight year wait.

Well tonight our prayers have been answered, as the duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane have announced that their new album is called Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and will be released on April 1 (not a joke!) via Domino Records. 2016 is shaping up to be some year.

Everything You’ve Come To Expect was recorded last summer at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California, a studio with plenty of history, with previous owners included Bob Dylan and The Band. In addition to the duel threat of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, the album once again featured James Ford (Arctic Monkeys producer and member of Simian Mobile Disco) on drums, Owen Pallet (a frequent contributor of Arcade Fire) handling the string section, as well as the new addition of Zach Dawes (of Mini Mansions) on bass.

According to NME, Turner said that the long wait between albums was because they intended to release a trilogy and “wanted to write the second and third parts before we released the second.” In terms of the sound of the album, Turner suggested a change (not a surprise with the change of direction found on “Bad Habits). He noted how the last album ended up being “just one thing,” along with their fandom of Scott Walker causing the album to have been perceived to be a homage to that sound. He hints a change with the new album, saying “this one, in my head, doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve as much as the first one did. We were definitely listening to a bit of Isaac Hayes this time, but it was less of a big deal.”

The album is now available to pre-order, with special edition vinyl and CD packages available on a limited first run pressing. The packages include goodies like photo booklets and special 7″ vinyls (one of which is a 7″ of “Bad Habits”, with an exclusive b-side, “The Bourne Identity”), so don’t sleep on this. Once they’re gone they’re gone for good.

You can find the entire 12-song tracklisting posted below, along with the video for “Bad Habits”:

Everything You’ve Come To Expect:

1. Aviation
2. Miracle Aligner
3. Dracula Teeth
4. Everything You’ve Come To Expect
5. The Element Of Surprise
6. Bad Habits
7. Sweet Dreams, TN
8. Used To Be My Girl
9. She Does The Woods
10. Pattern
11. The Dream Synopsis

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