Top 5 shows of the weekend


I want to kick things off by rejoicing about the start of the football* season, which begins on Saturday (*translation: soccer, real football). I suppose some would say the MLS is currently in season already, but let’s be honest, the quality is about as good as my beloved Oxford United. The summer is a long and treacherous struggle without the beautiful game and come 7:45am our time on Saturday, the cold turkey is no more, and the inevitable heartache will ensue (again, Oxford Utd fan here…). Anyway, the humidity is supposed to drop, temperatures are going to be good, so enjoy the outdoors and a few shows!

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Video: Ducktails – ‘Headbanging In The Mirror’


Matt Mondanile of Real Estate (aka Ducktails) has a new record coming out on July 24th. Here’s the first single from St. Catherine. Ducktails will be at Bowery Ballroom on August 8. [Read more…]

Top five shows of the weekend

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.

Sunday, doors at 8pm

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New Ducktails single from forthcoming EP: Honey Tiger Eyes

From Domino:

Wish Hotel, the follow up to this years acclaimed Ducktails album TheFlower Lane, is a brand new EP which consists of five songs recorded by Matt Mondanile at his home in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The songs display a theme of travel, love, and longings. All instrumentation was recorded by Mondanile himself, and mixed by Al Carlson, who also contributed to The Flower Lane.

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MoMA Nights Will Feature Mikal Cronin, Ducktails, Ex Cops and More

Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin

See MoMA’s collection, visit the summer exhibitions, and enjoy live music in the Sculpture Garden (sets begin at 6:30 p.m.). Regular Museum admission applies.
The MoMA Nights 2013 music series includes indie acts selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee (July 4, 11, 18, and 25), and concerts related to the exhibitions Soundings: A Contemporary Score (August 1, 8, and 15) and American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe (August 22 and 29).

Thursday, July 4, 2013
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Ex Cops

Thursday, July 11, 2013
5:30–8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Mikal Cronin

Thursday, July 25, 2013
5:30–8:00 p.m.

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Listen: Ducktails – “The Flower Lane”

Pitchfork has the whole dang thing here.

The Flower Lane tracklist:

01 “Ivy Covered House”
02 “The Flower Lane”
03 “Under Cover”
04 “Timothy Shy”
05 “Planet Phrom”
06 “Assistant Director”
07 “Sedan Magic”
08 “International Date Line”
09 “Letter Of Intent”
10 “Academy Avenue”

The Flower Lane is out 1/29/2013 via Domino.

New Ducktails Single:”Letter Of Intent”

Sounds great and we’re excited to hear the whole record!via

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile also records as Ducktails, and his new album The Flower Lane drops next month. We’ve already posted the album’s title track, but the official first single is “Letter Of Intent,” a slow-melting synthpop tune that I’d have to call out-and-out catchy. The track has a vocal from singer Jessa Farkas, and a couple of other prominent guests: Daniel Lopatin, better known as Oneohtrix Point Never, on synth, and Lopatin’s Ford & Lopatin partner Joel Ford on bass.

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