Dog Gone Presents: Invisible Familiars // Alex Bleeker & the Freaks Year-End Late-Shows

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Poster design by Jessica Milton

Greetings, friends! It is a great honor to once again present to you the lineup for our third annual run of year-end late-shows taking place once at Mercury Lounge in New York City. This year on December 29 we’re psyched to present the combination of Invisible Familiars (essentially the band behind Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger) along with Frank LoCastro. The following night on December 30, we’ll welcome back Real Estate side-project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks for their second year in a row. Supporting the Freaks will be Shorts, one of our favorite new acts on the scene which features current and former members of Woodsman and Real Estate. Both shows kick off around 11PM and will feature Dog Gone Presents and guest DJ sets to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 12PM Eastern Time via the Mercury Lounge website. Previous years have sold-out so be sure to get your tickets in advance to avoid missing out.

Invisible Familiars – “Elaine Serene”

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – “Don’t Look Down” 

Dog Gone Presents: Wolf People // Golden Animals // Golden Grass @ Mercury Lounge 10/13

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Poster by Jessica Milton

We’re psyched to announce our next show, which features a stellar lineup including UK psych-rockers Wolf People along with Brooklyn’s Golden Animals and the newly formed Golden Grass. It all goes down on October 13 at Mercury Lounge at 8PM Eastern Standard Time. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. We’ve got a few pairs to giveaway so keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

Purchase tickets via Mercury Lounge’s website.

DGB Presents: Föllakzoid // The Holydrug Couple

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Poster art by Curtis Godino.

Our next show will be an evening of Chilean psych rock, when Föllakzoid and The Holydrug Couple grace us with their presence at Mercury Lounge on March 21. Drippy Eye will be providing visuals. Come out and catch two of the best bands from the ever growing Chilean psychedelic underground scene with a side of liquid light. RSVP.

Tickets are $10 adv or $12 at the door. We’ll be giving away tickets to the show so stay tuned for details.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Review: Doug Paisley @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY 11/8/2011

Last night, I had the great pleasure of catching my acoustic hometown hero—Doug Paisley—at one of Brooklyn’s most intimate and welcoming venues. Sharing the bill with Bela Fleck’s significant other, Abigail Washburn, at Brooklyn’s Bell House, Paisley paired well, offering his sparse set of wanderer’s tales and minimalist guitar work to a crowd of attentive listeners. The Toronto native even commented at one point that it was eerie to hear silence of that sort in New York City. And though I had my fancy new DSLR on hand and intended to take it for its maiden voyage into the world of concert photography, I realized quickly that I could only shoot between songs as the shutter sound could be heard across the entire room. Pin drop type silence.

This was my second time seeing Paisley perform in almost as many months, having caught him on his recent tour with freak folk outfit Megafaun. I also hold the rare feat of having seen the guitarist perform to a crowd of no more than eight in a basement pub in London, Ontario—the same night I became a lifelong fan of his. Whether it’s eight or fifty, Paisley performs a similar set, combining his troubadour-like persona with nimble guitar lines that nod to a gentler-handed Garcia and classic country pickers like Doc Watson.

But what draws the crowd in to a level of attentiveness rarely seen at concerts in this city, are the songs. His 2010 release Constant Companion, was named “one of the finest singer-songwriter driven LPs of 2010” by Aquarium Drunkard and received high praise from countless others. The songs have a simple kind of sadness that tell of the journeys and hardships of the road, for example his cover of The Stanley Brother’s “The Fields Have Turned Brown,” which tells of a boy who leaves home to discover himself against his parent’s pleadings. Each song is delivered with Paisley’s authentic country-style vocal approach, sounding as though he was born to play this music for us. It makes us want to listen.

Living in New York, one has the ability to see great music almost every night of the year. So what is it about one man and a guitar that can make me travel half way across the city to hear him play? I asked myself that question while riding the F train over the Brooklyn Naval Yard, contemplating it until the moment the lights dimmed and that one man appeared on stage. It’s a realness we only find in the best and musicians who are truest to their craft. It’s a sense of integrity that makes an “opening slot” so much more and a life on the road a welcome reality for the performer. It’s a voice, a guitar, the right words and bringing them all together in a special way that very few can.

“Bat Song” (9/24/11)

You can download Doug Paisley’s recent performance opening for Megafaun at Mercury Lounge via NYC Taper.

CMJ Show Picks

As those who live in the NYC area likely already know, taking place this week is the CMJ Music Marathon. With numerous shows of all sorts spread out across the city each night, we thought we’d provide a guiding light for some of the ones that have perked our interest. This is by no means a complete list, just some bands that we think you should check out.

Tuesday October 18

Dent May @ Public Assembly (Car Park / Paw Tracks Showcase) 7:30PM

La Big Vic, Air Waves, Family Portrait, Future Shuttle @ Public Assembly (Underwater Peoples Showcase) 8:30PM

Wednesday October 19

The Dead Exs @ Bowery Electric 5:20pm

Hopewell, Weird Owl, Main Street Gospel @ Saint Vitus Bar 7:00PM

The Barr Brothers @ Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel 11:00PM

Lord Huron @ Living Room 6:15pm/Mercury Lounge 11pm

Thursday October 20

White Fence @ Cake-shop (NYC Taper CMJ Party) 2:45PM

Widsowspeak @ Cakeshop (NYC Taper CMJ Party) 4:15PM/Littlefield (WNYU Showcase) 11pm/285 Kent (late)

Woodsman @ Matchless 8:30pm

Lord Huron @ The Rock Shop 9:00PM

Friday October 21

Superhuman Happiness @ The Knitting Factory 12:00PM

Acid Baby Jesus @ Death By Audio 7:00PM

La Big Vic @ 285 Kent 8:00PM

Psychic Ills, Led Er Est, Gary War, Amen Dunes @ St. Vitus Bar 8:00PM

The Barr Brothers @ Arlene’s Grocery 10:00PM

Lord Huron @ Public Assembly (Brooklyn Vegan Party) – TBA

Saturday October 22

The Barr Brothers @ Rockwood Music Hall 5:30PM

Little Gold @ Bruar Falls 11:45pm

NYC Concert Picks 8/22-8/28

Photo by Joel Raskin

Here’s a list of shows in NYC this week that I recommend checking out:

Monday
Zorch @ Pianos 8PM
(Experimental noise act from Austin, TX)

Tuesday
Purling Hiss, Night Manager, Punks On Mars @ The Bowery Electric 830PM
(Read up on psych-noise outfit Purling Hiss here)

Knights on Earth @ Southpaw 9PM

Thursday
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Woodsman, Orca Team, Flower Orgy @ Cakeshop 8PM
(Read up on Alex Bleeker & The Freaks here)

Skeletons, The Present, Ablehearts @ Glasslands 8PM

Stephen Malkmus @ Other Music 9PM

Friday
Little Gold, Air Waves, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Spook Houses @ Death By Audio 8PM
(Little Gold features former Woods member Christian DeRoeck)

Sun Araw, Prince Rama, Julianna Barwick, Pterodactyl, Teengirl Fantasy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 8PM

Saturday
Daytrotter Barnstormer @ Brooklyn Bowl 5PM

EMEFE @ The Bluenote 12AM

Video: Yellowbirds “Beneath the Reach of Light” @ Breakthru Radio

NYC’s Breakthru radio recently filmed a studio session with Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of Yellowbirds. In the intimate setting of the Serious Business studio, the duo spoke with radio host Travis Harrison before performing a stripped down version of “Beneath the Reach of Light.” This video sees Cohen move to acoustic with Kaufman commanding an array of noise vehicles behind him. Check out the video courtesy of Breakthru Radio below.