5 Acts: October 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Arcade Eden

Isle of Wight, UK

NYPC and CC fusion... Fantastic!

"One Night In Town"

Arcade Eden on MySpace

Arcade Eden on The Hype Machine

Gang Gang Dance

New York, NY

Truly incredible to experience live.

"Desert Storm"

Gang Gang Dance on MySpace

Gang Gang Dance on The Hype Machine

Experimental Dental School

Marnie Stern

New York, NY

Ridiculously long ass album title.


Marnie Stern on MySpace

Marnie Stern on The Hype Machine

Japanese Motors

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cars & Trains


Chicago, IL / Columbus, OH


The Old Believers

Foreign Slippers

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Those Dancing Days - Home Sweet Home

The Deer Tracks - Slow Collision

Psapp - The Monster Song

Foals - Olympic Airways

Bloc Party - Talons

Thursday, October 23, 2008

ticket giveaway: Mother Mother at DC9

District people: Don't be sad if you didn't get to catch Mother Mother at CMJ this week. They'll be hitting up DC9 on Saturday night to promote their new record, O My Heart. Like many others I've heard commenting on the band's sophomore effort, this one had to grow on me but truly is one of my favorites for 2008. If you'd like to see Mother Mother for free at DC9, email me and use the band's original name as the subject line. Good luck!

Mother Mother on MySpace

Mother Mother on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Indiecater Volume 3:
An mp3hugger Compilation

Volume 3 available now at http://www.indiecater.com.

01. Sa Sevol - The Little Ones (Michigan)
02. Ral Partha Vogelbacher - Birthday in Beijing (San Francisco)
03. Ian Love - The Only Night (Brooklyn)
04. Bakers At Dawn - Hopeful (Malmö)
05. Cats On Fire - Higher Grounds (Åbo/Turku)
06. Celestial - Fragile Heart (Örebro)
07. The Dying Seconds - I'll Make The Best Weapon (Dublin)
08. Starfucker - German Love (Portland)
09. Ravens and Chimes - General Lafayette! You Are Not Alone (NYC)
10. Angel Pier - Sprites (Gorey/Ottawa/Dublin)

Deerhoof - Family Of Others

Check out the cool Deerhoof video Eben and Sara of Flying made...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Olympia, WA

Clapping, casiotones, and twee melodies. -
Merideth Munoz, guest contributor

"Blue Ocean Blue"

Lake on MySpace

Lake on The Hype Machine

The Deer Tracks

Gävle, Sweden

Has lots of la la's. -
Merideth Munoz, guest contributor

"Slow Collision"

The Deer Tracks on MySpace

The Deer Tracks on The Hype Machine

School Of Seven Bells

Brooklyn, NY

Hypnotizing loops and pretty vocals. - Merideth Munoz, guest contributor

"Half Asleep"

School Of Seven Bells on MySpace

School Of Seven Bells on The Hype Machine

Passion Pit

Cambridge, MA

Rap sample sounding with moog. - Merideth Munoz, guest contributor


Passion Pit on MySpace

Passion Pit on The Hype Machine

My Tiger My Timing

London, England

Boy/girl singing and dancy. - Merideth Munoz, guest contributor

"This Is Not The Fire"

My Tiger My Timing on MySpace

My Tiger My Timing on The Hype Machine

Monday, October 20, 2008

5 Acts x 5 Words

The selected acts for tomorrow will feature a simple five word review for each from the lovely and multi-talented Merideth Munoz, who is currently in the process of recording material for both Pash and Title Tracks. Hopefully she'll have time to contribute on a regular basis and let everyone know what she thinks about the music currently catching the attention of our ears.

ticket giveaway: Sian Alice Group at 9:30

9:30 Club has really been hitting everyone's g spot with good shows. Wednesday night the venue welcomes three amazing acts for a late show (doors 9:45 pm): headlining is A Place To Bury Strangers with Sian Alice Group and Celebration as openers. If you'd like to take a shot at winning a pair of tickets compliments of Sian Alice Group, email me and use the band's hometown as the subject line.

Sian Alice Group on MySpace

Sian Alice Group on The Hype Machine

Dead Confederate on Conan

WOXY.com Lounge Act:
Gentleman Auction House

Tune in to WOXY.com today at 1:30 pm ET for Gentleman Auction House!

Gentleman Auction House on MySpace

Gentleman Auction House on The Hype Machine

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead

Of Montreal - Id Engager

Those Dancing Days - Run Run

Apollo Sunshine - Singing To The Earth

The Week That Was - Scratch The Surface

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm DJing during CMJ!

In support of the Dovecote Records / Sneak Attack Media party during CMJ at Rehab on Tuesday night, I'll be DJing from 11:30 - 12:30. If you're in NYC, please come out and see me and hear the great acts playing this party.

7:00 pm – Middle Distance Runner (unsigned)
7:45 pm – Matt Duke (Rykodisc)
8:15 pm – Trevor Giuliani (Dovecote)
9:00 pm – Tim Williams (Dovecote)
10:00 pm – Mason Proper (Dovecote)
11:00 pm – Wild Sweet Orange (Canvasback Music)
12:00 am – More Amor (unsigned)

DJs Upstairs:
7:00 pm – Lindbergh Palace
9:30 pm – Kristian (ThePunkGuy.com)
10:30 pm – Alex English (GBH)
11:30 pm – Jared Hoke (5 Acts)

Rehab is located at 25 Avenue B, between 2nd and 3rd Street. Be there!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Creaky Boards

The Uglysuit

Fight Bite

The Pica Beats

The Curse Of Company

Thursday, October 16, 2008

free download: Tiny Masters Of Today

See important message below from Tiny Masters of Today and grab a free download from these kids. So young but so wise.

This election is really important. John McCain and Sarah Palin represent more of the same ignorance that has made the last 8 years really bad. Words are important, and this song is made up of other people's words. They are twisted around but we don't feel bad because politicians do that all the time. Grab it before someone sues us or something!

Make Music Not War


"La La Land"

Tiny Masters Of Today on MySpace

Tiny Masters Of Today on The Hype Machine

tonight: TK Webb & The Visions at 9:30

9:30 Club is quite hit or miss with me on their band choices, but they're definitely on this week. Last night I enjoyed Dosh and The Notwist, even more than I thought I would! Tonight TK Webb & The Visions are opening up for Secret Machines - doors open at 7:00, TK Webb & The Visions play at 8:00, Secret Machines at 9:15.

TK Webb & The Visions are MySpace

TK Webb & The Visions on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ra Ra Riot on Letterman

I love how Dave asks super hot Allie "What is that thing?"

"Cello." of course.

Monday, October 13, 2008

ticket giveaway: The Notwist at 9:30 Club

The Notwist is playing 9:30 Club on Wednesday, and I've got a pair of tickets to give away. If you'd like to go, email me and use the name of the opening act as the subject line. If you're the lucky winner, I'll let you know by tomorrow at 5:00 pm ET.

The Notwist on MySpace

The Notwist on The Hype Machine

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bound Stems - Sugar City Magic

Marnie Stern - Transformer

MGMT - The Youth

Tim Williams - Tape Your Head

Ed Laurie - Meanwhile In The Park

Friday, October 10, 2008

tonight: Dead Confedarate on Conan

Tune into to Conan O'Brien tonight on NBC at 12:35 am ET to see Dead Confederate.

Dead Confederate on MySpace

Dead Confederate on The Hype Machine

Thursday, October 09, 2008



The Telepathic Butterflies


XX Teens

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

ticket giveaway: Ra Ra Riot at Black Cat

The Ra Ra Riot show at Black Cat on Sunday night has already been moved from the back stage to the main stage, so I'm pretty certain that this one is going to sell out, especially since so many of us have Monday off from work (thanks, Columbus!). If you'd like a chance to win tickets to see these kids before it sells out, email me at 5actsblog at gmail dot com and use Ra Ra Riot's album title as the subject line. Good luck!

Ra Ra Riot on MySpace

Ra Ra Riot on The Hype Machine

WOXY.com Lounge Act: The Seedy Seeds

Count The Days is the excellent sophomore disc from The Seedy Seeds and they'll be making their second appearance on WOXY.com today. Tune in for this Lounge Act at 4:30 pm ET to hear some of the new tunes.

The Seedy Seeds on MySpace

The Seedy Seeds on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Rosebuds

Raleigh, NC

So many good albums out today! The first I'm mentioning is from the duo The Rosebuds, who received the prize for my #1 album last year. Although I'm not sure Life Like gives me chills like Night Of The Furies did, it's still definitely worth your time.

"Life Like"

The Rosebuds on MySpace

The Rosebuds on The Hype Machine

The Little Ones

Los Angeles, CA

Finally the full-length from The Little Ones sees the light of day.

"Morning Tide"

The Little Ones on MySpace

The Little Ones on The Hype Machine

The Spinto Band

Land Of Talk

Montreal, QC

Some Are Lakes picks up right where Land Of Talk left off with Applause, Cheer, Boo, Hiss.

"Some Are Lakes"

Land Of Talk on MySpace

Land Of Talk on The Hype Machine


Raleigh, NC

Here are some of the hardest working kids in the world of independent rock. They're involved in multiple projects and always seem to be touring. The new full-length, Such Fun, is available today and live dates are listed below.

10/08 - Spokane, WA - Service Station
10/09 - Missoula, MT - The Other Side
10/11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
10/12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
10/13 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador
10/15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
10/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10/17 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
10/18 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10/19 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre Center
10/21 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
10/22 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/23 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
10/24 - Providence, RI - Lupo's at the Strand
10/25 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/26 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10/28 - Richmond, VA - The National
10/29 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
10/30 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10/31 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
11/01 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11/03 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
11/04 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
11/05 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Café
11/07 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11/08 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
11/09 - Austin, TX - Waterloo Park (Fun Fun Fun Fest)
11/10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11/13 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11/14 - San Diego, CA - Soma
11/15 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
11/16 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
11/18 - Sacramento, CA - Empire
11/19 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's


Annuals on MySpace

Annuals on The Hype Machine

Monday, October 06, 2008

ticket giveaway: The Morning Benders

Over the summer The Morning Benders offered up a stripped down free digital EP of covers appropriately entitled The Bedroom Covers. This fall they've managed to secure an opening spot for Walter Meego and Ra Ra Riot for several shows. On Sunday all three bands will be at Black Cat here in DC. If you'd like a pair of tickets for this one, email me and let me know what you love best about The Morning Benders.

The Morning Benders on MySpace

The Morning Benders on The Hype Machine

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Styrofoam - After Sunset

The Jealous Girlfriends - Organs On The Kitchen Floor

Annuals - Confessor

Fleet Foxes - He Doesn't Know Why

The Avett Brothers - Murder In The City