5 Acts: February 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shugo Tokumaru - Clocca

Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele - Meet Me In The Garden

Threatmantics - Little Bird

Princeton - The Waves

Aidan Moffat & The Best Ofs - Big Blonde

Friday, February 27, 2009


Austin, TX

Here's the band that I'm most excited to see at SXSW. UME will be playing in their hometown of Austin on March 14 for the Reversal Films Party at Mohawk, March 16 for WOXY.com, March 18 for the BMI / Girls Rock Camp Showcase, and March 19 for a day party at Ace's Lounge. Can't wait!


UME on MySpace

UME on The Hype Machine

Big Moves

Los Angeles, CA

I think every band should try to start their songs out with handclaps. Big Moves is very reminiscent of bands like Electrelane. Listen to these guys and you won't be able to stop movin' and shakin'!


Big Moves on MySpace

Big Moves on The Hype Machine

Faces On Film

Boston, MA

When asked about albums of 2008, the guys in Mason Proper chose The Troubles as one of their favorites. I wasn't even aware Faces On Film had a new record! Oh well, I'm making up for it now and loving it!

"Friends With Both Arms"

Faces On Film on MySpace

Faces On Film on The Hype Machine

Telefon Tel Aviv

Chicago, IL

I can't get enough of the latest from Telefon Tel Aviv. So sad about Charlie. Truly a great loss to the music world.

"Helen Of Troy"

Telefon Tel Aviv on MySpace>

Telefon Tel Aviv on The Hype Machine


Monterrey, Neuvo Leon, Mexico

Kinky's new disc Barracuda (most likely named after the Heart hit song) came out this week from Nettwerk.

"Hasta Quemarnos"

Kinky on MySpace

Kinky on The Hype Machine

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Washington, DC

With unforgettable vocals and instrumentation, Pree is led by the marvelous May Tabol (formerly of Le Loup). A Chopping Block is the debut EP, and it'll be out March 24 from The Kora Records. This one may only include five songs, but it has quite an all-star cast - John Thayer and Susan Hsu of Exit Clov, Tom Hnatow of These United States, Vanessa Degrassi of Ash Lovely, and Randy Scope of Donny Hue and the Colors. Pree's lineup now includes Chris Dewitt on drums, Vanessa Degrassi on mandolin and flute, and David Barker on electric guitar. The next time they're playing in DC is March 19 at Black Cat, which also happens to be the CD release show. Not one to be missed!

"In The Parlor"

Pree on MySpace

Pree on The Hype Machine


Montreal, QC

Love the music, hate the way every other letter is capitalized in her moniker. sO fUcKiNg AnNoYiNg. Every time I look at it I think I'm in an AOL chatroom back in '95.


tUnE-yArDs on MySpace

tUnE-yArDs on The Hype Machine

Real Estate

Ridgewood, NJ

Real Estate has a great vintage vibe that reminds me of why I fell in love with bands like Ida.

"Suburban Beverage"

Real Estate on MySpace

Real Estate on The Hype Machine

The Traditionist

Huntington Beach, CA

The Traditionist is the new project from Joey Barro of The Antiques. The debut record Season to Season will be released via Better Looking Records March 10 and comes highly recommended if you enjoy other singer/songwriters like Peasant.

"A Sleep Be Told"

The Traditionist on MySpace

The Traditionist on The Hype Machine

Benjy Ferree

Washington, DC

Make sure to tune in to the Lounge Act today on WOXY.com today at 4:30 pm ET for Benjy Ferree. His new disc is available now from Domino.


Benjy Ferree on MySpace

Benjy Ferree on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

tomorrow night at Rock & Roll Hotel:
Midnight Masses

Midnight Masses is currently on tour with ...And You Will Us By The Trail Of Dead. Tomorrow night these two bands will be playing here in DC at Rock & Roll Hotel along with Funeral Party. Doors open at 8:00 and the show starts at 8:30.

Midnight Masses on MySpace

Midnight Masses on The Hype Machine

tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel: Title Tracks

Above is the artwork for the new Title Tracks 7" out on Dischord April 6. Tonight the band will be playing at Rock & Roll Hotel in between two other local acts, Paul Michel and Carol Bui. Doors open at 8:00 and the show starts at 8:30.

Paul Michel on MySpace

Title Tracks on MySpace

Carol Bui on MySpace

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sky Larkin - Beeline

Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision

Fol Chen - Cable TV

Fever Ray - When I Grow Up

Shugo Tokumaru - Clocca

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Doves - Kingdom Of Rust

The Presets - If I Know You

Ladytron - Tomorrow

School Of Seven Bells - Half Asleep

Ra Ra Riot - Can You Tell

Friday, February 20, 2009

WOXY.com Lounge Act: Sybris

Sybris had a great record last year that didn't get as much attention as it deserved. Make sure to check out 'em out today on WOXY.com at 4:30 pm ET.

Sybris on MySpace

Sybris on The Hype Machine

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Here We Go Magic

We Have Band

Max Tundra

Carmen Rizzo

Clare Maguire

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Popular Workshop

Cut Off Your Hands

The Weather Machines

Aidan Moffat & The Best Ofs

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Naked Hearts

New York, NY

The Naked Hearts' music is sure to get your panties poppin' early in the morning. I love their EP, These Knees, and can't wait for a full-length!

"Call Me"

The Naked Hearts on MySpace

The Naked Hearts on The Hype Machine

Hot Panda

Edmonton, AB

Spazzy pop at its best! Hot Panda have included SXSW as a stop during their upcoming tour in support of their new record, Volcano... Bloody Volcano.

Mar 13 - CMW @ The Horseshoe - Toronto, ON
Mar 17 - Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
Mar 18 - Beauty Bar - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 19 - Headhunters - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 19 - Room 710 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 21 - Habanna Calle 6 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 22 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 23 - Atomic Cantina - Albuquerque, NM
Mar 26 - Silverlake Lounge - Los Angeles, CA
Mar 31 - Le Voyeur - Olympia, WA
Apr 01 - Commet Tavern - Seattle, WA
Apr 03 - Logan’s - Victoria, BC
Apr 04 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC
Apr 07 - Drake Inn - Canmore, AB
Apr 08 - The Exchange - Regina, SK
Apr 12 - Vaudville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Apr 13 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO
Apr 15 - Dark Room Bar - Chicago, IL
Apr 18 - Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 19 - Velvet Lounge - Washington, DC
Apr 20 - Black Betty - Brooklyn, NY
Apr 21 - Piano’s - New York, NY
Apr 22 - Manhattan Room - Philadelphia, PA
Apr 24 - Gus’s Pub - Halifax, NS
Apr 26 - L’Agitee - Quebec City, QC
Apr 28 - Le Divan Orange - Montreal, QC
Apr 29 - Zaphod Beeblebrox - Ottawa, ON

"Cold Hands/Chapped Lips"

Hot Panda on MySpace

Hot Panda on The Hype Machine

Deleted Scenes

Washington, DC / Brooklyn, NY

Here's a great band local to my area that I haven't been able to see here lately. Upcoming dates are listed below and I'm looking forward to catching Deleted Scenes at the Velvet Lounge on the 28th and also at SXSW. Their new full-length is entiteld Birdseed Shirt and is available from What Delicate Recordings.

Feb 20 - The Fire - Philadelphia, PA
Feb 21 - The Talking Head - Baltimore, MD
Feb 27 - Cake Shop - New York, NY
Feb 28 - The Velvet Lounge - Washington, DC
Mar 18 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 18 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 19 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Mar 25 - TBA - Greenville, NC
Apr 04 - Viking Storm II @ Duke Coffeehouse -Durham, NC

"Fake IDs"

Deleted Scenes on MySpace

Deleted Scenes on The Hype Machine

Venice Is Sinking

Athens, GA

Rhythmic and dreamy and everything sweet in between, the sophomore album from Venice Is Sinking is even more endearing than their first. AZAR is out from One Percent Press on March 31.

"Ryan's Song"

Venice Is Sinking on MySpace

Venice Is Sinking on The Hype Machine

Youth Group

Sydney, Australia

I don't care that Youth Group sounds like it should be a teenage girl's favorite band or that this picture looks like it was taken in the late 80s... I love them. And on April 7 the US is finally seeing the release of The Night Is Ours, which came out so many months ago in the band's home country. To celebrate the new disc, below are some dates Youth Group will be playing here.

Mar 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
Mar 20 - Austin, TX @ Brush Square Park Aussie BBQ Party @ SXSW
Mar 21 - Austin, TX @ Maggie Mae's Showcase @ SXSW
Mar 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House Aussie BBQ
Apr 05 - Boston, MA @ TT The Bear's
Apr 07 - New York, NY @ Piano's
Apr 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
Apr 12 - Boston, MA @ TT The Bear's
Apr 14 - New York, NY @ Piano's
Apr 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
Apr 19 - Boston, MA @ TT The Bear's
Apr 21 - New York, NY @ Piano's
Apr 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
Apr 26 - Boston, MA @ TT The Bear's
Apr 28 - New York, NY @ Piano's
Apr 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ M Room

"All This Will Pass"

Youth Group on MySpace

Youth Group on The Hype Machine

Sunday, February 15, 2009

East Hundred - Slow Burning Crimes

Peasant - We're Good

Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

Youth Group - Two Sides

Chairlift - Evident Utensil

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

French Miami

Heavy Young Heathens

Boo And Boo Too

Three Trapped Tigers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Assistants

The Waylons

Like A Fox

Future Clouds & Radar

The Delicious

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Polly Scattergood

We Fell To Earth

Ruby Jean & The Thoughtful Bees

I Blame Coco


Saturday, February 07, 2009

Jean On Jean - Tonight

Mimas - Cats On Fire

Cut Off Your Hands - Turn Cold

Peter Bjorn And John - Nothing To Worry About

James Yuill - No Surprise

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Rural Alberta Advantage

Toronto, ON

Great use of bells AND whiny male vocals! The Rural Alberta Advantage apparently will sometimes play office shows. Unfortunately, they're not playing in my office or any offices near me any time soon.

"The Ballad Of The RAA

The Rural Alberta Advantage on MySpace

The Rural Alberta Advantage on The Hype Machine

Mock Orange

Evansville, IN

Here's a band who put out an excellent album in 2008. but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to truly appreciate it until just a few weeks ago.

"Captain Love"

Mock Orange on MySpace

Mock Orange on The Hype Machine

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

New York, NY

It's been over a year since I first posted about these kids, and now they're celebrating the release of their full-length on Slumberland Records. If you're local to DC, please come out to Black Cat on Monday night to help support The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. And if you're not in DC, make sure to catch them when they play near you!

02/07 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
02/08 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA

02/09 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
02/10 - Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA

02/11 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
02/12 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON

02/13 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC
02/14 - The Monkey House - Winooski, VT
02/15 - Middle East - Boston, MA

02/27 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
03/13 - Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
03/14 - Talking Head Club - Baltimore, MD
03/15 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC

03/16 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
03/18 - SXSW - Red 7 (Terrorbird/Force Field Day Party) - Austin, TX

03/20 - Emo’s Jr. (Slumberland + Cake Shop Showcase) - Austin, TX
04/24 - American Legion - Wallingford, CT
06/18 - Cake Shop - New York, NY

"Come Saturday"

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on MySpace

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on The Hype Machine

Matt And Kim

Brooklyn, NY

Tour dates for Matt And Kim below.

02/07 - The Loft - La Jolla, CA
02/10 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
02/26 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
02/27 - Skulley’s - Columbus, OH
02/28 - Skull Alley - Louisville, KY
03/01 - Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
03/03 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
03/04 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
03/06 - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater - Austin, TX
03/07 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
03/09 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
03/10 - Henry Fonda Theater - Los Angeles, CA
03/11 - Henry Fonda Theater - Los Angeles, CA
03/12 - The Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
03/13 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
03/15 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
03/17 - Gargoyle Club - St. Louis, MO
03/18 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
03/20 - Circa - Toronto, ON
03/21 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
03/22 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
03/23 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
03/24 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC
03/26 - Masquerade (Heaven Room) - Atlanta, GA
03/27 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
03/28 - Churchill’s Pub -Miami, FL
03/29 - Tampa, FL
03/30 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
03/31 - Common Ground - Gainesville, FL
04/01 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
04/02 - Emerald Lounge - Asheville, NC
04/03 - The Canal Club - Richmond, VA

Loney Dear

Jönköping, Sweden

He lost the comma in his moniker and picked up a little spunk in the music for his first Polyvinyl release. A refreshing shift for Dear John.

"Airport Surroundings"

Loney Dear on MySpace

Loney Dear on The Hype Machine

Thursday, February 05, 2009

vinyl giveaway: Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach’s solo album Keep It Hid is out on Tuesday, and I'm giving away a vinyl copy of it, which includes the CD in its packaging as well. For a chance to win, please email me at 5actsblog at gmail dot com and use Dan's middle initial (or middle name if you're that smart) as the subject line. I'll pick a winner at random over the weekend. Good luck!

Tour Dates:
02/28 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
03/01 - Paradise Club - Boston, MA
03/02 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
03/03 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
03/05 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
03/06 - Metro - Chicago, IL
03/07 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
03/10 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
03/11 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
03/13 - Bimbo’s - San Francisco, CA
03/14 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Dan Auerbach on MySpace

Dan Auerbach on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

show reminder - tonight at Black Cat:
Cale Parks, Paper Route, Passion Pit

DC people: Don't forget to head out to Black Cat tonight for an amazing event. The show is now on the mainstage with Cale Parks, Paper Route, and Passion Pit. Doors open at 9:00 and tickets are only $12.