5 Acts: March 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The Airlines

Trouble Andrew

Fires Of Rome

Marissa Nadler

Monday, March 30, 2009

new tunes: Headlights

The new disc is out August 18 from Polyvinyl and here are two tracks Headlights did just a few weeks back at Empty Bottle in Chicago.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Home Video - I Can Make You Feel It

Psapp - I Want That

Joker's Daughter - Worm's Head

Metric - Gimme Sympathy

N.A.S.A. - Gifted

CD/DVD giveaway: Stevie Nicks

Oh Stevie... such a crazy bat, but that's why we love her so much. In support of her new Live In Chicago DVD and The Soundstage Sessions CD, she'll be appearing in person for a rare autograph session in Manhattan at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Store at 7pm on Tuesday (March 31), the record release date! To celebrate I'm giving the DVD and CD away. Please email me at 5actsblog at gmail dot com with the subject "coke" for a chance to win. I'll pick a winner at random on Monday. High kick!

Pre-order ---> http://www.jammfactory.net/wbr/stevienicks/pre-order.html

Saturday, March 28, 2009

tonight at IOTA: Eulogies

The new disc from Eulogies, Here Anonymous, is out April 7 from Dangerbird. They'll be playing IOTA tonight, in between locals Middle Distance Runner and The Payola Reserve. The show starts at 9:00 and tickets are only $12.

Eulogies on MySpace

Eulogies on The Hype Machine

Thursday, March 26, 2009

new tune: The Mary Onettes - Dare

The Mary Onettes release their first single in two years on April 29.


The Mary Onettes on MySpace

The Mary Onettes on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CD giveaway: The Drones

The Drones are currently touring the U.S. and they'll be in DC at Black Cat on Saturday night. In anticipation of a great show, I'm giving away a couple copies of their latest disc, Havilah. If you'd like a chance to win one, just send me an email with "The Minotaur" as the subject. I'll pick the winners by Friday at 5:00 pm ET.

03/26 - Aussie BBQ @ Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
03/28 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
03/29 - T.T. The Bears - Boston, MA
03/30 - Union Hall - Brooklyn, NY
04/01 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
04/02 - Piano's - New York, NY
04/07 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
04/09 - 400 Bar - Minneapolis, MN
04/12 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
04/13 - Someday Lounge - Portland, OR
04/15 - Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
04/17 - Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA
04/18 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA

The Drones on MySpace

The Drones on The Hype Machine

WOXY.com Lounge Act: The Antlers

Check out The Antlers today at 4:30 pm ET on WOXY.com. NPR is already calling the band's Hospice the best album of 2009!

The Antlers on MySpace

The Antlers on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

new EP: You, You're Awesome

Wow! I just fell for them at the end of last year after their first EP, You're A Fun Drunk, and they're already back with a second. Out today is You're My Superhero, available through the regular online outlets - iTunes, Amazon, or Lala.

You, You're Awesome on MySpace

You, You're Awesome on The Hype Machine

tonight at Black Cat: White Lies

White Lies just got their disc released here in the states and they'll be at Black Cat tonight. It's a mainstage show with Friendly Fires and The Soft Pack getting the night started. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $15.

White Lies on MySpace

White Lies on The Hype Machine

WOXY.com Lounge Act: Bear Hands

Tune in to WOXY.com today at 4:30 pm ET to hear a live performance from the Brookyln band Bear Hands.

Bear Hands on MySpace

Bear Hands on The Hype Machine

Monday, March 23, 2009

acoustic: We Have Band

free album: Experimental Dental School

favorite band of SXSW: We Have Band

For me, no performance at SXSW even came close to comparing to We Have Band. I saw them at Mohawk on Friday afternoon and then again on Saturday at EAR Studios for their live session on WOXY.com. I got to chat with the trio them after their set on Saturday and it truly was the highlight of the festival. Currently they're doing everything themselves (recording, mixing, etc.) and haven't committed to any record label for a full-length. "How To Make Friends" and "Honeytrap" were two tracks I hadn't heard yet, but of course I loved them. Hopefully we'll have something proper from them by the Fall. Can't wait!

We Have Band on MySpace

We Have Band on The Hype Machine

pay what you want: The Bran Flakes

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - There Is No Light

Patrick Wolf - Vulture

PJ Harvey & John Parish - Black Hearted Love

Neko Case - People Got A Lotta Nerve

Lily Allen - Not Fair

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

tonight at Black Cat: Pree
(CD Release Show)

I know that most everyone is all a twitter this week over SXSW in Austin, but if you're in DC this evening, please stop by Black Cat for Pree's CD release show. A Chopping Block is officially out on Tuesday (March 24) from The Kora Records, and it's definitely my favorite EP so far in 2009. Can't wait to hear more from May Tabol and her musical friends!

Pree on MySpace

Pree on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WOXY at SXSW 2009

Such great live performances on WOXY.com yesterday! To kick off the festivities this year at SXSW, we heard from a few Austin bands: Brazos, The Distant Seconds, UME, The Calm Blue Sea, and The Frontier Brothers. The fun continues today and the rest of the week. Times are below and listed as EDT.

Tuesday, March 17
10:00 am The Hundred Days
12:00 pm Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
2:00 pm Harlem
4:00 pm The Wooden Birds
6:00 pm The Week That Was

Wednesday, March 18
10:00 am Loney Dear
12:00 pm Pete & The Pirates
2:00 pm French Miami
4:00 pm Viva Voce
6:00 pm All The Saints

Thursday, March 19
10:00 am The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
12:00 pm Asobi Seksu
2:00 pm Human Highway
4:00 pm Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
6:00 pm The Rosebuds

Friday, March 20
10:00 am The Brothers Movement
12:00 pm The Love Language
2:00 pm Iran
4:00 pm Mother Mother
6:00 pm Mumford & Sons

Saturday, March 21
10:00 am Lady Dottie & The Diamonds
12:00 pm Post War Years
2:00 pm We Have Band
4:00 pm Future Of The Left


Monday, March 16, 2009

UME - The Conductor

WOXY live from SXSW: UME

I'm gearing up to head down to Austin for SXSW, but WOXY is already there broadcasting from EAR Studios to bring us 30 live sessions this week! I'm anxiously awaiting my favorite Austin band right now - UME plays at 2:00 pm ET.

UME on MySpace

UME on The Hype Machine

Sunday, March 15, 2009

tonight at DC9: Women

It's a night full of women this evening at DC9. Doors for the show open at 9pm. True Womanhood play at 9:30 and Women at 10:30.

Women on MySpace

Women on The Hype Machine

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - Cheer For Fate

Handsome Furs - I'm Confused

Bat For Lashes - Daniel

Bishop Allen - Dimmer

Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls

Friday, March 13, 2009


The Calm Blue Sea

Harlem Shakes

The Phantom Band

The Memories Attack

Thursday, March 12, 2009

tomorrow night at Black Cat: Bishop Allen

What a great way to kick off the weekend! Bishop Allen will playing tomorrow night at Black Cat with openers Singsing & Marmar and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. Tickets are only $13 and doors open at 9pm.

Bishop Allen on MySpace

Bishop Allen on The Hype Machine

tonight at 9:30 Club: Bell X1

Early show tonight at 9:30 Club - Bell X1 is headlining with Harlem Shakes playing first. Doors open at 6pm so you can head over directly after happy hour!

Bell X1 on MySpace

Bell X1 on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

tonight at Black Cat: The Antlers

The Antlers will be at Black Cat tonight, celebrating the release of their new album Hospice. It's a backstage show and doors open at 9pm. More dates below.
03/12 - Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
03/13 - Tin Roof - Charleston, SC
03/14 - Guitar Bar - Savannah, GA
03/15 - Alabama Music Box - Mobile, AL
03/16 - Saturn Bar - New Orleans, LA
03/17 - Boondocks - Houston, TX
03/18 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03/19 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03/20 - Soundcheck Magazine Party at Emo's Annex - Austin, TX
03/21 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03/22 - Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
03/24 - The Vernon - Louisville, KY
03/25 - Northside Tavern - Cincinatti, OH
03/26 - Cafe Bourbon St - Columbus, OH
03/27 - Brillbox - Pittsburgh, PA
04/02 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY

The Antlers on MySpace

The Antlers on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


San Diego, CA

Love love love it! Summer Of Hate will be released by Fat Possum on April 28. Crocodiles is definitely a duo you cannot miss if you're heading to Austin for SXSW.

03/18 - Fat Possum Showcase - Emo's Outdoor (2:30 pm)
03/20 - AAM Promo - Habana Calle 6 (12:00 - 6:00 pm)
03/20 - Ballistic Missile Party (7:00 pm)
03/22 - Panache Party - Beerland (5:00 pm)

"I Wanna Kill"

Crocodiles on MySpace

Crocodiles on The Hype Machine

Sweet Jane

My Drug Hell



WOXY.com Lounge Act:
Here We Go Magic

Today at 3:00 pm ET - WOXY.com

Saturday, March 07, 2009

First Aid Kit - You're Not Coming Home Tonight

Winter Gloves - Let Me Drive

Telekinesis - Tokyo

Project Jenny, Project Jan - Pins And Needles

Kinky - Hasta Quemarnos

Friday, March 06, 2009

Loyal Trooper

St. Mary's

The Distant Seconds

Golden Boots

I Was A King

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Very Sexuals

The Love Language

Raleigh, NC

There is something about The Love Language that reminds me of another great Raleigh band, The Rosebuds. Not a bad comparison to have I don't think!


The Love Language on MySpace

The Love Language on The Hype Machine


Cincinnati, OH

You'll have to wait about another month for Everybody, Come Outside! from Pomegranates. It'll be available from Lujo on April 12, but I can already assure you that you'll love this one even more than last year's spectacular Everything Is Alive.


Pomegranates on MySpace

Pomegranates on The Hype Machine

Abe Vigoda

Los Angeles, CA

Reviver EP out now from Post Present Medium!

"Don't Lie"

Abe Vigoda on MySpace

Abe Vigoda on The Hype Machine


San Diego, CA

Pitchfuck peed all over themselves today for Nathan Williams.

"Gun In The Sun"

Wavves on MySpace

Wavves on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

free download: Azeda Booth - Tubtrek EP

I love love love Azeda Booth and couldn't have been more excited to learn from my buddies in the band that their new EP is avaiable now at their website for free! So good!
Go get it now ----->

Azeda Booth on MySpace

Azeda Booth on The Hype Machine

Monday, March 02, 2009


Omaha, NE

Yesterday Saddle Creek and Cursive began offering the band’s new album Mama, I’m Swollen as a digital download for only $1 through the Saddle Creek website, launching a special promotion to allow fans to buy the album early at a lower cost. For the next eight days the new album will be available as a digital download at a pro-rated price that will increase by $1 each day - $2 today, $3 on March 3, $4 on March 4, etc. When the record hits stores on March 10, the digital album will then remain at the regular price of $9.

"From The Hips"

Cursive on MySpace

Cursive on The Hype Machine

Nickel Eye


The Deep Vibration

Eleni Mandell

Sunday, March 01, 2009

We Have Band - Oh!

The Big Pink - Velvet

K-OS - 4 3 2 1

Royksopp - Happy Up Here

Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers - Day 'N' Nite