5 Acts: July 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Headlights: new album out October 6

Wildlife is the third LP from Headlights and it will be out from Polyvinlyl on October 6.

01. Telephones
02. Secrets
03. You And Eye
04. Get Going
05. Love Song For Buddy
06. I Don't Mind At All
07. Dead Ends
08. Wisconsin Beaches
09. We're All Animals
10. Teenage Wonder
11. Slow Down Town

Headlights on MySpace

Headlights on The Hype Machine

WOXY Lounge Act: Venice Is Sinking

Today WOXY.com's Lounge Act is Venice Is Sinking at 3:30 pm ET.

Venice Is Sinking on MySpace

Venice Is Sinking on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BOAT: new album out October 27

Setting The Paces is BOAT's third full-length album and it will be out via Magic Marker on October 27. Below is a tracklisting, some tour dates, and nifty videos of the band working on the new record.

Setting The Paces tracklisting:
01. We've Been Friends Since 1989
02. Lately
03. Tough Talkin' The Tulips
04. Interstate 5
05. 100 Calorie Man
06. We Want It, We Want It
07. Name Tossers
08. Jeff Fell Dream #48
09. Prince Of Tacoma
10. God Save The Man Who Isn't All That Super
11. (do the) Magic Centipede
12. Calcium Commuter
13. Reverie
14. You're Muscular

Tour Dates:
08/06 - Bellingham, WA @ The Rogue Hero
08/07 - Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern
08/08 - Portland, OR @ The Backspace
08/09 - Redding, CA @ Sue's Java Cafe
08/10 - Davis, CA @ Live on KDVS
08/11 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Biko Garage
08/12 - Los Angeles @ Silver Factory Studios
08/13 - Palm Springs, CA @ J. Dee's Landing
08/14 - San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse
08/15 - Sacramento, CA @ Luigi's Fun Garden
08/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock Tavern

BOAT on MySpace

BOAT on The Hype Machine

tonight: Passion Pit on Jimmy Fallon

Make sure to watch and/or TiVo Jimmy Fallon tonight (NBC, 12:35 am ET) to see Passion Pit's first time performing on Late Night.

Passion Pit on MySpace

Passion Pit on The Hype Machine

Monday, July 27, 2009

WOXY.com Guest DJ Set: Bad Veins

Tune in to WOXY.com today at 2:00 pm ET to hear Ben and Sebastian of Bad Veins join Shiv on air for a guest DJ session. Should be cool to hear what the guys pick out to play!

Bad Veins on MySpace

Bad Veins on The Hype Machine

Sunday, July 26, 2009

hot duo alert: Memoryhouse

You know I'm a sucker for sexy duos, and Memoryhouse contains the best of both genders. Currently all I have from them is a cut called "To The Lighthouse" that they recently put up on their MySpace page, but I'm anxious to hear what'll come next from this Ontario pair. Take a listen and I'm sure you'll be addicted to!

Memoryhouse on MySpace

Memoryhouse on The Hype Machine

Lissy Trullie - Ready For The Floor

Motel Motel - Coffee

Fitz & The Trantrums - Winds Of Change

Datarock - True Stories

Miike Snow - Burial

Saturday, July 25, 2009

free remix EP: Memory Cassette

In honor of the release of Memory Cassette's EP Call & Response, Acephale Records is offfering up a free companion collection EP, Call & Responses. It can be downloaded at the Memory Cassette blog and features mixes from from Friend, CFCF, Weird Tapes, Sail A Whale, and Shadow Self.


Friday, July 24, 2009

WOXY.com Lounge Act: Thing-One

Today at 4:30pm ET WOXY.com's Lounge Act band will be Thing-One. Don't miss it!

Thing-One on MySpace

Thing-One on The Hype Machine

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Denver, CO

OMFG, I love Pictureplane! It's the solo project by Travis Egedy, and I've been addicted to this record for weeks now. It's dirty dancy and makes me happy every time I listen to it. Dark Rift is out August 4 on Lovepump United. Buy it!!!

"Goth Star"

Pictureplane on MySpace

Pictureplane on The Hype Machine

Voltaire Twins


Eat Sugar

Cassettes Won't Listen

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

free download: Mason Proper - Remix EP

The title of the post says it all. Download link below. Enjoy!

01. Safe For The Time Being
02. Safe For The Time Being (Wallpaper Remix)
03. Lock And Key (Ocelot Remix)
04. Safe For The Time Being (The Paronomasiac Remix)
05. Safe For The Time Being (Music Video)

Mason Proper on MySpace

Mason Proper on The Hype Machine

WOXY.com Lounge Act:
Cymbals Eat Guitars

One of my favorite bands in the whole wide world right now and some of the nicest guys you'll ever meet... please check out Cymbals Eat Guitars doing a live set today on WOXY.com at 1:30 pm ET. If you haven't seen them yet, dates for their upcoming tour with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are listed below. You won't be disappointed with either band.

08/08 - KEXP Mural Summer Concerts - Seattle, WA
09/05 - Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA
09/06 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
09/07 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
09/08 - Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
09/09 - Stage Door at The Orpheum - Madison, WI
09/10 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
09/12 - Monolith Festival - Morrisson, CO
09/13 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
09/14 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
09/17 - Musicfest NW @ Doug Fir - Portland, OR
09/21 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
09/22 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
09/24 - Lola’s - Fort Worth, TX
09/25 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
09/26 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

09/27 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
09/28 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
09/29 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC

09/30 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
10/01 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
10/03 - Webster Hall - New York, NY

10/05 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
10/16 - Alfred University - The Knight - Alfred, NY
10/17 - Boston University - Boston, MA

Cymbals Eat Guitars on MySpace

Cymbals Eat Guitars on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Magic Kids

Silk Flowers

The Nights

Talbot Tagora

Sean Bones

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bad Veins

Cincinnati, OH

Finally! We've all waited patiently, and it was well worth the wait. Tomorrow the self-titled disc from Bad Veins gets a release via Dangerbird. And today you can catch the duo doing an acoustic set on WOXY.com at 4:30 pm ET.

"Gold And Warm"

Bad Veins on MySpace

Bad Veins on The Hype Machine


Wye Oak

Baltimore, MD

Andy and Jenn of Wye Oak wrote and recorded their sophomore record in rural Cumberland, Maryland and in their Baltimore living room. The Knot is available tomorrow from Merge.

"Take It In"

Wye Oak on MySpace

Wye Oak on The Hype Machine

Blue Roses

Yorkshire, England

Blue Roses is Laura Groves and her self-titled debut is full of folky treats.

"I Am Leaving"

Blue Roses on MySpace

Blue Roses on The Hype Machine

Portugal. The Man

Portland, OR

The Satanic Satanist is out tomorrow and Portugal. The Man is currently on tour. Dates below.

07/20 - Zakk - Dusseldorff, Germany
07/21 - Cafe Glocksee - Hannover, Germany
07/22 - De Affaire - Nijmegen, Netherlands
07/23 - Kleiner Club Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
07/24 - Cafe Central - Weinheim, Germany
07/25 - Stone Hill Festival 2009
07/31 - Paredes de Coura Festival
08/01 - Rocken am Brocken
08/04 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
08/05 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY

"People Say"

Portugal. The Man on MySpace

Portugal. The Man on The Hype Machine

Sunday, July 19, 2009

tonight at Black Cat: Tortoise

Tortoise is playing the mainstage this evening at Black Cat with Grey Reverand opening up the show. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $20.

Tortoise on MySpace

Tortoise on The Hype Machine

tonight at DC9: Future Of The Left

After blowing away the crowd yesterday at the Siren Festival, Future Of The Left stops by DC9 tonight. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $12. Mount Vicious goes on at 8:30 and FOTL will play at 10:00 (supposedly).

Future Of The Left on MySpace

Future Of The Left on The Hype Machine

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Passion Pit - To Kingdom Come

The Wind Whistles - Turtle

Sean Bones - Dancehall

Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity Of Huge

The xx - Crystalised

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Friday Night at DC Mini Gallery: Kite Party

Check out Philadelphia's Kite Party tomorrow night at the brand new DC Mini Gallery (4702 14th Street NW).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009




Blank Dogs

The Horrors

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pet Ghost Project

Those Darlins


J. Tillman

Band Of Skulls

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sally Shapiro - Love In July

Amazing Baby - Headdress

Julie Doiron - Consolation Prize

Cass McCombs - You Saved My Life

Eels - In My Dreams

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Holy Ghost! - I Will Come Back

thecocknbullkid - I'm Not Sorry

Vitalic - Your Disco Song

The Twilight Sad - I Became A Prostitute

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Yourself And The Air

Chicago, IL

I first posted about Yourself And The Air last year after a great recommendation from Brad in Shade. Now this Chicago quartet is back with an excellent new EP (Friend Of All Breeds) and a quick little Summer tour. At the end of the year the plan is to release another EP. Yippie!

07/17 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO
07/18 - Bash's - Lubbock, TX
07/20 - Notsuoh - Houston, TX
07/21 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
07/22 - Rubbergloves Rehearsal - Denton, TX
07/23 - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR
07/24 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
07/25 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
07/27 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
07/28 - Southgate House Parlor - Newport, KY
07/29 - Circus - Columbus, OH
07/30 - Vollrath Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
07/31 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
08/01 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL


Yourself And The Air on MySpace

Yourself And The Air on The Hype Machine

All Wrong And The Plans Change

Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY

If Larry and John over at Future Sounds love these ladies, obviously you should too. All Wrong And The Plans Change have yet to be scooped up by a fancy record label, and I haven't a clue why.

"I Get Down"

All Wrong And The Plans Change on MySpace

All Wrong And The Plans Change on The Hype Machine

Choir Of Young Believers

Copenhagen, Denmark

Choir Of Young Believers is the orchestral pop project from 26-year-old Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. Sometimes he works as a live duo and at other times as many as eight musicians fill the stage. This Is For The White In Your Eyes will be available from Ghostly International on August 18.


Raleigh, NC

Beth and Phil trade up on lead vocals and still manage to harmonize perfectly with their second release. Upper Air is out today on Dead Oceans. They kicked off their tour to support the album last night here in DC at Black Cat. So many more dates below.

07/07/09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
07/10/09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
07/11/09- Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
07/12/09 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear's Place
07/13/09 - Montreal QC, Canada - La Sala Rossa
07/14/09 - Toronto ON, Canada - Sneaky Dees
07/15/09 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
07/16/09 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot
07/17/09 - Indianapolis, IN - Vollrath Tavern
07/20/09 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
07/21/09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
07/22/09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
07/26/09 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07/27/09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
07/29/09 - Vancouver BC, Canada - The Biltmore Cabaret
07/30/09 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
07/31/09 - Anacortes, WA - Department of Safety
08/01/09 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08/03/09 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
08/04/09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
08/05/09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
08/06/09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
08/10/09 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
08/12/09 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
08/13/09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
08/14/09 - Houston, TX - Walter's On Washington
08/15/09 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
08/16/09 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
08/17/09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

"Beneath Your Tree"

Bowerbirds on MySpace

Bowerbirds on The Hype Machine

Trevor Giuliani

Portland, OR

Trevor Giuliani wrote, demoed, recorded, and mixed his debut record in New York with Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady, Darker My Love) and Dave Lynch. Subcontrario (In Stereo) is available July 21 from Dovecote Records and comes recommended for fans of other singer/songwriters like Cass McCombs.

"Wasting Your Town"

Trevor Giuliani on MySpace

Trevor Giuliani on The Hype Machine

Monday, July 06, 2009

signed poster / CD giveaway:
Paper Route / Audrye Sessions

To celebrate Paper Route and Audrye Sessions' The New Deal tour, I've got two signed posters and some CDs to give away. The bands will be playing in DC on the 15th of this month at DC9 so if you'd like a chance to win a prize pack, please email me by Monday, July 13 with "The New Deal" as the subject line. More tour dates listed below.

07/08 - Cleveland Heights - Grog Shop
07/12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
07/14 - NYC - Mercury Lounge
07/15 - Washington, DC - DC9
07/16 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
07/17 - Philadelphia, PA - King Fun Necktie
07/22 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
07/26 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre

Paper Route on MySpace

Paper Route on The Hype Machine

Audrye Sessions on MySpace

Audrye Sessions on The Hype Machine

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Holiday Shores - Phones Don't Feud

Let's Wrestle - We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon

Lacrosse - We Are Kids

Bloc Party - One More Chance

Elvis Perkins In Dearland - Chains, Chains, Chains

Thursday, July 02, 2009


Tereu Tereu

Smile Smile


Wheels On Fire

Wednesday, July 01, 2009