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Ola Podrida Tour Dates + Remix


Ola Podrida (above) kick off their tour tonight at the Mohawk in the company of Bosque Brown + Dana Falconberry. Above is a celebratory remix of the Podrida track "Monday Morning" courtesy of Spencer Stephenson (of Sleep Whale). Below are tour dates. All around is a general sense of well-being. And rain.


7/8 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7/9 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
7/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
7/11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room
7/12 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
7/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
7/14 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
7/16 – New Haven, CT @ The Space
7/17 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
7/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
7/20 – Athens, GA @ The Cine
7/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
7/22 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

7/24 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s 



NYC Artists on the rise: The Grates play Mercury on 07.09

Australia's The Grates (who have been living in NYC for a while now) are only a three-person team, but the amount of spunk and spark in their upbeat indie-pop makes them sound like they've got a full party in tow. Singer Patience Hodgson, guitarist John Patterson and drummer Alana Skyring play tunes that are infused with scatterbrained quirks and infectious melodies, resulting in what one might consider music that's pure erratic bubblegum goodness. The band's most recent album, 2008's Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, is bursting with these tasty treats, such as the sing-a-long, clap-worthy "Burn Bridges" and the synthy anthem "Aw Yeah." Watch for Hodgson, as she's known to leap off stages and playfully dance her way into crowds, her microphone cord bouncing around not too far behind. Her confidence as an entertainer and her "anything goes" attitude call to mind captivating frontwomen Karen O and '90s Gwen Stefani. The Grates take over Mercury Lounge on Friday July 9th. - Michelle Gelsani


You Are Not Alone

On September 14th Anti Records will released the collaborative project between Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples. The thirteen track project was produced by Tweedy and really crafted with care and love. He also wrote several of these tracks which are all filled this powerful form of nostalgic soul music.

On July 20th the first single from the album, “You Are Not Alone” will be released on itunes, but you can stream that track over at Pitchfork right now.


Best of NYC #22: The Vandelles, live at Secret Project Robot on 07.08

The Vandelles are rock n’roll noir at its finest. Their songs are the perfect soundtrack to rain-slicked city streets at night, and the lust, betrayal and violence that filters through them. The band thrives on layers of fuzz and a wall of reverb-laden guitar noise, and they also harbor a penchant for 60s garage pop melody and surf rock riffs. Those expecting the Vandelles to sound like their Brooklyn contemporaries Vivian Girls or Crystal Stilts would be wrong—they channel a dirtier, scuzzier aesthetic more on par with the Cramps, Suicide, X, or even Link Wray. On the new release, Del Black Aloha, songs like “Lovely Weather” and “Dash N’ Dive” find the band’s ragged riffs, crooned vocals and crushing, dread-inducing pedal manipulations forming a perfectly sinister sound that both terrifies and transfixes the listener. Definitely not recommended for those who suffer from anxiety, late-night panic attacks, or criminal thoughts. - Bill Dvorak


Housefire and Wishyunu CD Release Show THURSDAY JULY 8 at Berbati's



Tonight at Berbati's there will be celebration of multiple magnitudes.

The boys of Housefire will not only be returning home from their first ever west coast tour, but they will be returning with the release of their debut record. The five-song album, entitled Housefire EP, showcases the sextet's intricate shoegaze sound that the band so skillfully demonstrates with each live performance. Joseph Craig's wavering vocals atop morose minor guitar/piano chords and sharp, high-hat driven percussion, pierce its listeners with a masterfully melancholy soundscape, which translates beautifully both recorded and live.

Fellow Portland duo, Wishyunu, also celebrates the release of a 5-song EP, entitled A Day No How. The two-piece's delivery of ethereal electro-pop takes its listeners to a far off dreamworld. It's easy to lose yourself in Bei Yan's cathartic, wispy lyrics, which glide weightlessly over spacey synth, pedal-laden guitar, and brushed percussion.

Show starts at 9 pm. $8. All ages.

-Katrina Nattress