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Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time, Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Sunday September 9

Lee Bains and the Glory Fires at Mercury Lounge, NYC - This southern groove will set your week right.

Monday September 10

Kitten at Bootleg in Los Angeles - Better than you when you were 16

The Vaccines at Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Dustin Wong at Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

Black Taxi at The Box in Charlottesville, VA

Tuesday September 11

The Vaccines at Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Alabama Shakes at Subterranean, Chicago IL - FREEEEEE show

We Were Promised Jetpacks at The Bellhouse, Brooklyn NY - Shit yeah! These guys are awesome! Raging guitar driven shoegaze rock.

Wednesday September 12

Merchandise at Home Sweet Home in NYC

Blondie and Devo at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles

Thursday September 13

Magnetic Island at Cakeshop, NYC - Frontwoman Lisa Lui is the shit (and she’s my guitar teacher!)

 

Silversun Pickups at Santa Monica Civic Center, Los Angeles

Los Straightjackets at The Echo, Los Angeles

Hunx and His Punx at The Glass House, Los Angeles

Friday September 14

The Jesus and Mary Chain at Irving Plaza, NYC

Iron and Wine at Hideout, Chicago IL

Ben Folds Five Reunion at Rumsey Playing Field, Central Park NYC

Merchandise at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY

Circa Survive at Terminal 5, NYC

Arial Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Webster Hall, NYC - Saw him throw a tantrum onstage at SXSW. Maybe you will get to see that too.

Saturday Sept. 15

Unstoppable Death Machines at Delinquency Blvd in Brooklyn, NYC - Thrash yur fuckin face off. 

Green Day at Irving Plaza NYC - Just because, I guess. Good venue. And it’s FREEEEEEEE.

Florence and the Machine at Jones Beach, NY - $30 bucks. Worth it?

Wilco and Wye Oak, etc. at The Hideout Block Party and AV Fest, Chicago IL

Minus The Bear at Humboldt Park Riot Fest, Chicago IL

Regal Degal at The Smell in Los Angeles

Beautiful cover of Sleater-Kinney’s “Turn It On” by the lovely and talented Lisa Liu of Magnetic Island (@magneticband). Check it.

Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time, Money, and Hermione’s Time Turner

Monday Aug. 13

White Denim at Brooklyn Bowl, NY - They’re Texas boys! 

Tuesday Aug. 14

White Denim at Brooklyn Bowl, NY - Everything’s bigger in Texas!

Wednesday Aug. 15

Shark? and Lost Boy? at Big Snow, Brooklyn, NY - It’s a battle of question marks!

Ducktails and The Babies at McCarren Park, Brooklyn - It’s movie night! Empire Records once it gets dark.

Thursday Aug. 15

Screaming Females at 92nd Street Y in Tribeca, NYC - Brought to you by Brooklyn Vegan.

You should see them live. Will change your life.

Titus Andronicus at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY - Also another life-altering band to see live. 

Magnetic Island at Shea Stadium - Frontwoman Lisa Liu is not only my guitar teacher, she’s an amazing musical visionary. I love their album. (Not just sucking up, Lisa)

Friday Aug. 16

EULA at Dead Herring in Brooklyn, NY - Punk rock stuff

Tan Vampires at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, NYunst

Saturday Aug. 17

Unstoppable Death Machines and EULA at 929 XPO in Brooklyn, NY - Hair and other awesomeness!

Show Recs: Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time and Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Tuesday 04/03

The Magnetic Fields at Beacon Theater in NYC - Living legends, y’all.

Poor Moon at Schubas Tavern in Chicago - Fleet Foxes more upbeat spawn

Sepalcure at Webster Hall in NYC - jangly goodness.

Wednesday 04/04

Magnetic Island at Big Snow in Brooklyn - one of my bestest, most favorite new bands. They should be big. Check them out now.

Thursday 04/05

****Brain Cave Festival at the Bell House - If you missed SXSW, this is your salve. Shilpa Ray, Family Band, Firehorse, Natureboy, She Keeps Bees, Blast Off!!!EULA, El Jezel, Jon Mizrachi, Magnetic Island.

Black Taxi at Rockwood2 in NYC - Indie rock with intricate guitar work and a pinch of Coldplay and punk. Supporting their new album, We Don’t Know Any Better, which sounds like the subtitle of my life.

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys at BAM in Brooklyn - I don’t know why, but probs worth checking out. It’s half The Black Keys, yo.

Screaming Females at Maxwell’s in New Jersey. Because no one swallows a mic or plays a guitar as well as Marissa Paternoster.

Friday 04/06

DIVE at le Poisson Rouge in NYC - pop rock that will make you ache for summer at the beach.

The Rapture at Bowery Ballroom in NYC - mind-blowing dance-punk mania.

Young Magic at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn - Their new album is impossible good.

Spirit Family Reunion at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - If you wanna rock out with your banjo, this folk band will oblige.

Saturday 04/07 

*********The Brain Cave Festival at The Bell House - Day 2 of this extraordinary event. Monogold, Caged Animals, Afuche, Snowmine, Quiet Loudly, Shy Hunters, Aye Aye Rabbit, Gunfight, Lost Boy?, Conveyor, Backwords, Public Speaking, Fables, Passenger Peru, Spanish Prisoners, Clouder

XYLOS at Bowery Ballroom in NYC - cool rock and awesome shoes

Night Beats at Mercury Lounge in NYC - Saw these guys at South By and it was a tremendous motorcycle rock performance.

The Rapture at The Music Hall of Williamsburg - because one night is just not enough.

Show Recs: Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time and Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Sunday 3/04

Young Magic at Bowery Ballroom, NYC - I saw these guys last year. Brilliant psychelectronic with just a splash of My Bloody Valentine. 

I’m Turning Into at Legion Bar, Brooklyn - Post-punk with a beachy vibe.

Magnetic Island at Pianos, NYC - Diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound. They are the opener, but their set will blow everyone else’s away. Just sayin’. 

Monday 3/05

The Darcys at Bowery Ballroom, NYC - Dark alternative rock. 

Young Prisms at Glasslands, Brooklyn - Smooth shoe gaze that makes you wanna make out.

Tennis at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Husband and wife pop duo.  Good stuff.

Bjork at Roseland Ballroom, NYC - Because it’s Bjork, Captain Obvi. She was doing abstract weird shit before Lady Gaga was out of her grade school uniform.

Tuesday 3/06

The So So Glos at Mercury Lounge, NYC - Post-punk pop. 

Fanfarlo and Nightlands at Webster Hall, Brooklyn - A night of brilliant indie pop composers and songwriters in the vein of Coldplay, including the orchestral flourish. Really yum.

Tim Ryans at Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn - Check him out if you wanna experience the next Dylan. He’s a Texas boy, so I’m partial …

Wednesday 3/07

Alyson Greenfield at Pianos, NYC - My girl AG will rock out with her glockenspiel out, and your glockenspiel will like it and then you’ll have to stand in a corner for a second until it goes down.

Thursday 3/08

Quiet Loudly at Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn - One of my deepest music crushes. Indie rock with a tab of psychedelia. 

Delicate Steve at Glasslands, Brooklyn - The one-man juggernaut of sound (he’ll have a backup band, but they’re there just to enable his incredible guitar-prominent vision.)

Friday 3/09

Daughter at Mercury Lounge, NYC - Brilliant folk pop.

Young the Giant at Terminal 5, NYC - The guys are amazing live. Solid pop rock. 

Saturday 3/10

Daughter at Glasslands, Brooklyn - In case you missed her on Friday.

They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5, NYC -  Epic icons.

More Photos of What You Missed at Thursday’s Great Lineup @cakeshopnyc
Hilly Eye and @amyrebeccaklein
Magnetic Island @magneticisland
Quiet Loudly @quietloudly

More Photos of What You Missed at Thursday’s Great Lineup @cakeshopnyc

Hilly Eye and @amyrebeccaklein

Magnetic Island @magneticisland

Quiet Loudly @quietloudly

My Music Crushes Killed It @cakeshopnyc. It Was A Guitar Hero Kinda Night

@hilleye, @magneticband and @quietloudly made me swoon with their mad skills, but the guitarists stole the show.

Lisa Liu and Magnetic Island in particular blew my face off with their awesomely tight set which sounded just as amazing live as their new EP recording. Lisa womped on her guitar and really demonstrated great stage-presence and grace, commanding her 30-minute fiefdom in a presidentially-badass way. If you like alternative, experimental indie rock with layered guitar stylings in the vein of Sleater Kinney, Warpaint, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, then buy this album.

Amy Klein of Hilly Eye continues to be the guitarist I want to be when I grow up. I love the riot grrl that escapes from her shy exterior, a dragon-slayer with a guitar. 

Max Goransson, vocalist and guitarist of Quiet Loudly, made me fall back into a mad crush again with his incredibly dexterous and insanely awesome performance, both as a musician, but also as a showman. Their song, “Lift This Mountain” continues to be one of my all-time fave songs. Ever.

Check out some of the photos from the show.

Words and photos by Shanda Boyett. Copyright 2012

Amy Klein

Amy Klein

Lisa Liu

Lisa Liu

Lisa Liu

Max Goransson

Show Recs: Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time and Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

2/19 DJ Krush at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn  - Trip-hop daddy. Sold out tho.

2/22  Basement Batman at Glasslands in Brooklyn - Cute little boys with soul

2/23  Quiet Loudly, Magnetic Island, Hilly Eye and Passenger Peru at Cakeshop in New York - What an Ah-Mazin’ lineup! Seriously, I would not miss this!

2/24 Clouder at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - Cloud-on with the sounds of Babyshambles and David Bowie 

2/24 Dustin Wong at La Sala in Brooklyn - Amazing dream-pop guitar

2/24 Ava Luna at Mercury Lounge in NYC

2/24 Sharon Van Etten at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn

2/24 EULAShark?Indian Rebound and Lost Boy at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn - Get your punk on.

2/24 Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson at Casey’s in Canterbury, UK - So much emo and electronic rock goodness.

2/25  The Twilight Sad at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn

2/25 Des Ark at La Salamandra in Durham, NC - Best songwriting ever!


Totally diggin’ my @magneticband signed CD and personal note from Lisa Liu!

Totally diggin’ my @magneticband signed CD and personal note from Lisa Liu!

Stream new @magneticband single and pre-order the record and all kinds of other good stuff

The new Magnetic Island single “Don’t Need It Now" is pure shoegaze bliss. Airy vocals, heartbeat drumming and jangly guitar, it’ll take you that cool music-listening dimension where your ears and your heart meet.

You can pre-order the digital album, the first two songs of which will be released Jan. 17, as well a variety of record plackages that include cool stuff like signed CDs or a guitar lesson with Lisa Liu (!).  (Will someone please tell Santa this is what I want for xmas?)

Digital Album

Pre-order of Magnetic Island including immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

The two songs that come with the pre-order are unmastered. The link you’ll receive on January 17 will contain the mastered versions of these songs.
Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band. Limited edition of 100.

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

Signed CD + Demos CDR + digital album

Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band, and a homemade CDR with the complete album demos. Limited edition of 100.

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

Signed CD + Demos CDR + Signed Poster + digital album

Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band, and a homemade CDR with the complete album demos, plus a signed poster featuring the album artwork. Limited edition of 50.

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

Signed CD + Demos CDR + Signed Score + digital album Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band, and a homemade CDR with the complete album demos, plus a signed copy of the album’s complete score. Limited edition of 25.

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

The above + Private Guitar Lesson + digital album

Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band, and a homemade CDR with the complete album demos, plus a signed copy of the album’s complete score. Limited edition of 25. You’ll also get a 1-hour private guitar lesson with Lisa, either in NYC or via Skype. Note: physical goods will be shipped within one week of album release, but lesson will be scheduled up to one month from release date, based on your schedule and Lisa’s.

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

Signed CD + Demos CDR + Pick a Cover! + digital album

Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band, and a homemade CDR with the complete album demos. Plus, request any song for us to cover and we will home-record a version of it just for you! Of course, you’ll also get a free download of the cover song (when it’s done). This package limited to 2! Note: physical goods will be shipped within a week of album release, but we’ll need up to one month from release date to record your chosen cover song!

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

Signed CD + Demos CDR + Original Song! + digital album

Get a copy of “Magnetic Island” on CD, signed by the band, and a homemade CDR with the complete album demos. Plus, send us lyrics you’ve written (or just some thematic ideas) and we will write and home-record a song based on them! Of course, you’ll also get a free download of the song (when it’s done). This package limited to 2! Note: physical goods will be shipped within a week of album release, but we’ll need up to two months from release date to write and record an original song for you!

Pre-order includes immediate download of 2 tracks in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.