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

Tuesday, July 3

Norah Jones at Central Park Summer Stage, NYC

Thursday, July 5

Xylos at le poisson rouge, NYC

Wicked Tomorrow at The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC - CBGB Festival!

Friday, July 6

The So So Glos at Gramercy Theater, NYC - CBGB Festival!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Highline Ballroom, NYC - CBGB Festival!

The Men at Music Hall of Williamsburg, CBGB Festival

Saturday, July 7

Plastiq Passion and Mon Khmer at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cloud Nothings at Central Park Summerstage - CBGB Festival!

Scissor Sisters at Terminal 5, NYC

Sunday, July 8

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Beekman Beer Garden - CBGB Festival

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

Sunday, May 27

Slam Donahue, EULA, The Nico Blues at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY - Surprise Attack Music Festival

Tuesday, May 29

Foster the People and The Kooks at Central Park Rumsey Playfield, NYC - Music Crush Girl will be there somewhere!

Great Lake Swimmers at Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Wednesday, May 30

Foster the People and The Kooks at Central Park Rumsey Playfield, NYC

Thursday, May 31

Clouder and LUFF at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY - Two of my have crushes together. A post-punk and post-alternative paradise.

Zula at Mercury Lounge, NYC - These cute boys rock.

Radiohead at The Prudential Center, NJ - Because they are Radiohead.

Thurston Moore at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY - He’s single now. Just sayin’. 

Friday, June 1 

Xylos at Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY

Psychadelic Furs at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY - Just because. And it’s for charity.

Radiohead and Caribou at the Prudential Center, NJ

tUnE-YaRds and Delicate Steve at Terminal 5, NYC - This show should blow your mind.

Leda at Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY - another Amy Klein invention. If you play guitar, prepare to be humiliated by her mad skills. Listen to “Halfway b/w A Thimble

Maquina Supervium at 929 XPO, Brooklyn NY - up and coming comers

Saturday, June 2

Ms Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom, NYC - Because at one point she was really awesome.

Gogol Bordello at The Wellmont Theater, NJ - amped up gypsy rock.

Sunday, June 3

Blondes at DeKalb Market in Brooklyn, NY - Oh shit! I love their new album! Great electro-dance pop.

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

Sun 2/26

Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Belfast Limelight - Really really really good indie folk. A wallowing music go-to.

The Static Jacks at The Roadhouse in Manchester - Post-punk poppy fun.

Tue 2/28

Girl in a Coma at Bowery Ballroom - These Texas girls are Joan Jett’s babies and their motorcycle post-punk has a little hot sauce twang. Gracias.  

EULA at Cameo Gallery - Post-punk in the brilliant bite-sized punch of lead vocalist Alyse Lamb.

Fort Lean at Santos Party House - Driving guitar, big rock sounds, flying hair. All good.

Thurs 3/1

Young the Giant in Toronto at Sound Academy - Gum-smackin’ good!

Fri 3/2

Pat Benatar at Irving Plaza - Because love is a battlefield.

XYLOS at Mercury Lounge - Electro-pop with strong vocals. These chicks have great shoes, too!

Beach Fossils at Music Hall of Williamsburg - Beachy lo-fi pop. The funnest show you didn’t anticipate would be. These guys are great live. 

You Can Be A Wesley at Pianos - Happy indie pop. A major audio memory trigger. An old friend sent me “Elephants in Rabbit Holes” and it spawned my musical enlightenment.

Sat 3/3

Tennis at Bowery Ballroom - Husband and wife duo sing catchy, dancey indie pop songs about life, and it doesn’t suck. New crush.

Black Taxi and Wicked Tomorrow at The Bowery Electric - Indie rock bands that bring it. And Black Taxi’s tshirts are really cool.

Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band at The Hive - What else needs to be said? It’s Amy Klein. More downtempo and spare than her other efforts.

Little Tybee at The Goatfarm in Atlanta - Tour kickoff.

Sunday 3/4

Coldplay and Mumford and Sons at Radio City Music Hall - Just kidding.

Jane’s Addiction at The Paramount, Huntington, NY - The father of the modern music festival deserves your respect.

The Tinder 23: Xylos

Xylos (@xylosmusic) are do-it-yourselfers. 

The band, which includes Monika Heidemann, Eric Zeiler, Nikki Lancy, Matt Aronoff and Chris Berry, recently put out their debut album on their own label, an achievement they are really proud of.  

This DIY mentality that made them a perfect fit for the Tinderbox Music Festival which was conceived after founder Alyson Greenfield was unable to score a place at Lillith Fair because she didn’t have a large enough following.

“It allowed us to have full control of the process,” says vocalist Heidemann. “We all learned a lot from that - and had some fun doing it.”

Tinderbox promises to be a great place to show off the output of that process —the dancey, orchestral finely-woven and occasionally dark sound that marks the self-titled effort.

“It was an honor to be invited,” says Heidemann. “Even though women in music are making progress and are being heard more and more, there is still a long way to go.”

The band was also drawn to the philanthropic nature of the event.

“Artists need people as much as people need artists,” says Heidemann.  “Errrr… artists are people too,” she laughs. “Anyways, it’s about giving back and supporting each other because that’s what we are here to do in this life—connect with each other and help each other grow.”

Women musicians in particular can benefit from more support.

“We are under a microscope more than men are,” says Heidemann.  “Visually, and as musicians, we have to prove ourselves more, especially as instrumentalists.  I used to play saxophone and people would just assume I was the singer when I’d show up for a gig.  I’m not saying they would assume that I sucked, but it was always a thing like, “Oh!  A female sax player!”  It was a novelty.  All too often I hear comments from both men and women about whether a woman is attractive or not in a band, before any mention of the music is made.”

She notes that similar stereotyping happens to men, but not to the same degree.

“It’s the same kind of challenges women have faced in all professions as they started to enter and thrive more in a male-dominated industry.”

Along with Tinderbox, Xylos and Heidemann are doing what they can to change that. 

“We still need festivals and organizations like Tinderbox to support female-fronted bands, and we are very happy to be one of the faces that represent this progress. Come to Tinderbox Music Festival!”

The Tinderbox Music Festival is Saturday, Sept. 10 at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Xylos play at 8:00 pm on the main stage. 

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Sched 4 Day 4 @sxsw

Fizzled out early yesterday after an early start. Easing into the day today by hitting @littband (Lost in the Trees) at Home Slice on S. Congress at 1:30 on my 2-mile walk downtown.

Then gonna spend a few blissful hours at the @lovelyheartsclub party at Uncorked to see:

1:30 @littletybee

6 pm @xylos

Might step away to check out the @StandardRecording Carnivale at Gypsy Lounge cuz I want to make some stuff.

Later night:

@_afm_ Alcoholic Faith Mission is playing at the Hyatt at 8 but it’s a TREK from downtown so not sure will make it over there.  Hoping they are playing during the day somewhere. Anybody know?  Listening to their stream right now and just love love love.

@shimmeringstars and @oberhofer are both playing at 9 pm. Will thumb-wrestle myself to determine the winner. 

Have heard good things about @Gayngs and they are playing at 10 pm at Lustre Pearl. Or might head straight over to Billboard Bungelow for @TheJoyFormidable at 11 and @thepainsofbeing (The Pains of Being Pure At Heart) at midnight.  But @wyeOak is playing down the street at 11:45 so depending on the scene might dash out to catch a few tunes.

This schedule makes me tired. But it’s my last day in Austin so will rally. Heading to Houston tomorrow to see my daddy one last time before I return to NYC on Sunday so will miss the @papergardensrecords showcase tomorrow that includes _afm_ and @youthpicturesofflorencehenderson. Want to see Youth Pics of Florence Henderson so bad, but daddy wants to see me more. He’s got dibs.

Peace.