April 19, 2014

Hospitality @ MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hospitality

RSD

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

As you might be aware, today is Record Store Day with special events at shops all over the city, with tons of music fans and record collectors out to score some of the many exclusive RSD releases. Don't know what to buy? We have suggestions. Don't know where to go? We can guide you. Just want free beer? We can help there too. Don't know what a record is? How did you come to this site?

Hospitality, Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, The Rails @ Rough Trade
Between the killer line-up of free performances and all the RSD14 exclusive releases, expect Rough Trade to be packed all day long. Perfect Pussy had to cancel, though.

You can also catch Lonnie Holly at Other Music, Doug Gillard DJing at Generation, and The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins at Kim's. Details are in our RSD14 In-Store Performances & Special Events guide.

Blazing Eye, Nomad, NO, Pleasure Industry @ ABC No Rio (NY's Alright)
Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, Murderer @ Le Poisson Rouge (NY's Alright)
School Jerks, Lumpy & The Dumpers, Varix, Creeping Dose @ Acheron (NY's Alright)

NYC's multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright continues today at ABC No Rio (2 PM0, then Le Poisson Rouge (5 PM), and finally the Acheron (10 PM).

WBAR-B-Q @ Barnard College
The annual FREE WBAR-B-Q returns to Barnard College today from noon to 8 PM. Among the artists playing is indie/R&B duo Inc., rapper Ka, indie rockers LVL UP, the eccentric DJ Dog Dick, Philly post-punks Amanda X, Brooklyn lo-fi punks Arm Candy, and more.

Bobby Bare Jr., Cory Branan @ Mercury Lounge
Nashville alt-country singer Bobby Bare Jr. released his new album, Undefeated, on Bloodshot Records this week. Tonight he celebrates with a release show at Mercury Lounge. Listen to one of the new album's tracks, "The Big Time," below.

Frameworks, Gates, Lost Coves @ Saint Vitus
Frameworks make the kind of boundary-pushing post-hardcore that includes elements of post-rock, '90s/early '00s screamo, and even afrobeat on some songs like the title track to their new record, Loom, which comes out later this month. Tonight their tour with NJ emo band Gates hits Saint Vitus.

Highlife, Dutch E Germ, Logan Takahashi @ Secret Project Robot
Tonight at Secret Project Robot, it's a full bill of forward thinking NYC music from afro-pop band Highlife (led by Gang Gang Dance's pal Sleepy Doug Shaw), former GGD member Dutch E Germ, and Teengirl Fantasy's Logan Takahashi.

Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate @ Irving Plaza
This year's Metal Alliance tour is their most black metal-intensive lineup yet, and it rolls through NYC tonight for a sold-out show at Irving Plaza.

Omar S, Jay Simon, Steve Summers @ Glasslands
Omar S' 2013 album, Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself was one of the year's best non-pop house albums in a year dominated by pop-house albums (Disclosure, Rudimental, you name it). The Detroit producer takes over NYC again tonight.

Weird Womb, Dead Waves, Mount Carmel, The Sros @ Cake Shop
Columbus, OH sludgemeisters and Drag City signees Mount Carmel highlight this bill that also has local scuzzpunks Weird Womb.

Ronnie Spector - Beyond The Beehive @ City Winery
"Beyond the Behive" is The Ronnettes singer's AV-filled, hit-packed autobiographical show show.

White Fang, Denney and The Jets, Hector's Pets @ Glasslands
This is an all-Burger Records night so expect crowd-surfing, stage-diving, and good-time gargey rock and roll.

No Joy @ Mexican Summer Five (more by P Squared)
No Joy

No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, Little Big League @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The second night of Kanine Records weekend at BKNB is just as good as the first, with headlining sets from Montreal's great No Joy and Virginia's Eternal Summers. Plus, they'll probably have have copies of the Non Violent Femmes RSD comp at the merch table (and probably for less than at Record Stores).

Horse Feathers, Laura and Greg @ Glasslands
Justin Ringle's indie folk collective Horse Feathers are celebrating a decade together as a band this year. This is their second of two NYC shows.

World/Inferno Friendship Society, Iron Chic, Bad Doctors @ MHOW
World Inferno Friendship Society have been mixing punk, klezmer, cabaret and more since 1996. Long Island punks Iron Chic are worth getting their early.

David J, The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Sky Parade @ Pianos
As bassist in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, David J helped define the goth/postpunk sound. His solo material -- like his new solo record -- is more in the acoustic folk mode but he'll be performing some of his old bands' songs with his band tonight. The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo are also on the bill which will also serve as a memorial for Christo Buffam who was in both bands.

Weaves, Video Daughters, Slothrust, Amanda X @ Shea Stadium
Canadian band Weaves blend somewhat disparate elements -- big rock riffs, liquid bass, ethereal harmonies -- into a danceable, eclectic sound, led by Jasmyn Burke's distinctive, emotive vocals.

Josh Wink, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Verboten
Two generations of dance music meet tonight with Philadelphia techno/acid king Josh Wink, and UK producer Orlando Higginbottom (aka TEED).

B.B. King @ Lehman Performing Arts Center in the Bronx
A lot more people get called living legends than actually deserve it, but B.B. King is certainly one who does. At 88, he's still going... just remember to take your meds!

Brooklyn Folk Festival @ The Bell House
The three-day celebration of all things acoustic, rustic and down-to-earth contines today.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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The Breakdown

In honor of a new partnership with Warner Brothers, Prince just decided to release a new track to iTunes right before midnight on Friday night. It's called "The Breakdown". Listen below.

Warner Brothers/Prince partnership press release below:

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April 18, 2014

Walkmens

Over 6 million views in 5 days. If you're one of the few left who haven't seen it, watch kids react to walkmans, below...

Continue reading "Watch kids react to walkmen (actual walkmans, not the band)"

Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
PP

We recently mentioned that Perfect Pussy would bring their non-stop tour to NYC for two shows this weekend, including the Record Store Day in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (4/19) afternoon and a Silent Barn show later that night with Arm Candy. Unfortunately, the band have had to cancel both dates. Liz Pelly writes on the Silent Barn show's Facebook event page:

unfortunately perfect pussy have to cancel all of their dates this weekend. the singer of the band was in the hospital yesterday and is spending the week recovering. we just hope that she is ok!! <3333 we can reschedule this for next time they are in town.

we might try to possibly put together a different late-night show on sat. night @ the barn, details forthcoming

Meanwhile, the Rough Trade NYC RSD in-store will still go on as planned with Hospitality, Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and many more.

Perfect Pussy will also return to NYC when their tour hits the Northside Festival (6/12-15) for a TBA Brooklyn show.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy cancel NYC shows this weekend due to illness"

by Andrew Sacher

Iron Chic
Iron Chic

Earlier this month, Long Island punks Iron Chic wrapped up their North American tour in support of last year's great The Constant One, and next week they'll cross the Atlantic to support it in Europe. Before then though, Iron Chic will squeeze in one more NYC show this weekend. They open the previously discussed World/Inferno Friendship Society show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (4/19), which also includes Philly's Bad Doctors. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Iron Chic bassist Mike Bruno's other band Crow Bait released another song from their upcoming debut album, Sliding Through the Halls of Fate, which comes out on May 20 via Don Giovanni. The new song, "The Ocean," shows the band's alt-country influences a lot more strongly than last single "83," and it can be streamed below.

All Iron Chic dates are listed, with a video of them at The Fest and the new Crow Bait song, below...

Continue reading "Iron Chic playing MHOW w/ World Inferno on Sat. before European tour; Crow Bait released a new song (dates, stream)"

By Doug Moore

Godflesh at Irving Plaza on 4/10 (more by Greg Cristman)

You've already stopped caring about work for the day. Might as well start sorting out your riff-centric weekend bands. HLD time! Let's knock out the news first.

Noted music writer and general good dude Hank Shteamer is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that intends to reissue a box set of out-of-print albums by the great '90s post-hardcore band Craw. The campaign has four days left and is a ways off from its goal. Pledge here if weird and smart are prereqs for your heavy music library.

Norwegian black metal stalwarts 1349 and NYC sludge supergroup Serpentine Path have both debuted singles from their upcoming albums. Get a piece below.

Local black metal mainstays Mutilation Rites have announced that their new album, entitled Harbinger, will be out this summer via Prosthetic. Antagonistic Floridian tech-grind crew Maruta have also announced plans to record a new album over the summer; Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer will track drums and mix the final product. Maruta will also tour the East Coast around their MDF appearance in May, including a previously-mentioned NYC appearance on May 21 at Saint Vitus alongside Cripple Bastards. The full run of dates are below.

While we're at it, Lord Mantis and Hell Militia have announced a brief tour around their respective Martyrdoom Fest appearances here in NYC in early June. Those dates are below as well.

The Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies local showcase series has announced its next installment, again at Trans Pecos. This one's a doozy: Ocrilim (AKA Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, and Nebadon on April 26 (next Saturday). No presale tix -- $10 at the door.

As for this weekend...

Tonight (4/18): This year's edition of New York's Alright is in full swing, with Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog, and Mercenary blowing up Le Poisson Rouge (tix). Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects of War, and Life Chain are playing an aftershow at the Acheron that opens its doors at 10pm, but there are no presale tix available. Master are bringing their tour to Saint Vitus, with local support from Insatanity, Fist Hammer, Nervo Chaos, Hate Storm Annihilation, and Netherion (tix). If you wanna get even more old-school than that, you can catch Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp for an evening of clean solos and cleaner vocals at Best Buy Theater (tix).

Tomorrow (4/19): New York's Alright continues with Infernöh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer (tix). The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, will hit Irving Plaza, though it's sold out.

Sunday (4/20): The entire Metal Alliance lineup sans Behemoth -- that's Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate -- are playing an off-night show at Saint Vitus (tix). Nile are playing a surprisingly under-the-radar show at Stage 48 with Winter Nights, Imperial Crypt, and Sunlord (tix). Somehow, no noteworthy stoner sludge or Christian metal shows were booked for this date.

For more options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

Over on Invisible Oranges: we checked out new music by Wrong and Graves at Sea. We chatted with notable metal (and non-metal!) illustrator Randy Ortiz about his craft, and we straight-up chilled with Godflesh at their NYC show for our East Village Radio show -- don't forget to tune in next week at 10pm EST. And, as ever, we ran down all the metal fit to buy.

What'd I miss?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: 1349, Serpentine Path, Mutilation Rites, Maruta, Lord Mantis, weekend shows & more"

by Bill Pearis

Gold-Bears

Atlanta band Gold-Bears will be back with their second album, Dalliance, on June 3 via Slumberland. With big catchy choruses, the band's rowdy indiepop fits nicely alongside Superchunk or The Wedding Present (who have a song called "Dalliance," that they are probably familiar with). You can stream first single "For You" below.

Gold-Bears are also touring this year. As mentioned, they play the 2014 edition of NYC Popfest (their second visit), where they'll be part of the all-day Sunday show at Littlefield on June 1 that also features The Hidden Cameras, The Spook School, Colour Me Wednesday, Heathers, Pam & Bart, and Marine Life. Tickets to that are on sale, as are four-day Popfest passes. Gold-Bears will also play Bushwick's Shea Stadium on June 3 with the rest of the line up TBA.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Gold-Bears ready second LP for Slumberland (stream a track), playing Shea Stadium after NYC Popfest ++ other dates "

by Doug Moore

Stephen O'Malley (1/3 of Nazoranai) at Big Ears Fest (more by Joshua Ford)

Its pure improvisation, I'm going to try and avoid as many clichés as I can here, in talking about improvisation. That's the whole thing though, its not a cliché, the idea is that I don't know what the idea is. The idea is in the present, so everything that happens is happening right then, and will probably never be repeated. Even stylistic tendencies, I've noticed, have been completely different every time we play together...It's an interesting exercise in patience, in trance, in timbre and in alertness as a player.

[Stephen O'Malley on Nazoranai]

As briefly mentioned in our Stephen O'Malley interview post (quoted above), Nazoranai -- a perplexing improvisational trio that features the prolific and influential Japanese experimental musician Keiji Haino, SunnO))) / Khanate guitarist Stephen O'Malley, and Australian multi-instrumentalist / occasional SunnO))) contributor Oren Ambarchi -- will be embarking on a brief North American tour in May, which will include a NYC stop at The Wick on May 21. Tickets for that show are available now.

A few days later, O'Malley and Ambarchi will play a duo show as part of the NYC edition of Tectonics Festival. This reprisal of a May 2013 Tectonics Glasgow performance will go down on 5/23 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. No advance tickets, $20 at the door. Full Tectonics schedule here.

All of O'Malley's dates (including a few solo appearances) are listed below...

Continue reading "Nazoranai touring North America; Stephen O'Malley and Oren Ambarchi playing a duo set at NY's Tectonics Fest (dates)"

Listening to a piece by Hauschka can be deceiving: What sounds like an ensemble of musicians and instruments is just one man, performing at one piano. His real name is Volker Bertelmann, and he hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, where he works with his "prepared piano." He wrests disruptive sounds from the instrument's 88 keys by outfitting the strings or mallets with objects such as ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and leather.

[...] "They create a whole carpet of sounds underneath the tones that the hammers create," Hauschka tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "What I like about it is that there is something going on without my control." [NPR]

German pianist/composer Hauschka released his newest album, Abandoned City, earlier this year via Temporary Residence Ltd./City Slang, and tonight (4/18) he begins his North American tour in support of it. Hauschka's roots are in techno, but for this project he utilizes prepared pianos, a concept made famous by John Cage and others, though Hauschka claims he wasn't familiar with Cage when he first came up with the idea to do so. (As Sonic Youth fans may know, it's also something you can do with a guitar.)

Hauschka and his prepared piano will hit NYC on this tour on April 25 at Joe's Pub, and after a European run, he'll return for another show on May 27 at Glasslands. The Joe's Pub show is sold out, but tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video of "Elizabeth Bay" from the new album and a stream of another LP track, below...

Continue reading "Hauschka released an LP, touring North America (dates, video)"

Ben Watt & Bernard Butler (via Ben's Facebook)
Ben Watt

Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt had to postpone his NYC and LA shows due to visa issues but those shows -- his first-ever solo headlining in the U.S. -- have been rescheduled. He's now playing two nights at NYC's Joe's Pub on June 11 & 12 and tickets are on sale now. Right after that, he'll jet to LA to play The Echoplex on June 13. Like before, he'll be accompanied at those shows by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

Meanwhile, Ben's new solo album, Hendra, is out April 29 but you can stream the whole thing (via The Guardian) below...

Continue reading "Ben Watt streaming new album, 'Hendra' (listen), reschedules NYC & LA dates for June, now playing two nights at Joe's Pub"

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