September 15, 2014

Joyce Manor at Rough Trade in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joyce Manor

Love Inks at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joyce Manor

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

John Darnielle (reading), John Hodgman @ Le Poisson Rouge
While Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, he's never written a book before now. His first novel, Wolf In White Van, comes out this week and he'll be reading from it and discussing it in NYC tonight. Joining him is Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman.

Joyce Manor, The Exquisites, Mike Bell and The Movies @ Bowery Ballroom
Cali rippers Joyce Manor make melodic punk with every ounce of fat trimmed (their most recent and longest album is 10 songs in 19 minutes), and those songs truly come alive at their shows. Tonight's their largest headlining gig in NYC yet and sold out. Sure to get rowdy.

No Joy, Tonstartssbandht @ Mercury Lounge
No Joy's shoegaze is the way it should be, a mesmerizing wall of sound and extremely loud. They're on tour opening for Deafheaven (just played MHOW last night), but will squeeze in this small headlining show tonight. Eccentric duo Tonstartssbandht open.

Strand of Oaks, Christopher Denny @ Rough Trade
Timothy Showalter has been making excellent folk as Strand of Oaks for a few years now, but for this year's HEAL LP he added a full band and a more rock-inspired sound and it's been putting him in increasingly larger venues. They'll be back in the winter for a Bowery Ballroom show, but will first play the smaller Rough Trade tonight (sold out). Opening is unique country singer Chris Denny, who has a new album out on Partisan this year.

Voice Coils, Ovlov, Ronald Paris, New Firmament @ Death by Audio
Brooklyn's Voice Coils include members of various local (or local-ish) bands, including Roomrunner, Mitski, Extra Life, Porches, Skeletons, Couch Slut and more. Together they make metallic prog and though that may be an unlikely style from this group, they do it well. Tonight's their 7" release show.

Love Inks, Air Waves, Hollow and Akimbo @ Glasslands
Austin's Love Inks make more of their minimalist pop on this year's Exi, their third album which came out last week. Local indie pop band Air Waves should be a good match too.

Final Bloom, Expert Alterations, Semi-Femme, Synths and Slides @ Palisades
Dark synth duo Final Bloom recall the sounds of '80s goth and industrial and they do the sound justice. Meanwhile, Semi Femme is the current band of Orca Team's Leif Anders and they make quality dark post-punk.

Lorde, Majical Cloudz @ United Palace Theatre
Australian pop ingenue/sensation and emotional bare wire Majical Cloudz may seem like a strange match for touring partners, but here we are.

Accept, Raven @ Gramercy Theatre
Two veterans of heavy metal meet up at Gramercy Theatre tonight with German speed pioneers Accept and NWOBHM-ers Raven.

John Mayall, Matt Andersen @ City Winery
British electric blues legend John Mayall led the influential Bluesbreakers in the '60s whose shifting lineup included a young Eric Clapton, Peter Green (later of Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (later of The Rolling Stones) and others. He's in NYC for a two-night run at City Winery this week, tonight's being the first.

Night Train w/ guest ghost Hari Kondabolu @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show continues tonight with Hari Kondabolu guest hosting. Other guests include Kevin Avery, Janelle James, Ross Parsons, Jim Hamilton and Sean Devlin.

Brooklyn, Stand Up!! @ Knitting Factory
It's a night of free comedy including new SNL 'Weekend Update' co-anchor Michael Che, plus Katrina Braxton, Mike Cannon, Chris Disstefano, Kyle Grooms, Joe List and Amber Nelson.

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

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September 14, 2014

photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.

I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM

I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.

The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP

The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM

After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.

The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP

The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP

The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP

Day 1 pics and review HERE. More pictures of most of the above-reviewed artists and a handful of others from day 2, below...

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photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack

Jane's Addiction / GWAR fans / Title Fight
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest Chicago is currently underway at Chicago's beautiful Humboldt Park. It kicked off on Friday (9/12) and that first day was plagued by light to heavy rains that pretty much continued from doors until the headliners. But the weather didn't seem to slow down the bands or the audience much at all, and it was an opening day with something for everyone. On the heavier end, there was American thrash kings Slayer performing Reign In Blood in its entirety, resilient interplanetary scumdogs Gwar, and Mastodon; classic punks Stiff Little Fingers and ALL; alternative rock flag bearers Jane's Addiction; anthemic and melodic punks The Offspring (performing Smash), Gogol Bordello, The Hotelier, Pity Sex, and Title Fight; the excellent Pussy Riot -- Discussion Panel; and much more packed in there.

We began day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago by catching Boston-based melodic punks Somos at the Revolt Stage -- one of the festival's two smaller setups. The four-piece drew a decent crowd with their punchy output, including the especially catchy "Dead Wrong" and "Lives of Others" from their 2014 debut Temple of Plenty. Title Fight were up next, over at the larger Roots Stage. The Pennsylvania-based road dogs impressed with tunes from their debut LP, huge-sounding 2012 album Floral Green, and their many EPs. They got the crowd moving with the Hot Water Music-like "Secret Society," and kept the momentum up throughout their set, which closed with the thrashy "27." After the combination attack opening of "Numb, But I Still Feel It," "Shed," and "Like a Ritual," the band brought things down a bit with the great Floral Green shoegaze number "Head in the Ceiling Fan."

GWAR have a hell of a lot to be proud of, and not just the troves of blood-caked fans who were easy to spot throughout the park for the remainder of the day. The Oderus-less (RIP) outfit are indeed back in fine form, with a thrilling new stage show in Dave Brockie's honor. The interplanetary warriors delivered seven-songs (or acts) throughout their set, each coming from a different album. Bloody Pit of Horror's "Hail, Genocide!" was the absolute highlight, with blood baths both by way of a rotating circular saw and vocalist Blothar (aka Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty)'s chest. Yummy.

Taking things down a notch from GWAR were Worcester, MA's The Hotelier, who we caught next on the Revolt Stage. Christian Holden and his band gave 110% while delivering nearly all of their anthemic second album Home, Like Noplace Is There. The packed crowd braced along with Holden and co. for the multiple cathartic full-band crashes, as well as the din of the album's more subdued and vocal-only moments. After a few tunes, Holden seemed as if he couldn't help but to share that this was the largest crowd that had ever paid attention to the band at once. He also had his bass turned waaaay up, which cranked up the intensity for punchy numbers like "The Scope of All of This Rebuilding" and "In Framing."

We then headed over to the one-day Riot Fest Speaks stage to watch a bit of the Pussy Riot Discussion Panel go down. The Henry Rollins-moderated panel consisted of Pussy Riot/Zona Prava members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, with guests Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest Founder - aka Riot Mike). As we approached, Rollins and Karp were in the middle of a back-and-forth about feminist journalism in relation to the now six-month-old Zona Prava. Karp spoke of writing provocative messages on her and friends' bare chests, and Rollins brought up the old flyers he made while in Black Flag (ie "cop with a boner handing a child a lollipop with Black Flag scrawled across the top of the page"). It was an insightful discussion. Hopefully they bring the Riot Fest Speaks stage back in years to come.

Mastodon was the next mark we hit, over at the Rebel Stage. Touring on this year's classic rock-ish Once More 'Round the Sun, the band delivered a few tunes from that album -- including the fun single "High Road" -- some from The Hunter, as well as a bunch of their older meatier tunes. We got "Aqua Dementia" and "Hearts Alive" off Leviathan, "Bladecatcher" and "Crystal Skull" from Blood Mountain, and Crack the Skye favorites "Divinations" and "Oblivion." They were as tight as ever.

We capped off the night by catching alternative rock giants Jane's Addiction, who were performing their 1988 debut studio effort Nothing's Shocking in its entirety. Pit against American thrash gods Slayer playing Reign In Blood at the other side of the park, Perry Farrell and co. went for a much flashier approach while delivering the attitude-packed hits like "Jane Says," "Mountain Song," and "Ocean Size." It was nice to finish off the night with a feel-good set of songs.

Day 2 pics and review are HERE. Pictures of all the day 1 bands mentioned above, plus a few others like Clutch, NOFX (they performed Punk In Drublic) and Radkey, are in this post. They continue below...

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Deafheaven @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

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

Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Deafheaven's attack on the eardrums pulls a little from black metal, post-rock, shoegaze and screamo into a mix that's just wildly intense. The openers tonight represent two different sides of their sound, the shoegazy No Joy (who were REALLY loud at their Brooklyn show last month) and suppliers of stoner riffs Indian Handcrafts. Sold out.

Rat Columns, The Stevens, Outside World, RIPS @ Death by Audio
The Melbourne scene is a bit incestuous, with lots of people playing in multiple bands, tonight's a good example. Rat Columns (UK '80s style jangle) and The Stevens ('90s indie rock a la Pavement) have ties to Mikey Young of Total Control/Lace Curtain/Eddy Current/etc. And both are well worth seeing. Also on the bill: Outside World who make the kind of powerpop that would've sounded at home on the first dB's record.

Nine of Swords, Cop, Krallion, Chain Gang Grave @ Palisades (3 PM matinee)
Local rippers Nine of Swords make a punishing mix of punk and screamo, and their matinee at Palisades today is one of your more intense ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Against Me! @ Baby's All Right
Against Me! made a killer return this year with Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one of their best albums to date. They've been playing pretty big venues on their current tour opening for The Gaslight Anthem, but tonight you can catch them somewhere much smaller. Starts at midnight.

Alice Boman, Fielded, Tomten @ Baby's All Right
Earlier in the evening at Baby's it's Malmö, Sweden's Alice Boman who makes haunting, minor chord confessionals that are strikingly beautiful. Her first two lovely Swedish EPs were just packaged together and released in North America.

Gary Lucas @ Baby's All Right
And before that, Baby's hosts their early evening Classic Album Sundays listening event for Jeff Buckley's Grace with a live set from Gary Lucas, whose band Gods and Monsters once included Jeff as a member and who has taken part in other Jeff Buckley tributes over the years.

Lorde, Majical Cloudz @ Pier 97
Australian pop ingenue/sensation and emotional bare wire Majical Cloudz may seem like a strange match for touring partners, but here we are.

Cheetah Chrome, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Walter Lure, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Sami Yaffa, Ivan Julian, and more! @ Bowery Electric
It's a giant celebration of The Ramones' 40th birthday, with lots of NYC punk legends and more performing tonight. Note: John Cooper Clarke was scheduled to play but is currently stuck in the UK due to Visa issues.

Steely Dan @ The Paramount
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After" tour to The Paramount for two nights, this being the first. Wear your bad sneakers if you like, but we have a feeling they don't serve pina coladas there.

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

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September 13, 2014

Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Against Me! are currently on a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem which included two big shows also with Jimmy Eat World, last night (9/12) at Philly's Mann Center and earlier tonight at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center. If you'd like to see them in the area at a much smaller venue, you're in luck. Before the tour picks up again in Boston on Tuesday, Against Me! will headline a last-minute all ages midnight show at Baby's All Right on Sunday (9/14) (so technically 9/15), after the Alice Boman show at the same venue. Tickets will be available at this link today at 8:01 PM and you can also get them at Baby's tonight. Not the first time this year Against Me! squeezed in a last-minute small NYC show.

Updated dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Rat Columns in London (photo via @baileypunx)
Rat Columns

When Australian musician David West isn't making music with Rank/Xerox or with Mikey Young as part of Total Control and Lace Curtains, he's making his own bittersweet pop as Rat Columns. It's not that far off from the more tuneful moments of his other projects, but Rat Columns' new album, Leaf, is by far the poppiest thing he's done yet. (Including RC's 2012 debut, Sceptre Hole.) Made while West was living in San Francisco, the record was made at Kelley Stoltz's studio with both Stoltz and Young at the controls. There are strong nods to fellow Aussies The Church (and The Cure and The Smiths) and you can still detect the love for Wire that is much more prevelant in Total Control. West is a terrific songwriter and his whispery delivery fits the material. You can stream the whole album, and watch the video for "Fooling Around" (cowritten with Mikey Young), below.

Rat Columns are currently on tour and play NYC on Sunday (9/14) at Death by Audio with another Australian band with Mikey Young connections, The Stevens (who were just great at Baby's All Right on Thursday). Also playing are Outside World (who moved from Chicago to Brooklyn) and make power pop a la early dB's, plus newish Brooklyn shoegazers, Rips.

Available at shows on Rat Columns' tour will be a tape of unreleased David West demos titled Drop Out of Collage:

Look out for Drop Out of Collage at the merch table and a video trailer for it is below. Those dates include a stop, like most of the Australian bands on tour right now, at Gonerfest. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Rat Columns (David West of Total Control) released new LP, touring, playing Death By Audio this weekend (dates, streams)"

Power Trip @ Palisades last night (photo by Amanda Hatfield)

Texas thrashers Power Trip are in NY this weekend, having just played the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades last night (9/12) (well really this morning) with White Lung and Sick Feeling (more pictures coming soon). Today (9/13) they've got a 4 PM matinee on Long Island, happening at Amityville Music Hall. And it's now been announced that they'll return to NYC TONIGHT for a late show at Acheron with Brooklyn's Ajax. It starts after the Junglepussy / Celeste / Princess Nokia show and $7 at the door gets you in.

They played around 2 AM at Palisades last night to a wild crowd that included at least one fan jumping from a 10-ish foot high PA speaker. Stay tuned for more pictures and more on that show coming soon.

Pinback at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Basilica Sound Scape
It's the second day of Basilica Sound Scape and there's an excellent music lineup with noise rock titans Swans, post-metal rippers Deafheaven, ripping punks White Lung, the always-intense Majical Cloudz and more. Plus there will be readings from White Lung singer Mish Way, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, poet Melissa Broder and more.

Atlas Sound, Ducktails, Mas Ysa @ Greenwood Park
As Atlas Sound, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox tones down the sonic assault his other band puts on in a live environment, but the songwriting is up a similar alley and equally strong. Tonight's show is with Real Estate side project Ducktails and Mas Ysa, and it's free.

Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Between his time in Husker Du, Sugar, and a prolific solo career, the legendary Bob Mould has over three decades of great material to pull from for this week's 3 NYC shows, this being the third. Openers Cymbals Eat Guitars are not to be missed either. This year's LOSE is one of the year's most powerful indie rock albums.

Pinback, Tera Melos @ Irving Plaza
Indie rock vets Pinback are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their classic album Summer in Abaddon this year and are currently on tour in support of that. Math rockers Tera Melos are a bit different in style but a good match.

Phantogram, Action Bronson @ Pier 97
It's a double bill of indie pop from Phantogram and hip hop from Action Bronson on Pier 97 tonight, and if that sounds weird to you, don't forget Phantogram were prominent collaborators on the last Big Boi album.

The Members, The Say So's, Swanky Tiger, Darren Deicide @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Best known for their classic 1979 punk single "The Sound of the Suburbs," UK band The Members dabbled in pop ("Working Girl") and reggae ("Offshore Banking Business"). The band currently features songwriter/frontman JC Carroll, plus Chris Payne and Nigel Bennett all of whom were in the band during The Members classic period.

The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World, Against Me! @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The Gaslight Anthem changed things up for their fifth album this year, but whether you like the new sound or not, they'll still likely have plenty of old favorites ready for tonight. And this whole bill is loaded. Against Me!, who put out one of their best albums of their career this year, kick off the night. Following them is Jimmy Eat World who plan to play Futures in full on tour this fall, but what will they play tonight?

Mutual Benefit, Soft Cat, Bellows @ Bowery Ballroom
Mutual Benefit makes hushed chamber pop that anyone into The Antlers or Sufjan should be a fan of. Openers are well-matched tonight too.

Teebs, Braille, Dave Q, Funafuji @ Cameo Gallery
Great night for electronic music at Cameo tonight with Brainfeeder producer Teebs and one half of Sepalcure, Braille.

Heavens Gate, Raw McCartney, Milk Dick, Bodega Bay, Pill @ Death By Audio
Out of the ashes of Sweet Bulbs, Heaven's Gate took some of their old band's dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction, playing to singer strengths and became more of punky rock band... while still using a lot of effects pedals. Last year's debut album is a terrific representation of what Heaven's Gate have become -- confident, hooky, and pretty damn kick-ass.

S U R V I V E, Eaters, Isn't Ours @ Glasslands
Austin all-analogue synth quartet S U R V I V E, as you might suspect, make dark-hued, highly textured, creepy soundtracks of the mind, owing much to folks like Goblin, Tangerine Dream, and John Carpenter. They play tonight with Brooklyn duo Eaters who are very much in the same sonic cinema.

Brian Posehn @ Knitting Factory
Comedian, Mr. Show cohort, metal lover, podcaster, Deadpool writer and all around cool dude, Brian Posehn takes his act to a rock club setting tonight.

The Life and Times, Lives of the Obscure @ Knitting Factory
Post-hardcore vets Shiner briefly reunited a couple years back, and though that's over, singer Allen Epley is still active with his other band The Life and Times, who put out their fourth record this year.

Junglepussy, Celeste, Princess Nokia, DJ Patrick A Reed @ The Acheron
If you like rap in the UNO/Mykki Blanco/Le1f realm, this bill is full of that kinda stuff and should be right up your alley.

Power Trip, Ajax @ The Acheron
After the Junglepussy show, things get heavier at Acheron for this late show from Dallas thrash/crossover faves Power Trip and Brooklyn punks Ajax. Power Trip's 2 AM set at Palisades last night was nuts and tonight should be no different.

Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks @ The Lot in Long Island City
The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series and today's afternoon entertainment should be pretty chill, with the hushed sounds of Widowspeak, and Alex Bleeker's dead-y vibes.

Alarm Will Sound @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, this is the second performance by 20-piece band Alarm Will Sound, tonight performing works by Tyondai Braxton, Steve Reich, and Donnacha Dennehy.

Youssou N'Dour @ BAM
Also part of Nonesuch Records at BAM (and Next Wave Festival), here's your second rare chancs to catch the acclaimed Senegalese singer-songwriter in a Stateside appearance.

Steely Dan @ The Paramount
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After" tour to The Paramount for two nights, this being the first. Wear your bad sneakers if you like, but we have a feeling they don't serve pina coladas there.

People Like Us, M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos), Jason Willett @ Monty Hall (NJ)
People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) who is presenting "two performances of audio and moving image." She'll be first performing solo and then People Like Us will be joined by M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett for a collaborative performance. This is at WFMU's Jersey City performance space.

Elephant Stone @ The Saint
Montreal's Elephant Stone share their name with a Stone Roses single and on their new album Three Poisons, they definitely embrace the Madchester baggy sound. They're pretty killer live -- and how often do you get to see a rock band with sitar?

Bastard Noise, Anthony Saunders, Andrew Hock, Chris Pitsiokos, Weasel Walter, HCOD, Penchant, Skinner, Arbiter, Negation, Field Graves @ Trans-Pecos
It's a crazy bill for noise at Trans Pecos tonight with Bastard Noise, Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero) and so many more.

Life of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death, Diablo Blvd @ Starland Ballroom
Before this year's European tour, Life of Agony hadn't played in a few years as singer Keith Caputo transitioned to Mina Caputo and took time to do her own thing (including open for Laura Jane Grace). Now they're back though, and tonight's the first hometown-area show.

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

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September 12, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

White Lung @ Subterranean -- 9/11/2014
White Lung
White Lung

As we speak, White Lung are driving from Chicago to Brooklyn for TONIGHT'S MIDNIGHT SHOW at Palisades in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-curated Friday night event also includes Power Trip and Don Devore's new band Sick Feeling on the bill. It's only $3 with RSVP, so hurry up and RSVP before it's too late.

Tonight's show should be a good one all around (if we do say so ourselves). White Lung continue to be of the most exciting punk bands around, this year's excellent Domino-released Deep Fantasy being no exception. Co-headliners Power Trip, on the other hand, bring us back to the early days of thrash and crossover and they do it well. The night should kick off with a bang too. Brooklyn's Sick Feeling (featuring members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead and more) make grimy punk true to their name.

Meanwhile, White Lung were in Chicago to play a show at Sub-t with Mormon Crosses and Den last night (9/11). Pictures from that show are in this post.

Mormon Crosses also opened for White Lung at Glasslands on 9/3. If you missed that Brooklyn show, and don't have tickets to the sold out Basilica Sound Scape Fest on Saturday, Palisades is your last chance to catch White Lung in the NYC-area for now, though the band also has some dates elsewhere in North America coming up in December. All dates are listed with more Chicago pics, below...

Continue reading "White Lung played Sub-t in Chicago (pics), play Bushwick with Power Trip & Sick Feeling late TONIGHT"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tom Petty @ PNC Bank Arts Center - 9/11/14
Tom Petty

After Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers brought their ongoing tour to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (pics), they headed just outside of NYC to play Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center last night (9/11). The tour's in support of the band's new album Hypnotic Eye, but of course the sets are filled with all the old favorites too. Pictures of the PNC Bank Arts Center show, including Steve Winwood's opening set, are in this post along with a second batch of Petty's MSG set.

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