August 23, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center 8/22/2014
Arcade Fire kicked off their three-night stand at Brooklyn's sprawling Barclays Center last night (8/22). As mentioned, after the bobblehead version of the band appeared on a second platform to mime New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis," Arcade Fire brought out David Johansen in Buster Poindexter mode to perform his 1987 hit "Hot Hot Hot," complete with a conga line of more bobbleheads and carnival-goers that all ended up on the stage and stayed up there for the equally joyous "Here Comes the Night Time." The band's two-hour set hit on all four albums and in addition to "Hot Hot Hot" they worked in a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" with "Keep the Car Running." Pictures, video and setlist are in this post.
Dan Deacon kept the crowd entertained and engaged during his opening set, including one of his signature dance circle / danceoffs. The Unicorns, who reunited to open this tour, started off the evening by playing almost the entirety of 2003's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, which was just reissued. After the show, Win Butler invited everyone to stick around Barclays for a post-show dance party DJ'd by Pulp's Steve Mackey.
Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon and The Unicorns do it again at Barclays Center tonight (8/23) and on Sunday (8/24) NYC rock legends Television are added to the bill as well. Tickets to both are still available. More pic's from Night 1 are below...
The great Drive Like Jehu recently announced a reunion show, and now guitarist John Reis has discussed what exactly this reunion will be in a Kreative Kontrol podcast. Here's an excerpt, via Pitchfork:
The show isn't so much a show as it is a chance to collaborate with the Spreckels Pipe Organ located in Balboa Park, San Diego. The pipe organ is a massive, outdoor instrument. I've been going to the organ concerts in the park there for years.The podcast also points out that the show will only be a half hour long with about five songs.
A friend of mine....got on the board of directors for the Spreckels Organ, and pretty much immediately the conversation turned to, 'Dude, how are you gonna hook us up and get us in there to play? Can you arrange that?' So, since February there's been a dialogue about trying to get this to happen and over the last month or so, things have slowly been edging towards where this is going to be reality.
I reached out to the other guys in the band and everyone was really intrigued and excited to not only play again but to see what this was about. I'm super stoked that everybody in the band has embraced it and I can't wait to do it.
...We're just doing this one show. There's nothing else going on. The idea to play came about because of playing with the organ, because of this opportunity. There's definitely no plans to do anything else after this. And there's no plans to do anything before it, Y'know people are like, 'Oh cool, are you gonna do a warm-up?' or this or that. No, we're really stoked to do this thing. As for the future, I don't know. I mean, I didn't think we'd necessarily be playing again at all. I'm not going to say it's out of the question but there's nothing planned.
Shabazz Palaces @ Williamsburg Park 2012 (more by David Andrako)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
AfroPunk Fest @ Commodore Barry Park
The free annual two-day AfroPunk Festival kicks off today with a ton of great artists in various genres, including soul/funk greats Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Ice-T's metal band Body Count, wild punks Trash Talk, legendary hardcore band Bad Brains (with guest singers instead of HR), avant-rappers Shabazz Palaces, long-running Philly DJ King Britt, and more.
King Britt, Damon Bennett, Anthony Tidd and Special Surprise Guests, DJ Monk-One @ Littlefield
After AfroPunk, head to Littlefield where there's an afterparty titled "Beautiful Noise: A Tribute to Sun Ra" with King Britt, and special guests are promised. With AfroPunk's stacked lineup, there's plenty of great artists those guests could be.
Arcade Fire, The Unicorns, Dan Deacon @ Barclays Center
Arcade Fire's massive Reflektor tour is on its second of three huge arena shows at Barclays Center. What New York-centric songs will they cover tonight? What bobblehead celebrities will make an appearance? These shows are also doubly special because they're three of the VERY few reunion dates for fellow Canadian indie faves the Unicorns. And Sunday night will be triply special with NYC punk legends Television.
Hooray For Earth, Porches, Grooms @ Bowery Ballroom
Local widescreen pop band Hooray for Earth released their new album, Racy, last month via Dovecote. Tonight's record release show has a strong indie rock undercard too.
Donald Cumming, Rush Midnight, Born Cages, The Teen Age @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's headliner is former Virgins frontman Donald Cumming.
X (playing Under The Big Black Sun) @ City Winery
While hearing devout punk rock albums Los Angeles and Wild Gift at a sit-down joint like City Winery is a bit odd, the wider scope of X's third album should be a better fit tonight. In addition to Under the Big Black Sun, John, Exene and the band will also play songs from the catalogue. Sold out.
Ski Lodge, Jack and Eliza, Rumors @ Glasslands
If you're going to see jangly Brooklnites Ski Lodge tonight get there in time to catch the winsome folk pop of Jack and Eliza.
Guided By Voices, Boogarins @ Stone Pony
The ever-prolific Guided by Voices will play surely another marathon set tonight, boozy and riff-filled. Brazil's Boogarins are worth showing up early to catch.
PAT @ Union Pool
JD Samson of Le Tigre/Men fame brings her PAT party to Union Pool this afternoon for their weeklly free Summer Thunder series, featuring DJ sets from ustin Strauss, The Cary Nation, Amber Valentine and Tyler Jensen.
Small Black, Kevin Morby @ 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 features raspy singer-songwriter and all-around talent Kevin Morby and
Museum of Love, Sinkane (DJ set), Nancy Whang (DJ set), Holy Ghost! (DJ set), Juan Maclean (DJ set) @ The Wick
DFA records is throwing a dance party tonight, the highlight of which is the live debut of onetime LCD drummer Pat Mahoney's new group, Museum of Love. The "special guest" promised earlier is a DJ set from Juan Maclean.
Kevin Saunderson, Eclair Fifi, DJ Earl, Shamir (live), The Range (live), Gifted and Blessed (live) @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues with more great artists this weekend. Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson headlines this one, and there's other good stuff on there too, though we have a feeling a lot of people may be showing up to catch the live set from fast-rising singer Shamir.
Cyril Hahn, Ezrakh, Mess Kid @ Output (roof, afternoon)
Warm Up has some competition today because Output also hosts an afternoon outdoor electronic show on their roof. PMR-signed Cyril Hahn who's remixed his labelmate Jessie Ware more than once and has collaborated with Shy Girls, headlines.
John Talabot, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Stick around Output for the night show (or maybe head there after Warm Up) for the great Barcelona producer John Talabot and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P.
Liturgy, Wreck and Reference, White Suns @ Pioneer Works
Back in 2011, Liturgy put out a much-loved and much-maligned album that they themselves tagged as "transcendental black metal." Unfortunately, they soon lost their rhythm section but now the band is back in their 4-piece formation and this is their first NYC show since reforming. There's excellent support coming from two dark and genuinely weird bands, Wreck & Reference and White Suns.
Frog Eyes, PS I Love You, Miniboone @ Rough Trade
Arcade Fire/Unicorns isn't the only place to go for quality Canadian indie rock tonight. Sad news struck Frog Eyes singer Carey Mercer last year, but he appears to be doing well because his band is back on the road. Ontario tourmates PS I Love you, meanwhile, are back with a new album, For Those Who Stay, which is a big, ambitious indie rock record (and maybe their best yet).
Earthless, The Shrine, Mirror Queen @ Saint Vitus
Earthless are trusty providers riffs on riffs on riffs, and The Shrine may not offer the same kind of 14-minute epics, but they've got some shredders too.
The Strypes, The Skins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Irish sensations The Strypes have been playing together for five years but are still in their teens -- and sound like mod '60s soul. Given that description you might not be surprised to learn Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Beck and Noel Gallagher are all fans.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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August 22, 2014
"Buster Poindexter on stage with @arcadefire marks the official end of the hipster era. Irony overload. #Barclays #brooklyn #Brilliant" - alex rappaport
I may be biased, but NY seems like the place to bring out your big special guests. I've been lucky enough to witness David Bowie and Talking Head David Byrne join Arcade Fire on NY stages in the past, and I had a feeling that after recently performing with Deborah Harry of Blondie and inviting Television to play with them on Sunday, that we were going to see some more CBGB legends involved as special guests at Barclays Center, at least in the form of the covers they perform each night on this tour.
Sure enough, Arcade Fire can now check another classic punk off their list. On their first of three nights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- unlike at other tour stops, Arcade Fire brought out a special guest, and it was NY Dolls frontman David Johansen. There's a slight twist though; Johansen was playing as his '80s & '90s alter ego Buster Poindexter. They performed Poindexter hit "Hot Hot Hot" together during the encore. Check out a few videos and the whole setlist, below.
Video clips and setlist below..
photos by P Squared Photography
X @ City Winery 8/21/2014
Los Angeles rock icons X are in the midst of a sold-out, four-night run at City Winery, each night playing one of the first four albums in full. It kicked off Thursday (8/21) with John, Excene and the rest of X tearing through their fiery 1980 debut, Los Angeles. A sitdown joint like City Winery may be a strange place to hear such an adrenalized punk rock album as this (and tonight's Wild Gift), but it may fit the mood better when they get to Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World. After tearing through its nine short songs, they came back out with a keyboard player and an additional guitarist for a set of other X songs.
Pictures and setlist from X at City Winery night 1 are in this post. More below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Sylvan Esso @ Emo's in Austin - 8/17/2014
Originally scheduled to be at the smaller Parish, Sylvan Esso's headlining Austin show on Sunday was moved up to the much bigger Emo's, which also sold out. Amelia told the crowd it was their biggest show yet. That definitely won't be true anymore after they headline Terminal 5 in NYC in January. Still working off just one album of material, their shows aren't the longest (Amelia apologized for that), but they are special.
Their tour-mate Dana Buoy opened the show with a set that included his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere", which you can listen to, along with more pictures from the TX show and all tour dates, below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Basement / Superheaven / Pity Sex @ Webster Hall - 8/19/14
I walked into Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/19) around 7:20, about three quarters of the way through Ovlov's set, the first set of a four-band bill, and it was packed. I've been to a handful of Webster Hall shows, but unless the headliner was someone like Paul Simon, I've never seen the 1,500-capacity venue that full so early on. But this was a special show. Basement, the UK post-hardcore band who put out two much-loved albums in 2011 and 2012 before going on a 2-year hiatus which just ended, were headlining the sold-out gig. And it was their second New York City show ever.
This wasn't just Basement fans waiting around for their favorite band to go on though. The crowd was appreciative of every band that played, and for good reason. Ovlov, who I've never seen outside of a DIY venue let alone a place as big as Webster Hall, had no trouble on the big stage. And their usually-scrappy indie rock sounded cleaner than ever. Pity Sex were up next, one of the few shoegaze bands around who can incite mosh pits, and it didn't take long for that to happen on Tuesday. It wasn't as crazy as their last NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though that show was crazy for bad reasons too), but they sounded great. And most excitingly, they did an excellent cover of the Pixies' "Gigantic" which will appear on their upcoming split with Adventures. Pity Sex's Britty Drake does a great Kim Deal and the band really did justice to this one. Keep an eye out for that split.
They were followed by Superheaven (formerly Daylight). I had yet to really become a fan of Superheaven's recent debut album, Jar, but they won me over as a live band. With Jar, they come closer to post-grunge and alt-metal than any other band on the bill, and whether or not that sound is your style (it's not really mine), it's hard to deny that they do it right. Their tones were heavy as fuck, they were effortlessly tight, and they were no statues on stage either.
Then Basement came on, and if there was ever any doubt of how beloved this band is and how missed they were in NYC, that was erased within the first minute. I was upstairs when they started, and the crowd screaming to set opener "Whole" instantly echoed through the entire venue, louder than anything had been all night. That didn't change for the entire set, save for the two songs they played off their brand new EP. The band expressed more than once on stage how grateful and shocked they were to be playing to such a large crowd and getting the kind of feedback they were. Their last and only other NYC show was at the MUCH tinier Acheron in 2011 (also with Daylight, but that time Basement were the openers), and they said on stage that there couldn't have been more than 50 people there. To say Tuesday's show was a triumphant return to NYC would be an understatement.
Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post. More, with Basement's setlist, below...
by Ian Chainey
Pig Destroyer at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)
Ah, the dominoes are starting to fall: If Agoraphobic Nosebleed are going to play a show, the related Pig Destroyer are going to play two. The grinders now have dates on the horizon, December 19 in Boston and December 20 in Philadelphia, with the possibility of more on the way. Relapse Records will also be pressing Mass & Volume for the first time which was released digitally last year. The wax will hit the streets on October 14.
And if Pig Destroyer are gearing up, baseball grinders Puig Destroyer are getting ready for the postseason. The band featuring members from Thrice, Curl Up and Die, and Kowloon Walled City have signed to No Sleep Records and will release a new self-titled album digitally on September 30. Attention teams that aren't the Red Sox: It'll probably be cheaper than Rusney Castillo. You can check out the track "Mike Trout" below.
Speaking of new releases, we now have a cover for At the Gates' At War With Reality. It's a silhouette illusion you can use for self-diagnosis: See two hands? Go to the doctor. See two men smoking? Go to the doctor. Seriously: that's not a pimple. Go to the doctor. Check it out below.
In other visual teases, Today Is The Day have offered up a trailer for the seriously heavy Animal Mother. The album will be out on October 14 via Southern Lord Records. And if you don't mind taking a shower in two minutes, Animal Mother's pitch-perfect movie accompaniment can be viewed below.
October 14 is also the date of release for blackened sludgesters Inter Arma's The Cavern, a single track 40 minute EP coming out courtesy of Relapse. You can watch a trailer for that below.
A trailer triumvirate, you say? Why not. The MDF-bound/DTA-joining Obituary also have samples rolling on YouTube for the forthcoming Inked In Blood. That one is also coming out through Relapse on October 28. Check it out below. . . and marvel at Relapse's productivity. And then feel bad about your comparative slothfulness. Seriously: get off the couch and go to the doctor.
Another icon had an announcement this week: With Brutal Truth done, Dan Lilker will have time for other endeavors, including thrashers Nuclear Assault who may cut a new album and tour in the near future. Lilker will also be working on Nokturnal Hellstorm, Blurring, and Venomous Concept. Retired Dan Lilker, taking it easy.
Finally, if you're going to do something right, you might as well do it yourself. That's the rationale behind tech-deathers Defeated Sanity's next split. . . with themselves. "YES, we will record a SPLIT album with ourselves!!" the band said through a statement. "One side will be the most brutal, more simple, more caveman Brutal Death that we ever made - but don't worry it will NOT be boring!! The other side will be everything else. Technical, oldschool, progressive - just like we love to hear it from our old Prog Thrash&Death heros [sic] but of course we do it in our own way!" Do you, Defeated Sanity. Always do you.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
If you were wondering if the streams dried up, this week was a flood. First, here are the full albums: The soon-to-be-touring Opeth unveiled Pale Communion (August 26, Roadrunner Records - preorder). . . on a Euro-only site. Argh, so close! As for things readily available, Midnight dropped No Mercy for Mayhem on the Hells Headbangers bandcamp. Solstafir showcased all of Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). And Principality Of Hell offered up the venomous Fire & Brimstone. (Note: Invisible Oranges interviewed both Opeth and Solstafir frontmen recently if you want to know more.) All streams appear below.
As for the singles, we got a taste of Death Penalty's self-titled LP debut (September 16, Rise Above Records - preorder). You can also check out an interview with Rise Above head Lee Dorrian at Invisible Oranges. A music video for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeat's "Runaway Girls" has been made available. Uncle Acid are cycling through North America in September. Lo-Pan, who are hitting the road with Black Cobra and will play an Invisible Oranges-presented show, tossed out a track from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone - preorder). In addition, Small Stone was flooded earlier in the month and you can help out. Witch Mountain showed off another from singer Uta Plotkin's farewell, Mobile Of Angels (October 6, Profound Lore). Classic gore-hounds Necrophagia are back with the first transmission from WhiteWorm Cathedral (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder). And death metallers Lago have dropped a cut from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Check out all the songs below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/23): The speedy and now-signed Bat, Chainbreaker, and Iron Force step into the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, Europa has a blast of old-school punk with Off!, Bad Antics, and Gay Kiss (tickets).
SATURDAY (8/24): At Red Hook's Pioneer Works, the suddenly touring Liturgy, Wreck and Reference, White Suns, and Kyle Eyre Clyd will play a matinee (tickets). That should leave you enough time to either get your shred on at Saint Vitus with Earthless, The Shrine, and Mirror Queen (tickets). Or to go punk with Vile Intent, NARC, and Limbs Bin at the Acheron (tickets).
SUNDAY (8/24): Jorge Elbrecht's new band Coral Cross (who just made their live debut earlier this week, play a late-night set.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: New releases? Tons of them: Upcoming Metal Releases recounts them. Want the word straight from the artists themselves? We had interviews with Lee Dorrian and Ex-Breathers. Fresh tunes? We had those, too: Megaton Leviathan and Abazagorath. We also went deep on Pallbearer's freshly released Foundations of Burden. Finally, Scab Casserole either made you smile or caused you to destroy your keyboard with his breakdown of Agalloch's career.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Coral Cross (via Cara Stricker)
Jorge Elbrecht's (Lansing Dreiden, Violens) metal band Coral Cross recently released its debut seven inch on Mexican Summer and played the cool-looking Pioneer Works down in Red Hook. The show was accompanied by a sculptural installation by Max Hooper Schneider. Did anyone go? How was it?
There will be another chance to catch Coral Cross in NYC. They will play another show accompanied by Max Hooper Schneider's sculptural installation at Baby's All Right this Sunday (8/24) at midnight (so technically Monday). $5 tickets are on sale, here's the event page.
Stream a track and watch a video off Coral Cross's debut below...
Massachusetts loud rockers Pile put out a new 7" earlier this year on Exploding In Sound and have had no lack of live dates since then. They've got another tour coming up this fall which begins in NYC on September 25 with LVL UP (who are also on tour now), Fax Holiday and more. Before that tour begins though, they've got a couple shows this weekend, including one in NYC on Saturday (8/23) at Cake Shop with Mail The Horse, Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks and Legs Like Tree Trunks. $8 at the door gets you into that one.
All dates are listed, with a stream of the 7", below...