September 30, 2014

Black Lips at House of Vans in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Lips

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

The Black Lips, King Khan & BBQ Show, Habibi @ Irving Plaza
This two-night stand at Irving Plaza sounds like trouble -- in a good way. A double-dose of party-friendly garage and soul, get in it.

Eternal Summers, Darlings, Boytoy @ Knitting Factory
Last time Eternal Summers were through, they played a LOT of new songs from their next album which is already in the can. Expect new ones tonight too. Support is good tonight, with Darlings' poppy indie rock, and Boytoy's hair-in-the-face shoegaze.

The Raveonettes, Coves @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Danish duo The Raveonettes released their best album in half a decade -- the kinda funky, surf-inspired Pe'ahi -- this summer and this is their first of two MHOW shows. Opening duo Coves make a similar brand of fuzzy pop, worth getting their early for.

The Big Sleep, Lymbyc Systym, Nicholas Nicholas @ Baby's All Right
Eleven years and going, NYC indie vets The Big Sleep remain a live force. The band have a new album due sometime soon and you can get a preview tonight -- and this show is with another long-running Brooklyn band, Lymbyc Systym.

QUAD, Winstons @ Baby's All Right
This is the first of QUAD's late-night residency at Baby's and the shows start at midnight and are free. QUAD spun off of Spires and have a similar '60s-meets-Madchester vibe.

Spoon, Dev Hynes, Best Coast & more @ Sonos Studios
The wireless speaker makers are bringing their curated lounge to NYC with some serious bands/musicians performing free sets, as well as talks and exhibitions. RSVPs, unsurprisingly with today's lineup, are full for the music portion.

Heaven, Dead Leaf Echo, The Stargazer Lilies @ Union Pool
It's a night of dark-tinged ethereal rock and all three bands do it well. Wear black.

Rise Against, Touche Amore, Radkey @ Wellmont Theatre
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Touche Amore, who make ambitious, serious, and sincere post-hardcore and are never short of fantastic at their shows.

Delta Spirit @ Mercury Lounge
The folk rockin' Delta Spirit put out a new album, Into The Wide, earlier this month and tonight they begin a three-night NYC run in support of it. All three are sold out.

RVIVR, Aye Nako, Shellshag, Slingshot Dakota @ Saint Vitus
RVIVR's fight against sexism/homophobia/etc is as radical as their pop punk is catchy. Tonight they team with three bands who are all a bit different but will fit with them well: the also-political Aye Nako, long-running DIY duo Shellshag, and Pennsylvania indie pop band Slingshot Dakota.

The Prettiots, Fiona Silver, Sleepy Kitty, Alice Limoges @ Pianos
Sleepy Kitty count former Harvey Danger drummer Evan Sult as a member, but they're not too similar to that band, instead sounding more like a grungier Best Coast.

Banks, Movement @ Terminal 5
Two members of the indie/R&B crossover team up at Terminal 5 tonight, with the very quickly rising Banks headlining this sold out show.

EULA, Short Nerve (feat. Greg Saunier [of Deerhoof], Ofir Ganon & special guest), Adam Schatz, Andra, Nose Fixer, DJ Jackie Yo, plus words from Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis, Hilly Eye's Amy Klein & more @ Glasslands
This big show with various art forms, collaborations and more goes down with music from noise rockers EULA, Short Nerve (a collaboration with a Deerhoof member and a special guest promised), Brooklyn everywhere-man Adam Schatz and more, plus Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis and Hilly Eye's Amy Klein will be speaking, and there's also "movement" and "photo works" at the show. More info here.

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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September 29, 2014

photo by Randy Blythe
madball

NYC hardcore vets Madball are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Set It Off, by playing it in full on a tour this December. They'll be joined by former guitarist Matt Henderson who was with the band when they made that album. Opening on all dates will be Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser, and it hits the band's hometown on December 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed on the tour flyer, with a full stream of the album, below...

Continue reading "Madball celebrating 20th anniversary of 'Set It Off' on tour"

Peaking Lights

Electronic psych pop duo Peaking Lights will be in town this week, opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) with Regal Degal, and Tom Scharpling (buy tickets or win some) and then being part of the "Atomic Bomb" William Onyeabor tribute at day 1 (10/4) of Modern Sky Festival in Central Park.

In addition Peaking Lights have added a couple other events happening Friday (10/3). First they'll play a free in-store at Other Music (9 PM) and they'll have an exclusive version of the band's new album, Cosmic Logic, to buy. Then Peaking Lights will play a midnight show at Baby's All Right with Blazer Soundsystem. Tickets are on sale now.

Peaking Lights' Cosmic Logic is out via Weird World on October 7. You can pre-order the album now. You can stream two songs from the album --"Everyone and Us" and "Breakdown" -- below.

Continue reading "Peaking Lights playing Other Music in-store & Baby's All Right shows after T5 with Real Estate (updated dates)"

Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Mobo

Modern Baseball seemingly spend no time off the road, and they've just expanded their tour into December when they'll return to NYC for two more shows here. Earlier this year they played NYC with The Hotelier who later played with Foxing and now Foxing are on board to open MoBo's Northeast run including both stops here. Knuckle Puck, Crying and Somos are also on board for all of Modern Baseball's headlining dates.

The NYC shows happen December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both go on sale Friday (10/3) at noon with an AmEx presale for the MHOW show starting Wednesday (10/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Modern Baseball also have other dates in the area before and after that including a run supporting The Wonder Years which hits Long Island's Emporium on October 6 in Patchogue (tickets), and an opening slot on night 2 of Taking Back Sunday's holiday shows in NJ (tickets).

Foxing have other dates in the area as well. Their tour with Kittyhawk hits Poughkeepsie's The Loft on October 10 to open for Into It Over It the night before IIOI open for American Football in NYC, and then the tour also includes a Long Island show two days afterwards at Amityville Music Hall (10/12). Tickets for the Poughkeepsie show and the Amityville show are still available.

Meanwhile, Crying play a previously discussed NYC show this week at Silent Barn on Thursday (10/2) with related band LVL UP, Brunch (ex-Krill), and LVL UP's labelmate/tourmate Mitski, who just put out the new song "I Don't Smoke" from her new album Bury Me At Makeout Creek (due 11/1 via Double Double Whammy).

Listen to that, with her list of dates (including a CMJ show) and the list of Modern Baseball dates, below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball announce tour w/ Foxing, Crying, Somos and others (dates); Mitski streaming a new song "

Coves

UK duo Coves are singer Rebekah Wood and multi-instrumentalist John Rigard, who make a smoky brand of guitar pop, full of tremolo'd minor chords and reverbed atmosphere. The band's new album, Soft Friday, was released via Nettwerk earlier this month and you can stream a few songs and videos below, and listen to the whole thing over at Rdio.

Coves are currently on tour with The Raveonettes which makes a good match (if maybe a little too perfect) so if you're going to see them, its worth showing up early. The Raveonettes and Coves play NYC tonight (9/29) and Tuesday (9/30) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available.

If you haven't checked out The Raveonettes' new album, Pe'hai, yet, it's their strongest in about five years and well worth giving a spin on Rdio.

All Coves tour dates, plus videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "UK duo Coves released debut LP, touring w/ The Raveonettes including both MHOW shows (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Zola Jesus in NYC in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Zola

Zola Jesus made the move to bigger label Mute (from Sacred Bones) and is now a week away from releasing her first album for the label, Taiga, due October 7. After sharing "Dangerous Days" and "Go (Blank Sea)," she's now put the full thing out there ahead of its release, via the NY Times. Like the two singles hinted, this is Zola Jesus sounding a bit bigger than she has in the past, but not without the darkness she's always been known for and of course that distinct voice. Listen for yourself, here.

Zola Jesus also has a previously discussed tour hitting NYC on October 19 at Webster Hall with Suicide's Martin Rev and electronic producer Lee Bannon. Tickets for that show are still available.

Full list of dates, with the video for "Dangerous Days" below...

Continue reading "Zola Jesus streaming new album 'Taiga' (listen)"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

John Lurie & more at Town Hall 9/27/2014
Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful

"We've got three different bands basically," says Evan Lurie. "One is a recreation of different forms of the Lounge Lizards. Anton Fier is playing drums for some of it. There is a set by John Zorn. Then we go back to the large group again. We're adding Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for some of it, etc. So there's an awful lot of musicians going to be there. We are playing stuff that goes back to the Lounge Lizards first concert. And then all the way to the last things that John recorded before he was forced to stop playing."

"There are so many people! It's a kind of Who's Who of the New York Downtown jazz scene," he continues. "So many people of them came though the band. We were just rehearsing and Steve Bernstein, the trumpet player, said it's funny playing this music as an adult. We were rehearsing this song, which the Lizards played on their first gig in, I guess, 1979. We're doing stuff that the Lounge Lizards used to do 40 years ago! And you know what? It sounds really good!" - [The Daily Beast]

The month-long NYC "Strange & Beautiful" celebration of John Lurie's music and art was capped off with a big tribute at Town Hall on Saturday (9/27) that focused on Lurie's work with The Lounge Lizards and his acclaimed 1999 album, The Legendary Marvin Pontiac. Onstage were many of the Lounge Lizards past and present, including John Zorn, John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Tony Garnier, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston, and Flea. As rumored, Lurie (who's been battling Lyme Disease since 2000) came out to sing, beginning with an intimate duo between John and Evan, with more joining.

More pictures from the night, below...

Continue reading "John Lurie was celebrated & made a rare appearance @ Town Hall (w/ Flea, John Zorn & many more) -- pics"

by Andrew Sacher

Godflesh

This past June, Godflesh put out the Decline & Fall EP, their first release since 2001's Hymns LP, and next week (10/7) they'll follow that with a new full length, A World Lit Only By Fire. Godflesh's sound morphed several times over the years, and frontman Justin Broadrick has spent the time since Godflesh in a variety of diverse projects including Jesu, JK Flesh, Greymachine and still many others, but this new album is classic Godflesh. The kind of dirty, desolate sounds of their seminal debut Streetcleaner are all over this record, and almost exactly 25 years after the release of that album this stuff still sounds like it's from another world completely. The band's already shared two tracks from it, and now you can listen to the full thing on NPR.

photos by P Squared Photography

Robert Plant @ BAM - 9/27/14
Robert Plant

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifts released their new album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar earlier this month and just brought their tour to the NYC-area for three dates. First, they hit Port Chester's Capitol Theater on September 25 and then came to BAM for shows on Saturday (9/27) and Sunday (9/28) which were part of Nonesuch Records at BAM. We caught Friday's show, which included five songs from the new album and seven Zeppelin songs including "Thank You," "Going to California," "Whole Lotta Love" and more. Olivia Chaney opened and the drummer of the Sensational Space Shifters sat in with her. Pictures of that one are in this post.

As you may know, Led Zeppelin are in the process of reissuing albums and the next two up are IV and Houses of the Holy which come out October 28. They've now shared the "mix minus piano" version of "The Rain Song," which you can hear below (via Pitchfork).

More pictures and Plant's setlist from Saturday, also below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant played 3 NYC-area shows (pics from BAM night 1); Led Zeppelin share alt mix of "The Rain Song""

Escape New Location

The two-day Escape Festival happens October 11-12 in NYC but has just moved locations. Originally set for Pier 9 in Brooklyn, it will now take place at Governors Island Beach Club. Other than locations, the line-up remains the same with Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method, Girl Talk and more. There will be free ferry rides from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island. More info on Escape's site. Tickets are still available.

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