May 3, 2015

photo: Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Eleanor Friedberger, Cassandra Jenkins, Lily McQueen @ Rough Trade
Eleanor Friedberger has been chilling on the West Coast, writing and recording her new album for Merge. She's back in Brooklyn now and will be giving some of her new songs a spin tonight.

Micachu @ MoMA PS1
MoMA PS1's "Sunday Sessions" are wrapping up for the season, and finish today with a performance by Micachu titled "Local Holiday, Local Sun, Locals, Local Rain, Local Number, Local Drink, Local Customs." It's a one-off show featuring new material and projections from her sketchbook.

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.

Eric Clapton @ MSG
Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend, with influential material recorded with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and in his lengthy solo career. Tonight's the second of two MSG shows this weekend, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

Kid Millions, Ninos Du Brasil @ Brooklyn Museum
Red Bull Music Academy continues tonight with an original percussion-based composition for 20 performers by Kid Millions of Oneida. Italian duo Ninos Du Brasil, who are also heavy on the percussion, open the show.

Underdog, Living Laser, The Mistaken @ Saint Vitus (afternoon show)
NYHC vets Underdog combined their hardcore roots with reggae and sounds closer to traditional rock. They've been reunited for a while now, but chances to see them are still infrequent.

Doyle, Heavygrinder, Blackest @ Saint Vitus
Former Misfit Doyle formed his eponymous band a few years back and released the album Abominator in 2013. He's currently on tour playing songs off that album, and you'll likely hear a few Misfits tunes too.

Krieg, The Banner, Outer Heaven, Stinger @ Acheron
Neil Imperial is a veteran of the USBM scene, and one of his roles is leading the band Krieg, who released Transient, their first album since 2010, late last year.

ZZZ's, LODRO @ Baby's All Right
Japanese trio ZZZ's make noisy, shriiiing-y, intense postpunk skronk. They're gearing up for Austin's Levitation Fest with a few Brooklyn shows this weekend. See 'em tonight with Brooklyn's moody LODRO. Doors are at 11 PM so you can watch Mad Men and Game of Thrones and still make the show.

Spandau Ballet @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc Soul Boys of the Western World which is currently showing at IFC Center.

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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May 2, 2015

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Sufjan Stevens @ Kings Theatre - 5/1/15
Sufjan Stevens

After playing NYC's Beacon Theatre back in early April, Sufjan Stevens brought his tour in support of his fantastic new album Carrie & Lowell to NYC last night (5/1) to begin a two-night stand at Brooklyn's recently-reopened Kings Theatre. After opening with the delicate instrumental "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou" from 2003's Michigan, Sufjan proceeded to play 10 of Carrie & Lowell's 11 tracks all in a row, almost in the exact order as the album tracklist. He didn't talk at all during that section, and he and his backing band (including Dawn Landes, who's playing with him on this tour) kept things mostly as bare-bones as the album. After that part, he played a couple of his more recent songs that fit the stripped-down vibe of this show ("Futile Devices" from The Age of Adz and "The Owl and the Tanager" from All Delighted People), as well as a few Seven Swans cuts, before wrapping up the pre-encore set with Carrie & Lowell closer "Blue Bucket of Gold." Then he returned for an encore of all early-mid '00s songs, including set-closer "Chicago."

The Kings Theatre really was the perfect atmosphere for this kind of show, and both Sufjan and opener Naomi Shelton said on stage how good it was to be on Flatbush Ave. Sufjan ended up telling a story of living in the area and going by Cortelyou Carpets to take a picture of the sign every day.

Sufjan returns to Kings tonight (5/2) with Moses Sumney, which is sold out. More pictures from last night's show, and Sufjan's setlist and a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens began his Kings Theatre run (pics & setlist of night 1 w/ Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens)"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Blur @ MHOW 5/1/2015
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Blur played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (5/1), a free surprise show sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks which marked a number of firsts: it was Blur's first live show since the release of their new album The Magic Whip, their first NYC show since 2003 and their first in even longer with guitarist Graham Coxon back in tow. (It was also the first time this writer had seen them since The Supper Club in 1997.) Along with frontman Damon Albarn, drummer Dave Rowntree and bassist Alex James, Blur were augmented by a chorus, extra percussionist and keyboardist. Pictures, video and setlist from the show are in this post.

Damon Albarn was in a very good mood the whole time, sporting a mischievous grin for most of it, and spent a lot of time trying to crack up guitarist Graham Coxon when not continuously dousing the audience with water. Like in London in March, Blur played almost all of The Magic Whip, in order, and it all sounded pretty great. You do notice live the fast song / slow song / repeat nature of the record but that was alright. Especially good: the very Blur-esque opener "Lonesome Street," thoughtful "There Are to Many Of Us," the '70s funk lite of "Ghost Ship" and sing-a-long "Ong Ong" (which they played on The Tonight Show.) The best part for me was watching Graham Coxon, still an amazingly inventive guitarist, play. At one point he either pushed up his glasses or scratched his face with his knee while still playing guitar. It seems impossible now that they existed those years without him. The only Magic Whip song they didn't play was Gorilaz-esque "Ice Cream Man," and when an audience member shouted for it, Damon said "If you'll have us back, we promise to play it next time."

Blur came back for a three song encore, doing "Beetlebum," Parklife deep cut "Trouble in the Message Center," and then, because it's America, "Song 2" which basically sent Music Hall into hysterics. Great show. As for the line, it was long but folks were behaved and from what I could tell, it seemed like everyone got in. They made you print out your tickets (no mobile apps) which sent some people in search of an internet cafe, but they weren't checking IDs against tickets and once they opened doors the line moved quick. The only craziness was people trying to get the very nice free show posters after the gig, which was a bit like Black Friday at Toys R Us.

Opener Honduras, who were chosen after being involved in the Converse Rubber Tracks program (which provides bands with recording time at Brooklyn's Rubber Tracks studio), really lucked out with a packed captive audience. They did pretty well with their vaguely Brit-pop-meets-Strokes guitar pop. They actually play MHOW again tonight, opening for Twin Peaks. Pictures from their set, and lots more from Blur, below...

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photo: Twin Peaks at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sufjan Stevens, Moses Sumney @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his last of three NYC shows on his current tour.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Boyfrndz, Your Favorite Enemies @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post-hardcore vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars, The Skints @ Brooklyn Bowl
Still with core members Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher and Walter Kibby, LA's groundbreaking ska/punk/funk/soul explosion Fishbone released the Intrinsically Intertwined EP this year, their first new material in three years. Of course, live is the optimal Fishbone experience. Today they play an afternoon and a night show.

Spandau Ballet @ Beacon Theatre
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc "Soul Boys of the Western World" which is currently showing at IFC Center.


Twin Peaks, White Reaper, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks tend to whip crowds into a frenzy and tonight will likely be no exception. This is the second night at MHOW in a row for Honduras who last night opened for Blur.

Life of Agony, Heavygrinder @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their second show at The Wick this week.

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.

Turn To Crime, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Union Pool
Turn to Crime, the current band of Derek Stanton (formerly of Awesome Color), make music that ranges from antsy post-punk to somnambulistic torch songs to something you might call pop. But it all exists in Stanton's particular overcast universe, with his soulful, world-weary vocals pulling you from one song to the next.

Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Show Me The Body @ Palisades
It's a very cool multi-genre bill at Palisades with rapper Cities Aviv, hardcore band Sick Feeling, and eccentric rock band Show Me The Body.

Frankie Cosmos, No One & The Somebodies, Outside World, Memorial Gore, Marigolds @ Cake Shop
This is part of Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration that's happening all month, featuring twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos, Chicago transplants Outside World and more. The venue is promising all sorts of surprises, so be prepared.

Empress Of, A/JUS/TED (DJ Set), Special Guests (DJ Sets) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's the last night and who knows who the special guest DJs are. Seriously, any guesses?

GHE20G0TH1K w/ Sissy Nobby, Venus X, Ma Nguzu, Mike Q, Divoli S'Vere, Total Freedom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, there's a big GHE20G0TH1K party tonight with the first-ever NYC performance from New Orleans Bounce artist SIssy Nobby, a handful of regulars, special guests, and more.

A Tribe Called Red (7:30pm), Tracie Morris (with Mr. Jerome Harris and Jemman), Camp & Street (4pm), LE1F (4pm), DonChristian (4pm), Rahel (4pm), Junglepussy (4pm) @ Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art is throwing a block party welcoming "visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events." It's a cool, hip hop-oriented bill.

The Baseball Project, The Gay Blades @ Rough Trade
Spring means baseball and that means The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and half of REM) are playing shows. Even if you only have a passing interest in America's Pastime, they're still a lot of fun. But being a baseball fanatic helps.

Bambi Kino @ Union Hall
Very Special Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino focus on the early years of the Fab Four when they lived in Berlin. The band features Doug Gillard and Nada Surf's Ira Elliot

Kids in the Hall @ Capitol Theatre
Thirty-two Helens agree: this reunion shows for much-loved Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Edan & Paten Locke, 79.5 @ Baby's All Right
Psychedelic rapper Edan teams with past collaborator Paten Locke for this late-night Chances with Wolves party at Baby's All Right.

The Yin Yangs, Friend Roulette, Bootblacks, Slonk Donkerson, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, Jangula, Piers, Haybaby, Wade and Sons, Abhay Singh & Friends, The Semaphore, Semaphore, William Irish @ Silent Barn
This all-day party is called Sam Fest (named after the guy who booked the show) and features a whole bunch of great local bands, including Heaven's Gate, Bambara, Haybaby and lots more. It's only $5 and schedule is 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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May 1, 2015

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Fat White Family

UK scuzz-psych band Fat White Family brought their current tour to NYC last night (4/30) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The gap-toothed Saul Adamczewski was not with the band for this show, and his presence was missed even as he loomed over everyone (as in, a giant photograph of him was projected onto the screen behind the band). Even without him (and without bassist Joe Pancucci) though, the band still sounded great and we got all the usual highlights -- "Auto Neutron," "Is It Raining In Your Mouth?," "Cream of The Young," "Touch the Leather" and more. They were maybe a bit more tame than past shows (the only nudity this time was singer Lias Saoudi performing shirtless), but a great show nonetheless.

Opening was Sun Club and Roya. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family played MHOW w/ Sun Club & Roya (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Six Organs at Baby's All Right - 4/30/15
Six Organs of Admittance

Last night, when Chasny took the stage at Baby's All Right, he spread his wings further than I ever could've expected. There wasn't a second that went by that had him standing still. He'd walk, but more like float, across the stage to the other members of the band, wailing on his guitar, pulling on his strings, wincing at his drummer to play louder, harder and faster.

There was no acoustic guitar in sight. The sound that once had me traveling to the vast wasteland of sand and heat had been mangled and transformed into a sound that had me gazing into the center of an exploding sun. [DMNDR]

Six Organs of Admittance, the experimental rock band led by Ben Chasny, brought their tour in support of this year's Hexadic (out now on Drag City) to NYC last night (4/30) for a show at Baby's All Right. As the review above points out, Six Organs played an electric full-band set, and they really were quite the sight on stage. Opening the show was Ben's past collaborator and labelmate Elisa Ambrogio (of noise trio Magik Markers), who was joined by Ben and Six Organs' drummer for a few songs.

Pictures of both sets are in this post and continue below...

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Disclosure

Disclosure released "Bang That," their first new song in two years. Listen below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:

'70s proto-metal band Bang, who played their first-ever NYC show in 2014 and opened for Pentagram here later that year, will return to NYC again on May 10 at The Shop (234 Starr St in Bushwick). That show's with three much newer bands who owe a lot to the '70s hard rock scene Bang hail from, Ruby the Hatchet, Blackout and Mirror Queen. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Maine black metallers Falls of Rauros return to NYC on June 6 at Saint Vitus with Wayfarer, Hivelords and Belus. Tickets are on sale now.

French drone doomers Monarch play Saint Vitus on August 14 with local support from the back-in-action Unearthly Trance and Gnaw (tickets).

That's now one of three Unearthly Trance NYC shows, including Vitus on 5/24 with Samothrace & more (tickets) and Acheron on 7/17 with Churchburn & Belus (tickets).

Sludge duo Jucifer continue to tour constantly and will hit NYC on June 7 at the Acheron with Vaporizer and Family. Tickets are on sale.

Other heavy shows announced this week include GWAR, Down, Opeth, 1349 / Necrophagia / Vattnet Viskar / Black Anvil, and Power Trip / Foreseen / Red Death. Head to last week's roundup for way more, including Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Goatwhore, Ringworm, Crowbar, Bongzilla, Conan, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

photo: Noisem at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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There's also some good new music streaming this week. Last we posted three songs from the new Noisem album, Blossoming Decay, due June 6 via A389. Now the whole album is streaming, and it's a thrashy, hardcore-leaning record that will seriously kick your ass. Listen below. Their tour with Iron Reagan hits NYC on June 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

Coliseum are also streaming their new album, Anxiety's Kiss, which drops next week (5/5) via Deathwish. The post-hardcore/heavy punk formula they've been perfecting for over a decade is in full force here, as are some new sounds like the desolate Bad Seeds/Patti Smith-style trip, "Driver At Dusk." Listen to the whole thing below. Their tour with Child Bite hits NYC on June 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

Vattnet Viskar put out the title track from their upcoming album, Settler, which is due June 16 via Century Media. Some of their atmospheric black metal roots are intact here, but it definitely moves far beyond black metal, including a middle section that's closer to straight rock than metal (besides the harsh vocals). Listen below, via Stereogum. In addition to their above-mentioned NYC show with 1349 (5/31 at Vitus - tix), they also have their tour with Early Graves hitting NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus with Anaal Nathrakh and more (tickets).

Also out now is three tracks off Weedeater's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album for Season of Mist, and a new one from the Baroness-related Valkyrie. Listen to those below.

Continue reading "new music from Noisem, Coliseum, Vattnet Viskar & more +++ Bang, Monarch, Jucifer & more playing NYC shows"

by Bill Pearis

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San Francisco's Brilliant Colors called it quits a few years ago, and singer Jess Scott has since formed Flesh World with Limp Wrist drummer/guitarist Scott Moore. The band's name makes me think of both David Lynch's Twin Peaks and The Wedding Present, and I'd guess both are relevant here. This is indiepop with a sharp, punky bite and slashing guitars. Flesh World have put out a series of fiery singles and EPs over the last couple years and the band's new album, The Wild Animals In My Life was co-produced by acclaimed photographer (and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet drummer) Don Pyle and will be out in June via Iron Lung. You can stream a few songs from it (and other releases) below.

Flesh World will be touring this summer including NYC on July 30 at a TBD location. They're also playing Philadelphia the next night with Radioactivity (who don't have a NYC date yet for their July tour). Stay tuned. All dates are listed below..

Continue reading "Flesh World (members of Brilliant Colors & Limp Wrist) releasing new album, touring (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Radioactivity on an Austin Bridge, SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity

Radioactivity, the band which features Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of Marked Men, will release their new album Silent Kill on June 30 via Dirtnap. You can listen to the ripper that is first single "Silent" below.

As mentioned, Radioactivity will be in NYC later this month for one of the free "Almost Summer" shows at House of Vans on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Pill, and DJs The Blackouts. RSVP will open for that show soon.

The band will be back on the East Coast this summer and while there hasn't been another NYC show announced yet, there are dates already in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Surely they'll play here again, too? Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Radioactivity releasing 'Silent Kill' (stream a track), touring, playing House of Vans show w/ Parquet Courts (dates)"

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