April 19, 2015

photos by David Andrako

Bjork @ City Center - 4/01/15

NY got SEVEN chances to see Bjork already this year, at Brooklyn's new King's Theatre, at Carnegie Hall, and at Manhattan's City Center where the last show took place on April 1st. Exclusive pictures from that one are in this post, along with the setlist which you can see below.

Bjork's next gig is also in NY, this time as co-headliner of the 2nd day of Governors Ball 2015 at Randall's Island. My personal favorite day this year, Saturday (June 6th) pairs Bjork with SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere and more. Tickets are still available for that day, and for all three days (though individual tickets for Friday are now sold out). WE ALSO HAVE A PAIR OF SATURDAY TICKETS YOU CAN WIN. Details on how to enter, with more pictures of Bjork, below...

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Joey Bada$$ / Squarepusher

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

Kate Pierson @ Union Square (free, 5 PM)
The B-52s' Kate Pierson released her first solo album earlier this year (with contributions from Sia and Nick Valensi of The Strokes), and today she'll be playing songs from it at this free late-afternoon show which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Earth Day New York. (The B-52s played the Earth Day concert in Central Park in 1990.)

Joey Bada$$, Domo Genesis, Lil Herb, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Jstash, Frais @ Terminal 5
Joey Bada$$ put out his first official album, B4.DA.$$, earlier this year, and tonight he plays his biggest headlining hometown show yet. It's the annual Smokers Club 4/20 show (happening a day earlier) and also includes Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash.

Squarepusher, Machinedrum, Craz, Alex English @ Webster Hall
Electronic music master Squarepusher continues to push the boundaries of drum & bass on his fourteenth album, Damogen Furies (out this week on Warp). If you're going tonight, don't miss footwork great Machinedrum.

Peach Kelli Pop, Crazy and The Brains, Kung Fu Crime Wave, Fern Mayo @ Palisades
Peach Kelli Pop make bubblegum garage pop which you can hear on their third album which is out next week (they'll have it at the merch booth tonight). Crazy & the Brains, who successfully add xylophone to their punk sound, also play.

Victor Villarreal, Living Room, Verses Narrow, Servant Girl @ Leftfield
Victor Villarreal played in Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls and other bands, and lately he's been focusing a lot on his solo material too. It's mostly softer stuff, but his guitar work is as impressive as ever. Openers Living Room owe a thing or two to some of Victor's former bands, and Verses Narrow (now featuring ex-BoySetsFire drummer Mat Krupanski) have a post-hardcore sound not unlike Quicksand or Jawbox.

Open Mike Eagle, Donwill, Billy Woods, Karma Kids @ Baby's All Right
Joey Bada$$ maybe the biggest rap show in NYC tonight, but this one's pretty stacked too. Chicago abstractionist Open Mike Eagle headlines, and then there's Donwill of the great local trio Tanya Morgan, local underground fave and Blockhead/Aesop Rock associate Billy Woods (who just released his new album, Today, I Wrote Nothing), and wacked-out Astoria crew Karma Kids.

Dawn of Humans, Raw Distractions, Glue, Urbanoia @ The Wick
NYC multi-venue punk festival New York's Alright wraps up today with just this one show. There's the must-see locals Dawn of Humans, Tokyo raw punks Raw Distractions, Austin's killer hardcore band Glue, and Oslo rippers Urbanoia.

Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ The Paramount
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach.

San Fermin @ City Winery
With a sound somewhere between indie and Broadway, San Fermin make stirring, baroque pop. This intimate show is available only to City Winery's VineOphile members.

White Prism @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, whose new album, Open Heart Job, was just released. They're playing every Sunday in April at Ace Hotel.

And the Kids @ Elvis Guesthouse
Boston band And the Kids call what they do "accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music." You can check out what, exactly, that sounds like by listening to their new album, Turn to Each Other, below.

Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind, Lody Kong @ Webster Hall's Marlin Room
Last year, Sepultura co-founders Max & Igor Cavalera's current band Cavalera Conspiracy released their newest album, Pandemoniom (with Converge's Nate Newton on bass), and tonight they bring their tour in support of it to NYC. Also on the bill is Bay Area thrash vets Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind (featuring original CoC drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on 1991's Blind), and Lody Kong (which features Max's sons Zyon and Igor).

Water Torture, Beefrot, Huldra, Nerve Shatter, Leather Lung
Buffalo's Water Torture have two bassists and a drummer and they make crushing powerviolence with a ton of power and a heavy dose of noise. They play Vitus tonight and again in May.

Eartheater, Breanna Barbara, Dean Cercone, Bradley Bailey, Songs for the Spirits @ Tarot Society Gallery & Reading Room
Eartheater is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who sings in Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band Guardian Alien. She recently put out a new album, which is a very diverse, psychedelic record.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival wraps up tonight at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Jefrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel and more.

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

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April 18, 2015

Doldrums at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
RSD at Rough Trade last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Don't forget the L Train is not running between 8th Ave and Bedford Ave this weekend, so plan accordingly. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Record Store Day
It's maybe gotten a little out of hand (a lot out of hand) with all the exclusive releases but any day that encourage people to go buy records in actual record stores is okay by us. Expect lines and for the hot-ticket items to go quick, so get there early. Or you can just go and see some live in-store performances, or drink some free beer. Check out our guide to events for more info.

Dresden Dolls, Buzzcocks (signing), Kim Gordon (book signing), Lord Raja, Special Guests, Saun & Starr, Howlin' Rain, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ Rough Trade
Rough Trade has the most going on Saturday. Having either Record Store Day or Dresden Dolls perform for free would be enough to pack the place. Today you get both, plus Kim Gordon and Buzzcocks stopping by to sign stuff, and more performances. All free. The records, you gotta pay for.

Doldrums, Moon King, Malory @ Baby's All Right
Airick Woodhead's new album as Doldrums is both poppier and dancier than anything he's done before, while remaining resolutely of odd. Moon King, which is fronted by Airick's brother Daniel, both open the show and play as a part of Doldrums live band. They're both exciting live bands, recommended. Midnight show.

The Juan Maclean (live), Matt Cash (DJ set), Learning Center (live), Gavin Russom (live), Beto Cravioto (DJ set), The Juan Maclean (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
While they're mainstays on the DJ circuit, it's been a long time since The Juan Maclean actually played live. To get back into the swing, they're doing a six-night Brooklyn residency, starting tonight with three shows at Cameo then next week at Union Pool. Tonight's show is sold out, but tickets will be available at the door for the afterparty featuring Juan & Nancy and others on DJ duty.

Kingdom, Bok Bok, Na, Rizzla, Prince Will w/ Kelela @ 88 Palace
Fade to Mind throws a stacked Dark Disco dance party at 88 Palace tonight with a handful of the label's artists and friends.

Prurient, Andy Stott, Sannhet @ The Wick
Tonight's installment of Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series is a very diverse and especially great one. There's noisemaker Prurient, lush IDM wiz Andy Stott, and sensory-overload post-metal trio Sannhet.

The Album Leaf, Drop Electric, The Tablets, Han Demo @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Jimmy LaValle's long-running post-rock project The Album Leaf has been at it since the '90s, though they haven't put out a new album since 2012. Jimmy did do the soundtrack to the movie Spring this year though. Maybe we'll hear some of that.

Cosmonaut, Turnip King, Baby Acid, Acid Dad @ Alphaville
Chill out in Alphaville's new performance room and check out a nice bill of local indie rock, including the Strokes-y pop of Cosmonaut and the '90s-ish sounds of Sea Cliff, LI's Turnip King. Plus: two bands with "Acid" in their name. Trippy!

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Everymen, The Brooklyn What @ Knitting Factory
Southern sleazy riffmongers Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, who played Rough Trade's RSD celebration earlier in the day, headline Knit tonight, playing with two solid, no-nonsense punk rock bands.

Seoul, Ballet School @ Knitting Factory
Montreal's Seoul make featherlight pop that is laid-back but engaging, owing to much to the hushed cool of '80s groups like The Dream Academy and The Blue Nile. Tonight's show is with Bella Union band Ballet School.

Ava Luna, Palehound, LVL UP, Palberta @ Silent Barn
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album (tonight's the band's second release show this weekend), Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet.

The New Lines, Pale Lights, Ghost Gum, DJ Keith D'Arcy @ WFMU Monty Hall
WFMU's new performance space, named after everyone's favorite Let's Make a Deal host, has been putting on some good show, and this is an fine night of indiepop, featuring the analogue synth baroque sounds of The New Lines, and C-86 style jangle of The Pale Lights.

Idiot Son, White Pisces, Bodega Bay, Royal Garde, The Regrets @ Bohemian Grove
White Pisces feature members of Slow Warm Death and Street Smart Cyclist, and if you dig those bands' style of raw unrestrained rock, you'll probably dig White Pisces too. Their new album came out this week on Square of Opposition.

Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ Capitol Theatre
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) is in the midst of a multi-night NYC-area run with Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, on vocals.

Daddy Long Legs, Muck & The Mires, The Lonely Teardrops @ Bowery Electric
Daddy Long Legs are one of the newer bands on trusty garage rock label Daddy Long Legs, but they owe a lot of their sound to the label's veterans. If you lose those bands, you may dig DDL too.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival continues tonight and runs through Sunday. This year it takes place at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Frank Fairfield, Naomi Shelton, Bruce Molsky and more.

Viking, Possessor, Attacker, Iron Force @ Saint Vitus
LA thrash metal vets Viking put out two full lengths on Metal Blade in the '80s, but then broke up by the end of the decade. But they've been back for a few years now, and this past March they put out their first new album in over 25 years.

NYC multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright continues today through Sunday. There's a lot of great shows tonight, including '80s UK deathrock rock Part 1 (second NYC show ever) at Vitus with a genre-appropriate lineup of newer bands Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists and Institute; Philly's rising rockers Sheer Mag at Acheron; the stacked LPR show and more. Here's tonight's shows...

Part 1, Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists, Institute @ Saint Vitus
Sheer Mag, Vanity, Bad Noids, Tapehead, Gowanus Mutant Commandos @ The Acheron
Warhead, Warthog, La Misma, Blood Pressure, Contingent, 2x4 @ Le Poisson Rouge
Condominium, Mystic Inane, Freak Vibe, Nandas @ Palisades

Tonight's Earl Sweatshirt / Vince Staples show is cancelled.

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

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April 17, 2015

photos by Maryanne Ventrice

Liturgy at Saint Vitus - 4/15/15

Liturgy brought their tour in support of their new album, The Ark Work, to their hometown of Brooklyn for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (4/15). The new album abandons the harsh vocal style of their previous material and is closer to art rock than anything you'd call "metal," but it does retain some of their more aggressive elements like drummer Greg Fox's punishing blastbeats. They're focusing mostly on the new stuff for this tour but including a couple from its predecessor, 2011's Aesthetica, too.

Opening was another band who walk the line between metal and non-metal, Psalm Zero, and the new-music ensemble Mivos Quartet. Pictures of all three bands are in this post and continue below...

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photos courtesy Jack White

Jack White @ Coachella 4/11/2015
Jack White Coachella

White is one of indie music's most revered figures, a musician who would certainly go into a Coachella hall of fame inaugural class alongside the likes of Beck, Radiohead and Daft Punk. As a result, he could have walked out on Saturday night, waved to the crowd and taken his victory lap. Instead he did just the opposite, attacking the audience with drums that sounded like an explosion on songs like opening 10-minute version of the White Stripes' "Icky Thump." Perhaps the Weeknd closing out the main stage instead of the rocker gave White a chip on his shoulder, or maybe he just connects best with the Indio desert; whatever the reason, White was fired up on Saturday night compared to his many other festival gigs over the past two years. - [Billboard]
Jack White has been a tireless performer for the last 15 years or so, but has decided he needs a break. After his performance this weekend at Coachella, he'll be playing acoustic shows in the five states in which he has yet to perform. The shows' states and cities won't be announced till the day of the performance, though it's speculated that he'll be playing Alaska, Idaho, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Jack will be performing as part of a quartet featuring Fats Kaplin, Lillie Mae Rische and Dominic Davis and the shows will be totally acoustic, with the only amplification being ribbon microphones. These are the first totally acoustic shows White has ever done.

Jack's final electric set for a while will be Saturday (4/18) at Coachella. His fiery Weekend 1 set (see review above) featured songs from throughout his career and didn't shy away from White Stripes favorites like "Hotel Yorba" and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground." You can watch video of "That Black Bat Licorice," and check out the setlist and a few more pics from that show below.

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (4/18) and there's an almost overwhelming amount of special/exclusive product being released for it. Does the world need a vinyl pressing of The Pizza Underground demos? Should you buy the RSD repress of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run when original copies of the album can be found in most used record stores for $10? Probably not, but there are some things of actual interest coming out for RSD15, according to BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis who have put together a list of 15 recommended releases. You can browse that list below. What are you hoping to score tomorrow?

If you're heading out in NYC on Saturday, check out our NYC RSD guide to in-store performances, special events (and free beer). Our RSD picks in alphabetical order, with some song streams, below...

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Lykke Li
photo: Lykke Li @ Coachella week 1 (more by Samantha Saturday)

AXS TV, which in the NY-area is available on DIRECT TV, DISH and FIOS, is broadcasting Coachella again this weekend. The schedule just came out for today (4/17), along with a list of who will air on Saturday and Sunday, and when the broadcasts will be repeat. Details below:

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photo: Shuggie Otis at BB King's in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

We recently posted about cult R&B/soul great Shuggie Otis' 2015 North American tour, but at the time all dates were not yet announced. Now they are and it actually includes two NYC shows, not just one.

Shuggie plays here July 24 at Brooklyn Bowl and July 25 at BB King's. TIckets for B Bowl and BB King's are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Mad Decent Block Party 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Mad Decent

The Mad Decent Block Party tour returns this summer, and now initial lineups have been announced. Check the Block Party website for each city's specific lineup, but artists playing include Major Lazer, Diplo, Jack U, Skrillex, iLoveMakonnen, Tyler the Creator, Vic Mensa, T-Pain, Flosstradamus, Cashmere Cat, Die Antwoord, Cut Copy, Riff Raff, RL Grime, XXYYXX and more.

The NYC stops happen August 8 & 9 in Coney Island's MCU Park and have Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Gent & Jawns, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa and three more TBA on day 1; and CL, Grandtheft, Jack U, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not on day 2.

Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now. All announced artists below.

Tyler the Creator's fourth album (counting Bastard) is out now. It's called Cherry Bomb and features Kanye West, Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and more. You can listen below.

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photo: Adventures at Baby's earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

UK rockers Basement announced a US summer tour earlier this month, and today they revealed the openers for the East Coast leg (not counting the NJ show, which is co-headlining with Title Fight). They'll be joined by their punky Run for Cover labelmates Adventures, and two Exploding In Sound bands, LVL UP and Palehound. Here's what Basement said about the openers:

We are really excited to announce that ADVENTURES, LVL UP and PALEHOUND will be the support bands for the second leg of our USA tour this summer. The bands we get to support us are bands that we have chosen ourselves because we either love them as people, as a band or both. If you haven't heard of one of the bands don't just dismiss them because you haven't heard their music before, go check them out and listen to them. Excited to tour this summer with these awesome bands.
That leg of dates includes the NYC show happening August 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

Adventures were in NYC last week, and related band Code Orange returns to open for Poison the Well in May, and they'll be in the area this July on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour with Slayer, King Diamond and more.

LVL UP and Palehound also have a NYC show together this Saturday (4/18) at Silent Barn with Ava Luna (album release show) and Palberta. LVL UP also play NYU Strawberry Festival with Cloud Nothings and more in May, and they'll hit Shea on their tour with Glocca Morra and Greys later that month.

All lists of dates and some videos/song streams below...

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