March 31, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Say Anything continue their trend of taking great openers out on tour, and Cymbals Eat Guitars continue their trend of touring with early-mid '00s emo/punk bands. CEG will join the excellent cast of Modern Baseball and Hard Girls to support Say Anything on tour this summer. For Say Anything, the tour is in continued support of last year's guest-filled Hebrews, and will have Max Bemis joined by his backing band as well as a string quartet.
The four bands will hit NYC on July 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for all dates are on presale now, and the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at noon local time. All dates are listed, with a few videos, below.
Modern Baseball will also be in the NYC-area sooner for NJ's Skate & Surf Festival with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Hot Rod Circuit and more.
photo: Meat Puppets at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets, who both had MTV/major label success in the '90s following a handful of '80s records on indie labels (Twin/Tone and SST, respectively), expanded their recently-announced tour. In addition to the Brooklyn Bowl show on June 20 (tickets), the two bands will also play another NYC show on June 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Soul Asylum also announced that they're finishing work on the followup to 2012's Delayed Reaction. They're currently funding the album on Pledgemusic, and you can head to that link to check out the various reward options which range from a download of the new album ($10) to a free private concert anywhere in the US ($50,000). They write:
Leading up to the release of our album, we'll be giving pledgers an inside look. We'll share some of the new music and video clips you won't see anywhere else. Even better, we'll drop the album to pledgers only, days before the actual release!Listen to a few classic songs, with the list of dates, below...
We're very excited to share this new record with you and thank you for being a part of it.
Dave, Michael, Winston, Justin
photo: Creepoid at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Philly shoegazers Creepoid, who recently played a trippy set at BV-SXSW (and no longer have any members in jail), are going on a US tour this spring before heading to Europe with Pity Sex (who played that same BV-SXSW party). The tour begins in their hometown of Philly, and wraps up in Denton, TX (no NYC show). All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Pity Sex, the openers were announced for their upcoming free NYC show happening April 17 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by Foxes In Fiction, John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death, etc) and The Spirit of the Beehive. Pity Sex's only other dates before the European tour are a hometown show with Cloakroom and Congress, and a Chicago show with Whirr, Adventures and The Weaks.
photo: Smashing Pumpkins at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Billy Corgan (I mean William) and Marilyn Manson publicly ended their 15-year beef this past December, and will be showing everyone how much they like each other now with a summer tour together. Billy's current version of the Smashing Pumpkins (whose 2014 album wasn't half bad) and Marilyn Manson (who some say is making a comeback this year) will tour North American amphitheaters together this summer.
The tour hits the NYC-area on July 29 at PNC Bank Arts Center, July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 2 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for the shows are on Citi Cardmember presale now. Facebook, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and LN Mobile App presales begin Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a video of their recent on-stage collaboration, below...
Shamir and Shamir in Times Square (via his Facebook)
Shamir's debut album, Ratchet, will be out via XL in May -- maybe you've seen the Times Square billboard? -- and he'll embark on a short East Coast tour in June, including a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.
For folks on the West Coast, Shamir has shows in LA and San Francisco next week. All tour dates are listed, along with the "Call it Off" video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Derek Bahn
Baltimore's Diamond Youth already have a few solid EPs out, including 2013's Orange and 2014's Shake, and they're now ready to release their first full length. It's called Nothing Matters and will be out on May 19 via Topshelf (pre-order). Like a handful of their previous tracks, new single "Thought I Had It Right" sounds like Queens of the Stone Age going power pop, and it suits them here as well as it does on the best tracks on their EPs. Check it out -- the song premieres below.
Diamond Youth also have a BrooklynVegan-presented tour coming up with headliners Superheaven and openers Rozwell Kid. It hits NYC on May 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall, and tickets for that show are still available. Diamond Youth were also added to NJ's Skate & Surf (day after Webster), which their tourmates play as well.
Full tour schedule, the new song, and album artwork, below...
photo: Refused at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Swedish post-hardcore greats Refused briefly reunited in 2012, said the reunion was over, but then announced festival dates this year and also have hinted at a new album. Now they announced a run of US club dates, including two in NYC.
The tour has them playing 500-ish cap venues, which are much smaller than the last tour's Terminal 5 show and the Williamsburg Park show that was cancelled (but not smaller than the Europa show they played to make up for the cancellation). The tour stops in NYC on June 3 at Bowery Ballroom and June 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Rolling Stones in Japan, 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Rolling Stones will be back on the road this summer for what they're calling the Zip Code tour. It will feature a stage that extends deep into the audience, new state-of-the-art video screens and a setlist heavy on their most famous songs. "We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer," Mick Jagger said in a press release. "We are looking forward to being back onstage and playing your favorite songs." You can watch a tour announcement video below.
The 15 dates announced for the Zip Code tour do not include a NYC-area show -- Buffalo and Pittsburgh are about as close as it gets -- but tickets for all US shows go on sale April 13 (the Quebec date goes on sale April 11).
In other news, the band's 1971 album Sticky Fingers is being reissued on May 26 in a variety of formats. The fanciest of those is a "super deluxe" box set that includes a bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances, a hardback book and more. Details on all the different versions that will be available are here.
photo: Incantation in LA in 2012 (more by Adam Murray)
US death metal vets Incantation are still kicking, and will go on another tour in support of last year's Dirges of Elysium this spring. The tour includes a run with FaithXtractor, which hits NYC on April 24 at Saint Vitus, with Putrisect also on board. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The lineup of Incantation has changed many times over the years. Phoenix New Times asked John McEntee about that. He said:
The vibe is great now. You never know what's going to happen with people and that's one of the reasons why we've had a ton of lineup changes. I think part of the problem is that I'm a really easy-going guy, and unfortunately I gave too many people opportunities to play in the band when they actually weren't musically capable. We rushed on a lot of people actually for touring, and we never had time to get to know them or see if they were capable and jam. Then you go out, and realize you don't get along. Plus I was a lot younger and when you're younger... well I didn't deal with situations like I do now. As a person I'm more mature and I understand how to handle situations.List of dates, and a full stream of Dirges of Elysium, below...
I have learned over the years that when you have good people to work with and enjoy it, it makes sense to go above and beyond to make sure it works. I'm a visionary with music. Which that's important for me; I have to know I'm expressing myself with the band, and if the members can't feel that way, it's best that they move on to something where they can express themselves.
Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 7 this year, and the lineup is now announced. Kendrick Lamar (who's played the main stage and the side stage before) is headlining this year, and the rest of the main stage includes Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and more. The side stage has Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Dej Loaf and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Meek Mill and Dej Loaf also play the NYC-area when their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe hits Barclays Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.
Big Sean plays the area when his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits MSG, Susquehanna Bank Center and PNC Bank Arts Center.
Joey Bada$$ also has a Terminal 5 show.