July 28, 2015

photo: Django Django @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

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

Culture Club @ Beacon Theater
The original lineup of '80s icons Culture Club didn't make it over as planned last fall but are here now for their second of two nights at Beacon Theatre. Expect multiple costume changes, plus all the hits and probably a few songs from their new album, Tribes, that's due out early next year.

Django Django, Beat Connection @ Webster Hall
With their second album, Born Under Saturn, furthering the band's mix of dancepop and surf rock, this will be the first NYC show Django Django has played since the new album's release. Their live show is always a treat.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. It's the final night of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium, but they play NYC again in October.

The Appleseed Cast, Adjy, Annabel @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The Appleseed Cast are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their 2000 sophomore album, Mare Vitalis, which was pretty much the perfect halfway point between their emo roots and the post-rock territory they would explore later on. The Tiny Engines-signed Annabel are a newer band who do justice to the emo/indie style of that era. Adjy replaced Dads, who had to drop off this tour. BV editor Andrew Sacher is also DJing between sets.

Watkins Family Hour (ft. Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, more) @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). Tonight begins their 3-night run at City Winery, and then they play a free Lincoln Center show in August.

The Wilful Boys, Droor @ Tender Trap
Wilful Boys are a crew of Australians living in NYC, making shouty, shriiingy punk rock. That's a style Australians seem especially good at and singer/drummer Steven Fisher's vocals don't so much drip with attitude as they are jet-propelled at your face. This is a free show.

Hot Soup Comedy @ Irish Exit
Lots of big names (Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress) make surprise drop-ins at this free weekly comedy show at Midtown East's Irish Exit. Starts at 8 PM.

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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July 27, 2015


Indie rap group Doomtree released All Hands earlier this year, and recently put out the video for its track "Generator." You can watch that below.

The group also announced a tour, which hits NYC on September 24 at Brooklyn Bowl with TBA special guests. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Doomtree made a video, announce tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Colin Medley
Andy Shauf

Canada's Andy Shauf is on tour now, having played NYC with The Weather Station earlier this month, and with two more stops here coming up. One starts in about 30 minutes at Central Park SummerStage TONIGHT (7/27) opening for Dawes and First Aid Kit. He also opens part of the Low tour, including NYC's MHOW on 9/24 (tickets). All of his dates are listed below.

Andy's newest album is The Bearer of Bad News, which is mostly in the folk and singer/songwriter realms, but keeps things minimal and somber. You can stream the album and watch the video for "I'm Not Falling Asleep" below...

Continue reading "Andy Shauf on tour, playing NYC with Dawes & First Aid Kit tonight, with Low in September (dates, LP stream, video)"

photo: Tears for Fears in Austin, 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tears for Fears

Eighties icons Tears for Fears, who are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic Songs from the Big Chair, continue to tour and have added a few shows on the East Coast. No shows in NYC proper but three in the area: Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on September 28,  NJ's Mayo PAC on September 29 and Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on September 30.  Tickets for The Cap, the Mayo PAC and Count Basie Theatre go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the "Head Over Heels" video, below...

Continue reading "Tears for Fears touring, including 3 NYC-area shows (dates)"

photo: Today is the Day at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Today is the Day

US black metal band Abigail Williams and noisecore lifers Today is the Day are teaming up for a tour this September/October. It hits NYC on 9/27 at Bowery Electric, the day after playing Long Branch, NJ. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.

TITD's most recent release was 2014's Animal Mother, their tenth album. Watch the video for "Heathen" off that, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Abigail Williams and Today Is the Day announce tour (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr's new solo album, Momentary Masters, is out this Friday (7/31). There's an almost Foals-like math-iness to some of it, and while still very hooky, it's definitely different territory for the Strokes guitarist. You can stream the whole thing right now, below.

Hammond has expanded his upcoming tour, including a second night at Bowery Ballroom on September 22. Tickets to that newly added show go on sale Friday (7/31) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/29) at noon. You can still get tickets to his 9/21 Bowery show as well.

All tour dates, which include this weekend's Lollapalooza fest in Chicago, are listed below.

Continue reading "Albert Hammond Jr. streaming new album, expands tour, including second Bowery Ballroom show (updated dates)"

photo: Tits of Clay at Don Hill's in 2014 (more by Tracy Ketcher)
Tits of Clay

Taye Diggs could not look more butch. Arriving at USA TODAY's Midtown offices to chat about his new role -- that of the transgender heroine of Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- the famously handsome actor wears jeans and a T-shirt that hangs loosely over his sculpted chest. His stride is upright and unfussy, a man's walk.

There are the fingernails, though. Diggs' are cut short, but painted in a glittering shade of charcoal black. "This is after a couple of days," he says, explaining the slight chips. "We still have to figure out if I'm going to go completely glam or punk, because Hedwig is a little bit of both. But we're definitely going to do sparkles. I like the sparkles."

...Diggs, 44, [...] began performances last week [and] became the first African-American stepping into the role on Broadway -- "or anywhere else," he figures. [USA Today]

The rock band who currently backs Hedwig and Yitzhak on the ongoing Broadway version of Hedwig & the Angry Inch has booked another NYC show as Tits of Clay. The band, who include members of The Antlers, Holly Miranda's band, These United States, Morningwood, The Wallflowers and more, will play Rough Trade on September 13.

Past Tits of Clay shows have included the actor who at the time was playing Hedwig's roll on Broadway. Neil Patrick Harris and Michael C. Hall have both done it. As the above quote points out, Taye Diggs is the new Hedwig (and the first African American Hedwig) on Broadway, so it doesn't seem unlikely that he might appear at this Rough Trade show. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/29) at noon.

Watch a video of Tits of Clay playing "Angry Inch" below...

Continue reading "Taye Diggs is the new Hedwig on Broadway; Tits of Clay announce Rough Trade NYC show"

photo: SAVAK @ Cake Shop in May (more by Jena Cumbo)

SAVAK, the new band featuring Sohrab and Greg from Obits, will be going on a short, four-city tour with Washington DC's The Effects. That tour wraps up in NYC at Union Pool on August 8 with Law$uits on the bill as well. SAVAK will then play Cake Shop the next night (8/9) opening for Hard Left. Tickets for Cake Shop are on sale now. Tickets at door for Union Pool.

The band also play September 15 at Mercury Lounge with Crooks on Tape (featuring John Schmersal and Rick Lee on Enon). Tickets are on sale now.

Savak haven't shared any other studio recordings beyond "This Currency Exchanged" which BV premiered back in May, but they have posted two songs from their live debut at Cake Shop. You can stream "This Currency Exchange" and "Early Western Traders" below. As I wrote, SAVAK seemed to arrive fully-formed, that Cake Shop show was great. Go see them if they're playing near you.

The Effects, meanwhile, is the new band from Devin Ocampo who you might know from Dischord acts Faraquet and Beauty Pill, among other bands. It's very much in that angular, post-post-post-hardcore style and you can stream a couple singles below.

Continue reading "SAVAK touring w/ The Effects (mems of Faraquet/Beauty Pill) before Hard Left show (dates, live recordings)"

Vic Firth

Everett "Vic" Firth, founder of drumstick company Vic Firth, has passed away. A post on Vic Firth's Facebook reads:

To our dear friends around the world:

We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away.

Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made.

Vic's spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words.

Rest in peace, Vic.

by Bill Pearis

Wilful Boys Australia

Wilful Boys are a crew of Australians living in NYC, making shouty, shriiingy punk rock. That's a style Australians seem especially good at and singer/drummer Steven Fisher's vocals don't so much drip with attitude as they are jet-propelled at your face. They released the "Anybody There?" single last month and are currently working on their debut album. A song from that, "Say It Again," is out now via a video that uses old school green screen technology to simple but effective (and funny) use. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

The band will be celebrating the release of the "Anybody There?" 7" on Tuesday (7/28) at Tender Trap in Greenpoint with Droor opening. That's a free show and flyer for it is below. Wilful Boys will also play Williamsburg's Grand Victory on August 14 with Moto and Moral Panic (Ex Livids).

Continue reading "Wilful Boys share "Say It Again" video, celebrating new 7" with free Brooklyn show ++ other dates"