May 25, 2013
Converge @ 'Decibel' party in Philly, January 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
today in NYC
* Gaucho @ Joe's Pub
* Nervo @ Pacha NYC
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Macy Gray @ City Winery
* Greg Proops @ The Bell House
* Wayne Horvitz: Duets @ The Stone
* The Denzels, Neighbors @ Glasslands
* Kurt Rosenwinkel @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Scott Kettner's Orgy In Rhythm @ Barbes
* Japanese Guy, XA @ Secret Project Robot
* Monocle, Liam Singer, Grg Ptrsn @ Union Hall
* Michael Scott, Ryan Hobler, Ellis @ Cake Shop
* Var, Pharmakon, DJ Antony Naples @ The Rink
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Beacon Theater
* Born Loose, Birds of Avalon, Snails @ Union Pool
* Conspiracy of Beards, Tall Tall Trees @ Cloud City
* JD Samson (of Le Tigre), Average Jo (DJ) @ Littlefield
* The Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady @ The Stone Pony
* The Austerity Program, Nonagon, Risk/Reward @ Don Pedro
* Scratch Massive, MR NO, M/O/S/E/S, Cezaire (DJ) @ Glasslands
* Benoit and Sergio, Dave Harrington, Justin Strauss @ Cameo Gallery
* Claire's Diary, The Tablets, Tiny Tusks, Bad Behavior @ The Acheron
* Purmamarca, All the Parts of the Buffalo, Wild Leaves @ The Rock Shop
* Banquets, Signals Midwest, Nightmares For A Week, Crimes @ Maxwell's
* Converge, Meek is Murder, Trench Foot, Dead Serious @ Saint Vitus Bar
* denitia and sene, Pegasus Warning, Tamara Davidson @ Cameo Gallery
* Guerilla Toss, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Skimask, Saralee @ Death By Audio
* Lemuria, Bridge and Tunnel, Jeff Rosenstock, Warm Slow Death @ Shea Stadium
* Celestial Shore, Weed Hounds, Potty Mouth, Slime Boyz, Brown Bread @ Big Snow
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, Doug Wieselman @ The Stone
* Honor By August, Stone Cold Fox, These Animals, White Lace, Flashlights @ Mercury Lounge
* The Motor Tom, The Rabbit and The Hare, The Bonesetters, Cheerleader, Kevin McWha Steele @ Pianos
* Amanda Palmer, Mina Caputo, Abel Ferrara, Spanking Charlene, Beautiful Small Machines @ Bowery Ballroom
* Aaron Dilloway, Clang Quartet, Gerritt Wittmer, Pod Blotz, Peter J. Woods, Plague Mother, Maria Chavez, Isa Christ @ Silent Barn
* James Murphy, Shit Robot, The Crystal Ark, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Tim Sweeney, Yacht, The Rapture (DJ), Prinzhorn Dance School, Planningtorock, Larry Gus, Dan Bodan, Black Dice, Still Going, Marcus Marr @ Grand Prospect Hall
If you're going to tonight's DFA 12th Anniversary Party at Grand Prospect Hall, here's some stuff you might want to know: Doors and music starts promptly at 9 PM; no backpacks and no re-entry; bar works via drink tickets which are purchased cash only; and the event is 21+.
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May 24, 2013
by Andrew Sacher
Escort at MHOW in 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Brooklyn 17-piece disco orchestra Escort returned this week with the new single "Barbarians," and if you've been digging the new Daft Punk album, this single takes its inspiration from a very similar place. Check it out below.
As mentioned, Escort play a hometown show TONIGHT (5/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Support at tonight's show comes from Lady Miss Kier (DJ), Tippy Toes, Leverage Models, and JKriv (DJ). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
With little more than keyboards, drums and her powerful pipes, Brooklyn's Xenia Rubinos has forged her own sound which can be heard on her new album, Magic Trix, which is out now on Ba Da Bing. You can stream a few songs from the album and check out a couple videos below.
As mentioned, Xenia is playing Brooklyn Museum's 'Audiophile' series on August 15. It's one of a bunch of local shows she has scheduled this summer. She's also got two dates with Sinkane: June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl as part of Northside Fest (tickets) and June 16 at Maxwell's (tickets).
She's also playing 285 Kent on July 11, and then a Summer Splash Concert Cruise on August 12 with Los Amigos Invisibles (tickets). She's got a few non-NYC dates too, and all are listed below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Paul McCartney @ Frank Erwin Center, Austin, 5/23/2013
Paul McCartney's Out There tour just swept through Austin with a two-night stand at the Frank Erwin Center and we've got pictures (and setlists) of the pyrotechnic/av/hit-filled extravaganza over at BV Austin.
In other news, McCartney has joined the growing list of musicians supporting the release of incarcerated Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina who is currently on a hunger strike. He wrote a letter to Russian officials, saying:
My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case.Meanwhile, the classic 1976 live album, Wings Over America, is getting the deluxe box set reissue treatment next week (5/28) with a bonus disc of audio, a DVD featuring a rarely-seen television special, Wings Over the World, a photo booklet and more. The original release was the first triple album to go to #1 on Billboard's albums chart. You can watch a video "unboxing" the reissue below.
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Delicate Steve @ 4Knots Fest 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Delicate Steve was among the performers scheduled to play GoogaMooga on Sunday that didn't end up happening on account of rain. For those who were especially looking forward to his appearance and don't mind waiting a while longer, Delicate Steve will play NYC at Glasslands on September 6. The rest of the bill is still TBA but tickets are on sale now. Steve also recently provided music for a drawn-on-film animated short called "Tallest Heights and you can watch that below.
Delicate Steve's only other 2013 date is part of the snowboard community-related Friendly Gathering Festival which happens in Windham, VT on June 28 & 29 and also features, Assembly of Dust, Rubblebucket and others. Full line-up is below.
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been a while since we've heard from The Decemberists, but the band's members are still finding ways to keep busy. Their side project, Black Prairie, whose lineup now includes four of the five Decemberists members (Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, and John Moen -- aka everyone except Colin Meloy), released a new album this year which is a "soundtrack" for New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones. You can stream that album in its entirety below, and read what Jon Mooallem had to say about it at Slate.
Black Prairie are also going on a tour which includes previously discussed stops at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival. The tour hits NYC for a show with Michael Hurley at City Winery on July 29, the day after they play Newport Folk Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Colin Meloy plays Newport Folk Fest too, so if he and his bandmates don't team up for at least one Decemberists song, that's just cruel and unusual. It's one of three solo shows Colin has scheduled (all festivals, none in NYC). All upcoming Black Prairie and Colin Meloy dates are listed below.
Finally, as mentioned, John Moen is releasing a new solo album, Revise Your Maps, on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records. We already posted the song "Ramble Scramble" from that album, and John just released the album's title track, which you can stream below (via Billboard).
Indie bands have been mainstays of the late night talk show circuit for years now, but they're starting to infiltrate morning shows too. Case in point: Grizzly Bear just played Ellen this morning (5/24), which most certainly introduced their music to a new audience. (Yesterday, Michael Bolton was the musical guest.) You can watch them do Shields' track, "Yet Again," below (via P4k).
James Murphy aboard SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Staying in NYC this weekend? There's actually no shortage of things to do here, even though the weather forecast is less than ideal. Head below for our top 10 list of events going on this Memorial Day Weekend.
Lemuria at Purchase College - 5/4/13 (photo by Andrew Sacher)
As mentioned, punk/indie pop trio Lemuria are releasing their new album, The Distance Is So Big, on June 18 via Bridge Nine, and they're currently on a tour ahead of its release. That tour hits the NYC-area twice this weekend, including shows TONIGHT (5/24) at Maxwell's and Saturday (5/25) at Shea Stadium with Bridge and Tunnel, Jeff Rosenstock (of Bomb the Music Industry), and ex-Snowing frontman John Galm's excellent new garage punk band, Slow Warm Death (who we just profiled). Advance tickets for the Maxwell's show and the Shea show are still available.
We've still got a few weeks before Lemuria's new album hits shelves (or iTunes libraries), but they did reveal a taste of it with the album's lead single, "Brilliant Dancer." That single was released digitally and on vinyl this week, and the band are also selling copies on tour. The single comes with an exclusive non-album b-side, "Helloing," which is just as good as any of the standouts on The Distance Is So Big and not just some throwaway track. Check out the new song below via Spotify, along with a list of updated dates.