July 28, 2014
Tombs @ Saint Vitus - 7/25/14
Local sludge rippers Tombs celebrated the release of their new LP, Savage Gold, at Saint Vitus on Friday night (7/25), and we've got pictures and videos of the show in this post. They were joined by death/math freakout Relapse labelmates Pyrrhon, as well as Batillus-related industrialist StatiqBloom and sludge heavies Passage Between. It was an absolutely loaded bill. Anyone try Tombs' new Savage Gold beer that Vitus had flowing at the bar for the night?
Below, check out more pictures from the Friday show as well as those videos, including the entirety of the Tombs set.
DJ Dog Dick at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Black Dice's Eric Copeland, as well as DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Robot Death Cult and Fluct are currently on what they're calling the "Bushwick Small World Tour", which is a "conscious tour" of six small venues all within the Brooklyn neighborhood. The idea is being pitched as "a funny way to point out the insane amount of hard work and spaces coming out of a 20 block radius." The tour started Saturday (7/26) at Body Actualized Center and then moved to Secret Project Robot on Sunday (7/27). But you've still got four more chances to witness this, including tonight (7/28) at Trans-Pecos. with Marley G, DJ Jacksy and a mix tape party with Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier too.
The different shows will feature slightly different lineups, with special guests each night. The rest of the tour looks like this:
July 29 @ Shea Stadium with Beech CreepsFlyer for the "Bushwick Small World Tour" is below...
July 30 @ The Ho_se with Kneeling Bus, Alaina Stamatis and DJs Prince Rama
July 31 @ Silent Barn w/ Hollow Bush, Non Horse, DJ Scooba Ooba and video art by Arron Warren
Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Here's a cool pairing. Alternative rock godfathers Meat Puppets will be teaming up with the newer and consistently impressive songwriter Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour this fall. The tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but many of the dates have been revealed including a two-night stand in NYC at Rough Trade on Halloween and All Hallows Day (or Samhain, if you prefer). Meat Puppets headline on night 1 and they'll switch for night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II turned 30 earlier this year. Stream it, with a Cass McCombs video and a list of all currently known dates, below...
Sharon Van Etten at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Following the release of her most recent album, Are We There, Sharon Van Etten has been all over the place lately. Back in early July, Sharon brought her band for a 20 minute live performance on KEXP, which you can now watch in its entirety online. Then last week, after playing Pitchfork Fest, she stopped by on Letterman for a fantastic performance of "Every Time the Sun Comes Up." She also has a new video out for "Our Love." You can check out all those videos below.
She's also been featured performing on some other artists' songs. In addition to appearing on a recent Leverage Models song and video last year, she's featured on two tracks on the upcoming She Keeps Bees album, Eight Houses, which is out via Future Gods on September 16. (Sharon and She Keeps Bees are old pals.) There's a video for one of the songs featuring Sharon, titled "Is What It Is," which you can also watch below.
Sharon also has added some fall dates to her ongoing tour, including a run of dates with Tiny Ruins. Nothing with the two in NYC, unfortunately, but Tiny Ruins do have two smaller club shows here: August 9 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) with Cassie Ramone and August 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets) with Tashaki Miyaki, Weyes Blood and Belle Mare. The New Zealand folk act released their most recent album last month via Flying Nun and you can stream a track below.
She Keeps Bees, meanwhile, do have an upcoming NYC show on August 21 at Cameo with Eddi Front, and Raccoon Fighter. It's the kickoff date to their upcoming tour and tickets are on sale now.
All Sharon Jones and She Keeps Bees dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.
LA band Meatbodies, who released a 7" on Ty Segall's God imprint and toured through NYC earlier this summer, have just announced their self-titled debut album, which will be out via In the Red on October 14. You can stream the very crunchy "Tremmors" from it in this post.
Meatbodies will be on tour this fall, doing stints with Purling Hiss and Hunters. In between those runs, they'll be in NYC for CMJ on October 23 & 24. No firm details yet, expect those to be revealed closer to the fest.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
In other news, frontman Britt Daniels talked with The Guardian about seven Spoon songs that define their sound, which is a pretty good read. Spoon will be in NYC soon for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10 as part of their upcoming tour. Tickets for that show are still available.
Dillinger Escape Plan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed )
The Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden tour hits the NYC-area this week, including the NJ show on Saturday (8/2) that The Dillinger Escape Plan open. Right before DEP hook up with that tour though, they'll headline a much smaller show in NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Saint Vitus with local-ish openers Torrential Downpour and Meek Is Murder, both of whom have a tech-y sound that will pair well with DEP, and Mothership. $5 tickets go on sale Tuesday (7/29) at noon. Flyer below.
The show is presented by Party Smasher Inc, the "collective of creative professionals and artistic provocateurs" that was founded by DEP guitarist Ben Weinman, and just recently launched their website, which is a "one-stop portal for musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion designers and industry mavericks of all stripes."
Updated DEP dates are listed, with that flyer and the Party Smasher Inc logo, below...
by Ian Chainey
Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Samhain now have a guitarist and a solidified lineup for their upcoming run of 30 Bloody Years dates. First, the addition: Peter Adams of Baroness. Says Peter, "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!" The rest of the group is rounded out by Danzig Legacy players London May and Steve Zing. (Yep, no Eerie Von. Maybe next reunion.) And, you know, Glenn Danzig will be there. Samhain is set to play Riot Fest, Housecore Horror Fest, and Samhain Night at NYC's Best Buy Theater among other dates.
In related news (and mentioning them here might be the only way to get the two together besides a lawsuit), the Misfits have been added to GWAR-B-Q. They'll be joined by Jello Biafra, the other recent add to an expanded lineup that includes Hatebreed, Body Count, Revocation, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and more. You can find the updated bill below. GWAR-B-Q will kick off on August 16 at Richmond, Virginia's Hadad's Lake.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Elvis Wilson
Like a handful of '90s alt rock one-Buzz-Bin-song-wonders, Superdrag were more than just "Sucked Out" and had a pretty good career that produced some worthy deeper cuts. They broke up in '03 but briefly reunited in the late 2000s, resulting in a 2009 reunion album. After that, singer John Davis formed the '80s-punk inspired Epic Ditch with alt-rock mega producer Nick Raskulinecz, and he's now fronting a new band, The Lees of Memory with Superdrag guitarist Brandon Fisher and Epic Ditch drummer Nick Slack.
The band's debut album, Sisyphus Says, comes out September 16 on digital/vinyl via melodic punk powerhouse SideOneDummy and on cassette via garage rock label/lifestyle Burger Records (side note: this means at least two '90s alt-rockers have recently joined Burger), but it sounds more like it should've come out on early '90s Creation. Though the snotty, crunchy power pop of their '90s days did have some shoegaze influence, they've fully immersed themselves in the sounds of My Bloody Valentine for this one. (Some of the material on that '09 comeback album hinted more strongly at this too.) Raskulinecz produced it. Get a taste from the Elvis Wilson-directed video for first single "We Are Siamese" (via Stereogum), below.
Watch the new Lees of Memory video, and revisit a Head Trip track, below...