October 31, 2014


King Gizzard at BV-CMJ last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
King Gizzard

Hop Along at Wicker Park Fest 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Hop Along

You can browse our full NYC show calendar and our 2015 Halloween guide for more of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The 41st Village Halloween Parade, which gives parades a good name, is a NYC Halloween tradition and a great way to start the night. It happens on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. And if you can't actually be there, NY1 broadcasts live from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

The Damned, TSOL, The Briefs @ Irving Plaza
With a singer who has basically dressed like a vampire for the band's career and classic singles "Thanks for the Night," "Wait for the Blackout," and "In Dulce,"The Damned remain perfectly suited for this sort of thing.

Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Girlpool, Desert Sharks, Mitski, Banker$ @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This is a pretty amazing lineup, not to mention it's free and goes late (til 1 AM). There's the raging garage punks Diarrhea Planet, Saddle Creek's new signees Hop Along, lyrical LA duo Girlpool, chamber pop-turned-lo-fi songwriter Mitski, and leather jacket rockers Desert Sharks. Plus there's a costume contest with a $500 cash prize, face painting and more tonight.

Purling Hiss, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Meatbodies, Tonstartssbandht @ 338 Moffat
CMJ buds Panache & Baby's All Right are thowing a Halloween Show that's not at Baby's -- it happens Halloween Friday at 338 Moffat (Studio L) with with a bunch of CMJ bands who're still around, including tourmates Purling Hiss and Meatbodies.

Maurice Fulton, DJ Spun, Alex From Tokyo @ Baby's All Right
While Baby's All Right are presenting the garage rock show at 338 Moffat, the actual venue will be hosting a dance party that night.

Pop. 1280, Void Vision, Pawns, Frankie Teardrop (DJ set), and more! @ Emet Part Deux
For those in a modern goth mood, this show features a skeleton handful of bands clearly in debt to the darker postpunk sounds.

This Will Destroy You, Future Death, Silent Land Time Machine @ Bowery Ballroom
This Will Destroy You are back with their fourth album, Another Language, which is more of their soaring post-rock. For some people, this is the only way to spend Halloween.

Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II, Alien Whale, Aa, Justin Frye, Chat Logs @ Death By Audio
It's the last ever Halloween at Death by Audio and they're celebrating in style with two rooms. The main room has the re-active Knyfe Hyts, thrashers Oozing Wound (their second DbA show this week), The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale. And another room called the "Haunted Mansion" will be open tonight with synth experimenters Aa, PC Worship's Justin Frye and Chat Logs. The show is over at 12:30 AM and then the "Haunted Mansion" starts at 1 AM.

Meat Puppets, Cass McCombs @ Rough Trade
It's the first night of Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs' co-headlining two-night stand at Rough Trade. The Meat Puppets go on last tonight, and bring over three decades of their influential alternative rock. Cass is a bit newer but he's also excellent and a great fit.

Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak @ The Paramount
This incredible triple bill has Savannah sludge masters Mastodon, French death metallers Gojira, and Norwegian party animals Kvelertak. They played Terminal 5 earlier this year and this weekend they're back for two more shows in the area. Tomorrow they play NJ.

The Presets, Antwon, Chela, Franki Chan @ Warsaw
The Check Yo Ponytail tour stops in NYC tonight with an eclectic double bill of Australian synth pop band The Presets and experimental rapper Antwon. Opening is another Australian, Chela, and Check Yo Ponytail alumnus Franki Chan.

World Inferno Friendship Society @ The Wick
Punk/klezmer/cabaret act World Inferno Friendship Society are throwing this so-called "Hallowmas" bash. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin.

Anamanaguchi (DJ), Jack Donoghue (of Salem), Tallesen, Pleasure Centers, Bernard Herman @ Bathhouse
"Witch House," as a genre, didn't last very long but catch one of its leading lights (Jack from Salem) DJ tonight with a set from 8-bitters Anamanaguchi as well.

Matrixxman, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Max McFerren @ Secret Location
This stacked dance party is at a secret location that was emailed to you if you bought a ticket. Unfortunately, sold out.

Primus @ Beacon Theatre
While not strictly a Halloween show, this is being billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Primus just made an album based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book which definitely has some nightmare material in it.
For even more Halloween options, check out our guide to Halloween events in NYC.


And of course Halloween means cover shows cover shows cover shows. Here are your many options for those...

Beach Fossils (as Devo), Celestial Shore (as T. Rex),Beverly (as the Pixies), Roya (as Television Personalities), DJ Tassy @ 338 Moffat

Mr. Brownstone (Guns N Roses cover band) @ Brooklyn Bowl

Clean Girls (as Blink-182), Vomitface (as Nirvana), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Tape Deck Mountain (as Daniel Johnston's Delay Pedal), Death To Slater (as The Beach Boys), Schmear (as Meat Puppets), Smell-O-Vision (as Television) @ Cake Shop

Dear Leader (as The Neptunes), Delicate Steve (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Heeney (as Weezer), Banned Books (as Pixies), Advaeta (as HOLE), members of Heaven's Gate, Celestial Shore & Journalism as Blink-182 Mr. Twin Sister (DJ Set) @ Silent Barn

Big Ups (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vulture Shit (as Presidents of USA), Flagland (as Blink-182), Bueno (as Frank Sinatra), Huffers (as The Replacements) @ Shea Stadium

Savants (as T Rex), Field Mouse (as Weezer), Ghostpal (as Sly and the Family Stone), The Brooklyn What (as The Rolling Stones), No Kill (as Fleetwood Mac), Videobeast (as Nirvana), David King (as Jonathan Richman) @ The Gutter

Mutual Benefit (covering Beck's 'One Foot in the Grave'), Emily Reo (as Lana Del Rey), Conveyor (as Buddy Holly) @ Glasslands

Marilyn Manson Tribute (Kayo Dot, Blank Paper), Queens of the Stone Age Tribute (Natural Stranger, Toothy Grins, Neon Green Laundry), Limp Bizkit Tribute (Mary Todd, Skulk The Hulking), The Cure Tribute (Turn It Up!, Ashes Forever), Shellac Tribute (Servant Girl) @ Spike Hill

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

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October 30, 2014

photos by PSquared

Foxygen @ MHOW 10/8/2014

of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, The Dodos, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, and Jacco Gardner are a few of the artists who'll be contributing to Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2. For it they mailed an artist an old Tascam 4-track recorder to record two songs to tape. When they finished, the mailed the machine to the next artist, and so on and so on. Subscribers to the series will receive a limited edition, two-song 7" each month in 2015, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Subscriptions are available now and the full roster of 2015 participating artists is below.

Speaking of Foxygen, they were in NYC not too long ago for two shows promoting their new album, ...And Star Power. We posted pictures from Webster Hall already, but now we've got a belated set from Music Hall of Williamsbug, including openers Jungle Green. More pictures below.

Continue reading "Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, Jonathan Rado & more part of Polyvinyl 4-Track Singles Series 2 ++ Foxygen MHOW pics"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Haymaker at A389 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Ontario's long-running hardcore/grind act Haymaker re-emerged in 2013 with their first recordings in almost 10 years for A389 Recordings, who work with a lot of bands that fit the above genre tag. Right after they play the label's 11th anniversary bash in 2015 (which they are no strangers to), Haymaker will be stopping in to brutalize NYC residents with a show on January 17 at the Acheron with Boston hardcore traditionalists Rival Mob, Texas powerviolence outfit Sex Prisoner (also playing A389 Bash), and locals Brain Slug (who also play the recently-announced Blacklisted show at the same venue). Tickets for this sure-to-be-violent show are on sale now.

Check out a stream of the recent Haymaker tracks below...

Continue reading "Haymaker playing NYC w/ Rival Mob after A389 Bash"

by Andrew Sacher

Chris Forsyth

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band put out their new 5-song LP, Intensity Ghost, this week via No Quarter records. Pulling equally from The Grateful Dead's jams and Television's guitar workouts on Marquee Moon, Chris and the band know how to get into a groove, but they're never just aimlessly jamming. Stream two tracks, including the 11-minute "The Ballad of Freer Hollow," below.

They'll be celebrating the new album with release shows in NYC and Philly followed by a tour. The NYC show happens Sunday (11/2) at Baby's All Right with support from Zachary Cale and VBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band released a new album, touring (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Downtown Boys at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Downtown Boys

Their singer spent most of the time on the floor, and the other musicians often joined her. Meanwhile, a few crowd members (who the band appeared to know personally) spent the show dancing on stage. In between songs, the band preached equality for all genders, races and sexual orientations, and delivered these speeches in both Spanish and English. (She once pointed out how when she spoke in Spanish it was alienating to the non-Spanish speakers as an example of how many groups of people feel alienated in American society.) The band's hi-speed, danceable saxophone-fueled punk was also a total party.
Providence's Downtown Boys are one of those bands you just have to see live (I wrote the above when I saw them earlier this year), but the recordings are great too so it's exciting to learn that they've signed to Don Giovanni for their debut album which will be out in 2015. That album will follow their 7" that came out earlier this year on Sister Polygon, the label run by another Don Giovanni band, Priests.

Downtown Boys are promising a summer tour for 2015, but as of now they only have two upcoming shows booked for November (none in NYC), including one with their new DG labelmates Screaming Females. Those dates are listed, with a stream of their 7", below...

Continue reading "Downtown Boys sign to Don Giovanni; debut LP out in 2015"

photos by Chris La Putt

White Fence at BVCMJ 2014
White Fence

White Fence just wrapped up their tour -- with Cate Le Bon on second guitar! -- ending with a bunch of CMJ dates, including our Saturday party. We've got a second set of pictures from our show you can check out in this post.

Before the North American tour, White Fence were across the pond for Liverpool Psych Fest which happened in September. Tim Presley contributed a new White Fence song, "Before He Met Her (Decomposing Lime)" for a double-7" compilation made just for the fest by UK label Sonic Catherdral. Moragn Delt, Psychic Ills and a few others contributed to the six-song split as well. Titled Psych for Sore Eyes 2 with pretty rad packaging, it sold out its run pretty much immediately -- and crashed Big Cartel's webshop -- but will get a digital release on Monday (11/3). (We hear a few more copies have turned up so check back at Sonic Cathedral's website.) White Fence's song from the compilation makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

Artwork and tracklist for Psych for Sore Eyes 2 and more pics, also below...

Continue reading "White Fence contribute new song to 'Psych for Sore Eyes 2' comp (stream it) ++ more pics from BV CMJ day party"


Philly hardcore experimenters Blacklisted already appeared at This Is Hardcore, Deathwish Fest, and a NYC one-off this year, and now they've got two more shows scheduled for 2014: one in NYC and one in Philly. The Philly show is 11/15 and the NYC show happens one day later on November 16 at the Acheron with Brain Slug and Razorheads. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

Blacklisted will also finally be releasing a followup album to 2009's excellent No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me next year. No release date has been set yet, but it's called When People Grow, People Go. They played the title track at their NYC show in June, and you can watch a video of that below.

Blacklisted singer George Hirsch also just put out a solo album with his Harm Wulf project this week on Deathwish. It's called There's Honey In The Soil So We Wait For The Till, and abandons the hardcore of his main band in favor of pulling from dark folk. You can stream that below too.

Continue reading "Blacklisted prepping new LP, playing Philly & NYC; Harm Wulf LP out now & streaming"

Cover art to new Pagans' LP

While Pere Ubu and other Ohio cousins were offering only cerebral dissonance, the 1977 punk explosion visited Cleveland in the form of the Pagans. Picking up where the departed (for NYC) Dead Boys left off, the Pagans were younger, louder and, if not as snotty, better in other ways. Led by raspy-voiced Mike Hudson, this slam-dunk garage quartet produced a small stack of classic singles: "Not Now No Way," "Street Where Nobody Lives" and "What's This Shit Called Love" (later covered by the Meatmen) are all down and dirty, glorious three-chord excursions into the filth and the fury.- [Trouser Press]
The original lineup of Cleveland punks The Pagans broke up before ever making an album, though main man Mike Hudson put together versions of The Pagans for tours and a few recordings since. Hudson has lit the torch under The Pagans again in earnest and they'll release Hollywood High -- the first Pagans album in nearly 25 years -- next week (11/4) via Ruin Discos. That's the cover art above and Hudson explains it's significance to the album:
The front cover is a photo of Evita Corby taken by the legendary Irish crooner and bass player Phil Lynott in the dining room of legendary LA club owner Elmer Valentine's house, which burned down shortly afterward. The songs on this record are about Mrs. Corby, who I fell madly in love with when the famous LA / Detroit band The Dogs did a cover version of 'Her Name Was Jane,' a song I wrote almost 40 years ago. They flew me out here, she was the chick in the video, our first date was a week in Vegas. Evita is probably best known as the cover girl on Iggy and the Stooges Kill City LP and as the wife of Michael Corby, who fronted the well known 80's band The Babys...She was my everything.
You can stream "Fame Whore" off the album, which makes its premiere in this post, below.

"Fame Whore" is also the title of Mike Hudson's new novel, which is also loosely based on his relationship with Evita Corby. Some context: after his punk career, Hudson became a crime reporter in Niagra Falls and later used his skils to pen his highly-regarded memoir, Diary of a Punk: Life and Death in the Pagans which is well worth picking up.

The only upcoming Pagans date is an in-store at Los Angeles' Blue Bag Records on December 6 where they'll play semi-acoustic and Hudson will also read from Fame Whore.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Cleveland punks The Pagans releasing 1st new LP in 25 yrs (stream a track); frontman Mike Hudson wrote a novel"

Pee Wee

Paul Reubens made a big announcement on Fallon last night. Watch below...

Continue reading "Pee-Wee Herman confirms new Pee-Wee Herman movie"

The Damned

As you know, Manhattan club Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills, and though a public opening date still doesn't seem to exist, there is a Halloween party happening there, and it's free with RSVP. The occasion, in addition to it being October 31st, is the Damned show at Irving Plaza, for which this is the afterparty. The Damned members Dave and Pinch will be DJing.

The Damned are on tour and also play Philly (tonight) and Asbury Park (11/1). If you'd like to try and go to Irving Plaza for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets within our big Halloween show roundup post.

Last night Captain Sensible of the Damned and Fred Armisen teamed up (again) for a show at Bowery Electric. Check out a video of him performing his classic solo single "Wot" from that, below...

Continue reading "The (Don) Hills opening on Halloween (RSVP), after the Damned (win tix); Captain Sensible played the Bowery (video)"