Posted in To Do | music on December 14, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Queens of the Stone Age, The Kills @ Barclays Center
Queens of the Stone Age made quite the comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album that reunited much of the Songs for the Deaf lineup and was packed with great songs. Tonight they return to NYC to take on the city's newest arena with excellent support coming from The Kills.

Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. This is Night 2.

Diarrhea Planet, Purling Hiss, Big Ups, Manors @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a fun way to get in food, shopping, and free music in Brooklyn all at once, and tonight's lineup is heavy on the rawk bands with raging garage punks Diarrhea Planet, grungy rockers Purling Hiss, post-hardcore rippers Big Ups, and guitar pop trio Manors.

Mahogany, Ashrae Fax, Tomboy @ Cameo Gallery
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.

Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic), Jo Schornikow (of Phosphorescent), Woodsman, Laura & Greg, Eastern Midwestern, Single Ben, Level II, DJ Pumpkin Patch @ Church of the Messiah
A bunch of talented folk are coming together to play this benefit show called "One Night in Greenpoint" and all proceeds go to Common Ground, a homeless outreach program ending homelessness in NYC. Tickets are still available.

Waxahatchee, Mutual Benefit @ Converse Rubber Tracks
It's the launch party for Pitchfork's new print quarterly, The Pitchfork Review, and they've got two of the year's breakout bands (who both achieved much P4K acclaim) for the occasion. There's the lyrically honest indie rock of Waxahatchee and the delicate chamber pop of Mutual Benefit.

Hess Is More, Psoy, Interzona @ Baby's All Right
Hess is More's most recent album, Creation Keeps the Devil Away, came out back in 2011. While good, it only hints at the live show which borders on DFA-style dancerock. Definitely worth checking out.

Lips, Fielded, Germans @ Glasslands
Originally from New Zealand, Stephanie Brown now lives in Brooklyn where she makes music under the name Lips. Tonight is a release party for her new EP where Lips' electro-soul style and smoky voice are still in fine form, with more assured, production than we've heard to date.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Washed Out (DJ Set), New Madrid @ Gramercy Theatre
Cleveland (Tennessee) band J. Roddy Walston and The Business play tonight, bringing their raucous, ragged brand of piano rock to Gramercy Theatre.

Dusted (featuring Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck) @ Rockwood Music Hall
Holy Fuck just opened for !!! at Webster Hall last night, and tonight member Brian Borcherdt tones things down with his softer side project Dusted.

JD Samson & MEN, Tippy Toes, Colin Self @ Knitting Factory
The Julie Ruin isn't the only ex-Le Tigre band to put out an album this year. JD Samson's MEN returned with Labor and it's more of the kind of highly danceable stuff we've come to expect from them. This show was originally to be at Rough Trade but was moved do to their sound issues.

John Waters (A John Waters Christmas) @ Stage 48
The director and kitsch connoisseur will be sharing "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories."

Tegan & Sara, Mary Lambert @ The Capitol Theatre
Tegan & Sara's Heartthrob was a major stylistic change towards more overtly pop music, and it's proved to be a favorite of many.

Hard Nips, Sunwatchers (mem.s NYMPH), Platinum Vision, Peter Kerlin's Octet @ Trans-Pecos
Here's a chance to check out Todd P's new venue which is on the old Silent Barn space. Headlining are Japanese ex-pats Hard Nips whose wild shouty punk is usually a good time.

Regal Degal, Viva l'American Death Ray Music, Schmear @ Union Pool
Operating with drone, repetition and odd chord changes, Regal Degal are genuinely strange but very good at what they do. For some, pop music comes easy, for others it comes out like this. And that's a good thing. Viva l'American Death Ray Music are not quite as tilted but definitely operate on the fringes.

Hot Water Music, Torche, O'Brother @ Webster Hall
If you like big, bash-your-face-in rock, this double billing of Hot Water Music and Torche is not to miss. HWM reunited a few years back and secured their comeback with 2012's Exister, 13 more songs of their great, growly punk. Meanwhile, Torche continue to keep making sure the sludge metal world has its poppy side.

Tombs, Sannhet, Argonauts, Windfaerer, Barbarian @ ABC No Rio
It's an all ages matinee at ABC No Rio with some pretty excellent local metal, mostly on the atmospheric but still totally heavy side. Really strong bill.

Oh, Santacon. You either hate it with every fibre of your being or you're currently wearing a puke-stained red suit right now. Actual snow should make things more interesting. For the rest of us, stay indoors if you can.

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

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Comments (38)

Foo Fighters

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 12:14 PM

Di-arr-hea-Pl-an-et >>>> Queens of the Stone Age

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 12:29 PM

Like a beet red baby.....should be beat red, like a baby....

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 1:01 PM

J Roddy tix are $40?! Good luck fellas.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 2:15 PM

Tailgate for QOTSA should be rad bro. Beer Pong and Cornhole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 3:28 PM

ylt> last night? how was the show?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 3:36 PM

queens of the snow age. i hope all these shows are cancelled and that those stupid santacons party is ruined too

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 3:59 PM

I want to get cornholed by the queen of santacon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 4:08 PM

Hot water music

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 4:34 PM

336 acoustic set may have been the mellowest ylt set I've ever seen. songs sounded great but energy was in short supply. that's because they saved it all for the 2nd set, which rocked as hard as the first mellowed. would love a touch more energy 1st set tonight. as always they're great but it's obvious they've been on the road for a while.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 5:10 PM

I thought 2nd set was one of the best ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 5:56 PM

Queens of the Bro Age

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 7:09 PM

whatever john waters is doing is probably 20 times better than anything on this list

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 7:19 PM

lol u dont tailgate at barclays n00b, u drink on the train ride there and then hit up a local bar to keep it goin, just keep your hand on ur wallet

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 10:23 PM

you're all idiots. QOTSA put on a a great show. They are a true rock band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 11:01 PM

wtf is OKL in NYC?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 11:47 PM

7:19- he is trimming is pencil thin mustache.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 11:48 PM

Don't get the bro jokes really. Crowd was the most diverse i've ever seen at a rock show. You people have those misconceptions that have nothing to do with reality and you keep beating them to death.

Posted by ME | December 15, 2013 1:41 AM

that's just one good time at one show, ME. the bro stereotype is an old one, but so is the supercilious passive aggressive aspburger emo indie jock hating whiney
h i p s t e r, and these are the two binary roles that small town america recognizes. you can still be a greaser or a hippy too, but you can't get those costumes on sale any more.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 2:45 AM

Qotsa songs all sounded the same. Dullsville.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 8:47 AM

gotta smile when people talk about a band and show they never listen to or go to... keep the "zingers" comin' boys... the queens rocked harder than your aeron chair and hit harder than your diet pepsi...

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 11:43 AM

1:41 is right. Saw QOTSA at theater at MSG while back. No "bros" at all. Really random crowd. Great show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 11:55 AM

I was at that MSG theatre show and there were plenty of bros.

Also, this band should never play Millionaire without Oliveri on vocals. Song sounds like shit with Josh singing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 12:01 PM

Barclays and Brooklyn SUCK.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 12:02 PM

Barclays sucks. Had free tickets to section 217. 95% empty, but the usher insists on us sitting in our exact seats which are right in between the only people in section 217. We explain we'll be happy to move (in the 0.00000001% probability that suddenly 100 people show up and the section gets full) and we don't want to inconvenience the people already sitting there who are using our seats for their coats, bags etc. The usher gets angry and starts threatening us. No common sense, no understanding, just brain dead threats to throw us out.

QOTSA was ok. 75% of the songs are bro-rock which are bland to the bone and so cliche (all those Foo Fighters comments are right). But there's the rest with great riffs and some nice guitar bits that woke us up in our shitty Barclays seat.

PS: Santacon comments are right too - saw a lot of drunk bros in Santa costumes rocking it out to QOTSA.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 1:00 PM

That shitty falsetto makes all the fratties hard....

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 1:31 PM

i saw qotsa once, it was when trail of dead was opening for them, Mark Lanagan was on the tour with queens, at 930 club, queens were not particularly memorable im just kind of indifferent to them

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 1:42 PM

QOTSA were incredible. Great energy, great sound, wonderful visuals. The crowd was diverse and enthusiastic. The setlist ran the gamut (except for the first record). It felt like a giant party.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 3:30 PM

Did you do a kegstand?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 5:54 PM

very diverse crowd: bros from NJ, frat guys from Long Island and a good contingent from Murray Hill

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 5:56 PM

I heard that QOTSA were the main act for Santacon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 6:14 PM

1pm is accurate. The Barclays workers all have a huge chip on their shoulder when dealing with white yuppies. And everyone is a white yuppie in their eyes. It's pathetic but laughable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 6:29 PM

You're a white yuppie.

"QOTSA" just looks so gross. Worse acronym ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 7:09 PM

Johnny Mac was "rocking out" at Barclays.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 8:18 PM

I was gonna go to the MSG show but watched the big game instead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 8:22 PM

as a long time stone age fan... saw them open for Zwan... saw them open for NIN, saw them headline msg theatre, saw them last night GA Floor up close and it rocked... josh played a lot more lead, jammed more and stretched out and just played great guitar... also with the Kills opening, Alison Mosshart, and Dean Fertita playing keys and guitar in the Queens, you had half of Dead Weather... it was a quality rock show...
bro show who cares, i'm there for the music...

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 8:54 PM

I was gonna go to the MSG show but watched the big green instead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 9:19 PM

Every single band 8:54 mentioned sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 9:35 PM

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