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May 21, 2015
by Bill Pearis
photo: Ride @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Shoegaze greats Ride are in the midst of their reunion, having just wrapped a run in North America and are now back in the UK. Yesterday (5/20), Ride recorded a live performance at legendary BBC recording studio Maida Vaile for BBC 6Music. They sound really good, and you can stream the full, hour-long performance below.
Ride will be in Spain next weekend for Primavera Sound and right after that they'll head to NYC for two sold-out shows. They'll be back this fall for two shows at Irving Plaza (September 21 & 22) to which tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free we're also giving away a pair of tickets to the Irving show of your choice. Entry form, and an updated list of Ride tour dates are below.
Wait, that's not all. We've also got a Ride prize package to give away as well, that includes a red vinyl copy of Ride's OX4 best-of compilation (which came out for Record Store Day) which is signed by the band, as well as a CD copy of the deluxe, expanded edition of of their debut album Nowhere which includes the Today Forever EP, a recording of a 1991 concert and 40-page book. This is a separate contest from the ticket giveaway and entry form is below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cayetana at MHOW in April (more by Mimi Hong)
Billy Idol took out Broncho (who we caught again in NYC this week) on his last tour, and he'll continue to have cool younger bands open when his current tour hits NYC on May 29 at JBL Live at Pier 97. For that show, he'll have Philly indie rockers Cayetana opening, making for an awesome double bill. Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away pair. You can enter the contest below. Updated show flyer below too.
Cayetana's only other currently announced dates are this Friday (5/22) in Harrisburg, PA with Spill, and a June show in Philly with Worriers. Last year Cayetana put out their great debut album on Tiny Engines, and singer Augusta Koch recently filmed an acoustic WZBC session for opening track "Serious Things Are Stupid." Watch that below.
photos by PSquared
Chastity Belt @ Bowery Ballroom 5/19/2015
Seattle's Chastity Belt are currently on tour with Courtney Barnett and Darren Hanlon, and their sold-out three-night Bowery Ballroom run wraps up tonight (5/21). We were at the first show (5/19) and pictures of Chastity Belt are in this post (pics of Courtney and Darren are here). As mentioned, Chastity Belt are sticking around NYC to play a BrooklynVegan-presented show on Friday (5/22) at Rough Trade with Mega Bog and Nail Polish. That's a late show and tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair, too. Details on that are below.
If you're wondering what its like to be on tour with Chastity Belt, you can get a glimpse of life in the van via their video for Time to Go Home standout, "Joke," which you can watch below.
May 18, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Cold Beat (photo by Abby Banks)
San Francisco's Cold Beat, the band featuring Hannah Lew (Grass Widow) and Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata) who made one of my favorite albums of 2014, will be playing their first East Coast shows next week. The first stop is NYC Popfest, where they were just added to the May 31 Littlefield show with Club 8, Eternal Summers and more. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed below.
That is not the only change to the Littlefield Popfest show. Russian band Palms on Fire dropped off, and Canadian band The Holiday Crowd has been added. Additionally, #POUNDSIGN#, who were originally playing Sunday night, are now part of the Friday (5/29) show at Cameo that also features The Loft, The Catenary Wires are more (tickets). And The Loft's Pete Astor will now also be doing a solo set at the free daytime show at Baby's All Right on Saturday, May 30. Updated schedule is listed below.
If you'd like to go to NYC Popfest for free, we're giving away a pair of passes that will get you into every event. Details, plus Cold Beat and Holiday Crowd album streams and Popfest schedule, below...
May 11, 2015
photos by James Richards IV
So much for needing to shake off any rust. Thursday at an uncomfortably packed Concord Music Hall, Faith No More picked up where it left off 18 years ago, the last time the avant-metal band toured North America and released an album.The reunited Faith No More are currently on tour, having hit Chicago's Concord Music Hall this past Thursday (5/7) with Le Butcherettes. The above review and pictures in this post are of that show. Setlist below.
Exploring extremes of loud and quiet, manic and mellow, sinister and auspicious as if venturing into such divisive territories constituted the norm, the quintet proved anything but conventional. Its diverse 80-minute set served as a constant reminder that the group's success in the 90s -- a run that included a major-label deal, hit albums and renowned videos -- remains as bizarre as its most innovative songs. Historically, the sort of artistic experimentalism practiced by Faith No More gets confined to the fringes. [Chicago Tribune]
The tour comes to NYC this week for two sold-out Webster Hall shows (5/13 & 5/14), also with Le Butcherettes, and it returns for a much larger show on August 5 at MSG with Refused. Tickets for MSG are still available, and we're also giving away a pair on Facebook.
More Chicago pictures and setlist, and FNM's updated list of dates, below...
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.
April 28, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Crocodiles' new album, Boys, will be out May 12 and they have shared a new song from it, "Peroxide Hearts," which makes its premiere in this post. Armed with a big riff, it's sunny and a little damaged -- like a bleach blonde -- and you can stream it below.
The bands' tour with Shark Week starts on Wednesday (4/29) at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Christines are also on the bill and tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair of tickets away. Details are below.
Their tour will hit NYC again on the tail end of the trek at Mercury Lounge on June 7. Tickets for that show are also still available. Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
April 24, 2015
Stuart David has been making music as Looper since 1998 when he was still a member of Belle & Sebastian (he left in 2000). What started as a project with his wife, Karn, turned into a four-piece band and Looper released three albums between 1998 - 2002. (Looper's song "Mondo '77" was used in a lot of commercials and movies.) Then in the mid-'00s Stuart began suffering from chronic fatigue which all but ended his creative output. He's been getting better and 2015 makes a flurry of activity for him. He released The All-Night Cafe, a memoir of the early days of Belle & Sebastian, and a new Looper album, Offgrid:Offline which just came out via Mute. You can stream that in full, via Rdio, below.
That new album is also part of a career-encompassing Looper box set titled These Things, which rearranges the songs into five mixtapes categorized by genres. You can read more about that (and listen to it via Rdio) below. The box set also features liner notes by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. We've got a copy of both the These Things box set and The All-Night Cafe memoir to give away. Details below.
Belle & Sebastian, meanwhile, will play NYC's Radio City Music Hall in June.
Little Dragon's most recently announced show, a Governors Ball aftershow at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl (not to be confused with Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas which they're also playing), sold out quickly. It's not on the poster above, but it happens the night before they end their North American tour at Governors Ball. Their festival set, on Saturday, June 6th, happens the same day as Bjork, SBTRKT, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere, and more. Tickets to that are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest, and listen to stream of the band's recently-released Chet Faker remix of "Pretty Girls", below...
April 19, 2015
photos by David Andrako
Bjork @ City Center - 4/01/15
NY got SEVEN chances to see Bjork already this year, at Brooklyn's new King's Theatre, at Carnegie Hall, and at Manhattan's City Center where the last show took place on April 1st. Exclusive pictures from that one are in this post, along with the setlist which you can see below.
Bjork's next gig is also in NY, this time as co-headliner of the 2nd day of Governors Ball 2015 at Randall's Island. My personal favorite day this year, Saturday (June 6th) pairs Bjork with SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere and more. Tickets are still available for that day, and for all three days (though individual tickets for Friday are now sold out). WE ALSO HAVE A PAIR OF SATURDAY TICKETS YOU CAN WIN. Details on how to enter, with more pictures of Bjork, below...