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June 30, 2015
As previously mentioned, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are playing a big home state show on July 17 at Starland Ballroom with killer support from Andrew Jackson Jihad, Screaming Females, and Seaside Caves. Since we last spoke, the band revealed that they'll be playing 2001's great How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full at the show. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Details below.
The day after the show, Bouncing Souls singer Greg Attonito and his wife Shanti Wintergate's children's music duo Play Date play an afternoon NJ show.
Stream How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full, with the contest details, below...
June 19, 2015
So far this has been a pretty good year for films revolving around music, both in documentary and dramatic form. The Wrecking Crew and Love and Mercy to name two. Adding to those and opening today (6/19) on select cities is Eden, a drama that centers around young DJ, Paul, and his friend Stan as they travail through life and the budding '90s "French Touch" electronic scene through its growth to the present. The film is directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, who got her start acting in future husband Olivier Assayas' wonderful 1998 film Late August, Early September. Moving into directing, this is her fourth film and most accomplished yet. (You would be well worth checking out her last film as well, 2011's very heavily French New Wave inspired Goodbye First Love.)
Much of the authenticity and excitement in many of the scenes derives from the fact that the film was co-written by Mia's brother Sven who was a DJ on the front lines right from the beginning. While not strictly autobiographical, there is no denying the story comes from someone who was right there as it was happening. For example, marvel at the moment early on when a young Daft Punk plays "Da Funk" for the first time at a Parisian house party. Recommended, especially if you are a fan of the music. In NYC it's playing at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. Watch the trailer below.
Speaking of music, the 2-CD soundtrack is fantastic, featuring the music that had this scene cooking, including songs from Jaydee, Frankie Knuckles, Joe Smooth, Cheek and of course the aforementioned Daft Punk and more. Tracklist, and a Rdio playlist with most of the songs is below. If you want the real thing: Broad Green Pictures and BrooklynVegan have five copies of the soundtrack to give away. Details below.
June 10, 2015
photo: Beach Slang at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
We already knew Beach Slang were playing the stacked third day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival (7/26) with Braid, Swearin', Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Chumped, and more; and they've now announced a tour surrounding that. The tour includes two other shows in the area right before the Brooklyn date: Long Island's Amityville Music Hall on July 24 with Iron Chic, Broadcaster and Scout Boys ($10 at door, more info hereAsbury Lanes on July 25 (tickets).
Tickets for all three days of Gigawatts (also including Black Lips, Liturgy, Anamanaguchi and more) are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Their debut LP will be out later this year on Polyvinyl, but most details still TBA. Meanwhile, listen to last year's two EPs, with their list of dates, below...
June 8, 2015
Toronto's Doomsquad have made a video for "Two-Way Mirror" from their Pageantry Suite EP which came out last month via Hand Drawn Dracula. The video, directed by Chris Boni, was filmed around Roswell, NM and involves aliens and ice cream. It's more of a short film than your standard music video and you can watch it below.
As mentioned, Doomsquad will be in NYC this week for Northside Festival, playing a late show Saturday (6/13) at Rough Trade with PINS. 10:30 PM doors for that one and tickets are still available, or you can get in with a Northside badge. After that, they'll be on tour with Fucked Up as part of their 'Zodiac' big band. That tour comes to Brooklyn's The Wick on June 26 (tickets) and WFMU Monty Hall in NJ on June 27 (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Wick show for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. Details, plus a list of Doomsquad tour dates, below...
June 2, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Kent, OH's Annabel are releasing their new album, Having It All, next week (6/9) via Tiny Engines (pre-order), and today they're streaming it in full. Annabel are one of the many newer bands diving into late '90s/early '00s emo, but Kinsella worship this is not. They go for the punchier stuff like Knapsack, The Get Up Kids' Four Minute Mile, Jimmy Eat World's "No Sensitivity," etc -- emo that keeps its punk influence (or at least its Superchunk influence) on display. And Annabel do that sound really well too. Listen for yourself below (via A.V. Club), and since this is emo we're talking about, if you want to read the lyrics, they're posted for every song on the new album at the band's tumblr.
As previously mentioned, Annabel are going on tour with an actual emo band from that era, The Appleseed Cast, who will be playing their fantastic 2000 album Mare Vitalis in full for its 15th anniversary. Additional support comes from another modern band, Dads. The tour hits NYC on July 28 at The Studio at Webster Hall. I'll also be DJing at that show before the bands go on and in between sets (doors are at 7). Tickets for the show are still available, and we're giving away two pairs. Enter the contest below...
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...