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November 6, 2015
Public Image Ltd have a new video, "Bettie Page," the current single from the band's 10th album, What the World Needs Now, that was released back in September. The video was shot by Lydon's manager, John Rambo Stevens, while PiL were recording the new album. Check it out, and stream the album via Spotify, below.
PiL's North American tour is underway and hits NYC on November 16 at Playstation Theater (formerly Best Buy Theater). It's billed as "An Evening with Public Image Ltd" (aka no openers) and tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Contest entry form, and a list of remaining PiL tour dates, below...
November 3, 2015
San Fermin are playing three consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom on their upcoming North American tour and the final of those shows (12/19) will be rather unique, featuring a number of special guest collaborators joining the band on stage:
Aaron Livingston of Son Little (guitar and vocals)The December 19 show also has tourmate Sam Amidon as opener. Tickets are still available for that show but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away as part of a San Fermin prize pack that includes a signed vinyl test pressing and a tote bag. Enter our contest below.
Nanna Fabricius of Oh Land (vocals)
Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch (saxophone)
Young Jean Lee (vocals)
Casey Dienel of White Hinterland (vocals)
Kristin Slipp of Cuddle Magic (vocals)
Sean Hutchinson of Bleachers (drums)
Eliza Bagg and Oliver Hill of Pavo Pavo (vocals, violin, and guitars)
San Fermin's other two Bowery Ballroom shows happen December 17 (with Sam Amidon) and December 18 (with Holly Miranda and Alex Edelman). Tickets for those shows are also still available.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with contest entry form and a stream of San Fermin's current single "No Devil," below...
October 23, 2015
by Tatiana Tenreyro
Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg announced last month that she's releasing her solo album, right on! as jennylee, which is coming out on December 11 via Rough Trade. She accompanied the announcement with a trailer featuring three clips of the videos from her album's tracks, "never," "boom boom," and "he fresh." The video for single "never" is available to watch now. Lindberg co-directed it with Mia Kirby and features some in-studio live performance footage as well as her dancing around at home. The track itself is reminiscent of English '80s new wave, and a bit heavier than Warpaint's sound yet should still appeal to fans.
Jenny Lee is currently on tour and will be stopping by NY's Baby's All Right on November 11 with Young Magic. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. To enter to win, below.
In other Warpaint news, Theresa Wayman is working on a new solo album that will be produced by Dan Carey, who previously produced albums for Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip, Kate Tempest, and more. Wayman is also releasing a 7" with BOSS, her new band comprised of Guro Gikling of All We Are and Sarah Jones of Hot Chip/NZCA Lines , featuring tracks "I'm Down With That" and "Mr. Dan's I'm Dub With That." The single will be released on November 27 via Speedy Wunderground.
All jennylee tour dates are listed, along with the video for "never," BOSS streams and ticket contest form, below...
October 9, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Montreal synthpop act Seoul are currently on tour and will be in NYC on Saturday (10/10) at Rough Trade with tourmates Young Ejecta, as well as Lightning Bug. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details, and the list of all remaining tour dates, below.
Meanwhile, Seoul have handed over their single "The Line" to NYC producer Baile who takes the bouncy original and chills it down to late night comedown territory. The remix premieres in this post and you can stream it, along with the original, below.
September 29, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Short-lived but influential '90s emo band Boys Life reunited this year and signed to Topshelf for a reissue of their 1996 album, Departures and Landfalls. The reissued album is out now and includes three previously unreleased songs. You can pick up a copy here.
As previously mentioned, the band is also going on a tour, which includes a few shows with other veteran emo musicians. One of those is Chicago's Bottom Lounge on 10/17 with Bob Nanna's band The City on Film and another is NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/21 with The Anniversary's Josh Berwanger. We're giving away tickets to both of those shows. Enter below.
In other Topshelf news, the label announced its annual FREE CMJ showcase, for October 15 at Shea Stadium. The lineup looks like this:
7:30 - Lizard KissesYou can listen to a Soundcloud playlist Topshelf put together of the lineup (along with a separate album stream from Clique, since they aren't on Soundcloud), below...
8:15 - Infinity Girl
9:00 - Clique
9:45 - Solids
10:30 - Wildhoney
11:15 - Donovan Wolfington
12:00 - Nai Harvest
September 28, 2015
The New Yorker Festival returns this year from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4. As always, "illustrious writers, creative thinkers, and artists from many disciplines will explore the cutting edge of culture, music, science, and technology." We've got a promo code -- NYERFEST20 -- to get 20% off tickets for select events, including the following:
Pop rock band Haim will give a talk with Kelefa Sanneh and an intimate performance on 10/21 at Gramercy Theatre at 7 PM (tickets).
Later that night, Gramercy hosts 'The New R&B,' which features performances from forward-thinking R&B artists including Azekel, Bilal, The 20/20 Experience co-writer James Fauntleroy, and Kelela. They'll also talk with Andrew Marantz. That starts at 10 PM (tickets).
The reunited Sleater-Kinney talk with Dana Goodyear on 10/3 at Directors Guild Theater (110 W 57th St) at 4 PM (tickets).
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts talks with Emma Allen at One World Trade Center on 10/3 at 10 PM (tickets).
Genre-crossing producer Mark Ronson, who's bigger than ever now thanks to his Bruno Mars collaboration "Uptown Funk," talks with John Seabrook, whose book on pop music The Song Machine is out now, on 10/3 at Gramercy at 10 PM. Mark also performs with Jeff Bhasker, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Jay Bratten and Chris Vatalaro (tickets). It's his only live North American performance for the Uptown Special album cycle (his only others have been in TV studios).
At that same time at SIR Stage37 there's a Cuba event with journalist Elaine Diaz Rodriguez, science fiction author/heavy metal musician Yoss, and musician Pedrito Martinez discussing the future of their country with Jon Lee Anderson (tickets).
One last coupon: use the code SOUNDCLOUD35 to get a discount for the Soundcloud Lounge event on 10/2 at One World Trade Center at 8 PM with performances from NYC electronic duo Blondes and Chance the Rapper associate Towkio. John Seabrook is at this one too, talking with Soundcloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung (tickets).
Algiers have just released a video for "And When You Fall" which is from this year's self-titled debut and typifies the band's sound (part post-punk synth and part gospel, the latter coming from the powerhouse vocals of frontman Franklin James Fisher). The video was directed by Lamb & Sea and bassist Ryan Mahan tells us a little about it and the song:
For me, Franklin's lyrics in 'And When You Fall' transcend the traditional contours of revenge narratives, promising instead a collective revolutionary justice awaiting all oppressors. The video Sam has created excels in representing how this demand for substantive justice and collective consciousness is distorted and disembodied in modern times, partially through the incessant flow of capital and information."And When You Fall" makes its premiere in this post and you can check it out below.
The song also owes a debt to early Mute recordings, most notably The Normal. The video lays bare this influence by referencing Cabaret Voltaire's 'Kino', and repurposing the early synth pioneers', from Fad Gadget to Throbbing Gristle, interest in J.G. Ballard and the politics of post-industrialism.
The band's North American tour is underway as we speak and will hit NYC on October 11 at Rough Trade (that show was moved from originally-announced venue Music Hall of Williamsburg). Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Enter to win, below.
All Algiers tour dates are listed below.
September 24, 2015
Handsome Dick Manitoba's current version of legendary NYC punk band The Dictators are making a tradition out of playing New Year's Eve at hometown venue Bowery Electric. They've announced that they're doing it again this year, though no openers revealed yet. Tickets are on sale now. The band is touring Europe first, and all dates are listed below.
Another long-running NYC punk institution, Murphy's Law, also plays a holiday show at that same venue. They'll be there on Halloween, a day they tend to celebrate with hometown shows. No openers for this one at the moment either. Tickets are on sale now. They also have a few other dates, which are listed below.
Meanwhile, this weekend Bowery Electric hosts another legendary punk band (but from Vancouver), D.O.A., on Saturday (9/26). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
by Andrew Sacher
Screamo/post-hardcore band The Saddest Landscape have been at it for over a decade and on October 23 they'll return with their newest album, Darkness Forgives, via Topshelf. You already heard the lead single "Souls Worth Saving," which comes out as a 7" single this week (9/25). Backing that song is the non-album track "A Season of Goodbyes," a song as devastating and emotionally exposed as TSL's ever been. It premieres below.
As previously discussed, they're touring with atmospheric metal band Vattnet Viskar and hitting NYC for a release show on November 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair. Enter for a chance to win, below.
September 22, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Ash have made a video for "Machinery" from their new album Kablammo!. The video has frontman Tim Wheeler going out for a night on the town, ending up at a karaoke party. The song itself if fun as well -- they have not lost their ability to write ultra-catchy guitar pop. It premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
If you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets to both the NYC and Chicago (9/28 @ Subterranean) shows as well as the pre-show meet-and-greet and a copy of the album. Enter to win, below.