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September 29, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Boys Life

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 Kisses
8:15 - Infinity Girl
9:00 - Clique
9:45 - Solids
10:30 - Wildhoney
11:15 - Donovan Wolfington
12:00 - Nai Harvest
You 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...

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September 28, 2015

New Yorker Festival

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).

Other events that there are no discounts for include Jim Gaffigan, Broad City, Trey Anastasio, Marc Maron, and Patti Smith. Check out the festival's calendar for even more.


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.

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.

"And When You Fall" makes its premiere in this post and you can check it out below.

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.

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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.

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by Andrew Sacher

The Saddest Landscape

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.

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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.

The band's North American tour kicks off this week and hits NYC on Saturday (9/26) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed 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.

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September 18, 2015

by Klaus Kinski

So Anyway

By many estimations, British comedy legends Monty Python did for comedy what the Beatles did for music. Beginning with the first episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" back on October 5, 1969, a series which spanned 45 episodes over 4 series and ballooned into countless books, albums, touring stage shows, movies, and a Broadway musical, the Python fingerprint is all over such comedy staples as SNL, The Kids in the Hall, and Mr. Show with Bob and David. One of the most recognizable faces of the 6 person comedy machine is John Cleese. His post Python career has probably been the most robust of the 6 members, having appeared in nearly 60 films, 20 TV shows, 23 direct to video projects, video games and, of course, his masterwork television series Fawlty Towers, which ranks #1 on the BFI TV 100 list (beating out "Monty Python's Flying Circus" which landed a #5 spot).

Mr. Cleese has a few items on his plate that might be worth noting if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Monty Python super-fan like your man Klaus. Back on November 4, 2014, Cleese released, on hardcover, a book entitled "So, Anyway...." This memoir recounts Cleese's journey through his rise and mastery of the comic arts; from awkward small town lad (who was already 6 foot tall by his 12th birthday) through the 10 immediately-sold-out 2014 Python stadium shows at the 02 arena in London (to an audience of 16,000 people per night). It is an unbelievable look into one of the most prolific comedy careers of all time. A softcover version of the book is coming out on September 29. 2015. We're giving two copies away! Details on how to enter are below.

In honor of his recent memoir, John Cleese will be appearing live at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 14 at 6:30pm. Celebrating stories from "So, Anyway...", the Cleese will regale the audience with tales of projects including "The Meaning of Life", "The Life of Brian", "The Holy Grail", "A Fish called Wanda", "Fawlty Towers" and more. Tickets are now on sale. There is also a VIP option that gets you a signed copy of the paperback and a photo-op with the man himself. Get em before they're gone!

John is also doing a small tour of the south with fellow python legend Eric Idle!

Britain's living legends of comedy, John Cleese and Eric Idle perform in their must-see new show, John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time. The British icons will perform unforgettable sit-down comedy, blending scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance. No two shows will be quite the same, thus ensuring that every audience feels like they're seeing Together Again At Last... For The Very First Time, for the very first time. And now you know why the show is called that, don't you?
I am not kidding when I say I would kill to see one of these performances. Why there isn't a single show in the greatest of all cities, NEW YORK f'in CITY, vexes me to the point of tears. I mean, I guess I could drive to Maryland. But who wants to drive to Maryland. Gross. Anyway, tour dates are listed .


In other Python news, back on November 11, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment released Monty Python Live (mostly) : One Down, Five To Go on BluRay, DVD, and digital.

Filmed live on July 20th on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances at The O2 in London, "Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go" sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python's Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty and a fantastic live orchestra. The show cements the Python's reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. "Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go" is the ultimate Monty Python show.
While you're at Amazon or wherever ordering that, you should, as the Python completist you are, pre-order the "Monty Python and the Holy Grail Limited Edition Castle Catapult BluRay Gift Set which will be released on October 27, 2015. This doozy of a release features deluxe packaging complete with catapult and little animals you can hurl at your enemies, letters from Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam about the film, commentary from the 5 remaining Pythons, footage of the Pythons being interviewed by John Oliver at the Tribeca Film Festival, outtakes, lost animations, and more. I'd insert a "Holy Grail" pun here, but I know better.... Watch a video of this thing getting unwrapped with other videos and tour dates and stuff below...

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August 25, 2015

La Luz

Seattle's La Luz are currently on tour and will play NYC on Saturday (8/29) at Bowery Ballroom with Scully and EZTV. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details below.

La Luz and Scully, who also play together a few times on this tour, face off on opposite sides of a new single, the latest in Famous Class' LAMC split 7" series and you can listen to both sides of that below.

Scully, who are wrapping up work on their debut album with producer Ben Greenberg, are also opening for A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms at Saint Vitus on October 9. Tickets are still available. All Scully and La Luz dates are listed below.

Continue reading "La Luz and Scully released split 7" (stream it) ++ win tix to Saturday's show at Bowery Ballroom"

August 24, 2015

The Sword

This past Friday, retro riffers The Sword released their new album High Country on Razor & Tie. You can pick it up on iTunes, and we're also giving away an album bundle that features one copy on Double Black Vinyl, on CD copy, and one High Country Album Art T-Shirt. Head below to enter the contest.

The Sword's tour with Royal Thunder hits NYC on December 1 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meanwhile, there's some cool metal coming up in NYC sooner than that. This week, the Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar tour lands at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (8/25). Tickets are still available. The next day, AC/DC's tour hits NYC-area venue MetLife Stadium (8/26). You can still get tickets for that one too.

Earth's tour with Holy Sons hits NYC on Wednesday (8/26) at LPR with Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori (buy tickets or win them) and Thursday (8/27) at Saint Vitus (sold out). The next night, Vitus hosts So Hideous and Set and Setting (tickets).

Some exciting metal news was announced today too. Candiria are playing their first non-festival NYC show since reuniting. Cavity are playing their first East Coast show in over a decade. And the legendary Pentagram added a second NYC date to their tour.

Over at Invisible Oranges, we ran down the upcoming metal releases of this week. We've also got album streams from Cemetery Lust and Putridity, and a Horna song stream.

What else?

Enter The Sword contest below...

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August 5, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman defies easy categorization, actually singing "let's wreck all these preconceived notions" on "Ordinary Life," one of the standout cuts from his new album Perpetual Motion People that dabbles in folk, doo-wop, distorted rock, and hooky guitar pop. (He is also orthodox Jewish and publicly identifies as queer and genderfluid.) The record is worth checking out and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.

Copies of Perpetual Motion People sold at Rough Trade come with an exclusive five-song covers EP, featuring takes on Beck's "Devil's Haircut," Melanie's "The Good Book," The Replacements' "Androgynous," The Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love" and an affecting, acoustic version LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change." That LCD cover makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below.

Ezra and his band start a short US tour tonight (8/5) in NYC at Rough Trade with J. Fernandez and Emily Einhorn. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on that and a list of all Ezra Furman dates are below.

And speaking of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy will DJ at Output on August 14 with Eric Duncan. Tickets for that are on sale.

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