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July 31, 2014
The dudes just got off tour with Eagulls, and as we mentioned they've got two NYC shows coming up. The first is at Mercury Lounge with fellow Chicagoans The Lemons on August 13 (tickets), and the second is at Baby's All Right on August 14 with Public Access TV in addition to The Lemons (tickets). If you'd like to go to either of the NYC shows for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to each. Details for that are below.
Twin Peaks have expanded their tour since we last posted as well. Updated tour dates, along with the video for "Flavor," below...
July 30, 2014
by Bill Pearis
see Jarvis fix a flat...like common people
If you're a Pulp fan you probably already know that you've got two upcoming chances in NYC to see Florian Habicht's excellent and very entertaining documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. It's screening August 6 at Lincoln Center with a Habicht post-show Q&A as part of the venue's Sound + Vision fest (tickets); and then Rooftop Films on August 7 (Industry City in Sunset Park location) with a post-screening Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and Habicht (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Rooftop Films screening/Q&A for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on that are below.
The Rooftop Films screening just got a little more interesting. Before the screening, the good folks at Mondo NYC will be DJing, and immediately after the Q&A there will be a Pulp karaoke contest judged by Jarvis and Habicht. To enter, you need to Tweet to @RooftopFilms saying which Pulp song you'd like to do with the hashtag #singforjarvis, and plead your case. Song selections and more details here but they do suggest maybe you might want to pick a song besides "Common People." Too band "Bad Cover Version" isn't an option -- too meta?
For those who can't make the screenings and don't want to wait for the North American theatrical release of the film, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets just came out on DVD and Blu Ray in the UK, which would require an all-region player of course, but some of you have those.
Trailer for the film and the "Bad Cover Version" video below...
July 24, 2014
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Johnathan Demme's classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and the film has been making the rounds at various screenings around the country and was just released on Blu-Ray. The film will screen as part of Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision Festival at the Walter Reade Theater on August 1, to be followed by a Q&A with David Byrne himself. File this one under 'not to be missed.'
Tickets are sold out, but If you'd still like to go we have two pairs of tickets to the Lincoln Center screening to give away. ALSO one of those two winners will also be getting the new Blu-Ray of the film SIGNED BY ALL FOUR MEMBERS of the Talking Heads. Details on how to enter the contest, plus a few clips from Stop Making Sense, below...
Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET (Questlove's signature 'Breakbeats' line), courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove plays it:
Details on how to enter the contest, below...
July 21, 2014
by Ian Chainey
It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better cover art
Somewhere, there's a band named Invincible that's like, "Huh."
Fucking Invincible is the new project from fellas from Dropdead and Daughters. Surprise: they're loud. They play a type of ultra-aggressive core that loves tossing '90s-styled jud-jud breakdowns into the maelstrom. Their new album on Atomic Action! Records is called It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, which you can stream in full below. It rages in tight, minute-long packages. The songs never outstay their welcome, using a one-and-done approach for segment construction. That means It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better is the kind of record you leave on repeat. It also means the title is kind of a lie. It's pretty good from the get-go.
Fucking Invincible will hit the road September for a string of dates that run through the eastern half of North America. That tour hits NYC on September 27 at the Acheron. Tickets and support slots will be announced soon. All dates are listed below.
They also just played Connecticut last night (7/20) with Oathbreaker and Cult Leader, the touring package that will hit the Acheron on Thursday (7/24) for a BrooklynVegan-presented show that includes Young and In the Way, Badr Vogu and Meek Is Murder. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, with the Fucking Invincible LP stream and list of dates, below.
July 16, 2014
Sheer Terror (photo by Jammi Sloane York)
NYHC vets Sheer Terror put out Standing Up For Falling Down, their first album in 18 years, earlier this year, and not along ago played a hometown show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Since we last spoke, they've been added as an opener to another local show, the one UK vets Subhumans are headlining on July 27 at Le Poisson Rouge with White Collar Crime and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair.
Contest details, with a full set video of Sheer Terror at BK Bazaar, below...
July 14, 2014
Braid in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Braid's excellent reunion album, No Coast is out now and the band will soon bring their tour with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Marietta to NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/26). Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
We already mentioned that co-lead singers Bob Nanna and Chris Broach would be DJing an afterparty in Brooklyn, and it's since been announced that the party will happen down the block at Cameo. As rumored, the party is also Washed Up Emo's first Emo Night in Brooklyn (they were all previously at EV bar Idle Hands).
Contest details for MHOW, with No Coast standout "East End Hollows," below...
July 10, 2014
GOASTT at Hammerstein in June (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (or The GOASTT) put out their newest album, Midnight Sun, earlier this year and have now made a video for one of its tracks, "Too Deep," which was filmed right here in NYC. The song recalls the more psychedelic moments of Sean's father's band, but hey if Tame Impala can do it, why can't an actual Lennon? The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.
GOASTT are currently on a tour with Beck (which just hit NYC). They'll play NYC again (without Beck) during this year's Summerscreen series in McCarren Park. They play on July 30 along with a screening of Heathers. That show is free. All dates are listed below.
We're also giving away a signed vinyl copy of Midnight Sun. Details on how to enter to win that, with the list of dates and new video, below...
July 1, 2014
photo by Dan Monick
Joyce Manor will release their much-anticipated third album Never Hungover Again on July 22 via their new label home of Epitaph, and from the sound of its two singles, we're in for more fast-paced melodic indie punk. As discussed, the band's tour brings them to NYC in September but they'll be here way sooner to celebrate the new record on release day (7/22) at Rough Trade NYC.
It's an in-store (doors at 6:30 PM, music at 7) and to get in you need to buy the record at the Rough Trade store that day. There's one other way to get in though, we're giving away a few pairs of tickets and details on that are below.
Their proper tour hits Bowery Ballroom on 9/15 with The Exquisities and Mike Bell & The Movies. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed, with the two song streams from the LP, below...
June 25, 2014
Former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer released his debut album, Liberation!, this week via Mexican Summer. It's a lovely record and you can stream the whole thing below and if you need more convincing to buy it. You can also watch a short "infomercial" on the record as well.
As mentioned, Peter plays a NYC record release show on Thursday (6/26) at Rough Trade with AM Mills, and Skyler Skjelset (who is also a member of Peter's band). Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details on that are below.
After the Rough Trade show, Peter will head off on a proper tour of the Southwest and West Coast. His former bandmate, Hamilton Leithauser, is busy on tour this summer himself. All PMB dates are listed, along with the album stream and the infomercial, below...