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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...
April 15, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Residuels at Beerland in Austin
Philly garage punks Residuels have covered The Stooges and had the cover praised by Iggy Pop himself. They just opened the Philly stop of The Sonics' tour, and this Thursday (4/16) they'll be in NYC to open for the Buzzcocks show at Irving Plaza. So you probably have an idea of what you're getting from them -- classic-sounding stuff inspired by '60s garage rock and early punk -- and they do it well. Listen to their recent cassingle, "Valley Of Fire" (with Stoogers cover "I Got A Right" on the flip), below.
The Buzzcocks/Residuels show also has Otherworldy Things on the bill. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
April 14, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tallest Man on Earth in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Tallest Man on Earth already released "Sagres" from his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home, one of his most fleshed-out tracks yet. Now he's put out the title track, which is far more stripped down. It's just Kristian Matsson and his acoustic guitar for most of the song, and it's even more somber than the last single (which was already pretty melancholic). Listen below.
The NYC show happens June 3 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are still available (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.
Details on how to enter, with the list of dates, below...
photo: The Antlers at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Antlers were added as an opener to some dates on the upcoming Spoon tour, including the Brooklyn show happening June 16 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.
Details on how to enter to win, with The Antlers' list of tour dates, below...