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April 28, 2015

photo: DIIV @ MHOW in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

DIIV, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
DIIV are finally getting around to releasing a new album -- the hard-to-google-and-say Is the Is Are -- and we'll hopefully hear a lot of it tonight at this sold-out warm-up for their upcoming festival tour season.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play their second of two sold-out NYC shows.

AlunaGeorge, Kali Uchis @ Rough Trade
Electronic pop duo and Disclosure collaborators AlunaGeorge have a new album on the way, and to preview the material they're playing just two US club dates. There's tonight's NYC gig and later this week they're in LA. Sold out.

iLoveMakonnen, Key!, Sonny Digital @ Bowery Ballroom
No jokes about what day of the week it is, but the rapper best known for the inescapable "Tuesday" kicks off a two-night stand in NYC tonight. Both shows are sold out.

Pile, Yazan, Vulture Shit, Captain Wizard @ Baby's All Right
Pile returned this year with their newest album, You're Better Than This (on Exploding In Sound), another dose of their blend of '90s-style indie rock and post-hardcore. They were last here in February, but tonight's their first NYC show since the album's release.

Benjamin Clementine @ Joe's Pub
Tonight's the US debut of Benjamin Clementine, whose hyped debut album At Least For Now is out now and has gotten him called a "male Nina Simone" more than once.

Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer, Sharpless @ Palisades
In celebration of Father/Daughter Records' new compilation, Faux Real II (which has real indie bands covering fictional bands from movies and TV), three of the bands will play a Brooklyn show tonight. Also on the bill is Bellows, who aren't on the compilation but are part of The Epoch collective with Small Wonder and Sharpless.

Wiki & Sporting Life (of Ratking), Onyx Collective, Julian Soto, Yung Gutted, special guests @ Knitting Factory
Two thirds of NYC alt-rap group Ratking are playing as a duo at this show, and special guests are promised.

The Karen Gala @ BAM
BAM sends off retiring president Karen Brooks Hopkins with this pricy, "Brooklyn black tie" affair featuring appearances by Mavis Staples, Steve Reich, Rufus & Martha Wainwright and more.

Empress Of @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse which begins tonight.

Cambodian Rocks @ WFMU Monty Hall
Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol headlines this evening of music covering the wide range of musical styles coming out of Cambodia in the 60s and 70s. Also performing: members of Baksey Cham Krong, The Drakkar, and the songs of Sinn Sisamouth will be performed by his grandson, Sinn Sethakol.

Speaking of WFMU, today on Brian Turner's show (3-6PM) is the second half of his special dedicated to the mighty Fall. Former members Brix Smith and Marc Riley will call in for the show which will also feature lots of rare live recordings.

The Late Night Disaster with Rob Blatt @ Union Hall
This is a "new variety show dressed up like a traditional late night talk show" and for the inaugural show they've lined up appareances from Jon Glaser, Sarah Screams, Ginny Leise, Soojeong Son, Julio Torres and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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April 27, 2015

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Into It. Over It. at Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 4/24/15
Into It. Over It

One of Evan Weiss's many bands, Into It. Over It., brought their tour to NYC this past Friday (4/24) for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with math rock trio Tiny Moving Parts, as well as Major League, Collect Yourself and Safety (who we missed). Coming on around midnight, Evan opened the set solo with "Anchor," and the rest of the set included a good mix of their albums (Intersections, Twelve Towns, etc.) as well as a new song.

More pictures of Into It. Over It. and Tiny Moving Parts, and IIOI's setlist, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Gilberto Gil @ Town Hall 4/23/2015
Gilberto Gil

What makes Mr. Gil so good at his best -- and Thursday night he stayed right near his best, without overindulging in vocal improvising or one-man-jamming, as he can sometimes do -- is his light-voiced, articulate, rhythmic energy: the vigor he put in songs like "O Pato," "Doralice" and " É Luxo Só," his total delight in the syncopated rhythmic details, and the fresh simplicity that seeps down into the band. [NY Times]
Politically-charged Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil is touring in support of a last year's Gilbertos Samba, a tribute to the music of Joao Gilberto. On Thursday (4/24) he and his band -- which included his son Bem Gil on both guitar and flute (and even a plate) -- played to a packed crowd at Town Hall. Most of his two-hour set was from that record (and the subsequent/related Gibertos Samba ao Vivo live LP), with a few of Gilberto's own classics as well. Pictures from his performance (and one of his setlist) are in this post and continue below....

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Shervin Lainez

Torres is a week away from releasing her sophomore album, Sprinter, on her new label home of Partisan Records, and she's now streaming it in full. It's a diverse record, with PJ Harvey-style rock songs, somber folk-inspired songs, and a short divergence into eccentric pop with "Cowboy Guilt." Check out the whole thing, over at NPR.

Torres has a tour coming up that includes two NYC shows: May 27 at Baby's All Right with Aero Flynn (tickets) and June 26 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). No other bands announced for the Merc show yet.

Watch the video for the title track below...

Continue reading "Torres streaming new album, 'Sprinter' (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


Chicago songwriter J. Fernandez will release his new album, Many Levels of Laughter, June 9, 2015 via Joyful Noise Recording Co. There's a motorik quality to his music that recalls American Analog Set or Stereolab, but there's a magic hour sunlight vibe to his melodies as well. It's a nice album and you can stream the lovely, autumnal "Read My Mind" below.

Fernandez will be touring this spring with a stint supporting Unknown Mortal Orchestra. He'll be in NYC this week, playing Bowery Electric on Friday (5/1) with Lazy Queen and Cluster Sun. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "J. Fernandez readies 'Many Levels of Laughter,' playing NYC before tour w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra (dates, stream)"

Rocky Votolato (photo by Amber Zbitnoff)

Rocky Votolato released his full-band, rock-oriented eighth album Hospital Handshakes last week via No Sleep, and wrapped up his solo tour a few days later. Now he's announced a full-band tour in support of the new record, which is co-headlining with former Loved Ones singer Dave Hause, and features Fake Problems singer/Jeff Rosenstock collaborator Chris Farren opening.

That triple bill hits NYC on July 24 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a full stream of Hospital Handshakes, below...

Continue reading "Rocky Votolato announces tour w/ Dave Hause & Chris Farren"

by Bill Pearis


Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) and Hans-Peter Lindstrøm's collaborative album, Runddans, is out next week via Smalltown Supersound. A 40-minute piece that's been chopped up into 12 song-like parts, Runddans often sounds like someone scanning the lowest reaches of the FM dial: free jazz, new age and noise all smush together into a musical collage. Occasionally things that sound like pop music bubble to the surface but are gone before you can fully take hold. It's out there, man, and you can listen to the whole thing via the New Yorker, below.

You can catch Rundgren in a more straightforward setting (playing the hits) when his tour hits Highline Ballroom on May 5 & 6 (tickets).

Continue reading "stream Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen & Hans-Peter Lindstrøm's weird collaborative album, 'Runddans'"

Lamour book

Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:

During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.

and About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.

Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.

by Bill Pearis

Warm Soda

Warm Soda release their third album, Symbolic Dream, next week (5/5). This is Warm Soda's third album in as many years and while I loved their debut, I wasn't as excited about its followup. Symbolic Dream, however, is maybe their best yet. Ostensibly there's not any difference between the three -- hooky, mid-fi powerpop that sounds like its coming out of an AM radio in 1979 -- and main man Matthew Melton can crank this stuff out in his sleep. Maybe it was his move to Austin, or something else, Whatever the case may be, the songs this time just pop. You can stream the album in full (via Stereogum) below.

Now that they're more centrally located, hopefully we'll see Warm Soda on the East Coast more often. No shows this way yet but they will be busy on tour and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Warm Soda streaming new album, touring (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Last year, California rock band Souvenirs released their debut album, You, Fear and Me, and this week they're giving it a re-release with bonus tracks via Other People Records (not to be confused with Nicolas Jaar's label of the same name). One of the bonus tracks, "Bye For Now," premieres in this post. It's a similar type of atmospheric, punk-rooted indie rock to the stuff we've gotten from Title Fight, Superheaven and Turnover lately, and if you like those bands you might dig this too. Listen below.

Souvenirs have an upcoming tour with The Story So Far, Four Year Strong and Terror, which hits NJ's Skate & Surf festival, and NYC on May 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the Webster show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Souvenirs share new song "Bye For Now," touring (dates)"