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February 12, 2016
by Bill Pearis
Doug Tuttle's new album, It Calls on Me, is out next week via Trouble in Mind. It's a terrific album, steeped in mushroom tea psychedelia with lush harmonies, memorable songs and warm, spot-on production. (As I said previously, if you dig Woods, Doug is in similar territory here.) You can stream the whole album, via Impose, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Graveyard / Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl - 2/10/16
Swedish rockers Graveyard brought their tour with Spiders to NYC this week, playing Bowery Ballroom on 2/8 and Brooklyn Bowl on 2/10. They were initially going to play Bowery in January, but it was one of many shows that were rescheduled due to Winter Storm Jonas. (They ended up getting stuck here and squeezing in a smaller show at Saint Vitus around that time though.) Pictures of the Brooklyn Bowl show are in this post.
At the Bowery show, Graveyard played a set that hit most of their 2015 album Innocence and Decadence while also finding time to cover a bunch of their older stuff as well. We didn't get the exact Brooklyn Bowl setlist, but they've basically been the same the whole tour. After that show there was also an afterparty at the Our Wicked Lady rooftop bar in Bushwick, where openers Spiders played while Graveyard partied.
Check out more pictures from the Brooklyn Bowl show, the setlist from the Bowery show, and some social media reactions below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Coming on the heels of the producing the very successful Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre is producing and starring in a new semi-autobiographical TV series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new show is called Vital Signs, has already starting shooting, and also holds the distinction of being the first original show ever produced by Apple (Apple and Dre, you might remember, have a longstanding relationship), and will probably be distributed via Apple Music.
The show, which is currently set for six episodes, has an interesting purported structure; each episode will be about a different emotion and how Dre deals with said emotion. It also apparently involves a large orgy scene in the first episode, which, as we know from True Detective, is very important if you want to make a show sufficiently dark. Vital Signs also involves Sam Rockwell, which is good news.
Check out a video of Dr. Dre and Tyrese celebrating the fact that they just sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion below.
by Andrew Sacher
This is the second week of this new "Five Notable Releases of the Week" feature. If you missed the (mostly self-explanatory) introduction of what this thing is all about, revisit week one. I did point out that it's not about individual singles, which means it won't include the best release of this week: Beyonce's "Formation" song/video. But as long as you watched the Super Bowl, you probably don't need a reminder of that anyway. Also, I really hoped I'd be talking about the new Kanye album today but so far no sign of it. Hopefully by next week!
Anyway for this week's albums, read on below...
by Bill Pearis
Cameron Crowe is delving into TV, co-creating the new series Roadies for Showtime. It's a world he knows well, having spent a lot of time on the road with rock bands as a teenaged reporter for Rolling Stone, experiences he later turned into his 2000 autobiographical film Almost Famous. This new series, co-created by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked), is set in the present day and will follow the exploits of the crew behind fictional group Staton-House Band. Here's the official synopsis:
Roadies gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of "roadies" who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band.Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Luis Guzman are amongst the show's cast. Cameron Crowe has been in a creative/ commercial funk since Almost Famous with a string of duds (Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, Aloha) but him returning to a place near and dear to his heart, not to mention working with the creator of My So-Called Life, sounds promising. J.J. Abrams is producing.
Roadies doesn't premiere until June 26 but you can watch a trailer for the series below.
British deathrock band 13th Chime were active in the early '80s but only released a few recordings at the time. They did have an album that never saw the light of day, but Sacred Bones recently unearthed those recordings and put it out, along with a compilation of their early singles. (They're not the only old UK deathrock band that Sacred Bones have reissued.)
Now 13th Chime are set to play their first-ever US show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on April 16. They'll be joined by Sacred Bones labelmates Anasazi (who take clear influence from the original deathrock era) and Boston post-punks Dame. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out a couple 13th Chime songs below...
photo: Anderson .Paak at SOB's on February 5 (more by P Squared)
SXSW, which starts in about a month (March 15-20), has already announced three rounds of artists for the 2016 edition, and now they've announced a fourth wave of bands. This one includes the likes of Sun Kil Moon, Empress Of, Anderson .Paak, Faust, Flatbush Zombies, Freeway, Lord Dying, Night Birds, Shilpa Ray and a ton more.
Check out the full list of additions below.
Wiki (photo by Jacob Wayler)
Late last year, Ratking member Wiki released his solo album Lil Me, which included two tracks featuring experimental rapper Antwon. One of those, "Patience," has now been given the video treatment. Check it out below.
Wiki and Antwon also announced a short tour together happening this March. It kicks off in Atlanta on 3/20 and ends in NYC on 3/28 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Before that tour, Ratking are touring with Animal Collective, including two sold-out BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC.
by Bill Pearis
Fronted by Greg Bertens, San Francisco's Film School made four albums -- a couple for Beggars -- of superior shoegazy indie rock inspired by a variety of '80s sounds. (Bunnymen, Cure, MBV, etc.). They called it quits in 2011 but reformed with their prime, cira-2006 lineup for a one-off show in 2014. The band are now back for reals and released a new EP, June, today. You can stream the whole thing right now, via The Big Takeover, below.
Film School have a couple California shows this month: The Echo in Los Angeles on February 19, and they'll play February 27 at SF's Bottom of the Hill as part of Noise Pop Fest.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: La Misma at Death By Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As always, there's a ton of metal and hardcore stuff happening in the NYC area. Here's a roundup of some of the latest.
As we get ready for the annual giant Decibel tour that this year features Abbath, High On Fire, Tribulation and Skeletonwitch, we recently found out that, following the sad departure of longtime Skeletonwitch frontman Chance Garnette, the new vocalist on this tour and beyond will be Adam Clemans of the great Wolvhammer. As we wait to see whether he can fill those shoes, here are some recently-announced shows you might be interested in.
'80s dudes Anvil are touring a ton in in 2016, including a show in NYC at Black Bear on May 14 and in Long Branch, NJ at Brighton Bar on May 13. Tickets for Black Bear are on sale now, while you can get the NJ tickets at the door.
Local punks Crazy Spirit and Warthog have a show coming up at Palisades on March 12 with Sadist, Savageheads, Mommy, Nandas, Murderer and Spitehouse. Tickets are on sale now.
Also at Palisades, hardcore band La Misma will be playing with Sadist, Green Beret, Pure Disgust and Blood Pressure on April 15, and tickets for that are on sale now. La Misma are also opening for Framtid when they play the Acheron on March 25.
LA powerviolence legends Despise You are playing a NYC show right before they hit Maryland Deathfest. They'll be playing a show at Saint Vitus on May 26 with Yacoepsae, Sanitys Dawn, Whoresnation, Six Brew Bantha and Backslider. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Over at the Acheron on March 14, you'll have a chance to see the killer double-bill of LA blackened thrashers Witchaven and like-minded Dallas rippers Steel-Bearing Hand. Tickets for that are on sale now.
You can always do well to scope out what's going on with our metal experts over at Invisible Oranges. Like this week they've plumbed the depths of bandcamp to find some great stuff that you probably have never heard of. And they reviewed the excellent new Ghostlimb album, which you can stream below.
Now on to some reminders. Since we last spoke, much has been announced, like Black Dahlia Murder, Nails, Magic Circle/Ecstatic Vision, Krieg, Lamb of God/Corrosion of Conformity/Clutch, Graves at Sea, and Royal Thunder.
There's also five Killswitch Engage shows, Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, Grim Reaper, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse and Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell.
Not to mention Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
Thought there wasn't more? Think again. Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. Check out music from Steel-Bearing Hand, Witchaven, Warthog, Rotten Sound, Ghostlimb, and tour dates for Anvil, below...