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March 4, 2015

photo: Growlers at Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)

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

Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
Raging hardcore band Trash Talk pretty much never play a show that doesn't have both the band and crowd going apeshit, and tonight's will likely be just that. Alt-rappers Ratking and hip hop producer Lee Bannon open.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their first show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho.

Self Defense Family, Creative Adult @ Saint Vitus
Makthaverskan had to unfortunately drop off this show due to visa issues, but it's still a great bill with arty post-hardcore band Self Defense Family and dark punks Creative Adult. The tour also hits Webster Studio on Sunday, and Makthaverskan are still set to be here for that one.

Nothing Changes w/ HTRK, Pop. 1280 @ Home Sweet Home
Australian post punk act HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club, their most hushed, electronic-based album to date. Expect volume to be high tonight, however, when they play late night goth party Nothing Changes. Pop. 1280 makes this an appealing double bill, especially if you don't have to get up early on Thursday morning.

Kelela, DJ Ezra Koenig, DJ Alexis taylor, DJ E*vax, DJ Business Class @ MoMA Armory Party benefit
R&B boundary pusher Kelela headlines this year's MoMA Armory Party benefit at MoMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby with a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat).

Grounders, Twist, Sun Cut Flat @ Cake Shop
It's a double dose of Toronto pop tonight at Cake Shop with the hazy sounds of Grounders and '60s-ish duo Twist.

Jangula, Ski Lodge, Piers, Stalking Gia @ Pianos
Ski Lodge, who got a little more synthy on their new single, are doing a joint residency with fellow Brooklyn band Jangula every Wednesday in March, and tonight is the first of those shows.

Alice Boman, Julie Byrne, Cassandra Jenkins @ Rough Trade
Swedish singer Alice Boman makes spare, delicate music as heard on last year's compilation, EP II + Skisser . Her songs should play well in an intimate room like Rough Trade.

GDFX, Daniel Pearce / Andrew Smiley duo, Kate Henderson's Drone Acupuncture Installation, Sapropelic Pycnic @ Trans-Pecos
One of the few solo shows Greg Fox (GDFX) is playing in NYC before his band Liturgy heads out on tour this spring.

Animal Collective (DJ set), DJ Dogsynth, Spencer Sweeney
Animal Collective do another of their increasingly frequent DJ sets in NYC tonight. This one's at Output, rather than their usual home of Brooklyn Bowl, and it's just with Deakin and Geologist.

Dropkick Murphys @ The Paramount
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and what better time to see Boston's favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight continues their 5-show run in the NYC-area.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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March 3, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet's new album Revisionist is out today (3/3) on The Flenser, and they've announced a release show for it happening March 27 at Saint Vitus (where they just opened for This Will Destroy You) with Kayo Dot. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll tour with Liturgy. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Sannhet drummer Christopher Todd is also in a new band with members of Orchid, Made Out of Babies and others called Low Estate. They recently put out the Blood Horizon EP with six tracks of genre-crossing heavy music, and you can stream that below. You can also download it (name your price) on bandcamp.

Speaking of Kayo Dot, frontman Toby Driver has an upcoming Stone residency that will include full Kayo Dot album sets, plus sets from his bands Maudlin of the Well, Tarter Lamb, and more.

List of Sannhet dates, their album stream, and the Low Estate EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Sannhet schedule LP release show w/ Kayo Dot; drummer in Low Estate with mems of Orchid & Made Out of Babies (listen)"

photo: The Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge, 2/26/2015 (more by PSquared)
Blind Shake

Minneapolis' animal beat bashers The Blind Shake just wrapped up their Modern Surf Classics tour with John Reis (including two NYC shows). No sooner than they sent their Hawaiian shirts to the laundry, they've announced a new album, Fly Right, which will be out April 14 via Slovenly. This one's a bit different that what they've done before, allowing a little melody in without sacrificing the sheer impact of their signature sound. You can stream four songs off Fly Right below.

The Blind Shake play the legendary First Avenue club in their hometown this Friday (3/6) with Brother Ali and more. Then they'll head to Austin for a bunch of shows during SXSW, details TBA.

Continue reading "The Blind Shake releasing a new LP (listen), playing SXSW"


After first reuniting in 2008, Michigan hardcore legends The Meatmen returned last year with their first album of original music in 18 years, Savage Sagas, and they're still as crude and politically incorrect as ever. To quote Punk News, "On the album, frontman Tesco Vee has several songs about V.D., a few about beating people up, at least one trip to a low-rent strip club, and enough insults at people of various backgrounds that show he can't possibly be bigoted because he hates everyone." Song titles include "The Dwarves Are The Second Greatest Band In The World" (as in, after The Meatmen of course), "The Ballad of Stinky Penis," "KKK," "Speed Kills (But It Sho' Feels Good)," "Rock N Roll Enema," etc, etc, etc. You can listen to the whole thing below.

They've now announced a short tour with Against The Grain in support of the new album, running from late April through early May. The tour hits NYC on May 4 at Saint Vitus, and tickets for that one are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new album stream and a stream of their classic We're the Meatmen...and You Suck!, below...

Continue reading "The Meatmen touring in support of comeback album 'Savage Sagas' (dates & LP stream)"


Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan were supposed to begin their tour with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult this week, but unfortunately due to visa issues they're not able to fly in as early as expected and are forced to drop off Brooklyn's Saint Vitus show (3/4) and Philly's Boot & Saddle show (3/5). Run for Cover label manager Tom Chiari says:

Makthaverskan are currently tied up in Sweden with visa complications and unfortunately their Wednesday, March 4th show at St.Vitus in Brooklyn and Thursday, March 5th at Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult will not be possible under the current circumstances; the shows will go on without them. However our team is working hard to rectify the situation and get them over to the US in a timely manner in order to preserve as many tour dates as possible. Maja, Irma, Palle, Gustav and Hugo are looking forward to their US debut tour and appreciate all of the support
Luckily for those in NYC, the Studio at Webster Hall show on Sunday (3/8) is currently still on. You can still get tickets for that one, and you can get tickets to see just SDF/Creative Adult at Vitus too. Updated tour schedule below.

Makthaverskan have a new single on Run for Cover that will be available on the tour, and just yesterday their sister band Westkust released the single from their upcoming debut LP on RFC.

Listen to Makthaverskan's "Witness," with the dates, below...

Continue reading "Makthaverskan delay North American tour due to visa issues, drop off Brooklyn & Philly dates"

The Vice "levitation"/protest in action (photo via @mattelife)

Brooklyn's Talibam! are currently leading a protest outside of VICE's Williamsburg offices, with an attempt at mass telekinesis to levitate the publishing empire's N. 11th St. offices into the East River. "What?" you say? From its Facebook event page:

Inspired by past Public Action which combine public assembly, performance and grand vision, Talibam! Joined by mass ensemble will attempt to levitate Vice Media's office, personnel and the building itself into the East River .

Sprits of the Displaced and dormant creative energies underneath the foundation of Vice Media's HQ will be unleashed, once the building levitates into the East River & a creative re-flowering of the Williamsburg Waterfront Communities will regenerate.

Inspired by the FUGS levitation of the Pentagon in 1967, A diversity of Communities that has been poached, glamorized against their will, forcibly removed and appropriated responds with an action to rid negative spirits from their point of origin.

As we said, this is happening right now, though judging by the instagram above there's not that many people there at the moment. The "levitation" began at 3:30 PM, and there is one in Venice, CA too:
In solidarity with friends in NYC, I will be performing/conducting/
coordinating the two scores by Talibam! Matt Mottel & Kevin Shea in front of VICE Magazine office in Venice Beach tomorrow, at 12:35 PM PST. Join me with an instrument, corn meal, cultural ephemera a la scores posted below.

We will synchronize in LA, simultaneously attempting to levitate their office into the Pacific Ocean, hopefully before they move into a giant warehouse in the El Sereno area of East LA, or something equally horrible, and qualify for another multi-million dollar tax break.

Meet me after 11:30 AM PST at Venice of America Centennial Park 90291

Vice: 589 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.
behind them is Electric Avenue...

photo: Trail of Dead in Chicago, 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
trail of Dead

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, who released a new album and toured their 'Source Codes & Tags LP in 2014, are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and have just announced a tour in celebration. The North American leg will be with their Austin neighbors Boyfrndz and Canada's Your Favorite Enemies.

It includes two NYC stops: May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 2 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets to all dates of the tour are currently on Trail of Dead presale. Tickets for MHOW also have an AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/4) at noon and go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon; tickets to LPR go on sale Friday at 1 PM.

All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead going on 20th anniversary tour, playing two NYC shows (dates)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Juliana Hatfield Three @ Bowery Ballroom 3/1/2015
Juliana Hatfield Three

"Become What You Are" remains a solid, accurate snapshot of that brief, yet much-storied period of the 1990s when women playing dirt-smudged, yet catchy pop had a foothold on rock radio. (Hatfield pointed out early on in the evening that the trio's last show on their only tour had taken place on Feb. 28, 1994 -- almost 21 years prior.) Hatfield's guitar crunch animates songs like the menacing "Dame With A Rod" and the disaffected "Feelin' Massachusetts," but her self-aware yet vulnerable lyrics pack the real punch. "Spin The Bottle," which achieved minor radio notoriety (thanks in part to its association with the slacker rom-com "Reality Bites"), uses the titular game of romantic exploration to skewer the dating world and a shy person's place in it; on "President Garfield," Hatfield repeats the phrase "I'm sayin' somethin' really deep" so incessantly to make the listener wonder who, exactly, the song's narrator is trying to convince of that fact. - [Boston Globe]
The reunited Juliana Hatfield Three played their first NYC show since the '90s at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (3/1) which was the third date of their tour which both celebrates new album Whatever, My Love and also has the band playing their classic Become What You Are in full. Hatfield and her band sounded like they picked up where they left off, and sounded great. The above review is from their Cambridge, MA homecoming show a few days earlier.

Openers for the show were Potty Mouth. Appropriate because they're also from the Boston area and clearly owe a sonic (and possibly lyrical) debt to Juliana Hatfield.  Unfortunately, the snow we got on Sunday turned their drive from New Hampshire into an 11-hour ordeal that had them not getting to the club until a half-hour after their scheduled start time -- at which point they basically jumped on stage, plugged in and started playing.

More pictures of both bands, and JH3's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Juliana Hatfield Three played Bowery Ballroom with Potty Mouth (pics, setlist)"

Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ played three NYC shows in January the week his new album B4.DA.$$ came out, and now he's announced a much larger hometown show. He'll once again headline the Smokers Club 4/20 show (which is now an annual thing), though this year it's actually April 19 at Terminal 5.

Also on the bill is Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon. Joey plays a few fests too -- all dates below.

Joey's album features fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson, who also plays Terminal 5 soon: 3/24 (sold out) and 3/25 (tickets). Bronson's own new album, Mr. Wonderful, comes out 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic, and this week he put out another new song from it, "Baby Blue," featuring Chance the Rapper (who has two albums on the way) and produced by Mark Ronson (who currently has one of the biggest singles in the country).

Listen to that, with the newest video from Joey's album and recent mixtapes from Lil Herb and Frais, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ playing annual 4/20 show (on 4/19) at T5 w/ Lil Herb, Frais & more; Action Bronson released a new song"

by Bill Pearis

The Loft

NYC Popfest has just announced the lineup for its 2015 edition which happens May 28 - 311 in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Shows will happen at Cake Shop, Knitting Factory, Cameo, The Bell House and Baby's All Right. Schedule is still TBA but four-day festival passes are on sale now.

Like always it's a mix of bands from around the world, both new and veteran acts. Some of this year's highlights include: The Loft, fronted by Pete Astor and one of the first bands signed to Creation Records; Sweden's Club 8, one of the many bands featuring Labrador Records owner Johan Angergård; C-86 era band The Darling Buds who scored a few college radio hits in the late '80s and early '90s (and who many couldn't tell apart from The Primitives); shortlived Ann Arbor, MI band Veronica Lake who put out records on Spin Art, Simple Machines and Bus Stop and haven't played a show since 1994; The Catenary Wires, the duo featuring Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly and The Tender Trap; and Germany's Brideshead who have been making music since the '90s.

More on the international front: The Spook School, who charmed last year's Popfest crowd, and other UK acts like Young Romance, and The Just Joans; Papa Topo and Jessica & The Fletchers from Spain; plus Wallflower from Japan, and Popfest's first band from Russia, Palms On Fire.

From North America, there's Eternal Summers (who have a new album out around the time of Popfest), terrific shoegazers Wildhoney and their fellow Baltimoreans Expert Alterations, three bands from California (Lunchbox, #poundsign# and Starry Eyed Cadet), and Rhode Island's Working. And NYC is well-represented with Beverly, Roman a Clef, The Chandler Estate, Pale Lights, and Souvenir Stand.

The Popfest folks have put together a Spotify playlist featuring most all the band's playing this year and you can stream that, and check out a few related videos and streams, below. More bands may be added, but check out the 2015 NYC Popfest lineup as it stands now, below.

Continue reading "NYC Popfest announces 2015 line-up (The Loft, Darling Buds, Club 8, Veronica Lake, Eternal Summers, Wildhoney & more)"