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March 8, 2014
Little Dragon's next album, entitled Nabuma Rubberband, is due in May. This coming week, like they did recently on Letterman (video below), they'll preview some of it down in Austin at SXSW where one of their shows is the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we cornered bassist Freddy & drummer Erik & asked them 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
LD: Our favorite venue to play could be the Henry Miller library in Big Sur. Open small outdoor stage surrounded by the giant redwoods trees, what more to say??
more to say below...
Paint It Black at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Paint it Black, Hop Along, Night Birds, Bad Canoes @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black haven't played NYC in a few years, so needless to say, tonight's return is highly anticipated. Making the show even better, it's totally FREE, plus newer (but also great) Philly band Hop Along provides support, as does Brooklyn/NJ surf/skate punks Night Birds, and Marissa from Screaming Females' other band Bad Canoes.
Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter @ Brooklyn Bowl
Back in action with a new album, party-friendly, food-obsessed Japanese duo Cibo Matto play tonight with their old Grand Royal pals Buffalo Daughter.
We Were Promised Jetpacks, Honeyblood @ Webster Hall
Makers of quality Scottish indie pop for a few years now, We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in town for tonight's Webster Hall show.
Murray Hill, Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys, Bridget Everett, Champagne Jerry, Peaches @ Gramercy Theatre
Downtown comedian and drag king legend Murray Hill headlines Gramercy with this one-off show tonight and he's brought many of his talented friends, including Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, singer/comedian Bridget Everett, Ad-Rock collaborator and fellow rapper Champagne Jerry, and Peaches.
Jungle, Wet @ Knitting Factory
Enigmatic UK act Jungle let their music do the talking: specifically, R&B-tinged dance pop that manages to sound both classic and modern at the same time. A duo in the studio, they expand to a seven-piece live, and this is their first of two sold-out NYC shows.
Frankie Cosmos, Whatever Dad, Ruby Buff, Spook Houses @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos' new album Zentropy may be the zillionth thing she's released, but it's her first album with a full band and the first album that's gaining her the attention she deserves. Fans of Beat Happening-style lo-fi and Moldy Peaches-style anti-folk should dig. Good bill all around too, including the likeminded Whatever, Dad (Elaiza of Crying) and Frankie's labelmates Spook Houses, whose NJ indie rock might appeal to fans of Titus Andronicus.
Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Throwing Muses returned in 2013 with the album/book, Purgatory/Paradise, their first full length in 10 years. Tonight could be special: opening is Tanya Donnelly who was in the band during the '80s (and is Kristen Hersh's half-sister). Maybe she'll come out with TM for a couple songs?
Ejecta, Nicholas Nicholas, Yonatan Gat @ Glasslands Gallery
The new project from Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber, Ejecta's 2013 debut was an enjoyable batch of hooky synthpop. Live it's more of a band but no less appealing.
Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ City Winery
Bob Mould's solo debut, Workbook, is 25 years old this year and he's celebrating that tonight. Hopefully Bob will be previewing a song or two off his just-announced new solo album.
Mick Barr, Vampillia, Kevin Hufnagel, MV Carbon @ Silent Barn
It's another NYC show this week for Boredoms-related Japanese band Vampillia, and like all of the shows they're doing here, they'll be joined by a great, experimental-minded lineup.
Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Josh Ritter and tourmate Gregory Alan Isakov will be keeping things simple and acoustic this weekend over the course of two sold-out shows, this being the second.
Pop. 1280, Buck Gooter, Crosss, Night Squad @ Trans Pecos
It'll get weird at Trans Pecos tonight with the gothy Pop 1280, the grungy heavy psych of Canada's Crosss, and the noisy experimental Buck Gooter.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.
Lolawolf, Boy Toy, Organs @ Union Pool
Today is the second annual Burger Revolution, where the party-loving label Burger is sponsoring shows around the world. This is one of two happening in Brooklyn...
Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully @ 180 Scholes St.
... and this is the other.
Cardiknox, The Preatures @ Brooklyn Bowl
Ever wonder what it would be like if The Strokes and Haim were one Australian band? It might sound a little like Sydney's The Preatures, who were last here for CMJ. Sold out.
Technicolor Teeth, Clean Girls, York Factory Complaint, Jail Solidarity @ Death By Audio
Technicolor Teeth share their drummer with Tenement, but instead of that band's hi-speed punk, they favor shoegazey guitars and layers of psychedelia. Good openers too.
System Fucker, Warthog, Aspects of War, Nomad, Herpes @ Acheron
Lots of good punk on this bill, including Japan's System Fucker, the great Katorga Works-signed Warthog, local regulars Nomad 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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March 7, 2014
The Rapture @ House of Vans, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
One nugget of information in the Red Bull Music Academy press release -- as part of the William Onyeabor tribute -- they refer to Luke Jenner as "formerly of The Rapture." We didn't think much of it -- just sort of assumed that was old news -- but apparently they had broken up on the sly. Self Titled mag got in touch with DFA domo Jonathan Galkin who confirmed:
"I kept thinking it might blow over," label manager Jonathan Galkin said, "but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: 'Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?'"Not even a goodbye show! We'll miss ya, The Rapture. Head below for the song that put them -- and DFA -- on the map, "House of Jealous Lovers"...
The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.
The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...
By Doug Moore
Municipal Waste at Santos Party House, 2012 (photo by Wyatt Marshall)
This week ran a little slow as the music industry geared up for the clusterfuck that is SXSW, but it saw some notable developments anyhow. (And if you're going to Austin, here's our guide to metal at SXSW.) Here's the low-down.
First, live stuff for this weekend: Dehumanized is topping a brutal death metal bill at The Acheron tonight (3/7). Tortuous Inception, Kalopsia, Forced Asphyxiation, & Hypoxia provide support (tix). On Saturday (3/8), there are two shows with Japanese headlining acts: experimental weirdos Vampilia will put in the first of a few NYC appearances alongside Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon at Silent Barn, while punkers System Fucker will team up with Aspects of War, Nomad, Herpes, & Warthog for an Acheron show (tix).
Some other developments:
Swedish punks Infernöh's aforementioned TBA appearance on April 12 has been slated for the Acheron.
NY Death Fest II has announced the rest of its lineup. Notable additions include long-running West Coast punks Nausea and New York death metal icons Mortician. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of SXSW: if you're headed to Austin and you've got an ear for the heavy, check out our Metal At SXSW 2014 rundown for all of your schedule-building needs.
Over on Invisible Oranges, we took a gander at new jams by Solstice, Tiger Flowers, Metsatöll, and a host of underground black metal, including Skogen, Sujo, & Rhinocervs. We warmed up for Tankcrimes' upcoming Brainsqueeze II Festival by bringing you a compilation showcasing every band on the bill, including some exclusive tuneage from Municipal Waste, Fucked Up, & The Shrine. We spoke to Slough Feg main man Mike Scalzi about his controversal 2010 IO columns, among other things. We returned to East Village Radio -- this week's show was brought to you by the Children of Bodom Halo of Blood tour, which also features Tyr & Death Angel. Tune in every week for ticket giveaways, interviews, bad jokes, and tons of good metal jams.
by Bill Pearis
Oklahoma psych trio Colourmusic will return with their new album, May You Marry Rich, on March 25 via Memphis Industries. The new album is a little more synth-heavy than 2011's My _____ is Pink but in there you can still hear the rhythmic influence of Can and their spacerocking OK neighbors The Flaming Lips. We're premiering "Silvertape," which is one of the more insterstellar tracks off the record, and you can stream it (and another song) below.
Colourmusic will be in Austin for SXSW and are only playing one show (Wednesday night at 1 AM, yikes) and will warm up for that with an Oklahoma City show the day before. They were excellent when I caught them at SXSW 2011 and let's hope a full tour is in the works.
Tour dates are listed, along with the song streams, album art and tracklist, below...
Upset -- the new band fronted by former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler, along with Patty Schemel (Hole), Jenn Prince, and a rotating fourth member (which did/does include Kickball Katy, Kyle Gilbride from Swearin', Rachel Gagliardi of Slutever) -- released their punky, poppy debut LP, She's Gone, back in 2013 via Don Giovanni, and they've now paid tribute to one of their punky influences, 7 Seconds, whose song "Not Just Boys Fun" they recorded a cover of. Check out that cover below.
Upset will also be heading to SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 14 at Red 7, which also includes Parquet Courts, Beth Israel and more TBA. (full lineup coming very soon, we promise!) You can check out their whole schedule below.
In related news, Kyle Gilbride, who produced She's Gone and performed as a member of Upset at the Don Giovanni showcase in February will play NYC tonight when his band Swearin' brings their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/7) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders. It's the band's second NYC show this week (they played Cake Shop last night with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone), and was recently moved to MHOW from Rough Trade. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
Parquet Courts will release a new 7" for Record Store Day with two new songs, "Pilgrims to Nowhere" and "Sunbathing Animal." You can hear the latter right now -- if you can read sheet music and have access to a musical instrument, or know someone who can/does. You can see a small version of that sheet music (shades of Beck) below or download a high-res here. According to producer Jonathan Schenke, Parquet Courts' new album is in the can and about to be mastered.
The band's last NYC show was back in January at The Acheron around the time of their Fallon appearance. You can now watch that entire Acheron show below. And if you want to see them live, the band will be in Austin, TX next week for SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (3/14) at Red 7. After that Parquet Courts will play a few West Coast shows.
The band's next scheduled NYC show is June 11 at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club with Detroit's Protomartyr (who play our Saturday day party and will be in NYC in April), plus Future Punx, and Xerox. No word on tickets for that show yet.
Also playing our Friday day party are Austin's own Beth Isreal whose new album Dental Denial will be out on Dull Tools, the label co-run by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage. They'll also play the Dull Tools party at Austin's The Owl on Saturday (3/15) with Parquet Courts and more. Details on that TBA.
And as mentioned, Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage will be DJing the release party for Future Punx's debut 7" happening tonight (3/7) at Death by Audio. You may know that Future Punx features Savages' old Fergus & Geronimo bandmate, Jason Kelly. Eaters and Final Bloom are playing too.
All Parquet Courts dates are listed, along with the Acheron video, below...