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August 4, 2015

by Bill Pearis


UK postpunk outfit TRAAMS will release their second album, Modern Dancing, on November 13 via Fatcat. The band made the album with MJ of Hookworms who also worked on their 2013 debut, Grin. The first track from it to be released is "Succulent Thunder Anthem," a shouty ripper that should appeal to fans of Total Control and METZ. You can stream it, along with a few Grin tracks, below.

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photos by Greg Cristman

CYHSY @ Bowery Ballroom, 8/2/2015
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah just wrapped up their nostalgia tour, playing their "blog rock" classic debut in full. The tour included two shows in their hometown of NYC, Saturday (8/1) and Sunday (8/2) at Bowery Ballroom. Both were opened by Teen Men, the new band of The Spinto Band's Nick Krill and Joe Hobson. We caught night 2. Pictures continue below...

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photo: Hot Chip in Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Hot Chip

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

Hot Chip, Georgia @ Webster Hall
Coming off their strongest album arguably since The Warning, UK dance act Hot Chip hit Webster Hall for their first of two shows, tonight with fellow Domino recording artist Georgia.

The Avengers, Shellshag, Surfbort @ The Bell House
San Francisco punk greats The Avengers -- which still feature founding members Penelope Houston and Greg Ingraham -- are heading to the UK for a short tour but are kindly stopping here on the way there.

Stan Ridgeway @ Joe's Pub
Both with his band Wall of Voodoo and on solo albums, Stan Ridgway is a vivid storyteller, bringing a noir style (and a distinctive vocal style and harmonica-playing) to tales of love, lust, unhappy accidents, procrastination, ghost marines in Vietnam, urban ennui and other subjects. Will he play "Mexican Radio," "Camouflage" and "Ring of Fire"? Probably.

KMFDM, Chant @ Irving Plaza
Long-running industrial titans KMFDM invade NYC tonight. Fun game while you wait for them to go on: make up your own version of what KMFDM stands for. Here's one: Kylie Minogue Fries Doughnuts Menacingly. We're not especially good at this game, btw.

J. Cole, Big Sean, YG, Jeremih @ MSG
J. Cole's out on the road supporting his late 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and he's got some pretty great openers: Big Sean, who made his best album yet this year, krazy Compton rapper YG, and alt-R&B standout Jeremih (who also makes this show worth it on his own -- he really doesn't tour enough).

Incubus, Deftones, Death From Above 1979, The Bots @ PNC Bank Arts Center
We wouldn't normally get excited about an Incubus tour, but alt-metal bashers Deftones and dance-punk greats Death From Above 1979 on one bill sounds like a pretty great way to spend a night.

Brandon Flowers, Donald Cumming @ Terminal 5
Brandon Flowers' new album isn't great, but it's better than you might've guessed a solo record from the Killers frontman would be in 2015. Plus, you'll hear a few from his main band tonight too.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Letts @ Prospect Park
Prospect Park hosts a night of mindie folk from Edward Sharpe and veteran New Orleans jazz from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

FOLD Festival @ Martha Clara Vineyards
Nile Rodgers conceived of this acronymed, two-day festival ("Freak Out, Let's Dance") that promises lots of cross- pollination between performers (today Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold and Rodgers' band, Chic) and nothing but the hits.

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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photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis

Total Control / Sannhet @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Total Control

Australia's Total Control were in NYC this weekend for two sold out shows, playing a very sweaty show at Palisades on Friday with Crazy Spirit and Nandas, and then a slightly cooler show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with tourmates Lust for Youth (pics here), as well as Sannhet and Flesh World (pics here). While their records split the difference between straight-up punk and dark, synthy postpunk, Total Control stayed firmly on the punk side, though frontman Dan Stewart did occasionally play a tiny Teenage Engineering OP-1 that was somewhat comically set up on a normal sized keyboard stand.

Pacing around the stage and growling out lyrics through gnashed teeth, Stewart was a menacing presence even while having a scarf draped over his head most of the night. He and the rest of the band (all of whom play in about seven other bands each) banged out song after song with little in the way of stage banter, keeping the energy high. This was an older crowd, so not too much in the way of a pit, but it was a sea of nodding heads. Did I wish they'd played "Scene from a Marriage?" Yes, but I left very satisfied nonetheless. Let's hope this is not the last time we'll get to see them in NYC.

Sannhet were probably the odd band out on this bill (most of the crowd was downstairs during their set, to be honest), but their proggy brand of instrumental metal -- and the band's arresting lighting -- was impressive.

More pics from Total Control (including one of their setlist) and Sannhet are below...

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photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis

Lust for Youth

Lust for Youth are on tour with Total Control and played with them at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1). On record it's the project of Swede Hannes Norrvide (who lives in Denmark these days) but live they're a trio with a guitarist and keyboardist. For me at least, they were reminiscent of another Swedish group, The Tough Alliance, who make similarly balaeric synthpop with a decidedly subversive attitude. (They have a dark side but, musically at least, it was not on display Saturday.) Lust for Youth were not the most exciting band to watch live (being boring almost seemed like the point), but they sounded good. Pics from their set are in this post.

Lust for Youth have more dates coming up, including two returns to NYC. The first is October 29 at Mercury Lounge with their Sacred Bones labelmates/Denmark neighbors Marching Church (the other band of Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt), and the second is November 19 at Palisades. Tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/5) at noon. Tickets for Palisades are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Marching Church also have another NYC show the day before that Merc show at Saint Vitus (10/28) with Trans FX. Tickets for that one are on sale now. A longer Marching Church tour hasn't been announced yet.

More Lust For Youth pics, and their list of dates, below...

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photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Flesh World @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Flesh World

San Francisco's Flesh World just played three NYC shows: Baby's All Right on Thursday (7/30) with Radioactivity and Honey Radar, then they opened for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with Lust for Youth and Sannhet, and then played later that night (much later) at Acheron. Jess Scott still writes the same style of songs, musically at least, as she did in the underrated Brilliant Colors but Limp Wrist's Scott Moore's snaking, snarling guitar leads definitely push things into the punkier side of post-punk. It was a short but terrific set from them at MHOW. Pictures from their set are in this post.

We mentioned that Limp Wrist would be playing Silent Barn on August 6 after the Flesh World tour ends. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but they added a late one. After the 7 PM show with Didi, In School, Frau and Honeysuck, they'll play an 11 PM show with Crazy Spirit and Frau (tickets).

More Flesh World pics below...

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Mac DeMarco

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right posted an announcement with the above picture that they have a secret show Tuesday (8/4) night. We're not sure who it is, but the first comment on the post is from famed music producer John Agnello, who guessed "Mat Demarco." A little detective work tells us there's a similarly-named musician, Mac DeMarco, who like the wizard above, has a gap in his teeth. The opener is "Another Juan" and the opener for one of Mac's other upcoming NYC shows is Tall Juan. Hmm...

Whether or not Mac DeMarco is on that show, he does have a lot going on at the moment. He releases his new mini-LP, Another One (which sounds similar to "Another Juan," no?), this week, and you can stream it full now, below. He's also the latest guest on Pitchfork 'Over/Under' series. Video of that below too.

In more related news, Art Is Hard Records got a few artists together to write vocal versions of Mac's recent instrumental record, including Shunkan and Nai Harvest. The description reads:

Remember the instrumental album that Mac DeMarco pushed out early July? Written and recorded in his bedroom across just four impressive days, we are merely lo-fi paupers whilst Mac wears the crown.

We thought it'd be great fun to get some AIH friends and family in to have a play and complete the tracks by adding their own vocal & melody ideas. Initially wanting to match the four-day window that Mac achieved the process in, it turned out this was next to impossible ..

HOWEVER! Everyone managed to finish their takes and have done a great, great job. Come roll in the disco fusion of Shunkan vs Mac on Hachiko, the grizzle fuzz of pet cemetery's Fish Terry or Early Ghost's paranoid deprecation on closer Special K.

Mac gave it away for free and so are we. Enjoy!

You can download it here and stream it below...

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US Tour dates

US Girls (the project of Meg Remy) will play Hudson River Rocks on Thursday (8/6) at Pier 84 with Yuck. As mentioned, that show is free and all-ages. With the new album Half Free due out next month via 4AD, US Girls have announced a lot more tour dates. They'll open for both of The Kills' sold-out shows at Brooklyn's Warsaw in September, and in October they'll be out with Peaches for a few shows.

Then in November they'll be out with Ian Svenonius' new project Escape-Ism and will play two NYC shows: Alphaville on November 13 and Mercury Lounge on November 14. Tickets for Alphaville are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wedensday (8/5) at noon.

As for Escape-Ism, here's a description of what to expect:

ESCAPE-ISM is a found-sound dream drama. It uses a lot of sound effects records to create a kind of fractured dream narrative, and it's actually inspired by radio programming like sportscasting. Like listening to basketball games, play-by-play radio. It's just inspired by AM radio. Escape-ism is best if you just close your eyes.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams of "Damn That Valley" and "Woman's Work" from the new album, below...

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They Might Be Giants

They Might be Giants are continuing their monthly residency at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and have added shows for the remaining months of 2015. (They're taking August off.) On September 27 they'll perform their 1992 album Apollo 18, plus Dial-A-Song selections and more. On October 25 the theme is "Horntober" (featuring the Tricerachops horn section of Stan Harrison on saxophone, Curt Ramm on trumpet,
and Dan "The Machine" Levine on trombone) and on November 29 they'll be back to their roots and play as a duo.

John and John will close out 2015 with three New Year's MHOW shows on December 31, January 1 and January 2. Themes for the two January shows have yet to be announced. Tickets to all five of those MHOW shows are currently on TMBG fanclub presale (password is DIALNYE16), will be on AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/5) at noon and go on sale to the general public on Friday (8/7) at noon.

TMBG have some non-Brooklyn shows too, including a tour of Australia in November, and are dates are listed, along with their two latest Dial-a-Song songs, below.

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photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)
DIIV at Levitation Fest 2015

DIIV have yet to share a song from their upcoming new album, Is the Is Are, but they've just announced an extensive fall tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean joining them on most dates. The tour wraps up in NYC at Webster Hall on November 8 with both No Joy and Sunflower Bean on the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below.

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