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August 21, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

White Octave

The White Octave was the short-lived band formed by original Cursive member Steve Pederson after leaving that band in 1998, and before he formed Criteria (who like Cursive, are/were on Saddle Creek). Their debut LP, 2000's Style No. 6312 which originally came out on Deep Elm, is getting a reissue this year via Broken Circles (Bloom, Of Sinking Ships) on September 16 (pre-order). It's being remastered by Bob Weston, who originally recorded the album, and the reissue will include the track "Looking Past Sky," which was cut from the 2000 release of the LP and was featured on the fifth installment of Deep Elm's Emo Diaries series. Ahead of the reissue, that song was given video treatment compiled from footage of their 2001 tour shot by Scott Behr. The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

The band's only live date at the moment is Hopscotch Festival. Video below...

Continue reading "The White Octave (Cursive, Criteria) reissuing 2000 debut LP, made a video for bonus track, "Looking Past Sky" (watch)"


In 2009, Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch released God Help the Girl, a musical project that featured the band and guest vocalists telling a rock opera of sorts. It's now become a motion picture musical written and directed by Murdoch, which begins its North American release on September 5 and stars Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins), Olly Alexander (of the band Years and Years), Emily Browning and Pierre Boulanger. The story is about a lazy summer in Glasgow, as Murdoch explains:

A better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.
Check out the trailer for the film below. There's a private screening of God Help the Girl this Monday (8/25) at 6:30 PM at Nitehawk Cinema with Stuart Murdoch and cast (Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray) in attendance. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details on that are below.

Average joes can catch the film in NYC when it opens September 5 at Village East Cinemas. All North American screening dates are listed, along with contest details and the trailer, below...

Continue reading "Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch wrote and directed 'God Help the Girl' (win tix to NYC screening w/ Murdoch & cast)"

photo by PJ Sykes
Caught on Tape

Just yesterday (8/20), Thurston Moore detailed his new album, The Best Day, which was recorded with his new band -- his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards. Now he's announced another new LP, this one with Caught on Tape, his avant-garde collaborative project with John Moloney who he played with in Chelsea Light Moving. The album's called Full Bleed, is due out October 21 via Nothern Spy, and while no music has been released from it yet, the press release did come with this gem of a quote:

Q: How did playing black metal rub off on you for Full Bleed? It certainly sounds like it may have.

Thurston Moore: Black Metal is music made by pussies of the lowest order, and we felt it was necessary to investigate this aberrant anti-music behaviour. We feel like the sound and attitude of black metal is a loss of self, life, light and desire in a way where it becomes so negative that a whole new bliss arrives where we become super pussy.

Well there you have it. Watch a live video of Caught On Tape from 2012 below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore calls black metal "music made by pussies of the lowest order," announces another LP"


As mentioned, Australian bands Ausmuteants and The Stevens were both recently added to the lineup of Gonerfest 11 which happens September 24 - 28 in Memphis, TN. There have been a lot of additions since we dedicated a post to Gonerfest, including Protomartyr, Paul Collins Beat, Warm Soda, Deaf Wish, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding in addition to such previously announced acts as The Grifters, The Gizmos, Len Bright Combo, Spray Paint, Audacity and more. Tickets are still available.

Those in NYC not traveling to Gonerfest can see The Grifters, Ausmuteants, The Stevens and more here in NYC around the fest. Specific daily Gonerfest 11 schedule can be found here, and the full list of bands playing is below...

Continue reading "Gonerfest 11 full lineup / schedule announced (Protomartyr, Paul Collins, Warm Soda, and more added)"

by Bill Pearis


Melbourne's The Stevens pull from a variety of landmark indie rock -- The Clean, Guided by Voices, Pavement -- but don't sound quite like any of them. The band's debut album, The History of Hygiene, was produced by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring) and is 24 tracks of lo-to-mid-fi shambly pop perfection. No doubt there is a lot of this type of stuff out there, but The Stevens make superior product, and you can stream the whole album below.

The Stevens were just added to Gonerfest 11's line-up and they'll be touring around North America before they get there. That tour includes three NYC shows: September 10 at Cake Shop, then September 11 at Baby's All Right with Limited and headliners Ducktails playing too, and finally Death by Audio on September 14 with San Francisco's Rat Columns. Advance tickets are on sale now for the Baby's All Right show.

All dates are listed, plus the LP stream, below

Continue reading "Australian band The Stevens touring US around Gonerfest, playing 3 NYC shows (1 w/ Ducktails) (dates, LP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher


Toronto punks PUP recently announced a North American tour surrounding their appearance at The Fest, and it's since been announced that the East Coast run following The Fest will be opened by two fellow Fest bands, Beach Slang and Chumped. That run includes the NYC show happening on November 7 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for what is now a very stacked triple punk bill are on sale.

You can catch Chumped and Beach Slang together in NYC much sooner though when Beach Slang's tour with Modern Baseball hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with both Chumped and Crow Bait on the bill. That show is free. As usual, Chumped (who call NYC home) have other local shows too including Friday (8/22) at Saint Vitus with The Sidekicks, Sundials and Dowsing (tickets); August 30 at Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Infinity Hotel; and September 6 at Saint Vitus with Cayetana (tickets). All of their dates are listed below.

Both Chumped and Beach Slang have also announced new EPs. Beach Slang's, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, will be out digitally in September and physically in October via Tiny Engines and follows their excellent debut EP from earlier this year. No music released from that yet, but artwork and tracklist can be found below.

Chumped will follow 2013's self-titled EP with That's The Thing Is Like... on September 9 via Anchorless. Like their debut, the new single's lo-fi pop punk is a nostalgia trip back to the '90s, but it also sounds totally fresh today. Fans of Superchunk, The Get Up Kids, early blink-182, or newer bands like Swearin' and Radiator Hospital should check this out. Listen (via Stereogum) below. Chumped's debut LP, Teenage Retirement, is to follow this fall. Stay tuned for more on that.

Continue reading "Chumped & Beach Slang releasing new EPs, opening for PUP on tour (dates & stream)"

RTJ at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Run The Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P) have been talking about their second album for a while now, and it's now been officially announced that it's called RTJ2 and will be out October 28 via Mass Appeal. As previously mentioned, the album features Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The first single, "Blockbuster Night Part 1," is out now and can be streamed below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels detail 'RTJ2,' share new single (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


Hollie Cook's terrific new album, Twice, has been on constant repeat on my stereo all summer. Its breezy vibe, incorporating lovers rock and other classic reggae elements into its lush, string-laden pop sound, probably sounds great any time of year. If you haven't checked it out yet, well you really should, and you can correct that by streaming it in full below.

You can also catch Hollie (whose dad is Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook) live this fall when she embarks on her first American tour (sorry, Canada) which kicks off in NYC at Glasslands on October 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

All dates, along with tour flyer, album stream and video for "Looking for Real Love," below...

Continue reading "Hollie Cook going on first US tour this fall (dates)"

by Ian Chainey


Noisy sludgesters The Body are gearing to tour if they have a van that will survive the trek. To make that happen, the band has set up an Indiegogo campaign, opening with this pitch:

If you follow us, you know we tour a ton but we've never owned a van that wasn't at least 12 years old and had over 200,000 miles upon us buying it from some freak on Craigslist. Honestly, we feel weird about crowd funding so we tried to offer stuff that we would be selling anyways in some other format. We would buy it with our own money but we're borderline animals with no careers because we've thrown our lives in the toilet to tour 6 months a year and surprisingly, yelling to people doesn't pay like it did in the 80's.
I feel like this is the section where they get a slow clap for honesty.

Of course, one of the highlights of crowdsourced projects is window shopping the donor perks, and this one has some goodies. The options include snagging a never-to-be-pressed again album, T-shirts featuring either member of the duo, and a chance for the band to take you out for pizza. You can watch a video on the fundraising campaign below.

The Body have had another busy year, releasing two collaboration albums -- I Shall Die Here with the Haxan Cloak and Released From Love with Thou, which we premiered on Invisible Oranges -- along with a bevy of early summer shows including dates with Thou and a spot at this year's Gilead Fest. They're currently scheduled to appear at Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona in October.

The campaign video along with streams from their 2014 releases appear below.

Continue reading "The Body going on tour, crowdfunding for a new van (dates)"

X at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

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

X (performing Los Angeles) @ City Winery
LA legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over a four-night stand at City Winery. Tonight is their classic debut, Los Angeles. Sold out.

Hieroglyphics @ Brooklyn Bowl
Del The Funky Homosapien's already played some pretty big shows this year with his reunited Deltron 3030, and now he's with one of his other groups, Hieroglyphics. If you're looking for great, forward-thinking rap tonight, Brooklyn Bowl is the place to be.

The Clean, Jared Eggers and the Throbbing Thugs @ Rough Trade
Infinitely influential New Zealand legends The Clean just got their entire output released on one four-LP vinyl box via Merge and play their first of two sold-out NYC shows tonight.

Bishop Allen, Alden Penner @ Glasslands
It's been five years since Brooklyn pop outfit Bishop Allen released their last album,Grrr..., and you'd be forgiven if you assumed they broke up. They've just been busy with other stuff -- acting and scoring indie movies, creating a popular dating site, among other things -- but main members Justin Rice and Christian Rudder reconvened last year to write and record a new album, Lights Out, which came out this week. Tonight's the release party.

THEESatisfaction @ MoMA
Shabazz Palaces collaborators warp R&B similarly to the way their pals in Shabazz warp hip hop, resulting in genuinely weird but catchy stuff. This evening show in MoMA's outdoor courtyard should be a cool one.

Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, Midge Ure of Ultravox, China Crisis, Katrina (ex-Katrina & The Waves) @ Best Buy Theater
It's the Retro Futura tour, documenting skinny-tie-and-shoulder-pads new wave alt rock. There will be a lot of 40-somethings dancing like Molly Ringwald tonight.

She Keeps Bees, Eddi Front, Raccoon Fighter @ Cameo Gallery
She Keeps Bee's has a new album on the way which features Sharon Van Etten, and if you're a SVE fan you should probably dig into this too. Catch them and hear some of the album's material early, tonight.

Fletcher C. Johnson, Richie, Such Hounds, A Rex & J Rex @ Death by Audio
It's a quality night of garage rock at DbA featuring Fletcher C. Johnson who has released wax on Burger Records and White Iris.

New Myths, Teen Commandments, Control Group @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, and this is your third of four chances to see them.

Rivergazer, Flagland, Small Wonder, Sharpless @ Shea Stadium
Good lineup of DIY bands from the Porches-related Rivergazer to the garage rockin' Flagland to bedroom pop introvert Small Wonder.

Sean Nelson (of Harvey Danger), Shenandoah Davis, Prairie Empire, Small Houses @ Union Hall
Though Harvey Danger is sorely missed, singer Sean Nelson put out a solo album last year which was pretty in line with their last LP, and contained some good stuff. We'll probably hear some of that (and hopefully some Harvey Danger too) at tonight's one-off.

Zevious, U Sco, Dama Libra, Epistasis, Period @ Saint Vitus
Jazz/prog/rock band Zevious know how to get intense while staying wacky too.

Midnight Masses, Bloodletters and Bad Men @ Mercury Lounge
Trail of Dead side project Midnight Masses put a new album out this year and they're currently on a short tour that hits NYC tonight for its second of two shows this week.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Watermark
Funk and soul legend George Clinton remains very active, and returns to NYC tonight to play with Parliment Funkadelic at this South Street Seaport club.

Biohazard, the Last Stand, Shadows of Dawn, Vice @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Longrunning hardcore-turned-rapcore band Biohazard have continued on with a new singer after Evan Seinfeld's departure in 2011, and you can see their current incarnation tonight.

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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