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April 24, 2014

Walter at 2013 Rock Lottery (more by Greg Cristman)
Walter

Post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels has been pretty busy lately, having played reunion shows with Quicksand and Gorilla Biscuits in the past few years, and keeping his solo project alive too. He'll hit the road solo again soon for a brief Northeast run this May. Those dates include a NYC stop on May 20 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Revisit the past with a video of Gorilla Biscuits' first CBGB show from 1986, with the list of Walter's upcoming dates, below...

Continue reading "Walter Schreifels going on short Northeast solo tour (dates)"

Shaky Knees Fest

Since we last posted the lineup, The Shaky Knees fest in Atlanta has grown to add The Replacements and more. Tickets also went on sale and are still available. Check out the lineup, headlined by The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes, in the poster above and the full schedule at the fest's site.

Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place in Atlanta's Atlantic Station, May 9-11, 2014.

Deer Tick and The Hold Steady are both also on the lineup and out on tour together now.

by Andrew Sacher

The Jazz June at Saint Vitus in 2013 (via)
Jazz June

'90s Emo Reunion Month does not end. We've already heard about a potential Mineral reunion and a definite American Football reunion, plus got a new Sunny Day Real Estate release all in under a week. Now, another veteran band The Jazz June are streaming "Over Underground," their first new song in 12 years, which comes out on the previously announced split with Dikembe July 1 via Tiny Engines/Topshelf. It's a solid song for a band that's been gone for over a decade (or just in general), but doesn't sound like they're just "picking up where they left off" either. That's a good sign, since The Jazz June have an Evan Weiss-produced album coming out later this year too.

Check it out below...

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St. Vincent @ Chicago's Riviera Theatre (more by James Richards IV)
St. Vincent

Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and music performers of the last three shows of the season. On May 3, a couple days before their sold-out Beacon Theatre performance, Coldplay will play SNL with host The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield.

Then on May 10 the musical guest will be Black Keys, whose new album Turn Blue will be out three days later. Charlize Theron, who is starring in Seth McFarlane's new comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, will host.

St. Vincent, last seen singing "Lithium" and "About a Girl" with the remains of Nirvana at Saint Vitus, will be the musical guest on the season finale which will air on May 17, and is hosted by SNL alum Andy Samberg. Annie Clark is no stranger to comedy, having appeared on a few episodes of Portlandia, so maybe she'll turn up in a sketch.

This Saturday (4/26), is a repeat of the Louis CK / Sam Smith episode.

by Bill Pearis

Cold Beat

Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew formed Cold Beat last year with Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata) on drums, and Kyle King on guitar. Despite a name that sounds like it should be a French minimal wave band from 1981, what Cold Beat have released so far is actually cheery indiepop, jangly and harmony-laden. Not miles away from Grass Widow, but definitely a little less obtuse. The band made the "Worms/Year 5772" EP last year and are set to release their debut album, Over Me, on July 8 via Lew's own Crime on the Moon imprint. The record was recorded with The Fucking Champs' Phil Manley and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring etc). You can stream "Mirror" from the album below.

For those who wish Cold Beat did sound like a French minimal wave band from 1981, there are excellent remixes of "Year 5772" by Pow! and Mikey Young which pretty much fit that description. You can stream those below too.

No word on live shows, but hopefully that changes soon. Meanwhile, check out the album art and tracklist, plus the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Grass Widow's Hannah Lew formed new group Cold Beat, releasing debut album in July (streams)"

Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chain of Strength

Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.

The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.

Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "Chain of Strength playing more US reunion shows before Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (dates & lineup)"

Constantines

A few months ago, Canadian indie band Constantines announced they'd be reissuing Shine A Light and playing reunion shows. They were since announced for Toronto's Field Trip Festival and now a few other dates have been announced (but still all in Canada). All are listed below.

They've also given more details on the Shine A Light reissue. The album will be out on June 10 via Sub Pop and comes with a 7" that features three bonus tracks. There will also be a limited edition on orange vinyl. Tracklist and a stream of "Young Lions" below.

In related news, Constantines member Bry Webb was added to fellow Canadian Chad VanGaalen's tour with more fellow Canadians Cousins. That tour hits NYC on May 15 at The Bell House and tickets for that show are still available. Bry's new solo album, Free Will, comes out on May 20 via Idée Fixe. Stream the track "Receive Me" from that (via Stereogum) with his list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Constantines announce 'Shine A Light' reissue details and Canadian shows; Bry Webb touring w/ Chad VanGaalen"

Robin Pecknold at Gene Clark tribute at MHOW (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Robin

It's been way too long since we've heard from Fleet Foxes, who haven't put out an album since 2011's Helplessness Blues or played live since early 2012. In that time, drummer J. TIllman left and became Father John Misty, and other members started the side project Poor Moon. Only in the past few months have we heard from frontman Robin Pecknold at all, who broke his silence to cover Pearl Jam on Fallon and then to cover Gene Clark on a short tribute tour with Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Walkmen members. Now, Robin has posted a message to the Fleet Foxes Facebook telling us what he's been up to, and vaguely (but hopefully promisingly) commenting on the future of the band:

For anyone who's curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update - been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I've mostly been doing that, but I'm working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it's down the line. Hope all is well out there.

Best,
Robin

Fingers crossed it won't be too far down the line! Watch a video of the band's Austin City Limits taping below...

Continue reading "Robin Pecknold posts Fleet Foxes update, "working on songs""

Flatbush Zombies @ VICELAND Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flatbush

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

Flatbush Zombies, 100s, GrandeMarshall @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
NYC rap trio Flatbush Zombies love to rap about smoking, drinking, and doing drugs, and tonight's show should be an appropriately trippy experience with smoke clouds, 40s and one of the city's best current rap groups on stage. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show -- free if you RSVPed, and "sold" out.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not be playing shows anymore, but luckily there's never a shortage of chances to see Sonic Youth members. Lee's band makes indie rock a bit more straightforward than SY's with some psychedelia thrown in too. It's good, and you can get a dose of it at Union Pool tonight.

Duke Dumont @ Output
Duke Dumont had one of the best dance-pop singles of 2013 with "Need U 100%." It was pretty on par with most of the Disclosure singles, but tonight at Output you can catch Duke in a much smaller room than you're able to see Disclosure in these days.

Peter Stampfel, Jeffrey Lewis, Bushwick Gospel Singers, Modern Hut @ Mercury Lounge
Folk veteran Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders) released his new solo album on his new label home of Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) this week, and tonight he celebrates with this release show. It's a family affair with his frequent collaborator (and anti-folk great) Jeffrey Lewis, his daughter Zoe's band Bushwick Gospel Singers, and Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt's solo project Modern Hut.

Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit, Hive Bent, Grizzlor @ Death by Audio
It's Low Fat Getting High's EP release show and a good night for local punk all around.

Lapalux, High Klassified, Chits @ Glasslands
UK producer and Brainfeeder associate makes a great mix of future garage and instrumental hip hop. Tonight he'll bring his infectious beats to Brooklyn.

Wake Owl, Lyla Fox, Stone Cold Fox @ Rough Trade
Vancouver's Wake Owl (the moniker of singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron) released their debut album, The Private World of Paradise, in March via Vagrant. With crisp production from Shins member Richard Swift, the record is full of smart, tuneful pop that's much more interesting than the band's name might lead you to believe. Mumford-style folk it is not.

Har Mar Superstar, Walking Shapes, Cold Blood Club, Appomattox @ Bowery Electric
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Note that Walking Shapes' appearance here is part of their stunt of playing 24 shows in 24 hours today. They may be very tired by this point.

Toadies, Supersuckers, Battleme @ Irving Plaza
It's a double bill of '90s-era Southwest alt-rock with hitmakers the Toadies (remember "Possum Kingdom"?) and self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World," The Supersuckers.

White Hills, Degreaser, Aqua Nebula Oscillator @ Saint Vitus
According to their own bombastic press release, White Hills "set the international gold standard in what it means to be a space rock band in the 21st Century." Their live show is nearly as over-the=top as their PR. If you're going, get there in time to catch sludgy Aussie/Brooklyn band DeGreaser.

Kool A.D., Rebelmatic, Prop Anon, Sarcasmo Hosted By Ricky Powell @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's a multi-genre night at The Studio at Webster Hall headlined by former Das Racist member Kool A.D. and hosted by legendary L.E.S. scenester Ricky Powell.

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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April 23, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Pink Baby

Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
Woods
Cassie Ramone
Weyes Blood
The Woolen Men

It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic.  The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.

The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.

Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!

Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.

A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.

In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.

Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...

Continue reading "Woods, Cassie Ramone, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men played the BV-curated RBSS show at Baby's All Right (pics)"

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