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May 27, 2015
METZ @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Torres @ Seaport, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
METZ, FIDLAR, Grooms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Toronto's METZ upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with their second album which has better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. Their tour with party boys FIDLAR is a bit odd, except that both groups turn crowds into a sweaty mess. They're alternating headline slots, with METZ headlining tonight. (FIDLAR headline's last night's Bowery show.) If you're going to this show, don't miss local openers Grooms whose new album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, is terrific.
Pat Jordache, Vesuvio Solo @ Elvis Guesthouse
Over the last three years, Pat Jordache has transformed from arty indie rock into a paranoid party band, with liquid bass, sinewy funk, and sonar dub. If you dig The Pop Group (or Mark Stewart's solo work), Japan, or classic 4AD band The Wolfgang Press, Pat Jordache is successfully mining a similar vein.
Screaming Females Q&A w/ Ted Leo & performance @ Apple Store
Screaming Females have two NYC appearances this week, this being the first. It's free, and in addition to performing, Screaming Females will give a Q&A with Ted Leo. They play NYC again tomorrow at the BV-presented 'Chris Gethard Show' premiere party.
Pixies, John Grant @ Beacon Theatre
While it's not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you're going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.
Torres, Aero Flynn @ Baby's All Right
Torres' new album has her diving even further into heavy rock territory at some parts, but also incorporates somber folk-inspired songs, art pop and more. Tonight's her first of three upcoming NYC shows in support of it.
Portal, Impetuous Ritual, Negative Plane @ Saint Vitus
Australian death metal band Portal and related band Impetuous Ritual just wreaked havoc on Maryland Deathfest this past weekend, and now they bring their insanity (and masks) to NYC.
Future Brown, 3D Na'Tee, Maluca, mikeQ, Rizzla @ Output
Future Brown is the dance music "supergroup" of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. Their debut album came out earlier this year on Warp.
The Catenary Wires @ Rough Trade
Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey are indiepop icons who have been at the heart of much-loved groups such as Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research, and Tender Trap. Their latest musical venture is The Catenary Wires. Where previous bands have been decidedly poppy and brash, The Catenary Wires make melancholic folk, but still with their knack for melodies. This is a free show, no purchase of any kind is required, and they'll
Cassie Ramone, My Teenage Stride, Fletcher C. Johnson, Unhappy Mondays @ Shea Stadium
This is a solid bill of local bands, including onetime Vivian Girl and Babies singer Cassie Ramone, solid garage rocker Fletcher C. Johnson and underrated indiepop band My Teenage Stride who don't play out enough for us these days. Opening act Unhappy Mondays claim to be the " 2nd greatest Happy Mondays cover band."
Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil's Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the '60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single "Estrellar" which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year's World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note -- he's at Birdland through Saturday.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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May 26, 2015
photos by P Squared Photography
[TV on the Radio] came out just after 7 and did an approximately 1-hour set that, by necessity, left out a couple of my favorites but covered all the major bases. "Wolf Like Me" is still an amazing track as are "Young Liars," "Golden Age," "DLZ," and "Dancing Choose." Newer songs like "Happy Idiot" and "Could You" had some of the younger people around us jumping. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone thanked The Pixies several times and made it a point to mention how wonderful it was for all of us to be in the same place together. That was kind of cool.Pixies and TV on the Radio's respective tours crossed paths over the weekend for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Opening was Pixies tourmate John Grant. Pictures of all three sets, and Pixies and TVTOR's setlists, are in this post.
...I haven't really heard Indie Cindy, last year's return from the [Pixies'] 23-year recording hiatus. It was less than well-received (Pitchfork famously gave it a 1.0 out of 10.), and I may have fallen for the anti-hype a bit. The band interspersed tracks from that record -- "Magdalena 318," "Indie Cindy," "Bagboy," "Silver Snail," "Snakes" -- throughout the set, and they fit in pretty seamlessly. I remember liking "Bagboy" when it came out as a single, especially the Kim-like backing vocals.
Speaking of Kim: Yeah, I felt her absence (and the absence of "Gigantic" from the set). [Paz] Lenchantin did a great job throughout, though, on bass and backing vocals. She's a bit more animated than the rest of the band and has that bass player stalk / runway walk thing totally down. [CoolDad Music]
TVTOR already played two NYC shows on their tour, but Pixies and John Grant have three on their tour this week. Those happen tonight (5/26) and Wednesday (5/27) at Beacon Theater, and Thursday (5/28) at Kings Theatre. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available.
More pictures and setlists below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Föllakzoid / SQÜRL @ Rough Trade 5/23/2015
Chilean psych band Föllakzoid wrapped up their North American tour over the weekend, playing NYC at Rough Trade on Saturday (5/23). The band ride motorik, krautrock grooves with extended psychedelic passages and their live show (which I caught at Austin's Levitation) was some trip. The music by opening band, SQÜRL, may not be known by that many, but more probably recognize the snowy, shock of a coif on their vocalist/guitarist as that of famed indie filmmaker (and Follakzoid's Sacred Bones labelmate) Jim Jarmusch. It was a double umlaut kind of night. Pictures continue below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Sleater-Kinney / Action Bronson / New Pornos / Angel Olsen @ Sasquatch 5/22/2015
Rain fell in distant hills on either side of the venue as rapper Action Bronson kicked off the late evening sets at the Bigfoot Stage, puppeteering the crowd with bristling confidence and a rap game to back it up. He called for middle fingers in the air - thousands complied.The 2015 Sasquatch Festival happened over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22 - 25) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. The first day (5/22) featured sets from Sleater-Kinney, Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Angel Olsen, The New Pornographers, Thunderpussy (featuring members of Deerhunter, La Luz and more) and more. Pictures from Day 1 are in this post.
The wind picked up at the Yeti Stage as Angel Olsen and her band did their sound check. Two guitars onstage toppled over with a sudden gust, their respective musicians rushing to pick them up, each laughing nervously as backstage tarps began to flap chaotically. - [The Oregonean]
Stay tuned for pics from the rest of Saquatch 2015. Meanwhile, more of day 1 below...
Talk to me about your recording process in prison. How did you do that?Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz (fka Lil Boosie) released Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, his first album in five years and first since being released from prison, this week. It's got features from T.I., Jeezy, Rick Ross, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, J. Cole, and the whole thing can be streamed below. Video for its track "Hands Up" below too.
Well it was all kind of ways. I was getting tape recorders, I was getting the guards to sneak me in iPhones. Whatever I had to do!
So you're recording on some burners too and sending them out!
Yup! Sometimes you've got to break the rules to make money, that's just plain and simple. And that's what I was doing! I'm not going to say I went to jail and did right. I'm not going to say that, because I was going through a lot and I needed to be high half the time. I was going through a lot, but it made me value life more. It made me value my career more. It smartened me up. I was doing stupid stuff out there. Even though all these murders and all this was bogus, I was doing stupid stuff to lead people on as far as flashing guns every time you see me on DVDs. You know, that was stupid ass shit! Now I look at it like, "Damn, why was I doing that?" But it was fun then. But once they stack a lot of that against you, once you get in some trouble, that'll make people look at you like, "Hey, he's far from a saint!" [Noisey]
Boosie has a few shows coming up, including one in NYC tonight (5/26) at Webster Hall with DJ Envy. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
If you watched the 2014 World Cup, chances are you saw a Southern Comfort commercial titled "Dance" which featured multiple versions of actor Onosky Ujorha boogieing to Marcus Valle's 1983 tropicalia/disco single "Estrellar." And maybe you, like I did, became a little obsessed with "Estrellar" and went on Discogs wanting to buy Valle's self-titled album the song is from (that's it above), only to learn it fetches for $100 on vinyl. Maybe that was just me. If you missed that commercial or that song, videos for both (and some other songs to check out) are below.
Valle, who's been a big name in the Brazilian music scene since the early '60s, is in NYC this week playing NYC's Birdland tonight through Saturday (May 27 - 30). The show, titled "Bossabrasil," is with Carlos Lyra and there are 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM shows each night. Tickets are on sale, though for tonight you'll need to call the box office to reserve.
photo: Creepoid at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
We already knew War On Women were opening Refused's Bowery Ballroom show, and now Philly shoegazers Creepoid were announced to open their other NYC show: 6/4 at MHOW. Both are sold out. That's not long before Creepoid's tour hits NYC for a headlining show at Mercury Lounge (6/23) with Ecstatic Vision (tickets).
Both Creepoid and War On Women are on a few other Refused dates too. The West Coast dates are with White Lung. And Refused also has a run opening for Faith No More which hits NYC on 8/5 at MSG. You can buy tickets for MSG or win them. Updated tour schedule below.
Refused also put out a new song today which you can hear below too.
photo: Death at Burgerama 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Detroit protopunk legends Death have an upcoming NYC show that was set to happen May 30 at Irving Plaza, but it's now been moved to the more up-close-and-personal Studio at Webster Hall (5/30). Also, in place of the original support lineup (Unlocking the Truth, Ache, Shitkill) will be the soulful garage rocker Obnox, which is a pretty great double bill. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. Refunds for Irving are available.
Death were also to have played Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on May 29 but that show has also been canceled. They will also play Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA on this run, however. All dates are listed, along with a live Death video, below...
photos by Priscilla Scott
Last week, Failure announced summer tour dates, though they didn't include any in or around NYC. Now they've updated their schedule to include a Long Island show happening July 18 at The Space at Westbury. There's still a gap between that and their Nashville show on 7/21, so maybe NYC proper will still be added? Meanwhile, Long Island tickets go on sale Friday (5/29) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Failure are also now on part 3 of their studio diary for The Heart Is A Monster, their first album in 19 years. This part's written by drummer Kellii Scott, and can be read below. Read part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE. The Heart Is A Monster is due June 30 via INresidence and can be pre-ordered now.
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers will release their new album, Gold & Stone, next week via Kanine. As I wrote previously, I think this rivals's 2012's Correct Behavior for the best thing they've done yet, taking a more shimmery tack that really works great with some of the band's best songs. There's also a gem from drummer Daniel Cundiff, titled "Ebb Tide," that reminds me a lot of Know By Heart-era American Analog Set. You can stream the whole thing right now over at The NY Times.
The band's tour winds around to the Northeast again this weekend, including a stop at NYC Popfest as part of the all-day Sunday (5/31) show at Littlefield with Club 8, Lunchbox, Seabirds, Cold Beat, The Holiday Crowd, Starry Eyed Cadet, and Sapphire Mansions. Tickets are still available.
At the tail-end of their tour, Eternal Summers will be back to play Brooklyn Bowl on June 30, with Widowspeak and Small Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.