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September 3, 2015

photo: Ghostface Killah @ MHOW 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Ghostface Killah

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

Ghostface Killah & GZA, Joey Bada$$, DJ Envy @ House of Vans
Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and GZA are headlining this free show with a collaborative set, and opening is a much newer New York rapper who owes much to the era Wu came from, Joey Bada$$. Great double bill.

Widowspeak, John Andrews & The Yawns @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Widowspeak's new album, All Yours, is out this week and while they haven't thrown out the applecart, they have given it a fresh coat of paint (and a cup of coffee), tinkering just a bit with their sound. Working with producer Jarvis Taveniere (who also played bass), there's more spring in their step this time, but without sacrificing that tremelo'd, dreamlike vibe they're known for. They celebrate All Yours' release tonight...on a boat!

Old Man Gloom, Mare @ Saint Vitus
Old Man Gloom have members of Converge, Cave In and Isis, and they're riding high off last year's The Ape of God which was one of the better metal albums of 2014. They're on tour with the reunited sludge band Mare, and tonight begins their sold-out 2-night stay at Saint Vitus.

Have Gun Will Travel, Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason), Nathan Xander @ Cameo Gallery
Texas Is the Reason are unfortunately no longer reunited, but frontman Garrett Klahn is staying active as a solo artist. Tonight concludes his 2-night NYC run opening for Florida's Have Gun, Will Travel.

Vatican Shadow, Ron Morelli , Dual Action, Pure Matrix, Becka Diamond, Brandon Stosuy @ Good Room
Dominick Fernow's getting a lot of attention for his very well-received new Prurient album Frozen Niagara Falls this year, but tonight he's playing under another of his monikers: Vatican Shadow.

Lil Durk, Feli Fame, Hypno Carlito, Joey G, Money June @ Irving Plaza
Chicago auto-tuned rapper Lil Durk released his first official album this year, titled Remember My Name, and tonight's his second NYC show of the year in support of that.

Homeboy Sandman, Breeze Brewin, Isaac Sawyer, 2 Hungry Bros (DJ Sets) @ Knitting Factory
Homeboy Sandman released Hallways on Stones Throw last year, and he's continuing to support it on tour, with a hometown show tonight.

Dope Body, PC Worship, Pill, Big Neck Police, Pretengineer @ Aviv
Baltimore noisepunks Dope Body have a new album, Kunk, and play this dual-purpose show tonight that serves both as a record release party and a warm-up for their impending European tour. It's a sold bill all-around with great local bands like PC Worship and Pill.

Guerilla Toss, Dead Tenants, Kill Alters, Ani @ Palisades
Boston's Guerilla Toss are DIY scene mainstays but will likely reach a little wider audience now that they're signed to DFA who will release an EP this fall. Their spazzy anachro-funk is till best experienced live, and in sweaty dark venues like this.

AJ Davila, Total Slacker, Acid Dad @ Shea Stadium
Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila plays tonight with his other fearsome garagepunk band Terror Y Amor. His wild shows are a pretty safe bet for a good time.

Ttotals, White Kyle, MPHO, Heavy Birds @ Silent Barn
Nashville "outer blues" duo Ttotals play a second NYC show with Austin's garagey White Kyle with Brooklyn synthpop duo MPHO making this a very ecclectic bill.

Xylouris White, Luluc @ Union Pool
Xylouris White is the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings, making for a very interesting listen that is all the more captivating live.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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September 2, 2015

photos by Greg Cristman

Cult of Luna / Kylesa
Cult of Luna

Sweden's metal boundary-pushers Cult of Luna had to cancel a short North American tour back in May, but they're finally here now and kicked off their run with the great Kylesa at NYC's Gramercy Theatre last night (9/1). They stuck mostly to their latest album, 2013's Vertikal, but worked in older favorites like "Adrift" and "Dark City, Dead Man" too. Kylesa have a new LP on the way, which they gave us one off of ("Shaping the Southern Sky"), and otherwise they mixed it up pretty well between their previous four. The show was opened by InAeona. More pictures, and CoL and Kylesa's setlists, below.

Kylesa already announced more tour dates, including a return to NYC in October.

Continue reading "Cult of Luna, Kylesa & InAeona @ Gramercy (pics, setlists)"

photo: Vic Mensa at 2015 Pitchfork Festival (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

This year's NYU Mystery Concert has been revealed and it's pretty eclectic/awesome. It features rapper Vic Mensa, electronic artist SOPHIE and pop musician Tei Shi. It happens Thursday (9/3) at the Skirball Center. Doors are at 7, and tickets are free with a valid NYU ID on a first come first serve basis. It's only open to NYU students.

Vic Mensa had been dropping something new every week over the summer, and since we last spoke he put out two more songs: "I Been" and "All that Shines." The anticipation remains high for his album. Listen to the tracks below.

Continue reading "Vic Mensa released more new songs, playing NYU Mystery Concert with SOPHIE & Tei Shi"

by Bill Pearis

Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis will release his new album, titled Manhattan, on October 30 via Rough Trade. It's his seventh album for the label and his first since 2011's A Turn In The Dream-Songs. (He did make a collaborative album with Peter Stampfel in 2013.) In addition to his band Los Bolts -- drummer Heather Wagner and bassist Caitlin Gray -- the record also features contributions from The Wave Pictures, Turner Cody, and David Beauchamp. The first released track from the album is "Outta Town," a love song from Lewis' unique, thoughtful perspective. Says Lewis:

[It's about] how empty life feels when you are in a relationship and that person's not there, because you don't remember how to have a relationship with yourself, you broke up with yourself when you started dating the other person. You have to learn how to start dating yourself all over again.
Listen to "Outta Town" below.

As usual, Jeffrey Lewis is playing lots of shows. He's currently in East Asia, and will be touring Europe, followed by a UK/Ireland tour with the Peter Stampfel Band, before returning to the U.S. He'll play NYC's Sidewalk Cafe on September 27 which is the annual Kupferberg Birthday Memorial Tribute Brunch (noon - 3 PM) featuring "a set of Tuli songs and poems performed by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners, plus other performers and readers and speakers, and cake, etc! Free entry!"

Then on October 27 at Le Poisson Rouge it's the Manhattan record release party. It will also be the opening for a visual art show in the LPR's gallery, featuring a career-ranging selection of Lewis's illustrations and artworks, followed by a live band performance. More info, including when tickets go on sale, will be announced soon.

He's got other area shows, including New Brunswick on October 2 (venue TBA) with Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Teenage Halloween, The Uncommonly Good, and Friends in Distraction, and a show at BSP Kingston on October 18 with Diane Cluck. All tour dates are listed, along with Manhattan tracklist/artwork and new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Jeffrey Lewis releasing 'Manhattan,' shares "Outta Town," playing NYC release show & art opening ++ other dates"

Kylesa at Gramercy Theatre - 9/1/15 (photo via BV Instagram)

Kylesa already announced a tour with the excellent bands Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts, and support from Irata (who are on Kylesa's Retro Futurist label), but it didn't initially include a NYC date. Now that Kylesa's short tour with Cult of Luna hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre last night (9/1) though, they added one for October 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now. They also added Jersey City's Monty Hall (10/22) (tix).

UPDATE: Here's pictures from the Gramercy show.

Kylesa's new album Exhausting Fire comes out October 2 via Season of Mist. Listen to two tracks from that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Kylesa add NYC date to Inter Arma / Indian Handcrafts tour"

by Andrew Sacher

Too Many Voices

As you may know, New York hardcore vets CIV are playing a hometown show with Grey Area right before Riot Fest Chicago on September 10 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, openers were announced: Danny Diablo's band Crown of Thornz and Too Many Voices, the current band fronted by Eric Svirida of short-lived '90s group The Last Crime. Tickets for that show are still available.

Too Many Voices formed in 2010 and at the time also had members of Kill Your Idols, Texas is the Reason, 108 and Jets to Brazil (they no longer have those members). This year they put out their first full length, South of Sunrise. They'll be a good fit on that CIV show -- the album's in a similar melodic hardcore vein to them, H2O, Dag Nasty, and more. Check out a full stream below.

In related news, Walter Schreifels, who wrote most of the first CIV album and played with Civ in Gorilla Biscuits, plays NYC the very next day with his psych band Dead Heavens at Union Pool (9/11). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Their last show here was in late August with Dick Dale.

Continue reading "Too Many Voices (ex-The Last Crime) released 'South of Sunrise,' opening for CIV; Dead Heavens schedule show"


Cleveland post-rock/post-hardcore band Craw put out three albums in the '90s (all recorded with Steve Albini) and then their final album, 2002's Bodies for Strontium, which came out on Hydra Head. Those three '90s albums have been out of print since that decade, but on December 11 Northern Spy will reissue them as the 1993-1997 box set. Music writer (and STATS member) Hank Shteamer helped fund the project on Kickstarter, where he wrote:

In 2014, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a vinyl box-set reissue of some of my favorite albums ever made: the first three full-lengths by the Cleveland post-hardcore band Craw, all out of print for roughly two decades. Each of these records--1993's Craw, 1994's Lost Nation Road and 1997's Map, Monitor, Surge--is a masterpiece of aggressive, unsettling, forward-thinking underground rock. Of these three, only Lost Nation Road has ever been issued on vinyl previously, in a subpar limited-edition pressing. Now, in 2015, we're resurrecting this effort with a more manageable funding goal and a sturdier team of experts committed to making this project a success.

On behalf of all seven ex-members of Craw, who have lent their full support to this reissue effort, I'm relaunching the campaign with the help of esteemed Brooklyn indie label Northern Spy, which for the past decade has issued a steady stream of vital, challenging releases in the fields of avant-rock, free jazz and experimental music.

...Simply put, Craw, Lost Nation Road and Map, Monitor, Surge are my favorite albums of all time. The songs they contain are explosive, eerie and downright riveting, combining the visceral rush of metallic post-hardcore, the compositional majesty of progressive rock and the purposeful abstraction of experimental improv, while at the same time achieving a rare, insular coherence all their own. These records aren't special merely because they're obscure; they're not second best to everything you've already heard from their era. I truly believe that these three LPs--each recorded or co-recorded by Steve Albini--stand alongside acknowledged '90s classics such as Slint's Spiderland, the Jesus Lizard's Goat and Shellac's At Action Park.

You can stream a five-song sampler of the reissue below.

Craw have reunited before, and they'll do so again to celebrate the release with two shows. One is in their hometown on December 18 at Grog Shop (tickets) and the other is in NYC on December 19 at Saint Vitus (tickets). According to the press release, "All band members that played on the albums included in 1993-1997 will be on hand at each show, participating in career-spanning performances drawn from these releases as well as Bodies for Strontium 90."

Continue reading "Craw reissuing all their '90s albums, playing reunion shows"

Patton Oswalt

The October edition of Dave Hill's variety show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" happens at Union Hall on 10/2 with Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, plus Matthew Holtzclaw, Mary Radzinski, and Michelle Buteau. Dave's group Valley Lodge are the house band and tickets are on sale now.

In other comedy news, Patton Oswalt is doing two shows at The Bell House on November 12 (7 PM & 9 PM) as part of the NY Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale. Also part of the NYCF, Patton will be "in conversation" at 92Y on November 11 to talk about his memoir Silver Screen Fiend. Who he'll be in conversation with, they haven't said, but tickets are on sale now.

new Technics turntable prototype

Panasonic eliminated the Technics brand in 2010, as part of the electronic manufacturer's campaign to unify brands, and with it their line of turntables. In particular, the Technics 1200 which remains the DJ standard to this day. Ever since, fans have been begging the company to bring back the deck, and they may get their wish. At Panasonic's press conference at Berlin's big tech show IFA, Wired reported, the company announced Technics is returning as is their turntable series.

The showed off a prototype model, made of very shiny alumninum and built with a new direct-drive motor. As you can see above, it doesn't appear to have any buttons...or a tonearm (shades of '80s Bang & Olufsen) and is, apparently, part of a new high-end line:

"Turntables are a very iconic product for the Technics brand," Michiko Ogawa, director of Technics and executive officer at Panasonic, tells WIRED. "It is important to show our sincere dedication [to that]. The turntable market is very small but it is a very important brand product."

Technics was once a genuinely important name in analogue audio systems, but years of decline saw it phased out entirely in the early 2000s. Panasonic relaunched the brand in 2014 at IFA with a pair of high-end audio systems, with the (admittedly somewhat vague) promise of helping its customers "re-experience music".

Hopefully there will be a new version of the 1200 as well. Until then, there's always Ebay.

by Andrew Sacher

American Wrestlers

American Wrestlers is the project of Gary McClure, who released his self-titled album on Fat Possum earlier this year. It's probably safe to call it "bedroom pop" being that Gary recorded the whole thing himself with a drum machine, and came out with a scrappy lo-fi version of what a mid-2000s indie pop album sounds like. He's gotten more than one Phoenix comparison, and sometimes it actually sounds too much like Phoenix, but the best moments show a lot of promise. The biggest standout is probably opening track "There's No One Crying Over Me Either," where Gary's boyish vocals give off that same instantly-nostalgic quality as his labelmate Youth Lagoon's equally introverted The Year of Hibernation. Listen to that song and three others, below.

American Wrestlers was in NYC for Northside Festival, and he's heading out on tour again this month into next. This tour includes a return to NYC on September 29 at Shea Stadium with Zula, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control and Painted Zeros. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "American Wrestlers (LP on Fat Possum out now -- upcoming tour dates, song streams)"