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November 21, 2014

by Andrew Sacher


Rhyton returned this week with their newest album, Kykeon, on Thrill Jockey. Made up of three great players in the Brooklyn experimental scene -- David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of No Neck Blues Band), Rob Smith (of Pigeons) and Jimy SeiTang (ex-Psychic Ills) -- Rhyton are well equipped to take on ideas as ambitious as the ones on Kykeon. Of its six songs, four pass the seven-minute mark and only one is under four, and they're all instrumental passages through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. In terms of other modern stuff, Grails comes to mind as a comparison, and fans of that band would likely dig this. But really any fans of tripped-out extended jams should check this out. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify and stream one track below.

At the moment, Rhyton have four shows scheduled including one in Hudson, NY tonight (11/21) and two upcoming dates in their hometown of NYC. The first is this Sunday (11/23) at Trans-Pecos with Fadensonnen (with special guests Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Kevin Shea and Brian Sullivan) and Key of Shame (also No Neck-related). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their next local show happens December 10 at Union Pool with two other local psych bands, Weird Owl and Prince Rupert's Drops (tix at door).

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...

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LCD's final bow at MSG, 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
James Murphy

As mentioned, Saturday (11/22) at Le Poisson Rouge is the release party for the new issue of Radio Silence which features Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, Matthew Friedberger, readings by Greil Marcus, Rick Moody and more. One of the more interesting performers is a reunion of late-'80s NYC art-punks Dungbeetle whose frontman Sam Lipsyte is now an established author. We noted that one of their biggest fans was a pre-LCD James Muphy who ended up as their sound guy. Well on Saturday, he'll be playing with them as their drummer. Murphy hasn't done much (any) non-DJ performing since LCD Soundsystem's MSG farewell. Tickets are still available.


We're coming up on two years since Montreal's The Besnard Lakes released the last album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, and while they haven't announced a new record, there is movement in the works. The band are currently touring Canada and in the new year, they'll drop into the U.S for a short Northeast tour that'll hit NYC on January 24 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (11/21).

All tour dates, plus a few videos, below...

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Leonard Cohen

Earlier this year, Leonard Cohen released his thirteenth studio album Popular Problems, which has the man (now at age 80!) still sounding excellent and putting out essential music. Before the year ends, he'll be following that up a live album and film. Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin was recorded at his September 12, 2013 show at the O2 Dublin and it will be his "first (and only) release of a complete concert to be shot in high definition." It will be out in 3CD/DVD, 3CD/Blu-ray and digital formats on December 2 via Columbia/Legacy.

You can check out the full tracklist below, which includes his career-spanning setlist of "Suzanne" and "So Long, Marianne" through "Hallelujah" through a few cuts off 2012's Old Ideas which he was touring in support of at the time. A stream of the Live In Dublin performance of "Waiting For the Miracle," originally on 1992's The Future, makes its premiere in this post. Check that out below too

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by Bill Pearis

The Hanged Man

Some of you may remember Swedish indie pop band Those Dancing Days whose update of girl group / northern soul was pretty charming. The bandwent on hiatus in 2011 but guitarist Rebecka Rolfart continues to make music with her new project, The Hanged Man. Their debut, First Quarter Moon, was just released via Kning Disk/Telegram Studios and displays a darker side than her old band ever did. There are still poppy moments, and danceable ones too, but these days are grayer. You can stream the whole mini-LP (via Rdio) below.

We've also got the premiere of the video for "The Island" which opens the record. Filmed on the island of Gotland in Sweden, directors Sheila Johansson and Michelle Claesson Eismann capture the mood of the song in gorgeous monochrome. Watch it below.

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Charlie Brown

Tickets for the !!! (chk chk chk) show with Prince Rama at Knitting Factory on NYE go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the two Fat White Family shows at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Washed Out DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Eve go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Decemberists show with Alvvays at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11AM.

Tickets for the John Mulaney show at Carnegie Hall go on sale today at 11AM.

Tickets for the added The Hold Steady show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Dodos show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Church shows at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Two Gallants shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Pop Group show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Swervedriver show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Punch Brothers show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Helmet play Betty at Bowery Ballroom and Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Hundred Waters show at MHOW go on sale today at noon. Their shows with Interpol are sold out, but their Rough Trade show with Mutual Benefit (solo) is still on sale.

Tickets for the Public Service Broadcasting show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake shows at Saint VItus and Mercury Lounge are on sale now.

Tickets for the Damien Rice show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11AM.

Tickets for the Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Tings Tings shows at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented Sleaford Mods' US live debut at The Wick withThe Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and very special guests TBA are on sale now.

Tickets for the Ride reunion show at T5 go on sale today too.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Washed Out at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Washed Out

While many from his genre have faded away, Washed Out is still riding those chill waves and will be doing some DJ dates this December including NYC on New Year's Eve at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for this chance to dance your way into the new year with Ernest Greene and his selection of jams go on sale at 10 AM today (11/21).

All dates are listed below...

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'90s shoegaze greats Ride are finally back for a 2015 reunion tour. Tickets for the NYC show, happening June 4 at Terminal 5, go on sale today at noon.

You may want to act quick -- it's their only US date announced and it looks like UK tickets went pretty fast.

Fans of '90s shoegaze may want to know the Swervedriver shows go on sale today at noon too.

Thee Oh Sees at DbA in June (more by PSquared)
Oh Sees

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

Top Secret! @ Death By Audio
It's the SECOND TO LAST night of the much-loved Death by Audio and none of the remaining lineups have been announced. Who could it be tonight?

Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name @ Warsaw
While it's a new backing band, John Dwyer brings the same intensity as ever with his new line-up of the Oh Sees. Final night of their NYC run.

TV on the Radio, Natasha Kmeto @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
TV on the Radio may not all live in NYC anymore but it remains their spiritual home. They celebrate their new album, Seeds, with four shows here this week. This is the third.

Jon Hopkins, Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Jon Hopkins has a new EP, titled Asleep Versions, which, as the title implies, it four somnambulistic versions of songs from last year's acclaimed Immunity. Don't expect a sleepy set tonight, though.

Natural Child, Las Rosas, The Mystery Lights, Boytoy @ Baby's All Right
Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. These guys are great musicians and put on a very fun live show too. It's a Burger-loving bunch of bands rounding out this bill. Will be a fun Friday night.

Polaris, Ski Lodge @ Knitting Factory
Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion also fronted this band which basically only existed to do songs for much-loved '90s Nick show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Go ahead sing "Does your dog bite?" to the main theme song tonight, even though you know it's actually "Don't you talk back." BV's presenting this sold-out show.

Raven, October 31, Night Demon, S.A. Adams, Midnite Hellion @ Saint Vitus
NWOBHM legends Raven have been at it for over forty years, and even on their newest album, 2009's Walk Through Fire, they were ripping with the kind of speed, monster riffage and wailing vocals as their '80s material. They've been talking about new stuff lately too, maybe we'll hear some of it tonight?

Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing 'Black Mountain Songs' @ BAM @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they've now co-curated a new piece 'Black Mountain Songs' that made its world premiere at BAM last night and continues with peformances tonight and Saturday. The piece features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others.

Big Freedia, DJ Concerned @ Brooklyn Bowl
Ain't no party like a Freedia party, as anyone who goes to Brooklyn Bowl tonight will surely experience. This starts laaate (12:15 AM), so you can even hit another show tonight and then dance your way into the morning. She does it again tomorrow too.

John Murry, Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, Bobby Bare Jr. @ Bell House
Onetime Green on Red frontman Chuck Prophet recently released Night Surfer via Yep Roc, and contributed to John Murry's new EP. They'll both play tonight.

Cold World, King Nine, Life of Reilly, Snail's Pace @ The Acheron
The Deathwish-signed Cold World are the hardcore band with the hip hop influences (and choice collaborations -- Kool G Rap, Sean Price and Meyhem Lauren are all on their new record) but if that's setting off nu metal and rap rock alarms in your head, know that Limp Bizkit this is not.

Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, Think Tank @ Palisades
The perfectly named Occultation hearken back to late '60s occult rock and early '70s doom with their witchy riffage, and they have a theatricality that Mercyful Fate fans should dig too. Tonight they're with the sludge/psych band Kosmodemonic and more.

Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi @ Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
Nils Frahm's most recent album, Spaces, is a sonically adventurous record that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds. His tour with the similarly minded Dawn of Midi hits NYC tonight.

Noveller, Christopher Tignor, Julia Kent @ Littlefield
With just a guitar and a series of effect pedals, Noveller creates wonderful soundscapes that sound like the work of multiple people. Tonight she's joined by Christopher Tignor (Slow Six) and Julia Kent (ex-Rasputina, Antony & the Johnsons).

Bill Frisell - 'The Great Flood' @ MoMA
Guitar great Bill Frisell tonight performs a live score (which Frisell composed) for the film The Great Flood with Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen.

Ryan Hemsworth, Tennyson, Doss @ Rough Trade
While Ryan Hemsworth has helmed beats for rappers like The Underachievers and Deniro Farrar, he's also got a good amount of solo material and has been dropping singles ahead of a new upcoming release. Before we get that though, we get two NYC shows from Ryan, this being the second.

Painted Zeros, Turnip King, Shadow Walker, Ritual Howls @ Aviv
While DbA is in it's last two nights, this marks the opening of a new DIY venue in Greenpoint. We hope for good luck, good sound, cheap(ish) drinks, and good lineups to come.

Kim Ann Foxman, Fred Everything, Alan Blancato @ Glasslands
This late night danceparty (doors at midnight) features Hercules & Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman and Canadian DJ Fred Everything for all your techno/house needs.

Slavve, Burglary Years, Makeshift Shelters, The Glazzies @ Shea Stadium
Lo-fi rock duo Slavve feature an ex-member of Surfer Blood and make a similar kind of racket to other lo-fi rock duos like No Age and Japandroids.

ASTR, Ghost Beach, Body Language (DJ set) @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn celebration continues with two shows tonight. The sold-out Polaris show is the early one, but after that you can stick around for this synth pop-oriented bill.

X Ambassadors, Cultfever Sego, Skyes @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's another night of free music and not-free shopping, drinks, food, arcade games and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Open til 1 AM and always a fun place to hit after an earlier show.

The Sons & Heirs (A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey), Doug Gillard @ Santos Party House
As far as tribute acts go, The Sons & Heirs are very good at what they do, and seeing the awesome Doug Gillard may give you a legit reason if you want to go. You could meet somebody who really loves you.

Wheatus, Math the Band, Late Cambrian, .357 Lover, Hand Job Academy @ The Wick
We haven't followed Wheatus's career too closely (have you?), but how can we not mention that the band who wrote "Teenage Dirtbag" is playing in Bushwick 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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November 20, 2014

by Bill Pearis


Sleaford Mods' new EP, Tiswas, is out next week via Invada. The EP features five new cuts of Jason Williamson's profane, hilariously contemptuous prose and Andrew Fearn's minimal beat plus the title track which is also on this year's Divide and Exit. You can stream the whole thing below.

Don't forget Sleaford Mods make their BrooklynVegan-presented North American live debut next Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "Very Special Guests" which we'll reveal closer to the show. Tickets are still available.

EP stream below...

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