Recent Posts in music - Page 2

March 27, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher

Torche / Nothing's crowd

Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.


Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.

Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...

Continue reading "Torche, Nothing & Wrong played Saint Vitus, on new Nirvana tribute (pics, setlists & "Annihilation Affair" video)"

photos by Sachyn Mital


Vietnamese rapper Suboi recently made her US debut in San Francisco, followed by two SXSW shows (one of which was a BrooklynVegan party), and then a sold out NYC show last night (3/26) at Baby's All Right. Suboi's set was short but energetic, and she got the audience involved a number of times, including when she taught them the Vietnamese words for what essentially means "fold your hands." Her set was prefaced by Heems-booked DJ sets from Indian producers Hashback Hashish and Sandunes, from New Delhi and Mumbai respectively.

Pictures are in this post and continue, along with a video from her set and two of her music videos (both directed by BV photographer Bao Nguyen), below...

Continue reading "Suboi made her NYC debut at Baby's All Right (pics & video)"

by Bill Pearis


Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has offered up a video for "Europa Hymn" from his upcoming "filmic" instrumental solo album, MG. The animated video, directed by M-I-E, uses watercolor-like drawings for a simple but hypnotic effect that works well with the song's soothing soundscapes. It's quite lovely and you can watch it below.

MG is out April 28 via Mute.

Continue reading "Martin Gore shares animated "Europa Hymn" video"

photo: Perfect Pussy in Chicago in February (more by James Richards IV)
Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy are on tour now and about to play three NYC shows, the first of which is this weekend. That's part of their run with experimental rockers Deerhoof and happens Saturday (3/28) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, also with Zula on board. That's sold out.

Then the following weekend they play two shows at Baby's All Right: April 3 with Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy (sold out); and April 4 with So Stressed, Wreck & Reference and Laced (tickets). Updated PP dates are listed below.

As for Zula, the Webster Hall show is one of three upcoming NYC appearances on their tour. They also go on a run with Palm which hits Brooklyn's Silent Barn on Tuesday (3/31), also with SoftSpot and Really Big Pinecone. That's $8 at the door. Zula and Palm team up again later on for a show on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge with Landlady, whose Adam Schatz plays a solo set in NYC tonight (3/27) with Hallelujah the Hills. Ticket info TBA for the LPR show.


Henry and and Nate Terepka from Zula put out the Water Pressure EP earlier this month under the name Zula/annex. (Album art x2 above.) They just made a video for its psych-poppy track "MeUP" which premieres below.

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy begin their three-show NYC run this weekend; Zula made a new video & touring w/ Palm"

by Bill Pearis


When in high school in New York, Ben Stiller and a couple of his friends formed a "ridiculously weird band" called Capital Punishment. Ben played drums and said on Howard Stern, "We were listening to a lot of Bowie and Eno...we recorded an album. It's not great but some songs were okay." That Capital Punishment album, 1982's Roadkill, was self-released but is being reissued by Captured Tracks this fall. Ben told Howard:

What happened was some outsider music label, which I didn't know those existed, but people who are just into weird music; I guess it's been found and they asked us if they could re-release it. They're called Captured Tracks. They're a real company.
You can stream a few tracks below and the Bowie/Eno influence can definitely be heard. (It's actually pretty good.) Frontman Kriss Roebling ("the one with the talent" says Stiller) shared a little info on the album's creation:
Emboldened by an intensive audio engineering tutorial that I had recently taken, we submerged ourselves in all of this amazing analog studio gadgetry, and often wrote whole songs around the capabilities of a specific piece of gear. This endless world of sonic potential felt like it had opened up to us, and we used this experience to get our freak on in a big way. To hell with tuning the instruments, or singing in key, there are amazing soundscapes to make!!

Anyway, after we finished the album, we named it Roadkill, pressed it and sold it on consignment to numerous mom and pop record stores around New York, which I suppose is how some copies found their way to listeners who enjoyed it so many years later.

Meanwhile, you can see Ben Stiller onscreen with Adam "Ad Rock" Horowitz in Noah Baumbach's new comedy While We're Young (with its James Murphy score) in theaters now. It's gotten mostly good reviews.

Ben also talked a bit about Capital Punishment with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and you can watch that interview below...

Continue reading "Ben Stiller's high school band Capital Punishment getting album reissued by Captured Tracks (listen)"


Lenny Kravitz is playing Webster Hall on May 5. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Pixies and John Grant show at Beacon Theatre go on sale at noon. You can also get tickets to their other NYC shows and their NJ show with TV on the Radio.

Tickets for the Bully show at Baby's All Right go on sale at noon. Tickets for their big Northside show with Best Coast, Built to Spill and Alvvays are still available.

Tickets for the Ash show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon. Their Terminal 5 show with Ride is sold out.

Tickets for the Palma Violets shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Shabazz Palaces show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Royal Thunder and Wild Throne show at Saint Vitus go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Woods and Quilt show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Active Child show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon.

Tickets for The Do show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the free Lucius show at Music Hall of Williamsburg become available at noon.

Tickets for the Memory Tapes show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Hot Tuna and New Riders of the Purple Sage show at the Capitol Theatre go on sale at noon.

Deep Purple are playing The Capitol Theatre on July 25. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Dillinger Escape Plan, Death Grips, Meat Puppets, Juicy J, Jane's Addiction, Sworn Enemy, Rave of Thrones and more NYC shows went 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.

by Andrew Sacher

Take One Car

Upstate NY post-hardcore band Take One Car have been regulars on their local scene for years now. They self released two albums, 2009's When the Ceiling Meets the Floor and 2012's It's Going To Be a Nice Day, and more recently signed to TWIABP co-founder Derrick Shanholtzer's label, Broken World Media, who will release their third album, Everyone You Know Is Here Right Now, next week (3/31). You can pre-order yours.

The band's talk-singing style suggests they may have listened to a lot of early mewithoutYou and La Dispute, and like those bands, Take One Car are in dead-serious mode the whole time. You can listen for yourself -- the full album stream premieres below.

Take One Car have two shows coming up at the moment, a release party on April 18 in Kent, NY and the sold-out Broken World Fest.

Continue reading "Take One Car signed to Broken World for new LP (stream it)"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn trio EZTV making very hooky, jangly, powerpop, very much in the tradition of '80s artists like the dB's, Tommy Keene or Let's Active who were, in turn, inspired by The Rasberries and Big Star. The band have signed with Captured Tracks who will release a 7" single, the Jarvis Taveniere-recored "Dust in the Sky," on April 28. You can stream that below.

EZTV play around their hometown a lot and have a number of shows coming up. They'll open for their Captured Tracks labelmates Mourn on Sunday (3/29) at Baby's All Right (tickets), then Friday, April 3 at Cake Shop with Connections and St. Lennox. They'll be back at Baby's All Right on April 11 to play with UK band Happyness (tickets).

For Ohio band Connections (who played BV-SXSW 2014), the Cake Shop show will be their NYC debut.

EZTV will also perform live on WFMU's "Prove it All Right" this Saturday (3/28) which airs from 9 PM - midnight. They've got non-NYC dates coming up, too and all are listed below.

Continue reading "EZTV sign to Captured Tracks, share first single, playing NYC shows with Mourn, Happyness, Connections & more"

Agnostic Front

NYHC legends Agnostic Front are releasing their eleventh album, The American Dream Died, on April 7 via Nuclear Blast. They made it with a little help from their friends: Madball's Freddy Cricien produced and also appears on the record, as does H2O's Toby Morse, Sick of It All's Lou Koller, and former Agnostic Front/Madball member Matt Henderson. Get a taste of the album from the video for "Police Violence" and an LP trailer, below.

Agnostic Front are celebrating the album with two release shows at Bowery Electric: one on April 24 which is sold out, and another on April 25 which goes on sale today (3/27) at 10 AM. 4/24 is with The Mob, Urban Waste and DJ Sid; and 4/25 is an all ages matinee with Razorheads, Pure Disgust and Ache.

Agnostic Front also play Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil and have a handful of other shows coming up too. All dates are listed, with those videos, below.

H2O have four NYC shows coming up. Sick Of It All and Madball both play NYC's Black N Blue Bowl.

Continue reading "Agnostic Front playing two 'The American Dream Died' release shows in NYC & other shows (dates, videos)"


NY metalcore vets Sworn Enemy play Saint Vitus on May 2 with Wretched and Hammer Fight. Tickets are on sale now.

Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor on Game of Thrones, is doing another Rave of Thrones DJ set on August 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

If you're willing to risk buying them, tickets for the Death Grips show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

If you missed out on the BV/IO presale, tickets for the BV-IO-presented Dillinger Escape Plan, Mutoid Man and Primitive Weapons show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM. Their DC, Philly and Boston shows go on sale today too. Links here.

Tickets for the Heartless Bastards show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the James Holden show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Omar Souleyman and Tasseomancy show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Juicy J show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Hudson Mohawke show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Susanne Sundfor shows at Rockwood Music Hall and Rough Trade go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking show at The Paramount go on sale at 10 AM. Tickets for their Starland Ballroom show and tickets for their Capitol Theatre show go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Billy Idol show on Pier 97 go on sale at 11 AM.

Tickets for the No Joy show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Superheaven, Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid show at The Studio at Webster Hall are on sale now.

Pixies, Ash, Palma Violets, Shabazz Palaces, The Do, Bully, Woods, Lucius, Active Child, Lenny Kravitz and more NYC shows 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.