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July 29, 2014

Sufjan in Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sufjan

Sufjan Stevens is among the impressive group of musicians contributing to Red Hot's Arthur Russell tribute album (due out 10/21 via Yep Roc), and his cover of "A Little Lost" just premiered over at Pitchfork. You can stream it below, and the song is an instant download if you pre-order the LP from iTunes.

Listen, with a message from Sufjan about the cover, below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens releases "A Little Lost" cover from upcoming Arthur Russell tribute album (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Frontiers

As previously discussed, former Elliott singer Chris Higdon's current band Frontier(s) will release a new EP, White Lights, next week (8/5) via Tiny Engines (pre-order). We've already posted a few tracks from it, and we've now got the premiere of the full EP stream. Like the singles hinted, White Lights doesn't exactly sound like Elliott, but it's masterfully crafted '90s-style post-hardcore by someone who also did that in the '90s. Not unlike the new Braid album or the Beach Slang EP (ex-Weston), Chris Higdon & co. embrace their roots, but they've also made an album that sounds fresh and relevant today. Listen below.

The band's tour kicks off soon too, hitting NYC on August 15 at Saint Vitus with Banquets and Image Society. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

List of dates, with the updated tour flyer and EP stream, below...

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by Ian Chainey

KEN mode at 285 Kent in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
kenmode

Noisy post-hardcore trio KEN mode will be heading out on the road at the end of August for a short run of North American dates before hitting Europe with Hark. The first leg of their travels checks into places like Chicago and Philadelphia. On September 2, they'll play NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges presented show that also features Rosetta, Tiger Flowers, and East of the Wall. Tickets will be available soon. The full list of tour stops appears below.

The Saint Vitus bill is particularly stacked and all outfits are armed with new ammo. KEN mode are touring in support of 2013's Entrench. They recently released a video for "The Promises of God" which you can watch below. Post-metallers Rosetta just got back from China and continue to tour for their album The Anaesthete. Metallic hardcore deafeners Tiger Flowers dropped Dead Hymns in April. And the proggy East of the Wall put out Redaction Artifacts last year and have been shredding it up with recent dates that include a suddenly active PsyOpus.

All of the dates along with the KEN mode video and streams from their Saint Vitus stagemates appear below.

Continue reading "KEN mode made a video, touring, playing IO-presented NYC show w/ Rosetta, Tiger Flowers & East of the Wall (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Life and Times

Post-hardcore vets Shiner briefly reunited in 2012, but now that that's in the past, singer Allen Epley is back fronting The Life and Times, the band he formed after Shiner's initial breakup. The Life and Times are set to release their fourth album, Lost Bees, next week (8/5) via SlimStyle Records. They've already put out one of its singles called "Passion Pit" (seriously), and they've now got a second, "Animal Collective." Just kidding. It's called "Bored to Death" and it's more of the spacey post-hardcore/alternative rock we've come to expect from Epley and his bands. Or if you're unfamiliar, from other '90s bands who reunited in recent memory like Failure and Hum. Listen below.

The band are also going on a tour with support from DC post-punks Deleted Scenes which is a pretty cool double bill. That tour hits NYC on September 13 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with streams of "Bored to Death" and "Passion Pit," below...

Continue reading "The Life and Times releasing a new LP, touring with Deleted Scenes (dates & song streams)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Nick Cave @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 7/27/14
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

After Nick Cave & and the Bad Seeds' current tour with Nicole Atkins hit Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Saturday (7/26), it hit another NYC venue, Hammerstein Ballroom, the next night (7/27) for another larger-than-life performance from the legendary frontman. The setlist was similar but not identical this time around, including plenty of 2013's Push the Sky Away, as well Bad Seeds classics "Red Right Hand," "The Mercy Seat," "Stagger Lee" and others. Pictures from Hammerstein are in this post.

If you missed them, check out Prospect Park pictures and review, as well as pics from the Bad Seeds' stops in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. More from Hammerstein, with the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds played their 2nd of 2 NYC shows at Hammerstein Ballroom w/ Nicole Atkins (pics, setlist)"

R. Kelly at Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
R Kelly

We recently mentioned that Saintseneca (and other local artists) dropped off Columbus, OH's Fashion Meets Music Festival due to R. Kelly being booked as a headliner. The festival continued to receive backlash, including local radio station WCBE recently withdrawing as a sponsor. Turns out the backlash actually achieved something though. The festival posted the following:

FMMF and R. Kelly have decided to part ways. We appreciate the ongoing support of our Festival partners and look forward to kicking things off next month.
USA Today points out that R. Kelly's publicist issued the following statement: "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."

This followed a June 25 Columbus Alive article where festival co-founder Bret Adams was quoted saying, "He's a nationally known name. He was not convicted of anything. He was acquitted," followed by, "We're running a festival to help brand the city of Columbus. We're not the morality police."

R. Kelly previously performed at the 2013 editions of Pitchfork Festival and Bonnaroo.

Conor Oberst in Chicago in May (more by James Richards IV)
Conor Oberst

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

Conor Oberst, Dawes @ Central Park Summerstage
The brains behind the beloved Bright Eyes and multiple other projects throughout his lengthy and prolific career, Conor Oberst is now back in solo mode with a new folk-oriented record, Upside Down Mountain.

Chain and the Gang, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Baby's All Right
Ian Svenonius' current outfit Chain & the Gang recently released new LP, Minimal Rock n' Roll and, while it purposefully lacks production flourishes, it's got no shortage of style and attitude. (Those have been Svenonius' calling cards since the start.) They play tonight with Baltimore party starters Ed Schrader's Music Beat.

Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Ajax @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Power Trip more than do justice to thrash metal's early, raw days, keeping the genre's hardcore roots intact. Great live band too. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

DJ Dog Dick, King Concubine, Eric Copeland, Fluct, Robot Death Beech Creeps @ Shea Stadium
This is night three of the high-concept, six-Brooklyn-venues-in-six-nights "Bushwick Small World Tour" headlined by the Black Dice frontman.

Jody Porter, John Gallagher Jr., Ionia, Coastgaard @ Bowery Electric
Jody Porter is a guitar-pop vet, having logged time in The Belltower (with Britta Phillips) and Fountains of Wayne. On his own, things lean a little more psych. Also performing is John Gallagher Jr who you may know from HBO's The Newsroom (if you watched that).

Kodomo, ohnomoon, Kodacrome, Varick @ Glasslands
IDM producer Kodomo (aka Emmy award winning TV, movie & video game soundtrack composer Chris Child) teams with synth pop artist Kodacrome (who he recently remixed) for a joint record release party tonight.

Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Rough Trade
Like others on the Daptone label, Naomi Shelton is a veteran performer with newfound success in the retro soul/funk world thanks to recent exposure. She has a new album out today and celebrates with this free in-store. Daptone DJs at doors.

The Kooks, CLARA-NOVA @ Terminal 5
British pop rockers The Kooks will return with their fourth album, Listen, this September. Ahead of that they play two sold out NYC shows, this being the second.

Tom Keifer @ B.B. King Blues Club
Tom Keifer, frontman for '80s-era glam metal band Cinderall, released his debut solo album last year and tonight he'll play songs off that plus classics from his main band.

Seth Herzog's SWEET @ The Slipper Room
Seth Herzog's long-running comedy show tonight features the Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Myq Kaplan, Max Silvestri and more.

Here's a toughie if you're on Long Island tonight: Get sensitive with a 3 Doors Down acoustic set or party under the sun with Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth. How does anyone choose?!

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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July 28, 2014

photos & videos by Greg Cristman, more videos by Pit Full of Shit

Tombs @ Saint Vitus - 7/25/14
Tombs
Tombs

Local sludge rippers Tombs celebrated the release of their new LP, Savage Gold, at Saint Vitus on Friday night (7/25), and we've got pictures and videos of the show in this post. They were joined by death/math freakout Relapse labelmates Pyrrhon, as well as Batillus-related industrialist StatiqBloom and sludge heavies Passage Between. It was an absolutely loaded bill. Anyone try Tombs' new Savage Gold beer that Vitus had flowing at the bar for the night?

Tombs will be back at Saint Vitus in October as part of their tour with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar. Pyrrhon will also be back in August with Gigan and Artificial Brain.

Below, check out more pictures from the Friday show as well as those videos, including the entirety of the Tombs set.

Continue reading "Tombs celebrated their new LP & beer at Saint Vitus with Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom & Passage Between (pics & videos)"

Haim @ T5 in May (more by Ebru Yildiz)
HAIM

Haim and Sleigh Bells will be playing a free concert at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on August 5, part of the "Live in Levis" series. The show is and 18+ and you do need to RSVP.

DJ Dog Dick at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
DJ Dog Dick

Black Dice's Eric Copeland,  as well as DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Robot Death Cult and Fluct are currently on what they're calling the "Bushwick Small World Tour", which is a "conscious tour" of six small venues all within the Brooklyn neighborhood. The idea is being pitched as "a funny way to point out the insane amount of hard work and spaces coming out of a 20 block radius." The tour started Saturday (7/26) at Body Actualized Center and then moved to Secret Project Robot on Sunday (7/27). But you've still got four more  chances to witness this, including tonight (7/28) at Trans-Pecos. with Marley G, DJ Jacksy and a mix tape party with Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier too.

The different shows will feature slightly different lineups, with special guests each night. The rest of the tour looks like this:

July 29 @ Shea Stadium with Beech Creeps

July 30 @ The Ho_se with Kneeling Bus, Alaina Stamatis and DJs Prince Rama

July 31 @ Silent Barn w/ Hollow Bush, Non Horse, DJ Scooba Ooba and video art by Arron Warren

Flyer for the "Bushwick Small World Tour" is below...

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