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November 25, 2014

Blood Orange at Central Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange

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

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Shabazz Palaces, Blood Orange @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Maybe Julian Casablancas has never made another record on par with the first two Strokes albums, but you gotta at least give him credit for trying something new and totally out there on his new album with The Voidz. Plus, the two openers alone would be an unmissable double bill.

Interpol, Lip Talk @ Terminal 5
On the other hand, Julian's fellow turn-of-the-millenium flag-bearers of NYC cool, Interpol, have not changed it up on their new album. But if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you've probably already got tickets for tonight. Night 2 of 3 and all of them are sold out.

Blonde Redhead, People Get Ready @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight's the first of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one's got the eclectic People Get Ready.

Hundred Waters, Mutual Benefit (solo) @ Rough Trade
Hundred Waters are supporting Interpol's current tour, including last night's and tomorrow's Terminal 5 shows, but tonight they're taking the chance to headline their own smaller show in NYC. Opening the show is a solo set from Mutual Benefit main man Jordan Lee, whose layered art pop is pretty likeminded to Hundred Waters.

The Blind Shake, Caddywhompus, Monograms @ Cake Shop
With a new album on Castle Face that is their rawest cut of animal beat garage proto-punk yet, The Blind Shake barrel into NYC for two shows. Tonight's the first.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage @ SubCulture
Guitar great Nels Cline is best-known for playing with Wilco but is an improvisational wiz as well. Out this week is Room, his collaborative album with avant jazz guitarist, Julian Lage. The pair celebrate its release tonight.

Ex Cops, Ski Lodge, LODRO, Dinowalrus @ Glasslands
We're now basically in the last month of Glasslands' existence and this is one of the special farewell shows they've put together, full of some of Brooklyn's superior indie pop talent.

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 24, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Lightning Bolt / APTBS / JEFF @ DbA's final night
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
APTBS
JEFF the Broherhood

JEFF the Broherhood

When Lightning Bolt's set ended at around 2 AM Saturday night (11/22), the floor of Death by Audio was littered with beer cans and ripped-up issues of Vice magazine. Their set, which was the last to ever be played at DbA, was one of the wildest I've ever seen at the now-closed DIY showspace. It was a turbulent sea with constant crowdsurfers. I saw many smiling sweaty people afterwards with blood all over their tshirts. (There was also a kid on top the crowd eating a burrito which was amazing.) Among those on top the crowd: DbA co-founder Edan Wilbur who was wearing a homemade shirt that read "START YOUR OWN FUCKING SHOWSPACE." The crowd would not let him down, and much like Ty Segall a week before, he had a massive grin plastered to his face. It was a perfect way (and the perfect band) for DbA to go out.

Admittedly, the final night didn't start off quite as perfectly. The line for the final show started forming around 3 PM and by 5 PM was at Kent -- which was usually the cutoff point for who got in on the previous nights -- and it eventually went past Glasslands. (They did give away free hot chocolate for folks in line.) The paid list for friends and family (which, I won't deny, included the guy writing this) was big, and there was also the problem of rampant space-holding by folks in line.

Grooms
Grooms

The main space was full of folks that looked like DbA regulars to me by the time openers Grooms took the stage, and what weird vibes there were lifted when they started to play. (Grooms have basically practiced at DbA since they began as Muggabears and have played there many many times over the last seven years.) Singer Travis Johnson was definitely holding back tears at first and gave a nice tribute to the space and Edan: "If more people cared as much about music and as little about actually making money as Edan, the world would be a better place." Guitarist Jay Heiselmann, meanwhile, may hold the record for most shows at DbA's final stand, having also played with Roya, The Immaculates, French Miami, and Fuckton. The night also marked the return of original member Emily Ambruso who is apparently back in the band these days.

Next up were Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood who played in their original Jake-and-Jamin two-piece configuration as a throwback to their first-ever NYC show... which was at DbA. (A lot of bands' first shows were at DbA.) They are basically DbA family and it would've been more of a surprise if they didn't play. Not that I dislike the expanded lineup, but Jake and Jamin are such a killer locked groove, they don't need others so much. They were great on Saturday and the pit rivaled Lightning Bolt's with people banging into each other in the crowd and on top. When their set ended and the crowd screamed for more, Jake reminded folks "opening bands don't do encores!"

Oliver Ackerman and his birthday pie
APTBS

Irony of ironies, Saturday was also the birthday of Death by Audio owner / pedalmaker / bartender Oliver Ackerman who also fronts noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. He was presented with candle-covered pies right before APTBS' set and the whole place sang "Happy Birthday." It was a nice moment. He blew out the candles and the band started the set which was white noise sensory deprivation with smoke machines, strobes, and lasers on full blast. The only time I saw a member of the band during their set was when bassist Dion Lunadon leapt onto the crowd still playing his bass.

There was a dance party in "The Ranch" in the back and people just hung out and talked till basically the sun came up. (I left about 5 AM.) Thanks again to Edan, Matt and Oliver and everyone else who worked there and made it special.

Matt Conboy and Edan Wilbur post-show
Lightning Bolt

More pics from Death by Audio's final show, plus video of all four bands' sets (via unARTigNYC), below...

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF & Grooms played Death by Audio's final show (pics / video)"

Ryan Adams @ Hammerstein (via Robin Pahlman) & Carnegie (via Will McCranie)
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

One song each night from the "sappy" and "stupid" album intended as the follow-up to 2011's 'Ashes and Fire', before he decided to shelve it, shows that Adams remains perfectly capable of turning out the sort of alt.country nuggets with which he first made his name. 'How Much Light' is a particularly impeccable cut, and its airing on Monday - along with that of 'Where You and I Meet In My Mind' 48 hours earlier - is likely to lead to clamour from fans for the discarded LP to see the light of day.

With the occasional brattish behaviour of earlier days a distant memory, his between-song interludes are warm, witty, engaging - and more than a little idiosyncratic. Terminator 2, listening to REM while tripping, Angry Birds, Billy Ocean and the emotional and physical wellbeing of his audiences all fall under the comical microscope. He may not offer the lyrical breadth of someone like Bob Dylan or Randy Newman, but these shows are a reminder that Adams has amassed a formidable songbook over the course of his dozen-odd albums. And precious few singer songwriters possess the trump card of a voice that can imbue even the most humdrum lines with such a pure emotional resonance. [When the Gramophone Rings]

Ryan Adams wrapped up his tour with Butch Walker this past weekend with a two-night stand at Hammerstein Ballroom (11/22-11/23), which followed a two-night at Carnegie Hall (11/15 & 11/17) as well as Boston, Philly and NJ stops in between. The above review is of the two Carnegie Hall shows, and below you can check out a video of him playing "Come Pick Me Up" at the second Hammerstein show, as well as setlists from all four. The second Carnegie show included a cover of "Black Sheets of Rain" by Bob Mould, who he joined on stage in NYC earlier this year. Did you go to any of the shows? How were they?

Continue reading "Ryan Adams played 4 NYC shows (setlists, video)"

Will ButlerWill Butler

Arcade Fire's Will Butler announced his debut solo album, Policy, and then put the album trailer featuring song snippets, and now he's put out the first single "Take My Side." Take a listen to that below. The album's out March 10 via Merge.

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Will Butler streaming new single "Take My Side""

Obits @ BK Bazaar - 11/22/14 (via Kyle Page)
Obits

Brooklyn garage punk greats Obits played a one-off in their hometown this past Saturday (11/22) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. Anyone catch that? How was it? You can check out a video of them from that show, below.

Obits have now announced their next hometown show which happens New Year's Eve at Acheron, which is a pretty small venue and it sounds like this will be one of the rowdier NYE options in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Obits frontman Rick Froberg is also one of the many Brooklyn artists taking part in this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery which also includes members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, Dismemberment Plan and more. Plus, since we last spoke, members of Girls Against Boys, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more were added, as well as MC Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav). Updated lineup below.

Rick Froberg's Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes bandmate John Reis also has a collaborative surf rock album and tour planned with The Blind Shake.

Obits video and Rock Lottery lineup below...

Continue reading "Obits played BK Bazaar, playing Acheron on New Year's Eve; Brooklyn Rock Lottery expanded lineup"

Bayonet Records logo
Bayonet

Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur and his wife (and former Captured Tracks label manager) Katie Garcia have just launched a new label, Bayonet Records. The Fader talked to Garcia and Payseur about Bayonet:

Since he was young, Payseur's dreamed about running a label. "I found these cassettes from when I was a kid, where I was recording me screaming 'Fuck' into the mic over a drum machine, and I'd put like fake record label names and logos on them," he said. Garcia feels similarly: "I always knew growing up I wanted to work in music," she told FADER. "Once Dustin started talking to me about how he wanted to seriously pursue [the label], it became the natural progression for me to help him manage it, since that's something I already knew how to do."
Beach Fossils will be a part of Bayonet roster, as will Payseur's other band, Laced. The label will also reissue Warehouse's debut, Tesseract, on March 3, the same day as cassettes/digital releases by Red Sea and Flouride. The first vinyl LP to be released by Bayonet will be Jerry Paper's Carousel on March 31.

The rest of the label's lineup includes Frankie Cosmos, Divorce Money and Freelove Fenner. You may have seen Warehouse and Laced play together in NYC back in July.

Beach Fossils, Laced and Jerry Paper are playing one of the final Glasslands shows on 12/17 with PC Worship.

Watch an "Introducing Bayonet Records video and stream a track off Warehouse's Tesseract, below...

Continue reading "Dustin from Beach Fossils starts label, signs Frankie Cosmos, Warehouse, Jerry Paper and more"

photos by Greg Cristman

"@nilsfrahm was just absolutely beautiful & captivating last night. lost my breath a few times. so very moving and powerful. in complete awe." - Mike Servito

"An incredible show & standing ovation - a great almost-end to an amazing #tour this year @nilsfrahm. Happy memories!" - Manners McDade

"Watching @nilsfrahm can't even believe how much beauty my brain is taking in right now" - Heba Kadry

Nils Frahm / Dawn of Midi
Nils Frahm
Dawn of Midi

Classical/electronic composer Nils Frahm brought his tour with the likeminded Dawn of Midi to NYC for a very packed show at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew last Friday (11/21), following a Glasslands show Nils played without Dawn of Midi the night earlier. Nils' acoustic/electronic blend was well complemented by Dawn of Midi, who played entirely acoustic instruments but created clicks and glitch-like sounds not unlike the ones usually associated with electronic music.

Check out more pictures from the show along with a video from Nils' set below...

Continue reading "Nils Frahm & Dawn of Midi played the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew (pics, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People

Like Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, and others before them, Cave People (the project of David Tomaine) relocated from Scranton, PA to Philly to further pursue music, and also like those bands they exist somewhere between punk and indie rock. Cave People's debut EP, Older, is coming out December 9 via Stereophonodon (pre-order), and its newest single "Brace" is premiering in this post. It's good stuff if you're into this sort of thing. Check it out, along with previous single "Cluster," below.

Continue reading "Cave People releasing debut EP (stream 2 tracks)"

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You may have already heard The Decemberists' new single, "Make You Better" from their new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, but you can now check out the video. It stars their old Parks & Rec buddy Nick Offerman as host of a '70s German TV show called The Old Blue Rock Palace Show which is clearly a blend of The Old Grey Whistle Test and Rockpalast. After a brief and awkward interview with Colin Meloy, The Decemberists take the stage as a romantic drama featuring Offerman plays out behind the scenes. Funny and a little sweet, it was directed by Bill Fishman, who some of you may remember as making the 1988 cult classic Tapeheads. Watch it below.

The Decemberists' tour with Alvvays hits NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are still available but "not many left" according to Ticketmaster.

Continue reading "The Decemberists share "Make You Better" video starring Nick Offerman (watch)"

Lip Talk

Interpol, who are now successfully free of snowstorm trappage and who made one of Q's favorite LPs of 2014, are set to bring their tour with Hundred Waters to NYC for three sold-out Terminal 5 shows this week, tonight (11/24) through Wednesday (11/26). (They're also on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight.) As discussed, tonight and Wednesday have Hundred Waters opening but they're not on the Tuesday show. Instead, that show will be opened by NYC's Lip Talk, the band formerly known as Railbird.

Lip Talk, led by the duo of Sarah and Chris Kyle and fleshed out by bassist Derek Leslie (Tiny Hazard, Asobi Seksu) and drummer Ian Chang (Matthew Dear, Body Language), are set to release a new EP in early 2015. We've got the premiere of that EP's shiny synth pop single "Ghost" which you can check out below.

Meanwhile, the night Lip Talk open for Interpol, Hundred Waters headline their own show at Rough Trade (11/25) with a solo set from Mutual Benefit's Jordan Lee (tickets). They also go on a headlining tour in 2015 that brings them back to NYC on 3/5 at MHOW (tickets).

Lip Talk song stream below...

Continue reading "Lip Talk opening for Interpol, releasing a new EP (song stream)"