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April 17, 2015

scene of the accident (photo via @CSP_News)

Twin Shadow's tour bus was part of a multi-vehicle accident early Friday (4/17) on a stretch of I-70 just outside Denver, Colorado, The Denver Post reports:

"I've been in an accident. I'm in pain but I am conscious. Help is here," bass and keyboard player Spencer Zahn texted his mother Dorrelle Zahn. "He knows that I would be a worry wart."

I-70 has been shut down in both directions at E-470 in Aurora on because of the crash that left "multiple" people injured, authorities say. Colorado State Patrol said the victims' injuries range from minor to serious.

Two buses, two semi-tractor trailers and a motor home were involved in the accident. Twelve people received minor to severe injuries, according to CSP. Photos released from the scene show the front of one of the buses mangled behind the back of a Federal Express semi-tractor-trailer.

State patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the band had two tour buses, and the one carrying the crew was most seriously damaged.

"The only people transported were from the crew bus," Lewis said.

Twin Shadow were due to play Denver tonight (4/17) but that show has been canceled. Let's hope everyone involved recovers quickly.

photo: The Maccabees at MHOW in 2013 (more by Guy Eppel)

Mumford & Sons and The Maccabees announced a tour earlier this week, including a NYC show happening at Coney Island's MCU Park on June 2. Tickets for that show went on sale today and are apparently almost sold out, but they've already added a second show happening a day later (6/3) at the same venue. Tickets for the new show are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

AGBPOL @ MHOW - 4/13/15
A Great Big Pile of Leaves

Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves brought their tour with headliners RX Bandits and openers Cayetana to their hometown earlier this week at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/13). AGBPOL's latest LP is mathy, chilled-out pop in the vein of Minus the Bear, but live they came off a bit more like a straight rock band. The crowd wasn't as packed for them as it was for RX Bandits, but they definitely had a lot of people there rocking out and singing all the words. Pictures of all three bands from that show are in this post.

AGBPOL wrap up the run with RX Bandits/Cayetana in Philly tonight (4/17) and then head out on a European tour with The Early November and You Blew It!. Those same three bands also play NJ's Pinelands Music Festival in August (tickets).

In between the European tour and NJ festival, AGBPOL will return to Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/19), this time to headline. The show's in support of the five-year anniversary of their debut album, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

All dates are listed, with more pictures from MHOW and an AGBPOL music video, below...

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by Bill Pearis


The Prodigy's new album, The Day Is My Enemy, which is their sixth LP to go to #1 in the UK charts, came out a couple weeks ago. The current single from the electronica vets is "Ibiza" which features Sleaford Mods. It sounds pretty much like you'd expect it to, with Jason Williamson angy spiel fitting in well with The Prodigy's metallic techno. The song is an attack on superstar DJ culture (and the Spanish resort town where EDM runs rampant). The Prodigy's Liam Howlett told FACT:

"It's an attack on these mindless fucking jokers that arrive in their Learjets, pull a USB stick out of their pockets, plug it in and wave their hands in the air to a pre-programmed mix," said Howlett. "I can't name names, but our lighting guy pulled out a CD, and said this is blah blah blah's set, and I'm like, 'What do you mean?' Turns out that our lighting guy plays it from the front of house while this DJ is onstage pretending to push buttons.

"Maybe I'm an angry person, but I was infuriated by this laziness. What's all that shit about? You can't build a scene around that, it's never going to last or be credible."

The video for the song was just released and features Williamson and the band badgering a nebbish travel agent. You can watch it below.

"Ibiza" will also be released as a Record Store Day 7" in the UK. Sleaford Mods' new album is in the can, stay tuned for details on that.

Continue reading "Sleaford Mods team with The Prodigy for superstar-DJ-bashing "Ibiza" single (watch the video)"

photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex are on tour and coming to the NYC-area for two shows this weekend. The first is a free one in Brooklyn TONIGHT (4/17) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar) with Foxes In Fiction, John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death, etc) and The Spirit of the Beehive. Then they play a Quinnipiac University show in CT on Saturday (4/18) with Pianos Become the Teeth (tickets). Updated list of Pity Sex dates (including a Cleveland show with Alkaline Trio) below.

In related news, members of Slow Warm Death and Street Smart Cyclist are also in White Pisces, who also have shows coming up this weekend. They play Brooklyn on Saturday (4/18) at Bohemian Grove (64-66 Grove St) with Idiot Son, Bodega Bay, Royal Garde and The Regrets. Show starts at 8, $5 at the door gets you in, and it's the vinyl release show for White Pisces' new LP, Weather, which came out this week on Square of Opposition. You can stream that album in full, below.

White Pisces then play two Pennsylvania shows, one with Spill and one with Mannequin Pussy. All of their dates, the LP stream, and Pity Sex dates, below...

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Kirin & Sean

Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:



On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.

Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...

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Tickets for the Conor Oberst Governors Ball afterparty at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Little Dragon Governors Ball aftershow at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mumford & Sons show at MCU Park in Coney Island go on sale today at 10 AM.

More tickets for the PC Music show with QT, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, SOPHIE, A. G. Cook and Danny L Harle as part of Red Bull Music Academy go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Death at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM

Tickets to see Against Me! at show at Starland Ballroom go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see the Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World and Against Me! at PNC Bank Arts Center and in Philly go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Blonde Redhead at Warsaw go on sale today at 10 AM; tickets for their

Tickets for the PINS show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

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

Tickets for the Algiers show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the BC Camplight show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon

Former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen (whose new solo LP is out next week) will play Mercury Lounge on May 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the mewithoutYou show at Bowery Ballroom with Foxing and Field Mouse go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Slayer and King Diamond shows at PNC Bank Arts Center and Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre go on sale today.

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

Tickets for the Girlpool/Alex G show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mad Decent Block Parties at Coney Island's MCU Park are on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)
show at Webster Hall go on sale now.

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

photo: DFA1979 at T5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Dancepunks Death From Above 1979 returned last year with their first album since 2004, and they'll continue to tour in support of this year. This one's a bit of a surprising tour though -- they'll be opening for alt-metal bashers Deftones and, uh, Incubus. If you had to make any sense of that, there are at least a few Incubus riffs that rock kinda hard (if you can deal with Brandon Boyd's howling), but it somehow feels like there had to be a better tourmate for DFA than the band who wrote "Drive."

The tour, also with The Bots opening, hits the NYC-area on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center, August 5 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and August 8 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, April 24 at noon with an Incubus Fan Club presale starting Monday (4/20) at noon and Live Nation/Facebook presales starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

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

Buzzcocks, Doug Gillard @ Stone Pony
One of the OG UK punk bands, Buzzcocks had pop smarts from the get-go with a string of classic singles. Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle are still at it, having released The Way last year, that doesn't fiddle with their formula. Doug Gillard, who has played in Guided by Voices, Cobra Verde, Nada Surf and makes his own great guitar pop, opens..

Pity Sex, Foxes in Fiction, John Galm, Spirit of the Beehive @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Ann Arbor punkgazers Pity Sex headline this stacked free show that also includes the ambient Foxes In Fiction, former Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist vocalist John Galm, and Philly indie rockers Spirit of the Beehive.

The Juan Maclean (live), Delia Gonzalez (live), Midnight Magic (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
While they're mainstays on the DJ circuit, it's been a long time since The Juan Maclean actually played live. To get back into the swing, they're doing a six-night Brooklyn residency, starting tonight with three shows at Cameo then next week at Union Pool. Tonight's show is with fellow (but very different) DFA artist Delia Gonzalez.

Doldrums, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Airick Woodhead's new album as Doldrums is both poppier and dancier than anything he's done before, while remaining resolutely of odd. Moon King, which is fronted by Airick's brother Daniel, both open the show and play as a part of Doldrums live band. They're both exciting live bands, recommended.

Blind Idiot God, Insect Ark @ Saint Vitus
Experimental instrumental rock vets Blind Idiot put out releases on SST, Bill Laswell's label and John Zorn's label back in the late '80s and early '90s (all produced by Laswell except for one by Martin Bisi), and earlier this year they finally put out their first album in 23 years. It has them in fine form, as tonight's show likely will too.

Blitzen Trapper (performing Neil Young's "Harvest") @ City Winery (2 shows)
This weekend, Blitzen Trapper are releasing a live tribute to Neil Young's Harvest album, and today they're also playing it in full at two NYC shows.

Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Warehouse @ Baby's All Right
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album (tonight's the release show), Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet.

Brokeback, Holy Sons, Chris Brokaw @ Trans-Pecos
Doug McCombs of post-rock giants Tortoise and indie rock vets Eleventh Dream Day has also led the band Brokeback since the late '90s. They headline tonight, and it's a good show all around with Holy Sons, the project of Emil Amos (also of Om and Grails), and Codeine/Come guitarist Chris Brokaw (who's also playing in Brokeback tonight).

Spirit Family Reunion, Innove Gnawa Band, Morgan O'Kane @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion make trad-style folk inspired by old timey country and bluegrass. Catch them in their hometown tonight.

Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ The Paramount
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) is in the midst of a multi-night NYC-area run with Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, on vocals.

Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ Starland Ballroom
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach). They do it again on Long Island on Sunday.

Sadaf, Gobby, Sporting Life, Helmer, DJ Hungry Bodies @ Alphaville
Sadaf and Gobby hail from the same scene that brought us Arca and Mykki Blanco, so if you like them there's a good chance you'll enjoy tonight's show too. Also of note is Sporting Life, which includes a member of Ratking.

Tournament, KDH, Twin Strike @ Union Pool
Local punks Tournament put out the ripping, snotty new album Teenage Creature this week. Hear songs from that tonight.

Adrian Grody, Arthur Meyer, Alison Rich, Shellshag, Joe Pera, Lil Freckles, Conor O'Malley, and more @ Aviv
Tonight's new-ish Greenpoint venue Aviv's first-ever comedy show, and also includes a full set from local indie/punk band Shellshag.

Com Truise, Lord RAJA @ Verboten
The early show at Verboten tonight (7 PM) is headlined by '80s-inspired producer Com Truise.

Matthew Dear, Mike Dehnert, Kyle Hall, Dino G @ Verboten
This is Matthew Dear's "Subversions" party, which features "trippy decor, visuals and wild costumes." It's also his birthday.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday. This year it takes place at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Michael Hurley, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and more.

NYC multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright runs from today through Sunday. Of particular note is cult '80s UK deathrock band Part 1, who play their first NYC show ever tonight. Here's tonight's shows...

Kromosom, Blazing Eye, L.O.T.I.O.N., Pure Disgust, Sadist, Ajax @ Le Poisson Rouge
Interismo, Aspects of War, Mommy, Special Guest @ The Acheron
Part 1, Rule of Thirds, Survival, Aube, Cheena @ Saint Vitus

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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April 16, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr / The Gotobeds / Grooms @ The Wick 4/15/2015
The Gotobeds

Protomartyr and The Gotobeds' tour hit NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Wick. Protomartyr's set was about half new material, including new single "Blues Festival" which sounded great live. The band laid down tracks for their third album which will hopefully be out later this year. They were really, really loud and between that and The Wick's boomy acoustics, some of Protomartyr's dynamics got lost in the din, but still a really good set.

The Gotobeds, who played The Wick back in November opening for Sleaford Mods, put on the most fun set of the night, and frontman Eli Kasan cracked cynical jokes in between songs. "We've got the German edition of our album over there. There's a different track from the US edition and only 300 were made, so be sure to pick one up for your good friend Discogs or Ebay." It was a longer set than we got back in November, with a bunch of favorites from Poor People Are Revolting (was happy they played the very Fall-esque "Fucking Machine") and a few new ones too that may show up on their first album for Sub Pop.

The Wick's echo-iness definitely hurt openers Grooms, who were great at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in February. The artiest and most effects-driven band on the bill, they sounded blurry, and Steve Levine's drumming all but gone in the mix, unfortunately. Hopefully they won't have the same problems at The Bell House on May 8 when they play with Beauty Pill and The Flag (tickets).

In other news, The Wick is looking more like a proper venue now, with an elevated mixing board and cool-looking hanging light installation in the main performance space. I am told that The Wick's bathrooms will be finished soon, so you'll only have to travel over to The Well for a larger beer selection.

The Protobeds tour hits DC tonight at U Street Music Hall with Priests opening. That's a great lineup, so if you're in our nation's capital, go see that show. More pics from The Wick below....

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