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May 27, 2015

photo: Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Steely Dan

Steely Dan and Beacon Theatre go together like peanut butter and jelly, having done multiple night runs together in 2009, 2011 and 2013. They're doing it again this fall, playing eight nights at Beacon on October 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16 & 17 and like before each night has its own theme:

October 6 Aja & Hits
October 7 Greatest Hits
October 9 Gaucho & Hits
October 10 The Royal Scam & Hits
October 13 Aja & Hits
October 14 Greatest Hits
October 16 By Popular Demand
October 17 The Grand Review
If you're curious what the final Beacon show ("The Grand Review") is, Steely Dan describe it as "The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever - Featuring Spectacular Musical Guests, Glorious Tunes and Riffage, and Whatever the Party Calls for! Parking Validated for First Dozen Diehard Fans."

Tickets for all the Beacon shows go on sale June 5 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/28) at 10 AM and a Beacon Theatre presale beginning June 4 at 10 AM.

For big fans, they're also offering a few different discounted, multi-night packages: package one features the Oct. 6, 7, 9 and 10 performances; package two contains the shows on Oct. 13, 14, 16 and 17. Both are priced at "buy three shows get four shows." For the Dan super-fan, a third package offers tickets for all eight Beacon shows for the cost of six.

For those wondering, in addition to main men Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan will also feature on these Beacon shows Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, Jon Herington on guitar, Michael Leonhart on trumpet, Jim Pugh on trombone, Roger Rosenberg on baritone saxophone, Walt Weiskopf on saxophone, plus backup singers Paulette McWilliams, Carolyn Escoffery, and Cindy Mizelle.

This summer, Steely Dan will be doing the outdoor amphitheater circuit with Elvis CostelloAugust 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In case you missed it, check out Donald Fagen's diary about his experience at this year's Coachella.

Continue reading "Steely Dan playing 8 nights at Beacon Theatre this fall (dates)"

Play Date

Bouncing Souls already have a big NJ show planned for 7/17 at Starland Ballroom, and the very next day, singer Greg Attonito is putting on another NJ show that you may want to take your kids to. Play Date, Greg's children's music duo with his wife Shanti Wintergate, are playing a release show for their upcoming We All Shine album at Asbury Park's Porta Pizza on July 18. Doors open at 2 PM, show starts at 2:30, and of course it's all ages. Tickets are on sale now.

We All Shine is due out July 24. No music is out from that yet, but you can check out the artwork and watch the video for earlier track "Dance Like A Monster" below.

The Souls' Starland Ballroom show is with Screaming Females (who play NYC tonight and Thursday), Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Seaside Caves. Tickets for that one are still available.

Continue reading "children's music duo Play Date celebrating new album in Asbury Park the day after Bouncing Souls' NJ show"

Max's

Earlier this year, we mentioned that the legendary now-closed NYC punk venue Max's Kansas City would be celebrating its 50th anniversary from June 4-7 at Bowery Electric, the current home of many '70s-era NYC punks. Now the lineups have been announced.

Night 1 features an all-star Jayne County tribute, Jahn Xavier & the Bowerytones, The Sick F*cks, Ruby & the Rednecks, The Magic Tramps, Zecca and The Black Cats NYC, with MC Jimi Lalumia and DJ Mojo, and cameos by Miachael Alago and Yvonne Sewal.

Night 2 has The Waldos, Testors (the original lineup featuring Sonny Vincent), New York Junk, Luigi & the Wiseguys and Love Pirates, with Bill Popp & the Tapes playing in the Map Room. MC Jimi Lalumia's role is reprised, this time with DJ Rob Select, and there will be cameos by Steve Dior and Tammy Faye Starlight reprising her acclaimed off-broadway performance as Nico.

Night 3 has Pure Hell, Sea Monster, Puma Perl & Friends and Joey Kelly All Stars, with Martin John Butler in the Map Room. MC Jimi Lalumia, DJ Mojo, and a cameo by Tammy Faye Starlight as Nico once again.

And finally, night 4 has Nelson Slater, Prima Donna, The Rattlers, 4 on the Floor, Deborah Front, Hipp Pipps, The Flashcubs, MC Jimi Lalumia, DJ Twig the Wonder Kid, and a cameo by Penny Arcade

All four nights will be hosted by Peter Crowley. Tickets for all four shows, and a four-night pass, are on sale now.

photos by Debi Del Grande

St. Vincent / Robert Plant / Ex Hex / Temples @ Sasquatch 5/24/2014
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

On stage Annie Clark, or as she's known, St. Vincent, is like an alluring, otherworldly android. She skitter steps around rapidly on high stiletto heels, staring blankly and doe-eyed, smiling at odd times while tearing through guitar lines seemingly effortlessly. Much of her show seems almost choreographed, moves precise, robotic, and at times in unison with her rhythm guitar player/keyboardist. Hers is a very conscious stage presence, each strange move intentional, and it is completely captivating. But her set on the Sasquatch main stage proved her to be not just an engaging performer, but an excellent musician as well; Clark is the complete package. Her confident guitar lines lead the way on her early hit "Cruel", and the single "Digital Witness" from her 2014 self-titled album was very danceable over the massive, bass-heavy sounds coming from the stage. Her set was fairly light on stage banter, but when she finally spoke she said, "good evening ladies and gentlemen, and a special welcome to the others, and the queers, and the dominatrixes, and the dominated of Washington State," before launching in to "Huey Newton", drawing her fingers across her exposed neck in a throat slitting pantomime. - [KEXP]
The third day (Sunday, May 24) of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge,WA featured such performers as Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Temples, Lana Del Rey, Jenny Lewis (who also recently played Chicago), Jose Gonzlez, Twin Peaks and more. Pictures from day 3 are in this post.

Pics from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE and day are HERE. We'll have pics from day 4 soon, meanwhile check out more of day 3 below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2015 day 3 in pics: St. Vincent, Robert Plant, Lana Del Rey, Ex Hex, Jenny Lewis, Temples, Jose Gonzalez, more"

photos by James Richards IV

Jenny Lewis @ Chicago's Vic Theatre 5/19/2015
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

"I'm a professional musician ... (but) all these balls are distracting me," she said with a laugh, as she fumbled the opening of her encore. Lewis is indeed a pro, a one-time child actress who still brings a hint of Hollywood glamour to her show. She's at ease in front of an audience; confident, stylish, with a knack for selling the songs with a raised fist, twirling wrist or pogo hop. At times, she and her six-piece band came off as slick, especially when they plunged into a half-dozen sleek rock songs from across Lewis' career, including her off-and-on band Rilo Kiley.

Yet her pristine voice, a piercing instrument in the upper register with a timbre reminiscent of a young Emmylou Harris, specializes in dispensing honesty, no matter how discomforting or withering it might be.
[Chicago Tribune]

Jenny Lewis is currently on tour and in the last week or so has played Chicago's Vic Theatre (5/19) and Gorge, WA's Sasquatch Music Festival (5/24). Pictures from the Vic, with opener Nikki Lane, are in this post.

In other news, she's also just released a couple videos, both of which feature SNL's Vanessa Bayer. The first is part of Bayer's "Sound Advice" series where Bayer plays media coach Janessa Slater who, among other topics, asks about Lewis' old group...Troop Beverly Hills. You can watch that below.

Lewis' child star past comes up again in the new video for "She's Not Me," the new single from last year's The Voyager. She directed it herself and it has nods to not only Troop Beverly Hills, but also The Wizard and her guest appearance on The Golden Girls. Helping her out are Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen, Girls' star Zosia Mamet and Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly from Kids). Watch it below.

Jenny's summer tour dates include a few opening for Wilco, and a few as part of Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour, the latter of which hits NJ's Seaside Heights Beach on June 5 & 6 (tickets). All dates are listed with more pictures below.

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis played Chicago (pics), makes fun of child star past in new video ft. Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen & more"

photo: Action Bronson at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Action Bronson

Among this year's NXNE shows is Action Bronson's free outdoor show on 6/21 in Yonge-Dundas Square, one of the busiest common areas in Toronto. Not everyone is excited though. A Change.org petition has been launched by local activist Erica Shiner to get Bronson removed from the show for "[glorifying] gang-raping and murdering women." The petition reads:

Action bronson glorifies gang-raping and murdering women. It is an insult to the people of Toronto for NXNE, Now Magazine, Vans Footwear, and the City of Toronto to be featuring an artist on public property whose lyrics are as follows:

"Then dig your shorty out cuz I geeked her up on molly
Have her eating dick, no need for seasoning
If seven dudes are in the room then she's pleasing them
Like a trooper. Hit her in the pooper. Throw her in the shower
Then I take her out to Lupa I'm kinky, I'll hit it even if it's stinky
Put em in the shower, make the pussy brand new Ran through.
Give 'em money what I can't do Stuff her lunchbox & burn her with the candle"

Shiner goes on to say that the lyrics quoted above (from the song "Consensual Rape") are hate speech, and that "a musician who glorifies rape and violence against women should not be invited to perform at a public space in our city." The petition has 1,974 supporters as of this post, and Toronto artist Austra shared the link on their Twitter as well.

The NXNE organizers have defended their decision to book him in a new statement, which reads:

On Tuesday, May 26 a group of concerned Torontonians created a petition to remove Action Bronson from NXNE's lineup on Sunday, June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square. The petition has spawned a passionate online discussion. The Festival would like to address this topic.

Action Bronson performed at Yonge-Dundas Square as part of NXNE in 2012 with Killer Mike, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. It was a positive concert that was described by reviewers as "laid back", "a lot of fun" and a "world class hip-hop showcase". NXNE is confident the lineup on June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square will make for another enjoyable day of music in a public space.

"NXNE will also present a number of rap artists at various venues, such as Tink and Kate Tempest, who have be lauded for the undisguised feminist viewpoints in their music." says Sara Peel, Managing Director of NXNE. " "That being said, in the interest of moving forward in a positive manner, we are engaging in discussion with our community about this important issue, and looking to provide opportunities for concerned voices to be heard."

NXNE believes each and every one of these artists have the right to express their views through music, but those views belong to them and them alone. Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival showcases, as NXNE will present hundreds of artists this June - some may be considered controversial, but most are just plain fun.

There's also another Change.org petition launched by another local, James Friske, in response to Erica Shiner's, titled "Stop Feminist Extremeists from Censoring Action Bronson's Free Speech and his Performance at NXNE." It reads:
Erica Shiner and her parteners either knowingly or unknowingly manipulated the meaning of the lyrics do describe the non-consensual drugging and gang raping of the woman in the lyrics, based on the single line "cuz I geeked her up on molly" This is a loose play of language to describe his giving her molly, and her willingly taking it. All other aspects of the lyrics do not contain material that describe the woman as being used against her will, in fact the same verse contradicts the idea of it. None of the sexual acts described are illegal, and in a court of law this would not stand as proof that a rape has occurred.

There are currently 3000+ people who will be attending the free concert, and I call on The city of Toronto, Yonge and Dundas Square Management, and Sponsors to stand up for free speech in the face of censorship by an extremist minority.

As for Bronson himself, he just tweeted this:

UPDATE: Bronson has now added, "It's so funny the song that is causing these Torontonians to have their panties in a bunch literally has never been performed, ever." And, "5 years ago a lost track. That's what u base UR argument on? HOW ABOUT THE 9 PROJECTS THAT HAVE COME OUT SINCE? Don't single me out."

by Bill Pearis

Radioactivity @ House of Vans photo via @mikeyerg
Radioactivity

Texas rippers Radioactivity were in town over Memorial Day Weekend, playing House of Vans' "Almost Summer" series on Saturday (5/23) with Parquet Courts and Pill. It probably felt like summer was already here in House of Vans which can be a real a hotbox. Did you go?

The band, whose new album Silent Kill will be out June 30 on Dirtnap, have just announced another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on July 30. Presented by Noisey, the show also has San Francisco's Flesh World and Honey Radar, making for a stacked bill.. Tickets are on sale now. Updated Radioactivity tour dates are listed, along with a song stream from the new LP, below.

If you're unfamiliar, Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely give it a listen -- it's streaming below. That Baby's show is the only date for Honey Radar at the moment.

Flesh World, which features members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, will play again a couple nights after the Baby's show, opening for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/1) with Lust For Youth and Sannhet on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates for Flesh World are listed, plus a song from their forthcoming debut LP, below.

Continue reading "Radioactivity played House of Vans w/ Parquet Courts, add Baby's show w/ Flesh World & Honey Radar to tour"

A Banks

Earlier this year rappers RZA (who is starring in a porn star biopic) and Azealia Banks (who is naked in a recent issue of Playboy) both appeared in a BrooklynVegan post about pornography. Together again, now we find out that RZA and Azealia are working on a different movie, together. Azealia's publicist says:

Today Azealia Banks confirmed that she will be starring in a new Lionsgate/Codeblack Films motion picture film titled "Coco."

Directed by Wu Tang Clan's RZA from a screenplay by Nicole Jefferson Asher, "Coco" will be produced by Paul Hall and has already starting filming in the U.S.

"I'm extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment," director Rza continues "producer Paul Hall and I have assembled a cool and eclectic cast to surround Azealia. Our story, which is set in today's contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be heard."

Banks will play a fiery 20-something female rapper named Coco. Set in Brooklyn, the film documents her struggles in pursuing a career in hip-hop, while also attempting to fulfill her parent's expectations of finishing college. Having returned to school, Coco soon discovers the vivid world and ultimate power of the spoken word, where she finds her one true voice and an unlikely love in the classroom.

According to IMDB, the movie is called "Spoken Word", but maybe that is wrong. Deadline adds that "she stars with Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee. It has a script from Nicole Jefferson Asher and will be produced by Paul Hall. "

Azealia Banks played a show at Irving Plaza earlier this month, and before that Coachella (where the above photo by Samantha Saturday is from). Check out a video from the NYC show with her international tour dates listed, below.

Jill Scott is touring soon too, and Common is headlining Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

Continue reading "Azealia Banks to star in RZA-directed movie "Coco" with Common & Jill Scott"

Good Life

Already this year, Tim Kasher has gone on a Cursive tour playing The Ugly Organ in full and contributed to the new Desaparecidos single, and now he's teaming back up with his band The Good Life for their first album in eight years. It's their fifth overall, it's called Everybody's Coming Down, and it will be out on August 14 via their longtime home Saddle Creek. It was mixed by John Congleton, who opened that Cursive tour and worked recently with Swans, Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent and more.

Stream the first single "Everybody," and check out the artwork and tracklist, below (via Pitchfork).

The band will begin a tour the day after the album's release at Maha Music Festival in their hometown of Omaha, and continue through September hitting various US cities with support from Big Harp, the band of The Good Life's Stefanie Drootin-Senseny with her husband Chris Senseny and drummer Daniel Ocanto, who have both worked with other Omaha bands (Tilly and the Wall and Icky Blossoms, respectively).

That tour hits NYC on August 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/29) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Earlier this year, the band reissued Novena on a Nocturn, Black Out and Album of the Year, along with demos. You can pick up the reissue bundle at the Saddle Creek webstore.

Speaking of Desaparecidos, their tour hits NYC on 6/25 at Shea with The So So Glos, 6/26 at Rough Trade with The Bandrodiz, and 8/6 at Webster Hall with both of those bands. Tickets for Webster are still available but the other two are sold out.

Good Life tour dates, song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Tim Kasher's band The Good Life announce new album and tour with Big Harp (dates, song stream)"

by Gretchen Robinette

Pixies @ Beacon Theatre 5/26/2015
Pixies

Taking full advantage of impassioned company and the savory acoustics of the space, Pixies played a comprehensive set of a vast scope of work, weaving in and out of timeless classics and lesser known B-sides and current releases. Not content to rest on their laurels, they leaned into new and unusual material with the giddiness of a high school band at their first talent show, then pivoted into oldie-goodies, turning spectator intrigue into frenzied sing-alongs. All of it was presented with the dramatic arc of a rock opera. "Wave of Mutilation" ascended deliberately and hovered, with Frank Black's voice crawling through Paz Lenchantin's deep, muddy basslines. Then seizing on the hypnotic mood, Pixies grabbed the crowd by the necktie with the raucous anthems "Break My Body" and "The Holiday Song." Lenchantin drove numbers like "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Velouria," spookily mimicking former bassist Kim Deal with her playing and support vocals, while David Lovering's flawless percussive churning intertwined with Joey Santiago's standout guitar fluency on heavyweights like "Debaser" and "Bone Machine." - [The House List]
After playing the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage on Saturday, alt-rock vets Pixies continued their four-show, NYC-area run with their first of two sold-out nights (5/26) at one of the cities' toniest spots, Beacon Theatre. Pictures from their set, as well as opener John Grant, are in this post.

Pixies and Grant do it again at Beacon tonight (5/27), then they'll take their show over to Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on Thursday (5/28), to which tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Pixies and John Grant played Beacon Theatre (pics), do it again tonight, and at Kings on Thursday"