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December 18, 2014

Weyes Blood
Weyes Blood @ Glasslands last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Weyes Blood released her lovely new album, The Innocents, this year and in early 2015 she'll head out on an extensive tour supporting it. The East Coast leg of her tour wraps up here in NYC at Baby's All Right on January 24 with Excepter, Regal Degal, and Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk. Tickets are on sale now.

Weyes Blood's most recent NYC show was opening for Waxahatchee last week at the soon-to-close Glasslands. All tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Zs

Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.

Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...

Continue reading "Zs releasing a new album, playing shows, told us their top LPs and "most anonymous comments on BrooklynVegan" of 2014"

The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
The Knife

BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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by Andrew Sacher

DZA

As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...

NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.

The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.

There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).

Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.

Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).

Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.

Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.

To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.

The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...

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Real Estate at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Real Estate

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

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their second of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang @ Terminal 5
Metal vets Opeth continued their trek into straight up progressive rock on this year's Pale Communion. Tonight they play the big Terminal 5 with Swedish DMers In Flames and Portland riffers Red Fang.

Walter Martin, Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
Having released holiday single "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)," together Walter Martin (of Walkmen) and Kat Edmonson will now celebrate the season with a festive show.

Real Estate, Shorts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Real Estate cap off a very busy year with this free show presented by Converse Rubber Tracks. All free tickets have been claimed already, natch.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwrigh @ Town Hall
Rufus & Martha Wainwright are celebrating the holiday shows with two shows at Town Hall this week, this being the second. The lineup is loaded with diverse and impressive names including much of the Wainwright family, country singer Emmylou Harris, NYC indie vets Cibo Matto, and the long-active all-around great performer Justin Vivian Bond.

Ice Choir, Maxo, DV-i @ Cameo Gallery
With his current project Ice Choir, Kurt Feldman (TPOBPAH, Depreciation Guild) uncannily recreates '80s new romantic synthpop. Tonight's a release show celebrating their new "Pure Holiday" single.

Maxo, Life Size Maps, Limited, Visuals @ Baby's All Right
Fans of Ice Choir might be a little torn tonight, as Limited (aka Alex Craig of Big Troubles and Ducktails) is working in the same millieu, and tonight's show also features Maxo who is also playing tonight's show at Cameo.

Delicate Steve, Celestial Shore, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Glasslands
Glasslands has less than two weeks left, and tonight you can check out an excellent lineup of indie rock bands that all exude instrumental technique. Go while you can.

The Black Madonna, Jacques Renault @ Glasslands
The string of final Glasslands shows continues late tonight after the Delicate Steve show with Jacques Renault's 'Let's Play House' party, which has called the Williamsburg venue home many times.

Mitski, Bellows, Small Wonder, 100 Watt Horse @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Mitski's latest album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, has made her one of the local Brooklyn scene's more exciting new artists, and it's gotten a bit of year-end acclaim. Tonight she plays with two bands in the talented Epoch collective, Bellows and Small Wonder, as well as 100 Watt Horse.

Nels Cline Ring Nebula Project, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cactus Truck, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Trans-Pecos
Two impressive avant-guitarists, Nels Cline and Ava Mendoza, lead bands for tonight's show. Also on the bill is Cactus Truck (from the Netherlands) and one of NYC's better experimental pop bands, Cloud Becomes Your Hand.

Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Against The Grain @ Gramercy Theatre
Nashville Pussy and Valient Thorr bring a double dose of southern heavy metal and partying to Gramercy Theatre tonight. Beers shall be flung.

Har Mar Superstar, Jim Jones, Michael Cummings (of Skaters) @ Bowery Electric
This is the holiday edition of party 'Sally Can't Dance' featuring a host of cool guest appearances, including Har Mar and Jim Jones, plus DJs Jesse Malin and Alix Brown.

Talibam!, Matt Nelson, Brian Chase, robbie l, Adam Starbucks @ Manhattan Inn
Longrunning Brooklyn duo Talibam! headline this night of experimental/drone/noise that also features Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase. Free, though donations are suggested.

Krill, Palberta, Big Neck Police, Show Me The Body, Big Neck Police @ Shea Stadium
Krill's third album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is coming out on February 17 via Exploding In Sound / Double Double Whammy, and its new single "Torturer" is another good example of their Spencer Krug meets Western Mass-style rock. You can stream it below.

Pilot to Gunner, Bound and Buried, The Judas Knife, Our Skies Are Noise @ The Acheron
Early 2000s-era post-hardcore band Pilot to Gunner were inactive for a while, but lately they've been anything but. Here's another chance to catch them in their hometown.

John Hodgman @ Grand Masonic Lodge
John Hodgman hosts his monthly Secret Society Meeting, this time given a subtitle, "Public Holiday Spectacle." Note though previous Secret Society meetings have been at Union Hall, this is at the Grand Masonic Lodge in the Flatiron District.

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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December 17, 2014

Colbert

The Colbert Report will air its final episode on Thursday night (12/18), after which Stephen Colbert (the real person, not his Report persona) will begin prepping to take over for the retiring David Letterman sometime next year. Last night (12/18) featured an appearance by Kendrick Lamar who will have the distinction of being the last-ever musical guest on the show -- unless Colbert pulls out some surprises tomorrow night. "No pressure, " Colbert told Kendrick, "but that means Paul McCartney, REM, Jack White and Nas were your opening acts." After an interview segment, Lamar performed a new, untitled song with backing from Thundercat, Terrace Martin on saxophone, and back vocals from Bilal and Anna Wise. You can watch that below.

Tonight's penultimate episode of The Colbert Report features Redeployment author Phil Klay and Thursday's finale features...the Grim Reaper? Tune in and find out. David Letterman's final The Late Show will be May 20, but reports are that Colbert may not take the host seat till September. Larry Wilmore will take over Colbert's time slot on Comedy Central. Craig Ferguson, meanwhile, will exit CBS' The Late Late Show at the end of December, with guest hosts filling in until James Corden (and bandleader Reggie Watts) take over in March.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar was the last-ever musical guest on 'The Colbert Report,' which signs off for good this week (video)"

by Zack Baker

California X
Photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vadislav Grach)

Amherst, MA's noisy sludge-punks California X will release their sophomore LP, Nights In The Dark, January 13 on Don Giovanni Records. You may have already heard the album's title track, and they've now shared a second song, "Hadley, MA," which you can stream below.

Before the album drops, the band will head out on tour, kicking off in NYC with a release show on January 2 at Shea Stadium with the similarly sludgy Ovlov, stellar post-hardcore shredders Big Ups and the homespun riffs of LVL UP. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

California X closes out their current string of dates with an appearance at night 2 of the Don Giovanni showcases which happens at Knitting Factory on February 7. You can pick up tickets for that show (and all three nights) now. The band also contributed to DG's list of 2014 favorites highlighting LVL UP's album Hoodwink'd as well as the Ovlov / Krill/ LVL UP/ Radiator Hospital split.

All of California X's upcoming dates are listed, along with the"Hadley, MA" stream, below...

Continue reading "California X shares second song from new LP, touring, playing NYC release show with Ovlov, Big Ups & more (dates)"

High on Fire
Photo: High on Fire on Lemmy's Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, the awesome double bill of stoner riffers High on Fire and doomers Windhand is headlining out on a tour with support from Mountain of Wizard. That tour already included a show happening January 9 at Saint Vitus, which has now sold out, but they've added an early show happening the same night with the same lineup (doors at 6 PM for the early show). Tickets will be available here at 5 PM.

Since we last spoke, it was also revealed that after the tour ends, High on Fire will enter the studio in Salem, MA with Converge's Kurt Ballou to work on their next album that they plan to release in 2015. Stay tuned for more on that. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "High on FIre & Windhand sold out Vitus, add early show"

intro by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ final DbA show
APTBS @ final DbA show (more by PSquared)

We've been asking all manner of music-related folks for 2014 Top 10 lists. Most have championed things that are awesome and here's one that does that too, but in a bittersweet way. A Place to Bury Strangers frontman Oliver Ackermann was one of the people behind Death by Audio, both the DIY showspace that closed last month and the effects pedal company that has now relocated. Fittingly his list is titled "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014." You can check that out below.

In non-ending APTBS news, they will release their new album Transfixiation on February 17 via Dead Oceans. It's messier and more experimental than we've heard them do before and is all the better for it. The LP also has its share of rippers as well, like the bass-driven first single "Straight." Since we last posted, the band have released a video for that, directed by Brook Linder. It's a headtrip of spooky imagery and VHS tape distortion. You can check that out below too.

A Place to Bury Strangers will celebrate their new record on Transfixiation's release date (2/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Grooms, whose new album is also out that day. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed with all the other stuff mentioned here, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers share new video, and list the "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014""

by Bill Pearis

Jeff and Santa

JEFF the Brotherhood have a new record due out in 2015, which will be their second for Warner Brothers. Details are still forthcoming but Jake and Jamin have offered up the first single, "What's a Creep," which is a crunchy JEFF-style piledriver, completely with a twin lead solo. You can stream or download below.

The boys were in NYC for DbA's final night, playing in their old two-piece configuration but the current line-up of JEFF is a quartet. Folks in Chicago can catch this new incarnation of JEFF at Empty Bottle on New Year's Eve. That and Burgerama are their only dates at the moment, but that will likely change sooner than later.

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