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July 2, 2015

photo: Bo Madsen with Mew at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bo Madsen

Earlier this year, Mew released +/-, their first album since 2009 and one that has their prog/dream pop blend in excellent form. Not long after that great news though, comes something not so great. Original guitarist Bo Madsen, who has been with the band since they formed in 1995, will be leaving the band... for now at least. A press release states:

After 20 years playing together in Mew, the band and Bo Madsen have decided to part ways for the time being.

At present the rest of us will continue with Mew.

We are happy to tell you that guitarist Mads Wegner will be joining us on our upcoming shows, and we look forward to seeing you all out there.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

Jonas, Johan and Silas

Bummer! Fingers crossed that the "time being" ends sooner rather than later. The band is set to tour with The Dodos later this year, and will hit NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All tour dates are listed, with the recently-released "The Night Believer" video, below...

Continue reading "original Mew guitarist Bo Madsen leaves group"

by Andrew Sacher

The Internet

The Internet, Odd Future's neo-soul/alt-R&B group, released their new album Ego Death this week, featuring Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, James Fauntleroy, Kaytranada and Tyler, the Creator. If you haven't heard it yet, check out a Spotify stream of the whole album and the video for the Kaytranada-featuring "Girl," below.

The Internet played three NYC shows in support of it earlier this week, Madiba Harlem on Monday (6/29), Baby's All Right on Tuesday (6/30) and opening for Basement Jaxx in Central Park last night (7/1). They've got one more NYC celebration planned, happening at Baby's East Village sister venue Elvis Guesthouse TONIGHT (7/2) for a late-night 11 PM show. Tickets are on sale. Their only other show announced at the moment is LA later this month with Cut Chemist and Shura.

Other Odd Future members Mike G and Left Brain will be in NYC the following week, playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 7/9 with Speak, Pyramid Vritira, Mind Gone Larry, B.I.C. and HOA Bossman. Tickets are still available.

Tyler, the Creator will be here for the Mad Decent Block Parties in Coney Island's MCU Park on August 8 & 9. He plays day 2, with CL, Grandtheft, Party Favor, What So Not, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo) and new additions iLoveMakonnen, Knife Party and Gorgon City (DJ). Day 1 has Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Gent & Jawns, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa, new additions Lunice, Tommy Trash, Yellow Claw, and one more TBA. Two-day passes are sold out, but you can still get single-day tickets for the block parties.

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt is also touring in support of his excellent I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and hitting NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater with Remy Banks. Tickets are still available.

And lastly, you may have heard recent news that Tyler tweeted Odd Future is "no more." The most recent development came when The Internet's Matt Martians talked to AllHipHop:

"I watched Tyler's interview with Hot 97. Basically, what he meant is that we don't hang out everyday," says Matt. "That's literally what he means. If Earl [Sweatshirt] saw Tyler today, they would give each other the biggest hug."

Matt insists there are no hard feelings among the members of OFWGKTA, but the producer does acknowledge Odd Future affiliates have broken off into separate camps.

"It's a badge. It's a great thing. Everything has to move on. Everything has to have closure," Matt states. "I think what rose from that is what really matters. A lot of great careers spawned from that, and a lot of great careers will continue to spawn from that."

Considering most Odd Future releases have been by the members' individual projects anyway, the news just seems to be -- as Earl Sweatshirt said -- "solidifying the obvious."

The Internet video and album stream below...

Continue reading "The Internet celebrating 'Ego Death' in NYC tonight and more Odd Future news +++ Mad Decent Block Party lineups expand"

Amy documentary 2015 Asif KapadiaAmy documentary 2015 Asif Kapadia

It's much to the credit of Amy, a new documentary about Winehouse from Senna director Asif Kapadia, that the film restores a sense of Winehouse's humanity. It wasn't some caricature of excess who died, but a woman of unique gifts, with people who cared about her and a private life the public didn't entirely know. Nor was her death necessarily unavoidable. Part of what makes Amy so sad are the moments that point to paths not taken and choices not made--often by those around Winehouse--that might have changed the course of her life, and that could have prevented her from joining what Kurt Cobain's mother called "that stupid club" when her son died at 27. Kapadia achieves this, as with all of the film's effects, subtly, and without offering any direct commentary. Amy weaves together home movies, TV appearances, and paparazzi footage, bringing in new interviews with key players but keeping them off-screen. No one here is allowed to take over the narrative, and on more than one occasion, their accounts conflict or stand in contrast to what archival footage shows. - [The Dissolve]
Asif Kapadia's critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, opens in limited release in the U.S. this week, and in NYC it's playing at BAM Rose Cinemas, AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, and Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

In other news, Winehouse is the subject of a cover story in this week's issue of Billboard in which they reveal that the singer had started work on her third album right before she died in 2011. The demos, however, will never see the light of day as they were purposely destroyed by Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph, who told Billboard, "It was a moral thing. Taking a stem or a vocal is not ­something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can't happen on anyone else's."

Watch the trailer for Amy below.

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse documentary now in theaters; demo tapes for her third album destroyed by Universal CEO"

The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth

The Libertines have announced that their new album, the UK band's first in 11 years, will be titled Anthems for Doomed Youth and will be out September 4 via Harvest. That is the cover art above and you can check out its tracklist below. No music from it has been released yet, but the first single will be "Gunga Din" which they've been playing live. You can watch a video them performing it at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival, and one of them goofing off in Thailand, below.

The band haven't announced any US dates, but they'll be on this side of the Atlantic to play Mexico City in November. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Libertines releasing 'Anthems for Doomed Youth,' played new single "Gunga Din" at Glastonbury (video)"

photo: Helmet at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

Helmet toured earlier this year playing their 1994 album Betty in full, and hitting their hometown of NYC three times. (Check out our pictures and review.) Now, ahead of their set at Slipknot's Knotfest, the band will set out on another Betty tour.

This one doesn't include NYC again, but it does include nearby New Jersey and Long Island stops. They play Asbury Park's Stone Pony on September 17 and Amityville's Revolution on September 18. Tickets for NJ and LI are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video from one of the Betty NYC shows, below...

Continue reading "Helmet playing more 'Betty' dates (NJ & Long Island included)"

by Andrew Sacher

Love As Laughter

Long-running Brooklyn-based indie rockers Love As Laughter recently put out a new single, "Lazy Soldier / Oasis," on their own Tracks of Quality label. The a-side's a jangly, fuzzy rocker, and the band just gave it the video treatment. Written and directed by singer/guitarist Sam Jayne, the video has the band playing for a group of a children who react, well, in a way you might expect children to react. The video premieres below.

The band just played their hometown last month at Hi-Fi Bar, and they'll be touring with KDH this month (no other NYC show scheduled yet though). All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Love As Laughter made a video for new single "Lazy Soldier""

photo: Pity Sex @ SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pity Sex at SXSW

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

Talib Kweli, Rapsody, NIKO IS, K Valentine @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC hip hop vet Talib Kweli continues to release music and perform consistently. Tonight's his second of three hometown shows this week. Tonight he plays full-band at Brooklyn Bowl, and on Friday he'll be at the International African Arts Festival in Commodore Barry Park.

Ceremony, Pity Sex, Tony Molina, Wildhoney @ Shea Stadium
Ceremony have experimented with a lot of different styles since their powerviolence roots, and their newest album has them sounding more than a little like Joy Division. It's a good bill all around tonight, with shoegaze from Pity Sex and Wildhoney, and Weezer/Thin Lizzy worship from Tony Molina.

Bing & Ruth, Circuit Des Yeux @ Subculture
Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) recently released her new album, In Plain Speech, which is her first for Thrill Jockey and first with a full band. The band is also on tour with her, and tonight's her first of two NYC shows. Headlining is local ambient group Bing & Ruth, whose last release was 2014's Tomorrow Was the Golden Age on RVNG Intl.

King Sunny Ade @ MetroTech Commons
Part of the BAM R&B Fest, today's noontime show features Nigerian music legend King Sunny Ade, still a positive force at age 68.

Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes @ MoMA
This is the kickoff for the 2015 MoMA Nights series, tonight featuring flutist/vocalist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes. Her performance is in conjunction with the museum's One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North exhibition. This is free with museum admission.

Blind Idiot God, BBIGPIGG, Cellular Chaos, Clean Girls @ Paper Box
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.

Slaughter and the Dogs, The Baby Shakes, 45 Adapters, Weird Womb @ The Grand Victory
'70s era British punks Slaughter & the Dogs have been kicking again since the '90s and play tonight with Brooklyn's Oi-influenced 45 Adapters.

Running Late w/ Scott Rogowski @ Le Poisson Rouge
It's the season finale of Rogowski's live talk show, with a pretty great lineup: Jon Hamm, Jon Benjamin, Tom Papa and actor Craig Bierko.

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 1, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Death Grips
^^I know dude, we couldn't believe it either

To quickly recap, there was a minute there when industrial rap group Death Grips released records and toured like most bands. Then cancelling shows became an act they participated in more than actually playing shows. Then they said they broke up, but that their album would still come out and that actually happened. Then they said they would tour this year, and surprisingly, show promoters had enough faith to actually book them. Well, as we briefly mentioned when they were added to Riot Fest Denver, the shows on this tour have been actually happening, and now we have photographic proof:

Their tour hit Metro in Chicago last night (6/30). BV Chicago photographer James Richards IV was on the scene and his pictures are in this post. Here's one:

Death Grips

The tour hits NYC on 7/7 at Webster Hall and 7/8 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Both are sold out. Chicago pics continue below...

Continue reading "Death Grips are actually, for real, not pretend, playing shows (we have photographic proof)"

photos by Carly Hoskins

Torres @ Mercury Lounge - 6/26/15

Writing this, I still get the chills thinking of how TORRES did start her show on Friday, letting everybody indulge in a really long intro to Son, You Are No Island, while burning an inscent, to wave away any bed spirits and set the mood.

Like on her two albums, her live show balances between the quieter, more introspect and the heavier rock numbers: New Skin comes after the softer opener and is being followed by Sprinter and then A Proper Polish Welcome. Fortunately, TORRES is not one of those artists who have a beef with fans snapping photos, asking at any moment icily for "paying attention please and putting the stuff away". In contrary! She's not only okay with the attention she gets, but she even encourages it at times and puts on an extra charming smile or a special rocker guitar "pose". [Glam Glare]

Torres played her second of two headlining NYC shows on her tour in support of this year's great Sprinter at Mercury Lounge on Friday night (6/26). (The first was at Baby's All Right back in May.) It's the last time you'll see her somewhere that small in the NYC-area for a while, as her next shows here are with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22 (sold out) and with Garbage (who are playing their debut in full) at The Space at Westbury on October 23 and Kings Theater on October 24 (tickets).

The Mercury Lounge show was opened by local ambient musician Ancient Ocean, aka John Bohannon who used to be a member of Torres' live band. Pictures from that show continue below...

Continue reading "Torres played Mercury Lounge with Ancient Ocean (pics)"

photo: Deerhoof at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Spastic avant-rockers Deerhoof are playing a handful of European dates this summer, but in between they'll squeeze in a few Northeast US shows too. One of those happens in Brooklyn on August 6 at The Bell House with Blasteroid and Really Big Pinecone. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Deerhoof are also planning a live album, and today's the last day YOU can contribute to the cover art. They write:

Time is running out! Today is the last day to send in your album art submissions! ATTENTION ARTISTS! Deerhoof is preparing a live LP that we're really excited about. We want part of the cover to be a collage of manga-style Deerhoof portraits. Can you help? Send your drawings to by July 1st.
Watch a recent pro-shot live video (by ,a href="">Tofu Bandit Media) of the band at Baby's All Right, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof touring, planning live LP (dates)"