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January 27, 2015

Cult of Luna

At the end of 2013, Swedish post-metal greats Cult of Luna announced they'd be slowing down. The future of the band seemed pretty vague, but it didn't sound like they were breaking up or anything either. And they certainly aren't, because the band have announced that they'll return to North America for a tour this spring. However, true to their word, it's not the kind of extensive touring the band used to do. They write:

We know there's going to be questions for more shows in north america but unfortunately we'll only do three shows this time. That is it and it's final.
The tour hits Montreal, NYC and Santa Ana in May. The NYC show happens 5/14 at Gramercy Theatre, and tickets for that one go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30) with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (password: musicgeeks) starting at 10 AM on Wednesday (1/28). Full tour schedule below.

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photo: Cashmere Cat at MoMA PS1 in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Cashmere Cat

Later this year, dance producer Cashmere Cat will head out on tour supporting his collaborator Ariana Grande, which hits NYC for two nights at MSG (3/20 & 3/21) (tickets). If you'd like to see him somewhere smaller, and not opening for a pop star though, you're in luck. The night of the second MSG show, Cashmere Cat will headline his own NYC show at Webster Hall (3/21). Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30).

Cashmere Cat's tour also includes Coachella and Ultra. All dates are listed, with a stream of 2014's Wedding Bells EP, below...

Continue reading "Cashmere Cat playing Webster Hall during tour with Ariana Grande (which hits MSG twice)"

photo::: METZ @ Portland's Howard Theatre, 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)
METZ

When METZ were in NYC for Death by Audio's second-to-last show, they mentioned a new album was on the way. Now we have a little more info on that. The album, which may be simply called METZ - II, will be out Spring 2015 via Sub Pop. The Toronto punks teased the new record via a video, a montage compiled by Scott Cudmore and Alex Edkins, that hurls a snippet of skull-crushing METZ noise right near the end. You can watch that below.

Meanwhile, METZ are on tour with Death from Above 1979 and play Winnipeg tonight (1/27). They'll be in London and Paris for a couple shows in March, too. Those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "METZ releasing second album this spring (watch a video), touring Canada with DFA1979 and other dates"

Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
DLJ

Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

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hello kitty, goodbye Avi
Avi Buffalo

Even though it was basically just Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg anyway, Avi Buffalo are now broken up and he's retiring the name. (Avi Buffalo's long-time-coming second album was released last year.) News broke today via a post on Avi Buffalo's Facebook:

The Avi Buffalo band is over; done with my 2-record-contract with SubPop and available to be anyone's guitarist / songwriter / producer / engineer / whatever works, gonna keep makin' music left and right. I have very much appreciated touching good people with this music, having a cool avenue through the world to perform it, getting to meet you whether it was in the USA, Canada or Europe, and working with some awesome musicians. I started it when I was a wee-15 year-old and it went WAY farther than I thought it could. In fact, the Avi Buffalo project went too far, and I don't think this project was meant for even the minute exposure on a "professional" scale that it got, as it ended up causing a lot more pain and drained my creative energy. It makes me wake up sick, confused, depressed, out of touch with myself and irrelevant to current music's existence. I know ya'll wouldn't want me to stay like that! Other more exciting and meaningful creative endeavors are what I have sought after instead, and as I am a spritely, young 24 year old, I've gotta lot of work to do and no time to be devoted to a sluggish incarnation of my teenaged self.
Avi goes on to say that "touring sucks and isn't worth it" even though he loves playing shows. Also in that post Avi talks about some other musical projects he's got going, including producing the debut album from Lintronix. You can read the whole statement below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Operators at T5 earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Operators

Operators, the current band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), put out EP 1 last year and are planning to release their debut full length this year. Ahead of that though, they've dropped a new single, "Ecstasy In My House." It's brighter and bigger sounding than anything on the EP, and unmistakably the work of Boeckner. Check it out below.

As discussed, they've got a tour with The New Pornographers coming up, but unfortunately no NYC show scheduled at the moment. They were last here opening for Future Islands at Terminal 5 earlier this month.

Tour dates and the new song below...

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by Andrew Sacher

D Unit

The next installment of Castle Face's Live In San Francisco series comes out on February 23 and features raging Arizona psych-punks Destruction Unit. Here's what Castle Face label head (and Thee Oh Sees frontman) John Dwyer has to say about it:

In the distance is a speck surrounded by points of light, the faint glow of a galaxy. It approaches with no great haste. It is merely floating towards you under its own massive weight and momentum. Its size becomes more apparent as it advances. The low rumbling engine is an overture. Bits of space trash ping off it's hull. Certainly, you imagine, it's drawing nearer and not actually sucking you in, consuming you whole...

Suddenly it is upon you and it is deafening, overwhelming...you are spun end over end, you've lost all send of original direction, you no longer know where you are...damaged, rent by antennae and crisped by the afterburners...after a great while and a seemingly endless tumult, you are abandoned amid debris, floating as the engines once again slowly hum off into the distance.

This is a Destruction Unit song.
Very heavy, very far out -
Massive fortification -
Endless building and tearing down -
Introduction religious in its immensity -
Outro decaying gloriously in the distance

I believe Destruction Unit to be one of the most important underground bands in America.

The live shows vary from dense chaos to dumbstruck pandemonium.
The volume is always colossal.
The spectacle, dramatic.

Putting microphones on these Arizona weirdos is similar to trying to get a decent recording of a soccer riot - getting Ryan to sing into our microphone like shooting a hummingbird with a spitball from across a gorge...

...but we've done it. Polished up and pushing the red, we present this deathless comet captured to tape. Headphones on, lowlights flickering, spliff in hand - you are a warrior on the dawn of a new perilous passage...until you have to flip the LP.

Enjoy

- John Dwyer

We've got the premiere of "Bumpy Road," which you may recognize from their excellent 2013 LP, Deep Trip. But as anyone who's seen D Unit live knows, they rarely play a song the same way twice, and this is one band who truly benefits from a live album. That's the album artwork above. Check out the song, with the tracklist, a couple more live photos of the band, and tour dates (none in NYC), below.

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photo: The Menzingers in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan))
Menzingers

As discussed, Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers are teaming up for a tour together, and since we last spoke they added dates in NYC and Philly. Following their now-sold-out NYC show on March 18 at Best Buy Theater, they'll play another show at the same venue a day later (3/19). Tickets for the newly-added show will be available soon and are on VIP presale now. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan is also working on a new solo album, which he's currently funding on PledgeMusic.

In semi-related news, The Menzingers' Epitaph labelmates The Sidekicks (who have covered The Menzingers) just made a video for "Everything In Twos" off their new album Runners in the Nerved World, that they just celebrated at a BV-presented NYC show. Watch that (via Wondering Sound) below. Speaking of Epitaph, they just signed Desaparecidos.

Lastly, during the Bouncing Souls' 'Home for the Holidays' celebration in late December, The Menzingers played an acoustic set at one of the Souls' charity raffles. Watch a high quality full-set video, with their updated list of dates and the Sidekicks video, below...

Continue reading "The Menzingers & Taking Back Sunday add new NYC & Philly shows to tour; The Sidekicks released a new video (watch)"

Timber Timbre

As mentioned, Canadian dark folk group Timber Timbre will be on tour in February, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 2/23 with Thus Owls. You can still get tickets to that show but a second Bowery Show has been added for the following night (2/24). Openers TBA. Tickets to the just-added show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon.

That's one of a few dates that have been added to Timber Timbre's tour and all are listed below...

Continue reading "Timber Timbre expand tour, add 2nd Bowery Ballroom show"

Cipha Sounds

Less than 24 hours after comedian and longtime Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds made the news for voicing his frustrations with Hot 97, and revealing he turned down offers to work at 105.1 (unlike Angie Martinez who recently made the switch), Hot 97 has released an "OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON CIPHA SOUNDS" via a press release. The VERY SHORT (and very cold) statement literally just says: "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors."

Meanwhile, find Cipha Sounds every Friday night as part of the Hip Hop Improv Show at UCB East in the East Village,

UPDATE: Shorty after this post went live, Cipha Sounds posted the following message with his own version of the news:

After 17 years, I'm leaving Hot 97. I¹m changing my relationship status from "it¹s complicated" to "single". It¹s been an amazing ride - from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie¹s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it's going to be huge.
What do you think his next move is?