Recent Posts in music - Page 4
July 30, 2015
by Bill Pearis
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) have been putting the punk in funk and defying Search Engine Optimization standards for over 15 years, and have just announced their new album. Titled As If, it's the band's sixth album and will be out via Warp on October 16. That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from it right now: "Freedom! '15" is as close to pure disco as !!! have ever gone; "Sick Ass Moon" is a little more typical of their style. Listen below.
Both those songs come as instant downloads when pre-ordering As If. Tracklist to the LP is below.
Young LA trio Cherry Glazerr, whose singer Clementine Creevy you may have seen on the first season of Emmy-nominated series Transparent, released new track "Sip 'O Poison" last month via the Adult Swim Singles Series. Energized and snotty, you can stream or download it below.
The band have just announced they'll be playing a one-off show in NYC at Baby's All Right on August 12. Honduras and Haybaby open the 18+ show and tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe's new album, Abyss, comes out next week via Sargent House, and now it's streaming in full. Chelsea Wolfe's music has always crossed boundaries -- dark enough for metalheads, somber enough for the folk crowd, unique enough for experimental rock fans -- and Abyss is no different. It's not quite like any of the Chelsea Wolfe albums to come before it, but also similar enough that longtime fans should dig it right away. If you still haven't checked her out, Abyss isn't a bad entry point either. Listen below, via NPR.
photo: Big Eyes in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Three regulars on the Brooklyn punk/DIY scene, Big Eyes, Shellshag and Aye Nako are teaming up to play a benefit show for Jay & Molly's fight against cancer. It happens August 16 at Saint Vitus with Tender Defender opening. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Aye Nako were added as support to all Eastern US and Canadian dates on the upcoming Joanna Gruesome tour (that's a good double bill), including the NYC shows on October 30 at Rough Trade (tickets) and Halloween at Shea Stadium (tickets). They're also on the G.L.O.S.S. show at Silent Barn on September 23.
Big Eyes also play with promising Florida band Wet Nurse on September 22 at Silent Barn with Thin Lips (who play a BV-presented NYC show with Cayetana and Chumped in August) and Fleabite. $7 at the door.
Big Eyes are also on the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show happening September 4 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa. That's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
In semi-related news, Aye Nako and Shellshag's Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers are a week away from releasing their new album, Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace), and they're now streaming it in full. Listen below, via NPR. Worriers celebrate the LP with a release show on 8/7 at Knitting Factory with Emilyn Brodsky, Adult Mom and Fleabite (tickets).
Montreal's Heat have a new video for "This Life" which is on the expanded edition of their Rooms EP. Directed by Jimmi Francoeur, it's a simple but well-shot performance video and makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it below.
Heat have been touring a lot and will continue to do so. They'll be opening for Bully on that band's upcoming tour, including the NYC date which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 28. Tickets for that show are still available.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Colleen's current live lineup
Colleen Green announced tour dates back in May, including a NYC show happening August 23 at Palisades. Since then, she expanded her tour and will now also play NYC at Cake Shop (8/22) a day earlier. Both shows are with Mannequin Pussy, and Palisades also has Larry & the Babes. Tickets for both are on sale.
Colleen released the great I Want to Grow Up earlier this year on Hardly Art, and more recently put out a split with JEFF the Brotherhood. Listen to that split, with a song from her LP and the list of tour dates, below...
photo: Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
photo: Radioactivity on a bridge in Austin in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Primus, Dinosaur Jr., Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ JBL Live at Pier 97
It's a Lollapalooza '93 reunion with Primus and Dinosaur Jr. There's no Front 242 or Fishbone? Instead, opening is Sean Lennon's The GOASTT.
Radioactivity, Flesh World, Honey Radar @ Baby's All Right
It's a pretty killer triple-bill featuring motorik punks Radioactivity, the chainsaw pop of Flesh World, and Indianapolis' sludgy Honey Radar.
Weekend, Regal Degal, Laced, Geoff Rickly (DJ Set) @ Shea Stadium
It's been a couple year's since Weekend's last album, Jinx, and we are curious as to what's up with the band these days.
Boxed In, Ben Talmi @ Baby's All Right
If you dig George FitzGerald's new album, you probably also dig Boxed In, who contributed a lot of the album's live vocals.
Watkins Family Hour @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). Tonight concludes their three-night run at City Winery, and then they play a free Lincoln Center show in August.
Blake Mills, Julian Lage @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Blake Mills may be best known to some as a collaborator of Fiona Apple (who probably can't join him tonight, since she's playing her own NYC show), he's a worthy artist on his own too. Blake plays City Winery tomorrow too.
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Mercury Lounge
Melancholic Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC in continued support of their third album, last year's Unraveling. This is a much more intimate show than last week's at Pier 84.
Benji B, Jay Daniel, Skepta, Martyn @ Output
This is one of the several chances you have to see UK grime artist Skepta in NYC this week. The bill also has three DJs who will keep the party going all night.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Highline Ballroom
It's been 20 years since long-running Cleveland hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their beloved sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal. In celebration of that, they're playing it in full tonight.
Migos @ Highline Ballroom
If you're not soaking up hip hop nostalgia at the Bone Thugs show, maybe you'll be getting down to a much newer group, Migos. They just put out their official debut album, Yung Rich Nation, and this is the release party.
Severed Head Of State, Razorheads, Indignation @ Acheron
Crust supergroup Severed Head of State include members of World Burns To Death, Tragedy, J Church and more). Their shows are pretty rare, so if you're a fan, this one is definitely worth catching.
Saintseneca, Radiator Hospital, Accidental Seabirds, Dentist, Bone & Marrow @ Asbury Lanes
Saintseneca make layered, harmony-laden indie folk, but they stick much closer to their DIY roots than most bands who fit that description. They'll be in NYC in August, but this show is nearby and also features the great indie rock band Radiator Hospital.
Silver Apples, Bookworms, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos
For nearly 50 years, Silver Apples (these days the torch is carried by founder Simeon) have been making mind-expanding minimal electronic psych.
U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 are almost through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour and reviews have been pretty favorable.
Sunflower Bean, Honduras, Heaven's Gate @ Rough Trade
Tonight's the record release party for Sunflower Bean's new 7" and they say it's their last NYC show for a while. Openers Honduras and Heaven's Gate are both worth catching as well.
The Sadies @ Union Pool
Toronto alt-country act The Sadies have been at it since the late '90s and released Internal Sounds in 2013 and a collaborative album with Gord Downie last year.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
P.S. Austin City Limits announced single day lineups and put single day tickets on sale.
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July 29, 2015
photos by David Andrako
Jason Isbell @ Prospect Park 7/25/2015
It was a pretty good weekend for Jason Isbell. His new album, Something More Than Free, debuted at #5 on Billboard's album chart (#1 on Rock and Folk) and he played one of his biggest NYC shows ever on Friday night (7/24) in Prospect Park with opener Dawn Landes. His set included songs from the new record, older solo material as well as a few from his days in Drive By Truckers.
On Saturday (7/25), Jason played Newport Folk Festival and you can stream a recording of that performance via NPR, below.
Sunday he opened for My Morning Jacket (at least one reviewer says he played the better set!)
Pictures from the packed show in Prospect Park continue below. Isbell's setlist is down there too....
photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Miguel is currently on tour, and will hit NYC this Sunday (8/2) for a big show at Terminal 5. T5 is now sold out, but luckily Miguel added a second show here. It's also a much smaller one: Bowery Ballroom on August 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon, and they'll probably go fast. Miguel's tour also hits New Haven, Long Island, Atlantic City and more. Updated dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of his great new album Wildheart, which he put out two videos from this week. One is for "NWA" and the other is for "...goingtohell." Check out both, with the list of tour dates, below...
photo: Janelle Monae at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Janelle Monae has announced an August tour of entirely free shows that take place at TBA venues in Philly, NYC, DC, Chicago, and more. The full list of cities and dates is below. If you want to go, you have to RSVP.
For the tour, she's taking out everyone on her Wondaland Records label, and the tour is in support of the label's compilation Wondaland Presents: The Eephus - EP, which comes out August 14. It includes Janelle's collaboration with Jidenna, "Yoga," Jidenna's own very viral song "Classic Man," and St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur and Deep Cotton.
"Classic Man" and "Yoga" videos, with the list of cities/dates, below...