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February 4, 2016

photos by Sachyn Mital

Craig Finn at Lincoln Center - 2/3/16
Craig Finn

Although this was a Craig Finn "solo" show, he played with a full band of massively talented session musicians including the man who produced his last solo record playing lead guitar the whole night. I don't have the name handy of the multi-instrumentalist that Finn had on hand for his brass section, but the guy needs a raise. Whether it was the saxophone or the trumpet (and I think he even had him playing a flute at one point), the man brought an electrifying, jazz-y energy to the whole affair. I got to spend an hour and a half watching world-class musicians ply their trade, and it's hard to ask for anything more than that. [Baeble Music]
Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn played the ongoing American Songbook series in the Appel Room at Lincoln Center last night (2/3). He was joined by several musicians, including Walter Martin of The Walkmen. Were you there? Pictures are in this post.

Craig's next stint is opening for Titus Andronicus. He was previously billed for every date on their tour except the NYC show on February 29 at Webster Hall. Not surprisingly, now that the American Songbook show is behind him, he was announced for the Webster show too. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

The American Songbook series continues, including Laura Jane Grace on 2/19.

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photo: G Herbo at BV-RBSS in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
G Herbo

Pusha T is heading out on tour this year, and that tour just got two very solid openers. Chicago rappers (and old friends) G Herbo and Lil Bibby will open on all dates.

Those dates include the shows in NYC on March 26 at Playstation Theater and NJ on March 29 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for both are still available. All dates are listed below.

G Herbo (fka Lil Herb) has been pretty prolific lately. The past few months have seen his Joey Bada$$ collab "Lord Knows," his Ballin Like I'm Kobe mixtape, and more. Stream that mixtape below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs' new band The Skiffle Players, with members of Beachwood Sparks, Phil Lesh's band and more, have released another song off their upcoming debut album Skifflin'. "Always" is hazy, laid-back psychedelia, perfect for a Sunday morning in spring (though it sounds just fine on this Thursday in winter too). It's got a well-matched video with clips of the band walking around and performing, blurred by the glare of the sun. The whole thing is very '60s-inspired. Check it out below (via Relix).

Skifflin' is due out next week (2/12) via Spiritual Pajamas, and you can pre-order it here.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs' band The Skiffle Players release new song "Always" (watch the hazy video)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in 'Miles Ahead'
Miles Ahead

SXSW is a month away, and while most of the coverage on this site has been about the music portion, there is also the Film Festival which happens March 11 - 19. We already mentioned the Death By Audio doc, which is one of the ten films in this year's Documentary Film Competition, but there are lots and lots more interesting selections.

There's a whole section ("24 Beats Per Second") devoted to music films, mostly documentaries, that includes The Art of Organized Noize, a movie about the Atlanta rap producers who worked with Outkast, Cee-Lo and Goodie Mob, among others; BANG! The Bert Berns Story,  about the highly successful but little-known songwriter behind "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and others;  There's a movie about producer Butch Vig's Wisconsin-based Smart Studios, where Nevermind, Gish and many other records were made; There's a documentary Austin City Limits: A Song For You; plus Sharon Jones doc Miss Sharon Jones!, X Japan doc We Are X.

There are also not one but two  jazz biopics: Don Cheadle directs and stars in Miles Ahead, in which he plays Miles Davis (watch the trailer below); and Born To Be Blue, in which Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker.

There are also a ton of exciting non-music premieres: Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some (his "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused); Mike Birbiglia's new comedy Don't Think TwiceJeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller Midnight Special; Ti West (House of the Devil)'s new film In the Valley of Violence; and and the much-anticipated Pee-wee's Big Holiday. Oh and Las Vegas cop movie The Trust starring Nicolas Cage, Sky Ferriera, Elijah Wood and Jerry Lewis. So yeah.

Check out trailers for Miles Ahead, The Smart Studios Story, and Austin City Limits: A Song For You and the full SXSW film lineup, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Grim Reaper

Grim Reaper, one of the more badass wailing '80s metal bands, are touring the US once again this year. The current lineup only has frontman Steve Grimmett from the early days, joined by a trio younger guns. As we mentioned in 2014, their first new album since the '80s is on the way, and it's expected this year. It's called From Hell, and while a release date still hasn't been revealed, you can watch them playing the title track live, below.

The tour kicks off in NYC with a show on March 18 at Saint Vitus and a TBA show on March 19. The Vitus gig has them joined by October 31, Psychoprism and S.A. Adams. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a stream of their classic debut album See You In Hell and that new song, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Cosmicide, the new project from onetime Secret Machines frontman Brandon Curtis, begin their February residency at Pianos tonight (2/4) which will continue every Thursday this month. Tonight's kickoff show is with Exiles, Ohnomoon, Sleepy Ha Has, and Queen of Jeans, and tickets are still available. Flyer below.

To celebrate the start of the residency, Cosmicide have shared a new track, "Everything's Under Waves," a very catchy bit of spacerock featuring the Curtis' warm, slightly raspy vocals. You can watch its video below.

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photo: Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

After Phil Anselmo issued another apology and suggested that Down move on without him, Down and Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan has issued a statement of his own on the whole situation:

Any one who knows me is aware that I am not one to dabble much in social media, however due to what transpired last week at Dimebash I feel the need to respond and reach out to friends, family, music peers and fans worldwide.

I am saddened and confused by the behavior of Philip Anselmo last week. I do not condone what was gestured and said. This lapse in judgment of "making a joke" was in terribly poor taste and unacceptable.

That philosophy is the opposite of what I am about. My heart follows love and soul and my music has been inspired from people of all walks of life and musical styles. I view music as a gift that is universal and intended for all of humanity. As a proud New Orleanian, life is about celebrating diversity through music, it's about bringing people together, not tearing apart.

I won't speak for Phil but I've known him most of my life and I know there is not hate in his heart, however I hope at this moment in time Phil will focus his energy on self-reflection and begin the process of regaining perspective, healing himself and those lives he has touched through music

Through Down, Philip and I have written many beautiful and powerful songs in the past that have touched and inspired people from all walks of life positively and have helped pull many out of their own darkest hours. This is not something I take for granted and should always be at the forefront of one's conscience to keep you grounded, humbled and grateful.

One of the responsibilities and joys, in my opinion, of being an artist or musician is having the ability to help make the world a better place.

I accept Phil's apology, and I believe he can

Meanwhile, Down continues to take hits, as they've now been pulled off of a show at the New Orleans Civic Theater on February 8. The theater is also making a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans. They write:
After recent actions by Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event this past week, we have cancelled Down's performance at the Civic. We do not tolerate intolerant behavior, and there is no room for that in our venue or our city. Refunds are available at point of purchase. In addition to offering full refunds on all ticket purchases, the Civic has made a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, pledging our support for a united community. "Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all." - Bob Marley

photos by Greg Cristman

Wilco @ Capitol Theatre 2/2/2016

Wilco are currently on tour in support of their album Star Wars and played Port Chester's Capitol Theater on Groundhog Day (2/2) with William Tyler and February 3 with Steve Gunn. This tour has Wilco playing Star Wars in full, followed by a second set featuring songs from the rest of their catalog. At the 2/2 show, Tyler joined Wilco during the encore for "Airline to Heaven" which was originally on the Mermaid Ave. Vol 2 album with Billy Bragg. Pictures from that first night, and setlists from both Capitol Theatre shows, are below.

This tour hits Brooklyn's Kings Theatre this weekend on February 5 with Bill Frisell (tickets) and February 6 with Steve Gunn (sold out).

Continue reading "Wilco played 2 nights at The Cap (pics from night 1 w/ William Tyler, setlists from both), play Brooklyn this weekend"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn-based duo High Highs' new album Cascades is out on Friday. The title of the album is an apt description of the band's sound which washes over you like a wave. You can stream the whole album right now. Listen below.

The band have expanded their tour, which includes dates on both coasts and wraps up at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on April 9. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Friday (2/5) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "High Highs share full stream of 'Cascades,' expand tour"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Magrudergrind in Miami in 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)

New York via DC grindcore monsters are prepping their new LP II, which is out February 12 on Relapse. We already posted the new song "Sacrificial Hire," and now we've got the premiere of another track from that album, "Black Banner." This new song is much less overtly grindy than "Sacrificial Hire." It's a comparative slow-burn, a 3-minute statement on pure crush and groove that works with chugging guitar figure and twists it into new shapes that, just when you've got a good head-bob going, yanks your neck in another direction. You can stream it below.

Magrudergrind are touring behind the new album. They've got that NYC show at The Acheron on February 19 with Mutilation Rites, Triac and Incendiary (tickets) before they head on a long run of European dates with Primitive Man. After that they'll play that huge Decibel Show in Philly and head on a US tour with Yautja, although those dates have yet to be announced.

You can pre-order II over at Relapse now. Stream "Black Banner," along with "Sacrificial Hire" and another new song called "Regressive Agenda," and check out all dates, below.

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