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May 26, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography

The Pixies
The Pixies
TV On the Radio

[TV on the Radio] came out just after 7 and did an approximately 1-hour set that, by necessity, left out a couple of my favorites but covered all the major bases. "Wolf Like Me" is still an amazing track as are "Young Liars," "Golden Age," "DLZ," and "Dancing Choose." Newer songs like "Happy Idiot" and "Could You" had some of the younger people around us jumping. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone thanked The Pixies several times and made it a point to mention how wonderful it was for all of us to be in the same place together. That was kind of cool.

...I haven't really heard Indie Cindy, last year's return from the [Pixies'] 23-year recording hiatus. It was less than well-received (Pitchfork famously gave it a 1.0 out of 10.), and I may have fallen for the anti-hype a bit. The band interspersed tracks from that record -- "Magdalena 318," "Indie Cindy," "Bagboy," "Silver Snail," "Snakes" -- throughout the set, and they fit in pretty seamlessly. I remember liking "Bagboy" when it came out as a single, especially the Kim-like backing vocals.

Speaking of Kim: Yeah, I felt her absence (and the absence of "Gigantic" from the set). [Paz] Lenchantin did a great job throughout, though, on bass and backing vocals. She's a bit more animated than the rest of the band and has that bass player stalk / runway walk thing totally down. [CoolDad Music]

Pixies and TV on the Radio's respective tours crossed paths over the weekend for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Opening was Pixies tourmate John Grant. Pictures of all three sets, and Pixies and TVTOR's setlists, are in this post.

TVTOR already played two NYC shows on their tour, but Pixies and John Grant have three on their tour this week. Those happen tonight (5/26) and Wednesday (5/27) at Beacon Theater, and Thursday (5/28) at Kings Theatre. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available.

More pictures and setlists below...

Continue reading "Pixies, TV on the Radio & John Grant played Stone Pony Summer Stage (pics, setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

Föllakzoid / SQÜRL @ Rough Trade 5/23/2015
Follakzoid
SQURL

Chilean psych band Föllakzoid wrapped up their North American tour over the weekend, playing NYC at Rough Trade on Saturday (5/23). The band ride motorik, krautrock grooves with extended psychedelic passages and their live show (which I caught at Austin's Levitation) was some trip. The music by opening band, SQÜRL, may not be known by that many, but more probably recognize the snowy, shock of a coif on their vocalist/guitarist as that of famed indie filmmaker (and Follakzoid's Sacred Bones labelmate) Jim Jarmusch. It was a double umlaut kind of night. Pictures continue below.

Continue reading "Chile's Follakzoid played Rough Trade with Jim Jarmusch's band SQURL (pics)"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Sleater-Kinney / Action Bronson / New Pornos / Angel Olsen @ Sasquatch 5/22/2015
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1

Rain fell in distant hills on either side of the venue as rapper Action Bronson kicked off the late evening sets at the Bigfoot Stage, puppeteering the crowd with bristling confidence and a rap game to back it up. He called for middle fingers in the air - thousands complied.

The wind picked up at the Yeti Stage as Angel Olsen and her band did their sound check. Two guitars onstage toppled over with a sudden gust, their respective musicians rushing to pick them up, each laughing nervously as backstage tarps began to flap chaotically. - [The Oregonean]

The 2015 Sasquatch Festival happened over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22 - 25) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. The first day (5/22) featured sets from Sleater-Kinney, Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Angel Olsen, The New Pornographers, Thunderpussy (featuring members of Deerhunter, La Luz and more) and more. Pictures from Day 1 are in this post.

Stay tuned for pics from the rest of Saquatch 2015. Meanwhile, more of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2015 day 1 in pics: Sleater-Kinney, Action Bronson, Angel Olsen, New Pornographers, Little Dragon & more"

Boosie

Talk to me about your recording process in prison. How did you do that?
Well it was all kind of ways. I was getting tape recorders, I was getting the guards to sneak me in iPhones. Whatever I had to do!

So you're recording on some burners too and sending them out!
Yup! Sometimes you've got to break the rules to make money, that's just plain and simple. And that's what I was doing! I'm not going to say I went to jail and did right. I'm not going to say that, because I was going through a lot and I needed to be high half the time. I was going through a lot, but it made me value life more. It made me value my career more. It smartened me up. I was doing stupid stuff out there. Even though all these murders and all this was bogus, I was doing stupid stuff to lead people on as far as flashing guns every time you see me on DVDs. You know, that was stupid ass shit! Now I look at it like, "Damn, why was I doing that?" But it was fun then. But once they stack a lot of that against you, once you get in some trouble, that'll make people look at you like, "Hey, he's far from a saint!" [Noisey]

Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz (fka Lil Boosie) released Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, his first album in five years and first since being released from prison, this week. It's got features from T.I., Jeezy, Rick Ross, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, J. Cole, and the whole thing can be streamed below. Video for its track "Hands Up" below too.

Boosie has a few shows coming up, including one in NYC tonight (5/26) at Webster Hall with DJ Envy. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Boosie Badazz released his new album, playing NYC tonight"

by Bill Pearis

marcos valle

If you watched the 2014 World Cup, chances are you saw a Southern Comfort commercial titled "Dance" which featured multiple versions of actor Onosky Ujorha boogieing to Marcus Valle's 1983 tropicalia/disco single "Estrellar." And maybe you, like I did, became a little obsessed with "Estrellar" and went on Discogs wanting to buy Valle's self-titled album the song is from (that's it above), only to learn it fetches for $100 on vinyl. Maybe that was just me. If you missed that commercial or that song, videos for both (and some other songs to check out) are below.

Valle, who's been a big name in the Brazilian music scene since the early '60s, is in NYC this week playing NYC's Birdland tonight through Saturday (May 27 - 30). The show, titled "Bossabrasil," is with Carlos Lyra and there are 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM shows each night. Tickets are on sale, though for tonight you'll need to call the box office to reserve.

Continue reading "Brazilian tropicalia artist Marcos Valle playing weeklong run at NYC's Birdland with Carlos Lyra"

photo: Creepoid at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Creepoid

We already knew War On Women were opening Refused's Bowery Ballroom show, and now Philly shoegazers Creepoid were announced to open their other NYC show: 6/4 at MHOW. Both are sold out. That's not long before Creepoid's tour hits NYC for a headlining show at Mercury Lounge (6/23) with Ecstatic Vision (tickets).

Both Creepoid and War On Women are on a few other Refused dates too. The West Coast dates are with White Lung. And Refused also has a run opening for Faith No More which hits NYC on 8/5 at MSG. You can buy tickets for MSG or win them. Updated tour schedule below.

Refused also put out a new song today which you can hear below too.

Continue reading "Creepoid opening for Refused in Brooklyn and DC"

photo: Death at Burgerama 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Death

Detroit protopunk legends Death have an upcoming NYC show that was set to happen May 30 at Irving Plaza, but it's now been moved to the more up-close-and-personal Studio at Webster Hall (5/30). Also, in place of the original support lineup (Unlocking the Truth, Ache, Shitkill) will be the soulful garage rocker Obnox, which is a pretty great double bill. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. Refunds for Irving are available.

Death were also to have played Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on May 29 but that show has also been canceled. They will also play Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA on this run, however. All dates are listed, along with a live Death video, below...

Obnox was just in town to play a show at Cake Shop. NYC Taper was there and taped it.

Continue reading "Death cancel Irving Plaza show, now playing Studio at Webster Hall w/ Obnox who played Cake Shop (updated tour dates)"

photos by Priscilla Scott

Failure

Last week, Failure announced summer tour dates, though they didn't include any in or around NYC. Now they've updated their schedule to include a Long Island show happening July 18 at The Space at Westbury. There's still a gap between that and their Nashville show on 7/21, so maybe NYC proper will still be added? Meanwhile, Long Island tickets go on sale Friday (5/29) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Failure are also now on part 3 of their studio diary for The Heart Is A Monster, their first album in 19 years. This part's written by drummer Kellii Scott, and can be read below. Read part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE. The Heart Is A Monster is due June 30 via INresidence and can be pre-ordered now.

Continue reading "Failure studio diary part 3 +++ Long Island added to tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

IMAGE

Eternal Summers will release their new album, Gold & Stone, next week via Kanine. As I wrote previously, I think this rivals's 2012's Correct Behavior for the best thing they've done yet, taking a more shimmery tack that really works great with some of the band's best songs. There's also a gem from drummer Daniel Cundiff, titled "Ebb Tide," that reminds me a lot of Know By Heart-era American Analog Set. You can stream the whole thing right now over at The NY Times.

The band's tour winds around to the Northeast again this weekend, including a stop at NYC Popfest as part of the all-day Sunday (5/31) show at Littlefield with Club 8,  Lunchbox, Seabirds, Cold Beat, The Holiday Crowd, Starry Eyed Cadet, and Sapphire Mansions. Tickets are still available.

At the tail-end of their tour, Eternal Summers will be back to play Brooklyn Bowl on June 30, with Widowspeak and Small Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers streaming new LP, playing Brooklyn Bowl w/ Widowspeak & Small Black after NYC Popfest (updated dates)"

DevoDevo

Devo's classic 1980 album Freedom of Choice celebrates its 35th birthday this year and coinciding is the release of Evie Nagy's 33 1/3 book about the album which was just published last week. In celebration of both things, there's a "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/29) hosted by Jake Fogelnest and featuring the band's own Gerald Casale, plus Dave Hill, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Fred Armisen wrote the foreword to the 33 1/3 book so maybe if he's in town? Tickets are on sale. Flyer, a stream of Freedom of Choice, and videos for its title track and "Girl U Want," below.

In related news, Loser's Lounge will present a New Wave-themed edition -- B-52's Vs. Devo" at Joe's Pub on June 11, 12 & 13. If you've never been to a Loser's Lounge before, they feature the LL Orchestra (commanded by Joe McGinty) and a host of guest vocalists tackling the featured artists' songs. They're usually a lot of fun and tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Devo's 'Freedom of Choice' celebrating 35th anniversary with 33 1/3 book & a comedy tribute in NYC w/ Gerard Casale"