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March 26, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Soda Bomb

Long Island's Soda Bomb already put out the video for "Brainbuster" from their upcoming Wanna Jam? LP (due 4/7 via Broken World), and we've now got the premiere of another track, "Grump." Like the last single, it's crunchy power pop that fans of Wavves and Weezer will likely dig. You can stream it below. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the LP.

Soda Bomb played Brooklyn's Shea Stadium last night (3/25 -- if you went, how was it?) and they have more dates coming up too. Those include Long Island's sold-out Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday (3/28) with Title Fight and more, and Brooklyn's Aviv on April 3 with Vulture Shit, Show Me The Body, Flagland, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Huffers.

Later on in April, they'll tour with Mumblr, and that includes a Brooklyn stop on April 24 at Emerson House. The next day they play the sold-out Broken World Fest with TWIABP, Empire! Empire! and more.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Soda Bomb expand tour w/ Mumblr (dates & new song)"

PixiesPixies

Tickets for the second Pixies and John Grant show at Beacon Theatre are on local presale now. Use the password, INDIE.

You can also get tickets to their other NYC shows and their NJ show with TV on the Radio.

by Bill Pearis

photo: Meat Puppets @ Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)

Usually, the only place to see Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets together was probably on that one episode of MTV Alternative Nation from 1993 where both "Runaway Train" and "Backwater" were both played. But these two bands will be on the road together for the "Fly Over Tour" which hits NYC on June 20 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon.

Though best known for ballad-y '90s singles, Soul Asylum were pretty fierce in the '80s, blending elements of Minneapolis' two most successful punks (Husker Du and The Replacements) and their older catalog (Hang Time and earlier) is well worth checking out. (Those '90s albums aren't bad either.) The band are currently working on a new album. The Meat Puppets, meanwhile, have perhaps stayed little more creatively active, having released a split and toured with Cass McCombs most recently.

All tour dates are listed below....

Continue reading "Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets touring together this summer, playing Brooklyn Bowl (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Katie Bennett

Katie Bennett's Philly twee folk project Free Cake For Every Creature is releasing the followup to last year's Pretty Good with a new tape called Moving Songs next week (3/31) via Double Double Whammy (pre-order). We've got the premiere of its new single "The Day To Day," which combine's Katie's hushed songwriting with some high-pitched vocal yips. Listen below.

Free Cake is about to begin a tour with Trace Mountains (Dave from DDW and LVL UP) which kicks off in NYC tonight (3/26) at Shea Stadium with Epoch bands Told Slant and Florist. That's $8 at the door.

Free Cake has other dates after that run ends, including the Philly stop of the Colleen Green / Upset tour. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Free Cake For Every Creature has a new song, beginning tour with Trace Mountains tonight (dates, stream)"

photo: Torche at Gramercy Theatre in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Torche

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

Torche, Nothing, Wrong @ Saint Vitus
This bill is pretty amazing all around, with "stoner pop" band Torche, whose new album is their heaviest in a while and most psychedelic yet, plus heavy shoegazers Nothing and Miami's WRong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa).

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Hank's Saloon
The JSBX released their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. Tonight brings them to downtown Brooklyn's tiny Hank's Saloon which, if you've been there, you know is gonna be a wild, wild show. You had to buy the new album at Turntable Lab to get guaranteed admission tonight. Still, go early.

Neil Diamond @ Barclays Center
Brooklyn native, songwriting legend, and master showman, Neil Diamond is one-of-a-kind who will be pulling out all the stops and putting on the hits tonight at Barclays.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Invisible Familiars, Sam Cohen @ Rough Trade
Jack Ladder makes synth pop and has a voice that's gained more than a few deserved comparisons to Nick Cave. He and his very eccentric band (Kirin J Callinan included) are a sight to see, and his funny stage banter is worth showing up for too. Openers are good too: Cibo Matto/GOASTT collaborator Invisible Familiars and former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen.

Big Ups, Kissing Fractures, Swings, BBC America @ Aviv
Local Fugazi/Slint-esque post-hardcore crushers Big Ups headline this show, and they're joined by Brooklyn's folky Kissing Fractures, DC's Swings, and Ohio's BBC America.

Suboi, Sandunes, Hashback Hashish @ Baby's All Right
Vietnamese rapper Suboi made quite the impression at our SXSW party, where the crowd who came out for her was super appreciative and Suboi definitely knew how to get the onlookers in the back more involved too.

Cancer Bats, Exalt, No Way @ Cake Shop
Canada's Cancer Bats make ripping hardcore with a little stoner rock riffage thrown in too. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Shakey Graves, Nikki Lane @ Irving Plaza
Austin folk singer keeps getting bigger and bigger, and if you've seen him live it's not hard to see why. Tonight's his first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Max Richter, American Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Le Poisson Rouge
Grammy-nominated contemporary composer Max Richter is in NYC revisiting some of his older albums/pieces this week. Tonight, his second show at LPR, features a selection from his albums Memoryhouse and Songs from Before.

Tobias Jesso Jr., Okay Kaya @ Mercury Lounge
Canadian singer-songwriter TJJ recalls the early-'70s days of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and John Lennon on his new album, Goon. This is his first of two sold-out NYC shows.

Morne, Trenchgrinder, Sangharsha @ The Acheron
Boston crust-sludgesters Morne put out a live album earlier this month, but there's still nothing like their actual live show, which you can experience tonight. Good openers too.

Anoraak (live), Plastic Plates, Joakim (DJ set) @ Verboten
If you dug the Drive soundtrack, you'll probably dig Anoraak, who associate with Drive contributors Electric Youth and College.

Demdike Stare, RROSE @ West Park Church
Forward-thinking electronic musicians Demdike Stare and Rrose come together for this show. Demdike Stare will be performing a score to Benjamin Christensen's film "Haxan," and Rrose will be performing James Tenney's solo gong piece "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion." The church is at 165 W 86 St.

Capsize, Young Graves, XpassageX @ Coco 66
San Deigo's Capsize are one of the newer bands on Equal Vision, but they hearken back to the label's early '00s days with bands like Converge and Give Up the Ghost.

Marc Ribot, Emeline Michel @ Greenwich House Music School
Guitar legend Marc Ribot teems with Haitian singer Emeline Michel tonight to pay tribute to Haitian classical guitar icon Frantz Casseus.

Told Slant, Free Cake For Every Creature, Florist, Trace Mountains @ Shea Stadium
Tonight Shea hosts a good showcase with a handful of local DIY bands, including The Epoch's Told Slant and Florist, twee folk singer Free Cake For Every Creature, and the LVL UP-related Trace Mountains.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

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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March 25, 2015

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

The first annual Asbury Park Music In Film Fest is set to take place April 10-12 across a handful of venues in the New Jersey city. The event features screenings of a handful of music films, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's JACO, a documentary focusing on the life of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius; DC punk doc Salad Days; A Band Called Death, the story of Detroit proto-punk legends Death; Bouncing Souls doc Do You Remember? 15 Years Of The Bouncing Souls; Memphis music film Take Me To The River; Rye Coalition film Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five; City Gardens doc Riot on the Dance Floor; and more.

There's also a few afterparties, including the "punk band after party" at Asbury Lanes on Friday, April 10 which you can get into with the Friday Punk Pass Ticket Package, that also includes admission to the Salad Days and the Bouncing Souls doc screenings.

There's also Robby Krieger of The Doors at The Stone Pony on 4/10 (tickets); JACO-afterparty "Funk That Bass" superjam hosted by Bernie Worrell featuring Dean Ween, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and special guests on April 11; a Rye Coalition afterparty at Asbury Lanes on 4/11 with performances from members of the band; a Q&A with A Band Called Death's directors at BTII Gallery on 4/11 and more.

Full schedule and ticket options HERE. Check out trailers for Take Me To The River, Salad Days, Do You Remember?, and A Band Called Death below...

Continue reading "Asbury Park Music In Film Fest happening w/ 'Salad Days,' Bouncing Souls doc, City Gardens doc, afterparties & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Glue on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge - 3/19/15
Lamar Pedestrian Bridge Show 3/19/2015

Like there tend to be in Austin during SXSW, there were a few late shows on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge last week, two of which included local hardcore band Glue (Thurs 3/19 and Sat 3/21). We caught both of those, and Glue's sets at both were especially apeshit. Whole place was a big mosh pit, and Glue were raw as hell.

The first show had them joined by a typically short and abrasive set from noise/hardcore duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver), a shambolic set from psych punks The Ukiah Drag, and the night ended with the highly-confrontational Pharmakon.

Sheer Mag
Lamar Pedestrian Bridge Show 3/21/2015

The second one had Houston hardcore band Dress Code, who had the place in a similar frenzy to Glue, and punky riff rockers Sheer Mag, who had much of the crowd huddled around the band much like they did in NYC just before SXSW. Pictures of both bridge shows are in this post.

Glue come to NYC soon for New York's Alright, during which they'll play The Wick on April 19 with Dawn of Humans, Heratys, Raw Distractions and Urbanoia. That's a day show (3 PM doors), and tickets are still available.

Sheer Mag also have a NY's Alright show. Theirs is a late one (11 PM doors) at Acheron on April 18 with Vanity, Bad Noids, Tapehead and . Tickets are still available. That's part of their tour, which also includes an opening slot at Ex Hex's sold-out LPR show on 4/23.

Uniform also put out a new song today via Stereogum. Listen to that, plus the ripping "Backwards Society" from Glue's 2014 S/T EP, with more pictures from the bridge shows, below...

Continue reading "Glue played a bridge twice during SXSW w/ Sheer Mag, Ukiah Drag, Pharmakon & more (pics), playing NY's Alright"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

METZ / Octopus Project
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

The first of three free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and the only one that had no rain, happened Thursday (3/19) from noon to 6pm with 15 bands across the venue's two stages.

The inside show began with recent Run for Cover signees Elvis Depressedly who played a set of scrappy indie rock with singer Matthew Lee Cothran's animated stage moves intact. Then Emmy the Great brought things down with a set she played mostly as a duo but with a few solo songs too. Next up was the alt-R&B of three-piece Basecamp, followed by the danceable, super fun pop of New Zealand's Yumi Zouma. Veteran Canadian band Frog Eyes came next with Carey Mercer & co's eccentric indie rock in excellent form (story about being accused of doing meth in the BrooklynVegan comments included), and then it was their neighbors from up north, Cancer Bats, whose blend of hardcore and stoner rock riffage was the heaviest set of the day. Oklahoma rockers Broncho followed, playing to one of the most packed in crowds of the day and totally sounding built to do so. Finally it was one more Canadian band to wrap up the day, METZ, who were as loud, fast and full of energy as ever.

Broncho / Speedy Ortiz
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside the show began with the UK's Ultimate Painting, the band with members of Veronica Falls and Mazes whose Dead-like guitar jams and close harmonies were super tight and pretty perfect outdoors on a sunny afternoon. They were followed by Girlpool, who previewed some material from their upcoming debut LP and included some favorites from last year's EP that had a chunk of the crowd singing along. Then came the shouty noise rock of Ireland's Girl Band (who unlike Girlpool who played before them, don't have girls in the band), and then the smart/sarcastic indie rock of Chastity Belt ("this next song is about mansplaining"). After them it was Mitski who was more impressive than before at this show and had a lot of the crowd screaming in approval. She was followed by Speedy Ortiz, who seem to get tighter each time and whose new songs came off great live ("Raising the Skate" was especially a highlight of the set). And to end the day it was hometown heroes The Octopus Project with a highly enjoyable set of their experimental rock to a full backyard of people.

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Thursday @ Red 7 in pics --- METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Octopus Project, Broncho, Mitski, Girlpool, Girl Band & more"

photo: Bully at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bully

Nashville rockers Bully, who were in Austin for SXSW, are currently on a tour with JEFF the Brotherhood which wraps up mid-April. There's no NYC date on that tour, but Bully will stop here next month on the way to the airport for their first UK tour, playing April 29 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon.

After their UK tour, Bully will be back in NYC for the Northside Festival, playing the big 50 Kent show on June 13 with Best Coast, Built to Spill and Alvvays. Tickets are still available. They've got a few other shows with Best Coast and will play Pitchfork Fest in Chicago in July. All dates are listed, along with a video of Bully performing "Brainfreeze," below...

Continue reading "Bully now on tour with JEFF the Brotherhood, playing NYC before UK dates ++ more shows with Best Coast"

photo: Ghoul at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Ghoul

Creep thrashers Ghoul have announced the "Weapons of Mosh Destruction 3-D" tour running for three weeks starting in May with Phobia and Nekrofilth. The tour kicks off in Denver and hits Maryland Death Fest before finishing up in California (where they'll be back in October for California Death Fest).

They stop in NYC on May 20 at Saint Vitus with additional support from Artificial Brain. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Before heading out on that tour, Ghoul is appearing at Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil with Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid and more. The festival goes down April 10-12 at RockBar Theatre in San Jose, CA, and has now added a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos taking place outside the venue. The carnival will feature "an authentic freakshow, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk's '36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend." Tickets for the festival are still available, but the VIP and Murder Mystery Dinner tickets are sold out.

Kirk won't be performing at his fest, but Metallica are headlining this year's Lollapalooza.

All Ghoul dates are listed, with a live video from 2012, below...

Continue reading "Ghoul announce tour w/ Phobia & Nekrofilth; Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil adds free outdoor carnival"