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September 15, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Karen O @ LPR - 9/12/14
Karen O
Karen O

Karen O wrapped up the 4-night NYC run of her series of intimate shows in support of her debut solo album Crush Songs at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (9/12), which followed three shows at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (one of which Ezra Koenig joined her at). Like at the other three, Karen's backing band included Moses Sumney (who also opened the show) and Holly Miranda, and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner joined her for a few songs. This time, the third YYY, Brian Chase, joined as well and Jason Grisell joined her for "Duet," their collaboration from Karen's "psycho-opera" Stop the Virgens. She played her LPR show in the round, and though she maybe didn't move around as much as we'd have liked for the setting, she was mesmerizing as always.

Karen's intimate shows continue in LA, starting this Wednesday (9/17). Pictures from night 1 HERE. More pictures and the setlist from LPR below...

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Milagres

Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

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Cat Stevens

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Cat Stevens (or Yusuf) is releasing a new album, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on October 27 which includes five originals and five covers including one of Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live" which you can stream (via Rolling Stone) below.

He's also announced a short North American tour for December which hits NYC on December 7 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale September 27 at 10 AM with an Amazon pre-order preasle starting September 24 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream and LP tracklist, below...

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Hot Victory

Portland, OR duo Hot Victory put out their self titled LP (their fourth album) earlier this year around the time tour toured with Floor. Here's what Wyatt said about it then:

Portland's Hot Victory throws a kitchen sink of drums, drum pads, synths, tape loops, samples--you name it--together in pretty fascinating ways. It's the work of just one woman and one man, but it could just as easily be the output of an army of talented DIYers raiding the local music store.
One of the LP's tracks, "Island Realm," has now been given video treatment and the video provides some insight into how this crazy music came out with clips of them drumming and toying with electronics. It premieres in this post and can be watched below.

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Half Waif

Brooklyn art pop musician Nandi Rose Plunkett, aka Half Waif, released her debut album, KOTEKAN earlier this summer and now she's given its single "Ceremonial" the video treatment courtesy of director Grace Gardner. Nandi says the song "is the shadowy secrets, the enticing mysteries, that go on behind every mundane day... the ceremonies behind the daily tasks. The ceremonies are our basic and primal urges, constantly pulsating behind our pretty everyday selves." The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

Half Waif also has a few shows coming up. First, she'll play a solo set at Rooftop Films TONIGHT (9/15). That's free and starts at 7:30 PM. She's also got another NYC show happening Thursday (9/18) at Glasslands with Pinegrove, Una Lux and Poor Remy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

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photos by Greg Cristman

Shonen Knife @ The Wick 9/12/2014
Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife

Japanese cult band Shonen Knife -- rocking from Osaka since 1981 -- are currently in the US supporting their new album, Overdrive, that finds them putting a bit of '70s glam sparkling on their signature punky pop. Their tour hit NYC over the weekend with a show at The Wick on Friday (9/12) that was well matched with Habibi and fellow Japanese band (living in NYC), The Suzan. Pictures from the night as well as video of Shonen Knife performing Economic Crisis" and "Antonio Baka Guy" are in this post.

From here, Shonen Knife's tour heads west, before returning to NYC for CMJ next month. Stay tuned for more details about CMJ shows. More pics, plus video from their show at The Wick, below...

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by Ian Chainey

nekrofilth

Cleveland nasties Nekrofilth are currently on tour. The filthy punkified death/thrashers are spreading their putridity across places like Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. Tonight (9/15), they'll play NYC's the Acheron with Skull and Crypter for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Tickets are available now. The remaining dates of their tour appear below.

Nekrofilth have built up a fanbase of sleaze-hungry metalheads that like it old, rotten, and worm-eaten. The band hit a new high/low with 2013's Devil's Breath, a furiously charging wall of buzz that was equal parts Repulsion and Macabre and early Dwarves. The song title "I'm a Degenerate" should give you an idea as far as the lyrical themes are concerned. The band's members have logged time in Nunslaughter, Apartment 213, and Masakari. You can check out an interview we did with Zack Rose on Invisible Oranges late last year. Bring your best grave digging attire and leave your conscience at the door.

All of the dates along with Nekrofilth's Devil's Breath appear below.

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Coastgaard

Brooklyn band Coastgaard are currently working on their new album, Derecho, which should be out in early 2015. In the interim have given us a taste of what's to come via new single, "Black White Fuzz." Though the title might have you expecting something noisy, the new song is actually sparkling guitar pop, an update of the baroque sounds of The Zombies or The Left Banke. It makes its debut in this post.

You can catch Coastgaard live here in NYC this Friday (9/19) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar where they play with White Bike and headliners Here We Go Magic. Like most BKNB shows, it's free. You can RSVP to skip the line.

"Black White Fuzz" stream, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Creepers - Stuck (MP3)

Deafheaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/14/14
Deafheaven
Deafheaven

After playing Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), Deafheaven kicked off their tour with No Joy and Indian Handcrafts at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/14). We caught the MHOW show and pictures are in this post.

Unfortunately, I showed up a little late and only caught the last minute or so of Indian Handcrafts, but they sounded good and loud so I imagine their set fit the bill well. No Joy followed and were also loud (though maybe not quite as much as their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show last month) and delivered a wall of sound perfect for zoning out to. With a driving bassist and a drummer always locked into a groove, things could be kept grounded a bit as both guitar players went off into other worlds of distortion and reverb. Good set.

Then Deafheaven finally came on, playing a lot of Sunbather and their new song "From the Kettle Onto the Coil." Vocalist George Clarke didn't go out of character once, with his usual menacing faces, extending his arms out to the crowd, miming a conductor during the slow parts, and of course unleashing his piercing scream. George is a sight to see, but he's matched by the power of the rest of the band. Their blend of black metal, post rock and shoegaze is a real force. It's towering, epic stuff that can go from brutal to beautiful in seconds and is often both at the same time. And while George's performance is dark and full of mystique, the rest of the band are more down to earth, just coming off like a great rock band. They're super tight, powerful, and their attack and George's theatricality balance each other out well.

The tour picks back up in Connecticut on Tuesday (9/16), but before that No Joy wil squeeze in a headlining NYC show at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/15) with Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Creepers, the band including Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy, are releasing their debut LP, Lush, on October 28 via George Clark's All Black Recording Company. It follows last year's self titled EP. The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Oswald (Ash Borer, Weatherbox), and Jack Shirley (who produced Sunbather) mastered it. You can download the first single, "Stuck", above (via Pitchfork).

LP artwork, tracklist, and more pictures from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts played MHOW (pics); Creepers announce debut album (hear a song)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sea Oleena

Sea Oleena is set to release a new album, Shallow, on September 30 via Lefse and she's just put out a new single from it, "Paths." The song's not unlike the dream folk of Marissa Nadler but with even more ambience worked in. It follows previous single "If I'm," a more upbeat, electronic-tinged song with a pretty funky bassline as far as Sea Oleena's songs go. Both tracks are pretty different, and you can hear them for yourself below. No dates announced yet, but hopefully soon.

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