Recent Posts in music - Page 6
August 27, 2014
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome @ Shea - 8/26/14
The stacked Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome / Potty Mouth / The Love of Everything tour kicked off last night (8/26) with a sold out show at Brooklyn's tiny Shea Stadium. It was a great show all around, and packed almost the entire time. Pictures are in this post.
The Love of Everything, aka Joan of Arc's Bobby Burg, kicked things off with a one-man-band set consisting of Bobby's voice, guitar, bass, synths, and a crude drum machine all going through a loop pedal. In a way, Love of Everything was the odd band out on the bill. It was the only one that wasn't a "band" in the traditional sense, and the only one whose songs didn't revolve around briskly strummed distorted guitars. But what he did have in common with the rest of the bill is his music came from a place of rawness and passion, rather than a traditional idea of "technique," something Bobby is undeniably a veteran of.
The energy level began to rise when Potty Mouth followed with their set of poppy punk, but really rose once Joanna Gruesome took the stage for one of the best sets I've seen of theirs yet. Joanna Gruesome are equal parts twee pop and more aggressive punk, but the energy of the latter is what wins out at their shows. All band members thrash around the stage like a hardcore band while singer Alanna McCardle stands at the mic, commanding the crowd with ease. For one song during this set, she took her mic off the stand and gave her wildest performance of the night. The rowdiness of the crowd matched that of the band, at one point causing Alanna to ask them to chill with the moshing ("that's fun for about five of you... and there's way more than five of you here").
There was a pause in the show after Joanna Gruesome, because Perfect Pussy were running late. But once they finally got there, they ran up on stage without a soundcheck and got the room going as nuts as it was for JG. Perfect Pussy's sets are short, but they pack more uninhibited aggression in 15 minutes than many rock bands can in double or triple that time. Last night was no exception, as the band went hard with minimal breaks from start to finish, and it ended with noise guy Sean Sutkus making controlled feedback minutes after the rest of the band had left the stage.
The tour continues, and splits this Friday (8/29), as Joanna Gruesome return to NYC on their own to headline a free South Street Seaport show with Big Ups, and Perfect Pussy/Potty Mouth play Asbury Park. Potty Mouth will also be back for a Cake Shop (9/3) show next week.
More pictures from Shea, below...
photos by Adela Loconte
Interpol @ Mack Sennett Studios 8/26/2014
Interpol played LA's Mack Sennett Studios last night (8/26), a special concert presented by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. The show celebrated the forthcoming release of the long-running NYC band's new album, El Pintor, which is out next week via Matador. (Stream it at NPR.) That album's "Breaker 1" and "Same Town, New Story" made their live debut last night. Full video, pics and setlist from the KCRW show are in this post.
NYC, meanwhile, will get two El Pintor release shows next week: The Met's Temple of Dendur on September 2 (sold out) and Bowery Ballroom on September 4 (tickets on sale Thursday [8/28] at noon). And they'll be back this fall for two sold-out Terminal 5 shows.
Video and more pics from Interpol's KCRW show below...
Although he's never cultivated as high a profile as some of his contemporaries, Peter Jefferies can be found dangling from just about every important branch of New Zealand's post-punk family tree. Over the course of a decade and a half, he's wended his way from fronting the aggro-punk Nocturnal Projections to co-starring (with brother Graeme) in the dour This Kind of Punishment to his role as in-house tape manipulator at the Xpressway label. It's on his solo records -- and the collaborations in which he's allowed to take the reins -- that the expansive sweep of Jefferies' vision can best be appreciated. [Trouser Press]Superior Viaduct just reissued Peter Jefferies' 1994 album Electricity which marks its first release on vinyl. You can stream a couple tracks from the reissue below. Last year, De Stijl reissued his acclaimed 1990 album, The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, and that can be heard via Rdio.
As part of the Electricity reissue, the New Zealand musician will be touring the US for the first time in 20 years. That tour starts in NYC at Issue Project Room on October 1 where he'll perform two solo sets. Tickets for IPR are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with songs streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.
In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...
by Ian Chainey
Sludgesters The Body's 2014 M.O. to Voltron with vicious bands across the continent has brought them back to their former homebase, Providence, Rhode Island. It's there that they've found Sandworm, a raw USBM duo who play their music in the spirit of the sand-blasted terrains of the desert. We're streaming a track from their forthcoming split with the Body on Invisible Oranges and had this to say about the micro-sized flayer:
On this track, Sandworm are black metal simplicity and ingenuity incarnate: a few good riffs, a steady beat, and fried vocals. Yet "Desert Warfare" is also teeming with ideas, be it the meter-shifting digressions or the way the guitar crashes around the mix, creating a charged atmosphere presaging bolts of lightning. In under two minutes, Sandworm nail the black metal particulars while also forming a universe that opens up on closer inspection. You lose yourself in the replays. Neat. Also, yeah, bleak.The Body/Sandworm split is out via Thrill Jockey on October 21 (preorder). It contains one, side-long Body track and a heaping helping of concise cutters from Sandworm. You can stream "Desert Warfare" below.
The split will actually be dropped in a middle of The Body and Sandworm's tour. The jaunt through the western half of North America will run through locations like Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles. Sandworm will actually get things rolling in the East, too, hitting NYC's the Acheron on September 23. Advance tickets and support slots are still to come. You can check out the full tour slate for both bands below, including the Body's stop at Southwest Terror Fest. Hopefully the Body have a functioning ride by then.
All of the dates are listed, along with streams of Sandworm's "Desert Warfare" and the Body's 2013 compilation, below.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Sleep @ Stage 48 - 8/25/14
Soon after releasing their first new music in 20 years, stoner-doom icons Sleep took their tour to NYC this past weekend, playing Stage 48 on August 25 with support from Holy Suns (the first Bowery Presents show at the Manhattan venue). Pictures of the show are in this post.
Holy Sons, a project of Al Cisneros's OM bandmate Emil Amos, kicked things off at the neon-lit Stage 48. With a large crowd already packing in to the generous space, Amos ran through a bunch of gloomily melodic material that the project is known for, with a lineup that was making its live debut adding heft to the few songs from earlier in his career that he played. The set was mostly made up of new, heavier material from the band. The effect was chunky while still maintaining the hypnotizing quality of the Holy Sons brand. It was a strong set, but by the end you could feel the crowd basically shaking in anticipation of Sleep.
Flanked by cosmic graphics on the many-layered onstage screens, Sleep proceeded to generally melt the crowd down for an hour and a half. I've seen both High on Fire and Om live multiple times, but nothing compares to seeing one of the best guitar/bass combo this side of Butler and Iommi hitting the stage together. Musical ubuntu this beautiful simply doesn't come about very often, and with the addition of Neurosis's Jason Roeder on drums, this current incarnation of Sleep has every bit of the brutality and loose-limbed grooviness that one could hope for. It's a treat to hear metal that's jammy and done this well, where the pleasure comes from a place of pure instrumental interplay rather than ornate composition. Pike and Cisneros are in such perfect sync that you could listen (and probably have listened) to them playing the same riff for multiple hours, such is their command of dynamics.
Sleep ripped through classics like "Sonic Titan" "Aquarian," and "The Druid," without breaking the mood by way of speech. Cisneros, who is currently heavily bearded, was a picture of controlled fury, his head bobbing and gazing upward as he played with the lightest possible touch up on the neck of his Rickenbacker. Pike tones down High On Fire's headbanging antics, clearly enjoying the chance to cut loose on the simpler tones that Sleep offers. Stage 48 might not be as grimy (or smoky) as one would like at a Sleep show, but the sound is pristine, and this band is a tone monster. The moments when Pike stops playing chords for one of his trademark ripping solos, and Cisneros moves his right hand from the neck down to the bridge and just starts to shred, are some of the most truly awesome things I've ever had the pleasure of catching live. The band closed with an extended version of their new song "The Clarity" bleeding into "Cultivator" and it fit in seamlessly with the proceedings. Om and High on Fire have kept them fresh, and Sleep haven't missed a beat.
More pictures from Stage 48 below...
Rapper Ty Dolla $ign's had quite the year so far, going from someone with a bit of buzz to landing spots on Hot 97 Summer Jam, XXL's Freshmen cover and Wiz Khalifa's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour. He's now announced a tour of his own which has him headlining some of his biggest venues yet, like NYC's Irving Plaza on November 2 with Mack Wilds. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Ty also just put out a free mixtape, Sign Language, with guest spots from Big Sean, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juicy J, Rich Homie Quan, Casey Veggies, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and more, with production from DJ Mustard, FKi and more. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...
Gerard Way is playing Irving Plaza on October 20, Starland Ballroom on October 22, and Webster Hall on October 23. Tickets for all three shows go on sale today at noon. Head here for Irving and Starland, and here for Webster.
The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in Brooklyn happens on September 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Motion City Soundtrack and Ma Jolie. Like all Converse Rubber Tracks shows, it's FREE, but you do need tickets, which go "on sale" today at noon.
Flint, MI punk band The Swellers are calling it quits this year, and they've announced that their last NYC show will happen at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (8/29) at 10 AM.
Steve Gunn is playing a record release show at Rough Trade on October 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The first round of CMJ 2014 artists will be revealed at an announcement party in downtown Manhattan tonight (8/27) at a location TBA with music from Porches and Juan Wauters. You can enter this contest for a chance to attend. 6 PM start.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Ian Chainey
Music Blues, the dense ball of downer drone from Harvey Milk's Stephen Tanner, hit the streets this week with the crushingly loud and soul-crushing Things Haven't Gone Well. Tanner recorded the album after the passing of a friend, pouring his emotions into the work, and, jeeze, does it ever come through. When we debuted the video for the aptly titled "The Great Depression" on Invisible Oranges, we had this to say:
Things Haven't Gone Well is a rare work evoking the distinct qualities of depression without coming off as maudlin. It does this mainly through inertia, accurately capturing the long slog of sadness. Tanner gets that real grief might be punctuated by breakdowns, but those periods are spaced between hours/days/weeks spent numbly starring off into nothingness. Things Haven't Gone Well is caught in that fog of being a step or two out of sync with the rest of the world. And because things have decelerated, Tanner has the time to find death lurking everywhere.Cue gut punch and chest pains. For a guy that made feel-good food at Pies 'n' Thighs and the Commodore (and soon, the El Dorado), Tanner sure can capture the darkness of not wanting to get up.
In addition to the new tunes, Music Blues will be playing their first show. Filled out by Ben Greenberg (previously of the Men, currently of Uniform and others) and Brooks Headley (Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, pastry chef extraordinaire), the expanded trio will debut at NYC's Kenneth Willardt Studio on September 3 as part of Rose Johansen's gallery opening. The event is free and Music Blues will play at 8 PM.
A stream from Things Haven't Gone Well along with the show flyer appears below.
Pegi & Neil Young at The Bell House in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Rolling Stone reports that Neil Young is filing for divorce...
Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator. A petition for dissolution of marriage was filed by Young in their hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29th. A hearing is scheduled for December 12th. A rep for Neil Young had no comment.The article also mentions that though Pegi was billed for Farm Aid 2014, she's been removed from the lineup.
Pegi is the inspiration for some of Young's most enduring love songs, including "Such a Woman," "Unknown Legend" and "Once an Angel." She began serving as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the past 20 years. They last performed together at the Bridge School Benefit in October of 2013.