Recent Posts in music - Page 6
October 21, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Somos at The Studio at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Somos and Sorority Noise both put out their debut albums this year, Temple of Plenty and Forgettable, respectively, and now they've teamed up for a split EP that's due out next week (11/4) via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). While Somos' debut was mostly punky indie rock, they've slowed down for their two contributions here, giving themselves space to experiment with new layers and more complexity. And while much of Sorority Noise's album was crunchy pop rock, the last three tracks had them moving in a more somber direction as well, which is what they continue here. A stream of the full EP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
Both bands have interesting futures ahead of them too. Somos recently announced that they left Tiny Engines for their new label home of No Sleep and are planning to put out a new album for the label in 2015. Meanwhile, Sorority Noise recently mentioned that two of their members left the band but they'll be moving forward.
Both bands have shows coming too. Sorority Noise are playing The Fest but first will play the Topshelf CMJ showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) happening Friday (10/24) at Cameo with The World Is A Beautiful Place, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse and Wildhoney. That show is free with RSVP (no badges required). You can also catch TWIABP at the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All RIght, and Tom from Washed Up Emo DJs our official BV showcase.
Somos have a ton of dates, including the previously announced run with Modern Baseball, Foxing and Crying that hits NYC on December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at MHOW. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
All Somos dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.
Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.
Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Dej Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.
And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-headlining tour which hits NYC for a CMJ show on Friday (10/24) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Remy Banks, D.R.A.M., Kevin Abstract and JK the Reaper. Tickets for that show are available.
We also highlighted NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa in our list of local artists to catch at CMJ.
Lists of Deniro/Denzel dates and Joey/Vince dates, and those videos, below...
Brooklyn's Celestial Shore will release their new album, Enter Ghost, on November 11 via Hometapes. The band's ability to mix melody with complex rhythms and arrangements is apparent on first single "Animal Ratio" which makes its premiere in this post.
The band have four CMJ appearances this week which are as follows:
Oct 21 @ Palisades | Exploding in Sound PresentsAfter CMJ, Celestial Shore have an album release show at Baby's All Right on October 30 with Ava Luna, Palehound, Baked, and We Can All Be Sorry. Tickets are on sale. They've also got another release show at Shea Stadium on November 12 with Leapling, Cave Cricket, and Flashlight O.
Oct 22 @ Baby's All Right (8:40 PM)| Baby's CMJ Daycare Party (FREE)
Oct 22 The Shop (10:30 PM) | Prison Art Showcase
Oct 25 @ Union Pool (11:30 PM) | Team Clermont Shocase
After the NYC dates, Celestial Shore will head to the West Coast for a tour. All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
OBN IIIs in Austin in January (more by Tim Griffin)
We just posted a list of 10 NYC artists we think are worth catching this week at CMJ, but CMJ is also a great time to check out bands from other cities and countries passing through for the multi-venue music fest. Hundreds of artists will be here for shows over the next five days (10/21-25), so if you're feeling overwhelmed about who to see we've narrowed things down to a list of 20 we think you should check out. Of course we'd love for you to come to the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Baby's on Saturday night (10/25) with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport, but we talked a lot about those bands here and decided to highlight 20 different ones here. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands (except Slowdive who are on Rdio) which you can stream below.
Our picks are below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Some may not think so, but CMJ is still a festival than brings in folks from out of town: mainly college radio programmers and jocks on mid-semester vacation. While we at BV get excited about bands from out of town (and we have a separate list for that) who are here for the fest, there are also lots of local acts we'd recommend to anyone visiting NYC. Here are 10 that are worth seeing, no matter where you live.
Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands. Check them out below...
Jerry David DeCicca has produced albums for cult folk legend Ed Askew, and is also a member of the band Black Swans, who also toured with Ed in recent years. Earlier this year, he put out his debut solo album, Understanding Land, which featured collaborations with Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), The Breeders' Kelley Deal, and Bob Dylan/Neil Young collaborator Spooner Oldham. Its track "Another Bad Dream," a soft early '70s-style folk song, was just given the video treatment (dir. Matt Bauer) and that premieres in this post.
Jerry also has two shows coming up, one in Philly and the other in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 15 at Union Pool with the new project of Purehorsehair's Garrett Devoe. That's an afternoon show (3 PM) and takes place before the Holy Sons / Elisa Ambrogio show happening at the venue that night.
Full tour schedule with the new video, below...
Future Islands at FYF Fest 2014 (more by Adele Loconte)
Future Islands sold out their January 9 show at Terminal 5 and have now added a second show, happening the day before (1/8) also at T5 with Wing Dam and Operators. Tickets for that show are on AmEx and Fan Club presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/24) at 10 AM. It's a second night at a giant midtown venue, but it's not like they have their old Williamsburg places to play anymore. They've added a few other shows to their winter tour as well, and all dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Future Islands recently did a 4AD Sessions video and their performances of "Sun in the Morning" and "Doves" can be watched below.
the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dearest friends -Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."
You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.
When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.
It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.
Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.
We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.
Goodbye for now, but not forever.
We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.
Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.
NYC shoegazers Asobi Seksu went on indefinite hiatus in 2013 and guitarist James Hanna now has a new band, Youth Worship, which formed early this year. Youth Worship finds Hanna in more rocking mode, and "Pink Snow" from their just-released debut EP is a real stomper. (The rest of the EP is a little more in Asobi style.) That song's video, directed by Bradley Cantor, makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it, and stream the whole EP, below. The band have put the finishing touches on their first album which features guest appearances by some of the Boris folks and will be out in early 2015.
Youth Worship will play a hometown NYC show on November 3 Trans Pecos with new Captured Tracks artist Dinner, as well as Night Squad. That's their only upcoming date.
Crowbar at Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
New Orleans sludge mainstays Crowbar have spent much of 2014 touring behind their excellent new LP Symmetry in Black. Now they've announced yet another tour to go down before the year ends, this time with Unearth and Black Crown Initiate. That tour rolls into NYC on December 8 at Saint Vitus. The Vitus stop (presented by Noisey) will also include a screening of Noisey's 'NOLA' documentary, which was made by former BV writer Fred Pessaro and is really worth checking out. Tickets for that show will go on sale this Friday (10/24) at noon.
Crowbar also just put out a new video for "Symmetry in White" from their new LP, which you can watch below. The final NOLA episode
will be revealed soon (UPDATE: It's out now and can be watched below), but 'til then you can watch the latest episode, with the full list of tour dates, also below...