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August 27, 2014

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The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

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By Ian Chainey

Pentagram at The Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Pentagram, America's 40-plus-year-old doom institution, are heading back out on the road in October. The enduring dazers, now with guitar wiz Victor Griffin back in the fold, will be supported by Radio Moscow, Bang, and Kings Destroy. The tour will pass through places like Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, with possibly more dates to be announced in the near future. On November 1, they'll hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre with additional support from Blood Ceremony. Tickets will be surely be posted soon. The full list of dates appears below.

Fronted by the indefatigable and gonzo Bobby Liebling, star of the Last Days Here documentary, Pentagram have found themselves as elder statesmen in the American metal scene. Their last album, Last Rites, was released in 2011. As for their tourmates, hard-rockers Bang -- best known to relic collectors for their '71 self-titled album -- reformed this year to play a few US dates. Psych rockers Radio Moscow released their fourth album, Magical Dirt, back in June. Brooklyn stoner metallers Kings Destroy have found themselves on a number of bills, including earlier this month with Blackfinger and the upcoming Black Cobra and Lo-Pan show at Saint Vitus on September 18. And Canadian occult doomers Blood Ceremony cut the single Let It Come Down / Loving You in April.

All of the dates along with streams from the bands and the trailer for the Last Days Here documentary appear below.

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As mentioned, Cass McCombs is hitting the road with veteran cowpunks Meat Puppets for a co-headlining tour that includes two nights at Rough Trade around Halloween (October 31 & November 1) (tickets). For the occasion, Cass and the Meat Puppets are releasing a split single. Cass' side features two new originals, and the Meat Puppets cover The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and Texas Tornados' "Hey Baby (Que Paso)" on the flip. The latter's Kirk Kirkwood did the cover art (above) and you can stream a song from each side below.

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Seu Jorge at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by kolored)
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It's been a little while, but Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge is heading back to New York for an eight-night, 16-show run at Blue Note on November 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18 & 19 (topping his measly six-night run last year). Jorge is best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers). With two shows each night (8 PM & 10:30 PM), this run provides a great opportunity to catch the artist in a very intimate setting. You can make reservations for a table now (bar seats are no reservation, day-of seating).

Check out a video of his cover of Bowie's "Changes" below...

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The BrooklynVegan-presented NYC premiere of "Riot on the Dance Floor, the Story of Randy Now & City Gardens" is happening this Thursday, August 28 at AMC Loews Village 7 in the East Village. Tickets are still available, and they include an after-movie Q&A with Director Steve Tozzi, and City Gardens booker-and-subject-of-the-documentary Randy Now, and Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records).

Gibby Haynes is also DJing the free afterparty at Bowery Electric. See you there?

Want to go to the movie for free? We're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Details on how to enter to win, and a video of Butthole Surfers playing the club in 1985, below...

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Sam Amidon at SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Sam Amidon is releasing a new album of re-imagined folk songs, Lily-O, on September 30 via Nonesuch. The album features jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, as well as past Sam Amidon collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (bass) and Chris Vatalaro (drums). You can check out "Walkin' Boss" from the new LP, below.

Sam also has some dates coming up, including a previously discussed appearance at "Nonesuch Records at BAM" on September 20, along with Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens and Olivia Chaney. Tickets for that show are still available.

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

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by Ian Chainey

Raven
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Forty years into their career, NWOBHM institution Raven will be touring this fall. The "North American Extermination Tour 2014" will pair the athletic trio with the ripping Night Demon and will roll through locations like Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago. The two will hit NYC's Saint Vitus on November 21. Ticket information will be announced soon. All dates are listed below.

In addition, Raven will also be accompanying Accept on select dates for the latter's US warm-up run in September. Both groups are still slated to drop into NYC's Gramercy Theater on September 15. Accept's new album, Blind Rage, was released in the States on August 19.

So, with a tour happening does that mean new Raven material might be on the way? According to the band's Facebook page, yep:

been slaving over the 16 track machine refining the new songs - this album is gonna be far beyond where we thought it would be...can't wait to get this material down with the lads!!!
Their last album, Walk Through Fire, was released in 2009, though the band is probably best known for their early '80s run of Rock Until You Drop (1981), Wiped Out (1982), and All for One (1983). They released the career-spanning Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey DVD in 2013.

All of the dates are listed, along with classic live video from Raven and Night Demon's 2013 EP, below.

Continue reading "Raven working on new LP, touring w/ Night Demon (dates) +++ playing NYC & LA w/ Accept (who have a new LP) "

by Bill Pearis

Hookworms @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Leeds psychedelic screamers Hookworms have announced details of their new album. It's called The Hum and will be out on Weird World / Domino on November 11. "The Impasse" is the first-released track from it and is another full-throttle careen down a winding mountain road with frontman MJ belting it out like a Pentecostal preacher. You can stream it in this post and preorders of the album are available now.

Hookworms made my #1 album of 2013 and their first and only visit to the States was for CMJ (including one of our day parties). Let's hope we see them back in North America sooner than later.

Song stream and The Hum cover art below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Honey at The Studio at Webster Hall in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Brooklyn's Honey are a new-ish band (with ex-members of Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes and Stupid Party) that have been playing around their hometown a good deal lately. You may have caught them recently with Destruction Unit, Crystal Stilts or The Men. They take the swirling riffs and wah-pedal freakouts of late '60s psychedelic rock, and inject it with garage punk energy that has made their shows something you can zone out to but also something you can bang your head to. They recently mentioned on their website that a debut album is on the way, and you can get a taste of that now from the single "Born." Listen below.

Honey's next show is opening the final free Summer Thunder show of the summer in Union Pool's backyard this Saturday (8/30) afternoon (2 PM start). It's headlined by J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam group Heavy Blanket, which should be a great fit. Hopefully this goes better than last year's Heavy Blanket show at Summer Thunder.

Flyer for Saturday's show and song stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

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Earlier this year, emo veterans The Jazz June put out their first new song in 12 years on a split with Dikembe, and mentioned that a full length produced by Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss was to follow. That album has now officially been announced. It's called After The Earthquake, and it will be out on November 11 via Topshelf (the same label that released Braid's comeback LP this year). It follows 2002's Better Off Without Air. That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist, which includes "Over Underground" from the Dikembe split, below. (Their latest dates also say they play Fun Fun Fun Fest. A new addition to the Austin fest? We're not 100% sure yet, but stay tuned for confirmation on that.)

Into It. Over It. will be involved with other emo veterans this year too. His tour schedule includes opening the 10/11 date of American Football's three night run In NYC, and opening most of the Mineral tour.

Speaking of, Mineral singer Chris Simpson (also of The Gloria Record), is releasing a new album with his Zookeeper project this year, Pink Chalk, which is due out on October 14 via Count Your Lucky Stars (the label run by Empire! Empire!, whose new LP features a guest appearance from Chris). Chris stopped making music you can accurately call "emo" a while ago, and this new song is more along the lines of singer/songwriter indie. Good stuff no matter what genre name you give it, as you can hear (via Stereogum) below.

Continue reading "The Jazz June detail new LP, 'After The Earthquake'; Mineral singer Chris Simpson streaming a song from new Zookeeper LP"