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April 17, 2015

photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

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

Buzzcocks, Doug Gillard @ Stone Pony
One of the OG UK punk bands, Buzzcocks had pop smarts from the get-go with a string of classic singles. Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle are still at it, having released The Way last year, that doesn't fiddle with their formula. Doug Gillard, who has played in Guided by Voices, Cobra Verde, Nada Surf and makes his own great guitar pop, opens..

Pity Sex, Foxes in Fiction, John Galm, Spirit of the Beehive @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Ann Arbor punkgazers Pity Sex headline this stacked free show that also includes the ambient Foxes In Fiction, former Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist vocalist John Galm, and Philly indie rockers Spirit of the Beehive.

The Juan Maclean (live), Delia Gonzalez (live), Midnight Magic (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
While they're mainstays on the DJ circuit, it's been a long time since The Juan Maclean actually played live. To get back into the swing, they're doing a six-night Brooklyn residency, starting tonight with three shows at Cameo then next week at Union Pool. Tonight's show is with fellow (but very different) DFA artist Delia Gonzalez.

Doldrums, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Airick Woodhead's new album as Doldrums is both poppier and dancier than anything he's done before, while remaining resolutely of odd. Moon King, which is fronted by Airick's brother Daniel, both open the show and play as a part of Doldrums live band. They're both exciting live bands, recommended.

Blind Idiot God, Insect Ark @ Saint Vitus
Experimental instrumental rock vets Blind Idiot put out releases on SST, Bill Laswell's label and John Zorn's label back in the late '80s and early '90s (all produced by Laswell except for one by Martin Bisi), and earlier this year they finally put out their first album in 23 years. It has them in fine form, as tonight's show likely will too.

Blitzen Trapper (performing Neil Young's "Harvest") @ City Winery (2 shows)
This weekend, Blitzen Trapper are releasing a live tribute to Neil Young's Harvest album, and today they're also playing it in full at two NYC shows.

Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Warehouse @ Baby's All Right
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album (tonight's the release show), Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet.

Brokeback, Holy Sons, Chris Brokaw @ Trans-Pecos
Doug McCombs of post-rock giants Tortoise and indie rock vets Eleventh Dream Day has also led the band Brokeback since the late '90s. They headline tonight, and it's a good show all around with Holy Sons, the project of Emil Amos (also of Om and Grails), and Codeine/Come guitarist Chris Brokaw (who's also playing in Brokeback tonight).

Spirit Family Reunion, Innove Gnawa Band, Morgan O'Kane @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion make trad-style folk inspired by old timey country and bluegrass. Catch them in their hometown tonight.

Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ The Paramount
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) is in the midst of a multi-night NYC-area run with Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, on vocals.

Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ Starland Ballroom
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach). They do it again on Long Island on Sunday.

Sadaf, Gobby, Sporting Life, Helmer, DJ Hungry Bodies @ Alphaville
Sadaf and Gobby hail from the same scene that brought us Arca and Mykki Blanco, so if you like them there's a good chance you'll enjoy tonight's show too. Also of note is Sporting Life, which includes a member of Ratking.

Tournament, KDH, Twin Strike @ Union Pool
Local punks Tournament put out the ripping, snotty new album Teenage Creature this week. Hear songs from that tonight.

Adrian Grody, Arthur Meyer, Alison Rich, Shellshag, Joe Pera, Lil Freckles, Conor O'Malley, and more @ Aviv
Tonight's new-ish Greenpoint venue Aviv's first-ever comedy show, and also includes a full set from local indie/punk band Shellshag.

Com Truise, Lord RAJA @ Verboten
The early show at Verboten tonight (7 PM) is headlined by '80s-inspired producer Com Truise.

Matthew Dear, Mike Dehnert, Kyle Hall, Dino G @ Verboten
This is Matthew Dear's "Subversions" party, which features "trippy decor, visuals and wild costumes." It's also his birthday.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday. This year it takes place at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Michael Hurley, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and more.

NEW YORK'S ALRIGHT
NYC multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright runs from today through Sunday. Of particular note is cult '80s UK deathrock band Part 1, who play their first NYC show ever tonight. Here's tonight's shows...

Kromosom, Blazing Eye, L.O.T.I.O.N., Pure Disgust, Sadist, Ajax @ Le Poisson Rouge
Interismo, Aspects of War, Mommy, Special Guest @ The Acheron
Part 1, Rule of Thirds, Survival, Aube, Cheena @ Saint Vitus

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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April 16, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr / The Gotobeds / Grooms @ The Wick 4/15/2015
Protomartyr
The Gotobeds
Grooms

Protomartyr and The Gotobeds' tour hit NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Wick. Protomartyr's set was about half new material, including new single "Blues Festival" which sounded great live. The band laid down tracks for their third album which will hopefully be out later this year. They were really, really loud and between that and The Wick's boomy acoustics, some of Protomartyr's dynamics got lost in the din, but still a really good set.

The Gotobeds, who played The Wick back in November opening for Sleaford Mods, put on the most fun set of the night, and frontman Eli Kasan cracked cynical jokes in between songs. "We've got the German edition of our album over there. There's a different track from the US edition and only 300 were made, so be sure to pick one up for your good friend Discogs or Ebay." It was a longer set than we got back in November, with a bunch of favorites from Poor People Are Revolting (was happy they played the very Fall-esque "Fucking Machine") and a few new ones too that may show up on their first album for Sub Pop.

The Wick's echo-iness definitely hurt openers Grooms, who were great at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in February. The artiest and most effects-driven band on the bill, they sounded blurry, and Steve Levine's drumming all but gone in the mix, unfortunately. Hopefully they won't have the same problems at The Bell House on May 8 when they play with Beauty Pill and The Flag (tickets).

In other news, The Wick is looking more like a proper venue now, with an elevated mixing board and cool-looking hanging light installation in the main performance space. I am told that The Wick's bathrooms will be finished soon, so you'll only have to travel over to The Well for a larger beer selection.

The Protobeds tour hits DC tonight at U Street Music Hall with Priests opening. That's a great lineup, so if you're in our nation's capital, go see that show. More pics from The Wick below....

Continue reading "Protomartyr, The Gotobeds & Grooms played The Wick (pics)"

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Rose Windows' new self-titled album will be out May 4. Unfortunately, the Seattle psych band broke up last month, as they announced on their Facebook:

Sometimes in life we come across pure beauty - an experience that moves us towards a sense of hope; a complete respect for the purity and love that life can offer. It's an experience of this nature that pushes us to create and make the most of what we feel we can offer and share with others. But sometimes it's not enough. As hard as we try, the creation and experience are meant to end. So sometimes we have to let go. Sometimes we have to learn to walk away instead of holding on. We've held on for a long while but the time has come for release. Rose Windows will no longer be moving forward. For the health of the band and the health of each individual member we have to let go. Although this might seem abrupt know that this does not come easy for any of us. We are all heart broken; we are all grieving. But still we have to let go. The music we've created will always be close to us and remind us of all the beauty and love the world has to offer. We only hope that it will continue to do the same for all of you.

We love you all.

Well that's a bummer. Sub Pop band Obits also recently called it quits. Meanwhile, you listen to Rose Windows' "Stripmall Babylon" and "Glory Glory" from the new album album below.

Rose Windows were due to play Sasquatch Fest and Levitation Austin, but those appearances aren't happening now.

Continue reading "Rose Windows broke up but new album coming on Sub Pop in May (stream two tracks)"

Brokeback in 2013 (photo by Jim Newberry)
Brokeback

Long-running Chicago post-rock band Brokeback (led by Douglas McCombs of Tortoise and Eleventh Dream Day) are on tour now with Come/Codeine guitarist Chris Brokaw (who's opening for them and playing in the band). That tour comes to NYC on Friday (4/17) at Trans-Pecos also with Holy Sons, the project of Emil Amos (Om, Grails), who played NYC earlier this week too. Tickets for Friday's show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Doug McCombs and Chris Brokaw also collaborated in the band Pullman, who released Turnstyles and Junkpiles in 1998 and Viewfinder in 2001. Those albums have been out of print for over a decade, but Thrill Jockey is reissuing them on Saturday (4/18) for Record Store Day.

Stream a Pullman song, with Holy Sons' cover of Black Flag's "Breakdown On the Beach," and the list of Brokeback dates, below...

Continue reading "Brokeback on tour with Chris Brokaw, playing NYC with Holy Sons; Pullman reissuing albums on RSD"

photo: Cancer Bats at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cancer Bats

Canadian hardcore band Cancer Bats, who crushed at our SXSW party last month, are among the final additions to Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival happening May 16 & 17. Tickets are still on sale. Check out the rest of the new additions below, and the rest of the lineup here.

Cancer Bats and Pennywise were also both just announced as support on the upcoming Danzig tour, which hits Texas, Vegas, Vancouver and other cities this July. Unfortunately no East Coast shows. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Danzig's former Misfits bandmate Doyle will play the East Coast on his tour that's going on as we speak. After two more shows opening for Mushroomhead this week, Doyle heads out on a headlining run that wraps up in Brooklyn on May 3 at Saint Vitus. That show is also with Heavygrinder and Blackest. Tickets are on sale now. All Doyle dates are listed below.

Misfits without Danzig or Doyle are playing Earth A.D. in full this year.

Continue reading "Cancer Bats added to Skate & Surf, announce tour w/ Danzig; Doyle touring too (dates)"

D'Angelo

Neo-soul great D'Angelo still hasn't gone on a North American tour in support of his very well-received Black Messiah album, but luckily we keep getting chances to see him in NYC. He played The Apollo in February, Best Buy Theater in March, and now he announced yet another show here.

A week after his late night Bonnaroo set with Slayer, Tycho and more, D'Angelo will team up with blues rocker Gary Clark Jr to play Forest Hills Stadium on June 21. Tickets for that show go on sale April 24 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.

All known dates are listed below...

Continue reading "D'Angelo playing shows, including Forest Hills Stadium with Gary Clark Jr (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015
Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015

The band opened with little fanfare but tons of energy on the jagged rocker "Price Tag," the danceable power popper "Fangless," both from No Cities to Love, and crowd-pleasing new waver "Oh!" The cuts showcased not only the band's way with uncommon hooks, but also the combustible chemistry between the clashing guitars and vocals of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein and powerhouse drums of Janet Weiss. "This is one of our favorite cities and we're so excited to be playing Austin City Limits," noted Tucker in a rare between-song comment, before the band launched into "What's Mine is Yours," a sprightly rocker that detoured into grinding guitar noise. Following that avant interlude, Sleater-Kinney eschewed respites and simply rocked out for another hour, hitting tracks from nearly every LP they've released. The band ripped through the bouncing power pop of "Get Up" and "Words and Guitar," urgent punk of "Light Rail Coyote" and the ironically titled "No Anthems" and the bristling rock & roll of "Bury Our Friends" and "Start Together." With a one-two punch of the excessively melodic "Entertain" and "Jumpers," both from the band's masterpiece The Woods, Sleater-Kinney brought the main set to a close. -[ACL]
Sleater-Kinney, who toured through NYC back in February, are currently in Texas and last night taped a episode of long-running PBS series Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater. Their entire 22-song set, like all ACL tapings now, was streamed live via ACL's YouTube channel and the edited show will air this fall. While you wait for that, check out photos and setlist from the taping in this post.

In sad news, Austin City Limits founder Bill Arhos died last weekend at age 80. After paying his respects to Bill, ACL executive producer Terry Lickona reminded the packed Moody Theater that the show must go on. He'll be missed.

The tour rolls on for Sleater-Kinney, who play Dallas tonight (4/16) and then return to Austin on Friday (4/17) to play Stubb's with THEESatisfacation. All dates are listed under the pictures below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney taped an episode of 'Austin City Limits' (pics, setlist ++ updated tour dates) ++ Rest in Peace Bill Arhos"

photo: Alabama Shakes at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Shakes

Alabama Shakes are a few days away from releasing their Blake Mills-produced sophomore album, Sound & Color, on ATO, and they're now streaming it in full at NPR. Check it out.

The Shakes also have tour dates, including the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling festival, upstate NY jam fest Mountain Jam, and newly-added dates with labelmates Drive-By Truckers.

The run with DBT hits NYC on September 19 at Forest Hills Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale April 25 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a song from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes streaming new album, announce short tour with Drive-By Truckers (dates)"

Van

The duets album is often a stroke session that involves a minimum of thought -- but not for Van Morrison. Duets is as cantankerous and eccentric as any of the man's other projects. Rather than just bring in a few glossy names to decorate his greatest hits, he digs up deep cuts from mostly overlooked albums. (You won't find anything from Moondance or Astral Weeks here.) And his partners range from grizzled vets -- Steve Winwood, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal -- to surprise guests like Natalie Cole, Mark Knopfler and Michael Bublé. Even if the artists probably figured they were signing on for "Into the Mystic" or "Tupelo Honey" karaoke, they rise to the Van challenge, helping him rescue songs that only die-hards know. [Rolling Stone]
Music legend Van Morrison's new album Duets: Re-working The Catalogue is out now, and he'll be doing a good amount of touring this year in support of it.

The tour includes a NYC show with Duets collaborator Taj Mahal happening June 19 at Forest Hills Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale April 25 at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Tuesday (4/21) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a video of Van and Taj, below...

Continue reading "Van Morrison released a duets album, touring, playing Forest Hills w/ Taj Mahal (dates)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Magma
Magma

"Don't even try to understand the lyrics," Mr. Vander told the audience on Monday night at Le Poisson Rouge, where Magma finished the United States part of an international tour. "It comes from the heart and the beat."

True to prog-rock custom, Magma's set featured suites, not songs. It played long excerpts from three of its albums: "Köhntarkösz" from 1974, "Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh (M.D.K.)" from 1973 and "Slag Tanz" from 2015; its encore was "Zombies (Ghost Dance)," a song from its 1976 album "Udu Wudu." The pieces were more consistent than their chronological spread might suggest, partly because Magma was never exactly trendy and partly because Mr. Vander's initial template for the band was so broad. That template was certainly of its time. Magma's music glances toward the jazz-rock of Weather Report and Return to Forever and toward the 20th-century classical repertory that informed Yes, Frank Zappa and Genesis. [NY Times]

French prog legends Magma recently wrapped up a North American tour at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on 4/13. As the review above points out, they only played four songs (or suites, technically), but the very intense show lasted two full hours. Pictures are in this and post and continue below...

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