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September 25, 2014

Oozing Wound

Sludgy thrashers Oozing Wound are releasing their sophomore album, Earth Suck, on October 21 via Thrill Jockey, and while no songs have been released from that yet they did put out the ripping "Drug Reference" as an Adult Swim single earlier this year and you can stream that below.

Oozing Would will also be kicking off a tour a few days after the new LP drops, and they'll come to NYC for a two-night stand at the soon-to-close Death by Audio around Halloween. First they play 10/30 with Child Abuse and then play the venue's Halloween Haunted House Party on the 31st with more TBA.

All dates are listed, with the "Drug Reference" stream, below...

Continue reading "Oozing Wound releasing a new LP, touring, playing Death by Audio's Halloween Haunted House Party (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Happy Diving

California's Happy Diving make sludgy, punky rock that suggests they've probably listened to a few Dinosaur Jr or Torche records in their time. They put out an EP on Father/Daughter earlier this year, and now they're following it with their first full length, Big World, on November 4 via the same label (physical and digital pre-orders). It was produced by Deafheaven/Joyce Manor producer and ex-Comadre/current Everybody Row member Jack Shirley, who pretty much always puts the right touch on bands looking to get a raw but powerful and audible sound. Its new single, "Space Ooze," premieres in this post.

Listen, with their list of dates (all in California, including a release show which is also a stop of the Big Ups / LVL UP tour), below...

Continue reading "Happy Diving releasing debut LP 'Big World' (song stream)"

by Bill Pearis

LA Witch

With a name that almost sounds like it was chosen on purpose to enrage certain people, trio L.A. Witch are indeed from Los Angeles, and sport a dark bluesy sound that recalls a pitch-black Widowspeak or, yes, BRMC or J-A-U-know-what. But the band's music is also heavy on smoky attitude which you 100% need with this kind of thing. Check out the band's self-titled EP from this year and a few earlier tracks below.

L.A. Witch will be in NYC next month for CMJ and have so far lined up three shows, all in Williamsburg: Trash Bar on October 21 with Prehab, Nox Boys, Vomitface, Ghxst, Dear Boy, and The Chloes; the Beyond Beyond is Beyond showcase at Union Pool on October 22 with Guy Blakeslee, Prince Rupert's Drops, The Paperhead, and Worthless plus visuals by Drippy Eye Projections (tickets); and the unofficial Burger Records CMJ showcase at Death by Audio on October 23 with White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, Las Rosas, and John Wesley Coleman.

The band are also playing Burger Records' Beach Goth 2014 fest at Santa Ana, CA's Observatory on October 25 with The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr and many many more. All dates are listed, along with streams and CMJ flyers, below...

Continue reading "L.A. Witch released EP, playing CMJ including Burger Records party at Death by Audio w/ Meatbodies & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Emperor X

Emperor X (aka Chad R. Matheny) has been putting out albums since the late '90s of lo-fi, semi-electronic, semi-folky songwriting, his most recent being this year's The Orlando Sentinel. He's now made a video for one of the new album's songs, "At a Rave with Nicolas Sarkozy" (with Portuguese videographer Augusto Lima), which premieres in this post. The video was shot in Berlin (where the Florida-born songwriter now lives), and the unusual effects it's got are because it was "shot backwards and edited to match the song in post-production, all action was recorded to a reversed soundtrack and re-rendered false-forward." You can check it out below.

Emperor X still has more US dates TBA, but we know he'll be in NYC for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' on December 21 at Webster Hall with The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine, Craig Finn, The So So Glos, Big Ups, Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn magician Magic Mike and more. If you didn't get tickets in the BrooklynVegan presale, you'll have another chance in the general on-sale which begins on Friday (9/26) at 10 AM.

Video and a stream of the new LP below...

Continue reading "Emperor X released 'The Orlando Sentinel,' made a video for "At a Rave with Nicolas Sarkozy" (watch)"

As mentioned, Mark Lanegan is set to release his new solo album, Phantom Radio, on October 21. Where first single "Floor Of The Ocean" was decidedly synthy, the second-released track from the album, "Harvest Home," sounds a little more like what we associate with the onetime Screaming Trees frontman with: tremolo'd guitar in a minor key that goes well with lines like "Black is a color, black is my name." The song makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

Mark will be in NYC when his tour hits The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 8. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Mark Lanegan releases second song from new LP (stream it)"

Faust at MHOW in 2009 (more by Greg Cristman)
Faust

German krautrock legends Faust are set to follow 2011's Something Dirty with a new album, j US t (pronounced "just us"), on November 28 via Bureau B. They've put out snippets of three tracks from the LP, which you can hear, along with the tracklist and their list of European dates, below...

Continue reading "Faust releasing a new album (stream a few clips)"

King Dude @ Best Buy Theatre in May (more by Chris La Putt)
King Dude

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

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.

Caetano Veloso @ BAM
Singer/composer/guitarist/writer/political activist Caetano Veloso has been influential for nearly 50 years. For these shows, part of the Nonesuch Records at BAM celebration, he'll perform original songs from his most recent album, the Latin Grammy Award-winning Abraçaço. 

Iasos @ Body Actualized Center
New age icon Iasos recently had a new compilation released through esteemed reissue label The Numero Group. Tonight he's holding a workshop titled "Using Sound for Light-Body-Activation & Healing."

My Brightest Diamond, Doe Paoro @ Bowery Ballroom
My Brightest Diamond continues to expand her sonic palette on this year's This Is My Hand (which came out last week via Asthmatic Kitty). It's the arty chamber pop we've come to expect from MBD but she does it without repeating herself.

Final Bloom, Sapphire Mansions, The New Lines, Dick Diver @ Cake Shop
Where some of the Australia's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. Tonight's show is high-quality start-to-finish, with the Felt-esque Sapphire Mansions, The New Lines' baroque psychedelia and electro-punks Final Bloom.

Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, Froth, Corners, Wyatt Blair, Sunflower Bean @ Death By Audio
LA's Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel may be a new band, but their organ-driven psych rock sounds straight of 1967, recalling bands like Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Doors and doing that sound well.

Teleman, The Jaguar Club @ Mercury Lounge
Teleman, the band formed from the ashes of Pete & the Pirates, released their debut album earlier this year. Frontman Thomas Sanders hasn't really changed his MO, still writing memorable pop melodies and clever arrangements around them. This is their first US show, and they play Glasslands on Friday.

Antibalas, Hellbent @ Le Poisson Rouge
If you've ever wanted to hear Afrobeat versions of John Lurie's music, that's what you're getting tonight -- in fact, that does sound kinda cool.

EDJ, The Loom, Folding Legs @ Mercury Lounge
Fruit Bats may be no more, but main songwriter Eric D. Johnson has now struck out on his own as EDJ and his self-titled debut (out now) more or less picks up where Fruit Bats left off.

Lindstrom, House of House, JDH & Dave P, Dennis Kane (Panther Room), Darshan Jesrani (Panther Room) @ Output
Having been a dance music force for over 10 years, Norway's Lindstrom recently collaborated with Todd Terje and most just released the infections "Games for Girls" single with Say Lou Lou. Tonight's a DJ set.

King Dude, Dreadlords, Destroying Angel @ Rough Trade
King Dude's country croon is classic sounding, but he uses it to create genuinely dark stuff. Americana Gothic? Pretty close.

Earth, Cult of Youth, Dream Police @ Saint Vitus
Drone metal masters Earth play their second Saint Vitus show of the week tonight, and it's a good bill all around with dark folk/post-punk project Cult of Youth and The Men-related Dream Police.

Slow Magic, Kodak to Graph @ Santos Party House
Enigmatic artist Slow Magic was one our pleasant discoveries at CMJ 2012. We caught him at a day party set at Pianos and his laptop-and-drum setup (while wearing a big mask) was more alluring that we expected. His recorded music is pretty enticing too, especially if you still have a place in your heart for the genre formerly known as chillwave.

Cro-Mags/Bad Brains members, Subzero, The Wilding Incident @ Bowery Electric
Members of Cro-Mags and the Bad Brains are teaming up for this show which benefits The Children's Tumor Foundation to perform Bad Brains songs (like they did at AfroPunk last month). Also on the bill is another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains).

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters @ Capitol Theatre
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's their first of three NYC-area shows, including two at BAM this weekend.

Bryce Dessner of The National, So Percussion, The JACK Quartet @ The Green Building
When Bryce Dessner's not rocking out in The National, he's also very involved in NYC's indie/classical scene, and tonight So Percussion will be performing his piece "Music for Wood and Strings" that he wrote specifically for them and which debuted at Carnegie Hall last year.

Clutch, Lionize, American Sharks @ Paramount
Stoner rock giants Clutch don't hit NYC on their current tour but tonight they'll be nearby for a Long Island show. Openers aren't too far removed in sound, so Clutch fans may dig them too.

Holy Sons, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band @ Union Pool
Holy Sons is one of the many projects of the great Emil Amos (also of Grails and Om) and he's got a new album and live lineup this year.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, L.O.T.I.O.N. @ Palisades
This whole bill's full of raw, killer punk including the organ-driven Hank Wood and the Hammerheads and the post-punky Anasazi who are always favorites.

Slaughter & The Dogs, Stalkers, 45 Adaptors, The Rats @ Grand Victory
'70s era British punks Slaughter & the Dogs have been kicking again since the '90s and tonight they're in NYC for their first of two shows here.

Turnover, Light Years, Malfunction, Bellwether, Vomitface @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Turnover's new EP Blue Dream has them taking their punky post-hardcore into new, more ambitious territories and hints that great things are to come.

Sadaf, Profligate, ccoma drome, Nick Klein @ Secret Project Robot
This whole bill is cool, but one artist we especially recommend catching is the dark electronic/industrial beatmaker Profligate.

Glenn Tillbrook, Jefferson Grizzard @ City Winery
One half of one of the best songwriting duos of the new wave era, Glenn Tillbrook will squeeze in as many of your favorites as he can.

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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September 24, 2014

UPDATE: It's at Erasmus Hall High School.

Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

Way before TV On the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vivian Girls, Grizzly Bear, DIIV, Parquet Courts, A Place to Bury Strangers and the So So Glos... before the Lordz of Brooklyn, Type O Negative, Life of Agony and Biohazard from Brooklyn, NY... before Jay-Z, B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Lil Kim, GZA, RZA, and The Beastie Boys... before Pat Benatar even, there was a musician who was proud to be from Brooklyn and who made Brooklyn proud... no, not Barbara Streisand. I'm talking about NEIL DIAMOND!

Is it possible though that Neil Diamond has NEVER actually played in Brooklyn? That's what they're saying. They're also saying that's going to change after Neil announces the location of a secret show happening this Monday in Brooklyn. The location will be announced Monday (9/29) at 8am by Neil. Doors to the show open at 5pm. Neil plays at 6. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Stay tuned.

Where do you think he's playing?

UPDATE: It's at Erasmus Hall High School.

Neil Diamond's new record "Melody Road" is out October 21. That's the cover art above. Track list and a new song and video from it, below...

Continue reading "Neil Diamond playing a secret show in Brooklyn (his first Brooklyn show ever?!?)"

Cro-Mags at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cro-Mags

NYC crossover vets Cro-Mags have a few local-ish appearances this week and next. First, members John Joseph and Mackie will team with Bad Brains members Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know to perform Bad Brains material with other special guests at Bowery Electric on Thursday (9/25) (like John and Bad Brains members did last month at Afropunk). The show is benefit for The Children's Tumor Foundation. "They send kids to camp suffering from a deadly cancer called NF." Another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains) are opening, and tickets are on sale now.

Then, this weekend Cro-Mags will team with Agnostic Front, Ignite, Sick of It All, a Pantera cover band and more at East Coast Tsunami in Reading, PA. After that, it's off to Asbury Park, NJ for a show at Asbury Lanes on October 2 with Ensign, Real Cops, White Collar Crime LLC and School Drugs (tickets on sale), and finally they'll be back home in NYC for their previously discussed Saint Vitus (10/3) show with Heavy Chains. Since we last spoke, The Wilding Incident were added to that one as well, as were Ache. Tickets for Vitus are still available.

Watch a video of John Joseph and Bad Brains at Afropunk 2014 below...

Continue reading "Cro-Mags/Bad Brains members playing cancer benefit this week; Cro-Mags playing Asbury Lanes before Saint Vitus"

The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Roots

After four years of being closed, The Rainbow Room, located on 30 Rock's 65th floor, is set to reopen next month with dining, dancing and entertainment -- all with one of the most famous views in Manhattan. As to the latter, the space is known for cabaret-type performers but will host big names in a series called First Mondays:

First Mondays will feature an intimate concert with top name entertainment from rock to opera the first Monday of each month. The following Mondays will be reserved for dinner and dancing on the revolving dance floor which overlooks New York City.
The first First Monday (October 6) will be with The Roots who'll probably be in the building already as part of The Tonight Show's house band. To go you'll need to make dinner reservations ("only be accepted at 5:30pm and 6:00pm to ensure everyone has completed eating prior to the performance which will start at 8pm") and keep in mind the Rainbow Room's pre-fix menu is "$200 per person and will vary based on entertainment. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price." Call 212.632.5000.

November's "First Mondays" show (11/3) is a little more typical Rainbow Room fare: Broadway star Christine Ebersole. There will be entertainment every Monday, though, and current Rainbow Room performance schedule is below.

Continue reading "The Rainbow Room reopening, The Roots playing first show"