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August 27, 2015

Fat Demarco

Fat White Family apparently aren't fans of fellow indie rocker Mac DeMarco, as they made clear in a short Facebook post yesterday. They cited a video of Mac playing "Still Together" at Pitchfork, saying "jest or not, it is a crime" and then adding:

"not only does this song sound exactly like the lion sleeps tonight but it also contains the lyrical gem " its easy love, fits like a glove, from up above... together" .... he should be contemplating his crimes in a windowless cell in the Hague... god is on our side.
Hopefully Mac doesn't give in to their demands, and hopefully they don't make good on their promise.

Fat White Family and Mac, who both played Austin's Levitation fest earlier this year, will also both play UK fest End of the Road in September. Maybe they can hug it out there. For Mac, that fest is one date on a huge world tour that includes sold out shows at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on October 11 and at the Troc in Philly on October 12. Tickets are still available for his October 10th show with Alex Calder at the Cap though, for those who don't want him to stop making music and who missed him at his four recent NYC shows. All of his dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family will join Isis if Mac DeMarco doesn't retire"

by Bill Pearis

Destroyer Times Square video

Destroyer's "Times Square," the centerpiece track to new album Poison Season, has now been turned into a charmingly weird music video. Director Shayne Ehman says the video started with an ill-fated trip to New York. "We ended up just wandering around New York til 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really," which then put them on a different track. "I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those 'forces of nature in love...' which seem to rule the song. I let the sun do its thing and let the earth do it's thing and watched time unfold. I watched the clouds unfold and unpack and packup. I was at their mercy, completely."

There's the briefest of shots from the NYC tourist mecca, but most of the video takes place in the forrest where magical woodland beings smoke dope from a saxaphone, lick mushrooms and get weird. Also: a little Dan Bejar lip-synching. Watch it below.

Catch Destroyer on tour this fall. Tickets are still available for the NYC show at Webster Hall on October 4.

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Heems at Baby's All Right, 8/25/2015 (photo via @jcohen008)

Would you like to see a sitcom about Heems? It may happen:

When someone asked if this was for real he replied "yes for real. Gotta write the pilot now and pitch networks but fox on board to produce." Heems is a funny guy, and if there could be a show about the "Shit My Dad Says" twitter account, why not this?. Watch his video for "Damn Girl" (from this year's Eat Pray Thug) below.

Heems just played Baby's All Right on Tuesday. Anyone go to that show?

Continue reading "Heems is developing sitcom about his life (20th Century Fox bought the rights)"

Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal (aka Jesse "The Devil" Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme) have just released a video for their new single "Complexity," from the forthcoming Zipper Down album. Shot in stark black and white, with Jesse and Josh in turtlenecks and glasses, if you had the volume down you might think it was a Kraftwerk video. But Ralf and Florian never made garagey party rockers like this. Watch it below.

EODM play Riot Fest Denver this weekend. BrooklynVegan will be there too, so stay tuned for coverage. Their tour brings them to Brooklyn's Saint Vitus in September which is sold out.

Continue reading "Eagles of Death Metal share "Complexity" video"

Tyler the creator
photo: Tyler @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)

In Odd Future/Tyler, the Creator manager Christian Clancy's own words:

tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom. the letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin - the type of lyrics he hasn't written since... highlights from the letter include that his work "encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality" and "fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.." i grew up on NWA, eminem and rage against the machine, so its hard to me to fully wrap my head this thought process and its implications.

to say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets). we rented out a movie theatre last month in London for a private showing of napoleon dynamite for his fans. literally last month.

more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth. what i do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up? since the letter acknowledged he was writing from an alter ego perspective does this then apply to book writers? the fact that he has evolved into someone who has acknowledged and grown out of that is simply lost in the narrative. is he not worthy of the pat on the back for becoming aware and making changes? what message does that send? is race a conscious or subconscious factor at all?

theres a lot to absorb and understand, but while he gets painted as some sort of anti christ i want to make sure people know the facts, which are that he hasn't delved into those lyrics in years - he writes songs about cars and spreading your wings. he doesn't drink or smoke, he owns his own businesses, he takes care of his family and friends, he's honest, grateful, aware, fearless, intelligent, and inspiring. his shows serve as a release, not acts of aggression.

is he perfect? absolutely not. he's a human evolving like the rest of us, and evolution is a process, not a light switch.

im not defending his OLD lyrics. to be honest they make me cringe, but i stand beside him because of who he actually IS. our 8 year old daughter, who is constantly inspired by him, said it best; "why would they ban tyler? that makes no sense."

Tyler is still allowed to tour in the US though, and you can catch him across America with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Vince Staples this fall.

by Bill Pearis

Spray Paint

Austin's Spray Paint already released one record this year, Punters on a Barge, and already have a new one in the can, titled Dopers, which will be out via Monofonus on October 4. The new one was produced by Chris Woodhouse, who has twiddled knobs for most of the current garage rock glitterati (Oh Sees, Wand, Ty, etc). He brings a fuller sound (and definitely more of a bottom end) to Spray Paint's caustic sound, without softening it one iota. The pudding of proof: sneering ripper "Thrash Master" still sounds like it could strip paint. Listen below.

The band will be on tour in October including NYC for CMJ with one confirmed fest show so far: October 16 at Union Pool. The rest of that show's lineup and ticket info are still TBA. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Spray Paint releasing 'Dopers' in October, share "Thrash Master," touring this fall, playing NYC during CMJ"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Zombi at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

We knew experimental duo Zombi would be playing this year's Housecore Horror Festival, and now they announced a tour with their Relapse labelmates Pinkish Black leading up to it. The tour hits NYC on November 11 at Saint Vitus. Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

Both bands will have new albums out on Relapse before then. Zombi's Shape Shift arrives on October 16 and is prefaced with two synth workouts, "Pillars of the Dawn" and "Mission Creep," and Pinkish Black's Bottom Of The Morning drops on 10/30. Going by eerie lead single "Brown Rainbow," it should be a good one to get the day before Halloween. Check out those songs below.

And actually, Relapse is putting out a second related release by both bands on each album's respective release date. Zombi's Steve Moore is releasing his score to Belgian horror film Cub and pre-Pinkish Black band The Great Tyrant is releasing The Trouble With Being Born.

Continue reading "Zombi & Pinkish Black releasing new albums, touring together"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Uncle Acid at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Uncle Acid

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats' new album The Night Creeper comes out next week (9/4) via Rise Above (pre-order). We already posted the single "Waiting for Blood" and now we've got the premiere of the video for another single, "Melody Lane." It's been said before that Uncle Acid sometimes bring a Beatles influence to their trad-doom sound, and the Lennon-esque vocals on this one back that claim up pretty strongly. They recorded the album with engineer Liam Watson who's also worked with Electric Wizard and Tame Impala, and "Melody Lane" sounds like what might happen if you morphed those two bands into one. Check it out below.

The band's tour with Ruby the Hatchet and Ecstatic Vision hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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

Continue reading "Uncle Acid made a video for new single "Melody Lane" + tour with Ruby the Hatchet & Ecstatic Vision starts soon"

photo: Beach House @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenebaum)

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

Beach House, Romantic States @ Baby's All Right
Baltimore's Beach House celebrates their new album Depression Cherry with this just-announced intimate show. Good luck getting tickets (they're on sale at noon) but for those who do get them it's likely to be a special night.

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Chrome Sparks (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
You've seen him wow arenas full of fans as frontman for Arcade Fire; tonight you can see Win Butler spin tunes on his laptop as DJ Windows 98.

Tei Shi, Newtown Radio DJs @ MoMA
The final installment of the 2015 MoMA Nights series, you can catch Brooklyn-based (by way of Canada and Argentina) artist Tei Shi tonight in the museum's sculpture garden. Free with museum entry.

Phuture, DJ Pierre, Turtle Bugg @ Output
With their squelching, 303-fueled track "In Your Mind," Chicago's Phuture basically invented acid house. Having played NYC for the first time ever earlier this year, they're back in town tonight.

The Good Life, Big Harp, Anna McClellan @ Bowery Ballroom
Cursive's Tim Kasher also fronts The Good Life, and this month they put out Everybody's Coming Down, their first album in eight years. They're on tour supporting it now, and hitting NYC tonight.

Earth, Holy Suns @ Saint Vitus
Masters of drone metal Earth are on tour now with Emil Amos' band Holy Sons. They played LPR last night, and tonight they wrap up their NYC run at Saint Vitus. Sold out.

Sean Price memorial show @ SOB's
Influential and beloved MC Sean Price stayed true to his '90s roots for his entire career, keeping that sound alive as recently as this month's Songs in the Key of Price mixtape. Sadly, he passed away at the too-young age of 43 this month, and this show will honor him.

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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August 26, 2015

Neil Fest

The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here's the full list of announced performers:

Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of Laredo
Tickets for Neil Fest go on "friends and family" presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.

Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N' Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Neil Fest happening in NYC w/ Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Body/Head, Brian Fallon & more; Norah Jones touring"