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April 18, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Iron Chic
Iron Chic

Earlier this month, Long Island punks Iron Chic wrapped up their North American tour in support of last year's great The Constant One, and next week they'll cross the Atlantic to support it in Europe. Before then though, Iron Chic will squeeze in one more NYC show this weekend. They open the previously discussed World/Inferno Friendship Society show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (4/19), which also includes Philly's Bad Doctors. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Iron Chic bassist Mike Bruno's other band Crow Bait released another song from their upcoming debut album, Sliding Through the Halls of Fate, which comes out on May 20 via Don Giovanni. The new song, "The Ocean," shows the band's alt-country influences a lot more strongly than last single "83," and it can be streamed below.

All Iron Chic dates are listed, with a video of them at The Fest and the new Crow Bait song, below...

Continue reading "Iron Chic playing MHOW w/ World Inferno on Sat. before European tour; Crow Bait released a new song (dates, stream)"

By Doug Moore

Godflesh at Irving Plaza on 4/10 (more by Greg Cristman)

You've already stopped caring about work for the day. Might as well start sorting out your riff-centric weekend bands. HLD time! Let's knock out the news first.

Noted music writer and general good dude Hank Shteamer is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that intends to reissue a box set of out-of-print albums by the great '90s post-hardcore band Craw. The campaign has four days left and is a ways off from its goal. Pledge here if weird and smart are prereqs for your heavy music library.

Norwegian black metal stalwarts 1349 and NYC sludge supergroup Serpentine Path have both debuted singles from their upcoming albums. Get a piece below.

Local black metal mainstays Mutilation Rites have announced that their new album, entitled Harbinger, will be out this summer via Prosthetic. Antagonistic Floridian tech-grind crew Maruta have also announced plans to record a new album over the summer; Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer will track drums and mix the final product. Maruta will also tour the East Coast around their MDF appearance in May, including a previously-mentioned NYC appearance on May 21 at Saint Vitus alongside Cripple Bastards. The full run of dates are below.

While we're at it, Lord Mantis and Hell Militia have announced a brief tour around their respective Martyrdoom Fest appearances here in NYC in early June. Those dates are below as well.

The Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies local showcase series has announced its next installment, again at Trans Pecos. This one's a doozy: Ocrilim (AKA Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, and Nebadon on April 26 (next Saturday). No presale tix -- $10 at the door.

As for this weekend...

Tonight (4/18): This year's edition of New York's Alright is in full swing, with Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog, and Mercenary blowing up Le Poisson Rouge (tix). Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects of War, and Life Chain are playing an aftershow at the Acheron that opens its doors at 10pm, but there are no presale tix available. Master are bringing their tour to Saint Vitus, with local support from Insatanity, Fist Hammer, Nervo Chaos, Hate Storm Annihilation, and Netherion (tix). If you wanna get even more old-school than that, you can catch Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp for an evening of clean solos and cleaner vocals at Best Buy Theater (tix).

Tomorrow (4/19): New York's Alright continues with Infernöh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer (tix). The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, will hit Irving Plaza, though it's sold out.

Sunday (4/20): The entire Metal Alliance lineup sans Behemoth -- that's Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate -- are playing an off-night show at Saint Vitus (tix). Nile are playing a surprisingly under-the-radar show at Stage 48 with Winter Nights, Imperial Crypt, and Sunlord (tix). Somehow, no noteworthy stoner sludge or Christian metal shows were booked for this date.

For more options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

Over on Invisible Oranges: we checked out new music by Wrong and Graves at Sea. We chatted with notable metal (and non-metal!) illustrator Randy Ortiz about his craft, and we straight-up chilled with Godflesh at their NYC show for our East Village Radio show -- don't forget to tune in next week at 10pm EST. And, as ever, we ran down all the metal fit to buy.

What'd I miss?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: 1349, Serpentine Path, Mutilation Rites, Maruta, Lord Mantis, weekend shows & more"

by Bill Pearis

Gold-Bears

Atlanta band Gold-Bears will be back with their second album, Dalliance, on June 3 via Slumberland. With big catchy choruses, the band's rowdy indiepop fits nicely alongside Superchunk or The Wedding Present (who have a song called "Dalliance," that they are probably familiar with). You can stream first single "For You" below.

Gold-Bears are also touring this year. As mentioned, they play the 2014 edition of NYC Popfest (their second visit), where they'll be part of the all-day Sunday show at Littlefield on June 1 that also features The Hidden Cameras, The Spook School, Colour Me Wednesday, Heathers, Pam & Bart, and Marine Life. Tickets to that are on sale, as are four-day Popfest passes. Gold-Bears will also play Bushwick's Shea Stadium on June 3 with the rest of the line up TBA.

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

Continue reading "Gold-Bears ready second LP for Slumberland (stream a track), playing Shea Stadium after NYC Popfest ++ other dates "

by Doug Moore

Stephen O'Malley (1/3 of Nazoranai) at Big Ears Fest (more by Joshua Ford)

Its pure improvisation, I'm going to try and avoid as many clichés as I can here, in talking about improvisation. That's the whole thing though, its not a cliché, the idea is that I don't know what the idea is. The idea is in the present, so everything that happens is happening right then, and will probably never be repeated. Even stylistic tendencies, I've noticed, have been completely different every time we play together...It's an interesting exercise in patience, in trance, in timbre and in alertness as a player.

[Stephen O'Malley on Nazoranai]

As briefly mentioned in our Stephen O'Malley interview post (quoted above), Nazoranai -- a perplexing improvisational trio that features the prolific and influential Japanese experimental musician Keiji Haino, SunnO))) / Khanate guitarist Stephen O'Malley, and Australian multi-instrumentalist / occasional SunnO))) contributor Oren Ambarchi -- will be embarking on a brief North American tour in May, which will include a NYC stop at The Wick on May 21. Tickets for that show are available now.

A few days later, O'Malley and Ambarchi will play a duo show as part of the NYC edition of Tectonics Festival. This reprisal of a May 2013 Tectonics Glasgow performance will go down on 5/23 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. No advance tickets, $20 at the door. Full Tectonics schedule here.

All of O'Malley's dates (including a few solo appearances) are listed below...

Continue reading "Nazoranai touring North America; Stephen O'Malley and Oren Ambarchi playing a duo set at NY's Tectonics Fest (dates)"

Listening to a piece by Hauschka can be deceiving: What sounds like an ensemble of musicians and instruments is just one man, performing at one piano. His real name is Volker Bertelmann, and he hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, where he works with his "prepared piano." He wrests disruptive sounds from the instrument's 88 keys by outfitting the strings or mallets with objects such as ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and leather.

[...] "They create a whole carpet of sounds underneath the tones that the hammers create," Hauschka tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "What I like about it is that there is something going on without my control." [NPR]

German pianist/composer Hauschka released his newest album, Abandoned City, earlier this year via Temporary Residence Ltd./City Slang, and tonight (4/18) he begins his North American tour in support of it. Hauschka's roots are in techno, but for this project he utilizes prepared pianos, a concept made famous by John Cage and others, though Hauschka claims he wasn't familiar with Cage when he first came up with the idea to do so. (As Sonic Youth fans may know, it's also something you can do with a guitar.)

Hauschka and his prepared piano will hit NYC on this tour on April 25 at Joe's Pub, and after a European run, he'll return for another show on May 27 at Glasslands. The Joe's Pub show is sold out, but tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video of "Elizabeth Bay" from the new album and a stream of another LP track, below...

Continue reading "Hauschka released an LP, touring North America (dates, video)"

Ben Watt & Bernard Butler (via Ben's Facebook)
Ben Watt

Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt had to postpone his NYC and LA shows due to visa issues but those shows -- his first-ever solo headlining in the U.S. -- have been rescheduled. He's now playing two nights at NYC's Joe's Pub on June 11 & 12 and tickets are on sale now. Right after that, he'll jet to LA to play The Echoplex on June 13. Like before, he'll be accompanied at those shows by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

Meanwhile, Ben's new solo album, Hendra, is out April 29 but you can stream the whole thing (via The Guardian) below...

Continue reading "Ben Watt streaming new album, 'Hendra' (listen), reschedules NYC & LA dates for June, now playing two nights at Joe's Pub"

Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

Coachella 2014 wrapped up its first weekend this past Sunday, and the second weekend is underway as we speak (set times). If you're not in California braving the desert, you can stream many of the sets starting today (4/18) at 9 PM EST.

Last week's stream was hosted on Coachella's YouTube channel, but this week's will be air on television on the AXS TV channel. Sets that will stream today include Haim, Neko Case, Broken Bells, Kate Nash and more.

Sets that stream on Saturday include Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Future Islands, MGMT, Fatboy Slim and more; and on Sunday, they'll air Beck, Arcade Fire, Muse (from Saturday), Fishbone, Daughter, Pet Shop Boys (from Saturday), and more. Each day's stream will also re-air the following day at 2 PM EST.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Coachella coverage, check out day 1 pictures, day 2 pictures, and day 3 pictures of weekend 1.

photos by Debi Del Grande;

Mac DeMarco / FIDLAR / together PANGEA / White Fang
Burgerama III - Santa Ana
Burgerama III - Santa Ana
Burgerama III - Santa Ana
Burgerama III - Santa Ana

On Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco was preparing for his set in the green room when we caught up with him. "I used to think Burger was just garage, but it's more 'anything goes' nowadays," said DeMarco. His set on the main stage bounced between funky guitars that shimmered and dipped low during a spaced-out rendition of "Ode to Viceroy," where DeMarco celebrated his favorite brand of cigarettes through song...

..."I just want to get really high, smoke weed until I die," sang [FIDLAR singer Zac] Carper, who banged up his knees pretty badly early in the set. The letters for FIDLAR appeared above the stage in flaming letters that resembled the Vegas skyline on the Fourth of July, while the band scared the shit out of everyone by tossing small firecrackers into a puddle of water and beer that covered the stage - which at times, looked like it was ready to go up in flames. At points, the entire surrounding area smelled like gun powder, cheap beer, and weed. - [LA Weekly]
In addition to Georgia soul singer Curtis Harding, the second day (3/23) of Burgerama III in Santa Ana, CA featured a lot of wild, widely diverse sets -- FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, metal band Sleep, together PANGEA, White Fang and more all wound up the party-hardy throngs of crowd-surfers. Belated pics from Burgerama III day 2 are in this post.

White Fang, meanwhile, bring their tour with fellow Burger band Denney & the Jets to Brooklyn's Glasslands on Saturday (4/19) with Hector's Pets on the bill as well. Tickets to that show are still available.

Pics from Burgerama III day 1 are HERE, and pics from Curtis Harding's day 2 set are HERE. More from day 2 below...

Continue reading "FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, together PANGEA, White Fang, Sleep and more @ Burgerama III day 2 (belated pics)"

photos by Debi Del Grande; words by Bill Pearis

Curtis Harding @ Burgerama III, 3/23/2013
Burgerama III - Santa Ana

Atlanta's Curtis Harding played one of my favorite sets I saw during SXSW where his "magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one." The guy's the real deal. Harding will release his debut album, Soul Power, on May 6 via Burger Records. You can check out the video for horn-fueled first single "Keep on Shining" below.

Right after SXSW, Curtis headed to Santa Ana, CA for Burgerama III where he played day 2 (3/23). A belated set of pictures from his set there are in this post. The rest of the day 2 pics are here, and day 1 pics are here.

More of those pics, plus the video, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Curtis Harding releasing 'Soul Power' on Burger Records ++ belated pics from Burgerama III"

by Andrew Sacher

La Peste

While any English punk band worth two shits could get a label deal in the heyday of punk, a lot of American groups were on their own. Had La Peste done a proper LP circa '77/'78 with the backing of a decent label, surely it would have been on a par with the all-time punk classics of the era. They were that good - a scorching powerhouse of a band with the songs to back it all up. As it is, their patched-together debut album belongs in the record collection of anyone who professes to enjoy punk rock. [Faster and Louder]
Boston punks La Peste's only official release during their brief career was the 1978 single "Better Off Dead" b/w "Black." If you're unfamiliar, fans of '70s punk will find this right up their alley, but it also sounds like it could've come from any of today's garage punk bands as well. "Better Off Dead" is as good an example of '70s American punk as any, but the b-side, "Black," is sleazy psychedelia that sounds informed by the sludgier moments of The Stooges before them, but also predicts much of the underground rock of the decade that followed.

The songs have been out there over the years, but Wharf Cat Records (home to a similarly-minded newer band, The Ukiah Drag) is giving the 7" a reissue on Record Store Day, aka this Saturday, 4/19 (pre-order). Both tracks have been remastered (and sound noticeably nicer than the versions floating around on YouTube), and the release comes with an insert with a writeup by Mission of Burma's Roger Miller. The remastered b-side premieres in this post, and you can stream it, along with the a-side, below...

Continue reading "'70s Boston punks La Peste reissuing 7" on RSD (stream it)"