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May 27, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Patrick Watson

Montreal's Patrick Watson released his newest album, Love Songs for Robots, last week (5/21) via Domino. If you haven't heard it yet, it's a lushly arranged chamber pop record that incorporates a lot of diverse sounds without seeming overstuffed with ideas. A professionally shot live video of its song "Hearts," which is part somber folk, part exotic polyrhythms, was just released. You can check that out, with an Rdio stream of the full album, below.

Patrick's tour hits NYC this Thursday (5/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Low Anthem (tickets), and he's also added many more dates including another NYC show later in the year.

He returns here to play Irving Plaza on December 11. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (pw: "musicgeeks"), and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with that video and album stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Best Friends

Sheffield, UK four-piece Best Friends have a debut album on the way via FatCat Records called Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane., which is due July 10 (pre-order). From the sounds of new single "Cold Shapes," it's poppy garage rock that's not too unlike their labelmates PAWS, though less raucous. That song premieres below. Check it out.

The band also have an upcoming UK tour but no plans to come to the US just yet. Those dates are listed below too.

Continue reading "UK rockers Best Friends on FatCat, have a new single (listen)"

Steven Wilson

The Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson is touring in support of his new album "Hand Cannot Erase." The prog rocker is traveling west across the United States, hitting many cities along the way including New York City where he'll play two nights in a row at Best Buy Theater this weekend. The second half of June is spent in Canada, and then it's mutliple runs in Europe for the rest of the year and into 2016. All dates are listed below.

The Aquarian talked to Wilson about the new album, which was inspired by the true story of Joyce Vincent. Wilson said:

I think the story, on the surface, is very shocking. This young woman dies in her apartment in north London, and her body is not discovered for over two years. Now your first reaction to that is, how on earth is this possible? The more I thought about it, the more it began to make some sort of ugly sense to me. We live in a world now where we are, on the surface, more connected than ever before--we have the internet, social networks. We live in cities surrounded by millions of people. Yet at the same time, we seem to be more disconnected than ever. That process, that contradiction in terms, is fascinating to me. The more technology seems to facilitate the connection with human beings, the more it seems to drive us apart, the more it seems to alienate us. And for me, Joyce Carol Vincent became such an incredible symbol of this. This was not the little old lady in the street with her bag full of empty bottles. This was a young, popular, professional woman, and yet she was able to completely erase herself from the consciousness of other people. And that is an extraordinary story that, to me, is somehow symbolic of life in the city in the 21st century.
The video for Hand. Cannot. Erase. track "Perfect Life", and more about the deluxe edition of the album, below...

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The Who @ Barclays Center - 5/26/15 (photo via Nikki Cummiskey)
The Who

The Who have so many classic songs, that even if you think you are sick of them, they sound amazing when an arena full of people are singing them in unison. Some examples of the massive hits played were "Who Are You," "The Kids Are Alright," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "You Better You Bet," "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "Eminence Front."

The Who didn't just play the same old boring setlist (which from my research looks like it varies a little bit for each show). They packed the set with hits, but they also played some lesser known tracks such as the mini-opera "A Quick One (While He's Away)," "Slip Kid," "Bargain," "Sparks," "Join Together," and "I'm One." [According2G]

The Who continued their 50th anniversary tour at Barclays Center last night (5/26), their first NYC stop on the tour and second in the area (they played Long Island's Nassau Coliseum last week). Like the other shows on the tour, it was filled with hits, and you can check out the full setlist and watch videos of them playing "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "The Kids Are Alright" and "I Can't Explain" below. Their tourmate Joan Jett opened, and her setlist is below too.

The Who and Joan Jett's tour has one more NYC show this week: Saturday (5/30) at Forest Hills Stadium (tickets). It returns to the area in the fall for shows at Prudential Center on 10/25 and MSG on 10/27 (tickets).

Check out our pictures from the Austin stop here. Videos and setlists from Barclays Center below...

Continue reading "The Who & Joan Jett played Barclays Center (videos, setlists); three more NYC-area shows to go"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Spoon / Fuzz / Modest Mouse / Father John Misty / Syvan Esso / Diarrhea Planet
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2

While Friday and Sunday nights are topped with EDM, Saturday belonged unequivocally and inarguably to good ol' rock and roll.

It climaxed early with a face-melting set from five-guitar band Diarrhea Planet, who brought every rock god dream to fruition: Head banging. Windmilling. Soloing behind your head. Soloing with your teeth. A dusty mosh pit kicked up in front of the stage, the wild-eyed youth unleashing their inner demons, all to the ritualistic howl of the electric guitar...

...The onslaught of guitars continued after sunset and well into the night, with veteran indie rock acts The Decemberists and Modest Mouse anchoring the main stage. The day concluded with a great set from fellow veteran band Spoon, but by that late the crowds had largely given up on guitar rock, trading it in for the synthesized sounds of ODESZA. - [Oregon Live]

Day 2 of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival, which happened Memorial Day Weekend in Gorge, WA, featured such heavy-hitters as Spoon, Modest Mouse, Decemberists, and Father John Misty, as well as Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Sylvan Esso, and greasy-haired upstarts Diarrhea Planet, King Tuff and Ty Segall's proto-metal trio, Fuzz.

Pictures from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE, and we'll have photos from the fest's final two days soon. More pics from day 2 below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2015 day 2 in pics: Spoon, Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Fuzz, Will Butler, more"

by Andrew Sacher


People of the North, the duo of Kid Millions (of Oneida) and Bobby Matador, followed 2013's Sub Contra this year with Era of Manifestations on Thrill Jockey (order yours). They've since given the video treatment to the spastic, improvisational-sounding and minute-long title track, which was animated by New York street artist Chris Uphues. That video premieres below.

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Babes In Toyland

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Babes In Toyland show at Irving Plaza go on BV presale today (5/27) at 10 AM. PASSWORD = BabesinVeganland.

If you miss out on the presale, you can try again in the general on-sale starting Friday (5/29) at noon. All tour dates here.


Earlier in May, Disclosure released new single "Bang That," and they'll have just shared a second. "Holding On," which features vocals by Gregory Porter, debuted on Annie Mac's BBC1 radio show and the group call it "the first single from our new album" and promise more details soon. Stream "Holding On" below.

Continue reading "Disclosure ready new LP, share new first single "Holding On""

METZ @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)

Torres @ Seaport, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

METZ, FIDLAR, Grooms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Toronto's METZ upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with their second album which has better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. Their tour with party boys FIDLAR is a bit odd, except that both groups turn crowds into a sweaty mess. They're alternating headline slots, with METZ headlining tonight. (FIDLAR headline's last night's Bowery show.) If you're going to this show, don't miss local openers Grooms whose new album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, is terrific.

Pat Jordache, Vesuvio Solo @ Elvis Guesthouse
Over the last three years, Pat Jordache has transformed from arty indie rock into a paranoid party band, with liquid bass, sinewy funk, and sonar dub. If you dig The Pop Group (or Mark Stewart's solo work), Japan, or classic 4AD band The Wolfgang Press, Pat Jordache is successfully mining a similar vein.

Screaming Females Q&A w/ Ted Leo & performance @ Apple Store
Screaming Females have two NYC appearances this week, this being the first. It's free, and in addition to performing, Screaming Females will give a Q&A with Ted Leo. They play NYC again tomorrow at the BV-presented 'Chris Gethard Show' premiere party.

Pixies, John Grant @ Beacon Theatre
While it's not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you're going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.

Torres, Aero Flynn @ Baby's All Right
Torres' new album has her diving even further into heavy rock territory at some parts, but also incorporates somber folk-inspired songs, art pop and more. Tonight's her first of three upcoming NYC shows in support of it.

Portal, Impetuous Ritual, Negative Plane @ Saint Vitus
Australian death metal band Portal and related band Impetuous Ritual just wreaked havoc on Maryland Deathfest this past weekend, and now they bring their insanity (and masks) to NYC.

Future Brown, 3D Na'Tee, Maluca, mikeQ, Rizzla @ Output
Future Brown is the dance music "supergroup" of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. Their debut album came out earlier this year on Warp.

The Catenary Wires @ Rough Trade
Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey are indiepop icons who have been at the heart of much-loved groups such as Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research, and Tender Trap. Their latest musical venture is The Catenary Wires. Where previous bands have been decidedly poppy and brash, The Catenary Wires make melancholic folk, but still with their knack for melodies. This is a free show, no purchase of any kind is required, and they'll

Cassie Ramone, My Teenage Stride, Fletcher C. Johnson, Unhappy Mondays @ Shea Stadium
This is a solid bill of local bands, including onetime Vivian Girl and Babies singer Cassie Ramone, solid garage rocker Fletcher C. Johnson and underrated indiepop band My Teenage Stride who don't play out enough for us these days. Opening act Unhappy Mondays claim to be the " 2nd greatest Happy Mondays cover band."

Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil's Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the '60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single "Estrellar" which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year's World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note -- he's at Birdland through Saturday.

STUDIO TALK: REVOLUTIONS ON-AIR with Tony Humphries, Marley Marl, DJ Red Alert, Merlin Bobb @ Red Bull Studios New York
Red Bull Music Academy's annual month-long NYC takeover comes to an end this week with just three more events. The next one is STUDIO TALK: REVOLUTIONS ON-AIR, happening tonight, and like all of their events, it should be an interesting one. NYC radio legends Tony Humphries, Marley Marl, DJ Red Alert, and Merlin Bobb will be gathered in one room to have a discussion about NYC in the 80s, and the short documentary they all appear in (watch it below).

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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May 26, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography

The Pixies
The Pixies
TV On the Radio

[TV on the Radio] came out just after 7 and did an approximately 1-hour set that, by necessity, left out a couple of my favorites but covered all the major bases. "Wolf Like Me" is still an amazing track as are "Young Liars," "Golden Age," "DLZ," and "Dancing Choose." Newer songs like "Happy Idiot" and "Could You" had some of the younger people around us jumping. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone thanked The Pixies several times and made it a point to mention how wonderful it was for all of us to be in the same place together. That was kind of cool.

...I haven't really heard Indie Cindy, last year's return from the [Pixies'] 23-year recording hiatus. It was less than well-received (Pitchfork famously gave it a 1.0 out of 10.), and I may have fallen for the anti-hype a bit. The band interspersed tracks from that record -- "Magdalena 318," "Indie Cindy," "Bagboy," "Silver Snail," "Snakes" -- throughout the set, and they fit in pretty seamlessly. I remember liking "Bagboy" when it came out as a single, especially the Kim-like backing vocals.

Speaking of Kim: Yeah, I felt her absence (and the absence of "Gigantic" from the set). [Paz] Lenchantin did a great job throughout, though, on bass and backing vocals. She's a bit more animated than the rest of the band and has that bass player stalk / runway walk thing totally down. [CoolDad Music]

Pixies and TV on the Radio's respective tours crossed paths over the weekend for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Opening was Pixies tourmate John Grant. Pictures of all three sets, and Pixies and TVTOR's setlists, are in this post.

TVTOR already played two NYC shows on their tour, but Pixies and John Grant have three on their tour this week. Those happen tonight (5/26) and Wednesday (5/27) at Beacon Theater, and Thursday (5/28) at Kings Theatre. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available.

More pictures and setlists below...

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