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October 7, 2015

photo: Blonde Redhead at Webster Hall in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blonde Redhead

Failure will begin their tour this week in Florida, eventually ending up in NYC for CMJ. When we last spoke, we mentioned the very cool varying openers for the tour (Hum, Torche, Trail of Dead and Local H) but that NYC's opener was not announced. Now it is, and it's also very cool.

Local indie vets Blonde Redhead will open the show, which happens October 14 at Brooklyn Bowl, which additional support from Whitney, the new band with ex-Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra members. Tickets are still available.

The Brooklyn Bowl show is part of the two-day FLOODfest happening at that venue, which also includes The Joy Formidable, Grace Mitchell and Oscar on 10/15 (tickets).

That same week, Blonde Redhead perform at the "Fable" show in Queens with Prince Rama. Their only other date is Santa Ana's Output Fest in November.

Failure and Blonde Redhead dates are listed, with some music, below...

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by Bill Pearis


UK trio Shopping have shared the video for "Straight Lines" from their just-released second album Why Choose?. Directed by Margarita Louca, it imagines people as furniture in a matter-of-fact, well-shot style. It's pretty clever, fits the angular post-punk vibe of the song, and you can watch that below.

As mentioned, Shopping will start their North American tour here in NYC at CMJ where they'll be playing a whole bunch of shows:

Mon. Oct. 12 @ Elvis Guesthouse (Oh My Rockness CMJ Kick off)
Wed. Oct. 14 @ Pianos (Culture Collide + Kanine Records) FREE
Wed. Oct. 14 @ Santos Party House (NME + Popgun + House Arrest)
Thu. Oct. 15 @ Rough Trade In-Store FREE
Thu. Oct. 15 @ Cake Shop
Fri. Oct. 16 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The MHOW date is also the first of their tour with Shannon & the Clams and that show also features Sheer Mag and PMS & the Moodswings. Sold out but they will be taking limited CMJ badges/showpasses. Shopping will wrap up their tour with another NYC visit, playing that Palisades show on November 21 with Priests and Arm Candy (tickets).

All tour dates are listed below...

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photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhett Miller

Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is doing his third annual "Holiday Extravaganza! An Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at NYC's City Winery on December 12. The guests are still TBA, so stay tuned. Tickets are on VinoFile presale now.

Rhett's only other solo appearances are Daryl's House in Pawling, NY and McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in November, but Old 97's are also touring. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 20 & 21 at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, Banditos were added as the opener. Tickets for both are still available.

Updated dates below...

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wacky packages

Tickets for the Killing Joke and Soft Moon show at Irving Plaza go on Noisey, Live Nation and Music Geeks presales today at 10 AM (passwords: "NOISEY," "MUSICGEEKS").

Ticketsfor the Scott Weiland and The Icarus Line shows at Gramercy, Wellmont and The Paramount go on various presales today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi show at Kings Theatre go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Larry Wilmore show during NY Comedy Fest go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at 4PM.

Tickets for the Tortoise shows at LPR and Littlefield are on sale now.

H. Jon Benjamin, of Bob's Burgers/Archer voice fame, was added to the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory happening on October 15 with Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S (Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto), and Mass Gothic. Tickets are still available.

RJD2 is playing at Brooklyn Bowl on January 12 & 13. Tickets are currently on sale.

The Weeknd is among the mostly-lame lineup for Z100's Jingle Ball happening December 11 at MSG. Tickets are on Capitol One cardholder presale now. General on-sale begins 10/12 at 10 AM. The Weeknd's tour also hits MSG once and Barclays Center twice in November.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Andrew Sacher


EL VY, the new band of The National frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena / current Ramona Falls frontman Brent Knopf, have released a third song from their debut record. Following the art rocker "I'm The Man To Be" and the new wavey "Return to the Moon," "Paul Is Alive" has them coming a little closer to psych pop, with Matt's vocals as unmistakable as ever. Watch the lyric video, by Matt's brother Tom (who directed The National documentary Mistaken for Strangers), below.

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photo: Tame Impala at ACL 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tame Impala

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

Tame Impala, LA Priest @ Terminal 5
For Tame Impala's third album Currents, Kevin Parker went heavier on the synths and offered up some of his best psych-pop songwriting yet. Tonight's the second of two sold-out NYC shows, both with LA Priest, the funky new project of former Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust.

The War on Drugs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The War on Drugs are still riding high off last year's Lost in the Dream, a slightly psychedelic take on '80s heartland rock that was successful enough to earn them a major label deal for its followup. Tomorrow they headline the huge Radio City Music Hall, but tonight they're at the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (for Jukely members only).

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall
Kurt Vile returned this year with b'lieve i'm goin down.... It's got plenty of the guitar heroics and clever lyrics we've come to expect from KV, but also new ground is explored including a heavy usage of piano. He's always great live, and these shows should be no exception. Waxahatchee is also supporting a new album, Ivy Tripp, her biggest-sounding record to date (and the current live band is her best yet). Night 2 of 2.

Luna, Diane Coffee @ Bowery Ballroom
Reforming after 10 years off, Luna's VU/Dead-style strum ages extremely well -- they sounded great at Northside this summer. This is their first of three NYC shows this week.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. No whole album tonight, merely "greatest hits."

Matthew Friedberger @ Mercury Lounge
Fiery Furnaces drummer Matthew Friedberger has been fairly quiet of late -- find out what he's up to tonight, one of a short string of East Coast dates. UPDATE: Cancelled due to illness.

The Field, Heathered Pearls @ Baby's All Right
Stockholm-born, Over in the States for Miami's III Points Fest, Berlin-based electronic guru The Field (a.k.a. Axel Willner) plays this sold-out show tonight.

Mumdance, Sporting Life, Suicideyear @ Elvis Guesthouse
UK producer/DJ Mumdance was last here during Red Bull Music Academy. He's now signed to XL and he's doing this show tonight with Sporting Life (aka Eric Adiele, known for his work as one-third of Ratking).

Mirah, Curt Sydnor @ C'mon Everybody
Contemporary composer Curt Sydnor celebrates his multimedia project Materials and their Destiny in NYC tonight, and the great singer/songwriter Mirah is on board too.

Arkells, Yukon Blonde @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Toronto band Arkells make poppy heartland rock like they did in the '80s, as can be heard on 2014's High Noon (though their 2008 debut, Jackson Square, remains their best effort).

Crazy and The Brains, Bike Cops, SHRB @ Cake Shop
Crazy & the Brains inject classic-style punk with a heavy dose of xylophone playing. It works really well, but you have to see it to believe it. Do that tonight.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

"You're the Expert" w/ Chris Duffy, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit @ The Bell House
This is a NY Super Week edition of WNYC's gameshow, this time with Jo Firestone (no stranger to gameshows herself), 30 Rock's Scott Adsit and host Chris Duffy.

Warren Haynes (ft, Jeff Snipe & ChessBoxer), Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
Gov't Mule frontman, former Allman Brothers Band member, and frequent Dead family member Warren Haynes wen solo this year with Ashes & Dust, which is a bit folkier than his usual Southern rock/blues/jam blend. He's on tour with different cool openers on different stops, and tonight it's Justin Townes Earle.

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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October 6, 2015

photos by Ryan Muir

'Habeas Corpus' / Anderson / Souleyman / Garbus @ Park Ave. Armory 10/2/2015
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus

You can't miss the no-joke political import of Anderson's collaboration with onetime Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed el Gharani. As he is barred from entering the US, Anderson's use of "telepresence" to stream his image live into an Upper East Side venue serves a refreshingly clear conceptual purpose.

"Habeas corpus," we're told at the hall's entryway, means "you shall have the body". If a modern western government can't make good on this rule-of-law pillar, Anderson and Gharani will use digital technology to give us the next best thing.

Lit principally by a very slowly rotating disco ball, the vast interior of the Armory contains a larger-than-life sculpture of a throne and a seated occupant. (In a thoughtful essay published ahead of the exhibit, Anderson confirmed that viewers aren't wrong to think of the Lincoln Memorial.) Gharani's live image, shot from an undisclosed location in west Africa, is then projected on to the stage for the majority of each day's exhibition schedule.- [The Guardian]

Laurie Anderson's Habeas Corpus happened at NYC's Park Avenue Armory over the weekend. As mentioned in The Guardian review quoted above, the day portion of the installation was a collaboration with former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Mohammed el Gharani whose image was projected in real time against a giant throne while sound design by Anderson, including guitar drones by her late husband Lou Reed, filled the large hall. On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there was a "dance party" featuring tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus, guitarist Shahzad Ismaily, and Anderson herself (who performed "O Superman"). They wrapped up with a set by Omar Souleyman that, according to the Guardian, had some people confused:
Accustomed to being a party starter, Souleyman's inclusion so utterly baffled a large (and seated) portion of the crowd that the cool, typically unflappable singer had to work visibly to get the crowd dancing. The printed program for Habeas Corpus explicitly advertises that the evening concerts are supposed to be "dance parties" -thereby helping justify the use of the disco ball - but the somnolent nature of the first half of Friday's concert didn't do much to prepare an audience that hadn't read up in advance.
Did you check out Habeas Corpus over the weekend? We've got pics from the first day (10/2) and lots more are below...

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photo: Negative Approach at The Grand Victory in 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Negative Approach

Midwest hardcore greats Negative Approach have been hitting the road hard in recent years, and this continues to be the case as the band is currently in Europe for an October tour ahead of some US dates. Aside from playing Housecore Horror Festival in November and MDF next year, Negative Approach are playing a bunch of US headlining dates with Child Bite.

One of those dates happens in NYC at The Acheron on November 29 with more support TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates for Negative Approach, as well as a video of them playing in Baltimore last year, are below.

Meanwhile, Child Bite will hit that same venue much sooner on their tour with KEN mode, which lands at the Acheron on Friday (10/9). Since we last spoke, The Austerity Program and Garrett Jamieson have been added. But The Austerity Program won't only be playing music. They'll also be, uh, giving a powerpoint presentation called "Bands We Are Accused Of Ripping Off: An emperical exploration by the Austerity Program." Here's how they put it:

Feeling their alpha-Poindexter status threatened by visiting Canadians/ex-accoutants (really) KEN Mode, the Austerity Program double down. They're threatening to deliver a truly punishing set - interspersing their high-volume drum machine whallop with an equally abrasive PowerPoint presentation. [...] each of those swooshing wipe slide changes that seem to cool to a 1st time PPT user will get heavy play on Friday night's Acheron show. This may be opening up a new chapter in extreme metal shows, although we're not sure it's a welcome development. You've been warned.
Well there you have it. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.

Negative Approach dates and video below...

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Garden City Movement

Last year, BV went to Tel Aviv and saw 40 acts including the trio Garden City Movement, who make post-James Blake electronic pop. The group is now in the US for their very first shows here, including NYC tonight (10/6) followed by two gigs in LA. Tonight's show is at Elvis Guesthouse and starts at 8 PM. $5 tickets are on sale now.

The band are planning to release their debut album next year, but in the meantime they recently dropped a new single called "The Best of Times?" Check it out, with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Israeli trio Garden City Movement begin first US tour tonight (listen to "The Best of Times?")"


We're still a few weeks away from getting Anareta, the third album from death metal band Horrendous, and today we premiered a new song from it over at Invisible Oranges. It's called "Ozymandias" and IO editor Joseph Schafer writes:

A love letter to the final four albums by Death--my personal favorites in Chuck Schuldiner's output--the record showcases an advanced control of rhythmic push and pull. My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor of tens peaks about how controlling a person's center of gravity gives one control over that person's whole body; it is the same with music. Horrendous own the rhythm, so they own your head and the way it will bang.
Anareta drops 10/30 via Dark Descent. Dig into the new track below...

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