Recent Posts in music - Page 7

July 18, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ex Hex

Ex Hex, the current band fronted by ex-Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag member Mary Timony, brought their ongoing tour to NYC yesterday (7/17) to play MoMA's MoMA Nights series which puts an artist in the museum's outdoor courtyard every Thursday evening in July and August. The band recently announced their debut album, Rips (due out 10/7 via Merge), and played plenty of that as well as a cover of Sweeney Todd/Nick Glider's glam classic "Roxy Roller." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ex Hex will return to NYC when their tour with Speedy Ortiz hits Glasslands on November 1 with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on 11/2. Tickets to Glasslands and Merc are still available.

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright is also a member of Chain & the Gang whose tour with Ed Schrader's Music Beat hits NYC later this month at Baby's All Right (7/29) (tickets).

More pictures from MoMA below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

De La Soul @ Irving Plaza 7/16/2014
De La Soul
De La Soul
De La Soul

De La Soul are celebrating their 25 years together this year, and Wednesday (7/16), Pos, Dave and Maseo threw a party at NYC's Irving Plaza. There were a few special guests -- Q-Tip came out for their classic track together, "Buddy," with Common as well, and Dres from Black Sheep made an appearance too. Opening the night were Dillon Cooper, and Billy Ray who is on Maseo's label. Pictures from the night are in this post.

As mentioned, Common is playing a free show on Monday (7/21) at The Gramercy Theatre which celebrates his new album Nobody's Smiling. Wristbands are available at the Gramercy starting at 10 AM.

More pics from De La Soul's Irving Plaza show below...

Continue reading "De La Soul celebrated 25 years at Irving Plaza with Q-Tip, Common and more (pics)"

(photo by @killcrocodiles)

Tickets for the Zola Jesus show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Code Orange (Kids) show at Palisades go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cheap Trick show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Biohazard are playing The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on August 21. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the Slowdive reunion show at Terminal 5 with Low in the general on-sale, starting today at noon.

If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the Interpol and Hundred Waters show at Terminal 5 in the general on-sale, starting today at noon.

Tickets for the Mac DeMarco show at Terminal 5 with Connan Mockasin and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Blonde Redhead shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Dismemberment Plan show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Merchandise, Lower and Ninos Du Brasil show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Perfume Genius show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Wavves show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the La Roux show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the PAWS, Total Slacker and Flashlights show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Drums shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Twin Shadow show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Odesza shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Delta Spirit shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Modern Life Is War show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale this Monday (7/21) at noon.

Tickets for the Samhain reunion with Goatwhore and Midnight at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tim & Eric shows at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the GBH, Reagan Youth, Angry Samoans and Burning Streets show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at noon. Tickets for GBH's show at Asbury Lanes go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Teleman show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon, tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Elephant Stone shows at Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Earth and King Dude show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the James Vincent McMorrow show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Burger Records Caravan of Stars show with The Coathangers, together PANGEA, Cherry Glazerr, AJ Davila and more are Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Life of Agony show at Starland Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

The Nels Cline Singers are playing two sets at Rough Trade on November 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Buddy Guy is playing The Space at Westbury on November 18 and NJ's State Theatre on November 19. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively. Tickets for his BB King's shows (same link) are still available.

Garfunkel & Oates are playing Irving Plaza on August 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Midnight Masses show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Figgs show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Preservation Hall Jazz Band show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Allen Toussaint go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Shovels and Rope shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

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.


NYC! Common is coming to the Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st, for a FREE concert to celebrate the release of his 10th studio album, Nobody's Smiling!

We'll be handing out wristbands for free entry during the following times:

10AM EST on Friday July 18th

And again at 10AM EST on Monday July 21st.

Pick-Up Location: The Gramercy Theatre on 23rd Street & Park Avenue

Space is limited and wristbands are first come first served.

Can't make the show? Be sure to catch the live broadcast courtesy of Yahoo! & LiveNation starting at 9PM EST on

Nobody Smiling is Common's tenth studio album, and features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s.

Watch the video for "Kingdom: (ft. Vince Staples) and listen to "Diamonds" (ft. Big Sean), below...

Continue reading "Common playing free record release show (go get a wristband, or stream it from home)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Weatherbox @ Saint Vitus - 7/27/14

Weatherbox returned this year with Flies In All Directions, their first full length since 2009's The Cosmic Drama, and brought their tour with Dikembe in support of it to NYC last night (7/17) at Saint Vitus. Opening the show was local band Deep Pockets, who I hadn't heard before going in, but who were solid and definitely fit the bill. They played a set of shouty punk with an animated singer who looked (and sometimes sounded) more than a little like Craig Finn on stage.

Dikembe was up next, playing a set of punky emo indebted to the genre's '90s era. They previewed a lot of material from their upcoming Tiny Engines LP, Mediumship, as well as playing older material (that a portion of the crowd up front knew all the words to), and a mostly-straightforward but sorta punked up cover of the PIxies' "Where Is My Mind."

Weatherbox's set began on a high note with Flies In All Directions opener "Pagan Baby," the punkiest song on the record, and that pretty much set the tone for all of what was to follow. Even on a softer song like "Dark All Night For Us," the crowd was all fists raised, shouting at the top of their lungs. Weatherbox mostly stuck to the new album and other recent tracks, like "Big News" off their Sainthood Reps split and "Mountain" off their 2011 EP, and the new material is some of their most fleshed-out, diverse stuff yet. Main man Brian Warren casually threw in flashes of math rock guitar, parts of the set would have the focus on him in singer/songwriter mode, and other parts would have him ditching the mic entirely to let his backup singers take over. Once the roughly half hour set ended, the crowd practically begged for an encore (efforts were futile). I'm fairly certain no one there would have minded if the set was twice as long, but on the bright side, they left no time for a single dull moment.

More pictures from the show, below...

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Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)

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

Plaid @ LPR
In UK electronic duo Plaid's 20+ year career, they've collaborated with/remixed Bjork, Goldfrapp, Unkle, Portishead, and many more. Tonight the Warp-signed duo return to LPR.

Wilsen, Icewater, Jennah Bell, Kennan O'Meara @ Baby's All Right
It's a busy night at Baby's, with three separate shows. The first features two bands specializing in etheral pop: Wilsen and Icewater.

Yonatan Gat, Mandingo Ambassadors @ Baby's All Right
Then at 10 PM it's Show #2 with Monotonix's Yonatan Gat...

Celeste, Starchild @ Baby's All Right
...and then late night (midnight doors) it's Starchild who has toured as a singer with Blood Orange and Solange.

Ceremony, Nothing, Iron Lung, Bad Side @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
There's a killer (and free!) show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight with the wild PV-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, heavy shoegazers Nothing, powerviolence duo Iron Lung, and Philly hardcore band Bad Side.

Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene @ City Winery
It's a double-dose of jangly power-pop and keen songwriting chops. Matthew Sweet, with his '90s hit "Girlfriend," is the better known of the two, but in certain circles Tommy Keene is held in very high regard.

The Sheiks, Iyez, The Chickenhawks, Speedo @ Death by Audio
Memphis garage rockers The Sheiks recently recorded a new 7" with Jack Oblivian, and their singer also plays in Ex Cult.

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) @ Irving Plaza
A PBS kids TV superstar in the '90s, Bill has seen a resurgence lately (we could use more science in the world) and will be doing three sold-out nights at Irving Plaza, this is the first.

Omar S, Luke Hess, OG Ignitt, Turtle Bugg @ Output
While much of the deep house world continues to move closer to pop, Omar S heads in the other direction, making more stylistically underground material, still of course with masterful production.

Speculator, Cool World, Advaeta, Jerry Paper, Sunflower Bean @ Palisades
Low fi LA band Speculator headline tonight's Palisades lineup; get there early to catchy the warmly psychedelic pop of Sunflower Bean.

CYMBALS, Ume, Midnight High, The Cosmonauts, Sideways Revolt, David Baron @ Pianos
UK band CYMBALS make dancerock not too far off from Hot Chip and they were good when we caught them back in March. Tonight's show is with Austin power trio Ume. One note: the Cosmonauts on this show are NOT the California psych band signed to Burger.

Frankie Cosmos, Infinity Shred, Chumped, Chappo, Field Mouse, Dead Stars, Shark?, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Gunfight, Michael Jordyn and Greg, The Teen Age, Happy Lives, ONWE, Big Neck Police, Huge Pupils, Retail, Scherzo, Cal Fish @ Radio Bushwick (Gigawatts Festival)
The four-day Gigawatts Festival started yesterday but kicks into high gear tonight with a huge line-up of bands. We like Field Mouse, Dead Stars, Frankie Cosmos, The Teen Age and Shark? in particular.

OOIOO, Lichens, Ryan Sawyer @ Rough Trade
Led by Yoshimi of Boredoms, OOIOO have been around since the '90s, making highly-rhythmic, experimental music with each new album rarely sounding like its predecessor. The band released Gamel last year in Japan (their first since 2009) which is based around the ancient instrument, the gamelan, and is said to be the most representative of the band's live sound.

I Am The Avalanche, Somos, Rust Belt Lights @ Saint Vitus
I Am The Avalanche headline this sold out show, and if you dig them, we recommend getting there early for Somos too. Their punk/indie mix should fit the bill well.

Calvin Love, Las Rosas @ South Street Seaport
The Seaport Music Festival today brings Edmonton's synthy/twangy Calvin Love for an early evening show. If you've never caught Brooklyn's garagey Las Rosas, here's a good chance to do so (they're worth seeing). FREE, music starts at 7 PM.

Flume, Sweater Beats, Goldlink @ Terminal 5
Australian producer Flume saw a HUGE bump in his career recently, partially thanks to a Lorde remix. Tonight's his third of three sold out Terminal 5 shows this week, and it's worth showing up on time for rapper Godlink.

Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ The Space at Westbury
The always-wild gypsy punks Gogol Bordello don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for three area shows, this being the first. The eccentric Man Man will be a good fit too.

Matthew Dear, Trus'me, Ryan Elliot, Will Calcutt, Jakub Alexander @ Verboten
Matthew Dear is a maker of both heady electronic music and poppier stuff too. Given the lineup and location, we have a feeling he'll be focusing on the former tonight.

Netherlands, D'nt, Max Low & the Electric Lights, Flesh @ Grand Victory
Timo Ellis fronts this excellent synth-fueled heavy punk band. Embrace your squelchy side at their show tonight.

Mortals, Godmaker, Mammal @ The Acheron
Sludgy chuggers Mortals recently dropped their sophomore LP on their new label home of Relapse and it's a good one. They celebrate the record in their hometown tonight.

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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July 17, 2014

Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)

As if it wasn't exciting enough that the reunited Slowdive are going on a full North American tour, it just got more exciting because slowcore vets Low were added as the opener, making for two '90s indie rock greats (just one that never broke up) in one night. As discussed, the tour hits NYC on October 25 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are back on BrooklynVegan presale after initially selling out (password: Avalyn). If you miss out on the presale, you can try again in the general on-sale starting Friday (7/18) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with videos of both bands, below...

Continue reading "Low opening Slowdive's reunion tour (updated dates +++ NYC show back on BV presale)"

by Bill Pearis


As mentioned, The Raveonettes have been working on a new album and it looks like we'll be getting it sooner than later. Like, next week. At least according to Amazon, the album is called Pe'ahi and will be out July 22. The first single just appeared on The Raveonettes' website and you can stream it below and download for the price of your email address. What new tricks do they bring to their tuneful fuzz this time? A harp, at least.

You can catch The Raveonettes live on tour in September, including two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/29, 9/30). Tickets are still available.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream and album art/tracklist, below

Continue reading "The Raveonettes share new single (stream); new LP next week?"

Dalai Lama

Spend Samhain with Samhain and then cleanse your soul two days later when His Holiness himself The Dalai Lama will take over the Beacon Theater for two days (not everyone can be the Allman Brothers). The event description reads:

Tibet House US, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve and present the endangered Tibetan culture, will host a two-day teaching by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama during his visit to New York City on November 3 and 4, 2014. Tickets range from $70-$330. The discourse will take place at the Beacon Theatre over two sessions each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The teaching is on Profound Wisdom and Vast Compassion: Lama Tsong Khapa's Essence of True Eloquence.
Get em before they're gone.

He's also in Boston on Mischief Night, and in Vancouver a week before that.

Modern Life Is War

The Modern Life Is War reunion continues. The melodic hardcore greats have already put out a solid comeback LP and have done some touring. So far this year they have upcoming appearances booked at Deathwish Fest (next week, 7/22-23) and The Fest in October, and now two club dates have been added for August. Those include Philly on 8/29 and NYC the next day at Bowery Ballroom (8/30). Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, 7/21 at noon.

All dates are listed, with a stream of their 2013 LP and a live video from the Witness era, below...

Continue reading "Modern Life Is War expand tour, playing Philly & NYC (dates)"