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April 15, 2015

Mutual Benefit on new season of 'Shaking Through'

Weathervane Music's online documentary series Shaking Through has been bringing us sessions since 2010, inviting musicians to record a song in two days with the whole process captured for their cameras. (We've written about a few past installments.) Shaking Through Vol. 6 begins on April 22 and will feature sessions with Mutual Benefit, Northern Arms, Pattern is Movement, and The Dead Milkmen. Get a taste of what's to come via the new season's trailer which makes its premiere in this post. Watch it below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brian Christinzio has been making lightly psychedelic pop as BC Camplight for ten years or so, having released two albums in the late '00s. He was also in an early incarnation of The War on Drugs and played on Sharon Van Etten's Epic. He left the US for Manchester, England -- a move reflected in How to Die in the North, the first BC Camplight album in eight years, which came out via Bella Union earlier this year. Owing a little to Brian Wilson, '70s soft rock / singer-songwriters, and other influences, it's an ambitious, likeably weird record and you can stream it below.

BC Camplight will return to the US for a few shows in June, including NYC's Rough Trade on 6/5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (4/15) at noon and will be available to the general public starting Friday (4/17) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "BC Camplight released his first new album in eight years, touring in June (dates, LP stream)"

by Bill Pearis


Montreal duo The Muscadettes' new EP, Side A, is out next week and we're premiering a stream of the whole thing. It's full of bright, inventive, fun guitar pop -- check it out below.

As mentioned, the band (which includes members of Les Breastfeeders and Malajube live), will be playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 30 with Raccoon Fighter and Dances. Tickets are still available. They've added a few more US shows since we last posted, including a show on May 1 at Maxwell's (which recently re-opened with new owners). Tickets for that NJ show are on sale All dates are listed below.

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Recent Matador signees Algiers will release their self-titled debut album on June 2. You can get a taste of their gothy, gospel-inflected, politically minded sound via "Black Eunuch" and the video for "Irony. Utility. Pretext." below.

Algiers, who played NYC back in February, will be on tour soon, including a return to NYC on June 9 at Mercury Lounge and June 10 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon, with the public on-sale beginning Friday (4/17) at noon.

All dates, including a run opening for Interpol, are listed below...

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Courtney Barnett will release "Kim's Caravan," from her new album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, as a 12" single for Record Store Day 2015 with a cover of John Cale's "Close Watch" on the b-side. Courtney says of the song:

"Kim's Caravan" is an apocalyptic tale of our world painted black with oil and soot, painted red with blood and greed. The song was born when blessed with time to reflect, feeling the frustration and helplessness of the destruction of my environment and the litter of humans within it. It was partly inspired by watching Black Rain Falls, a documentary about Midnight Oil's concerts out the front of the Exxon building in NYC in 1990.
There's an appropriately apocalyptic video for the song, directed by Bec Kingma, and you can watch that below.

Courtney Barnett's tour, including three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom, starts in May.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett releasing "Kim's Caravan" as #RSD15 single (watch the video)"

photos by Samantha Saturday

Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Coachella 2015 - Day 3
Coachella 2015 - Day 3
Coachella 2015 - Day 3

Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.

The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]

Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."

It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.

Pictures of day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

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Tickets for the Conor Oberst Governors Ball afterparty at MHOW go on Citi Cardmember presale today at noon.

Tickets for all Governor's Ball after party shows at various venues go on Citibank presale today at noon.

Tickets for the PINS show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the mewithoutYou show at Bowery Ballroom with Foxing and Field Mouse go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Frankie Bones' legendary '90s-era "Storm Rave" warehouse party will return to NYC at a secret location on May 16 with DJs Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee, and Rob Gee. It's part of the Red Bull Music Academy and tickets are on sale.

Tickets for the Obnox show at WFMU Monty Hall are on sale now.

Tickets for tonight's Protomartyr show at The Wick with The Gotobeds and Grooms are still available.

Tickets for the The Juan Maclean Brooklyn residencyare still available (except for 4/17 and 4/23) and we're giving away a pair to the 4/23 Union Pool show (same link).

Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Slayer and King Diamond show at PNC Bank Arts Center go on Citi/VIP package presales today at 10AM. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre tickets go on sale Friday (4/17).

Tickets for the Philip Selway show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Girlpool/Alex G show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mad Decent Block Parties at Coney Island's MCU Park are currently on presale -- password is PEACE.

Tickets for the Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)
show at Webster Hall go on sale Thursday (4/16) at 10AM.

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.

Protomartyr @ Sugarhill Supper Club 2014 (more by Joe McCabe)
The Gotobeds @ The Wick, 2014 (more by PSquared)
Grooms @ DbA's final show (more by PSquared)

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

Protomartyr, The Gotobeds, Grooms @ The Wick
Detroit's mighty Protomartyr and new Sub Pop signees The Gotobeds share a similar worldview (and probably a love of The Fall and Wire). They also made two of our favorite records of 2014, so we're pleased at punch to be presenting this show tonight. Get there early for excellent Brooklyn band Grooms. Hope to see you tonight!

Liturgy, Mivos Quartet, Psalm Zero @ Saint Vitus
Liturgy's new album is "not metal," but is does retain some elements of that sound (like blastbeats) and incorporates them into their new art rock style. Tonight's show is with new-music ensemble Mivos Quartet and another metal/non-metal band, Psalm Zero. Sold out.

Alex G, LVL UP, Brandon Can't Dance @ Baby's All Right
Alex G's scrappy DIY-style indie rock has been winning a lot of people over lately, and his deadpan stage banter is just as entertaining as the music. Tonight's show is sold out.

Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ The Paramount
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) returns to the NYC-area this week for a few shows, this being the second.

Dowsing, Everything Ever, Slim Charles @ Paper Box
Of the "emo revival" bands, Dowsing are one of the ones who quite literally revive a past style of emo, specifically the kind coming out of the midwest in the mid-late '90s. If you miss that stuff, Dowsing could be right up your alley.

Hauschka, Sontag Shogun, itsnotyouitsme @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental German composer/musician Hauschka released his latest album, a collection of works for prepared pianos called Abandoned City, earlier this year via Temporary Residence Ltd./City Slang. He'll challenge audiences tonight.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
This long-running free comedy series, hosted by soon-to-be Bravo cooking competition host Max Silvestri, is coming to an end at the end of the month, so don't be surprised if there are extra special guests at the remaining shows. Free -- get there early.

Don't forget to mail submit your tax return!

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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April 14, 2015

photos by Samantha Saturday except Jack White (courtesy the artist)

Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2

[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."

White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]

Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.

Pics of day 1 of Coachella 2015 are here. Pics of day 3 are here. Check out more pics (and a few videos) from Day 2 below....

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Iron & Horses

As you may know, Iron & Wine main man Sam Beam and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell are putting out a collaborative covers album called Sing Into My Mouth this year and playing some shows together too. Since we last spoke, their tour schedule has been expanded and now includes a NYC show.

The NYC show happens July 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (4/16) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Iron & Wine and Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell expand tour, add NYC show (updated dates)"