Recent Posts in music - Page 7

August 26, 2014

by Bill Pearis


Portland quartet The Shivas are set to release their fourth album, You Know What To Do, via K Recs on October 28. The album was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios and mixed by Calvin Johnson and is indebted to early-'60s rock n' roll. We've got the premiere of the surfy "Mansion Girls" in this post.

The Shivas will be on tour this fall, playing two NYC shows: Cake Shop on October 15 and Palisades on October 16. No openers announced for those shows just yet. Stay tuned. All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

Continue reading "The Shivas releasing new LP, touring this fall (dates & stream)"


Blonde Redhead's new album Barragán, their first in four years, is out next week (9/2) via Kobalt. The band have offered up a few tracks already but you can check out the whole thing now via NPR. Same day as the album's out, Blonde Redhead will play a release show at Rough Trade NYC. To get in you need to buy a copy of Barragán that day (store opens at 11AM) which will get you two wristbands for entrance to the show.

In addition to this very intimate gig, Blonde Redhead have three lrager NYC shows at the end of their fall tour. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Blonde Redhead streaming new LP, add release show at Rough Trade (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


You already know UK producer SOPHIE from the very catchy "Bipp," or maybe from his newest single, "Lemonade" / "Hard" (streaming below). He's now announced a collaborative project with A.G. Cook (of the PC Music label) which they're calling QT, and they've signed to XL Recordings for their first single, "Hey QT." This one's a maximalist pop jam, as much an earworm as "Bipp" is. Check it out below.

UPDATE: Apparently there's some mystery as to who QT is. It may actually be the singer that Sophie and A.G. Cook produced this song for. Pitchfork says that's her pictured above, and that Sophie and Cook call her "a sparkling future pop sensation."

SOPHIE will be going on a short US tour this year, which brings him back to NYC for a previously discussed appearance at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 6. It's the last show in this year's series, and one of the best lineups of the summer with Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, UK rave-fueled IDMer Lone, the psychedelic Forest Swords, and a special guest TBA. Tickets are still available.

All SOPHIE dates are listed, with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "SOPHIE teamed up w/ A.G. Cook for QT's "Hey QT" single on XL, touring, playing Warm Up (dates & streams)"

John Cooper Clarke
John Cooper Clarke

We recently mentioned that Miriam, the new recording project of Miriam Linna (Kicks fanzine writer, A-Bones drummer/singer, Norton Records co-founder, etc) released her debut album of garage rock/Phil Spector pop, Nobody's Baby, earlier this year on Norton and that she'll be opening for The Muffs at the NYC stop of their tour happening October 10 at The Bell House with Vivian Girls/Hole-related band Upset (tickets). Before that though, she'll play her first official NYC show ever (she's technically played here before) as Miriam on September 12 at Bowery Electric.

The show is with US punk legend Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs) and legend in his own right, "bard of Salford" and UK "punk poet" John Cooper Clarke, whose work was likely exposed to a younger, larger audience when Arctic Monkeys used his lyrics on "I Wanna Be Yours" from last year's AM. Mad Juana are also on the bill and Billy Miller of Norton Records will DJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Two days later at the same venue (9/14), both Cheetah and John will appear at the Ramones 40th anniversary celebration (a different one than the one that happened earlier this month) with other punk legends such as Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers), Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids) and many others. Tickets for that show are on sale now and proceeds will benefit Love Hope Strength. Full lineup here.

John Cooper Clarke also has other US dates around that time including two more in NYC: September 15 at Bowery Poetry Club and September 21 at The Standard Hotel. All of his dates are listed below.

Cheetah also has other tour dates, including a solo acoustic set in NYC on September 11 at Niagara (112 Ave A), which is free. All of his dates are listed below as well.

Continue reading "John Cooper Clarke & Cheetah Chrome touring separately, playing NYC together w/ Miriam, Ramones anniversary, more"


Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant (Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes), just released her debut, Being, via Paper Bag last month. A mix of mid-'90s dance and R&B influences, Calia definitely brings her own strong personality to the album. You can listen to the whole thing via Rdio and check out a video and track stream below.

Calia and her band are about to head out on a Canadian tour with PS I Love You (who were just in NYC this past weekend with Frog Eyes), wrapping up with shows at next month's Pop Montreal festival. After that, Mozart's Sister will be in NYC in October, playing The Studio @ Webster Hall on October 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now. That's just after CMJ, so perhaps Calia will be here for that as well? All current dates are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Mozart's Sister released debut album, playing NYC after Canadian tour w/ PS I Love You (dates, streams)"


We've already posted "Across the Water" from cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan's gorgeous new (and final) album, Heartleap (due 10/6 via FatCat), and she's now shared another equally great single, "Holy Smoke."

Listen, with her list of upcoming UK tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Vashti Bunyan releases "Holy Smoke" from new LP (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Vetter Kids

Texas rockers Vetter Kids put out their debut EP earlier this year via Texas Is Funny Records, and now they're following it with another EP, Logan on October 14 via Texas Is Funny and Better Days Will Haunt You Records. We previously posted "Santa Fe, NM" from that first EP, which was a nice mix of grunge and post-hardcore, but the new single from Logan, "Chlorine Dream," leans significantly toward the latter. The vocals are way harsher this time around, and yelled over rapid-fire stoner rock. "Chlorine Dream" debuts in this post and can be streamed below.

Vetter Kids are also going on a tour which hits NYC for shows on September 3 at Palisades with Slonk Donkerson, Le Rug and Sativa Cult; and September 9 at The Flat with more TBA.

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

Continue reading "Vetter Kids releasing a new EP, touring (dates & new song)"

by Andrew Sacher


Minus the Bear will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP this year, and in honor of that they'll be giving the EP, along with 2007's Planet of Ice LP, a reissue on September 30 via Suicide Squeeze (pre-order). Beer Commercials came out in between MTB's two most classic full lengths, 2002's Highly Refined Pirates and 2005's Menos El Oso, and, like those albums, it contains some of their most essential songs from the early years. Planet of Ice meanwhile, is their proggiest and most experimental record to date. Revisit streams of both releases, below.

As discussed, Minus the Bear are also going on a tour this year, and that tour will be in support of both their new rarities album, Lost Loves, (coming 10/7 via Dangerbird) and the tenth anniversary of Beer Commercials. The tour hits NYC for previously-announced shows at Saint Vitus on October 15 and Gramercy Theatre on October 17. Both are sold out.

All tour dates are listed, with those streams, below...

Continue reading "Minus the Bear reissuing 'They Make Beer Commercials Like This' & 'Planet of Ice' +++ updated tour dates"


As mentioned, Polaris -- the band behind the theme and other songs from beloved '90s Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete -- are playing a NYC show at Knitting Factory on November 21 after their Super Week appearance. BrooklynVegan is psyched to be presenting this show and tickets go on sale today (8/26) at 10 AM.

The Knit show is part of a short run of Northeast dates for the band. All dates are listed, along with a stream of the Polaris Pete & Pete soundtrack, below...

Continue reading "'Pete & Pete' band Polaris going on tour (dates) ++ Knitting Factory tix on sale"

Joanna Gruesome @ CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joanna Gruesome

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

Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Potty Mouth, Love of Everything @ Shea Stadium
UK noise popsters Joanna Gruesome will play a free show at the South Street Seaport on Friday, but if you'd like to see them somewhere much smaller (and hotter, sweatier, etc) and with a killer lineup that also includes noise punks Perfect Pussy, indie rockers Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, Shea Stadium tonight is the place to be.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Grooms, Bug Arms @ Baby's All Right
Cymbals Eat Guitars make some serious rock music on their new album, LOSE, which expands upon their already-solid sound and includes some of their best songs yet. The record's out today and this is the release show.

The Polyphonic Spree, Icewater @ Brooklyn Bowl
Cult, choir, or just a fun enormous rock band, The Polyphonic Spree are kind of hard to hate in the moment, even if you never want to listen to one of their albums.

Alice Cohen, Monomyth, Nap Eyes @ Cake Shop
Art pop songwriter Alice Cohen has been making music for decades, and her current project as a solo artist is a regular on the NYC DIY scene.

Lair, Bugs and Rats, Skimask, Chat Logs @ Death By Audio
Massachusetts is in the house tonight with three Boston bands: experimental noisemakers Lair; nervy pop band Bugs and Rats; and Infinity Cat signees Skimask.

Drake, Lil Wayne @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Over the course of his three albums, Drake's evolved into someone capable of making some of the best modern pop songs in recent memory. His old pal Wayne co-headlines this show with him.

Cheap Trick @ The Paramount
Glammy powerpop heroes Cheap Trick are keeping the flame alive on tour this summer, stopping by Long Island's The Paramount tonight.

Yellowman @ BB King Blues Club
With hi natural flow (and sexually explicit lyrics) Jamaican dancehall deejay legend Yellowman is not just an influence in reggae -- his affect on American hip hop looms large as well.

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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