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June 30, 2015
It's been a while (five years) but Air Waves are back with their second album, Parting Glances, out September 18th on Western Vinyl. Nicole Schneit, who is Air Waves for all intents and purposes, made the album with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and it features guest appearances from Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, as well as JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts, Becca Kauffman and Felicia Douglas from Ava Luna, and Brian Betancourt from Hospitality. You can check out "Milky Way" from the album, as well as LP artwork and tracklist, below.
photos by Qbertplaya; words by Bill Pearis
Sloan @ Rough Trade 6/29/2015
"OK, here's one from out 'Roll the Bones'..." Chris Murphy started with the Rush jokes pretty early into Sloan's set last night at Rough Trade. Geddy Lee and company were rocking Madison Square Garden while this not-as-famous but also long-running Canadian band were playing the decidedly smaller venue. "I saw Rush not too long ago," Murphy admitted "and it was a lot of 'here's one from our 2011 album' that I'd never heard. Speaking of, here's one from 2011," launching into "Follow the Leader" from The Double Cross.
Sloan have been an amazingly consistent band over the last quarter century, and the crowd were singing along with songs new and old -- "Fading Into Obscurity," from 2006's Never Hear the End of It, probably got the most applause of any song of the night. The tour was technically an extension of last year's Commonwealth tour, and like at Bowery Ballroom in November, this show was divided into two sets. The first opened with drummer Andrew Scott's 17-minute opus "48 Portraits" and focused on the new album, and the second set pulled from the rest of their albums. Jay Ferguson's songs from Commonwealth are especially good and were the highlight of the first set, but whether the crowd had gotten liquored up or the band had relaxed, the second set was more fun. Nothing from One Chord to Another (which is getting a 20th anniversary box set next year), but there were a number of nuggets from Twice Removed (which just got a single-disc vinyl reissue), and a couple tracks I haven't seen them do in a long time ("Rest of My Life" and, I think, "On the Horizon"). The set ended with Smeared's "500 Up."
Setlist, plus more pics from Sloan at Rough Trade, below...
photo: Cannabis Corpse at Bowery Electric in 2010 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
The tour rolls into NYC on September 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed, with some videos, below...
Former Unicorns co-frontman Alden Penner releases his new solo EP, Canada In Space, today. You can pick one up here. As mentioned, it features actor/musician Michael Cera, who Alden's been touring with. They were in NYC earlier this month at Knitting Factory on 6/12. Were you there?
In celebration of the release, Alden is releasing the video for EP track "Breathe to Burn." It premieres in this post and can be watched below...
photos by Jay Blakesberg
Night two of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener "Feel Like a Stranger," and all was well in Deadhead land as the truly faithful showed for the second night in a row and a slew of new nostalgia seekers and first timers got their twirl on. [Billboard]The reunited members of the Grateful Dead (along with Phish's Trey Anastasio in Jerry Garcia's spot) played their 2nd of two reunion shows in Santa Clara on Sunday night. The next three happen in Chicago this July 4th weekend (Can't be there? There's always YouTube, Dead.net, SiriusXM, Brooklyn Bowl, etc)
photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Brian Wilson, Rodriguez @ Jones Beach
Pop legend Brian Wilson released a new solo album this year, and he's been playing some of that on this tour, but the majority of the 30+ song setlists have been Beach Boys favorites from "Little Deuce Coupe" to "Heroes and Villains" to "Sail On, Sailor." His band includes fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Making for a great double bill, storied folk singer Rodriguez opens.
Melvins, Le Butcherettes @ Santos Party House
Sludge vets Melvins last released Hold It In in 2014, and there's a documentary on them set to come out next year. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows with Le Butcherettes.
Miguel @ Le Poisson Rouge
Miguel's new album, Wildheart, is out today. Like his last one, it's sultry R&B with bits of psychedelia and rock guitar, and Miguel's fantastic voice leads the way. Tonight he plays this intimate free show (which you had to RSVP for), and he'll play a much bigger NYC show at Terminal 5 in August.
Vince Staples @ Apple Store Soho (5:30 PM)
Vince Staples put out his excellent debut LP this week. It's got futuristic production from No ID and a small impressive cast of collaborators, political of-the-moment lyrics, and killer delivery from Vince. He's in NYC for a discussion & short performance at the Apple Store Soho this evening, and then...
Fetty Wap, K Camp, Tink, Goldlink, Vince Staples, Raury, Shy Glizzy, OG Maco, Kidd Kidd, DeJ Loaf @ Best Buy Theater (XXL Freshmen Show)
...Vince heads to Best Buy Theater for the annual XXL Freshmen show. There are others worth catching at this one too, including "Trap Queen" hitmaker Fetty Wap, Tink, Goldlink, Raury, and DeJ Loaf, to name a few.
Sondre Lerche, Steve Marion, Jonas Alaska @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sondre Lerche's ambitious 2014 album, Please, found him dealing with divorce but still managing to find a hummable tunes amidst all the raw nerves and bare emotions. He's a real charmer live.
Widowspeak, Small Black, Eternal Summers @ Brooklyn Bowl
Widowspeak sound rejuvenated on their forthcoming All Yours, managing to maintain their breathy vibe while finding fresh sounds. Get an early listen live tonight and if you're going, get there early for Virginia's Eternal Summers
Hugh Cornwell @ Good Room
The voice behind such songs as "Peaches," "Golden Brown," and "No More Heroes," the former Stranglers frontman plays with his solo band tonight.
Win Win, Cookies, DD Elle @ Rough Trade
Win Win have left their dancepop beginnings for a more textured, organic sound that's much harder to define on new album, Primaries. There's still an emphasis on rhythm and melody, but this is much weirder, trippier and more interesting. Tonight's the record release show.
Rooftops Films w/ Computer Magic, 'Bridesmaids' @ Solar One
It's a free night of entertainment in Kips Bay featuring the 2011 hit comedy Bridesmaids with an opening set from Brooklyn synthpop band Computer Magic. 8:30 doors.
Imagine Dragons, Metric, Halsey @ Barclays Center
We don't recommend seeing the headliner (or the opener), but it's a chance to see Canadian indie band Metric who recently put out the lead single from their upcoming sixth album.
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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June 29, 2015
Duran Duran have added a second show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre, playing August 2. That's the day after their previously announced date, which is now sold out. Tickets for the new date are currently on fan presale here, and they go on sale to the general public Tuesday (6/30) at noon via Ticketfly.
The '80s vets' new album, Paper Gods, is out in September. Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Odesza at Firefly 2015 (more by Vladislav Grach)
The new NYC date happens November 12 at Terminal 5, one day before their previously-announced and now-sold out show at the same venue. Tickets for the new T5 show go on sale Friday, July 10 at noon with a presale starting Tuesday, July 7 at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Ty Segall @ The Bell House 6/25/2015
There are those that say that a prolific rock guitarist like Ty Segall should never put down the electric. Why would he? But those that cling to this narrow viewpoint, have obviously never seen Ty Segall rock a crowd without the benefit of electric amplification. Turning down the reverb ("my crutch," he joked at the Mercury Lounge during the third and final night of the NYC acoustic run) allows one to truly comprehend Segall's genius. His vocal ableness and range, as well as the nuance of his brainy musical arrangements are readily discernible when the guitar isn't plugged in. And there will always be something so special about die-hard fans being given the opportunity to experience an intimate and laid back evening with their favorite artists. - [Across the Margin]Ty Segall just played four solo acoustic shows in NYC over the course of three days. We caught him right in the middle -- 6/25 at The Bell House -- where he played some favorites, a few new songs and some covers, including Devo's "Baby's Talkin' Bitches." (He also signed a fan's baseball.) Wand's Cory Hanson, who played an opening set right before (and also played with him at Rough Trade), joined Ty for a few songs as well. Pictures from Ty and Cory's sets are in this post.
Ty and Cory included a cover of Neil Young's "For The Turnstiles" at their Baby's show, and a short video clip of that is below.
Christian Peslak, of Saint Rich and Delicate Steve (and who will play David Johansen on Martin Scorsese's new '70s music biz drama for HBO), opened the night and seranaded one audience member with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright." Pictures from his set are below.
by Bill Pearis
Brisbane, Australia's Sewers make mutant punk that would fit in nicely on mix that had The Intelligence and Spray Paint on it. The band's new album, Weight, is out this week via Homeless and you can check out three songs from the new LP (and the whole of 2013's Hoisted) below.
Sewers are currently in the US for a short tour that starts Tuesday (6/30) at Alphaville with Ballroom and Cyanide Tooth playing as well. That show is $8 at the door. All dates, plus the song streams and a couple show flyers, below...