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August 27, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Music Blues, the dense ball of downer drone from Harvey Milk's Stephen Tanner, hit the streets this week with the crushingly loud and soul-crushing Things Haven't Gone Well. Tanner recorded the album after the passing of a friend, pouring his emotions into the work, and, jeeze, does it ever come through. When we debuted the video for the aptly titled "The Great Depression" on Invisible Oranges, we had this to say:
Things Haven't Gone Well is a rare work evoking the distinct qualities of depression without coming off as maudlin. It does this mainly through inertia, accurately capturing the long slog of sadness. Tanner gets that real grief might be punctuated by breakdowns, but those periods are spaced between hours/days/weeks spent numbly starring off into nothingness. Things Haven't Gone Well is caught in that fog of being a step or two out of sync with the rest of the world. And because things have decelerated, Tanner has the time to find death lurking everywhere.Cue gut punch and chest pains. For a guy that made feel-good food at Pies 'n' Thighs and the Commodore (and soon, the El Dorado), Tanner sure can capture the darkness of not wanting to get up.
In addition to the new tunes, Music Blues will be playing their first show. Filled out by Ben Greenberg (previously of the Men, currently of Uniform and others) and Brooks Headley (Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, pastry chef extraordinaire), the expanded trio will debut at NYC's Kenneth Willardt Studio on September 3 as part of Rose Johansen's gallery opening. The event is free and Music Blues will play at 8 PM.
A stream from Things Haven't Gone Well along with the show flyer appears below.
Pegi & Neil Young at The Bell House in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Rolling Stone reports that Neil Young is filing for divorce...
Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator. A petition for dissolution of marriage was filed by Young in their hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29th. A hearing is scheduled for December 12th. A rep for Neil Young had no comment.The article also mentions that though Pegi was billed for Farm Aid 2014, she's been removed from the lineup.
Pegi is the inspiration for some of Young's most enduring love songs, including "Such a Woman," "Unknown Legend" and "Once an Angel." She began serving as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the past 20 years. They last performed together at the Bridge School Benefit in October of 2013.
Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Kurt Christensen)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bueno, Grooms, Ache @ 5050 Skate Park
Cymbals Eat Guitars' new album is out now, and it packs a real punch of passionate indie rock. The Staten Island band are playing several NYC shows in support of it, this being the one happening in their home borough.
Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Oneirogen @ Union Pool (IO Presents)
Our metal site Invisible Oranges is presenting this killer show with black metal/folk blenders Falls of Rauros, more black metal from Obsidian Tongue, and one-man metal wiz Oneirogen.
Dirty Fences, Hector's Pets, Dinos Boys, The Johnny's @ Death by Audio
Atlanta's sneary Dino Boys headline this night of garage punk, that also includes worthy local acts Dirty Fences and Hector's Pets.
John Cameron Mitchell @ The Bell House
WNYC's "Ask Me Another" is a live radio taping that combines "brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music." Tonight's special guest is Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell.
Porches, Juan Wauters @ CMJ Artist Announcement Party
The first round of artists for CMJ gets announced tonight, and to go along with that there will be live music from local indie rock musicians Porches and Juan Wauters.
Bluffing, Legs Like Tree Trunks, ONWE, Fern Mayo @ Trans Pecos
There's some cool bands on this bill including indie popsters Bluffing, and tumblr-irony-pop guy ONWE.
Zs, VHVL, Yvette, White Reaper, Ricky Eat Acid @ Palisades
If you like it weird and noisy, head to Palisades where you can see the sax-fueled Zs, the intense Yvette, the garage rocking White Reaper and more.
Thumpers, Sun Club @ Mercury Lounge
If big, synthy festival indie pop like CHVRCHES is your kinda thing, you may dig recent Sub Pop signees Thumpers too.
The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
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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August 26, 2014
(photo via @nicethings21)
Over the course of nearly three hours, Kate Bush's first gig for 35 years variously features dancers in lifejackets attacking the stage with axes and chainsaws; a giant machine that hovers above the auditorium, belching out dry ice and shining spotlights on the audience; giant paper aeroplanes; a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages, vast billowing sheets manipulated to represent waves, Bush's 16-year-old son Bertie - clad as a 19th-century artist - telling a wooden mannequin to "piss off" and the singer herself being borne through the audience by dancers clad in costumes based on fish skeletons.
The concert-goer who desires a stripped down rock and roll experience, devoid of theatrical folderol, is thus advised that Before the Dawn is probably not the show for them, but it is perhaps worth noting that even before Bush takes the stage with her dancers and props, a curious sense of unreality hangs over the crowd. It's an atmosphere noticeably different that at any other concert, but then again, this is a gig unlike any other, and not merely because the very idea of Bush returning to live performance was pretty unimaginable 12 months ago.
There have been a lot of improbable returns to the stage by mythic artists over the last few years, from Led Zeppelin to Leonard Cohen, but at least the crowd who bought tickets to see them knew roughly what songs to expect. Tonight, almost uniquely in rock history, the vast majority of the audience has virtually no idea what's going to happen before it does. - [The Guardian]
Mercurial, reclusive UK singer Kate Bush just played her first live concert in 35 years at London's Eventim Apollo. The the highly theatrical, three-hour event was in three acts, opening with classics "Lily," "Hounds of Love" and "Running Up that Hill" and then the second act was the entirety of "The Ninth Wave" (aka Side 2 of Hounds of Love). The evening ended with "Among Angels" and "Cloudbusting."
The audience, which included David Gilmour, Bjork, Grace Axl Rose, Marc Almond and Lily Allen, were not allowed to take photos and The Guardian reports that people who tried had their cellphones confiscated. 21 more shows to go for the lucky few who got tickets. Setlist below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Time to Smell the Glove at NYFF 2014
This year's New York Film Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The festival scored not one but three major coups in the programming department, snagging premieres of perhaps the three most-anticipated films of the fall and winter season: David Fincher's Gone Girl, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Birdman, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. With these extremely well-pedigreed films, NYFF has vaulted itself to the top of the North American fall festival heap above the likes of Telluride and Toronto. It also features Cannes favorite Foxcatcher, Life of Riley, the final film by the late Alain Resnais, and Mike Leigh's biopic of the English painter J.M.W. Turner Mr. Turner, among many other exciting titles. The festival runs from September 26 - October 12, and Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 7 at noon (if you're a Film Society of Lincoln Center member, you probably already know that tickets are already available).
There are a number of cool music-related films screening during the festival, perhaps the most exciting of which is a 30th anniversary screening of arguably the greatest rock 'n' roll movie ever made, Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, Nigel Tufnel himself, in attendance. The fest will also feature Damian Chazelle's New York set drumming drama Whiplash, which got rave reviews out of Sundance, and features Miles Teller doing all his own jazz drumming and JK Simmons as a drill-sergeant of a drum teacher. In addition, Mia Hansen-Love (who's married to Olivier Assayas, who also has a film at the fest) will be showing her new film Eden, which chronicles the French electronic music scene in the 90s and will premiere at Toronto earlier in September.
You can check out the full NYFF main slate lineup below.
No Joy @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
Montreal's loud/ethereal No Joy are going on tour with Deafheaven and Indian Handcrafts -- a tour that kicks off in Brooklyn next month -- but before that they'll be below the border for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday with Black Pus, Cousin Brian and Flagland. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout (one of our top Labor Day Weekend picks) that also includes the Single Mothers show happening a day earlier. Like most all BKNB shows that is free and if you can skip the line by RSVPing. This will be the second time they've played the Bazaar this year.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the video for No Joy's "Hawaii," below...
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
The Blood Brothers @ FYF Fest 2014 (via @suprefan)
But as far as the best rock band of the weekend, they popped up about a half hour later. The Blood Brothers' reunion show--their first gig since 2007--managed to draw an impressive crowd opposite Haim, who worked the hometown advantage. And rubberneckers had about the same reaction that Blood Brothers inspired in their heydey: What the fuck is this? The band was just as vicious and inscrutable as they were a decade previous. So while FYF was mostly the sound of what "indie rock" thinks people want, this is what it needs. [Pitchfork]Post-hardcore greats The Blood Brothers continued their 2014 reunion at this past weekend's FYF Fest in LA (after a Seattle show right beforehand) with a 16-song set mostly split between their latter three albums, ...Burn Piano Island, Burn, Crimes and Young Machetes. Unfortunately we weren't able to get any pictures of them (pics of other bands at FYF coming soon though), but we've got some videos of their set which you can watch below.
Blood Brothers' reunion dates continue with two NYC appearances in October, including the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park and a BrooklynVegan-presented club date at Warsaw on October 5 (tickets). After that, they'll hit Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Videos and setlist from FYF below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Falls of Rauros at The Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Portland, Maine's Falls of Rauros are streaming "Waxen Voices" off of their forthcoming album Believe In No Coming Shore. The song debuted over at Invisible Oranges, and you can give it a listen below. It's a fantastic track, a near perfect blend of black metal and folk elements that makes for some of the best atmospheric black metal of the year. Here's a bit of what we had to say about it over at IO:
An almost painfully pretty instrumental intro sets an organic melancholy vibe, and when it kicks into high gear (love that hot solo that hits off at 2:52) it's Falls at their best, delivering an invigorating, perhaps flawless blend of black metal and folk. For an eleven-minute song that covers some ground, "Waxen Voices" never loses any momentum--it's a thrill from start to finish.It's definitely 10/10, A+.
As a reminder, Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff are presenting Falls of Rauros with the criminally underrated black metal band Obsidian Tongue and metal one-man wizard Oneirogen at Union Pool tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th. Tickets are 8 bucks at the door.
Stream "Waxen Voices" below...