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May 20, 2015

by Bill Pearis


It was sad news when Obits called it quits in April, but on the good news front: guitarist Sohrab Habibion and bassist Greg Simpson will continue to play together in new band SAVAK. What's it all about? Sohrab fills us in:

Greg and I started writing songs with Michael Jaworski (The Cops, Virgin Islands) a few months before Obits flashed the lights and announced last call. Compared with The Obits, SAVAK is slightly more Mutant Pop 78/79 and slightly less Nuggets/Pebbles. We're covering a tune off The Stranglers first album, which gives a reasonable clue of our sound, but there's also elements of Spaghetti Western soundtracks, Zamrock riffage and the entrails of the Wailing Ultimate comp, so it's fun to see how it all shakes out.
You can get your very first taste of SAVAK with "This Currency Exchanged" which makes its premiere in this post. It's a slow build, tension-cranker that's not unlike what Wire were doing circa Chairs Missing. (It's also a little more like Sohrab's '90s band, Edsel.) Stream it below.

SAVAK will be making their live debut at Cake Shop on May 30 with Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds (who recently signed to Sub Pop). That's one of the venue's "super shows" to celebrate its 10th anniversary. About the rest of SAVAK's live lineup, Sohrab adds, "we're going to split our set between the two drummers we play with, Matt Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck) and Benjamin Van Dyke (Silent Majority, Will Oldham)." Rest of that Cake Shop bill is still TBA but it's $10 at the door.

Continue reading "Sohrab and Greg of Obits form SAVAK (listen), making live debut at Cake Shop "super show" with The Gotobeds"

photo: Wes with American Nightmare at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
American Nightmare

Wes Eisold was just in NYC with his hardcore band American Nightmare playing an insane show at Saint Vitus (the day after playing NJ's Skate & Surf), and he'll be returning in July for a show with his synth pop project, Cold Cave. Cold Cave plays The Wick on July 22 with killer support coming from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/22) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting today (5/20) at 10 AM. PASSWORD = CCBV.

That show is right before American Nightmare play This Is Hardcore in Philly. AN also play Atlanta's Wrecking Ball in August.

The only other Cold Cave date announced at the moment is LA's FYF Fest. Cold Cave's next release is a compilation of his 2013 EPs and 7"s called Full Cold Moon, which is due June 16 via Deathwish. Listen to "Nausea, the Earth and Me" from that, below.

Continue reading "Cold Cave playing NYC w/ Genesis Breyer P-Orridge before American Nightmare play This Is Hardcore (BV presale)"

by Andrew Sacher


Barcelona's young punky indie rockers Mourn made their US debut with two shows in NYC this past March, and they're set to return to our shores in the summer. They're already playing Chicago's Pitchfork Festival, and they more recently announced a run of dates surrounding that fest.

The dates include a NYC show happening at Rough Trade on July 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/20) at noon.

The band also have a new three-song single Getrudis out today digitally and due on 7" vinyl this summer via Captured Tracks. Opening track "Gertrudis, Get Through This!" has a bit of a Kim Gordon thing going on in the verses, before leading into a janglier chorus. Listen to that, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Mourn release new single, announce US tour dates"

by Bill Pearis


A mere 10 months after releasing their terrific debut album, UK band Ultimate Painting will be back with their second long-player, Green Lanes, on August 7 via Trouble in Mind. Like the first, Jack Cooper (Mazes) and James Haore (Veronica Falls) made the record themselves and then shipped it off to Total Control's Mikey Young for mastering. If you liked the first one, nothing much has changed: Cooper writes the VU/Dead style strummers with bendy guitar interplay; Hoare draws inspiration from elsewhere in the '60s (Beatles, Zombies) with a fondness for minor chords and close harmonies. But after a lot of touring, they're just better at it, and everything just gels a little more this time. You can check out Hoare's "Break the Chain" (which tips its hat to Lennon/McCartney) below.

Ultimate Paiting, who toured with Twerps around SXSW, will be back in North America later this year for Goner Fest. Before they head to Memphis, they'll play a few other East Coast shows, including NYC's Rough Trade on September 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. Then, as mentioned, they'll play Woodstock, NY's Bearsville Theatre on September 20, that's also with Calvin Love, The Cairo Gang and headliner Mikal Cronin. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song stream, below.

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting announce second LP, 'Green Lanes' (stream a track), playing shows around Gonerfest"

photo: The Who in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The Who

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

The Who, Joan Jett @ Nassau Coliseum
The Who are currently on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary, and tonight's their first of five shows in the NYC-area. At this point, they have enough hits to put out a double album compilation of them (which they did last year), and these shows are sure to be filled with them. The great Joan Jett opens on all dates.

Primal Scream @ Irving Plaza
Having dabbled in punk, dub, dance music, straight-up rock n' roll and just about every other genre, Scottish band Primal Scream have managed to stay fresh longer than most other bands originating from the mid-'80s, and frontman Bobby Gilespie remains the epitome of lanky cool.

TV on the Radio, Bo Ningen @ Kings Theatre
It's been about a decade since TV on the Radio were considered a "Brooklyn buzz band," but fortunately they're still a very good band, as reinforced by last year's Seeds. Tonight's their first of three NYC-area shows on this tour (including NJ with the Pixies and Terminal 5). Bo Ningen, who are quite the sight to see, open the show.

Courtney Barnett, Chastity Belt, Darren Hanlon @ Bowery Ballroom
With a terrific new album and charmingly awesome live show, it's no wonder Courtney Barnett sold out three nights at Bowery Ballroom. If you're going, be sure to get there for Seattle's Chastity Belt and onetime Lucksmith member Darren Hanlon.

Palma Violets, Public Access TV @ Bowery Ballroom
UK band Palma Violets offer up big hooks and laddish camaraderie and wild fan reaction. Their new album, Danger at the Club, just came out this month.

Mariachi El Bronx @ Baby's All RIght
When the members of The Bronx aren't making ripping punk rock, they're making mariachi music under the name Mariachi El Bronx. They have dates coming up opening for Flogging Molly and Gogol Bordello, but first they're headlining some smaller shows of their own.

Jason Isbell, Craig Finn @ Capitol Theatre
Jason Isbell hasn't been a Drive-By Trucker since 2007, but in the time since then he's released four solo records. Most recently he put out the quality Southeastern in 2013. Opening tonight's show is Craig Finn, who fronts The Hold Steady and also has a worthwhile solo career of his own.

Tall Juan, Acid Dad, Sun Abduction, Water, Little Tony @ Good Room
Originally from Buenos Aries, Argentina, Tall Juan has been making music in NYC for a couple years now, and you may have seen him playing with another Juan (Wauters) at shows recently (and as part of The Beets). Like Wauters, he makes ramshackle, garagey folk-pop. Tonight's part of his four-Thursday residency at Good Room.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Samantha Crain @ Highline Ballroom
Folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie has been putting out records for over 50 years, and returned this year with Power In The Blood, her first album since 2008.

Geographer, Stranger Cat, Port St. Willow, Salt Cathedral @ Rough Trade
Sufjan Stevens/Sharon Van Etten/Shins collaborator Cat Martino makes electronic pop with Sven Britt as Stranger Cat, and the duo recently released their debut album on Joyful Noise. Tonight's the release show, and "loads of special guests" are promised.

Ghoul, Phobia, Nekrofilth, Artificial Brain @ Saint Vitus
Oakland's genuinely creepy Ghoul are on the road in continued support of last year's Hang Ten EP with Phobia and Nekrofilth. Tonight also has quality local support from Artificial Brain.

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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May 19, 2015

photos by Drew Gurian

Frankie Bones & Heather Heart raving
Storm Rave
Storm Rave
Storm Rave
Storm Rave

"Storm Rave was about bringing the future of music to people, why would I want to, in 2015, play music from 1992 when half the people at the party weren't even born yet?" Adam says. "Techno is still really big and strong and new and fresh in different aspects and it's just time to bring what it is now." The only thing that Adam promises will be the same is the intensity and tension of the original party. If all goes according to plan, this may mark a new generation for Storm Rave. The future is at the whim of the weathermen. [Thump]
Red Bull Music Academy helped Frankie Bones revive the legendary Storm Rave over the weekend at a Bushwick warehouse. Photos from the evening continue under a 2015 mix by Bones, below. Make sure to press play on that before descending further...

Continue reading "Storm Rave 2015 in pics (Frankie Bones, Lennie Dee, Heather Heart, Adam X, Rob G, more)"

by Bill Pearis


Veruca Salt have announced details of their first new album with the original lineup in almost 20 years. It's titled Ghost Notes and was made with Brad Wood who produced their classic 1994 debut. "The Museum of Bad Relationships," from their 2014 Record Store Day single is on there, plus 13 other new songs. You can watch the lyric video for "The Gospel According To Saint Me" and stream "Laughing in the Sugar Bowl" below.

As mentioned, Veruca Salt will be on tour this summer, playing Webster Hall on July 31. Tickets for that show are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Veruca Salt announce new LP, 'Ghost Notes' (stream 2 songs)"

Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:

Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.

Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.

You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.

Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco shares spoken word videos, playing a free NYC show; Le1f playing POP Montreal's Northside showcase"

by Bill Pearis

Shaun Ryder (right), with Kermit & Bez of Black Grape

Happy Mondays / Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder announced earlier this year that he had "something in the pipeline." Turns out he's got a few things in there. He dropped a white label 12" last week, his first new music in eight years. Both tracks are pretty good: "Close the Dam" being chilled out funk, and "Electric Scales" a little on the crazed side. Ryder, who Factory Records chief Tony Wilson used to compare to W.B. Yeats, still gets off some good lines, too. It's a welcome return and you can stream both sides below.

Rhino recently reissued Happy Mondays' classic 1990 album Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches on vinyl (they used the original master tapes, it sounds great), and Shaun and Bez and Kermit will be on a Black Grape reunion tour in the UK / Ireland this summer. Tour dates are listed, along with a stream of their 1995 debut, It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah, below...

Continue reading "Shaun Ryder released new solo single (stream it); Black Grape going on UK reunion tour"

by Andrew Sacher

Ma Jolie (photo by Jess Flynn)
Ma Jolie

Philly punks Ma Jolie are following 2013's Polars LP with a new EP called Jetpack Mailman on June 16 via A-F Records. First single "Pittsburgh" is out now, and if you like Dillinger Four, Latterman, or Shed-era Title Fight, this will probably be right up your alley. Check it out below (via Noisey).

Ma Jolie are also touring with Choke Up in June. That tour begins in NYC on June 20 at Acheron, also with Pass Away, Living Room and The Tracys on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

Continue reading "Ma Jolie share "Pittsburgh" from new EP, touring w/ Choke Up"