Recent Posts in music - Page 8
April 22, 2015
Cleveland hip hop vets Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have been playing their 1995 sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal, in full on tour this year, and that tour's recently been expanded into the summer.
The new dates bring them to NYC on July 30 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on Live Nation/Music Geeks (pw: musicgeeks) presales today (4/22) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Friday (4/24) at 10 AM.
Bone Thugs were also announced for Ice-T's inaugural Art of Rap Festival which takes place at Irvine, CA's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 18 and Mountain View, CA's Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 19. A lot of the artists (including Ice-T and Bone Thugs) play both days, and others on the bill include The Game, Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, DJ Quik, Dough E Fresh, EPM, King T, Grand Master Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Mack 10, Naughty Nation ft. Treach & Kaygee, Rakim, Ras Kass, Slick Rick, The Alkaholics, Too Short, Warren G, Xzibit, Cold Crush Brothers and Rapper's Delight. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
In other related news, Sports Nation had Bone Thugs sing "Crossroads" from E. 1999 Eternal after NBA star Blake Griffin dunked three times on Aaron Baynes. Watch that video, with the list of Bone Thugs dates, below...
photo: Cloud Nothings at SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cloud Nothings, Amanda X @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Cloud Nothings' blend of indie rock, post-hardcore and noise rock always makes for live shows that are as killer as their great records. This is the first of three NYC-area appearances they're making in the next month, including NYU's Strawberry Fest and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf fest.
Big Terrific @ Cameo
All things must pass, and Max Silvestri's long-running free weekly NYC comedy show, Big Terrific, has it's last regular Cameo show tonight. Expect lot of special guests, so arrive early. Big Terrific bids its final farewell on Sunday with two shows at Warsaw.
Ex Hex, The Above @ WFMU Monty Hall
Indie rock vet Mary Timony unleashes her inner rock star with power trio Ex Hex, making killer glammy power pop. They play Le Poisson Rouge tomorrow.
Big Sean, Casey Veggies @ Starland Ballroom
BIg Sean's newest album, Dark Sky Paradise, is being hailed (even by his former haters) as his best yet, and for good reason. "Blessings" and "I Don't Fuck With You" alone are two of the most memorable pop-rap singles to drop in the past year.
Solstafir, Ancient VVisdom, Alcian @ The Shop
Iceland's Solstafir have black metal roots, but they've been getting increasingly atmospheric and leaning more towards post-rock. Ancient VVisdom, meanwhile, are known for dark acoustic rock but recently began introducing doomy distorted guitars to their sound too.
Richard Thompson @ NJPAC
Folk legend Richard Thompson has been making excellent and influential music since the late '60s in Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, on his own, and more. Tonight he's in NJ, and he'll be back in June for a NYC show.
GABI, Solvey, Vorhees @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC-based classically trained composer/vocalist Gabrielle Herbst (aka GABI) recently released her new album, Sympathy. It was co-produced by Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), and came out on the label he co-runs, Software.
Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Oh Hang, Zs, Loren Connors @ Union Pool
It's a night of experimental pop from Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Oh Hang (Baltimore) and Zs, as well as avant-garde guitar veteran Loren Connors.
Cleanteeth, Beast Modulus, Blackest, HellKeeper, Dealers @ Saint Vitus
It's a night of local metal including the sludgy Cleanteeth, the hardcore-leaning Blackest and more.
Justin Vivian Bond @ Rockwood Music Hall
Performance artist, musician and drag queen Justin Vivian Bond comes to Rockwood (stage 2) tonight, and will be joined by special guests Jake Shears and Dane Terry.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lunasa @ Town Hall
Although her most recent album, Songs from the Movie, reimagines tracks from her catalogue as orchestral soundtracks, folk/country vet Mary Chapin Carpenter will be performing acoustic with spare backing tonight.
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 21, 2015
photo: Mac DeMarco @ Coachella (more by Samantha Saturday)
Mac DeMarco is spending much of his summer on the festival circuit. He just played Coachella and will be appearing at Austin Levitation, Primavera, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo and more. In August he'll be playing NYC, a four show assault happening at Bowery Ballroom (8/17), Webster Hall (8/18), Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/19) and Warsaw (8/20). Tickets for all four shows go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon with AmEx presales happening for Bowery and MHOW on Wednesday (4/22) at noon.
All tour datesa are listed below.
Bombastic UK trio Muse will release their new album, Drones, on June 9. The album, their seventh, was recorded with veteran producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Def Leppard, AC/DC) and you can check out the lyric video for singles "Psycho" and "Deep Inside," below.
The band will be in NYC and Los Angeles next month playing smaller-than-usual shows, including Webster Hall on May 8. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (4/22) at 9 AM. While in NYC, Muse will also be playing the I Heart Radio Theatre on May 9 but that is a non-ticketed show with passes being given away by iHeartRadio and through Muse's fan club.
The LA show happens at The Mayan on May 15 and tickets to that show go on sale Wednesday at 10 AM Pacfic time. Those are the only Muse shows scheduled for the US currently. Videos below...
photo: Veruca Salt at MHOW in 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
'90s rockers Veruca Salt returned last year with a tour and new music which had them sounding as awesome now as they did back then. Now they're ready to hit the road again for another round of North American dates this summer.
The tour kicks off in California and then heads east, hitting NYC on July 31 at Webster Hall before ending in DC the next day. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video for one of their newer songs, as well as the one for their classic "Seether" and footage from their 2014 tour, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Atlanta's Blis. debuted in 2013 with the self-released Moving Foward EP, and earlier this year they followed it with Starting Fires in my Parents House on Soft Speak Records. Starting Fires quickly and deservedly gained some internet buzz, and then they landed a deal with Sargent House (Boris, Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe), who will release their first full length this fall.
Starting Fires has Blis. pulling equally from the kind of indie rock and post-hardcore we were getting in the early 2000s, but that (mostly) didn't start crossing paths until more recently with things like Modest Mouse / Brand New shows. They're "indie rock" in the sense that they seem to be consciously writing rock music that isn't made for the radio. It has tricky time signatures, off-kilter dynamic shifts, and vocals that some people might say "sound weird." Some moments are quiet and singer/songwriter-y, and out of nowhere they'll switch to huge power chords and piercing screams. It's really promising stuff, and this upcoming album seems like one to look out for.
Meanwhile, stream the EP and watch the new video for opening track "Floating Somewhere High and Above" below. The band's only upcoming show at the moment is hometown festival Wrecking Ball with the stacked lineup of Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, The Appleseed Cast and more (tickets).
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR, who were just in NYC for the Empire Records 20th anniversary, will be putting on another installment of their annual GWAR-B-Q this year. The fest happens in Richmond from August 14-16. Day 1 happens at two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, day 2 happens at Hadad's Lake, and the final day will have a "Brutal Brunch" at the new GWARbar.
Bands announced so far include Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, with many more TBA. Ticket info will be announced soon, and like in past years, part of the proceeds will benefit Ring Dog Rescue.
Meanwhile, the band are currently dealing with legal trouble from their late frontman Dave Brockie's father.
by Bill Pearis
Australian EBM/Industrial vets Severed Heads will be touring the US this fall, playing dates in seven cities including NYC on September 24 at Santos Party House. That's their first NYC show since 1990. Tickets to that show will be available soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.
Formed in 1979, they began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. You can stream those below. Their last major tour here was with MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember "Truth is Out of Style"? anyone?). Frontman Tom Ellard has kept the Severed Heads flag flying off-and-on ever since. Their website says a new album is due out this year.
Their tour wraps up in Chicago for the two-day Cold Waves IV Fest which happens at Metro on September 25 & 26 which also includes appearances from Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Pow Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell is not in this lineup, FYI), Lustmord, Lead Into Gold and more. Tickets for Cold Waves IV are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
Jeff Rosenstock is on tour now, having already played NYC six times this year, and he's got a seventh show here coming up. It's a free one happening on May 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the Max Levine Ensemble and other bands TBA.
Jeff is currently on a run with Chumped, which will be nearby NYC this weekend on Sunday (4/26) at Asbury Lanes (tickets). Both Jeff and Chumped were announced last night for The Fest. Updated dates are listed below.
In less happy news, at the recent Austin stop of the Jeff/Chumped tour, a woman tweeted about being "groped by five or more straight white dudes" because they said she "didn't deserve front row." Jeff took to his Twitter to call those guys out, and his series of tweets reads:
It is complete total fucking bullshit that ****** didn't get to enjoy our show tonight because of male entitlement bullshit.That is a bummer to hear.
It is COMPLETELY TOTALLY INSANE TO ME THAT A FAN WAS GROPED AND HAD FINGERS SLIPPED UP HER SKIRT TONIGHT. MALE FANS WHO DID THIS: REALLY?!?!
To whoever did this: YOU SEXUALLY ASSAULTED SOMEONE TONIGHT. YOU VIOLATED A HUMAN BEING. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
THERE IS NO PLACE FOR YOU AT OUR SHOWS IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR WOMEN. FUCKING NONE. STOP LISTENING, STOP ATTENDING.
AND STOP GOING TO PUNK SHOWS PERIOD. THIS IS A SCENE BASED ON RESPECT FOR OTHERS.
AND MAYBE JUST DON'T GO OUT IN PUBLIC UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, WE'RE ALL EQUAL AND WE ALL DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE.
Maybe I need to say this more clearly although I thought it was clear as fucking day...
IF YOU ARE SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC, RACIST, ETC. YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT OF EVERYTHING WE DO. PLEASE STOP "SUPPORTING" US IN ANY WAY
OR BETTER YET, IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND YOU'RE READING THIS... STOP. YOU CAN CHANGE. YOU CAN BE BETTER.
THE WORLD IS EVOLVING BEYOND PREJUDICE. STOP BEING A DUMBSHIT, START RESPECTING THOSE UNLIKE YOU AND BE AHEAD OF THE PACK.
Jeff's new album, We Cool?, came out earlier this year via SideOneDummy. Stream it in full, with his updated list of dates, below...