Recent Posts in tour dates
October 30, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Haymaker at A389 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Ontario's long-running hardcore/grind act Haymaker re-emerged in 2013 with their first recordings in almost 10 years for A389 Recordings, who work with a lot of bands that fit the above genre tag. Right after they play the label's 11th anniversary bash in 2015 (which they are no strangers to), Haymaker will be stopping in to brutalize NYC residents with a show on January 17 at the Acheron with Boston hardcore traditionalists Rival Mob, Texas powerviolence outfit Sex Prisoner (also playing A389 Bash), and locals Brain Slug (who also play the recently-announced Blacklisted show at the same venue). Tickets for this sure-to-be-violent show are on sale now.
Check out a stream of the recent Haymaker tracks below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band put out their new 5-song LP, Intensity Ghost, this week via No Quarter records. Pulling equally from The Grateful Dead's jams and Television's guitar workouts on Marquee Moon, Chris and the band know how to get into a groove, but they're never just aimlessly jamming. Stream two tracks, including the 11-minute "The Ballad of Freer Hollow," below.
They'll be celebrating the new album with release shows in NYC and Philly followed by a tour. The NYC show happens Sunday (11/2) at Baby's All Right with support from Zachary Cale and VBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Downtown Boys at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Their singer spent most of the time on the floor, and the other musicians often joined her. Meanwhile, a few crowd members (who the band appeared to know personally) spent the show dancing on stage. In between songs, the band preached equality for all genders, races and sexual orientations, and delivered these speeches in both Spanish and English. (She once pointed out how when she spoke in Spanish it was alienating to the non-Spanish speakers as an example of how many groups of people feel alienated in American society.) The band's hi-speed, danceable saxophone-fueled punk was also a total party.Providence's Downtown Boys are one of those bands you just have to see live (I wrote the above when I saw them earlier this year), but the recordings are great too so it's exciting to learn that they've signed to Don Giovanni for their debut album which will be out in 2015. That album will follow their 7" that came out earlier this year on Sister Polygon, the label run by another Don Giovanni band, Priests.
Downtown Boys are promising a summer tour for 2015, but as of now they only have two upcoming shows booked for November (none in NYC), including one with their new DG labelmates Screaming Females. Those dates are listed, with a stream of their 7", below...
photos by Chris La Putt
White Fence at BVCMJ 2014
White Fence just wrapped up their tour -- with Cate Le Bon on second guitar! -- ending with a bunch of CMJ dates, including our Saturday party. We've got a second set of pictures from our show you can check out in this post.
Before the North American tour, White Fence were across the pond for Liverpool Psych Fest which happened in September. Tim Presley contributed a new White Fence song, "Before He Met Her (Decomposing Lime)" for a double-7" compilation made just for the fest by UK label Sonic Catherdral. Moragn Delt, Psychic Ills and a few others contributed to the six-song split as well. Titled Psych for Sore Eyes 2 with pretty rad packaging, it sold out its run pretty much immediately -- and crashed Big Cartel's webshop -- but will get a digital release on Monday (11/3). (We hear a few more copies have turned up so check back at Sonic Cathedral's website.) White Fence's song from the compilation makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.
Artwork and tracklist for Psych for Sore Eyes 2 and more pics, also below...
Philly hardcore experimenters Blacklisted already appeared at This Is Hardcore, Deathwish Fest, and a NYC one-off this year, and now they've got two more shows scheduled for 2014: one in NYC and one in Philly. The Philly show is 11/15 and the NYC show happens one day later on November 16 at the Acheron with Brain Slug and Razorheads. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
Blacklisted will also finally be releasing a followup album to 2009's excellent No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me next year. No release date has been set yet, but it's called When People Grow, People Go. They played the title track at their NYC show in June, and you can watch a video of that below.
Blacklisted singer George Hirsch also just put out a solo album with his Harm Wulf project this week on Deathwish. It's called There's Honey In The Soil So We Wait For The Till, and abandons the hardcore of his main band in favor of pulling from dark folk. You can stream that below too.
Cover art to new Pagans' LP
While Pere Ubu and other Ohio cousins were offering only cerebral dissonance, the 1977 punk explosion visited Cleveland in the form of the Pagans. Picking up where the departed (for NYC) Dead Boys left off, the Pagans were younger, louder and, if not as snotty, better in other ways. Led by raspy-voiced Mike Hudson, this slam-dunk garage quartet produced a small stack of classic singles: "Not Now No Way," "Street Where Nobody Lives" and "What's This Shit Called Love" (later covered by the Meatmen) are all down and dirty, glorious three-chord excursions into the filth and the fury.- [Trouser Press]The original lineup of Cleveland punks The Pagans broke up before ever making an album, though main man Mike Hudson put together versions of The Pagans for tours and a few recordings since. Hudson has lit the torch under The Pagans again in earnest and they'll release Hollywood High -- the first Pagans album in nearly 25 years -- next week (11/4) via Ruin Discos. That's the cover art above and Hudson explains it's significance to the album:
The front cover is a photo of Evita Corby taken by the legendary Irish crooner and bass player Phil Lynott in the dining room of legendary LA club owner Elmer Valentine's house, which burned down shortly afterward. The songs on this record are about Mrs. Corby, who I fell madly in love with when the famous LA / Detroit band The Dogs did a cover version of 'Her Name Was Jane,' a song I wrote almost 40 years ago. They flew me out here, she was the chick in the video, our first date was a week in Vegas. Evita is probably best known as the cover girl on Iggy and the Stooges Kill City LP and as the wife of Michael Corby, who fronted the well known 80's band The Babys...She was my everything.You can stream "Fame Whore" off the album, which makes its premiere in this post, below.
"Fame Whore" is also the title of Mike Hudson's new novel, which is also loosely based on his relationship with Evita Corby. Some context: after his punk career, Hudson became a crime reporter in Niagra Falls and later used his skils to pen his highly-regarded memoir, Diary of a Punk: Life and Death in the Pagans which is well worth picking up.
The only upcoming Pagans date is an in-store at Los Angeles' Blue Bag Records on December 6 where they'll play semi-acoustic and Hudson will also read from Fame Whore.
Song stream below...
When Gary Mundy formed Ramleh and the Broken Flag label in 1982, he was a primary participant in the UK power electronics scene, which attempted to outdo the industrial template first drawn by Throbbing Gristle. Very much a product of their time, his recordings were violent sonic bursts laced with proto-fascist and misogynist imagery, given vulgar titles meant to shock. Mundy and co-conspirator Philip Best quickly rose from this noise ghetto by applying the scene's best aspects (experimentation, improvisation, volume) to a more traditional rock format. Along with its sister group Skullflower, Ramleh laid the foundations for improvisational noise rock with a stubborn intensity that catered to no one. The band rarely issued records in quantities greater than 500, live shows were few and far between and cover art and liner notes were filled with cryptic drawings, photographs and abstract writings. Their sound remained reliably rooted in an unwavering formula: plodding heavy drums, an endlessly repetitive low-end bass groove and wave upon wave of guitar screech. - [Trouser Press]British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, will be playing two rare NYC shows in NYC in early 2015: January 28 at Home Sweet Home for Nothing Changes with JFK and Kleistwahr, and then January 29 at Saint Vitus with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Ramleh are promising each night wil completely different, divergent sets. Tickets to both shows go on sale Monday (11/3) at noon.
JFK is one of Anthony di Franco's solo projects, and Kleistwahr is the solo moniker of Gary Mundy. The three local acts on the VItus show fit the bill well too, and you can also catch Alberich at the same venue on 11/6 (tickets). These are Ramleh's only North American dates that we know of. A few Ramleh streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sick Feeling at BV-RBSS show at Palisades (more by Ryan Muir)
When we first heard Sick Feeling's tracks on Soundcloud, they came off like a scuzzy lo-fi punk band, but "Liberal Arts," the first single from their debut LP, Suburban Myth, is much different. This one has the band -- whose lineup includes members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and more -- sounding more like something that could've come out on Equal Vision in 2001. The production is much higher quality than those early tracks, the riffs are dissonant and metallic, and singer Jesse Miller-Gordon sounds like he's killing his vocal cords with every note. It's a great song, and you can check it out (via FADER) below. The album comes out January 20 via Terrible Records and Geoff Rickly's Collect Records.
Sick Feeling will also be touring the West Coast in November with Geoff Rickly's band United Nations, which is pretty much a perfect pairing. All of those dates are listed, with the new song, below...
TVOTR at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TV on the Radio's new album Seeds is coming out November 18 via Harvest, and their tour in support of it includes sold-out NYC shows at The Apollo on 11/18 and MHOW on 11/21 & 22. Now there's one more chance to see them though, and it's an intimate one. They'll play Rough Trade on November 19 which is free as long as you purchase their new album from the Rough Trade store and get a wristband, starting 11/17 at 11 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with streams of two tracks from the new album, below. You can also download a third track via Samsung.
While there hasn't been a formal announcement, it looks like Wanda Jackson's fall tour -- which was to have hit NYC's Bowery Ballroom on November 16 -- has been canceled. Bowery's site says:
Due to a medical issue we regretfully are forced to cancel Wanda's upcoming performances in October. Wanda will be fine and she looks forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible! Thank you for the all of the well wishes and prayers.That note clearly also applies to November as she's got no tour dates on her schedule currently. Wanda, glad to hear you're ok. Get well and see you soon.