Recent Posts in tour dates
May 21, 2013
The National in Ithaca (more by PSquared Photography)
The National's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, is out today (Pitchfork gave it Best New Music) and the band took a night from their just-started tour to play The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Video of that is below.
The band are still in town and will celebrate the new record tonight (5/21) with a very intimate show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that go on sale at noon. Good luck.
UPDATE: They're playing small NYC clubs all day, apparently, including Public Assembly at 5 PM. To go to that, email email@example.com and confirmation emails will be sent by 3 PM. There may be more and you can follow their Twitter to find out.
Letterman video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn-based band Slow Warm Death is the current project of John Galm, who previously fronted the beloved math-emo band Snowing (and before that Street Smart Cyclist), but for this project he's taking the lo-fi/garage rock route, and he does the sound just as well and genuine as his previous style. They've shared local bills with bands like Literature and LODRO, and if you're into that kind of scene, Slow Warm Death will be right up your alley.
This past March, Slow Warm Death released their self-titled album on limited edition cassette (which is now sold out) and digitally. For a guy whose previous bands included lots of noodley guitar playing, on this record, the guitars are thick and rhythm oriented. It's got a punked up style that brings to mind bands like The Stooges or even that recent Ceremony album, but it's not without its hooks either. You can stream the album in full below or download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
As usual, the band have some local dates scheduled, including this Saturday (5/25) at Shea Stadium opening the previously discussed Lemuria show, which also has Bridge and Tunnel and Jeff Rosenstock (of Bomb the Music Industry) on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available. After that, they have shows scheduled at The Paper Box on June 3 with Honeydrum and Mannequin Pussy (tickets) and Cake Shop on June 9 with Nona, The Guts and Crow Bait.
UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, they also play Suburbia on Friday (5/24) (330 Melrose St. in Brooklyn).
Flyer for the Paper Box show, a live video, and the album stream below...
May 20, 2013
Death Grips at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Punk-rap crew Death Grips are touring internationally this spring/summer, and in August, surrounding their appearances at Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and FYF Fest, they'll come to NYC for a show on August 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (5/22) at noon.
In related news, drummer Zach Hill, who isn't currently on tour with them in Europe, is working on a film, which Death Grips will be soundtracking. The group also have a new album planned.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Town Hall, 5/17/2013 (via @danatrixieflynn Instagram)
The Blind Boys of Alabama tour hit NYC on Friday (5/17) at Town Hall with Betty LaVette. The group have just announced they've signed with Sony Masterworks who will release their new album this fall. "We are thrilled to be on our new label, and we have a real surprise on the way with this new album. I think it's the coolest thing we've ever done," says 80-something singer Jimmy Carter who is the last original member still touring with The Blind Boys. That surprise, or at least one of them, is that Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will produce the album. Special guests are promised too and we'll just have to wait to find out what's in store.
In the meantime, Blind Boys of Alamaba's tour rolls on. All dates are listed below.
Kirin J Callinan at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Kirin J Callinan, who played 285 Kent and a private show last week, and who will be back next month while on tour with Ariel Pink, has added a FREE last minute Brooklyn show at Public Assembly tonight (5/20) with Diamond Terrifier, Amen Dunes (who played our show at Knitting Factory last week - photos HERE and HERE), Uumans, and more.
The Public Assembly show may be the first time Callinan and Diamond Terrifier aka Sam Hillmer (aka Zs) will be performing as labelmates. DT recently signed to the label co-run by a member of Grizzly Bear, as we briefly mentioned before. The show is the record release party for DT's The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, due on May 28. Kirin's debut album Embracism is due out July 2nd via Terrible Records in partnership with XL Recordings.
Videos for Diamond Terrifier's "Triple Gem" (which we premiered) and Kirin J Callnin's NSFW "Embracism," as well as the show flyer are below.
by Andrew Sacher
San Francisco producer oOoOO has put out a few solid EPs on the Tri Angle label over the past couple of years, and now he's finally set to release his debut full length, which is called Without Your Love. The album will come out on June 24 via his own label which is called Nihjgt Feelings, and no, that wasn't a typo. oOoOO has released two singles from the album so far, including the super-dark "Mouchette" and "Stay Here," which features some auto-tuned R&B vocals from ML. Check those out, along with the album art and tracklist, below.
As mentioned, oOoOO will be going on a tour with Groundislava, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, both artists will play their own shows at Brooklyn venue Glasslands before the tour begins. oOoOO's show is a previously discussed date happening on May 23 with Selebrities and Dark Sister. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win tickets are below.
In related news, we recently posted pictures and a video from oOoOO collaborator Butterclock on BV Chicago.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams and album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Roomrunner at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Baltimore's Roomrunner are releasing their debut LP, Ideal Cities, next week (5/28) via Fan Death, but you can now listen to it ahead of its release date at SPIN. When last writing about the album, I said:
The album has the clearest production of anything the band has put out to date, but it's far from overly polished. Guitar riffs pile on top of each other in a Siamese Dream/In Utero sort of way, putting Roomrunner in a league of other current bands like California X and Milk Music that actually make the term "grunge" sound appealing again.As mentioned, they'll be playing a few dates in June with Mikal Cronin (who is touring in support of his excellent new LP, MCII) and Shannon and the Clams, including the NYC show happening on June 20 at Ballroom (tickets). Around that time, Roomrunner will also play a record release show on June 13 at Death by Audio, where they were initially supposed to play a release show in May but cancelled.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video of them playing "Bait Car" at Death by Audio, below...
by Bill Pearis
Local indie rockers Old Monk are busy finishing the follow-up to 2012's Birds of Belize, a record that should be out in early 2014. Meanwhile, the band have a stopgap single out now on Eenie Meenie, the very catchy "Seymour." We've got the premiere of its video in this post. Using 8-bit graphics it works in references to Pitfall!, plus a slew of classic films (Safety Last, Annie Hall, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly to name three) and was directed/animated by Josh Carrafa who you may know from his Music History Gifs website. You can check it out below.
Old Monk also have a few NYC shows coming up: June 8 at Knitting Factory with The Vansaders, The Marshmallows and The Brooklyn What (tix); then June 18 at Cameo; and June 28 at Ludlow St. club Leftfield. Those dates are listed, along with that video, below.
photos by PSquared Photography
The National at State Theater - 5/16/13
As mentioned, The National are releasing their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, this week (5/21), and they kicked off their international tour in support of it last week (5/16) just a few hours upstate of their hometown at Ithaca's State Theater. Pictures from that show are in this post.
At that show, they played almost the entirety of the new album, including all three singles, "Sea of Love", "Don't Swallow the Cap", and "Demons", and a number of other highlights like "I Should Live In Salt" and "I Need My Girl." They spread the new tracks apart pretty well though, making room for tons of old favorites like "Daughters of the Soho Riots," "Fake Empire," "Mr. November," "Afraid of Everyone," and more. Check out the full setlist below.
As mentioned, The National's tour brings them to their hometown for their largest show there yet on June 5 at Barclays Center with Youth Lagoon (who also just played NYC). Tickets for the Barclays Center show are still available and we're also giving away a pair.
More pictures and the setlist from the Ithaca show below...
Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Coachella wrapped up another successful year this past April, and they've just announced the dates for their 2014 installment of the festival. Weekend one happens from April 11-13, 2014 and weekend two happens from April 18-20. An advance sale for the 2014 festival begins at Coachella's site on Friday (5/24) at 1 PM EST.