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April 23, 2014

Wiz Khalifa on 2013 'Under the Influence of Music' tour (more by Tim Griffin)

The 'Under the Influence of Music' hip hop tour that Wiz Khalifa co-headlined with A$AP Rocky last year will return to North America this summer. Wiz (the tour's founder) plays again, this time with Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, IAMSU! and DJ Drama. The tour hits the NYC-area for shows on July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM with Ticketmaster/Facebook/Live Nation presales starting Thursday (4/24) at 10 AM. Citi Cardmember presales are ongoing. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Wiz and Ty Dolla $ign will be in the NYC-area sooner for Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 1. Tickets for that one-day festival, which also includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Action Bronson and more, are still available.

Ty Dolla $ign also plays a free NYC show two days after Summer Jam in Red Hook Park (6/3), as part of the 2014 Summerstage season.

All 'Under the Influence of Music' dates are listed below...

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April 22, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)

Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2014 edition.

The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.

The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.

While the line-up hasn't been announced, tickets to Electric Zoo 2014 go on presale on April 29.

Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Reigning Sound

Reigning Sound, the Memphis garage rock band led by Greg Oblivian, signed to Merge back in 2012 and they're now set to release their first album for the label, Shattered, which comes out on July 15 and follows 2009's Love and Curses. You can get a taste of the new album from its lead single, "Falling Rain," along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.

Reigning Sound also have a number of tour dates planned, including a NYC show happening on May 22 at Brooklyn Bowl with local power pop trio Nude Beach, who they've toured with before and who shared a Brooklyn bill with Reigning Sound's pals Detroit Cobras earlier this year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

In related news, Nude Beach announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee), which shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering they played DG's 2014 showcase, have shared bills with DG bands recently, and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau's old band Dustheads was signed to DG as well.

They have other dates coming up before the Reigning Sound show, including a previously announced tour with The Men which hits NYC on May 10 at The Wick with more garage rock faves, Obits. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Nude Beach dates are listed, with a live video, the list of Reigning Sound dates and their album info, below...

Continue reading "Reigning Sound releasing an LP on Merge, touring, playing NYC with Nude Beach (who signed to Don Giovanni)"

Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird

Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.

Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:

The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.

At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.

Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.

Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.

Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird touring w/ new band feat. Tift Merritt, playing Summerstage & BAM's RadioLove Fest (dates & lineup)"

by Bill Pearis

PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets / The Trip to Italy
Trip to Italy

Rooftop Films is back with another summer-full of movies and live music under the stars. While the schedule hasn't been posted yet, the slate of films has. This year's line-up includes the genuinely terrific documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets which we hear won't be out till 2015 in the US; The Trip to Italy which features more of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon eating, arguing and impersonating Michael Caine; The Skeleton Twins, the new film starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader that's a drama not a comedy; Lukas Moodysson's acclaimed '80s-set girl/punk comedy We Are the Best! (which also screens at BAM); Sundance Fest hit Appropriate Behavior; dramedy; The One I Love which stars Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss; coming-of-age comedy Ping Pong Summer, and more. Full line-up below.

The 2014 season kicks off on May 16 at Industry City in Sunset Park with a short film program, and the following night (5/17) at Industry City it's a sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre's comedy Obvious Child which stars Jenny Slate and Gabby Hoffman. Ticket info -- and the live music portion of those events -- will be announced soon but you can watch the trailer for Obvious Child, and check out the 2014 Rooftop Films line-up, below.

Continue reading "Rooftop Films 2014 line-up announced: Pulp documentary, Steve Coogan's 'The Trip to Italy' and lots more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers / Beverly @ Cake Shop, 4/21/2014
Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers were in town over the weekend to play Saturday's Kanine-curated Brooklyn Night Bazaar show (4/19) and stuck around to play Cake Shop on Monday (4/21). The band are sounding strong these days, thanks in part to a great new album, The Drop Beneath. Next month, Eternal Summers will be on tour with UK group Maximo Park for a few West Coast dates, and those are listed below.

Joining them at the Cake Shop show were their Kanine labelmates Beverly, who had made their full band live debut on Friday (4/18) at BKNB. Originally a duo with Frankie Rose, Drew Citron (who's in the current lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) now leads the Rose-less four-piece live version of Beverly. I caught the Night Bazaar show and they seemed to have it pretty down right out of the gate. It helps in no small part that Beverly's songs are ridiculously catchy, crunchy and not too sweet -- part Breeders (think "Divine Hammer"), part early Weezer. Their album, Careers, is out July 1. No other live dates at the moment -- TPOBPAH are about to head out on tour -- but stay tuned.

Both Eternal Summers and Beverly were on the Kanine RSD14 compilation Non Violent Femmes. Did anyone pick that up over the weekend?

Sapphire Mansions
Sapphire Mansions

Sandwiched in between were Brooklyn's Sapphire Mansions whose crystalline sound recalls a variety of '80s UK influences. Their debut EP is really good and while they don't have another show lined up at the moment, they play around frequently so be on the lookout for their next show.

In related Kanine news, also playing over the weekend were UK band Fear of Men whose debut album is out today. As mentioned, they're sticking around to play a free release party at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (4/23). It's an early show (doors are at 7:30 PM), Las Rosas play first and the whole thing is over by 10 PM. They're worth catching.

More pics from Cake Shop below...

Continue reading "Eternal Summers and Beverly played Cake Shop w/ Sapphire Mansions after separate BK Bazaar shows (pics)"

Aaron and the rest of FREEMAN, the band

Aaron Freeman no longer goes by Gene Ween but he has not stopped making music. Following 2012's Marvelous Clouds , which used lyrics by Rod McKuen, he's now set to release his first album of original material which will be out July 22. Now sober and now going by FREEMAN, he says of the album, "I want this record to pay homage to Ween. These are the same songs I would've written in Ween --- except without Mickey."

The first song from the album, "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man," was just released, for real, via Jack Black's Facebook. You can stream it below.

FREEMAN, which is also the name of his new five-piece band, will be playing shows this summer, including two in NYC: July 22 at Mercury Lounge and July 23 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's All Right are already on sale, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

Continue reading "Gene Ween is now FREEMAN, new LP in July (stream a track) ++ 2 NYC shows and other dates"

by Bill Pearis

Bryan Ferry @ Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Bryan Ferry

Onetime Roxy Music frontman and general suave dude Bryan Ferry just wrapped up appearances at Coachella 2014 and other spots in California. Named for a song from 1978's solo LP, The Bride Stripped Bare, the "Can't Let Go Tour" is heavy on Roxy material and cherry-picks favorites from his solo career as well. The West Coast dates have been well-received:

His band, as always, is loaded with younger aces who can fairly well replicate recorded versions, though they tend to rush tempos and aren't as dynamic at expanding frameworks the way the real Roxy could. But at 68, and allowing his gray to be seen more, Ferry is mostly intact. It's only noticeable how he avoids his upper range, particularly on wilder material like opening salvo "Re-Make/Re-Model" and roaring takes on "Virginia Plain" and "Editions of You" toward the end. Even on the disco thriller "Love Is the Drug," he leaves the high holler to his backing singers, forming a vocal meld as plush as it is distinctive.

"Hope you like the selections we have tonight from the various albums over the years," he said after "Ladytron," another Roxy debut-album favorite. And though plenty of fans have been griping about the hot temps in the balcony, who would complain about the set list? - [The OC Register]

You can check out the setlist from Ferry's 4/14 show at Oakland's Fox Theater below.

The "Can't Let Go Tour" will be making its way east this fall, including a stop in NYC at The Beacon Theatre on October 1 which is pretty much the perfect place to see a class act like Ferry. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM, with AmEx, Chase and artist presales starting Wednesday at 10 AM. The artist presale password is "CountryLife". Maybe by that time he'll have worked up a rendition of his Todd Terje collaboration, "Jonny and Mary." If you haven't heard that you can stream it below.

All tour dates are listed, along with the Oakland setlist and a full Roxy Music concert from 1980, below...

Continue reading "Bryan Ferry announces East Coast tour, playing Beacon Theatre in NYC (dates, recent setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher


If you've read about Philly's Kite Party on the internet, you may have seen something about their punk connection. Noisey basically called them ex-skate punk kids, and they're one of the only bands of their kind to be featured on AltPress. They were also namedropped by Tom May of fellow Philly band The Menzingers in our interview with him about other Philly bands he's been listening to, they've played The Fest, and they're on the mostly-punk/emo/post-hardcore label Animal Style Records, who's put out releases by Transit, The Story So Far, Mixtapes, O'Brother and more.

Kite Party are actually pretty far from a punk band though. They're a lot closer to the chilled-out, sunny indie rock of Real Estate or Mac DeMarco than fellow Fest alumni. You can hear them for yourself on "Supervillain," the new single from their upcoming album, Come On Wandering, which premieres in this post. The album will be out on May 6 via Animal Style and can be pre-ordered here. Album artwork, tracklist and the new song, below.

Kite Party will also be heading out on a short US tour in late May with Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw) which kicks off in NYC at Bushwick DIY venue David Blaine's The Steakhouse on May 22. All dates are listed, with the new song and more, below...

Continue reading "Kite Party releasing an LP, touring w/ Three Man Cannon (dates & new song stream)"

Upset at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Upset, whose lineup includes former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler (on guitar/vocals) and former Hole drummer Patty Schemel (on drums), are set to tour Australia with White Lung (who have a new album on the way) in June, but before that they'll play a few US shows. One of those happens in NYC at Death by Audio on May 9, where they'll be joined by melodic punks Aye Nako and indie rockers Palehound for solid local support. $5 advanced tickets for that show are on sale now. All Upset dates are listed below.

In related news, Swearin' (whose Kyle Gilbride produced and has played in Upset) and their pals/labelmates Radiator Hospital (who share drummer Jeff Bolt and whose album was also produced by Kyle) are teaming up to play the 50th issue party for contribution-based zine The Miscreant (that new issue features Swearin') at Brooklyn's Silent Barn on May 3. Solid local support on that show comes from indie rockers LVL UP and bedroom folk singer Whatever, Dad, plus Bad Cello. The Media will be there with zines too. Show flyer below.

Stream some standout tracks from Upset, Swearin' and Radiator Hospital, with the list of Upset dates and Miscreant show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Upset playing NYC w/ Aye Nako before tour w/ White Lung; Swearin & Radiator Hospital playing The Miscreant zine party"