Recent Posts in tour dates

September 18, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

Ty Segall @ Webster Hall 9/17/2014
Ty Segall
Ty Segall

Ty Segall played his first of two shows at Webster Hall last night (9/17) and, as predicted, it was a bit bananas. (Also sold out.) Within the first second of the first song (the title track from new album, Manipulator), the photo pit barricades started to tip in and security had to hold them in place. After four songs or so, they stopped the show, and Ty told everyone to scoot back as they were going to push the barricades all the way up and get rid of them. After that it was a free for all, with constant stage diving, and Ty himself leaping into the crowd a few times.

Ty and the band (Mikal Cronin still on bass) ripped through 20 songs, including much of Manipulator, older favorites and a cover of opening band Wand's "Fire on the Mountain." Amongst those in the audience: Julian Casablancas, Mac DeMarco (who opened for Ty at Webster last year), Weyes Blood and Marky Ramone. Setlist, pictures and video of them doing "Manipulator" are in this post.

As for Wand (whose new album was produced by Ty), they played a muscular set of psych rock themselves. At Death by Audio the previous night their set included a cover of Brian Eno's "Here Come the Warm Jets." The night started with Chicago's Axis:Sova who will play Death by Audio tonight (9/18). Pictures from their sets are in this post as well.

Ty is back at Webster Hall tonight (9/18) this time with Seattle surf rock quartet La Luz opening, the first night of their leg of the tour together. A few tickets are still available.

More pics from last night's Webster Hall show below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall played Webster Hall w/ Wand & Axis Sova (pics, setlist); doing it again tonight, this time w/ La Luz"

Swans at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swans

Swans just played Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape this past weekend, and they've since announced that they'll play one more New York show before the year ends, this one at NYC's Warsaw on December 12, the same Greenpoint venue they played as the final NYC stop of The Seer tour. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM. All dates (the rest are in Europe) are listed below.

Swans are also reissuing a remastered version of their excellent and perfectly named debut album, Filth, on vinyl for the first time in decades on October 28. You can pre-order it now. Read what Michael Gira had to say about the album, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Swans playing Warsaw after European tour, reissuing 'Filth' on vinyl (dates)"

Vulvatron! / w/ GWAR at Riot Fest Chicago (top via FB, bottom by James Richards IV)
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Vulvatron

GWAR played Riot Fest Chicago last weekend, with the return of Blothar (aka Mike Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty) as vocalist who is leading the intergalactic band on a tour/quest this fall to, as their ongoing mythology goes, find the lost leader Oderus (the late Dave Brockie). He's actually co-leader of the band now, with new female warrior Vulvatron also on vocals. Vultatron, who made her live debut at Riot Rest, is the first female member of GWAR since Slymenstra Hymen left in 2000. In real life Vulvatron is Kim Dylla who also plays in Kung Fu Dykes (who played GWAR-B-Q 2013) and Thismeansyou, is also a visual artist, and more. Kim Kelly had a bit to say about Vulvatron over at Wondering Sound:

Why is it so important that one of the biggest bands in metal has just added a female member to its ranks to replace one of metal's biggest personalities? How could it not be? It's no secret that metal's demographics still skew heavily towards straight white cis men, but this decade has marked a definite shift; audiences are diversifying. But there is still a lot of work to be done. Representation matters, and now, all of a sudden, there's a big, brash, bold new female personality on stage with a legendary band. Moreover, she's just as gross and goofy as her male bandmates, whether she's slaying dinosaurs or disemboweling Nazi skinheads onstage or drenching her minions with the aforementioned boob-blood (a move which, as a bit of trivia, references Slymenstra's past crotch-spewing exploits).

Vulvatron's costume is skimpy, but so are those of her bandmates; it's not a Gwar show unless everyone's arse is out. She occupies a powerful role. She's nobody's girlfriend, or groupie or background dancer; Vulvatron is in charge. She gets to be a monster instead of a princess, and that is immensely important for younger girls who are just starting to explore heavy metal.

While in Chicago for Riot Fest, GWAR stopped by the AV Club to perform a punishing version of The Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" for an upcoming episode of AVC's "Undercover" series, so keep an eye out for that. Soon, Vulvatron, Blothar and the rest of GWAR's scorge will hit NYC on their tour this fall.

Empty Hearts

The Empty Hearts are a new-ish supergroup featuring Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. With a lineup like that you may expect late '70s style power pop and that's exactly what you get on their self-titled debut LP that came out this past August. You can stream one of its tracks, "90 Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street," below.

The band is also going on a short international tour in October which includes a NYC show happening on October 18 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Blondie members, you may remember that Clem Burke also plays in another supergroup, The Split Squad. And former bassist Nigel Harrison (who played and wrote during the Parallel Lines - The Hunter era) and Portishead/Radiohead drummer Clive Deamer are backing Irish sibling trio The Rua on their upcoming 2015 album Essence and live including when they make their US debut at NYC's Subculture on October 23, part of CMJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can watch the video for The Rua's single "Fight For What's Right," with the Empty Hearts song stream and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Empty Hearts (mems Blondie, The Cars) released an LP, touring; Blondie/Portishead mems backing The Rua at CMJ"

photos by Chris La Putt

Bridget Everett - 'Rock Bottom' at Joe's Pub 9/12/2014
Bridgett Everett

Mr. Shaiman, who pounds away at the piano keys during the show, and Mr. Wittman, who directed it, and her other collaborators, Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray, have not attempted to impose a demure superego on the rampaging id that is Ms. Everett. On the contrary, "Rock Bottom" lets her run as loose and sing as loud as ever, celebrating the louche life and flaunting her flair for exhibitionism -- sexual, emotional and physical -- across 90 minutes of hair-raising, jaw-dropping and, yes, sometimes cringe-making performance. This unbridled performer makes the breast-baring, mouthy Bette Midler of the 1970s seem like Julie Andrews trilling and twirling on that mountaintop in "The Sound of Music."

Ms. Everett performs 10 songs in the show, at least three of which feature titles that are not fit for print. One of the funniest finds her making sport of her own ample dimensions while using a festively colored sex toy of considerable size as a prop to help detail her rapacious exploits around the globe. - [NY Times]

Bridget Everett seems to be everywhere in NYC lately, with the official debut of her new show at Joe's Pub, Rock Bottom (which has been in previews for a while). In addition to the New York Times review, she was also on the cover of the 9/10 issue of The Village Voice. The very bawdy show, which also features frequent collaborator and Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, plays select dates through October 16 at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale and all show dates are listed below. We caught Rock Bottom last Friday (9/12) and pictures from that are in this post.

There's no Rock Bottom show tonight, but you can catch Bridget Everett tonight (9/18) at The Bell House as part of the kickoff event at the 2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Tonight's show is 'The Talent Show Presents: Gowanus Idol' and has a stacked lineup of talent, also featuring Amy Schumer, Dave Hill, Ira Glass, Bobby Tisdale, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Joseph Keckler, Eliot Glazer, Giulia Rozzi, THE ENGAGEMENTS and hosts Elna Baker and Kevin Townley. Tickets are still available.

Rock Bottom show dates, plus more pics from the show and the Voice cover, below...

Continue reading "Bridget Everett's raunchy 'Rock Bottom' now at Joe's Pub (pics); Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest begins tonight"

by Andrew Sacher

Kimbra at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kimbra

Over the summer, Kimbra announced a tour with Empress Of which hits NYC on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom. That show unsurprisingly sold out almost immediately, and the pair have now added a second NYC date happening a few days earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 3. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Kimbra will also be in NYC before that tour kicks off for a "special collaboration set" with local jazz band Kneebody at Le Poisson Rouge on September 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

Opening the LPR show is NYC's Tiny Hazard. They're planning to release their debut album next year, but ahead of that they have a one-off single, "Silhouette," which premieres in this post. It's a kind of eccentric art pop that fans of St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond or early Regina Spektor may dig. You can hear it for yourself below.

Continue reading "Kimbra expands tour w/ Empress Of, playing collaborative set w/ Kneebody at LPR w/ Tiny Hazard (who have a new song)"

by Bill Pearis

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Absolutely Free, the band that rose from the ashes of Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY, are set to release their self-titled debut album on October 14 via Lefse. The band have taken their time -- three years -- to hone their sound, that incorporates psych, pop and krautrock. (Wish Caribou still sounded like Andorra? It's in the same groovy ballpark.) We've got the premiere of "Vision's" from the album and you can stream it, and check out another track, below.

Having been a potent live force from pretty much the beginning, Absolutely Free will be on the road this fall, including an extensive US tour with Alvvays. Those dates include Alvvays' already announced show at Rough Trade on November 8 (tickets). All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

Continue reading "Absolutely Free ready debut LP (stream a track), touring this fall including US dates with Alvvays"

by Bill Pearis

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It's been a while since we've heard from Nashville's The Paperhead -- 2012, when they released their terrific single "The Picture of Her Demise" -- but the band have plotted their return. The trio still worship at the alter of Syd Barrett and Pete Townshend (circa 1966) and will release their second album, Africa Avenue, via Trouble in Mind on November 11. We've got the premiere of the very catchy opening cut, "Africa," in this post.

The Paperhead will be in NYC for CMJ with currently three shows on their schedule: The Beyond Beyond is Beyond party at Union Pool on October 22 (more details TBA); a Trouble in Mind showcase at Cake Shop on October 23 with Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, Estrogen Highs, and Negative Scanner; and a Trouble in Mind day party at Rough Trade on October 25 with the same bands. The Paperhead headline that which serves as a bridge to the evening Austin Psych Fest extravaganza there with A Place to Bury Strangers and more. More CMJ shows for The Paperhead to be announced.

Ultimate Painting, you may remember, is James Haore or Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes and their debut album is out via TiM on October 28.

Paperhead CMJ dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "The Paperhead releasing new LP (stream a track), playing CMJ including shows w/ Ultimate Painting & more (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
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Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.

Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.

Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...

Continue reading "Las Rosas release new 7" (stream it), playing Cassette Store Day party, Burger Records CMJ showcase at DbA + more"

September 17, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Beach Slang

As discussed, Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, comes out soon via Tiny Engines. You've already heard the excellent "American Girls and French Kisses" and today NPR premiered another banger from it, "Dirty Cigarettes." Where "American Girls" was one of the Slang's faster cuts, "Dirty Cigarettes" has them slowing down a bit and sounding more somber, but still dishing out some of the most quotable punk rock in recent memory. "All I want are records on my stereo, I'm better off baby when I'm all alone," singer James Snyder offers before quickly taking it back, "...that's a lie." It sounds like he's trying to convince himself more than he's trying to convince us, and it's effective. I mean who hasn't said they're "better off alone" without believing themselves for a second?

Since we last spoke, they also released the EP's opening track "All Fuzzed Out." Besides being an apt descriptor for how their guitars sound, "All Fuzzed Out" is yet another three minutes of Beach Slang in fine form. "American Girls" has James screaming in the basement with his friends, "Dirty Cigarettes" has him alone with his records, and this one's kind of a love song. "All of these sounds are really just my heart plugged in played loud." Sometimes you just can't ask for more than that.

Beach Slang recently wrapped up their tour with Modern Baseball which hit NYC earlier this month (pictures), and we mentioned they'd be back in NYC for the Saint VItus (10/14) stop of Cheap Girls' tour with Lee Corey Oswald (tickets). It's now been announced that Beach Slang and and Lee Core Oswald are actually on several dates of that tour, as are their Tiny Engines labelmates Signals Midwest (including the Vitus show).

Updated dates are listed, with the two newest song streams, below...

Continue reading "Beach Slang streaming 2 more songs from new EP; full tour w/ Cheap Girls, Lee Corey Oswald & Signals Midwest announced"

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