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February 27, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


The masked four-piece pictured above is NYC's Scrapers, who feature former Roger Miret and the Disasters bassist Brian Darwas, plus vocalist Bee Wiseman (aka "Mr. Bee," head barber at Frank's Chop Shop), Sol Keller, and Dodi Wiemuth. This past January, they released their new album, Dark Party, which is nine songs of early '80s-style hardcore. None of them pass the two-minute park, a handful don't even hit the one-minute mark, and all of them rip. Listen below.

Scrapers play their hometown on Saturday (2/28) at Aviv (496 Morgan) with the great Couch Slut (who also play Coco 66 tonight), Chain Gang Grave and The Gentlemen. The all ages show starts at 8 PM, and admission is $5 at the door.

Stream Dark Party below...

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photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister

Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.

Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.

Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.

Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.

Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.

And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.

Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...

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photo: Death Valley Girls @ Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)

Australian party rock duo The Gooch Palms have expanded their tour with LA riff-n-wailers Death Valley Girls to include East Coast dates as well, including a stop in NYC at Silent Barn on May 12. The rest of that lineup is still TBA, and we also wouldn't be surprised if the two bands add another NYC show while here. All dates are listed below.

The Gooch Palms recently released a new 7" single and you can watch a video from that below. Death Valley Girls (who no longer include Patty Schemel as a member) released the "Electric High" single back in December and you can stream that below as well.

All tour dates for each band are listed below...

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Direct Effect

Florida hardcore band Direct Effect released their solid debut album, Sunburn, last year, and they've now signed to Jade Tree for its followup. That makes them one of a handful of newer bands to recently join the label, including Dark Blue, You Blew It!, Spraynard, and Dogs On Acid (members of Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing and Hop Along). Stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, revisit Sunburn below.

Direct Effect also have a tour coming up, which begins in NYC on Saturday (2/28) at 538 Johnson. All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jack Ladder

Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.

The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Australia's HTRK released their latest album, Psychic 9-5 Club, last year via Ghostly. It was the first album made as a duo, following the death of Sean Stewart who died during the making of 2011's Work (work, work). Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang deliver their most hushed, electronic-based HTRK album to date and you can stream it via Rdio below.

In other news, their acclaimed, Rowland S Howard-produced 2009 debut, Marry Me Tonight is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever and that comes out via Ghostly on April 28. Only 500 copies are being made and preorders are available now. You can stream the album below.

HTRK are currently in North America and are playing Mexico City's Festival NRMAL on Sunday (3/1). Right after that, they'll head to NYC for two shows: Tuesday (3/3) at Baby's All Right with Blazer Sound System, and Kiki Kudo (tickets), and then they'll play the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on March 4 with Pop. 1280.

All dates are listed, along with album streams and a video, below...

Continue reading "HTRK released new album, reissuing debut on vinyl, on tour in North America, playing two NYC shows (dates, LP streams)"

Kayo Dot @ Merc - 2/25/15 (photo by Chris Clarke)
Kayo Dot

Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (2/25) with Enablers, Insect Ark, and Center Divider. That's a pic from the show above. Did you go? How was it?

Toby's next announced NYC appearances (though it won't be a surprise if he plays here sooner) happen during his residency at The Stone from August 25-30. He's the curator and will also be performing with various groups each night.

His other long-running experimental metal band Maudlin of the Well plays 8 PM and 10 PM sets on August 25, and then on August 26, Kayo Dot play their 2003 album Choirs of the Eye at the 8 PM set and their 2010 album Coyote at the 10 PM set.

On August 27, his duo with former Kayo Dot member Mia Matsumiya, Tarter Lamb, will be joined by Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) to perform their 2007 debut Sixty Metonymies at the 8 PM set. Then at the 10 PM set, Toby and friends play the score he wrote for the dance film Ichneumonidae, followed by Kayo Dot playing their 2011 EP, Stained Glass.

Toby plays solo ballads "for the haters" at 8 PM on August 28, followed by a 10 PM set by The Tanks, his trio with drummer Ches Smith and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Then on August 29, it's an 8 PM set by Stern, the Chuck Stern-fronted band that Toby plays guitar in, followed by another Kayo Dot set of current material at 10 PM. And finally on August 30, it's two more solo sets from Toby, the latter being new chamber works.

Browse the schedule for the residency, with full lineups for each night, below...

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Chris Brokaw

Chris Brokaw, who's played in Codeine, Come, Wrekmeister Harmonies and many other groups, will release his new album, The Periscope Twin, on March 17 via 12XU. The double LP consists of two solo pieces (one with electronics, one with guitar), each 40-45 minutes long and recorded in one take with no overdubs. You can stream a portion of the guitar half, titled "Skating Under Glass, Living Like A King," below.

Brokaw, who toured last year with Bob Mould, will be hitting the road next month, with three NYC appearances. He'll play Secret Project Robot on March 11 as a duo with Kid Millions and "special guests"; then Union Pool on March 12 with guests Norman Westberg (of Swans) and Matthew Mullane; and then Trans-Pecos on April 17, details TBA.

All dates are listed below...

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photo by Annie Grapek

We profiled Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse last spring ahead of the release of their debut LP Tesseract that they dropped for free that summer on bandcamp. The band since signed to Bayonet (Dustin from Beach Fossils' new label) and plan to re-release Tesseract on the label on March 3. The bandcamp's stream been taken down, but you can listen to "Promethean Gaze" below.

Warehouse are currently on tour with Breathers, which hits NYC twice this weekend. The first is tonight (2/27) at new Bushwick venue Alphaville with True Blue on the bill too. Admission is $8 at doors. More info at the Facebook event. Then, they play Cameo on Saturday (2/28) with Caged Animals and Turnip King. Advance tickets for that one are on sale.

All dates are listed on the tour flyer below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: City of Ships at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)
City of Ships

City of Ships are releasing the followup to 2011's Minor World this year with Ultraluminal, due April 21 via Science of Silence Records. If you're unfamiliar with the band, consider that they've released a split and toured with Rosetta, and that they're on a Hum tribute album, and you've probably got a pretty good idea of their sound. Also, if you've ever heard Deftones cover Jawbox, they're a little like that too. Get a taste of the new album from the single "Alarm," below.

They'll celebrate the record with a release show in Brooklyn on April 5 at Saint Vitus, where they'll actually be the opener on the previously-mentioned Single Mothers / Dirty Nil show. Tickets are still available. After that show they'll head to Europe to tour there with Junius. All dates are listed below.

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