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June 29, 2015

photo: Ceremony at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Ceremony's tour in support of their new Joy Division-y The L-Shaped Man hits NYC this Wednesday (7/1) at Bowery Ballroom with the great bill of Pity Sex, Tony Molina and Uniform (tickets). For any New Yorkers who'd like to see it in a smaller (and sweatier) location, or just catch them twice, you're in luck. That same lineup with Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney in place of Uniform will hit Shea Stadium on Thursday (7/2). Tickets are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, with videos, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Massachusetts post-rockers Caspian will release their new album, Dust and Disquiet, on September 25 via Triple Crown (pre-order). The album's first single is "Sad Heart of Mine," which has Caspian's soaring buildup-climax-release formula sounding great as ever. Listen and check out the tracklist below. That's the artwork, designed by Jordan Butcher, above.

The band will support the album on a tour with experimental post-hardcore band Circle Takes the Square, which is a killer double bill. Eardrums will be blown, and jaws will be dropped.

The tour hits NYC on September 19 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/1) at noon.

Circle Takes the Square's last album was 2012's Decompositions: Volume Number One, the long-awaited followup to their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo. Stream it in full, with the new Caspian song and list of tour dates, below...

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While you may not think a festival curated by Slipknot is a thing you wanted to attend, the lineup is actually pretty awesome for their annual Knotfest this year. They've got cool stuff like Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, Corrosion of Confirmity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, At the Gates, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Helmet, Red Fang, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and more. Early bird, VIP, and camping passes go on sale today (6/29) via the festival's website.

The fest happens October 24-25 at at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Full day-by-day lineup below...

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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 6/25/15

Last night, Mogwai played the Roundhouse for the second time in as many nights so we could celebrate their 20th year with them.

Mogwai live is a genuinely physical experience. They're one of those bands that, on seeing them live, you'll never listen to the records in the same way ever again. A career-spanning, 90 minute set followed the band's quiet/loud/quiet/loud/LOUD song structure giving the entire experience the same ebb and flow of one of their career-defining songs. Calm moments in 'Stanley Kubrick' and 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' are played against full-out assaults of 'Batcat', 'Christmas Steps' and 20 minute encore closer 'My Father My King'. [The 405]

Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and part of that celebration includes the band curating a series of ATP shows at London's Roundhouse. The first two were headlined by Mogwai themselves last week, and we've got pictures of night 2 (6/25). That one had Forest Swords and Sacred Paws on the bill too, but we missed the openers unfortunately. Remaining shows include Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Tuesday (6/30) and The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Psychocandy on July 5.

Also in celebration of the anniversary, they're releasing the career-spanning compilation, Central Belters. The band writes:

Today, we announce the release of Central Belters, a set of career highlights and rarities, available to buy in a limited edition 3xCD or 6xLP box set via Rock Action Records from 9 October. Tracks on the collection span our 20 year career taking in highlights from our debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) all the way through to last year's Rave Tapes.
You can check out the tracklist, the new video for "Helicon 1" (via Noisey), and more pictures from the London show, below...

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June 26, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


What does OSHUN mean?

Oshun is a Yoruba deity--a West African, traditional deity. She's a goddess, and she governs over sweet waters. She's basically the mother of love, fertility, wealth, and diplomacy. At the time that we decided to come together, her energy was just very present. It was primarily Niambi's idea because she had more knowledge on Oshun, but we both felt her energy and felt moved to dedicate the music to her and all of Yoruba culture.

How would you describe your sound?

T: Incense burning in water. Even though the flame should go out in the water, it doesn't for whatever reason. We definitely have coined our own genre, which we call "Iya-Sol." "Iya" is a Yoruba term meaning priestess, teacher, or mother, and "Sol" meaning your literal soul, soul music, or the sun--the sun being the source of everything.

N: I think "Iya-Sol" is really specific to the sound. I think that we're most closely related to R&B and hip-hop, but we also have a lot in common with gospel music, as far as the message and the content. Even though our music isn't always about God, everything still has that connection. There's always a problem and a solution. [Complex interview with Oshun]

Oshun is the duo of Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, who (as they say in the above-quoted interview) have a sound pulling from R&B, hip hop, and gospel. Or as they succinctly put it on Facebook, "Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef." The first thing you'll notice about Oshun's music though, is the political message and cultural pride. We're currently living in a time where the Black Lives Matter movement is increasingly prevalent, and more and more musicians are making excellent records with the movement's goals in mind. Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples did so on major label albums this year, and Oshun did on their recent ASASE YAA mixtape.

They open the mixtape with the spiritual slave song "Wade In The Water," only to be interrupted by an angry white man's voice yelling to stop singing and get back to work. Triumphant horns follow, the beat drops, and Thandiwe and Niambi Sala introduce their "Iya-Sol" with the defiant lead song "PREEECH." Throughout the mixtape, they blend boom bap-style production with modern sounds, and transition seamlessly from neo-soul cooing to rapping. The whole thing sounds like the work of two seasoned musicians, not the first mixtape from a duo who's still in college. Listen for yourself by streaming it below or downloading it for free at DatPiff.

Oshun have two shows coming up at the moment, both in NYC. The first is this Saturday (6/27) at C'mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave in Brooklyn) with Princess Nokia and Mal Devisa (tickets). Then in July they play a multi-genre bill at Palisades (7/10) with I.O.D., Show Me The Body and Salomon Faye (tickets).

Mixtape stream below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Lemon Twigs

Brian and Michael D'Addario hail from Long Island and make psychedelic pop together as The Lemon Twigs. Their debut, a cassette called What We Know, will be out next week (6/30) via Winspear. You can stream the entire album below.

The Lemon Twigs, who you may have seen opening for Foxygen last year, will be playing two NYC shows this weekend: tonight (6/26) at Elvis Guesthouse ($10 at the door), and Saturday (6/27) at Baby's All Right with headliner Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), plus Fungi Girls, Jackie Cohen, and Arkansas band Los Cripis (tickets).

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by Andrew Sacher

Dope Body

Baltimore noisemakers Dope Body are releasing the followup to last year's Lifer with the new album Kunk on August 28 via Drag City. First single "Old Grey" has all the noise and discordance you expect from Dope Body with a thudding Big Black-esque rhythm section. Listen below.

Dope Body are going on an extensive European tour after the album comes out, but before that they'll play their first NYC show of 2015 on Saturday (6/27) at Aviv. That show is with Show Me The Body, Banned Books and Dadras. Tickets are on sale now.

Aviv show flyer, list of tour dates, and new song stream, below...

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by Arielle Gordon

2015 UCB Del Close Marathon

We all, in life, measure the length of our years not temporally, but in meaningful, personal intervals - in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in Del Close Marathons. Yes, you heard me: the annual three-day improv extravaganza is once again upon us. Now in its seventeenth year, the Upright Citizens Brigade's annual festival has expanded from one theatre to nine featuring 636 improv shows! And just like music festivals, there is an unbelievable amount of talent (Mike Birbiglia, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Matzoukas, Nick Kroll, and SNL's Sasheer Zamata, just to name a few). However, just like music festivals, there are a ton of conflicts, and you have to make a game plan. If you've got tickets to many of the sold out premium shows, well, you're in luck. For the hefty prices on those shows, you have a guaranteed seat to watch some of the most famous faces in the comedy world improvise.

Although many are sold out, there are still tickets available for some premium shows. Tonight (Friday, 6/26): Key & Peele Writers tonight at 7:30 PM, and Convoy (featuring Jason Mantzoukas and Thomas Middleditch) at 10:15 PM. On Saturday (6/27), tickets are still available for Shitty Jobs (featuring "Derrick Comedy" members Dominic Dierkes and DC Pierson, along with Ben Schwartz) at 7:30 PM, The Daily Show Writers at 9:30 PM, and Comedy Bang! Bang! Writers at 11:15 PM.

However, if you were too lazy/broke to buy any of those, fear not! The rest of the marathon is accessible for a $30 fee, and the name of the game is strategy. As lines for the general shows (at UCB Chelsea, The Magnet Theatre, and all of the East Village theatres) can have you waiting around for four hours or more during peak festival times, the smartest move is to study the schedule and pick your favorite block of shows (a "block" herein defined as the shows in between two theatre cleanings) and camp outside the theatre to wait for your seat. (Hopefully you are reading this while in line.) For your hours waiting outside on W 26th Street, you will be rewarded with show after show of the most talented improvisers in the country (and in some cases, in the world). A quick run through of the best hours of the fest are below:

The Del Close Marathon also marks the 25th anniversary of the original Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh). Watch a Today Show interview with all four, below....

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Joseph Arthur and his paintings
Joseph Arthur

Joseph Arthur's new album, Days of Surrender, came out in late May as a very unconventional release. One way to get it was on a USB drive -- there were various bundles with his art prints available which are now sold out, but you can still get it with one of his original paintings. You can also pick it up on CD, but the catch is there's only one CD available and it comes with the $14,999 purchase of Joseph's painted van. For fans with a slightly smaller budget, Joseph has mercifully given it a cassette release today (6/26) for the reasonable price of $15. It's not on streaming services either, but you can head below to hear three of the tracks.

Joseph's tour hits NYC twice at City Winery. The first show is this Saturday (6/27) and then he does it again on August 26. Tickets for both are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with the song streams and a video detailing that van he's selling, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Destruction Unit are in town, ready to decimate at Palisades tonight (6/26) and the free "Summer Thunder" Union Pool show on Saturday afternoon (6/27). The Summer Thunder show was originally supposed to have Pampers on the bill as well, but they have had to unfortunately drop off. In their place will be Beech Creeps, and Cheena play as well. Speaking of thunder, Saturday's weather forecast is pretty dicey but if it is raining, bands will either play under the covered portion of the patio or in the indoor performance space. Either way, it's free and starts at 2 PM.

If you want to keep the fun going at Union Pool, Grooms, Rips and Broken Water play Union Pool's Saturday night show.

In related news, Cheena (who are also playing Gonerfest in Memphis) includes Margaret Chardiet whose main concern, Pharmakon, will play the second day of the two-day Summer Scum IV festival at Trans-Pecos on July 18 & 19. The fest goes all-day both days, featuring a cavalcade of noise, drone, outsider music and, of course, scum. The lineup also includes Drew McDowall (Coil/P-TV), Pool (members of Container, Kites, Spiritual Recess), Gnawed, Hollow Seed (Jesse Allen of Migrations Rust) and at least 40 more acts. It's $20 per day, or $30 for both days. Full lineup, schedule and Summer Scum IV flyer, below.

Cheena, whose lineup also includes members of Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, released their debut 3-song single on Sacred Bones this past spring. You can listen to that in full, below.

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