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November 20, 2015

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

Earlier this year, Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan released his first solo album, Non Believers. Now he's released a one-track instrumental remix version of it called Staring At Your Hologram. Here's how Mac puts it:

Staring At Your Hologram is an album-length instrumental deconstruction / revision & remix of my Non-Believers record which came out in May 2015. The songs are sometimes still recognizable in their new shapes but have been sewn together into one long track.

For the most part I took away the drums and the vocals, rearranged some parts and brought instruments to the fore that in the original album were more of a bed for the guitars and vocals. Tape echo and reverb have been judiciously applied. If the most obvious influences on Non-Believers are bands like New Order or the Cocteau Twins, then for this version of the album i was drawing on a different part of the 80s landscape and trying to imagine what it would sound like if Arthur Russell or Cluster made an album by remixing the basic tracks. Unlike a record with singing and words and super-linear songs this is meant more as something you can put on and either pay attention to, or not.

Listen below.

Mac has a few solo dates coming up, but first Superchunk play two NYC shows (both sold out). The first is the stacked Ground Control 15th anniversary show at Webster Hall on 12/2 (with Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts and many more) and the second is an intimate headlining show on 12/3 at Baby's All Right. Since we last spoke, All Dogs were added to that show which is a good fit for Superchunk. If you have tickets, it's worth showing up for them.

Meanwhile, All Dogs are on tour now with Frankie Cosmos, and that tour hits NYC this weekend at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on Sunday (11/22). That show also has Epoch bands Eskimeaux and Florist, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

All Dogs singer Maryn Jones is also a member of Saintseneca, who just announced a tour with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and Little Scream.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Eight Bells

Portland experimental doom trio Eight Bells are preparing a new album called Landless which is out February 12 on Battleground and was produced by the legendary Billy Anderson. They're now streaming the first song from Landless, which is called "Hating." The song plays like a refinement of what Eight Bells did more long-windedly on their last album The Captain's Daughter. There's a classical doom feel to this that's wedded to a modern sense of progressiveness, with reverb-y harmonies and organ melding creating a vivid contrast with the driving, powerful drumming of new member Rae Amitay. It's good stuff, and you can stream it below.

Eight Bells will soon be heading out on that previously-mentioned tour with Voivod and Vektor that hits NYC for a show at Gramercy Theatre on 2/7 (tickets) and then NJ at the Stone Pony on 2/11 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Rae, the new drummer, is the Chicago-based musician who also drums for Thrawsunblat and fronts the excellent death/grind band Immortal Bird. Immortal Bird released their debut LP Empress/Abcess this year which, if you missed it, is an absolutely vicious series of catchy, grindy rippers. The band wears its influences (as IO notes, Converge and Pig Destroyer come most quickly to mind) proudly, but executes at such a high level that you're too busy headbanging to notice.

Stream the new Eight Bells song (via Noisey) and the Immortal Bird album below...

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photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The 26th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert happens February 22, 2016 at Carnegie Hall, and the initial lineup has just been announced. As usual, it includes artistic director Philip Glass, and it includes the return of Iggy Pop, plus Basia Bulat, Sharon Jones, FKA twigs and Dechen Shak-Dagsay & Helge van Dyk. Tickets are on sale now.

Basia Bulat, who has a new band with Arcade Fire members and a Jim James-produced album on the way, also has tour dates of her own, including SXSW and NYC in April.

Scott Kelly & Bruce Lamont @ Funhouse - 11/19/15 (photo via Ernest Natur)
Scott Kelly Funhouse

NJ punks Crazy & the Brains are always up to something. We just posted their new "Brain Freeze" video and tour dates, including a show with Negative Approach at Jersey City venue Funhouse on 11/25. Funhouse is the venue run by the band themselves, which opened earlier this year. The description reads:

A new DIY music venue / art collective run By Crazy And The Brains. Located in the last remaining section of Downtown Jersey City yet to be revitalized, Funhouse marks just the beginning of our plan to give local artists and musicians a platform for expression.
Besides that Negative Approach show, they just hosted Scott Kelly of Neurosis last night (11/19) (anyone catch that?) and C&TB play there again on 12/5 with Smalltalk (mem Bouncing Souls, Worthless United). That's it for now but more shows are likely on the way. Check their calendar for more.

Crazy & the Brains have more dates of their own coming up, including NYC's The Bitter End tonight (11/20). All are listed below...

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photo: Framtid at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Okay now they're just spoiling us. In the past 24 hours we've learned that '80s-era Japanese hardcore legends G.I.S.M. are playing their first non-Japan show ever (Roadburn Fest) and the similarly beloved/influential Death Side are playing NYC in 2016. Now the relatively newer but no less furious Osaka band Framtid have announced a return to the US too.

Last here in 2013 for Chaos In Tejas (pictures), the band will come back in 2016 to play NYC on March 25 and Boston on March 26. Venues still TBA, but stay tuned.

Check out the flyer and a stream of 2002's Under The Ashes below...

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CJ Ramone & band
CJ Ramone

Last year, CJ Ramone (a Ramone from 1989 to 1996) released the solo album Last Chance to Dance, which featured Adolescents and Social Distortion members, on Fat Wreck Chords. He's on tour again in support of it, and will be through December.

After hitting a bunch of European dates, CJ returns to NYC to play Grand Victory on December 19. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a couple song streams, below...

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Death Side Bet On The Possibility

First time i heard Death Side was some time during the mid '90s. My friend Gen sent me the Bet On The Possibility LP. Until then i had heard Japanese stuff like GISM, SOB, and Bastard. This was on another level though, and the album seemed to steamroll right over me leaving me with my jaw hanging open. The song writing, the vocals, Chelsea's incredible guitar playing... it all fit so perfectly. And just when i would think "Damn, that was the greatest song i've ever heard", the next song would kick in. This is one of those rare albums where every song just gets better and better right until the amazing epic closing track Crossfire, which veers off into Iron Maiden territory, with Chelsea pulling off incredible metallic riffs and leads like it was nothing. The guy truly was the Adrienne Smith of hardcore. RIP! [Blogged and Quartered]
Almost immediately after G.I.S.M. announced they'd play their first-ever non-Japan show, it was announced that Death Side will play NYC the same weekend. The show's set to happen April 16 at a TBA venue and it's their only North American show.

The Japanese hardcore band's initial run was from 1987 to 1994, and it produced (among other things) the great 1991 album Bet On The Possibility, referenced in the quote above. Stream that album in full, with the NYC show flyer, below...

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photo: James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)
James Blake

There's still absolutely no word on when that new James Blake album is coming, but meanwhile he's coming to North America in December for a few DJ dates. He hits Toronto, Michigan, and NYC.

The NYC show happens December 19 at Output with Airhead, Dan Foat and Mr Assistant. Tickets are on sale now. He also DJs London tonight (11/20). All dates are listed below.

While we wait on new music from James, he did just DJ a bunch of other people's music on BBC Radio 1. Listen to his show here, which included Joy Division, Juicy J, AFX, Young Thug, Travi$ Scott, Bullion, Earth Wind & Fire, and more.

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Hans Chew and Rhyton play Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/22). Tickets are available.

Tickets for the Joan Baez show at Beacon Theatre with special guests Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris & more go on local presale today at 9 AM (anyone know the password?).

Funk/jam band Lettuce, fresh off two nights at Playstation Theater, announced shows at Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Day and January 2. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Voivod and Vektor show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Saintseneca and Little Scream show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Lupe Fiasco show at Wellmont Theatre go on sale at 10 AM. Tickets for his Highline Ballroom show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mass Gothic show at Palisades go on sal at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Wolf Alice show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Metric show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Big Grams (aka Big Boi & Phantogram) show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Slick Rick show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Rob Crow (of Pinback) show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Muse show at Prudential Center go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for Barclays Center are on sale now.

Tickets for 2016's Firefly Festival go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ben Harper show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Porches, Alex G and Your Friend shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Joey Bada$$, Father, G Herbo, Smoke DZA and more at Playstation Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julia Holter show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Queers and Big wig show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Birthmark (Nate Kinsella's solo project) show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Baio show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Emily Wells show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Blood Orange matinee show at Apollo Theatre go on sale today at noon. The night show is sold out.

Tickets for the I Am The Avalanche and Timeshares show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julien Baker show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Eleanor Friedberger show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Haelos show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. Tickets for their Baby's show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Madeon and Skylar Spence show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Chrome Sparks plays Baby's All Right on February 12. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 1 PM.

Crocodiles play Grand Victory on December 5 with Scully and Cabana Kids. Tickets are on sale now.

The second annual Dave Harrington & friends holiday spectacular happens December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for the Ween reunion shows in Colorado go on sale today at 10 AM MT.

Tickets for the Neurosis 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco with Sleep and Shellac go on sale at noon PST.

Tickets for the newly-added Natalie Merchant show at Beacon Theatre go on sale Saturday at 11 AM. The first night is sold out.

November 19, 2015

photo: Slick Rick at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Slick Rick

It's been a good day for old school hip hop heads, with that weird Chinese Tupac biopic and the Nas / Juicy J / Pimp C song off the posthumous Pimp C album, but it doesn't stop there. There are some good NYC shows coming up with veterans too:

Slick Rick plays his annual birthday show on January 15 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 10 AM. He also plays New Year's Eve in Deroit with Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane, and has other upcoming shows too.

Raekwon squeezes in a hometown one-off on December 17 at SOB's (tickets). The day before (12/16) at the same venue, Pharoahe Monch & friends will do the same (tickets).

Duck Down celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show on December 3 at BB King's that has Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Da Beatminerz and O.G.C.. Tickets for that stacked lineup are on sale now.

As previously mentioned, KRS-One and Naughty by Nature have shows soon too.

Watch some classic videos below...

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