Recent Posts in tour dates - Page 5
October 27, 2014
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"Mastodon killed it last night. I'm still feeling the repercussions at work today." - @ARodzATX
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak have spent a fairly staggering amount of time on the road together this year, and they recently brought the current iteration of the tour to Austin for a show at Stubb's (10/20). Unfortunately our photographer missed Kvelertak, but BV was on hand for sets from Gojira and Mastodon, and pictures of the show are in this post.
If you've ever caught these bands live, you know that they bring contrasting styles to their performances. Gojira are an incredibly tight and heavy machine--their sound is always clear and crushing in equal measure, and the drumming in particular is always ridiculously on point. Both bands have a deep back-catalogue to draw from, which they do liberally, although both brought a focus on new material. Mastodon are a bit all over the place live, but not in a bad way. Everybody chimes in with vocals, and drummer Brann Dailor and lead guitarist Brent Hinds are extremely good improvisers, lending a more off-the-cuff vibe to their sets. At the Stubb's show they hit something from every album, although Blood Mountain seemed to get short shrift, with live staples like "Crystal Skull" and "Colony of Birchmen" conspicuously absent. But, as a nice touch, they did break out the rarely heard psych-country Blood Mountain closer "Pendulous Skin" for their final song, which they dedicated to the late keyboardist Ikey Owens, who contributed keys to that track.
Mastodon have been involved in some controversy lately after they released a video for the Once More Round the Sun track "The Motherload," which featured near-"Anaconda" levels of twerking. Some media outlets such as The Guardian accused the video of sexism and/or racism for its depiction of female butts. Mastodon's drummer defended it to Pitchfork though, saying "it's not meant to be taken so seriously, and one of the dancers in the video came to their public defense too, saying "Ask us if it was racist or sexist. We were the ones right there experiencing it. I'll tell you from my view: no."
Not ones to be cowed by such accusations (remember, this is the band who sells bikinis and shorts emblazoned with "Asstodon"), Mastodon responded to "Twerkgate" by launching a twerking contest to win tickets for some of their upcoming shows (the contest appears to be taken down) and released a special twerk-themed halloween t-shirt.
Controversy or no, the tour will continue this month and next, and New Yorkers will have another couple of chances to catch the bands when they hit The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Halloween (tickets) and the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 1 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the NJ show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
More pictures from the Austin show (including one of the setlist), all upcoming tour dates, the video that inspired Twerkgate, and contest details, below...
The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (more by PSquared)
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and The So So Glos are already on board for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' holiday show at Webster Hall headlined by The Front Bottoms, and now it's been announced that just ten days later the full Hold Steady crew and the So So Glos will team up yet again to play New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show also doubles as Hold Steady bassist Galen Polivka's birthday party. Here's the details:
The Hold Steady will be celebrating bass player Galen Polivka's birthday in extra special style to end 2014, by having a Birthday Bash at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31, 2014. Special Guests The So-So Glos will start the evening off right before The Hold Steady blast through their 111th (and last) live show of 2014. Join in for a birthday toast at midnight as Galen enjoys day two of a new year. There are a limited number of tickets for the post-show Birthday Bash to be held downstairs at Music Hall. The Birthday ticket includes a limited edition numbered and THS-signed show poster and access to the Birthday Bash, where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing from 1am until the streets are clear from that other holiday happening on December 31.Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. For $30 extra, you can get the birthday ticket which "includes screened poster signed by the band and an invite to post-show birthday celebration downstairs where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing."
The Hold Steady's only other announced dates are a four-night run in Toronto for The Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday celebration. The first two nights are with Single Mothers, a band who are definitely inspired by The Hold Steady. All dates are listed below...
photo by Jaret Farretusco
As discussed, Oklahoma power poppers Broncho are going on tour with Billy Idol this winter on the heels of the new LP they dropped this year. Before that tour stops at NYC's Beacon Theatre on 1/28 (tickets), Broncho play a headlining show at the smaller Rough Trade on January 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon.
All Broncho dates are listed, with the video for "Class Historian" from the new LP, below...
Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:
She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?
Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."
Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.
Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
The Kills / Moon Duo @ Bowery Ballroom 10/23/2014
The Kills headlined the Bowery show, and though they're technically constituted of two people their sound totally saturated the venue. Alison Mosshart is the ideal of a frontperson; she's deeply tuned to the sub-rhythms of their songs, like a human seismometer. She drifted lyrically and effortlessly around the stage, as if she were a ghost produced by the intricately knotted percussion of their songs. - [The Guardian]The Kills played two shows during CMJ Week: first a non-fest appearance at the Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (10/21) and then a proper set at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (10/22). The Bowery CMJ showcase also featured San Francisco's zoned-out, motorik psych band Moon Duo, Tulsa, OK's Nuns, and locals Slothrust. Pictures from the whole night are in this post and continue below...
October 24, 2014
Back when Death by Audio was known as the Sugar Factory, they used to have shows in the loft space adjacent to what's now the main show space. They call that space The Ranch and it looks like they're having shows again there, starting with a marathon drone event called Holly Jolloween which starts Saturday (10/25) at 7 PM and goes till 7 PM Sunday (10/26):
To kick off the final month of madness at Death By Audio, we're hosting a 24-hour wall of sound in the loft space behind the venue. Every performance will overlap with the set before and after, so that there will not be a second of silence for the duration of the day.Musicians involved in the droning include Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), Travis Johnson (Grooms), and lots more. The event is free and entrance to The Ranch is the door just to the right of DbA's on S. 2nd St.
List of participating Holly Jolloween drone performers below...
John Nolan w/ TBS at T5 in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
The No Sleep Records CMJ showcase (which BV co-presented) went down this past Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box and was headlined by Taking Back Sunday/Straylight Run's John Nolan, who was joined by a backing band. He's now put out the video for his new solo single "Here Comes the Wolf" which appears on the soundtrack to Jason Michael Brescia's new independent drama/comedy Bridge And Tunnel. The video just premiered over at AltPress. You can watch it, with a clip of John playing "Existentialism on Prom Night" at the No Sleep show, below.
John will team up with The Movielife/I Am the Avalanche's Vinnie Caruana to headline the soundtrack's release show in NYC on December 29 at Webster Hall. (It doesn't specify which room, but presumably the Studio or the Marlin Room since Patti Smith is in the Grand Ballroom.) Ticket info is still TBA too. Vinnie also has a solo song on the soundtrack which you can stream below.
October 23, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Judas Priest / Steel Panther at Izod Center - 10/17/14
Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops. [Dave Hill's Barclays Center review]Metal legends Judas Priest's tour with Steel Panther already hit NYC for a show at Barclays Center. We posted pictures and Dave Hill's review of that (excerpted above), and now we've got a set of pics from the other NYC-area stop that happened October 17 at the Izod Center. Like at the Barclays show, this was packed with classics like "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," "Metal Gods," plenty more. Didn't catch the exact number of leather jackets this time though.
More pictures, with the setlist, below...
(photo by @joerussophoto)
Veteran UK alt-rock band James are in town this week, having played Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/21) as part of CMJ. In addition to songs off their 13th album, La Petite Mort, the Manchester band played crowd favorites such as "Born of Frustration," "Come Home" and "Say Something." Setlist below.
James have added another NYC show this week and it's in a much more intimate venue, headlining Rough Trade's free Friday (10/24) day party that also features Oscar, Pinact, September Girls and Adult Jazz. The show is all-ages and no wristband or RSVP is required.
Pity Sex are coming to NYC for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets). It's their only full-band show here this week, but they will be playing a short stripped down set at the Fred Perry store at 306 Grand between Roebling and Havemeyer earlier that day at 4 PM. That's totally free to the public.
Stream Pity Sex's recent "Acid Reflex" single below...