Recent Posts in tour dates - Page 6

April 10, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Trophy Scars - Hagiophobia (MP3)

photo by Luke Brereton
Trophy Scars

Morristown, NJ's Trophy Scars have been through many sounds in their 12-year career. They started as a straightforward post-hardcore band (comparative to their later works at least), and their 2006 sophomore LP, Alphabet. Alphabets., was a proggy, experimental take on the genre, similar in spirit to bands like Circle Takes the Square or mewithoutYou, but mostly it's a pretty unique record. After that, they just about abandoned post-hardcore completely on 2009's Bad Luck and the following EPs, Darkness, Oh Hell (2010) and Never Born, Never Dead (2011), which saw them offering a heavy take on Tom Waits-y blues and toying with other influences and instrumentation reaching far beyond the band's roots.

This year, they're finally set to release their full length followup to Bad Luck with a new album called Holy Vacants, due out on April 21 in Europe and May 6 in North America via Monotreme Records. The new album's single, "Hagiophobia," continues their trek into the world of Tom Waits, blues, and beyond. Waits' signature growl is still a clear influence on singer Jerry Jones, but the guitars here hearken back to the riffage of early '70s blues/prog rock (and The Mars Volta a bit too). They also throw in organ jams, a female vocal choir, and really leave themselves no boundaries.

You can pre-order the record, and grab a free download of "Habiophobia" above. The song can also be streamed, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.

Trophy Scars will play album release shows in NJ and NYC for the new record in early May, including 5/3 at Mexicali Live in Teaneck with Those Mockingbirds, Science and Netty Rose; and 5/10 at Slake on W 31st St with The Venetia Fair. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now. No other tour dates announced at the moment.

Song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...

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April 9, 2014

Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas

As mentioned, Chaos in Tejas won't be a "giant fest" this year, but it's still happening in some form (a "weekend" at least), and the just-announced initial lineup looks pretty great. Bands playing include Floor, Destruction Unit, Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Nothing, Protomartyr, Beth Israel, Back to Back, Glue, Institute, Marshstepper, Deskonocidos (reunion) and many more. The fest takes place across multiple Austin venues from May 29 to June 1. More bands, venues and other details TBA.

Initial lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Jowe

Onetime Swell Maps and Television Personalities member Jowe Head released Confessions from the Twisted Tower last year. The album's somewhere between the postpunk bands he's known for and proggy English folk, and can be streamed via Rdio below.

Jowe, who toured this time last year, is visiting the US for a few shows this week with his band Celestial Choir, including two in NYC: Thursday (4/10) at Union Pool with Lame Drivers and Phoaming Edison, and then Saturday (4/12) at Cake Shop with Ne-Hi and Prince Rupert's Drops.

The Celestial Choir, it should be noted, includes members of Magnetic Fields (Claudia Gonson), Mad Scene (Lisa Siegel, WFMU's Brian Turner, and Katie Gentile), and Fly Ashtray (Eric Cohen). All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and flyers for both NYC shows, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

James Kelly with Altar of Plagues at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

In 2013, Irish experimental black metal stalwarts Altar of Plagues broke up, an event that understandably left fans bummed out -- they turned out some of the most interesting and heavy hitting black metal out there for the better part of a decade. As you may know, some members went on to form Malthusian, and guitarist/vocalist James Kelly went on to start an electronic project, WIFE.

WIFE will finally come to NYC to play a show on Saint Vitus on April 16. It's a full night of outer sound with gloomed-out one-man experimentalist Planning for Burial, avant-metal band Psalm Zero and experimentalist Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy). Tickets are on sale now. Planning for Burial is the headliner on this one, and though it's his only date at the moment, he's planning a summer tour.

WIFE is releasing his debut album, What's Between, on June 9 via Tri Angle Records (Evian Christ, Forest Swords, Balam Acab). Listen to a clip of the new LP below.

Also, James Kelly's WIFE is not to be confused with California duo WIFE (aka Nick Steinhardt of Touche Amore and Andrew Thomas of Vow). To make matters more confusing, neither WIFE has played many shows, but both have shared bills with Deafheaven, Nick Steinhardt's in LA, and James Kelly's in London.

Stream the new James Kelly WIFE clip, plus some recent Planning for Burial, below...

Continue reading "WIFE (not to be confused w/ WIFE) releasing debut LP on Tri Angle, making NYC debut w/ Planning for Burial & Psalm Zero"

Chris Gethard

As mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard is releasing My Comedy Album on April 22 via Don Giovanni, and he's celebrating with a release show in NYC at Knitting Factory the day it comes out. When that show was first announced, not many details were announced, but here's more. He'll be joined by a number of musical/comedic guests including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman. Still more unannounced guests will be showing up as well. Tickets are still available.

Chris also recently released the first track from his new album, "Mother's Day," a bit about how on a recent Mother's Day his mom told him "a story she's never told anyone" about his birth. Listen to that, with his full list of upcoming dates (including other Chris solo and Chris Gethard Show events in NYC), below...

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Dead

As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.

After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.

The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).

There's other upcoming Dead-related shows at the Capitol Theatre too. Renowned tribute band Dark Star Orchestra does a two-night stand on May 16 & 17. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale.

And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.

In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.

Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.

And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.

Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?

Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...

Continue reading "Grateful Dead roundup: Phil Lesh shows (win tix to BAM), Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders, Hot Tuna, Mountain Jam update"

Lucinda Williams at SXSW 2014 (more by Steven Noreyko)
Lucinda

Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams mentioned when we caught her at SXSW that she'd be releasing a new album soon, and though that still hasn't been officially announced, Lucinda did announce some upcoming shows. She doesn't hit NYC this time around, but she'll be nearby to play The Stone Pony on June 11 and The Space at Westbury on June 19. Both of those shows, and others on the tour are with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets for the NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively. The Westbury show is currently on artist presale. All dates are listed below.

In related news, fellow country singer Emmylou Harris, who covered and collaborated with Lucinda on her 1995 album, Wrecking Ball (which Nonesuch just reissued with bonus material), also has dates coming up in support of that reissue. Those dates see Emmylou joined by Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jam Wilson, plus Daniel Lanois will also open with a solo set. They'll hit NYC on Saturday (4/12) at BAM. Tickets are available via BAM, but you may have to call the box office. More details at BAM's site. All dates are listed below.

Lucinda and Emmylou also collaborated on "Greenville" from Lucinda's 1998 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Watch a clip of them performing that together in 2007, with both artists' lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "Lucinda Williams touring; Emmylou Harris reissued 'Wrecking Ball' & touring too (dates)"

BB King @ BB King's, October 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
BB KIng

A lot more people get called living legends than actually deserve it, but B.B. King is certainly one who does. At 88, he's still going with a full slate of concerts this year. (We shot him last year in NYC when he was given the Isabella and Theodore Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americans for the Arts.) But a concert in St. Louis over the weekend didn't go so well:

For a while, the audience was with him, laughing at his jokes and asides. But it was 45 minutes into the show before King performed anything resembling a song. Even then, his playing was shaky. He explained that he and the band had been off for two months, causing him to lose confidence.

After a capable run-through of "Rock Me Baby," he played "You Are My Sunshine" and asked the crowd to sing along. The house lights came up and King began noticing individuals and waving to them. As the song went around again and again, nattering on for -- and this is not a misprint -- 15 minutes, audience members began to heckle, yelling out requests or simply calling for King to "play some music!" Some walked out. - [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Video of that show is below. Let's hope it was just an off night, though the YouTube comments are full of other examples. It's a tough position to be in. He clearly still loves performing live but, like sports figures, you have to face retirement (or partial retirement) at some point. On the other hand, no matter how bad the show is (or expensive the tickets are), you shouldn't boo B.B. King.

As mentioned, B.B. King is touring, including Lehman Performing Arts Center in the Bronx on April 19. Tickets are on sale. Also in the new york area he's playing Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theater on April 16 (tickets), and Bridgeport, CT's Klein Memorial Auditorium on April 18 (tickets).

All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Will 88 year old B.B. King continue touring after bad St. Louis reviews? (so far, yes. Here are his upcoming dates)"

by Doug Moore

La Armada

Relocating your band sounds like hard work. Moving yourself is enough of a hassle, but one imagines that it becomes that much worse when your best bros are all dealing with the same clusterfuck (and you have to agree on a consensus destination, which can't be much fun either). La Armada managed it, though, with an international border thrown into the mix for good measure -- in 2007, they moved from their native Dominican Republic to Chicago, where they're still based. The move seems to have done them well.

La Armada's experiences living (and being a band) in their homeland still colors their music, though. "V.L. (Vincho-Leonelista)," the new single from their new EP Crisis, is explained by the band as:

An accurate depiction of what's happening right now in the Dominican Republic with the sentence titled "TC 0168-13", a racist law pushed by right wing corporate lobbyists and the Dominican oligarchy in order to take away the Dominican citizenship of foreigners "Born in transit" which are mostly of Haitian decent. This law will leave over 200,000 people stateless.
Musically, Crisis moves like hardcore but sounds tonally like metal; La Armada are thoroughly locked in performance-wise, and the production sports a big professionalized sheen. Tragedy is a clear touchstone, though La Armada's melodies tend more towards dissonance. (Oh, and they like to blast.)

Crisis comes out on May 13 via Profane Existence/Fat Sandwich. La Armada will also be on tour for most of May behind the album, including a NYC stop on May 16 at the Acheron. No tix on sale yet, but keep an eye out. Check out the premiere of "V.L. (Vincho-Leonelista)" and their full run of dates below...

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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:

After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.
More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.

First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.

A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.

And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.

Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...

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