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November 29, 2015

photos by P Squared

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Does the relationship ever feel just a bit strange?

Wayne Coyne: I know it seems strange or seems impossible to some people. It's like, how the fuck? Why the fuck would you guys even care about each other? But the reality is that she is not like the way people think she is and I'm probably not the way people think I am either. We're just people who love music. I really love her. I've been around her and seen the way she works. She's just fuckin' cool. We get these weirdoes involved and have fun and get to know each other. If you're in my world then that's what we're going to do, that's how we get to know each other. That's how we got to know Miley Cyrus. If you're in Miley's world you're going to make crazy music and get tattoos with her. - [The Observer]

The unlikely -- but seemingly genuine -- pairing of Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips brought the craziness that is their current tour to NYC on Saturday (11/28) at Terminal 5. With myriad costume changes, props, streamers, glitter and more, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was a spectacle that may have rivaled Thursday's Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with Pornicorn.
"Still, as much fun as it is to see her do her bad-bitch routine dressed as a stick of butter, or prance as an apocalyptic ponygirl in a chrome harness sporting a massive, perhaps 18-inch corkscrew dildo -- the moments of transcendence were when Cyrus was on her own, less concerned about us: at the piano, howling a eulogy for her departed fish; doubled over, screaming "What does it mean?!" at the floor; or the moment when she ripped off her fake dreads in fuck-this-shit earnestness. It suddenly felt like this is the Miley we've been waiting for -- or rather, the Miley we really deserve. [Jessica Hopper @ Rolling Stone]
Dan Deacon's party-friendly, interactive set warmed up the crowd. More pics from the whole night along with one of the setlist, below...

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November 25, 2015

Photos by Greg Cristman

Nik Turner's Hawkwind
Nik Turner's Hawkwind

I was in the band for 10 years, and after I left, I discovered they'd trademarked the name of the band (without me). I thought, I have a right to that name. It was my nickname, because of my pronounced, prodigious habit of spitting and flatulence. (Because of) my scurrilous habits, and the drawing of attention to them by people, I was known as Hawkwind. It was all true. I was quite shocked to find (Brock had) trademarked the name, and proceeded to sue me for using the name, for calling my band ex-Hawkwind, because I had a band that was all ex members of Hawkwind. They sued me, and I paid out about 10 grand or something. - [Chicago Tribune]
Nik Turner and his version of Hawkwind are currently on tour and hit NYC on Monday (11/23) for a show at Grand Victory in Williamsburg. Backed by Hedersleben (who played their own spacey set as well) Nik brought lots of Hawkwind favorites, including classics "Silver Machine" and "Orgone Accumulator."

Also on the bill: Timo Ellis' metal-pop trio Netherlands and Brooklyn rock band Dinner (not the Danish art pop musician of the same name.) Pictures of all the openers, plus more of Nik Turner (including the setlist), below...

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photos by Christina Domingues

Yonatan Gat / Pill @ Knitting Factory, 11/24/2015
Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat just wrapped up his North American tour with a homecoming Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday night (11/24). As usual, Yonatan and his excellent band set up on the floor, surrounded by the audience, and played a highly improvisational set of instrumental psych-suft rock. Also on the bill: the skronky sax attack of new Mexican Summer signees Pill and the sludgy, shringy The Yin Yangs. Pictures from the whole night continue below...

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November 24, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Angel Haze

Angel Haze celebrated her new hard-edged mixtape Back To The Woods with a Baby's show back in September, and right now she's on a proper tour in support of it. That tour included another show in her hometown of NYC last night (11/23) at SOB's. Angel's a super confident performer who had no trouble commanding the crowd, and they clearly loved her. She invited a bunch of audience members up on stage, a couple of which flashed the crowd (she did tweet beforehand: "NY BETTER TURN ALL THE WAY THE FUCK UP TONIGHT. I WANT TITTIES & MADNESS"). Rock NYC was there, and they write:

Last night she was the Babe Ruthless, flirting with the girls, her androgynous, gender neutral visage was a come on for the wimmin who were coming on to her. And she was in the mood to play -right away she upped the ante again and the place exploded. From an early rave to "On Fire", to a gigantic singalong to "The Wolves" to an energizer bunny jump along "Babe Ruthless" and to a penultimate "New York" followed by encore (Sia featured on the record) "Battle Cry", this was through the roof hip hop.
We missed the first opener, Stella, but more pictures of Angel and the second opener ShowTuFli below...

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November 23, 2015

Club Soda photos by Bruno Destombes; words by Bill Pearis

Duchess Says / Chocolat @ BV M for Montreal showcase 11/21/2015
M for Montreal
M for Montreal
M for Montreal

Pure insanity. This is how you end a festival. Duchess Says singer Annie-Claude is a bit like a gremlin, spreading gleeful mayhem wherever she goes. Saturday night, headlining the BrooklynVegan M for Montreal showcase and post-Grimes fesival closing party at Club Soda, she and Duchess Says dialed it up to the max and the audience were her willing playthings. She walked atop them, parted them like the red sea, had them all sit down on the floor as she tormented fans individually, invited them up on stage for a mid-set dance party (and onstage crowd-surfing!) and generally had us wondering "what's next?" the whole show. I have seen Duchess Says many times over the last seven years and this was by far the most bonkers, awesome and flat-out fun show of theirs I've witnessed.

While Annie Claude is the focal point, the band's music -- warped synthpunk -- is what helps power things. Popular in their hometown, Duchess Says are virtually unknown everywhere else. That may change, however, as a handful of new songs were catchy as hell and sung in English. Not that you really need to understand what she's singing -- one of their best-known songs, "Tenen Non Neu," has her basically yelling "bleep bloop" noises along with the synthesizers -- but it does give English-speakers some thing to hold onto. And at a tornado of a show like this, that can be helpful.

I realize I am biased as this was BV's show, but this all-Montreal lineup was without a doubt my favorite show at this year's M for Montreal. Also on the bill were Chocolat, band who initially seem like just a very good psych-garage band but are soon defying pigeonholing with every song. There are delicate harmonies, motorik krautrock rhythms, and proggy chord changes. They are also crazy loud. And crazy good.

Before that: Country, a duo comprised of infamous Montreal gadabout and restauranteur Beaver Shepard, plus a guitarist/keyboardist in (very little) bondage gear. Serious is not a word you'd associate with this project -- this band screams "we don't give a fuck" -- but they've actually got some really good songs which, perhaps do to Shepard's singing style, kinda sound like the Cure. Fun, if weird.

Another duo, Organ Mood opened the night with a multimedia set. Christophe Lamarche, who is Chocolat's keyboard player, handled most of the music which was made with a mix of analogue synths and MCPs, ranging from Tangerine Dream style textural washes to Giorgio Moroder-esque arpeggiated disco; Mathieu Jacques handled the visuals via four overhead projectors where he swapped out illustrations, color overlays and some real-time drawing. It was a fascinating, very cool start to what was an awesome, eclectic, very Montreal evening. Photographs from the BV showcase (minus Organ Mood, unfortunately) are in this post.

Bronswick / Paupière
M for Montreal
M for Montreal

Earlier in the day, was another very Montreal event -- the annual M for Montreal Francophone showcase at Cafe Campus. Most of the other English-speaking "delegates" at M are not so interested in all this overt Frenchiness, and this definitely hosts some of the stinkiest fromage of the fest, but there are always a couple gems. This year I can recommend three: Bronswick, a duo who were like Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin but on a 1980 synthwave tip; Safia Nolin, whose powerful voice and jazz-tinged folk broke through language barriers; and another synthpop act, Paupière, featuring We Are Wolves drummer Pierre-Luc Bégin, two other singer/keyboardists and a rather chic look. Very cool.

Recap of M for Montreal day 1 is here, day 2 is here, day 3 is here, and pics from Grimes' day for 4 performance are here. Streams of Bronswick's debut EP, Safia Nolin's new album, Limoilou, and a Paupière single, plus more pics from the BV M for Montreal showcase, below..

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photos by Bruno Destombes; words by Bill Pearis

Grimes @ Metropolis, Montreal 11/21/2015

M for Montreal always concludes their week of festivities with a big show at the gorgeous Metropolis Theatre. This year's was maybe their biggest yet with very au courant hometown hero Grimes, who had just released her acclaimed new album Art Angels. The absolutely adoring crowd was determined to have the time of their lives and hung on Claire Boucher's every move, shrieking when she picked up the mike or did just about anything else. With a team of dancers dressed in dayglo black light outfits, plus smoke machines and lots of lasers it was quite the spectacle. Despite having a walking cast on her right leg, Claire really gave it her all and seemed to be having a good time (perhaps finally over that flu that dogged her recent NYC appearances). No Aristophanes for this show but she did invite some of her friends onstage to dance to "REALiTi."

Like at the NYC shows, Nicole Dollanganger opened the show, and as Andrew described, it was a bit incongruous to see her flanked by two very metal looking dudes. Her guitarist also played the kickdrum, as well as a crash cymbal with the head of his guitar (which is a little funny to watch from an otherwise deadly serious-looking dude, lets be honest). Chelsea Wolfe is indeed an apt comparison and while it's not really my thing, it still mostly worked. The audience was definitely into it.

Saturday night also featured the official BrooklynVegan M for Montreal showcase with Duchess Says, Chocolat and more. Pics and writeup from that are coming soon. Meanwhile, more photos from Grimes and Nicole Dollanganger at Metropolis, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Diarrhea Planet @ MHOW 11/19/2015
Diarrhea Planet

The super-crazy and grossly-named garage rockers Diarrhea Planet brought their never-ending tour back to NYC on Thursday (11/19) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Music Band and Soda Bomb opened, and pictures continue below...

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photos by Mathieu Bredeau

King Diamond
King Diamond

King Diamond and Exodus wrapped up their three-night run of NYC shows at Playstation Theater over the weekend. We already posted pictures of night 1, and now we've got a set of pictures of night 2 too (Friday, 11/20). The whole run had King Diamond opening with a set of songs from throughout his career (including some Mercyful Fate) and then playing 1987's Abigail in its entirety for the second half of his set.

Pictures continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Martin Courtney
Martin Courtney

Martin Courtney dropped his terrific solo album Many Moons, last month but didn't officially celebrate till Friday (11/20) with a record release show at new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust. The album was played in full and for the occasion, Courtney and his ace band (which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band) were joined for part of the show by a string section. That certainly made songs like "Foto," "Before We Begin" and "Vestiges" all the more lush and they even brought out a flautist for Many Moons title track. Speaking of many moons, they took that theme literally with the night's chosen covers of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" and Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon."

Opening was J.R. Bohannon, who you may know from his project Ancient Ocean or as a member of Torres' band. Here he played with a full band that included The Clean's Hamish Kilgour on drums. Pictures from his set, and more of Martin Courtney's, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Okkervil River

Okkervil River are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their best album Black Sheep Boy with a reissue (due 12/4 via Jagjaguwar) and a tour that has them playing the album in full. They're currently in the midst of a three-night run at NYC's Bowery Ballroom that wraps up tonight (11/23). We caught last night's show.

Will Sheff opened with a few solo acoustic versions of songs that came out before Black Sheep Boy and talked a bit about their early days, and then the rest of the band came out to perform the album front to back. These shows were already going to be special, but it got even more special when Black Sheep Boy era member (and Shearwater frontman) Jonathan Meiburg joined them on "Black" and stayed for the rest of the set. Plus for the next song ("Get Big"), Will's girlfriend and frequent collaborator Beth Wawerna of Bird of Youth joined them on harmonies and stayed for several others too. They played the album exactly the way you'd want to hear it, with all the beauty and raggedy edges it has on record. Nostalgia for this type of thing has been hitting pretty hard lately (or hitting me, at least). Enough time has passed and "indie" has gone through enough changes that I kinda miss the era when that genre was often associated music that's a little folky but rooted in punk's energy, and fleshed out by unconventional (for rock) instrumentation. Black Sheep Boy is certainly a classic of that era, and last night's show had all those elements coming together: pounding drums, Will rambunctiously bringing his sing to a shout, trumpets, violins, mandolins, organs, slide guitar, the works. You could tell the band (and the packed crowd) was having a great time playing these songs, and they sounded as fresh last night as they did ten years ago.

Will & Jonathan
Okkervil River

They left the stage after Black Sheep Boy closer "A Glow" and returned for an encore that had them playing the entire Black Sheep Boy Appendix EP, which came out a few months after the album and included material from its sessions. The whole show (which had no opener) lasted just about two hours.

Last night and Saturday's show were both sold out, but tickets are still available for tonight's show. Shearwater will be touring next year in support of a new album that's coming out in January.

More pictures from Okkervil River at Bowery night 2, below...

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