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April 22, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers / Beverly @ Cake Shop, 4/21/2014
Eternal Summers
Beverly

Eternal Summers were in town over the weekend to play Saturday's Kanine-curated Brooklyn Night Bazaar show (4/19) and stuck around to play Cake Shop on Monday (4/21). The band are sounding strong these days, thanks in part to a great new album, The Drop Beneath. Next month, Eternal Summers will be on tour with UK group Maximo Park for a few West Coast dates, and those are listed below.

Joining them at the Cake Shop show were their Kanine labelmates Beverly, who had made their full band live debut on Friday (4/18) at BKNB. Originally a duo with Frankie Rose, Drew Citron (who's in the current lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) now leads the Rose-less four-piece live version of Beverly. I caught the Night Bazaar show and they seemed to have it pretty down right out of the gate. It helps in no small part that Beverly's songs are ridiculously catchy, crunchy and not too sweet -- part Breeders (think "Divine Hammer"), part early Weezer. Their album, Careers, is out July 1. No other live dates at the moment -- TPOBPAH are about to head out on tour -- but stay tuned.

Both Eternal Summers and Beverly were on the Kanine RSD14 compilation Non Violent Femmes. Did anyone pick that up over the weekend?

Sapphire Mansions
Sapphire Mansions

Sandwiched in between were Brooklyn's Sapphire Mansions whose crystalline sound recalls a variety of '80s UK influences. Their debut EP is really good and while they don't have another show lined up at the moment, they play around frequently so be on the lookout for their next show.

In related Kanine news, also playing over the weekend were UK band Fear of Men whose debut album is out today. As mentioned, they're sticking around to play a free release party at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (4/23). It's an early show (doors are at 7:30 PM), Las Rosas play first and the whole thing is over by 10 PM. They're worth catching.

More pics from Cake Shop below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks @ Bowery Ballroom 4/21/2014
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks

Animal Collective's Avey Tare released Enter the Slasher House earlier this month via Domino and he and his Slasher Flicks are currently on tour in support. That tour hit NYC last night (4/21) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. The band -- which includes Angel Deradoorian -- played in near darkness, save for a few glowing skulls on stage. Spooky. Dustin Wong, who played with Deradoorian the night before at Baby's All Right, opened the show with his impressive loop pedal skills. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Meanwhile, Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal (who play NYC next month) reviewed Enter the Slasher House over at The Talkhouse:

i like how much he sings and how many different words he uses without articulating anything penetrable on any simple human "emotional" level. though it is very emotive, just in a more abstract sort of way. it is as if a policemanhumanshield-constructed garden was viewed by all as pornographic and gained some heavy notoriety. lots of desperation/repetition and shaking of a friend by the shoulders and very little storming off in a huff, virtually no huff to speak of, and i do appreciate that. the gnarly things we might find if pulling up the carpeting in a bathroom during a renovation, a decrepit inner city house being flipped yet enough mountain laughter to make it worth the effort. the outlaw is the future. the future. the future. the future. i've always cheered for this man and his wildly talented friends. it's no surprise to me that this album kicks so much ass.
If you haven't checked out the album, it's streaming via Rdio. More pics from last nights' show below...

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photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore

Behemoth @ Irving Plaza - 4/19/14
Goatwhore
Behemoth

Aside from perplexing openers Black Crown Initiate, whom I missed, every band on this bill was both ungodly tight and steeped in lovably familiar theatricality. Inquisition and 1349 both opted for the classic Scandinavian corpsepaint-'n'-spikes look; the latter's bassist bizarrely chose to wear a robe. (Mismatched costume levels among metal band members are always funny; it's like when album personnel notes credit Nekroshaman, Maniacal, Caligula, and Steve.) Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore might be better at metal-frontman posturing than anyone I've seen -- he strikes badass pose after badass pose for the entire set every time they play, all without his powerful voice ever faltering.
This year's edition of the Metal Alliance Tour -- which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- hit NYC last Friday (4/19) at Irving Plaza. (The entire tour, aside from Behemoth, would go on to hit Saint Vitus the following night.) That's an excerpt of my Invisible Oranges writeup on the show above. Read the rest and check out pictures at IO. More pictures are in this post and they continue below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Carcass / Gorguts @ Best Buy Theater - 4/11/14
Carcass
Gorguts

This year's edition of the Decibel Magazine tour wrapped up earlier this month, after hitting NYC on April 11 at Best Buy Theater (one night after Godflesh hit Irving Plaza). The tour saw 2013's two biggest death metal comebacks, Carcass and Gorguts, team up with The Black Dahlia Murder and killer youngsters Noisem. It was Carcass's 2nd time in New York in two years with 2013 bringing them out on a tour of smaller venues including Gramercy Theater and Saint Vitus.

Unfortunately, we missed Noisem, but we did catch the other three, and you can check out pictures of those bands from the NYC show in this post. More pictures, some video and Carcass's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Carcass, Gorguts & The Black Dahlia Murder brought the Decibel tour to Best Buy Theater (pics, video & setlist)"

April 21, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Hospitality
Fear of Men
Mark Mulcahy
Betty Who

Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching

I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.

Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
Nothing

I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.

Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.

Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.

A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...

Continue reading "Hospitality, Nothing, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Amen Dunes, & more played Rough Trade on #RSD14 (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

I Break Horses @ Rough Trade NYC - 4/18/14
I Break Horses

Swedish electro-shoegazers I Break Horses brought their North American tour in support of this year's Chiaroscuro to NYC for two shows with Rival Consoles this past week. First they hit Mercury Lounge on Thursday (4/17) and then played Rough Trade on Friday (4/18) with local DJ Rioux. The 10-song sets saw them playing most of the new album, plus three tracks from their debut album, Hearts. We caught the Rough Trade show and pictures of that one are in this post.

They continue, with the setlist, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Loop @ LPR 4/17/2014
Loop

Mr. Hampson made a rigorous return to the basics. His songs for Loop are all riff; they stick to two or three chords and they don't bother with bridges or choruses or transitions, just the primordial effects of repetition and volume as the reverberations build up. Vocals tend to get swallowed in the echo and roar; after singing the verses, Mr. Hampson moves on to lead guitar, still keeping things rudimentary, worrying a handful a notes. The music builds patiently and relentlessly until, by sheer accretion, it grows overwhelming.

That's how Thursday's set worked. The first few songs were blunt and declarative, varying the spearhead of their attack from guitar ("Soundhead") to bass ("The Nail Will Burn") to drums ("Straight to Your Heart") to all at once (the implacable power dirge of "Fade Out")...

...The riffs arrived, adamant and incantatory, while subtleties loomed amid the blare, like a particular salvo of tom-toms or shifts in the tone of the guitars. The music summoned the power of clinging to a simple idea, against all temptations, distractions or frills. - [The New York Times]

Reformed UK dronemasters Loop played their first NYC show in over two decades on Thursday (4/17) at Le Poisson Rouge, part of their tour to and from Austin Psych Fest. It was properly very loud. In addition to a selection of their own songs, they played their cover of Can's "Mother Sky." They also said they'd be back "soon." Setlist below.

We missed opener (and new Captured Tracks signee) Donovan Blanc, but Purling Hiss definitely put the crowd in the right groove for Loop's set. Pictures from their set, plus more from Loop's, below...

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photos by David Andrako

Delicate Steve @ Baby's All Right - 4/20/14
Delicate Steve

In the midst of the Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks / Dustin Wong tour, Dustin Wong and Slasher Flicks member (Angel) Deradoorian took a night off to team up with the jammy Delicate Steve for a Brooklyn show at Baby's All Right last night (4/20), following that venue's Grateful Dead Brunch. Pictures of that show are in this post.

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks and Dustin Wong continue their tour in NYC tonight (4/21) with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom.

Meanwhile, Delicate Steve announced that he'll be playing one of this year's Summerstage shows in Red Hook Park on June 7 with psych-folk musician Marissa Nadler and ambient guitarist/ex-Emeralds member Mark McGuire. That's one of many upcoming dates for Marissa Nadler. Her full tour schedule, and more pics from Delicate Steve's Baby's show, below...

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April 18, 2014

photos by Debi Del Grande;

Mac DeMarco / FIDLAR / together PANGEA / White Fang
Burgerama III - Santa Ana
Burgerama III - Santa Ana
Burgerama III - Santa Ana
Burgerama III - Santa Ana

On Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco was preparing for his set in the green room when we caught up with him. "I used to think Burger was just garage, but it's more 'anything goes' nowadays," said DeMarco. His set on the main stage bounced between funky guitars that shimmered and dipped low during a spaced-out rendition of "Ode to Viceroy," where DeMarco celebrated his favorite brand of cigarettes through song...

..."I just want to get really high, smoke weed until I die," sang [FIDLAR singer Zac] Carper, who banged up his knees pretty badly early in the set. The letters for FIDLAR appeared above the stage in flaming letters that resembled the Vegas skyline on the Fourth of July, while the band scared the shit out of everyone by tossing small firecrackers into a puddle of water and beer that covered the stage - which at times, looked like it was ready to go up in flames. At points, the entire surrounding area smelled like gun powder, cheap beer, and weed. - [LA Weekly]
In addition to Georgia soul singer Curtis Harding, the second day (3/23) of Burgerama III in Santa Ana, CA featured a lot of wild, widely diverse sets -- FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, metal band Sleep, together PANGEA, White Fang and more all wound up the party-hardy throngs of crowd-surfers. Belated pics from Burgerama III day 2 are in this post.

White Fang, meanwhile, bring their tour with fellow Burger band Denney & the Jets to Brooklyn's Glasslands on Saturday (4/19) with Hector's Pets on the bill as well. Tickets to that show are still available.

Pics from Burgerama III day 1 are HERE, and pics from Curtis Harding's day 2 set are HERE. More from day 2 below...

Continue reading "FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, together PANGEA, White Fang, Sleep and more @ Burgerama III day 2 (belated pics)"

photos by Debi Del Grande; words by Bill Pearis

Curtis Harding @ Burgerama III, 3/23/2013
Burgerama III - Santa Ana

Atlanta's Curtis Harding played one of my favorite sets I saw during SXSW where his "magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one." The guy's the real deal. Harding will release his debut album, Soul Power, on May 6 via Burger Records. You can check out the video for horn-fueled first single "Keep on Shining" below.

Right after SXSW, Curtis headed to Santa Ana, CA for Burgerama III where he played day 2 (3/23). A belated set of pictures from his set there are in this post. The rest of the day 2 pics are here, and day 1 pics are here.

More of those pics, plus the video, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Curtis Harding releasing 'Soul Power' on Burger Records ++ belated pics from Burgerama III"

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