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April 7, 2015

photos by David Andrako

Shilpa Ray and Deva Mahal @ "The Hum," Manhattan Inn 4/6/2015
Shilpa Ray and Deva Mahal

"The Hum" is a free series happening every Monday in April at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, which is a "platform for unique first time collaborations between musicians working in various genres such as R&B, indie, beat-boxing, classical, punk and more with live projected video art." Last night (4/6) was the series' kickoff show and featured Deva Mahal & Shilpa Ray, plus Belle Mare & Teletextile, and Cantina's Renata Zeiguer & Cassandra Jenkins. Pictures from last night are in this post.

There are three more shows for "The Hum":

April 13: Elizabeth and the Catapult; Hannah Epperson, Shelley Burgon and Indigo Street (Shy Hunters); deli and Ashley Jackson; with projections by Sofy Yuditskaya

April 20: Teeny Liberson (TEEN), Zoe Brecher (Brainfreeze), and Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow); Sarah Pedinotti (Lip Talk), Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket), Kaila Mallady, and Jordyn Blakely (Invisible Familiars); Alyse Lamb (EULA) and Alex Nelson (Oracle Room); with projections by Carmen Osterlye

April 27: Xenia Rubinos and Indigo Street (Shy Hunters); Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), Cassandra Jenkins and Caroline Davis (Maitri); Cat Martino (Stranger Cat) and Erin Fein (Psychic Twin); with projections by Laura Bartczak

Again, "The Hum" shows are free at start at 10:30 PM. Manhattan Inn is very small, so be sure to get there early.

Speaking of Shilpa Ray, she'll be playing Rough Trade on May 23. It's a record release party for her new album, Last Year's Savage, and no wave icon James Chance will play as well. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/8) at noon.

Stream a track from Last Year's Savage, and check out more picks from "The Hum" below...

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April 3, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Porches @ Baby's All Right 4/2/2015

Last night Porches played a free Brooklynvegan-presented show at Baby's All Right. It was a packed house and the band played a lot of new material which further shifts the band into dancier directions. It's not synthpop, though. Porches make danceable, shimmery pop with rock instruments (keyboards too), in an '80s-sorta way. (Very similar to what Canadian bands TOPS and Seoul are doing.) This was my first time seeing them and they have a dedicated following (there were a number of sing-a-longs). It will be interesting to hear how these songs turn out on record. Pictures from their set are in this post.

Empress Of DJ'd and kept the crowd in the performance room entertained, while myself and fellow BV editor Andrew Sacher DJ'd in the front room, a carryover from a Happy Hour BrooklynVegan also presented with complimentary Pacifico beer and $1 tacos. It was a good time if I do say so.

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photos by P Squared Photography

Electric Wizard / crowd @ Webster Hall - 4/2/15
Electric Wizard
Electric Wizard

UK doom legends Electric Wizard brought their first North American tour in over a decade to NYC last night (4/2) for a Webster Hall show that unsurprisingly sold out well in advance. Electric Wizard have released four albums since their last NYC show, and last night's set was split between the most recent three (Time to Die, Black Masses and Witchcult Today), as well as a few from the timeless Come My Fanatics... and Dopethrone. The only played nine songs, but they stretch them out maaan, and the whole show was as heavy and psychedelic as you'd hope.

Satan's Satyrs opened. More pictures of both bands, and Electric Wizard's setlist, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Dilly Dally at BrooklynVegan CMJ 2014
Dilly Dally

Toronto's Dilly Dally made quite the impression on us during CMJ, so it's exciting to hear they just dropped a new single, and it rocks. It's a noisy, abrasive song called "Gender Role" and you can listen to it below.

They've got a hometown show with Teenanger this month, and they're on board for NXNE, but no return to the US has been announced yet. Hopefully that happens sooner than later.

Another set of Dilly Dally pictures from last year's BrooklynVegan CMJ party are in this post and continue below...

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April 2, 2015

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

Lower Dens @ Baby's All Right 3/31/2015
Lower Dens

Lower Dens' fine new album, Escape from Evil, came out this week and the Baltimore band celebrated on Tuesday (3/31) at Baby's All Right. The band played most (if not all) the new album, and driving force Jana Hunter only played guitar on a few songs, letting her powerful vocals be her instrument. Lower Dens are also not ones for jumping around or rock moves, so Hunter's voice carried most of the show. Pictures from the show are in this post.

You can catch Lower Dens again in NYC when they play Northside Festival as part of their upcoming tour. More pics from Baby's, including ones of openers Gold Dime and Matteah Baim (who just toured with Perfume Genius), below

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April 1, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography

Kool Keith / with Cappadonna @ Joe's Pub 3/28/2015
Kool Keith
Kool Keith

Kool Keith debuted his new live band, Lucky Bears Foot, at Joe's Pub last Saturday (3/28). Though he's got a well-earned rep as an eccentric, Keith and his band played it pretty straight, pulling out a bunch of his classics from throughout his career. In addition to his band, Keith had hype man Dane Uno and DJ J-Ronin on stage the whole time, along with his "first lady" Sharon. At the end he brought up Wu Tang member Cappadonna for a track, too. Spotted in the crowd: legendary JD Stretch Armstrong and TR Willie Randolph from Ultramagnetic MC's (who unfortunately didn't come onstage to do a track with him). Pictures and video of Kool Keith's entire Joe's Pub set are in this post.

More below...

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March 31, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mourn @ Mercury Lounge 3/30/2015

"I'm so happy I can't believe it!" Jazz, one of Mourn's two singer/guitarists, was clearly excited to be playing her first-ever NYC shows. She then unironically introduced the next number, "This song's called 'Misery Factory'!" It was a very funny, if unintentionally so, moment at the young Barcelona band's second NYC show. (Mourn made their US debut on Sunday.) While their stage demeanor tipped their age (15-18), their PJ Harvey/Hole brand of indie rock sounded confident -- their debut album is good -- with enthusiasm in spades.

It's almost a shame that Mourn's show couldn't have been part of Monday night's late show at Mercury Lounge -- they would've fit right in with Swervedriver, sonically at least. Mourn play Boston tonight (3/31) and then head to the West Coast for a couple California shows.

Laced, which features Dustin from Beach Fossils and Ryan from Nude Beach, opened the show. I got there, unfortunately, right as they said "thank you and good night" but our photographer was on time and caught them. Pictures of both bands continue, including one of Mourn's setlist, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Swervedriver @ Mercury Lounge 3/30/2015

Veteran UK shoegaze outfit Swervedriver are in the midst of their three NYC show run which, in turn, is part of their tour supporting their first album since the '90s. They played the late show at Mercury Lounge last night (3/30) which got off to a bit of a late start for them (11:20 or so), especially for a Monday, but the crowd stayed there till they finished around 1 AM. The band, which on this tour includes Mick Quinn of Supergrass on bass, sounded good though frontman Adam Franklin admitted they hadn't bothered with a soundcheck.

The set features all but one song from the very good I Wasn't Born to Lose You, which fit right in with old favorites like "Never Lose That Feeling," "Son of a Mustang Ford" and "Rave Down." Like 1998's 99th Dream, it's a pretty mellow affair and the set could've used a few more of their early burners, especially given the hour, and I would've liked more from 1995's underrated Ejector Seat Reservation (we only got "The Birds") but very good show all the same.

The Mercury Lounge show, like the whole tour, was opened by LA's Gateway Drugs who make psych in the post-VU, BJM style. Not bad -- their drummer was great and they finished strong with a cover of The Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction." Pictures of both bands from the Merc show are in this post.

Swervedriver's NYC run (which included Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday) wraps up tonight (3/31) at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

You can also check out pics from Swervedriver's set at BrooklynVegan's SXSW day party here and here. More pics from Mercury Lounge, and their setlist, below...

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photos by Mathieu Bredeau

God Damn

UK heavy rock duo God Damn were recently in NYC for a show on March 24 at Niagara with local bands Cleanteeth and Marching Teeth. Pictures of their set are in this post.

Cleanteeth's next NYC show happens April 22 at Saint Vitus with Beast Modulus, Blackest, HellKeeper and Dealers. Tickets are on sale.

More God Damn pics below...

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March 30, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

La Dispute / Title Fight
La Dispute
Title Fight

The ongoing La Dispute / Title Fight / The Hotelier tour rolled through NYC over the weekend for a show at Webster Hall on Friday night (3/27). The show had sold out months in advance, and it was already almost fully packed by The Hotelier's advertised set time of 7:30 (they ended up going on a little earlier). When The Hotelier headline, it's usually at much smaller venues, but even as the first of three bands on this bill they had a ton of the crowd singing along. It's pretty amazing to see how well they handled the big room, considering exactly a year ago they were in NYC playing what's technically someone's apartment.

Title Fight were up next, and as anyone who's been following them for a while knows, they were supporting their least heavy album yet, Hyperview. The change in sound appears to be alienating some old fans, though that's bound to happen almost any time a band changes it up this much. But every Title Fight album has sounded different anyway, and the show further helped prove that their progression on Hyperview is more natural than it may seem. Something like "Your Pain Is Mine Now" from that album might sound like an entirely different band than the one who wrote "Symmetry" from their 2009 EP (the only old song they played). But in a set with songs like "Lefty" and "Head in the Ceiling Fan" from 2012's Floral Green, it fit right in. And the Title Fight of 2015 is very good at merging their various styles at their shows. At points like "Shed" into "Chlorine" or "Numb, But I Still Feel It" into "Mrahc," Title Fight's transitions were seamless.

La Dispute wrapped up the night, and though it was billed as a co-headlining show with Title Fight, it seemed like an overwhelming majority of the crowd was there for La Dispute. It wasn't that long ago that it was normal to see La Dispute in NYC at a place like Acheron or The Studio at Webster Hall, but now it seems like these guys are on their way to something more like Terminal 5. Of all the times I've seen them, I've never seen their crowd the way it was on Friday night. They opened with "King Park," the 7-minute epic that tells the story of a drive-by shooting that killed an innocent child, which on previous tours would close their sets. But as an opener, it was maybe even more intense. The minute those opening guitars came in, something like 80% of that crowd rushed the stage in excitement. If you weren't intentionally doing that too, your body pretty much didn't have a choice.

That level of crowd energy rarely lowered throughout the night, and La Dispute delivered a set that deserved it. Like Title Fight, La Dispute have been progressing from album to album, and this show only included one song from their debut: the 12-minute "The Last Lost Continent" which they encored with. Even at their last NYC show in April 2014, I probably would've been bummed if we didn't at least get "Said the King to the River," but 7-year-old favorites didn't feel necessary to make this show great. This set of almost entirely newer material was the best I've seen of theirs yet.

The show was also their first in NYC since the departure of original guitarist Kevin Whittemore, and while Kevin was missed, his replacement fit in with the band perfectly. More pictures of all three bands, plus La Dispute and Title Fight's setlists, below...

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