January 28, 2015

peter ulrich

Peter Ulrich played drums and percussion in the early years of Dead Can Dance, and is on many of their 4AD albums, including 1984's self-titled debut and 1987's Within the Realm of a Dying Sun. He also contributed "At First, and Then" to This Mortal Coil's Filagree & Shadow and played on Wolfgang Press albums as well. He's released a number of solo albums, too, which don't stray too far from the gothy, orchestral folk of Dead Can Dance. Those include 1999's Pathways and Dawns which was produced by DCD's Brendan Perry, and 2013's The Painted Caravan, the first in a planned trilogy. In May, Ulrich will release Tempus Fugitives, which is the second in the "Painted Caravan" trilogy. Check out the single "Dark Daddy," which features harpist Erin Hill (who has played on records by Enya, Kanye, Moby and more), below.

His band, The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, will play their first-ever live show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on June 20 with Erin Hill and French & the Punk. Ulrich also promises "VERY special guests" at the show. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM.

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Barren Womb live in 2014 (photo by Hazam Modoff)
Barren Womb

Last year, Norwegian hardcore band Barren Womb released the album The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken. Here's what we said about it:

They've been described as a blend of "hardcore punk with elements of black metal, rock 'n' roll, and country" which should be a familiar description to Kvelertak fans, but the bands don't sound alike as much as they take similar approaches (a big difference is Barren Womb sings in English). Sure, Barren Womb are a hardcore band through and through, and one that couldn't have existed til at least the '80s, but like Kvelertak, many of their influences are as classic as classic rock gets.
Its followup will be a split with Connecticut's Grizzlor, which comes out on March 17 via Riotous Outburst Records (pre-order). You can check out a teaser video for that, and stream Barren Womb's 2014 LP in full, below.

Barren Womb and Grizzlor will also head out on together in Grizzlor's home country after the release. It's Barren Womb's first-ever US tour and ends in NYC on April 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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photo: Bettye LaVette at Clearwater Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bettye

Like Debbie Harry will do in March, soul veteran Bettye LaVette will kick off a residency at NYC's Cafe Carlyle tonight (1/28) which runs through February 7. (It would've began last night, but blizzard.) Tickets for all nine nights are on sale now. She has other tour dates booked through April, all of which are listed below.

Bettye also released her new album, Worthy, this week via Cherry Red Records, and she'll be playing selections from that at the Cafe Carlyle shows. The record features a handful of covers, including songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. You can listen in full at the Wall Street Journal). The album trailer and her list of dates, below...

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photo: Viet Cong at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Viet Cong

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Viet Cong, Honey, PC Worship @ Union Pool
With a widely acclaimed debut album just out, Canadian band Viet Cong hit NYC for two shows, tonight being the first.  The whole bill is good, with art-noise act PC Worship and psych-rockers Honey. Sold out.

Death Cab for Cutie, Say Hi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Death Cab for Cutie are now without Chris Walla, and from the sound of their new single, their new album (first with an outside producer) is gonna be a big-sounding one. The album's not out til the end of March, but maybe we'll get to hear more of it tonight. Opening is Say Hi, who's currently signed to Death Cab's former home of Barsuk and keeps alive the Northwest sensitive indie pop sound of DCFC's early days.

Savages, Brian Chase @ Mercury Lounge
Tonight starts Savages' final week of their nine-show NYC residency. What new surprises are in store? Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase opens the show.

Ramleh, JFK @ Home Sweet Home
British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, are in NYC for two rare shows this week. Tonight's the first, as part of the weekly Nothing Changes party.

Mike Doughty @ WNYC Greene Space
Onetime Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has written a rock opera based on The Bible's 'Book of Revelation' and he'll be performing those songs tonight at two shows (early and late) with a full band and backup singers.

Billy Idol, Broncho @ Beacon Theatre
Billy Idol's got a fair share of undeniable hits from the punk/new wave era -- "Dancing With Myself," "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face," to name a few -- and we'll likely get all of those tonight, as well as a taste of his seventh album that came out this past fall. Openers Broncho are a newer band who owe a lot of their sound to the same era Billy came up in. If you're going tonight, they're not to miss.

Girlpool, Told Slant, Fraternal Twin @ Silent Barn
Young, quickly-rising Philly-via-LA duo Girlpool are heading out on tour with Waxahatchee later this year and will likely play to some good sized audiences (like at MHOW in April). Before that though, you can see them in the intimate Silent Barn tonight. Good openers too.

Motion City Soundtrack, Vinnie Caruana, Team Spirit @ Irving Plaza
Motion City Soundtrack were quirkier and less melodramatic than most of the mid-2000s pop punk bands they were grouped with, and tonight they celebrate the tenth anniversary of their sophomore album, Commit This to Memory, by playing it in full. Opening is Vinnie Caruana, whose band The Movielife will reunite at this same venue next month, and ex-Passion Pit power poppers Team Spirit. Tonight's show was rescheduled from last night, due to the snow storm.

Delicate Steve, Julia Easterlin, Evolfo, Stone Forest Ensemble @ Le Poisson Rouge
This show is presented by music education site Soundfly and promises to be a "mini festival" of diverse artists, headlined by very talented guitarist Delicate Steve.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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January 27, 2015

Cult of Luna

At the end of 2013, Swedish post-metal greats Cult of Luna announced they'd be slowing down. The future of the band seemed pretty vague, but it didn't sound like they were breaking up or anything either. And they certainly aren't, because the band have announced that they'll return to North America for a tour this spring. However, true to their word, it's not the kind of extensive touring the band used to do. They write:

We know there's going to be questions for more shows in north america but unfortunately we'll only do three shows this time. That is it and it's final.
The tour hits Montreal, NYC and Santa Ana in May. The NYC show happens 5/14 at Gramercy Theatre, and tickets for that one go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30) with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (password: musicgeeks) starting at 10 AM on Wednesday (1/28). Full tour schedule below.

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photo: Cashmere Cat at MoMA PS1 in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Cashmere Cat

Later this year, dance producer Cashmere Cat will head out on tour supporting his collaborator Ariana Grande, which hits NYC for two nights at MSG (3/20 & 3/21) (tickets). If you'd like to see him somewhere smaller, and not opening for a pop star though, you're in luck. The night of the second MSG show, Cashmere Cat will headline his own NYC show at Webster Hall (3/21). Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30).

Cashmere Cat's tour also includes Coachella and Ultra. All dates are listed, with a stream of 2014's Wedding Bells EP, below...

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photo::: METZ @ Portland's Howard Theatre, 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)
METZ

When METZ were in NYC for Death by Audio's second-to-last show, they mentioned a new album was on the way. Now we have a little more info on that. The album, which may be simply called METZ - II, will be out Spring 2015 via Sub Pop. The Toronto punks teased the new record via a video, a montage compiled by Scott Cudmore and Alex Edkins, that hurls a snippet of skull-crushing METZ noise right near the end. You can watch that below.

Meanwhile, METZ are on tour with Death from Above 1979 and play Winnipeg tonight (1/27). They'll be in London and Paris for a couple shows in March, too. Those dates are listed below.

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I guess I didn't have to cancel the show at MSG tonight. I don't blame the mayor. That storm was a monster. We got lucky. When you consider the action taken by the government of entire north east, they got it right. To expect accuracy from each individual mayor is just too much. For us in New York and us in my house and us at MSG it was overblown. But if you expand that 'us' to everyone in the path is the storm, they were spot on. My family in Boston is part of us for me. So that's how I look at it.
While Winter Storm Juno wasn't quite the blizzard in New York City as predicted, tonight's Louis CK show is still canceled. You can fill that void, though, with Louis' new comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store, which was filmed last month at the famous LA spot, and just went up on his website:
I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning (good place for an opening act) is Jay London. One of my favorite club comics going way back to the late 80s when I first started in working in New York.

I hope you like it.

Louis CK Live at the Comedy Store is available now for five bucks.

Louis talked about his new special, the blizzard, doing big shows like his MSG run, and other stuff on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Video of that, below...

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Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
DLJ

Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

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hello kitty, goodbye Avi
Avi Buffalo

Even though it was basically just Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg anyway, Avi Buffalo are now broken up and he's retiring the name. (Avi Buffalo's long-time-coming second album was released last year.) News broke today via a post on Avi Buffalo's Facebook:

The Avi Buffalo band is over; done with my 2-record-contract with SubPop and available to be anyone's guitarist / songwriter / producer / engineer / whatever works, gonna keep makin' music left and right. I have very much appreciated touching good people with this music, having a cool avenue through the world to perform it, getting to meet you whether it was in the USA, Canada or Europe, and working with some awesome musicians. I started it when I was a wee-15 year-old and it went WAY farther than I thought it could. In fact, the Avi Buffalo project went too far, and I don't think this project was meant for even the minute exposure on a "professional" scale that it got, as it ended up causing a lot more pain and drained my creative energy. It makes me wake up sick, confused, depressed, out of touch with myself and irrelevant to current music's existence. I know ya'll wouldn't want me to stay like that! Other more exciting and meaningful creative endeavors are what I have sought after instead, and as I am a spritely, young 24 year old, I've gotta lot of work to do and no time to be devoted to a sluggish incarnation of my teenaged self.
Avi goes on to say that "touring sucks and isn't worth it" even though he loves playing shows. Also in that post Avi talks about some other musical projects he's got going, including producing the debut album from Lintronix. You can read the whole statement below.

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