April 21, 2015

The Mystery Lights @ Seaport, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Mystery Lights, The Yin Yangs, Larry and The Babes @ Alphaville
Party-friendly garage rockers The Mystery Lights are a real blast live, acheiving near Oh Sees levels of energy (though less mic-eating). Their most recent album, At Home With the Mystery Lights, came out in February and is worth checking out, too. But their live show is where it's at.

Modern Vices, Bluffing, Lightning Bug @ Baby's All Right
It's nice when bands name their own genre, sometimes. Chicago's Modern Vices call what they do "dirty doo-wop" which probably has more to do with the sonics than the lyrical content. There's not a lot vocal harmonies in what they do, but there is plenty of raw emotion.

Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil, Danielson @ Studio at Webster Hall
Cult faves Danielson are out on the road opening for veteran Christian alternative singer Steve Taylor whose new album was released on vinyl via Danielson's Sounds Familyre label.

Love as Laughter, August Wells, Lefty Bones @ Union Pool
Sam Jayne has fronted various incarnations of indie rock band Love As Laughter for 20 years, moving the band from the Pacific Northwest to Brooklyn. Recent single "LZY SLDR" finds them still in catchy top form.

Adult Mom, Understudy, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Radiator King @ Knitting Factory
Recent Tiny Engines signee Adult Mom makes twee-ish folk not too unlike the Moldy Peaches. Also on the bill is Boston folk singer Radiator King (who recently toured with Pile) and more.

High Pop, Quarterbacks (solo), Painted Zeros, King Clone @ Shea Stadium
Shea hosts a lineup of regulars in the local DIY/indie rock scene tonight.

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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Neil Diamond @ United Center -- 4/14/2015
Neil Diamond

"I grew up in this fair borough," the star said, before playing the song. "It was a great place to grow up."

As home movies of his youth unspooled on screens behind, Diamond navigated what rates as one of the few, relatively subtle numbers of his career.

"Brooklyn Roads" relies on small lyrical details, a tender melody and a hushed vocal - qualities that stand in stark contrast to much of the rest of Thursday's set. Backed by a ten piece band, and two added singers, Diamond barreled through pieces that nearly always go for grandeur. They're full of horns (four here) and strings (provided by synthesized programming live) mirroring vocals that veer between the righteous and the sentimental. The result often ended up both gripping and cheesy at once. As with ABBA, it's impossible to separate what's overblown, and what's brilliant, about Diamond's songs. They're pretentious and irresistible in nearly equal measure. [Daily News]

Brooklyn's Neil Diamond played his 2nd Brooklyn show ever, and 2nd in less than a year at Barclays Center on March 26. It was announced along with the rest of his current tour dates on the night of his first Brooklyn show which was a much shorter show at one of his old schools in September.

Since then the tour hit Chicago's United Center on 4/14 which is where the pictures in this post come from. The tour continues through 5/31 in Denver. He then heads overseas in June.

More pictures from Chicago, along with the setlist from Brooklyn, below...

Continue reading "Neil Diamond on tour, played Barclays Center & Chicago's United Center (pics, setlist)"

Fest

Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 31 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.

Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.

It's a great year for punk festivals between this, Asbury Park's Skate & Surf, and Atlanta's Wrecking Ball. Full initial Fest 14 lineup, and a video recap of Fest 13, below...

Continue reading "The Fest announces 2015 lineup (Desaparecidos, Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Jazz June, Beach Slang, Restorations, more)"

photos by PSquared and Mimi Hong; words by Bill Pearis

Record Store Day 2015 @ Other Music
2015 Record Store Day
2015 Record Store Day
2015 Record Store Day

As we've mentioned a few times, Saturday (4/18) was Record Store Day which had vinyl fans lining up for some of this year's RSD exclusive product. BV photographers and music fans Mimi Hong and PSquared both stopped by Other Music on Saturday and took some pictures of the crowds while shopping. Also hanging out at Other Music was a very cute dog, check out pics below.

U2's 'Songs of Innocence' (#0002) on Ebay $393.00)
RSD

Mind you, amongst the many regular record fans were folks -- some call them Flippers -- looking to make some quick cash by immediately putting their score up on Ebay and Discogs. A friend of mine who works at a large store in San Francisco told me there was a guy there trying to put stuff up for auction via his phone before he'd even left the store. Stereogum made a list of some of the most expensive RSD15 flips, which is currently topped by a numbered white label pressing of U2's Song's of Innocense (#0002 of 5000) that is, as of this post, $393 on Ebay (21 bids so far). Another of the most sought after is the double-LP vinyl repress of Brand New's Deja Entendu which is currently listed for $379.99 though there have been zero bids. Same goes for $300 listed copies of Numero Group's Ork Record Box set which was expensive to begin with and there were lots of copies available at Rough Trade at the end of the day Saturday. Other big-ticket RSD items on Ebay: Bob Dylan - The Basement Tape (numbered and autographed by The Band's Garth Hudson), and Phish - New Year's Eve 1995 Live 6LP Box Set. Nothing this year is going for as much as Jack White's "Lazaretto" did last year. Did you find what you were looking for?

More pics from Record Store Day at Other Music below...

Continue reading "U2, Phish, & Brand New's Record Store Day releases going for $$$$ on Ebay ++ pics from RSD @ Other Music"

masks

Aggronautix, the people behind these GG Allin bobbleheads and these Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl figures, have now introduced... three new masks! There's the Motorhead Warpig mask, the Misfits Fiend mask, and the Alice Cooper mask. All three are pictured above. You can pre-order them here, where you can also pick up three previously-released GG Allin masks.

Maybe you can wear the Fiend mask when you go see Danzig on tour, Doyle on tour, or to see Misfits play Earth A.D. without Danzig or Doyle. And maybe that Warpig mask will be in fashion on this year's Motorboat cruise.

photo: Jake from MoBo at Vitus in February (more by Mimi Hong)
Slaughter Beach, Dog

Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald also has a solo project called Slaughter Beach, Dog, which he's going on a short Northeast tour with this week. The tour is with Broken Beak and comes to NYC this Thursday (4/23) at Shea Stadium with Crying and Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Jake recorded, mixed, mastered and self-released his first Slaughter Beach, Dog EP, Dawg, late last year and just put out the record on 7" vinyl. You can stream the whole thing below.

Meanwhile, his tourmate Broken Beak is the musical project of Philly artist Beau Brynes who also does artwork for bands, including album art for Weatherbox, Have Mercy and Soda Bomb. Broken Beak's latest release, Old Evil, was produced, mixed and mastered by Jake, and you can stream that below.

The full Modern Baseball band will be back in the NYC-area for NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May, and on their tour with Say Anything, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hard Girls, which hits NJ and NYC in July (tickets).

LVL UP also have a bunch of dates coming up, including NYU's Strawberry Fest with Cloud Nothings; a tour with Glocca Morra and Greys; and a tour with Basement, Adventures and Palehound.

Crying play NYC soon opening for Hop Along.

List of Slaughter Beach, Dog / Broken Beak dates, a video and EP streams, below...

Continue reading "Slaughter Beach, Dog (Jake from Modern Baseball) touring with Broken Beak, playing NYC w/ Crying & Trace Mountains"

by Andrew Sacher

Glue at The Wick - 4/19/15 (photo via Maria Sherman)
Glue

Multi-venue NYC punk festival New York's Alright went down this past weekend, beginning with an unofficial kickoff show on Thursday night (4/16) and running through yesterday's (4/19) all-day show at The Wick. Yesterday's show was the only one I caught, with wild locals Dawn of Humans, Austin's Glue, Tokyo's Raw Distractions, Austin's Impalers, Oslo's Urbanoia, and Toronto's Gaucho. The whole day was great, but as far as I was concerned the two Austin bands were the most memorable. Glue played a wild set that had their singer hurling himself into the crowd several times and climbing a tower of PA speakers (more on them and a stream of their recent s/t 7" here). Impalers may not have climbed speakers but they were definitely as towering.

Last year, Impalers followed their 2013 debut album with the Psychedelic Snutskallar EP (on 540 Records/Static Shock), which is five tracks of d-beaty hardcore with layers of noise and an extended guitar freakout that earn it the "psychedelic" title. Frontman Chris Ulsh (also of Power Trip, Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder) is a beast on this thing and he was at yesterday's show too. Download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below. A video from their set is below too.

The rest of the festival had the US debut of UK '80s deathrock greats Part 1 (who play NYC again this week), Australia's Rule of Thirds (who everyone I talked to loved and I'm bummed I missed them -- listen here), Warhead, Warthog, Aspects of War, Kromosom, Isterismo, Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists, Institute, Sheer Mag (who put out a video today from their new EP on Katorga Works), and more.

Watch the new Sheer Mag video and stream their new EP, stream Impalers' EP, and check out more pictures and videos from NY's Alright (a few by unARTig), below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright happened (videos) ++ Impalers EP stream and new Sheer Mag video & EP stream"

photo: Father John Misty @ Coachella 4/11/2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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Father John Misty put out a heart-shaped single for Record Store Day 2015 (4/18), which featured an acoustic version of I Love You Honeybear's title track, retitled "I Loved You, Honeybee" on the a-side, and unreleased song "Never Been a Woman," on the flip. You can stream both sides of that below.

The same day, he performed at the second weekend of Coachella and included a cover of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" which you can watch here. He also made a surprise appearance with Florence & the Machine (who played sitting down after breaking her foot at Weekend 1) during her set on Sunday (4/19) for a duet of "Love Hurts." You can watch that below.

Father John Misty will be back in NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage's Rumsey Field on August 5 with Angel Olsen, and Summer Moon. Tickets are still available. He's just announced more tour dates, saying "Touring can be really lonely. You feel isolated, disoriented. Even sort of socially catatonic. That's why it's so important that I see your beautiful little stupid faces. You are my lifeline to the world of mankind." All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty sang with Florence & the Machine at Coachella, shares RSD15 single, expands tour (dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Moon King @ Mercury Lounge 4/17/2015
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Moon King were in NYC over the weekend as part of their tour with Doldrums (they were also 3/4ths of the latter's backing band). I caught their show Friday (4/17) at Mercury Lounge where frontman Daniel Woodhead was a nonstop ball of energy and he and Maddy Wilde's harmonies sounded great. (if you haven't checked out their new shoegazy/krauty new album, you should.) After their tour with Doldrums, Moon King will head out to open for Brooklyn's Mr Twin Sister on a July tour that wraps up in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 7/24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/22) at noon.

To give you a taste of what Mr Twin Sister are like live you can stream a recording of their November 22, 2014 show at Shea Stadium, below. All dates for both bands are listed below.

Continue reading "Moon King played two NYC shows, going on tour with Mr. Twin Sister in July (dates)"

photo: Holy Sons at Stage 48 in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Holy Sons

This year's edition of Brooklyn's annual Brain-Cave Festival happens April 25 and 26 at Baby's All Right with an eclectic lineup both days, and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections both days.

Day 1 features Holy Sons (who have been playing NYC a lot recently), Lichens, Ancient Sky, Ancient Ocean, Public Speaking, Mixed Doubles and Worthless, as well as various DJs and a drum/drone set by members of Blackout, White Widows Pact and more. Day 1 tickets are on sale.

Day 2 has Zongo Junction, Wild Yaks, ET Anderson, Invisible Familiars, more DJ sets, interpretative dance, and more surprises. Day 2 tickets are on sale. Flyers for both days below.

Local psych-rockers Ancient Sky, who play Brain-Cave on Saturday, have a new album coming June 9 via Wharf Cat Records. Mosaic is produced by Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men) and the band has shared a new song from the album titled "Garbage Brain." Check it out below, with all of their dates.

Ancient Sky is not to be confused with the similarly named Ancient Ocean, who also plays Brain Cave but makes ambient music. He has a new full-length coming June 30 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond and recently released the album's title track, which you can check out below.

And in more related news, Annique Monet, formerly of Worthless (who are playing Brain Cave), is also releasing a new album on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. It's called Phantom Letters, it's due out on May 19 (pre-order), and new single "Nowhere" premieres in this post. Listen, with the list of her upcoming shows (3 in NYC), below...

Continue reading "Brain Cave Festival 2015 happening at Baby's w/ Holy Sons, Lichens, Ancient Sky & more + Annique Monet has a new song"

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