May 29, 2015
When Bjork isn't off making otherworldly art pop, she also sometimes makes appearances as a DJ. Some of those appearances are at places like the mostly-metal Greenpoint bar Saint Vitus where she DJ'd in 2014. She'll return to that venue this Saturday (5/30). The bill also includes her collaborator The Haxan Cloak, who shared a bill with her earlier this month in NYC at the Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary (pics)), as well as Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Sacred Bones' Caleb Braaten. It starts at 10 PM and admission is $5 at the door (no advance tickets).
Watch a video from her 2014 DJ set at Vitus below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Following sets at Maryland Deathfest this past weekend, Australian death metallers Portal and related band Impetuous Ritual hit NYC's Saint Vitus on Wednesday (5/27) for a characteristically dark, twisted and awesome show. Barefoot, and covered in dirt and slime (yum), Impetuous Ritual played in floor-length loincloths studded with nails; Portal were masked and cloaked as always.
Negative Plane opened the show. More pictures of all three bands, including shots of Portal and IR's setlists, below...
by Bill Pearis
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks will release their collaborative FFS album on June 9 and it pretty much sounds like what you'd expect. Which is a good thing, and actually sounds better than what you might expect. They were clearly having fun and some sort of sonic Reese's Cup magic happened by combining Sparks and Franz Ferdinand's creative sensibilities and the result is a real treat from start to finish. (I think it's the best thing Franz Ferdinand have done since their debut LP.) Some songs lean more Sparks, others more FF, but it's unique in either case.
One of the best tracks on the album is "Call Girl," which adds swirling, arpeggiated (Moroder-esque) synths to the equation. Says Alex Kapranos, "You might think 'Call Girl' was one of ours...actually, neither of us would have made any of the songs like that on our own." You can stream it, and check out the video for "Johnny Delusional," below.
FFS will be touring the UK and Europe this summer. Still no word on North American shows, but all dates are listed below.
Chance the Rapper had been been talking about releasing a new album, Surf, with the live band he's part of, The Social Experiment, and that album popped up as a "surprise release" on iTunes earlier today. To make things even more exciting, he put it up for FREE. Pick it up here. The album features Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Big Sean, J. Cole, Jeremih and more.
Chance is also working on his own new record, which is separate from The Social Experiment.
You can also stream the album below...
photo: Swervedriver @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swervedriver, who released their first album since the '90s and toured earlier this year, will be on the bus again soon, with dates this summer in Canada and a fall U.S. tour. That includes a NYC date, playing Bowery Ballroom on September 5. That show, and most of the tour, is with their previous tourmates Gateway Drugs and tickets go on sale today at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, their onetime Creation Records labelmates Ride will be in NYC next week and tickets for their 6/4 Terminal 5 show are back on sale. The 6/1 Music Hall of Williamsburg show is sold out, but you can still get tickets to their two shows at Irving Plaza in September. You can also win tickets to Irving Plaza, and we've got a sweet Ride prize pack to give away too.
Hall & Oates are playing Jones Beach Theatre on July 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Indie punks Tigers Jaw were just here for two NYC shows, and they have an acoustic NYC show coming up on June 27 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). They also recently announced a tour opening for two much poppier bands, New Found Glory and Yellowcard, which hits NYC on October 24 at Best Buy Theater. If you're into that kinda thing, you can get tickets starting today at noon.
Folk popsters Of Monsters and Men are playing Beacon Theatre on September 22 and Kings Theater on September 24. Tickets for those shows go on venue presales Thursday (6/4) at 11 AM with general on sales starting Friday, 6/5 at 11 AM. AmEx presale for Kings starts Wednesday (6/3) at 10 AM and AmEx for Beacon starts Thursday at 11.
Cuban-French duo Ibeyi recently released their self-titled debut album on XL, and will play NYC on October 2 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale.
Hip hop/classical violionist Emily Wells is playing with Peptalk and Stranger Cat at Baby's All Right on June 17. Tickets are on sale now. It's a record release show for Peptalk, who include members of Xiu Xiu and Tyondai Braxton's respective live bands.
Say Lou Lou are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 9. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Spritzer and Holy Tunics are playing Rough Trade on July 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Shura is playing Mercury Lounge on July 28. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Hardcore vets Shai Hulud, no longer with their original singer, play Webster Hall on August 11. That bill also includes XBishopX and VICE HC. Tickets are on sale.
Get your tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Warsaw (9/9).
Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, New Riders of the Purple Sage's Michael Falzarano, and Hot Tuna's Barry Mitterhoff are playing under the moniker Kaukarona for the The Marjorie Thompson Memorial Concert on June 6 at Notre Dame Hall, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn. You can pick up tickets for $65 at Brooklyn Art (7709 5th Ave) or get them for $70 via email (email@example.com>) or phone (718-745-7734).
The Weaks are playing a free afternoon show at Rough Trade on June 6.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Synth legend Giorgio Moroder's new album, Déjà Vu, is out June 16 and features guest appearances by Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Kelis, Mikky Ekko, Sia, Kylie Minogue and others. You can get a taste of the whole thing via a five-minute "megamix" video featuring a couple of dancers. Watch below...
photo: Stiff Little Fingers at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Irish punk legends Stiff Little Fingers, still led by the gravelly-voiced Jake Burns, released their newest album No Going Back last year, and they'll continue to tour in support of it this year. The tour hits NYC on July 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/29) at 10 AM.
They've got a few other US dates announced at the moment, and they say more are on the way. Check out their current tour schedule, with a video of the band playing their 1979 classic "Suspect Device" at Riot Fest Chicago 2014, below...
photo: Hutch & Kathy's Hutch w/ The Thermals at BV-SXSW (more by Kevin Figueroa)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Hutch and Kathy, Laura and Greg, Allie Goertz @ Rough Trade
Before they got louder in The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster made folky pop asHutch and Kathy. Their 2002 eponymous album got its first-ever vinyl pressing forRecord Store Day 2015 and they're celebrating with a short tour.
Arthur Russell tribute w/ Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Rubblebucket, Little Screen @ BAM
Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute at BAM, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closes out with a two-day tribute -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers.
Damon & Naomi, Tanya Donelly, Elisa Ambrogio @ The Bell House
Eighties Boston indie comes to The Bell House tonight with Damon and Naomi (who were both in Galaxie 500) and Tanya Donelly (of Throwing Muses and Belly), plus Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio.
The Loft, Papa Topo, The Catenary Wires, Jessica & the Fletchers, Pale Lights @ Cameo (NYC Popfest)
The second night of NYC Popfest features some UK indiepop icons: The Loft, who were on Creation Records in the label's early days, and The Catenary Wires which features Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly and Talulah Gosh. Stick around after the show for a Popfest edition of the Mondo! danceparty.
'My Secret World - The Story of Sarah Records' @ Knitting Factory
Popfest is also hosting a screening of this documentary about what may be the quintessential UK indiepop label, Sarah Records, which was home to Field Mice, Heavenly, The Orchids, and Boyracer.
Amy Schumer @ The Apollo
The very funny Amy Schumer will likely be a household name after her starring role in Trainwreck this summer, but for now she's just very very popular, as her two sold-out Apollo performances tonight prove.
Billy Idol, Cayetana @ Pier 97
Between Generation X and his solo career, Billy Idol has tons of classics of the original punk/new wave era -- "Dancing With Myself," "Ready Steady Go," "White Wedding, and "Rebel Yell" to name a few. We'll (most likely) hear all those and more tonight, and making the show even better is an opening set from the great Philly indie rock newcomers Cayetana. The two will meet up again in September at Riot Fest Chicago.
Glenn Kotche (of Wilco) & Third Coast Percussion @ The Met
Tonight, Wilco's Glenn Kotche and Chicago ensemble Third Coast Percussion are presenting a show, "which centers on one of the most extraordinary objects in the Met and Musical Instruments department's collection, an 1880 Rock Harmonicon, also known as a stone dulcimer or a geological piano." They'll also perform Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood and Nagoya Marimbas.
Other Lives, Riothorse Royale @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chamber pop trio Other Lives recently released their new album, Rituals, which is full of great atmospheres and harmonies, and you can tell it's the work of a band who have hung around Thom Yorke. (Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker also co-produced it.) Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.
Fireworks, Turnover, Sorority Noise, Royal Psalms @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Pop punk band Fireworks headline this bill, but we most recommend catching Turnover, who's new album is an enjoyable mix of jangle pop and shoegazy atmospheres. Also, BV editor Andrew Sacher will be DJing before the show and in between sets.
Geoff Rickly, Meghann Wright, Gatherers, Help Me | Help You @ Maxwell's
Geoff Rickly's no stranger to Maxwell's -- his old band Thursday played there plenty of times -- and though the current booking is a little different than it used to be, Geoff will bring some of that old spirit back tonight.
Rone, FaltyDL, The Range @ Good Room
If you're into electronic music, this is a pretty great bill all around, with Paris/Berlin producer Rone, NYC's UK-inspired FaltyDL, and Rhode Island IDMer The Range.
Horrendous, Pyrrhon, Huldra, Somnol, Sentience @ Saint Vitus
Horrendous' Ecydysis was one of the best melodic death metal albums of last year, accessible without crossing into pop territory. They return to NYC tonight, and locals Pyrrhon are worth catching too.
Glocca Morra, LVL UP, Greys, Socialite @ Shea Stadium
For most of Glocca Morra's career, they were among the Kinsella-style "emo revival" bands, but their newest 7" had them moving more into punk territory. It's good stuff, and sadly it will be their last, as Glocca Morra are currently on their final tour. Come say farewell, and also catch sets from '90s-style indie rockers LVL UP and Canadian noise punks Greys.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Stephen Brodsky @ Rough Trade
Slim Cessna and crew have been making gothic alt-country for over 20 years, as they recently chronicled in their new An Introduction for Young and Old Europe compilation. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour, and quality support comes from Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky.
Steven Wilson @ Best Buy Theater
Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson recently put out a new solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase, which is inspired by the true story of Joyce Vincent, whose body went undiscovered for two years in her own apartment. It's also got his epic prog stylings very much intact. Tonight's his first of two NYC stops on this tour in support of the album.
Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil's Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the '60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single "Estrellar" which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year's World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note -- he's at Birdland through Saturday.
Bill Frisell @ The Appel Room (Lincoln Center)
In this performance titled "Up & Down The Mississippi Traveling Highway 61," iconic guitar master Bill Frisell "embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965."
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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May 28, 2015
photos by Debi Del Grande
Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him -- early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they'd be engaged for the evening.Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.
Lamar's confidence seems beyond question -- this is the MC who dropped the "Control" verse, after all -- yet he didn't spend much time on the songs of this year's triumphant "To Pimp a Butterfly." An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights -- or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps "King Kunta" and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. - [The Oregonian]