October 10, 2015
photo: Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Yo La Tengo, Nick Lowe @ Kings Theatre
This is a special tour for Yo La Tengo, playing as a four piece with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar but otherwise going mostly acoustic. Making things Kings Theatre show extra extra special: an opening set from the great Nick Lowe.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. Tonight it's 1976's The Royal Scam in full, plus a set of hits.
Drinks (Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley), Droor, Big Search @ Baby's All Right
Cate Le Bon played guitar in White Fence last year and she and frontman Tim Presley began writing songs together. It's probably the strangest album either have made.
Dillinger Four, Night Birds, Big Eyes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Melodic punk greats Dillinger Four haven't played NYC in years, so it's exciting that they're finally returning this weekend for two shows. Both have killer like-minded openers too. Sold out.
Red Fang, Whores, Wild Throne @ Palisades
This is a good bill all around of heavy rock, with the stoner-y Red Fang, the noisy Whores, and the proggy Wild Throne.
Mew, The Dodos @ Webster Hall
Mew put out their first album in six years earlier this year, and it picks up right where their prog/dream/pop blend left off. Nobody does it quite like Mew and they're still in killer form. The Dodos of course not to miss.
Mew @ Rough Trade
Before the Webster show, Mew does an afternoon acoustic in-store at Rough Trade. You have to purchase the album from the Rough Trade store and get a wristband to get in.
Other Lives @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Other Lives put out a pretty great new album this year, but this weekend they're focusing on something different. They're presenting the world premiere of Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives, which "reconceives the acclaimed indie rock band's live show as an immersive theatrical experience helmed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company cofounder Terry Kinney." They do it again tomorrow too.
Band of Heathens, Cory Branan @ Mercury Lounge
Austin's Band of Heathens are headlining this show, and if you're going we recommend showing up for country punk singer Cory Branan too.
Alice Cohen, Jerry Paper, King Cyst @ Alphaville
King Cyst is Luka Usmiani who used to be in Big Troubles and is now bassist in Ducktails. His new record sounds like a lost Kevin Ayers' record: proggy psych-pop with weird forays into jazz.
Olga Bell, Mari Kimura & Jon Rose, DJ Brandon Stosuy, DJ Robin Carolan @ National Sawdust
Olga Bell is a current member of Dirty Projectors, but she's also been an accomplished solo artist for a while now. Her new EP Incitation comes out in a week and she plays this show ahead of its release.
Eleanor Friedberger @ BAM Cafe
Part of the Onassis festival at BAM, Eleanor will be performing solo at this free show. 7 PM.
Deaf Wish, Richard Papiercuts @ Cake Shop
Their name is no joke: Australia's Deaf Wish are one of the loudest bands around and will pummel your eardrums senseless. In a good way, of course. Not wearing earplugs would be a mistake, though.
"Fable" @ Knockdown Center
Some of you may remember "Debut," the ambitious, large-scale production by Derrick Belcham (La Blogotheque) and choreographer Emily Terndrup (Sleep No More) that happened last year at The Knockdown Center and featured music by Porcelain Raft's Mauro Remiddi, Julianna Barwick and more. Those folks are teaming up again for another large-scale production that again merges independent music, immersive dance theater and large-scale art installation, titled "Fable."
Seoul, Young Ejecta, Lightning Bug @ Rough Trade
Montreal's Seoul make airy synthpop that recalls the days of '80s band like The Dream Academy, The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout. Their debut album, I Become a Shade, is worth checking out, as is their live show.
A Place to Bury Strangers, Sannhet, Pawns @ Saint Vitus Bar
Their second straight night at Vitus, APTBS tonight take a different, harsher tack tonight with openers Sannhet and Pawns.
Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Janet Varney, John Hodgman & more @ The Bell House
Popular Los Angeles stage show "Thrilling Adventure Hour" returns to The Bell House tonight for two sold out shows.
Electric Six, Yip Deceiver @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Electric Six's new album, Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!, is the band's 11th album and offers up balls-to-the-wall riff rock, plinky synthpop, sleazo-disco, cowpunk and other diversions, all unified via the unwaveringly bravado of frontman Dick Valentine who muses, this time, on themes of mortality.
DJ /rupture, Dutch E Germ, Lamin Fofana @ Trans-Pecos
The pseudonym of Jace Clayton, DJ /rupture used three turntables to spin his magic, which defies genre and style.
Gringo Star, Golden Animals, Las Hormiguitas @ Cameo Gallery
It's an evening of garage psych, headlined by Atlanta mainstays Gringo Star. Not too many chances to check out Cameo.
Horse Meat Disco @ Output
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12", having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste...and the beat.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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October 9, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Olga Bell, who is a current Dirty Projector, a maker of Russian song cycles and more, will release the Incitation EP next week (10/16) on One Little Indian. The title track is the kind of eccentric, polyrhythmic art pop that you might expect someone who hangs around with Dave Longstreth to make, and Olga of course gives it her unique flavor. Listen below.
Olga is heading to Europe with Son Lux later this month, but before she leaves she'll play a Brooklyn show this weekend. It's at new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust on Saturday (10/10). Also on the bill is an improvisational set from violinists Mari Kimura & Jon Rose and DJ sets from Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Tri Angle Records' Robin Carolan. Tickets are on sale.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Kurt Heasley has reactivated Lilys for two special Brooklyn shows this weekend at Baby's All Right which will focus on the band's early-'90s dreampop material. With help former Lily Don Devore (who's currently of Sick Feeling), the assembled band includes members of MGMT, Ducktails, The Sea & Cake and we hear there might be some surprise guests, too. Tonight's late show at Baby's is sold out, but you can still get tickets to Sunday's show (10/11). Says Heasley of this weekend, "We are giving our best to life, hopefully leaving this place a little more beautiful."
In other news, Lilys' classic (ahead of its time, really) 1994 album Eccsame The Photon Band is getting a vinyl reissue via Frontier Records. It's out October 30 (pre-orders are available) but will be at the merch table this weekend for those going to these shows. You can stream the album below.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal synthpop act Seoul are currently on tour and will be in NYC on Saturday (10/10) at Rough Trade with tourmates Young Ejecta, as well as Lightning Bug. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details, and the list of all remaining tour dates, below.
Meanwhile, Seoul have handed over their single "The Line" to NYC producer Baile who takes the bouncy original and chills it down to late night comedown territory. The remix premieres in this post and you can stream it, along with the original, below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Fuzzed-out Western Massachusetts punks Blessed State are back with a new EP called Slipstream, which we're premiering in its entirety. Slipstream is the follow-up to last year's Head Space, and its out October 16.
Blessed State have always drawn from the styles of late '80s and early '90s alternative rock, and on Slipstream, they have softened up some of the edges of their caustic sound. The 4-song EP is crunchier, cleaner, and hookier than Head Space, sounding a bit more Dinosaur Jr. than Husker Du. The vocals are no longer screamed, and there are enough catchy fuzz-bombs here to give MA neighbors California X a run for their money. And call me crazy, but I detect a bit of My Bloody Valentine worship on the heavy, forward-driving final song "Seconds." You can stream the whole thing below.
Blessed State are playing a few shows behind the new EP, including a release show in their hometown of Northampton with Left & Right, Gay Mayor and Dirt Devil, and another Western MA show with the excellent Boston hardcore band Boston Strangler.
You can preorder Slipstream, either digitally or on cassette, here. Stream the EP and check out Blessed State tour dates below...
photos by Greg Cristman
The Field / Heathered Pearls @ Baby's All Right 10/7/2015
Swedish electronic musician The Field stopped in NYC ahead of this weekend's III Points Fest in Miami to play a packed, sweaty show at Baby's on Wednesday (10/7). Brooklyn's Heathered Pearls, who released new album Body Complex back in August, played a long set for an opener -- nearly an hour and a half -- that included two women carefully painting of a bouquet of flowers. After that The Field (aka Axel Willner) took the stage in front of the enthusiastic sold-out crowd who weathered the heat. Did you go? Check out more photos of The Field and Heathered Pearls below.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal-based garage pop duo The Muscadettes released the Side A EP this past spring, and they're ready to follow it up with the Side B EP on November 6 via PaperCup Music. We've got the premiere of one of its tracks, "Stray Cats," which is one of the band's dreamier songs. (Also its lead guitar line reminds me of the horn charts on "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band. But I digress.) You can stream it and another track from Side B, below.
The Muscadettes are playing M for Montreal's annual Friday CMJ showcase at Arlene's Grocery (10/16, 11 PM set) with Solids, Chocolat, Nancy Pants, Look Vibrant, Elliot Maginot (and free poutine at 7 PM). They've also got a couple other CMJ shows: Tuesday, October 13 at Rockwood Music Hall (5 PM set) with Lucy & La Mer, The Walking Sticks and Oh, Cassius; and then they'll also play Elvis Guesthouse on Saturday, October 17 (4:30 PM set) for the free PaperCup day party with Racoon Fighter, Little Racer, Suburban Living, The Teen Age, and Weekender.
CMJ show flyers and song streams, below...
Kelela continues to push the boundaries of R&B on her new Hallucinogen EP, which is out today (10/9) on Cherry Coffee/Warp. Check out the video for "Rewind" from that EP, below.
In support of it, Kelela will play two US shows in December. The first is in NYC on 12/2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and then she plays LA on 12/11 at El Rey. Tickets for NYC and LA are on sale now.
Silent Barn say they're nearly done with repairs and reconstruction of their show space following the fire two weeks ago, and are scheduled to reopen "in about 1 week." That means a lot of their CMJ week shows will stay put, like the Sean Nicholas Savage / Promise Keeper show on Thursday (10/15), and the Dull Tools CMJ hangover show on Sunday, October 18. Whether the Wichita Records 15th Anniversary party with Adveata, Cheatahs, Murals, Oscar and Dreamcrusher on Wednesday (10/14) will stay remains to be seen.
You can see the full list of upcoming events (some have been moved to other venues) which include a few benefits, like tonight's sold out show with Alex G, Frankie Cosmos and more. Silent Barn will host cat adoption event "Meow Day" in their backyard on Sunday (10/11).
FADER just wrapped up a week of free NYC shows and now they've got more NYC show plans coming right up. FADER Fort returns during CMJ from October 16-17 at Converse Rubber Tracks (130 Hope St in Brooklyn) and goes from 7 PM to 2 AM each night.
The full lineup and schedule is still TBA, but we know Allan Kingdom, Kehlani and Bosco are confirmed. The shows are free, but you do need to RSVP, which is open now.