March 2, 2015

photo: Pixies at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies

photo: TVOTR at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TVOTR

Both Pixies and TV on the Radio are touring separately this year, and they're set to cross paths at Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on May 22 and Boston Calling on May 24. We're now excited to announce that right in between, BrooklynVegan is presenting the double bill of Pixies and TVOTR at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summerstage (5/23). Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM, with a Pixies presale starting Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM, and BrooklynVegan and Live Nation presales starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.

Pixies' tour with John Grant also includes two NYC shows: 5/27 at Beacon Theatre and 5/28 at Kings Theatre (tickets). No NYC show scheduled for TVOTR at the moment.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Magic Gang

In the past year, UK rockers The Magic Gang have dropped a few tracks online like "She Won't Ghost" and "Shallow," and they're now set to release a new single, "No Fun" / "Alright" on April 16 via Telharmonium Records. We've got the premiere of "No Fun," and though it shares a title with a Stooges song, it sounds more like if Blue Album-era Weezer were into shoegaze instead of Kiss. Appropriately, they recorded it with Andy Savours, who also worked on 2013's My Bloody Valentine album.

They've got a European tour with Wolf Alice (who played NYC on Saturday) starting this weekend, but no US shows yet. All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

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Nellie McKay

Singer/songwriter and actress Nellie McKay is releasing the followup to 2010's Home Sweet Mobile Home this year with My Weekly Reader on March 24. It's a '60s covers album that has her taking on songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, Crosby Stills & Nash, Small Faces, Frank Zappa, Herman's Hermits, Steve Miller Band, Richard & Mimi Farina, Moby Grape, Country Joe McDonald, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Cyrcle and Alan Price. Keeping with the '60s theme, she recorded it with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Her cover of Moby Grape's "Murder In My Heart for the Judge" came out a little while back and can be streamed below, and we've now got the premiere of her cover of another California psych/folk rock artist, Country Joe McDonald. She does "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," as you can hear while you watch the very appropriate visual accompaniment (by The Joshua Light Show), below. Tracklist below too.

Nellie's also going on a tour, which includes five shows at NYC's 54 Below, the cabaret supper club in the basement of Studio 54. She plays the club on April 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18. The venue's event description reads: "Led by a trail of incense, Nellie revisits some of the melodies from the 1960s in her new show. Celebrating the release of her new album, My Weekly Reader, she will travel to a land of strange and wonderful musical delights with the grooved assistance of her magical band, The Cosmic X-Rays (Alexi David/bass, Cary Park/guitar, Kenneth Salters/drums)... A splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Tickets for all five shows are on sale now.

On the day of the album's release (3/24), Nellie will play a free in-store at Barnes & Noble in TriBeCa at 6 PM. If you purchase the album at B&N, you get priority seating, and she'll be signing CDs afterwards.

All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Eternal Tapestry

Sometimes it seems like all it takes is a little reverb on your vocals to get called "psychedelic," but Eternal Tapestry make psychedelic music in its truest form. Their newest album Wild Strawberries came out on Thrill Jockey last week, and it's the kind of meditative, tripped-out music that sounds made to be heard with lava lamps and incense. It's a little like The Grateful Dead, if you're talking about the studio experiments on Aoxomoxoa or "Space." And while these songs feel too carefully constructed to be considered jams, the band certainly take their time with them -- three tracks pass the 15-minute mark.

They recently made a hallucinatory video for opening track "Mountain Primrose" with director Brenna Murphy, and we've got the premiere of that in this post. Check it out, with their list of dates (including Austin Psych Fest's Levitation), below...

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photo: United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
United Nations

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

United Nations, Black Clouds, Loud Boyz @ Saint Vitus
Geoff Rickly's career has arguably been more busy since the breakup of Thursday. He's running his record label again, and is currently involved in at least three musical projects, one of which is the high-concept screamo band United Nations who headline tonight's show. Opening is post-rockers Black Clouds (on Geoff's label) and punks Loud Boyz.

Cannibal Ox, GZA, Freeway, G-Jet @ Studio at Webster Hall
It only took Harlem rap duo Cannibal Ox 14 years to release a followup to their now-classic debut, The Cold Vein, and it's finally out this week. El-P didn't produce this time, but the duo still deliver plenty of their hard-hitting rhymes. The rest of the lineup is pretty amazing too, with The Genius himself, GZA, and Roc-A-Fella vet Freeway.

Philm @ The Stone
Dave Lombardo is sorely missed in the current lineup of Slayer, but fortunately he still gives us a chance to see him in his newer band Philm. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour.

Corners, Brainfreeze @ Cake Shop
Los Angeles band Corners make gothy post-punk, as can be heard on last year's Maxed Out on Distractions which you can stream below.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show with guests Myq Kaplan, Zach Sherwin, Nore Davis, Tanael Joachim, and Scott Dooley.

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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March 1, 2015

photo by Dustin Rabin
FNM

"Superhero" actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the "Superhero" song. Because, a lot of the ways we write we visualize things.

Actually this is kind of interesting because we're probably a unique band in a way. While we write music we're talking about chord changes and different things like that. What we do is we describe scenes together, and we can visualize the scene and the music kind of comes. We kind of make movie scenes for movies that don't exist. "Superhero" was one of those where it was definitely a superhero comic, I mean that was just the vibe of the song, and when Mike came to me writing words about it, we were already calling it "Superhero." So it's kind of like in the DNA; it's a comic strip. [FNM's Bill Gould to Marvel]

Faith No More said they'd be following their 2014 single "Motherfucker" (first new song in 17 years) with another single "Superhero" as a 7" on March 17 and digitally on March 31. The song hit the web today via Marvel, who also did the above-quoted interview with bassist Bill Gould. Listen below.

Both "Superhero" and "Motherfucker" are set to be on their new album, Sol Invictus, due May 15 via Reclamation/Ipecac. It's their first album since 1997's Album of the Year. They've also got upcoming tour dates, including two sold-out NYC shows.

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photo: Juliana Hatfield @ The Bell House in 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
JH

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

The Juliana Hatfield Three, Potty Mouth @ Bowery Ballroom
While the former Blake Babies singer has put out records consistently over the last 25 years, this year she regrouped Modern Rock hitmakers The Juliana Hatfield Three for their first album since 1993's Become What You Are. That Clinton-era album, with Alternative Nation faves "My Sister" and "Spin the Bottle," will be played in full tonight. Newer band Potty Mouth open, and probably owe a thing or two to Hatfield.

A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy, Grzlxmode, GI Dara @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
DXC/Dunkxchange is presenting this show, and they'll have the option to buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel at the venue. They'll also have live sets from two A$AP Mob members. Will any of Nast and Twelvyy's famous friends join them too?

The Ukiah Drag, Uniform, Cheena, Honey @ The Acheron
This bill is great all around with trippy New England punks The Ukiah Drag, ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform, NYC punk "supergroup" Cheena (Pharmakon plus members of Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads), and heavy psych trio Honey.

Corners, Roya, Twist, DJ Alix Brown @ Baby's All Right
California band Corners make gothy post-punk and headline tonight, but the whole bill is pretty good, with Toronto's Mazzy Star-ish duo Twist, and Brooklyn's Roya which has members of Habibi, The Clean and Grooms.

PARTYNEXTDOOR @ Irving Plaza
PARTYNEXTDOOR is everywhere lately. He's all over the excellent new Drake mixtape, he's been working frequently with Travi$ Scott, and he shows up on the new Big Sean album too. Perhaps not surprisingly, tonight's show is sold out.

"Drum Machine Circle" ft. Greg Fox & more @ Shea Stadium
Greg Fox is heading out on tour soon with his band Liturgy, but first he's got a few solo shows in his hometown. This one has him performing with a "drum machine circle" that also features Wilted Women, Mike Sheffield, Darren Ho, Megan Moncrief, Beto Cravioto, and Paul Wheeler.

Murder By Death, O'Death @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Long-running alt-country/indie rock band Murder By Death released their seventh album, Big Dark Love, earlier this month, and tonight their tour hits NYC for its second of two shows here this weekend. Opening both nights is the raw creepy folk of O'Death.

The Nihilstics, The High & The Mighty, Altercation @ Grand Victory
There's a new NYHC book out, and tonight's show is in celebration of that with three veteran bands.

Demetri Martin @ Wellmont Theatre
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin has been through the NYC-area a fair amount of times lately. He played the city proper last night, and tonight he's nearby in Montclair, NJ.

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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February 28, 2015

Sufjan

Sufjan Stevens' new album, Carrie & Lowell is out 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty, and the folky lead single "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" has us very excited for it. TODAY (2/28) you'll have a chance to hear the album in full in NYC at the "Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party" at Other Music from 5-7 PM. Here's the details:

Other Music is excited to be participating in the Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party for his upcoming album, "Carrie & Lowell." Fans who pre-order the album from us will have the opportunity on Saturday evening (5-7pm), February 28, to listen to a copy of the LP test pressing through headphones -- and for such an intimate album, that's how it's meant to be heard! Sound Off Experience are providing the transmitter and headphones that will be lent to the group of pre-order customers for this exclusive event at Other Music. These silent listening parties are the only way for fans to hear "Carrie & Lowell" this far out from its March 31 release date, long before any on-line album streams appear or radio stations get a copy of the record. Add to this, the first 25 customers who pre-order the LP will be guaranteed a limited colored vinyl pressing.
You can pre-order the LP from Other Music HERE.

It's one of a few listening parties happening worldwide between now and mid-March. You can check out the full list of dates for those parties (with still more TBA) below...

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photo: Screaming Females at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Screamin Females
photo: Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Psquared)
Disappears

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

Disappears, Suuns, Christines @ Rough Trade
Chicago's Disappears just released Irreal, the band's darkest, most paranoid/obtuse record yet. That's not a bad thing and, mind you, it may sound different when they play it tonight as their songs tend to change after they've played them live for a while. Armed with an insanely good rhythm section, they're worth seeing anywhere, anytime. Same goes for Montreal's Suuns who have a similar krauty / sinister edge. Local boys Christines open and sound a little like Swervedriver. Highly recommended.

Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Vacation @ Knitting Factory (2 shows)
Screaming Females are already known for their shredding guitar solos, but the new album Rose Mountain has the band focusing a little more on great choruses. It's up their with the best of their previous work. Tonight's their second and third of the four NYC shows on this current tour. All three openers are killer too.

Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, AEON, Tribulation @ Webster Hall
This all-death metal bill is co-headlined by Poland's Behemoth, whose 2014 LP The Satanist was hugely and deservedly acclaimed, and one of American's many favorite old school Florida bands, Cannibal Corpse.

The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote, The Scandals @ Terminal 5
The Gaslight Anthem's last two albums sound built for the arenas they're probably just about big enough to play, but luckily for now they're still choosing slightly smaller rooms. (Not that T5 is some hole in the wall.) Sold out.

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Summer Moon, Tall Tall Trees, Invisible Familiars @ Baby's All Right
Sean Lennon's very Beatlesque band GOASTT headline this sold-out show which features friends Invisible Familiars and Summer Moon (Nikolai of The Strokes, Erika of Au Revoir Simone & more). Sold out.

Murder By Death, O'Death @ Bowery Ballroom
Long-running alt-country/indie rock band Murder By Death released their seventh album, Big Dark Love, earlier this month, and tonight their tour hits NYC for its first of two shows here this weekend. Opening both nights is the raw creepy folk of O'Death.

New York Night Train's Soul Clap and Dance-Off w/ Nick Waterhouse (Guest Selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's Jonathan Toubin's monthly party / dance competition. Tonight, fellow soul lover Nick Waterhouse will be picking the tunes for part of the evening.

Caged Animals, Warehouse, Breathers, Turnip King @ Cameo Gallery
Caged Animals are taking a break from recording their new album to play this show, so expect lots of new songs. Also on the bill are Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, and Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnip King.

July Talk, The Gay Blades, Wet Leather @ Mercury Lounge
Toronto indie band July Talk sound like if Man Man and Stars formed a supergroup, and their style seems like it's catching on -- tonight's show is sold out.

Yacøpsæ, Bastard Noise, Fistula, Sick/Tired, Psycho, Chainsaw to the Face @ Saint Vitus
Doom/sludge legends Grief were supposed to reunite for this but they unfortunately dropped off. It's still got a great lineup, though, with German grind vets Yacopsae, long-running power electronics trio Bastard Noise, Ohio sludgesters FItsula, Chicago grinders Sick/Tired, '80s-era Boston hardcore faves Psycho, and NJ grindcore band Chainsaw to the Face.

Liam Betson, LVL UP, Slight, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control @ Shea Stadium
If you miss punky '90s indie rock, just about every band on this local bill should scratch that itch.

Fletcher C. Johnson, The Blind Pets, Las Rosas, Dirty Few @ The Acheron
Fans of Burger Records-style garage rock will want to hit this party hardy show with two bands from the label (Fletcher C Johnson and Las Rosas) and two that have associations with them.

Scrapers, Couch Slut, Chain Gang Grave, The Gentlemen @ 538 Johnson Avenue
Scrapers feature a former member of Roger Miret and the Disasters, and they make the kind of no-frills hardcore that sounds like a trip back to 1980. Noise/punk/metal crushers Couch Slut are just as worth seeing and even more confrontational.

Kristeen Young, The Sweet Boys, Hand Job Academy @ Baby's All Right
Thrown under a bus when Morrissey said she got him sick (and canceling his 2014 tour), Kristeen Young's anthemic pop deserves better. She plays tonight with jokey rap crew Hand Job Academy.

Wolf Alice, Sunflower Bean, Lazyeyes, Palehound @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by UK band Wolf Alice, plus a host of buzzy Brooklyn indie bands...like the young and talented Sunflower Bean.

Demetri Martin @ Town Hall
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin has been outside of NYC a few times lately, but tonight he finally brings his tour to the city proper. Tomorrow he's in NJ.

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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February 27, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Scrapers

The masked four-piece pictured above is NYC's Scrapers, who feature former Roger Miret and the Disasters bassist Brian Darwas, plus vocalist Bee Wiseman (aka "Mr. Bee," head barber at Frank's Chop Shop), Sol Keller, and Dodi Wiemuth. This past January, they released their new album, Dark Party, which is nine songs of early '80s-style hardcore. None of them pass the two-minute park, a handful don't even hit the one-minute mark, and all of them rip. Listen below.

Scrapers play their hometown on Saturday (2/28) at Aviv (496 Morgan) with the great Couch Slut (who also play Coco 66 tonight), Chain Gang Grave and The Gentlemen. The all ages show starts at 8 PM, and admission is $5 at the door.

Stream Dark Party below...

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