December 12, 2013
by Doug Moore
Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Playing in a two-man band is a tough proposition. Both members are responsible for filling up a lot of aural space, and neither has much of anywhere to hide if they fuck up. These challenges become considerably steeper for two-piece metal bands -- volume, presence, and technicality are all valorized, so the standards for success are high and the margins of error are slim.
All of this make LA-based two-piece Black Cobra that much more impressive, especially as a live act -- they rumble like High on Fire and zig-zag like Converge without missing a beat. (We've talked about this before.) Accordingly, you would do well to catch their just-announced January 3 date at Saint Vitus (openers TBA). Tickets are on sale now. Though these guys tour quite a lot, they've slowed down a touch over the past couple years and haven't released anything since 2011's Invernal. No other East Coast dates have been announced so far, and they'll be back on the West Coast the following day.
Stream a couple of songs from Invernal and check out Black Cobra's full set of upcoming dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
New Orleans rapper Curren$y always seems to be up to something. He released a live EP with Wiz Khalifa earlier this year, and more recently released a free EP with Smoke DZA (prod. Harry Fraud) that features Big K.R.I.T. and French Montana on one track, and can be streamed below. He's also been talking about teaming back up with Ski Beatz for Pilot Talk III.
Curren$y just kicked off a short December tour in Austin last night (12/11), which hits Dallas for a Red Bull Sound Select show tonight (12/12), and comes to NYC for a show on December 21 at BB King's, where also played in May. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Smoke DZA, he also has an upcoming show in his hometown of NYC happening on December 18 at SOB's for the Hot 97 holiday party with A$AP associate Bodega Bamz, thrilling Brooklyn rhymer Troy Ave, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Curren$y dates are listed, along with that EP stream, below...
UK band Breton, who were supposed to play NYC at Glasslands this week but had to postpone due to Visa Issues, have rescheduled that show. But it's not for a while. Breton's new date is May 16 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale, and if you purchased for the previous date, those will be honored, or refunds available at point of purchase. The only other North American date for Breton at the moment is Boise, ID's Treefort Fest in March, so SXSW seems likely as well. Stay tuned for other dates.
By that time, Breton's new album, War Stories, will be out. New single "Envy" just got a remix by Gramme (whose album from this year not enough people heard), and they put their signature fuzzed bass and stomp to the track. You can stream that remix below.
intro by Bill Pearis
Sonny & the Sunsets released Antenna to the Afterworld last spring, a concept album about an alien visiting earth that took the band's usually folk-leaning sound in new directions. While the prolific Smith is no doubt nearing completion on a new album, he does have a song on a brand new compilation titled I Need You Bad, which collects new songs from "a buncha bands from Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland." The record, out now on Polyvinyl, also features Warm Soda, Jessica Pratt, Tim Cohen's Magic Trick and lots more. (The whole thing is pretty good.) Sonny & the Sunsets contribute "Those Drawings I Told You About" which you can stream below.
The band were last in NYC for the Northside Festival and while they haven't announced any new East Coast shows, Sonny & the Sunsets will open for Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on a few West Coast dates and those are listed below. Meanwhile, Sonny Smith sent us his "favorite stuff and events of 2013." Some of it is musically oriented, but there's also some current events in there too. You can read his list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Tokyo Police Club at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Indie popsters Tokyo Police Club are still kicking, and planning to release the followup to 2010's Champ in 2014. No title or release date has been announced yet, but they've just revealed the almost-nine-minute first single, "Argentina (Parts I, II, II)." Not that there weren't similarities before, but with this single and Comedown Machine, TPC and The Strokes are sounding more and more alike these days, if TPC aren't a bit more celebratory. You can watch the lyric video for the new song below.
The band also have some US dates coming up in the spring, and though a full tour hasn't been announced yet, we know they'll be in NYC to play Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and the general on-sale begins Friday (12/13) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Around the time Busta Rhymes came out as a guest at A Tribe Called Quest's "final" shows (opening for Kanye West at Barclays and MSG), it was announced that Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip would be releasing a collaborative mixtape. That mixtape is out now, and features guest appearances from Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Missy Elliot, Raekwon, and others. That's the artwork above, which clearly riffs on ATCQ's The Low End Theory cover art.
Q-Tip's next #Offline DJ party happens on Wednesday (12/18) at Output (tickets).
You can download the mixtape for free at LiveMixtapes and stream it below...
by Doug Moore
British rockers Cut Yourself In Half play a cockeyed version of driving, borderline-metal-but-not-really jams that bands like Red Fang and Queens of the Stone Age have had such success with. Back in October, we posted their track "The End", a few weeks before they put out their debut album Mekkanizm. They're back with a new video for "Say Goodbye to the World" (not to be confused with the Dax Riggs tune), which comes from the same album, and makes its premiere in this post.
The video is a pretty silly affair involving a priest and a lot of corn-syrupy fake blood, but "Say Goodbye to the World" itself is a ripper. While "The End" found Cut Yourself In Half in a noisier, more jagged mood, this song is more of a straight-ahead rock 'n roll tune, with only hints of harmonic darkness shading the head-nodding chorus. It's catchy as all get-out.
Mekkanizm is out now via New Heavy Sounds. Watch the "Say Goodbye to the World" video (along with a stream of "The End") below...
Disclosure at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
As discussed, Disclosure's 2014 tour brings them to NYC for a three-night run at Terminal 5 from January 17-19 with Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy. All three of those shows are sold out, but after the Friday (1/17) show, Disclosure will DJ an afterparty at Webster Hall, and after the Saturday (1/18) show, they'll DJ one at Output. Tickets for the Webster Hall show and tickets for the Output show are on sale now. Both start at 10 PM.
Disclosure also just made a video for their recent single, "Apollo," which will appear on the new Settle remix album (due out 12/17). You can watch that, along with Kaytranada's remix of "January" from the same album, the tracklist, and the updated list of dates, below...
The Movement Electronic Music Festival is returning to Detroit's Hart Plaza from May 24-26 in 2014. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes Action Bronson, Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin, Simian Mobile Disco, Metro Area, The Martinez Brothers, Terrence Dixon, Escort, Carl Craig, Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Speedy J and Lucy's US debut of their collaborative Zeitgeber project, and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full initial lineup and the trailer video for the fest, below...
Miss Hedwig has found a home on Broadway! A new revival of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's gritty rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris as a transgender German singer, will begin performances March 29, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre. Directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), the new production will open officially on April 22. Emmy-nominated choreographer Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance) will provide musical staging. Additional casting and creative team members will be announced shortly.We heard Hedwig was returning to the NY stage and on Broadway back in 2010, but it never happened until now. John Cameron Mitchell will not be reprising the role that he created, but hopefully Neil Patrick Harris (who was last on broadway for Assassins in 2004) will be awesome too. Tickets are on sale now.
Featuring a book by Mitchell and a score by Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy about a fictional rock 'n' roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman and "internationally ignored song stylist" from East Berlin. The score includes memorable tunes "Tear Me Down," "Wig in a Box," "Wicked Little Town" and "Angry Inch." [Broadway.com]
Video of the 1999 Off Broadway performance below...