April 27, 2015

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

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Bowery Ballroom
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play their first of two sold-out NYC shows.

Kimya Dawson, Paul Baribeau, Toby Goodshank, Hamell on Trial, Roger Manning @ Trans-Pecos
Tonight's pretty much the place to be if you're an anti-folk fan. Moldy Peaches members Kimya Dawnson and Toby Goodshank both play solo, plus folk-punk staple Paul Baribeau is on the bill, as are two veterans of the genre, Roger Manning and Hamell on Trial.

Lucius, Field Mouse @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's Lucius are co-fronted by Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who have lent their harmonies to Wilco, The Rentals, and San Fermin. Tonight's show with alt-pop band Field Mouse is free, but you had to RSVP and that's now closed.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Will Miles, Clark Jones & Kenny DeForest fill in Wyatt Cenac and Night Train guest hosts, and welcome Dan Boulger, Amber Nelson, Nate Fernald, Sam Johnson, and Andrew Michaan.

The Hum @ Manhattan Inn
This is the final installment of free Mondays in April series "The Hum" which is touted as a "platform for unique first time collaborations between musicians working in various genres such as R&B, indie, beat-boxing, classical, punk and more with live projected video art." Tonight's performers include Xenia Rubinos, Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), Cassandra Jenkins and Caroline Davis and more.

Doug Loves Movies @ Gramercy Theatre
Doug loves weed, and he also digs cinema. He'll be indlulging the latter -- taping his Doug Loves Movies podcast -- with surprise guests tonight. Sold out.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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April 26, 2015

photo: Repulsion at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Repulsion

photo: some of the guests from Wednesday's Big Terrific (by Ryan Muir)
Big Terrific

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

Big Terrific @ Warsaw
Williamsburg's long-running comedy night comes to an end with two big shows at Warsaw. Original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri are all here and Joe Mande will be on hand for both shows as well. As to who else may show up at these sold-out farewells, we'll just have to wait and see.

Mobb Deep, Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist, Smif-N-Wessun @ BB King's
The legendary Queensbridge rap duo Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, yesterday, and today they're blessing their home city with a show. It's a great lineup all around, with veteran DJs Funkmaster Flex and Alchemist on board, plus another '90s-era NYC duo, Smif-N-Wessun.

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is the fourth of five shows at MHOW that They Might Be Giants are doing this year, and tonight's is a celebration of their recently-relaunched Dial-a-Song service as well as a release party for their new album, Glean.

Repulsion, Dehumanized, Skullshitter, Lucid Terror @ Saint Vitus
Repulsion were initially only around for a few years in the '80s, and their brief career resulted in the sole full length, Horrified, which was one of the earliest records to start pushing thrash metal in an even more terrifying direction that eventually became known as grindcore. They've been reunited for over ten years now, but chances to see them are still infrequent. If you're thinking about this one, don't miss it.

Today is the Day, Lazer/Wulf, Tiger Flowers, Marching Teeth @ The Paper Box
Today Is the Day returned last year with their tenth album, Animal Mother, another fine example of their noisy, shapeshifting metallic hardcore. They return to NYC tonight and this show is a great bill all around.

Zongo Junction, Wild Yaks, Invisible Familiars, ET Anderson @ Baby's All Right
It's the conclusion of the 2015 edition of Brooklyn's annual pysch-heavy Brain Cave Festival which boasts an eclectic lineup (including the rowdy Wild Yaks and Beatlesque Invisible Familiars) and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections.

Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped, All People, The Moms, Sammy Kay @ Asbury Lanes
After years fronting Arrogant Sons of Bitches and then Bomb the Music Industry!, Jeff Rosenstock struck out as a solo artist and released this year's We Cool?, which is an excellent indie/punk album. If you're going, don't miss his pop-punky tourmates Chumped.

Expert Alterations, Pale Lights, Cheap Sneakers, Green Pages @ Alphaville
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Bushwick spot tonight with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, headlining. Also on the bill are Green Pages which features members of The Beets, Sapphire Mansions and Cause Co-Motion, as well as Pale Lights (members of Crystal Stilts and Comet Gain).

Bonnie Stillwatter (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy + Watter) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The great Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) has a new collaboration with psych rock band Watter (mems of Grails, Slint) and following yesterday's pop-up shows, tonight they'll DJ a free party at The Studio at Webster Hall.

The Macaulay Culkin* Show @ Shea Stadium
In addition to his cable access show (where he took over Chris Gethard's timeslot) comedian Brett Davis co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthlyThe Macaulay Culkin Show. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

White Prism @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, whose new album, Open Heart Job, was just released. They're playing every Sunday in April at Ace Hotel.

Culturama @ Trophy Bar
This pop-up vinyl shop in the back of Trophy Bar (located under the picaresque J/M line) will feature tons or rarites, still-sealed deadstock and lots dollar records, plus live vinyl DJ sets from Edan, Sean Rowlands and Thanksgiving Brown. 4-8 PM.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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April 25, 2015

Photos by Greg Cristman

Manic Street Preachers @ Webster Hall 4/23/2015
Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers

Two decades later, Edwards's psycho-sociopathic vision seems prophetic, but the music surrounding these words is another story, and often one of transcendence. This tour is a celebration of its very nature. Webster Hall's audience was ready for that and sang along on those catchy, cutthroat choruses: "We're all just walking abortions."

[Nicky] Wire leapt and paced, pounding out big round notes. Bradfield pogoed about the stage and never missed a solo or buzzsaw riff. And Moore, an underrated drummer in the annals of "World's Best Rock Drummer Ever" polls, took command of the emphatic tempo changes dotting the songs. His drumming on "Archives of Pain," which switches from frenzied mania to calm, and throughout the slowing stop-start pulse of "4st. 7lbs." was borderline cinematic. - [Village Voice]

Manic Street Preachers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their epic third album, The Holy Bible, playing it on a short North American tour. This was the UK trio's first NYC show in six years. In addition to playing The Holy Bible in full, they followed with a set of material from the rest of their career including 2014's acclaimed Futurology. Setlist and pictures from Webster Hall (including ones of opener Jennie Vee) are in this post and continue below...

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Perfect Pussy

The annual FREE WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College (presented by the school's radio station) happens TODAY (4/25) with noise-punks Perfect Pussy, dance producer Dubbel Dutch, post-hardcore band Big Ups, ambient musician Thug Entrancer and more.

Like in past years, it's totally free, all ages, and open to the public. Show goes from 1-8 PM. Full lineup and more info below...

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photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

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

Speedy Ortiz, Mitski, Krill @ Bowery Ballroom
Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, takes the band into new sonic directions without losing their style of discordant indie rock that made us love the music in the first place. Very powerful lyrically too. Both openers tonight are great -- the artful, unique NYC songwriter Mitski and the Boston indie rock band Krill.

WBAR-B-Q w/ Perfect Pussy, Dubbel Dutch, Big Ups, Thug Entrancer, Bodega Bay, Palberta, Swings, Stud1nt, Diet Cig @ Barnard College
It's Barnard College's annual WBAR-B-Q with noise punks Perfect Pussy, dance producer Dubbel Dutch, post-hardcore band Big Ups, ambient musician Thug Entrancer, and more. As always, it's free, all ages, and open to the public.

Into It. Over It., Major League, Tiny Moving Parts, Collect Yourself, Safety @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Into It. Over It. is one of the many bands led by the great Evan Weiss, who's been one of the key guys in this whole "emo revival" thing, working with Mike Kinsella to You Blew It! to The Jazz June and more.

The Juan Maclean (live), Julien Tregoat (DJ set), Computer Magic (live) @ Union Pool
Tonight's the last of The Juan Maclean's six-show Brooklyn residency. These shows mark the debut of their new four-piece lineup which we've heard is killer. Sold out.

Primus @ The Paramount
Primus will be out with Dinosaur Jr this summer but tonight they continue their Charlie & the Chocolate Factory concept album extravaganza with the Funghi Ensemble.

Bonnie Stillwatter (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy + Watter) @ various NYC bars
The great Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) has a new collaboration with psych rock band Watter (mems of Grails, Slint) and in honor of that, they've teamed up with beer company Stillwater Artisinal Ales for today's celebration. They'll play one song each at NYC bars Jimmy's No. 43, Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, Fool's Gold, Spuyten Duyvil, and The Well, and each bar will have their new record and Stillwater Beer available to purchase. Full schedule and more info at the above link.

Tall Firs, Sue Garner, Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht @ Trans-Pecos
Tonight's event is billed as "an evening of short, stripped down performances by musicians from our community here in NYC. We're tying to create an intimate environment with a mellow, share-a-tune vibe. No "third wall" allowed." Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo is among the artists performing.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hurray for the RIff Raff put out Small Town Heroes on ATO last year, which was the kind of country indebted to decades-old styles rather than the genre's current trends, without sounding retro. Tonight's their second of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.

Dorthia Cottrell, Blackout, Shroudeater @ Saint Vitus
Dorthia Cottrell fronts the awesome doom metal band Windhand, but this year she also decided to strip things down and put out a psych-folk solo album. Both styles suit her well.

Museum of Love @ Good Room
The DFA band Museum of Love, featuring Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, are resident DJs at Good Room and tonight spin with Italy-based produced Bottin.

The Waterboys, The BlueBonnets @ Irving Plaza
Longrunning Irish band The Waterboys just released Modern Blues, their first album of entirely original songs in eight years.

Holy Sons, Lichens, Ancient Ocean, Mixed Doubles, Ancient Sky, Worthless, Public Speaking, Catrina Calavera @ Baby's All Right
It's the 2015 edition of Brooklyn's annual pysch-heavy Brain Cave Festival which boasts an eclectic lineup and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections. The fest continues on Sunday.

Rule of Thirds, Survival, Pawns, Nandas @ Silent Barn
Australia's Rule of Thirds put out a killer deathrock/punk EP in 2013, and they just recently followed it with their first full length. The LP's a bit more on the Joy Division side, and they're good at both sounds. Tonight's their last NYC show on this tour.

Container, Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), Sasha Jan Rezzie @ Palisades
Tonight's show is part of Bushwick venue Palisades' 1-year anniversary, and it features noisy electronic great Container and Black Dice's Eric Copeland in solo mode.

Wray, Mobile Steam Unit, GEPH @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two NYC shows for Alabama shoegazers Wray on their current tour.

Expert Alterations, My Teenage Stride, Summer Saints, The Bad New Ones @ Pet Rescue
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Bushwick DIY spot with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, and NYC royalty My Teenage Stride headlining. WFMU's Paul Bruno will be DJing in-between sets.

Fielded, Phork @ Elvis Guesthouse
Avenue A's new hot spot (and Baby's All Right sister venue) Elvis Guesthouse hosts a $5 show tonight with dark pop purveyor Fielded.

Wizard Rifle, Netherlands, The Austerity Program, Tween @ The Acheron
Portland's noisy, sludgy Wizard Rifle return to NYC tonight with Timo Ellis's synth-punk band Netherlands and post-hardcore duo The Austerity Program.

Cheetah Chrome, Split Squad, The Fleshtones @ Bowery Electric
It's a very late-'70s NYC kind of evening with Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome, The Split Squad (which features members of Blondie, Plimsouls & more) and "super rock" creators The Fleshtones.

Arc Waves, Crown the Invisible, Dead Heart Bloom, Boyd Shropshire @ Cake Shop
Boyd Shropshire has been playing in Philly bands for years -- you may remember him from mid-'00s indie rockers Human Television and he's also spent time with Kurt Vile & the Violators. Shropshire's most recent solo album, Victory Weather, was released last year.

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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April 24, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: PAWS at CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
PAWS

There's a known mutual admiration between blink-182 and a handful of indie rock bands. Best Coast and Colleen Green have covered them. DIIV talked about learning their songs on guitar at a young age when they opened for them in Brooklyn as Mark Hoppus intently watched their set. And Mark has enthusiastically expressed interest in Wavves and Japandroids. (We've written about their importance to indie rock too.)

Now, the indie/blink crossover will continue to move forward, as Scottish indie rockers PAWS tweeted, "Excited to say we are going into the studio this summer to record our third album and @markhoppus of @blink182 is coming to help us!" That album will follow PAWS' 2014 album Youth Culture Forever and 2012's Cokefloat!, both on Fat Cat.

Meanwhile, the Tom Delonge-less blink-182 recently played their first shows with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba (full set video), who says "only time can tell" if he'll become a permanent member (sigh). Tom Delonge recently released/streamed his odds-and-ends collection, To The Stars (double sigh).

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Meek Is Murder

Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:

Ohio metallic hardcore band Enabler and Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder (who currently share drummer Frank Godla) are going on a tour this June which ends in Meek Is Murder's hometown on June 14 at the Acheron. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

Enabler are planning to release their new album Fail to Feel Safe this year via Century Media (release date TBA), and Meek Is Murder's new LP, Onward/Into the Sun, comes out May 5 via Rising Pulse Records. You can hear the killer single "Onward Toward A Red Horizon" below (via VICE), and the whole album can be previewed at the listening party TONIGHT (4/24) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg for MetalSucks and Metal Injection's Heavy Metal Happy Hour.

Brooklyn sludge weirdos Unearthly Trance have been broken up since 2012 (though members continued on in Serpentine Path), but they're now ready to come out of hibernation to release a new album on Relapse Records and play shows again. So far they have two hometown shows announced. They open the Samothrace show at Saint Vitus on May 24 with Trenchgrinder and Beefrot (tickets); and also play Acheron on July 17 with Churchburn and Belus (ticket info TBA).

The genre-crossing Kayo Dot have a Brooklyn show happening May 21 at The Paper Box with Hex Inverter, Disparager and Kevin Hufnagel (tickets). Frontman Toby Driver also has his Stone residency coming up in August.

Born Wrong

Ontario hardcore band Born Wrong have a new album and touring plans on the way, but most of that is still TBA. Meanwhile, they do have one show coming up, which happens in Brooklyn on May 9 at Acheron with local hardcore band Creeping Dose (whose new 7" Filth Is Power is out now) headlining, as well as Mommy, Pleasure Industry and Dilate. Tickets are on sale. We haven't heard anything from the new record yet, but if last year's angry, uncompromising Art District EP and the prior year's Holding Cell EP are anything to go by, we have high hopes. Stream those below.

Industrial one-man band Author & Punisher plays Fat Baby on May 7 with SpeakOnion, Digit216, Theologian and Bruzed (tickets).

Noisem, who will be in NYC in June on their tour with Iron Reagan, recently detailed their new album and released two songs. Blossoming Decay will be out June 6 via A389, and you can listen to the 2-minute hardcore rippers "1132" and "Graining Enamel," below. A third brand new track, "Replant and Repress," is streaming at Punk News.

The '70s hard rock-leaning Royal Thunder, who will be in NYC in June on their tour with Wild Throne, made a video for "Time Machine" off their new Relapse-released Crooked Doors. Watch below.

KEN mode, who will play NYC in June with Fight Amp, Pyrrhon and Couch Slut, shared a second track from their upcoming Steve Albini-reocrded album, Success (due 6/16 via Season of Mist). Like the first single, "These Tight Jeans" is a workout in AmRep-style post-hardcore, and you can listen below (via NPR).

Other previously-mentioned heavy NYC shows include Slayer with King Diamond and Code Orange, Slayer on their own, Nuclear Assault (final tour) / Murphy's Law / Whiplash, The Flex / Red Death, Vattnet Viskar, Horrendous, Wolfbrigade, Arabrot / Pinkish Black, Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla / Crypt Sermon / Hasj, Conan / Mantar, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Repulsion, Ufomammut, and still many more.

Not about a show, but earlier this week we premiered a new song from NWOBHM vets Raven, called "Fight," over at Invisible Oranges. If you're into that, you may also be into reading IO's recent piece, "British Steel & Iron Maiden: 35 Years Later."

Tribulation
Tribulation

Last but definitely not least, Sweden's Tribulation released their death-metal-meets-classic-rock album The Children Of The Night this week on Century Media, and then put out the video for its opening track, "Strange Gateways Beckon." Watch that below.

What else?

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Kimya

Fans of the NYC antifolk scene will want to be at Trans Pecos on Monday (4/27) as Kimya Dawson headlines a a very notable bill. The night also includes sets from Kimya's Moldy Peaches bandmate Toby Goodshank, antifolk progenitors Roger Manning and Hamell on Trial, as well as Michigan folk-punk singer Paul Baribeau. Tickets are on sale now.

This is part of what Kimya and Paul Baribeau are calling a "book as you go tour" that hits Pittsburgh on Saturday (4/25) and Philadelphia on Sunday (4/26). Where else will Kimya play? Follow her on Twitter for updates.

All known tour dates, and a stream of tourmate Baribeau's 2010 album, Unbearable, below...

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Mobb Deep

Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.

You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.

Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...

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LOOPER

Stuart David has been making music as Looper since 1998 when he was still a member of Belle & Sebastian (he left in 2000). What started as a project with his wife, Karn, turned into a four-piece band and Looper released three albums between 1998 - 2002. (Looper's song "Mondo '77" was used in a lot of commercials and movies.) Then in the mid-'00s Stuart began suffering from chronic fatigue which all but ended his creative output. He's been getting better and 2015 makes a flurry of activity for him. He released The All-Night Cafe, a memoir of the early days of Belle & Sebastian, and a new Looper album, Offgrid:Offline which just came out via Mute. You can stream that in full, via Rdio, below.

That new album is also part of a career-encompassing Looper box set titled These Things, which rearranges the songs into five mixtapes categorized by genres. You can read more about that (and listen to it via Rdio) below. The box set also features liner notes by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. We've got a copy of both the These Things box set and The All-Night Cafe memoir to give away. Details below.

Belle & Sebastian, meanwhile, will play NYC's Radio City Music Hall in June.

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