September 1, 2015

photo by Eoin Carey
We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks were in the US for a few shows earlier this summer including two in NYC, and they'll be returning for a lengthier tour in the fall. The new dates bring them back to NYC on December 5 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (9/2) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the video for "A Part Of It" off last year's Unraveling, below...

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Whitney Band Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich

Smith Westerns broke up at the very end of 2014 and since then members Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich (who also played drums in Unknown Mortal Orchestra) have formed the new band Whitney that doesn't seem to stray too far from the warbly glam of their old band. Check out the Big Star-esque "No Matter Where We Go" below. It's the lead track from Whitney's debut EP, due out this month on the Lead Riders label. Read a statement from the label about the band below as well.

Whitney were just on tour, having played their first NYC show at Shea Stadium last week with Frankie Cosmos. Anybody go to that?

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photo: Four Tet at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Four Tet

Four Tet already released a new album this year and he's staying prolific. In the past week, he's released a remix of CHVRCHES' "Leave A Trace," a new track called "Digital Arpeggios" under his Percussions moniker, and a stream of his full set at this year's Dekmantel Festival. Listen to all of that below.

He'll also be doing a lot of touring, including a lot of European dates and a few US shows mixed in. One of those US shows is in NYC on December 2 at Output. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Bongzilla in LA in August (photo by @smoothbysantanaftrobthomas)

Doom stoners Bongzilla returned earlier this year and now they have more dates coming up. They'll go on a short Northeast run in October that brings them back to NYC on October 22 at Saint Vitus. More bands TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

They also play Maryland Deathfest 2016. All dates are listed, with a full-set video of their June NYC show at the Acheron (shot by Frank Huang), below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Angel Haze

New York rapper Angel Haze is releasing a new mixtape, Back To The Woods, on September 14 which features recent single "Babe Ruthless." Angel came a little closer to pop on Dirty Gold but this goes hard like those early tracks and freestyles that first caught our ears. Check it out below.

She celebrates the album on release day (9/14) at Baby's All Right. Tickets are on sale. It's her only currently announced date at the moment.

Angel Haze also appears on Kwamie Liv's recent single "Pleasure This Pain." Listen to that, with "Babe Ruthless," below...

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Stephin Merrit

Having finished up a tour with cellist Sam Davol earlier this summer, Magnetic Fields main man Stephin Merritt will be playing City Winery this fall on November 14. It's a late show (9:15 doors) and you can currently get tickets if you're a VinoFile member or through a BrooklynVegan presale. Use password magneticvegans. This is Merritt's only announced show at the moment.

Stephin Merritt recently composed two "micro-songs" titled "Lo" and "La". They were based on two poems from 101 Two Letter Words, Stephin's homage to the smallest words recognized by Scrabble. Watch videos of hiim and Davol performing them below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Laura Stevenson at 2015 Gigawatts Fest (more by Carly Hoskins)
Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson will follow 2013's Wheel with a new album titled Cocksure on October 30 via Don Giovanni. The first single is the fuzzy rocker "Torch Song," and you can stream that below.

Laura's going on tour opening for Matt Pond PA, which hits NYC on November 21 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Additional support comes from Completions, aka Shawn Alpay of Matt Pond's band. Tickets for Webster are on sale now.

Laura has another NYC show sooner than though, with comedian (and her labelmate) Chris Gethard at Union Hall on September 21. It's one of Chris' "Career Suicide" shows, which offer "an hour of comedy about suicide, depression, alcoholism, and all the other funnest parts of life. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Beirut at Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Beirut at Pemberton

Beirut's new album, No No No, is out next week (9/11) via 4AD and the band have just announced they'll be performing it live in full at The Bell House on September 10. The show is part of NPR's First Listen Live series and is a free show, though you must RSVP. RSVP goes live on Wednesday (9/2) at noon.

The band's tour starts right after that and includes a much bigger NYC show at Radio City Music Hall on 10/1. Tickets are still available.

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Travi$ Scott

Travi$ Scott releases his new album Rodeo this Friday (9/4), and a new track from that, "Piss On Your Grave," has surfaced. It features frequent collaborator Kanye West, and isn't far from the kind of stuff Travis and Kanye made together on Yeezus. It had been rumored that "Piss On Your Grave" was the name of another Kanye/Paul McCartney collaboration, but no word if Paul is on this. Listen below.

Last week Travis announced a record release show for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on September 9. That since sold out, and now he also added shows on 9/7 and 9/8. 9/7 is sold out too, but tickets for 9/8 are available. He's promising a special guest at the last two shows.

After those shows, Travis opens The Weeknd's tour, which includes more NYC-area shows. Updated dates are listed below.

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King Khan & BBQ Show

The King Khan & BBQ Show recently released a a video for "Illuminations," the currently single from their new album, Bad News Boys. Directed by Stuart Simpson, the video features the boys as the house band in some sort of possibly satanic club, featuring go-go-dancers, bondage gear hellfire and a lot of puppet people. Watch it below.

Their tour will be starting before you know it, playing Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 14 with Milk Lines and OCDPP, and they've just added a second show a couple days before at Knitting Factory on November 12 with Milk Lines and The Mystery Lights. Tickets for both shows are available.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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