January 29, 2015

Paramount

Not to be confused with nearby Paramount Theaters, like the ones in Asbury Park, Long Island or Westchester (or less nearby ones like the one in Austin), Brooklyn's Paramount Theatre in Flatbush will begin hosting live entertainment for the first time in over 50 years. (Also not to be confused with another re-opened Flatbush venue, Loew's Kings Theatre.) A press release reads:

Barclays Center affiliate Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has formed an alliance with LIU Brooklyn in which it will begin bringing entertainment to the university's historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

With the focus on booking emerging talent, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will program a variety of events, including music, comedy, and boxing.

The programming will return the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre to its original roots as an active entertainment venue for the first time in more than half a century.

Originally built in 1928 as a movie palace, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre later hosted renowned Rock & Roll and jazz shows featuring artists such as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Currently used as a multi-purpose space, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre still has much of its original luster and can accommodate capacities of up to 1,500.

The partnership will create unique part-time job opportunities for LIU students, giving them a chance to gain valuable experience by working in various roles at the LIU Brooklyn ParamountTheatre.

Next month, Barclays Center and Brooklyn will host All-Star 2015 events, which will include LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre serving as a fan hub with the debut of the NBA House Presented by BBVA Compass. LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre will provide an interactive basketball experience on its full-size court and will include appearances from NBA legends.
Stay tuned for more info and an initial schedule of events.

Cursive

As discussed, Cursive have a tour coming up in support of the reissue of The Ugly Organ, which will pull heavily from that album's era. The tour already includes NYC shows on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom (night 1 sold out, night 2 still on sale), plus nearby Long Island and Absury Park shows, and they've now added a smaller NYC show happening March 12 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the new date go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

The whole tour will be with a cellist, and it's been revealed that in NYC it will be Gretta Cohn, who played all the cello on The Ugly Organ. Beach Slang (who put out a new song today) and John Congleton and the Nighty Nite open both Bowery Ballroom shows, but no opener has been announced for Saint Vitus yet.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Cursive expand 'Ugly Organ' tour, add Saint Vitus show"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Viet Cong @ Union Pool, 1/28/2014
Viet Cong
Viet Cong

After having flights canceled twice (due to Winter Storm Juno), Canadian band Viet Cong made it into NYC just in time for their first of two sold-out record release shows, which happened at Union Pool Wednesday night (1/28). I had seen them twice last year -- at one of our SXSW parties and at 4 Knots -- but this was the first time where I had actually gotten to listen to a lot of their music beforehand. Which certainly helps, given their sometimes gnarled, labrynthine sound.

While there are definite echoes of Gang of Four, Wire, Neu!, Joy Division and other postpunk/kraut influences, Viet Cong don't really sound like any of them. It's a weird, complex blend of those things, put through a kaleidoscopic lens filter. It makes a lot more sense watching them live, where you can see that something you thought was just one guitar part is actually two separate ones, or "oh that's a keyboard." Add to that drummer Mike Wallace (who's mom flew in from Calgary just for these NYC shows) rarely plays a straight 4/4 beat. Some of the best parts of their live show, however, happen when they burrow into a groove or bring a Fall-like level of repetition, like the pounding middle of "Death" which closes their new album (and last night's set). A really great show.

Both openers at Union Pool were terrific: Honey, whose brand of rock seems born straight from Detroit, 1970; and the arty/skronky PC Worship (Viet Cong frontman/bassist Matt Flegel was up front for their whole set). Viet Cong play again tonight (1/29) at Mercury Lounge with What Moon Things, which is also sold out. Hopefully they'll be back sooner than later. More pictures of last night's show, below...

Continue reading "Viet Cong played Union Pool with Honey & PC Worship (pics), play Mercury Lounge tonight"

by Bill Pearis

azar-swan

Late last year, Azar Swan released their second album, And Blow Us a Kiss, which adds some serious Kate Bush vibes to the duo's electro-goth-tribal MO. You can stream the whole album below.

The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan released new album (listen), celebrating tonight at free Brooklyn show w/ Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & more"

follakzoid

Chilean psych-rock band Föllakzoid will release III (yes, their third album) via Sacred Bones on March 31. Its four long tracks follow dark, minimal lines, locked grooves and spaced-out repetition. For the new album they also enlisted the help of German synth specialist Uwe Schmidt (who releases music as Atom™ and Señor Coconut) to help expand their universe. Zone out to the 12-minute opening track "Electric" below.

UPDATE: We originally posted that Föllakzoid would be at Austin Psych Fest Levitation this year, which is apparently unconfirmed. We hope it happens!

Continue reading "Follakzoid releasing new album (listen to a song)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Courtney Barnett at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett has steadily been rising off the strength of her two EPs, one of which came out in 2012, followed by the second in 2013, followed by a packaged release of them together that same year, and followed once more by a US release in 2014. Now she's finally ready to put out a proper full length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which is due out March 24 via Mom + Pop. She just put out the clown-centric video for its rockin' first single "Pedestrian At Best," and it's only making this album seem more exciting. Check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

She'll be at SXSW and Bonnaroo this year. Her full tour schedule is also below.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett announces debut LP, 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit,' streams new single (listen)"

photo: Passion Pit on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit are finally ready to follow 2012's great Gossamer. Today they've announced that their third album, Kindred, will be out in April via Columbia, and put out a short teaser video that you can watch below.

Continue reading "Passion Pit announce new album, 'Kindred'"

GethardGethard

After filming a pilot with Comedy Central that didn't get picked up, public access / internet sensation The Chris Gethard Show has been picked up by new cable network Fusion who have ordered a 10-episode run that will air starting in April. Fusion looks to keep the show's anarchic spirit intact. Gethard says "We're not leaving public access, we're taking it with us." And from a feature in The Atlantic:

The fact that viewers can call in, for one, is critical to the show's energy, which is difficult to pull off on a major network since even late night is filmed live-to-tape. Gethard says Fusion seemed much more willing to embrace the show's online side, live-streaming the tapings and accepting live calls, then editing the show down to something it can broadcast. "Really, we can take our time to have the show basically be live and also round it out to a show we're proud of," he says. "They're giving us an opportunity to have the best of both worlds in a way that's truly progressive. They suggested it."
Chris, who's on Broad City too, wrote this on the show's website:
When Next You See Us We Will Be Standing Atop the Rubble Of The Entertainment Industry, Victorious Conquerers In A Strange Land That's Never Welcomed Us. We Are The Outsiders. We Are The Renegades. We Are The Surrogates For The Silent Masses Who Are Not Willing To Be Treated As A Number, Who Are Smart Enough To Know That Their Value Is Rooted In More Than What Demographic Some White Male In A Suit Categorizes Them In. In April We Take To New Airwaves To Shout Furiously On Behalf Of The Sad, Creative, Sexually Confused, Generally Forgotten Kids Who Have Long Found It Unpleasant To Shout For Themselves. We Are A Voice For The Voiceless. We Take To The Grid So That We May Speak On Behalf Of Those Who Opt To Live Off Of It. We Are The Nervous System, And Our Viewers Are The Heart And The Brain. We Aim To Obey The Commands Of The Meekest Voices Amongst The Din. We Are Selling Out, But We Will Never Back Down. We Thank The Powers That Be For Our Seat At The Table But We Refuse To Ever Be Cool And We Insist On Making A Mess. Some People Get Invited In The Front Door. Some People Sneak Through The Back Door. We Are Sleeping In A Tent In The Vacant Lot Next Door And Throwing Eggs At The Metaphorical House. This Is Not Goodbye, It's Only See Ya Later. This Is Not The End, It Is The Beginning. MNN Was Where The Forces Gathered, And Now The Army Marches. And You, The Viewers Who Have Supported Us, Are The Generals In That Army, The Admirals On The Ships, You Tell Us When It's Time To Push The Button And Go Nuclear On The Whole Venture. The Mainstream Entertainment Industry Murdered Andy Kaufman And It Is The Duty Of This Show To Get Revenge On His Behalf.
One drawback, for fans in Gethard's NYC area (where the show currently films), is Fusion isn't carried by Time Warner Cable. But you will be able to watch it live online, and Fusion can, however, be seen on Verizon FIOS, who by the way recently picked up Diddy's music channel Revolt TV a year into its existence.

Last night (1/28) was the final episode of The Chris Gethard Show to air on NYC public TV channel Manhattan Neighborhood Network and featured a live performance by The Weaks. That episode hasn't shown up archived on line yet, but you can watch last week's episode, featuring Jersey band Microwave Death, below...

Continue reading "'The Chris Gethard Show' moving to cable network Fusion in April; last night's episode was final show for public access"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Beach Slang at BV-RBSS at Baby's earlier this month (more by Ryan Muir)
Beach Slang

We've already posted the Modern Baseball, Hurry and The Weaks tracks from the upcoming United Cerebral Palsy-benefitting six-way split on Lame-O Records, Strength In Weakness, and today we get another contribution: Beach Slang. "Too Late To Die Young" is the ninth song and second acoustic song that the band has released in their short-but-already great career so far, and despite its stripped-down sound, it's no less an anthem than the full-band jams. Check it out, via Noisey, below.

As mentioned, they're opening Cursive's Ugly Organ-era tour, including the NYC shows on March 10 (sold out) and March 11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), which are both also with John Congleton and The Nighty Nite. After that, they'll tour Europe, play Belgium's Groezrock Fest and Montreal's Pouzza Fest with the still-reunited Knapsack. And finally it's back to the NYC-area for Skate & Surf Fest on May 16 & 17 with The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, Small Brown Bike and many more (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Beach Slang release new song, touring & playing Groezrock with Knapsack after Cursive tour (updated dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis

stealing-sheep

Stealing Sheep's 2012 debut, Into the Diamond Sun, was one of that year's most underrated albums, mixing faery folk, krautrock and exotica into a distinctive sound of their own. If you haven't heard it, you can stream it via Rdio below. The Liverpool trio will release their second album, Not Real, on April 14 via Heavenly. The new album is a little more synthesizer heavy and less rooted in the past, but Stealing Sheep's quirky style (and those harmonies) are still vibrantly on display. While no music has been released from the album yet, they have made a very trippy trailer for the album and you can watch that, and check out the album tracklist, below.

Continue reading "Stealing Sheep releasing 'Not Real' in April (watch the trailer)"

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