July 24, 2014
Dum Dum Girls @ Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dum Dum Girls have been on tour for pretty much all of 2014, and just played Pitchfork in Chicago last weekend. The ladies will be taking deserved break for the rest of the summer -- only playing a few select festival dates -- but will hit the road again this fall surrounding their appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Those dates include a requisite stop in NYC, playing a Devil's Night (or Mischief Night, if you prefer) show at Brooklyn Bowl on October 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/25) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
The xx at Radio City in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The last time The xx played NYC was when they played 25 shows for 40 people each at Park Avenue Armory in March (which Geoff Rickly paid $2000 to see), and their next show here will also be an unconventional one. They'll perform at the pre-party for this year's Guggenheim International Gala benefit which happens November 5 from 9 PM to midnight. There's a benefit dinner the following night which honors 2014 Guggenheim exhibition artists Carrie Mae Weems, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene (in memoriam), Günther Uecker, and Wang Jianwei.
Tickets ($200 for Young Collector's Council members, $250 for general admission) are on sale now to members and GA tickets go on sale July 29 at noon. Admission includes the performance, a full open bar, and an opportunity to view a portion of the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s-60s from 9-10 pm.
by Ian Chainey
King of the unibrow, Wally Moon. Your move, Anthony Davis
MLB's All-Star Game -- henceforth known as the Derek Jeter Invitational -- is in the rearview mirror and divisional battles are heating up. So, even if you're in Anthony Rendon's camp and can't stomach America's pastime, know that it's an exciting time for fans. Some fans. Jack White isn't exactly thrilled to be catching the Cubs. But, hey, suffering through a (mercifully demoted) Mike Olt plate appearance will do that to a human. At least Eddie Vedder looked chipper. Hopefully he'll be in good spirits again when he sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at tonight's (7/24) Cubs-Padres game.
Of course, those two aren't the only ones with a baseball jones. The supergroup The Baseball Project, featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M., are in the middle of their tour which hit New Windsor, NY's Storm King and Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki earlier this week. The tour (check out all dates listed below) brings them to NYC on August 2 at Rough Trade, and to Rochester for a free show with Lucero even sooner. They'll also be playing the home of the Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York, the day before Brooklyn on August 1. That particular date should've set up a heck of a weekend in Cooperstown, with Paul Simon headlining the Hall of Fame Gala on August 2. Unfortunately, you're out of luck, as the gala has been canceled. Cliff Lee supplies the appropriate reaction for that one.
If you're looking for some baseball-themed tunes with more heft, Puig Destroyer grinds out blasts with the wild spirit of their namesake, Dodger lightning rod Yasiel Puig. The band -- which is something of a supergroup, counting members of Curl Up and Die, Kowloon Walled City and Thrice within the lineup -- made the Heavy Lowdown DL last week after their drummer caught a fastball to the face. Uh, ow. You can check out their 2013 release Wait for Spring below.
In related quick hits, Modern Baseball (nothing to actually do with baseball) will be touring again in September. Their run with Beach Slang hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with Chumped, and Crow Bait (free). And, finally, a minor league team in South Carolina decided to reprise Disco Demolition Night -- because the first one worked out so well -- with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus albums and knickknacks. This one was dubbed Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It and there's video below if you want two more minutes to regret when you're laid out on your death bed. (No word if Rivers Cuomo made it there.) Old Hoss Radbourn is probably not amused.
Streams from the Baseball Project (and their tour dates), Puig Destroyer, and Modern Baseball, and the Disco Demolition video, appear below...
Midge in his Ultravox days...
As mentioned, Midge Ure will be part of this year's Retro Futura tour, along with fellow '80s-era artists Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Howard Jones, China Crisis and Katrina (of The Waves) -- that hits NYC on August 21 at Best Buy Theater. Surrounding that tour, Midge has scheduled two solo acoustic shows happening at NYC's Iridium Room on August 19 & September 12. Tickets for both Midge's acoustic shows and the Retro Futura tour are on sale now.
At those (and on the Retro Futura tour where he'll have a band), expect a mix of solo records, Ultravox tunes, Visage tunes and "a few surprises." Midge's new album, Fragile, is out August 19. All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Denmark's Iceage already have two albums of dark punk/post-punk out, and it now seems they're pulling a The Men by abandoning those dark punk roots for something closer to country punk on their new single "The Lord's Favorite." The song's video (dir. Cali DeWitt) just came out and can be watched below. No exact details on a third album yet but they're working on one.
The band also announced a North American tour with London experimentalist Helm, who toured the US not long ago with Iceage's Copenhagen pals Damien Dubrovnik (mem Lust for Youth). That tour culminates in their appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest and hits NYC on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom, the same venue they played in 2013 with White Lung and Parquet Courts. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Arto Lindsay @ LPR - 7/22/14
"When the singing stops, the music just kind of bursts out sometimes," Lindsay remarked about their music. "Like the band's playing the song, and then suddenly there's all this music." So it is with Lindsay's music, but reversed - the band's playing the song, and then suddenly, noise bursts out from Lindsay's little dime store Danelectro guitar. Oddly, absurdly, these are joyful moments - as when, late in Lindsay's set, the band grooved on a stomping version of Prince's "Erotic City." Just after Lindsay sings, softly: "We f- so pretty, you and me," he slashes into the song with his guitar, gutting out its core in an act of gleeful destruction. [Diffuser.fm]Brasil Summerfest is currently underway in NYC and included a show from no wave pioneer/experimental composer Arto Lindsay at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday (7/22). Opening the show was Bigyuki and a set from Zs that featured Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, etc) on drums. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
You can catch Zs again this weekend at the last Skeletons show before Matt moves out of NYC.
More pics below...
photos by David Andrako
It was a perfect summer night in New York City. No humidity, not too hot, a slight breeze, and brilliant moonlit sky. It was the perfect conditions for a night in the park. As part of Celebrate Brooklyn's annual free concerts in Prospect Park, alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 performed a rare live concert with a full orchestra to help close out their current North American tour. The group, which released their latest record, The Event II, last fall, have been on-and-off the road for the last few months and Deltron fans know that if they are touring now, who knows when they could tour or play again. So, it was no surprise that the Prospect Park Bandshell was jam packed with fans from all over the boroughs, as well as curious ears who wanted to see what was happening in their park that night.Alternative hip hop greats Deltron 3030 kept their reunion alive with a summer tour that just wrapped up this past weekend with a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Saturday (7/19) and an Asbury Park show the following day. Prospect Park was opened by Montreal hip hop collective Nomadic Massive and a solo set from Deltron's Kid Koala before he was joined by Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and a full orchestra for Deltron 3030's set. Pictures of the show are in this post.
... With the orchestra, Del rapping his head off, Dan conducting, and Koala simply destroying the turntables, all being done in front of trippy images projected on a screen behind the artists, it was full on sensory overload. With a healthy mix of songs from their classic 2000 debut and Event II, the 90-minute set was just too good to end. [Officially A Yuppie]
They continue below...
By Ian Chainey
Cro-Mags at FFF Fest in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cro-Mags have a few upcoming shows on the horizon. Along with some stops in Canada and back-to-back dates at Hartford, Connecticut's Webster Theater for TNT Fest, Joseph and company will play NYC's Saint Vitus on October 3 with Heavy Chains and further support slots to be filled soon. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/25) July 25 at noon.
All of the dates along with a video of Cro-Mags in action and Heavy Chains demo appears appear below.
Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Teenage Fanclub, Honeyblood, Saint Rich @ Pier 84 at Hudson River Park
What a treat -- Glasgow guitar pop practitioners Teenage Fanclub are stopping in NYC on their way to this weekend's Merge 25 festival for this free show. They haven't made a new LP in four years but with eight records worth of great songs to choose from, they are not lacking in options. Opening are a much younger Scottish band, Honeyblood. Did we mention it's free?
Veruca Salt, Battleme @ Bowery Ballroom
Oh, the tough choices of the '90s-loving NYC music fan. Teenage Fanclub's onetime DGC labelmates Veruca Salt, now back with their original lineup, play their first NYC show in many many years. You'll likely hear a bunch of new tracks from their forthcoming new album, but there's no way they're not gonna hit with "Seether" and "Number One Blind." Both tonight's show and their MHOW show on Friday are sold out.
Oathbreaker, Cult Leader, Young and in the Way, Badr Vogu, Meek is Murder @ The Acheron
We at BV are proud to present this show which includes three killer bands on Deathwish's roster -- Oathbreaker, Cult Leader and Young and in the Way -- plus Badr Vogu and solid locals Meek Is Murder. Oathbreaker are from Belgium and make melodic hardcore/screamo, while Cult Leader feature 3/4 of Gaza and basically pick up where that band left off. YAITW will provide metallic hardcore, Badr Vogu will bring sludge, and Meek Is Murder will supply the mathcore.
Sun Kil Moon @ Town Hall
Mark Kozelek has years of excellent slowcore and folk behind him, and this year's lyrically heavy Sun Kil Moon album is one of the best of his career. Mark's played solo shows a few times in NYC over the past few years, but this one's SKM full band and should be a special night.
Nickel Creek, Secret Sisters @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Modern bluegrass group Nickel Creek are back after a 7 year split with their first album since 2005 and a bunch of live shows this year. This one's free.
Bold, Give, Clear, Intent @ Saint Vitus
New York youth crew hardcore vets Bold were initially around in the '80s and early '90s. They're now back (with their 1989 lineup), and ahead of their appearance at Philly's stacked This Is Hardcore they'll squeeze in this hometown-area show.
Lost in the Trees, Doe Paoro, Stranger Cat @ Baby's All Right
Lost in the Trees' new album saw them bringing some moodier electronics into their indie folk sound. Local openers Doe Paoro and Stranger Cat (Cat Martino's electronic-tinged project) should fit the bill with LITT's new sound well.
Yumi Zouma, Rush Midnight, Celine Dijon (DJ), Katie and Dustin (TBC) DJ @ Baby's All Right
Yumi Zouma's debut EP came out back in February on Cascine and, like a much of what's on the label, their airy pop is part '80s soft rock, part '80s synthpop. Which should fit well with Rush Midnight. This is a free show.
Crocodiles, Christines, The New Lines @ Death by Audio
Bi-coastal fuzzrockers Crocodiles are putting the finishing touches on their new album, so expect to hear some new songs tonight. This is a solid bill, with Christines (Swervedriver-style miasma rock) and The New Lines (krauty baroque a la Broadcast).
The Wytches, Monograms @ Mercury Lounge
UK trio The Wytches concoct a brew that mixes raw-throat punk, stoner/doom psych, and Bad Seeds swagger, with perhaps just the tiniest hint of Wicker Man folk. Tonight's their first NYC show, and they'll play Glasslands on Friday.
Thao @ MoMA
The MoMA Nights concert series looks like a pretty chill way to see some post-work music, with bands playing in the museum's sculpture garden. This week: the multitalented Thao Nguyen who will be playing solo (sorry Get Down Stay Down fans). Free with museum entry.
Old 97's @ Stone Pony
Celebrating 20 years as a band this year, alt-country vets Old 97's showed they still have some shit to kick with their new album, Most Messed Up.
Electric Six @ Asbury Lanes
Electric Six are essentially a one-joke band -- off the charts ego/bravado/innuendo over danceable rock -- who've managed to milk it across 10 albums. Whether you had enough after "Danger! High Voltage!" or still dig the schtick, E6 are always a fun live show.
Band of Horses, Midlake @ Capitol Theatre
Band of Horses keep kicking out their big-sounding indie folk, and for this tour they're joined by solid likeminded band Midlake, who will be playing acoustic.
Sick Feeling, Gayer, Tell @ Trans Pecos
Don Devore's (Ink & Dagger, Amazing Baby, etc) new punk band Sick Feeling wrap up their residency at Trans Pecos tonight. It's with Gayer, aka Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) and frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani, as well as Tell who recently remixed Sick Feeling.
Alabama Shakes @ Terminal 5
Alabama Shakes bring their rootsy blues rock back to NYC tonight for this show which is free as long as you entered Mercedes Benz's contest and gained admission.
Kastle, Sweater Beats, Lindsay Lowend, Figgy @ Output
Output's weekly INPUT party continues tonight with Drake remixer Kastle, Sweater Beats (who just opened for Flume in NYC), Anamanaguchi remixer Lindsay Lowend and house producer Figgy.
Quarterbacks, Lobby Art, Fozzal, Maxo @ Shea Stadium
Quarterbacks make scrappy twee that's readymade for college house shows, which this may feel a bit like tonight.
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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July 23, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Prince / Slayer's Kerry King jamming on slugs
According to me, slugs are the most terrifying thing on the planet. Crawling bags of snot? Yeah, pass. Even typing the word makes me want to pour a protective circle of salt around myself at all times.
So it's with the utmost horror that I pass along the new Tumblr Slug Solos. The collection is courtesy of @michaelmphysics, the same brain behind Bass Dogs. The concept? Simple: "Some guitarists' solo faces look like they've just realised they're holding giant slug creatures." He's right. I've also soiled myself. You can check out a few of Michael's more (like the Prince one above) below, and see the rest here. The Kerry King one is our own creation though.
That said, there are some slugs I can get down with. A couple weeks back, Invisible Oranges reviewed Gastronomicon, the newest album by death metal band Slugdge. The theme is as nutty as the name, sliming up Lovecraftian tales about an ancient species of interstellar/inter-dimensional, you guessed it, slugs. Here's a taste of the lyrics:
Rhaexorog the lord of all, protector of what lies beyond/the greatest of the chosen ones, anointed of the netherslugs!But don't let appearances make you think this is just a gimmick. Slugdge actually rip, like a crazy combination of Carcass, Demilich, Edge of Sanity, and Arcturus. All hail Mollusca the Greatfather.
More pics from Slug Solos appear below along with streams for two Slugdge albums.