March 30, 2015

photo: Alt-J at Le Poisson Rouge in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Alt-J

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

Alt-J, Phantogram @ MSG
The strength of Alt-J's 2012 debut helped them very huge very quickly (as tonight's arena show may prove), and last year they followed it with an even weirder album. Phantogram make this big show a pretty good double bill.

Swervedriver, Gateway Drugs @ Mercury Lounge
Arguably the heaviest, most rocking of the original UK shoegaze acts, Swervedriver returned this year with their first new album since the '90s -- and it's pretty damn good. But expect to hear favorites like "Duel" and "Rave Down," too. This late show is sold out.

Mourn, Laced @ Mercury Lounge
Before the Swervedriver show, Merc hosts young Spanish band Mourn, whose PJ Harvey-inspired album on Captured Tracks has deservedly been getting some buzz. Tonight's the second of two NYC shows on their first-ever US tour.

Lieutenant, Yukon Blonde, Piers @ Saint Vitus
Lieutenant is the new project fronted by Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel, and they make enjoyable clean-sounding indie rock. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their current tour.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

Lez Zeppelin @ Highline Ballroom
All-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin (fronted by Shannon Conley, who's also currently an understudy for Yitzhak in Broadway's 'Hedwig' run) take on Zep's 8/11/79 Knebworth Festival set tonight.

Hanni El Khatib, Black Pistol Fire, Savants @ Bowery Ballroom
San Francisco garage rocker Hanni El Khatib mixes in ladlefuls of soul with his sound, as heard most recently on this year's Moonlight.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike Birbiglia can fill big venues these days, he still stops by Union Hall to test new material in shows he calls "Working it Out." Advance tickets are sold out but there are sometimes a few spots to be had when doors open.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams guest host Night Train this evening, with sets from Sean Patton, Ophira Eisenberg, Will Miles, and Brian Frange.

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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March 29, 2015

The Cyclone, not quite to the top (photo via @dipti16k)
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Spring is here and today (3/29) is opening day for Coney Island's 2015 season. Unfortunately, iconic wooden roller coaster The Cyclone got stuck on the way up to the first big drop...on it's first public ride of the season. From CBS:

Erica Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Luna Park, said the ride was shut down while technicians work to repair it. Officials are hoping it will be closed no more than an hour or two.

Luna Park opened at noon. The amusement park will be open weekends until May 22, when it opens every day for the summer. It will also be open the entire week of April 6, Spring Break for most area schoolchildren.

The Cyclone made it's opening "ceremonial" run with no problems before getting stuck.

photo: They Might Be Giants in Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
TMBG

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

Curren$y @ BB King's
Consistently great New Orleans rapper Curren$y is saying his Pilot Talk 3 will drop this year, but while we wait for more details on that, he's busy on tour. Tonight's show was rescheduled from 3/5.

Jenny Hval, LODRO, Softspot @ Alphaville
Norway's Jenny Hval recently put out a track from her upcoming album on Sacred Bones, and it has her eccentric art pop sounding great as ever. She recently played a big NYC show with Perfume Genius, but tonight's going to be much more intimate.

Cam Avery @ Elvis Guesthouse
A live member of Tame Impala who also fronts his own band, The Growl, Cam Avery is doing a free solo set at tonight at 9 PM. Matt Asti, who plays bass in MGMT's touring band, will be DJing.

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Longtime Brooklyn residents TMBG are playing a series of shows at MHOW and tonight they'll be playiing Flood in full, plus many of the Dial-a-Song favorites and more. Sold out.

WAND, Honey @ Mercury Lounge
LA band WAND make glammy, heavy rock that's not too far away from what former tourmate Ty Segall does, but they're not afraid to thicken things with vintage analog synths. They're terrific live. This is their second of two NYC shows.

Sapphire Mansions, Owen Cohen, RickLus @ Cameo Gallery
If you have an appreciation for the C-86 sound or are familiar at all with early '80s Cherry Red Records or Creation (especially Felt), you will probably dig Sapphire Mansions' brittle, poppy, organ-driven sound.

Mourn, EZTV @ Baby's All Right
Barcelona's Captured Tracks-signed Mourn make a very promising mix of punk and indie rock inspired by heroes like PJ Harvey and Patti Smith. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on their first-ever US tour and they play with label mates EZTV.

Night Birds, No Problem, Sonic Poison, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Acheron
A handful of punk bands come together for this show which is a benefit for Ensign's Nate Gluck, who's sadly battling cancer.

LEGACY OF THE WITCH: A SLUTIST FEMINIST FESTIVAL @ Saint Vitus
Tonight Saint Vitus hosts this feminist music festival with performances from Gospel of the Witches (Karyn Crisis's new band), Azar Swan, Delphic Oracle, Chicava HoneyChild, The Reverend Mother Flash, Severely Mame, Minx Arcana, and Pam Grossman.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

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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March 28, 2015

photo: Deerhoof at Baby's in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deerhoof

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

Deerhoof, Perfect Pussy, Zula @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Experimental rockers Deerhoof and their noise punk pals Perfect Pussy team up for this sold-out show, and there's solid support from psych popsters Zula.

Action Bronson @ Rough Trade
Action Bronson just played two huge Terminal 5 shows in support of his major label debut, Mr. Wonderful, and tonight he's doing something way more intimate. To get in you had to buy his new album and get a wristband at the Rough Trade store starting this past Tuesday. They're out of wristbands, just so you know.

Kool Keith (Lucky Bears Foot) @ Joe's Pub
People throw the term "eccentric" around, but veteran (ultramagnetic) MC is in a different universe, having stayed resolutely weird for the last 25 years. Tonight will be the debut of his new live band, Lucky Bear's Foot.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Singlecut Brewery
The JSBX released their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. The tour wraps up tonight in Queens and its a free show.

The Get Up Kids, PUP, Restorations @ Paramount
Nineties-era greats The Get Up Kids last reunited in NYC before every '90s emo band you could think of started doing the same thing, and now they're finally back for another round. They don't hit NYC proper, but play their second area show on Long Island tonight. Great openers too: poppy Canadian punks PUP and Philly's heart-on-sleeve rockers Restorations.

Honeyblood, Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Aye Nako, Bong Wish @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Glasgow indie pop duo Honeyblood recently wrapped up a North American tour with 2:54 that hit NYC back in February, but before they go home they'll squeeze in a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all-around excellent lineup of Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Bong Wish and Aye Nako.

Bjork @ City Center
Bjork's in the midst of a sold-out seven-show run in NYC supporting her powerful new album, Vulnicura. She'll be performing with her Vulnicura collaborator Arca, plus percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

WAND, Babes, Scully @ Baby's All Right
LA band WAND make glammy, heavy rock that's not too far away from what former tourmate Ty Segall does, but they're not afraid to thicken things with vintage analog synths. They're terrific live. This is their first of two NYC shows.

Swearing at Motorists, DTCV @ Elvis Guesthouse
Dayton, OH cult band Swearing at Motorists, aka "The Two-Man-Who," have been making rock for 20-years with frontman Dave Doughman being the band's only constant (apart from being awesome). They play tonight with old pals DTCV that features onetime GbV member Jim Greer.

Noisem, Demon Eye, Death Dealer, BILLxNYE, Scowl @ The Acheron
Baltimore death/thrash rippers Noisem recently announced a new album, and while we've yet to hear anything from that, let's hope they give us a sneak peek at tonight's show.

Martyn, Lena Willikens, JDH & Dave P @ Good Room
Dutch dubstep producer and Brainfeeder associate Martyn returns to NYC to headline tonight's FIXED party at Good Room.

Horse Feathers, River Whyless @ Bowery Ballroom
Portland folk rockers Horse Feathers celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band last year and released their newest album, So It Is With Us, on Kill Rock Stars. Their current tour is in continued support of that.

Cancer Bats, Exalt, The Banner, White Widows Pact @ Saint Vitus
Canada's Cancer Bats make ripping hardcore with a little stoner rock riffage thrown in too. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour.

The Budos Band, Spires @ Brooklyn Bowl
Where their first three albums trafficked in funky afropop, the Budos Band went heavy (as in almost proto-metal) on last year's Burnt Offering which works a lot more organically than you might think. This is their second of two nights at Brooklyn Bowl.

Lieutenant, Yukon Blonde @ Mercury Lounge
Lieutenant is the new project fronted by Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel, and they make enjoyable clean-sounding indie rock. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on their current tour.

Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band, Dads, Field Mouse @ Le Poisson Rouge
Kevin Devine and his power trio put on an impressive set last week at the BV-SXSW party, and tonight they'll bring that show to NYC. Support comes from '90s-emo lovers Dads and alt-pop band Field Mouse.

The Districts, Pine Barons, Rosy Street @ Rough Trade
Twangy rockers The Districts released their new album, A Flourish and a Spoil, last month via Fat Possum, and tonight they return to NYC.

Title Fight, Bane, Pianos Become The Teeth, Defeater, Capital, Superheaven, High Card, Soda Bomb @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall
Long Island's Spring Mixtape Festival brings together a handful of great bands, including punks-gone-shoegazers Title Fight, atmospheric post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth, hardcore crushers Defeater, '90s grunge lovers Superheaven and more.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

Hannibal Buress @ Wellmont Theatre
Once an underground favorite and known as a comedian's comedian, Hannibal Buress is nobody's secret anymore.

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

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March 27, 2015

photo: Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Coachella

The first weekend of Coachella is just two weeks away and ushers in 2015 Festival Season. Amongst the "prohibited items" listed for both Coachella and Lollapalooza are selfie sticks. Lollapalooza's FAQ says no "GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods." Coachella's FAQ says no "Selfie sticks / Narcisists." (Good luck on enforcing the latter part of that, Coachella.) If you're going to these fests, you're just going to have to use your arm to take selfies the old fashioned way.

However: neither Governors Ball or Bonarooo's list selfie sticks in their respective prohibited items, though really, you should really not bring them here either.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Laura Marling @ Mohawk 3/19/2014 during SXSW
Laura Marling

In spite of the heavier tone of her new material, the electric part of the set is quite short. "We're going to tone it down a bit," she said, taking up her acoustic guitar for "Walk Alone," one of Short Movie's quieter moments, followed by "David," whose lyric "A wasted love is a life of regret" she sings with the full-throated emotion of a wizened woman. The earlier music that she sprinkles through the set is rearranged and the phrasing adapted slightly so that new emotion is wrung out. "The Muse" and "Master Hunter" are played faster and fuller. It sounds fresh, and she seemed to be having a lot of fun performing them that way, barely pausing for breath. - [Village Voice]
UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling released her acclaimed new album, Short Movie, this week and celebrated here in NYC with a show at Warsaw on Monday (3/23) with her Domino labelmate, Villagers. You can check out the setlist and video of Short Movie's title track and "Gurdjieff's Daughter" below. We caught Villagers the next night (3/24) at Union Pool.

Right before the NYC show, Marling was in Austin for SXSW and we caught her on Thursday (3/19) at Mohawk, which was rechristened House of Vans for the week. Pictures of her set there are in this post.

Laura will be back in NYC on August 3 at Town Hall (tickets). More pics of Marling at SXSW below...

Continue reading "Laura Marling played SXSW (pics) and NYC (video, setlist)"

Honeyblood

Glasgow indie pop duo Honeyblood recently wrapped up a North American tour with 2:54 that hit NYC back in February, but before they go home they'll squeeze a few more dates here including another in NYC. It's a totally free one, happening Saturday (3/28) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all-around excellent lineup of Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Bong Wish and Aye Nako.

All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 LP, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders @ Rough Trade 3/26/2015 (via @brooklynvegan)
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Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders seem like the kind of band teleported straight from 1985 -- specifically the set of Miami Vice -- straight to Rough Trade's stage last night (3/26). Ladder (real name Tim Rogers) was wearing a linen suit, guitarist Kirin J Callinan was dressed like Kid Creole and bassist Donny Benet looked like he just came from a Maître D job. Musically, it's even more so: liquid, Japan-style bass, glassine synths, stabs of affected guitar and Ladder's enormous baritone croon front and center. They've even got a song called "Neon Blue," which is about as '80s as you can get without namechecking specific references. Ladder's new album, Playmates, is enjoyable but it works better live where eccentricities coalesce with the band's formidable musicianship.

Both those qualities are shared by both Callinan and Benet. Callinan, sporting a pencil mustache and mischievous grin the entire time, slithered around the stage, using his guitar like a gun. Benet, meanwhile, is a seriously good bassist, laying down soft-focus, sexy grooves. Ladder stayed mostly stationary, keeping his cool, letting that voice bring the personality. I was hoping Sharon Van Etten, who sings on two of Playtime's songs, might make a special appearance, but no go. A really fun show all the same. I caught a little bit of Sam Cohen's opening set and he was also pretty good (I missed first band Invisible Familiars).

The night before, Jack Ladder played a (heavily hinted at) surprise set at Baby's All Right, as part of a post-midnight show that had performances from both Kirin and Donny. The latter is even more blatantly '80s (check out the album cover to his new album, Weekend at Donny's) and his and Kirin's set sounds like it was lot of fun (so says a friend of mine, instagram video below).

Jack, Donny, Kirin and the rest of the Dreamlanders, who played a BrooklynVegan day party and other SXSW shows, are headed to the West Coast for an LA show on Monday (3/30). Kirin J Callinan, meanwhile, will be back in NYC next month playing a day show at Baby's All Right on April 11 that's being billed as "Drunk Yoga." He and fellow Aussie Lord Fascinator will be performing "miracles" and entry ($10) comes with a yoga-themed cocktail. Tickets are on sale.

Videos below...

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photo: Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
IIOI

Into It. Over It. are currently on tour in Europe with Modern Baseball and Tiny Moving Parts, and upon returning to the US, IIOI and TMP will do another short run together here. That includes a free NYC show happening April 25 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, also with Major Leagues on the bill. Then IIOI head out again supporting Minus the Bear. All dates are listed below.

Into It. Over It. main man Evan Weiss is also a member of Pet Symmetry, who have a new album on the way. If you haven't heard them yet, you can listen to two tracks from that here.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. playing shows with Tiny Moving Parts before tour with Minus the Bear (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

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