September 17, 2014

Ty Segall @ MHOW, 2013 (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Ty Segall, Wand, Axis:sovA @ Webster Hall
Having just released his no-filler double album Manipulator, Ty Segall is at the top of his game and tonight's show -- featuring likeminded LA band Wand -- should be bananas.

Islands, TEEN, Cantina @ Baby's All Right
Though The Unicorns reunion only consisted of a few shows, Nick Diamonds is still staying active with his band Islands, who have been pretty consistent since the Unicorns' initial demise. They return to NYC tonight for this show with TEEN, who are also worth catching.

Slow Club, Nick Mulvey, Margaret Glaspy @ Bowery Ballroom
UK duo Slow Club released their third album, Complete Surrender, earlier this summer. Continuing the trajectory of 2011's Paradise, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson have left their winsome acoustic days behind in favor of a much fuller pop sound. They remain charming as ever, though.

The English Beat @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too, you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

Literature, Gingerlys, Expert Alterations, Kissing Is A Crime @ Death By Audio
A very solid night of jangly indiepop, headlined by Philadelphia's Literature whose new album, Chorus, is a real sparkler. The band are a lot of fun live too, and loud.

How To Dress Well, Nite Jewel @ Irving Plaza
How to Dress Well's roots as a lo-fi R&B artist are pretty far behind him, as he's now got a bigger sound and is using it to express himself as a serious songwriter. He only keeps getting better, as tonight's show will surely prove.

Lia Ices, My Body @ Mercury Lounge
Lia Ices' last album had her collaborating with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and this time around she's taking a much different approach, working with A$AP Rocky/Lil B producer Clams Casino. The results are interesting to say the least.

Bear in Heaven, Young Magic, Wife @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Brooklyn spacerockers Bear in Heaven wrap up their album Time is Over One Day Old with two NYC shows with Young Magic, this being the second and on Williamsburg home turf.

Alexander Turnquist, Anawan, EvaSalina, TIGUE @ Pioneer Works
Like his other works, Turnquist's new album Flying Fantasy combines the busy picking of American primitive guitar pioneered by John Fahey, the modern classical minimalism of Steve Reich, and the ruminative, reflective qualities of a new-age composer such as Lubomyr Melnyk. After a few health scares, he's back in action and this Red Hook venue should be a cool place to catch him.

Billy Bragg, Billy The Kid @ City Winery
While known for his politics, Billy Bragg is at his best when writing about matters of the heart. A true troubadour, Bragg entertains equally with his music and between-song stories. Always worth seeing.

Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese hits NYC for five nights as part of her "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" production. This is the second.

Dinowalrus, The Tony Castles, ARMS, Fasano @ Glasslands
A night of long-running Brooklyn/NYC bands, and its nice to see the underrated The Tony Castles on a live bill.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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September 16, 2014

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Tommy Wiseau's very low budget 2003 drama, The Room, became a cult hit in 2008 or so after years of midnight screenings in LA. You have probably seen it by now and can probably throw out a quote or two. ("Anyway, how's your sex life?") In the time since the film was finished, Wiseau has been working on a sitcom called The Neighbors which is, apparently, finally going to see the light of day this fall via cable network Comedy.TV. So what's it about? Here's the all-caps synopsis and pilot plot, straight from Tommy's website:

SYNOPSIS

"THE NEIGHBORS" IS A SITCOM ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A GROUP OF NEIGHBORS WHO LIVE IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING. THE TENANTS AREA A DIVERSE GROUP OF PERSONALITIES; ALL OF DIFFERENT AGES AND BACKGROUNDS, CONSTANTLY BRINING THEIR PROBLEMS TO CHARLIE AND HIS SECRETARY/GIRLFRIEND, BEBE. THE CHARACTER OF PRINCESS PENELOPE CREATES A COMMOTION AFTER SHE WITNESSES THE GHOST OF HER UNCLE PRINCE CHARLES. IT IS A FRESH AND HUMOROUS LOOK AT HUMAN BEHAVIOR THROUGH DIFFERENT PINT OF VIEW. THIS COCKTAIL OF CHARACTERS ALWAYS GUARANTEE PLENTY OF SURPRISES. THE DEMOGRAPHIC IS ALL INCLUSIVE.

PLOT:

IN THE PILOT, MARIANA IS OBSESSED ABOUT BUGS IN HER APARTMENT. MONICA CATCHES HER BOYFRIEND DEN IN BED WITH PATRICK. PRINCESS PENELOPE ARRIVES AND DARREN SERENADES HER WITH ACCOMPANIMENT FROM THE OTHER TENANTS. RICHARD BECOMES PRINCESS PENELOPE'S BUTLER AND HANDYMAN. ED PREPARES A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR BEBE.

Who wouldn't want to see that? Maybe watching the 2009 trailer for The Neighbors might help you decide, it's below. Folks in NYC can get an early viewing of The Neighbors next weekend when it screens at midnight Landmark Sunshine Cinema on September 26 & 27. The midnight screenings will also show The Room, and Tommy Wiseau will be there in person. The Friday (9/26) screening is sold out but you can still get tickets to the Saturday night one (9/27).

Trailer for The Neighbors below...

Continue reading "Tommy Wiseau ('The Room') showing his sitcom 'The Neighbors' in NYC this month, airing on cable this fall"

Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun)
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Over the summer, we wrote about mysterious Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur, who had announced an EP coming out on Relapse. We got an advanced listen of the EP and loved what we heard. Pitchfork, Stereogum and others were also on board. We called it "one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far."

We also mentioned it was surprising how Myrkur seemed to appear essentially out of nowhere, but that we dug into it and came up with an idea of who it was. Here's what we said then:

Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a sort-of-leaked Myrkur promo video we found.
What we didn't say is that we had a feeling it was Amalie Bruun of NYC indie pop duo Ex Cops (who have certainly been featured on BrooklynVegan). She was also in MINKS and is one of the many who has played in a band with Frankie Rose. Amalie is of Danish descent, and her bandmate Brian Harding outed her as a black metal lover in a 2013 interview for the Village Voice.

Now, a new interview on Bandcamp's blog by BV contributor Wyatt Marshall shows that Myrkur is indeed Amalie Bruun:

Myrkur is the work of Amalie Bruun, a Danish artist and longtime black metal fan. Bruun says she writes and records all of her music in Denmark, where the history of Scandinavia and Scandinavian nature--forest, mountains, cold, and Nordic magic--inspire her. She references second-wave Norwegian black metal bands like Darkthrone and Ulver as influences, as well as Edvard Grieg, the 19th-century Norwegian composer known for his romantic works and occupier of a special place in the Norwegian collective conscience. She's also in another band, the indie-pop duo Ex Cops, and she's a model who has been featured in fashion publications like Refinery 29 and an ad for Chanel, directed by Martin Scorsese.
No live shows announced for Myrkur just yet, but you can catch Ex Cops when they tour with Dum Dum Girls. Just don't expect any blast beats.

The EP is out today (9/16) on Relapse and can be streamed in full below...

Continue reading "black metal musician Myrkur is Amalie Bruun of Ex Cops; EP is out now and streaming (listen)"

Young Tongue

The Music Video Race is "a 48-hour race that pairs local filmmakers & musicians together to make an all new music video in one weekend. Last weekend marked the first ever Music Video Race Austin (MVR originated in San Francisco and expanded to include ATX and LA this year)."

One of those videos that came out of Austin was by a band called Young Tongue, and we enjoyed the song and video so much, that we were more than happy to accept an invitation to premiere it online. It's for their song "Cat Calls," which is a super catchy dose of guitar pop. Check it out below.

They play their hometown on September 25 at Mohawk with The Dig and Black Books.

Continue reading "check out the video Young Tongue made in less than 2 days"

Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
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We recently mentioned that Taking Back Sunday will now have an annual holiday show which they're doing this year at NJ's Starland Ballroom on December 27 with The Menzingers (tickets). That show is almost sold out, but they've added a second night happening at the same venue on December 28 with another great opener, Modern Baseball. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on presale via the Applauze app, and tickets go on AmEx presale Thursday (9/18) at 10 Am with the general on-sale beginning Friday (9/19) at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, Modern Baseball are on tour now having just hit Riot Fest Chicago over the weekend and NYC not long before that. Updated list of their dates, below.

TBS' John Nolan will also appear at the No Sleep/BV CMJ show.

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday add 2nd holiday show; Modern Baseball opening, on tour now (updated dates)"

Dr. Dog @ Mann Center - 9/13/14 (via @jool_ee)
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On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac DeMarco. At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter's instincts.

As soon as the gates opened, many a hoodied 20-something rushed towards the front of the stage to get a good spot for the openers. Hop Along played for only 30 minutes but they made it count. The band played favorites from their last album, the amazing Get Disowned, the Shaking Through single "Sister Cities," and played two new songs that continue their trajectory to the greatest band I've heard since Throwing Muses blew my mind in the late-80's. No matter how many times I hear "Tibetan Pop Stars," it remains to me one of the most beautiful rock songs of the 2010's. [The Key]

Pennsylvania rock shapeshifters Dr. Dog are fresh off an epic show in their home state that they played this past Saturday (9/13) at Philly's Mann Center with a seemingly weird but impressive lineup of guitar pop goofball Mac DeMarco, lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, and Philly's own indie rock crew Hop Along. (Not to mention it was the second epic bill in a row at the Mann Center that weekend.) Anyone go? How was it?

Now that that's behind them, Dr. Dog have announced an EIGHT night run happening in NYC this January before they play My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday in Mexico. The shows happen January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon. That run and the MMJ show are their only announced dates at the moment.

Flyer for the NYC shows, with videos of all four artists from the Philly show, below...

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Veteran country artist Lucinda Williams will release her 11th studio album, a double whammy titled Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, on September 30 via her own Highway 20 label. That's the cover art above and you can stream single "Protection," below. She'll be doing some touring this fall as well, including n NYC show at Beacon Theatre on November 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at 9 AM with Chase cardmember and fanclub presales beginning Wednesday (9/17) at 9 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Lucinda Williams releasing new double-LP, touring, playing Beacon Theatre (dates, song stream)"

Demetri Martin

The witty Demetri Martin is heading out on a Canadian tour this November (dates), and the following month he'll go on a short US trek as well. He doesn't come to NYC proper, but he'll be nearby for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.

All US dates are listed, with a video of his If I special, below...

Continue reading "Demetri Martin going on short US tour in December (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Damien Jurado at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
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Damien Jurado's newest record Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son came out earlier this year, and now he's posted an alternate version of "Silver Katherine," off the deluxe version, which has some lush harmonies and can be streamed below. Damien's also announced that he'll support Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell (whose most recent solo album came out last year) on a tour in early 2015 which hits NYC on February 7 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 11 AM with AmEx, Chase and local presales starting Thursday (9/18) at 11 AM.

Right before that tour, Jason also plays a New Year's Eve show with Shovels & Rope in Louisville. All dates are listed, with the Damien Jurado song stream, below...

Continue reading "Damien Jurado streaming bonus track from his LP, touring with Jason Isbell (dates)"

ELO at Hyde Park last weekend
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ELO, apart from reluctant frontman Lynne, were never about the individual faces. Instead, they were represented by that neon flying saucer logo (based on the rainbow arc of a Wurlitzer jukebox). And, as it turns out, this incarnation does feature pianist Richard Tandy from the classic 70s line-ups, and the BBC Concert Orchestra do an extraordinary job of nailing the majesty of the original recordings. This is, in so many senses, as good as it's going to get, and it's good enough for me.

By showtime, There Ain't A Cloud In Sight has triumphed over It's Raining All Over The World, and even the landgrabs by the territorial picnickers, stalking their little squares of turf with checked blankets, can't kill the buzz. When Jeff Lynne - who couldn't look more like Jeff Lynne if he tried - steps out and strikes up 'All Over The World' (the only pop song ever to mention the Birmingham district of Shard End) and that logo appears, I completely lose my shit, and almost start crying. Suddenly, I am that kid who bought the blue vinyl 10 inch from Kelly's in Cardiff indoor market, all the troublesome, tricky, awkward, angsty stuff that music and life threw at me subsequently is erased, and I'm basking in the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. - [The Quietus]

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra played their first proper gig in 28 years on Sunday (9/14) in London's Hyde Park, part of BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day. Backed by a real orchestra, Lynne trotted out ELO hit after hit, like "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Telephone Line," "Mr. Blue Sky," plus The Travelling Wilbury's "Handle with Care" and more. Setlist is and video of the entire telecast is below.

The performance also doubled as a tease for a possible 2015 world tour. BBC2 presenter Chris Evans told the crowd if the show went well, "this will no longer be the headlining moment of our festival in a day, but the beginning of a world tour" and Lynne himself said later in the concert, "We'll do this again."

ELO Hyde Park video and setlist below...

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