July 31, 2015
Legendary photographer Mick Rock has shot just about everyone who's anyone in his 40+ year career. Iconic pictures of stars like Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, and Blondie have earned him the title, "The Man Who Shot the Seventies". Times and technology have changed, but Mick is still at it, and now he has a TV show too.
To quote Ovation:
Today, Mick is as in-demand as ever; photographing legends-in-the-making like Snoop Dog, Daft Punk, The Killers, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Keys, among many others, but this summer, he'll come out from behind the camera to host his own show: On the Record with Mick Rock.The series premieres on the Ovation Network on Sunday, August 2 at 8 PM. in the first episode, Mick visits Josh Groban in Los Angeles. Details about each episode are listed below along with a few clips from the show where Mick talks about Bowie, the Beatles, Snoop Dogg and more. Check em out...
Featuring guest stars Josh Groban, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips and Patti LaBelle, On The Record With Mick Rock goes into each of the artists' hometowns to check out the sights and sounds that inspire them. A unique spin on the musician profile series, the show's stripped-down style and Mick's unapologetic rapport with his guests produces candid conversations and musical performances not usually seen on television.
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, we posted about a cancer benefit happening at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on August 16 with Big Eyes, Shellshag, Aye Nako and Tender Defender (tickets). As BV readers probably know, we talk about those first three bands a lot around here, but Tender Defender are a new band that the show flyer billed as "new Latterman." Now we have more details, and it turns out that description couldn't be more accurate.
Tender Defender is a trio of musicians who were all in Latterman -- Phil Douglas (now also of Iron Chic), Mattie Canino (now also of RVIVR) and Pat Schramm (now also of Bridge & Tunnel) -- and they sound... exactly like Latterman! (And also like Iron Chic and RVIVR.) That's a good thing of course. Latterman were one of those bands who were never too popular but always had a devoted fanbase, and it's safe to say they're sorely missed.
Tender Defender's debut mini-LP is coming in late 2015 on Dead Broke Rekerds (the label run by Phil's Iron Chic bandmate Mike Bruno), and its first single "Hello Dirt" is out now. Listen below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
by Bill Pearis
Australian band Deaf Wish release their first album for Sub Pop, Pain, next week (8/7) but are streaming the whole thing right now via SPIN. While they live up to their name -- the band's show last year at Death by Audio was one of the loudest shows I'd ever seen there -- it's not all tinnitus-inducing. There are multiple singers/songwriters in the band and some of it is on the pretty side, and some of it is more like Sonic Youth, Cosmic Psychos and METZ in a head-on collision. It's all pretty good. Stream the whole thing below.
by Andrew Sacher
Radioactivity at Baby's All Right - 7/30/15 (photo via)
Radioactivity brought their tour to NYC last night (7/30) at Baby's All Right in support of this year's great Silent Kill. They did basically everything you want out of a punk show -- short set, but no breaks in between songs for banter or anything. Just rocking straight through. If you haven't checked out the band (which includes members of The Marked Men) yet, we highly recommend it. It might not be totally accurate to call it "pop punk" but it's classic pop songwriting and classic punk energy. Kinda like if the Ramones were raised on '70s power pop instead of '60s girl groups.
Opening was Flesh World, the new band with members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, who were a great match for Radioactivity and also sounded excellent. They're a bit moodier, use a little more reverb, and sometimes dive into C-86/post-punk territory (like the bassline of set-closer "Church of Flesh"), but mostly up that same alley of driving punk.
Flesh World play two more shows in NYC this week, one of which is with Total Control, Lust For Youth and Sannhet on Saturday (8/1) at MHOW (tix). That's the second of two Total Control shows this week, the first of which is TONIGHT (7/31) at Palisades (tix).
Check out videos of Radioactivity and Flesh World at Baby's (via Heartbreaking Bravery) below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Primus / Dinosaur Jr. / The GOASTT @ Pier 97
How did touring with Dinosaur Jr. come about?The Primus/Dinosaur Jr/The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger tour hit NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Hudson River Park's JBL Live @ Pier 97. While Primus still still has some of their Chocolate Factory stage set with them, their actual setlist was more of a greatest hits as you might expect for a tour like this. Dinosaur Jr was heavy on the distortion and the favorites, delivering "Out There," "Feel the Pain," "Start Choppin'" and their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" amongst others. J Mascis has been coming out during Primus' set on this tour too. Sean Lennon's The GOASTT opened the night with their very Beatlesque sound.
I think for the past couple years we have always been on the lookout for better bands and to see if they wanted to put on some sort of evening of music together. We've done little short runs here and there, but I think this was the time that we found another band that wanted to go on and put on an evening together, so it just kind of came up that way, probably about a year ago. We had also played together years ago at a festival.
When the band is getting ready to go on tour, how do you prepare?
You know, that depends. We have been playing so much that we've only been home for a couple of days, so we'll just slide back into it like normal pretty much. Usually over the course of the tour we'll experiment with different things and we'll try to re-learn different songs and try to see if there's anything new we can fit into the mix. - [Aquarian Weekly]
Pictures from the whole night, plus setlists for Primus and Dinosaur Jr, below...
There's a benefit show for the Bushwick School for Music, which "is dedicated to creating and hosting tuition-free music education programs in Bushwick, Brownsville, Bed-Stuy and the surrounding neighborhoods," happening August 7 at Baby's All Right with Rubblebucket, Zula and Celestial Shore. Tickets are on sale now.
$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.
Ariana Grande is playing Barclays Center on September 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.
Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.
Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.
Eskimeaux, who just wrapped up a tour with Mitski and Elvis Depressedly (who just announced a tour with The Front Bottoms) plays NYC again on October 2 at Baby's All Right with Told Slant, Attic Abasement and Real Life Buildings. Tickets are on sale.
R. Kelly is playing Barclays Center on September 25. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
The Front Bottoms already released two singles this year, "West Virginia" and "Cough It Out," and today they're back with a third: "Help." It's not a Beatles cover, but it is pretty great Front Bottoms song. It's more or less TFB doing what they do best, but they scale things back a bit compared to their last album. This one has more restraint, and dare I say, a more "mature" sound? Watch the video, directed by Mike Petrow, below.
All three singles will appear on their upcoming album, which they now finally announced details of. It's called Back On Top and comes out September 18 via Fueled by Ramen. To record it, they went with producer Joe Chiccarelli, who's worked with The Strokes, The Shins, Morrissey and more. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below. If you pre-order, you get all three singles as an instant download.
The band also announced a North American tour with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly, which is a solid lineup all around. BrooklynVegan is proud to present the two NYC shows: October 14 & 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 7 at 10 AM. There's a fan club presale starting Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM and a BV presale starting Monday (8/3) at 10 AM. Check back here Monday morning for the password.
All dates are listed, with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...
photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks isn't exactly the most frequent live performer, and just as she was set to go on her first lengthy tour, it's been cancelled. She says the reason is that co-headliner K. Michelle is now "unavailable" this fall, but also that she's working on rescheduling certain dates:
Hey Kunts ! I just got an email from @kmichelle team and she is unfortunately unavailable this fall so she is canceling our tour.— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Unfortunate news as this was my first U.S. tour. But my team will work on an alternative plan to try and keep some of the dates in order !— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
New Tour dates will be up soon !— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Lol I dunno why y'all tryna roast me... My black ass is still hitting the road. Shit ain't cancelled niggas 😂😂😂😂😂— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
My kids need a bag of rice and a pack of pampers..... Imma see yall niggas in the fall OKAY ?? Mama need that COINt— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Hey Rebels! To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don't listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time. Before the negativity and assumptions from naysayers and media outlets begins, I'd like for everyone to know the truth. First, there is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities. Above all, my fans mean the world to me and the last thing that I want to do is disappoint. I want to thank all of you for having my back and supporting me throughout the good and the bad. I can't wait for all of you to see what's in store and hear this new music! All tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded and I'll see you guys at the top next year! New album. New tour. ❤️ -K. Michelle
The NYC show would have happened September 26 at Best Buy Theater.