March 2, 2015

photo: United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
United Nations

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

United Nations, Black Clouds, Loud Boyz @ Saint Vitus
Geoff Rickly's career has arguably been more busy since the breakup of Thursday. He's running his record label again, and is currently involved in at least three musical projects, one of which is the high-concept screamo band United Nations who headline tonight's show. Opening is post-rockers Black Clouds (on Geoff's label) and punks Loud Boyz.

Cannibal Ox, GZA, Freeway, G-Jet @ Studio at Webster Hall
It only took Harlem rap duo Cannibal Ox 14 years to release a followup to their now-classic debut, The Cold Vein, and it's finally out this week. El-P didn't produce this time, but the duo still deliver plenty of their hard-hitting rhymes. The rest of the lineup is pretty amazing too, with The Genius himself, GZA, and Roc-A-Fella vet Freeway.

Philm @ The Stone
Dave Lombardo is sorely missed in the current lineup of Slayer, but fortunately he still gives us a chance to see him in his newer band Philm. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour.

Corners, Brainfreeze @ Cake Shop
Los Angeles band Corners make gothy post-punk, as can be heard on last year's Maxed Out on Distractions which you can stream below.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show with guests Myq Kaplan, Zach Sherwin, Nore Davis, Tanael Joachim, and Scott Dooley.

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

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March 1, 2015

photo by Dustin Rabin
FNM

"Superhero" actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the "Superhero" song. Because, a lot of the ways we write we visualize things.

Actually this is kind of interesting because we're probably a unique band in a way. While we write music we're talking about chord changes and different things like that. What we do is we describe scenes together, and we can visualize the scene and the music kind of comes. We kind of make movie scenes for movies that don't exist. "Superhero" was one of those where it was definitely a superhero comic, I mean that was just the vibe of the song, and when Mike came to me writing words about it, we were already calling it "Superhero." So it's kind of like in the DNA; it's a comic strip. [FNM's Bill Gould to Marvel]

Faith No More said they'd be following their 2014 single "Motherfucker" (first new song in 17 years) with another single "Superhero" as a 7" on March 17 and digitally on March 31. The song hit the web today via Marvel, who also did the above-quoted interview with bassist Bill Gould. Listen below.

Both "Superhero" and "Motherfucker" are set to be on their new album, Sol Invictus, due May 15 via Reclamation/Ipecac. It's their first album since 1997's Album of the Year. They've also got upcoming tour dates, including two sold-out NYC shows.

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photo: Juliana Hatfield @ The Bell House in 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
JH

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

The Juliana Hatfield Three, Potty Mouth @ Bowery Ballroom
While the former Blake Babies singer has put out records consistently over the last 25 years, this year she regrouped Modern Rock hitmakers The Juliana Hatfield Three for their first album since 1993's Become What You Are. That Clinton-era album, with Alternative Nation faves "My Sister" and "Spin the Bottle," will be played in full tonight. Newer band Potty Mouth open, and probably owe a thing or two to Hatfield.

A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy, Grzlxmode, GI Dara @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
DXC/Dunkxchange is presenting this show, and they'll have the option to buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel at the venue. They'll also have live sets from two A$AP Mob members. Will any of Nast and Twelvyy's famous friends join them too?

The Ukiah Drag, Uniform, Cheena, Honey @ The Acheron
This bill is great all around with trippy New England punks The Ukiah Drag, ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform, NYC punk "supergroup" Cheena (Pharmakon plus members of Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads), and heavy psych trio Honey.

Corners, Roya, Twist, DJ Alix Brown @ Baby's All Right
California band Corners make gothy post-punk and headline tonight, but the whole bill is pretty good, with Toronto's Mazzy Star-ish duo Twist, and Brooklyn's Roya which has members of Habibi, The Clean and Grooms.

PARTYNEXTDOOR @ Irving Plaza
PARTYNEXTDOOR is everywhere lately. He's all over the excellent new Drake mixtape, he's been working frequently with Travi$ Scott, and he shows up on the new Big Sean album too. Perhaps not surprisingly, tonight's show is sold out.

"Drum Machine Circle" ft. Greg Fox & more @ Shea Stadium
Greg Fox is heading out on tour soon with his band Liturgy, but first he's got a few solo shows in his hometown. This one has him performing with a "drum machine circle" that also features Wilted Women, Mike Sheffield, Darren Ho, Megan Moncrief, Beto Cravioto, and Paul Wheeler.

Murder By Death, O'Death @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Long-running alt-country/indie rock band Murder By Death released their seventh album, Big Dark Love, earlier this month, and tonight their tour hits NYC for its second of two shows here this weekend. Opening both nights is the raw creepy folk of O'Death.

The Nihilstics, The High & The Mighty, Altercation @ Grand Victory
There's a new NYHC book out, and tonight's show is in celebration of that with three veteran bands.

Demetri Martin @ Wellmont Theatre
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin has been through the NYC-area a fair amount of times lately. He played the city proper last night, and tonight he's nearby in Montclair, NJ.

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

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February 28, 2015

Sufjan

Sufjan Stevens' new album, Carrie & Lowell is out 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty, and the folky lead single "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" has us very excited for it. TODAY (2/28) you'll have a chance to hear the album in full in NYC at the "Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party" at Other Music from 5-7 PM. Here's the details:

Other Music is excited to be participating in the Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party for his upcoming album, "Carrie & Lowell." Fans who pre-order the album from us will have the opportunity on Saturday evening (5-7pm), February 28, to listen to a copy of the LP test pressing through headphones -- and for such an intimate album, that's how it's meant to be heard! Sound Off Experience are providing the transmitter and headphones that will be lent to the group of pre-order customers for this exclusive event at Other Music. These silent listening parties are the only way for fans to hear "Carrie & Lowell" this far out from its March 31 release date, long before any on-line album streams appear or radio stations get a copy of the record. Add to this, the first 25 customers who pre-order the LP will be guaranteed a limited colored vinyl pressing.
You can pre-order the LP from Other Music HERE.

It's one of a few listening parties happening worldwide between now and mid-March. You can check out the full list of dates for those parties (with still more TBA) below...

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photo: Screaming Females at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Screamin Females
photo: Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Psquared)
Disappears

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

Disappears, Suuns, Christines @ Rough Trade
Chicago's Disappears just released Irreal, the band's darkest, most paranoid/obtuse record yet. That's not a bad thing and, mind you, it may sound different when they play it tonight as their songs tend to change after they've played them live for a while. Armed with an insanely good rhythm section, they're worth seeing anywhere, anytime. Same goes for Montreal's Suuns who have a similar krauty / sinister edge. Local boys Christines open and sound a little like Swervedriver. Highly recommended.

Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Vacation @ Knitting Factory (2 shows)
Screaming Females are already known for their shredding guitar solos, but the new album Rose Mountain has the band focusing a little more on great choruses. It's up their with the best of their previous work. Tonight's their second and third of the four NYC shows on this current tour. All three openers are killer too.

Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, AEON, Tribulation @ Webster Hall
This all-death metal bill is co-headlined by Poland's Behemoth, whose 2014 LP The Satanist was hugely and deservedly acclaimed, and one of American's many favorite old school Florida bands, Cannibal Corpse.

The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote, The Scandals @ Terminal 5
The Gaslight Anthem's last two albums sound built for the arenas they're probably just about big enough to play, but luckily for now they're still choosing slightly smaller rooms. (Not that T5 is some hole in the wall.) Sold out.

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Summer Moon, Tall Tall Trees, Invisible Familiars @ Baby's All Right
Sean Lennon's very Beatlesque band GOASTT headline this sold-out show which features friends Invisible Familiars and Summer Moon (Nikolai of The Strokes, Erika of Au Revoir Simone & more). Sold out.

Murder By Death, O'Death @ Bowery Ballroom
Long-running alt-country/indie rock band Murder By Death released their seventh album, Big Dark Love, earlier this month, and tonight their tour hits NYC for its first of two shows here this weekend. Opening both nights is the raw creepy folk of O'Death.

New York Night Train's Soul Clap and Dance-Off w/ Nick Waterhouse (Guest Selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's Jonathan Toubin's monthly party / dance competition. Tonight, fellow soul lover Nick Waterhouse will be picking the tunes for part of the evening.

Caged Animals, Warehouse, Breathers, Turnip King @ Cameo Gallery
Caged Animals are taking a break from recording their new album to play this show, so expect lots of new songs. Also on the bill are Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, and Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnip King.

July Talk, The Gay Blades, Wet Leather @ Mercury Lounge
Toronto indie band July Talk sound like if Man Man and Stars formed a supergroup, and their style seems like it's catching on -- tonight's show is sold out.

Yacøpsæ, Bastard Noise, Fistula, Sick/Tired, Psycho, Chainsaw to the Face @ Saint Vitus
Doom/sludge legends Grief were supposed to reunite for this but they unfortunately dropped off. It's still got a great lineup, though, with German grind vets Yacopsae, long-running power electronics trio Bastard Noise, Ohio sludgesters FItsula, Chicago grinders Sick/Tired, '80s-era Boston hardcore faves Psycho, and NJ grindcore band Chainsaw to the Face.

Liam Betson, LVL UP, Slight, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control @ Shea Stadium
If you miss punky '90s indie rock, just about every band on this local bill should scratch that itch.

Fletcher C. Johnson, The Blind Pets, Las Rosas, Dirty Few @ The Acheron
Fans of Burger Records-style garage rock will want to hit this party hardy show with two bands from the label (Fletcher C Johnson and Las Rosas) and two that have associations with them.

Scrapers, Couch Slut, Chain Gang Grave, The Gentlemen @ 538 Johnson Avenue
Scrapers feature a former member of Roger Miret and the Disasters, and they make the kind of no-frills hardcore that sounds like a trip back to 1980. Noise/punk/metal crushers Couch Slut are just as worth seeing and even more confrontational.

Kristeen Young, The Sweet Boys, Hand Job Academy @ Baby's All Right
Thrown under a bus when Morrissey said she got him sick (and canceling his 2014 tour), Kristeen Young's anthemic pop deserves better. She plays tonight with jokey rap crew Hand Job Academy.

Wolf Alice, Sunflower Bean, Lazyeyes, Palehound @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by UK band Wolf Alice, plus a host of buzzy Brooklyn indie bands...like the young and talented Sunflower Bean.

Demetri Martin @ Town Hall
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin has been outside of NYC a few times lately, but tonight he finally brings his tour to the city proper. Tomorrow he's in NJ.

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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February 27, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Scrapers

The masked four-piece pictured above is NYC's Scrapers, who feature former Roger Miret and the Disasters bassist Brian Darwas, plus vocalist Bee Wiseman (aka "Mr. Bee," head barber at Frank's Chop Shop), Sol Keller, and Dodi Wiemuth. This past January, they released their new album, Dark Party, which is nine songs of early '80s-style hardcore. None of them pass the two-minute park, a handful don't even hit the one-minute mark, and all of them rip. Listen below.

Scrapers play their hometown on Saturday (2/28) at Aviv (496 Morgan) with the great Couch Slut (who also play Coco 66 tonight), Chain Gang Grave and The Gentlemen. The all ages show starts at 8 PM, and admission is $5 at the door.

Stream Dark Party below...

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photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister

Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.

Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.

Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.

Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.

Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.

And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.

Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...

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photo: Death Valley Girls @ Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
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Australian party rock duo The Gooch Palms have expanded their tour with LA riff-n-wailers Death Valley Girls to include East Coast dates as well, including a stop in NYC at Silent Barn on May 12. The rest of that lineup is still TBA, and we also wouldn't be surprised if the two bands add another NYC show while here. All dates are listed below.

The Gooch Palms recently released a new 7" single and you can watch a video from that below. Death Valley Girls (who no longer include Patty Schemel as a member) released the "Electric High" single back in December and you can stream that below as well.

All tour dates for each band are listed below...

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Direct Effect

Florida hardcore band Direct Effect released their solid debut album, Sunburn, last year, and they've now signed to Jade Tree for its followup. That makes them one of a handful of newer bands to recently join the label, including Dark Blue, You Blew It!, Spraynard, and Dogs On Acid (members of Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing and Hop Along). Stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, revisit Sunburn below.

Direct Effect also have a tour coming up, which begins in NYC on Saturday (2/28) at 538 Johnson. All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jack Ladder

Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.

The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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