May 24, 2015

photo: Samothrace at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

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

Samothrace, Unearthly Trance, Trenchgrinder, Beefrot @ Saint Vitus
Seattle sludgesters Samothrace's most recent release is this year's Live At Roadburn, which is worth picking up, but of course nothing beats actually seeing them live. You can do that tonight, and this show is also of note because it's the first show back for Brooklyn faves Unearthly Trace since going on hiatus in 2012.

Face to Face, Ambitions @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the third and final night in Face to Face's NYC run, and tonight they'll be playing their 1996 self-titled LP in full. Support comes from Ambitions, the melodic hardcore band formed out of the ashes of With Honor in the mid-2000s whose only album is 07's Stranger on Bridge 9.

Treasure Fleet, Shellshag, Big Eyes, Past Life @ Saint Vitus
Treasure Fleet include members of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and The Smoking Popes, and they inject their punk background with a dose of '60s psych pop. Tonight's their last of three NYC-area shows this weekend, and there's excellent support from local DIY regulars Shellshag and hard-hitting punk trio Big Eyes.

Gracie, Blonde Elvis, Shark?, Gingerlys @ Palisades
Jesse James Laderoute is a maintstay in the quirkier side of Toronto's music scene, having played drums for Slim Twig, collaborated with Ell V Gore, and his own band Young Mother. His current concern is Blonde Elvis who make off-kilter glam somewhere between Brian Eno and Pulp. This is an all-around good bill with Shark?'s '90s-ish indie rock and jangly shoegazers Gingerlys.

French Horn Rebellion, Mainland, Violet Sands, DJ Lady Guy @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar had it's final night last night, but the folks behind just opened Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend in the Rockaways. There's shopping, yummy food options, beverages, and live music. Today's entertainment is headlined by entertaining dance duo French Horn Rebellion. (Originally we had Computer Magic listed for today; that is on Memorial Day.)

Mary Epworth @ Living Room
Mary Epworth is, at this point, known mostly for being the sister of producer Paul Epworth, who has worked with Adele, Florence & the Machine, Bloc Party and more. That may change as her 2012 debut album, Dream Life, gets a very belated US release this week. Her blend of baroque pop and West Coast folky psychedelia is appealing.

Jozef van Wissem, Alexander Turnquist @ Littlefield
While some may know lutenist Jozef van Wissem best as a collaborator of Jim Jarmusch, he's also a great artist on his own. Tonight's show is doubly good because guitar wiz Alexander Turnquist is opening with a set of his very impressive fretwork.

Daniel Bachman, Ignatz, Itasca, Sarah Louise @ Union Pool
Speaking of guitar wizzes, American Primitivism musician Daniel Bachman is one himself, and he headlines this Union Pool show tonight. It's worth getting there for Itasca, who makes psych folk reminiscent of Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier and other '60s/'70s cult singers.

It's the third and final day of electronic festival Mysteryland, which takes place at the original location of Woodstock (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts), and today's lineup includes Diplo, Dillon Francis, Moon Boots, The Martinez Brothers, iLoveMakonnen, Giraffage, Bondax, Classixx, Anna Lunoe, Sweater Beats, and more.

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

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May 23, 2015

photo: TVOTR at T5 earlier this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

photo: Parquet Courts at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)

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

Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
If you'd like to spend the Saturday of your Memorial Day Weekend out in Asbury Park, BrooklynVegan is presenting this show with indie greats Pixies and TV on the Radio, as well as singer/songwriter John Grant. Hope to see you there.

Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Pill @ House of Vans
Part of HoV's "Almost Summer" series, this is a pretty killer free show, headlined by locals Parquet Courts, and also including Texas rippers Radioactivity and the sax-fueled, gleefully unhinged Pill. RSVP is closed at this point.

Perfect Pussy, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords, Nonsense @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's the last night ever to see shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and they're going out with a bang with noise punks Perfect Pussy, the Fugazi/Slint-esque Big Ups, and more.

Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Handbraekes, Cities Aviv, Salva, Spank Rock & more @ Webster Hall
It's the 10th anniversary of Boysnoize Records and in celebration of that, label head Boys Noize has this pretty awesome show with French house vet/"Flat Beat" producer Mr. Oizo as well as Handbraekes (aka Oizo and Boys Noize), LA newcomer Salva, rap weirdo Cities Aviv, Baltimore party-starter Spank Rock, and more. It starts at 10 PM and is likely going late.

Face to Face, Royal Psalms @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the second night of Face to Face's 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom, and tonight they'll play 1994's Big Choice in full. Royal Psalms, who have members of Crime In Stereo, Daytrader and Aficionado, open the show.

Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, Paper Fleet @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop's celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with some "super shows" on the weekends, and tonight's features some of the venue's favorite local bands, including criminally underrated My Teenage Stride and Beets frontman Juan Wauters.

MOTHXR, Avan Lava, Religia, Banker$ (DJs) @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
While we're losing Brooklyn Bazaar, the folks behind it will open Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend in the Rockaways. Today's the opening day with Mxther (front by Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely), Avan Lava and Religia. Music starts at 2 PM.

Follakzoid, SQURL @ Rough Trade
Chilean psych band Föllakzoid released their third album this month via Sacred Bones. It's four long, interconnected tracks making for a seriously heavy trip. Zone out tonight

Shilpa Ray, James Chance @ Rough Trade
Shilpa Ray released her new album, Last Year's Savage, this week via Northern Spy and tonight's the record release show which also features No Wave skronker James Chance. Let's hope for a little collaboration tonight, they're both intense/dark performers.

Melt Banana, Hot Nerds, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
These Japanese rockers have been melting faces (and bananas) since the early '90s with their hybrid of grindcore, noise, electronics and anything else that fits in their blender. Good openers too.

Spoonboy, Bellows, The Goodbye Party, Emilyn Brodsky, Shark Shark @ Silent Barn
This is the last-ever NYC show for the catchy punk-ish Spoonboy before he retires the project. Epoch band Bellows, ex-Ambulars band The Goodbye Party and more round out the lineup.

The Blues Magoos, The Cynz @ Bowery Electric
Psych/garage vets Blues Magoos released their influential debut album, Psychedelic Lollipop back in the late '60s, and in 2008, singer/organist Ralph Scala, guitarist Peppy Castro and drummer Geoff Daking from that era reformed the band (with new members Mike Ciliberto and Peter Stuart Kohlman). They're still kicking and play NYC again tonight..

Iron Chic, Treasure Fleet, The Fad, Broadcaster, Vape @ Mr. Beery's
Treasure Fleet include members of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and The Smoking Popes, and they inject their punk background with a dose of '60s psych pop. They've got this Long Island show in between their two NYC shows, and it's extra exciting because local greats Iron Chic (who played NYC with Face to Face last night) are on the bill too. Melodic punks Broadcaster are also worth showing up early for.

Ronnie Stone and The Lonely Riders @ Shea Stadium
How serious you take Ronnie Stone & the Lonely Riders is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a big joke.

Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) (DJ Set), Pat Mahoney (DJ Set), Justin Strauss (DJ Set) @ Cameo
If you're looking to dance, here's a night that features DJ sets from Cut Copy's Ben Browning, DFA mainstay Pat Mahoney, and veteran NYC DJ Justin Strauss.

It's the second day of electronic festival Mysteryland, which takes place at the original location of Woodstock (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts), and today's lineup includes Skream, Matthew Dear, Empire of the Sun, Psychemagik, and more.

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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May 22, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Superheaven @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 5/15/15

Superheaven kicked off their BrooklynVegan-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid this past Friday (5/15) at NYC's Studio at Webster Hall, before all three of those bands played NJ's Skate & Surf festival. Locals Soda Bomb opened the night, with a set somewhere between King of the Beach-era Wavves and Blue Album-era Weezer. With their fizzy, explosive pop punk, Soda Bomb is pretty much the perfect name for them.

Rozwell Kid were up next, and they were also kinda Weezer-y but with classic rock bombast that's maybe more Maladroit than Blue Album. And them came Diamond Youth, who, with their sultry vocals over crunchy riffage, sounded more than a little like Queens of the Stone Age. QOTSA is one of those bands that I like, but I almost never like bands people tell me "sound like QOTSA." Diamond Youth are an exception to that rule -- it's good stuff. Their new album, Nothing Matters, came out this week on Topshelf. You can order one from the label or enter to win a copy at the BV Facebook. It's also streaming below.

Finally Superheaven wrapped up the night, and wasted no time getting to the good stuff with the banging "I've Been Bored" as their first song. Co-frontman Taylor Madison recently told Red Bull that he doesn't like being called "grunge" because it's a time-specific thing. That's true -- the term described an era, a location, and a love of saggy flannel more than it described a coherent genre of music. That said (and with all due respect to Superheaven), they're pretty fucking grunge. Throughout their set I had moments thinking to myself "Smashing Pumpkins!" "Nirvana!" "Alice In Chains!" One member even wore saggy flannel. That's not a bad thing though because there just aren't many bands tapping into that sound right now as successfully as Superheaven are. If you watched Foo Fighters play "Everlong" on Letterman this week and thought to yourself, "Why can't there be a new band like that?," maybe you just haven't heard Superheaven.

The tour hits Chicago tonight (5/22) and continues through late June, ending in Philly on 6/21. All remaining dates are listed, with more pictures from the NYC show, below...

Continue reading "Superheaven on BV-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid (pics from Webster Studio, updated dates)"

photos by PSquared

Courtney Barnett @ Greene Space 5/20/2015
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett just finished up her sold-out, three-night run at Bowery Ballroom with Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon, and you can check out pictures from night 1 here. While she was here, Courtney made time on Wednesday (5/20) for a lunchtime "Soundcheck Live" show at WNYC's Greene Space and you can watch the half-hour performance in full, and check out pictures too, below.

Courtney will be back to play Terminal 5 on July 22 with Speedy Ortiz and Torres. Tickets are still available.

Don't forget that Chastity Belt play a BV-presented show tonight (5/22) at Rough Trade with Megabog and Nail Polish. Tickets are still available. Hope to see you there.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett played WNYC's Greene Space during her three-night Bowery run (pics, full video)"

photo: United Nations at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Modern Life Is War are playing their seminal 2005 album, Witness, on tour for its tenth anniversary, and since we last spoke openers have been announced. The Northeast shows have killer support coming from Geoff Rickly's screamo/powerviolence band United Nations, Florida post-hardcore newcomers (and past UN tourmates) Frameworks, and NJ hardcore band The Banner.

That run includes NYC on June 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, which tickets are still on sale for.

The West Coast shows have support from Cult Leader and Dangers, and the Midwest shows have support from Coliseum, Xerxes and True Love. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he also plays Maxwell's on May 29. Tickets are still available.

Modern Life Is War will be at Michigan's Bled Fest this weekend, and they were also announced this week for The Fest. Their list of dates, and music from the openers on the Northeast run, below...

Continue reading "United Nations, Frameworks & others opening Modern Life Is War's 'Witness' shows (updated dates)"

photo: Old Man Gloom at Psycho California 2015 (via @lifewillbethedeathofme84)
Old Man Gloom

Old Man Gloom (mem Converge, Cave In, ex-Isis) recently announced a tour with the reunited Mare, including a Brooklyn show happening 9/3 at Saint Vitus. That show sold out, but now they added a second date happening at Saint Vitus on September 4. Tickets for the new show are on sale now.

OMG were also announced for Hopscotch (like Godflesh, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Eyehategod and other bands) this week. Updated dates are listed below.

They also played Psycho California last weekend and video of their full set is below too...

Continue reading "Old Man Gloom sold out St Vitus show w/ Mare, added 2nd night (updated dates & video of their Psycho California set)"

by Andrew Sacher


We mentioned earlier this year that Brooklyn's Worriers were working on a new album that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace was producing, and now the first fruits of their collaborations have been released. The new single's called "They / Them / Theirs," and it's a ripping melodic punk song about the frustrations of the gender binary. Check it out below (via Spin).

The new album is called Imaginary Life, and comes out August 7 via Don Giovanni. It follows 2013's Cruel Optimist.

We mentioned that Worriers have a hometown show coming up on May 28 at Silent Barn with Caves, Sundials and Alice, and that it would be the kickoff to their US tour with Caves. That tour was since announced in full (it also includes a New Brunswick show), and all dates are listed below.

Worriers also have a Starland Ballroom show on June 26 with Lifetime, The Menzingers and Laura Stevenson (tickets).

Meanwhile, Laura Jane Grace will be in NYC for a solo show at City Winery on Monday (5/25) (Memorial Day). That's sold out but you can join the wait list in case tickets become available. Against Me! are also touring and playing a free afternoon show in NYC on June 13 at McCarren Park (part of Northside Festival). Free tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Worriers share new song produced by Laura Jane Grace (who plays NYC on Memorial Day)"


Slayer is releasing a new album called Repentless on 9/11. That is a thing that is happening. Watch the trailer below...

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Stu Spasm
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Stu Spasm of '80s/'90s-era Australian noise rockers Lubricated Goat (who had releases on AmRep, Sub Pop and other labels) now has a new band, Art Gray Noizz Quintet. They initially formed to play an afterparty for a screening of AmRep documentary Color of Noise, but have decided to keep playing shows. Here's what Stu tells us:

The Art Gray Noise Quintet was originally formed to play at the after party for a screening of the 'Color of Noise' which is Eric Robles' movie about Amphetamine Reptile Records. Eric thought I had a functioning lineup of Lubricated Goat but I have officially ended playing under that name. If I had I'd have been the last Am Rep band still stupid enough, certainly not rich enough to attempt to function in New York. So,it was obvious I must assemble a super group of the finest noise Noise Rockers New York had to offer and knock the punters sox off at the party but just a one off, I was also determined to get the notoriously shy Tom Hazelmeyer to jam at what was essentially a film honouring his achievments in the heady days of 90s Rock. My main man drummer "Bloody Rich" Hutchins was away, so I enlisted drummer Jay Jay Meraz who did a great job but is still pissed off at me for having to abdicate the drummer's seat on Rich's return. Next I recruited Ryan Skelleton Boy, who just as LeadBelly was the King of the 12 string guitar, is himself the King of the two String Bass. Then came guitarist Andrea Sicco of Twin Guns, not only does this free me up when I'm singing, but when our guitars merge it forms a most piquant Aural Melange. Last but not least was Johhny Scuotto, who originally filled in on bass at one rehearsal yet is talented in so many ways that he was given carte blanche to do whatever he wanted thus he plays synthesizer and metal percussion and also vies with Skelleton Boy for the title of skinniest man in New York. I christened the ensemble the Art Gray Noizz Quintet, having laboured under the name Stu for most of my life only to discover the much cooler name of Art was hiding on the end all along, a new name for a new band. Although the band was only going to play once, people seem to like this combination of people so much that they demanded we play more so we've decided to play occasionally when the right thing comes up. We have some great material some instrumental some choice covers and some, well come and see for yourselves......Cheers, Stu......I mean Art.
They played Brooklyn this past March at Passenger Bar, and now have another show coming up here happening this Sunday (5/24) at Grand Victory. Also on that bill is Ballroom, MJ Halloran and Austin Parish. Tickets are on sale.

When Stu and his band were preparing for the first show, part of the rehearsal was filmed and video has since come out of them playing Lubricated Goat's "Nerve Quake." Watch that, with the show flyer for Grand Victory, below...

Continue reading "StuART Spasm formed a new band for AmRep movie party, schedules more shows "

by Andrew Sacher


Vancouver's Supercrush have members of hardcore bands Black Breath, Go It Alone, Hysterics and others, but this band is far from hardcore. It's catchy jangle pop with sweet, overlapping harmonies that sounds straight off Slumberland Records. Earlier this year they put out the "I Don't Want To Be Sad Anymore" / "How Does It Feel (To Feel Like You)?" single, and more recently made a video for the a-side (directed by Ian Shelton). We've got the premiere of that video, which you can watch along with a stream of the b-side, below. You can pick up the record via Painter Man in the US and Debt Offensive in Canada.

Continue reading "Black Breath, Go It Alone & Hysterics members make jangle pop as Supercrush (listen & watch a video)"