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August 30, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

La Luz @ Bowery Ballroom 8/29/2015
La Luz
La Luz

La Luz usually do a "Soul Train" at shows, dividing the crowd down the middle and have people dance their way down the middle towards the stage. For their biggest NYC show yet, Saturday night (8/29) headlining Bowery Ballroom, they tried to coordinate a "surf train," where fans crowd surfed their way to the stage. It was a little bit awkward -- this crowd was definitely more the dancing kind than crowdsurfers -- but a funny moment in a fun night. La Luz don't rock the boat with their traditional surf rock style, but they show how good it can still be, and it's hard not to dance (at least a little) at one of their shows. They are good.

The show also featured EZTV and La Luz's current tourmates and single-splitters, Scully. La Luz are still in NYC and are playing a surprise show tonight (8/30) at Silent Barn with Scully, BOYTOY and Will Sprott on the bill as well. $8 at the door.

Pictures from Scully and EZTV's Bowery Ballroom sets, plus more of La Luz, below...

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Sheer Mag @ LPR earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sheer Mag

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

Royal Headache, Sheer Mag, The Gotobeds @ Saint Vitus
With a terrific new album, High, just out, Australia's Royal Headache in town for three sold-out Brooklyn shows with Sheer Mag. Both bands raise a ruckus, and this is the final one of the three. It's also got arguably the best opener with Pittsburgh's great The Gotobeds who will release their next LP on Sub Pop.

Eskimeaux, Told Slant, Bellows @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
It's an all-Epoch lineup at Riis Park Beach Bazaar today, headlined by Eskimeaux, whose recent OK is one of the better DIY-pop albums of this year.

Flowers of Evil, Surfbort, OCDPP @ Cake Shop
It's Retro Punk Side Project Night at Cake Shop with Flowers of Evil (members of Crocodiles, A Place To Bury Strangers, SISU, and Young Boys) who lean UK 1977, and OCDPP (members of Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls) who lean LA 1980. In between are wild rabble-rousers Surfbort. This'll be a fun show.

Damien "J. Gong" Marley with Stephen "Ragga" Marley & Morgan Heritage @ Central Park SummerStage
Two of Bob Marley's songs join forces on the "Catch a Fire" tour that also features band Morgan Heritage. This is a ticketed SummerStage show.

THOLLEM/CHASE (Thollem Electric and Brian Chase), Hamish Kilgour, Kyle Forester, Bentley Anderson @ Trans-Pecos
A night of musicians better known for not being in the spotlight in their main bands tonight they shine. Kyle Forester, who plays in Crystal Stilts and Ladybug Transistor, is prepping a solo album and tonight debuts his solo band.

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

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August 29, 2015

Wavves

Evidence is mounting that Wavves will in fact be the secret guest at Pitchfork's show at Villain tonight with Protomartyr and Deradoorian also on the bill. Wavves' tour with Twin Peaks begins in Early September and returns to NYC for two shows in early October.

UPDATE: Yes, WAVVES was the guest.

by Andrew Sacher

The best thing we saw on Day 1 of the 2015 fest...

Riot Fest
photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram

Riot Fest Denver kicked off yesterday (8/28) at its new location of the National Western Complex, which (as the mechanical bull and scent in the air reminded you) is usually home to rodeo shows. It's across five stages, one of which is indoors, and also offers carnival rides, Colorado-specific treats like Chronic Candy (though I was told that's only hemp) and more. Like most festivals, it had newer, buzzy bands who played great sets like Speedy Ortiz, Cayetana and The Hotelier, but for me at least, the real highlights were the masses of classic artists we got to see. (Unfortunately one of those, Motorhead, had to drop off at the last minute due to Lemmy's breathing issues. He cut a show short a day earlier in Salt Lake City for the same reason.)

There was a lot to love about Riot Fest Denver day 1, but here's five highlights:

THE GET UP KIDS: It's The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary, and they don't seem shy about the fact that everyone's favorite songs were written in the '90s because that was mostly what we got. "Holiday," "Action and Action," "Valentine," "Red Letter Day," "Ten Minutes," "Don't Hate Me" and more were played from their classic period and it was a singalong the whole time. The Get Up Kids may have taken an extended period off from being a band, but you'd never know it at this point. They're super tight, they look like they're having a ball on stage, and the crowd is eager to have as much fun as the band is. Their Riot Fest set got off to a rocky start due to sound issues, but it quickly became one of the best sets I saw all day.

TESTAMENT: Of everything I saw, the band who truly got the daytime crowd going wild was '80s-era thrash legends Testament. The pit was going so hard that if you were anywhere near the front you were getting dust in your eyes, and the band delivered expertly. Every extended scream, every guitar solo -- they were flawless. Testament were always smiling, always engaging the crowd, but never at the expense of delivering intense music. People talk a lot about the decreasing interest for rock on major festivals, but between Testament and Anthrax (who took the same stage right after them), fests may just need more classic metal bands.

IGGY POP: Is there anyone as ageless as Iggy Pop? With classic albums dating back to the '60s, he's one of the few people you could safely credit with inventing punk rock, and he hasn't lost that spirit one bit. He runs around stage like he's half his actual age, and genuinely seems like he's giving us every ounce of energy in his body. We got so many favorites -- "No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger," "Lust For Life," "1969" -- and they all sounded exactly like you'd hope they would. The fact that we get to experience Iggy in full force all these decades later is truly an amazing thing.

ICE CUBE: It's pretty safe to say it's the year of NWA. There's a hit biopic in theaters, the soundtrack to which is Dr. Dre's first album since the '90s, and talk of the groundbreaking rap group is just in the air. So it was perfect timing for Ice Cube to reunite with his old groupmates MC Ren and DJ Yella (like he did at the BET Experience in June) for "Straight Outta Compton," "Fuck Tha Police," "Dopeman" and more classic jams. Sadly (like at the BET Experience) Dr. Dre did not come out, and neither did their pal Snoop Dogg (who did join the group at the BET Experience and plays Riot Fest on Sunday), but it was still a surreal experience to see those three on stage together. And they sounded as fanastic as you'd want. The partial NWA reunion was the real draw, but even when Ice Cube dove into his solo career ("Check Yo Self," "Natural Born Killaz," etc) he made it feel like the G-Funk era was alive and well.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Look, when System of a Down were added to Riot Fest, I thought people were going to think it was lame. I mean this is a festival that sold tickets because people wanted to see Iggy Pop, Pixies, The Damned, American Nightmare, Swervedriver and 7 Seconds. These people don't like System of a Down. But not only was I wrong, they had the biggest and wildest crowd of the day. It makes sense that of all the bands to come out of early 2000s nu-metal, System of a Down would work so well at what's largely a punk festival. Most of that stuff was deservedly laughed at by cynics, but SOAD were different. They were weird, and they were way closer to a hardcore band than a pop band. If Refused never broke up, those two might've toured together. And that came across in full force on Friday night. Thousands of people were raging to this band who were playing the weirdest songs that anyone played all day. It was a strange, awesome experience.

Video of Ice Cube, MC Ren & DJ Yella playing "Straight Outta Compton" and more pictures below...

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photo: Protomartyr at The Wick in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Protomartyr at The Wick

photo: La Luz @ Webster Hall, 2014 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
La Luz @ Webster Hall

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

Royal Headache, Sheer Mag, Flowers of Evil @ Palisades
With a terrific new album, High, just out, Australia's Royal Headache in town for three sold-out Brooklyn shows with Sheer Mag. Both bands raise a ruckus, and as this is the only all-ages show of the three, expect this one to be the wildest and sweatiest. Flowers of Evil, featuring members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers, are worth getting their early for.

Special guest, Protomartyr, Deradoorian @ Villain
Pitchfork is presenting this free show at this Williamsburg mixed-use spot. (RSVP if you haven't already.) Deradoorian's strange, alluring new LP just came out, and Protomartyr's great third album is due next month. Even without a "special guest" headliner (any guesses?), this show seems worth hitting. Doors at 7 PM, Deradoorian plays at 8, Protomartyr is at 9, and mystery guest is at 10 PM.

La Luz, EZTV, Scully @ Bowery Ballroom
Keeping the surf rock flame afloat (there's a mixed metaphor), Seattle's La Luz mix pop smarts and twang, and are one of the most fun live bands around. (Their new Ty Segall-produced album is great too.) Get there early for tourmates Scully.

Steve Gunn, Spacin' @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
It's the final Summer Thunder of the year at Union Pool and they're going out with Kurt Vile associate and new Matador signee Steve Gunn. It's free and starts at 2 PM.

DFA Summer Hot Dog @ Good Room
DFA Records loves throwing parties. Tonight is their "Summer Hot Dog" involving "DJ sets by the DFA family + special guests and a VERY special live performance!" And hot dogs? As to the special guests...any guesses? Museum of Love? Juan Maclean? Holy Ghost? Larry Gus?

Pop. 1280, Mansion, Pill, Conduit @ Shea Stadium
Fans of clanging, shriiiinging, and skronking will want to check out this show featuring four bands who work that sound of post punk songs. Of special note: Oakland, CA's Mansion who definitely go "shriiiiing" a lot. Check out their 2014 self-titled EP below.

Matias Aguayo, Kingdom, D∆WN, DJ Windows 98, Murlo, False Witness @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
It's the second to last Warm Up of the summer, with singer/producer (and Battles collaborator) Matias Aguayo, Fade to Mind's Kingdom, his new art pop/R&B collaborator D∆WN (fka Dawn Richard), Arcade Fire's Win Butler as DJ Windows 98, and more.

Solvey, Vomitface, Mazed @ Alphaville
Having made music with her sister Cristi Jo as Zambri since 2008, Jessica Zambri is currently focusing on her solo project, Solvey, just released her debut -- a terrific pop album that clearly is rooted in the mid-'00s Brooklyn indie explosion but sounds very now. Tonight's the record release party.

Ronnie Stone and The Lonely Riders @ Baby's All Right
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. This is the release party for their debut album, Møtorcycle Yearbook, which you can stream below.

King Raam, Smoke Season @ Mercury Lounge
You may remember Raam from his band Hypernova who played shows with fellow Iranian band Yellow Dogs. After living in New York, LA and London, Raam is now pursuing a solo career under the name King Raam back in his homeland. He's currently on tour supporting new album, A Day & A Year.

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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August 28, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Girl Band

Girl Band's debut album, Holding Hands With Jamie, is less than a month away (9/25 via Rough Trade) and you can check out the recent video for its single, "Paul," in this post. Directed by Bob Gallagher, it is -- like most Girl Band videos -- weird and funny and disturbing. In this case, it involves men dressed in furry animal costumes. Check it out, plus a live montage of "Paul" filmed at Electric Picnic 2014, below.

The new album gives a close approximation of what Girl Band are live onstage, but they are really a band best experienced live. They've been through the States a couple times already this year but Girl Band return to tour this fall with two NYC shows: December 11 at Saint Vitus and December 12 at Baby's All Right. Tickets to both shows are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with videos, below.

Continue reading "Girl Band share "Paul" videos from new LP, touring this fall"

Lonie Holley

Outsider artist and improvisational musician Lonnie Holley, just played London's Meltdown Fest on Monday (8/24) which was a collaborative performance with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor. (This year's Meltdown, which also featured Young Marble Giants, was curated by David Byrne.) You may remember that Lonnie was part of the Arthur Russell tribute shows at BAM earlier this year and he'll be back in NYC this fall, performing at Artists Space Books & Talks on October 6. The show is presented by Issue Project Room and tickets are on sale now.

In other news, a major showcase of Holley's work, titled "Something to Take My Place" just opened at South Carolina's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. It's his first solo exhibit in over 20 years and features a residency, exhibition, video, concert, and monographic catalogue. It runs though October 10. The Halsey Institue commissioned a 20-minute documentary on Holley, also titled "Something to Take My Place," and you can watch that in full below.

Continue reading "watch a documentary about Lonnie Holley who has a major exhibition in South Carolina & is playing NYC in October"

Toro Y Moi Samantha

Chaz Bundick has just shared Samantha, a new mixtape of non-LP Toro Y Moi songs he's been making over the last three years. (Some of which he's posted on his Soundcloud.) He put the download link in his Instagram profile, and the dropbox has both MP3s and WAVs, plus a PDF booklet. Download HERE.

Toro Y Moi's fall tour starts in less than a month and will hit NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 1 & 2 with opener Astronauts, etc. Tickets are still available.

Soft Lit
Soft Lit

NYC electro-leaning label GODMODE will have a very busy second half of 2015, releasing six EPs before year's end, including noisemakers YVETTE's Time Management on October 2, plus ones by Fasano and Hand of God (both were just released digitally), as well as Fitness (9/11), synthy R&B duo Soft Lit (9/25) and Malory (10/30). All of them will be released on a limited edition megacassette titled You've Been Sweating Wrong Your Whole Life that will be out 10/30. You can stream Fasano and Hand of God's EPs in full, plus watch the new video from Soft Lit (Tara Chacon and Tyler of Motion Studies) below.

There will also be GODMODE parties happening at Elvis Guesthouse featuring "five nights of slightly antagonistic dancing and deliberately bad mixing." The next one happens September 9 and is curated by Fitness.

Continue reading "Soft Lit, YVETTE, Fasano & more featured on new GODMODE cassette compilation of forthcoming EPs (streams & video)"

by Bill Pearis

Salad Boys

New Zealand's Salad Boys have shared a second song from their terrific new album, Metalmania, which is out September 18 via Trouble in Mind. (Pre-orders are available in limited mixed-color vinyl.) These guys make the kind of fiercely strummed, jangly guitar pop that never really goes out of style (even if it's never exactly in style, either). "No Taste Bomber" is a fine example of what they do, with the song spending half its five-minute length on the kind of one-chord jam the Feelies or The Meat Puppets might unleashed in 1985. Listen below.

It won't be too long till Salad Boys' North American tour starts, which has expanded a bit since our last post. In addition to the October 1 show at Palisades (no advance tickets yet), they'll also play Elvis Guesthouse the next night (10/2, tickets). Updated tour dates are listed below.

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