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April 14, 2015

photo: Passion Pit at Pianos in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Passion Pit

After sharing three songs from their upcoming album Kindred, Passion Pit are now streaming it in full ahead of its April 21 release date (via Columbia). Listen at iTunes Radio.

Check out Passion Pit's tour dates (including a sold-out NYC show) here. Video for "Lifted Up (1985)" below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit streaming new album, 'Kindred' (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher


Dommengang is fronted by Castanets/Scout Niblett associate Sig Wilson, and their rhythm section are also members of Holy Sons' backing band (who played NYC a few days ago). Their debut album, Everybody's Boogie, comes out May 19 via Thrill Jockey (pre-order), and the title track is premiering in this post. It's psych rock that's locked into a krauty groove, but it's got more of a jammy free spirit than your typical krautrock band. Check it out below.

Dommengang will play an album release show on June 6 at Union Pool with Ancient Sky and Holy Sons leader Emil Amos on DJ duty. Ticket info TBA.

Continue reading "Dommengang (mems Holy Sons) releasing debut LP on Thrill Jockey (stream a track), playing Brookyn release show"

Tom Hanks on Dave's final 'Late Night' show in 1993
Tom Hanks

David Letterman's final night as host of The Late Show is May 20 and EW points out the show has announced many of its big final guests, which include a rare performance and interview with Tom Waits on May 14. Elvis Costello, who's about to tour with Steely Dan, will be stopping by at some point too, as will Bill Murray (who was Letterman's first guest on both his NBC and CBS shows), Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Don Rickles, Tina Fey, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, and Tom Hanks who was Dave's guest on the final night of NBC's Late Night With David Letterman. That show also featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen doing "Glory Days." Springsteen has not been announced in the list of final performances, but maybe he'll do it again? More still to be announced.

Letterman, who used to do on-the-street interviews all the time in the early days of his NBC shows, recently appeared on Billy on the Street to ask New Yorkers what his next move should be. You can watch that, and a vintage Letterman "Tour of 46th St" bit, below...

Continue reading "David Letterman's last show is May 20; guests for final month include Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld & lots more"

photos by Samantha Saturday

Coachella 2015 - Day 1

Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]
Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.

Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.

Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings played Coachella (pics, setlist), playing NYU's Strawberry Festival (updated dates, lineup)"

by Bill Pearis

(photo by Wernersson)

Sweden's Les Big Byrd, which features Joakim Ã…hlund (Caesars, Teddybears) and Frans Johansson (Fireside), will release a new EP, titled Stockholm Death Star, on May 4 via Anton Newcomb's A Recordings. The instrumental title track is a motorik groover that rockets along, and makes its debut in this post. Have a listen, and check out a couple videos from last year's very good They Worshipped Cats, below.

Les Big Byrd will be making their first trip to North America for Austin's Levitation Fest and California's Desert Daze next month and will play a other shows shows while here. Dates include two in NYC: May 11 at Baby's All Right and May 12 at Cake Shop. Tickets to Baby's show will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, along with the song premiere, below...

Continue reading "Les Big Byrd ready new EP (stream a track), touring around Austin Levitation & Desert Daze fests, including 2 NYC shows"

by Andrew Sacher

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

Pianos Become the Teeth are releasing the Close 7" this Saturday (4/18) for Record Store Day with "895" and "Dancing," two unreleased tracks from the sessions for their great 2014 album, Keep You. The band have now shared "895," which leans even more on their post-rock side than most of Keep You. The guitars are delicate and pretty, the vocals are somber, and the whole song is really worth listening to -- it's not some throwaway album outtake. Watch the video (dir. Tyler W. Davis) below, via AV Club.

The band's previously-announced tour with Loma Prieta and Gates hits NYC on May 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available. The band were also recently announced for Atlanta's Wrecking Ball festival, which includes Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Appleseed Cast and many more.

Updated list of dates and the new video, below...

Continue reading "Pianos Become the Teeth release "895" from RSD 7" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


Lamont "Bim" Thomas just released Know America, his second album this year under the Obnox moniker (Boogalou Reed came out back in January), continuing his hot creative streak. It's a concept album about hijacking a radio station to bring his vision of rock n' roll to the airwaves. His vision is blown-out but very soulful and goes well beyond typical garage rock. There's a lot going on besides just fuzz. You can stream it in full below.

Obnox has a few tour dates lined up, including one in the NYC area on May 16 at WFMU Monty Hall in Jersey City with Wilful Boys. Tickets are on sale now. All dates, including a stop at Calgary, AB's Sled Island fest, are listed below.

Continue reading "Obnox released garage rock concept album 'Know America,' playing shows including WFMU Monty Hall (dates, LP stream)"

photos by Mimi Hong


Heavy shoegazers Whirr brought their tour with the Code Orange-related indie punks Adventures to Brooklyn last week (4/6) for a Baby's All Right show with Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan (their second NYC show ever, following Saint Vitus two days earlier). Great diverse bill all around, and we've got pictures of all three bands in this post.

In related news, King Woman, the project of former Whirr singer Kristina Esfandiari, recently released a new EP called Doubt on The Flenser. Bruce Hardt reviewed the EP over at Invisible Oranges, and here's an excerpt:

Comparisons have been drawn between her music and a marriage of Black Sabbath and Mazzy Star. While those comparisons are concise, they do little to prepare for the surprising scale that Doubt contains. At four songs, the EP's largest fault is that its length cannot reconcile with the hunger for more that it inspires. The EP boasts a mournful yet empowering quality, like an antidepressant dam withholding both a torrential river of pain as well as the will to overcome it.

These songs drown you in their contemplative, forlorn dirges, the guttural riffs quake deep within you, a warning of what is to come. "Wrong" and "Burn" are particularly ominous, the mud-caked guitars slithering throughout the tracks' length, rising and falling with each slippery slope. This tone is tempered by the elegant nuance of Kristina Esfandiari's vocals, with her voice flitting like a dead leaf on winter's first chill in the earliest sections of "Burn."

You can read the rest of that review here. Stream the EP, with more pictures from the Whirr/Adventures/Makthaverskan show, below...

Continue reading "Whirr, Adventures & Makthaverskan played Baby's (pics); King Woman EP out now (listen)"

photos by Keith Marlowe

Cock Sparrer at Warsaw - 4/10/15
Cock Sparrer
Cock Sparrer

Oi! legends Cock Sparrer played their first two NYC shows in 15 years this past weekend at Warsaw. The British punks hit the venue on Friday (4/10) with NYC vets Murphy's Law, plus 45 Adapters (who we missed), and then on Saturday (4/11) with street punks The Unseen and skate/surf punks Night Birds. Both shows had the crowd going nuts and included tons of favorites like "Take 'Em All," "Riot Squad," "We're Coming Back," "I Got Your Number," "Working" and so many more. Pictures of both shows are in this post.

More (including shots of each night's setlist), with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Cock Sparrer played Warsaw twice with Murphy's Law, Night Birds and The Unseen (pics, videos & setlists)"

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

The Menzingers, Crazy & the Brains, Big Eyes @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Presents)
The next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select happens tonight with punk bands The Menzingers and Big Eyes (who both played our RBSS show in NJ three days ago too). This one also has the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains who make it a great triple bill (if we do say so). Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without. No advance tickets. Flyer above. Brett Davis hosts. Hope to see you there!

Fury, Unified Right, West Point, High Card, US Dogs @ Acheron
LA's Fury make ripping hardcore indebted to the genre's early days, and they do a ton of justice to their influences. Check 'em out.

Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique @ Highline Ballroom
Two socially conscious New York rappers, Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique, are on tour together and tonight they hit their shared hometown for a Highline Ballroom show. Sold out.

Outside World, Marigolds, New Casino @ Cameo Gallery
Outside World make hooky, anthemic janglepop in the tradition of Tommy Keene, The Barracudas and The dB's. Maybe not a surprise: bassist Hazel Rigby is daughter of dB's drummer Will Rigby.

Mega Bog, Pill, CE Schneider Topical, Big Eater @ Shea Stadium
Seattle artist Erin Birgy makes airy, jangly pop as Mega Bog. She plays tonight with Brooklyn's skronky Pill.

Chris Gethard, Griffin Newman @ Union Hall
While we wait for Chris Gethard's cable TV debut, he's doing with show tonight with pal Griffin Newman who explains tonight as thusly: "Chris and me take turns saying overly personal things into a microphone!"

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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