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September 26, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

My Brightest Diamond / Batala @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/25/14
My Brightest Diamond
My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond released her fifth album, This Is My Hand, last week (9/16) via Asthmatic Kitty and brought her tour in support of it to NYC for a Bowery Ballroom show last night (9/25). For these shows, Shara Worden's joined by longtime bassist Nathan Lithgow and drummer Tim Mulvenna, and she also brought out past collaborator DM Stith for vocals on a bunch of songs, and started the show with The Hungry March Band on horns, and Batala, an "all women Afrobrazillian Samba Reggae Drum Band," playing in the crowd. (They also drummed in the crowd between sets.) The sort-of-Bon-Iver-related Doe Paoro opened the show.

More pictures of the whole show below...

Continue reading "My Brightest Diamond played Bowery Ballroom w/ Doe Paoro, DM Stith, Batala & Hungry March Band (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

No Age at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
No Age

Artists John Herschend and Will Rogan's The Thing Quarterly, "a periodical in the form of an object," released their newest "issue" yesterday (9/25) which No Age contributed to. Here's details:

Issue 24 is by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, with contributions from experimental punk group No Age and director/photographer Todd Cole. It thematically revolves around the idea of deconstruction, a common theme in Rodarte's design work. The record's sound and imagery are repurposed from 'Aanteni' (2010), a short art and fashion film produced by Rodarte, which also features direction by Todd Cole and an original soundtrack by No Age. The film explores similar themes of balance and chaos.

The 12" picture disc on clear vinyl features two tracks by No Age. Side A provides the ambient 9-minute soundtrack from 'Aanteni' with an abstracted film still by Todd Cole. Side B features a 13-minute live version of the track, "ruined" by looping the sound repeatedly on itself, with burnt remnants of Cole's same film still. A conceptualized inner sleeve and gatefold jacket house the issue, displaying more of Cole's imagery. The issue also includes a free download of both No Age tracks and comes shrink-wrapped in a signature THING Quarterly custom box.

You can pick yours up here.

In related news, No Age/Pissed Jeans-related band Rat Fist, who played their first shows and released their debut 7" back in June, will be returning to NYC to join Toronto's Teenanger at one of their two shows here. They'll play with them when they hit the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 16 with The Abandos and Foster Care. That show is $8 at the door.

Teenanger's other NYC show happens October 17 at Cake Shop with Nancy and Abandos, and since we last spoke Rock Bottom Boy and Philly's Sheer Mag have been added. Sheer Mag recently released their debut 4-song 7" through their own Wilsuns RC label. With its classic rock riffs and scrappy garage rock, it's the kind of thing that should appeal to fans of Tony Molina, Natural Child and the like. You can stream it in full below. The Cake Shop show's the first date of Sheer Mag's tour with Nancy (most venues still TBA), and after that they'll open the Philly stop of the Screaming Females / Pujol tour. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "No Age featured on new "issue" of "The Thing Quarterly"; Rat Fist & Sheer Mag added to Teenanger's NYC shows"

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tickets

Tickets to see Weezer play their new album in full at the intimate Bowery Ballroom go on artist presale today at 1 PM (anyone know the password?).

Tickets for the Ariel Pink show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 9 AM.

If you missed out during the BrooklynVegan presale, tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' at Webster Hall with The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Big Ups, Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn a MAGICIAN and still many more go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Dream Police show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their CMJ show with Moon Duo, Amen Dunes and Marissa Nadler are still available.

Caveman and Icewater are playing Baby's All Right on October 15 with special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Yung Lean & Sad Boys are playing Webster Hall on December 1 with Gravity Boys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Freddie Gibbs is playing Rough Trade on November 3, it's part of a tour he has coming up but most venues are still TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Flying Lotus and Thundercat show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for the Terminal 5 show are still available and we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one as well.

Tickets for the B-52's shows at Space at Westbury and Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Versus, Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Rogers Sisters and Cynthia Nelson show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets to see Antietam open for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall are still available.

Tickets for the Gesaffelstein show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Centro-Matic farewell shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lavender Country show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the RVIVR shows at Shea Stadium with Pretty Pretty and Even Hand and Saint Vitus with Aye Nako, Shellshag and Slingshot Dakota are on sale now.

R. Stevie Moore is playing Glasslands on November 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Juan Wauters (of The Beets) and Honey were added to the Nude Beach record release show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available. Nude Beach are also playing Union Pool on October 3 before the record's out with Juniper Rising (for whom this show is a record release), Organs and Roya. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be at CMJ.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Broken Bells at Webster Hall in March (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Broken Bells, Hamilton Leithauser @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
James Mercer and Danger Mouse's collaboration Broken Bells make the kind of music that is designed for big outdoor concerts like this one, every song an anthem. Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser opens the show.

Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas @ Baby's All Right
It's an all Captured Tracks bill tonight, with Beach Fossils, their former bassist's solo project (Heavenly Beat) and Atlanta's Axxa Abraxas. This is the first of two nights at Baby's All Right for this lineup and the start of their tour.

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.

Caetano Veloso @ BAM
Singer/composer/guitarist/writer/political activist Caetano Veloso has been influential for nearly 50 years. For these shows, part of the Nonesuch Records at BAM celebration, he'll perform original songs from his most recent album, the Latin Grammy Award-winning Abraçaço.

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Danava @ Bowery Ballroom
The UK's Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have been making killer stoner doom for a few years now. It's psychedelic, catchy, and truly heavy stuff. They're currently on their first North American tour and they'll finally hit NYC tonight. Danava haven't been around these parts in a few years, so cool to have them on board too. Sold out.

Rise Against, Touche Amore, Radkey @ Best Buy Theater
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Touche Amore, who make ambitious, serious, and sincere post-hardcore and are never short of fantastic at their shows.

Dick Diver, PC Worship, Dark Blue, Free Time @ Death By Audio
Where some of the Australia's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard in their music. This bill is (Ayers) rock solid, with Aussies-in-Brooklyn band Free Time, noisemakers PC Worship and Philly angsters Dark Blue.

Teleman, LOLO, Laura and Greg @ Glasslands
Teleman, the band formed from the ashes of Pete & the Pirates, released their debut album earlier this year. Frontman Thomas Sanders hasn't really changed his MO, still writing memorable pop melodies and clever arrangements around them. This is their second US show.

GBH, Angry Samoans, Reagan Youth, Burning Streets @ Gramercy Theatre
UK punk icons GBH are celebrating their 35th anniversary with a tour this year that also includes a couple other vets, Angry Samoans and Reagan Youth.

Tom May and Greg Barnett (of The Menzingers), Brendan Kelly, Elway @ Knitting Factory
Chicago punk label Red Scare is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a big hometown show in October, but ahead of that there's a smaller pre-party in NYC tonight. The Menzingers' co-lead singers and The Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly will both be playing acoustic sets which should work out well considering both bands have that heartland songwriter vibe.

Boomtown Rats, The Stunning, Mundy @ Terminal 5
Fronted by the outspoken Bob Geldoff, the Boomtown Rats are Irish rock legends, huge stars in the UK, with a deep catalog of material to pull from. The band reformed last year for their first shows since 1986.

Charles Bradley, Ratking @ The Garage
Charles Bradley's classic soul will bring you back to the genre's '60s/'70s days. Ratking's alt-rap, on the other hand, sounds very modern. Should be an interesting double bill, and it's free (you just had to RSVP).

Old Wounds, Meek is Murder, Divider @ Grand Victory
It's the first of two NYC shows on the IO-presented Old Wounds tour, and tonight the metalcore ragers will be joined by two likeminded bands, the mathy Meek Is Murder and Divider.

Celebration, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Mercury Lounge
A double bill of Baltimore at Mercury Lounge, with long-running band Celebration headlining and celebrating the release of their new platter, Albumin. Bass and drum post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat are always a fun opener.

MOTHXR (Penn Badgley's band), Rathborne, Mon Khmer, Prelow @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
MOTHXR (who used to spell their name Mother) is fronted by Penn Badgely, who you may remember as Dan on Gossip Girl. These days music seems to be his focus. They headline a night of pop indie at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which is a free show.

Hard Nips, Old Monk, Les Jupes, Glockabelle @ Cake Shop
With a clever, stereotype-twisting, double-entendre name, Japanese band Hard Nips make punky, in-your-face rock. Old Monk, meanwhile, put a slight math spin on '90s indie rock.

Iggy Azalea, Vic Mensa @ Pier 97
The increasingly popular Iggy Azalea headlines this show tonight, and if you're going we recommend catching opener Vic Mensa, who's collaborated with Kaytranada, performed with Damon Albarn and toured with Disclosure, to name a few of the cool things he's been up to recently.

Kneebody w/ Kimbra, Tiny Hazard @ Le Poisson Rouge
Kimbra's proper North American tour starts later this fall and includes two sold-out NYC shows, but ahead of that she'll be collaborating with local jazz group Kneebody at LPR tonight. Opening is Tiny Hazard who make St VIncent/My Brightest Diamond-style art pop.

The Rentals, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Hooray for Earth @ Stone Pony
Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals released their first album in 15 years this past summer via Polyvinyl which pretty much picked up where they left off (in a good way). Their labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin open this show and tomorrows NYC show (which Mates of State are also on), which should make for a good double bill. Hooray For Earth are worth catching too.

Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle @ Capitol Theatre
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle just wrapped up a tour together, titled "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage," which did not hit the NYC area but they're coming pretty close tonight. This should be a nice night with two great songwriters.

Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture @ Webster Hall
Tennis' new album, Ritual in Repeat, was produced by Pat Carney of The Black Keys, with additional help from Spoon's Jim Eno and Richard Swift. Needless to say, it's got a big sound. Pure Bathing Culture's catchy dream pop should start the night off well.

DJ Premier vs Pete Rock @ BB King Blues Club
Two legendary hip hop DJs, DJ Premier and Pete Rock, will be battling it out at BB King's tonight. Here's the details: "In a two DJ stage set up. Each legendary DJ/Producer known for their unique flavor and skills on the turntables, will spin their classic trademark tunes that have established their iconic presence in Hip Hop culture. A friendly 2 to 3 hour back and forth DJ battle show format will be performed....12 Rounds, Pound 4 Pound"

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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Front 242 @ Irving Plaza 9/24/2014
Front 242
Front 242

...a few seconds of quiet, cheers and Patrick Codenys took the stage. He played a minute of beatless music and then Jean Luc DeMeyer and Richard23 ran on stage. What happened next thrilled me. It was Front 242. Electronic Body Music. The two men moved in action just like they did 25 years ago. Massive strobes flashed shadows behind them making them look like giants. It was very clear they were excited to be there and we were in for something really good. Every classic they played blew me away. Surprisingly the newer songs I didn't know were also great live. The highlight was No Shuffle. As the song played I felt like I was dreaming about how they would do the song far in the future. They crossed each other back and forth on stage without looking at each other. They each took turns as front man. Richard23 traded his small belt held analog delay pedal for some almost psychedelic sounding rack of lush delays. Funk Gaddafi was an experience like watching the "Sprach Zarathustra" time warp scene in Kubrick's 2001. A funny moment happened during the song Welcome to Paradise when a young person said, "They are singing the samples how cool!" - [Wire to the Ear]
Industrial/EBM icons Front 242 played NYC's Irving Plaza on Wednesday night (9/24), their first of three select dates in the U.S. this week.The show was opened by Cocksure, the current band from Chris Connelly of Revolting Cocks / Ministry. More pictures of both bands, and Front 242's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Front 242 played Irving Plaza with Cocksure (pics, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jonah Matranga in NYC in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)

Moral Mazes, the new band of Far's Jonah Matranga and Jawbox's J Robbins, put out their debut 7" earlier this month via Bridge 9 which had all the sounds of '90s post-hardcore that you'd expect from a lineup like that. We already posted one song and you can now stream the full thing below.

We mentioned that Jonah Matranga/Onelinedrawing would be playing a solo show in NYC at Mercury Lounge on November 23, but at the time it was his only announced US date and now it's been revealed that it's part of a full tour and that J. Robbins is opening most dates. Maybe with J and Jonah both there, they'll play some Moral Mazes songs?

The tour also includes another NYC show happening earlier in the month at Saint Vitus on November 12 with Zvi, Mount Gomery and Natural Stranger. J's not on that one, but he is on the Mercury Lounge show which also includes Jamie Stellini. Tickets for Merc and Vitus are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the Moral Mazes 7" stream, below...

Continue reading "Jonah Matranga touring w/ J Robbins, adds 2nd NYC show; Moral Mazes 7" out now (full stream + dates)"

photo by Reid Haithcock
Punch

Fastcore rippers Punch put out their excellent third LP, They Don't Have to Believe, about a month ago via Deathwish and brought their tour to NYC's Death by Audio earlier this month. Today some unfortunate news came from the band though, when vocalist Meghan O'Neil posted to Facebook that she's leaving the band:

Punch crew- I want to confirm that I, Meghan, have left Punch. Thank you all so much for your support over the years. For most of my life I have been extremely shy, and writing lyrics and performing really helped me grow as a person. Thank you to anyone who ever told me what our band and my lyrics meant to you, you all mean so much to me. Thank you.
Bummer!

No word yet if the band are planning on continuing on without her or if Meghan has future projects in the works. Stream They Don't Have to Believe below...

Continue reading "Punch vocalist Meghan O'Neil leaves band"

Windhand @ Saint Vitus - 9/20/14 (via Justine Morrow)
Windhand

Melodic doomers Windhand brought their tour with psych rockers All Them Witches to NYC this past weekend for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus (9/20) that also included Ilsa and Polygamyst. Riffs were crushed. Heads were banged. Full set video of Windhand and a video of All Them Witches can be watched below (videos by Frank Huang). Did you go? How was it?

Windhand have also teamed up with fellow bringers of doomy riffs and witchy psychedelia, Salem's Pot, for a split 10" that they're putting out on Halloween via Riding Easy. That split can be streamed in full below...

Continue reading "Windhand played Saint Vitus w/ All Them Witches (videos), releasing a Halloween split w/ Salem's Pot (stream)"

Real Estate at FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Real Estate
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As previously discussed, Real Estate will make the jump to headlining NYC's big Terminal 5 (they've played there before like when they opened for Girls) on their current tour, hitting the venue in just a week on October 2. Opening the show is Peaking Lights (who have a new album coming and remixed William Onyeabor and are also playing the upcoming WO tribute), Regal Degal and DJ Tom Scharpling (of the Best Show). Tickets for the show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter, below.

Real Estate have also added Australian dates for 2015 to their tour schedule, including one show with Aussies Dick Diver (who play two NYC shows this week). Updated dates are listed below.

In addition to releasing Atlas, they've also put out some cool covers including one of The Nerves' "Paper Dolls" which was the b-side to the "Had to Hear" single, and one of The Cranberries' "Linger" which they did for A.V. Club 'Undercover.' Listen to those, with the video for "Had to Hear" and the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Real Estate on tour; Terminal 5 show w/ Peaking Lights, Regal Degal & Tom Scharpling is soon (win tix!)"

Neil Young at Carnegie Hall in January (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

Neil Young's already had a very busy year. He filed for divorce, appeared on Chrissie Hynde's album, unveiled his Pono audio system, and released a "low-tech" album on Third Man, to name a few things. Now he's releasing another album, Storeytone, in November via Reprise which he worked on with a full orchestra like he told Billboard he would earlier this year:

"I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic," he explains. "I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way. So I'm into doing that."
The album features his new song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?," which he's currently streaming in three versions: the orchestral version, the live Crazy Horse version, and the live acoustic version that he played at Farm Aid.

Listen to all three below...

Continue reading "Neil Young announces new album, streaming orchestral, live Crazy Horse & live acoustic version of single (listen)"