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October 6, 2015

the cure touring 2016

Now that he finally finished that remix of Ride's "Vapour Trail," Robert Smith can move on to other things... like announcing that The Cure will go on a 25-date tour of North America in 2016. Three dates have been announced so far, all with The Twilight Sad opening: May 22 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, June 10 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and June 18 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Tickets for MSG go on sale Friday (10/9) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/8) at 10 AM: password is DISINTEGRATION.

Full details of all dates will be announced in January.

Jesu Sun Kil MOon

A couple years ago, Mark Kozelek covered Godflesh's "Like Rats", and he's since teamed up with that band's frontman Justin Broadrick to release a collaborative album under their respective Sun Kil Moon and Jesu monikers. The album is simply called Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, and it's due on January 22 via Mark's Caldo Verde label and Rough Trade. Will Oldham, Low, and Slowdive's Rachel Goswell will also contribute.

As Stereogum points out, they just released the first single from the album, "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek & John Dillinger." It includes references to listening to Sonic Youth's first record, Bob Marley and Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny; watching James Blake at a festival; and a letter a publicist forwarded Mark from a fan thanking him for a Sun Kil Moon show in Manchester (which Mark reads in full). You can listen to the whole thing here.


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

FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks), The Intelligence @ Terminal 5
Sparks and Franz Ferdinand proved to be two great tastes that taste great together on their collaborative FFS album. This tour should prove even moreso, with hits sets from both bands as well as FFS songs. Making the night even better: brainy garage wiseacres The Intelligence open.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. For the first night, you get Aja in full, plus a second set of hits.

Tame Impala, LA Priest @ Radio City Music Hall
For Tame Impala's third album Currents, Kevin Parker went heavier on the synths and offered up some of his best psych-pop songwriting yet. Tonight's the first of two sold-out NYC shows, both with LA Priest, the funky new project of former Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust.

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall
Kurt Vile returned this year with b'lieve i'm goin down.... It's got plenty of the guitar heroics and clever lyrics we've come to expect from KV, but also new ground is explored including a heavy usage of piano. He's always great live, and these shows should be no exception. Waxahatchee is also supporting a new album, Ivy Tripp, her biggest-sounding record to date (and the current live band is her best yet).

Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans @ Irving Plaza
Wavves' new album is their most polished yet and their most dedicated to straight-up rockers the whole time. They're an even bigger blast live, and the openers tonight are well-matched. Second of two NYC shows.

Pentagram, Electric Citizen, Satan's Satyrs @ Saint Vitus Bar
Stoner/doom metal as we know it probably wouldn't exist without the influence of Pentagram, so it's exciting that they still tour and put out records. Tonight's their second of two Saint Vitus shows, in support of the new Curious Volume LP.

Stars, Geographer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stars' recent albums haven't been the most exciting, but there's no denying the power of Set Yourself on Fire and those other earlier records. They begin a two-night run in NYC tonight.

Homeshake, Jerry Paper @ Baby's All Right
Peter Sagar, who used to play guitar for Mac DeMarco, has his own band Homeshake. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, as you can tell on their new album, Midnight Snack.

Scott Rogowski, Horatio Sanz, Here We Go Magic, Budd Mishkin @ Littlefield
It's another edition of live talk show Running Late with Scott Rogowski, and it's a pretty impressive lineup of guests: former SNL castmemeber Horatio Sans, NY1's Budd Mishkin, and a live performance by Here We Go Magic.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Black Sea Hotel, Ellis Ludgwig Leone (of San Fermin) @ National Sawdust
Accompanied by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform pieces by a variety of composers, including National Sawdust director Paola Prestini. The night also features San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone performing a new work by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and Bulgarian a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel.

Four Year Strong, Defeater, Superheaven, My Iron Lung @ Gramercy Theatre
We're not so into the headliner of this show, but we are excited about melodic hardcore band Defeater and the grungy Superheaven, who make for a great pairing on their own.

Chris Gethard (Career Suicide), Jeff Rosenstock @ Union Hall
Chris does another of his recurring Career Suicide shows tonight, and the musical guest is his old pal Jeff Rosenstock, who seemingly only knows how to put on wild shows.

Garden City Movement @ Elvis Guesthouse
Garden City Movement are from Israel, and they make the kind of electronic pop that gained popularity in the wake of James Blake's first album. They're currently on their first uS tour.

Guardian Alien, Jon Mueller, Byron Westbrook, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Alphaville
This bill has at least two expert drummers: Liturgy's Greg Fox with his Guardian Alien project and Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees/Volcano Choir's Jon Mueller as a solo artist. rounding things out is Byron Westbrook (Corridors) and another Liturgy (and PC Worship) related band, Brown Water Wampum Band.

'All for the Hall' w/ Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris & more @ Best Buy Theater
This is a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with tickets starting at $100. Legendary songwriters Paul Simon and Emmylou Harris are on the bill, and they join veteran artist Vince Gill and modern-day Top 40 singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

Drowners, Tora, Beasthead, Evvy, Del Water Gap, My Bubba, Sherman Ewing, Adam Melchoir, Sebastian Mikael, Mothers, Hunter and the Bear @ Rockwood Music Hall
It's the monthly Communion night that takes over all three stages at Rockwood, headlined by local indie rockers Drowners.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. (Aziz Ansari and Louis CK have both stopped by in recent weeks.) 8 PM.

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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October 5, 2015

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett has a new single coming out as part of Third Man Record's "Blue" series. Produced by Jack White, the a-side is ""Boxing Day Blues Revisited," a sequel of sorts to "Boxing Day Blues" on Courtney's recent album. The b-side is a cover of "Shivers," by The Boys Next Door (who would become The Birthday Party). You may remember this song, written by Rowland S. Howard, was also covered by Divine Fits. You can stream "Shivers" below.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett releasing Jack White-produced 7" on Third Man (listen to her cover of Rowland S. Howard's "Shivers")"

photos by P Squared

Yoko Ono w/ Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore & more @ Modern Sky Fest 10/4/2015
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band

This was the second annual New York edition of the Modern Sky festival: a matter-of-fact event, essentially a promotional venture to bring Chinese youth culture to American audiences -- although there weren't very many non-Chinese speakers in attendance, and some of these bands aren't exactly young. (There will be a similar concert in Seattle on Sunday, with the same Chinese bands and some different American ones.) Both New Pants and Miserable Faith -- Beijing bands with roots in punk and metal that later moved on to synth-pop and reggae -- have been around since the late 1990s.

English-speaking and Chinese bands alternated through the afternoon and evening. Saturday's lineup also included Lower, the young Danish postpunk group; Mark Sultan, the scrappy, surfy one-man band from Montreal; the current, one-original-member incarnation of the English postpunk band Gang of Four; and Yoko Ono, with an all-star version of the conceptual group she calls Plastic Ono Band. Most of the performances felt a bit utilitarian, a bit trade show. Different kinds of people were there for different reasons. The day couldn't conjure a shared mind-set. - [NY Times]

Yoko Ono headlined the second-annual NYC edition of the Modern Sky Festival on Sunday (10/4) in Central Park, and her Plastic Ono Band featured a few heavy hitters: Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Ornette Coleman's son, Denardo, on drums, plus tabla player Nitin Mitta, cellist Kris Hoffman, Julianna Barwick on backing vocals, keyboardist Jared Samuel, and Yoko's son, Sean Lennon (who played with The Moonlandingz on Saturday and Cibo Matto on Thursday). Pictures from her set are in this post.

Catch Yo La Tengo again Saturday at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (you can try to win a pair of tix at our Facebook page).

As the Times article quoted above mentioned, Modern Sky serves mainly to showcase Chinese bands to North America, this year including New Pants, Hedgehog, Song Dongye, and Miserable Faith; but Western acts included Gang of Four (that only features Andy Gill from the original lineup), Danish band Lower, and King Khan cohort Mark Sultan (aka BBQ). We unfortunately missed their sets. Did you go to Modern Sky? More pics from Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band, below...

Continue reading "Yoko Ono, w/ Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Julianna Barwick & more, headlined the 2015 Modern Sky Festival (pics)"

photos by P Squared; words by Bill Pearis

Destroyer @ Webster Hall,10/4/2015

Dressed in a rumpled, Colombo-style raincoat, Dan Bejar celebrated his birthday at Webster Hall on Sunday night (10/4) -- the NYC stop on their fall tour -- with some of the crowd singing "Happy Birthday" to him. But, really, the crowd was singing to him the whole night. Or with him, it should be said, as most of the audience seemed to know every word -- at least the key lines. With an big, multi-piece band, including trumpet player J.P. Carter (so key to the 2011 Kaputt tour), Bejar stuck mainly to new album Poison Season which sounded pretty great in the live setting. Like usual, Bejar spent time not singing crouched on the stage, swigging a beer, and taking in the sound of the band.

We also got four songs from Kaputt including its swooning title track, which along with Poison Season's "Dream Lover," closed out the main set. The band came back for "Girl in a Sling" from the new album and brought down the house with "Rubies." All good things must come to an end (the bad ones just go on forever), though, and so did the show. You can stream the whole NYC Taper-recorded show, plus check out lots more pictures (including ones of tourmate Jennifer Castle) and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Destroyer played Webster Hall on Dan Bejar's birthday w/ Jennifer Castle (pics, live recording, setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Terry Riley / Matmos / Gyan Riley @ National Sawdust 10/4/2015
Terry Riley's Abbeyozzud and Beyond
Terry Riley's Abbeyozzud and Beyond

"Well you know, it's hard to accept labels in terms of creative work, in any case," he says. "In any period of life, I haven't felt nailed down to anything. I've always been interested in expanding my musical horizons. 'Minimalism' has been tacked on to my work, I think mainly because of In C and the Keyboard Studies and some of the works from the 60s." Then he allows himself a calm and gentle chuckle, before saying: "Certainly a lot of stuff has happened since then."

As evidence, he points to his new piece for Roomful of Teeth, titled Madrigal. "It's basically melodic, but it also has scat-singing sections ... It's a bit of a journey, this piece. In eight minutes, it goes to quite a few places." Another jazz-world texture - specifically, what Riley describes as the "gently swinging, kind of optimistic" feel of ragtime - also figures in his string quartet works, as well as his latter-day piano improvisations. When that influence is placed alongside lessons gleaned from his longtime study of Indian classical music (and, yes, the occasional trace of drone-based minimalism), the climax of a contemporary Riley concert tends to find him juggling a range of sounds that few other musicians would think to combine. - [The Guardian]

The Terry Riley Festival is currently underway at new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust. Sunday night (10/4) saw three events, the last of which featured Terry Riley's Abbeyozzud and Beyond series of works with son Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone). They performed Thanks Isn't Enough, Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, Tread on the Trail, and Hashish Master. Riley, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, was in attendance but didn't perform at this event, but has at others. Martin C. Schmidt of Matmos thanked Riley for "loosening the collective asshole of American music." More pictures from last night's late National Sawdust set are below.

The Terry Riley Festival wraps up tonight (10/5) with two shows: a 7 PM performance featuring two world premieres: Remember This, Oh Mind, and Madrigal, a new work written for Roomful of Teeth, as well as ArchAngels, for cello octet led by National Sawdust curator Jeffrey Zeigler (tickets may still be available at the door); and then a 9 PM performance featuring Terry and Gyan Riley performing with John Zorn (tickets)

Continue reading "The Terry Riley Festival is underway at National Sawdust (check out pics from Sunday's show w/ Matmos & more)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm


Atlanta hardcore band Foundation have been around for almost a decade, with one proper full length and a handful of EPs to their name. Back in April, they announced they'd be breaking up after some final shows, which included festivals such as This Is Hardcore, Wrecking Ball, and the upcoming Not Dead Yet. At Wrecking Ball they also squeezed in an after party with Title Fight, at which both bands reportedly crushed.

Now they're saying their final show will be in their hometown on April 30, 2016, and they've announced tour plans leading up to that. There's no NYC show, but if you live here and want to see them before they call it quits, you can catch the nearby Long island gig on December 11 at a TBA venue with King Nine and Criminal Instinct. All dates are listed below.

They also revealed that before they split, they're putting out one last EP, Turncoat, on Halloween. Its lead single is called "Failure Breeds Failure," and its pretty awesome, a ripping, riff-heavy slab of metallic hardcore fury. It features guest vocals by Anderson Bradshaw (The Promise/Another Victim/Terrible Mistakes Podcast), and you can stream it below.

Continue reading "Atlanta hardcore band Foundation announce final EP and final show (and other tour dates)"

Venom Inc Necrophagia

While Cronos still leads his version of Venom, who will play FFF 2015 (their only US show of the year) and MDF 2016, fellow "classic era" members Mantas and Abaddon now have their own version of the band called Venom Inc.. That band have announced they will tour North America this fall with death metal pioneers Necrophagia.

The tour will stop in NYC for a show at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 14. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with recent live videos from both bands, below...

Continue reading "Venom members formed Venom Inc, touring with Necrophagia"

Asbury Lanes

Asbury Park, NJ venue Asbury Lanes had a party on Saturday (10/3) which will be their last event until this coming spring (tentatively). The venue is now closed for renovations, which they announced in a Facebook post that also mentioned the cancellation of the Waxahatchee show that would have happened on 10/10. The venue writes:

Sadly, our show with Waxahatchee has to be cancelled...Our renovation schedule for the Lanes got moved up to October 5th, so, we don't want anyone to have to risk life and limb to come to a construction site to see a show...Even know we know that Waxahatchee would make it a wonderful experience nonetheless...We apologize for this.If you bought tickets, you can get a refund from your point or purchase. Go to NYC and see them open for Kurt Vile...We hope you will forgive us! adds:
After Saturday, the "approval and renovation process" will begin, said Brian Cheripka, senior vice president the development for iStar, the owner of Asbury Lanes, via email. "The renovations will be completed in phases, with the exterior improvements taking place over the next several months"

The renovations are expected to last into the spring. iStar will share their initial plans with the city in the coming weeks and those plans include keeping live music at the venue.

"We're committed to keeping it an iconic music venue," Cheripka said.

As the Lanes' announcement points out, you can see Waxahatchee on their tour with Kurt Vile, which hits NYC this week on Tuesday (10/6) and Wednesday (10/7) at Webster Hall. Both shows are sold out.