July 18, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
UK producer Phaeleh released his newest LP, Tides, last year and will follow it with a new EP, A World Without, on September 22. The first single from that EP is "So Real" which features London's Fifi Rong providing sweet, dreamy vocals over Phaeleh's chilled-out atmospheric garage production. You can stream that below.
Phaeleh will also be heading over to North America for a tour here which hits NYC on September 27 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Polaris playing the Wrigley's front lawn
As mentioned, Super Week happens right before NY Comic Con with all sorts of cool special events. One of them is SLIMED: A Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense which happens at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9. The evening will feature a panel discussion, a live taping of Pete & Pete stars Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, a segment on the music of Doug (a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer), and... a live performance by Polaris (Mark Mulcahy's band that did the Pete & Pete theme song, "Hey Sandy"). This will be Polaris' first-ever NYC show. Maybe DFA co-founder Jonathan Galkin will be there -- he was a castmember of Hey Dude. Tickets are on Super Week presale now (password is NYSW) with the general on-sale starting July 24 at noon.
Slimed is also the title of Mathew Klickstein's book on Nickelodeon which was released last year and is presenting this event. Video of Pete & Pete's opening credits below...
Jacco Gardner @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Dutch psych pop wunderkind Jacco Gardner will be in NYC next month for the Seaport Music Festival, playing August 15 with Boogarins. He's since announced a full North American tour that includes another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on August 16. Openers are still TBA but tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with a song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
San Jose punks Hard Girls released their sophomore album, A Thousand Surfaces, this past June via Asian Man, and are currently on the road in support of it opening for Andrew Jackson Jihad. After that tour ends, they'll go on their own tour of smaller venues with Long Island's Broadcaster.
We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan will be presenting the NYC stop of the tour, happening August 17 at Death by Audio. Also on the show is Jeff Rosenstock of the now-defunct Bomb the Music Industry and Will Wagner of Australian folk punks The Smith Street Band. 8 PM doors, $8 admission. All tour dates, including a Long Island show with Crow Bait, are listed below.
If you haven't heard the new Hard Girls LP, you can stream it in full over at Punk News. It follows their 2012 debut and the 2013 LP all three members made with former Operation Ivy singer Jesse Michaels (who illustrated the new album's artwork) as Classics of Love, and is filled with killer melodic punk with a scrappy, indie rock aesthetic. A video and a stream from that LP, with the list of tour dates, below...
Memphis garage rockers The Sheiks, who you may have seen when they toured with John Wesley Coleman last year, have a pretty good pedigree. Singer Frank McLallen also currently plays bass in Ex Cult, and the band's new 7" was produced by Jack Oblivian. (The Sheiks are currently Jack's backing band.) You can stream that 7" below.
The Sheiks are currently on a short East Coast tour that hits NYC this weekend for two shows: tonight (7/18) at Death by Audio with Iyez, The Chickenhawks and Speedo; and Saturday (7/19) at Cake Shop with Washer, Vulture Shit and DJ TOYSTORY 3.
Dates and the 7" stream, below...
We recently mentioned that Riot Fest Denver's permit to hold the festival at May Farms in Byers, CO was denied due to inconveniences it caused the residents of Byers, and that the fest will happen in a new location. We now know it will be instead held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, still from September 19-21 as originally planned. There will also still be free parking for festival goers and all tickets purchased will be honored.
A press release also notes that many of the non-musical perks of May Farms will be kept intact:
Outside of bringing the May Farms aesthetic to the new site, organizers will also go ahead with the previously planned carnival rides and games, a miniature golf course, lucha libre, a large circus tent with oddities performers and a long list of amazing food vendors. Other plans include turfing the parking lot of the stadium and bringing all the things people love about May Farms (tractors, hay bales, etc) together with all the things to love about a country fair (rides, a pie eating contest, apple bobbing and more). Even the stages and vendor rows have been renamed to indicate Riot Fest's support of Byers, Colorado.Riot Fest is also showing their support of the Byers community:
* Any Byers resident who wants to come to Riot Fest this year will receivecomplimentary tickets as well as free daily shuttle service to and from May Farms and Sports Authority Field. Details will be announced next week on how residents can sign-up for this.As discussed, the lineup for Riot Fest Denver includes The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Failure, Hot Snakes, All, Mineral and many more. Plus certain artists will be performing classic albums in full. Tickets are still available.
* Riot Fest will also allow several Byers businesses and other I-70 Corridor businesses who supported them free vending space at no cost.
* Riot Fest has also announced a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to one graduating senior who plans on majoring in music, arts, business or marketing. Riot Fest has now asked other partners, industry friends and other Colorado businesses to contribute in hopes of getting that scholarship up to $20,000.
Day-by-day Riot Fest Denver lineup, with the new flyer, below...
Veteran UK electronic duo Plaid have been at it for over two decades, and earlier this year they put out their newest album, Reachy Prints, the followup to 2011's Scintilli. You can stream the whole album on Rdio and get a taste of its melodic IDM with the video for "Wallet" and a stream of another album cut, "Hawkmoth," below.
Plaid have been on tour in North America lately, and tonight (7/18) in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge, the duo play their last show here before heading back across the Atlantic for European dates. Tickets for tonight's show, which Archie Pelago are opening, are on sale.
All dates are listed, with the video and stream, below...
photos by Wei Shi
The Drums @ Novotel Hotel 7/16/2014
"From here on out begins the new chapter of the Drums," singer Jonny Pierce told a small but devoted crowd packed awkwardly onto the rooftop of Manhattan's Novotel for the Brooklyn-via-Florida duo's first show in years. He and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Graham then left behind the frothy bounce of 2010's "Portamento" and launched into the dark, reverbed twangs and theremin wails of "Magic Mountain," the first single off the Drums' forthcoming third album, "Encyclopedia."The Drums previewed their new album Encyclopedia on Wednesday night (7/16) on the roof of Times Square's Novotel. A lot of people showed up for the free show, with the line wrapping around the block. Pictures from the show -- and its fairly spectacular backdrop -- are in this post.
"Our new record sounds just like that," Pierce laughed, illuminated by red stage lights and the bright billboards of Times Square behind him, featuring Pitbull endorsing Hennessy and Conan O'Brien in "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda." "It's a rude awakening." - [Billboard]
The Drums will be back in NYC for two shows, Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 and Bowery Ballroom on September 20, as part of their fall tour. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale at noon today (7/18). Encyclopedia will be out September 23. Check out cover art and tracklist, along with more photos from Wednesday night's rooftop show, below...
††† (Crosses), the band including Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, put out their debut album earlier this year (available on iTunes), and now a few of the tracks have been given remix treatment. We've got the premiere of a remix of "†he Epilogue" by Computer Club and Dan Sena who turn the song into a dirty, mechanic drum n bass banger. You can stream that, and download it for free, below.
Crosses toured earlier this year (we caught them at Coachella and in NYC). You can catch them on September 20 at the Sunset Strip Music Festival with Jane's Addiction, Failure, Cold War Kids, Minus The Bear, and more.
Stream/download the "†he Epilogue" remix below...
DoNYC's Chicago cousin Do312 is running a contest. The prize is two VIP tickets to the punk-filled Riot Fest Chicago where a ton of awesome punk bands are playing in September. To enter, you need to "Pizzafy a Punk Album" and upload it to Do312 where there are already over 100 cheesy entries you can browse through, like the three non-vegan (and some not-so-punk, like The Cure) examples above.
In related news, the Macaulay Culkin-fronted Pizza Underground band plays a free outdoor show in Philadelphia TONIGHT (7/18). "Join us as we eat a lot of pizza, dance to pizza themed songs, and then watch a pizza themed movie, all in front of The Art Museum and all completely free of charge!"