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March 24, 2015

photo: Shabazz Palaces in Chicago in 2014 (more by Kari Terzino)

Earlier this month, Shabazz Palaces announced a tour, and the closest those dates were set to come to NYC is a Newark, NJ show on August 4. Now they've added a Brooklyn show happening the day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/25) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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photos courtesy of Vans

Hudson Mohawke at Mohawk during SXSW 2015
Hudson Mohawke

Hudson Mohawke is releasing a new album called Lantern on June 16 via Warp which includes collaborations with a handful of big names, including Antony, Miguel and Jhene Aiko. The first single is a collaboration with a smaller name, Irfane who sang on Breakbot's "Baby I'm Yours." It's called "Very First Breath" and can be streamed, with the tracklist, below.

HudMo just played SXSW last week (photo above from his show at House of Vans at the Mohawk, two more below), and he's now announced more dates, including a NYC show. He comes here on May 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM with Live Nation, LN Mobile App, and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (3/25) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Hudson Mohawke played SXSW, shares song off guest-filled album, touring (dates, stream, pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Royal Thunder

Atlanta heavy rockers Royal Thunder, who just played SXSW, announced a spring and summer tour with another ripping crew, Wild Throne.

The tour brings the two bands to NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (3/27). All dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of new releases from both bands. Royal Thunder have a new LP called Crooked Doors coming April 7 via Relapse Records (artwork above). So far two songs from the record have come out, the crushing "The Line" and the more scaled-back "Ear On The Fool." Both are great and can be listened to below.

Meanwhile, Wild Throne signed to Roadrunner to release the full length followup their promising 2014 EP Blood Maker (released on Brutal Panda). It's called Harvest of Darkness and is due August 18 via Roadrunner. First single "War Is A Romance" is another punishing ripper from this band, which like their EP recalls The Mars Volta at their heaviest. Also like the EP, it was produced by Ross Robinson who worked with the Mars Volta guys themselves (in At the Drive-In though), so clearly he knows a thing or two about recording this type of stuff. Listen below.

Continue reading "Royal Thunder & Wild Throne releasing new albums and going on tour together (dates, song streams)"

JSBX @ Liedy's Shore Inn 3/23/2015 (via @spins)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are in the midst of their guerilla-style Five Borough Freedom Tour, which hits a tiny NYC venue (plus one in Jersey) every day this week in celebration of their excellent new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015. Last night (3/25) was the kickoff show at Liedy's Shore Inn in Staten Island, which had Jon belting it out on top of the bar. Anybody go to that? The tour hits Cake Shop tonight (3/24) and to get tickets you had to buy the record from Other Music/Insound/Turntable Lab. That's now basically sold out (a few tickets will be available at the door) but if you'd still like to squeeze in, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details are below.

As mentioned, after this week's NYC shows, the JSBX will go out on a proper North American tour, including Bowery Ballroom on May 28. Tickets for that are still available, and we're giving away a pair for that show too. Details below.

Continue reading "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion began "Five Borough Freedom Tour" (win tix to Cake Shop & Bowery) ++ new LP out now"

The Menzingers

Philly punks The Menzingers are currently on a tour supporting Taking Back Sunday that hit NYC twice last week and which stops at the Paramount in Long Island tonight (3/24). Those are big venue shows, and the Menzingers are just an opener. Their last NYC headlining show was all the way back in May 2014 in the main room at Webster Hall in (also a pretty big show).

If you'd like to see them in the NYC-area in a much more intimate location and again as headliners, you're in luck. We're thrilled to announce that The Menzingers will headline the next two BrooklynVegan-curated installments of Red Bull Sound Select, happening April 11 at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern and April 14 at Brooklyn, NY's Baby's All Right.

Both shows will be opened by killer melodic punks Big Eyes (who have new stuff coming). NJ is also with Philly rippers Cheerbleeders, and NYC is also with the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains. BV's Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets.

Doors for both shows open at 7 PM, and like most RBSS shows, they're $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Check out some music from all the bands below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: The Menzingers in small NY & NJ venues with Big Eyes, Crazy & the Brains and Cheerbleeders ($3 w/ RSVP)"

Mark meets GWAR in 'Empire Records'

The three sold-out Empire Records' 20th Anniversary "Rex Manning Day" events are coming up at Rough Trade on April 8-10. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Ethan Embry's character, Mark, gets pulled into the TV and into a GWAR music video. (Watch it below.) We're excited to announce that GWAR will be making a "live cinematic appearance" at the three Rough Trade events, stepping out of the screen. Says GWARs Jizmak Da Gusha:

I can't wait for the album throwing contests in NY. Whatever happened to the frisbee? Going back in time to Empire Records is way better than the future. The future sucks.
Gabriel Rhoads from BBQ Films (who are presenting these events) adds:
We live to make movies immersive, and we are thrilled that the BBQ Films EMPIRE RECORDS event will host an appearance from GWAR, one of the greatest live experiences of all time.
In addition to GWAR's appearance, there will also be Empire Records "Rex Manning Bands" at each event and those have been announced as well: ARMS and DJ Adventures on 4/8, Charly Bliss, Locksley and The Falling Birds and DJ LeahV and DJ Vacations on 4/9, and then The Mosers and Born Cages on 4/10. Says Leah, Music Director, BBQ Films:
"EMPIRE RECORDS embodies the spirit of independent music, and we simply couldn't tell that story without having live music and DJs at our event. We're proud to include all these bands and artists."
Watch the GWAR Empire Records scene below...

Continue reading "GWAR appearing at 'Empire Records' anniversary parties ++ house bands announced too"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Christoffer Emil Wellendorf Skou

Molly are a punk band from Denmark, but if the phrase "Danish punks" that floats around US music blogs a lot makes you think of Iceage and Lower, know that Molly are nothing like that. Unlike their darker neighbors, Molly pull from the uplifting alternative rock of late '80s Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr. Their new album Peach Melba comes out in April via Party In Your Head Records (pre-order), and the songs we've heard from it so far have all been rippers. We've got the premiere of new single "Hold Tight" in this post, and you can listen to that with the video for previous single "Bagu Bagu" below.

They have a show in their home country announced and say more dates are TBA. Let's hope they come to the US sooner than later.

Continue reading "listen to Danish band Molly's new punk ripper "Hold Tight""

Death Grips

The supposedly broken up Death Grips have announced a tour that they will supposedly go on and not cancel. Buy tickets at your own risk. Why promoters still take a chance on them, we're not exactly sure, but the dates include a 7/7 show at Webster Hall.

The tour supports their new album, the powers that b, which supposedly will be released commercially next week (3/31). The second half of that album, Jenny Death, is streaming with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Death Grips will apparently tour this year (we'll see)"

Outside Lands

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.
The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2015 lineup"

by BIll Pearis


Chilean psych band Föllakzoid release their third album next week via Sacred Bones. It's four long, interconnected tracks making for a seriously heavy trip. You can stream the whole thing (via NME) below.

The band will indeed be playing Austin's Levitation fest in May, as well as Desert Daze on the West Coast before that, and will then head East, finishing up their tour in NYC at Rough Trade on May 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Föllakzoid streaming new album, announce tour around Levitation and Desert Daze fests (dates)"