September 11, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
"Fuuuuuck!!! New favourite band, War On Women, from Baltimore, Md. So good." - Laura Jane Grace
photo by Josh Sisk
War On Women are a feminist hardcore band from Baltimore whose debut EP came out in 2012 and paired metallic punk with angry, sarcastic, unsubtle and very effective takedowns of sexism. They recently signed to trusty hardcore label Bridge 9, and are planning to release their debut LP on that label in 2015 which they recently finished recording with Jawbox's J Robbins (whose new band Moral Mazes are also on Bridge 9). No music from the new album has come out yet, but you can stream their 2012 EP in full below.
War On Women recently wrapped up a tour supporting Propagandhi and they'll hit the road again to open for their B9 labelmates Boysetsfire on that band's 20th anniversary tour, which will see BSF playing 2000's After the Eulogy in full. It hasn't been announced yet who's opening the Long Island, NJ and MA shows, but we know that both Philly and Brooklyn will be opened by War On Women, Avail singer Tim Barry and the Hot Water Music/Small Brown Bike-related UnWed, which is a great bill all around. The Brooklyn show happens October 26 at Saint Vitus, and tickets are still available.
Stay tuned for openers on the other three Boysetsfire dates. Meanwhile, the full tour schedule, with the stream of the War on Women EP, is below...
by Bill Pearis
Australian expats Free Time released a new 7" last month via Underwater Peoples. The A-side was an upbeat rocker (in a Feelies kind of way) called "Esoteric Tizz." The B-side, "Guess Work," is much more chill and instrospective. The video for the song, shot in stark black and white by director Johann Rashid, fits the song's vibe, a quiet portrait of New York City that looks like it could've been made by Beth B or Jim Jarmusch in 1980. That makes it's premiere in this post and you can watch it, and stream the other side of the single, below.
Free Time just played Cake Shop last night with Australian band The Stevens (who have two more NYC shows), and you've got a couple more chances to see them in the coming weeks with more Aussie bands. They play September 21 at Glasslands with Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Cassie Ramone and Liam Betson (tickets), and then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, PC Worship and Dark Blue.
Video and single stream below...
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC noisemaker Pharmakon's new album, Bestial Burden, comes out October 14 via Sacred Bones. Though she unfortunately had to cancel last month's hometown show, she's now scheduled a release show for Bestial Burden happening in NYC on November 22 at Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Warpaint at Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this week SBTRKT dropped the Raury collaboration "Higher" from his new album Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and now he's put out "Voices In My Head," which features rapper A$AP Ferg and indie band Warpaint (drums from Stella Mozgawa, vocals from Emily Kokal). So far none of these singles have sounded very much alike, so it'll be interesting to see how this whole thing comes together. Listen to the new one below.
Warpaint also have a previously discussed tour coming up, which brings them back to NYC on October 14 at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that that show and a few others will be opened by New Zealand's Liam Finn (who played a handful of his own NYC shows over the summer). Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
All Liam Finn dates are listed, with the new SBTRKT song, below...
More New Year's Eve options for those who'll be in NYC: DFA dance duo Holy Ghost! will be keep bodies moving at Irving Plaza (12/31) with "special guests" TBA. Tickets are currently on presale (password is "DONYC") and the go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 AM.
Between now and the drop of the ball, Holy Ghost! have other tour dates and will also be working on new music -- their last album was 2013's Dynamics. Flyer for their NYE show, with their list of tour dates, below...
Folk singer Diane Cluck is currently on the road once again in support of this year's very good Boneset LP, her first since 2006. The tour hits NYC tonight (9/11) and Friday (9/12) at Rockwood Music Hall, the same venue she sold out two nights at last time. For these shows, she's promising a mix of the old and the new, and will be adding in new handmade instruments to her set. She'll be joined by special guest Isaac Gut at tonight's show on harmonica. Tickets for tonight and Friday's Rockwood shows are on sale now.
Diane's saying the tour will be her last for a while so she can focus on her musical studies and completing her ongoing Song-of-the-Week project. The most recent installment of that was last week's "Grandma Say" which you can hear a clip of here. Some of the songs that ended up on Boneset were initially debuted during that series.
All dates on the tour are listed, with the video for "Sara" from Boneset, below...
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Karen O @ McKittrick Hotel
Karen O's first (but recorded 7 years ago) solo album, Crush Songs, is out now, and unlike Yeah Yeah Yeahs' increasingly bigger sounding music, it's raw introverted bedroom folk. This week's four intimate shows (tonight's being the third) should fit the sound well.
Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom
Between his time in Husker Du, Sugar, and a prolific solo career, the legendary Bob Mould has over three decades of great material to pull from for this week's 3 NYC shows, this being the second. Openers Cymbals Eat Guitars are not to be missed either. This year's LOSE is one of the year's most powerful indie rock albums.
Ducktails, Limited, The Stevens @ Baby's All Right
Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile takes center stage with Ducktails, whose music isn't so far off from his other group's jangle. Ducktails guitarist Alex Craig, meanwhile, fronts the '80s-romo-loving Limited. Do get there early to catch Australia's terrific The Stevens.
Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich @ BAM
Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary at BAM continues with the third of three collaborative nights of contemporary composer greats Philip Glass and Steve Reich, their first live collaborations in over thirty years.
Shannon and the Clams, Liquor Store, Juniper Rising, Hobocop @ Death By Audio
With a sound straight out of the early days of Rock n' Roll, Shannon & the Clams bring big hooks and personality (and a lot of fun) to the table. This is Shannon's second of three sold-out NYC shows this week.
The Young, Fly Golden Eagle, Degreaser @ Glasslands
The Young's new LP is a great dose of psychedelic punk and a step up from their last. Tonight they return to NYC for their first of two shows here this week.
Man or Astro-Man?, The Pack A.D. @ Mercury Lounge
Everyone's favorite sci-fi surf punk band Man or Astro-Man? are back in town for two NYC shows this week, tonight's being the second.
The Sharp Things, Jennifer Castle, Meredith Young @ Mercury Lounge
Canada's Jennifer Castle makes quality folk on her new album, which hearkens back to the cult singers of the late '60s/early '70s and features string arrangements by Owen Pallett. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows this week.
Cheetah Chrome (acoustic), Threats, Knucklehead (acoustic) @ Niagara
Punk veteran Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys) has a few NYC gigs scheduled this week. This one's on the intimate side.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers put out their 13th album this year, Hypnotic Eye, and they're also responsible for some of the most massive heartland rock hits dating back to the 1970s. We should get a little of everything tonight.
Sylvan Esso, Landlady @ Rough Trade
Watching the crowds at their shows opening for tUnE-yArDs (and on their own) it was clear Sylvan Esso have an audience of their own which is growing by the minute. Like Friday's Bowery Ballroom show, this one is sold out... next stop Terminal 5.
Naomi Punk, Sleepies, Nine of Swords, Low Fat Getting High @ Shea Stadium
This is a good bill of NYC punk bands, and they're promising a
special guest headliner which we can presumably at least narrow down to genre. Who do you think it is? UPDATE: It's Naomi Punk.
Elephant Stone, Lunifred Benjamin, High Waisted @ The Rock Shop
Montreal's Elephant Stone share their name with a Stone Roses single and on their new album Three Poisons, they definitely embrace the Madchester baggy sound. They're pretty killer live -- and how often do you get to see a rock band with sitar?
Museum of Love (Pat Mahoney + Jee Day), Tiger & Woods, Jacques Renault @ Verboten
While Museum of Love do play live as a band (and a good one too), tonight's a DJ night for Pat & Jee Day.
Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Tonstartssbandht @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Sax and flute man Nik Turner was a member of Hawkwind in the '70s and '80s and now fronts his own version of the Spacerock pioneers. His backing band, Hedersleben, gets their own opening set, and first up is Montreal/NYC experimental duo Tonstartssbandht.
Ukiah Drag, Uniform, Crazy Spirit, Survival, Nick Klein @ Saint Vitus
The Ukiah Drag make heavy psych punk on their new LP which really is a trip. Tonight's a joint release part for that and the new one from local noisemakers Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver).
White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks @ MHOW
Austin's jam scene-approved rockers White Denim are on night two of a three-night at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Their current tour is continuing to support last year's Jeff Tweedy-produced Corsicana Lemonade.
Diane Cluck @ Rockwood Music Hall
Folk singer Diane Cluck put out an excellent album this year with Boneset and she's got two shows at Rockwood this week, this being the first.
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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September 10, 2014
Weatherbox at Saint Vitus in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this year, Weatherbox had to drop off their tour with Dikembe (after hitting NYC) due to frontman/main member Brian Warren's mental health issues. It seemed like things were looking better when Weatherbox announced a tour with Finch and Maps & Atlases, which is set to kick off later this month, but now they've unfortunately had to drop off this one too. The band writes on Facebook:
Friends,Bummer to hear. Get well soon Brian!
It's with a heavy heart that we must announce that we're pulling off the Finch/Maps & Atlases tour. For us it's a double-edged sword because the only way we could have possibly been kept from this tour is health and unfortunately that's still the issue we face. Brian has been in and out of facilities since we returned in early August and unfortunately the symptoms he encountered back on tour continue to plague him.
We'd like to extend a huge apology to Finch, Maps & Atlases, all the fans and promoters, and anyone else affected by our cancellation. We believe more that anyone that the show must go on, but we simply cannot tour until Brian can be stabilized.
We'd like to thank Triple Crown Records for their continued support and we're vowing now that the 'Box will be back in action in 2015!
The tour is still happening without them and hitting NYC on October 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.
In related news, earlier this week we posted a new song by Future Crooks, a band featuring Brian Warren on guitar.
by Bill Pearis
London trio Flowers released their debut album, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, this week (9/9) via Kanine. Produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, it's delicate, pretty indiepop not a million miles away from The Sundays or the first Cranberries album. The record's many charms make take a few listens to blossom but definitely reward with time. You can check out the video for single "Joanna" and stream the whole album via Rdio below.
Tue 10/21 @ Cake ShopThe Kanine party at BKNB is with Frankie Cosmos, Beverly, fellow UK band Only Real and Ireland's September Girls. That show is free. Details on the other CMJ showcases and parties they're playing are still TBA. Before CMJ they'll be on a UK tour with Kanine labelmates Fear of Men. All dates are listed, along with video and streams, below...
Wed 10/22 @ Pianos (Kanine Records CMJ Party)
Wed 10/22 @ The Delancey (SESAC CMJ Party)
Wed 10/22 @ Cake Shop (Terrorbird CMJ Party)
Thu 10/23 @ Knitting Factory (Dr. Martins Party CMJ Party)
Fri 10/24 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (Kanine Records CMJ Party)
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Alt-J @ Rough Trade - 9/4/14
Alt-J continued the pre-release celebration of their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours, last Thursday (9/4) at Rough Trade after a Le Poisson Rouge show (pics) earlier that week. A set of pictures of the Rough Trade show, including a couple of opening DJ NSR, are in this post.
The band also performed live on Revolt TV this past Monday (9/8), debuting a somber piano-led cut from the new album, "Warm Foothills." You can watch the video of that performance, with more pics from Rough Trade, below...