June 26, 2015
photos by Carly Hoskins
Creepoid / Ecstatic Vision
Two Philly bands, the shoegazy Creepoid and the heavy psych-rockin' Ecstatic Vision, have new albums out this month and celebrated together at NYC's Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (6/23). The albums in question were Cemetery Highrise Slum on Collect Records and Sonic Praise on Relapse, respectively. Both albums are currently streaming in full. You can listen to both below, and check out pictures of that Merc show in this post.
Creepoid were also going to play a Trans-Pecos show with Sick Feeling this Saturday (6/27), but that's been cancelled and there's a Uniform show that night instead. They'll return to NYC in July though for a Music Hall of Williamsburg show (7/24) with Emma Ruth Rundle's band Marriages. Tickets for that one are still available. The Philly band were also just announced for hometown festival Made In America with Beyonce, The Weeknd, and more.
More Merc pics and the album streams below...
A man who has an endless supply of irons for the fire, Damon Albarn has written the music for a new stage adaptation of Alice in Wonderland which will make its debut at the upcoming Manchester International Festival. (It's not his first stab at the theatre.) Titled wonder.land, it reimagines Lewis Carrol's classic fairytale as an online game where shy Alice escapes to from her unhappy life. Lyrics are by Moira Buffini and the production is directed by National Theatre's Rufus Norris. The musical will run at Manchester International Festival from June 29 - July 12, and will begin its London run in November. You can watch a trailer for it below.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Kevin Morby / Weyes Blood @ The Lexington, London, 6/17/2015
Kevin Morby just wrapped up a European tour with Weyes Blood, which hit The Lexington in London on June 17. We've got pictures from that show in this post. Having released his second solo album, Still Life, last year via Woodsist, Morby recently announced that he'd signed with Dead Oceans and his first album for the label will be out next year. Stay tuned.
Since we last posted, Kevin released a video for Still Life's "Parade" which was directed by Elise Tyler. The features Kevin hanging with his old Woods friends on a quiet day in NYC, going for Vietnamese food, and generally chilling out. Watch that, and check out more pics from his London show with Weyes Blood, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The last time I saw Conor Oberst in a live setting was at Radio City in 2011. Conor and his band (Bright Eyes) were in semi-formal attire, and the lavish venue was decked out with huge, elegant stage props. Fast forward to last night (6/25), and he's thrashing around Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium's tiny stage in a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. It was the first of two NYC release shows for his punk band Desaparecidos' great new album, Payola, their first since their 2002 debut and Conor's best work in at least a decade.
It's almost hard to imagine this is a guy who just last year released an album on Nonesuch with pedal steels and clarinets, considering how natural he looked rocking the fuck out last night. I'm only guessing here, but seeing the passion Conor had playing those songs, it seemed like revisiting his punk past is something he's been dying to do. And I mean, of all the "nostalgia tours" Conor could do, it's not even possible that this could be a cash grab or anything. If he wanted to do that, he'd play I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning in full or something. He wouldn't make a new Desaparecidos album. This is Conor making some of the most energized music of his career, and having a blast playing it.
It was a blast to watch too. The whole album had only been on the internet for ten days (though seven of the songs were around much longer), but this crowd came ready to yell along to every song. We got most, if not all, of the new record, and they sprinkled in a few off the debut too. There wasn't a dull moment.
Opening were Brooklyn staples and Conor's new friends, The So So Glos, who also appear on the new Desaparecidos album. Conor thanked them multiple times during his set, and also came out to sing on a song during theirs. I hadn't seen those guys in a while, but they're still killing it. Don't miss them when they open for Desaparecidos again on their tour which includes the larger NYC venue Webster Hall on August 6 (tickets).
Desaparecidos do it again tonight (6/26) at another intimate Brooklyn venue, Rough Trade. It's with The Bandroidz, who are also on that Webster bill. Sold out.
More pictures from Shea Stadium below...
Daughter are opening for Ben Howard at Radio City on September 28. Tickets are on sale now.
Houndmouth is playing Irving Plaza on September 25. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Chicago indie rock survivors Eleventh Dream Day will release their 13th album, Works For Tomorrow, on July 24th via Thrill Jockey. While they haven't shared a song from it yet, you can check out the cover art and tracklist below.
The band have a couple shows on their schedule: a hometown Chicago release show on 7/24 at The Hideout, and then one at NYC's Mercury Lounge on August 21 with old friends Anteitam, plus 75 Dollar Bill. Tickets are on sale now.
75 Dollar Bill, the NYC duo whose Wooden Bag EP came out early this year on Other Music Recording Co, play Sunday (6/28) at Trans-Pecos with Bill Orcutt and more.
photos by Mimi Hong
The Front Bottoms keep getting bigger, and this past Monday (6/22) they played what's now a small Brooklyn show for them at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It sold out very quickly, and was unsurprisingly packed to the gills with people going nuts. The band announced from the stage that they'll have a new album out this year on their new label home, Fueled By Ramen. It will feature recent singles "West Virginia" and "Cough It Out." If you haven't heard those yet, listen to both below. Pictures of the MHOW show, including openers GDP and Youngman Grand, are in this post.
The Front Bottoms have three more shows coming up as of this post. The first is Cooperstown with Brand New and Kevin Devine (tickets). They also play Bleachers' big Asbury Park show with Vic Mensa, How to Dress Well, Charli XCX, Cults & more (tix), and a free Philly show with their new labelmates... Panic! at the Disco. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
More pictures and videos of the new singles, below...
The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples. - Washington Post
Thank you Supreme Court!
We now have something even more to celebrate this week. Pride Week continues all weekend long here in NYC.
Riff Raff is playing Webster Hall on July 11. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.
Chris Gethard is doing two more of his Career Suicide shows at Union Hall on July 5 and 20. Tickets are on sale now.
Bonobo added two more dates to his ongoing DJ residency at Output on August 8 and November 12. Tickets are on sale now.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano is playing Le Poisson Rouge on July12. Tickets are on sale now
Rodrigo Amarante (of Little Joy) plays Rough Trade on July 25. Tickets are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Morrissey is currently in NYC, in good health and spirits, and stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night (6/25) to play "Kiss Me A Lot" from last year's World Peace is None of Your Business. You can watch that below.
All tour dates are listed, along with the Tonight Show video, below...