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April 15, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Hysterics

Olympia's Hysterics have been circulating the blogosphere for some time now, and for good reason. Their most recent EP, Can't I Live?, is an excellent six-track collection that evokes the best moments of early hardcore but doesn't feel regressive. My personal favorite song on it might be the closing track, "No Vision," which has a similar sense of urgency (and similar guitar riffs) to Nervous Breakdown-era Black Flag, but actually sounds angrier.
I wrote the above about Olympia punks Hysterics when we highlighted them recently and mentioned they had TBA shows planned. Those shows have now been announced. The band will play a few dates in their home state this month, and then before a European tour they'll hit NYC on May 2 at 538 Johnson with Exit Order (who just won us over at their show with Priests), New Crime and Sorrows; and May 3 at Death by Audio with Ajax (mems of Creem, Nuclear Spring) and God Mode (not to be confused with the record label).

All of their dates are listed, with a stream of the Can't I Live? EP, below...

Continue reading "Hysterics touring, playing 2 NYC shows, one w/ Exit Order"

Courtney Barnett @ Coachella 2014 (photo by Sarah Polly Parker)
Courtney Barnett

Australian psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett finally gave her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, a US release today (4/15) via Mom + Pop. She's currently in the US for Coachella, which she played this past weekend and will play again this coming weekend, and she's also got a few other dates here surrounding the festival. After it ends, she'll play a Connecticut show on 4/22 and then hit NYC's Other Music on April 23 for an in-store to celebrate the US release of her album. The only way to gain entry to that show is to order the album from Other Music, and space is very limited.

Courtney will be back in North America for a full tour later in the year which includes NYC shows happening on June 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (part of Northside Festival) and June 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are with Benjamin Booker, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Courtney also just debuted a new song, "Depreston," in her NPR Tiny Desk Concert which premiered this week. Not long before that, she covered The Lemonheads' "Bein' Around" during an acoustic session at the Brooklyn waterfront. You can videos of both of those, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett debuted a new song, covered Lemonheads, playing Other Music after Coachella (updated dates, videos)"

Daniel Rossen in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Daniel Rossen

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

Daniel Rossen, William Tyler @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles singer/guitarist Daniel Rossen put out his solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile back in 2012, and he's now on his first-ever solo tour which ends tonight in his hometown. Opening is Merge-signed avant-guitarist William Tyler, who has played in Lambchop and Silver Jews.

Hamilton Leithauser @ Joe's Pub (early and late)
Of all the Walkmen's members side projects, frontman Hamilton Leithauser's not surprisingly seems to be the one with the widest appeal. We'll have to wait until June 3 to hear his debut solo album, Black Hours, but this week he'll likely play much of it at his four Joe's Pub shows. The first two (7:30 PM & 9:30 PM) are tonight.

Rufus Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Town Hall
Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright is currently on the road supporting his new best-of compilation, and tonight he'll bring those career-spanning favorites to NYC's Town Hall.

Pharoahe Monch @ SOB's
One half of Organized Konfusion, Pharoahe Monch releases his fourth solo album PTSD today and celebrates at SOB's. If you haven't listened to the album yet, you can do so by streaming it below.

Spirit Caravan, Pilgrim, Bezoar, Polygamyst @ Saint Vitus
Spirit Caravan is one of Scott "Wino" Weinrich's many bands, who are currently reunited and back on the road with Providence doomsters Pilgrim. Tonight they play Saint Vitus, the Brooklyn bar that partially takes its name from another Wino band, Saint Vitus.

Lonnie Holley, Arto Lindsay, Georgia @ Baby's All Right
Outsider artist Lonnie Holley has made fans out of (and since collaborated with) Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Black Lips' Cole Alexander. Tonight he returns to NYC for a show with no wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others), which should make for an excellent night. Lonnie will be joined by opener Georgia during his set, and maybe Arto will hop on stage too?

Kadavar, Sons of Huns @ Mercury Lounge
Germany's Kadavar throw back to the early days of hard rock/metal (think Sabbath, Blue Cheer, etc), and though reviving that stuff is more and more common these days, Kadavar do it well. Tonight's the second of two NYC shows on their current North American tour.

Juana Molina, Xenia Rubinos @ LPR
Argentine singer/songwriter Juana Molina is currently touring the US in support of her terrific 2013 Spanish-language folktronica LP Wed 21. Opening tonight is the NYC-based Xenia Rubinos, who also sings some (but not all) of her music in Spanish (she is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent).

Langhorne Slim, Osei Essed @ City Winery
Indie folk singer Langhorne Slim will slim down to solo-acoustic mode for tonight's City Winery show.

William Fitzsimmons, Leif Vollebekk @ Littlefield
Two singer/songwriters team up for this show at Littlefield tonight, including Illinois' William Fitzsimmons and Canada's Leif Vollebekk.

Martin Bisi, Black Valleys, Larkin Grimm, Parlour Walls @ Glasslands
Sonic Youth/Swans/etc producer Martin Bisi releases his new solo album, Ex Nihilo, today and it's as weird as you'd expect from him. He celebrates with this release show that includes a great bill of friends like White Hills side project Black Valleys (get it?), Larkin Grimm, and Eula side project Parlour Walls.

Yellowbirds, Landlady, Lone Wolf @ Shea Stadium
Prolific musician Adam Schatz is releasing a new album with his main project, Landlady, on July 15 via Hometapes. He recently released the album's newest single, "The Globe," which you can stream below. Tonight's show is part of his ongoing April residency at Shea.

Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Tonight Alive, Sleepwave @ Best Buy Theater
Taking Back Sunday have been back with the lineup who made Tell All Your Friends for a few years now, and just released their second album since reuniting (and third overall by this lineup). The new stuff may lack the fire that made TAYF so great, but at least tonight's another chance to see the old favorites by the lineup who recorded them. This is their first of three sold out shows at Best Buy Theater on this tour.

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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April 14, 2014

Eternal Summers (photo from their Facebook)
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As mentioned, this weekend's live entertainment at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is curated by Kanine Records, with Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day and Alvvays on Friday (4/18), and then No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, and Little Big League on Saturday (4/19). Those shows are free. A few of those bands -- FoM, Beverly, Beach Day and Eternal Summers --- feature on the Non Violent Femmes compilation that Kanine's putting out on Record Store Day (4/19).

After this weekend, some of the bands playing have other NYC shows lined up. Eternal Summers and Beverly will play Cake Shop on Monday, April 21 with Sapphire Mansions on the bill as well. Beverly, which has been up to this point just Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, will make their debut as a full band (which we hear may not include Frankie). Beverly's debut album, Careers, is out July 1 via Kanine. Watch a trailer for it below.

Fear of Men, meanwhile, will play a free show at Baby's All Right on April 23. It's an early show, doors at 7:30 and it'll be over by 10 PM. Openers TBA. Between this, BKNB and their Rough Trade #RSD14 appearance, that's three free chances to see them in NYC in the next week. Fear of Men's new album, Loom, is out April 22 via Kanine, and they'll soon be on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Flyer for the Kanine BK Night Bazaar nights and the Beverly album teaser below...

Continue reading "Eternal Summers & Beverly playing Cake shop after BK Night Bazaar; Fear of Men playing free show at Baby's All Right"

by Andrew Sacher

Venetian Snares

Canadian producer Aaron Funk's Venetian Snares project, under which he released 2005's modern-classical-meets-breakcore classic Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, has been pretty quiet for a couple years now. His last release was 2012's Fool the Detector EP and he hasn't released a full length since 2010's My So-Called Life (Aaron did release an album under the name Last Step in 2012 though). That will all change though on June 16, when he releases the newest Venetian Snares album, My Love Is A Bulldozer, via Planet Mu.

The album sees Venetian Snares incorporating the orchestral strings of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett once again, and he's also introduced jazz elements and the use of his own singing voice, which he doesn't normally do. You can listen to clips of each song and pre-order it over at Planet Mu's site. That's the amazing album artwork above, and the tracklist is below.

Venetian Snares will also be touring internationally this year, including a North American run in July which hits NYC for two shows. First he plays Glasslands on July 11 and then The Studio at Webster Hall on July 12. Tickets for Glasslands and Studio at Webster Hall are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the My Love Is A Bulldozer tracklist and a full stream of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, below...

Continue reading "Venetian Snares releasing a new album, touring (dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Behexen (photo via their Facebook)
Behexen

Sargeist and Behexen are two of the filthiest and best black metal bands out of Finland, and both are making it over to the US for dates surrounding the Martyrdoom Festival at Saint Vitus (6/27-7/1). You may notice that the tour dates, below, roughly line up --- the two bands are closely related and share a couple of members, including guitarist Shatraug. Though it's basically one tour, there are no dates where both bands play, though. If you're along the route, these are tours not to miss, as you may not get the chance to catch the two bands soon after.

Sargeist's excellent new album, Feeding the Crawling Shadows, recently came out --- stream a track below.

In related news, the noisy Philadelphia black metal crew Hexer were just added to Martyrdoom, and there have been a couple of other lineup shuffles in the past few weeks, so be sure to check out the current schedule below.

All dates, current Martyrdoom schedule, and stream below...

Continue reading "Finnish bands Sargeist and Behexen touring U.S. in July; Martyrdoom Fest adds Hexer, released daily schedule"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

James Vincent McMorrow @ MHOW - 4/11/14
James Vincent McMorrow

McMorrow garnered the best response from Cavalier, which fuses his gloomy folk-mindedness with lethargic, hip-hop undertones. When McMorrow's crackling alto reaches the utmost limits of his vocal range with lyrics, "I remember my first love," young girls fidget excitedly and grown men get teary-eyed. McMorrow is at his best when all other distractions are eliminated: the pyramid light fixtures, the laser projections, the supporting band. With nothing but a keyboard, he crooned out a blueprint rendition of the last track on Post Tropical, Outside, Digging. When he articulated the hard-sounding syllables, flecks of spit dance above his head like swirling dust motes in the spotlight. [CMJ]
Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow brought his North American tour to NYC for three shows, including Bowery Ballroom last Wednesday (4/9), Gigstock at The Green Space on Thursday, and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday. Like he's been doing on this tour, he split the sets pretty evenly between his Bon Iver-esque 2010 LP Early in the Morning and his Bon Iver & James Blake-esque 2014 LP Post Tropical. Opening the Bowery and MHOW shows was Canadian songwriter Aidan Knight. The above review is of the Bowery show and pictures from MHOW are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "James Vincent McMorrow played 3 NYC shows (pics from Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Aidan Knight)"

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Steely Dan

Steely Dan, who played seven nights at Beacon Theatre last fall, will be on the road for most of Summer 2014 on tour. The "Jamalot Ever After" tour, as they're apparently calling it, will hit the NY area for a few shows, including two night's at Huntington, NY's Paramount Theatre on September 13 & 14. They'll also play Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on September 3 & 4, Morristown, NJ's Mayo PAC on September 9 & 10, Ceasar's Atlantic City on September 12, and Wallingford, CT's Oakdale Theatre on September 16.

Tickets to the Paramount and Ceasar's Atlantic City go on sale Friday (4/18) at 10 AM with an AmEx and venue presale for the beginning Wednesday (4/16) at 10 AM. Tickets for Count Basie Theatre and Mayo PAC go on sale Friday at noon, and the Oakdale Theatre go on sale May 2 at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Steely Dan announce summer 2014 tour dates"

Lonnie Holley at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lonnie

Outsider artist Lonnie Holley, who we wrote about around the time of his shows with Deerhunter and Bill Callahan and who has made fans out of (and since collaborated with) Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Black Lips' Cole Alexander, will return to NYC for two shows this week. First, he plays a night show on Tuesday (4/15) at Baby's All Right with no wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others), and Georgia. Georgia also joins Lonnie for his set, and maybe Arto will too? Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then on Saturday (4/19) for Record Store Day he plays a 1 PM in-store at Other Music. The two NYC shows are Lonnie's only currently announced dates.

Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. Lonnie's set will be the one actual live performance this year though. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Pete Swanson, Matana Roberts and more. Full schedule is listed below.

Continue reading "Lonnie Holley playing shows, including Baby's w/ Arto Lindsay and Other Music Record Store Day in-store w/ many DJs"

Black Keys

Black Lips have been on tour since March in support of their new album Underneath the Rainbow (co-produced by Patrick Carney of fellow "black" band Black Keys). The leg with Natural Child kicks off in Richmond tonight (4/14) and hits NYC this week at Webster Hall on Thursday (4/17). Tickets for that show are still available, but we're also giving away a pair. Contest details and list of updated dates below.

Speaking of Black Keys, they just released the title track to their upcoming album, Turn Blue (whose artwork [above] happens to look a bit like Black Angels artwork). The record was produced by frequent collaborator Danger Mouse. The track premiered on Patrick Carney's SiriusXM show Serious Boredom, and you can stream it, along with with previous single "Fever" and the tracklist, below.

Black Lips and Black Angels also both play Austin Psych Fest.

Continue reading "Black Keys release new track (listen); Black Lips on tour (win tix to Webster Hall)"