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July 22, 2014

Mutual Benefit at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Mutual Benefit

Mutual Benefit just wrapped up an appearance at Pitchfork Festival and a short tour with Wild Beasts that hit NYC's River Rocks series, and Jordan Lee & co. have now expanded their tour. They're already set to play NYC at Glasslands on Halloween which is not sold out, but they've now added a larger NYC happening sooner on September 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

The NYC show and a few others are with Baltimore's Soft Cat, whose many-membered chamber folk should appeal to fans of Mutual Benefit. You can stream their latest release, 2013's Lost No Labor, below. Other dates on the tour are with Ricky Eat Acid, Julie Byrne, and Suno Deko (who recently played Hundred Waters' fest and who are now streaming a new EP).

Full list of dates, with Soft Cat stream, below...

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Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew released his new solo album, Darlings, earlier this year, and has already come to the US to open Feist's solo tour and play a full band release show (with multiple Arts & Crafts musicians) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which happened after being postponed a few weeks in April. Now, he's announced a much longer North American tour which brings him back to NYC on September 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No word yet on what his live lineup will be like this time. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.

No openers announced for the MHOW show yet, but many dates are with J Mascis (who plays his own NYC show and also with Witch this week, 7/23). A few others are with Belle & Sebastian and one is with Thurston Moore. This month into August, Kevin's on a Canadian run with Modest Mouse (who have a few NYC-area dates after). All dates are listed, with a video from the new LP, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew announces tour, including dates w/ J Mascis, Belle & Sebastian and Thurston Moore"

Neutral Milk Hotel @ P4K Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
NMH

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

Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics.

Arto Lindsay, Zs, Bigyuki @ LPR
Downtown scene vet Arto Lindsay has long dabbled in tropical sounds so it should come as no surprise to see him playing this show as part of Brasil Summerfest.

FREEMAN (formerly Gene Ween) @ Mercury Lounge
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen. He celebrates the album's release tonight at this show.

Joyce Manor @ Rough Trade
Joyce Manor's new album is out today, and it combines the forceful punk of their debut with the more ambitious leanings of its followup, all without crossing the 20-minute mark. This is an early evening in-store (they go on at 7 PM and you have to purchase the album from Rough Trade to get in), so that plus their knack for short songs should give you plenty of time to catch another show afterwards.

Juicy J, Project Pat @ Terminal 5
Juicy J is a veteran of hip hop thanks to his time in Three 6 Mafia (remember, he been rich since the '90s), but he doesn't act like an elder statesman. The trap rap bangerz on last year's Stay Trippy are as fun and modern as many of today's younger stars.

PHOX, Trails and Ways @ Knitting Factory
Wisconsin indie pop outfit PHOX combine sunny melodies with folky arrangements (and honeyed, breathy vocals) for a sound as airy as a summer breeze. This is their first of two NYC shows this week.

Brody Dalle, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
Brody Dalle put out three records of solid grunge punk in the early 2000s with The Distillers. This year she's got our first solo album out, but from the looks of recent setlists she's been treating her crowds to plenty of material from her old band as well.

Lucero, The Vansaders @ Stone Pony
Country punks Lucero know how to have a rowdy, whiskey-fueled good time, but they also know how to pull your heartstrings with sad (and also whiskey-fueled) down-on-their-luck songs. They don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they play two nearby shows, this being the first.

Kiesza @ Santos Party House
The thumping house bass of Kiesza's hit "Hideaway" gets stuck in your head pretty quickly, and for us in New York, watching its video filmed on the streets of Williamsburg is about as fun as the song itself. Now you can see her live in New York tonight.

Electric Six @ Rocks Off Cruise
Electric Six are essentially a one-joke band -- off the charts ego/bravado/innuendo over danceable rock -- who've managed to milk it across 10 albums. Whether you had enough after "Danger! High Voltage!" or still dig the schtick, E6 are always a fun live show. Plus, this is on a boat.

RX Bandits, The Dear Hunter, From Indian Lakes @ Best Buy Theater
While RX Bandits seemed like they'd be done for a while there, they are actually fully back in action and have a new album out this year which is more of their punk/prog/reggae blend.

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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July 21, 2014

photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack, Milos Markicevic & Arielle Gordon

Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...

By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP

Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG

DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM

Perfect Pussy
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG

Deafheaven
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP

After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP

Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP

Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM

One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP

Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP

I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM

2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG

After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."

Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG

Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP

Day 1 pics are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics are HERE and HERE. More of day 3 below...

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Johnny Marr @ Webster Hall in February (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Johnny Marr will put out his second solo LP, Playland, on October 7 via Warner Brothers. This comes fairly quickly after Johnny's The Messenger last year. Says the former Smiths/The The/Modest Mouse/Cribs guitarist:

When 'The Messenger' came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.
No music has been shared yet, but the LP is up for pre-order now. Album art and tracklist are below...

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The 2014 World Cup is over but for those in NYC who want to keep some of it's locale's spirit can do so via the Brasil Summerfest which is currently underway and runs through July 26. Tonight (7/21) you have two chances to see singer Baby Do Brasil. She's playing a free after-work show at South Street Seaport and will later play The Blue Note (tickets). Then later tonight Tutu Morales and Francois K will DJ at Cielo (10 PM doors).

Tuesday (7/22) at Le Poisson Rouge it's the previously discussed Arto Lindsay show with Zs and Bigyuki (tickets). Also that day you can catch samba/reggae singer Rogê who plays a free show at Hudson Square Music & Wine Fest at City Winery.

The rest of the lineup includes DJ Sany Pitbul and MC Junior at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Thursday (7/24, free); and electronic act Baianasystem on Saturday (7/26) at Joe's Pub (tickets). Brasil Summerfest comes to a close with the Baile Funk Closing Party which happens Saturday at Glasslands with DJ Sany Pitbull, MC Junior, and Zuzuka Poderosa with Nego Mozambiqu (tickets).

All Brasil Summerfest shows are listed here.

Spoon

As you may know, Spoon's new album, They Want My Soul, is out on August 5. The band have dropped two new goodies from it today. The first was the music video for "Do You" which was directed by Hiro Murai. If the New Pornographers' "War on the East Coast" wasn't enough post-apocalyptic indie rock mayhem for you, this might do it for you.

The second is a harp-and-strings laden new track "Inside Out" which has a molten video edited by Mau Morgó. You can check that out below too.

Spoon will be in NYC soon for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10. Tickets are still available.

Videos below...

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Sustain Release

Sustain-Release is a new electronic festival coming to the Catskills this year from September 12-14 at Camp Lokta, a summer camp in Wurtsboro, NY. The lineup includes forward-thinking and experimental artists such as Blondes, Ital, Huerco S, Protect-U, Forma, Aurora Halal, Rrose, Person of Interest, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Clay Wilson, Xosar, MGUN, Antenes and more. Tickets ("limited to 500... strictly 4 the freaks") are on sale.

Full lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Courtship Ritual

Monica Salazar and Jared Olmsted are both from California but they met and formed Courtship Ritual here in Brooklyn. They describe themselves thusly:

Courtship Ritual are not a chillwave group, they are not a witch house group, they don't play EDM music and they don't play dubstep. Courtship Ritual are an original Post-Pop group of 2014, and their ditties are short, succinct and every one a potential swan song.
What do they sound like then? The most prominent components to these ears are Salazar's voice and Olmstead's liquid bass, giving Courtship Ritual a dark, mossy vibe. There's a little David J in there, maybe some early Eno or Japan, and they would make good openers for someone like Dum Dum Girls. The band's debut album, Pith, is out this week (7/22) on GODMODE (Shamir, Yvette). You can stream the whole album below.

Courtship Ritual have a couple NYC shows coming up. They play Palisades on July 31 with EULA, Pile, and Big Ups, and then they'll be back at Palisades on August 13 with Fasano, The Flag and Imperial Topaz.

Album stream and show flyers below...

Continue reading "Courtship Ritual releasing debut album on GODMODE, playing shows (dates, streams)"

clipping

Earlier today we posted that Shabazz Palaces' album is streaming and now we've got news on their Sub Pop labelmates/future tourmates clipping. After that tour brings both clipping. and Shabazz (as well as others like Body Count, Fishbone, Trash Talk and many more) to NYC for the free AfroPunk Fest (8/23-24), clipping. will play more dates including Hopscotch and another NYC show that same weekend on September 7 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Work Work" off clipping.'s new album, below...

Continue reading "clipping. expand tour, playing Glasslands after Afropunk and Hopscotch Fests (updated dates)"