May 15, 2015
photos by Maria Jose Govea / Red Bull; word by Bill Pearis
Pharmakon / Prurient / Genesis P-Orridge / Marshstepper
Nothing Changes, the weekly NYC late-night darkwave-noise-avant-etc party that usually happens at LES club Home Sweet Home, moved into fancier digs this week, a one-time-only special edition at Williamsburg danceclub Output on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy. This was RBMA's noise show for this year and featured a pretty stellar lineup, including Uniform, Pharmakon, Prurient, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Merzbow, and Marshstepper in the main room, and sets from Ron Morelli, Becka Diamond, JR Nelson & Ciarra Black, Jock Club, and Scott Mou in Output's Panther Room.
This was surely a different crowd for Output (my first time there), a place that doesn't normally have live music inside, but their famously killer/expensive soundsystem (which can be really loud without being painful) really gives this kind of droning/noise all-enveloping power. I got there right as Pharmakon had started her set. Having just come from watching a screening of the Twin Peaks season 2 finale, straight to seeing Pharmakon writhing on the floor, screaming over dissonant electronics and strobes, the line between where one ended and the other began was a little blurry. If the Black Lodge has a dance club, it'd probably be something like Nothing Changes.
Prurient's set, heavy on the sub-frequency drones, worked especially well with Output's soundsystem, which has the kind of bass you feel in your bones and could pulverize a kidney stone. While things kicked off around 10 PM, earlier than your average night at Nothing Changes, it went just as late and had this working man heading home around 1:15 AM...which was about 10 minutes into Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway's (Wolf Eyes) set which leaned more towards Throbbing Gristle than PTV. So I missed Merzbow and what looks to have been a very typically bizarre set for Marshstepper, entirely. But pictures from their sets, and everyone's in the main room, are in this post.
Pictures, by the way, are something not normally associated with Output, a club that strictly prohibits photography of any kind but let RBMA photographers do their thing. More of those below...
Courtney and Lana (photo via Scott Lipps Instagram)
Courtney and her band (Tad Kubler included) (via Courtney Love Instagram)
Courtney Love kicked off her tour with Lana Del Rey last week in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (where the above picture was taken). The tour was supposed to continue this past weekend in Dallas, but they had to cancel it after Courtney's opening set due to weather, which Lana issued an apology about. Fortunately, everything's been going well since, and the tour will continue on the West Coast this weekend into next.
Courtney's band for this tour includes guitarist Micko Larkin, drummer Scott Lips, bassist Jennie Vee (who you may have just seen opening for Manic Street Preachers), and pretty excitingly, The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler on guitar. Courtney's actually been playing all Hole songs on this tour (as long as we're counting Nobody's Daughter as a Hole album), as well as a few covers like Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, and Big Star. Check out videos of them playing "Doll Parts" and "Celebrity Skin" at the Houston show, as well as videos of LDR playing "Video Games," "Ultraviolence," and "Born To Die," at that one, below.
After the run with Courtney ends, LDR continues on the road with Grimes. No NYC dates, but Lana will be here for the Sunday of Governors Ball. We're giving away tickets to the Saturday, and there's still a few hours left to enter.
photo: Frank Turner at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Frank Turner recently announced a tour that includes a NYC show happening September 28 at Irving Plaza (a pretty small venue for him), which went on sale today and sold out very quickly. He since added a second show here happening September 29 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Wei Shi
Sanitgold / lip-synch battle @ MHOW 5/
Santigold didn't play any new material but covered a good portion of her discography (which amounts to two full-length studio albums - 2008's debut, Santogold, and 2012's Master of My Make-Believe). Every person in the place was lulled into dancing during the romping "Say Aha" as the shade-clad SGI ladies sporting their trademark poker faces seamlessly swapped their synchronized fist-pumping for a high-speed Irish step dance and Santi intermittently joined in without missing a beat. She played a sample of her M.I.A. collaboration "Get it Up," then launched into a thundering rendition of the rarely performed "My Superman." - [SPIN]Santigold played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (5/14), which was the latest in the free Steve Madden Presents series. It was Santi's first NYC show in about two years -- she has become a mother in the interim -- and while she didn't play any new material, she did tell the audience her new album is pretty much done. She ended the night by inviting six audience members to partake in a lip-synch battle to Santigold songs "Unstoppable" and "Lights Out." The winner got to perform "Creator" with Santi (who invited the crowd onstage) to finish the show. Pictures from the whole night, including one of the setlist and Va$htie's opening DJ set, are in this post.
BAM's annual summer R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon - 2 PM at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center from June 4 - August 6 (corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves in Brooklyn). All shows are free and open to the public. This year's lineup:
June 4: Bobby RushA more detailed schedule below...
June 11: Andra Day with special guest Kate Davis
June 18: Erica Campbell
June 25: Al B. Sure!
July 2: King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
July 9: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
July 16: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
July 23: The Jones Family Singers
July 30: Theo Croker
Aug 6: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff & friends (via Dave Lipsitz)
We're about a month and a half away from the four surviving Grateful Dead members' five 50th anniversary shows (two in California, three in Chicago), ahead of that all four of them appeared at yesterday's (5/14) Jerry Garcia tribute in Maryland, Dear Jerry. Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann all performed, and the latter three played together twice during the show: first for "Fire On The Mountain" with Jimmy Cliff, and then again for "Touch of Grey." Phil opened the show with the band Communion, playing "The Wheel > Uncle John's Band," "Standing On The Moon," and "Liberty."
Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen did the Dead's "Sugaree," Bill joined the Disco Biscuits for "Scarlet Begonias > I Know You Rider," and Bob joined Los Lobos for "Not Fade Away > Bertha." Jimmy Cliff also did his own song "The Harder They Come," which Jerry covered many times. The show ended with most of the nights' performers coming out for "Ripple." Check out videos and the full setlist below.
Today's the last day you can access the $50-discounted presale for the pay-per-view webcast of the Dead's Chicago shows. If you're in the NYC-area and looking to watch the broadcast with professional sound, tickets for the live simulcasts at Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at noon and 1 PM, respectively.
Dear Jerry videos and setlist below...
photo: Rooftop Films' Industry City location 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rooftop Films has now announced its full film schedule for its 2015 season which happens at various venues around the city. As mentioned, the opening night is May 29 at Industry City with "THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS." Tickets are on sale. For all Rooftop Films events, doors are at 8 PM, live music starts at 8:30, the film's at 9 PM and the afterparty is at 11 PM.
While none of the music portions have been announced yet, tickets are on sale for most events. Schedule with films and locations is listed below...
Bilal is playing Highline Ballroom on July 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets for the recently added Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at Bowery Ballroom with Teen Men go on sale today at noon. Tickets for night 1 are still available. These shows will have them playing their self-titled debut LP in full.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of Bad Brains are going to be in NYC this weekend for hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl, which they're playing with their band The Regulators which also includes John Joseph of Cro-Mags. Two weekends later, Daryl, Dr. Know and their drummer Earl Hudson will be in New York once again (though a bit further upstate), this time for Woodstock Sessions, a live recording session that's open to the public. Here's more:
Woodstock Sessions is honored to announce that Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson of seminal rock/reggae legends Bad Brains will participate in an in-studio recording experience on saturday, May 30, 2015 on the farm at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York.Also joining the Bad Brains at this session will be reggae singer Jesse Royal. Tickets (which are $248 with fees) are on sale now, and also get you "a limited edition event poster, designed specifically for the event, a t-shirt commemorating the day, 180g virgin vinyl of the album upon its release, specific thanks on the record, and a gourmet Caribbean feast with the band."
Come join the Bad Brains as they host a day long hardcore song building clinic and recording/performance session.
Eat & hang with the band in the evening and then return to the studio when they will record and perform for you the creation of their upcoming Woodstock Sessions release.
A once in a lifetime hardcore/rub-a-dub live recording mash up with the legends themselves.
You will be a part of the process as your energy is added to the live recording session.
Attendees will have the rare opportunity to be with these heroes in the studio as they create.
Onetime Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell is coming back to North America for a tour next month. Dates including a stop in NYC at Broooklyn's Good Room on June 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Hugh's most recent album is 2013's Totem & Taboo which you can stream, via Rdio, below...