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September 25, 2014

Pop All Star Band @ Pop Montreal 2014 (via jackpineco)
All Star Pop Group

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Doe Paoro opens for My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/25). Tickets for that show are still available.

Doe Paoro is now on the road with My Brightest Diamond, but recently finished a string of dates with Bon Iver's friends Sylvan Esso which started right after Doe opened for Bon Iver drummer S. Carey (and Califone) at Le Poisson Rouge. Doe released an EP called Ink on the Walls in April. It was produced at Bon Iver's studio by S. Carey and BJ Burton (who also produced Bon Iver's group Volcano Choir and Bon Iver/Gayngs related project Poli├ža). Note: Bon Iver, S. Carey, Gayngs, Polica, Sylvan Esso, Volcano Choir and Doe all share a management team (and a love for autotune). Doe is also playing CMJ.

S. Carey returns to NYC to open for American Football and Owen in October.

Volcano Choir have a new video for "Tiderays". Watch below.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver-esque NY, electro-singer-songwriter Elliot Moss (who also shares a manager with Bon Iver) just opened for Nada Surf at Rough Trade and has three more NYC shows scheduled in October: School Night at Brooklyn Bowl, CMJ at Rough Trade w/ Cold War Kids, and MHOW on 10/25 opening for Digitalism. One of his songs is embedded below.

Field Report, the project of Justin Vernon's old DeYarmond Edison bandmate Chris Porterfield, just shared the title track from his new album "Marigolden". Listen (via AV Club), below. Catch Field Report live on tour throughout the fall, starting at Bowery Electric in NYC on 9/30 (tickets). All dates are also listed again below.

Finally, we told you about the all star basketball game that was going down at Pop Montreal last week.That also resulted in a halftime show by the 'Pop All Star Band' - a "supergroup featuring Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture" (and A-Trak). They covered Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Watch the videos with all the other stuff below...

Continue reading "new Field Report, Doe Paoro tonight, Elliot Moss, Volcano Choir & other Bon Iver related news"

Digitalism

German electronic duo Digitalsm haven't had a new album since 2011's I Love You Dude, but returned this summer with new single "Wolves" which features Youngblood Hawke. You can watch the video for that, and stream remixes by Booka Shade (who's playing BEMF), Riton and RAC, below.

Digitalism will be heading to North America next month for a tour that hits NYC on October 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opener Elliot Moss (who's also playing other shows including CMJ with Cold War Kids). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with "Wolves" and remixes streams, below...

Continue reading "Digitalism released new single, touring (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Little Big League at BV-Northside 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LBL

Philly's Little Big League released their impressive debut LP These Are Good People last year on Tiny Engines, and they've since signed to Run for Cover (Tigers Jaw, Modern Baseball, Makthaverskan) who will release its followup, Tropical Jinx, on October 14. So far, two songs from that have been released, "Property Line" and the title track, both of which show they're still making high quality indie rock. Check them out below.

LBL have shows scheduled for this November, including NYC on November 5 at Shea Stadium with LVL UP, Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band) and one more TBA. They play Philly two days later. Check out their full tour schedule, with the new song streams, below...

Continue reading "Little Big League releasing a new LP on Run for Cover, playing shows w/ LVL UP (dates & streams)"

Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Atomic Bomb
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Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.

Peaking Lights, whose new album Cosmic Logic will be out October 7, will also be in NYC two days before that to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 (tickets).

Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...

Continue reading "Dead Prez, Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Alexis Taylor & more playing William Onyeabor tribute at Central Park fest"

B52s

New wave vets The B-52's stay active, usually hitting the NYC-area at least a couple times a year, and they've announced two shows around here happening in 2015. They'll play Long Island on January 30 at The Space at Westbury and Westchester on January 31 at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets for Westbury and the Cap go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon. It's their only two announced dates at the moment.

Watch a full set live video of the band from 2013, below...

Continue reading "The B-52's schedule 2015 shows (two in the NYC-area)"

by Andrew Sacher

Electric Wizard

Another stream out this week from one of the year's most anticipated metal albums (though an entirely different side of the spectrum from Blut Aus Nord) is the full LP stream of UK doom vets Electric Wizard's Time to Die, due 9/30 via Spinefarm Records. It follows 2010's Black Masses and about two decades of the band's expertly crafted doom, and it's a reminder that no one does it quite like Electric Wizard. The riffs are crushing, sharp and stick in your head, Jus Oborn still sounds distorted and demonic, and the interspersed clips of a news anchor linking teen death to "rock music associated with devil worship" shows they still have a sense of humor too. Stream the whole thing at NPR.

by Andrew Sacher

BAN

French black metal greats Blut Aus Nord recently announced they'd be concluding the Memoria Vetusta trilogy, started in 1996, on October 10 when they release Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry via Debemur Morti Productions. Its new single "Paien" is out now and it's 8 minutes of atmospheric black metal greatness that shifts from monstrous blast beats and screams to gorgeous borderline-post-rock. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Blut Aus Nord release "Paien" from new LP (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Joyce Manor

Certain corners of the internet punk community have been up in arms this week after Joyce Manor "shamed" a stage diver at their Jacksonville, FL show this past Sunday (9/21). Themusic.com.au described the incident, writing:

The "grown man" in question -- got up on stage during one of Joyce Manor's songs and proceeded to stage-dive onto a group of young fans, overwhelmingly described since as being no older than high-school-age. Johnson, noticing the commotion, abruptly stopped the song and pulled the diver up on stage.

"Hey man, how tall are you?" Johnson asked the stage-diver. "How much do you weigh, if you don't mind me asking?"

Upon being told he weighs about 190 pounds (86 kilograms), Johnson turns to a girl in the audience: "How much do you weigh? Sorry, that's really rude. You're much smaller than him, right? It's completely unacceptable for him to impose himself on top of you. Completely unacceptable, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable? OK."

They've also got a video of the whole thing going down which you can watch (starting at the 1:00 mark) below.

That happened only six days after we mentioned they singled someone out at their New York show for a similar thing. The NY Times has more on what he said at that one:

[Barry] Johnson, though, sensed something sinister happening. He asked: "Ever been watching a sensitive pop-punk band," and "get your head walked on?"

...He noticed a few bad actors. He recognized the type, he said: "hardcore guys with Morrissey haircuts" who think nothing of "using a teenage girl's face for leverage" to climb on top of the crowd. "I'm not about that," he added. Indeed, at least two young women retreated from the center of the crowd clutching body parts in pain, though they both merrily returned.

Midshow, one of the Morrissey-haircut guys climbed onstage for the second time, and Mr. Johnson motioned to a security guard at the side, who chased him down and forcibly removed him.

At Bowery Ballroom, he was met with cheers, but of course this is the type of thing that gets a lot of other people angry. Stuffyouwillhate.com called them "old men who don't understand the lifestyles of the youth." Idioteq.com wrote of the video of the Jacksonville incident, "No stage diving at punk rock shows?! Haha, you simply have to watch this video. Barry Johnson really embarassed himself with this cheesy move." Some people tweeted things like, "Seriously that infuriates me so fucking much Joyce Manor are a bunch of fucking pussies. Don't support them," or like, "Just saw a video of a kid getting thrown out cause he stage dived to Joyce manor. Fuck that band. Your supposed to encourage dives pussies," or like, "Lmao fuck Joyce manor, calling out a guy for stage diving." The Runout points to a screenshot of pop punk band American Verse posting, "Fuck these pussies. Stage dives forever."

Joyce Manor defended their stance though, tweeting:

Seeing a lot of people online saying I'm a "pussy" and a "bitch" for calling out that grown man trying to crush a group of teenage girls. So far on this tour I've seen a girl with a black eye, a girl with a concussion, and a girl with a dislocated knee. Great way to make young women feel safe at a show when the rest of the fucking world is hostile towards them already. I love a crazy show as much as any1 else I just don't think any1 should have to go 2 the hospital cuz of sum idiot w a tank top & Moz hair.
Barry also added later on, "Not sayin every1 who stage dives is an asshole. Ppl been gettin hurt & maybe we should cool it? Myself included," along with a picture of himself stage diving with his guitar. Other bands took to Twitter to voice their support for them, including Balance & Composure, Candy Hearts, The Sidekicks, Code Orange, Spraynard and Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm.

Placeholder's Brandon Gepfer wrote his own response on The Runout, saying:

I get that some people want to have fun, and I've been stage diving since 2006. I used to go to the Wonder Years' shows, too. It's totally cool. The line gets drawn, however, when the performer says that it isn't cool. Why is it so confusing, rather; why is it so outrageous to listen? At the end of the day, you are an attendant at a show and you made the decision to support a band. However, there are a number of people, including bands that call Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor a 'pussy' and say that's not 'punk rock.' You know what's not punk rock? A disrespectful teenager calling someone a 'pussy' because you disagree with their view point.

This highlights the actual problem in punk rock. The attendees of the show think that they are owed something because they have an opinion. A lot of people got into punk rock because they were made fun of. I was called a 'pussy' from fifth grade all the way up until right now because of the opinions I hold, you know that simple opinion called equality. I hate the bro aspect of pop-punk and how these dorks infiltrated punk rock. The same type of people that beat me up as a kid listen to hardcore and punk rock now. They come to shows and hit people (not even dancing, just pushing each other for the hell of it), they jump off the stage literally every three minutes because I guess that's how they express themselves, I don't know.

Read the full, very interesting thing here.

The band's gotten support from many others too. Rookie Mag/Pitchfork Review editor Jessica Hopper tweeted, "THANK YOU @JoyceManor for respecting the rights and safety of show going teenage girl fans." Pitchfork's Ian Cohen tweeted, "@JoyceManor stays being the best." AltPress' Scott Heisel tweeted, "I stand with @JoyceManor on this one. Stage-diving = inconsiderate, selfish and potentially harmful. That's not punk." And plenty of others on Twitter expressed favorable opinions like "Thank you @JoyceManor Girls to the front!," and "Bless Joyce Manor's tweets right now. Fuck those huge dudes that stage dive & crush everyone in the crowd, especially tiny girls," and "Major respect to @JoyceManor, i was the one at fault for not giving a 200lb sweaty dude a boost up on my shoulders so he could crowdsurf."

People getting overly and unnecessarily rowdy and violent at punk shows has been happening since at least the '80s -- most people reading this probably know Fugazi is famous for taking a stand against it -- and of course this is part of why people feel confident refuting Joyce Manor by saying something along the lines of "that's just what happens at punk shows." But just because it's gone on for over two decades doesn't mean it's wrong to still take a stand against it. In 2011 I saw Screaming Females ask their crowd to calm down. After the crowd didn't listen and ended up breaking one of the band's drum stands, they walked off stage as at least one person sarcastically yelled "Fugazi!" at them. Earlier this year Titus Andronicus said something about it at a Brooklyn show and Joanna Gruesome did too. And it's not unrelated that Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex had to ask fans not to touch someone without consent, only for them to be made fun of much like Joyce Manor has been.

Watch the video of Joyce Manor's Jacksonville incident below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor take a stand against stage diving; the internet, Placeholder & other bands react"

Kamp!

Hailing from Wroclaw, Poland, electronic trio Kamp! make dance music steeped in '80s synthpop and '90s balearic. The band's new Baltimore EP was released by Cascine in August and you can stream the whole thing below.

Kamp! will be in NYC next month, playing Glasslands on October 12. Tickets are on sale now. No word on other tour dates.

EP stream below...

Continue reading "Polish trio Kamp! released an EP on Cascine (stream it), playing NYC in October"

"I don't know who you are @BreakMirrors but this 'Heigh Ho' album is some astounding stuff. #deeproots" - Marc Maron

Fiona Apple w/ Blake Mills & band - 2 days ago (via tangoalphatango)
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple frequent-collaborator/guitarist/opener Blake Mills is currently out on his own headlining tour in support of his latest solo album Heigh Ho (Fiona also sings on two tracks). A press release describes his band for the tour as, "Rob Moose on violin, Stuart Johnson on drums, Tyler Chester on keys and Sebastian Steinberg on bass, among other frequent Mills collaborators." And they weren't lying. Frequent Mills collaborator Fiona Apple has been performing at the gigs. It happened in Seattle, in Portland, and in Fiona and Blake's home state of California (in multiple cities).

The tour continues in St. Paul on Friday before hitting IL, MA, PA, DC and NYC for two sold out shows (at Le Poisson Rouge and Rough Trade). Will Fiona venture this far east? A "special guest" is confirmed for both nights.

Remaining tour dates are listed with some videos below...

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