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July 28, 2014

Beastie Boys

We mentioned on Friday (7/25) that a Beastie Boys mural was being painted over the weekend at the LES corner of Ludrow and Rivington where the Paul's Boutique cover art was shot, in honor of that album's 25th anniversary. The mural's now finished, and SPIN points out that the artist behind it, Danielle Mastrion, has posted pictures to her instagram. That's the finished mural above. Check out a few more from the process, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

AGBPOL at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
AGBPOL

Topshelf Records has put out a handful of excellent releases over the past few years, and this year four of its bands will head out on Topshelf's first-ever label tour. The tour showcases how diverse the label is at the moment, with A Great Big Pile of Leaves who make chilled-out mathy indie pop not unlike Minus the Bear, Diamond Youth who have kind of a QOTSA-meets-Weezer thing going on, Prawn who do justice to Kinsella-style emo, and Field Mouse who mix shoegaze and '90s-style alt-pop. The tour was announced earlier this month, but more dates have since been added including a NYC show happening October 2 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

AGBPOL just played NYC when their tour with Braid hit MHOW (7/26) over the weekend. Prawn play here this weekend when their tour with Foxing and The Hotelier hits The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/2) (tickets).

All dates are listed, with streams of all four bands, below...

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UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Minus the Bear at Best Buy Theater in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
MtB

Minus the Bear will release Lost Loves on October 7 via Dangerbird Records which features b-sides, rarities and unreleased material from throughout their career. Check out the artwork and tracklist, with a few streams of the previously-released b-sides, below.

The band have a few festival appearances and one-offs coming up like a Converse Rubber Tracks show in Brazil with Brand New and LA's Sunset Strip Music Festival with Janes Addiction (performing Nothing's Shocking), Failure and more. They'll go a full tour this fall though, which hits NYC on October 15 at Saint Vitus and October 17 at Gramercy Theatre. Those show, and several others, will be opened by O'Brother. Tickets for Gramercy go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM, with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (7/29) at 10 AM. Check back here Tuesday morning for the password. Vitus tix will be on sale soon. There's also an ongoing VIP presale for most dates (Vitus isn't on there at the moment either).

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

All dates are listed, with streams and the LP info, below...

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The Horrors @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Horrors

Dear friends, family, supporters, deadly sworn enemies and others

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to reshuffle our US and European tours at the end of this year. We can only apologise to anyone who already has tickets to the dates affected - we hate cancelling shows but this situation was unavoidable. We'll be back on the road next year and make sure we return to all the places we missed on this run.

The Horrors x

The reshuffling of The Horrors' tours means postponing much of their fall North American tour with Moon Duo. West Coast dates are still happening, but the rest of the country will have to wait until later. Except NYC, that is: The Horrors' show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 has been canceled but the Stage 48 show, originally scheduled for November 4, will now happen on October 21. Tickets are still available, all previously purchased tickets will be honored, and refunds are available at point of purchase.

Updated Horrors tour dates are listed below...

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photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

The Wytches @ Glasslands 7/25/2014
The Wytches

After touring the West Coast with Cloud Nothings, UK trio The Wytches played their first NYC shows last week, playing Mercury Lounge on Thursday (7/25) and Glasslands on Friday with Montreal's HEAT and local duo Slavve. Photos from the Glasslands show are in this post. I swung by Mercury Lounge after Teenage Fanclub and was glad I did -- their mix of punk, stoner riffs and garage makes for a good live show. Those influences also add up, basically, to early Sub Pop grunge but The Wytches play with the kind of enthusiasm that's hard to fake. Their forthcoming record, Annabel Dream Reader (out 8/26 on Partisan), does a pretty good job at capturing that energy but do see them live if you get the chance.

I also caught HEAT on Saturday (7/26) at their free matinee show at Rough Trade. Crowd was sparse for their 2 PM set but they sounded good, sporting a variety of post Velvet Underground influences and a detached cool attitude (not a million miles from The Strokes). Original? No, but they do it well. Keep an eye out -- they'll be back for CMJ if not before. Pics from their Glasslands set, plus ones of Slavve and more of The Wytches, below...

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Spider Bags

As discussed, Spider Bags are releasing their fourth album and first for Merge, Frozen Letter, next week (8/5) and you can now stream it on NPR ahead of its release date. They also filmed a new live session (video by Andrew Johnson) for one of the album's singles, "Back With You Again in the World," a nice '60s-inspired garage rocker. That video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

The band's previously announced tour begins soon after the album's release, and brings them to NYC on August 19 at Union Pool with Las Rosas and The Rally. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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photos by Adela Loconte

Veruca Salt @ MHOW 7/25/2014
Veruca Salt
Veruca Salt

Towards the end of the evening, Louise confirmed that the band were in good spirits, telling the crowd "So, this great thing happened. Nina and I got over our shit." She also thanked us for selling out the show in 4 minutes (!), saying this was proof that we were the best New York audience. By the time the time came for their most notable hit "Seether", the crowed lost its mind, singing back every word, almost overtaking the band. Right before they played it, a guy next to me screamed "here it is, don't fight it!" He had no reason to be worried, every single body in the Bowery Ballroom lost their shit. - [We All Want Someone to Shout For]
The reactivated original lineup of Veruca Salt played their first NYC shows since the Clinton years last week, hitting Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (7/24, same night as their onetime DGC labelmates Teenage Fanclub were playing River Rocks), and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (7/25). In addition to new songs "It's Holy" and "Museum of Broken Relationships," the band delivered '90s faves like "Seether," "Number One Blind," "Shutterbug," and "Victrola." Setlist, pics and video of "Number One Blind" from the MHOW show are in this post.

Portland, OR band Battleme opened both NYC shows. Pics from their MHOW set, plus more of Veruca Salt, below...

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by Ian Chainey

Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
blackcobra

Deafening duo Black Cobra will be heading out on the road for a month long tour with fellow thick-tone rockers Lo-Pan. The tour gets rolling at the end of August and winds through places like Austin, Boston, and Chicago. On September 18, the two will roll into NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Kings Destroy and Godmaker are also on the bill. Tickets for Saint Vitus are available now. All dates are listed below.

Black Cobra have racked up the miles this year, including a short jaunt with the recently reformed Cutthroats 9. They'll also be working on their next full-length with a prospective release window of early 2015. Tourmates and brothers in heft Lo-Pan will be dropping their new album Colossus through stoner sanctuary Small Stone Recordings on October 7. NYC doomers Kings Destroy are riding the positive press wave of sophomore release A Time of Hunting which came out last year. Finally, sludgesters Godmaker have been bringing the riffs at dates like the recent Mortals record release show.

All dates are listed, with streams of all 4 bands on the Vitus show, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Cancers

Athens, GA's Cancers were in NYC for a show earlier this month with Iron Chic, Waxahatchee/Swearin' side project Great Thunder, and one of Mikey Erg's many bands Now People (maybe you caught it?). If you like any of those bands, you'll most likely dig Cancers too. '90s alternative rock is the biggest reference point here, and the fact that they got Nirvana/Mudhoney/Soundgarden producer Jack Endino to helm their upcoming debut record, Fatten the Leeches, couldn't be more appropriate. Their grungy guitars are more than a little inspired by those early Sub Pop bands, but singer Ella Kaspar takes an airier approach, more akin to the dream pop bands of that era. It's a good mix, as you can hear on new single "Moral Net" which premieres in this post. You can listen below, along with another LP cut, "Be Cool."

The record comes out on September 16 on CD and digital via the band's own Kandy Kane Records, and Dead Broke Rekerds (who recently put out the Crow Bait / Nona split) is releasing it on vinyl and cassette. Song streams below...

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photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Marinaccio

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.

After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.

Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.

Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.

Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

We also caught the Bad Seeds' tour in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. The day after Prospect Park, the tour hit NYC again at Hammerstein Ballroom. Pictures of that one are coming soon.

More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...

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