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November 20, 2015

photo: 108 at Death by Audio in 2011 (more by Jason House)

New York krishnacore greats 108 were formed in 1991 by Vic DiCara after the breakup of Inside Out (whose singer Zack De La Rocha formed some band called Rage Against the Machine) and throughout their many lineup changes they shared members with Quicksand, Texas Is The Reason, Jets To Brazil, Seaweed, Burn, and many more. They initially broke up in 1996 but got back together in the 2000s and released two new albums which proved they still had the fury of their early days.

108 last played NYC in 2011 and they've been pretty quiet since then, but now they posted on Facebook: "Awakening from a deep sleep for some select shows in 2016. Where must we visit?" That was followed by another teaser that reads "1:08 PM EST, 2015, 1124." Presumably we'll be getting more info at 1:08 PM on Tuesday, so stay tuned.

Stream their most recent album, 2010's 18.61 (on Deathwish), below...

Continue reading "108 teasing 2016 shows"

by Andrew Sacher


Tara Subkoff's new film #Horror, starring Chloe Sevigny & Natasha Lyonne, is out today. The music was done by EMA and her frequent collaborator Leif Shackelford, and EMA says the following:

Film work and scoring is fun for me because I get to make all this music that wouldn't necessarily fit on an EMA record. 'Amnesia Haze' is so pop, so cinematic. I get to kind of step out of myself and play the part.

We worked really closely with Tara (Subkoff) on the music. She definitely always had an opinion on what she liked and what she didn't. It was my first score, so I'm not sure if all composers end up spending weeks in a room with the director, but that's how we did it.

Leif (Shackelford) and I kind of ended up dividing the work, with him doing all the string parts and me writing the main themes. We were going for something modern that also recalled classic horror genre music. I love the eeriness of the vocal synth samples and I think it gives the score a very uncanny vibe that matches the themes of the film.

The soundtrack is out on December 11 but EMA's streaming the song "Amnesia Haze" now. If you liked the avant-pop of her last album The Future's Void, you're probably gonna like this too. Listen and watch the #Horror trailers below...

Continue reading "EMA releases "Amnesia Haze" off #Horror soundtrack (listen)"

CJ Ramone & band
CJ Ramone

Last year, CJ Ramone (a Ramone from 1989 to 1996) released the solo album Last Chance to Dance, which featured Adolescents and Social Distortion members, on Fat Wreck Chords. He's on tour again in support of it, and will be through December.

After hitting a bunch of European dates, CJ returns to NYC to play Grand Victory on December 19. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a couple song streams, below...

Continue reading "CJ Ramone touring, playing NYC in December (dates)"

Death Side Bet On The Possibility

First time i heard Death Side was some time during the mid '90s. My friend Gen sent me the Bet On The Possibility LP. Until then i had heard Japanese stuff like GISM, SOB, and Bastard. This was on another level though, and the album seemed to steamroll right over me leaving me with my jaw hanging open. The song writing, the vocals, Chelsea's incredible guitar playing... it all fit so perfectly. And just when i would think "Damn, that was the greatest song i've ever heard", the next song would kick in. This is one of those rare albums where every song just gets better and better right until the amazing epic closing track Crossfire, which veers off into Iron Maiden territory, with Chelsea pulling off incredible metallic riffs and leads like it was nothing. The guy truly was the Adrienne Smith of hardcore. RIP! [Blogged and Quartered]
Almost immediately after G.I.S.M. announced they'd play their first-ever non-Japan show, it was announced that Death Side will play NYC the same weekend. The show's set to happen April 16 at a TBA venue and it's their only North American show.

The Japanese hardcore band's initial run was from 1987 to 1994, and it produced (among other things) the great 1991 album Bet On The Possibility, referenced in the quote above. Stream that album in full, with the NYC show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Death Side playing North American one-off in NYC in 2016"

photo: James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)
James Blake

There's still absolutely no word on when that new James Blake album is coming, but meanwhile he's coming to North America in December for a few DJ dates. He hits Toronto, Michigan, and NYC.

The NYC show happens December 19 at Output with Airhead, Dan Foat and Mr Assistant. Tickets are on sale now. He also DJs London tonight (11/20). All dates are listed below.

While we wait on new music from James, he did just DJ a bunch of other people's music on BBC Radio 1. Listen to his show here, which included Joy Division, Juicy J, AFX, Young Thug, Travi$ Scott, Bullion, Earth Wind & Fire, and more.

Continue reading "James Blake going on DJ tour (dates)"


Hans Chew and Rhyton play Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/22). Tickets are available.

Tickets for the Joan Baez show at Beacon Theatre with special guests Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris & more go on local presale today at 9 AM (anyone know the password?).

Funk/jam band Lettuce, fresh off two nights at Playstation Theater, announced shows at Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Day and January 2. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Voivod and Vektor show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Saintseneca and Little Scream show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Lupe Fiasco show at Wellmont Theatre go on sale at 10 AM. Tickets for his Highline Ballroom show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mass Gothic show at Palisades go on sal at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Wolf Alice show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Metric show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Big Grams (aka Big Boi & Phantogram) show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Slick Rick show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Rob Crow (of Pinback) show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Muse show at Prudential Center go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for Barclays Center are on sale now.

Tickets for 2016's Firefly Festival go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ben Harper show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Porches, Alex G and Your Friend shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Joey Bada$$, Father, G Herbo, Smoke DZA and more at Playstation Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julia Holter show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Queers and Big wig show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Birthmark (Nate Kinsella's solo project) show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Baio show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Emily Wells show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Blood Orange matinee show at Apollo Theatre go on sale today at noon. The night show is sold out.

Tickets for the I Am The Avalanche and Timeshares show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julien Baker show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Eleanor Friedberger show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Haelos show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. Tickets for their Baby's show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Madeon and Skylar Spence show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Chrome Sparks plays Baby's All Right on February 12. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 1 PM.

Crocodiles play Grand Victory on December 5 with Scully and Cabana Kids. Tickets are on sale now.

The second annual Dave Harrington & friends holiday spectacular happens December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for the Ween reunion shows in Colorado go on sale today at 10 AM MT.

Tickets for the Neurosis 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco with Sleep and Shellac go on sale at noon PST.

Tickets for the newly-added Natalie Merchant show at Beacon Theatre go on sale Saturday at 11 AM. The first night is sold out.

photo: King Diamond at FFF 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
King Diamond

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

Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Irving Plaza
With the first ELO album in 15 years just out, Jeff Lynne is officially back in the Orchestra pit. They're promising a big world tour next year, but tonight some lucky folks are gonna get "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Mr. Blue Sky," "Showdown" "Livin' Thing" and other hits in a impossibly small (for ELO) venue.

King Diamond, Exodus @ Playstaton Theater
What would theatrical, high-voiced wailing metal be without King Diamond? Probably a lot worse. He's on night 2 of a three-night run at Best Buy Theater tonight playing his classic 1987 album, Abigail, in full. Thrash vets Exodus open.

Infest, Citizens Arrest, Suburbanite, Brain Slug @ Saint Vitus
Influential hardcore band Infest were initially around in the late '80s and early '90s, and helped pioneer what became known as powerviolence. Their first NYC shows ever happened last year, and this week they play two more. This is the first, and it's with the great Citizens Arrest.

together PANGEA, White Reaper, Surfbort @ Baby's All Right
A band known for crazy live shows and even crazier fans, California's together PANGEA should inspire mayhem at tonight's sold out show. (Baby's, you might as well just take down those acoustic ceiling tiles now.)vThe new wavey White Reaper are worth catching too.

Small Black, Painted Palms @ Baby's All Right
After Together PANGEA show: Brooklyn band Small Black just released their latest widescreen synthpop creation, Best Blues, via Jagjaguwar. This is their first of two nights at Baby's All Right.

Tall Juan, Sharkweek, LuxDeluxe, Manfred Kidd, Jordan Hull @ Arlene's Grocery
Lower East Side venue Arlene's Grocery is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend and we may not go there much these days but in a rapidly changing neighborhood, it's comforting to see some things haven't changed.

Hot Tuna @ Beacon Theatre
Jorma Kaukonen turns 75 next month, and he's celebrating that birthday with a two-night run of Hot Tuna shows at the Beacon. Tonight's show opens with Acoustic Hot Tuna and ends with a second set from Electric Hot Tuna.

Eternal Summers, Softspot, Little Racer, Monograms @ Cameo Gallery
It's the next-to-last night for N. 6th St. fixture Cameo Gallery and the early show is headlined by great Virginia indie rockers Eternal Summers.

The Juan Maclean (live), Evan Michael, Special Guest @ Cameo Gallery
The late show should be a real danceparty with the terrific live band version of The Juan Maclean.

Robyn Hitchcock @ City Winery (2 shows)
Robyn Hitchcock is the kind of performer that can entrance with a full band or just an acoustic guitar. Or less. He's always worth seeing and he continues to make great records, too.

Adele @ Joe's Pub
Adele made her US debut at this venue back in 2008. Now she's way bigger, so it'll be a real treat if you're one of the lucky ones who got in.

Dawn Landes @ Joe's Pub
Also at Joe's Pub tonight is singer/songwriter Dawn Landes, who very recently toured as a member of Sufjan Stevens' band.

Martin Courtney @ National Sawdust
Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney released his first solo album this year. If you liked the last Real Estate album you'll probably like this -- it's similar, but a bit folkier too.

Kode9, M.E.S.H., GENG @ Palisades
In addition to being the boss at the venerable Hyperdub label, Kode9 has been making influential dubstep for over a decade. He usually makes albums with The Spaceape, who sadly passed away, and his first solo album Nothing came out earlier this month.

Haybaby, Sharkmuffin, Dances, Melt @ Shea Stadium
Haybaby's debut album on Tiny Engines, Sleepy Kids, recalls the kind of indie rock that was coming out as the genre was slowly evolving out of punk. Tonight's the release show.

Blessed Thistle (Bob Bellerue), Sickness, Long Distant Poison @ The Acheron
To raise money for the Silent Barn (which is recovering from a fire), fellow Bushwick venue the Acheron throws a benefit tonight with noise musicians.

"Tinder Live!" w/ Lane Moore, Sondre Lerche, Danny Tamberelli, Mike Maronna, Amy O'Leary, Samhita Mukhopadhyay @ Bell House
Tinder Live is the "only comedy show exploring the crazy world of Tinder" and tonight's lineup of guests, including singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche and former Pete & Pete star Danny Tamberelli, makes it sound interesting.

Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen), Cutters, Gozer @ Grand Victory
Responsible for singing The Dead Milkmen's catchiest songs (most famously "Punk Rock Girl") Joe Jack Talcum headlines this show tonight that also features longrunning Brooklyn punks Gozer.

Doug Gillard, Honey Radar, MPHO @ Union Pool
This is a very solid lineup, featuring indie rock legend Doug Gillard and the sludgy, overdriven pop of Honey Radar.

Oneohtrix Point Never, Matt Werth of RVNG Intl (DJ) @ Villain
NYC musician Daniel Lopatin continues to craft forward thinking electronic music under his Oneohtrix Point Never moniker, as his new LP Garden of Delete (on Warp) helps prove. Tonight's show is part of Pitchfork and Blackened Music's Tinnitus series.

Zs, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Wume, Sunwatchers @ Palisades
Long-running NYC experimental band Zs returned with another great album, Xe, earlier this year on Northern Spy. Openers Cloud Becomes Your Hand are well-matched.

Daniel Martin Moore, Matt Sucich @ Mercury Lounge
Jim James collaborator Daniel Martin Moore teamed up with Jim once again for his new album, Golden Age, which came out last month. Tonight he brings his tour in support of it to NYC.

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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November 19, 2015

photo: EITS at Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Explosions in the Sky

Texas post rockers Explosions In The Sky haven't released a new album since 2011's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care but they did just release a trailer called "Explosions In The Sky 2016" which appears to contain just under a minute of new music, along with the message "we're coming out of hibernation." Is a new album on the way? Watch the trailer below.

They're also touring Europe in April. Those dates are listed below too...

Continue reading "Explosions In The Sky teasing new music for 2016"

photos by Mimi Hong

HudMo / The-Dream
Hudson Mohawke

After playing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Pitchfork Paris and more, Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke brought his tour to NYC's Webster Hall last night (11/18). He played a couple TNGHT songs, his remix of Gucci Mane's "Party Animal," and of course plenty of his own stuff. He played Philly a night earlier, and here's a review of that, via Oogeewoogee:

The Scottish producer/DJ emerged on stage surrounded by fog as a near seizure-inducing light show took place. The lazer-like red streams of light and loud pops of noise were attention grabbing to say the least. Mohawke, flanked by a keyboardist and midi drummer (both excellent), went straight into a nonstop energetic set, devoid of any vocals. The set covered solo material and cuts from his TNGHT project with Canadian producer Lunice, made the audience members who stuck around very happy they did so as they twisted and turned rhythmically to Mohawke and his two man band's sonic creations.
Like in Philly, R&B singer The-Dream opened and some local DJs kicked off the night (in NYC it was Nick Hook, Kitty Cash and Hiyawatha / Matt FX). We didn't get there until The-Dream went on, but more pictures of him and HudMo below...

Continue reading "Hudson Mohawke & The-Dream @ Webster Hall (pics)"

photo: Slick Rick at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Slick Rick

It's been a good day for old school hip hop heads, with that weird Chinese Tupac biopic and the Nas / Juicy J / Pimp C song off the posthumous Pimp C album, but it doesn't stop there. There are some good NYC shows coming up with veterans too:

Slick Rick plays his annual birthday show on January 15 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 10 AM. He also plays New Year's Eve in Deroit with Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane, and has other upcoming shows too.

Raekwon squeezes in a hometown one-off on December 17 at SOB's (tickets). The day before (12/16) at the same venue, Pharoahe Monch & friends will do the same (tickets).

Duck Down celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show on December 3 at BB King's that has Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Da Beatminerz and O.G.C.. Tickets for that stacked lineup are on sale now.

As previously mentioned, KRS-One and Naughty by Nature have shows soon too.

Watch some classic videos below...

Continue reading "Slick Rick, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, KRS-One, Duck Down 20th anniversary & more upcoming NYC rap shows"