August 22, 2014
Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.
The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.
Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.
In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.
All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...
by Bill Pearis
Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.
Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...
Flint, MI's Hawk & Son are putting out a new song 7-song album, ATK, on November 18 via Save Your Generation, the label that's put out other cool stuff from Flint like the split with The Swellers' Floor cover and that band's side project braidedveins. The new single, "Take It Easy On Me," sounds like the indie rock boom of the early '00s with some of the grittier late '90s alternative thrown in too. You can check it out below.
Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson does a lot of collaborating, in addition to his own records and playing on other peoples. One of his many projects is Oso Blanco, an avant garde quartet that also features trumpeter Nate Wooley, violinist C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core) & drummer Ryan Sawyer. You can check out video of Oso Blanco playing live at Union Pool back in 2011 below, and you can see them live in person Monday (8/25) at Baby's All Right. Also on the bill are Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Chelsea Light Moving) playing solo, and James Hoff. Tickets are on sale.
The Baby's All Right show is the day after Arcade Fire's three-night run at Barclays Center. Colin Played on Reflektor and has played live with them before... maybe he'll make an appearance at these shows? We shall see. The only other date on Colin's schedule is playing the Rewire Festival in the Netherlands in November.
Live video of Oso Blanco below..
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ally Newbold
Philly's Hightide Hotel haven't released an album since their 2010 debut, Nothing Was Missing, Except Me, and that will finally change this year, though unfortunately it will also be their last. The band will be breaking up after this, but not before putting out Naturally on September 30 via Count Your Lucky Stars (pre-order). Our first taste of the album is "Hello Cruel World," which premieres in this post. The '90s-style emo aesthetic of their debut is still the idea here, but there's increased production values (in a good way) and an overall fuller sound. It kind of sounds like The Progress meets The Get Up Kids. Listen below.
by Bill Pearis
Michael Hammond stays immersed in music. He's a sound designer, producer, and programmer, and is also label manager at New Amsterdam Records, the Brooklyn label that blurs the lines between modern composer and pop. Hammond also records for New Amsterdam under the guise of No Lands whose debut album, Negative Space, came out last month. While the record is ambient in nature, there's still a strong compositional element at its core, with flourishes of dreampop and R&B. It works for both active listening or, you know, spacing out. Check out the whole thing below.
No Lands is a quartet live -- with Jay Hammond, Anthony LaMarca, and Aaron Roche -- and will play a record-release party at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/24). Also on the bill are Lorna Dune and headliner DJ/Rupture. Tickets are on sale.
No Lands album stream below...
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan is going on another solo tour this year, including a December Northeast run with his backing back The Camaraderie, which includes Lucero and Social Distortion members. That tour hits NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Both Chuck solo and Hot Water Music play The Fest, and after that HWM will go on their 20th anniversary tour, hitting Fun Fun Fun Fest and other dates, but unfortunately not NYC. All HWM dates are listed below too.
Social Distortion are also touring, playing two NYC-area shows around their Riot Fests appearances. And Lucero just announced a special tour which includes 3-night stands in various cities with both acoustic and full-band sets. The NYC shows, happening at Bowery Ballroom from Nov. 3-5, go on sale today at noon.
Yelawolf is playing Gramercy Theatre on Decmber 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Blue Oyster Cult is playing The Space At Westbury on October 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Worriers, Arm Candy and Chandeli'ers are playing Death By Audio on September 2. No advance tickets.
Heaven's Gate, Raw McCartney, Milk Dick, Bodega Bay and Pill are playing Death By Audio on September 13. No advance tickets.
Shellshag, Crow Bait, Murmers, Pretty Pretty and Magnets are playing Death By Audio on September 27. No advance tickets.
There's a screening for the new Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, at Kauffmann Concert Hall on October 27, followed by a conversation with Alice himself led by Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis. Tickets for that event are on sale now.
Tickets for the Def Jam 30th Anniversary Concert at Barclays Center featuring Rick Ross, Warren G, EPMD, Method Man, Jeremih and many more go on sale today at noon.
Bear Hands are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Com Truise at Sasquatch in 2012 (more by Chris Graham & Rae Graham)
Com Truise, aka producer and designer Seth Haley, put out the hazy Wave 1 EP earlier in the year, and is currently working on a full-length. Before that he'll head out on an extensive tour with Paris/Berlin producer Rone, who put out an EP of his own back in April. That tour finishes up in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Com Truise dates are listed, along with a pair of videos from the producers, below...
Arcade Fire in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Arcade Fire, The Unicorns, Dan Deacon @ Barclays Center
Arcade Fire's massive Reflektor tour finally rolls into NYC tonight, for its first of three huge arena shows at Barclays Center. What New York-centric songs will they cover? What bobblehead celebrities will make an appearance? These shows are also doubly special because they're three of the VERY few reunion dates for fellow Canadian indie faves the Unicorns. And night three (Sunday) will be triply special with NYC punk legends Television.
X @ City Winery
LA legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over a four-night stand at City Winery. Tonight is their classic second album, Wild Gift. Sold out.
OFF!, Bad Antics, Gay Kiss @ Europa
Keith Morris' classic-hardcore-style supergroup OFF! are unfortunately without their regular drummer for this tour, but they didn't get just anybody to replace him. Dale Crover of the Melvins will be sitting behind the kit tonight, so this should be a cool one to catch.
Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachmann, Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile's band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. Catch some of that live tonight as he tours with the terrifically talented Kevin Morby (Babies, Woods) and by all means get their early for Weyes Blood.
TEEN, White Hinterland, VietNam, Bebe Panthere @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is headlined by the neo-R&B sounds of Brooklyn's TEEN.
Black Wine, Grand Pantry Men, Sore Saints, Brick Mower, Brett Davis, Tim Duffy @ Death by Audio
Black Wine's punky new album is out now on Don Giovanni and tonight's the release party with their labelmates Brick Mower, comedy from Brett Davis and Tim Duffy, and more.
Dead Gaze, Mystery Lights @ South Street Seaport
The penultimate Seaport Music Festival show of 2014 features Mississippi noise-pop band Dead Gaze whose most recent album, Brain Holiday, came out last year on FatCat. Opening are NYC's psych-garage rockers Mystery Lights.
The Clean, Roya @ Glasslands
Infinitely influential New Zealand legends The Clean just got their entire output released on one four-LP vinyl box via Merge and play their second of two sold-out NYC shows tonight. Opening is Roya which features Clean drummer (and Brooklyn resident) Hamish Kilgour on drums and Rahil of Habibi on lead vocals.
Kitty, Buckwheat Groats, AWKAFINA, Maxo, Swag Toof @ Palisades
If you like your rap with a sense of humor (and hey, who doesn't?), there's plenty of that here.
Mates of State, Mike Lawrence, Sheng Wang, Christie Young @ Pine Box Rock Shop
Mates of State have been putting out quality indie pop of the Barsuk/Polyvinyl variety (the labels they are/were signed to) for over a decade now, and though it's been three years since a new album, they'll have no lack of solid material at this free show.
RJD2 @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Hop aboard tonight's cruise and get a healthy helping of alt-hip hop beats from the man who's been behind Aesop Rock, Cage, Soul Position and plenty more.
The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
If you dig bands that toe the line between indie rock and punk, all four of the ones on this bill at Saint Vitus tonight do that and they do it well.
Baked, Porches, Celestial Shore, Bueno, Steve Hartlett @ Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium once again plays host to a fill full of quality DIY rock coming from four NYC regulars and a solo set from Ovlov's Steve Hartlett.
Beiju, ONWE, Bodega Bay, Babychange, Madam West @ Bowery Electric
It's no surprise to see an indie band with a little irony thrown it, but ONWE practically relies on it. It's catchy stuff either way.
Guided By Voices, Boogarins @ The Paramount
The ever-prolific Guided by Voices will play surely another marathon set tonight, boozy and riff-filled. Brazil's Boogarins are worth showing up early to catch.
Kristeen Young, Handjob Academy, Wildcat @ Union Pool
If you're not worrying about catching a cold from Kristeen Young (ask Morrissey), she plays tonight with clever/funny rap trio Handjob Academy.
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Vibe Lounge (Long Island)
Cymbals Eat Guitars make some serious rock music on their new album, LOSE, which expands upon their already-solid sound and includes some of their best songs yet. Tonight they're on Long Island. After this, five more NYC shows to go.
Earthless, The Shrine @ Mercury Lounge
Earthless are trusty providers riffs on riffs on riffs, and The Shrine may not offer the same kind of 14-minute epics, but they've got some shredders too.
Oddball Comedy Festival w. Bill Burr, Chris Hardwick, Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Brody Stevens @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
This year's traveling comedy cavalcade is a hard to pass up lineup, featuring Louis CK, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Burress, Sarah Silverman and more.
Kurtis Blow, Doug E Fresh, Rob Base, Melle Mel @ @ BB King Blues Club
It's a night of real old school rap at BB King's, headlined by Kurtis Blow whose first album came out in 1980.
Pete Swanson, Alberich, Vereker @ Baby's All Right
Pete Swanson once named an album Punk Authority, which is actually a very fitting title, but don't expect guitars at Baby's tonight. It's gonna be noise-fueled electronics all the way.
Jordan Carlos, Kyle Grooms, Hadiyah Robinson, Mike Recine, Eli Yudin, Jason Saenz @ Union Hall
The Brooklyn Comedy Fest continues tonight with this special edition of "Cheap Date," featuring free snacks, sketches, amazing prizes... and notable comedians.
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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