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October 28, 2014

Stateless

Alex Zhang Hungtai will release the next Dirty Beaches album, Stateless, next week (11/4) via Zoo Music -- the followup to 2013's Drifters/Love is the Devil -- and he's now saying it will be his last for the project. He tweeted the following:

Hi guys thank you all for the support of STATELESS, its sad to say goodbye to DB, but rest assured NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015. this may not be a smart move & painful1 too, but in the long run I'll look back& be glad I moved on from Dirty Beaches. Thank you all x. RIP DIRTY BEACHES 2005-2014. Time to move on.
Bummer to hear but we look forward to whatever those new projects will be.

Stateless is an instrumental album, and it was recorded with Italian composer Vittorio Demarin on viola and mixed by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to one of its tracks below.

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Jessie Ware @ Webster Hall, 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
Jessie Ware

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

Jessie Ware @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Jessie Ware has come a long way since we first heard her featured on SBTRKT's first album. Her sophomore LP, Tough Love, is out now and sees her working with some bigger names (like Ed Sheeran) on some songs, but she keeps her more minimal pop vibes intact on others. Tonight is sold out.

Adrian Belew Power Trio, Saul Zonana @ Highline Ballroom
Robert Fripp's 2014 version of King Crimson (which doesn't include Adrian Belew) was here not long ago, but if you're a fan of the flavor Belew gave that band, you can get your fix tonight. His Power Trio has been dipping pretty heavily into the Crimson catalog lately.

No Devotion, Ricky Eat Acid, Black Clouds, Creepoid @ Glasslands
Since the breakup of Thursday, frontman Geoff Rickly has actually become more prolific. This year he's been focusing on two bands that he fronts, the post-hardcore wall of noise that is United Nations and the synth rock band he formed with the non-criminal members of Lostprophets, No Devotion. Tonight's No Devotion's first US show, and with good openers too.

Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar, Ecstatic Vision @ Saint Vitus
Doom masters Pallbearer released Foundations of Burden, their second album that's heavy with melancholic leads, redwood-thick riffs, and sorrowful singing. This is the first of two sold-out shows as part of their tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar.

Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper @ Madison Square Garden
Hair metal giants Motley Crüe are on a massive farewell tour -- they signed a contract saying they'd never tour again -- so if you're needing to rock out to "Dr. Feelgood," "Kickstart My Heart," "Home Sweet Home" and more you're running out of chances. Needless to say, the Crüe are pulling out all the stops for this one. Fellow friend of the devil Alice Cooper opens.

Boots, Flan Emoji (DJ Set), DJ JR @ Baby's All RIght
Boots has been having a pretty busy year. He did a large amount of the production and co-writing on Beyonce's excellent self-titled album, he's got a tour with FKA twigs coming up, and he's on the new Run the Jewels album and will perform with them on Letterman this week. FIrst though, he plays his own show at Baby's tonight.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon. Tonight's the very last one.

Slothrust, The Teen Age @ Cameo
Jangly and grungy in equal parts, Slothrust released their most recent album Of Course You Do early this year (though it would've fit in perfect in 1995). This show, which is Halloween-related, is free with RSVP.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
The Irish singer released, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, earlier this year and begins her three-night run at City Winery this evening.

The Memories, The Chickenhawks, Milk Dick, Jupiter Boys @ Death by Audio
Portland, OR duo of Erik Gage and Kyle Handley (who are both in White Fang too) write songs mainly about girls and getting high, the two pillars of rock n' roll -- though The Memories fall more on the lo-fi pop end of the spectrum. They'll play Cake Shop tomorrow as well.

Drowners, Boytoy, Sunflower Bean @ Rough Trade
Somewhere between The Strokes and The Libertines. NYC pretty boy rock band Drowners do write pretty catchy songs. Tonight's show is with the Breeders-y Boytoy and paisley poppers Sunflower Bean.

Wilco @ The Capitol Theatre
Though Jeff Tweedy and his son just released their terrific Tweedy album, the Wilco train rarely stops rolling, and tonight pulls into its first of three shows at The Cap'. It's a lovely room and tickets are still available.

Mozart's Sister, Salt Catherdral, My Body @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant (Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes), mixes mid-'90s dance and R&B influences, Thompson definitely brings her own strong personality. She's always been an engaging performer, so this is definitely worth checking out.

The Jayhawks @ Town Hall
Long-running Americana band The Jayhawks are coming up on their 30th anniversary, and just reissued their three post-Mark Olson albums -- 1997's Sound of Lies , 2000's Smile and 2003's Rainy Day Music.  That said, they still mix up the setlists pretty good -- expect a good assortment from throughout their career (and a couple Golden Smog songs too).

Misfits, Jasta @ Irving Plaza
This may not be the version of the Misfits you love the most, but if you're going to see it anytime, Halloween week would be it.

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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October 27, 2014

photos by Mimi Hong

Tompkins Square Dog Hallowen Costume Parade

Halloween is here again, and that means NYC's best parade. Grand Marshall Whoopi Goldberg will lead "hundreds of PUPPETS, 53 BANDS of Different Types of Music, DANCERS and ARTISTS, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation's most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!" The theme this year is "The Garden of Earthly Delights!":

Although one often associates Halloween with things Infernal, this year's Halloween Parade is headed to Paradise, or more specifically the Garden of Earthly Delights. Join us as we unearth the layers of Heironymous Bosch's timeless altarpiece, exploring the precarious borderland Garden between the primeval terrors of wilderness and the modern confines of civility.Is there an oasis, a point of respite between the ravaging wilds of nature and stifling constrictions of urban life? A garden is above all, a place of precarious balance - just enough nature to tie us to our primeval roots, yet not so much we might lose our way and fall prey to the dangers that lurk in the wilderness. It is a narrow borderland of green where one might be of nature without being fully in it. The great gardens of Europe often featured mazes of hedgerows, where visitors could experience the vicarious terror of becoming lost (literally "bewildered") while taking comfort from the confines of civilization that encircled them.

The beginning of humankind's transition to sedentary farming coincides with a mythological obsession with the Garden, as the dangerous uncertainty of our hunter-gatherer past gave way to ordered paths, sheltering walls, and sustaining bounties. The Tree of Life and the fruits of immortality are never found in the forest, jungle, or savannah, but rather in a cultivated Garden - whether Golden Apples tended by the Hesperides of the Greeks, or the Jade Emperor's Peaches of Immortality pilfered by Monkey King of Chinese Myth, or the Biblical Garden of Eden whose fruits bring knowledge even as they harken the end of innocence. Like Borges' Garden of the Forking Paths, it is a place of infinite possibilities and permutations contained within a finite and intimate space. Gardens are also places of forbidden delights and forgotten joys hidden away behind ivied walls and locked gates. The Secret Gardens of Hans Christian Andersen and Frances Hodgson Burnett remind us that the Garden evokes a return to childhood's fearless and ephemeral embrace of the world.

The New York Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where, for 40 years, wildness of a very rare variety has flourished within the high walls of New York's avenues. Halloween being a night of inversions, our "garden" is not a safe place where the "wild" is kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited in! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted's ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, paraders know they will be safe within the procession.

This year Parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant Garden, turning 6th Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms, and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life. All are invited to our workshops to help bring our not-so-secret, world-famous "garden" to life and celebrate our oasis of wildness that in the end (as Olmsted said) is what truly civilizes us.

MEANWHILE, the dog Halloween parade happened in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, and BrooklynVegan photographer Mimi Hong stopped by before she got to our CMJ showcase. Her constumed dog pictures continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang / Pity Sex / The Jazz June
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday

After our Saturday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right, we went right into the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Sport, who are in the US from France for just a few shows on their way to The Fest, started a little after 8 and were unfortunately forced to play as a 3-piece due to their other guitarist's hand injury. Even with the smaller setup though, Sport sounded great. Somewhere between a hardcore band and noodly emo, there's obvious influences on their sound but they really have a cool thing going on and never sound like one particular band. A small group of people up front were clearly familiar and knew every word, but it seemed like Sport won over even those who weren't. They were a great start to what would be an all around great night.

Cayetana followed. I hadn't seen them since they opened for The Menzingers before their album was out, and they were great then too, but Saturday's show was on another level. They were super tight, and considering Augusta Koch's lyrics are a huge part of their sound it was great to hear her voice cutting through the mix loud and clear. Up next were their Philly neighbors and Tiny Engines labelmates Beach Slang, who kept the good vibes going and inspired the biggest singalongs of the night. They played all seven full-band songs from their two EPs and even though it had only been 11 days since they last played them in NYC, it was refreshing all over again.

Pity Sex followed, and they've come a long way since they played our CMJ day party on the same stage almost exactly a year ago. Their debut album had been out for a few months at that point, but it's really picked up steam and this time the room was packed with people who clearly knew the songs. My personal highlight was that it was the first time they played the stripped-down Britty Drake-fronted "Hollow Body" at a full-band show, and like at Webster in August they included their spot-on cover of the PIxies' "Gigantic" which is always super fun.

The show wrapped with a set from The Jazz June, the one veteran band on the bill, but their set wasn't only nostalgia. They've got a new album coming in November (their first in 12 years) and the songs they played off that fit right in with the newer bands on the bill. Of course they included old favorites too, and in a year that's had no lack of reunions from the late '90s emo scene, it was great to hear The Jazz June's stuff holding up and played in great form too.

In between sets, Tom Mullen from Washed Up Emo spun golden era emo which inspired a few singalongs from the crowd up front. Thanks to Tom, all the bands, everyone at Baby's All Right and everyone who came out to the show. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

More pictures from the whole night, below...

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Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Chicago 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pitchfork

Pitchfork Paris begins this Thursday (10/30) and continues through Saturday (11/1), but if you won't be in Paris for it you can still stream many of its sets from the comfort of your own home. (Buy some croissants and it will be just like you were there!) You can watch sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Four Tet, Future Islands, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, the Notwist, Ought, Son Lux, Perfect Pussy, Jungle, D.D Dumbo, Kwamie Liv and possibly more TBA, in the video player below.

Stay tuned for Thursday, meanwhile check out the fest's schedule and a teaser video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Holly Miranda
Miranda

Holly Miranda no longer calls Brooklyn her home -- she splits her time between LA and Detroit these days -- but will be in NYC for the next month, starting this week (10/29), playing the next four Wednesdays at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 as a duo with Shivaree's Ambrosia Parsley. There will be special guests at the four Parsley y Miranda shows and look like this:

October 29: w/ Benjamin Biolay and Chris Maxwell
November 05 w/ Olivier Conan & Allyssa Lamb
November 12 w/ Nicole Atkins, Angela McCluskkey & Paul Cantelone
November 19 w/ TBA
Tickets for all four residency nights are on sale now. No word on how her new, Dave Sitek-produced album is progressing. Perhaps she'll fill us in at these shows.

While all the openers are pretty interesting, Francophiles should note that Benjamin Biolay is part of this Wednesday's residency. Biolay has been making records since the late '90s and sounds sort of like a modern day, indie-ish Serge Gainsbourg. You can stream all his records on Rdio (2005's L'Origine is a good place to start). It's the only show on his schedule, NYC or otherwise.

Flyer for this Wednesday's residency show below...

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Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doomriders

Nate Newton is a busy man. The Converge bassist has announced some shows with Doomriders, the band that he fronts, including NYC at Saint Vitus on December 5. They'll be joined by Black Black Black, Humanless and Mammal, and tickets for that show are on sale now. It's two days before they play what they're billing as their 10th Anniversary Show in Cambridge.

Before that they've got a Scandinavian tour with Louisville's fellow Deathwish signees Coliseum. Newton did double duty when Doomriders and Converge (who are touring with At the Gates) both played frontman Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Fest over the summer (which Coliseum also played).

Oh and did we forget Newton's third project? Old Man Gloom (with members of Cave in and Isis) have a new album called The Ape of God out on November 11 via Profound Lore. You've already heard "The Lash" from that album and they've since released "Predators" which you can stream below.

Oh and Newton is playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy album Pandemoniom, also out in November (11/4). Hopefully Newton will have time to tour with all 4 bands. You can watch a video for a track from that below.

Check out all dates for Doomriders, a stream of the new Old Man Gloom song, and a video of a full Doomriders' set from Berlin earlier this year, also below...

Continue reading "Doomriders celebrating 10th anniversary; Old Man Gloom have a new song; Cavalera Conspiracy have a new video"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Slowdive @ Terminal 5, 10/25/2014
Slowdive
Slowdive
Slowdive

MT: How did you choose the songs you wanted to play on the reunion tour?

Rachel Goswell: We did like a Twitter and Facebook thing to see what people wanted to hear, and we've rehearsed a few more songs for the American tour that we haven't played live before, so that's really exciting. There's kind of like the standard ones, it's interesting over the summer playing songs like "40 Days." Some of the members don't really like playing it because they don't think it sounds that good, but it always goes down really really well live. It's kind of having to adjust your own feelings on certain songs sometimes and chopping the set around. You want everyone to enjoy it, obviously. It's just kind of making sure the songs sound the best they can sound live, which is the most important thing for us. We're really excited about the visual aspect of the shows that we're going to do in North America because it's all so exciting, the things being sorted out by our lighting guy. - [Music Times]

Slowdive spent their original '90s run in relative obscurity but cast a long shadow, resulting in this year's reformation seeing them tour much bigger places than they ever did 20 years ago. In fact, Saturday's show at NYC's Terminal 5, also part of CMJ, was their biggest headlining show in their history. (Not counting giant festival gigs like Primavera Sound.) The place was absolutely packed -- five deep along the balconies -- and the band's oceanic sound fit T5's cavernous nature perfectly. While not the most exciting band to watch live, they came with a dazzling light show and you could always just close your eyes and let the sound wash over you. It was also a trip to watch the sea of people on the floor bobbing their heads in unison throughout the show. For those who didn't get enough (or didn't get to go), singer Rachel Goswell told the crowd "See you next year" before leaving the stage. The band will begin working on a new album in early 2015. Meanwhile, pictures and setlist from T5 are in this post.

Low were perfect openers for this show, similar in mood and their sparse, echoey sound also fit really well with T5's acoustics. Pictures from their set, and more from Slowdive, below...

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photo via Twitter
Corey Mitchell

Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, the metal/horror festival founded by Pantera/Down's Phil Anselmo and author Corey Mitchell, wrapped up over the weekend and we're now saddened to learn that Corey Mitchell has passed away earlier today. The fest posted on Facebook:

Thank you all for a fantastic weekend - it is, however, with a heavy heart that we here at Housecore Horror Film Festival must announce that our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning.

Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You damn sure know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.

MetalSucks (to which Corey has contributed over 150 articles) added that he "reportedly suffered the heart attack at Emo's, the festival's main venue, earlier today." Corey had also been working on Phil Ansemlo's autobiography. Rest in peace, Corey.

by Andrew Sacher

Aa

Earlier this year, Aa (Big A little a) returned with VoyAager, their first album since 2007. Now they've got a video for one of its tracks, "Koosh." The video was "inspired by Abel Gance's classic silent sensory overload Napoleon" and it fits the avant-synth track well. It makes its premiere in this post and can be watched below.

As discussed, Aa will also be part of Death by Audio's last-ever Halloween show. They play the "Haunted Mansion" section of the venue that will be set up special for this show with PC Worship's Justin Frye and Chat Logs. In the main room there will be sets from the re-active Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale. $10 gets you in and it goes til 3 AM.

Video below...

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