April 20, 2015
photo: Tim Kinsella w/ Owls in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Tim Kinsella, who fronts (or fronted) Joan of Arc, Owls, Cap'n Jazz and more, has always stayed prolific (including his new position as Joyful Noise's 2015 Artist In Residence) and now he's getting ready to head out on his first solo tour in a while.
Tim comes to NYC on June 21 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon. The solo tour comes before he heads to the UK with Joan of Arc. All dates are listed below.
In (literally) related news, Tim's brother Mike's band American Football recently added more international dates to their reunion tour since we last spoke. Those are listed below.
Watch video of an older Tim Kinsella solo set, with the lists of dates, below...
Dresden Dolls / Kim Gordon / Howlin' Rain / Buzzcocks
Rough Trade NYC celebrated Record Store Day 2015 will an all-day party featuring live performances and signings. Among the highlights: the first Dresden Dolls show in NYC in five years; Sondre Lerche cut a record live to 78RPM lacquer; and Kim Gordon signed copies of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Buzzcocks, who played two NYC-area shows that week, stopped by to sign stuff too, plus there were live sets from Howlin' Rain, Ava Luna, Lee Bains III, Saun & Starr and Lord Raja. Pictures from Rough Trade's RSD15 events are in this post.
You could just walk into Rough Trade if you weren't shopping for Record Store Day exclusive releases. For those who were, there was a long line that, right before they opened on Saturday, stretched down and around Kent Ave up to N. 8th St. Apparently people were in line just after midnight on Friday. Madness!
Dresden Dolls' set was webcast live for supporters of Amanda's Patreon (an archived stream will be made available to everyone soon). More pics from Record Store Day at Rough Trade, below...
Cheap Girls in Chicago on RSD (photo by Zach Pollack)
Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls, who just celebrated Record Store Day in Chicago with an acoustic in-store at Saki (photo above), have a few shows happening after frontman Ian Graham's upcoming solo tour of Canada. Two of those are in their home state of Michigan, but first they play a free show in NYC.
You can also catch Soda Bomb in NYC sooner, when they play the Studio at Webster Hall (5/15) stop of the BrooklynVegan-presented Superheaven / Diamond Youth / Rozwell Kid tour. Tickets for that show are still available.
Cheap Girls' most recent album was last year's Famous Graves. Watch a video for that, with the tour dates and videos from the other two bands on the Brooklyn show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Pity Sex at BK Bazaar - 4/17/15 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Pity Sex headlined a free NYC show over the weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (4/17) with support from Foxes In Fiction, John Galm (playing as The Beds with backing by his Slow Warm Death bandmates), and Spirit of the Beehive. Pity Sex were great as ever, with a set pulling from their debut LP and recent split with Adventures (no new stuff yet, but apparently a new album is on the way), and John Galm/The Beds' noisy, Nirvana-ish set made the night even more solid. That's a pic of Pity Sex's set above.
Pity Sex have now been announced as one of the support acts for select dates on Ceremony's upcoming tour, including the NYC show happening July 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Almost all dates, including NYC, are also with Tony Molina, and Uniform are on the NYC show too. Tickets for Bowery are still available.
Updated dates are listed below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: TVOTR at Sound Fix (RIP) (via Facebook)
As mentioned, TV on the Radio are touring this year, and that tour has been expanded to include a third NYC-area show.
In addition to their Brooklyn show on May 20 at Kings Theatre with Bo Ningen, and their BrooklynVegan-presented NJ show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage with Pixies and John Grant, TVOTR and Bo Ningen will play a NYC show on May 21 at Terminal 5. Tickets for T5 go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon, and a BrooklynVegan presale starts Wednesday (4/22).
Check back here Wed morning for the presale password. Tickets for Kings and Stone Pony (same link) are still available.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Twin Shadow at Central Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Twin Shadow have released an official statement about the multi-vehicle accident outside Denver, CO on Friday that involved both of the band's tour busses:
Driving on Friday morning April 17th, Twin Shadow's tour bus hit a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Aurora, Colorado. The circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated.We wish everyone involved a speedy recovery. All dates, including his still-scheduled appearance at NYC's Governors Ball, are listed below.
There were 12 people on the tour bus consisting of band and crew. Everyone was taken to two local hospitals. At this time both driver John Crawford and Twin Shadow drummer Andy Bauer remain hospitalized, in serious condition. George Lewis Jr. AKA Twin Shadow will be undergoing reconstructive hand surgery this week.
While everyone involved in the accident recovers, Twin Shadow are postponing tour dates scheduled for April 21- May 22nd.
The band and crew send a heartfelt thanks to everyone in Colorado and beyond who have helped through this difficult time.
We will update you as we have more information.
Victor with his Les Paul
Victor Villarreal, of Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Joan of Arc and more, brought his solo tour New York over the weekend for a Record Store Day in-store at Rhino Records in Kingston on Saturday (4/18) and a NYC show at Leftfield on Sunday (4/19). Unfortunately, after the RSD in-store, he ran into some trouble. Victor writes on Facebook:
Dear New York queens sunnyside wood side area,Bummer. Hopefully he gets it back, and if you hear of anything his Facebook page is here.
Last night while loading into a friends house after a record store show, my Gibson (studio) les Paul seemed to have vanished. We're talking in a matter of like 4 minutes. If anyone in this area happens to see a used GLP studio wooden finish with black pick guard and black hardshell guitar case sitting in a pawn shop window or a local music store, would you please get in touch with me here (or on my band page). Thank you
Beth Israel @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Austin synth-punks Beth Israel have a new cassette EP, titled The Loaner, coming out May 5 via Dull Tools. Both sides are mini-suites that go from ambient to wham-bam slammers and back again. You can check out a section of Side B, titled "Love," which makes its premiere in this post, below.
Beth Israel, who played one of our 2014 SXSW parties, will be on tour soon, hitting NYC at the same time as Northside Festival. They're playing two shows: June 8 at Shea Stadium (lineup TBA), and June 11 at Silent Barn which is a Dull Tools showcase featuring Future Punx, Heaven's Gate and more. Neither are official Northside showcases, however.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
British comedian Noel Fielding, who you may know from The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Nevermind The Buzzcocks and lots more, will be bringing his new show, "An Evening With Noel Fielding," to NYC at the Theater For The New City from June 8 - 13. Tickets are on sale now. Noel, who performed with The Mighty Boosh in NYC back in 2009, says:
I'm thrilled to be finally coming to New York! When we (the Boosh) did Jack Black's festival the reaction was insane. I'm really excited and would love to play everywhere in America. It's a unique show and I think you crazy Americans would really dig it. xYou can also watch Noel announce the NYC run via a video below. He just finished an Australian tour, and here's a preview of what to expect via the Sydney Morning Herald:
Performing to a packed house at Hamer Hall, Fielding received a rock star welcome from the audience. They were always going to be on board (many appeared to have dressed up for the occasion) so it's pleasing to report that, over the course of two hours (plus interval) Fielding delivered.You can check out a short video shot during the Australian tour below as well.
To go into too much detail would spoil some of the delights of this show. Suffice to say that Fielding dispenses with the stand-up to move into much more absurd and surreal situations (with assistance from a couple of sidekicks) as the show goes on. The second half, which relies a bit more heavily on crowd work, even features a plot. From a show filled with surprises, that might be the biggest surprise of all.
The Orb will release their new album, Moonbuilding 2703 AD, June 23rd on Kompakt. Says founding Orb, Alex Patterson:
It's a solid piece of music that mutates into an eight legged lunar Land Rover and takes off into a cosmic horizon of a million sounds, patterns and textures. It spins the listener on his/her head, rewiring their brains to maximum capacity, then brings them home, sweet home. MOONBUILDING 2703 AD' is inspired by this place called earth and the idea that in the future mankind discovers its root element in the ancient rocks on solar moons, which are based on musical harmonies, that despite being imprinted a billion lights years ago, are set to the same tempo as the Orb.The LP features four lengthy cuts, and there's a deluxe edition that includes a tribute to J Dilla titled "Dilla's Moon Quake." No music from it has been released yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.
Folks on the western half of the United States can catch The Orb live in a couple weeks. (They played NYC last year.) Dates include an appearance at the Futher Future Festival which happens May 1-3 just outside of Las Vegas though organizers are in a last-minute scramble to find a new location after permits for the original spot were denied. The fest also has Hundred Waters, Lone, Tim Hecker, Com Truise and more on the schedule.
All dates for The Orb are listed below.