October 16, 2014
La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
La Femme, Ejecta, Charly Bliss, Tiny Leg @ Le Poisson Rouge
France's finest motorik synthy surf band return to NYC. La Femme are a lot of fun -- you might see crowd surfing atop a keyboard -- and the undercard, including Brooklyn synthpop act Ejecta, is well-chosen.
Flying Lotus, Thundercat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Flying Lotus has always had a little jazz in his IDM, but he fully embraces the genre on the just-released You're Dead!. His bass wizard collaborator Thundercat opens and will presumably be joining FlyLo during his set too. Things should get wacky.
Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks @ Starland Ballroom
As part of their quest to find missing leader Oderus, the galaxy's craziest band are in the NY area as part of their "Eternal Tour 2014" featuring new members Vulvatron and Blóthar. Expect typical Gwar mayhem. It's a killer evening all-around with Decapitated and beer-loving American Sharks opening. GWAR will be in NYC proper next month.
Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Tim Koh (DJ Set), Jesper Eklow @ Baby's All Right
Part Two of Mexican Summer's two-day celebration, tonight's sold-out show is pretty killer, with ethereal songstress Weyes Blood and terrific Boston band Quilt. Headliner Connan Mockasin is the wildcard, brining an anarchic glee to his live shows. Things could get nutty. Stick around later for a separate midnight set from "OctaHate" singer Ryn Weaver.
mewithoutyou, The Appleseed Cast, Hop Along @ Irving Plaza
This is an excellent triple bill, with Philly's mewithoutYou celebrating the 10th anniversary of their art rock/post-hardcore opus Catch For Us The Foxes, veteran emo-turned-post-rockers The Appleseed Cast, and one of Philly's best newer bands Hop Along.
Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Jhene Aiko, Redman, Method Man, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, Foxy Brown, Onyx, Jeremih @ Barclays Center (Def Jam 30th Anniversary)
Though Def Jam doesn't exactly have their heaviest hitters out to celebrate the label's 30th anniversary, there's still some cool stuff on this bill including a few veterans.
Rat Fist, Teenanger, The Abandos, Foster Care @ Death By Audio
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinnes, who make exactly the kind of racket you'd expect from a resume like that. Their first NYC show ever was this past June at DbA and tonight they return to the venue. Toronto's Teenanger, meanwhile, make sneering, searing garagepunk -- a good fit. As are the other openers (Foster Care are one of NYC's most underrated bands).
Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the premiere of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.
Il Sogno Del Marinaio (with Mike Watt), Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
Mike Watt's a busy man, having been in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges and more, and his current focus is his trio Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi.
Toddla T, Samo Sound Boy, Dre Skull, Jubilee @ Output
Samo Sound Boy's had a bit more success lately with his DJ Dodger Stadium duo with Jerome LOL, but tonight he's on his own to provide direct support to Ninja Tune's Toddla T for Output's weekly INPUT party.
The Twilight Sad, Christines @ Rough Trade
Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad reissued their 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters this year and tonight they'll be playing it in full live.
The Blues Magoos, The Cynz @ Bowery Electric
The Blues Magoos initially had a short career in the late '60s that produced a handful of influential psych/garage rock songs including their popular single "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" and their version of "Tobacco Road," which later appeared on the first Nuggets compilation. Now they've got a new album out and this is the release show.
Dope Body, Big Ups, Slonk Donkerson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Between Dope Body and Big Ups, there will be no lack of very loud, very distorted guitars at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight. Dope Body do it again at Palisades tomorrow with Rat Fist.
Xylouris & White, Bo Ningen @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings. Pretty interesting, as are openers Bo Ningen who are like a Chinese action fantasy as metal-prog band (but from Japan).
Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Signals Midwest, Lee Corey Oswald @ Asbury Lanes
Cheap Girls and Beach Slang are a great double bill of two newer bands who likely would've been all over rock radio 20 years ago. The tour hit NYC earlier this week and now it's nearby in NJ.
Homeboy Sandman, ScienZe, Cavalier, I Am Many @ Glasslands
Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman put out his fifth album, Hallways, this past September via Stones Throw, and tonight's his first NYC show since its release.
Royal Blood, Kan Wakan @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
UK rock duo Royal Blood's self-titled debut is one of 12 records up for this year's prestigious Mercury Prize with some prognosticators saying it's one of the frontrunners. Kinda sounds like run-of-the-mill rock to us but maybe you wanna see what all the fuss is about anyway.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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October 15, 2014
Cibo Matto @ Summerstage in July (more by Adele Loconte)
John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Wesley Stace, Cibo Matto, Satomi of Deerhoof and more will be participating in concerts happening in NYC this weekend to benefit and raise awareness for artists rights organization Content Creators Coalition. Specifically, here's what they are standing up for:
Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today's content creators. And the major tech players who sell ads to these websites make large-scale piracy possible. Artists have always been the ultimate free speech activists. That's why we're asking Google and other large tech corporations to stand with us and stop brokering ads to piracy sites. It's not about censorship. It's about making sure current and future generations of artists can continue to create.The first benefit happens on Saturday (10/18) at Roulette in Brooklyn and features John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi of Deerhoof, and more. Tickets are on sale.
Then on Sunday afternoon (10/19) at Le Poisson Rouge there's a rally featuring Rosanne Cash, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Wesley Stace, Marc Ribot, Marcus Rojas' Brass ensemble, Ava Mendoza and more TBA. That starts at 2 PM and is free.
Electronic wizard Daedelus released his newest album, The Light Brigade, on Brainfeeder at the tail end of September and he's been on tour in support of it. That tour lands in NYC this Saturday (10/18) at Villain with Spazzkid, who's on most dates. The show and a few others on the tour will also feature his Archimedes A/V show. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus' tour hits NYC tonight (10/15) for its first of two shows here.
All dates are listed, with a stream from the new LP, below...
Ezra Koenig w/ Vampire Weekend in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Some good and bad news regarding the ongoing UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival in NYC. Paul Simon, who was supposed to join Ladysmith Black Mambazo at their Carnegie Hall show this Saturday (10/18), has unfortunately dropped off. The show will otherwise go on as planned and tickets are still available.
On a brighter side, fellow African music lover Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Laura Mvula have been added to 'Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba' happening November 5 at Carnegie Hall, which closes the festival. That concert is led by Angélique Kidjo and also features Makeba's supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho, plus Vusi Mahlasela. TIckets for that one are on sale now.
CMJ is almost upon us, and one of the bigger shows early on in the week is the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/22 which is the first date of Reigning Sound's tour and also features Shonen Knife, White Fence, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and more (tickets). All of Reigning Sound's dates are listed, with a recent WFUV session video, below.
Reigning Sound singer Greg Cartwright is also a frequent contributor to garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras, who just announced a NYC show happening January 2 at Baby's All Right. Hopefully by then you'll have worn off your NYE hangover. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at 9 AM.
Detroit Cobras' Bloodshot labelmate Lydia Loveless will also be in NYC this Friday for the first performance in Richard Hell's new series at the Symphony Space.
List of Reigning Sound dates and that video, below...
Jonathan Toubin, who was just named Best Club DJ New York 2014 by The Village Voice, is taking his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party on the road again, intenterspersed with monthly NYC editions at Brooklyn Bowl on October 25, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 28 and March 28. This month's is a CMJ edition with Mac DeMarco as guest selector and a panel of indie rockers (TBA) as judges. Tickets for Soul Clap that (and November and December editions) are on sale now.
Mac DeMarco plays Terminal 5 next month with Connan Mockasin (who plays Baby's this week) and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who'll be here for CMJ). All Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap tour dates are listed below...
Compton rapper YG put out his well-received proper debut album, My Krazy Life, earlier this year, and he'll be heading back on tour in support of it soon. Most of the tour is co-headlining with A$AP Ferg, though unfortunately the closest it comes to NYC is on November 22 at Toad's Place in CT (tickets). However, during that tour YG will headline NYC without Ferg on November 17 at Best Buy Theater. That show is being opened by Nipsey Hussle. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video form My Krazy Life, below...
Weekend Nachos at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore and grind-oriented A389 Recordings have announced the first round of bands for their 11th annual Anniversary Bash, which takes place in Baltimore on January 15-17, 2015. Like in previous years, there are some exciting names booked so far including Haymaker, Weekend Nachos, Ilsa, Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, Pharaoh, Noisem, Sex Prisoner, Starkwather and Ampallang Infection. Many of these bands are on or associated with A389, and almost all of them, with the exception of Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, and Starkwather, played last year's event too. Stay tuned for more announcements, but in the meantime, this is reason enough to get excited.
Last year's A389 Anniversary Bash was co-sponsored by Invisible Oranges and included Systems Overload-era Integrity, Infest, Ringworm and more.
Along with Maryland Death Fest, the A389 Bash is one of at least two killer heavy festivals happening in Baltimore in 2015.
The Vaselines released their new album, V is for Vaselines, last week (10/7) which hears them continuing in their cheeky, fuzzpop style. If you haven't checked it out, you can watch the video for "High Tide Low Tide" and stream the whole thing via Spotify below.
Eugene, Frances and the rest of the band will be heading to North America in the new year for a tour, including NY on January 16 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with video and streams, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
King Diamond @ Best Buy Theater - 10/14/14
Watching King Diamond's band as a whole is such an amazing experience and they proved to be without a doubt one of the greatest metal bands around. In the past they just seemed to be great to me but on this night, they were unfuckingbelievable. King Diamond delivered such a solid, precise performance while not losing any kind of fluid feel or passion. Drummer Matt Thompson is without a doubt one of metal's greatest drummers and why he isn't more known in the metal world is something that is beyond me. We really need to work on that.Metal legend King Diamond kicked off his North American tour last week and made his way to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (10/14) with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The above review is from the tour's first night in Atlanta, and NYC got the same setlist which reached back to the early days of Mercyful Fate all the way up through the newest King Diamond album, 2007's GIve Me Your Soul...Please. King was in his usual black and white face makeup, and sang with his mic was mounted on a cross. The band was backed by light-up crosses, had two staircases on stage, and were caged in by bars for part of their set. Though King didn't have a new album to support on this tour, he has a best-of called Dreams of Horror coming out on November 11 via Metal Blade.
The guitar team of Andy LaRoque and Mike Wead have solidified themselves as one of my all-time favorite guitar teams as they ripped notes out of the fucking air and at times seemed to telepathically communicate with each other playing so precisely without stepping on each other. I also have to give props to King's lovely wife Livia Zita for doing an amazing job on backing vocals. What I loved so much about this is that in a time where bands are using pre-recorded tracks to duplicate doubled vocals, King Diamond chooses to recreate it live and I consider that way more effective and magical that coping out and using tracks.
King Diamond's setlist pulled from some his most iconic releases such as "Abagail", "Fatal Portrait", and "Them" but "Conspiracy" was the most popular draw boasting five songs including "At the Graves" which I considered to be the absolutely highlight of the night as I nearly threw my fucking back out thrashing around like a spastic child air guitaring and headbanging. No King Diamond show would be complete without a nod to his legendary past band Mercyful Fate and he did so with a one/two punch of "Evil" and the everlasting classic "Come to the Sabbath." I really loved hearing these songs and it reminded me just what a catalyst Mercyful Fate was for the greatness of King Diamond that we were seeing this very night. [The Great Southern Brainfart]
The tour continues in Worcester on Thursday (10/16) and hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest next month. Check out more pictures, videos and King Diamond's full setlist from last night, below...