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October 14, 2014

Bo Ningen @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Bo Ningen

Bo Ningen and Savages are old pals, with Jehnny Beth singing on "Nichijyou" from Bo's second album and then again on "CC" on this year's III. A video for that song, directed by Aephie Huimi Chen, has just been released. Whether it's the relentless pounding of the song, or the imagery of singer Taigen Kawabe wandering around in a cave, the countryside and a junkyard, it's pretty intense. Watch it below.

As mentioned, Bo Ningen will be in NYC for CMJ next week where they're playing five shows as of now, including the BrooklynVegan free day party on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right. The rest of the day show lineup will be revealed soon, and we'll also be at Baby's that night for our official CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex and more (tickets). Our Friday day party, with Protomartyr and more TBA, is at Baby's too. Here's all of Bo Ningen's CMJ shows:

Oct 21, 6pm - Tell All Your Friends PR showcase @ Baby's All Right
Oct 22, 12.10am - NME (headline) @ Glasslands
Oct 24, 11.30pm - The Deli magazine Showcase @ Pianos
Oct 25 (afternoon), Brooklyn Vegan Showcase @ Baby's All Right
Oct 25, 8.15pm - Austin Psychfest @ Rough Trade
Before CMJ, Bo Ningen will in NYC this weekend, playing Union Pool on Thursday (10/16) opening for Xylouris White. Tickets are on sale now.

Xylouris White
Xylouris White

Xylouris White is the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, is out today (10/14) via Other Music. The mix between Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings is pretty interesting. You can stream opening cut "Pulling the Bricks" (and a Rdio stream of the whole LP) below. The Union Pool show is part of Xylouris White's US tour (Bon Ningen also opens in Providence, RI) and all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Bo Ningen shares video w/ Savages' Jehnny Beth, playing BV CMJ day party & other shows after dates w/ Xylouris White"

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens w/ Jack White's band at GovBall 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Isaiah

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member Jack White's band who was also in The Mars Volta (2001-2009), the Long Beach Dub All Stars, led his own band Free Moral Agents and contributed to records by Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Mastodon, Saul Williams, El-P, Crystal Antlers and more, passed away in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. Jack's label Third Man Records posted the following:

It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.

Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.

Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.

We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.

Rest in peace, Isaiah. Watch a live video of Jack White's band below...

Continue reading "Isaiah Ikey Owens (Jack White's band, Mars Volta, more), RIP"

You know Basher, and Dancer...
The Basher

You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year on a North American tour, that includes two NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on December 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 20. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/15) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Christmas at the Airport," below...

Continue reading "Nick Lowe going on 'Quality Holiday' tour in December, including two NYC shows (dates)"

Greg Ginn (left) w/ Black Flag in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Greg Ginn

Greg Ginn, the only remaining original member of Black Flag, has been accused of child abuse by his ex-wife Marina Ginn, Consequence of Sound reports. Marina filed an affidavit in Williamson County Texas District Court on October 10th. Here are some excerpts:

Isadora Ginn and Karis Ginn live with my ex-husband in an industrial building that also serves as a place where he conducts business and his band rehearses. They have complained that his behavior has recently grown increasingly erratic, that he is routinely denying them food and threatening them, that he is increasingly abusing alcohol and drugs in front of them, and that they have witness confrontations and physical violence at the building where they live.

My daughters have complained that they are denied food in the mornings after doing strenuous, private baseball practice with a highly paid private coach, as well as performing labor such as cleaning and doing dishes in an industrial building with many employees. My children have told me they feel like they are going to pass out in the mornings because they are so hungry and their father yells at them saying, "quit being lazy".

...My ex-husband's behavior towards my daughters has become increasingly bizarre. My daughters are 10 and 7 and have voiced that they feel very uncomfortable when their father tells them "you're hot" and whistles at them. As a mother, I am very concerned for my daughters because my ex-husband's behavior has changed greatly. His drug use has increased and my daughters are voicing to me that they do not feel safe and don't want to return to his home. Their father ridicules them and tells them they are getting fat and need to lose weight and that their diets will have to be more strenuous.


...[My daughter] was taken to the emergency room on the night of October 7, 2014 and it was explained that her condition is stress and anxiety related. The doctors said my daughter could not be without the supervision of a parent due to her health, but I know their father will leave them unattended because of his drug and alcohol use and because of the length of time that he practices with his band.

You can read the full thing here. Marina's friend also launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her legal fees.

Black Flag recently cancelled the Brooklyn show that was supposed to take place earlier this month. They've also had other issues with both Ron Reyes leaving (after Greg allegedly threatened his family) and Dave Klein leaving within the past year.

Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Russian Circles

Post-metallers Russian Circles are going out on a short tour with their Cave In/Converge-related labelmates Mutoid Man this December. The Sargent House acts are playing shows in Cambridge, Philly and a Brooklyn stop on December 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale this Friday (10/17) at noon. Details on the Philly show are still TBA. UPDATE: Philly show announced and all dates are listed below.

Look forward to new tracks from Mutoid Man at these shows, they've got a new LP lined up for release next year. In case you missed it when it originally dropped, the band's stellar 2013 debut, Helium Head was just reissued through Sargent House. Russian Circles' last release was 2013's killer Memorial, and they're reissuing their 2006 debut Enter on November 25 (pre-order).

All dates are listed, with streams of Helium Head and Memorial, below...

Continue reading "Russian Circles playing 3 Northeast shows w/ Mutoid Man"

by Bill Pearis

Chocolat

Jimmy Hunt is well-known in Montreal and other Franco-speaking regions of Canada where his chanson-style folk, like on his 2010 self-titled solo debut, has made him quite popular. But he also plays more experimental music with his band Chocolat, who fall somewhere between Jacques Dutronc's garagey period and prog-psych. The band have toured the East Coast with Jay Reatard and have played Montreal shows with Black Lips. Chocolat's new album, Tss Tss, will be out next week (10/21) and is definitely more on the proggy side. While you might not understand the lyrics, the trip is universal. (Think Mercury Rev / Flaming Lips.) You can listen to the whole thing -- the album premieres in this post.

Chocolat are gearing up for a Canadian tour starting this weekend. No US shows, but all dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Montreal band Chocolat releasing new LP, 'Tss Tss' (stream it)"

by Bill Pearis

Avid Dancer

LA resident Jacob Summers makes music under the moniker Avid Dancer, with a sound that's got one foot in a David Lynch movie and the other on tour with Lou Reed in 1973. (Both require a leather jacket.) Avid Dancer releases his new EP, I Want To See You Dance, and we've got the premiere of its closing track, an acoustic demo of "Medication," which you can stream, along with the rockin' title cut and a few other songs, below. The EP is out October 21 via Grand Jury.

Avid Dancer will be on the East Coast next week for a few shows, including a couple in NYC during CMJ. Summers will play an 8 PM solo set at Rockwood Music Hall on October 23, and then dash around the corner to Mercury Lounge for a full-band 11 PM Avid Dancer set at Mercury Lounge which also features Heat, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully and Bee Caves. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on sale now, or you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.

All dates, including a run with Cold War Kids (not in NYC), are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Avid Dancer releasing new EP, touring with Cold War Kids, playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

Girlpool (photo by Alice Baxley)
Girlpool

As discussed, young LA duo Girlpool are going on a tour with Slutever which brings them to NYC for several shows right before and during CMJ. Since we last spoke, their schedule's been expanded and here's what it looks like now:

10/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio with Soupcans, Slutever, Pink Wash

10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn with Radiator Hospital, Allison Crutchfield (Swearin'), Slutever, Libbie 2000

10/22 - New York, NY @ Pianos with The Ocean Blue, Flowers, September Girls, PAWS, Splashh, Pinact, Happyness, Beach Day, Ultimate Painting, Spring King, Literature, Nai Harvest, Seoul

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery with Public Access TV, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio with White Reaper, Meatbodies, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman, LA Witch

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn with Small Wonder, Mitski, Sharpless, Leapling, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Flagland, Adult Mom, many more

10/24 - New York, NY @ Pianos with Wolvves, Glass Gang, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Baby Alpaca, Mothxr, The Yum Dee Days, Shilpa Ray, Waltz

After CMJ, Girlpool will join Jenny Lewis to open a few dates of her tour, including the sold-out NYC show on November 5 at Terminal 5 and the Long Island show on November 6 at The Space at Westbury (tickets). Updated Girlpool dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Girlpool's EP, which was out digitally earlier this year but taken down, will be out physically on November 18 via Wichita. Since we last spoke, they've made a second track, "Blah Blah Blah," available to stream. You can listen below. Girlpool and Slutever also just put out a split EP today which features Girlpool covering Slutever's "White Flag" and Slutever covering "Blah Blah Blah," plus a new track from each band. You can download that (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.

Continue reading "Girlpool released a split w/ Slutever, added more CMJ dates, touring w/ Jenny Lewis including T5 & Long Island"

La Femme in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
La Femme

La Femme start their fall North American tour this week, and will be in NYC on Thursday (10/16) at Le Poisson Rouge with Ejecta, Charly Bliss, and Tiny Leg. Tickets are still available and all dates are listed below. Their tour includes a stop at Burger Records' "Beach Goth" fest at Santa Ana, CA's Observatory with Foxygen, DIIV, The Drums and loads more. Burger will be giving La Femme's Psycho Tropical Berlin its first-ever cassette release on October 20.

Last month, La Femme played the 2014 Levitation Festival in Angers, France which is put on by the Austin Psych Fest folks. You can watch professional video of their whole set, which premieres in this post. Watch it below....

Continue reading "La Femme share Levitation Fest video, releasing 'Psycho Tropical Berlin' on cassette (via Burger); NYC show this week"

Ben Watt at Joe's Pub in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Ben Watt

Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt released his second solo album (first in 30 years) this year and played shows in NYC and LA to promote it. He'll be returning in December to hit more parts of the U.S., wrapping up his visit with another NYC show: Le Poisson Rouge on December 9 with Porcelain Raft. Tickets are on sale now. Note that, unlike his last visit, this is a solo tour. Bernard Butler will not be with him.

In other news Watt is releasing an EP featuring remixes of album cuts "Golden Ratio" and "Nathaniel" by Ewan Pearson and Charles Webster. That'll be out via Watt's Buzzin Fly label on November 17.

Porcelain Raft also has a sole CMJ date scheduled, the car2go/doNYC/FreeWilliamsburg showcase happening on October 25 at Cameo with Darkside's Dave Harrington Group, Excepter, Lydia Ainsworth and Buscabulla. The show is free with RSVP.

All Ben Watt tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ben Watt prepping remix EP, touring, playing NY w/ Porcelain Raft, who plays CMJ w/ Dave Harrington & Lydia Ainsworth"