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November 17, 2014

by Bill Pearis


Montreal trio Le Couleur take elements of disco, electro and francophone styles, add a bit of glitter and voila: an appealing, danceable sound. The group have a couple records out already, most recently 2013's Voyage Love, and will be back with a new EP, titled Dolce Desir, in February. (Pre-order it now.) The single from it, "Concerto Rock," is out this week and is a sleek little groover, part Giorgio Moroder, part Francoise Hardy. The video, directed by Ganesh Baron Aloir and Julien Manaud, makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

If you happen to be in Montreal this week for M for Montreal, you can catch Le Couleur there on Friday (11/21) at Club Lambi.

Continue reading "Le Couleur releasing new EP & single (watch a video)"

by Andrew Sacher


While one of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time AC/DC have faced some trouble after drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill someone (but then the charges were dropped), and they are currently without Malcom Young, they're still ready to get out their new album, Rock or Bust, on December 2 via Columbia. The title track is out now, and I'd believe you if you told me this was an unreleased b-side from 1980, which this far into their career is probably not a bad thing at all.

There's also a listening party for the new album in NYC on Tuesday (11/18) at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the new song below...

Continue reading "AC/DC streaming title track from 'Rock or Bust' LP (listen)"


Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo will celebrate his 64th birthday this January with two traditions -- his annual ACL Live show with an orchestra in his hometown of Austin and his residency at NYC's City Winery. For this year's residency, he'll be playing his first three solo albums full across three nights with 1992's Gravity on January 22, 1994's Thirteen Years on January 23 and 1996's With These Hands on January 24. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with streams from those albums, below...

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo touring, playing full LPs at NYC residency"

by Bill Pearis

Band Aid

It's Christmas time and there's no need to be afraid...unless you're scared of charity singles. Then maybe it is. Bob Geldof's Band Aid is 30 years old this year and to celebrate they've re-recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (co-written by Midge Ure) with a whole load of new pop stars, including Sam Smith, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Chris Martin, Jessie Ware, One Direction, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Seal and more. A few of the original's performers have returned for this one, including the recently-injured Bono, who finds himself in the exact same place in the song. With a bit of a lyrical rewrite. His line was easily the original's most infamous, horrible lyric, "tonight, thank god it's them instead of you" but he now sings "tonight we're reaching out and turn to you." Oh, that's better.

The song is available to buy on iTunes and proceeds go to help fight Ebola. Will we get Live Aid 30 in 2015? Stay tuned. The video for "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)" debuted on The X Factor and you can watch it, and check out the full list of performers, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
Year of no Light
Year of no Light

French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.

More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...

Continue reading "Year of No Light played their first 2 NYC shows at Saint Vitus (night 2 pics w/ Sannhet, Gnaw & Vilkacis)"

U2 at the Meadowlands in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)

An unfortunate event went down for Bono yesterday. His U2 bandmates posted the following:

It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.
Here's to a speedy recovery, Bono.

U2 released their controversial new album, Songs of Innocence, earlier this year.

New Pornographers @ The Brill Building this summer (more by Chris La Putt)
New Pornographers

Priests @ DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Coming off what might be the best album they've ever made, Brill Bruisers, Carl, Dan, Neko and the rest of the gang have been playing long, hit-filled sets on most of this tour which is opened by likeminded pop scholars TPOBPAH.

Future Punx, Priests, Downtown Boys, Pink Wash, B-Boys @ Death by Audio
Only six shows at DBA left, and this is the last one currently with a fully confirmed line-up. No surprise: it's a pretty killer bill headlined by Brooklyn new wavers Future Punx and DC's fiery Priests, plus two other Sister Polygon-turned-Don Giovanni bands, Downtown Boys and Pinkwash (mems Bleeding Rainbow, Hume), as well as B Boys.

Lucinda Williams @ Beacon Theater
Acclaimed roots singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams releases her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, earlier this year, which is also her first self-released album. That creative freedome lit a spark which has been apparent in her live performances too.

Forward, Long Knife, Green Beret, Night Birds @ Saint Vitus
It's night 2 of 2 for Forward in NYC tonight. These Japanese punks have been at it for years and any chance to catch them while they're in the US is one worth taking. Their tourmates Long Knife are no slouches either, and you also shouldn't miss Green Beret (mems Social Cirkle) and the surf/skate punks Night Birds.

YG, Nipsey Hussle @ Best Buy Theater
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, but tonight's NYC show is with Nipsey Hussle.

Guantanamo Baywatch, Pookie & The Poodlez, Skull Practitioners @ Cake Shop
Guantanamo Baywatch just played DbA with Ty Segall and have stuck around for what should be a pretty wild show with Bay Area nasally punks Pookie & the Poodlez. You can check out an EP from the latter below (fans of Hunx and Burger Records take notice).

Ryan Adams, Butch Walker @ Carnegie Hall
Ryan Adams has been a busy guy this year with a new solo album, collaborating on stage with Bob Mould, covering Foreigner and Bryan Adams, and whatever else it is he's up to. He's also on tour now and is in the midst of a five-show run in NYC. Tonight is his second of two solo acoustic gigs at Carnegie Hall.

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Brooks Wheelan, Joe Zimmerman, Mike Drucker, Koretta Gray, and Christian Polanco are the guests this week at Wyatt Cenac's comedy get-together.

Deep Space: Thomas Dolby (DJ), Francois K (DJ) @ Cielo
He's already blinded you with science, tonight Thomas Dolby blinds you with his DJ skills at his first-ever Manhattan set spinning with Paradise Garage vet Francois K.

East India Youth, The Mast @ Mercury Lounge
East India Youth's album Total Strife Forever didn't end up winning this year's Mercury Prize but it's an interesting mix of ambient composer styles and James Blake-ish neo-soul.

We originally listed Hess is More at Nublu tonight, his run doesn't actually start till Thursday (there was a listings error, apologies).

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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November 16, 2014

Fiasco at old Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)

Blacklisted at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)

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

Alt-J, Mikky Ekko @ Beacon Theater
Alt-J followed up their debut with a new album this year, and besides red herring single "Left Hand Free" it's actually a weirder and less hooky album than their first. The band is headlining MSG next year so it may come as no surprise that tonight's much smaller show is sold out.

Fiasco, Sediment Club, Michael Jordan, Le Rug @ Death by Audio
Tonight's the seventh to last show ever at Death by Audio, and it's got a couple bands that used to be regulars around the Williamsburg scene -- Fiasco and Le Rug -- as well as no wavers Sediment Club and a band who shares their name with a famous basketball player.

The Dream Syndicate, Sunflower Bean @ Rough Trade
One of the leaders in LA's early-'80s "Paisley Underground" scene, The Dream Syndicate looked to The Velvet Underground and other '60s bands while most were playing with synthesizers. Broken up since the late '80s, Wynn reformed the band in 2012 with '80s-era members Dennis Duck and Mark Walton, plus Miracle 3 guitarist Jason Victor and they've been playing sporadically ever since. This is their second NYC show in 25 years (first was last night).

Blacklisted, Brain Slug, Razorheads @ Acheron (3 PM)
Formed out of the 2000s melodic hardcore scene, Philly's Blacklisted quickly pushed things further and ended up with material that retained the fury of their roots but was also truly experimental. They're planning to release their first album since 2009 next year, and we'll likely hear some of that at today's afternoon show.

Forward, Warcry, Long Knife, Ajax @ Acheron
With that Blacklisted matinee and tonight's Forward show, it's a good day for hardcore fans to just spend the whole day at Acheron. These Japanese punks have been at it for years and any chance to catch them while they're in the US is one worth taking. Their tourmates Long Knife are no slouches either, and the Tragedy-related Warcry and local rippers Ajax are worth catching as well. Strong bill. Forward and Long Knife do it again at Vitus tomorrow.

Decapitated, Misery Index, Pyrrhon @ Saint Vitus
Polish death metal vets Decapitated recently opened for GWAR in the NYC-area and now they're back for a smaller headlining show. Good DM bill all around too with Baltimore's grindy Misery Index and Brooklyn's genre-defying Pyrrhon.

Atmosphere, Prof, Dem Atlas, DJ Fundo @ Terminal 5
Alt-rap duo Atmosphere have been at it since the '90s and put out their seventh album, Southsiders, earlier this year. Slug and Ant are still in great form (as witnessed at their FFF set last weekend) and tonight's big T5 show should be a blast.

BELLS≥, The Pauses, Jumpers, Thurn & Taxis @ Grand Victory
Headlining this show is the Jawbox-related BELLS≥, who are of course always a good band to catch, but making this show extra interesting is it's the first full-band NYC show from Orlando's shapeshifting indie pop trio The Pauses (whose 2011 debut was produced by Jawbox frontman J. Robbins).

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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November 15, 2014

the greatest metal band of all time in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath

On Thursday, we posted MetalSucks' list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time as voted on by a poll of musicians, critics and other music industry types. Well we posted #2 - #25 at least. #1 hadn't been revealed yet, but with the absence of Black Sabbath thus far it seemed obvious who MetalSucks would be revealing as the winner. It's officially announced now, and duh. Here's some of what Kim Kelly had to say about the greatest metal band of all time:

It's hard to quantify Black Sabbath's impact on heavy metal, because without Black Sabbath, there would be no such thing as heavy metal. Theirs was a logical continuation of the increasingly heavy sounds that came before, from Wagner to The Beatles and Deep Purple to Steppenwolf, but it took a perfect storm of Birmingham's working class gloom, Tony Iommi's mangled fingers, inner demons both real and imagined, and the nascent menace of Thatcherism waiting in the wings to first coax true heavy metal thunder down from the lofty realm of the gods and into this mortal coil.

...So, why is Black Sabbath one of the most important metal bands of all time? If it weren't for them, none of us would be here. For that at the very least, to say nothing of their incredible music, they deserve our veneration.

No Sabbath, no metal. Period.

Read more on them and the rest of the bands on the list over at MetalSucks.

Let's hope that new album and (allegedly final) tour come sooner than later. Rock out to some Sabbath and check out the list in full below...

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by Bill Pearis

#ripdba #deathbyaudio #tysegall

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Ty Segall last night at Death By Audio #tysegall #deathbyaudio #ripdba

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Ty Segall

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The sea at Death By Audio during Ty Segall's set #tysegall #deathbyaudio #ripdba

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"EDAN! EDAN! EDAN!" Ty Segall led a repeated chant last night in tribute to Edan Wilber who runs sound, has booked most of the shows and generally lives, eats, breathes and occasionally sleeps Death by Audio for most of its existence. (As you may have heard, Ty was last night's "secret guest" at the soon-to-close DIY venue.) "I'm honored and a little sad to be playing here tonight. I kinda feel like I've grown up here. I played my first New York show here, at the tender age of 21 or 20, with Thee Oh Sees and Sic Alps. There were 75 people there...we love you guys."

It was a crazy show -- there was a line of nearly a hundred people when I got to DbA around 8:15 PM -- and I'm pretty sure it was sold out by the time Rips started at 9. (The Numerators and Guantanamo Baywatch also played.) Ty's popularity has skyrocketed and I'd wager half the people there had never been to DbA before. It was definitely a different vibe than its been at most of these farewell shows. But any grumpiness on my part melted away when Ty took the stage. I think he was looking at Edan most of the set, and those repeated chants were pretty heartwarming. Ty's fanbase may have changed, but he hasn't. Mid-set, Ty had the crowd hoist Edan up and send him back, all the way back to the bar. Or at least the merch table. Edan had the biggest grin on his face, it was definitely a Top 10 DbA Moment for me.

The wildest part of the show came during "Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart" when Ty said he wanted to see 100 people crowdsurf, and had someone keeping vocal count. They hit their mark. While the general insanity of the crowd took overwhelmed the evening, Ty and his band sounded great and we got a fair ammount of his teriffic new album, Manipulator, a few older rippers, plus covers of "Wild Thing/Louie Louie" and, um, "Californication." The night ended with Manipulator standout "It's Over," which was appropriate on a couple levels. Setlist from Ty's DbA show, plus video of Edan getting passed back and a few more instagrams, below...

Eight nights left for DbA. Tonight's show (11/15) is a great one without evening knowing who the special guest is: Ovlov, Big Ups and Yvette. Meanwhile, Guantanamo Baywatch play in Brooklyn again tonight (11/15) at Baby's All Right with Fletcher C Johnson and Scully. That's a late night show, doors at midnight.

Instagrams, video and setlist from last night's Ty Segall show below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall waved goodbye to Death by Audio (setlist, video); Guantanamo Baywatch play Baby's tonight"