November 19, 2015
photo: Neurosis at Saint Vitus in August (more by P Squared)
Legendary sludge band Neurosis are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing some shows in their hometown of San Francisco with some equally legendary openers. The shows happen on March 4-5, the first night will be opened by Sleep and the second will be opened by Shellac. Those are some pretty amazing lineups, and Neurosis have promised 2-hour sets that will vary from night-to-night and cover their entire catalog. Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon PST.
Meanwhile, Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly is currently on tour with his Corrections House bandmate Bruce Lamont (also of Yakuza). The two are playing tonight (11/19) in Jersey City at Crazy & the Brains' venue The Funhouse and there are still tickets available for that.
Neurosis' only other upcoming dates are at Roadburn Fest in the Netherlands, which just announced that it will feature G.I.S.M.'s first ever non-Japan show.
Check out all upcoming Neurosis dates and video of their full set at Saint Vitus earlier this year below...
photo: Joan Baez at Newport Folk Fest 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Legendary folk singer Joan Baez is about to turn 75 and she'll be celebrating that milestone with a special show in NYC at the Beacon Theatre on January 27. The show will feature a ton of special guests, including Jackson Browne, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Damien Rice, Nano Stern, David Bromberg and still more TBA. The show will also be recorded as a PBS special for the "Great Performances" series. Tickets are currently on Chase presale, go on local presale on Friday (11/20) at 9 AM and on sale to the general public on Saturday (11/21) at noon.
That show will kick off a pretty extensive North American tour for Joan, which will eventually take her back through the NYC area for two NJ shows. The first is in Englewood at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on March 6 (tickets available soon), and then she'll play in Red Bank on March 8 at the Count Basie Theatre (tickets).
All tour dates, along with a video of Joan playing live in Ecuador a few years ago, are listed below...
We're in the final week of shows at Williamsburg club Cameo Gallery before it closes, and they just added a big one for TONIGHT (11/19). Local pop band Chairlift will headline and support comes from Wet and Kelsey Lu. Doors are at 7:30 PM and tickets will be available at the door. The rest of Cameo's schedule includes Eternal Summers, The Juan Maclean, Caveman and more.
Chairlift are planning to release their new album Moth in January via Columbia. You can watch the video for "Ch-Ching" off that album, below...
Le Bataclan in 2008 (photo via Wikipedia)
Fluctuat nec mergitur is a Latin saying that translates to "Tossed but never sunk," and it's a motto of sorts for many Parisians. Dominique Revert, the club's co-manager who was not present the night of the shootings, conjures it now and says it will be Le Bataclan's raison d'etre moving forward. "It will reopen, no question about it," he says. "Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender."You can read more here. EODM posted a statement too.
photo: Worriers at Baby's in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bayside are going on a short holiday tour of the Northeast in December and the openers are pretty great: Cheap Girls, Worriers, Somos, Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Aaron West (aka Wonder Years singer Dan Campbell), Petal and more.
The tour hits NYC on 12/17 & 12/18 at Gramercy Theatre with Cheap Girls and Worriers on night 1 and Dan Andriano and Bombers on night 2. There's also an Asbury Park show on 12/22 at The Stone Pony with Aaron West and Petal. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Worriers are on tour with Beach Slang and Petal are playing the Menzingers holiday show in Scranton. We recently posted a stream of The Wonder Years' split 7" with Motion City Soundtrack, and mentioned that Dan Andriano's Alkaline Trio bandmate Matt Skiba's other band blink-182 is playing Firefly Fest.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Kississippi were formed after Zoë Allaire Reynolds and Colin James Kupson met on Tinder in 2014 (true story), and a few months later they dropped the I Can Feel You In My Hair Still EP. This week they'll release its followup, We Have No Future, We're All Doomed, which they recorded with Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald. It comes out on Soft Speak Records and can be pre-ordered here. It's indie rock that has folky qualities but certainly would never be called "folk music," and Zoe's likable voice is no small part of what makes this good. You can check it out for yourself, the full EP stream premieres below.
Kississippi were in NYC earlier this month for a Bronx show with Diet Cig (anyone catch that?) and their only upcoming dates at the moment are in Harrisburg, PA with Tigers Jaw on December 5 and a Philly show the next night.
photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS at Court Tavern (more by Drew Gurian)
The Scranton-raised (but now Philly-based) melodic punk band The Menzingers are once again celebrating the holidays in their former hometown on December 19 at the Scranton Cultural Center. The all-ages show is an all-Scranton lineup with the great Tigers Jaw, Menzingers co-frontman Greg Barnett's brother Bob's band Captain We're Sinking, Tigers Jaw-related bands Petal and Three Man Cannon, and The Sw!ms. Tickets are on sale now, and "all proceeds for the show with benefit Arts Live, which is a music and arts program, funded by the state for children in grades 2 through 12, as well as other youth music and arts programs." Flyer below.
The Menzingers are on tour now with the amazing lineup of mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations. The tour lands in NYC on November 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, Kevin Devine (who just released a split 7" of Cure covers with Tigers Jaw) filmed a video of himself covering Tigers Jaw's "Cool." Watch below (via Punk News). Tigers Jaw, Kevin Devine, and many other cool bands are playing the BV-presented release shows for his split 7" series in December.
by Bill Pearis
Dilly Dally / CRI / Milk & Bone @ M for Montreal 11/18/2015
The 10th edition of M for Montreal is currently underway, bringing in a couple hundred mostly Canadian acts to this four-day event that's part industry confab and part music festival. I'm a pretty seasoned M-goer at this point and enjoy the approach they bring. They first couple days are more for the international "delegates" (writers, promoters, bookers, music supervisors, etc) and feature one showcase a night with selected artists for us to see.
Wednesday night was the kickoff event which happened at the Rialto in the Mile End neighborhood. (Pro tip: it's right around the corner from Montreal's two most famous 24-hr bagel places: Fairmount and Saint Viateur.) The Rialto is kinda like NYC's Webster Hall, with a big main hall and two smaller venues also inside and M took over all three stages with 11 bands. Rialto Hall featured more mainstream acts like duo Milk & Bone who are kind of like First Aid Kit meets Chvrches, and whoa-oh-y folk pop band The Franklin Electric. It was a sold-out hometown crowd for this one.
The other stages, which were only for M delegates, were a little more interesting. Upstairs at Theare Rialto was electronic duo CRI, Toronto dubstep singer Kai (who has collaborated with Diplo), and Jesse Mac Cormack whose lineup was three bassists and a drummer but managed a wide range of moody sounds out of that.
Downstairs at Piccolo Rialto was the late show with a good lineup of bands, all of which BV has covered: Doldrums, She-Devils, Calvin Love, Dilly Dally and Doomsquad. I missed Doldrums, who didn't start till after 1:30 AM (I've seen them a couple times this year anyway), but caught everyone else. Doomsquad, who toured as part of Fucked Up's "Zodiac" lineup, were pretty interesting, more electronic than I was expecting from their at-times Talking Heads-ish recordings. Tribal, energetic, and entertaining. Dilly Dally (who just played Brooklyn) were great as usual with their Pixies-ish indie rock; Calvin Love brought highly textured Miami Vice style rock with tons of style; and She-Devils, who now have some recordings to listen to, maintain a detached cool that fits their retro-sampled music.
Tonight's M lineup includes an all R&B/hip hop showcase in an infamous strip club including a set from Toronto's Jazz Cartier, who's already gotten a bunch of Drake comparisons (actually, someone, when looking looking through my M program last night, told me "oh he's, the new Drake."). We shall see. The rest of the fest features Grimes (who just played two NYC shows), The Dears, Yonatan Gat, Moon King, Hudson Mohawke, Night Beats, a bunch of Francophone artists, and the BrooklynVegan presented show on Saturday (11/21) with Duchess Says and Chocolat.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
As he usually is, The Locust's Justin Pearson has been involved in a lot of stuff this year, getting Head Wound City (his supergroup with Nick Zinner and Blood Brothers members) active again and releasing a new Retox album, in addition to appearing in the movie Incompresa. Now he's got yet another project with new music. This one is called Planet B, and it's a collaboration between Justin and Luke Henshaw of Penguin Studio. The two worked together on the music for Incompresa and now they're releasing a 7", which is out November 27 via Justin's label Three One G.
The music is, as one might expect, weird, glitchy and frantic. It applies an electronic edge to the grindy noise freakouts of Justin's other bands. This really isn't grindcore though, and I don't even know how to categorize the whistles and pep-rally stuff going on on both of these tracks (the A-side is practically a marching song). In any case, this is engagingly weird stuff, and definitely a new musical direction for Justin. The A-side, "Wrong Utopia," came out a few months ago and the B-side, "Join A Cult," premieres in this post.
Listen to both below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at MHOW - 11/18/15 (photo by Amanda Hatfield)
Grimes' tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (11/18) for its second proper NYC show after Terminal 5 on Monday (third total including the Guggenheim Gala). Like at T5, she was sick and played a short set (45 minutes, no encore) and even though I wished it would've been twice as long she was on fire the whole time.
I'd somehow never seen Grimes before -- there were a few times I almost did and for one reason or another it didn't happen -- but I've been told more than once that her shows could be a little awkward or not fleshed-out enough. Well, if that was ever true it certainly isn't now. She's a crazy-confident performer, switching from manipulating her samplers to joining her very athletic dancers at the front of the stage and going absolutely nuts. The light show is vivid, her backup singer adds a lot. Really everything just looks and sounds so great. And being that it was a shortened set, she made up for that a bit by sticking exclusively to bangers. We got "Genesis" and "Oblivion" off Visions, pre-Art Angels singles "Go" and "REALiTi" (the latter of which did end up on the album), and key Art Angels standouts "SCREAM" (which features Aristophanes, who joined her on stage), "Venus Fly" (which features Janelle Monae, who did not) and "Kill v. Maim." If you're wondering, no she didn't play "Flesh Without Blood" (she didn't at T5 either).
Her tourmate and signee Nicole Dollanganger (who also played Baby's a night earlier) opened. She's an interesting match for Grimes. She also plays with electronics and a mic and her voice is sometimes similar to Claire's, but her two-piece backing band is very different. She's backed by two dudes -- one on bass and one on guitar/kick drum/hi-hats -- who look more like they're aiming to open for Lamb of God than Grimes. The bassist hunches over his bass and stares at the crowd in a "metal band being intimidating" way and the guitarist yelled at the crowd twice to "SHUT THE FUCK UP" in between songs. I'll admit it was kinda weird to watch, but it sounded pretty good. The contrast of Nicole's delicate high-pitched vocals over the crunchy/doomy guitar was almost like Chelsea Wolfe's new album or something like that. The live show could use a little work (and maybe an actual drummer) but the songs are very promising.
The show was presented by Steven Madden Music (which has also put on Santigold, Lucius and more shows at MHOW) and as usual, that meant it was an intimate venue for the headliner and totally free. It filled up pretty quick (I think it hit capacity around 8:45) and even by the time Grimes was setting up there was still a line wrapped around the block of people trying to get in.
Check out a few more instagrams and Grimes' setlist below...