December 2, 2013
Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, one of the many New Year's Eve concerts happening in NYC is local rapper Mykki Blanco at Gramercy Theatre, and since we last spoke, guests have been announced for that show. The bill now includes production wizard DJ Rashad, UNO R&B singer Ian Isiah, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan. Tickets for that show are still available and if you buy them before 11:59 PM tonight (12/2) you can skip the service fees thanks to the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal.
A few days earlier, Mykki's friend Le1f plays Brooklyn Bowl (12/28), and guests for that show were recently announced too. They include some of the same names playing Mykki's show, like Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, and Princess Nokia, plus House of Ladosha, Lakutis, and Mess Kid. DonChristian and Boody Rahel are opening, and Juniana Huxtable and Superpusha are hosting. Tickets for that show are still available too.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's lovers of all-things-'90s, Total Slacker, are set to return with their second album, Slip Away, on February 11 via Black Bell Records. The new LP finds the band tightening the reins a bit and the new album is definitely punchier than their jokey/fun debut, Thrashin'. You can stream "Keep the Ships at Bay" and watch the entertaining, horror-themed video for "Sometimes You Gotta Die" below.
Total Slacker will play a record release show at Rough Trade on February 12 with Honduras, Life Sized Maps and one more TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. It's currently the only date on their schedule.
Like she's done in past winters, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will come to NYC this winter for a 2-night stand at the historic Radio City Music Hall on January 17 and 18. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at 11 AM. Her only other announced date at the moment is a show in her hometown of Detroit this month (12/21).
Besides those two shows, Aretha will be appearing in public even sooner at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in DC, which takes place on Friday (12/6) at The Ellipse, not far from the White House. Both Barack and Michelle Obama will be there, and other performers include Janelle Monae, The Avett Brothers, and more. The ceremony will stream live online at 4:30 PM.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video from her 2012 Radio City show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith, who was just nominated for the BBC 'Sound of 2014' longlist, has released a new single, "Money On My Mind." The song, produced by his PMR labelmate Two Inch Punch, is another good argument that Sam's likely to have a successful solo career, even without the "Disclosure collaborator" tag.
Check it out below...
by Bill Pearis
DFA Records has had an eventful year, celebrating its 12th Anniversary with one of the biggest parties of the year. They'll close out 2014 with a much smaller NYC holiday party, happening this Saturday (12/7) at Glasslands featuring "Very Special Guest DJs." The party flyer says "loads of DJs (pretty much everyone, really)" which given their roster could be some cool people. Their holiday parties at Studio B were always fun. Tickets are on sale now.
In other DFA news, Factory Floor's upcoming tour will be in NYC next week for shows at 285 Kent on December 12 & 13. Tickets are still available for the 12/12 show though no openers have been announced yet. (12/13 is sold out.) As mentioned, the band are releasing "Turn it Up" as a new single next week (12/9), featuring remixes by Laurel Halo and Detroit techno legend (and surely a big influence on FF) Carl Craig. You can stream Carl Craig's remix, which chills out their frantic sound just a bit, below.
All Factory Floor tour dates are listed, along with the remix stream and DFA Holiday Party flyer, below...
by Doug Moore
The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest is returning to the Worcester Palladium from April 17 - 19, 2014 in Worcester, MA, and the initial lineup was recently announced. It includes Nails, Nile, Counterparts, All Out War, Cruel Hand, Harms Way, Suburban Scum, Naysayer, Reign Supreme, Fit For An Autopsy, Alpha & Omega, Slapshot and more. Tickets (3-day passes and individual day tickets) are on sale now. Full lineup below.
For long-running and ever-verbose American death metal institution Nile, that fest is part of their recently-announced 2014 North American tour. The tour will hit NYC at Stage 48 on April 20 (4/20) ((har har)). Tickets for that show go on sale December 14 at 10 AM. The band will play a selection of material from across their seven-album catalog, and support will be comprised of "three of the best local bands in every market." There's lots of good acts to choose from around here, so hopefully the openers won't be selected on the basis of their willingness to cooperate with pay-to-play ticketing schemes.
Check out the list of all dates and stream a tune from their 2012 album, At the Gates of Sethu, along with the initial New England Metal & Hardcore Fest lineup, below...
Vampire Weekend at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Vampire Weekend, who just topped Rolling Stone's albums of 2013 list, will be wrapping up a great year with a few more shows, including an appearance in their hometown of NYC on December 10 for a 'Live From The Artist's Den' taping. You can sign up now for a chance to win tickets to the taping.
All upcoming VW dates are listed below...
John Waters hasn't directed a film since 2004's A Dirty Shame, but he has stayed busy doing other things. Like hitchhiking across America last year (Here We Go Magic gave him a ride at one point), an experience he's turning into a book titled Carsick, which comes out in June, 2014. He's also been going to the movies and recently gave Artforum his Top 10 of the year and picked Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers as his #1. You can check out his list below and read his commentary on them at Artforum.
In other news, Waters is going on a holiday tour this month where he'll share "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories." The tour includes two NYC shows at Stage 48 on December 13 & 14. Tickets are on sale now and make "a great Christmas present for the pervert in your life."
All John Waters tour dates are listed, along with an interview with Prince Paul, below...
The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...
"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.
"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."
"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.
"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"
The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...