January 26, 2015
photos by Mimi Hong
"Dang, Foxing moves me to chills every time. #TheAlbatross #Love @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar" - Michelle Feghali
"Never seen anyone smash a trumpet on stage before tonight. Good job, @FOXINGtheband" - Dan Ozzi
Foxing / Slingshot Dakota / Everyone Everywhere @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 1/23/15
Brooklyn Night Bazaar brought out an absolutely stellar lineup for last Friday's (1/23) show, featuring the heart-wrenching operatics of St. Louis' Foxing, entertaining Pennsylvania duo Slingshot Dakota, Philly's stellar Everyone Everywhere, New Paltz "slo-punk" outfit What Moon Things and fuzzy indie rockers The Sea Life. Check out pictures from the show in this post.
The show was one of Foxing's last for a while -- the band has been talking about a new album and posted to their Facebook that they are heading home to finish writing it. We're still waiting patiently to hear tunes from the follow-up to their impressive debut The Albatross.
Slingshot Dakota are also prepping to head back into the studio to record, as seen on the band's Tumblr. They're heading on a run through the East Coast that starts at Philadelphia's Two Piece Fest ends at Chicago's Two Piece Fest.
What Moon Things also open the second of Viet Cong's two NYC shows on their tour. Those happen this week at Union Pool on Wednesday (1/28) with PC Worship and Honey, and Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/29). Both are sold out -- let's hope the weather doesn't affect them.
More pictures (including a few portraits of Foxing) and a video of Foxing playing "Rory" (featuring members of Prawn, Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Gatherer and Gates) at the BK Bazaar show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Chas Bundick will release What For?, his new album as Toro Y Moi, on April 7 via Carpark. The record is a little more guitar-oriented than past Toro Y Moi records, as Bundick explains:
I've done electronic R&B and more traditional recorded type R&B stuff. I just wanted to see what else was out there. It's all coming from the same mindset and point of creativity. It's just me trying to take what I already have, and then taking it further.You can check out the very catchy first single "Empty Nesters" below.
Toro Y Moi will be touring this spring, with dates including his biggest NYC show yet: Terminal 5 on May 1 with opener Vinyl Williams. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon. All dates are listed below.
photo by Dustin Rabin
Last week, alt-metal freaks Faith No More were announced for Heavy Montreal, and now the band have revealed that they'll be going on a North American tour sooner than that. The tour hits NYC for shows at Webster Hall on May 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows (and the whole tour) go on sale on Friday (1/30) at 10 AM local time, and there's a fanclub presale starting Wednesday at 10 AM. A password for the presale will be required. More details at FNM's site. All dates are listed below.
Before they head out on tour, the band will release a new single, "Superhero," as a 7" on March 17 and digitally on March 31. This follows their 2014 single, "Motherfucker," their first new song in 17 years.
Revisit "Motherfucker" with the list of dates and "Superhero" artwork, below...
As mentioned, The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, turns 30 old this year and the Reid brothers are celebrating by playing it on tour. The first North American dates have just been announced. Nothing for NYC yet -- their only East Coast dates is Toronto on May 1 -- but tickets to all shows go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM Pacific time. All dates are listed, along with an Rdio stream of Psychocandy, below...
We've had the first major show casualty of the Blizzard known as Juno: Louis CK's fourth MSG show that was to have been on Tuesday (1/27). Says Louis:
I am really sorry about this and I am surprised to learn as I write this that there is only one L in the word canceled. I'll have to take my phone's word for it. But it doesn't look right to me.Louis says all ticketholders will automatically get a refund.
In any case, there seems to be a massive storm approaching New York City. They are calling this storm "historic" which.... Well I didn't know you could call a thing historic if it hasn't happened yet. But I'm not one to defy future historic events. And I have to be respectful of the responsibility I have to the 15,000 people who are holding tickets to the show and could be stranded somewhere historically trying to get to or from my show. I think it's clearly better that I alter history in the name of safety and cancel. Besides, if you've ever tried to get your deposit back when you rent a banquet hall for a wedding that gets snowed out, you don't want to even know what the deposit is on Madison Square Jesus Christing Garden is.
Louis CK will, however, be on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/26). "You can yell boo right at my stupid and very handsome face on your tv screen or on your paper towel or your watch or whatever you view Letterman on." CK also mentions that he'll have a new standup special available via his website soon.
As for other blizzard show cancellations, check HERE.
by Zack Baker
photo: The Weaks at MHOW on January 15 (more by Mimi Hong)
Philadelphia rockers The Weaks have never been afraid to show off their love of '90s indie, and their contribution to the upcoming Lame-O Records United Cerebral Palsy-benefitting 6-way split, Stength In Weakness (pre-order), sticks to that mantra. The soaring guitars and out-of-control nature of "Call Me Away" follows in the footsteps of Dinosaur Jr. with massive riffs and an apathetic delivery, with a hook that lodges itself in your head like Built To Spill's best choruses. We've got the premiere of the track in this post, check it out below.
The split officially drops on February 3rd but you can already check out the contributions from Modern Baseball and Hurry. (Beach Slang and more to come.) The Weaks will also be playing the split's release shows in Philly and NYC with Modern Baseball, Marietta and Spraynard. Both shows are charity sets also benefitting UCP. Tickets for the NYC show, happening Saint Vitus on February 15, are still available.
The Weaks were also one of many bands just added to Asbury Park, NJ's Skate & Surf Festival along with fellow Strength In Weakness contributors Spraynard. Other contributors Modern Baseball and Beach Slang were already set to play the festival. Tickets are still available.
Check out the premiere of The Weaks' "Call Me Away," with an in-studio video from the recording session, below...
Parquet Courts will release Live at Third Man Records on March 3. That's the cover art above. Their Third Man set, which happened in June 2014, was recorded direct-to-acetate and you can stream samples of "Sunbathing Animal" and "Vienna II" from it below.
Meanwhile, Parquet Courts' February 9 show at Palisades with Eaters and Future Punx is now sold out, but they've just added another Palisades show the next day (2/10) with Laced and Digital Prisoners of War. Tickets for that second Palisades show go on sale Tuesday (1/27) at noon. Updated dates are listed, along with live album tracklist, song streams and a flyer for the 2/10 Palisades show, below....
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Janette Valentine
We're still about about a month away from the new Torche album, Restarter (due 2/24 via Relapse), and today we get its third single, "Loose Men," via Rolling Stone. Following the two four-plus minute sludgesters they've released so far, this one's a punk-paced ripper clocking in at under two and a half minutes. It's also got one of the most addictive riffs of any Torche song, and this is band with a lot of great riffs. Check it out below.
As mentioned, Torche are going on a tour with their labelmates Nothing, and since we last spoke Miami's Wrong (not to be confused with the Wormed black metal side project of the same name) were added to that tour too. It hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated tour dates, and the new song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
With the possibility of two feet of snow being dumped all over the Northeast in the next 24 hours, it seems appropriate to post about Brooklyn band Ski Lodge who have a new single out next month. "Trust" is sparkling pop, steeped in bright '80s movie montages with a very catchy synth hook and chorus. The digital version comes with a remix by Tennis who dial the song down into more of a ballad. We've got the premiere of that remix which you can stream, along with the original, below.
Ski Lodge are playing the NYC date of Craft Spells' upcoming tour -- March 13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still available. That show is also with The Bilinda Butchers (though we initially reported Ski Lodge replaced them, they are in fact playing). It's Ski Lodge's only scheduled date at the moment.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus / Deradoorian @ Saint Vitus - 1/25/15
Zola Jesus is currently on tour in continued support of her big-sounding 2014 album Taiga (her first for Mute), and last night (1/25) she kicked off her sold-out two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. Last night's show was opened by Deradoorian, the project led by former Dirty Projectors member and current Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks member Angel Deradoorian, who's now playing as a duo with her sister Arlene on drums/backing vocals. They played a great set, with lots of cool harmonies and loops, and it was great to see the always-wild Zola Jesus back on a small stage after last fall's Webster Hall show. Pictures of both Zola and Deradoorian are in this post.
Zola Jesus' Vitus run wraps up tonight with noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men). Despite the weather, Vitus assures the show is STILL ON. UPDATE: But the set times are now 7 and 7:30. And again, it's sold out.
More pictures from last night (including one of Zola's setlist) below...