March 27, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn rock n' roll wrecking crew Dirty Fences will deliver their new platter, Full Tramp, via Slovenly on May 19. It's sneery, beery and maybe a little leer-y and you can check out three songs from it below. We've also got video premiere of full-throttle first single "Heartbeater" which you can squint at below.
Having just ripped through Austin for SXSW, Dirty Fences are currently on the West Coast with The Shrine. No NYC shows are scheduled at the moment but that will likely change once they're back in town. All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...
Ohio indie rockers Swearing at Motorists' tour with DTCV hits NYC this weekend and there's been a slight change in route. Their Saturday (3/28) show at Baby's All Right, which was to have started at midnight, has been moved to sister club Elvis Guesthouse and now starts at 8 PM. Tickets are on sale and updated dates are listed below.
In other news, DTCV released a video for single "Miley Cyrus Wins the Race" from the band's forthcoming new album. You can watch that below.
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
British comedian Simon Amstell will be back in the US next month with his new show To Be Free where he explores "freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and everything in between." If you caught his Numb shows in 2012 you know he's a smart, thoughtful and very funny guy -- and maybe you saw his "work in progress" shows last year. A few recent videos of Amstell are below.
His tour brings him once again to NYC's Theatre 80 from April 14-18 and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
photos by Sachyn Mital
Vietnamese rapper Suboi recently made her US debut in San Francisco, followed by two SXSW shows (one of which was a BrooklynVegan party), and then a sold out NYC show last night (3/26) at Baby's All Right. Suboi's set was short but energetic, and she got the audience involved a number of times, including when she taught them the Vietnamese words for what essentially means "fold your hands." Her set was prefaced by Heems-booked DJ sets from Indian producers Hashback Hashish and Sandunes, from New Delhi and Mumbai respectively.
Pictures are in this post and continue, along with a video from her set and two of her music videos (both directed by BV photographer Bao Nguyen), below...
by Bill Pearis
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has offered up a video for "Europa Hymn" from his upcoming "filmic" instrumental solo album, MG. The animated video, directed by M-I-E, uses watercolor-like drawings for a simple but hypnotic effect that works well with the song's soothing soundscapes. It's quite lovely and you can watch it below.
MG is out April 28 via Mute.
photo: Perfect Pussy in Chicago in February (more by James Richards IV)
Perfect Pussy are on tour now and about to play three NYC shows, the first of which is this weekend. That's part of their run with experimental rockers Deerhoof and happens Saturday (3/28) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, also with Zula on board. That's sold out.
Then the following weekend they play two shows at Baby's All Right: April 3 with Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy (sold out); and April 4 with So Stressed, Wreck & Reference and Laced (tickets). Updated PP dates are listed below.
As for Zula, the Webster Hall show is one of three upcoming NYC appearances on their tour. They also go on a run with Palm which hits Brooklyn's Silent Barn on Tuesday (3/31), also with SoftSpot and Really Big Pinecone. That's $8 at the door. Zula and Palm team up again later on for a show on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge with Landlady, whose Adam Schatz plays a solo set in NYC tonight (3/27) with Hallelujah the Hills. Ticket info TBA for the LPR show.
Henry and and Nate Terepka from Zula put out the Water Pressure EP earlier this month under the name Zula/annex. (Album art x2 above.) They just made a video for its psych-poppy track "MeUP" which premieres below.
by Bill Pearis
When in high school in New York, Ben Stiller and a couple of his friends formed a "ridiculously weird band" called Capital Punishment. Ben played drums and said on Howard Stern, "We were listening to a lot of Bowie and Eno...we recorded an album. It's not great but some songs were okay." That Capital Punishment album, 1982's Roadkill, was self-released but is being reissued by Captured Tracks this fall. Ben told Howard:
What happened was some outsider music label, which I didn't know those existed, but people who are just into weird music; I guess it's been found and they asked us if they could re-release it. They're called Captured Tracks. They're a real company.You can stream a few tracks below and the Bowie/Eno influence can definitely be heard. (It's actually pretty good.) Frontman Kriss Roebling ("the one with the talent" says Stiller) shared a little info on the album's creation:
Emboldened by an intensive audio engineering tutorial that I had recently taken, we submerged ourselves in all of this amazing analog studio gadgetry, and often wrote whole songs around the capabilities of a specific piece of gear. This endless world of sonic potential felt like it had opened up to us, and we used this experience to get our freak on in a big way. To hell with tuning the instruments, or singing in key, there are amazing soundscapes to make!!Meanwhile, you can see Ben Stiller onscreen with Adam "Ad Rock" Horowitz in Noah Baumbach's new comedy While We're Young (with its James Murphy score) in theaters now. It's gotten mostly good reviews.
Anyway, after we finished the album, we named it Roadkill, pressed it and sold it on consignment to numerous mom and pop record stores around New York, which I suppose is how some copies found their way to listeners who enjoyed it so many years later.
Ben also talked a bit about Capital Punishment with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and you can watch that interview below...
Lenny Kravitz is playing Webster Hall on May 5. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Deep Purple are playing The Capitol Theatre on July 25. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Upstate NY post-hardcore band Take One Car have been regulars on their local scene for years now. They self released two albums, 2009's When the Ceiling Meets the Floor and 2012's It's Going To Be a Nice Day, and more recently signed to TWIABP co-founder Derrick Shanholtzer's label, Broken World Media, who will release their third album, Everyone You Know Is Here Right Now, next week (3/31). You can pre-order yours.
The band's talk-singing style suggests they may have listened to a lot of early mewithoutYou and La Dispute, and like those bands, Take One Car are in dead-serious mode the whole time. You can listen for yourself -- the full album stream premieres below.