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July 31, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Tender Defender

Yesterday, we posted about a cancer benefit happening at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on August 16 with Big Eyes, Shellshag, Aye Nako and Tender Defender (tickets). As BV readers probably know, we talk about those first three bands a lot around here, but Tender Defender are a new band that the show flyer billed as "new Latterman." Now we have more details, and it turns out that description couldn't be more accurate.

Tender Defender is a trio of musicians who were all in Latterman -- Phil Douglas (now also of Iron Chic), Mattie Canino (now also of RVIVR) and Pat Schramm (now also of Bridge & Tunnel) -- and they sound... exactly like Latterman! (And also like Iron Chic and RVIVR.) That's a good thing of course. Latterman were one of those bands who were never too popular but always had a devoted fanbase, and it's safe to say they're sorely missed.

Tender Defender's debut mini-LP is coming in late 2015 on Dead Broke Rekerds (the label run by Phil's Iron Chic bandmate Mike Bruno), and its first single "Hello Dirt" is out now. Listen below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.

Speaking of Big Eyes, they're also playing a BV-presented show with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa, which is $3 with RSVP.

Continue reading "Latterman members formed Tender Defender (listen), playing cancer benefit w/ Big Eyes, Shellshag & Aye Nako"

by Bill Pearis

Deaf Wish Pain LP

Australian band Deaf Wish release their first album for Sub Pop, Pain, next week (8/7) but are streaming the whole thing right now via SPIN. While they live up to their name -- the band's show last year at Death by Audio was one of the loudest shows I'd ever seen there -- it's not all tinnitus-inducing. There are multiple singers/songwriters in the band and some of it is on the pretty side, and some of it is more like Sonic Youth, Cosmic Psychos and METZ in a head-on collision. It's all pretty good. Stream the whole thing below.

Continue reading "stream Deaf Wish's first album for Sub Pop, 'Pain'"

by Andrew Sacher

Radioactivity at Baby's All Right - 7/30/15 (photo via)
Radioactivity

Radioactivity brought their tour to NYC last night (7/30) at Baby's All Right in support of this year's great Silent Kill. They did basically everything you want out of a punk show -- short set, but no breaks in between songs for banter or anything. Just rocking straight through. If you haven't checked out the band (which includes members of The Marked Men) yet, we highly recommend it. It might not be totally accurate to call it "pop punk" but it's classic pop songwriting and classic punk energy. Kinda like if the Ramones were raised on '70s power pop instead of '60s girl groups.

Opening was Flesh World, the new band with members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, who were a great match for Radioactivity and also sounded excellent. They're a bit moodier, use a little more reverb, and sometimes dive into C-86/post-punk territory (like the bassline of set-closer "Church of Flesh"), but mostly up that same alley of driving punk.

Flesh World play two more shows in NYC this week, one of which is with Total Control, Lust For Youth and Sannhet on Saturday (8/1) at MHOW (tix). That's the second of two Total Control shows this week, the first of which is TONIGHT (7/31) at Palisades (tix).

Check out videos of Radioactivity and Flesh World at Baby's (via Heartbreaking Bravery) below...

Continue reading "Radioactivity and Flesh World played Baby's (videos); Total Control begin NYC run tonight"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Primus / Dinosaur Jr. / The GOASTT @ Pier 97
Primus
Dinosaur Jr
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Dinosaur Jr

How did touring with Dinosaur Jr. come about?

I think for the past couple years we have always been on the lookout for better bands and to see if they wanted to put on some sort of evening of music together. We've done little short runs here and there, but I think this was the time that we found another band that wanted to go on and put on an evening together, so it just kind of came up that way, probably about a year ago. We had also played together years ago at a festival.

When the band is getting ready to go on tour, how do you prepare?

You know, that depends. We have been playing so much that we've only been home for a couple of days, so we'll just slide back into it like normal pretty much. Usually over the course of the tour we'll experiment with different things and we'll try to re-learn different songs and try to see if there's anything new we can fit into the mix. - [Aquarian Weekly]

The Primus/Dinosaur Jr/The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger tour hit NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Hudson River Park's JBL Live @ Pier 97. While Primus still still has some of their Chocolate Factory stage set with them, their actual setlist was more of a greatest hits as you might expect for a tour like this. Dinosaur Jr was heavy on the distortion and the favorites, delivering "Out There," "Feel the Pain," "Start Choppin'" and their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" amongst others. J Mascis has been coming out during Primus' set on this tour too. Sean Lennon's The GOASTT opened the night with their very Beatlesque sound.

Pictures from the whole night, plus setlists for Primus and Dinosaur Jr, below...

Continue reading "Primus, Dinosaur Jr. and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger played Pier 97 (pics, setlists)"

nuns at disneyland

Chillwavers Small Black are still at it, with a new album on the way, a new single out now, and a NYC show happening November 21 at Baby's All Right. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets to the Tits of Clay show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Lilys show (where they'll play an all early-'90s dreampop set) at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets to the Ought show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their show at Silent Barn are on sale now.

Tickets to the Mike Krol shows at Cake Shop and Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Tears for Fears' shows at  The Capital Theatre, the Mayo PAC and Count Basie Theatre go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon (click venues for tickets).

Tickets to the How to Dress Well show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Circa Survive Juturna 10th anniversary show at Best Buy Theater with RX Bandits go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Chance the Rapper show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the just-added, second Albert Hammond Jr show at Bowery Ballroom (9/22) go on sale today at noon. Tickets to the 9/21 Bowery show are also still available (same link).

Tickets to the Craig Finn show at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Rough Trade with Solvey and Painted Zeros go on sale today at noon.

 Tickets to the Josh Ritter show  at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Big Scary show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Langhorne Slim show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

There's a benefit show for the Bushwick School for Music, which "is dedicated to creating and hosting tuition-free music education programs in Bushwick, Brownsville, Bed-Stuy and the surrounding neighborhoods," happening August 7 at Baby's All Right with Rubblebucket, Zula and Celestial Shore. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Robert Plant show at the Capitol Theatre go on sale at noon. Tickets for his Hammerstein Ballroom show are still available.

Tickets for the Decemberists show at the Capitol Theatre go on sale at noon. Tickets for their Radio City show with Lucius are still available.

$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

$3 RSVP is open to see Against Me! with Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes on September 4 at The Stone Pony, the following Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

Tickets to see indie-approved mainstream country artist Ashley Monroe at NYC indie rock venue Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Ariana Grande is playing Barclays Center on September 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Disclosure

We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.

Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.

Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.

Speaking of Miguel, his tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on Sunday (8/2) (sold out) and the much smaller Bowery Ballroom on 8/5 (tickets).

Continue reading "Miguel, The Weeknd & more to appear on Disclosure's new LP"

tickets on sale

Eskimeaux, who just wrapped up a tour with Mitski and Elvis Depressedly (who just announced a tour with The Front Bottoms) plays NYC again on October 2 at Baby's All Right with Told Slant, Attic Abasement and Real Life Buildings. Tickets are on sale.

R. Kelly is playing Barclays Center on September 25. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

$3 RSVP is open to see Against Me! with Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes on September 4 at The Stone Pony, the following Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

Tickets for the Judas Priest and Mastodon shows at Prudential Center and The Paramount go sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Suffers show at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Charlatans show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Youth Lagoon / Moon King show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see the Bouncing Souls, Leftover Crack, Beach Slang and All Torn Up shows in Long Island, Clifton Park, NY and Lancaster, PA go on sale at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms already released two singles this year, "West Virginia" and "Cough It Out," and today they're back with a third: "Help." It's not a Beatles cover, but it is pretty great Front Bottoms song. It's more or less TFB doing what they do best, but they scale things back a bit compared to their last album. This one has more restraint, and dare I say, a more "mature" sound? Watch the video, directed by Mike Petrow, below.

All three singles will appear on their upcoming album, which they now finally announced details of. It's called Back On Top and comes out September 18 via Fueled by Ramen. To record it, they went with producer Joe Chiccarelli, who's worked with The Strokes, The Shins, Morrissey and more. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below. If you pre-order, you get all three singles as an instant download.

The band also announced a North American tour with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly, which is a solid lineup all around. BrooklynVegan is proud to present the two NYC shows: October 14 & 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 7 at 10 AM. There's a fan club presale starting Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM and a BV presale starting Monday (8/3) at 10 AM. Check back here Monday morning for the password.

All dates are listed, with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms detail 'Back On Top' LP, release 3rd single, announce tour, including 2 NYC shows (BV presents)"

photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks isn't exactly the most frequent live performer, and just as she was set to go on her first lengthy tour, it's been cancelled. She says the reason is that co-headliner K. Michelle is now "unavailable" this fall, but also that she's working on rescheduling certain dates:

Hey Rebels! To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don't listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time. Before the negativity and assumptions from naysayers and media outlets begins, I'd like for everyone to know the truth. First, there is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities. Above all, my fans mean the world to me and the last thing that I want to do is disappoint. I want to thank all of you for having my back and supporting me throughout the good and the bad. I can't wait for all of you to see what's in store and hear this new music! All tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded and I'll see you guys at the top next year! New album. New tour. ❤️ -K. Michelle

A photo posted by K. Michelle (@kmichellemusic) on

The NYC show would have happened September 26 at Best Buy Theater.

photo: Total Control @ FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Total Control

Total Control, Crazy Spirit, Nandas @ Palisades
Total Control's Mikey Young is touring-adverse (he is a very busy mastering engineer among other things) so this short tour they're on is pretty rare. NYC is lucky with two chances to see them. Who knows if they'll tour again? Don't miss out.

U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 wrap up their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden tonight. Many of the shows have had special guests... might they pull out all the stops for this final show?

Veruca Salt, Charly Bliss @ Webster Hall
Comeback albums are often approached with a raised eyebrow, but Veruca Salt's first album with the original lineup in 20 years picked up right where they left off, making hooky, crunchy rock. Charly Bliss, who probably own a copy of American Thighs, open the show and are worth catching.

TV Girl, Jerry Paper, Novelty Daughter @ Shea Stadium
TV Girl released the highly-underrated French Exit last year which is a nice mix of indie pop, an early '90s/Daisy Age approach to sampling/beats, and a highly cynical lyrical view of relationships. Their live show is fun, too. Bathrobed eccentric Jerry Paper is also on this bill.

Blizzard Babies, Honey Radar, Arm Candy, Glueboy, Will Neibergall @ Silent Barn
Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely catch them at one of their NYC shows this weekend.

Tiny Hazard, Big Thief, Good Field, Reservations @ Trans-Pecos
Austin's Reservations began as a folky duo of Jana Horn and Paul Price, having released a self-titled EP in 2012. Since then they've added drummer Jason Baczynski and have just released their debut full-length, Taking Time. With a smoky/dusty sound, you can draw comparisons to Widowspeak or Sharon Van Etten, but Reservations are doing their own thing too. Good Field (which is fronted by Price) plays as well.

R. Ring, Nina Nastasia @ The Bell House
R. Ring is Kelley Deal of the Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline and make folky pop that echoes back to Deal's other band but in  a much gentler way.

Big K.R.I.T., Angel Haze, The D.R.E.A.M Ring @ Prospect Park
Big K.R.I.T. and Angel Haze are both killer rappers, so seeing them together at a free show in a nice outdoor environment sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Friday night.

Blake Mills, Gabriel Kahane @ City Winery
Fiona Apple just played three nights at City Winery with Watkins Family Hour. She has a break in her schedule tonight, and that same venue hosts a set from her frequent collaborator Blake Mills. Hmm...

Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson @ Jones Beach
While Smashing Pumpkins' recent recorded output doesn't quite live up to their '90s material (last year's Monuments to an Elegy wasn't half bad though), this tour is especially worth seeing because original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is back in the fold. Marilyn Manson co-headlines.

Daniel Romano, Wild Leaves @ Rough Trade
Daniel Romano makes raw country with influences dating back to the 1940s but an undeniably modern sound. His new album If Ive Only One Time Askin' is good stuff.

Thou, False, Forn, Sunrot @ Saint Vitus
Baton Rouge sludge metallers Thou have been pretty prolific lately. Last year's Heathen isn't getting old at all, and they already followed it with a collaborative album with The Body. Their black metal tourmates False recently put out their debut album after years of promising splits and EPs.

Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, Pet Symmetry, High Dive @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
This bill is pretty great all around. Co-headining are Jeff Rosenstock, who has not one but two good indie-punk albums out this year (a solo LP and a collaboration with Chris Farren), and Alkaline Trio co-frontman Dan Andriano, whose new album is produced by Jeff. Opening are hooky punks Pet Symmetry (one of the many bands to feature Evan Weiss) and scrappy pop punks High Dive.

Eartheater, Shadowbox + Soft Circle @ Trans-Pecos
Eartheater, the deeply psychedelic solo project of Guardian Alien member Alexandra Drewchin, plays Trans-Pecos tonight with a collaborative set from two other experimental musicians, Shadowbox and Soft Circle.

The Mystery Lights, Acid Dad, Jungle Green @ Our Wicked Lady
Perhaps Brooklyn's best garage-psych outfit, The Mystery Lights play this new Bushwick spot tonight with fellow fuzz-lovers Acid Dad. This show is free.

Erol Alkan, Fort Romeau, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Producer, remixer, one-half of prog-dance duo Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, and Todd Rundgren collaborator Erol Alkan has impeccable taste and impressive DJ skills.

Ronald Paris, True Blue @ Baby's All Right
This was supposed to be the first of two NYC shows for Finnish artist Jaakko Eino Kaveli who had to cancel his trip due to dreaded visa issues. Porches' Ronald Paris stays on the bill and the show is now free.

Parlor Walls @ Fulton Stall Market
South Street Seaport's multi-use Fulton Stall Market is hosting free shows on Friday. The space is nice, there's bar and a secluded courtyard...worse ways to spend a couple hours after work on a Friday.

Chain and the Gang, Shilpa Ray @ BSP Kingston
Ian Svenonius' current rock n' roll concern, Chain and the Gang, will start their tour with Thurston Moore soon but play this Kingston, NY show tonight first. If you're out that way and going, Shilpa Ray is awesome too.

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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