November 26, 2014
How to Dress Well at Glasslands in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Brooklyn music venue Glasslands has just over a month left before they close and they keep expanding their schedule of cool final shows. The newest addition is an especially cool one: How to Dress Well on December 16 with a DJ set from Heems and a special guest. HTDW made his live debut at the club in August 2010 and now plays much bigger venues, and says "Glasslands and Popgun have supported me since the beginning of my career and I am honored to be invited to play at one of their final shows, back where it all began for me." Tickets are on sale now.
HTDW also made a second mixtape of 2014 which you can stream below. This one has music by Jacques Greene, twigs, Default Genders, Akron/Family, Majical Cloudz, The Microphones, Dej Loaf, Philip Glass, Sia and more. He also has a few other dates (NZ, Australia and Japan) which are also listed below...
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
Kepi Ghoulie, frontman the now-defunct Lookout! Records punk vets Groovie Ghoulies, has been releasing music and touring solo for years now, but he's been doing something different on his current tour. Last year, Kepi teamed up with newer garage punks Mean Jeans for an all Groovie Ghoulies set in Oakland, and now the two bands have turned it into a full tour that began last week. The shows have included Mean Jeans backing Kepi on a set of "the music of the Groovie Ghoulies and more" and then the 'Jeans play their own set. The tour rolls into NYC this weekend for a show on Saturday (11/29) at Grand Victory with support from locals Hector's Pets and Gozer. Tickets for Saturday's show are on sale now.
All remaining dates are listed, with a full set video of that Oakland show, below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Rich Tarbell
Anyone that's been keeping up with Tim Barry's solo career knows that the former Avail frontman has left the punk roots of that band behind in favor of old-timey folk. He's got a new album, Lost & Rootless, coming out this Friday (11/28) via The Bouncing Souls' Chunksaah Records (pre-order) and this one's no exception. We've got the premiere of its new single "Solid Gone" which is steeped in the same American folk tradition his pal and fellow punk frontman Chuck Ragan explores in his solo work and on his Revival Tour (which Tim has taken part in). Check out the new song, along with the lyric video for the title track, below.
Tim also has dates coming up in the UK and on the West Coast of the US. Those are also listed below...
As discussed, Bette Midler is going on a tour soon in support of her upcoming tribute album to girl groups throughout history. That tour includes a NYC show at Madison Square Garden on June 25 (tickets) and now includes another show happening at MSG the following night (6/26). Tickets for the newly added show go on AmEx and VIP presale today at 10 AM with a general on sale date at 10 AM next Thursday (12/4).
Lia Ices is playing Rough Trade on January 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Beacon are playing Baby's All Right on February 14. Tickets are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Last week we told you about the new Anwar Sadat EP, Obedience. After sharing the new song "Rotted Out", we're now pleased to premiere a stream of the full EP, which is out next week (12/2) via Sick Room Records.
Obedience marks a continued step forward for these noisy post-punks after their strong 2013 LP Gold. The elastic baselines, cacophonous drumming and screeching guitar lines are still on display as their musicianship continues to develop. All the riffs on Obedience stick in your head long after the first listen, and the ground these guys cover over a mere four tracks is pretty impressive.
As mentioned Anwar Sadat start their tour this weekend, and will hit NYC soon, playng Shea Stadium on 12/13 with Tropical Trash, Bad Behavior, and Chat Logs.
Listen to Obedience below...
The Blind Shake at McCarren Park in June (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Bob Dylan @ NJPAC
Bob Dylan begins his five-night Beacon Theatre run in two days, but ahead of that there's another chance to catch him not far from NYC tonight.
Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
Interpol may not change it up much on their new album, but if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you've probably already got tickets for tonight. It's the third of three shows, all of which were sold out. Make sure you don't miss Hundred Waters, whose layered art pop will be a great start to the night.
Blonde Redhead, VBA @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight's the second of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one's got the rockin' VBA.
The Blind Shake, Wax Witches @ Baby's All Right
With a new album on Castle Face that is their rawest cut of animal beat garage proto-punk yet, The Blind Shake barrel into NYC for two shows. Tonight's the second.
Method Man, Redman, Berner, Mick Jenkins @ Best Buy Theater
While the new Wu-Tang Clan album comes out in less than a week, right now member Method Man is working with his pal Redman, who he's been collaborating with for two decades now.
Avan Lava, Clementine & the Galaxy, The Adversary @ Glasslands
Over-the-top dance act Avan Lava say Goodbye to Glasslands (which closes at the end of December). They're still together, just their final show at the club.
Kingdom, Ma Nguzu, Rizzla, Dubbel Dutch, False Witness, special guests @ Good Room
LA beatmaster Kingdom is debuting a new party called Viper XL tonight at the Good Room which used to be Europa. In addition to Kingdom himself, the lineup includes Ma Nguzu of Nguzunguzu and other friends, plus special guests are promised. This will probably go late, and doesn't sound like a bad way to spend the biggest bar night of the year.
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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November 25, 2014
Spike Hill during NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Death by Audio closed last weekend and New Year's eve will be the last night for Glasslands, both making way for Vice's new offices. And now comes word of another Williamsburg live music venue closing: Spike Hill, which is right by the Bedford Ave. L stop, will likely shutter for good before the end of 2014 reports Gothamist.
The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that "early December" was a workable timeline. He wasn't sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn't think "the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth." One thing was definitely clear: "The building's under contract for a lot of money."Spike Hill's venue hosted bands most nights, often without cover, and was home to NYC Popfest events for the last few years. The last show currently on Spike Hill's calendar is December 6 with Cold Blood Club, Of Clocks & Clouds, The Highway, Bondage & Discipline and Exiles.
December 6, incidentally, is the same day Glasslands is hosting an event called "A Dance Party Funeral for the neighborhood of Willamsburg." $10 at the door for that one.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Wrekmeister Harmonies at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Wrekmeister Harmonies, the experimental doom brainchild of Chicago-based performing artist J.R. Robinson, have announced an NYC performance of Robinson's most recent epic Wrekmeister piece, Then It All Came Down, which is based on an interview between Truman Capote and Charles Manson-associate Bobby Beausoleil and was released last month on Thrill Jockey. The show will take place at Brooklyn's Signal Gallery on December 14, and tickets are on sale now.
Wrekmeister Harmonies performances are big events, as they generally feature an impressive visual component and always include an ever-changing cast of a-list heavy avant-garde musicians, and this one is no exception. The live band will feature Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), Emil Amos (Om, Holy Sons), Dylan O'Toole (Indian) and members of Liturgy. Robinson doesn't perform much, and especially not outside of Chicago, another reason that his shows are more art events than your standard touring metal band, so this one should be pretty awesome for those New Yorkers who can catch it.
Before the NYC show, the band also play Chicago on December 6 at Bohemian National Cemetery -- those are their only two dates at the moment. Check videos of Robinson and company performing "You've Always Meant So Much to Me" (via Pit Full of Shit) and "Then it All Came Down" (via unARTigNYC) at Saint Vitus last year, below.