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May 21, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Godflesh at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh

Godflesh returned in a big way last year with A World Lit Only By Fire, their first album since 2001 and one that recalled their vile early days without being a retread. They were recently announced for POP Montreal and then Hopscotch, reassuring us that the Godflesh reunion is not done yet, and now a full tour has been scheduled.

The dates are with Justin Broadrick's old pal Prurient (who has a new album out this year and played NYC last week). They hit NYC on September 15 at Warsaw with additional support from British techno vet Regis (who's also on the Philly date and maybe others?). Tickets for Warsaw are on presale now (password = SPEAKERS) and go on sale to the general public Friday (5/22) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with some music from all three artists, below...

Continue reading "Godflesh touring with Prurient and Regis (dates)"

photo: Frank Turner at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Frank Turner

Frank Turner already sold out two Irving Plaza shows on his upcoming tour, and he's now added a third. The new show happens September 30 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are currently on Looney Tunes presale (password: looney) and will go on sale to the general public today at 5 PM.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Frank Turner adds 3rd Irving Plaza show (updated tour dates)"

photo: Other Lives at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Other Lives

The annual BAM Next Wave Festival returns in 2015 from September 16 - December 20 with multiple events in dance, music, opera, performance art, and theater.

There's a few cool things on the music front, including producer Kid Koala (of Deltron 3030 and other projects) presenting an adaptation of his graphic novel, Nufonia Must Fall, from September 17-19 at BAM Harvey Theater. The event description reads:

Directed by the Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (Her, Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation, Being John Malkovich) the story centers around a lonesome, music-obsessed, headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence who falls in love with a winsome office worker.

After a chance encounter, their precarious courtship unfolds via real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stage settings and a cast of meticulously-crafted puppets. Kid Koala and the dynamic Canadian ensemble, the Afiara Quartet, provide the live score for piano, strings, and turntables, creating an unforgettably heartwarming performance experience that provides a fresh look at contemporary relationships, technology, and existential relevance.

Another one is Portland indie band Other Lives (who recently put out a new album) presenting the world premiere of Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives on October 9 and 10 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House . Here's details:
True to its title, Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives reconceives the acclaimed indie rock band's live show as an immersive theatrical experience helmed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company cofounder Terry Kinney in this world premiere collaborative work. Other Lives' Jesse Tabish, Jonathan Mooney, Josh Onstott, Daniel Hart, and Danny Reish will perform songs from their most recent album, Rituals, along with previous releases, while Kinney crafts an engrossing audio-visual narrative inspired by the band's lyrics and Oklahoma roots.
And jazz composer Darcy James Argue is premiering his new piece Real Enemies with Isaac Butler, Peter Nigrini, and the 18-piece Secret Society ensemble from November 18-21 at BAM Harvey Theater. Details:
Grammy Award-nominated composer Darcy James Argue and his acclaimed 18-member jazz ensemble Secret Society return to BAM with Real Enemies--a multimedia work that explores American conspiracy theories in 12 vignettes. Using both contemporary and historical stories of both real and imagined plots, Real Enemies will build a new conspiracy theory on stage.

Featuring a series of short films by Peter Nigrini, broadcast on multiple surfaces designed by Maruti Evans, Real Enemies creates connections and mini-narratives between disparate pieces of information. The work's narrative, by Isaac Butler, is drawn from declassified government papers, conspiracy documentaries, and historical sources--fusing a final collage of pictures, multiple channels of simultaneously-broadcast film, and live music performed by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.

One of the opera events has My Brightest Diamond frontwoman Shara Worden teaming up with Andrew Ondrejcak and Baroque Orchestration X for the US premiere of You Us We All from November 11-14 at BAM Harvey Theater. The description reads:
Singer and composer Shara Worden partners with writer/director/designer Andrew Ondrejcak to create this contemporary opera for five singers and a baroque chamber ensemble. YOU US WE ALL is inspired by the 17th-century court masques, with characters, lyrics, music, costumes, sets, and staging
all fractured through a contemporary lens. The explicitly allegorical characters--Death, Hope, Virtue, and Love--are thrust into our world, where they negotiate mundane everyday lives: going to the gym, obsessing over celebrities, fantasizing the life-that-could-be, etc--until Time comes along and tears everything away.
The 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival also includes a performance art event with Miranda July and many more.

Tickets go on sale June 8 to members and June 15 to the general public. Tickets for individual shows go on sale August 3 to members and August 10 to the general public. Check out the full list of events below.

Continue reading "BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival announced: Other Lives, Kid Koala, My Brightest Diamond, Miranda July & more"

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Union Pool have announced more performers for this year's free Summer Thunder series. New additions include Kid Congo Powers & Pink Monkey Birds and a reunion of shitgaze ragers K-Holes on July 25, and new Matador Records signee Steve Gunn will play Summer Thunder on August 29.

There are some additions to already-announced shows as well. The May 30 kickoff show with Hector's Pets will also feature sets from party punks Metalleg and Slam Section. The highly anticipated (by us at least) June 27 Destruction Unit show has now gotten better, with the addition of Pampers and Cheena.

The June 13 Blues Control show now also has Hex Message (who've toured with Gang Gang Dance) and Ohal. And the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's PAT party now includes a live performance by "gender-problematizing goth dance band," Bottoms.

And unfortunately Endless Boogie has dropped off the June 6 Summer Thunder show, but gnawa group the Innove Gnawa Band are still playing, with more acts to be announced.

Summer Thunder happens Saturdays from May 30 through August 29 at Union Pool from 2 PM - 6 PM. Free, 21+. For more info and updates, check out Summer Thunder's facebook.

Though not part of Summer Thunder, Union Pool will be having an "Afternoon Hang" on Saturday afternoon (5/23) in the front room, featuring cellist Clara Kennedy, J. Leisure and DJ Mike Wolf. That starts at 2 PM and is free. Flyer for that, and the updated 2015 Summer Thunder schedule, is below...

Continue reading "Steve Gunn, Kid Congo, Pampers, Bottoms, K-Holes & more added to Union Pool's free 2015 Summer Thunder series"

by Andrew Sacher

Spoonboy

You may remember that last year we wrote about Spoonboy's split EP with The Goodbye Party, and he's now made a video for its super-catchy track "Linus and Me" which stars members of the UK indie pop band Martha (who he also put out a split with last year). Martha's Nathan Stephens-Griffin also directed it, and Ben Epstein of The Max Levine Ensemble (which Spoonboy main man David Combs is also part of) edited. It premieres below. If you haven't picked up the split yet, you can get it physically or digitally.

David will be retiring the Spoonboy moniker after a few shows, including one in Brooklyn on Saturday (5/23) at SIlent Barn with Bellows, The Goodbye Party, Emilyn Brodsky and Shark Shark (mem Nana Grizol). Doors for that all ages show are at 8 PM, and admission is $8.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Spoonboy retiring project after final tour (dates & new video)"

photos by PSquared

Courtney Barnett @ Bowery Ballroom
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is in the midst of her sold-out, three-night run at Bowery Ballroom with tour mates Chastity Belt and fellow Aussie Darren Hanlon. At the first (5/19), she mixed songs from her terrific new album with older favorites like "Avant Gardener" and "History Eraser" while making time for two early '90s covers -- The Breeders' "Cannonball" and The Lemonheads' "Being Around." Pictures and setlist from Tuesday's show, plus videos, are in this post.

Barnett wraps up her Bowery run tonight, but her tour will swing back through NYC at Terminal 5 on July 22 with Speedy Ortiz and Torres. Tickets are still available.

Openers Chastity Belt play Friday (5/22) at Rough Trade with Mega Bog and Nail Polish. BrooklynVegan is presenting that show and tickets are still available. You can win a pair, too.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett covered Breeders & Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom run which wraps up tonight (pics, setlist, video)"

photos by PSquared

Chastity Belt @ Bowery Ballroom 5/19/2015
Chastity Belt

Seattle's Chastity Belt are currently on tour with Courtney Barnett and Darren Hanlon, and their sold-out three-night Bowery Ballroom run wraps up tonight (5/21). We were at the first show (5/19) and pictures of Chastity Belt are in this post (pics of Courtney and Darren are here). As mentioned, Chastity Belt are sticking around NYC to play a BrooklynVegan-presented show on Friday (5/22) at Rough Trade with Mega Bog and Nail Polish. That's a late show and tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair, too. Details on that are below.

If you're wondering what its like to be on tour with Chastity Belt, you can get a glimpse of life in the van via their video for Time to Go Home standout, "Joke," which you can watch below.

Continue reading "Chastity Belt's BV-presented NYC show is this Friday (win tix!) ++ pics from Bowery w/ Courtney Barnett"

photos by Wei Shi

Palma Violets

UK rockers Palma Violets brought their tour through NYC for a second time this year, this time with their sophomore LP Danger in the Club officially out. As you'd expect if you've seen them before, the band were bouncing around on stage the whole time and had the crowd doing the same. They hit Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (5/19) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (5/20), and opening both shows was Public Access TV, the NYC band with a similar interest in keeping the garage rock revival alive. We've got pictures of the MHOW show and you can check out more below...

Continue reading "Palma Violets & Public Access TV played two NYC shows (pics from MHOW)"

Ryan Hemsworth (photo courtesy of Frank & Oak)
Ryan Hemsworth

Hip hop producer Ryan Hemsworth already has a Northside show at Brooklyn's Palisades on June 12 with Tommy Kruise announced (tickets), and it turns out that's actually the first of two NYC shows on Ryan and Tommy's tour together. They also play Santos Party House (6/13) the next day, and tickets are on sale for that one too. All dates are listed below.

Ryan also made a mix in honor of the tour, with music from Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Baauer, Fetty Wap, Two-9, Gunplay, Main Attrakionz, Chief Keef, Bricc Baby Shitro and more. You can listen to that below. Speaking of Bricc Baby Shitro, he also recently put out a mixtape which features Young Thug, Casey Veggies and more. You can listen to that below too.

Continue reading "Ryan Hemsworth touring with Tommy Kruise, made a mix ft. Young Thug, Main Attrakionz, Bricc Baby Shitro, more (listen)"

Housecore Horror Festival

Pantera/Down frontman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival is returning for year three this November, and will now be held in San Antonio, TX (it was previously in Austin). The festival will be at the Aztec Theater from November 13-15, 2015, and so far the lineup includes Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite and Warbeast, with many more TBA.

Anselmo said he wanted to continue the festival to honor festival co-founder Corey Mitchell, who sadly passed away last year. He said:

I've got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be. There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that's what we're going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.
In addition to the music, the festival will screen "film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell." Tickets will be on sale soon.

It's a busy year for Phil Anselmo. He recently said in an interview that he's working on new music with Superjoint Ritual, his '90s-'00s supergroup with Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down) and frequent collaborator Kevin Bond, which reunited at last year's Housecore Horror fest (video below). He also mentioned he's working on new Illegals material, and has a "secret death metal project with some secret other guys from across the equator." Who could they be?

Continue reading "Suffocation, Autopsy, Eyehategod & more playing Housecore Horror; Phil Anselmo working on new Superjoint Ritual & more"