July 30, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Virginia Beach's Turnover put out their debut LP, Magnolia, last year via Run for Cover and they're set to follow it with the 3-song Blue Dream 7" on August 26 via Broken Rim in the US and Dog Knights in Europe (click the links to pre-order).
Its first single, "Disintegration," is a slow-burner, opening with clean-guitar arpeggios not unlike Brand New's "Jesus Christ" or Manchester Orchestra's "I Can Feel A Hot One." And like those bands, this is wise-beyond-its-years kinda stuff, with singer Austin Getz reflecting on the unchangeable past and the unknowable future. "I just want to try to be a better man before I fall apart," he sings in the song's second half, a crushing post-hardcore climax after the softer intro. It's not the kind of stuff that every band in this style is going to tackle this early in their career, but the fact that Turnover are going for it and succeeding is making them look pretty promising right now. The song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
The band will also be touring in late summer and early fall with Light Years and Malfunction. That tour hits NYC on September 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but will be soon via Ticketweb.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and new song stream, below...
The Rentals first album in 15 years, Lost in Alphaville, will be out in about a month (August 26) on Polyvinyl. Shortly there after, Matt Sharp and the rest of the band will start playing shows again too. Dates include two in the NY area: September 27 at Irving Plaza, and the day before (9/26) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets to both those NY-area shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
The Rentals first show back is at LA's Fonda Theatre on September 5. All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from the album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
UK indie rock duo Nai Harvest have been on our radar since the release of their impressive Hold Open My Head (on Topshelf/Dog Knights) earlier this year, and it was exciting when they announced they'd be coming to the US for The Fest, which we hoped would mean a NYC show would get added too. That's finally happened, as the band have announced a tour with two mathy American bands, Dads and Tiny Moving Parts. The tour hits NYC on October 20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Nai Harvest are following their EP with a split with Playlounge due out on Dog Knights/Topshelf this August. Each band contributes a new song and covers a track by the other band, and Nai Harvest recently shared their new contribution, "Buttercups." It's another love letter to '90s indie rock, but with enough hooks to prove that Nai Harvest have some real songwriting chops too. Check it out below.
Both Dads and Tiny Moving Parts have new albums coming out this year too, I'll Be the Tornado (out 10/14 via 6131) and Pleasant Living (out 9/9 via Triple Crown), respectively. Stream tracks from both of those LPs as well, with the list of tour dates, below...
As mentioned, turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will soon be out on the "Renegades of Rhythm" tour where they'll be DJing exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection. (40k+ records!) There are still tickets for the September 4 date at Irving Plaza, but they've added a second show at the NYC venue the following night (9/5). Tickets for the just-added show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM with a Livenation presale beginning Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...
Avey Tare at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
While Panda Bear will be busy touring this year, the other members of Animal Collective will go on another DJ tour. The new tour brings them back to Brooklyn Bowl on September 12, October 3 and November 14, the same venue their last DJ tour hit this past June. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM. Most dates, including the 10/3 and 11/14 shows, will have Geologist, Deakin and Avey Tare. Avey won't be at the 9/12 date.
All dates are listed, with exact lineups and a live DJ mix stream, below...
Brooklyn's Nancy Sinatra-covering noise artist Pharmakon has announced that she'll release a new album, Bestial Burden, the followup to 2013's excellent Abandon, on October 14 via Sacred Bones. It was produced by Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon, who also helmed Abandon. You can check out the LP's tracklist and the trailer video for it, directed by Jacqueline Castel, below. Artwork above.
Pharmakon will tour Europe with Swans this fall (who she's toured with before), but before she leaves home she'll play Death by Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival. $10 at the door gets you in.
That's the first of two NYC dates that week for Barcelona punks Una Bestia Incontrolable. They also play 538 Johnson on 8/30 with Dawn of Humans and La Misma. They just put out a new 7" on Iron Lung Records, which you can stream (via Noisey) below.
Also below is the list of Pharmakon dates, LP trailer and tracklist.
Beverly @ Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beverly have been added to The Drums' upcoming tour, opening all dates including the two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on September 20 (sold out). Before that, you can also catch Bev at Rough Trade on August 15 with openers TBA (tickets). All dates are listed below.
In other news, Beverly just released a video for "Out on a Ride," from their enjoyable debut album, Careers, which features random tour footage as well as some shot at Baby's All Right. You can watch that, along with a Breakthrough Radio live session, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Sloan return this fall with Commonwealth, their 11th album. It has a playing card motif with each of the four members getting their own suit and side to the double album. You may have already heard Patrick "Shamrock" Pentland's riff-rocking "Keep Swinging (Downtown)" and now we get a track from Jay "Diamond" Ferguson's side. "Cleopatra" might be the album's standout cut, cramming in a crazy amount of hooks into its 2:42 length. Stream it below.
Commonwealth is out September 7. Pre-orders are on sale now, including a deluxe edition that includes a signed print and a deck of Sloan playing cards.
Little Big League at BV Northside 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly indie rockers Little Big League are about to join the ongoing Foxing/Hotelier tour, and they've now added more of their own tour dates surrounding their appearance at Riot Fest Toronto. Those dates have them in Brooklyn for a show on September 3 at Shea Stadium with a stacked lineup of likeminded DIY rock from Ovlov, Krill and Mannequin Pussy. All dates are listed below.
Ovlov play NYC again on their tour with Basement, Pity Sex and Superheaven.
Ovlov and Little Big League recently put out a split on Tiny Engines. Watch the video for LBL's contribution, with their list of dates, below...
Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been an up-and-down week (and year) for Morrissey. On the plus side, the singer's new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, entered the Billboard Album Chart at #14. On the minus side, TMZ reports that Moz is being sued by former bodygaurd Bradley Steyn, who claims he was fired after refusing to "hurt" the operator, known as DavidT, of fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. The site has been a thorn in Morrissey's side for some time. Stereogum notes Moz's lawyers issued a cease-and-decist letter after Morrissey-Solo.com posted a report that his band and crew hadn't been paid for a 2002 tour.
Steyn claims he was hired after the singer's San Jose show -- the one where he was "attacked" by stage-rushing fans -- and was then approached by Morrissey's manager who asked him if a fan "could get hurt" or "gotten rid of" with talk of finding the person's home address. Steyn says he refused and was fired the next day. TMZ says Morrissey did not return their request for comment.