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July 2, 2015

Jon Hamm on the Daily Show

Funny guy Scott Rogowski wraps up the current season of his live talk show, Running Late with Scott Rogowski, tonight (7/2) at Le Poisson Rouge. He's put together a pretty killer lineup of guests for his season finale, too: Jon Hamm and H. Jon Benjamin (both of whom are in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) will be there, as will Tom Papa and actor Craig Bierko. Tickets are still available.

Jon Hamm, who also lends his voice to upcoming Despicable Me sequel Minions, stopped by The Daily Show on Wednesday (6/30) to chat with departing host Jon Stewart, and you can watch that segment below.

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Summerscreen 2015

Summerscreen, which is in its 10th year, already announced its movie lineup and they've now announced the bands (curated by Todd P) that will play before the film starts. Things kick off Wednesday (7/8) in McCarren Park with Alicia Silverstone comedy Clueless and an opening set from Zs. After that it's Regal Degal playing before Wet Hot American Summer (7/15), Blues Control before Dirty Dancing (7/22), Excepter before Dazed and Confused (7/29), Jah Division before Jurassic Park (8/5), and a "secret guest" playing before the final film on 8/12 which is once again an "Audience Pick." Gates open at 6 PM and bands start at 6:30, with the movies starting at sundown.

Speaking of Wet Hot American Summer, the new prequel miniseries, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, is coming to Netflix soon. The trailer just came out.

photo: Veruca Salt at MHOW in 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt made a triumphant return with some great singles and live shows, and on July 10 they'll release their first album with their original lineup in almost two decades, Ghost Notes. The album's finally here for us to stream in full, and you can do just that below (via NPR).

Veruca Salt's tour hits NYC on July 31 at Webster Hall with Charly Bliss. Tickets for that show are still available.

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Blank Realm 2015

Brisbane band Blank Realm have been around for nearly a decade, blending bluesy punk, arty noise, melodic hooks and heaps of snarly attitude into a sound that's distinctly Australian and now distinctly their own. Following a string of self-released CDRs, cassettes and 7"s, the band released the terrific, if underheard, Grassed Inn last year and are now about to release its follow-up. Illegals in Heaven will be out September 4 via Fire/Bedroom Suck. You can get a taste by way of single "River Of Longing" which offers a more rough-n-tumble version of late-'80s Flying Nun-style janglepop (There's some Bats in there). You can stream it, and check out the album's artwork and tracklist and a Rdio stream of Grassed Inn, below.

Blank Realm have toured the U.S. before but so far no dates on this side of the world have been announced. They will be in the UK and Europe in September and those dates are listed below...

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Maryland Deathfest 2016

Annual metalhead destination Maryland Deathfest announced its initial 2016 lineup last week, and today the festival revealed its second round of bands. The additions are Craft, Dead Church, Excel, General Surgery, Grave Miasma, Hemdale, Impaled Nazarene, Infernal Revulsion, Mystifier, Negative Approach, Sanitys Dawn and Yacopsae.

They join Venom, Bongzilla, Bongripper, Samael, and more previously announced bands. Stay tuned for the next batch of tickets to be released. Updated lineup below...

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

After teasing us with a faux promotional video about Camp Firewood, we now have our first good taste of Netflix's prequel miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The three-minute trailer manages to pack in a good amount of jokes in between listing the who's who of comedy cast, that seems to include everyone you could imagine being in this thing apart from Nick Offerman. Watch the trailer below.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will be streamable on Netflix starting July 31.

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Reverend Billy

Neil Young and Promise of the Real (the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah) recently released their Monsanto-criticizing album, The Monsanto Years, and will soon be on tour supporting it. The tour includes NYC-area venue Jones Beach on July 21 with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, and that show just got another opener: the anti-capitalist Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. A press release reads:

Sharing their opposition to Monsanto and Starbucks and Walmart, Reverend Billy and the 40 singing-activists join forces with the radicalized rocker on Tuesday, July 21, at Jones Beach Theater in New York.

...Monsanto is also the Devil of the Church of Stop Shopping. This summer, the Rev & singers will perform "Non-Violent Dramatic Actions" to support a ban on Monsanto's Roundup, the world's most frequently used herbicide. New York City sprayed Monsanto's Carcinogenic Roundup more than 1,300 times on its parks and playgrounds in 2013. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, was declared a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

The tour also includes NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on July 16 with Band of Horses and Bethel, NY's Bethwell Woods Center for the Arts with Puss 'N' Boots. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.

Watch a video of Reverend Billy's 'Monsanto is the Devil' at Joe's Pub, with the list of Neil's tour dates, below...

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AFX orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

After a flurry of new Aphex Twin releases in the last year or so, Richard D James is also resurrecting his AFX guise for his first new release under that name since the Analord series a decade ago. It comes in the form of a new EP, titled Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008, and will be out August 21 via Warp. You can have a listen to opening cut "Serge Fenix Rendered 2" and watch a teaser video, below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Sondre Lerche @ MHOW 6/30/2015
Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche wrapped up his short East Coast tour at hometown venue Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (6/30). Delicate Steve's Steve Marion, whose opening solo set had him down in the crowd, joined Sondre on stage for "At A Loss For Words" and "Despite The Night." Former tourmates TEEN also came out to provide backing vocals on a couple songs. Jonas Alaska played first (we missed him) but pictures of Steve Marion's and Sondre's sets are in this post.

More below...

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Brian, Bruce & friends (photo by @bitchitssammy)
Brian Wilson

After playing Jones Beach (pictures), Brian Wilson brought his tour to NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center last night (7/1). Like the rest of the tour, he was joined by on stage by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, but this particular stop included another special guest: Jersey hero Bruce Springsteen. The Boss joined the boys in the encore for "Barbara Ann" and "Surfin' USA." That's them pictured above, and you can watch a video of Bruce's appearance below (via

Like the Jones Beach show, the show was heavy on Beach Boys material and included a bit of Brian's new solo album. Rodriguez opened. Full setlist below.

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