September 4, 2015
photo: Against Me! in McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Against Me!, Cakes Da Killa, Big Eyes @ Stone Pony (BV Presents)
The next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select is tonight and it happens in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony. Headlining is one of our favorite punk bands around, Against Me!, and before them it's NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa and more punk from Big Eyes. It's just $3 with RSVP but admission is first come, first served. Hope to see you there!
AJ Davila y Terror Amor, The Teen Age @ Elvis Guesthouse
Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila plays tonight with his other fearsome garagepunk band Terror Amor. His wild shows are a pretty safe bet for a good time and seeing him at tiny Elvis Guesthouse should be crazy.
Prince Rama, Giant Claw, Darren Keen, Macula Dog @ Palisades
New age mystics and spacey party-starters Prince Rama love to involve the crowd at their shows, be it with group dance or yoga meditations. You never know exactly what's going to happen, but it's rarely dull.
Xylouris White, Luluc @ Union Pool
Xylouris White is the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings, making for a very interesting listen that is all the more captivating live. Their two-night stand at Union Pool concludes tonight.
Clark, Heathered Pearls, Lord Raja, Logan Takahashi, Safer At Night @ Good Room
It's the first of two NYC shows this weekend for Clark, who's been making consistently great IDM for over a decade. His most recent album is last year's self-titled LP on Warp.
Old Man Gloom, Mare @ Saint Vitus
Old Man Gloom have members of Converge, Cave In and Isis, and they're riding high off last year's The Ape of God which was one of the better metal albums of 2014. They're on tour with the reunited sludge band Mare, and tonight concludes their sold-out two-night stay at Saint Vitus.
Mick Jenkins, STWO @ Highline Ballroom
Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins continues to pick up more and more buzz, and tonight he comes to NYC for a pretty big show at HIghline Ballroom.
Revocation, Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, Black Fast, Sicada @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's a night of metal at the Studio at Webster Hall, led by the tech-y Revocation and the weed-loving Cannabis Corpse.
Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Jay Pharaoh, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry @ Jones Beach (Oddball)
The annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival puts some of the best comedians of the moment together for a huge tour, and tonight's the first NYC-area stop. Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer were both on the 2014 tour, but there's no denying their careers got major boosts in the past year, so it's exciting to see this time they're back as co-headliners. The rest of the lineup ain't too shabby either.
Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
The three-day EDM fest Electric Zoo returns to NYC this weekend. It's mostly the kinds of big names you usually se at these types of festivals, but today also has some cool stuff like The Chemical Brothers, Cashmere Cat, The Martinez Brothers and Wave Racer.
Sediment Club, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cellular Chaos, Reina Terror @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos has a good lineup tonight (as usual) with no wavers Sediment Club, experimental guitarist Ava Mendoza and more.
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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September 3, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
NYC EDM fest Electric Zoo takes over Randall's Island for three days this weekend (9/4-9/6). The lineup has some cool stuff like The Chemical Brothers, The Glitch Mob, Com Truise, Cashmere Cat, Pete Tong and Wave Racer, but it's mostly things you probably want to avoid. One artist worth highlighting on the lineup though is UK producer jackLNDN, who's playing this and a few other US dates. He dropped two singles this summer, "All I See" and "Firing Line," which are both addictive doses of deep house. Check them out below.
Full Electric Zoo lineup and tickets here.
by Bill Pearis
The Bevis Frond's 'Miasma'
Venerable psych label Tee Pee Records are throwing a two-day festival at Brooklyn's The Wick on Saturday (9/5) and Sunday (9/6) they're calling the Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous. Here's more from the label:
While most of the bands on the Tee Pee roster have a definite guitar-based sensibility, there is quite a range therein that we and the bands are constantly exploring. Fans of underground rock know that they are witnessing a contemporary explosion of creative bands purveying in everything from joyous riff-rock to full-on psych; from the heaviest doom to neo-thrash; from bands who nod to the occult to a new wave of space-rock to bands who hearken to the blues; etc, etc.Saturday's lineup features Okland, CA's Saviours, The Skull (featuring Eric Wagner and Ron Holzneror of Trouble), Mirror Queen (ex-Kreisor), and UK psych-vets The Bevis Frond.
Sunday's lineup also includes The Bevis Frond, plus J Mascis and King Tuff's stoner rock band Witch, Pittsburgh riff-rockers Carousel, Brooklyn's The Golden Grass, and Boston-area band Worshipper. Tickets to both nights are still available.
It's been a while since these shores have seen The Bevis Frond, aka Nick Saloman who has been making '60s influenced psych-pop since the mid-'80s. Titles like his 1987 debut, Miasma, and 1988's Tryptich, are cult classics. After a seven-year absence, Saloman returned in 2011 with a new Bevis Frond album, The Leaving Of London, and then released The White Numbers in 2013 and his 22nd album, titled Example 22, is due out next week (9/11). You can stream Tryptich and The Leaving of London below.
These dates at The Wick areThe Bevis Frond's only North American shows scheduled, but he has some European dates coming up. All are listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Vince Staples at BV-RBSS in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The final Warm Up at MoMA PS1 happens this Saturday (9/5). The lineup had been listed as "TBA" for a while but it's announced now and it's pretty awesome. Rising rapper of the year Vince Staples headlines, and he'll be joined by Detroit techno originator Derrick May, Canadian bass master Egyptrixx, UK IDM wiz Clark, DFA's Dan Bodan (ft. Draveng), and Ratking's Sporting Life. Tickets for this stacked show are on sale now.
It'll be the second NYC show of the weekend for Clark, whose tour also hits Good Room on Friday (9/4) with Heathered Pearls, Lord Raja, Logan Takahashi (of Teengirl Fantasy) and Safer At Night. Tickets for that show are still available.
Teengirl Fantasy also teams with Dan Bodan + Draveng for a midnight show at Palisades after Warm Up. Also on that bill is UMFANG and Sasha Jan Rezzie. Tickets are on sale.
After this show, Vince Staples heads out on tour with A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown. That tour includes NYC's Theater at MSG on 9/22 (tickets). Earlier this week, Vince played the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jhene Aiko and The Roots. Watch them perform "Lemme Know," with Vince's list of tour dates, below.
by Klaus Kinski
The relentlessness of New York City's expensification, corporatization, yuppification, Eurotrashification, mindless Condo-nality and Trustafarianism makes it difficult for any person or persons to set-up a weekly or monthly comedy show that can survive longer than a calendar year. Somehow, though, the great Seth Herzog has been a been able to keep his wonderful comedy/variety/insanity showcase Sweet alive and well for a whopping 11 years with little need for antibiotics or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Currently back home on Tuesdays at the Slipper Room after a bit of a stay at Ella, the longevity of his show defies logic, economics, and New York City's heartless appetite to consume anything wonderful before we get too used to it. And that is just wonderful; in this day and age, in this dumb city, it sure is nice to have something we can count on.
To celebrate Sweet's massive 11-year anniversary, Herzog is taking his show from the Slipper Room to the confines of the intimate Studio at Webster Hall on Monday September 14 for a showcase that is sure to rip. The line-up so far includes the legendary David Cross, Hasan Minhaj ("Daily Show" correspondent, host of MTV's "Failosophy"), and more to be announced as the date gets closer. And it wouldn't be Sweet without an appearance from Seth's mom. Tickets are currently onsale so grab a couple and join me for what is going to be the show of the century.
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
An all-around good death metal tour is happening this fall with Hate Eternal, Misery Index, Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil. It hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall, and tickets go on sale Friday (9/4) at 10 AM. Headliners Hate Eternal are touring in support of their recently released Infernus LP on Season of Mist, which you can stream below.
In other death metal news, Joseph Schafer interviewed Karl Sanders of Nile over at Invisible Oranges. IO also reviewed their new album What Should Not Be Unearthed, which dropped last week on Nuclear Blast (steam a track below). Nile's tour hits NYC on January 14 at Gramercy Theatre with Day of Doom. Tickets are on sale now.
And one last bit of death metal news: Horrendous will follow their much-loved 2014 album Ecydysis with Anareta on October 27 via Dark Descent. Lead single "Sum of All Failures" is out now and you can check it out below.
For even more on the hardcore side, catch ACxDC, Meek Is Murder, Mary Todd and Lucid Terror on September 17 at the Acheron. Tickets are on sale.
Another band in that sludgy/garagey realm, Indian Handcrafts, will release their new album Creeps on October 2 via Sargent House. You can check out the first single "It's Late Queeny" below. The band is heading on tour this fall with Kylesa and Inter Arma, hitting NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets). We also caught Kylesa in NYC earlier this week with Cult of Luna. Check out pictures.
For something more classic, we recently got a new song from the new Slayer album Repentless, which drops 9/11 via Nuclear Blast. It's called "Cast The First Stone" and you can check it out below.
A lot's been going on the world of classic metal lately. The new Motorhead album just dropped last week (but more importantly we hope Lemmy gets well soon) and the new Iron Maiden album is coming this week. Black Sabbath just announced their "final" tour for 2016, including Madison Square Garden. Judas Priest will be on tour (with Mastodon) sooner than that.
The long Labor Day weekend is upon us, and there are a few evil ways you can celebrate in NYC. Old Man Gloom and Mare begin their sold-out two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight (9/3). DC's Pure Disgust play Acheron on Friday (9/4) with Protester, Stand Off, Chud and Burst of Rage. Then Creeping Dose are at Silent Barn on Saturday (9/5) with Torso, Narcoleptics and Wrung. J Mascis and King Tuff's stoner rock band Witch play The Wick on Sunday (9/6) with Carousel, The Bevis Frond, The Golden Grass and Worshipper.
photo: AJ Davila @ Trans Pecos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Puerto Rican garage punk maestro AJ Davila is currently on tour in the US with his band Terror Amor. More specifically, they're currently in NYC for three shows: tonight (9/3) at Shea Stadium with Total Slacker and Acid Dad; then Elvis Guesthouse on Friday (9/4) with The Teen Age; and finally Saturday (9/6) at Cake Shop with Ice Balloons and Surfbort. Tickets for all three NYC shows are on sale. All dates are listed below.
AJ Davila y Terror Amor's most recent album was Beibe, which was released in fall 2014 on Burger and you can stream "Borderline" from it below...
by Bill Pearis
One of the most (deservedly) talked-about shows of the summer was drama Mr. Robot which just wrapped up its excellent first season last night. If you haven't seen it, I've described it as Fight Club meets American Psycho, but about computer hackers. (Specifically, one hacker, named Eliot, played with perfect spacey detachment by Rami Malek.) That is very, very reductive (the show is about a lot of things, you come to learn) but that gets you there. The whole season is now available on USA on-demand. Music is treated just as expertly as everything else in this show, including some some familiar songs and cool, more obscure choices. MAJOR spoilers lie below, so read at your own caution.
photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath discussed retirement not long ago, and now they announced what they're calling "The Final Tour by The Greatest Metal Band of All Time." It has original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (no Bill Ward) and begins in January 2016.
The tour hits NYC on February 25 at Madison Square Garden with Rival Sons. Tickets go on sale 9/12 at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with a tour announcement video, below.
Keith Richards will probably not catch this one.
Tuesday night (9/1), Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard surprise-released the debut record from her other band, Thunderbitch. Also featuring memebers of Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks, the band's bio reads, "Thunderbitch. Rock 'n' Roll. The end." You can watch a trailer for the album below and listen to the whole album over at Thunderbitch's website.
In other news, the title track to Alabama Shakes' new album Sound & Color was used in the closing sequence of last night's Mr. Robot season finale. That's all we'll say about that, but you can watch the song's video below.
You can still get tickets, by the way, for Alabama Shakes' show at Forest Hills Stadium on September 19 with Drive By Truckers.