May 5, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 (more by Samanatha Saturday)
Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos have dates coming up, including Osheaga, Wrecking Ball, The Fest, and other festivals, as well as support slots for The Gaslight Anthem in Pittsburgh (also with Murder By Death) and Brand New in Michigan (also with Basement).
In the midst of all that, they'll play two album release week shows in NYC. First they'll hit Bushwick DIY spot Shea Stadium on June 25 (!) and then they play Rough Trade NYC on June 26. Tickets for Shea and Rough Trade go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The new album, Payola, comes out three days before that show (6/23) on Epitaph. It's their first since 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish (on Saddle Creek) and features Tim Kasher, Laura Jane Grace and The So So Glos. Watch the video for killer single "City on the Hill" below.
Updated list of Desaparecidos dates and that video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Roisin Murphy's new album, Hairless Toys, is out next week (5/12) and her new single is "Exploitation," an understated house number with inventive, jazzy arrangement touches. You can check out the video below. Murphy has also commissioned an EP's worth of remixes for "Exploitation" by the likes of DJ Sneak, Falco Benz, and GotSome. The latter turns the song into much more of an overt dancefloor banger and it makes its premiere in this post. Stream it below.
No North American live dates yet for Roisin -- she last played here during CMJ 2008 -- but she will be touring the UK and Europe soon. All dates are listed, along with the "Exploitation" video, remix and album sampler, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Oklahoma's Red City Radio are currently on the road with metallic punk vets Strung Out and Chicago-via-Dominican Republic hardcore band La Armada, which is about to roll through the NYC-area. The tour hits NJ's Asbury Lanes on Thursday (5/7) and then Gramercy Theatre on Sunday (5/10). Tickets for both shows are still on sale. All remaining dates are listed below.
Red City Radio have been making gravelly-voiced punk of the Hot Water Music variety since 2007, releasing two full lengths (2011's The Dangers of Standing Still and 2013's Titles), as well as a handful of EPs. Up until last year, they were co-fronted by Garrett Dale and Paul Pendley, but Paul left the band ahead of the band's third, self-titled album, which came out last month on Staple Records. Garrett's the sole lead vocalist now, and the band have slowed down a bit, often playing in more "rock" territory than "punk." But the album's still as worthy as either of its predecessors. Stream it in full, with the brand new video for "Two Out Of Three Ain't Rad" (premiering in this post), below.
'90s grunge/metal band L7 already said they'd be reuniting this year, followed by the announcement of European dates, and now North American dates are finally coming to fruition. A full tour here hasn't been announced yet, but we know they'll play NYC on September 8 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM, but first there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password.
Stay tuned for more shows TBA. Meanwhile, all currently known dates are listed below...
photo: Archers of Loaf @ 2012 4Knots Fest (more by Chris La Putt)
North Carolina indie rockers Archers of Loaf reunited in 2011 and played, among other shows, two nights at local haunt Cat's Cradle. Those shows were filmed as part of a documentary, What Did You Expect?, which screened here in NYC at the 2012 CBGB Festival. Those two Cat's Cradle shows are forming a double-live LP titled Curse of the Loaf which comes with a DVD of the documentary and a replica of the concert poster from the shows. A presale for the limited-edition record will be available the first week of June. Meanwhile, you can check out artwork, tracklist and stream "Harnessed in Slums" from it below.
NYC last saw Archers of Loaf at the 2012 4Knots Festival, and they'll return this summer at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 10 as part of a quick run which also includes dates in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...
photo: Mikal Cronin @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Mikal Cronin, William Tyler @ Bowery Ballroom
Mikal Cronin just released his most ambitious album yet, the string-laden MCIII whose second side is a concept suite. At the core, though, is his impressive pop smarts and songwriting. Help him celebrate tonight with his ace band.
Florence and the Machine, Empress Of @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Music Hall of Williamsburg is just full of surprises lately, Blur last week and now Florence + the Machine show (an intimate venue for her) presented by Governors Ball. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM today.
Todd Rundgren @ Highline Ballroom
Pop chameleon and certified eccentric Todd Rundgren plays two shows at Highline this week, with a mininal backing of Dâm-Funk and two backup singers. Will you see the light?
Laura Cantrell @ Union Hall
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites."
Hop Along, Crying, Thin Lips @ Rough Trade
Hop Along have been gradually been gaining a strong following since 2012's great Get Disowned, and the just-released Painted Shut (their first for Saddle Creek) totally lives up to all the hype its earned. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on their tour in support of it. Opening is another hard-hitting Philly indie rock band Thin Lips, and the chiptune/Rush lovers Crying.
Elder, Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude, Clamfight @ Saint Vitus
Traditional-style doomers Elder don't reinvent the wheel on their new album, Lore, but they do it so well that it doesn't matter if a little influence is showing. Tonight they're joined by another group of retro riffers, Kings Destroy, Indiana's Apostle of Solitude (ex-Gates of Slumber), and Philly's sludgy Clamfight.
Oddisee, Wati Heru, Salomon Faye @ Knitting Factory
DC rapper/producer Oddisse has been crazy prolific for years now, and just returned with his new jazz/soul-indebted album, The Good Fight.
Flagland, Washer, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Thelonius Junk @ Shea Stadium
Local band Big Ups make a very convincing blend of Fugazi/Slint-style post-hardcore, and their live show is really where it's at. Tonight's also the release party for the new Flagland/Washer split 7".
Weeknight, Courtship Ritual, Aircrafting @ Union Pool
For those who like it dark and moody, this show is a good bet with the lonely highway synthrock of Weeknight and Courtship Ritual's sultry slink.
Communion Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
Communion Records holds their monthly show at Rockwood tonight, happening across all stages, and featuring sets from former Walkmen member Peter Matthew Bauer, the Canadian heartland rock of Arkells, plus Nick Mulvey, Nothing But Thieves, The Walking Sticks, Ryan Hobler, Lost Lander, Mainland, VHS Collection, Michael Daves, Sarah Jaffe, Lewis Lane, The Bros. Landreth, and Albatross Albatross.
Radiolab Live @ BAM
BAM's weeklong RadioLoveFest is back, celebrating the art of audio broadcasting. Things kick off tonight with a live taping of popular science show Radiolab.
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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May 4, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Japan's highly influential screamo band Envy haven't released an album of new material since 2010's Recitation (though in 2013 they put out a box set of their entire discography), but that will finally change this year with Atheist's Cornea, which drops July 10 via Temporary Residence Ltd. First single "Blue Moonlight" has Envy doing what they do best -- music that's harsh and heavy, but also gorgeous and atmospheric. If you're an Envy fan, this should be instantly satisfying. And if you're not, but you're into any of the current wave of screamo/post-hardcore bands (or Thursday or Mogwai), you definitely need to check this out.
photos by Greg Cristman
Bush Tetras @ LPR 5/1/2015
NYC post punks Bush Tetras celebrated their 35th anniversary on Friday (5/1) at Le Poisson Rouge. No longer spring chickens, but the band proved they've still got it. Pat Place remains an awe-inspiring guitarist who blasts shards of electric slide guitar, and their rhythm section remains lithe and funky. As for the promised special guests, Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham only came out to introduce the band, and Don Fleming (of BALL and other things) joined the band for one song. Lead singer Cynthia Sley's son joined in at the end of the set to add his own dissonance and wall of noise to their cover of John Lennon's "Cold Turkey." Pictures from the show, including one of the setlist and ones of opening act Karyn Kuhl Band, are in this post and continue below...
New York Magazine's pop culture blog, Vulture, is bringing back Vulture Fest for a second year of screenings, talks and live performances, happening May 30 & 31 mostly at Milk Studios in Chelsea. A few of the events (such as a talk with Jerry Seinfeld, and a screening of Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner's new show Difficult People) are sold out but tickets for most are still available, including: a talk with Lisa Kudrow about her HBO series The Comeback; a talk with Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson: a screening of Tig Notaro's short film Clown Service; a roundtable discussion with screenwriters David Goyer (The Dark Knight), Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault in our Stars, and more), and Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer); a live taping of Kevin Smith's SModcast; and a Q&A with House of Cards creator Beau Williamson.
There's also a concert with Banks and St. Lucia on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (5/6) at noon.
All Vulture Fest events are listed below...