December 19, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Shilpa Ray's last release was the It's All Self Fellatio EP, which came out in 2013 via Nick Cave's Bad Seed Ltd. label, and she's since announced that she'll follow it with an LP called Last Year's Savage in 2015 via Northern Spy. The album's first single is "Nocturnal Emissions," for which Shilpa Ray released a video back in 2012 before her last EP came out. The video was directed by Maria Gigante, and produced by, written by and starrng Shilpa, who plays an activist advocating for a masturbation-free world. The video came to be during the time of the Todd Akin controversy, and features a clip of his "the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down" quote. It gets NSFW for about a second. Watch it below.
Shilpa plays a hometown show in NYC TONIGHT (12/19) at Cake Shop with Wild Bore, Young Runner and Stuydeyed. That's $8 at the door. It's her only announced show at the moment.
Photo: SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Earlier this year at SXSW, a tragic drunk driving crash killed four and injured several others. The driver, Rashad Owens, has already been jailed on capital murder charges, and now The Associated Press reports that SXSW is being sued by the family of Steven Craenmehr, who was struck while riding his bike during the incident.
"A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger," the lawsuit says with regards to the amount of traffic safeguards SXSW had set up and amount people packed into the city that week.
SXSW lawyers released a statement, which reads, "What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen's utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes."
SXSW returns in 2015 from March 17-22. Several artists have been announced so far.
The Bright Light Social Hour are playing Mercury Lounge on March 5 and 6. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Photo: Horse Feathers @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Portland folk rockers Horse Feathers released So It Is With Us, the followup to 2012's Cynic's New Year, earlier this fall via Kill Rock Stars. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream it in full below. A tour has now been announced in support of it for 2015, hitting NYC on March 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon today (12/19).
All dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Miguel hasn't released an album since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, but he's stayed active, working with Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Beyonce and others. And now he's uploaded a surprise 3-song EP to his Soundcloud, which is pretty thirst-quenching for anyone that's longing for a Kaleidoscope Dream followup.
The first song is called "NWA" and features Kurupt. Stream all three below...
Photo: Run DMC at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Run-DMC, LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, Lecrae, K. Michelle, Diggy Simmons @ Barclays Center
While original Run DMC members Darryl McDaniels and Joseph Simmons reunited back in 2012 for their first shows since the passing of Jam Master Jay, tonight's Xmas show at Barclays Center will be their first public show in the legendary hip hop group's hometown since coming back.
RatKing, Show Me The Body, Young Gutted, '86 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Run the Jewels may have ran the world of alt-rap this year, but their recent tourmates Ratking's debut album, So It Goes, was another of 2014's finest moments in that genre. Catch them in their hometown tonight for free.
DonChristian, Tigga Calore, Joey LaBeija, False Witness, LE1F (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
If you're into Le1f, there's a chance you're already familiar with this pal, rapper/singer DonChristian, and an even better chance that you'd like his style. He plays Le1f's Kwanzaa show later this month, but tonight he headlines his own NYC show, and Le1f's DJing it.
TK Wonder, Kissey, Evvy, DJ Anthony Bones @ Glasslands
Getting her start in the spoken word scene, Baltimore native TK Wonder blends hip hop, electronic and R&B styles. Also on the bill is Kissey who collaborates with TK under the name Wonderkiss.
Mates of State, Dreamshow @ Mercury Lounge (2 shows)
Indie pop duo Mates of State have two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight (the early show is sold out), and they're promising to debut a bunch of new songs.
RL Grime, Lunice, Branchez @ Terminal 5
Trap producer RL Grime put out his debut LP this year, and quickly got a lot more famous -- tonight's his biggest NYC show yet by far, and it's sold out.
RL Grime, Abjo, Andre Power @ Output
After T5, keep the party going at Output.
Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existence, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Punny stoners Cannabis Corpse and Texas thrashers Mammoth Grinder bring their killer double-billed tour through NYC tonight. Show up early for local two-man band Mother Brain.
Heaven's Gate, The Gradients, Washer, DONE, Half Human @ Silent Barn
It's been more than a year since post-shoegazers Heaven's Gate released their excellent debut album. A new EP is supposedly on the way soon, and perhaps we'll get a taste of that tonight.
Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass, Buster Poindexter, Regina Carter, Pedrito Martinez, Sofia Rei, Bria Skonberg, The Xylopholks, Molly Ryan, Kat Edmonson @ Town Hall
It's the second annual Gotham Holiday Swing variety show featuring everyone from This American Life host Ira Glass (once again performing with Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass), David Johansen in Buster Poindexer guise, Kat Edmonson and more, all backed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks Orchestra.
Matthew Dear, Paco Osuna, Aril Brikha, Michael Gracioppo @ Verboten
Hard to pigeonhole, electronic musician Matthew Dear is a mad scientist making dance music hybrids from a number of disparate beakers. While his live shows can be elaborate spectacles, he's in DJ mode tonight alongside Spanish spinner Paco Osuna.
Slava, Draveng, Head Hurtz, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
Doors are at midnight for this late night dance party with Berlin's Draveng and a local faves.
Shilpa Ray, Wild Bore, Young Runner, Stuydeyed @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn punk blueser Shilpa Ray's latest release is 2013's It's All Self Fellatio EP, but she recently announced that she'll follow it with a new album on Northern Spy. Maybe we'll hear some of that tonight.
Zula, eskimeaux, Rivergazer, Trace Mountains, Jordan Martin @ Shea Stadium
A lot of cool names from the local scene are on this bill, including prog poppers Zula, Eskimeaux (the project of Epoch Collective member and Frankie Cosmos band member Gabby Smith), the Porches-related Rivergazer, and Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP).
Orden Mundial, Crazy Spirit, Puce Mary, Survival @ Palisades
Danish noise artist Puce Mary's last show in NYC was with Pharmakon earlier this month, and if you like her you'll probably like Puce Mary too. The rest of the bill is on the punk side, with Spain's Orden Mundial, NYC's ripping Crazy Spirit, and local regulars Survival.
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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December 18, 2014
by Bill Pearis
LA trio DTCV are in the holiday spirit, having just released Noel Interdit, an EP songs of the season, including a Sabbath-y mashup of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" with Wham's "Last Christmas" that's pretty good (even if you're tired of bands covering that Wham song) and covers of The Who's "Can't Explain" and Johnny Hallyday's song that gives this EP its name. The whole thing is worth a listen and you can do that below. They've got more presents for you, too. DTCV's entire back catalog, including this year's very good Hilarious Heaven, are currently available as pay-what-you-want downloads at their website. The free downloads will end after the holidays.
DTCV are currently finishing up work on their next album, titled Uptime!, which will be out via Unsatisfied/Burger next year. They'll be touring this spring as well. No NYC shows have been announced yet but all dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Shabazz Palaces collaborators and Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction have announced their new album, EarthEE, which will be out on February 24. Like its predecessor, awE naturalE, it features Shabazz on multiple tracks, including lead single "Recognition" which also features Seattle postpunk dude/producer Erik Blood. THEESatisfaction fuck with the R&B formula about as much as Shabazz does with rap, and "Recognition" takes their warped sounds into even further-out territory than before. Hold on to your desk chair and stream that song below.
THEESatisfaction will celebrate the new album with a release party in NYC on March 6 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No full tour is announced yet, but they have a few other dates around the Santos show, which are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Austin punks Institute (mems Wiccans, Glue, etc) released a self-titled EP earlier this year on Deranged, a single on Katorga Works, and since we last spoke they put out the Salt EP on Sacred Bones. Though they have roots in hardcore, Institute have post-punk vibes running through them, and the newest EP falls somewhere in between those two worlds. Stream it below.
Institute have a few dates coming up this month and next year (including SXSW). They'll play NYC on December 27 at Silent Barn with two local noise duos, Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Appetite (Ciarra Black and Jane Chardiet), and Ascetic House-signed synth artist Horoscope. That show is $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.
As discussed, you can also catch the Institute-related Glue with local ragers Warthog on New Year's Day at Saint Vitus, also with Allergy and Nandas (tickets). You can also catch Appetite at the tribute for Eric Garner's family at Palisades on 12/30.
Stream of Institute's 'Salt' EP and list of dates, below...
Serial's Sarah Koenig arm wrestling Ira Glass
It's official: "Serial" is the hottest podcast in the history of the known universe, the most significant moment in audio since the "War of the Worlds" broadcast, and the most innovative development in communication arts since the smoke signal. In fact, it's a breakthrough symbolizing the Great Podcast Renaissance of 2014. [Yahoo]Like composer Nick Diamonds, This American Life's Ira Glass was involved with the most popular podcast of all time, Sarah Koenig's Serial, which aired its final episode about Hae-Min Lee and Adnan Syed today (12/18). What did you think of the ending (which was slightly different than Funny or Die's version)? I thought it ended okay, but will leave it at that. #nospoilers
Ira Glass (first cousin once removed of Philip) is of course the host of public radio's popular This American Life of which Serial is a spinoff. When not speaking on the radio, Ira sometimes relaxes with a documentary. He listed some of his favorites for the Sundance Doc Club, including Stop Making Sense, and crime drama The Thin Blue Line.
Ira Glass also often appears live in front of audiences, and that continues to prove true throughout the next year, as you can see from his busy schedule outlined below. He appears at Town Hall in NYC this Friday (flyer below), and has upcoming talks at Yale, the Association of Performing Arts, Mayo Performing Arts Center, and many more places.
Dates and video instructions on how to listen to a podcast (by Ira Glass), below...