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February 8, 2016

by Bill Pearis

photo: Colin Medley
US Girls

U.S. Girls have released a video for "Navy & Cream," from last year's terrific Half Free. The song's Nyquil production is matched with an equally hazy visual treatment courtesy filmaker and animator Emily Pelstring who applies a number of old-school video effects treatments. You can watch it below.

Meg Remy will be taking U.S. Girls on the road again this spring, including two NYC shows: Mercury Lounge on May 12 and Baby's All Right on May 13. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Baby's go on sale soon.

All tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rogue Wave

When they released the new song Christmas for the Jews" on Christmas Eve, Rogue Wave said they also had new music coming in 2016. Now that's been announced. The band's sixth album Delusions Of Grand Fur will be out April 29 via Easy Sound, and its lead single is the nice-sounding synth-led "What Is Left To Solve." Watch the video for that, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below (via Stereogum).

The band will support the album on a tour that hits NYC on May 13 at Bowery Ballroom and May 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/12) at noon. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

September Girls

Dublin quintet September Girls are back with their second album, Age of Indignation, which will be out April 8 via Fortuna POP! The first single from the album is "Love No One," a seething track featuring angelic harmonies set against a storm of guitar noise and rolling drums. The spooky video for the single, directed by the band's Jessie Ward O'Sullivan, makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

Last on this side of the Atlantic in 2014, September Girls will be in the U.S. in March for SXSW. There may be be non-TX dates too, stay tuned. They've also got dates in the UK and Ireland, and all are listed below.

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photo by Chris Higdon
Jon Bunch

Earlier this month, Jon Bunch sadly passed away at the much too young age of 45. He fronted the beloved post-hardcore band Sense Field in the '90s and early '00s, and was also eventually the third lead singer of Further Seems Forever. Before Sense Field, he fronted the short-lived band Reason to Believe, and more recently he was in War Generation and Lucky Scars. Before his passing, he was a guest on the Washed Up Emo podcast which ended up being his last interview ever. Here's what WUE founder Tom Mullen had to say:

This podcast is supposed to be evergreen. You can listen in 5 years or in 10 years and know a good chunk of that band or era and some context to the scene and a way to look back but also look ahead. Jon was that last point to a T. He was so happy talking about the history but also his new music and what was next. Sadly, this was the last interview Jon did. I can only hope those close or those who have no idea who Jon Bunch was take and learn something from one of the most important voices in not only the independent scene but music in general. I am eternally grateful Jon took the time to talk with me about his life that will thankfully live on in aural form so someone can stumble upon Jon's music forever.
You can listen to the last Jon Bunch interview ever HERE. Also via Washed Up Emo is the above picture of Jon Bunch, taken by Elliott frontman Chris Higdon. Check out more here.

Other recent guests on the podcast include John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday), Garrett Klahn (Texas is the Reason), Jason Gnewikow (The Promise Ring), James Snyder (Beach Slang), and John Rejba (Boys Life).

Iceland Airwaves

The annual Iceland Airwaves festival will happen November 2 - 6 in Reykjavík. They've just announced their initial lineup which includes PJ Harvey, Lush, Julia Holter and múm who'll be playing with with Kronos Quartet. Additionally, they've announced a few other Icelandic bands: Axel Flóvent, GKR, Mammút, Reykjavíkurdætur, Mr.Silla, and Sturla Atlas.

Tickets are on sale now.

Grimes
photo: Grimes @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)

June 14th sold out in days, so Florence + the Machine added a second night with Grimes at Brooklyn's Barclays Center--June 15--to her North American "How Beautiful" tour. Tickets for the new show go on sale Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET, unless you have an American Express card. Then you can get them starting Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, February 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

All tour dates are listed below. Five albums that changed Grimes' live are listed HERE.

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Dead & Co

As promised, Dead & Company, aka Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir plus John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), will tour again in this summer. Dates include two nights at NYC's Citi Field on June 25 & 26. Tickets for the Citi Field shows go on sale sale Saturday (2/13) at 10 AM with AmEx and Mets presales beginning Tuesday (2/9) at 10 AM and a LiveNation presale beginning Friday (2/12) at 10 AM.

Beyonce also just announced a tour and a Citi Field show.

All tour dates, which include NJ and CT shows, are listed below.

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photo: Graveyard @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

David Bowie Tribute w/ The Pains of Being TEEN, White Hinterland, Adesuwa, Best Behavior, & more @ Mercury Lounge
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am: A Tribute to David Bowie" features a bunch of indie acts headlined by a mash-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and TEEN. Late show, doors at 9:30

Graveyard, Spiders @ Bowery Ballroom
If you like your heavy rock riffage the way it sounded in the early '70s, Graveyard have you covered. Related band Spiders make this a good double bill. This is the rescheduled date, after January 23 was cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas. They also play Brooklyn Bowl on February 10.

Pell, Daye Jack @ SOB's
Pell is yet another recent breakout of the kind of sing-rapping that's been very much in style lately. If you like Chance the Rapper, you might dig Pell too.

Emma-Lee Moss, Jenny Zhang, Sarah Howe @ Elvis Guesthouse
Emma-Lee Moss, aka the brains behind Emmy the Great, headlines this Chinese New Year celebrations featuring "poetry, dumplings, AZN pop" and more.

Ask Me Another w/ Leslie Odom Jr. @ Bell House
NPR's live quiz show taping "Ask Me Another" returns, and tonight's guest is Leslie Odom Jr, who plays Aaron Burr in the acclaimed hip hop musical Hamilton.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade, this week with guests Sasheer Zamata, Sam Morril, Adrienne Iapalucci, Daniel Sloss, and Clayton English.

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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February 7, 2016

Beyonce, Chris Martin & Bruno Mars -- Halftime show
Beyonce

BEYONCÉ announced THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR today following her appearance during Super Bowl 50. The highly-anticipated tour, promoted by Live Nation, presented by American Express and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, will kick off in North America on April 27 in Miami, Fla. at Marlins Park with 21 additional stadium dates lined up throughout the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas and more. The European leg of THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR will start on June 28 in Sunderland, United Kingdom at Stadium of Light. Additional European stadium dates include London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more. A full list of tour dates and venues is below.

Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 in Europe and Tuesday, Feb. 16 in North America (full on sale schedule provided at end of release). Beyhive members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15 for shows going on sale on Feb. 22.
As the above-quoted press release says, Beyonce timed a tour announcement with her appearance as part of the Halftime show of Superbowl 50 (where she performed her new song, but not the Coldplay song she appears on). All dates, including June 7 at Citi Field in NYC, and the Halftime video and setlist, below...

Continue reading "Beyonce played the Halftime show w/ Coldplay, announces tour (Citi Field included) -- dates & video"

Missy Elliot

Just in time for today's big game, Missy Elliott drops new single "Pep Rally" that is pumped with football imagery, including the line "yeah we get crackin' like we up at the Super Bowl." Too bad she's not part of the halftime festivities, but you can see her -- and just a bit of "Pep Rally" -- in an Amazon commercial that'll be shown during the game. It also has Alec Baldwin, Jason Schwartzman, and Dan Marino in it. Watch that and listen to "Pep Rally" in full, below.

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