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July 21, 2014

by Ian Chainey


Ah, the weird, weird world of Blowfly. Clarence Reid has had varied career, writing and producing for Sam & Dave, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Betty Wright. He's also released singles under his own name since 1963. But he's probably best known to the planet as Blowlfy, "the first dirty rapper" and a bizarro superhero that loves sex. Starting in 1971 with Weird World of Blowfly, the man has been on a quest to nastify any and all songs that cross his path. He's done disco (Blowfly's Disco Party), hip hop ("Rapp Dirty"), and punk (Blowfly's Punk Rock Party). He's been featured in a documentary. He parties. Hard. And hilariously, as long as your sense of humor is sufficiently skewed and lowest common denominator parodies are in your wheelhouse. In the man's own laugh, "He he he heheheheah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah."

So it's 2014, and Blowfly, as his last album made clear, is Black in the Sack. He's playing a load of upcoming parties around North America, including a free show in Philadelphia on August 9 and two dates in Canada with 2 Live Crew. He hits Brooklyn's the Grand Victory on August 8 along with Runny and Citizen Blast Kane. Tickets are available now. The full list of shows are below.

All of the dates along with Blowfly's "Rapp Dirty" appear below.

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by Ian Chainey


Despite forming 40 years ago and having been cited by Bad Brains as an influence, Philadelphians and "The World's First Original All Black Punk-Rock Band" (or at least one of them) Pure Hell still fly under the radar. Of course, a lot of that is due to bad luck. Their 1978-recorded debut Noise Addiction sat on the shelves for 28 years. Their follow-up The Black Box, which purportedly features back-up vocals from Lemmy of Motörhead, is still sitting there. And that's a shame, since burners like "Future" show that they probably could've carved out quite a legacy if their timing was a little better.

However, like Death, Pure Hell are in the process of rewriting history. They've been gigging steadily this decade, last playing their hometown in April. And on August 9, they'll be heading to NYC to play the Grand Victory with Dead Tricks, Done With You, Sharp Lads, the Afterbirth, and the Quiggs. Tickets will be $12 at the door. Bill mates Done With You and the Sharp Lads both have new records out and the Quiggs have an EP on the way. You can check out songs off of those below.

Stream Pure Hell's Noise Addiction, with the other aforementioned tracks, below...

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Eternal Summers at Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eternal Summers

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Eternal Summers, Seoul, Little Racer, Wand @ Baby's All Right
Eternal Summers delivered more of their promising indie pop on this year's Doug Gillard-produced album, The Drop Beneath. Joining them tonight is Montreal's Seoul who make breathy pop not unlike '80s bands like The Dream Academy and Prefab Sprout, and Brooklyn's Little Racer who make UK-inspired guitar pop. Openers Wand are the new band from Samuel Shea who used to be in Spires and also make psych-guitar-pop.

Bass Drum of Death, Beechwood, Skully @ Matchless
Mississippi garage rockers BDoD are in NYC and playing this FREE show at Matchless tonight. Is a new album on the way? Get there early to catch Scully, the new band from Caroline of Habibi/Splinters.

Common @ Gramercy Theatre
Veteran rapper Common's tenth album, Nobody's Smiling, is out this week and tonight he celebrates with a free release show. To get in, you need a wristband which were given away this past Friday and will be given away again today at 10 AM at the Gramercy Theatre.

Caveman, Icewater, Future of What @ Bowery Electric
NYC indie rockers Caveman have been playing much bigger venues lately, but tonight they'll bless their hometown with the smallest show they've played in a while by far. Doors are at 7:30 at admission is $10 at the door. First come, first served.

Silver Snakes, Vattnet Viskar, No Way, Twin Strike @ Acheron
Silver Snakes bring together '90s-style post-hardcore and alt-rock, while Vattnet Viskar favor atmospheric black metal, which makes for a diverse but excellent double bill.

Amanda Palmer, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Mike + Ruthy @ Central Park Summerstage (Pete Seeger Tribute)
As part of this year's free Summerstage shows in Central Park, a handful of impressive musicians will come together to pay tribute to the late great Pete Seeger.

Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ Starland Ballroom
The always-wild gypsy punks Gogol Bordello don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for three area shows, this being the third. The eccentric Man Man will be a good fit too.

Night Train w/ guest hosts Dapwell & Josh Gondelman @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac is sitting this one out but his weekly Night Train comedy show still goes on with ex-Das Racist member Dapwell and Josh Gondelman guest hosting. Joining them will be Kevin Avery, Gina Brillon, Erin Judge, Josh Rabinowitz, Jake Weisman, and KC Arora.

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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July 20, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Zach Pollack and Milos Markicevic

Neutral Milk Hotel / St. Vincent / Danny Brown @ P4K Fest 7/19/2014
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival featured a headlining set by Neutral Milk Hotel, plus sets from St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs, tUnE-yArDs and more. Pictures and field report from Saturday's goings-on are in this post. Here we go...

Day 2 began with an early afternoon set from locals Twin Peaks. Although guitarist/main vocalist Cadien Lake James was confined to a wheelchair due to a recent leg injury, the band still managed to put on the kind of appropriately rowdy performance that they've become known for. James and co. got things started with the Sunken standout "Stand in the Sand," and they also played their great, newish single "Flavor" off of their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. James traded lead vocals with fellow guitarist Clay Frankel and bassist Jack Dolan throughout the set. Before playing their final tune, James seemed to be feeling reflective -- he offered, "This is definitely our high point so far in our... whatever the fuck this is." -ZP

After Twin Peaks, I moved over to the nearby red stage to catch the Chicago debut of Brooklyn-based rapper Ka. Ka was able to hold a sizable crowd with his down-tempo beats and methodical delivery. His slow-moving tunes contain rich lyrical content and are undeniably impactful. Before playing the somber cut "Summer," he spoke about how the season in his Brownsville neighborhood isn't full of bikinis and BBQs, but rather an increased level of violence -- he also acknowledged that we've got a very similar summer landscape here in Chicago. Memorable numbers from his performance include "Our Father" and "Jungle." -ZP

Saturday's P4K-goers were treated not to one, but two Elephant Six Collective bands, both of whom have been touring together. Circulatory System was the first of the two, (the other being the day's headliner Neutral Milk Hotel) playing a solid set of '60s-influenced indie rock under the cool shade of the Blue Stage. Each of the band's members played multiple instruments, casually adding everything from a clarinet to a xylophone, with frontman Will Cullen Hart even contributing some additional drumming. One highlight was an excellent instrumental interlude, a duet between the band's violinist and cellist. The band played some new songs off their most recent release, Mosaics within Mosaics, which was released earlier last month. Fans of Yo La Tengo had a lot to enjoy here. - MM

2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Back over at the Red Stage, Merrill Garbus and the rest of tUnE-yArDs were a few songs into their set and playing "Hey Life" off of their 2014 LP Nikki Nack. In addition to bassist Nate Brenner, two backup vocalists and a percussionist rounded out the band. This allowed for expanded versions of Whokill favorites "Gangsta" and "Bizness." The additional members took a breather during "Powa," providing the room for Garbus and Brenner to experiment a bit. Though the project is now more pop-forward, tUnE-yArDs' funky and jammy backbone was still able to peek through. -ZP

Danny Brown intended to throw a party during his Pitchfork Fest set. The Detroit rapper sprinted back and forth across the stage while performing fan favorites like "Break It (Go)," "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "I Will," "Bruiser Brigade," and "Kush Coma." It was without a doubt the funnest set of the day, and Brown appeared to be having just as much fun as the massive crowd watching him perform. -ZP

Swedish techno minimalist The Field played a largely ambient set to a crowd that was eager to get out of the sun and recharge before the day's headliners played. The set started slow but progressively built up to include a live drummer. Generously borrowing stylistic cues from early Warp Record signees like Aphex Twin, The Field kept things simple and steady, opting for a more IDM approach. The set might have been better suited for a venue with less light, but listeners, myself included, were entranced throughout. - MM

St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brought her now-choreographed performance to Pitchfork Festival for an evening set on the red stage. The choreography only enhances and doesn't hinder her guitar heroics and pitch perfect vocals. Clark and her band began their set by playing "Rattlesnake" into "Digital Witness" into "Cruel." For "Cheerleader," she mounted her podium-like setup and the song was played slower than usual, reminding me of "We Are The Champions." During "Birth in Reverse" the band left room for a freak-out section, and Clark ended up kneeling on the stage to headbutt her drummer's bass drum. Clark has consistently reinvented what St. Vincent is from album to album, and has now honed the live chops to be able to play to whichever attribute she'd like. -ZP

Headliners for the night were storied indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel whose two '90s album have become massively influential since main man Jeff Mangum dropped out the music world shortly after making 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That has turned the band into a huge draw for their current reunion tour and his songs still hold power. The fests big projection TV screens were turned off for the performance that showcased favorites from the band's two albums. (Setlist is below.) NYC can expect the same when Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Tuesday (7/22) and Wednesday (7/23). Tickets are still available for Tuesday's show.

Pictures from Day 1 of Pitchfork Fest are HERE and HERE and a second set from Day 2 (including FKA Twigs) are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of Day 2, including sets from Pusha T, Empress Of, and Wild Beasts, below...

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Obits @ Union Pool yesterday (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)

Saturday's edition of Union Pool's free and outdoors Summer Thunder series (7/20) was a particularly good one with a headlining set from Brooklyn indie rock supergroup Obits and the heavy prog/psych awesomeness that was Toronto's Biblical. Union Pool have announced their August schedule for Summer Thunder schedule, which looks like this:

August 2nd: Jessica Pratt
August 9th: Har Mar Superstar + Cheap Shots DJs
August 16th: Super Secret Special Guest
August 23rd: PAT
August 30: Heavy Blanket
Openers for those shows are mostly still TBA. If you don't know, PAT is JD Samson's dance party "for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want" with W. Jeremy, Amber Valentine, Honey Dijon, and Murray Hill. There will be video projections in the inside performance venue as well. PAT also happens at Union Pool this Thursday (7/24) with Justin Strauss, The Cary Nation, Amber Valentine and Tyler Jensen. That is also free.

Heavy Blanket, meanwhile, is J Mascis' voluminous psychedelic blues jam group who played Summer Thunder last year...for about 15 minutes (one song) before getting shut down for being too damn loud. How long will it last this year?

Again, Summer Thunder shows are free, 21+ and the live music usually starts around 3 PM depending on how many groups are on the bill. This coming Saturday's Summer Thunder (7/26) features DJ Jonathan Toubin, plus Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights and a "secret set by a supreme international live act." Any guesses on who that might be?

Black Anvil @ Saint Vitus (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Black Anvil

Bill Nye @ Irving Plaza last night (photo by @livenationnyc)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
Part of both Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Seeger Fest, this memorial concert features performances from Adira and David Amram, Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters, Guy Davis,Emma's Revolution, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Kim & Reggie Harris, Hudson River Sloop Singers, Michael Moore, Holly Near, George Wein, Dar Williams, The Vanaver Caravan, Paul Winter Consort, Peter Yarrow and Dan Zanes. 4 PM, free.

OOIOO, Man Forever @ LPR
Led by Yoshimi of Boredoms, OOIOO have been around since the '90s, making highly-rhythmic, experimental music with each new album rarely sounding like its predecessor. The band released Gamel last year in Japan (their first since 2009) which is based around the ancient instrument, the gamelan, and is said to be the most representative of the band's live sound.

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) @ Irving Plaza
A PBS kids TV superstar in the '90s, Bill has seen a resurgence lately (we could use more science in the world); this is the last of his three sold-out nights at Irving Plaza.

Black Anvil, Psalm Zero, Fantom Warrior, Yellow Eyes @ Saint Vitus
NYC black metal crew Black Anvil's new album is big sounding stuff, and they'll be playing the entirety of it at Saint VItus tonight. Joining them is experimental duo Psalm Zero, thrashers Fantom Warrior, and another local black metal band, Yellow Eyes.

Team Spirit, Celestial Shore, The Factory Seconds, granny, Bourgeois
Bulletwound @ Secret Location (Gigawatts Festival)
The four-day Gigawatts Festival comes to a close with this day house party show at a "secret location." If interested you might want to keep an eye on the Facebook event page for the details.

Tomboy, Mannequin Pussy, Marge, Littler @ Silent Barn
Tomboy feature a member of Potty Mouth and if you like that band's catchy, punkish indie rock, you'll probably dig this one too. NYC's Mannequin Pussy are a good match. They switch between rapid fast punk and slower, borderline shoegaze stuff.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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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July 19, 2014

photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack, Milos Markicevic & Arielle Gordon

Beck / Sun Kil Moon / disgruntled Death Grips fan
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1

The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival began on Friday afternoon (7/18) in Chicago's Union Park with a variety of acts packed into the compressed schedule. Friday headliner Beck was led up to by sets from Giorgio Moroder, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, and others...

LA via Florida experimentalists Hundred Waters kicked off the festival with a 3:30PM set on the Red stage. The quartet's delicate arrangements translated surprisingly well to the festival setting -- standout tunes "Cavity," "Out Alee," and "Down From the Rafters" were awarded additional layers of gauze-y production and live percussion. The crowd grew steadily throughout their set, and were extremely attentive on quiet numbers like the a cappella The Moon Rang Like a Bell opener "Show Me Love." -ZP

Post industrialists Factory Floor performed on the Blue stage and effectively disrupted everyone's nap in the shade with their looped heart-thumping beats and nightmarish soundscapes. The band's show was as much an experimental art performance as it was a musical one, combining everything from arpeggiated synths to random strikes on a wooden block. In addition, the band's singer created some brooding soundscapes by clanging what looked like a drum stick against her guitar's strings, occasionally making a few heavily processed vocals in a nearby mic. Overall the band performed a challenging set that rewarded anyone tough enough to stay for the whole thing. If Swans and Kraftwerk had a baby it would most likely sound like Factory Floor. -MM

Neneh Cherry's appearance at Pitchfork Fest was only her second-ever in North America despite a twenty-some-odd year career. Frequent collaborators RocketNumberNine backed the singer, and the trio delivered a fun performance. Blank Project cuts "Spit Three Times" and "Everything" saw Cherry's energy at its highest point, while Ben and Tom Page churned out their great industrial clamor. And yes, she finished her set with the classic "Buffalo Stance." -ZP

British musician and producer Bobby Krlic, otherwise known as atmospheric drone artist The Haxan Cloak, brought a live drummer to add intensity to his dark afternoon set. Familiar songs from his 2013 record Excavation morphed into grooves that were nearly danceable. (If you're wondering why this is so surprising, listen to his dropless song, "The Drop.") While fans enjoyed the tension and release of the forty-five minute set, one couldn't help but imagine it might be more appropriately suited for a small, dark room, rather than a bright, mid-afternoon festival stage. -AG

Sharon Van Etten
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1

As I continue to see Sharon Van Etten live, her performances only get better and better. This time around, she was joined by new-ish live members Brad Cook (Megafaun) on bass and Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) on drums, in addition to usual suspects Doug Keith and Heather Woods Broderick. Sharon and her four-piece band were heavy on this year's great Are We There, but older tunes like "Save Yourself," "Don't Do It," and "Serpents" were also played. SVE provided a welcome, laid-back, early evening set, and it served as a great precursor for Sun Kil Moon. -ZP

Legendary Italian producer and composer Giorgio Moroder closed off the Red stage last night with an eclectic and seamless DJ set that drew from his long list of hit collaborations. Morodor, now 74, no doubt looked a little out of place on stage alongside the psychedelic visuals, perplexing some of the younger fest goers, but he was as lively as DJs a quarter his age, enthusiastically pointing his fingers in time with the mix, and starting a few waves and clap-alongs with the crowd, appearing to have as good of a time as his audience. The mix, a career retrospective of sorts, followed a chronological timeline, playing his disco hits including Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" (which Beck later covered in his set on the Green stage), before transitioning to the '80s anthem "Take My Breath Away" which was accompanied by visual snippets from Top Gun, featuring the vampire ageless Tom Cruise. Not content with just playing old hits, Morodor also threw in some of his more recent work into the mix, including last year's collaboration with Daft Punk, as well as his excellent new track "Giorgio's Theme". For a guy in his 70s, Moroder showed he still has the chops to get crowds moving, cueing enough buildups and drops to satisfy any Monster guzzling EDM fan in attendance. -MM

Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." Peep his full setlist below. -AG

Pitchfork Festival continues today (7/19) with sets from Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, tUnE-yArDs, Cloud Nothings and more. If you're not there, you can stream it online.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics are up HERE and HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More pictures of day 1 at BV Chicago and below...

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Caveman at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

NYC indie rockers Caveman, who headlined Webster Hall last year, announced a last-minute, significantly more intimate hometown show happening this Monday (7/21) at The Bowery Electric. Support comes from Icewater and Future of What. Doors are at 7:30 PM and admission is $10 at the door, first come, first served.

The band's only other upcoming date at the moment is the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (9/19-21) in Bristol, TN/VA with Emmylou Harris, Jeff Tweedy, Sturgill Simpson, David Grisman, White Denim and many more.

The Clientele @ The Bell House in May (more by Greg Cristman)
The Clientele

Obits @ The Bell House in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Clientele, Murals, Olson, Rydholm, Forester @ Baby's All Right
Merge recently reissued The Clientele's genuinely wonderful 2000 album,Suburban Light, as a two-disc special edition, and the lineup of the band that made that record plays tonight.

Obits, Biblical, Sun Ladders @ Union Pool
This week's edition of Union Pool's free "Summer Thunder" series is headlined by Sub Pop's snarling rock band Obits. Bands usually start around 4PM.

Liam Finn, August Wells, Laura Stevenson @ Le Poisson Rouge
On his new album, The Nihilist, Finn played 67 instruments. That actually sounds about right, as anyone who's seen his live shows knows the dude can play anything. And often does!

Trap Them, Coliseum, Incendiary, White Widows Pact @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's a good night for heavy music at Brooklyn NIght Bazaar with metallic hardcore faves Trap Them, post-hardcore rippers Coliseum, and local NYHC-inspired crew Incendiary.

The Sheiks, Vulture Shit, Washer, DONE @ Cake Shop
Memphis garage rockers The Sheiks, who you may have seen when they toured with John Wesley Coleman last year, have a pretty good pedigree. Singer Frank McLallen also currently plays bass in Ex Cult, and the band's new 7" was produced by Jack Oblivian.

Mexican Slang, Parlor Walls, Truthers @ Death By Audio
Toronto's Mexican Slang will bring you right back to the '60s with their psychedelic rock that's genuinely trippy.

CYMBALS, Future Punx, Donovan Blanc @ Glasslands
UK band CYMBALS released their new album, The Age Of Fracture, earlier this year and if you're a fan of Hot Chip this might just appeal to you to. This is a good lineup all-around, with nu-wavers Future Punx and Captured Tracks' signee Donovan Blanc.

Bill Nye The Science Guy @ Irving Plaza
A PBS kids TV superstar in the '90s, Bill has seen a resurgence lately (we could use more science in the world) and will be doing three sold-out nights at Irving Plaza, this being the second.

Champagne Jerry @ Joe's Pub
Brooklyn rapper and Ad-Rock collaborator Champagne Jerry continues his monthly Joe's Pub residency.

Robert Hood, Objekt, RROSE, Vatican Shadow, Container, Young Male @ MoMA PS1
As always, the weekly Warm Up lineup is filled with forward-thinking electronic music, this time from minimal techno pioneer Robert Hood, Dominick Fernow's "militant religious industrial" project Vatican Shadow, noisemaker Container, and still more.

Deltron 3030, Nomadic Massive @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Alternative rap supergroup Deltron 3030 -- Del tha Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala and Dan the Automator -- made their long-awaited return in 2013 with a new album and a tour with a full orchestra. They're back for this free Celebrate Brooklyn! show.

Tonstartssbandht, Fiasco, Ski Lodge, Slothrust, Ghost Beach, Dances, Slonk Donkerson, Roses, Honduras, Jangula, Little Racer, Painted Zeros, The Due Diligence, Mannequin Pussy, Heeney, The Gradients, Bueno, Low Fat Getting High, Sofa Club, Big Muff Radio, The Indecent, Mayor Creep, Warcries, Dead Sexy Sheila, Loser Cruiser, Ceramics @ Radio Bushwick (Gigawatts Festival)
The four-day Gigawatts Festival is in full swing with a huge lineup of bands and this all-day event. There's a ton of great bands but we suggest Honduras, Low Fat Getting High, Slothrust, Mannequin Pussy and Ski Lodge in particular.

Ava Luna, Man Forever, Warehouse @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn's funk-punk collective Ava Luna headline this show, but don't miss openers Warehouse who are from Atlanta and make noisy postpunk. In between is Man Forever, aka Oneida drummer Kid Millions.

>Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers, Ted Leo @ Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls turn 25 this year and they're celebrating that anniversary with this show in their hometown tonight. Opening is The Menzingers, who owe a thing or two the Souls, and another beloved punk vet, Ted Leo.

Kind of Like Spitting, Living Room, Caravela, Salvatore Rex @ Suburbia

Kind of Like Spitting spent the 2000s making killer emotional indie rock, and in recent years main man Ben Barnett reactivated the band. They're still not the most active though, tonight's their first NYC show in two years.

Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ The Capitol Theatre
The always-wild gypsy punks Gogol Bordello don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for three area shows, this being the second. The eccentric Man Man will be a good fit too.

Drowners @ The Surf Lodge
Owing a lot to the early '00s sound of The Strokes and The Libertines, local rock band (and former models) Drowners know their way around a hook and catchy chorus. If you're out in Montauk today, this free show is certainly a good option.

Los Rockwells, Artanker Convoy, Christy & Emily @ Trans-Pecos
Rumbling out of hibernation, jazzy, dubby Artanker Convey spin their web tonight.

Ma Jolie, The Great Apes, The Britnays, Jumpers @ Shea Stadium
Ma Jolie make noodly post-hardcore that hearkens back to bands like Bear vs Shark (whose song "Ma Jolie" may or may not have inspired this band name).

Murphy's Law, Yuppicide, Jenncity @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
NYC punks Murphy's Law have been at it since the early '80s and there's still never a lack of chances to see them in action.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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July 18, 2014

by Ian Chainey


Modern metal renaissance man Mike Hill of Tombs is getting into the beverage game. First, he has a beer on tap brewed by Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He's calling it the Savage Gold beer, most likely in reference to Tombs' recently released Savage Gold on Relapse, and not a tribute to a death scene in Goldfinger. Says the press release:

The Savage Gold beer is an imminently refreshing and crushable IPA. Brewed with red wheat and oats. Hopped intensely and aggressively with Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc. Enormous notes of white grape, green pepper, mango, and marijuana.
Has notes of a Jamba Juice in Colorado. Got it. Tired Hands will also be hosting a beer launch today (7/18) where you can win copies of Savage Gold.

Now, for the dark stuff. Hill has started a premium coffee company named, you guessed it, Savage Gold Coffee.

The first roast, Savage Gold Prime, is an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee bean grown between 6,000 and 6,500 feet above sea level. It is an aromatic and dynamic coffee roasted to perfection with a large flavor profile. It is sourced from a co op of Ethiopian farmers and is 100% Fair Trade, certified organic and wet (mechanically) processed.
Wet processed. Naughty.

I had the chance to interview Hill in the days before Savage Gold was released. As his Invisible Oranges contributions attest, the guy is whip smart and a straight-shooter. Plus, he has great taste in show lineups. On July 25, Tombs will play a record release show at NYC's Saint Vitus with a little band named Pyrrhon, along with StatiqBloom and Passage Between. Tickets are still available, and so will be a keg of Savage Gold at the show. Then in October, Tombs will hit the road with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar, swinging back around to Saint Vitus on October 27. Tickets for that show are also still available. The rest of the current tour dates are listed below.

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