October 5, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Lyla Foy in Paris (photo by Robert Gil)
London's Lyla Foy (fka WALL) released her debut album Mirrors the Sky last year on Sub Pop, and last week she followed it with the UMi EP. She was backed by Oli Deakin (keyboards, bass, guitar), Andy Goodall (drums, percussion) and Hazel Tratt (additional vocals) for the recording, and it's gentle, delicate stuff somewhere between folk and dream pop. We've got the premiere of the video for "River." You can check that out, and stream the whole EP, below.
Lyla is also touring the US, including a stop in NYC for CMJ. She plays the Flower Booking showcase on October 17 at Knitting Factory with The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Eternal Summers, Stealing Sheep and S. Tickets are still available, and badges will be accepted.
All dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared; words by Bill Pearis
The Moonlandingz (w/ Sean Lennon) @ Berlin 10/3/2015
The Moonlandingz, featuring Lias and Saul of Fat White Family and Sheffield's Eccentronic Research Council, made their NYC live debut on Saturday (10/3) at East Village club Berlin. Kicking things off with their terrific single "Sweet Saturn Mine" (a minor hit in the UK), Moonlandingz kept the energy up for the whole set -- they're sort of the pop, electro-charged party band version of the Fat Whites. Most of the set was new to everyone -- they spent the week prior working on their debut album at producer Sean Lennon's upstate studio -- but they did also play the equally crazed "The Man in Me Lyf" from their self-titled EP which is getting an expanded release next month. Lennon joined the band for a song at the end of the set, too. Berlin is a tiny room, and it was just packed enough, making this a very fun show.
Fat White Family will have a new album out in January, so stay tuned for details on that and The Moonlandingz album. Meanwhile, check out more pics from The Moonlandingz' NYC live debut below...
by Andrew Sacher
Former Cloud Nothings guitarist Joe Boyer's band Chomp released a 7" this past spring, and this week they'll release a new tape called Bruise Control on Mirror Universe (pre-order). They don't quite have the pop smarts of Cloud Nothings, but if you dig that band's noise punk tendencies you might find something to like here too. The full stream of the tape premieres below.
The band is also playing CMJ. Here's what their schedule is looking like:
10/14 @ The Rock Shop w/ Eternal Summers, Savak, Bird Courage, PinactTheir only other show is a hometown gig in Cleveland before they head to CMJ. Full tour schedule and the tape stream below...
10/16 @ The Grand Victory w/The Membranes, Cinema Cinema, Les Bicyclettes Blanches
10/17 @ Cake Shop (Official Cake Shop CMJ show) w/Gemma, Expert Alterations, Eternal Summers, Solids, Garden of Elks
10/17 @ Aviv (Exploding in Sound/Ipsum CMJ show) w/ Cold Sweats, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Playboy Manbaby, Dirty Dishes, Nonsense, Magnet School, Solids, Crosss, Needs
DIY duo Shellshag continue to be regulars on the Brooklyn scene, and this past Friday (10/2) they released their fifth album, Why'd I Have To Get So High?, on Don Giovanni. It was recorded by Jerri Queen, singer of their labelmates Vacation, and John Petty. We've got the premiere of the video for "'90s Problem" from that album, which features illustrations by Melissa Guachun. Watch below.
Shellshag also have a lengthy tour coming up that begins this week and continues through December. It concludes with a hometown show on December 12 at The Bell House with their labelmates Downtown Boys, Vacation and Bad Canoes. Tickets should be on sale soon. All dates, including New Brunswick, Trenton, Hudson, Kingston and more, are listed below.
Bad Canoes, one of the many projects of Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster, have a new self-titled EP recorded by Swearin' guitarist/vocalist Kyle Gilbride. Listen to that below too...
by Andrew Sacher
Alex G's new album and first for Domino, Beach Music, comes out this week. It's a hazy, kinda slowcore-ish record, and not without the quirk of his earlier releases. You can stream the whole thing below, via Hype Machine.
As previously discussed, Alex has release shows in NYC this week. The first is Baby's All Right on Thursday (10/8), which is sold out, and the second would have been Friday (10/9) at Silent Barn. Since Silent Barn is currently recovering from a fire, Friday's show has been moved to new venue SkyHigh Murals Future HQ (1109 Metropolitan Ave) and it's now also a benefit for Silent Barn. Frankie Cosmos and Palm were both added since we last spoke, and Emily Yacina opens too. Tickets are on sale now.
Alex also added a 7 PM acoustic in-store at Rough Trade NYC (10/9) happening right before the SkyHigh Murals Future HQ show. It's totally free, no wristband required. More info here.
Updated Alex G tour dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Django Django @ End of the Road Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Django Django will be on tour starting later this month, including a stop in NYC as part of the 2015 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. Their set happens at Verboten on November 7. Though Verboten doesn't do a lot of more traditional band shows, this is a regular Django Django show if you were wondering. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The band are releasing "Pause Repeat" as the next single from this year's Born Under Saturn, complete with some remixes, including "A JD Twitch Optimo Mix" which makes its premiere in this post. Where the original version has an almost early-'90s Madchester vibe to it, here it goes all rubbery in the knees. You can listen it it, and the Debruit remix, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Strokes / Kurt Vile / The Decemberists
The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (10/4) with The Strokes, The Weeknd, Dwight Yoakam, Alt-J, Chance the Rapper, Kurt Vile, The Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Strand of Oaks, Kehlani, Daughter, Amason, The Suffers, Waxahatchee, Jidenna and more. Pictures are in this post.
ACL does it again this weekend (10/9 - 10/11). More pictures of Weekend 1 Day 3 below...
HBO's upcoming series Vinyl, which is about the music biz in 1970s New York, still doesn't have a firm premiere date (January some time) but there is a new trailer for the series which gives us the longest look yet. Bobby Cannavale stars as a record label exec looking for a new kind of kick, and finds it in the city's burgeoning punk scene. "That's rock n' roll. It's fast. It's dirty. It smashes you over the head!" Watch the trailer below.
You may have seen this series, brought to you by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire's Terrence Winter, filming here in NYC where they recreated Max Kansas City, an old Sam Goody (out of current Rough Trade) and other period locations.
photo: Pentagram @ Gramercy Theatre, 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Stars, Geographer @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian band Stars have been making heartfelt, anthemic pop for more than 15 years and are still going strong, as heard on last year's No One Is Lost.
Pentagram, Electric Citizen, Satan's Satyrs @ Saint Vitus
Stoner/doom metal as we know it probably wouldn't exist without the influence of Pentagram, so it's exciting that they still tour and put out records. Tonight's their first of two Saint Vitus shows, in support of the new Curious Volume LP.
Talib Kweli w/ live band @ Blue Note (2 shows)
Talib Kweli recently dropped a free album, Fuck the Money, and he already announced its followup: a collaborative LP with 9th Wonder. Surely he's got no lack of new material to play, but we'll probably hear some classics too.
Mal Blum, Adult Mom, Emilyn Brodsky, Painted Zeros @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Mal Blum's new full-band album is out on Don Giovanni, and it's a bit more rockin' than the earlier anti-folk type stuff. Tonight's the release show.
Larkin Grimm, Nandi Rose Plunkett, Johanna Cranitch, Alena Spanger, Adrianne Lenker @ Manhattan Inn
The October edition of 'The Hum' kicks off at Manhattan Inn tonight. Each show has different artists collaborating with each other, and it's free with a $5-10 suggested donation.
Homeshake @ Elvis Guesthouse
Homeshake frontman Peter Sagar will be playing a solo show tonight, including songs from the band's new album, Midnight Snack.
Terry Riley Festival @ National Sawdust
In celebration of iconic modern composer Terry Riley's 80th birthday, National Sawdust (only its third day open) is throwing this three day festival where he'll collaborate with a variety of other musicians.
Wyatt Cenac@ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac is back in the Night Train drivers seat and tonight he welcomes comedians D.C. Benny, Tim Dillon, Matt Ingebreston, and Nina Daniels.
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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October 4, 2015
Miley Cyrus released a collaborative album with The Flaming Lips over the summer, and last night (10/3) she brought them out to perform the Yoshimi-esque "Karen Don't Be Sad" on the season 41 premiere of Saturday Night Live. She also played "The Twinkle Song" solo and, as she was hosting the show, she gave a monologue that included her singing a tribute to The Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion, That Twerp Who Raised The Price of AIDS Medication, Lenny Kravitz's Junk, The Donut That Ariana Grande Licked and more of this summer's important celebrities. Videos of all that, below.
Miley and The Flaming Lips also announced a tour together as Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which hits six US cities in November and early December. One of those shows is in NYC, happening November 28 at Terminal 5. That's a much smaller NYC show than when she played Barclays Center in 2013 with Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Wednesday (10/7) at 4 PM local time. All dates are listed below.