July 24, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Portland, ME husband and wife duo Big Blood (aka Caleb Mulkerin & Colleen Kinsella) have been making truly eccentric psychedelic folk for almost a decade now. They have countless releases that make use of genuinely raw production and several sounds and instruments that fall outside of the typical "folk" spectrum. If you haven't heard their stuff, perhaps you've heard Caleb contribute similarly raw production to O'Death. Or maybe you've heard both Caleb and Collen contribute accordian, vocals, dulcimer, guitar, piano and more to Swans' 2012 album, The Seer.
This year, Big Blood released two full-length albums, Double Days I and II. Between the two albums, they put out 16 original songs and covers of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan," The Cure's "Disintegration" and Francis McPeake's folk standard "Wild Mountain Thyme" (which Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Byrds, Bob Dylan and many more have recorded). It's perhaps needless to change that they change up all three of those covers a lot, and Big Blood's versions fit right in with the duo's own unique sound. If you haven't heard these albums, they're really worth checking out. You can stream both below.
Big Blood don't have a tour or a NYC show scheduled at the moment, but the one show they do have coming up this weekend is pretty close to NYC: Jersey City's WFMU Monty Hall on Saturday (7/25). That will be opened by Human Adult Band and Picastro. Tickets are on sale.
Album streams below...
photo: Bombino at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
African guitarist Bombino has achieved worldwide acclaim, and probably owes at least part of his success with U.S. rock fans to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, which The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced. He's currently on a North American tour as we speak, which comes through the NYC-area this weekend.
First he plays a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (7/25). If that wasn't exciting enough, it's being opened by hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fantastic Negrito. That's a day show, going from 2-7 PM. Then on Sunday, Bombino heads to NJ for the XPoNential Music Festival.
He also plays NYC again in 2016 at The Apollo on March 26. That's the 'Africa Now!' show that also includes Mokoomba, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jojo Abot. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Young Fathers' newest album is this year's White Men Are Black Men Too. That follows last year's Dead, which won the Mercury Prize and made multiple best-of-2014 lists. You can stream WMABMT, with a music video from Bombino's Nomad, and a video of Fantastic Negrito's NPR Tiny Desk Concert, below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn-via-Denver blissful droners Woodsman are about to start work on their fourth album that should be out in early 2016. To tide us over, the band have just shared the previously unreleased "Parallel Minds" which was recorded during the sessions for last year's self-titled third album. Dreamy and sun-dappled, you can stream or download it below. Speaking of that album, it's been recently repressed on vinyl.
Woodsman are playing Brooklyn's Palisades on Saturday (7/25) with Tonstartssbandht, Jovontaes, and Herbcraft. Flyer for that show is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Jason Anderson (also once known as Wolf Colonel) put out a number of albums all throughout the 2000s. Many of them were on the venerable K Records, and his most recent, 2013's Omaha, was on Salinas (Radiator Hospital, Swearin'). He's not done playing solo shows under his own name, but his main focus now is his new band Tracks. Tracks' first-ever show was last summer opening for Okkervil River in Portsmouth and so far they've played NYC twice: Mercury Lounge last August and Muchmore's this past May.
Their first-ever full tour will be as a support act on the upcoming Joyce Manor / Cheap Girls tour in late September/early October. As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on 9/19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Jason's earlier output was the kind of lo-fi folk/indie pop you'd probably expect to hear on K Records in the early 2000s, but Omaha rocks a bit harder. If Tracks is up a similar alley, it'll be a great fit with Joyce Manor. You can download that for free here, pick it up from Salinas, and check out an Rdio stream below.
In related news, Cheap Girls also play NYC this weekend at Gigawatts Fest.
photo: Black Lips @ House of Vans, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
The 2015 Gigawatts Festival is upon us, bringing 80+ bands to The Wick, the adjacent outdoor venue The Well and smaller nearby club Our Wicked Lady tonight through Sunday (7/24-26).
Things kick off at 4 PM today, and Friday's lineup includes Black Lips and A Place to Bury Strangers at The Well, Liturgy and Cerebral Balsy at The Wick and Surfbort and Heaven's Gate at Our Wicked Lady.
Other bands throughout the weekend include Braid, Beach Slang, Swearin' and more. Single day tickets ($30) and three-day passes ($60) are still available and full daily lineups and set times are listed below.
Speaking of Black Lips, frontman Cole Alexander will be DJing a party thrown by Andy Animal and Sailor Jerry at Williamsburg's Black Bear Bar on Sunday (7/26). There will be live performances from Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, Birdcloud, Apache, and Alana Amram & the Rough Jems. That show is $12 at the door and the party's flyer is below.
WWPJ at River Rocks last night (photo by Anne Helmond)
Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks just played a big free NYC show at River Rocks on Pier 84 last night (7/23), and now they added a much smaller not-free one for Thusday (7/30) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale today at 3 PM (so like in a few minutes).
Video from last night's show, below...
photo: Hum at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may know, the stacked Failure / Hum / Nothing tour hits NYC on August 13 at Webster Hall.
That's now sold out, but there's still another chance to see Hum in NYC, and it's somewhere a little more intimate.
UPDATE: Ticketweb was listing the Webster show as sold out at the time of this post, but now tickets appear to be available.
Hum will hit Saint Vitus on August 12, the day before that Webster show. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
If "New Zealand music" conjures something in your mind that is not Lorde (or Split Enz/Crowded House), it's probably the bands of Flying Nun Records like The Clean, The Verlaines and The Bats whose shamboic, jangly guitar pop has influenced the indie rock since the '80s. That continues with Christchurch, NZ's Salad Boys who have been around for about three years, mixing electric and acoustic guitars for an instantly likeable sound. Their self-titled mini-LP came out in 2013 and they're set to release their first full-length, titled Metalmania, via Trouble in Mind on September 18. You can stream "Dream Date" from it (and the whole of that mini-LP) below. If you like this kind of stuff, Salad Boys do it very well. Recommended.
Salad Boys will be on tour this fall, including a stop at Brooklyn's Palisades on October 1. No word on advance tickets or who else is playing just yet but all dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Uncle Acid at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
UK riffers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats recently announced they'd release their new album, The Night Creeper, on September 4 via Rise Above (pre-order), and now they released first single "Waiting for Blood." Like other Uncle Acid songs, it sounds inspired by Blue Cheer and other proto-metal bands, but it's really more a psychedelic rock song than a metal one. Dim your lights, turn up the speakers, and check this one out below.
by Andrew Sacher
We recently mentioned that Dallas hardcore band Modern Pain signed to Bridge 9 and have a debut album on the way. Now we know the album is called Peace Delusions and will be out on September 4. You can pre-order it from the B9 Store and check out the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.
We've got the premiere of lead single "Vivisepulture Pt. 1," which is certainly a hardcore song but has a strong noise and psychedelic rock side too. (Remember this is a band who covered Sonic Youth.) Check that out below.
The band's only upcoming date at the moment is hometown festival Onefest this month (7/31) with Devourment, Magrudergrind, Primitive Man, Human Bodies and more.