March 6, 2014
If there was any doubt that Game of Thrones is insanely popular, that early screening of the Season 4 premiere at Barclays Center sold out (7000 tickets) almost instantly. Did you get tickets? (Or try?) Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Arcade Fire at Barclays, and for the event pictured above.
The rest of us will have to wait till April 9 when it airs on HBO. That Catch the Throne hip hop mixtape drops on Friday (3/7) but you can stream Big Boi's contribution, "Mother of Dragons," and watch a couple S4 teasers, below...
by Bill Pearis
stills from "Are You Okay"
Dum Dum Girls just released the video for "Are You Okay?," the second single from their new album, Too True. This is a little more than just a video though, as it's an 11-minute short film which was written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho). Directed by Brewer (who made flashy vids for Purity Ring and Passion Pit), the short features Dee Dee as a woman who has a freakout during a therapy session that doesn't stop when her hour's up. There's some definite Brian De Palma vibes being given off here, and you can watch it below.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse starts on the West Coast this weekend and will then invade Austin for SXSW where they are playing 10+ shows. After, they'll head east where they've got two sold-out NYC shows.
All SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, plus the "Are You Okay" video, below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.
RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.
Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, a few of the members of Super Furry Animals are knee deep in side project mode at the moment, including bassist Guto Pryce, who formed the band Gulp with singer Lindsey Leven. Their debut album will be coming out later this year, but ahead of that, we've got the premiere of its new single, "Vast Space." Less off-kilter than some of Super Furry Animals' work, the new song is driving, moody, and a little psychedelic with Lindsey's cool, hushed vocals casually taking the lead. Check it out, with the album artwork, below.
Song stream below...
By Doug Moore
Back in 2010, Slough Feg / ex-Hammers of Misfortune frontman Mike Scalzi wrote a brief series of op-eds for Invisible Oranges under the title "Bullpen Bulletins." The posts -- and Scalzi's unvarnished take on what he considers the malaise of the contemporary metal scene -- did far better than he or then-IO editor Cosmo Lee expected, generating a lengthy discussion on the viability of 'extreme' metal styles like death and black metal.
The release of Slough Feg's new album, Digital Resistance (which rules), has reignited that discussion, so we figured it'd make sense to catch up with the man himself. In a new IO interview, Scalzi touches on the reader response to the Bullpen Bulletin posts, among various other topics. Here's an excerpt:
So I confess, I'm one of those people who read your op-ed on IO, and I was totally one of those guys who felt like...Why is Mike angry at me?You can read the whole interview on IO. Digital Resistance is out now via Metal Blade. Stream a song below.
I don't think I was particularly angry. Maybe it came off that way, but that wasn't how I wrote it. People really had a strong reaction to it. I thought it was bizarre. The whole thing is very amusing, first off. I don't take it very seriously. It's fine if other people take it seriously, but I would hope that people have other things to be serious about, other than some weird guy's opinion on heavy metal. That's what blew me away; why is my opinion so important? I don't think it is at all. The thing got on NPR. Somehow I saw that, I got phone calls about my column bering reprinted on NPR. Cosmo told me it got more comments than anything on there before, or something similar to that, which blew my mind. What I realize looking back is I don't read much stuff like that. I barely read any heavy metal blogs or websites. So you've got to realize I came into it with no fucking idea what the whole standard or climate is. I have no idea, no clue. I was just saying what I'd say to someone in person. It's not journalism. It's just me telling my opinions the way I would shoot the shit with friends. I mean, I understand people's reaction. This is music you love and I'm sitting here bashing it, but I'm just baffled by that kind of music. I just don't get it.
But really, what happened was that Cosmo came to me -- and I had never even heard of Invisible Oranges. I didn't know Pitchfork at that time. So, I got this email asking to write something for this online magazine about contemporary metal, and I said pretty much verbatim, "I'm flattered but I don't really know if you want me to. I don't have anything good to say about contemporary metal." And he said, "Just talk about that, then, I'd like that." So I did, and people asked, "Why would Scalzi publish this on a site that covers extreme metal?" I had no fucking idea. [laughs]
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Orlando punks Direct Effect have signed to Tiny Engines (The Hotelier, Cayetana) for their debut album, Sunburn, which is due out next week (3/11). Not unlike Fucked Up, the album takes the harsher vocals of hardcore and combines them with the major key power chord riffage of punk's garagier early days. No 70-minute rock operas for Direct Effect just yet, but it's still a fresh sounding record in a genre that doesn't always pride itself on mixing it up.
You can pre-order the album at the Tiny Engines webstore, but if you'd like to hear it first, you can check out a stream of the entire thing, which premieres in this post. Listen to that, with their list of dates -- none in NYC, but there's a Philly show with Bad Side & Little Big League, and a Boston show with Swearin', California X & Potty Mouth -- below...
by Bill Pearis
Georgia resident Ben Asbury is just 23 but has been into music for a long time ("I got into punk in the third grade" claims his press release) and now records under the guise Axxa/Abraxas. The band's self-titled debut came out this week (3/4) on Captured Tracks. It was made with Jarvis Taveniere from Woods, and you can definitely hear some of his band in Axxa/Abraxas -- the folky psych-pop and occasional falsetto vocals. It's a nice mellow listen, and you can stream the whole thing (via SPIN) below.
As mentioned briefly, Axxa/Abraxas will be playing Captured Tracks' Northside Festival showcase on June 13 at Warsaw with Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, and Donovan Blanc. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (3/6). They'll play NYC before that, though, at Baby's All Right on March 21. No openers have been announced yet but tickets are on sale.
All Axxa/Abraxas dates are listed, along with streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Total Heels hail from the same Copenhagen punk scene that birthed Iceage and Lower, but unlike the dark, brooding sounds of those bands, Total Heels are sharper and brighter, with a vocalist (the sole American member) who bears an uncanny resemblance to The Thermals' Hutch Harris. Their new 7" is out this week, and gives us two excellent doses of garage punk, "Barb Wire" and "Night Rush," in under 5 minutes. A stream of the b-side makes its premiere in this post, and both tracks can be streamed below.
The band's only tour dates at the moment are in Europe, including a Copenhagen show with The Men (who played NYC last night [3/5]). All of those dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you're not familiar with Wisconsin trio Technicolor Teeth, you may be aware of drummer Amos Pitch's other band, Tenement. And while some Technicolor Teeth songs can pile on the distortion and angsty vocals, the hi-speed punk of Tenement is nowhere to be found. Their cassette full length, Can You Keep Me Out of Hell, which came out this week via Accidental Guest (and is only available at their shows), instead often pulls from the layered, swirling guitars of early British shoegaze and Spiritualized-style psychedelia. You can watch the videos for two of its tracks, "Blood Pool" and "Drips," along with a full stream of the album, below. You may have already heard the closing track, "Nocturnal Remission," on Accidental Guest's Beyond Inversion compilation.
Technicolor Teeth kicked off a tour in Chicago last night (3/5), and they'll be coming to NYC for show at Death by Audio this Saturday (3/8) for an Accidental Guest showcase that also includes the punk fury of Clean Girls, the industrial noise of York Factory Complaint, and the dissonant post-hardcore of Jail Solidarity. Next week, they'll join 6 million other bands in Austin for SXSW.
All dates are listed, with the stream, videos, and flyers, below...
Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As mentioned, Lykke Li is releasing a new album and going on a tour this year which brings her to NYC on May 15 at The Apollo Theatre. Tickets for that show go on BrooklynVegan presale today (3/6) at 10 AM. Password: "LYKKEBV."
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.