December 4, 2013
Ida Maria @ Mercury Lounge last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ida Maria's show tonight (12/4) at Rough Trade is moving a few blocks South and is now happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All tickets already purchaed will be honored, and tickets are still available. Field Mouse and MiniBoone open.
February will see the release of Pagan Day, the debut album from PyPy, a Montreal underground supergroup of sorts with Choyce of Red Mass/CPC Gangbangs and Annie-Claude of Duchess Says, plus other members of both those bands. The album veers like a drunk driver from wild, speed-fueled acid rock to ESG style grooves -- and it's pretty unlike either of PyPy's parent bands. You can stream three tracks from Pagan Day below.
I caught PyPy at M for Montreal 2012 and wrote this:
The band formed when Duchess Says and Red Mass shared rehearsal space and some of each decided to jam, the band features both wild-eyed redhead Annie-Claude and Red Mass' Choyce on vocals/guitar, neither of whom shy from the spotlight. No surprise, Annie-Claude dominated the proceedings but here she's in relatively restrained mode, meaning she's still going crazy but not totally in-your-face...a blast to watchPyPy will be touring in February, mostly in Canada, but they'll be in NYC on February 28 at Cake Shop. Perhaps they'll add another show while here?
Dates and streams are below...
Speedy Ortiz at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz's debut LP Major Arcana was one of the year's best indie rock records, and they've now made a video for one of its best songs, "No Below." Check it out, in all of its hazy glory, below.
Speedy Ortiz have many tour dates coming up, including shows in NYC and other cities with The Breeders and Los Campesinos!, and west coast dates with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. All dates are listed, along with the video below...
The Cult have been celebrating their 1987 LP, Electric, the album that marked their change from post-punks to hard rockers, this year with a double album reissue, Electric Peace, and they've also been playing it in full on tour. Another North American leg of that tour begins this week with two stops in the NYC-area, including Wellmont Theatre on Thursday (12/5) in Montclair, NJ and Paramount Theatre on Friday (12/6) in Huntington, NY. Tickets for both of those shows are available, and we're also giving away a pair to the Wellmont date. Contest details and all tour dates below.
In a Spanish interview from earlier this year, the band also revealed plans to release a new album in 2014, which would be the followup to 2012's Choice of Weapon.
Check out a full set video of the band's Electric 13 Live tour stop in San Diego from this past July, along with the list of upcoming dates and contest details, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Around this time last year, Cloud Nothings mentioned they were planning a "noisier" album for 2013, and though we heard some new songs at their shows, the album didn't come out this year, but it's being promised for 2014. They haven't announced an exact release date or title yet, but they just posted a 43-second album teaser that features a number of Cloud Nothings-sounding riffs and is enough to get us excited for the new record.
Check out the video below...
by Bill Pearis
photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
When not playing guitar in Oberhofer, Matt Scheiner makes his own music under the name Tropic of Pisces. "Tropic" being a key word, this is breezy stuff and may just be an antidote for some to winter's chill. Tropic of Pisces' new EP, Symmetry, comes out February 25 via Ooh La La. We've got the premiere of the EP's title track and you can stream that below.
You can also go see Tropic of Pisces live if you're going to be in the NYC area. They play Glasslands on Monday (12/9) with Klaus, Tropic of Pisces, Imaginary Weapons, Cameron Hull, and the Oh My Goth DJs. This show is free to anyone 21 or over.
Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
NYC rapper Action Bronson has only a few shows scheduled for 2014 at the moment, including a hometown gig happening on January 10 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on Live Nation and Music Geeks presales now, and general on-sale begins Friday (12/6) at 10 AM. All upcoming dates are listed below.
All Action Bronson dates are listed, along with the mixtape stream, below...
Brand New at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
As discussed, Brand New are playing their discography at a pair of NYC-area shows and a pair of California shows this month. Those sold out instantly, but the band have added a third date in each area, including an intimate Brooklyn show happening on December 22 at The Bell House. A presale began today (12/4) and is already sold out, but regular tickets go on sale at 2 PM (aka in like 10 minutes). The last two shows sold out in about .000001 seconds so act quick. Being that the plan was to play 2 of their 4 albums a night, we're not 100% sure what they'll be performing at this third show.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
John Grant @ Rough Trade, 12/3/2012
John Grant's second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, has been appearing on a lot of best-of lists this year, and it landed in the top spot of Rough Trade Shops' Top Albums of 2013. Grant returned the favor last night by playing an in-store at the brand-new Brooklyn location and admission was free with purchase of the new record. This was the second of two Brooklyn gigs -- he played a seated show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before (12/2).
Both shows were in "stripped down" mode, which is the only way I've ever seen Grant -- him with accompaniment from a second keyboardist and an acoustic guitarist. He doesn't really need much else, with his songwriting very much in the mid-'70s Elton John / David Bowie / Paul Williams style, plus his voice (and stage presence) are already pretty widescreen. The Rough Trade set was fantastic, if short, maybe eight songs but he played pretty much all my favorites: "Sigourney Weaver," "Where Dreams Go to Die," "It Doesn't Matter to Him," "You Don't Have To," and his real showstopper, "GMF" (aka "Greatest Motherfucker"). Pictures from the Rough Trade show are in this post.
The NYC shows were a short stop for Grant before his European tour. Hopefully he'll come back soon. More pics from Rough Trade below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.