October 29, 2014
Sturgill Simpson at Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Earlier this year, country singer Sturgill Simpson released his new album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and he's continuing to play shows in support of it at increasingly larger venues. A few months ago he opened for Pokey LaFarge at Bowery Ballroom, and in early 2015 he'll return to headline that venue and another of its size. He plays Bowery Ballroom on February 11 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 12. Tickets for both shows go on sale Saturday (11/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (10/29) at noon.
UPDATE: He's also play The Stone Pony on February 14 in Asbury Park. Tickets (same link) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Sturgill has a bunch of other shows coming up, but his only other 2015 date announced so far is Indio, CA's Stagecoach Festival. Presumably more will be added, but all currently announced dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Pink Baby
Fat White Family / FWF w/ Har Mar / OBN IIIs
If there's a way to end a five-day music festival, when you're beyond tired and maybe in a funny mental space, and somehow it's 2:30 in the morning...it's seeing Fat White Family. Which is how our 15-hour BV takeover of Baby's All Right on Saturday of CMJ (10/25 which included a day party and official evening showcase) ended. It didn't even matter that they had played hours earlier as part of our day show, they brought the insanity all over again. The day show had crazier lights and fog and opened with a psych jam, but this one was definitely more casual and got right into their best songs. The last minute late crowd was understandably not as big as the day crowd (we announced Fat Whites' 2:30am set after midnight), but almost everyone who was there was going wild, very wild, for the Fat Whites. Beers were flung to and fro, bodies atop the crowd and at least one couple was slow dancing in the middle of all this. The band was going wild too, and as he's been known to do, frontman Lias Saoudi let it all hang out. (Though one helpful audience member hilariously pulled his briefs back up.) The crowd included J. Spaceman of Spirtualized (who played NYU with the Joshua Light Show earlier in the evening) and Har Mar Superstar who, at one point, joined Fat Whites on stage. They finished their set with a encore reprise of "Touch the Leather" that seemed to rile folks up even more than when they played it maybe 40 minute earlier. All the while, they sounded great while on the knife-edge of completely falling apart. But they never did. One for the books.
Our free, impromptu late night party began around midnight with locals Sunflower Bean who are no strangers to playing Baby's All Right, and they kicked off the show with a set of psychedelic rock. NPR's Bob Boilen has since named them one of the top 10 bands he saw at CMJ.
Then came OBN IIIs, one of the artists we were excited to see this year. Orville (who is usually in pure frontman mode) was on guitar for this and their other CMJ shows. He seemed especially ornery that night. We probably all were. It was a weird set.
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Wilco @ The Capitol Theatre
Though Jeff Tweedy and his son just released their terrific Tweedy album, the Wilco train rarely stops rolling, and tonight is on night 2 of its first of three shows at The Cap'. It's a lovely room and tickets are still available.
Pianos Become The Teeth, Gates, Frameworks @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Pianos Become the Teeth stopped screaming on their new album, but they didn't stop writing intense music -- quite the opposite, this is some of their best material yet. Tonight's the NYC release show and there's quality support too.
Weyes Blood, Tonstartssbandht, King Cyst, DJ Joshy @ Glasslands
Weyes Blood's new album is out now, and it's a good one but her powerhouse vocals really come across in a live setting. This whole bill is good too, with experimentalists Tonstartssbandht and King Cyst, the psychedelic project of Big Troubles' Luka Usmiani. Drippy Eye Projections will be there to provide just the right kind of visuals for this lineup.
PC Worship, Ashcan Orchestra, Mario Diaz De Leon, Hair Jail, Mister Matthews @ Trans-Pecos
PC Worship have been regulars on the noise scene in Brooklyn for a while now, but their new album is their most song-oriented (and possibly best) stuff yet. They've had a busy year, and any chance to catch them is a good one.
Holly Miranda & Ambrosia Parsley, Benjamin Biolay, Chris Maxwell @ Rockwood Music Hall
Parsley y Miranda start their four-week residency tonight with Chris Maxwell, and French songwriter Benjamin Biolay (who doesn't play the US hardly ever).
Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as DFA 1979) @ Baby's All Right
One thing Halloween always means in the music world is cover shows galore, and Baby's is getting an early start by throwing one tonight.
The Felice Brothers and the Nun Neil Young All-Stars @ Brooklyn Bowl
Another early Halloween party is tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with folk rockers The Felice Brothers. There will be a costume contest judged by the 'Bros themselves, and "more Halloween excitement!"
Anoraak (live), Alan Blancato, In The Night @ Cameo
College and Electric Youth will both be here separately in the the next month, and tonight you can catch the remaining third of 2012's Drive tour, Anoraak (who's also a College collaborator), playing a live set at Cameo.
Carl Cox @ Output
Veteran British DJ and general dance music legend Carl Cox helped pioneer house and acid. He's still raving, as you can hear tonight.
The Memories @ Cake Shop
Portland, OR duo of Erik Gage and Kyle Handley (who are both in White Fang too) write songs mainly about girls and getting high, the two pillars of rock n' roll -- though The Memories fall more on the lo-fi pop end of the spectrum.
Purling Hiss, Meatbodies, Yonatan Gat, Dream Police @ Death by Audio
Philadelphia's Purling Hiss make classic"-style indie rock, with fuzzy guitars and big hooks, and an affinity for Neil Young style jams (and volume). Also on the bill are Meatbodies, whose main man is Chad Ubovich (of Mikal Cronin's band) and who make crunchy jams in the general Ty/Ohsees idiom. Plus former Monotonix man Yonatan Gat, and a Men side project Dream Police open. This will be a good show to see at DbA.
Mozart's Sister, Jerry Paper, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos (Basement)
Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant (Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes), mixes mid-'90s dance and R&B influences, Thompson definitely brings her own strong personality. She's always been an engaging performer, so this is definitely worth checking out.
Jon Langford @ The Bell House
Following the sold-out premiere of documentary Revenge of The Mekons at Film Forum is this afterparty featuring Mekons frontman Langford.
Captain Sensible, Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica @ Bowery Electric
The Damned are playing Irving Plaza on Halloween, but before that guitarist Captain Sensible will play this spooky edition of the Sally Can't Dance Party with appearances from Fred Armisen and legendary NYC drag queen Mistress Formica. We're hoping the Captain plays "Brenda" or at least "Jet Boy Jet Girl."
Brother Ali, Bambu, DJ Last Word @ Knitting Factory
Conscious rapper Brother Ali doesn't have any new records to support this time around, but he's got over a decade of standout material to pull from.
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 28, 2014
Beverly / Fat White Family
For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).
With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown.
UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.
Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.
At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.
At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.
Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.
Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.
Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.
Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).
Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.
Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...
PS 22 Chorus w/ Ariel Pink earlier this month (via PS 22 Chorus)
You may remember that Staten Island's famed PS 22 Chorus covered Ariel Pink's song "Round and Round" a few years ago. On a recent trip to NYC to promote his forthcoming album, pom pom, Pink visited the PS 22 Chorus who had worked up some special renditions of a couple of the album's tracks: the lighthearted "Jell-o" (which makes a lot more sense when sung by kids) and the more grim "Picture Me Gone," covering a few blips on the massive spectrum that Pink's music occupies. Check the videos out below.
The chorus members also had the opportunity to ask Pink questions. As a former art teacher, Pink's rapport with the kids was endearing, explaining his writing process, the meanings behind the songs and more. One member even went on to say, "When you're dead, I think that they should call you a legend."
Jack Name, who is touring with Thee Oh Sees even sooner, was added as opener to the Terminal 5 show.
Check out the new videos from PS22, as well as their 2011 cover of "Round And Round," as well as well as Pink's full tour schedule, below...
Woolen Men @ Baby's All Right in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Portland, OR trio The Woolen Men will release a new EP, titled Rain Shapes, via Loglady Records in early 2015. You can check out a song from that, "Rain Shapes" -- a driving number in the band's catchy understated style. It premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
Woolen Men, who played the BV-presented Red Bull Sound Select show back in April, will be on a short East Coast tour starting next week, including a few NYC shows. They'll play one of the final shows at Death by Audio on November 6 with Lame Drivers and a mystery TBA headliner. They'll also play Shea Stadium on November 11 with Hamish Kilgour, and Cassie Ramone, and finally Cake Shop on November 12 with Journalism and Lures.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Deafheaven at MHOW in September 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Every metalhead's favorite black metal (or shoegaze or post-rock or screamo) band Deafheaven are heading out on the next Converse Rubber Tracks tour. What started as just individual free shows turned into short tours of free shows this past August when High on Fire went on the first Rubber Tracks tour. Converse appears to be doubling down on the metal, and the Deafheaven tour hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19 (where they also played earlier this year) with support from Beast Patrol. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (10/29) at noon. The tour will start out in Deafheaven's hometown of San Francisco and hit the other cities like L.A., Toronto and Boston with a rotating supporting cast. All dates are listed below.
All dates are listed, along with a stream Deafheaven's recent Adult Swim Single "From the Kettle Unto the Coil," below...
by Bill Pearis
Pittsburgh's sarcastic, awesome The Gotobeds will be in NYC next month playing the BV-presented US live debut of Sleaford Mods at The Wick on November 29 with the reunited Rogers Sisters on the bill as well (tickets). The band have just announced that that's the last date on a fall tour and all dates are listed below.
If you haven't check out The Gotobeds' excellent new album, Poor People Are Revolting, a good place to start might be the shouty "Wasted on Youth," the video of which premieres in this post. Taking a cue from repeated lyric "there's no time," the green-screen video has the members running all over the city. Presumably Pittsburgh. Watch it in "all its idiotic glory" (the band's words), below. Meanwhile for those radio programmers and folks sensitive to cussing out there, The Gotobeds have released a "radio edit" of single "NY's Alright (If You Like Sex and Phones)" that replaces the songs rampant swearing with sound effects. You can download that for free.
All dates are listed, along with the "Wasted On Youth" and stream of the whole album, below...
by Zack Baker
Sharon Van Etten at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Sharon Van Etten is back with another video from her latest, Are We There, this time for the deeply personal "Your Love Is Killing Me." The morbid prank pulled by video star Carla Juri fits the gruesome yet empowering message of Van Etten's song fantastically, even down to that final look of doubt. Check it out below.
Sharon is also heading out on an extensive international tour for the next few months, but is also playing a one-off show in NYC right before heading to Tokyo at Warsaw on February 19 with Leon Bridges. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (10/29) at noon.
All dates are listed with the "Your Love Is Killing Me" video below...
pugkin @ McCarren Dog Costume parade (more by Mimi Hong)
No longer content to celebrate Halloween just on October 31, NYC has turned into a full week of festivities. We're mainly focusing on the music stuff, but a list of notable events follows...
First and foremost in the 41st Village Halloween Parade, which gives parades a good name and is usually worth going to. It happens on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. And if you can't actually be there, NY1 broadcasts live from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.
As for music events, with a singer who has basically dressed like a vampire for the band's career and classic singles "Thanks for the Night," "Wait for the Blackout," and "In Dulce," The Damned remain perfectly suited for this sort of thing and you can see them at Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL (who have a horror punk vibe themselves), and The Briefs. (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. See details below.
Meanwhile, Damned guitarist (and maker of great solo records too), Captain Sensible will be playing a Halloween edition of the Sally Can't Dance party at Bowery Electric on Wednesday (10/29) with Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica and more (tickets).
And another former Misfits singer, Michale Graves, plays Coco 66 on Mischief Night (10/30). Tickets are on sale.
Primus will be playing Beacon Theatre on Halloween which is being billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Primus just made an album based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book which definitely has some nightmare material in it. Tickets are still available.
Punk/klezmer/cabaret act World Inferno Friendship Society are throwing a "Hallowmas" bash at The Wick on Halloween. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin. Tickets are on sale.
CMJ buds Panache & Baby's All Right are thowing a Halloween Show that's not at Baby's -- it happens Halloween Friday at 338 Moffat (Studio L) with Purling Hiss, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Meatbodies and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are on sale now, including an option that includes a "limited edition surprise."
What will be at Baby's though is a dance party with Maurice Fulton, DJ Spun, Alex From Tokyo, The Almond Brothers and Paul Raffaele (tickets).
For an Halloween filled with current bands evoking the goth sound of the classic '80s period, Toxic Shock Syndrome is presenting "DEA†H ☧ RI†ES" on Friday at 496 Morgan Ave with Pop. 1280, Void Vision, Pawns, a DJ set by Frankie Teardrop and "more!" Tickets are on sale.
And then there's the Halloween show at Death by Audio with Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. This will be your last chance to party at DbA on a Halloween as the venue closes in less than a month.
This year's Zombie Prom happens at Littlefield on Halloween with The Hollows, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, Corn Mo, and T.R.J.B. (tickets).
Anamanaguchi will be DJing on Halloween at the 38 Bathhouse (353 Broadway, Manhattan) with Tallesen, Pleasure Centers, Bernard Herman (not the Hitchcock composer [who's dead]), and "Very Special Guests." Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is throwing a two-night Halloween party on Friday and Saturday (11/1). Friday has Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$ DJ; Saturday has The So So Glos, Slothrust, Dinowalrus, Weird Womb and DJ Lady Guy. Both nights are free with costume contests ($500 cash prize).
And for you Twin Peaks fans out there, Glasslands is offering up a party called "Halloween In The Black Lodge," with a place both wonderful and strange performing a piece called "EYS OPEN DOORS: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF LAURA PALMER" as well as DJ sets by @Thatsourwaldo, and Smoking Mirror (Lewis Valleau of WOLVVES). Tickets for this midnight party are on sale now, though if you're name's Bob you may know another way in.
Of course the staple of Halloween shows is bands performing as other bands, and there are no shortage of those this year. You can get an early jump on that sort of thing on Wednesday (10/29) at Baby's All Right with Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as Death From Above 1979). Tickets are on sale.
Then on Devil's Night (Thursday, 10/30) at Saint Vitus, Delicate Steve will be performing as Del Zeppelin with sets from Escalator Haters (Featuring members of Stalkers, Daddy Long Legs, The Casualties and Clit 45), Ice Balloons and Cher2K. That's a free show.
Delicate Steve will then perform as the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Silent Barn on Halloween along with Dear Leader (as The Neptunes), Heeney (as Weezer), Banned Books (as Pixies), Advaeta (as HOLE), members of Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate and Journalism as blink-182 and a DJ set from Mr. Twin Sister.
For a different option that also features a band as Blink-182 head to Cake Shop on Halloween for Clean Girls who will be doing that, plus Vomitface (as Nirvana), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Tape Deck Mountain (as Daniel Johnston's Delay Pedal), Death To Slater (as The Beach Boys), Schmear (as Meat Puppets), and Smell-O-Vision (as Television).
For a third blink-182 option and a second RHCP option, over at Shea Stadium on Halloween you can see Big Ups (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vulture Shit (as Presidents of USA), Flagland (as Blink-182), Bueno (as Frank Sinatra), and Huffers (as The Replacements). $8 at the door with costume, $10 without.
You can see Beach Fossils with members of Wild Nothing (as Devo), Celestial Shore (as T. Rex), Beverly (as the Pixies), and Roya (as Television Personalities), on Halloween at 338 Moffat (Studio E, different space than Purling Hiss show mentioned above). Tickets for that show are on sale.
You can also catch Mutual Benefit doing Beck's One Foot in the Grave in full at Glasslands on Halloween with Reo appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set (tickets). That's your last chance to ever see a Halloween show at Glasslands. We're giving away tickets too.
Of course there's also "the world's drunkest Guns n' Roses tribute band," Mr Brownstone, at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (tickets).
If you're looking to dance, you can head to Cameo on Friday for Eric Duncan, Mike Simonetti, Dominique Keegan, Justin Vandervolgen, Evan Michael, Free Magic, and Faso (tickets)
Output on Halloween is throwing a "Boo Yourself" party with Danny Tenaglia and Rissa Garcia in the main space and Kasper Bjørke, Gerd Janson, and Justin Miller in The Panther Room (tickets).
At Verboten on Halloween it's Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Löffler, and Bedouin (tickets).
You can also turn down for what at Pier 94 on Halloween (moved from Barclays Center) with DJ Snake, Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Tchami and Milo & Otis (tickets).
On the movie front, Nitehawk Cinema is doing their all-night horror marathon "A Night to Dismember" with a program of sequels: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead (tickets)
Videology (which has been hosting horror screenings all month) is showing '80s Tawny Kittaen classic Witchboard; and at Sunshine Cinema in the LES they're hosting a midnight screening of 1987 cult classic, The Monster Squad (tickets).
What else? A couple flyers, and some Halloween mixes courtesy Rdio, below...